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UPDATE: Pioneer Fire expands to 1,172 acres, challenging firefighters in rugged Lake Chelan area

The Pioneer Fire on the morning of June 11, 2024.
CHELAN — The Pioneer Fire burning in the steep, remote terrain along the north shore of Lake Chelan has grown to 1,172 acres, posing significant challenges for firefighters, according to the …
Major improvements coming to Wenatchee's riverfront parks
WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) is poised to commence a series of significant upgrades to the Apple Capital Loop Trail and Walla Walla Point Park this month, …
Beaver Valley Elementary’s cameras reveal hidden world of wildlife
PLAIN – Every year, Beaver Valley Elementary releases a highlight reel of the most interesting video clips of wildlife caught on its game cameras. This year, the school captured enough exciting …
Chelan will join 26 other clubs under the 501(c)(3) umbrella of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.
Chelan City Council discusses seed funding for new Boys & Girls Club
CHELAN – Seed funding and future operating expenses for a new Boys & Girls Club destined for the Lake Chelan Community Center (LCCC) generated was discussed and generally supported at the …
A Chelan County Sheriff's Office helicopter sits on a snow-covered ridge near Maple Pass, where it was used to rescue two stranded hikers on Monday, June 10, 2024.
Unprepared hikers rescued from snowy Maple Pass
WENATCHEE - On Monday, June 10, the Chelan County Sheriff's Office successfully rescued two stranded hikers in the Maple Pass area near Rainy Pass on Highway 20. The rescue operation was initiated …
The Pioneer Fire on the morning of June 11, 2024.
Pioneer Fire expands to 600 acres, challenging firefighters in steep terrain near Lake Chelan
CHELAN — Firefighters and aircraft continue to battle the Pioneer Fire, which has burned approximately 600 acres in steep, remote terrain along the north shore of Lake Chelan, about 31 miles …
Dr. Bindu Nayak
Confluence Health tackles health inequities, prepares community for wildfire smoke
WENATCHEE — As wildfires become more frequent in North Central Washington, various departments and teams at Confluence Health are working to help the community prepare for and mitigate the …
Upper Valley MEND is working towards building a duplex on a donated lot, which will expand affordable housing options for local residents. This rendering, provided pro-bono by Syndicate Smith, shows a concept of what the new building could look like.
Upper Valley MEND nears $250,000 match for affordable housing
LEAVENWORTH — Upper Valley MEND, a nonprofit based in Leavenworth, is close to securing a $250,000 match from the Sleeping Lady Foundation for its Solid Foundations Campaign, which aims to …
CDTC diagram of the Leavenworth to Cashmere and Cashmere to Leavenworth pathway corridor
Cashmere Planning Commission discusses potential routes for Regional Multi-Modal Pathway connecting Wenatchee and Leavenworth
CASHMERE — The Cashmere Planning Commission convened on June 3 to discuss potential routes for a multi-modal pathway that would connect the communities of Wenatchee and Leavenworth. The pathway …
The Lake Chelan Community Center will dedicate 7,000 square feet to the Boys & Girls Club
Chelan Community Center enters partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County
CHELAN – The city took a giant step forward on behalf of its youth last week with the announcement that a Boys and Girls Club will take up residence at the Lake Chelan Community Center. City …
Lake Chelan Ladies Golf Club awards scholarships to three high school senior girls
CHELAN — The Lake Chelan Golf Club's Ladies Division has announced the recipients of their 2024 Ladies Club Golf Scholarships. This year, the scholarships were awarded to three senior girls …
Left to right: Linda Reister, President, Danika Dietrich, Josie Garfoot
Lake Chelan Golf Club awards scholarships to student athletes
CHELAN - The Lake Chelan Golf Club, Ladies Division has announced the recipients of the 2024 Ladies Golf Club Scholarship. Danika Dietrich and Josie Garfoot, both student athletes from Chelan High …
An aerial view shows smoke billowing from the Pioneer Fire burning near Lake Chelan, on June 9. The fire, which started on June 8, has already consumed an estimated 300 acres of grass and timber.
Pioneer Fire consumes 300 acres near Lake Chelan
CHELAN — Firefighters and aircraft continued battling the Pioneer Fire in Chelan County on Sunday, with multiple ground and air resources assigned to contain the blaze. The fire, which is …
Other News
WENATCHEE—The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center (WVDRC) will host its Annual Celebration on September 3 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The event will celebrate …
WENATCHEE—Wenatchee Valley College announced the launch of a regional survey to gather input from residents and help shape the college's future and better serve the communities of North Central …
GRANT COUNTY — A Grant County resident in their 20s has died from hantavirus, marking the first reported case of the illness in Washington state this year, health officials said Wednesday. …
WENATCHEE — State transportation officials say a mile-long stretch of U.S. Highway 2 west of Wenatchee will undergo road sealing work next week, which could lead to travel delays for drivers. …
WENATCHEE — The City of Wenatchee and Elevated Marketing & Events are partnering to present a community-wide 4th of July and Independence Day Celebration at Walla Walla Point Park, event …
LEAVENWORTH — The Chelan County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing man who was last seen in North Central Washington. Joshua Dean Griffin, 37, was reported …
WASHINGTON  DC — The United States Postal Service announced that all postal retail locations will be closed and mail delivery services suspended on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of …
EAST WENATCHEE - A 28-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment on the 500 block of Eastmont Ave. on Thursday evening, according to a press release from the East Wenatchee Police Department. …
Local features
The Cheesemonger’s shop owner John Pistoresi, earned the nickname “Pesto” in high school, inspiring the name of his new sandwich shop.

