Bathroom Law: Gender Identity Over Biological Gender

A groundbreaking new law took effect in the State of Washington last week.  As of December 26, a member of either sex can enter a public restroom or locker room as long as they identify as the correlating gender, regardless of what they are biologically. Many public leaders believe this…


Snoqualmie Pass Riddled with Travel Issues

Even with a break in winter storms, travel issues continue to plague the heavily used Snoqualmie Pass. This week, the highway was closed for hours while crews downed a tree which was threatening the roadway. Summer Derrey of the state Transportation Department notes the pass rarely gets the volume of…



State Lab Need More Money to Tackle Rape Kit Backlog

A shortage of money’s led to a massive backlog of “sexual assault kits” in Washington. Since the legislature passed a law requiring every kit to be sent to the State Patrol Crime Lab for processing, the agency’s seen an 86 percent increase in submissions. WSDOT’s Jean Johnston notes the lab’s…


7 Hours Window for New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Wenatchee Valley law enforcement’s received at least one fireworks related complaint this week. It’s expected there’ll be more calls about disturbing, or gun-like noises Thursday night. Non-aerial fireworks, such as sparklers, are only legal over a seven-hour period from 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve in Washington. Chelan…


Controversy Over Funding For WSU Infrastructure

The comprehensive transportation packaged passed during this year’s legislative session allocates money to improve State Route 26 and US Highway 195.  However, the improvements won’t be realized until 2025 at the earliest. The narrow infrastructure that leads to Washington State yields tragic fatalities seemingly every year, and many state leaders…


Fix to Glitch in Prisoner Release Program Delayed 16 Times

The state Corrections Department says a fix to the computer glitch which led to 3,200 inmates being mistakenly released early has been delayed 16 times. The prisoners were let out prematurely over a 13 year period starting in 2002.  DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke notes a request to correct the error…


From Industrial Trash..to Art in the Park.

An architect and developer are trying to save some huge pieces of industrial waste and turn them into art – to highlight a new park in the Bellingham area. It begs the question; what is in OUR communities considered waste..that might also be looked at another way and transform into…


Much of Eastern Washington Under Burn Ban

A Stage 1 burn ban’s in place from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Monday for much of Eastern Washington. The restriction’s triggered by stagnant air, which raises the possibility for unhealthy levels of pollution. Joye Redfield-Wilder of the state Ecology Department says winter weather patterns leave the region’s valleys…


Wenatchee Valley’s “Why I Serve” Answers National Campaign.

You may soon notice a rash of TV spots soon featuring police officers and first responders from across the nation, interviewed about why they serve.   News Radio 560 KPQ thought we should take a closer look at our own in kind. Interviewing Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett, it becomes…