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…


Speeding vehicle crash on South Mission injures one person

One person is in jail and another is injured after a serious crash Thursday morning in the 400 block of S. Mission Street in Wenatchee.  Wenatchee Police say around 9:15 a.m. 21 year old Jonathan J. Fleming-Goforth was driving up to 70 miles per hour in the 30 MPH speed…


Uno Peak and Jolly Mountain Fire Reports

The Uno Peak Fire near Lake Chelan grew to just over 8,000 acres on Wednesday with the fire most active in the Lone Fir Creek drainage and a large column of smoke from the Big Goat Mountain area. Crews also conducted burnout operations near South Navarre campground and monitored the…


Victims and suspect identified in Freeman shooting

UPDATE Thursday 6am The Spokesman-Review in Spokane reports the student who killed a classmate and wounded three others is Caleb Sharpe.  Authorities say he brought a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun to Freeman High School Wednesday morning and shot four students, killing one before being tackled by a custodian. The…


Inmate Dies in Chelan County Jail

The North Central Washington Special Investigations Unit is looking into the death of an inmate at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon jail staff found that 31 year old Jeremy Lavendar of Okanogan was not breathing. CPR performed by both jail staff and EMS crews…


Gov. Inslee Statement on Freeman Shooting

Governor Jay Inslee released a statement in response to a school shooting Wednesday morning at Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane. One student has died and three others are injured. The suspect is in custody. The following is his statement: “This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is…


Jolly Mountain & Uno Peak Fire Updates

Some residents affected by the 32,500 acre Jolly Mountain Fire got some good news Tuesday when the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center officially reduced the Evacuation Advisory in certain parts of the Teanaway area, allowing residents to return home. The EOC reduced the Level 3 notice to Level 2 in…


Catholic Bishop wants to hear from “Dreamers”

Bishop Joseph Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima will hold a listening session in Wenatchee on Thursday to listen to the concerns of young Catholics concerned about President Trump’s plan to end DACA, or the Deferred Action on Childhood Deportation program.  Trump has given Congress six months to come up…


Labor protest in Quincy

H-2A migrant workers are striking at W&L Orchards in Quincy. The Wenatchee World reports that 25 apple pickers are protesting working conditions such as broken equipment, lack of clean toilets or drinking water, and no ability to call in sick. Larson Fruit, who operates the orchard, have sent in a…