David Smeltzer Named Apple Citizen of the Year

David Smeltzer has been named 2016 Apple Citizen of the Year.  The Apple Blossom Festival Queen Kori Martin, Princesses Sami Everhart and Emily Homes, and Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson surprised David with the award at Oneonta offices.  The Apple Citizen of the Year award began in 1981 to honor the…


Conference Targets Emergency Outreach to Limited English Speakers

State and local agencies held a conference in Wenatchee Thursday to coordinate emergency management for people who speak limited English. The meeting explored ways to boost communications during disasters such as last summer’s wildfires.  Sergeant Kent Sisson of Chelan County Emergency Management credits the governor’s office for dedicating a program…


SR 153 Closed On Friday

State Route 153 will be closed for part of the day on Friday while Washington State Department Of Transportation crews replace a culvert. A one mile stretch of the highway six miles north of Pateros has been shut down to through traffic since Sunday, when rain, mud and debris washed out…


Legislature Gives State Troopers Modest Pay Increase

The Washington State Legislature has passed a transportation budget which includes a 5% pay hike for Troopers with the Washington State Patrol. However, troopers would need a 20% to 35% increase in salary just to equal the pay grade of officers with other police agencies in the state. State Senator Pam Roach (R-Sumner) said…


Legislators Never Heard Proposal For New East Wenatchee Intersection

A letter asking state legislators to support construction of a new intersection in East Wenatchee never made it off the mayor’s desk. The letter was signed and supported by five Douglas County officials, including Commissioner Ken Stanton. The proposed project would improve traffic between Sunset Highway and drivers headed east…


Wild Win Big: Wenatchee 5 Langley 0

For as exciting as the first three games of this series have been, game 4 was an absolute snoozefest – in all the right ways.  Wenatchee took an early 1-0 lead following a first period goal from Matthew Baker and slowly leaned on Langley until they broke.  For the third consecutive…


Legislative Quarrel Continues

While Washington lawmakers wrangle over a final budget for the year, a key sticking point’s emerged.  The Democratic controlled House and the Republican led Senate are at odds over a requirement to have balanced budget over 4 years. Senate GOP member John Braun contends his chamber’s more focused on following…


Columbia River Search For Vehicle & East Wenatchee Man Concludes

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies have concluded their search for a man who drove an SUV into the Columbia River Monday.  After responding to a domestic disturbance call in the Rock Island area, police were told the man, 42 year old Andrew J. Vincent of East Wenatchee, had driven the vehicle…


Sen. Parlette Pushes Fire Measures While State Lawmakers Wrestle Over Budget

While Washington lawmakers wrestle over a budget deal, numerous measures including wildfire legislation is being negotiated. Senator Linda Evans-Parlette has two bills which have been rolled into an omnibus fire package.  She claims she’s working with other Senators and House members to ensure all parties endorse the final proposal. She…


New Mental Health Care Network For Central Washington A Go…Finally

It’s been several years in the making, but it appears that all systems are go for a new State mandated mental health care network in Central Washington. Chelan, Douglas and Grant County have joined together as a Behavioral Health Organization. The change will bring an end to the Regional Support…