Articles by Dave Bernstein

Prescribed Burning Season To Begin

Prescribed burning season on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will get underway next month.   “It’s time to put fire to work for us” said Deputy Forest Supervisor, Jason Kuiken. “In an era of destructive megafires, increasing prescribed fire is a cost-effective, proactive part of the restoration solution.” Information Officer Holly Krake…


Chelan PUD Studies Building Upgrades

Chelan County PUD Commissioners are studying plans for a new headquarters and operations center on property north of the Wenatchee River and building improvements at Rock Island and Rocky Reach Dams. A PUD press release said the Board of Commissioners reviewed a facilities plan Monday that covers most of the buildings…


Lab Retriever is Seattle’s Favorite

Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Seattle’s top spot in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 2016 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S. The big movers and shaker in Seattle for 2016 was the Havanese, jumping from 12th to 5th, while the Poodle fell out of…


Two Security Threats At Eastmont High School

Eastmont School District confronted two safety threats Monday.  Superintendent Garn Christensen said one incident involved a report that a student had brought a gun to the high school. School administrators responded immediately with law enforcement and determined the threat was not substantiated.  Christensen said Eastmont and many local school districts…


SR971 Reopens, Rock Slide Cleared on Friday

SR 971 is now open from milepost 9 to milepost 11, five miles west of Chelan on the south shore of Lake Chelan. The roadway was blocked by a rock slide March 8th.  A contractor had to scale some material away from the cliff to prevent additional slides before Department…


Valley North JC Penney Not On List of Closures

The JC Penney Store in Wenatchee has survived an announced closure of 138 stores nationwide.   The list of stores slated for closure was released this morning and the only location in the Evergreen state to be shutdown is in Snohomish. The department store chain  announced the closings earlier this…


Popular Bike Shop Damaged In Fire

UPDATE: Friday, March 17th 11:30am Fire damaged the Go-Bent bicycle shop at 1111 Walla Walla Avenue in Wenatchee on Thursday night. Chelan County Fire Battalion Chief Kelly Lindemann says as crews from Chelan County #1 and Douglas County #2 arrived… Lindemann says the cause is under investigation but damage to…


Okanogan County Speller Headed to D.C. Bee

The Washington Apple Education Foundation announced the results of the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee held Thursday in East Wenatchee.   For the second year in a row, seventh grade student Leo Chen will represent the region in Washington DC this spring in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In…


Double Fatality Accident on US97

Two people are have died after their pickup truck was hit by a on highway 97 Thursday afternoon.   The accident was reported about 1:30pm and closed the highway for several hours at Cameron Lake Road north of Okanogan. The road was reopened shortly before 8pm Thursday The state patrol has…


Reichert Introduces Tax Relief Bill For Volunteer Firefighters and EMS

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bipartisan bill that would provide a tax exemption on the benefits volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel receive from their communities. The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act of 2017 (VRIPA) legislation provides federal income tax exemptions on some of the benefits that a…