Sunday, July 21, 2024
Wildfire Coverage

Pioneer Fire expands to 29.994 acres, evacuation orders remain in effect

To help with the transport of crews, equipment, and supplies, the Pioneer Fire has been using a fleet of boats to access the remote areas of the fire.
STEHEKIN — The Pioneer Fire burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has grown to 29,994 acres, with containment remaining at 14%. Northwest Incident Management Team 3, led by …
MAZAMA - The Easy Fire, located 17 air miles west of Mazama in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, has grown to 286 acres as of Sunday, July 21, according to Northwest Incident Management Team 3, …
STEHEKIN —State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Pioneer Fire near …
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Savor homemade fare at the storybook Obertal Inn

Hotelier and property manager Hans Mulders in front of his Obertal Inn, a Bavarian institution in the center of Leavenworth.
LEAVENWORTH – In the heart of downtown Leavenworth every morning, the aroma of freshly baked biscuits and homemade granola wafts through the air, inviting visitors to experience the charm of …
Trail closure map for the Easy Fire on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on July 18.
Highway 20 reopens as firefighters battle 'Easy Fire' in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, trail closures remain in effect
MAZAMA - The Washington State Department of Transportation reopened Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway) on Thursday, July 18, at 4 pm, following coordination with fire managers and local emergency …
This intricate line drawing, filled with whimsical garden motifs, lettering, and doodles, is an example of the type of artwork participants will learn to create in NCW Libraries' virtual Garden Doodle Workshop led by artist Rosemary Jones on August 14.
NCW Libraries offers virtual Garden Doodling Workshop with Artist Rosemary Jones
WENATCHEE — NCW Libraries is offering a virtual workshop on garden doodling as part of its summer library program on August 14 from 3:00-4:30 pm. Artist Rosemary Jones will lead the online …
Avis Anson
Bridgeport considers total fireworks ban following public safety concerns
BRIDGEPORT – The days may be numbered for fireworks within the city limits following comments from residents and the Douglas County Sheriff at the regular monthly meeting of the city council on …
The Highline Drive Stormwater Project in East Wenatchee is expected to cause road closures and delays on Highline Drive and Pace Drive through September 6.
Highline Drive Stormwater Project begins in East Wenatchee, causing road closures and delays
EAST WENATCHEE—The City of East Wenatchee has commenced the Highline Drive Stormwater Project, which, according to city officials, is expected to cause road closures and delays through …
At its mid-July meeting, held at the Cascade School District offices, Superintendent Edou and the School Board embraced a positive outlook.
Upbeat mood at Cascade School District Board midsummer meeting
LEAVENWORTH – After a year of bi-monthly meetings dominated by budgetary woes, the July 15 meeting of the Cascade School District (CSD) Board of Directors was decidedly upbeat and optimistic. …
Buskarama is a new two-day Pateros event for musicians (buskers) and artists scheduled for Sept. 20-21 at the Sweet River Bakery and Riverview Pavilion.
Pateros City Council approves $1.5M bid, seeks $650K grant, and greenlights new music festival
PATEROS – The city council selected a $1.5 million contract bid, applied for a near-$650,000 RCO grant, and approved a new fall music event at its regular monthly meeting on July 15. …
The parade will commence at 10 a.m. on Saturday, starting at the intersection of Webster and Woodin Ave. It will proceed across the one-way bridge, continue through town, turn right at Wells Fargo Bank, follow Wapato Ave. to Emerson, and then return to Woodin Ave. before crossing back over the bridge to the starting point on Webster.
Chelan to host 2024 Rodeo Parade, honoring local heroes and community members
CHELAN — The Chelan Rustlers Saddle Club and Aces Wild Pro Rodeo are set to host the 2024 Rodeo Parade on Saturday, July 20, in downtown Chelan. This year's parade will feature a new route and …
James Austin Cunningham
Quilts of Valor wrap three Nespelem veterans
NESPELEM – A trio of Nespelem veterans are feeling the warmth of appreciation and recognition following a presentation on July 9 by the North Central Quilts of Valor chapter in Tonasket. John …
Chelan County Sheriff <br>Mike Morrison
Columbia River Drug Task Force scrambles to secure adequate funding, receiving $150,000 grant from Department of Commerce
WENATCHEE—The Columbia River Drug Task Force (CRDTF) acquired $150,000 in grant funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The grant was allocated following a direct Ellensburg …
Architectural renderings showcase the proposed Pateros Mall Revitalization Project, featuring new pedestrian-friendly spaces, landscaping, and seating areas aimed at transforming the downtown core. The $2.5 million HUD-funded initiative seeks to modernize infrastructure and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the city's central plaza.
Pateros secures $2.5 Million HUD Grant for Mall Revitalization Project
PATEROS—City officials learned late last month that the city's $2.5 million grant application for the Mall Revitalization Project, submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development …
IV Pro Mobile is a Wenatchee based mobile IV hydration and wellness clinic.
IV Pro Mobile brings hydration, wellness to your doorstep
WENTACHEE – Through her two decades of nursing experience Aura Brazill saw a need for hydration and wellness care outside of the confines of the hospital.  That prompted her to start …
Latino Community Listening Session held at Chelan City Hall. About 50 Latino community members attend the Latino Community Listening Session at Chelan City Hall. Norma Gallegos, Hand in Hand Immigration Services program manager and an Our Valley Our Future board member, facilitated the two-hour session.
Chelan gathers community input for valley vision project
CHELAN – The City of Chelan is in the middle of a series of listening sessions to learn what residents consider to be Lake Chelan Valley’s core values and biggest challenges, as well as …
Other News
WENATCHEE—North Central Washington braces for heightened fire danger as the National Weather Service in Spokane issues a Red Flag Warning for Sunday, July 21. The warning covers the Central and …
WENATCHEE — North Central Washington is bracing for a potentially dangerous heat wave, with temperatures expected to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit through Monday, according to the National …
CHELAN — A Chelan man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and barricaded himself in a bedroom with firearms, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. Judson …
STEHEKIN—The Chelan County Sheriff's Office released a statement assuring residents that protecting the community of Stehekin is the top priority as the Pioneer Fire burns about four miles …
WENATCHEE — Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) announced that billing statements will return to normal starting in late July, following a cyber attack on its long-time vendor, …
WENATCHEE– In the hopes of creating a fairer way for the communities of Wenatchee to pay for crucial emergency services, the Wenatchee Valley Fire Department (WVFD) Board of Fire Commissioners …
SPOKANE — The Spokane District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued an amended fire restrictions order, effective July 19, for lands administered by the BLM and Bureau of Reclamation …
LEAVENWORTH—The Leavenworth Library will host an art exhibition showcasing the works of local artist Candice (Guy-Dilloff) Ann from July 23 to August 30 in the library's Fireside Room. …
Local features
Glade Brosi and his son Wendell harvesting Bartlett pears from their Leavenworth orchard, which Brosi and his wife, Andrea, bought last year.

