Two CWU Students Die in “Tragic Accident”

Two Central Washington University students are dead in what Ellensburg Police are calling a tragic accident. Thursday night at approximately 8:50, Officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots in the 2600 block of North Ellington Street. The initial investigation by Detectives reports that a 22-year-old man died after being…


Moses Lake School Bus Hits Deer, No Students Hurt

A school bus in Moses Lake struck a deer on state route 17 at Randolph Road at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant says none of the kids on the bus were hurt, and the bus pulled over to a safe location so the kids could…


Quincy Ag Company Paying $525,000 Penalty

SPOKANE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Horning Brothers, LLC, a Quincy-based agricultural company, will pay $525,000 in a civil rights enforcement action claiming sexual harassment of multiple female agricultural workers, discriminatory hiring and sex-segregated employment practices and retaliation against workers who reported the improper conduct. The women…


Mountain Home Preserve Closing Temporarily October 23rd

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) will temporarily close its Mountain Home Preserve to the public beginning October 23rd. Thirty acres of CDLT’s 170-acre property on Mountain Home Road above Leavenworth will be thinned to improve its health and resilience to drought, bark beetle attack, and wildfire.   The forest thinning…


WDFW Seeking Interested Individuals for Wolf Advisory Group

Olympia – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve for the next three years (2019-2021) on the citizen committee that advises the department on wolf recovery and management. The department formed the Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) in 2013 with nine members, representing the interests…


Final Day for Comments on Mission Ridge Expansion is Friday

The final day for comments on a proposed Mission Ridge expansion is Friday, October 19th. Areas of improvement would be an expanded parking lot, specific areas for beginning skiers, additional lodging and dining options and expanded nordic trails. In a video discussing the expansion, General Manager Josh Jorgensen says there…


Gov. Inslee Approves Solar Project Near Ellensburg

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a letter approving the site certification agreements for the Columbia Solar Project in Kittitas County. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council reviewed the proposal and submitted its recommendations to the governor in August. It is the first energy project approved by Inslee under EFSEC’s expedited review…


Big Bend Receives Donation of Beechcraft Airplane

From BBCC: The Big Bend Community College Aviation Program received an early Christmas present this year in the form of a Beechcraft Sport B-19 aircraft, and Santa Claus came in the form of Kevin and Ann Peterson of Seattle who delivered the plane to the Grant County Airport on Monday…


Low-Income Washingtonians Carry Heaviest Tax Burden in U.S.

Washington state has the most regressive tax system in the nation, meaning low- and middle-income Washingtonians pay an oversized share of their wages in taxes. That’s according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Their “Who Pays?” study finds people in the top one percent…


NCRL Expanding Backpack Checkout Program

Backpacks loaded with everything you need to explore nature are coming to a library near you! After piloting the backpack program at the Wenatchee and Winthrop public libraries during the summer, North Central Regional Library is now expanding it to include all of Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties….