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…


Two Early Releases Commit Crimes, One for Vehicular Homicide

Washington Department of Corrections reports one of its inmates erroneously released early is back behind bars for vehicular homicide. Robert Jackson is one of two prisoners identified as committing a crime when he still should have been incarcerated.  His correct release date was December 6th, 2015.  He crashed a car…


Moses Lake Mail Thieves Arrested

The search for a mail thief in Moses Lake ended Saturday. A citizen on Paxson Drive in Moses Lake called authorities when they saw a pick up truck driving slowly by mailboxes early Saturday morning.  Moses Lake Police were able to track down the vehicle, and found 295 pieces of mail…


Group Rejects Alternative, Moves Forward With Carbon Tax Plan

A group is moving forward with its carbon tax proposal, instead of bowing out in favor of a competing plan. Carbon Washington’s “Initiative 732” is a revenue neutral approach which would lower sales and business taxes while imposing a levy on carbon emissions. Yoram Bauman, the group’s co-founder, admits the…


Report: State Troopers Underpaid, Unhappy With Management

A new report reveals Washington State troopers suffer from low pay and morale, and are unhappy with management. It notes staffing levels are being severely impacted by those leaving for better salaries or simply retiring. State Patrol spokesperson Kyle Moore contends the agency’s looking into how it can better manage…


Stevens Pass Reporting Record Snow Depth

Stevens Pass Mountain Resort claims it received 184 inches of snow as of  December 26.  The ski area says the number, which equals more than 11 and-a-half feet, matches total snow fall for the entire 2014-15 season. A month-long storm cycle brought 140 inches in the first 25 days of December….


4 Injury Collisions Over Weekend in Central Washington

Washington State Patrol reports four injury accidents from Saturday evening through Sunday.  A pedestrian was taken to a hospital after being struck on Highway 17 in Moses Lake Saturday. A one year old was hospitalized in one of two single vehicle rollover accidents Sunday.  The SUV left Highway 243 eight…