Roots of Abundance: pear orcharding in Leavenworth faces an uncertain future

LEAVENWORTH – Most think of Leavenworth as a Bavarian-themed village nestled in scenic beauty with a lively festival and outdoor culture. Yet, for generations, another equally compelling way of …
A picture of men and women sorting, wrapping, and packing pears by famed Pacific Northwest photographer Asahel Curtis.

Roots of Abundance: The immigrant journey through Leavenworth’s pear industry

LEAVENWORTH – Growing pears in Leavenworth began as a modest agricultural pursuit in the late 1800s. Soon, though, it blossomed into a thriving industry, drawing in not just the fruits of the …
A postcard with the image of a fruit crate label used by the Leavenworth Fruit Company. The former company’s downtown warehouse stored fruit until the 1990s and stood in Leavenworth until 2012.

Roots of abundance: A journey through Leavenworth’s Pear Industry

LEAVENWORTH – In the Odyssey, Homer describes the pears that Odysseus admires in the garden of Alcinous, King of the Phaeacians, as one of the ‘gifts of the gods.’ The noble tradition of pear cultivation began in Leavenworth in the late 19th century and continues to this day.
Non-profit News

Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center seeks nominations for Community Peacebuilder Award

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is accepting nominations for its first Community Peacebuilder Award, which will recognize individuals and groups that have promoted …

Friends of Wenatchee Library to hold book sale fundraiser

WENATCHEE — The Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pybus Public Market. The sale, which supports …

Manson American Legion to host monthly outreach meeting for veterans & families

MANSON—The Manson American Legion will host its monthly "Outreach Meeting" with Chelan County Veteran Service Officer John Tamngin on Friday, July 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Manson Parks …

Community Foundation awards $100,000 Methow Valley Fund Game Changer Grant to Methow Trails

