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Updated FEMA rules confusing to many

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program came to Aberdeen Tuesday to explain how a new law passed in March could reform the 2012 act that unleashed a tsunami of anger nationwide when rates for many policyholders skyrocketed.

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DUI emphasis patrols start Aug. 15

Summer is a time for parties and picnics in the sun, but don’t let a DUI ruin your fun. Even though Washington legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal and dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana or alcohol.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has updated the Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning for most of Western Washington and Chelan County for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning through Tuesday evening.

DNR bans all outdoor burning

OLYMPIA — With dangerously hot and dry weather driving fire danger to a new high, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions, the agency announced today.

Free pet transport service for Northwest Spay & Neuter Center patients

Animal lovers on the Harbor have a new resource to help them care for their dogs and cats. In April, Tacoma-based nonprofit clinic Northwest Spay &Neuter Center launched an animal-transport program, making it easier than ever for community members to take advantage of affordable, high-quality spay and neuter services for their pet cats and dogs — and for feral/free-roaming community cats.

County fair attracts record attendance

The scent of fair scones, the sound of farm animals and the view of carnival rides on the horizon brought a record number of patrons to the Grays Harbor County fair this year, with 66,935 people attending the event over the course of five days — that’s 1,294 more people than last year.