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DRESS ACCORDINGLY (10/21-10/25, 2020):Temperatures will be getting colder late in the week with a chance for snow to impact the region as well. Details for next weekend are still uncertain, but valley snow is a possibility. It looks to feel a lot more like winter than fall by the end of next weekend with highs expected to be in the 30s and lows in the teens for many areas.

For details and changing forecasts for you local area go to www.weather.gov/spokane and enter your city and state.
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SEASONS CHANGE.Days are quickly getting shorter across the Inland Northwest, but just how fast you might wonder? Today's daylight length in Spokane is 10 hours and 44 minutes and just a mere 2 weeks from now they will be 9 hours and 56 minutes long, a loss of over 3 minutes per day. One month from now the days will be 93 minutes shorter and we are only 65 days away from the shortest day of the year. On another note, Daylight Saving Time ends right after Halloween this year and by then the sun will set before 5:00 PM. Do we have a lot of fans of these shorter days? ... See MoreSee Less

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TAKE NOTE (10/16/2020):A number of area mental health professionals were targeted today in attempted frauds and thefts. The scammers ‘spoofed’ the phone number of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office (so the victim's phone’s ‘caller ID’ falsely indicated our office was calling) and they identified themselves as members of our Sheriff’s Office. The scammers also had specific information about the intended victims and their professional involvement with our county's court system. They sounded very plausible to the targets, who were professionals and familiar with the court system.

Deputies are investigating the incident and we will advise the public of anything suggesting the threat of further targeted fraud or other criminal activity. In the meantime, please be assured that no real Sheriff’s Office or other legitimate Law Enforcement Agency of any kind—local, state, or federal—will demand bail money or anything like it by a telephone call. If anyone requests payment over the phone by a method that involves you having to buy a card and supply a number, you should be very suspicious; and if you have any doubt about the legitimacy of a Law Enforcement contact in this county, call our dispatch center, KITTCOM, at 509-925-8534—or simply dial 911.
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TAKE NOTE (10/14/2020):Many of us lucky enough to have had a lengthy garden season in 2020 will see that luck run out tonight. Look for some rather cold temperatures and frost Thursday morning and again by the weekend. #idwx #wawx ... See MoreSee Less

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WINTER TEST DRIVE IS COMING (10/13/2020) Be safe out there in the mountain passes. ... See MoreSee Less

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BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING!You probably have heard about the big weather changes coming to the Inland Northwest this weekend...but if not...here is a brief synopsis: It's going to be colder...wetter... windier...snowier...and we can't even rule out a small chance of thunderstorms (is that thunderier?) ... See MoreSee Less

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TAKE NOTE ON SMOKE IN THE AIR:This fall, firefighters across Central Washington will once again be using fire to help restore watersheds and better protect nearby communities. Excluded from the ecosystem for nearly 100 years, frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for restoring public lands and the communities who depend on them.

“We are taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to start prescribed burning where we can safely do so. It is important for us to be proactive when we have these fall burning opportunities,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Rob Allen.

Just over 3,500 acres of prescribed burning is planned this fall, but fewer acres may be completed if conditions are not favorable. Conditions include correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture, and ventilation for smoke. When these criteria are met, firefighters implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets forest health and public safety goals including air quality.

“These prescribed fire projects reduce the amount of burnable fuels in the forest and help lower the risk of future high-intensity wildfires and related dense smoke,” Allen said.

Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke during burning operations. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit wasmoke.blogspot.com

Prescribed burning operations are planned on national forest lands in the following counties.
Okanogan County:
• Benzer project, 76 acres, located 11 miles SE of Twisp, WA
• Upper Rendezvous, 210 acres, located 8 miles NW of Winthrop, WA
• Lost Driveway hand pile burning project, 646 acres adjacent to the community of Mazama, WA
• Eightmile/Chewuch project, 17 acres, 5 miles north of Winthrop, WA
• South Summit, 853 acres near Mt. Leecher, 11 miles SE of Twisp, WA
• North Summit, a single hand pile at the sno-park near Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Yakima County:
• Benton Creek project, 100 acres, located 15 miles NW of Naches, WA
• Yellow Jacket Creek, 54 acres, 17 miles NW of Naches, WA
• Three projects totaling 1,570 acres, located in the S. Fork of Wenas Creek in the Four Corners Junction area approximately 16 miles NW of Naches, WA

Real-time prescribed fire interactive map: tinyurl.com/harqnw8

Additional prescribed fires and pile burns may be conducted if favorable conditions allow.
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TAKE NOTE FOR 10/8/2020:UPDATE 8pm: burn has been completed and our objectives have been met. We expect some smoke in town and valleys in the early morning tomorrow but quickly clearing. We’d rather choose a little smoke on our terms to reduce fuels and risk than endure the smoke from wildfire. Thank you Roslyn for being such a supportive and proactive community.

UPDATE: Ignitions have started and our burn is underway.

Roslyn Fire will be conducting prescribed burn operations on the Roslyn Ridge on Thursday October 8th if conditions and smoke dispersion forecasts allow. This burn is part of the TREX program that has burned here annually since 2017. However, this year's burn is unique in that it will rely primarily on local Kittitas County resources. Most personnel on the burn will be volunteers from Roslyn Fire, Kittitas County Fire Protection District #6, Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue- KVFR, Cle Elum Volunteer Fire Department, Kittitas County Fire District 1, Kittitas County Fire District Number 7, Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue with critical support from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Thursday's burn is part of an on-going project on the ridge designed to protect the communities in the Cle Elum Watershed including Ronald, Roslyn, Cle Elum, South Cle Elum, and Suncadia from catastrophic fire. Funding comes from the The City of Roslyn, Roslyn Downtown Association, Suncadia Resort, the US Forest Service's Communities and Collaboration Program, The Nature Conservancy in Washington: Central Cascades Forest, and the Washington DNR.
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Public Service Announcements

Alerts and Information

L&I closures due to state furloughs – October 19

Governor Jay Inslee has directed all cabinet agencies in Washington to take furlough days as a result of the state budget shortfall related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many L&I employees, including all Employment Standards...

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State regulators approve Advanced Meter rules

OLYMPIA – State regulators have approved new rules for advanced meter infrastructure, or smart meters, concluding a two-year rulemaking process. The Utilities and Transportation Commission’s new rules provide guidance to...

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State upgrades business licensing and tax system

OLYMPIA – The Department of Revenue is upgrading its online business licensing and tax system, My DOR. The system will be unavailable from 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept 12 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 15. My DOR is the primary tool customers...

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Pinochle

October 22 @ 12:00 PM
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First Aid/CPR/AED Class

October 24 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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COAL’s Clothing Center

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The Patch (Formerly Huffman Farms) Festivities

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Free Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic

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Suncadia Pumpkin Patch

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