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Pioneer Fire grows to 1,468 acres in rugged Lake Chelan wilderness

A helicopter utilizes a water bucket to conduct strategic water drops along the shore of Lake Chelan in an effort to slow the spread of the Pioneer Fire, which has consumed over 1,400 acres in the rugged, inaccessible terrain of the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Area. Aviation resources play a crucial role in supporting the 186 firefighters on the ground working to protect structures and contain the blaze.
CHELAN — The Pioneer Fire, burning in the remote wilderness along the north shore of Lake Chelan has grown to 1,468 acres, posing significant challenges for firefighters …

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 …

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

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 …

U.S. Postal Service to close offices, suspend mail delivery on Juneteenth

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 …

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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Local Features
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 …
Rich Beausoleil and Milo

Ruby U launches speaker presentations at historic Chelan Ruby Theatre

CHELAN—The Ruby Theatre in downtown Chelan has launched a new speaker series called Ruby U. The series features free public presentations, panels, and discussions on topics of community …
Chelan County Sheriff's Report

Chelan County Sheriff's Report

This report is compiled from records provided by the Chelan County Sheriff's Office and RiverCom. The publisher cannot certify the complete accuracy of the information provided. May 31 …
Election 2024

Candidates certified for Washington's August 6 primary election

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 …

Auditor seeks residents for ballot measure committees

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 …

Brian Burnett announces candidacy for State Representative, District 12

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, …

Hawkins makes it official, files for Chelan County Commissioner

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 …

Candidate Filing Week 2024 begins May 6

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 …

Rep. Keith Goehner announces State Senate run

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 …

Hawkins announces candidacy for Chelan County Commission District 3

WENATCHEE - Republican State Senator Brad Hawkins of Wenatchee announced today that he plans to forgo his Senate re-election bid to run for the open Chelan County Commission – District 3 …
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 …
Gloria C Davalos, 75, of Chelan, Washington passed away on June 5, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Bill Sargent passed away peacefully in his home on May 20th, 2024 in Chelan, WA. He is survived by his children Breah (Nathan Matthews), Will, and Ryan Sargent, his brother Doug Sargent (Vicki), his …
Bill Sargent passed away peacefully in his home on May 20th, 2024 in Chelan, WA. He is survived by his children Breah (Nathan Matthews), Will, and Ryan Sargent, his brother Doug Sargent (Vicki), his …
Ronald Lee Berry, 88 of Chelan, Washington passed away at his home on the morning of Monday, May 13, 2024. Ron was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over 3 years ago but the most recent diagnosis of …

Get your event in the spotlight with Ward Media!

If you have an exciting event to share, email Reporter Quinn Propst at quinn@ward.media. We’ll showcase the five most captivating events of the week, giving your event the recognition it deserves. Even if your event isn’t among the top five, it will still be added to our events calendar and featured online. Don’t miss this chance to make your event shine!

Here is this week's list of 5 Things to do this Week.
    • Tipsy Trivia

      WineGirl Wines in Manson will host Tipsy Trivia on Monday, June 17 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. “Join us in our family-friendly yard for an …

    • Live music by Bryson Evans

      Celebrate Dads on the Farm in Chelan with music by Bryson Evans on Sunday, June 16 from 1-4 p.m. “Enjoy an afternoon on the farm as you …

    • Teen time at the library

      The Chelan Library will host Teen Time on Tuesday, June 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the  Community Meeting Room.  “Chill out at the …

    • Kid's Crafts

      The Chelan Library will host a kid’s crafts activity on Thursday, June 20 from 1-2 p.m. “Join us for fun crafts as part of the Read, …

    • Summer Solstice celebration

      The Barn Fitness Center will host a Summer Solstice celebration called 108 Sun Salutations on Thursday, June 20 from 7-9 p.m. “Our Summer …

Opinion
Terry Ward, Publisher

Local journalism needs your support more than ever

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 …

GOP nearly blows up convention in attempt to save face for Reichert

SPOKANE — Washington State Republican Party leaders say they want party unity, but they torpedoed unity, at least for a bit, all for the sake of attempted control.  When it became …

A closer look at the updated capital budget

Our state approves three budgets every two years. These budgets fund Washington’s operating ($71.9 billion), transportation ($14.6 billion), and capital ($10.3 billion) expenditures, including …
Features
The Women's Service League of NCW will hold its annual Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Mall near Sportsman's Warehouse.

Women's Service League hosts annual prom dress giveaway

WENATCHEE – This weekend, area teens, regardless of income, will have the chance to pick out the prom dress of their dreams for free, thanks to the Women's Service League of North Central …

Local ag co-op nurtures tree fruit industry from bud to box

Since the 1930s, Northwest Wholesale, Inc., a locally owned agricultural cooperative, has been an impactful part of the tree fruit industry in North Central Washington. Cooperatives of all kinds …
Sports

AppleSox, Bells set for rubber match as DelVecchio, Franklin take the mound

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — The Wenatchee AppleSox will host the Bellingham Bells for the rubber match of their three-game series at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium on Thursday night. Both teams …

AppleSox blank Bellingham Bells 2-0 for first shutout of 2024 season

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox secured their first shutout of the 2024 season with a 2-0 victory over the Bellingham Bells on Wednesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Garrett Ahern, …

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 …
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5 great tips for hosting your summer golden hour gathering

(BPT) - Summer is the season for spending your nights outdoors, whether by a cozy bonfire, in the backyard with a movie projector, or gathered around the porch table with family and friends. With a …

The culinary comeback of cottage cheese

(BPT) - Individuals are seeking simple ways to add protein into their meals. Enter cottage cheese: a powerhouse food that can be incorporated into everything from toast toppings and smoothies to …

Why do astronomers look for signs of life on other planets based on what life is like on Earth?

Why do astronomers look for signs of life on other planets based on how life is on Earth? Couldn’t there be totally different kinds of life on other planets?