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Butterfly event at Turnbull is family friendly and free

The public is invited to attend a free hands-on, family-friendly event at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to learn about monarch butterflies, their habitat and how you can help conserve these important pollinators. The educational event is being coordinated by the Xerces Society.

The program is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 23 at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Road, about five miles south of Cheney on Cheney-Plaza Road. Space is limited and advance registration is required. You can register online at or contact Lauren Richey at The Xerces Society, (503) 232-6639, ext. 123 or

The event will include hands-on field trips to find monarchs and milkweed, activities and treasure hunts for kids, and presentations by monarch researchers on conservation and science.

Paving work to begin on State Route 902

The Washington State Department of Transportation announced in a June 14 news release that work on a repaving of State Route 902 between Medical Lake and Interstate 90 was to commence on Monday, June 18.

Shamrock Paving was awarded the contract for the $1.87 million project. This project consists of grinding out an existing layer of asphalt on SR 902, then resurfacing with hot mix asphalt.

The job includes some ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) sidewalk ramp improvements and other work. When completed, the roadway surface will be smooth and protect the underlying base layer. A roundabout will also be constructed at the SR 902/Craig Road intersection.

The project is scheduled to last approximately seven weeks. Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., drivers could encounter one-lane, two-way traffic control with flaggers. Motorists should expect delays.

Grinding is scheduled to begin Thursday, June 21, followed by paving.


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