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  For nearly 50 years, outfitter guides have helped visitors access remote, backcountry places in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. However, visitor use as well as aquatic and habitat concerns have each contributed to the need for analyzing how to best provide necessary public access to these...

Submitted photo Travis Brandt
  If you’ve driven through Wenatchee recently you may have spotted a bright blue sign that reads, “Elect Travis Brandt for Chelan County Superior Court Judge,” but who exactly is Travis Brandt? Born and raised here in Chelan County, the local attorney said he has a deep commitment to making our...
  NCW Media Managing Editor Gary Bégin interviewed incumbent Chelan County Superior Court Judge Robert McSeveney recently to get some answers about recent Washington State Supreme Court decisions and his feelings about other legal subjects as well. His answers follow: NCW Media: Why do you want to...
Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, announced this week he will not seek re-election in November. The 12th District representative will complete his term. “It was a difficult decision. I have put my heart and soul into being a legislator for 16 years, but it takes a tremendous amount of time and...
Join Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, and Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Aviation Aerial Firefighting staff at DNR’s Tumwater hangar to learn how agency aviation resources are being prepared for the 2018 wildfire fire season.   Background: ·         This year’s fleet...
House Democrats passed a controversial bill that restructures how home healthcare workers contract with the state despite all 48 Republican members refusing to vote on it. The bill, SB 6199, which was requested by the state Department of Social and Human Services, would reclassify roughly 35,000...

Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.”
More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation. They partnered with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and on Tuesday, March 6 called on lawmakers to pass SB 6620 sponsored by Senator David Frockt, D-...

A sign marks the entrance to Forest Park Estates, a planned neighborhood development near Concrete, WA. While 10 lots were sold, only one saw development, as Department of Ecology rules have prohibited homebuilding. Photo by Alex Visser
Along its 150-mile course the Skagit River crosses boundaries political and natural, as its journey carries water from British Columbia to Washington state, cutting through the high, dry air of the Cascade Mountains before settling in the low wetness of Puget Sound. The Skagit Basin is the third-...

Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6.
A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in the Washington state legislature by slim margins and largely along party lines. The vote was 29-20 in the Senate and 56-41 in the House of Representatives. Gov. Inslee...

Photo by Taylor McAvoy Washington State Capitol building
One could hear a pin drop between the phrases in their stories. Nine women testified, many fighting tears, but breaking the silence. “Most people think that a rape ends after the physical assault does,” survivor Megan Freney said. “I’m here today because that is not the case. Getting raped was not...

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