WINTHROP - The Community Foundation of NCW’s Methow Valley Fund has awarded $100,000 from this year’s Methow Valley Fund Game Changer Grant to Methow Trails. The grant will help fund a …

Community Foundation launches community-driven grant program

WENATCHEE -- The Community Foundation of North Central Washington (CFNCW) has launched a new grant program that provides unrestricted funding to charitable organizations in specific geographic …
Sports
Memorial Cup finalists and semifinalists pose with fellow competitors at the Chelan Men's Golf Club. From left: Bob Carleton and Tom King (semifinalists), Cliff House (winner), and Gary Searle (runner-up). The tournament, which saw 29 members participate, concluded with House edging out Searle in a playoff.

Cliff House wins Chelan Men's Golf Club Memorial Cup in playoff

CHELAN — Cliff House emerged victorious in the 2024 Memorial Cup Match Play Tournament hosted by the Chelan Men's Golf Club, edging out Gary Searle in a closely contested championship round …

AppleSox dominate in 21-5 rout, coaches join late-game action

WENATCHEE -- The Wenatchee AppleSox delivered a commanding performance Sunday night, overwhelming the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase team with a 21-5 victory at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. In a …

AppleSox pitching staff combines for 7-0 shutout victory over CCL Showcase Team

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox shut out the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase team 7-0 on Saturday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Evan Cloyd led the way for the AppleSox, driving in two runs …

Wenatchee Wild announce hiring of Johnston as Assistant Coach

WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild, members of the Western Hockey League (WHL), announced the hiring of Dan Johnston as the team’s new assistant coach, completing the team’s …

AppleSox squander late lead, fall to Riverhawks 6-4 after ninth-inning collapse

WENATCHEE — The Edmonton Riverhawks staged a late-inning comeback, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Wenatchee AppleSox 6-4 on Thursday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. …

Wenatchee Wild announce hiring of Don Nachbaur as Head Coach

WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the Western Hockey League (WHL), are excited to announce the hiring of Don Nachbaur as the team’s new head coach. Nachbaur …
Outdoors

WDFW urges prospective hunters to complete education courses ahead of fall season

OLYMPIA  - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is urging prospective hunters to complete mandatory hunter education courses ahead of the upcoming fall hunting season. With the …

Lake Wenatchee opens for Sockeye fishing as surplus exceeds spawning goals

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that Lake Wenatchee will open for sockeye salmon retention starting July 22, 2024, due to projected surplus fish counts …

Forest Service imposes fire restrictions in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as dry conditions persist

WENATCHEE - The U.S. Forest Service has implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, effective immediately. The decision comes as prolonged warm weather …

WDFW expands Entiat River Chinook Salmon season

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Monday changes to the summer Chinook salmon fishing season on the Entiat River, set to begin earlier than usual this …
Obituaries
Larry ‘Ozzie’ Morley, 82, of Brewster, Washington passed away on July 10, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
James Daniel Meyers, 75, of Winthrop, Washington passed away at Harmony House in Brewster, Washington on July 10, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Larry Edward Schaber, 82, of Twisp, Washington passed away on July 4, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
John Wesley Maynard Jr., 53, of Chelan, Washington passed away on June 29, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Connie Buchanan, 70, of Chelan, Washington passed away on July 12, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Maire Esther Samuelson departed this life on July 13th, 2024 after a sudden illness.  She was surrounded by love and care until her last breath.  At the time of her departure, she was a …

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Here is this week's list of 5 Things to do this Week.
    • Teen Book Swap

      The Wenatchee Library will host a Teen Book Swap on Thursday, July 18 from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium. “Tweens and Teens: Come down …

    • Outdoor Summer Concert Series

      The band Pretty Little Feet will perform at Lincoln Rock State Park as part of their Outdoor Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 19 from 7-9 …

    • Film Club

      Wenatchee Public Library will host Film Club on Friday, July 19 from 6-9 p.m. “Join us every 3rd Friday of the month after the …

    • Lake Chelan Pro Rodeo 2024

      The Chelan Rustlers Saddle Club will host the Lake Chelan Pro Rodeo 2024 on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.  …

    • Yoga Basics

      The Wells House will host Yoga Basics with Dianne on Monday, July 22 from 10-11 a.m. “Improve your flexibility, balance, strength, …