The Cheesemonger’s Shop owner to open Italian sandwich shop

LEAVENWORTH –  The Cheesemonger’s Shop owner John Pistoresi is set to open Pesto’s La Panineria, a new Italian sandwich shop, in the former location of Viadolce Gelato, this …
Wenatchee Public Library employees Chelsea Evans and Molly Schuringa display snowflakes, made from popsicle sticks by youth at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.

Library outreach brings hope to incarcerated youth

WENATCHEE—For Wenatchee Public Library employees Chelsea Evans and Molly Schuringa, outreach with youth at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center is one of their favorite parts of their …
Dr. Fitzgerald recently discovered this photo of his great-grandfather in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Descendants of Leavenworth’s first doctor revisit past

LEAVENWORTH — The Greater Leavenworth Museum welcomed over 70 descendants of Leavenworth’s first doctor and second mayor, Doctor George Washington (G.W.) Hoxsey, over Memorial Day …
Non-profit News

Wenatchee Valley Museum offers historic wine tour of downtown Wenatchee

WENATCHEE—The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is bringing back its popular Historic Wine Tour of Downtown Wenatchee on Saturday, June 22, from 12 to 4 p.m. The tour will begin …

Wenatchee Valley Museum offers four themed summer camps for children aged 6-11

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center announced the return of its Super Summer Adventure Camp series for kids aged 6-11. The museum will offer four week-long camps …

Cashmere Rotary serves up fun and philanthropy with Founders' Day Pickleball Tournament

CASHMERE - The Cashmere Rotary Club is putting a new spin on its traditional Founders' Day fundraising efforts by hosting a Round Robin pickleball tournament aimed at bringing the community together …

UVCares Behavioral Health to host open house and fundraiser in Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH—UVCares Behavioral Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing barriers to mental health care, is hosting an open house and fundraiser on Friday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 …
Autumn Manson will take on the role of Maria in “The Sound of Music.”

Tickets on sale for Leavenworth Summer Theater’s 30th anniversary season

LEAVENWORTH – General public and group tickets are now on sale for Leavenworth Summer Theater’s (LST) 30th anniversary season. This summer will feature Disney’s “Beauty and …
Sports

AppleSox aim to bounce back against Bells in WINatchee Wednesday batchup

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox will host the Bellingham Bells on Wednesday evening at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The AppleSox will send Garrett Ahern to the …
Forward Zane Saab skates in a Red Deer Rebels game during the 2023-24 Western Hockey League season. Saab was acquired Wednesday by the Wenatchee Wild in a trade with the Rebels.

Wenatchee Wild announce trade with Red Deer Rebels

WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild have announced a trade with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL), acquiring 2006-born forward Zane Saab from Red Deer in exchange …

Bells capitalize on AppleSox errors, take series opener 6-1

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee AppleSox struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities as they fell to the Bellingham Bells, 6-1, in the series opener at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium on Tuesday night. …

Wenatchee AppleSox start season strong with series wins

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox have begun their 2024 season with an impressive start, securing series victories against the Port Angeles Lefties and Victoria HarbourCats. The AppleSox opened …

Clutch hitting, strong pitching lead AppleSox past HarbourCats

VICTORIA, B.C. — The Wenatchee AppleSox capped off a successful road trip with a 5-2 victory over the Victoria HarbourCats on Sunday afternoon at Royal Athletic Park. The win improved the …

HarbourCats surge past AppleSox 9-6 with clutch two-out hitting

VICTORIA, B.C. - The Victoria HarbourCats capitalized on timely hitting, scoring seven runs with two outs, as they defeated the Wenatchee AppleSox 9-6 on Saturday night at Royal Athletic Park. …
Outdoors

New law requires recreational fishing license for freshwater smelt, crawfish, and carp

OLYMPIA, - Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation requiring Washington fishers to possess a recreational fishing license for freshwater smelt, crawfish, and carp. The new law, which goes into effect on …

National Forests offer free admission for Get Outdoors Day

PORTLAND - The USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region is encouraging the public to enjoy the great outdoors by waiving day-use fees at most recreation sites in national forests across …

Cast your line for free during Washington's Annual Free Fishing Weekend

OLYMPIA - Fishing enthusiasts across Washington state are gearing up for the annual Free Fishing Weekend, set to take place on June 8-9. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is …

