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Soap Lake Man Arrested For Arson

A Soap Lake man was arrested Monday after allegedly trying to burn down the home of his estranged wife. Forty-four year old Arkady P. Stoyan allegedly entered his estranged wife’s home and tried to set the house on fire. Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department says Stoyan was…


Minimum Wage Bill Could be Contentious for State Lawmakers

The state legislature’s going to consider several high profile and potentially contentious issues when it gathers next month. Among them is a bill sponsored by Democrat State Representative Jessyn Farrell to raise the minimum wage.  She claims benefits from higher pay extend beyond the workers who collect it. Farrell says…


2 Alarm Stemilt Blaze Mobilzes Multiple Fire Districts

An early morning 2 alarm fire is tamped down inside a “Stemilt” Growers warehouse. “They had smoke coming out of both sides of the building, and called for a second alarm.  The biggest problem we had was gaining access through the large doors that they have”. Chelan County Fire District’s…


175 Jobs Lost with Okanogan Mill Closure

175 people are losing their jobs with the closing of a mill in Okanogan County. Omak Wood Products, which had reopened in 2013 following a previous shutdown, will cease operations early next year. The Colville Tribal Federal Corporation, which owns the mill, blames the closure on the loss of a…


Central Washington Applauds Paris Climate Deal

Central Washington citizens active in the push for a world decrease in carbon emissions, believed blamed for a contributing rise in global warming, are cautiously happy with the recent world Paris deal. 2-hundred countries signed onto the deal to limit warming below 2 degrees centigrade and keep temperatures at 1…


Operation Santa Needs YOU!

Operation Santa Claus is humming along helping Santa get Christmas morning deliveries of toys for 15-hundred area children. The drive is still in need of toys for boys and girls ages 10 to 12; but its’ the baby toys for those newborns to age 2…that are an emergency need at…


Five Groups Warn of Pending Threatened Fish Lawsuit

Five conservation groups have served notice they will sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to force a restoration plan to save the threatened Puget Sound Steelhead population. Marine Fisheries spokesman Michael Milstein says Puget Sound habitat interests are extremely varied, including tribal and restoration concerns, and private landowners.  Spearheading the…


Sen. Cantwell Gets Committee to Back Study of Radar Gaps

An amendment U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell introduced to fill a gap in Doppler radar coverage in Central Washington’s been passed by the chamber’s Commerce Committee. Cantwell spokesperson Bryan Watt notes the Senator secured financing to fill a similar gap on Washington’s coast in 2007. He says “unfortunately because of the…


Fierce Storms Force Mountain Pass Closures

Intense storms have forced the closure of some mountain pass roads in Washington.  Over the last week, the state Transportation Department’s shutdown portions of I-90 and U.S. 12. WSDOT spokesperson Summer Derrey describes the incident which triggered the interstate’s eastbound closure late Sunday over Snoqualmie Pass, saying “a very large…


Man Arrested with Bolt Cutters, Knitting Pick

An East Wenatchee man’s arrested after attempting to steal bicycles from a resident’s porch.  27 year old Nhieu Nguyen was taken into custody before 5 a.m. Saturday when he was spotted carrying bolt cutters, a knitting pick, and black gloves in the 1900 block of North Cascade. A woman called police…