central washington

Izzy The Camel
12:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Camel Walks Into A Liquor Store And... (No, It's Not A Joke)

Izzy the Camel enters a liquor store...funny enough, this isn't the start of a joke. Izzy walks through downtown Waitsburg regularly.
Credit Mickey Richards / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Izzy-The-Camel/175301045832391?ref=ts&fref=ts

When you think of camels, pictures of hot, sandy deserts come to mind. What doesn’t come to mind is the lush farmland of inland Washington. But that’s precisely where you will find one.

Izzy is the resident camel of Waitsburg, a town roughly thirty minutes outside of Walla Walla. For owner Mickey Richards, Izzy is a blessing. “He just makes people smile. It’s kind of an honor to be a part of that,” Richards says.

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Wildfires
5:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governor Inslee: Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone

Map of current large fire locations in the Northwest.
Credit Northwest Interagency Coordination Center / Google

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington. That announcement came late Tuesday as Obama touched down in Seattle on a fundraising trip.

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Wildfires
5:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Carlton Complex Wildfire Update

The Carlton Complex fires in Central Washington were 16 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Washington National Guard / Flickr

Firefighters battling the largest wildfire in Washington state have made significant progress since yesterday.

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Wildfires
4:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests

Smoke billows over US Highway 97 near Pateros, Wash. on Friday.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

More than a dozen wildfires in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon continue to threaten homes and cause numerous road closures.

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Wildfires
4:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before But ‘Not Like This’

A list of the fires burning in central Washington. Washington Gov. Inslee has called the Carlton Complex fire a firestorm with 100 homes destroyed.
Credit Ramella / NWPR

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash-course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in Okanogan County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes. 

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Wildfires
3:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

1,000 Washington National Guardsmen To Take Crash Course in Firefighting

A portion of the Mills Canyon Complex fire in Central Washington
Credit InciWeb

The wildfire situation in Washington state is so severe that 1,000 National Guardsman will get a crash course in firefighting. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.

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Birth Defects
5:27 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Listening Session Scheduled About Central Wash. Birth Defects

Three counties in Central Washington have seen an unsually high number of babies born with anencephaly from 2010-2013. No one is sure of the cause. Taking prenatal folic acid is one way to prevent the fatal birth defect.
Credit Ragesoss / Wikimedia Commons

Over the past three years, central Washington has seen unusually high numbers of babies born with a rare birth defect. No one has determined a cause. Public health officials are holding two listening sessions this week to learn more from community members.

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Wanapum Dam
5:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Crack In Wanapum Dam Symptom Of Several Big Problems

This graphic form the Grant PUD shows the sequence of events that led to the crack in Wanapum Dam.
Grant PUD

A host of problems caused the massive crack in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington. That’s the news out of a Grant County utility district meeting Tuesday.

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Latino Features third story
7:41 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Why Can't This Man Win The Northwest's Most Hispanic District?

Photo of Pablo Gonzalez.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Is the Latino candidate in Washington's first majority-minority district a shoo-in? Not so much.

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