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A screenshot of a map linked to monitors that show local air quality on the website. Grand Coulee is at lower right; darker areas at upper left show worse air near Twisp forest fires.

New air-quality monitors are working in the Grand Coulee Dam area with results accessible by anyone online, thanks to an initiative of the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club.

Using sensors purchased from PurpleAir, the club has so far put up one sensor, which complements another that member Bob Valen bought for his own home last winter. At least one more is planned for the area.

Valen, who writes The Star's monthly weather column, found several years ago that the state's Dept. of Ecology air quality online map showed a "lack of monitoring in a huge area around us," Valen said.

It still does, and...

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