Articles by Dave Bernstein

Fire Destroys Orondo Area Farm Shop and Contents

A farm shop, equipment, tractors and hay were destroyed in an early morning fire near Orondo this morning.  Douglas County Fire District #4 Chief Jim Oatey said crews responded to the report of a structure fire on Higgins Loop Road in the Brays Landing area just before 4:30am. Oatey said…


Ephrata City Hall Phone Outage Planned on Friday

If you have to reach the the City of Ephrata by phone in the next few days, be aware the City is upgrading phone systems and telephone service for government offices  in Ephrata will be out of service Friday  from  2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The outage will only impact…


Reichert Agrees To Meet With Local Group

A town hall meeting Monday drew a standing room only crowd of several hundred despite the absence of 8th District Congressman Dave Reichert. Reichert recently told the Seattle Times that forums have become chaotic and non-productive, shouting matches. One of Monday’s forum organizers, Mission Indivisible co-founder Joe Morrison, says Reichert has now…


Rare Snow Blasting Work on US97 Blewett Pass

Ever wonder why Blewett Pass is rarely closed for avalanche control work?  Meagan Lott with the State Department of Transportation says Blewett does not have the avalanche chutes prone to slides like Stevens or Snoqualmie Pass but there are several high ledges above the road where snow can accumulate and…


Pet Of The Week

Sosky is very friendly and loves to meet new people wherever she goes. Sosky would be a fun and loving addition to any family so if you’re hoping to find a silly and sweet kitty to join your family, come visit with Sosky today! She is ready to go home…


Moses Lake School Bond Round 2?

The Moses School Board is in a bit of time crunch. The $137 million school construction bond is 4 votes short of passage and the election results will be certified on Friday. If the bond fails, the Moses Lake School Board would have to approve a new bond resolution in…


Chelan PUD Studies Switch To LED Streetlights

Chelan County PUD commissioners are considering the safety benefits and the cost effectiveness of replacing streetlights owned by cities, Chelan County and the PUD with energy efficient LEDs, or light emitting diodes. In a press release, PUD Energy Development and Conservation manager Andrew Grassell said the biggest safety benefit from LED streetlights…


Old Peshashtin Mill Riverfront Deal Is Done

The last section available for public access along the Wenatchee River is on the waterfront of the old Peshastin Mill Site, and a deal to keep it that way is officially complete. Bob Parlette with the Complete The Loop Coalition said deeds were recorded last week transferring the property to…


Three Ephrata Children Hospitalized After I-90 Collision

Three children from Ephrata were hospitalized Monday as a precaution after the vehicle they were riding in was struck on I-90.  Two 14 year old girls and an 11 year old boy were passengers in a vehicle driven by 38 year old Breanna M. Elliott of Ephrata. Washington State Troopers…


Bill To Get Head Start On Wildfires

A House committee in Olympia has unanimously approved a bill that would help local fire agencies get a head start with aerial support when a wild land fire breaks out. State Representative Mary Dye reminded lawmakers of the 2015 fire season that burned across 16-hundred square miles of Washington, destroying nearly…