Bill Would Authorize Local Communities to License “Marijuana Clubs”

Washington lawmakers are considering a bill which lets local communities license and regulate marijuana use locations.  The measure would allow businesses to maintain premises where pot could be consumed. Representing supporters of the bill, Ezra Eickmeyer of E-N-A Strategic Consulting contends the legislation is necessary as long as marijuana is…


Wenatchee Family Planning Merges with Planned Parenthood

Family Planning of North Central Washington and Planned Parenthood have merged. The merger includes the Family Planning Clinic in Wenatchee.  Officials say the affiliation comes after Family Planning of NCW approached Planned Parenthood for help with “infrastructure expenses and sustainability according to Tanya Riordan, Vice President of Planned Parenthood of…


Man Burned In Rock Island Shop Fire

A Rock Island man working in a small shop behind his home was burned this morning in a fire. It happened on Hanna Avenue around 11:30 am. Douglas County Fire District 2 Chief Dave Baker says the man was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment . Baker says the fire…



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…