Hatchery spring Chinook season opens on Cascade River

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced the opening of a portion of the Cascade River to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook salmon. The season will run from May …
Obituaries
Angel Mendoza Ruelas, 21, was found June 5, 2024. Town of residence at the time of death Chelan, Washington. Rosary will be held at Precht Rose Chapel on June 21, 4-8 p.m. Services will be held June …
Come join Linda Lane-McKenzie and family to celebrate and remember the life of Jim McKenzie on June 22, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Chelan Boating Club. Jim will always be remembered for his …
Steven Wayne "Steve" Lautensleger was born on September 25, 1950, and passed away peacefully at his home on June 1, 2024. He was born to Marie (Huckins) Lautensleger and Donald Lautensleger. He …
Mary Anne Quigley, 84, of Carlton, Washington passed away on June 3, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
May Littlejohn, 95, of Omak, Washington passed away on May 31, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Georgia Barrutia 92 passed away May 24th, 2024.  She was born in Gooding, Idaho and was the firstborn of eight children.    Georgia’s early life was shaped by the hard …
Election 2024
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 …
OLYMPIA — Interested in running for public office in Washington? The opportunity to formally declare candidacy for the 2024 elections opens online on May 6 at 8 a.m. and at elections offices …
DRYDEN - Representative Keith Goehner has announced his candidacy for the State Senate in the 12th legislative district. The announcement follows the decision by current 12th Legislative District …
Education
MANSON – Jeremy and Jacquelyn Jaech, through their Jaech Foundation, awarded scholarships totaling $144,000 to 37 Chelan Valley students at a dinner on Monday night.  The  …
PESHASTIN – Before rehearsing their own ceremony, Cascade High School graduating seniors gathered at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School on June 7 to take part in the Kindergarten …
CASHMERE – Recently, Cashmere High School seniors were recognized for their hard work at the Senior Awards Ceremony. The ceremony included CHS Department Awards and Scholarship …
PATEROS – Pateros High School art student Lexi Ann Vargas won the Governor's Choice Award with her mixed media painting “ Recycled Ocean” at the Superintendent's High School Art …
CASHMERE – Two Cashmere High School art students won awards at the Superintendent's High School Art Show in Olympia. Savannah Hamilton won a “Central Washington University Art for …
Opinion
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 …
Buy low and sell high. It’s that simple. Master that technique, and you’ll always make money. The problem, of course, is that in order to buy low and sell high, you either have to be able …
Oftentimes, business owners go down the path of selling their business ill-equipped. Perhaps the owner has built a thriving business and rightfully pats himself on the back for his achievements, but …
Around the region

Revitalization Committee nears consensus on downtown Bridgeport street design

BRIDGEPORT – The future design of the city’s downtown Main Street takes on more definition with every meeting of the Bridgeport Revitalization Committee. At the monthly meeting last …

Colville Man dies weeks after Lake Chelan crash

MANSON – The Colville man rescued from his submerged vehicle in Lake Chelan has died.  Erik G. Korbely, 37, died on June 10 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the …

Chelan PUD to begin annual power line inspections, low-flying helicopter to survey 300 miles

WENATCHEE — Chelan County PUD will begin its annual inspection of high-voltage transmission lines on Thursday, covering a span of 300 miles from Stevens Pass to Wenatchee and Palisades to …

Three Rivers Hospital revisits building design and cost options

BREWSTER—The Three Rivers Hospital Board of Commissioners continues its campaign to determine the best approach to gaining public support for replacing its aging facility. Last March, the …

Wildfire prompts rescue operations on Lake Chelan's north shore

CHELAN — The Chelan County Sheriff's Office assisted in the response to a wildfire near Pioneer Creek on the north shore of Lake Chelan on June 8, according to Sheriff Mike Morrison. The fire, …

Chelan council workshop considers AI network to improve community engagement

CHELAN – The city is on the cusp of joining the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution by upgrading its ability to interface with its citizens through a new research platform called Thought …

Condominium allowance to head to Leavenworth City Council

LEAVENWORTH – Following a varied public hearing, the Planning Commission moved to approve its proposed code amendments for condominium ownership within the Residential zoning districts during …
Matt Bangsund, Evan Cone, Mason McRae perform during “Alice in Wonderland” in 2016.

Upper Valley Connection’s Theater Camp to bring magic with Disney’s “Aladdin”

LEAVENWORTH – Upper Valley Connection’s Theater Camp is returning this year with a highly anticipated production of Disney’s “Aladdin” on June 21 and 22. …
Rep. Schrier (left) and Sheriff Morrison (right) demonstrate the Axon body camera’s live feed feature.

Congresswoman Kim Schrier celebrates $660,000 Federal Fund for Chelan County Sheriff’s Office

WENATCHEE - In a press event held on June 7 in front of the Chelan County Superior Court, Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA) announced a substantial federal investment of $660,000 aimed at bolstering …
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