Child Care Causing Concerns for Parents/Workers

With kids out of school for summer vacation, working parents face the higher seasonal costs of child care. In Washington state, care for a child younger than four can range from eight-thousand to nearly $1,600 a year, which is about the same as in-state tuition for a public college. A…


Loup Loup Pass Now Open All Day

Work on State Route 20 over Loup Loup Pass continues to progress with WSDOT announcing that the road will now be open around the clock. At milepost 221, there will be some delays with signal-controlled traffic being limited to one lane. That is expected to remain into August with no…


Richland florist appeals case to U.S. Supreme Court

A Richland, WA.  florist is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision by the state’s high court which concluded she violated the law by refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. Lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman on Friday contended the state Supreme Court decision violated her First Amendment…


Water interrupted on Icicle Irrigation District

Users on the Icicle Irrigation District between Brender and Fairview Canyon in the Cashmere area will have a service interruption until sometime early Saturday. Assistant Manager Levi Yantzer says repairs to a leak have been completed but the affected customers will be without irrigation water until sometime early Saturday when…


House Ag Bill addresses farm worker housing shortage

Rep. Dan Newhouse says an amendment added to the recently approved 2018 House Agriculture Appropriations Bill will help address the growing problem of farm worker housing shortages. The amendment will allow Section 514 housing to be utilized by legal H2-A workers, as well as domestic workers, for whom the housing…


BLM Fire Restrictions posted throughout region

The Bureau of Land Management Spokane District is issuing fire restrictions in several eastern Washington counties including Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Adams, Kittitas and Okanogan counties.  The restrictions went into effect at 12:01am Friday and apply to BLM land in the affected counties.  Some of the activities prohibited under the restrictions are…


Entiat woman killed in collision

A 48 year old Entiat woman was killed Wednesday when her vehicle was struck on Entiat River Road by a driver who crossed the centerline.  Sheriff Brian Burnett reports Deborah Augustus died at the scene about 4pm. The collision  occurred when 29 year Walter J. Wilson of Entiat was traveling northbound…


Donations Help Two Senior-Related Programs in Central Washington

From a press release – UnitedHealthcare is donating $39,000 to help Chelan Valley Hope and Lake Chelan Lutheran Church (LCLC) implement innovative programs that deliver coordinated, whole-person care for seniors in rural Washington communities.   The grants are part of UnitedHealthcare’s effort to identify and support organizations in Washington that…


AppleSox Spend Time with Fans

The Wenatchee AppleSox baseball team spent part of Thursday afternoon signing posters and baseballs for fans at Pybus Market. Every member of the current roster was out signing posters and baseballs. Head Coach Kyle Krustangel says events like these are all about returning the love they get from the fans….


Small fire near Loop Trail draws quick response

A small brush fire was quickly extinguished shortly after 5am this morning near the Apple Capital Loop Trail and 13th St. in East Wenatchee.  A RiverCom dispatcher said Douglas County #2 firefighters reported flames and smoke were visible when they arrived.  The fire burned an area about 100 square feet…