Soap Lake Man Injured Building Pipe Bomb

The following is a news release from the Grant Sheriff’s office: A 55-year-old Soap Lake man is hospitalized after being injured Friday evening by a pipe bomb he was building inside his home. Neighbors near the 100 block of Adrian Avenue Northwest in Lakeview called deputies around 6 p.m. to…


Mail thefts reported in Mattawa area

A rash of recent mail thefts in Grant County has prompted a warning from the sheriff’s office to protect your mail from thieves.  Kyle Foreman says the most vulnerable target is an isolated mailbox alongside the roadway.  Foreman said mail thefts happen regularly across Grant County but deputies have received increased…


New Citizens to take Oath of Allegiance

60 individuals from six countries will take the oath of U.S. citizenship on Monday during a Naturalization Ceremony at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. The 60 new citizens originate from El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Philippines and Ukraine.  Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett and Ruth Macias, board member of the…


Mule Deer survey plans delayed

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) – A project to use helicopters and nets to catch mule deer in Washington state has been postponed. The Tri-City Herald reports that the project has been rescheduled to January because the aircraft’s operator will not be available this month. The Washington State Fish and Wildlife project…


Wenatchee has another roundabout and safety improvements on 2018 docket

The city of Wenatchee will construct another roundabout and make safety improvements near two public schools next summer. The mini-roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Western and Springwater Avenue.  Pedestrian- activated rapid flash beacons and radar speed feedback signs will be installed on Maple Street at Foothills Middle…


Air stagnation persists so Burn ban is expanded

The National Weather Service says strong high pressure is expected to intensify over the Pacific Northwest into next week.  An Air Stagnation Advisory is posted in Chelan Douglas and The Washington Department of Ecology issued a press release that said stagnant weather conditions are expected to continue in Central and Eastern…


Newhouse among GOP lawmakers urging “Dreamer” solution by year’s end

Congressman Dan Newhouse was among three-dozen Republican lawmakers Tuesday who called on party leaders to help enact a permanent solution for “dreamers” by the end of the year, saying the issue has festered for too long, creating legal and economic uncertainty for young immigrants under DACA and the companies that…


Chelan PUD Board Approves 2018 Budget

Chelan PUD Commissioners approved a 2018 budget that includes no electric rate increase for a sixth consecutive year.  Chelan PUD reports electric rates have increased 9 percent since 2000, while the consumer price index has risen by 39 percent during the same period. General Manager Steve Wright cautioned the District…


DOH Proposing a 3rd Sex for Birth Certificates

The Washington State Department of Health is considering adding a third sex designation to birth certificates. DOH will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed addition of a third option for sex designation on the birth certificate. On October 31, 2017, DOH filed to consider adopting a new rule that…


NCEF Awards 93 Grants to North Central Washington Teachers

From a press release: The North Central Education Foundation was thrilled to increase the number of teacher classroom grants that were awarded at the 2017 Teacher Classroom Grant Award reception held at Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee.  During this eighth year of teacher grant awards, 93 teachers from four counties…