WENATCHEE — A fire near Liberty in Kittitas County became so massive and powerful on Wednesday afternoon that it began to threaten homes several miles away, near Mission Ridge. Officials issued evacuation notices to about 200 homes in the Mission Ridge area Wednesday evening, after the 9,500-acre Table Mountain fire blew up, sending a column of smoke about 35,000 feet into the sky.
WENATCHEE — If you think breathing smoke for a few days or even weeks while wildfires rage on is no big deal, you’re wrong. Health officials say even short-term exposure to the hazardous air in Wenatchee that’s persisted since last week is dangerous for everyone, not just those with health problems.
WENATCHEE — A fire spokesman this morning said someone from the Klone Fire north of Entiat was transported by ambulance to a hospital on Monday afternoon, and that further information will be released shortly.
A dry cold front that blew into the region late Friday night has helped clear smoke out of the upper Wenatchee Valley and should help lift the inversion that has been holding toxic smoke in the Wenatchee area today.
MOSES LAKE — In their first big test of the Big Nine season, the Wenatchee girls swim and dive team passed with flying colors. The Panthers won 11 of 12 events to defeat Moses Lake 124.5-60.5 in their first league dual meet of the season Thursday.
CHELAN — Hundreds of people cannot call 911 today after fire burned through a phone or fiber line in the Stayman Flats area north of Highway 971. Sometime before 8 p.m. on Monday, long distance service — including 911 — was cut to about 540 access lines in the Chelan, Manson, Mansfield and Waterville areas, said RiverCom operations manager Jackie Jones.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association will rule on the eligibility of Chelan’s Michael Amsel Jr. at an appeal hearing, to be held Sept. 26. Chelan School District superintendent Rob Manahan confirmed to the World in an e-mail that the Chelan school board “made their decision on Thursday that (Amsel) will be eligible for the (Goats’) game on Sept. 28 (against Cascade), providing (the) WIAA accepts his transfer appeal being held on Sept. 26.”
CHELAN — A handful of old walnut trees in one section of the Lake Chelan State Park will come out this month so the park can put in a new electrical system for recreational vehicles. By next spring, RV campers in sites 1 through 17 should experience fewer troubles with tripping breakers after Washington State Parks upgrades the electrical outlets.
NCW — Sleeping bags, check. Bathing suits, check. Marshmallows, sunscreen, flashlight. Check, check, check. North Central Washington turned into a camping mecca on Saturday, as people from near and far filled the region’s campgrounds to enjoy what many consider the last weekend of summer.
QUINCY — Did Sergio Magana run into the end zone to score a two-point conversion and give the Ephrata football team a one-point lead over arch-rival Quincy with less than 90 seconds to go in Friday’s Battle of the Basin contest at Jaycee Stadium, or didn’t he? That’s a question that surely will debated in both Columbia Basin towns in the coming weeks, months and possibly years. Heck, even the referees couldn’t agree if Magana had crossed the goal line or not.
CHELAN — After failing to pass a $19 million bond to help build a new Lake Chelan Community Hospital, hospital officials will be taking some time before deciding what to do next. “We have no plans currently, nor do we have a Plan B to move forward with,” said Brad Hankins, the hospital’s chief operating officer.
LEAVENWORTH — Rescue crews searching for a Seattle man who didn’t show up for work Monday heard him yelling for help late in the Poe Mountain area Tuesday afternoon, but were unable to locate his exact location before dark. Lorin Anderson, 43, was reported missing shortly after 7 a.m., and a Chelan County Sheriff’s deputy located his vehicle near the Little Wenatchee Ridge trailhead, said chief of administration John Wisemore.