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High wind warning issued for Wenatchee area; wind advisory for Eastern Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Wenatchee area through 5 p.m. Monday.

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Texting can become teen addiction

As I near the end of a journey in high school I ask myself how I can make a difference.

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Little Theatre vets team to co-direct comedy

WALLA WALLA — Live theater can take you beyond yourself and into another person’s life and reality. You can be moved to tears or laughter, or both. The laughs abound in the Larry Shue comedy “The Foreigner,” the upcoming performance at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

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Give me a breakfast!

Hungry for breakfast? Walla Walla offers many options for my favorite meal, from fancy to homestyle.

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Family harvests accolades for gardening

WALLA WALLA — A local family’s altruistic gardening efforts have borne fruit in an award by a national publication.

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Sweets win wild one, take WCL North title

BEND, Ore. — The atmosphere at Vince Genna Stadium was filled with high hopes and higher stakes as the Walla Walla Sweets played the final regular season game against the Bend Elks here Sunday night.

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Chemical weapons watchdog awarded Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway — Recalling the "burning, blinding and suffocating" horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday.

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Book closed on Kids Read program

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Kids Read, a program that brought nationally known authors to Walla Walla annually to promote youth literacy, will end after six years of operation, its founder said in a news release Friday.

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Five things to watch in the Washington Legislature this year

OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday, and while they don’t have to grapple with a budget shortfall for the first time in several years, they still face pressing issues over funding for education and transportation.

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Washington man's near-fatal bout with flu stuns family

Tammy Fickle never thought her family needed to worry about the flu, until it nearly took her husband’s life.

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Prototype could lead to easier lamprey passage at McNary Dam

A prototype structure is in place at McNary Dam that could help Pacific lamprey as they migrate up the Columbia River.

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Long-bill curlews moving in for spring nesting

The natural world is only slightly hindered by this weather as wild animals meet their designated places for the coming of spring.

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Denny: Approach of winter a time for the common loon

Winter is dropping down on us out of the Gulf of Alaska. The sun has slipped off to the south and daylight periods are getting shorter. In the Blue Mountain region about the only warm thought is that summer is approaching south of the equator.

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Wild Files: A small bird with a big journey visits the valley

Many folks think of January as a lifeless cold month. That is not the case as all of nature is still outside living in one state or another.

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‘Historic moment’: Hundreds pack minimum-wage hearing in Seattle

Minimum-wage workers and their advocates packed a public hearing at Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday night to advocate for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in the city.

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As US states allow pot sales, Dutch reverse course

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — A young man at a bus stop hisses at a passer-by: “What you looking for ... marijuana?” It’s a scene of street peddling that the Netherlands hoped to stamp out in the 1970s when it launched a policy of tolerating “coffee shops” where people could buy and smoke pot freely.

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911 moves toward new technology

WALLA WALLA — New ways of communicating are spurring new improvements in Walla Walla County’s E-911 system.

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Study finds timing, amount of manure applied affects nitrates in groundwater

Applying dairy manure to fields as fertilizer can be a major source of nitrate pollution in groundwater, depending on the timing and amount of manure applied, according to a new study out of Whatcom County.