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16 E. Washington cities earn Tree City USA title

16 E. Washington cities earn Tree City USA title

In honor of Arbor Day, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is recognizing several Eastern Washington cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA.


To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city needs to have either a tree board or a city department that is responsible for tree care and management, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care, and celebrate Arbor Day.

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Highway 17 is closed as crews from the Department of Ecology work to transfer ethanol from a tanker truck that crashed in a bridge over Lind Coulee around 6 am.


No one was hurt in the crash. Ecology reports that less than 100 gallons of ethanol spilled onto the roadway and none of it reached water in a nearby canal. Highway 17 will remain closed as crews work to transfer approximately 6,0000 gallons of ethanol into a new tank and right the truck.

Washington recycles 200 million pounds of electronics

Washington recycles 200 million pounds of electronics

From the Washington Department of Ecology:


Washington’s nationally recognized E-Cycle Washington program has achieved a milestone by collecting 200 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors for free recycling. Two-hundred million pounds equals the weight of 361 fully loaded Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

 

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

A travel website has included the Palouse Falls in a list of the top waterfalls in the world. The Palouse Falls was listed as number 10 on the list of 15 of the World's Most Amazing Waterfalls by Thrillist.com.

 

Thrillist.com releases daily emails highlighting entertainment, food and travel in large cities including Seattle, Austin and Las Vegas. The website includes a travel section which features fun articles about anything ranging from the best camping gear, new travel apps and even an article on the smelliest cities in the world. The site often produces best of lists, such as the best swim up bars, best travel photos of the year, and the world's most amazing waterfalls.

 

Washington prepares to Drop, Cover and Hold On

On Thursday morning, residents all across Washington will Drop, Cover and Hold On at 10:17 am. The drill is part of the second Great Washington Shake Out to better prepare our state to respond to an earthquake.

In 2012, over 710,000 people across the state participated in the Great Washington Shake Out, and this year over 850,000 people have registered. At 10:17 those people will practice the current procedure in case of an earthquake the Drop, Cover and Hold On. Participants are asked to stop what they're doing, drop to the floor, take cover under a table or another sturdy structure and hold on to it.

Yellow Zone closed following annual clean up

Yellow Zone closed following annual clean up

From the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

The Sand Scorpions Off Road Vehicle Club conducted their annual Moses Lake Sand Dunes Yellow Zone cleanup this past Saturday, October 5th. Members of the Sand Scorpions volunteered over 133 man hours to collect over 10 yards of garbage and trash scattered throughout the area of the Moses Lake Sand Dunes known as the “Yellow Zone”.

State wide burn ban lifted

State wide burn ban lifted

From the Washington State Department of Natural Resources:

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources today announced that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been rescinded. Fire danger is reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR’s action. Potential burners and the public at large are reminded to check with those local authorities before burning. For local fire restrictions, please visit: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx