Victims and suspect identified in Freeman shooting

UPDATE Thursday 6am The Spokesman-Review in Spokane reports the student who killed a classmate and wounded three others is Caleb Sharpe.  Authorities say he brought a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun to Freeman High School Wednesday morning and shot four students, killing one before being tackled by a custodian. The…


Jolly Mountain & Uno Peak Fire Updates

Some residents affected by the 32,500 acre Jolly Mountain Fire got some good news Tuesday when the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center officially reduced the Evacuation Advisory in certain parts of the Teanaway area, allowing residents to return home. The EOC reduced the Level 3 notice to Level 2 in…


Catholic Bishop wants to hear from “Dreamers”

Bishop Joseph Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima will hold a listening session in Wenatchee on Thursday to listen to the concerns of young Catholics concerned about President Trump’s plan to end DACA, or the Deferred Action on Childhood Deportation program.  Trump has given Congress six months to come up…


Labor protest in Quincy

H-2A migrant workers are striking at W&L Orchards in Quincy. The Wenatchee World reports that 25 apple pickers are protesting working conditions such as broken equipment, lack of clean toilets or drinking water, and no ability to call in sick. Larson Fruit, who operates the orchard, have sent in a…


ID Theft ring yields 5 arrests, suspects from California

A total of 5 people from California are jailed for identity theft and related charges after the investigation of a fraud and theft ring yielded three additional arrests last week according to a report in the Wenatchee World. The suspected fraud ring is accused of stealing mail, creating false credit card accounts…


Mistaken Facebook post draws huge reaction

The Chelan County Sheriff’ Brian Burnett issued an apology after a Facebook post meant to go on a personal page ended up shared to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page instead. The post could be interpreted as advocating violence against protesters and featured a meme depicting a vehicle running people…


Another Air Quality Alert posted through Wednesday morning

There was some welcome relief from smoke over the weekend and the Environmental Protection Agency says air quality was sitting in the “good” and “moderate” categories across most of eastern Washington this morning. However, Department of Ecology monitors indicated “Unhealthy” readings in Wenatchee and “Hazardous Conditions” in Cle Elum as…


Grant County K-9 Edo will receive donated body armor vest

Grant County Sheriff’s Office K9 Edo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Edo’s vest is sponsored by Shana Greene of Newcastle, WA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-…


Jolly Mtn. and Uno Peak Fires less active this weekend

The Jolly Mountain Fire, 11 mile NW of Cle Elum grew to 29,432 acres this weekend with crews reaching 15% containment. With cooler temperatures and higher humidity, breezy wind conditions did not significantly increase fire activity. Helicopters were able to fly with clearing sky conditions. On the southwest perimeter firefighters…


Dead trees changing wildland firefighting tactics

ALBANY, Wyo. (AP) – Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force. U.S. Forest Service statistics compiled for The Associated Press show that about…