Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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Wenatchee High School girls volleyball team visits State Capitol

Wenatchee High School Girls Volleyball team members presented a signed volleyball to Governor Jay Inslee during their visit to the State Capitol on Feb. 20. The visit, which included a tour and meetings with 12th District legislators and Senate recognition through Resolution 8651, celebrated the team's achievements and offered them a firsthand look at the legislative process.
OLYMPIA – The Wenatchee High School Girls Volleyball team visited the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Accompanying the team were Head Coach Jordan McGregor-Hansen, Athletic Director Jim Beeson, and representatives from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA).

Commissioners, county directors plan March community meetings

WENATCHEE -- The Chelan County team is coming to a community near you.  In March, Chelan County commissioners and various department directors will hold community-led discussions in each of …

Chelan County Public Works to discuss Pedoi Street changes in Manson

MANSON – Chelan County Public Works has scheduled a community meeting for Thursday, Feb. 29, to present and discuss proposed changes to Pedoi Street and South Harris Avenue. The meeting aims to …
Other news
EAST WENATCHEE — In the early hours of Feb. 1, Douglas County deputies were called to the scene of an unresponsive male found near a vehicle on the 1700 block of Rock Island Road, East …
CHELAN – Starting March 4, Chelan Public Utility District will begin a project at Riverwalk Park aimed at restoring the shoreline and enhancing waterfront access for non-motorized recreation. …
LEAVENWORTH – On Feb. 19, the East Cascade SWAT Team executed a successful operation along Highway 2 at Deep Powder Lane in Leavenworth, aiming to apprehend a potentially dangerous individual. …
Local features
Plain Valley Ski Trails in Plain works to make skiing more accessible to local youth by helping to remove financial barriers. All net proceeds from the group go to fund their ski education programs, Plain Valley Nordic Team.

Plain Valley Ski Trails: breaking down barriers for youth skiing

PLAIN - A local nonprofit, Plain Valley Ski Trails (PVST), works to make skiing more accessible to area youth by helping to remove financial barriers. PVST created and now maintains a …
Photographer Peter James has spent decades photographing Washington State, but has recently dedicated his time to capturing the beauty surrounding Leavenworth.

Exploring Washington’s Beauty: Photography gallery set to open in downtown Leavenworth this spring

LEAVENWORTH — Downtown will be welcoming its newest gallery this spring. Peter James Photography will feature nature photography specific to Washington State showcased on “larger than …
Bonnie Phipps (left), owner of Dispatch Mailroom in Cashmere, sits with her family, who regularly assist in the daily operations of the business. The Phipps family is instrumental in providing support after school, setting up the space, and organizing special events at the mailroom.

Dispatch Mailroom: simplifying shipping for Cashmere residents

CASHMERE — Located in Side Street Cashmere, the Dispatch Mailroom aims to be a convenient hub for locals, saving them the trip to Wenatchee for their shipping needs.  The family owned …
Non-profit News

Local non-profits encouraged to share their stories with NCW News

WENATCHEE - In an effort to spotlight the vital work of non-profit organizations across North Central Washington, NCW News invites community groups to submit their news and stories for potential …

WVC Foundation to host Business After Hours event at MAC on Feb. 29

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Foundation is hosting a Business After Hours networking event at the WVC Music and Art Center (MAC) from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 29. This event …
Josh Pinneo and Mike Patterson enjoy a bike ride during a TRAILS outing.

Tierra Village is thriving thanks to intention, but needs more support

LEAVENWORTH - Tucked into Sunitsch Canyon five miles up the Chumstick from Leavenworth, Tierra Learning Center (TLC) is a familiar name associated with the retreat center, Mountain Sprouts preschool, …

Heritage Heights receives estate gift to enhance end-of-life care services

CHELAN - Heritage Heights at Lake Chelan has received an estate gift from the Tipler Estate, marking a significant contribution to the assisted living facility's end-of-life care services. During the …
Legislative Coverage

State proposes pesticide ban despite current research

OLYMPIA - Neonicotinoid pesticides are known for their harmful effects on the nervous systems of insects, and a proposal in the state legislature calls for them to be banned for household use. …

Holocaust education bill dies

OLYMPIA - An effort to make Holocaust and genocide education mandatory in Washington public schools has failed to win enough support to pass in this year’s Legislature. "We've been trying …

Senate allocates $1.3 Million for Leavenworth affordable housing project

OLYMPIA – Sen. Brad Hawkins has secured $1.3 million in the Senate's capital budget proposal for the Leavenworth Affordable Rental Project, aimed at preserving 31 apartment units for workforce …

Goehner bills related to ADUs senior citizens tax exemption and impact fee deferrals pass House before cutoff deadline

OLYMPIA - With a few hours to spare before the house of origin cutoff deadline on Tuesday, Rep. Keith Goehner had two bills pass the state House of Representatives. The House unanimously passed …

Condom use requires partner consent, proposal says

OLYMPIA - Testifying before lawmakers, Mina Hashemi recounted how, three years ago, she was shocked to see that the condom she had explicitly asked for during sex had been removed.  …

Clergy members could become mandatory reporters of child abuse

OLYMPIA - When Sen. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, learned how Jehovah’s Witness elders in Spokane had covered up child sexual abuse for years, she looked to the law for answers.  Frame found …

Goehner bill to create Backcountry Search and Rescue Account passes House unanimously

OLYMPIA - House Bill 2257, sponsored by 12th District Rep. Keith Goehner to create the Backcountry Search and Rescue Account, passed the state House of Representatives unanimously on Tuesday.

