• 2014 Yields Largest Northwest Sweet Cherry Crop
    Posted: October 29, 2014   It was definitely a sweet season for Northwest cherry growers An industry group reports growers harvested their largest-ever sweet cherry crop this year. Workers picked more than 23.2 million 20-pound boxes of cherries this summer besting a record set in 2012 according to the Yakima-based Washington State Fruit Commission...
  • Hwy 153 Bridge Opens With Permanent Repairs Pending
    Posted: October 29, 2014   The Hwy 153 Bridge near Carlton is now open due to the quick thinking of Department of Transporation crews last week when cracks were discovered.  The two cracked columns were found during a routine check last Tuesday, diverting traffic elsewhere.  DOT Bridge Maintenance Manager Tony Gillin says a makeshift fix re-opened the bridge a week earlier than expected. Gillin says a more permanent repair to the bridge within the next two weeks with possible column replacement slated for this spring.     
  • County Considers Merger Of Two Fire Districts
    Posted: October 28, 2014   Local residents will get to have their say on the possible merger of two Plain-area fire departments today (Wed) at 1p.m.  The county is looking at combining Chelan County Fire District 4 in Plain with Lake Wenatchee-based Fire District 9.  Chelan County Fire District 9 Chief Mick Lamar says the move would streamline emergency services in the area. Lamar says District 4 covers 500 lots and 90 homes that lie within are full time residents. District 9 covers 25-square miles and 1790 full time residents.  Again, that public hearing will happen at 1p.m...
  • Rural Fire District Chief Calls For Vote On Regional Firework Ban
    Posted: October 29, 2014   As elected officials in Chelan and Douglas Counties mull over a regional ban on fireworks, a rural-district fire chief is calling for a public vote on the matter.  Chelan County Fire District 9th Chief Mick Lamar says an outright ban on fireworks would be difficult to enforce but if 'push comes to shove', leave it up to the voters. Over the summer, Lamar says many people put the fireworks away in his jurisdiction after seeing the devastation caused by wildfires.  A regional ban on fireworks was discussed by a group of officials earlier this week...
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