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LEARN FROM THE SCIENTIST:We're starting a new post series called #ThatIsNotAnAsianGiantHornet. First up - the Great Golden Digger Wasp!

We've receive tons of reports of the #GreatGoldenDiggerWasp lately. This wasp is not an aggressive wasp and generally minds its own business. Notice that on the abdomen of the GGDW, one half is orange while the other half is black. The black and orange/yellow stripes alternate more like tiger stripes on an Asian giant hornet.

What to do if you see a GGDW: leave them be and be grateful for seeing such a cool wasp!
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PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT: Weather Red Alert Tuesday 8/11/20⚠️Red Flag Warning for critical wildfire weather issued from 2pm to 10pm Tuesday for Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla & Yakima counties as well as parts of Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan & Whitman counties
▶️Watch loose chains.
▶️Don't drive on dry grass.
▶️Don't throw cigarettes outside. #wawx

More info: nwschat.weather.gov/vtec/#2020-O-NEW-KPDT-FW-W-0008/DMX-N0Q-0
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Last Chance to win a bundle of local gift cards!You have 2 days to turn in your last passports, the final drawing will be on Wednesday! Thanks for playing and good luck! ... See MoreSee Less

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TAKE NOTE CLE ELUM RESIDENTS:We have more than just books! You can also check out DVDs through our contact free Curbside Pick Up services! Browse our catalog through our website at www.carpenter.lib.wa.us/ or call us at 509-674-2313 and let us help you choose! ... See MoreSee Less

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TAKE NOTE:BLOCK THE ROAD, GET IT TOWED!

Many of our county's public recreation areas are seeing record-setting levels of use this season. Available parking at these remote locations is limited, and some overflow parking along highways and forest service roads has blocked access for emergency vehicles and others.

Deputies and other Law Enforcement will be ticketing and towing illegally parked vehicles this weekend. Some of the impacted areas are Kachess Lake Rd, Kachess Dam Rd, Lake Cabins Rd near Speelyi Beach, and the Yakima Canyon Hwy near recreation sites and river access points. Please park and recreate safely, and if you see a safety hazard, let us know!
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A GOOD RESOURCE:If you have been wondering about the hazy skies, check out Washington Smoke Info Blog (wasmoke.blogspot.com/p/federal.html).Today, the info they shared said:
---Light smoke above most of the state, gradually clearing through Saturday
---Light winds are keeping smoke from multiple sources swirling over much of the state, with most of the smoke staying aloft. The July Complex fires in northern CA are sending smoke our way, as are smaller local and regional fires. While there has been some Siberian smoke visible on satellites over Alaska & British Columbia, there is no evidence to suggest any of that has dropped down into Washington.
---On-shore winds will gradually pick up today and start the slow process of flushing out smoke (push it into Idaho, Montana and BC). But that flushing process is fraught with its own dangers as reflected by the Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service in Spokane.
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BE SAFE TODAY! (7/31/2020)We've updated our fire weather highlights to include a larger portion of central Washington for later this afternoon and evening. We are confident it will be another near-record day in terms of heat with very low humidity levels. We are also confident that winds will shift to the west and increase substantially in the pink shaded areas late this afternoon. We are much less certain about the thunderstorm risk over the Cascades and northern mountains of Washington. #wawx #idwx ... See MoreSee Less

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WILDFIRE MEDIA REFRESHER BRIEFING EVENT (virtual)

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest would like to invite you to join our virtual wildfire media refresher Briefing event to support your coverage of wildland fires this year. Info will be provided on the fire seasonal outlook and guidance on how to find wildfire information. There will be a visual presentation and time for questions.

WHEN: This will be a Zoom meeting on Thursday, July 30 at 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Please RSVP at forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=4F2CSwVwPUuaFHhBHyhmA109kcrQnARPupuCY57XcClUOFI3QloyS...

WHERE: Jul 30, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 820 2983 3773
Passcode: 693601
You do have the option to join into the briefing via phone.
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Meeting ID: 820 2983 3773
Passcode: 693601

WHO: Information will be provided by Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Public Affairs personnel and Fire & Aviation Staff Officer Rob Allen.

At the end of the presentation, time will be provided for questions.

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🌿Outdoor challenge for students under 18👦👧

"The Teanaway Community Forest Photo Contest runs through Sept. 30, and as of Sunday, July 26, there were no entries in the Youth Photography category (under 18), a brand new one this year. This creates a great opportunity for youngsters everywhere, especially in Upper Kittitas County."

Learn more about the perks and prizes for the TCF photo contest and check out some of the submissions so far this year in this week's copy of the Tribune (July 30, 2020)
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Subscribers, find it in your paper this week, get a copy on local newsstands, or have one mailed by going to nkctribune.com/shop/shop/single-copy-purchase/ and selecting the July 30, 2020 issue.
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STAY SAFE EVERYONE:The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Fire Weather Watch for thunderstorms, which is in effect from late Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. ... See MoreSee Less

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BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!The heat continues this week. Weather models suggest the peak temperatures will occur Thursday into Friday with near record levels. Stay safe & hydrate. ... See MoreSee Less

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COMMUNITY SAFETY PROJECTDistrict 6 Lifejacket Station Fundraiser:

Lake Cle Elum is an amazing place to visit and live, but sometimes danger can lurk beneath the waves, especially during high wind. In the last 5 years, 4 people have lost their lives to drowning in our area, 3 of them were children. None of these victims were wearing live jackets, and Kittitas County Fire District 6 wants to change that!

A new life jacket station was just put up at Speelyi Beach; next goals are Wish Poosh Boat Launch and Morgan Creek. We’ll be working with multiple agencies including the USFS, KC Search & Rescue and others.

Because of COVID, we’ve canceled two fundraisers and the third is in limbo, which is why we’re asking for your help via this page. We’ve got plans to save lives, and together we can make that happen!

Feel free to donate here, via mail, drop off at Station 61 (Atlantic AVE) or in person with any D6 firefighter. Together we can prevent tragedy ❤️

www.gofundme.com/f/lake-cle-elum-lifejacket-stations?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm...
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Local prize packs available in weekly drawings.Did you work on filling up your passport this weekend? The drawing is on Wednesday, you could win these and other amazing local gift cards! ... See MoreSee Less

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COURTESY RE-POST:

Please, pack it in, pack it out. Leave our beautiful area as nice, or better (by picking up extra trash), than you found it. Pay it forward to the next recreationists.
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Public Service Announcements

Alerts and Information

Cle Elum Council meeting rescheduled due to ZOOM ID issue

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING – JULY 27, 2020 CANCELLED – SEE VIRTUAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 29, 2020 Notice is hereby given that the City of Cle Elum cancelled the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday July 27, 2020...

State & Regional

News from around Washington State

Nation’s Population Growth Slowed This Decade

NATIONAL – The nation’s growth continues to slow, according to Vintage 2019 population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau – the last estimates before results of the 2020 Census count of the U.S. population are released at...

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Electric school buses headed to Washington districts

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Know When to Get Tested for COVID-19

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Beware unsolicited seeds in your mailbox

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