• Gorge Amphitheater Economic Impacts Touted
    Nearly 400,000 people attended concerts at The Gorge Amphitheater in 2013, generating $4.6 million in state and local taxes...
  • Settlement Reached in Wenatchee High School Drowning
    The teacher who was in charge of a Wenatchee High School gym class when a student drowned will be paid for two more years to remain on leave.      A settlement was reached this month with Ed Knaggs who was fired over the 2011 drowning but won reinstatement.      he'll be paid about $165,000 to remain on administrative leave through August 2016.      The settlement was approved by the school board and teachers union...
  • Chemical Solution to Columbia River Mill Foil Problem?
    Efforts to eradicate mill foil weeds in the Columbia River will take a new direction if Chelan County's noxious weed board plans move forward.   Up until now the only method used by the Chelan County PUD to eradicate the weeds has been through harvesting techniques but Chelan County Commissioners say a chemical treatment is may be more effective in getting rid of the water-born scourge ...
  • No Decision On Possible Regional Fireworks Ban
    There are still more questions than answers concerning a proposed regional ban all types of personal fireworks.   Officials from Chelan and Douglas Counties and the Cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee met Tuesday to discuss the proposed ban as a way to reduce fireworks related wildfires in the area.   Fire and law enforcement officials reported that all fireworks, including so-called safe and sane fireworks have started fires but there were doubts expressed by some in the audience that a total ban is not the answer.   Marty Shmoker is a wildland firefighter who shared those concerns.   Chelan County Commissioner Ron Walter says he would prefer to wait until after the fire season ends before making any rash decisions ...
  • Large Scale Demobilization of Crews on Wildfires in North Central Washington
    Good news on the NCW wildfire front...   US Forest Service Spokeswoman, Robin Demario says the large complex of fires burning in Okanogan, Chelan and Kittitas Counties are mostly in the mop-up stage resulting in a large scale demobilization of troops ...
  • U.S. Ag Secretary Expresses Concern About Firefighting Costs
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talked to the media Tuesday to give an update on the national wildfire season which as seen over 37-thousand fires so far this season. Vilsack says the president asked them to look closely at how this was impacting the forest service budget. The USDA has posted areport online at USDA.gov/disaster. That has grown from 16 to 42-percent of the forest service budget.      
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