School Breakfast Program Passes Washington House

The Washington House has passed the so called “Breakfast After the Bell” proposal. The measure requires “high needs” schools in the state to offer meals to students after the start of classes. During floor debate, Democrat Zack Hudgins contended there’s a direct connection between hunger and kids who have problems…


Wenatchee Jazz Workshop Starts Next Week

The Wenatchee Jazz Workshop returns for its 15th year. The program pairs music students in the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts with some of the Country’s biggest jazz recording artists in a three-day series of workshops culminating in two concerts at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.    


Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board Meeting in Wenatchee

400 scientists, researchers, tribal representatives and fishing enthusiasts are taking part in a two day “Save the Salmon” conference underway in Wenatchee through Thursday. Executive Director of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, Derek Van Marter says of habitat, hydro and harvest concerns, what happens with hatchery fingerlings is currently…


State Lawmakers Consider Expanding County Commissions

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal to restructure county commission elections. The measure would require counties with populations of more than 300,000 to divide ballots into five separate districts, while allowing smaller jurisdictions to expand their commissions from three to five members. Josh Weiss of the Washington Association of Counties…


It’s a BLM Chopper Dropping Native Seed!

Land in central Washington, including Wenatchee areas charred by the Sleepy Hollow wildfire of last year…will be draped in native seed by helicopter as soon as today/Wednesday January 27, with the Bureau of Land Management picking up the tab. Re-seeding of the areas involving Wenatchee’s Sleepy Hollow fire, the Monument…


Chelan PUD Grapples With Heavy Electricity Users

A public hearing is slated to discuss Chelan County PUD’s ongoing moratorium on High Density Load users like data centers and bitcoin miners. The PUD’s John Stoll says a public hearing is slated for next Monday on the moratorium. The PUD’s Andrew Wendell says the increased demand for power by…


USDA On Drought “We Don’t Have Very Many Concerns”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reason to be optimistic regarding Washington’s drought conditions. “Our reservoir systems are in great shape already, due to good heavy fall rains,” Explains USDA spokesperson Scott Pattee. “We also have really healthy snow packs throughout the state.  At this point we really don’t have…


State Regulation of Vapor Products Being Considered

Washington lawmakers are looking at a proposal to regulate vapor products. The bill calls for such items to be licensed by the state liquor and cannabis board, which would also govern retail operations. Joanie Deutsch of the Washington Retailers Association contends store owners need uniform regulation across the state. She…


Legislators Consider Loosening Prescription Drug Refills Requirements

Washington lawmakers are studying a proposal which would allow pharmacists to fill prescriptions before doctors renew them. It would require reasonable efforts be made to contact the prescribing practitioner beforehand and would limit the prescription to 30 days. Sandy Ando of the National Alliance of Mental Illness claims people needing…


Seattle Hit and Run Driver in Custody

The Seattle driver that plowed into four people downtown early this morning has had blood drawn as part of a DUI investigation. Witnesses say the hit was so strong it knocked some of the victims into the air at Denny way and Aurora. Police say the car was traveling 40…