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Drought emergency declared

Wenatchee area one of three areas affected

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State's first Karelian bear dog retiring

Karelian bear dogs — black and white dogs weighing 40-65 pounds — are trained to track, capture and deter predators.

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Grizzly bear meeting set for 5 p.m. today

Hundreds expected to oppose plan to introduce predator to North Cascades

Avian influenza quarantine lifted in Okanogan County

Early this afternoon the state Department of Agriculture lifted the avian influenza (bird flu) quarantine zones in Riverside and Oroville.

Wolf relocated to Yelm sanctuary

Officials capture, relocate wolf before it could mate with a domestic dog

WSU wins water rights case

In a challenge to Washington State University's water rights, the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the university chose conservation and, therefore, retains its rights to water.

Warmer weather and heavy rain prompts mudslides

Popular event canceled due to rain

Although the groundhog said to expect six more weeks of winter, locals in Okanogan and Ferry Counties are being faced with a more than early spring.

Injured bobcat euthanized

A bobcat spotted near Canadian Highway 97 near the Kelowna International Airport was euthanized last Wednesday after it apparently was hit by a vehicle.

Naches Ranger Station to host open house

Forest-goers are invited to an open house from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Naches Ranger Station.

Chelan utility steps up beaver-erradication effort

Utility officials say beavers are damaging trees and vegetation, and have to be destroyed due to dam licensing

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Cougar hunting seasons to close Jan. 2

Last year, hunters killed 182 cougars statewide, up from 156 the prior year

Official in charge of wildfire response demoted

Albert Kassel remains employed by the state agency even as more than 100 Carlton Complex wildfire victims seek compensation for wildfire damages

Slash piles being burned near Omak Mountain

Smoke visible from Omak is from controlled burn, Mount Tolman fire officials say

Cougar killed in Oroville

The cougar that is believed to have killed several small pets north of town was killed last week.

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Fire damages claim filed against state

Brewster attorney Alex Thomason seeks damages from state Department of Natural resources on behalf of 65 residents.