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Tons of Apples Dumped in Washington State

Posted 5/27/15
 
Can Washington State's apple industry recover from the losses suffered from the Westcoast seaport labor dispute. 
 
Port operators and the Unions representing dock workers have resolved their problems but the same cannot be said for the tree fruit industry. Millions of pounds of apples are being dumped to rot under the sun in places like Pateros because they couldn't be shipped to overseas markets.
 
Manson Growers General Manager and Chelan County Commissioner Doug England . . 
 
Last season, Washington growers produced the biggest apple crop in their history. 
 
   The Washington State Tree Fruit Association estimates $95 million in lost sales due to apples that could not ship.
 
  
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Dog bite information sought

Posted Tuesday, 05-26-15

Anyone who may have seen a dog bite a man near the Wenatchee Raquet and Athletic Club on Memorial Day is asked to contact Wenatchee Valley Animal Control. Sgt. Jody White, Director of Field Operations says they received a phone call around noon Monday from a man who was bitten by a dog. The dog, described as a golden or tan colored Pit Bull type dog, reportedly jumped up and bit the man on the left wrist, leaving two puncture wounds. The woman walking the dog, described as a brunette in her 20's wearing a black tank top and black leggings, left in a black four door sedan. White says they would appreciate any additional information from the public, as the dog is required to undergo a quarantine period to ensure it is in good health. You can contact Wenatchee Valley Animal Control at 662-9577, extension 1.

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Hard Hat Dam Tour

Posted Tuesday, 05-26-15

If you want to see what makes a Dam tick, you can get an up close and personal look next month. Debbie Gallaher with the Chelan County PUD says their "Hard Hat" tours of Rock Island Dam last year were well attended.

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To reserve a spot for the tours, the next of which is set for June 20th, contact the Rocky Reach Visitor's Center at 663-7522.

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Assessor meeting tonight

Posted Tuesday, 05-26-15

How is my property value assessed. That's one of the main questions Chelan County Assessor Deanna Walter receives during community outreach meetings. She gave KPQ a thumbnail sketch of the process on a recent Business Beat program.

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Meetings for property owners in the Cashmere and South Wenatchee areas are set for this week. Walter says participants can learn what to expect when you receive your 2015 assessed value notice at the beginning of July and the trends they are seeing in your market area. The first meeting takes place at the Cashmere Middle School commons Tuesday and the Wenatchee Community Center's Social Hall at 504 South Chelan Avenue Wednesday. The meetings run from seven to eight p.m.

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Housing Market trends

Posted Tuesday, 05-26-15

Home prices continue their upward trend in the Wenatchee Real Estate Market. Realtor Paul Mares says the median sales price is up eight percent, at $240,000. The number of homes sold is up %17.

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Mares says the current supply of homes in the Wenatchee Real Estate market is down 23% from last year.

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Stehhekin Road delays

Posted Tuesday, 05-26-15

Senator Linda Evans-Parlette says she's frustrated but not deterred by a decision the National Park Service decision to stop a plan to relocate the Old Cottonwood road at Stehekin.

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The Cottonwood Road was built in the 1880's as a wagon road. Before it was washed out by floods in 2003 it served as the only motorized route linking Stehekin with the North Cascades National Park

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Where there's smoke, there's chip sealing

Posted Tuesday, 05-26-15

You may see some white smoke in the Plain area later this week, but it's not for a new pope. Chelan County officials say work begins Thursday to chip seal the River Road. Because the material is heated to such high temperatures, you may see some white smoke during the application process. Crews will later move on to work on the Chumstick Highway. During that time travelers through work zones can expect one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic with delays up to 20 minutes.

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New speed limit in Quincy

Posted Tuesday, 05-26-15

You might need to ease off on the gas pedal in the Quincy area, starting Wednesday.  New 50 MPH speed limit signs are going up on State Route 281 just south of town. A new transition zone from the 60 MPH highway speed to the 35 MPH city speed will accommodate the new left turn lanes and lighting being added for the Road 9NW intersection later this summer.

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Power Outage Knocks Out Electricity to Two Thousand Peshastin Area Customers

Posted 5/26/15
 
Over two thousand Upper Valley customers lost their power this morning. The electrical outage impacted a wide area of Peshastin extending up the Blewett Pass Highway and West along Highway 2.
 
 PUD Spokeswoman, Kimberly Craig says the outage struck shortly after 7 am. She says it was "critter caused" as line crews found some animal remains near the transformer. 
 
Craig says it could take several hours to make the repairs and test the system prior restoring power to the line ..
 
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Auburn Man Accused of Vehicular Homicide in Chelan County

Posted 5/26/15
 
An Auburn man faces vehicular homicide charges after a crash on a Forest Service road in Chelan County.
Chelan County Undersheriff, John Wisemore says 18 year old Adam T Sanders was arrested Monday following the predawn accident. One passenger was killed and another suffered a broken ankle in the crash. It occurred about 8 miles NorthEast of Leavenworth on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest when Sanders lost control of his car causing it to flip over.
 
Sanders remains in custody at the Chelan County Regional jail. Wisemore identified the deceased passenger as 19 year old Kevin McClincy of Auburn. Wisemore says the investigation concluded the accident was the result of reckless driving. He says the driver did not test positive for drugs or alcohol but blood test results are pending. 
 
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Phone app. helps nab suspects

Posted Monday, 05-25-15

A friendly reminder from the Wenatchee police department. Lock your cars. Several vehicle prowls reported in the Broadview area Sunday morning fortunately ended in the recovery of stolen property and two arrests, with more pending. Sergeant Mark Huson says police are not always able to recover stolen property, so don't leave a tempting target.

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Wenatchee police report that in addition to GPS units, iPods, iPhones and money, a rifle was taken in Sunday's car prowls. Police says the break in the case came when a stolen iPhone was reportedly powered up by the suspects. The owner received a notification from a Find My iPhone app.

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Officials say Drugged Driver Injures Several Campers at Gorge Amphitheater Campground

Posted 5/25/15
 
The Grant County sheriff's office has identified the man who drove his car into the Gorge Amphitheater campground, injuring three people and himself.
 
   Tanner A. Drayton-Williams of Woodland Hills, Calif. was arrested and is facing four counts of second degree assault. Authorities say he hit pedestrians, tents and parked vehicles at the campground on Saturday.
 
   Sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman said the 19-year-old Drayton-Williams was under the influence of drugs.
 
   The injured, including the driver, were taken to Quincy Valley Hospital. The driver and two others were treated and then released. One person was transferred to another hospital for treatment of multiple broken bones and internal injuries.
 
   The Gorge Amphitheater is hosting the Sasquatch! Music Festival over the Memorial Day weekend. Camping at the amphitheater is part of the festival.
 

 

Posted Saturday 05-23-15

The Grant County sheriff's office says at least four people have been injured at the Gorge Amphitheater campground. Sheriff's Office spokesman Kyle Foreman says a 19-year-old drove his car through the campground around 9-30 Saturday morning and hit pedestrians, tents and parked vehicles.

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Foreman says they are investigating the incident and have arrested the driver. It was not clear if drugs or alcohol were a factor. The Gorge Amphitheater is hosting the Sasquatch! Music Festival over the Memorial Day weekend. Camping at the amphitheater is part of the festival.

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