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Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival traffic
A frustrated passenger gets out of a vehicle on Saturday to walk to the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival. Traffic was backed up more than an hour and a half from the U.S. Highway 2 and State Route 97 intersection to downtown Leavenworth.
Cinder, the bear that was badly burned in a Washington wildfire, shot and killed by hunter
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — A bear cub found badly burned in a massive 2014 Washington state wildfire has been killed by a hunter. Rich Beausoleil with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said a team in September set out to find the den of the bear nicknamed Cinder because her radio-transmi
Small fire at Peshastin home
PESHASTIN — An apparent electrical fire caused relatively minor damage to a Peshastin home on Thursday. Crews from Chelan County fire districts 6 and 3 responded at 3:25 p.m. to the fire on the 8800 block of North Road. Fire was burning inside a couple of wall stud cavities, said District 6 Chief Ph
Mail thieves arrested thanks to help from alert citizens
WENATCHEE, Wash. - Alert citizens led to the arrest of a mail thief and two associates on Saturday, December 15. At roughly 11:45 AM, a citizen called to report a silver Ford SUV occupied by three people that was stealing packages off porches in Wenatchee.
Fish TalesHatcheries need friends, too
Everybody needs friends, even hatcheries. I find hatchery friends in all sorts of places. Greg Brooks, owner of Benchmark Jewelers in downtown Leavenworth, is one. “I’ve seen a lot of changes at the hatchery over the years,” he told me. “Where the trails are now, that all used to be a boneyard. It w
Slain in Afghanistan, Leavenworth soldier comes home
LEAVENWORTH — The tourist town of Leavenworth, Washington is a bustling place. But for a few moments Sunday, a stillness fell along Highway 2 as a local soldier came home. Army Ranger Sgt. Leandro Jasso died Nov. 24 while fighting in Afghanistan, just six years after he graduated from Leavenworth's
Harriet’s gifts will continue giving
Since philanthropist Harriet Bullitt purchased the 67-acre property on Icicle River Road near Leavenworth in 1991, she and the organizations she has created have made inestimable contributions to North Central Washington.
Confluence to build three-level parking garage at Wenatchee hospital
Confluence Health will be building a three-level parking structure at Central Washington Hospital that will add 500 parking spaces to the facility. Construction on the parking garage, on the corner of the hospital campus closest to Red Apple Road and Miller Street, will begin in March and take six t
Eight new State Patrol troopers headed to Central Washington
The Washington State Patrol Academy graduated 31 new troopers this week, with eight of them slated for work in Central Washington's District 6. District 6 includes several counties, including Chelan, Grant, Kittitas and Okanogan and is the largest of the State Patrol's districts in Washington.
Nationwide Email Threat Targeted Lake Chelan Hospital
Lake Chelan Community Hospital received one of the bomb threats emailed to a number of agencies around the country on Thursday. Our news partner iFiber One reported Sheriff’s deputies checked the building as a precaution and no device was found.
Cinder the bear, survivor of Carlton Complex Fire, found dead
LEAVENWORTH — Cinder the Bear, the black bear who survived severe burns in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire and garnered regional attention, was apparently killed by a hunter last fall.
Cougar Creek Fire wreck led to team rescue effort
WENATCHEE — "Robert," a Vietnam veteran and wildland firefighter, could barely see the screen of his phone to call 911. That's because blood was pouring from his head. An after-incident report on the vehicle rollover during last summer's Cougar Creek Fire, which left Robert trapped and injured at th
Deputies respond to bomb threat emailed to Lake Chelan hospital, ransom demanded
OLYMPIA - An emailed bomb threat earlier today to Lake Chelan Community Hospital in Lake Chelan prompted a police response. The email was sent to various agencies across Washington state and across the nation. Chelan County sheriff’s officials say the threat was emailed to the hospital Thursday morn
Inmate arrested after fishing for drugs
WENATCHEE — A Chelan County inmate was arrested after allegedly breaking a hole in a cell window and using a long string in an attempt to pull drugs into the jail. A maintenance crew on Wednesday found the string hanging from the fourth floor of the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Tied to the
Chelan County Republican leader dies
WENATCHEE — Fredi Simpson, a prominent figure in the Republican Party from the local to national levels, has died. Simpson's husband, Bruce, confirmed that she had lost her battle with cancer, but he declined an interview.
Do-over ordered for Chelan County burglary trial
SPOKANE — The state Court of Appeals issued its second order Thursday for Chelan County to retry a Malaga man convicted of burglary, because part of his trial took place behind closed doors.
Cinder the bear, burned but saved after Carlton Complex Fire, has died
LEAVENWORTH — A young black bear severely burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire, who was nursed back to health and released into the wild, has died just past the age of 5. Cinder, a black bear found suffering burns near the home of Okanogan County resident Steve Love, was rehabilitated at an anima
Celebrity bear found killed by hunter
LEAVENWORTH, WA (AP) — A bear cub found badly burned in a massive 2014 Washington state wildfire has been killed by a hunter. State Fish and Wildlife said a team in September set out to find the den of the bear nicknamed Cinder because her radio-transmitting collar stopped working, hoping the collar
'It affects us all': Hundreds pay respects to fallen Army Ranger in Leavenworth
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. -- There were tributes and plenty of tears in Leavenworth on Sunday as hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso. Jasso, an Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan late last month while serving on his third deployment.
Leavenworth-area schools take public input on superintendent search
LEAVENWORTH — The Cascade School District throws open its doors tonight to take thoughts from residents on its search for a new superintendent. The search comes after Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker announced plans to retire in June, after four years leading the district. He replaced Steve McKenna,