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  • WCSO inmate attempts escape after door locks fail

    Staff, Lynden Tribune|Updated Jul 6, 2023

    BELLINGHAM — On July 4 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Whatcom County Corrections Deputies were alerted to an inmate out of his cell. The inmate, 23-year-old Christian Dillard, was being held in one of the highest security units in the downtown jail. “When he kicked the cell door, the door lock experienced a mechanical failure and the cell door opened into an outer security area,” said WCSO Program Specialist, Communications & Outreach Deb Slater in a July 5 press release. According to the press release, Dillard “then began kicki...

  • Forest Health Collaborative marks decade of restoration efforts

    Marcy Stamper, Methow Valley News|Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Two dozen members of the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative celebrated the group's 10th anniversary in May, hailing its effectiveness in accelerating forest-restoration projects through consensus-driven work by its diverse member organizations - from the U.S. Forest Service to environmentalists to loggers. U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore came from Washington, D.C., to attend the celebration, and praised the group for its diversity, Trout Unlimited...

  • Washington cherry harvest forecast at 8 million more 20-pound boxes than last year

    Gabriel Garcia of Wenatchee World, Quincy Valley Post-Record|Updated Jul 6, 2023

    WENATCHEE - Last year's cold, wet April brought the cherry crop down. But this year, the Washington state cherry harvest is in full swing, and the industry is optimistic about it. Around 21 million 20-pound boxes are expected for harvest, said Tim Kovis, director of communications and events for the Washington State Tree Fruit Association. That is due to summer-like days in the spring months. "There's been more ideal conditions this year," Kovis said. "Cherry trees love when...

  • Wildfire in east Skamania County prompts 'Go Now' evacuation orders, closes part of Highway 14

    Kelly Moyer, Camas-Washougal Post-Record|Updated Jul 6, 2023

    A wildfire burning near Underwood, Washington, across the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon, in rural Skamania County, has closed part of state Route 14 (Highway 14) and prompted Level 3 "Go Now" fire evacuations for people living within a two-mile radius of the fire's epicenter. Skamania County firefighters responded to reports of a wildfire Sunday, July 2, and said Monday morning that the fire, known as the Tunnel 5" fire, spread in the afternoon thanks to hot, windy...