Tuesday, July 23, 2024
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Pioneer Fire expands to 30,352 acres

NW Team 3, led by Incident Commander Lonnie Click, assumed command of the Pioneer and Easy fires on 7/21. The morning briefing is a time when firefighters and support staff receive information on the operational plan for the day, weather and fire behavior forecasts, and important safety and logistical reminders.
STEHEKIN — The Pioneer Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest continues to grow, reaching 30,352 acres as of Monday, with containment holding at 14%, officials reported. State Fire …
The tag sewn onto Dan Smith's Quilt of Valor details its dedication in Chelan on June 30, 2024. Created by the Thimblebuns quilting group, it was pieced by Sue Freden and bound by Tracy Shaw, exemplifying the community effort behind each quilt awarded to honor veterans' service and sacrifice.

Vietnam Veteran honored with Quilt of Valor in Chelan Valley ceremony

CHELAN—Vietnam veteran Daniel Smith was honored with a handmade quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which recognized his military service and contributions to the community. The …
One of 69 installed memorial bricks at Lake Chelan Health Hospital expresses gratitude to local voters. The brick reads,

Lake Chelan Hospital completes memorial brick installation

CHELAN—Lake Chelan Health Hospital has completed the installation of its latest batch of memorial bricks, representing the final phase of Hospital Guild Y's successful fundraising project. …
Youth compete at the 2023 Chelan Jr. Rodeo. This year youth from all over the state will compete on July 27 and 28 at the Chelan Jr. Rodeo.

Young cowboys and cowgirls set to compete at annual Chelan Jr. Rodeo

CHELAN – Young rodeo enthusiasts and their families are gearing up for the annual Chelan Jr. Rodeo on Saturday, July 27 and 28.  The rodeo is put on by the Chelan Rustlers Saddle Club …

State mobilizes resources to support local firefighters battling the Pioneer Fire

STEHEKIN —State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Pioneer Fire near …
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STEHEKIN—The Chelan County Sheriff's Office released a statement assuring residents that protecting the community of Stehekin is the top priority as the Pioneer Fire burns about four miles …
WENATCHEE—North Central Washington braces for heightened fire danger as the National Weather Service in Spokane issues a Red Flag Warning for Sunday, July 21. The warning covers the Central and …
WENATCHEE — North Central Washington is bracing for a potentially dangerous heat wave, with temperatures expected to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit through Monday, according to the National …
Latest info on the Pioneer Fire

Pioneer Fire expands to 30,352 acres

STEHEKIN — The Pioneer Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest continues to grow, reaching 30,352 acres as of Monday, with containment holding at 14%, officials reported. State Fire …

Pioneer Fire expands to 29,994 acres, evacuation orders remain in effect

STEHEKIN — The Pioneer Fire burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has grown to 29,994 acres, with containment remaining at 14%. Northwest Incident Management Team 3, led by …

Pioneer Fire expands to 26,407 acres, Easy Fire grows to 150 acres

STEHEKIN - Firefighters in North Central Washington continue to battle two growing wildfires as hot, dry conditions persist across the region. The Pioneer Fire has expanded to 26,407 acres, while …

Pioneer Fire grows to 26,137 acres

CHELAN - The Pioneer Fire has expanded to 26,137 acres, with containment holding at 14%, fire officials reported Friday. The blaze, which began on June 8, continues to challenge the 782 firefighters …
Local Features
IV Pro Mobile is a Wenatchee based mobile IV hydration and wellness clinic.

