Articles by John Summers

Fire Destroys Packing Shed

Fifty firefighters from Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 6, 7, and 8, along with Douglas County Fire Districts 2 and 4, responded to a blaze last night at the Phillippi Fruit Company. The fire alarm came in around 8:25 from the 1900 block of Fifth Street in Wenatchee. The incident…


Ralph is the K P Q Pet of the Week

Ralph is a well-mannered, handsome Marmalade Cat that has been recently acquired by the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  Ralph has all his shots, is in perfect health and has been “fixed” … Ralph wants all cat lovers to know he’s ready to settle down and enjoy a beautiful spring as…


Deadly Terror Attacks in London

LONDON (AP) – The head of counterterrorism at London’s Metropolitan Police, says four people have died in the terror incident in London, including an attacker and a police officer. Mark Rowley says some 20 people have been wounded and Parliament was locked down. A search is underway to make certain…


Columbia’s Mystery Fuel Spill

The “mystery sheen” caused by an apparent fuel spill on the Columbia River near Wenatchee is thought to have appeared March 15th, two days before it was reported, according to the World. Investigators from the state Department of Ecology are searching for the source of the sheen, which was reported…


Hanford and Beryllium Stops Work

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) – An employee at the Hanford nuclear reservation stopped some work at the radioactive waste tank farms Monday afternoon over beryllium controls. Work resumed Tuesday after managers met with the employee to discuss concerns. The order stopped all activities requiring beryllium controls or intrusive work in the…


Gray Wolf Report

The number of wolves in Washington grew to at least 115 last year — up by roughly 25 animals. According to the World, the agency keeping tabs on them soon considers changes to make it easier to kill wolves that attack livestock. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife released…


Alcoa Talks Ongoing

WENATCHEE, WA – As Alcoa Corporation considers options for its Wenatchee Works smelter, Chelan PUD is engaging Alcoa Corporation based on the principle that any potential changes in the plant’s existing power contract must have a neutral to positive financial impact on Chelan PUD customer-owners, according to General Manager Steve…


South Chelan Avenue Work Starts

Relocation of existing Chelan PUD equipment, including electrical poles and wires, is required to accommodate the City of Wenatchee’s roadway improvement project along South Chelan Avenue. The work is from Peachy to Ferry streets, beginning Monday. There will be traffic impacts, including periodic road closures in some sections of the…


What’s On The River?

UPDATE Monday, March 20th 10:30am–The Department of Ecology will deploy a sonar scanner sometime Monday to try and pinpoint the source of an oil sheen and diesel odor on the Columbia.   Camille St. Onge, incident information officer with Department of Ecology said if the results are conclusive, a diver…


Murder Suspect Arrested

A 60-year-old Sultan man is arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in what had been an unsolved 1982 missing person’s case. 60-year old Bernard Swaim was arrested Friday and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center in connection with the death of Stephen E. Smith of Cashmere. Smith disappeared…