Chelan Ice Sculpture Memorializes Fallen Firefighters

On Jan. 16 during Winterfest in Chelan, Larry Pratt and James Royal created this ice sculpture memorial for Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler, firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire in August 2015. Three pairs of boots topped with helmets rest inside the Forest Service shield outline….


Northwest Senators Concerned For Alfalfa Exports

Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have teamed up with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to protect Northwest Alfalfa famers from what they deem as a considerable threat.   More than 1.2 million tons of US-grown alfalfa hay is exported from western ports every year – and…


Lawmakers Study Plan to Meet New EPA Standards

State lawmakers are considering a measure which provides a framework to comply with the Clean Power Plan. It directs the Ecology Department to establish a regional or multi-state program for existing power plants to conform with the federal rule. House Republican Jesse Young, who’s sponsoring the bill, claims it puts…


Legislative Subpoena Issued to Probe Into Early Prison Releases

Legislative subpoenas are issued for documents related to the state’s flawed early release prison program. The records will be used for a probe into the handling of the problem by Governor Inslee and the state Corrections Department. The Senate Rules Committee, on a 13-7 vote, approved a resolution passed earlier…


Moses Lake Man Jailed for Stolen Guns

A Moses Lake man’s jailed after selling stolen arms to undercover agents. 28-year-old Brandon Cirame’s accused of trying to peddle two stolen guns to detectives of the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team. The meeting took place Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Moses Lake WalMart. Cirame’s, a convicted felon,…


4-Year-Old Supreme Court Ruling Re-Opens 20-Year-Old Case

As a 14-year-old, Barry Loukaitis was tried as an adult following the murder of two junior high class mates and a math teacher 20 years ago.   At the time he received two consecutive life sentences on top of an additional 205 years without the possibility of parole – so…


WARN CHILDREN! – Melting Pond Ice Early In Central Washington!

Central Washington first responders are putting out the call to adults to talk with kids about the current dangers of walking, skating or being on the ice for any reason. Officials say without a lengthy hard freeze this winter, everyone’s at risk for going right through ice that may look…


State Lawmakers Consider Mandatory DNA Sample Upon Arrest

A bill requiring DNA samples from all adults arrested for residential burglary, 4th degree assault or crimes against persons is under consideration by state lawmakers. The collections would be financed by redirecting 50 cents from every traffic ticket to the DNA database. James McMahan of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and…


Wenatchee Valley Humane Society FURRRREVER LOVE!

A big issue facing businesses and groups trying to help victims of domestic abuse -and economic victims – is temporary housing that usually does not allow someone to keep their pet. Ie, you need to stay at a shelter, you turn your dogs into a shelter or pound first; they…


Chelan PUD Plans Forum With Intense Energy Users

Chelan County PUD commissioners are calling for a public forum over intense users of energy, such as data centers and bit coin miners. The agency’s considering a new electricity rate for operations which use an unusually large amount of energy, known as ‘High Density Loads”. Commissioner Ann Congdon notes the…