A Milwaukee, Wisconsin man is suspected of injuring his mother's dog in Cashmere on Monday and is now in jail. Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore says 45-year old Steve Fendly was arrested at his mothers home in Cashmere Monday night. Authorities say the dog weighed five-pounds. Wisemore says the dog was found alive 100-yards away. Deputies arrested Fendly on suspicion of animal cruelty but the trouble didn't stop there. The charges of first-degree malicious mischief and resisting arrest were added to Fendly's list of offenses.
The U.S. Forest Service wants to encourage the development of summer recreation activities at ski areas that are located in national forests. There are 122 such ski areas, but since 1986 these resorts operated under a law that only authorized downhill and cross-country skiing. An amendment in 2011 opened the door to permits for activities such as zip lines, mountain bike trails and disc golf courses. This week, the agency announced specific guidelines that will help ski areas expand recreation opportunities. The new policy is expected to create about 600 full-time jobs and $40 million in new revenue for mountain communities across the country. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the new guidelines opens up new opportunities to bring people onto national forests to "enjoy the great outdoors, become more physically active and recreate in new ways.” Stevens Pass Ski Resort offers mountain bike trails during the summer months. The White Pass Ski Area hosts group activities, such as camps for cross-country runners but spokeswoman Kathleen Goyette says the area doesn’t have any activities open to the public.
Mushroom harvesting permits go on sale April 21 for commercial harvesting of mushrooms in the Peavine, Poison, and Table Mountain fire areas in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Forest Service officials expect a moderate number of commercial morel mushroom pickers returning this year to harvest from selected areas burned in wildfires in 2012. Forest Service Spokeswoman, Robin Demario cautions mushroom hunters about areas that are off limits in the Eagle Creek wildfire area. The growing season for morel mushrooms begins as soon as snow melts and continues through July depending upon elevation and aspect...
A decision on whether Wenatchee School District will appeal a supreme court decision to reinstate Ed Knaggs could happen during an executive session Wednesday. A statement pertaining to the matter was released by the school district Wednesday. Knaggs, a teacher and coach was fired after the accidental drowning of freshman Antonia Reyes in 2011. Officials say an appeal needs to be filed by Friday, April 18th. Knaggs was put on payroll last month, but he remains on administrative leave while the district decides whether it will appeal the judge’s decision.