Stove fire doused by sprinkler system

The sprinkler systems that are required by code in East Wenatchee apartment buildings worked perfectly Monday to keep a stove fire from spreading according to fire investigator Brian Brett. Crews were called just after 11am to the Bello Rio Apartments in the 2-thousand block of Northwest Cascade Avenue.  That’s where Brett…


Quincy resident killed and another critically injured in I-90 crash

A Quincy woman was killed Monday in a 3 vehicle crash on I-90 near Cle Elum that injured 3 others including another Quincy resident. State Troopers say Marta M. Cuali, 54 of Quincy died and 18 year old Martin Cuali-Martinez of Quincy suffered critical injuries when their vehicle was struck…


Volunteers Needed for National Public Lands Day

The Bureau of Land Management along with the US Forest Service are seeking volunteers to lend a hand Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for National Public Lands Day. Volunteers will help with BLM campsite maintenance as well as USFS road maintenance at the BLM/USFS Liberty campground….


Conditions improve on Jolly Mtn. Fire

The Jolly Mountain Fire has slowed enough that the daily updates from supervisors have been suspended on the approximately 37,000  acre fire northwest of Cle Elum. Fire information officer Brian Lawatch credits an effective fire management plan and burnout operations that have significantly reduced the threat to the community.  Mop…


Classes resume at Freeman High School

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) – Students are returning to Freeman High School for the first time after a shooting last week left one student dead and three wounded. Classes resumed at the rural high school on Monday morning. Freeman School District Superintendent Randy Russell says there will be a counselor in…


Fatal birth defects in Central Washington

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) – State health officials investigating a cluster of fatal birth defects in central Washington have not been able to identify a cause for most of the cases.  The Yakima Herald-Republic says that the state Department of Health concluded that there was no sole factor to blame for…


Public help sought in Cashmere train trestle fire investigation

Investigators are asking the public’s help in attempting to identify a young male seen at the scene of the rail trestle fire in Cashmere on Tuesday, September 5th.  Annie Schmidt with Chelan County Fire District #3 said the individual is not considered a suspect. The subject was possibly a teenaged male…


Deputy Saves Overdose Victim with Noloxone Kit

It didn’t take long for the Grant County Sheriff’s office to make good use of the recently issued Noloxone kits. A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to save an overdose victim Thursday less than one week after being trained and issued the anti-opioid Naloxone. Around 2 p.m. a deputy…


Air Quality issues return through the weekend

An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the Washington Department of Ecology for Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Adams, Okanogan and six more counties until 10am on Monday. The local fires within the Cascades will contribute to the problem but Easterly winds will bring wildfire smoke into the region from fires…


Freeman school shooting came after troubling behavior

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) – Court documents say a teen accused of killing a classmate and wounding three others at a Washington state high school had exhibited troubling behavior. Documents and classmates at Freeman High School in Rockford detailed Caleb Sharpe’s obsession with school shootings and videos of him playing with…