Social Media Firestorm in Washington

A Western Washington University student is charged in Whatcom County Superior Court with a Class C felony hate crime in connection with comments made on a social media site.  19 year old Tyson Campbell could face up to five years behind bars and up to a 10 thousand dollar fine…


Leaders Grapple with Response to Alcoa Shutdown

Wenatchee Valley leaders are holding meetings to develop a response to the Alcoa plant shutdown. At a Wednesday gathering, Douglas County officials along with the state Commerce Department and local interest organization Wenatchee Valley, What’s Next were added to a working group established in Chelan County. Tracy Yount of Chelan…


US 2 Tumwater Canyon Reopens

  State Route 2 has reopened through the Tumwater Canyon West of Leavenworth following cleanup of several mud and rock slides Thursday. A mudslide has closed State Route 2 just west of Leavenworth in the Cascade Range. Highway 2 is one of the main east-west routes over the mountains in…


Cashmere Area Homes Flooded

A Cashmere-area family sat in a hotel room Wednesday afternoon, waiting to see if the flooded MIssion Creek took out their home. Chelan County Emergency Management’s Rich Magnussen says all the rain caused debris flows, which diverted water and threatened several homes…. Several homes in the Cashmere area along Mission…


Naches Ranger District Feels Storm Effects

While all passes throughout the Cascades felt the effects of Wednesday’s weather, the routes through the Naches Ranger District seemed to experience the worst of it. Almost every single road in the Naches forest was closed or, in the case of Nile Loop Bridge, destroyed due to flooding or mudslides…


Agency Leader Urges Lawmakers to Preserve Charter Schools

With the Washington Supreme Court ruling charter schools unconstitutional, the agency which oversees them is shutting down. But state Charter School Commission Executive Director Joshua Halsey thinks the legislature can find a technical fix to make the institutions legal. He says “It’s clear that in Washington State we value choice…


Imminent Alcoa Plant Curtailment to Hit Workers Hard

After announcing it would curtail operations at its Washington plants last month, Alcoa’s confirmed most workers will be unemployed within two weeks after layoffs begin January 5th. Union leader Kelly Woodard is one of 10 employees at the Wenatchee plant who’s staying on.  He thinks the work stoppage will overwhelm…


Chelan County Budget Balanced With Reserve Funds

Chelan County Commissioners Tuesday adopted a 37 million dollar spending plan for next year. The budget is balanced but not without tapping into the County’s reserves. Commissioner Keith Goehner says uncertainties about Alcoa’s future could result in a loss of tax revenue going forward. Commissioners also expressed concerns about the…


Safeway-Albertsons Donates $250K To NCW Fire Relief Fund

Safeway-Albertsons is certainly in the holiday spirit.  Yesterday the North Central Washington Fire Relief Fund announced they received a donation of more than a quarter million dollars from the grocery giant.   $255,532 to be exact. “In recent time, this is by far one of the largest gifts we’ve received.” Explains…


State Legislature Expected to Resist Inslee’s Carbon Plans

There’s opposition here at home to a carbon tax Governor Inslee touted at the United Nations Climate Change meeting this week in Paris. Over the summer, Inslee directed the state Ecology Department to develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions known as the Clean Air Rule. But legislative consultant Dave…