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Elected Officials Grapple With Alcoa Plant Closure

Alcoa’s announcement it’s going to idle its Wenatchee Works plant has a sharp impact on the Chelan County Tri-Commission meeting. The gathering was intended to focus on a new law enforcement center and a state fund for local infrastructure. But distress over the imminent closure of an operation which provides…


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Wenatchee Mayor Reelected, Chelan Mayor Ousted

Wenatchee mayor Frank Kuntz is on his way to reelection following the results of last night’s returns. Kuntz leads challenger, City Councilman, Bryan Campbell with 65 percent of the vote. In other election night results, it appears voters want a change of direction at the Port of Chelan County where…


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Wenatchee Valley Chamber Event Targets Wildfire Relief

The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce takes on a pressing issue in the region – wildfire relief.  A panel of local leaders will make presentations on recovery efforts from last summer’s blazes, which cost over $250 million to battle. A major focus will be the federal government’s refusal to grant…



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Suspect Uses 5 Year Old Daughter as Tazer Shield

A Bridgeport man’s in jail after he crashed his car into an orchard following a pursuit with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy in the Bridgeport area Saturday afternoon. Officials say 26 year old Marco Valdovinos-Infante was driving with a suspended license when he lost control of his car on Highway…


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Douglas County Burglary Suspect Arrested

A Coulee City man suspected in a rash of burglaries and thefts in Douglas County’s custody. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says 33 year old Joshua B Sauceda was arrested in Ephrata after he was identified in a surveillance video at one of the homes he allegedly broke into in the Mansfield…


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Washington Cities Get First Allotment of Pot Excise Taxes

Washington’s issuing its first distribution of excise taxes from marijuana sales to cities and counties. A revision in the law allows municipalities to receive the money if they haven’t banned the growing, processing and retail selling of pot. Brian Smith of the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board contends the allocations…


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Reichert Happy With Budget Deal & Ryan Appointment

There’s division among Republican Congressmen representing the Columbia River Basin over the national budget. 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse voted against raising the debt ceiling because it increases spending and cuts funding for agricultural crop insurance. 8th District Representative Dave Reichert voted to raise the ceiling, even though he’s also…


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Republican Governor Candidate Campaigning Early

Washington Republican governor candidate Bill Bryant’s actively campaigning over a year before the election.  The Seattle Port Commissioner’s attempting to become the first GOP state leader since 1980. In his attempt to break a 30-plus year Democratic run in the high office, Bryant stresses bipartisanship.  He says “What I have…