ID Theft ring yields 5 arrests, suspects from California

A total of 5 people from California are jailed for identity theft and related charges after the investigation of a fraud and theft ring yielded three additional arrests last week according to a report in the Wenatchee World. The suspected fraud ring is accused of stealing mail, creating false credit card accounts…


Mistaken Facebook post draws huge reaction

The Chelan County Sheriff’ Brian Burnett issued an apology after a Facebook post meant to go on a personal page ended up shared to the Chelan County Emergency Management Facebook page instead. The post could be interpreted as advocating violence against protesters and featured a meme depicting a vehicle running people…


Another Air Quality Alert posted through Wednesday morning

There was some welcome relief from smoke over the weekend and the Environmental Protection Agency says air quality was sitting in the “good” and “moderate” categories across most of eastern Washington this morning. However, Department of Ecology monitors indicated “Unhealthy” readings in Wenatchee and “Hazardous Conditions” in Cle Elum as…


Grant County K-9 Edo will receive donated body armor vest

Grant County Sheriff’s Office K9 Edo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Edo’s vest is sponsored by Shana Greene of Newcastle, WA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-…


Jolly Mtn. and Uno Peak Fires less active this weekend

The Jolly Mountain Fire, 11 mile NW of Cle Elum grew to 29,432 acres this weekend with crews reaching 15% containment. With cooler temperatures and higher humidity, breezy wind conditions did not significantly increase fire activity. Helicopters were able to fly with clearing sky conditions. On the southwest perimeter firefighters…


Eastmont Football Game Rescheduled Over Air Quality

Air quality issues have prompted the Eastmont School District to reschedule some sporting events. Thursday’s girls soccer game versus Cascade has been moved to September 19th. Friday’s freshman football game will now be played at noon Saturday. The varsity game against Walla Walla will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The…


Dead trees changing wildland firefighting tactics

ALBANY, Wyo. (AP) – Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force. U.S. Forest Service statistics compiled for The Associated Press show that about…


Regional Fires

The Jolly Mountain fire 11 miles NW of Cle Elum is 26,325 Acres and 5% contained The lightening caused fire started August 11th and is under control of a Type 1 Incident Management Team with 809 personnel. The fire is burning in timber, short grass, brush, with a large amount…


Swaim verdict: Not Guilty in Smith murder case

It took just two hours for jurors to acquit Bernard Swaim who had been accused of the murder of Stephen Smith in 1982.   Swaim’s defense attorney Nick Yedinak and Chelan County Prosecutor Doug Shae told The Wenatchee World that after four days of testimony, the jury said Swaim was…


Reichert will not seek 8th term in Congress

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington’s 8th district is retiring from Congress after seven terms and will not seek re-election. The former sheriff who captured the “Green River Killer” has represented a suburban King County since 2005 that was expanded to include Chelan and Kititas County and East Wenatchee in…