Outage Planned for Thursday for Repair Work

The following is a release from Chelan PUD: About 400 customers in downtown Cashmere and neighborhoods in the area near the Wenatchee River will be without electric service starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, so that Chelan PUD line crews can repair damage to an underground line as…


Semi spinout blocks Blewett Pass

A semi-truck driver lost control on Blewett Pass around 7:30 Tuesday morning and came to rest blocking all lanes about one mile north of the summit near MP 165.  The Washington State Patrol reported the lanes were blocked for close to 2 hours before the truck was pulled from the…


Former Washington Gov. John Spellman dies at age 91

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – John Spellman, the last Republican governor elected in Washington, has died at age 91.   Spellman’s son, Seattle attorney David Spellman, confirmed his death Tuesday and thanked Virginia Mason teams for “their compassion and support the last several weeks.” John Spellman served one four-year term as governor…


American Red Cross Seeking Hometown Hero Nominations

From a press release – The American Red Cross is inviting nominations from the community for the “Hometown Heroes” among us. If you know of a local individual or organization who has done something courageous or exceptional that deserves recognition, please take the time to nominate them. Nominations will be accepted…


Representative Joel Kretz Proposes New Water Regulations

House Republican Deputy Leader Joel Kretz of Wauconda has introduced a bill that he says would put all of Washington under the same water rights regulations in response to the controversial Hirst decision. Under the One Washington Water Act, new single-family homes would be limited to 350 gallons of water…


CFNCW Opens Strong School Grants Applications

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has opened up their applications for the Stronger Schools Grant. Jennifer Dolge says the grants are available for teachers, school staff, supporting foundations or other groups like that. “We’re looking for programs and projects that add that experience for the students that makes…


Real Estate prices remain strong

Pacific Appraisal Associates released their look at the real estate market in Wenatchee for December. Total sales dropped 27 percent compared to December of 2016, but the median sales price continues to climb, up 7% from one year ago.  Over the past 90 days, the median price is nearly $294,000. In…


Wenatchee Valley PetSmart location opens Monday

The new PetSmart location will officially open at the Wenatchee Valley Mall on Monday. The grand opening events will actually take place over three different weekends, January 20th, February 3rd and February 17th. PetSmart offer the opportunity to buy products in the store or online and they also offer grooming…


Road Weight Restrictions may be imposed early

Chelan county Commissioners may be imposing temporary weight restrictions on some roads much earlier than usual due to recent heavy snowmelt.  On Tuesday, Commissioners will consider passing the seasonal resolution that places temporary weight restrictions on some county roads.  This usually takes place in late winter, however some county roads…


Environmental film explores energy future

The Wenatchee Valley Museum Environmental Film and Lecture Series continues Tuesday, Jan. 16th with the film “Switch” The 90 minute documentary explores the future of energy and examines how it most likely will happen. Museum Deputy Director Mariah Thornock says the Environmental Film committee has been careful to avoid films…