Hawkins sees progress on Hirst “fix”

State Senator Brad Hawkins appeared on KPQ’s The Agenda program on Wednesday and said he’s optimistic a bill to provide a Hirst solution that is moving through the Senate is close to a vote as early as Thursday night.  The Hirst decision by the Washington State Supreme Court put more…


House passes bill aimed at lowering gender wage gap

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The Washington House passed a measure that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women and provide equal growth opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace. The Democratic-controlled House passed the measure on a bipartisan 69-28 vote Wednesday. The bill has passed the House…


Busy week for Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce

It’s already Wednesday but there are still many events remaining on the calendar of events this week for the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce; The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Port of Douglas County have arranged for a member of the Federal Reserve Board to address their Economic Leadership…


LINK Transit Board aiming at November ballot for tax request

The Link Transit Board has indicated it would prefer placing a 2/10ths of one percent sales tax increase request before voters this fall. Link General Manager Richard DeRock asked the board for direction at Tuesday’s meeting after the board decided decided last month to delay a February vote on what…


Semi spinout blocks Blewett Pass

A semi-truck driver lost control on Blewett Pass around 7:30 Tuesday morning and came to rest blocking all lanes about one mile north of the summit near MP 165.  The Washington State Patrol reported the lanes were blocked for close to 2 hours before the truck was pulled from the…


Former Washington Gov. John Spellman dies at age 91

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – John Spellman, the last Republican governor elected in Washington, has died at age 91.   Spellman’s son, Seattle attorney David Spellman, confirmed his death Tuesday and thanked Virginia Mason teams for “their compassion and support the last several weeks.” John Spellman served one four-year term as governor…


Real Estate prices remain strong

Pacific Appraisal Associates released their look at the real estate market in Wenatchee for December. Total sales dropped 27 percent compared to December of 2016, but the median sales price continues to climb, up 7% from one year ago.  Over the past 90 days, the median price is nearly $294,000. In…


Wenatchee Valley PetSmart location opens Monday

The new PetSmart location will officially open at the Wenatchee Valley Mall on Monday. The grand opening events will actually take place over three different weekends, January 20th, February 3rd and February 17th. PetSmart offer the opportunity to buy products in the store or online and they also offer grooming…


Road Weight Restrictions may be imposed early

Chelan county Commissioners may be imposing temporary weight restrictions on some roads much earlier than usual due to recent heavy snowmelt.  On Tuesday, Commissioners will consider passing the seasonal resolution that places temporary weight restrictions on some county roads.  This usually takes place in late winter, however some county roads…


Environmental film explores energy future

The Wenatchee Valley Museum Environmental Film and Lecture Series continues Tuesday, Jan. 16th with the film “Switch” The 90 minute documentary explores the future of energy and examines how it most likely will happen. Museum Deputy Director Mariah Thornock says the Environmental Film committee has been careful to avoid films…