U.S. 2 Closed by Rock Slide East of Orondo

11,000 cubic yards of rock spilled down onto US Two Pine Canyon as crews used explosives to stabilize a slope from where a rockslide has blocked the roadway. U.S. 2 is closed at Pine Canyon, milepost 142. because of a rock slide.    The highway remains closed Washington Department of…


Burglary Suspect Who Drove Car Into Lake Apprehended

A man thought to have driven a car into a lake following an alleged burglary has been apprehended by law enforcement. Acting on a tip, a Grant County deputy spotted John James Monday in the town of Marlin yesterday. With assistance from a tactical team and K-9 unit from Adams…


Mission Ridge Makes History With “Bomber Bowl Park”

Mission Ridge has developed a feature that sets it apart from every other ski park in North America. It’s called Bomber Bowl Park – and it’s the first designated “snow bowl park” on the continent. “Think of all the elements of a skate park, then substitute the cement with snow….


Senate Panel Looks at Bill to Punish Judges in Conflict of Interest Cases

There’s push-back against a proposal in the legislature which requires judges to disqualify themselves from cases where their impartiality can be questioned. The bill’s aimed at state Supreme Court justices who’ve been accused of siding with the teachers’ union over education issues. Reiko Callner of the Judicial Conduct Committee contends…


Environmental Groups Take Aim at Hatchery-Originated PCB’s

Environmental groups charge a state owned hatchery on the Little Spokane River uses fish food containing PCB’s. Environmental groups say the hatchery’s wastewater should be monitored as a source of pollution. The Spokane hatchery is one of the largest in Washington, producing more than 2 million fish a year to…


Wenatchee Valley Well Ahead of Precipitation Amounts for January

By as much as .72 of an inch, and we still have more than a week to go for totals for the month of January.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Spokane attribute the rise in moisture levels in Central Washington to the El Nino weather pattern event making…


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…