• Drought declaration expanded
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Citing projections that say this summer will have the lowest snowmelt in 64 years, Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded the state's month-old drought emergency declaration. Inslee's announcement Friday morning more than doubles the number of Washington watershed areas officially considered suffering from drought. In March, the governor identified 11 watersheds as drought-afflicted, six west of the Cascades and five on the east side. Friday, 13 more river basins were added to the drought list. State officials now consider 44 percent of Washington officially in drought. The statewide snowpack is only 24 percent of normal, Inslee's office said in a statement. That's lower than it was during the last statewide drought declaration in 2005.
  • Quincy farms hit by arson
    Posted Thursday, 04-16-15 The Grant County Sheriff and the Grant County Fire Marshal are investigating a series of intentionally set haystack fires near Quincy...
  • Arrest in Blue Star arson
    Posted Thursday, 04-16-17   A 17 year old Dryden boy was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a two-alarm fire Sunday evening that burned more than seven thousand pallets at a pallet yard owned by Blue Star Growers in Cashmere...
  • Small brush fire near Beebe Ranch
    Posted Wednesday, 04-15-15 Gusty winds fanned a controlled burn out of control Wednesday afternoon a couple of miles north of the Beebe Bridge, on the Douglas County side...
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