Election 2024
OLYMPIA—Washington state is gearing up for its August 6 Primary Election, with county elections offices set to mail out ballots and open official drop boxes by Friday. More than 4.8 million …
SEATTLE — The League of Women Voters of Washington (LWVWA) announced Wednesday that its online voter guide, VOTE411.org , has been updated with comprehensive information for the upcoming August …
OLYMPIA - The Office of the Secretary of State has officially certified candidates for Washington's upcoming August 6 Primary election. The certification took place on Tuesday in the Legislative …
WENATCHEE - The Chelan County Auditor's Office seeks individuals to serve on "For" or "Against" committees for ballot measures in the upcoming August 6 Special Election Local Voters' Pamphlet. The …
WENATCHEE—Former Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett is running for State Representative, District 12, Position 1, as a Republican candidate. The announcement, made through a press release, …
WENATCHEE - On the first day of candidate filing week, State Senator Brad Hawkins (R-Wenatchee) officially declared his candidacy for the open position of Chelan County Commissioner, District 3. The …
Education
SPOKANE – Five Brewster and Bridgeport graduates now enrolled at either Spokane Community College (SCC) or Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) have made the 2024 spring quarter honor roll …
PATEROS—Students returning to class in September will have to confront the welcome conundrum of what to do with a free day every Friday after the district board of directors approved a four-day …
CHELAN– In a world where the landscape of employment is continually shifting, Chelan High School is taking proactive steps to ensure its students are prepared for the future.  One of …
LEAVENWORTH – Cascade School District (CSD) will be reimbursed $111,000 by the state for special education expenses accrued during the 2023-2024 school year. “We have students who …
LEAVENWORTH – Students in Cascade School District (CSD) are attending school more often than state data shows, due to a recently discovered error in schools’ attendance reporting to the …
Opinion
As the August 6 primary election draws near, it is crucial that we, as citizens, recognize the immense power we hold in our hands. The act of voting, often taken for granted, is the very foundation …
As wildfires like the Pioneer Fire continue to rage across our region, it's easy to feel frustrated and scared. The smoke-filled air, evacuations, and constant worry take their toll on all of us. But …
As the publisher of our local newspaper, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the recent Pew Research Center report on the changing relationship between Americans and their local news outlets. The …
Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) play a crucial role in providing healthcare services to residents in remote and underserved areas. Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster is one such organization. We …
Family Health Centers serves Okanogan County and North Douglas County with medical, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, and an array of other support services.  It's governed by a volunteer …
In the ever-evolving business landscape, the importance of strategic marketing cannot be overstated. A well-crafted marketing plan is the cornerstone for sustainable growth, guiding your business …
Around the region

Heat advisory extended for North Central Washington as region swelters

WENATCHEE— The National Weather Service has extended a heat advisory for portions of North Central Washington until 10 p.m. Sunday as the region continues to experience unusually high …

Spokane Valley man critical after hit-and-run on SR 17 near Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT – A Spokane Valley man is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on State Route 17 near Bridgeport. According …

Washington State Transportation Commission to address local issues, I-5 bridge tolling at Chelan meeting

CHELAN - The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold a meeting in Chelan on July 24-25 to discuss local transportation issues and receive an update on the Interstate 5 bridge tolling …

Chelan County Sheriff's Office secures $66,000 grant for emergency response vehicle

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Sheriff's Office has received a $66,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to enhance local and regional emergency response capabilities, …

Red Flag Warning remains in effect as thunderstorms threaten North Central Washington

SPOKANE—The National Weather Service in Spokane has announced that the Red Flag Warning for North Central Washington remains in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday to midnight Wednesday night. …

Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council launches Pathway Study

WENATCHEE—The Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council (CDTC) has announced the development of a Pathways Master Plan to improve pedestrian and cyclist connectivity between communities in the …

Air Quality Alert issued for Chelan and Okanogan Counties due to wildfire smoke

WENATCHEE - The Washington Department of Ecology has issued an Air Quality Alert for all of Chelan County and parts of Okanogan County, including the Methow Valley down to Brewster, due to expected …

Red Flag Warning issued for North Central Washington due to thunderstorm risk

SPOKANE — The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Red Flag Warning for North Central Washington, effective from 11 a.m. Wednesday to midnight Wednesday night, due to the risk of …

Facilities Advisory Committee adjusts Lake Chelan School projects estimates

CHELAN – Adjustments and additions have been made in estimates provided by the Lake Chelan School District Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) since its report last March to Superintendent Brad …
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