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Displaced wildlife from smoke and fires includes bat populations
Caution children not to touch bats, vaccinate your cats and dogs against rabies.

A bat that is found on the ground, caught by a pet, or found in a home might have rabies. Chelan Douglas Health District is asking people to avoid bats to help protect people from the deadly rabies virus. Rabies exposure occurs most often when people handle these animals. During fire season, people and animals are more likely to encounter bats both in their homes and outside. Dogs and cats are susceptible to rabies; Pet owners should be sure that rabies vaccinations for their pets are up-to-date.

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Nearly 35 million traveling this Labor Day, says AAA Highest since recession driven decline
AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013. Nearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close and children head back to school. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1.

Highlights from 2014 AAA Labor Day Travel Forecast:

Automobile travel will increase by 1.4 percent this year, with 29.7 million travelers planning to hit the road.

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Kahler Glen Ladies Division holds 'Swing For Smiles' Golf Tournament
A few years ago, The Kahler Glen Ladies Division approached the Upper Valley Free Clinic (UVFC) to donate the proceeds from their golf tournament, "Mammoscram", for breast cancer screening of women living in the Upper Wenatchee Valley. When other funding sources became available to meet this need, the tournament committee brainstormed new ways to support their underserved neighbors. This was the beginning of the "Swing for Smiles" golf tournament, an 18 hole ladies golf scramble, with the net proceeds used to establish a free dental clinic (at the UVFC). The monthly dental clinic has been open for nearly a year. Licensed dentists are available for free drop in consultation. Local UVFC clinic patients are evaluated and referred to local dentists for free urgent dental care as needed. Out of area residents are referred to their own local community dentists for care. Generally, the Free Dental clinic is open on the 1st Monday of the month and closed on holidays. It will not be open on Labor Day, September 1. Instead, the free dental clinic will be open on September 8 , from 6:30 pm-8 pm. After September the regular first Monday of each month schedule will resume.
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Despite wildfires and closures, much of the forest is still open
Even though some wildfires remain uncontrolled and several area closures are in effect for public safety, large areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest remain open to recreation.

"Fires have burned across thousands of acres of this forest, and firefighters are still working to control some difficult fires in Okanogan, Chelan, and Kittitas Counties," said Mike Balboni, Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Supervisor. "But this is a very large National Forest, and several of our districts have been spared large fires so far this season," he said.

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Ghost Bears: Searching for the elusive North Cascades Grizzly Bear
An exciting, new field course from Wenatchee River Institute

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Forest Service seeking comments for 'over-snow vehicle' regulations
he U.S. Forest Service is proposing to regulate where and when "over-snow vehicles" such as snowmobiles are used on national forests, and is seeking public comment on the proposal.

The public has until Aug. 4 to submit comments on the proposed change to the Forest Service's Travel Management Rule, which would require designation of roads, trails and areas on national forest lands where over-snow vehicle use is permitted, restricted or prohibited.

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