Senate confirms JC Baldwin to Washington State Transportation Commission

OLYMPIA – JC Baldwin, a Chelan County resident, was unanimously confirmed by the Washington State Senate to serve on the Washington State Transportation Commission on Feb. 12. The …

Legislature could change BAC from .08 to .05

OLYMPIA - To curb traffic fatalities, lawmakers are proposing reducing the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. SB 5002 amends the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving a …

Legislation would impose fines for untreated sewage discharge

OLYMPIA - A proposal to fine counties and cities when untreated sewage is released into Puget Sound is part of an effort to save dwindling salmon runs.  The bill, proposed by Rep. J.T. …
Sports
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Bighorns are set to begin their training camp this week, with 22 players invited to compete for up to 12 spots on the team's roster. This marks the Bighorns' second …
WENATCHEE – Wenatchee’s blueliners have proven tough to tame at the goal line recently, and a career mark for the team’s captain has helped him earn some weekly hardware from …
Outdoors
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is launching an updated version of the Fish Washington app, Fish Washington 2.0 , and invites the public to share feedback on the …
Education
BREWSTER – The second count of election results from the Okanogan and Douglas County auditors’ offices for Friday, Feb. 16, show all but two of the school levies on the ballots passing …
OLYMPIA - Local levies and bonds are one important way that communities support their schools, and preliminary results from yesterday’s Special Election show how committed voters are to their …
BREWSTER – The first round of election results from the Okanogan and Douglas County auditors’ offices show a near-majority of school levies passing, with Brewster falling short in Douglas …
Opinion
As CEO & Publisher of Ward Media, I have the distinct honor and responsibility of guiding several community newspapers in North Central Washington through their historic journey of trusted …
Affordable, plentiful energy is the root of a society that enables economic growth. It’s easy to forget our community’s biggest asset even though it affects everything we do.  Now …
When it comes to digital marketing, staying ahead of the curve is not just a strategic advantage—it's a necessity. As we embrace the opportunities of 2024, businesses are presented with a range …
Obituaries
Carol Burns, 87, of Manson, Washington, passed away on January 13, 2024. The memorial service on February 23 at Heritage Heights has been canceled. Services are planned for later this spring.
Isabel Garcia Mercado, 54, of Bridgeport, Washington passed away on February 8, 2024. The service is Friday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m. at Bridgeport Apostolic Church. Barnes Chapel is handling …
Patricia Buske, 78, of Chelan, Washington passed  away on December 8, 2023. There will be a Potluck Celebration of Life at the  Chelan Senior Center on Saturday, February 24 …
Nelda May (Smith) Monteleone died February 11, 2024 …..peacefully in her sleep. She was met in heaven by her husband of 40 years, “Monte” Vito Anthony Monteleone, her parents, …
On Friday, January 19th Dick Rieman passed quietly and at peace as he crossed over to the next grand adventure. After dealing with dementia for many years, it was a true blessing that he chose not to …
Sharlene Ford, 80, of Brewster, Washington and former resident of Wenatchee, Washington passed away on February 6, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Around the region

Lithium-Ion battery safety advisory issued

OLYMPIA – The ubiquity of lithium-ion batteries in devices such as smartphones, laptops, e-scooters, and even vehicles brings convenience alongside a risk of fire or explosion if mishandled or …
Rat Lake, a 62-acre fishery located five miles north of Brewster off Paradise Hill Road, feeds into the Swamp Creek drainage.

Brewster launches flood study in response to FEMA's elevated risk mapping

BREWSTER – This week, the city will embark on a study of past flooding issues and how to resolve them in response to an updated FEMA mapping report that claims the potential is greater than …
12 Tribes Lake Chelan Casino recently donated $1,500 to the Lake Chelan Arts Council to help fund the Tsilly Lake Dragon statue. Left to right: Nancy Crandall (Lake Chelan Arts Council) Tony Posey, Clarice Cushman Jamie Stanger (all with 12 Tribes Casino) Dan Crandal (holding check and president of the Lake Chelan Arts Council); Scott Stanger, Scott Ward, Johnathan Escalera (all with the Casino) and Rich Watson, vice-president of the Lake Chelan Arts Council.

Tsilly, Chelan's legendary lake dragon, closer to finding new home with boost from 12 Tribes Casino donation

CHELAN - Tsilly, the whimsical statue designed by local artist Jerry McKellar and depicting a legendary Lake dragon, is one step closer to finding its new home in downtown Chelan thanks to a $1,500 …

Leavenworth's Housing Advisory Committee holds inaugural meeting

LEAVENWORTH – The newly formed Housing Advisory Committee had its inaugural meeting on Feb. 15. Members came together for the first time to establish its purpose, meeting schedule, and …
Chelan County Board of Commissioners begrudgingly voted to comply with a Growth Management Board Decision to allow housing density in Leavenworth’s Urban Growth Area (UGA).

Chelan County Commissioners accept Leavenworth’s UGA amendments for housing density, complying with state ruling

LEAVENWORTH – On Feb. 13, the Chelan County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the City of Leavenworth’s proposed amendments to its urban growth area (UGA), allowing for more housing …
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