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We've missed some of our store and vending box customers during the quarantine, but we're back now!

Most businesses have re-opened, and we are stocking the news racks in nearly all of our usual locations across the county, including a return to Ellensburg vendors. See locations here nkctribune.com/newsstands/

Thank you for your patience during this wonky time. We look forward to re-expanding our service to our store and newspaper box customers.
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TAKE NOTE FOR 2021:Since 2010 we've been hard at work widening I-90 along Keechelus Lake. Doing a major project like that on an incredibly busy mountain pass highway with a limited favorable-weather window is a big challenge. Next year, the third phase of construction will start near Easton, including:
• Adding a new lane in each direction
• Replacing concrete pavement
• Stabilizing rock slopes
• Building wildlife crossings
• Improving sight distance and traffic safety
• Replacing truck climbing lanes
We have an online open house now live to share more information about what to expect for the next phase. Please take a look to learn more: engage.wsdot.wa.gov/i-90-snoqualmie-pass-east/
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TAKE NOTE OF LOW TEMPS (9/27/2020):The first freeze for many of our northern valleys will occur Sunday morning. If you live in a colder valley, consider protecting your plants this weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

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TAKE NOTE AND BE CAREFUL:The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Lifts Campfire Ban

Wenatchee, WA (September 25, 2020) - Campfire restrictions have been lifted on national forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima and Okanogan Counties. This means that forest visitors can once again enjoy campfires in all locations where campfires are normally allowed on the Methow Valley, Tonasket, Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum, and Naches Ranger Districts.

Normal year-round restrictions remain in effect prohibiting campfires within a half mile of some Wilderness Area lakes. Campfires are not permitted in some higher elevation locations within the Wilderness. Please call individual ranger stations for specific information about these locations.

“Shorter daylight hours, cooler temperatures and some precipitation in the Cascades prompted us to permit campfires again. Even though restrictions have been lessened, there is still a risk for wildland fires,” said Acting Forest Fire Management Officer Mike Davis.

“As we begin to receive these fall storms, there is often a sense that the fire danger has passed. However, as the warmer and drier temperatures return next week, it won’t take long for the lighter fuels to dry out. The heavier fuels won’t see good moisture recovery until we get significantly more precipitation, so we could still see increased fire activity. Please continue to be cautious,” said Davis.

Forest visitors should use an established fire pit or campfire ring in campgrounds, clear flammable materials from around the pit, keep the fire small. Do not leave campfires unattended and make sure it is dead out and cold to the touch before leaving.

Remember, fire danger remains high and every precaution should be taken to insure a campfire does not become a wildfire. If you find an unattended fire or spot smoke, call 911.

Beginning Saturday morning September 26, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for zone 678W will drop to a 1. For additional IFPL information see the Washington State Department of Natural Resources page: fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/ifpl/.

For more information, please see the forest web page or contact individual ranger district offices:
Methow Valley Ranger District, 509-996-4000
Tonasket Ranger District, 509-486-2186
Chelan Ranger District, 509-682-4900
Entiat Ranger District, 509-784-4700
Wenatchee River Ranger District, 509-548-2550
Cle Elum Ranger District, 509-852-1100
Naches Ranger District, 509-653-1401

Photo: Campers enjoy the warmth of a campfire. Credit: T.Iraci, USDA Forest Service
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TAKE NOTE (9/25/2020):Temperatures will continue to cool into this weekend with clear nights. This will set up the potential for frosty mornings with the best potential being across the mountain valleys in north-central and northeast Washington and the Northern Panhandle. Next week will be mild with a little bit of growing left still. Make sure to cover sensitive vegetation for frost damage if wanting to take advantage of the seasonably warm temperatures next week. ... See MoreSee Less

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TAKE NOTE:We will have Voter’s Pamphlets available for pickup beginning Monday 9/28! Just give us a call at 509-674-2313, and we can leave one out for you during our regularly scheduled Curbside Pick Up hours.
For more information on hours and Curbside Pick Up, check out our website at www.carpenter.lib.wa.us/
And for links on how to access the voter's pamphlet online or for printable PDF's in multiple languages, go to www.sos.wa.gov/elections/voters-guide/2020/presidential-primary-voters-guide.aspx
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Yes, it’s time to get prepared!Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. September is National Preparedness Month so it's a great time to be sure you and your vehicle are prepared for wet, cold weather. A few things we keep in our personal vehicles:
▪️ First aid kit
▪️ Flashlight
▪️ Cell phone charger
▪️ Water and snacks
▪️ Warm clothes
▪️ Ice scraper
▪️ Jumper cables
▪️ Chains
What do you keep in your vehicle so you're prepared for winter weather? Might be a good time to check and make sure you're ready. Check our winter travel website for more tips. www.wsdot.com/winter/
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READY OR NOT, HERE IT COMES!Fall starts at 6:31 AM PDT on Tuesday Sept 22nd. ... See MoreSee Less

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WILDFIRE UPDATE (9/18/2020):#ColdCreekFire #WAWildFire A perimeter fire map of Thursday, September 17, 2020 inciweb.nwcg.gov/inci #WaWILDFIRE
U.S. Forest Service - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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TAKE NOTE (9/16/2020):The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of fraudulent phone calls involving Puget Sound Energy (PSE). We verified with PSE that these are scam calls targeting local utility customers in which the scammer demands immediate payment of an “overdue” bill.

The phone calls use “spoofing technology” that displays Puget Sound Energy’s name and phone number when they call to threaten disconnection of service—usually within 30 minutes—if immediate payment is not made with a prepaid debit or money card.

If you receive a call like this, please verify the information by contacting PSE directly before giving any personal information or discussing your account status. You can also contact local law enforcement if you suspect or experience fraudulent activity.

PSE’s website, www.pse.com/pages/scam-alerts, lists these helpful tips to protect yourself from fraud:

• PSE never asks or requires customers who have delinquent accounts to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.

• Customers who have delinquent accounts receive multiple notifications from us by mail and over the phone for several weeks prior to disconnection.

• Customers with concerns about a call to pay their bill should hang up and call us directly at 1-888-225-5773 by looking up the phone number on PSE.com or on their PSE bill.

• We encourage you to report suspicious, fraudulent calls and emails. These agencies have taken the lead on investigating utility scams:

Washington Attorney General’s Office
1-800-551-4636
www.atg.wa.gov/FileAComplaint.aspx#Online

Federal Trade Commission
1-877-FTC-HELP
www.ftc.gov/complaint
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Public Service Announcements

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Lifts Campfire Ban

WENATCHEE  (September 25, 2020) – Campfire restrictions have been lifted on national forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima and Okanogan Counties. This means that forest visitors can once again enjoy campfires in all...

State & Regional

News from around Washington State

Open house on Phase 3 of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project

EASTON – Since 2010, crews have been hard at work widening Interstate 90 along Keechelus Lake. This year gave us a minor break in construction, and crews will resume work in 2021. The third phase of construction will start near...

Labor Day Weekend classic car rally in Ellensburg

This Friday interested parties with properly licensed classic cars and hot rods will be meeting at Red Horse Diner at 6 pm Friday evening and noon on Sunday to drive through Ellensburg and celebrate Labor Day weekend while being...

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