Wenatchee School Board Selects New President

The Wenatchee School Board had their annual reshuffling of officers last week. Sunny Hemphill will replace Michelle Sandberg as board president while Laura Jaecks becomes the vice president. Hemphill said she understands the difficulties facing the school district in 2019. “Unfortunately our district if facing a fairly significant budget issue…



City of Wenatchee Looks to the Future with North Wenatchee Avenue Rezoning

The City of Wenatchee has rezoned two parcels of land on North Wenatchee Avenue. Properties that were formally Northwest Wholesale and the Washington State Department of Transportation have been rezoned from industrial to the North Wenatchee Business District. Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz said, “Our current zoning is industrial, which means…


Second School Resource Officer in Wenatchee Possible, but Unlikely

Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown and others made the case for a second School Resource Officer (SRO) before the Wenatchee School Board Tuesday. For Crown, it’s about the proactive interaction and engagement the SRO has with the students. Said Crown, “It’s not about security guards being in schools. It’s not…


Entiat Area Receiving State Grant to Restore Salmon Habitat

The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board announced it will be funding a project involving the Entiat River. The intention is to restore salmon and steelhead habitat with the ultimate goal of improving both the fish population as well as southern resident orca whale numbers. Mike Cushman of the Cascadia Conservation…


Wenatchee School Board Opts to Bring Back Rifle

The Wenatchee School Board agreed in a unanimous decision Tuesday to allow a rifle to be stored in the building, for use by the School Resource Officer in an active shooter situation. Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown, School Resource Officer Jared Reinfeld and WHS principal Eric Anderson all spoke in…


Locomotive Park Gets a (Slightly) New Name

Locomotive Park in South Wenatchee will be getting a new name: Lions Locomotive Park. And no, that does not mean a sudden influx of large feline predators into South Wenatchee. Established in 1955, the 15-acre park has been receiving improvements from the Lions Club the last few years. In a…


Local Law Enforcement Team Up for Shop With Cops

Students from various Wenatchee elementary schools participated with local law enforcement for Shop with Cops Tuesday at Hooked on Toys. Roughly 40 students of need each received a $100 gift card courtesy of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s Foundation for Youth Fund. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld explained…


Wenatchee City Council Get a Better Look at a New City Hall

The plan to remodel the new City Hall, AKA the old Federal Building continues. Mayor Frank Kuntz and the rest of the city council got a peek at some initial designs from ARC Architects. “We’ve had some architects working with us over the last year or so doing some space…


Wenatchee Continues a Good Idea on Mental Health Response

The City of Wenatchee has signed a grant agreement with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to continue to fund a Mental Health Field Response Team. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld stated the grant money means more coverage and less time officers have to spend on mental health…