• New Wolf Pack Confirmed in Eastern Washington
    Posted 11/25/15 from US Fish and Wildlife news release   LACEY, Wash. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have confirmed a new wolf pack near the towns of Twisp and Omak in Washington State. The new pack will be designated as the Loup Loup Pack, reflecting a prominent place name within the pack’s range in the Methow Valley.   Following up on a cluster of public wolf sightings in north-central Washington, WDFW, working in coordination with USDA Wildlife Services and the Service, identified a group of wolves previously undocumented in the area. Further investigation, including ground surveys, confirmed the presence and consistent use of the area by multiple wolves.   WDFW and partner agencies will continue to monitor the new group over winter and will attempt to capture and fit one of the wolves with a radio collar in summer 2016 to monitor the new pack.   The gray wolf is federally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and the Service is the primary agency responsible for managing wolves in the western two-thirds of Washington, including the area where the new pack was confirmed. Wolves are listed statewide as endangered by the State of Washington.    As gray wolves continue to expand among a growing human population, the Service will continue to take a balanced approach to management to accommodate for both.  The Service and WDFW will continue to work together to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock grazing in the state.   To learn more about gray wolves in Washington, visit http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/graywolves.html andhttp://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/.   To report sightings or other evidence of wolves in Washington (tracks, scat, howling, and photos/video from motion-sensitive remote cameras), visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/reporting/sightings.html or call 1-877-933-9847
  • Chelan & Douglas Counties Show Strong Employment
    Unemployment’s down in Chelan and Douglas Counties. The newest numbers show a drop of seven-tenth’s percent from a year ago.  The jobless rate of 4.6 percent is the lowest it’s been in October since 2008.  But state regional economist Don Meseck notes there are some troubling signs.  He says “The down side is that the labor force growth has been slowing now for the last four months.  So that’s not good news.”  Meseck says the labor force is roughly the same as it was a year ago, even though unemployment’s down significantly.  Still, Meseck point out non-farm job growth is especially strong in the two counties.  He says “Our non-farm growth rate has been really better than the state’s non-farm growth rate for at least the last 12 months. Those are some steps in the right direction.”  Chelan and Douglas Counties are also in better shape than the state overall, which has a 5.2 percent jobless rate.
  • Police Shooting Suspect Sought
    Douglas County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help finding a suspect they say shot at a deputy Thursday night when he attempted to stop the suspect's vehicle in the City of Bridgeport.   Officials say the deputy ran a license plate check on 2002 silver Toyota Sienna learning one of the owners had a felony warrant for arrest...
  • Costco Pulls Chicken Salad Off Shelves Due E. Coli
    Costco’s takes its “chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken” off shelves because of E...
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