WENATCHEE — Jan. 5 will be the last day of work for all but a handful of the 428 employees at Alcoa's Wenatchee Works smelter, a top union official said Tuesday. Elected officials in New York, meanwhile, announced they had reached an agreement with Alcoa to keep open for three more years one of the smelters slated for closure.
Fran Morgen, Wenatchee, puts cans of corn into plastic baskets on a makeshift assembly line at the Wenatchee Assembly of God church Tuesday. Over 60 volunteers prepared 375 baskets of food for Thanksgiving meals organized by Serve Wenatchee Valley. About another 100 were to be picked up at their office. According to executive director Bob Shepard, unclaimed baskets can be picked up at the office, 212 South Mission St., in Wenatchee after 11 a.m. Wednesday on a first-come first-served basis.
EAST WENATCHEE — Sheriff's deputies in Douglas and Grant counties are being encouraged to carry firearms when they are off duty in the wake of terrorism overseas and targeted shootings of law enforcement officers in the United States.
WENATCHEE — The Sage Hills Trails, which traverse the hills west of Wenatchee, will close for the winter to all recreational use on Tuesday to protect habitat for wintering mule deer and other wildlife, the Chelan County PUD said in a news release Monday.
GENEVA — Weather-related disasters such as floods and heatwaves have occurred almost daily in the past decade, almost twice as often as two decades ago, with Asia being the hardest hit region, a U.N. report said on Monday.
BRUSSELS — At the end of what usually is a busy lunchtime with customers from nearby offices flocking to his leather goods store in one of Brussels’ main shopping streets, manager Karen Arkelyan planned to close early on Monday.
IDOMENI, Greece — Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe on Monday, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns.
SEATTLE — Mary Celeste Park, a lifetime West Seattle resident, was accused by police in 2012 of being the “lowest of the low,” a caretaker who stole $50,000 from an elderly woman who had survived the Holocaust.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States and its allies conducted additional strikes against Islamic State over the weekend, including two in Syria that destroyed nearly 300 Islamic State vehicles and an oil facility, the coalition leading the operations said.