Washington granted REAL ID extension through Oct. 10

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state has been granted another temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards. The federal government informed the state last week that it would receive the extension through Oct. 10, at which point the state will be reconsidered…


2018 Health insurance rates requests up 22%

State officials say that health insurers have proposed rate changes for next year that have an average increase of about 22.3 percent. The insurance commissioner’s office said Monday that 11 health insurers filed 71 health plans for the state’s individual and family health insurance market. In two counties – Klickitat…


Chelan Falls brush fire limited to under 10 acres

Chelan and Orondo Fire crews knocked down a grass and brush fire Saturday afternoon in the Chelan Falls area. Distrct #7 Fire Chief Tim Lemon said the fire was reported about 4pm near power lines between Chelan Falls Road, Highway 150 and the Chelan River. The fire was contained to…


Two Mattawa men die in weekend crashes

A two-car accident Sunday about 4:00am claimed the life of a Mattawa man. The State Patrol reported 36 year old Victor Martinez-Ibarra was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck when another crossed the center line on SR24 about 14 miles west of Othello.  Martinez-Ibarra was pronounced dead at the…


Ammonia leak triggers emergency repsonse

A leaking ammonia tank at the former Tree Top facility in Cashmere triggered a shelter in place order on Sunday within a half-mile radius near the plant at 210 Titchenal Road in Cashmere. Chelan County Emergency Management asked residents in the area to stay indoors; close and seal doors and…


Royal City farm shop burns

A large farm shop was destroyed in a blaze Sunday afternoon near Royal City. Grant County fire crews were dispatched around 12:30 p.m. near Road 12-Southeast and Road E-Southeast. Firefighters’ were hampered by overhead high voltage power lines directly over the burning structure. The power lines were not the cause…


WSP Cracking Down on Left Lane “Campers”

Washington State Patrol will be keeping a closer eye on left lane “campers” next week. They are drivers who remain in the passing lane for long periods of time without passing. WSP says it can lead to road rage, aggressive driving, traffic congestion, and collisions. State law requires all vehicles…


Wenatchee Valley College graduation ceremonies

Wenatchee Valley College will be holding graduation events today and Saturday.  WVC’s pinning ceremony for completion of nursing programs will happen at 1 p.m. at Wenatchee High School Auditorium. The commencement ceremony will be 7pm at the Apple Bowl.  All guests are welcome to attend.  Graduates should arrive at 6…


Charges dropped against Coulee City teen in death of twin brother

Prosecutors have dropped charges of manslaughter and assault against a Coulee City teen who is accused of fatally stabbing his 17 year old twin brother.  The charges against Shawn Watcher were dropped after prosecutors determined he stabbed his brother Shane Watcher out of self-defense.  Shawn Watcher was charged as an adult. Court…


Wenatchee School District not impacted by security breach

The Spokesman Review reported Thursday that personal data for roughly one million people has been compromised after theft of  a hard drive WSU researchers had discovered was stolen from a storage facility in Olympia. WSU’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center specializes in statistical analysis and often is hired to study…