Regional Fires

The Jolly Mountain fire 11 miles NW of Cle Elum is 26,325 Acres and 5% contained The lightening caused fire started August 11th and is under control of a Type 1 Incident Management Team with 809 personnel. The fire is burning in timber, short grass, brush, with a large amount…


Swaim verdict: Not Guilty in Smith murder case

It took just two hours for jurors to acquit Bernard Swaim who had been accused of the murder of Stephen Smith in 1982.   Swaim’s defense attorney Nick Yedinak and Chelan County Prosecutor Doug Shae told The Wenatchee World that after four days of testimony, the jury said Swaim was…


Reichert will not seek 8th term in Congress

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington’s 8th district is retiring from Congress after seven terms and will not seek re-election. The former sheriff who captured the “Green River Killer” has represented a suburban King County since 2005 that was expanded to include Chelan and Kititas County and East Wenatchee in…


Marchers rally to remember Matthew Folden, call for reforms

Friends of Matthew Folden, who was shot and killed by a Wenatchee Police Officer in July, held a march in downtown Wenatchee Wednesday morning.  The march organizer Kenzie Converse says the rally was organized to raise awareness of Initiative 940 and give Folden’s friends a positive outlet for their grief…


Special Investigation into Police shooting releases report

A Special Investigation Unit looking into the fatal officer involved shooting in July has concluded Matthew Folden was shot after moving aggressively towards a Wenatchee Police Officer with a knife at the time of the incident July 27th in the Wenatchee Albertson’s parking lot.   The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit…


Governor visits Jolly Mountain Fire Headquarters

Governor Jay Inslee was in Cle Elum Tuesday to get an update on the 23, 000 acre Jolly Mountain Creek Fire.  Inslee said he was thankful and pleased with the work of the roughly 700 people fighting this fire and stressed the importance for citizens to listen to warnings. “We have…


Train trestle fire in Cashmere

A trestle fire shut down Sunset Highway and River Street in Cashmere and sent up a dark plume of smoke about 4:45pm Tuesday afternoon.  The location was behind CrunchPak and involved the trestle and some shrubs growing underneath. Public Information Officer Annie Schmidt said firefighters got the fire under control…


Rep. Newhouse, Reichert comment on Administration plan for DACA

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says it wants Congress to come up with a plan to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program the Trump administration is phasing out, which shields young immigrants from deportation. The administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a…


Roundup on fires throughout region

Here is a briefing on the regional fires filling our skies with smoke and creating unhealthy air conditions; Taber Fire–The latest fire is the 7 acre Taber Fire is burning near Taber Road at the end of Brender Canyon, west of Cashmere. The fire was first reported just after 2:00 p.m….


Air Quality Alert Issued through Wednesday

An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the Washington Department of Ecology for Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and nine other Eastern Washington counties until Wednesday afternoon. Air quality is already starting to degrade and smoke will accumulate Saturday and Sunday.  At 4:30pm, air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups…