New Parking Structure Planned at Central WA Hospital

Confluence Health has announced plans to break ground March 2019 on a new parking structure on the Central Washington Hospital (CWH) campus.  The new structure will be 3 levels and will offer in excess of 500 additional parking spaces to patients, visitors and staff. “Central Washington Hospital’s function as a center for…


Avalanche Control Closure Scheduled Friday for Stevens Pass

US 2 Stevens Pass will be closing in both directions Friday morning, December 14th, at 8:00 a.m. for approximately one hour for avalanche control activities. Eastbound traffic will be stopped at Scenic (MP 58) and westbound traffic will be stopped at the summit of Stevens Pass.


Confluence Health Raising Minimum Wage

Confluence Health today announced it is raising its minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees effective January 4, 2019. The new Confluence Health $15 minimum wage will affect 450 employees and their families. Confluence Health Chief Administrative Officer, Jim Wood said, “This is a significant and…


NCESD Looking for Nominations for Classified Employee of the Year

North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) has announced the call for nominations for the Classified School Employee of the Year award. The deadline is January 25, 2018. School districts throughout the NCESD’s four-county service district are encouraged to nominate outstanding classified school employees for this distinguished award. A classified employee…


Stevens Pass Resort Opens for the Season

Stevens Pass opened under the Vail Resorts banner today with 23 inches of new snow mid-mountain falling in the last two days, and more on the way. Serious storm action off the top of the week brought the mid-mountain snow level up by two feet, for a 34 inch base…


Flu Season Arrives in Grant County

The Grant County Health Officer, Dr. Alexander Brzezny, has issued the following alert to the Grant County media: the  2018- 2019 flu season has arrived in Grant County. GCHD is  receiving an increased number of reports of flu cases, especially in the school age population.  Multiple Grant County schools have reported…


Apple Blossom Festival Royalty Candidates for Court

Selection of the 2019 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty begins with the announcement of the 32 young women, from the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts, who will compete for a chance to be one of the ten candidates who will then vie for the 100th Royal Court, consisting of…


Grant County K9 Officer Edo Catches Teens

K9 Edo put an end to a pursuit in Desert Aire overnight by catching two of three juveniles who took vehicle without permission. Deputy Tyson Voss and his partner Edo were sitting near the Desert Aire fire station about 1:20 this morning when they saw a vehicle run a stop…


Cantwell Pushes Cross-Laminated Timber in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) secured bipartisan legislation in the Farm Bill that promotes new and innovative uses for wood as a building material. The legislation known as the Timber Innovation Act will accelerate the research…


Bipartisan Salmon Recovery Legislation Sent to President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. 3119, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the survival of endangered salmon, steelhead and other native fish species in the Columbia River system. “Billions of taxpayer dollars…