Local Lawmakers See Shortfalls In Supplemental Budget

“In the end, it comes down to overspending”. That statement, in a nutshell, is how 12th District State Representative Cary Condotta described his “no” vote on the supplemental budget approved by the Legislature Tuesday night. The Chelan Republican lawmaker added his opposition was based on House Democrats insisting to spend down…


Spring Brings Growth Of New Homes To Fire Ravaged Subdivision

Springtime is bringing new growth to Wenatchee’s foothills, but it’s not just flowers that are blooming this season. New homes are also sprouting up in the Broadview Subdivision, rising from the ashes of last summer’s catastrophic Sleepy Hollow fire. City officials say eight building permits have been issued so far…


Undersheriff Says Drug Dog Was Hit By Patrol Car

Chelan County Undersheriff Jason Mathews has confirmed the death of the department’s drug sniffing dog earlier this month was the result of an accident involving a deputy’s patrol car. The details behind the March 9th death of “Reefer” had been hazy until confirmed by officials on Wednesday. It was a…


Wenatchee Man Gets Probation For Threats To Kill Co-Workers

A Wenatchee man has been sentenced to eighteen months probation after threatening to kill his co-workers. Last August, 46 year old Douglas Black told another North Central Educational Service District employee he had a handgun and planned to kill three associates. The employee notified supervisors and the next day Black was…


IRS Phone Scams

As tax season winds down, phone scams are on the rise. Millions of Americans have received calls this year from fraudulent IRS agents demanding personal information. “The last time I looked it up,” explains CPA Tim Dilley, “1,500 people reported getting the calls every week, and most people don’t complain…


Washington Republicans Gear Up for Presidential Election

Evergreen State Republicans are organizing their efforts for this year’s presidential election. Counties are sending delegates to the state convention, which is where delegates to the national convention will be determined. But there’s a hitch because those proceedings take place before Washington holds its primaries. Chelan County Republican Party Chair…


Wenatchee Bringing “Streateries” to Enhance Downtown Experience

An effort to boost the appeal of downtown Wenatchee’s behind a plan to bring street side seating and dining to the area. A new pilot program lets businesses install platforms over parking spaces to use as a mini park or as dining space. Wenatchee Community and Economic Development Director Steve…


Wenatchee Area Ready To Make Pitch At America’s Best Communities Semi-Finals

Just a few weeks remain before Wenatchee area officials make their pitch for why they should be one of three semi-finalists in the America’s Best Communities competition. The Wenatchee Valley is one of just fifteen communities nationwide to advance to the quarterfinals. Alan Walker, Executive Director with the Chelan-Douglas County United…


Governor Increases Fines For Open Public Meetings Act Violators

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill increasing penalties for violations of the State’s open public meetings laws. He approved Senate Bill 6171 into law Tuesday. The Open Public Meetings Act requires certain proceedings by governing bodies, such as city councils and school boards, be open to the public. Under…


House & Senate Approve Supplemental Budget

The Washington State House has passed a supplemental budget, thereby ending a special session of the legislature after nearly three weeks. Spokane Republican Kevin Parker joined a group of 78 Representatives to support the measure, saying “any time our fingerprints are on the budget you can be assured education is a…