Federal WA Wildfire Assistance Surpasses 3.5 Million Dollar Level

Federal help to help the state of Washington recover from last summer’s wildfires surpasses the 3.5 million dollar mark. Federal Emergency Management Agency grants reimburse state and local governments, tribes recognized by the federal government, and some non profit groups for 3/4 of eligible wildfire disaster related expenses. Much of the…


Teacher’s Union Bringing Lawsuit Against Charter Schools

The state’s largest teacher’s union plans to file a lawsuit against a new law which funds charter schools.  Legislation passed this year sends $10 million to the institutions. Rich Wood of the Washington Education Association’s says the teacher’s union’s not alone in seeking court action.   He notes support for…


Frustrated Whispering Ridge Homeowners Air Concerns About Landslide Threat

A group of Wenatchee Heights residents living in path of a possible landslide can only watch and wait while their property values plummet.. Whispering Ridge Homeowners Association President Elliott Nelson shared his frustration with the ongoing threat and its impacts on him and his neighbors . . Nelson contends Chelan County…


Douglas County Port Eyes Use for Silicon Plant Site

The Port of Douglas County’s looking at developing a shuttered Rock Island silicon plant into an industrial park. Research by a consulting firm shows the area’s a viable source for economic development.  The port’s executive director, Lisa Parks, says there’s a number of possible uses for the site. “We get…



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Arrests Made During Drug Raid In Grant County

Two Grant County residents are in jail and facing drug charges. The Moses Lake Police Department says the pair also snagged nearly two pounds of methamphetamine in a drug raid on Sunday. A search continues for another suspect connected to the case, 32 year old Adrian Contreras-Garcia. Authorities say they discovered more illegal drugs…


Okanogan County Homes and Roads in Danger from Spring Runoff

Hillside land in Okanogan County, which was stripped of vegetation from wildfires over the past two summers, is endangering lower level homes. Residents in Carlton are hoping to hold off incoming water from spring runoff after a storm heavy winter. Maurice Goodall with Okanogan County Emergency Management says the current…


Highway 153 Reopens But Slow Down

SR 153 reopens after flood-related damage at Milepost 6 (6 miles west of pateros). Both lanes of SR 153 will open tonight April 7, 2016 at 8p.m. with a recommended reduced Speed OF 35 MPH due to water over the roadway. High stream flows from heat-related snow melt expected over the next…


Mushroom Hunting Season

Spring weather attracts mushroom hunters from all over the country to Central Washington, but be warned… “Don’t ever eat a mushroom that you’re not 100% certain about,” exclaims mushroom expert Sherri Schneider-Means.  “You can’t mess around.  There are several deadly species of mushrooms that grow commonly in our area.” Schneider-Means…