IV Pro Mobile brings hydration, wellness to your doorstep

WENTACHEE – Through her two decades of nursing experience Aura Brazill saw a need for hydration and wellness care outside of the confines of the hospital.  That prompted her to start …
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 …
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. …
Election 2024

Chelan County mails ballots for August 6 primary election

WENATCHEE — Ballots for the August 6 primary election have been mailed to registered voters in Chelan County, Auditor Skip Moore announced Thursday. To be counted, completed ballots must …

Voting begins Friday for Washington's August 6 Primary Election

OLYMPIA—Washington state is gearing up for its August 6 Primary Election, with county elections offices set to mail out ballots and open official drop boxes by Friday. More than 4.8 million …

League of Women Voters launches comprehensive voter guide for Washington primary

SEATTLE — The League of Women Voters of Washington (LWVWA) announced Wednesday that its online voter guide, VOTE411.org , has been updated with comprehensive information for the upcoming August …

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 …
Obituaries
Maria Garcia Esparza, 74, of Chelan, Washington passed away in Brewster, Washington on July 14, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family. 
Chuck Sherman, 91, of Manson, Washington passed away July 8, 2024. He was born in Troy, Michigan September 24, 1932. Services were held July 18, 2024.
Nina Florence Ellington Collier January 20, 1935 – January 12, 2024 Nina wrote the following in 1981:   “January was cold in Minneapolis, the night I was born- 20 …
Larry Bruce “Ozzie” Morley Formerly of Ritzville and Brewster, WA Larry Bruce “Ozzie’ Morley passed away on July 10, 2024, of dementia, after a short stay at Casa …
John Wesley Maynard Jr., 53, of Chelan, Washington passed away on June 29, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Connie Buchanan, 70, of Chelan, Washington passed away on July 12, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.

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Here is this week's list of 5 Things to do this Week.
    • Fill Friday

      Rootwood Cider in Manson will host Fill Fridays on Friday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Join us every Friday for a rotating …

    • Lake Chelan Pro Rodeo 2024

      The Chelan Rustlers Saddle Club will host the Lake Chelan Pro Rodeo 2024 on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.  …

    • Lake Chelan Rodeo Parade

      The Lake Chelan Rodeo Parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 in Historic Downtown Chelan. “Don’t miss out on this …

    • Tuesdays at the Park

      The Manson Library will host Tuesdays at the Park at Manson Bay Park on Tuesday, July 23 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. “We will have stories, …

    • Open mic night

      Sigillo Cellars in Chelan will host open mic night on Wednesday, July 24 from 6-9 p.m. “Join us for Open Mic Night in our Chelan …

Opinion
Terry Ward, Publisher

The power of your vote in the primary election

As the August 6 primary election draws near, it is crucial that we, as citizens, recognize the immense power we hold in our hands. The act of voting, often taken for granted, is the very foundation …

Standing behind our Firefighters

As wildfires like the Pioneer Fire continue to rage across our region, it's easy to feel frustrated and scared. The smoke-filled air, evacuations, and constant worry take their toll on all of us. But …

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 …
Features
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 …

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 …
Sports
Memorial Cup finalists and semifinalists pose with fellow competitors at the Chelan Men's Golf Club. From left: Bob Carleton and Tom King (semifinalists), Cliff House (winner), and Gary Searle (runner-up). The tournament, which saw 29 members participate, concluded with House edging out Searle in a playoff.

Cliff House wins Chelan Men's Golf Club Memorial Cup in playoff

CHELAN — Cliff House emerged victorious in the 2024 Memorial Cup Match Play Tournament hosted by the Chelan Men's Golf Club, edging out Gary Searle in a closely contested championship round …

AppleSox dominate in 21-5 rout, coaches join late-game action

WENATCHEE -- The Wenatchee AppleSox delivered a commanding performance Sunday night, overwhelming the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase team with a 21-5 victory at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. In a …

AppleSox pitching staff combines for 7-0 shutout victory over CCL Showcase Team

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox shut out the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase team 7-0 on Saturday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Evan Cloyd led the way for the AppleSox, driving in two runs …
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Give Your Grilling Game a Flavor Boost: 3 tips to make summer meals deliciously memorable

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Netflix cancels cheapest plan as subscribers have to choose

Giant Freakin Robot reports that Netflix is phasing out its cheapest ad-free subscription tier for existing subscribers and asking them to choose a new plan to stay tuned into the world's largest streamer.