WENATCHEE — Trail users of the Sage Hills and Horse Lake trails areas can expect closures along a stretch of the trail system while four transmission poles are being replaced.
Don Bender, 24, climbs a wall in his parent's back yard in Sunnyslope Thursday. When he heard his college, Washington State University, was going to hold classes online, he and his father built the wall so he could climb between the five classes he is taking and a part time job at Central Washington Hospital. He said it cost about $700 to build. He said when he gets to leave for Pullman, his 17-year-old sister, Sara, will still use it. When he started rock climbing with his friends over two years ago, "I used to be afraid of heights," he said.
Workers for Hurst Construction of East Wenatchee add and move rocks along the Columbia River shoreline to help stabilize an eroding bank. The Chelan County PUD project is focusing on placing rock along 400 feet of riverbank and large root-wad logs 40 to 60 feet from shore.
CHELAN — As you stroll through Lakeside Park in Chelan, in one corner are several square tarps laid out with blankets on top and kids perched on lawn chairs.
A trucker locks up their brakes as vehicles stop along Highway 97A south of Entiat on Tuesday, for a herd of bighorn sheep crossing the road. The one photographed had turned back from a larger group that had just gotten across the roadway.
KENNEWICK — Federal agencies have adopted the conclusions of a four-year-long environmental study that rejected calls to tear down the four lower Snake River dams.
WENATCHEE — Campfires are now allowed in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
SEATTLE — Dan Jaffe did everything he had been told to do. He shut his windows. He stayed indoors. When wildfires burned across Washington two years ago, prompting a state declaration of emergency, Jaffe didn’t run and hike as he liked to during Seattle’s typically gorgeous summers. Instead,…
Last April we remembered the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. Fifty years ago, as a result of unregulated industries, the nation was experiencing choking smog, toxic dumps, and contaminated rivers.
Mackenzie Jared, Wenatchee, reads a book under an umbrella while waiting for her husband to finish work at a Confluence Health office building along Walla Walla Avenue on Wednesday. She said she liked being outside and her husband had the only key to the truck. She walked from their home to meet him after work. Rain is forecast to taper off before this weekend.
Firestorms in the West have grown bigger and more destructive in recent years — and harder to escape. Massive and frenzied, they have overtaken people trying to outrun or outdrive them.
NCW — All agritourism activities will be allowed in modified Phase 1 counties under Phase 2 guidance, according to an announcement made by the Governor’s office on Monday.
A crew from Whitebird Construction lifts a second-floor wall into place at the new gift shop, ticket office and office space at Ohme Gardens north of Wenatchee on Friday. The $300,000 building is going up while the Chelan County park is closed for the season due to COVID-19.
Also in the works before the scheduled reopening in April: A new stage area, relining and painting the eight pools, and creating two new paths, said garden Director Jason Browning.
NCW — Chelan County received nearly $1 million for salmon recovery projects this year.
WENATCHEE — The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail between Confluence State Park and Odabashian Bridge will be rerouted for about two months to accommodate a riverbank restoration project.
Mayes Johnson, 3, Wenatchee, looks up at a red amaranth at the WSU Chelan/Douglas Master Gardeners Community Education Garden on Western Avenue on Thursday. Her father, McLain Johnson, who is holding the plant, said they come every week to see the progression of flowers. The garden is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
OKANOGAN — All 15,000 Okanogan County PUD customers — though not all at the same time — were without power at some point on Labor Day as the Cold Springs Fire stormed through the county.
OLYMPIA — The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced all recreation lands in Eastern Washington will reopen beginning Friday.
BRIDGEPORT — A batch of apples that Gov. Jay Inslee delivered to residents of Bridgeport and Omak contained apple maggots.
WENATCHEE — Over 60 trees will be planted in Wenatchee parks this fall, with more to come next year.
OKANOGAN — Investigators haven’t said whether they believe the Cold Springs Fire was an accident or arson. But Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley says he’s pretty sure of one thing: It wasn’t started by antifa members.
OKANOGAN — The fair was supposed to happen last week in Okanogan County, fairgrounds manager Naomie Peasley said, but instead the fairgrounds became the headquarters for the Cold Springs Fire relief effort.
NCW — The smoke is going to stick around in North Central Washington and statewide for a while more.
EPHRATA — It looked like pictures from NASA’s Mars rover, state Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Jon Gallie said.
Workers put sod down at Hale Park in Wenatchee on Wednesday. Improvements for the final phase of construction of the park next to the Pipeline Pedestrian Bridge include a picnic shelter, play equipment, restrooms, landscaping, trail extension, more security cameras and lighting. The park should be open by the end of October or early November.
NCW — About 30 large fires continued to burn across Washington and Oregon on Friday, destroying hundreds of homes, forcing thousands of people to flee and turning the pristine air of the Pacific Northwest into a hazy, hazardous mishmash of smoke and particulates.
OLYMPIA — All lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades will remain closed due to high fire danger through next Thursday, the agency announced Friday afternoon.
OLYMPIA — With wildfires ravaging Central Washington on Labor Day, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that it is closing all of the lands it manages east of the Cascades due to high fire danger.
Michael and Carel Edgerly, Cle Elum, enjoy Friday morning at Lincoln Rock State Park in front of their travel trailer. Michael Edgerly, a veteran, built the flag pole that swivels and is lit at night. Labor Day is a popular holiday for camping and signals the end of summer for many.
WENATCHEE — Workers on Wednesday started removing a mural that has greeted visitors to Rocky Reach Dam since the early 1960s.
WENATCHEE — Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort has filed an $8 million claim with Chelan County alleging it has been trying to delay or prevent development plans.
WENATCHEE — Retail jobs saw a bump in July, but that’s the only private sector employment category in Chelan and Douglas counties to grow this year over last year, according to stats released this week by the state Employment Security Department.
NCW — Wenatchee business owners say they will not be greatly impacted by new state regulations, reducing the number of people inside stores in Chelan and Douglas counties.
LEAVENWORTH — The endless line of tour buses bogging down traffic and chauffeuring thousands of passengers from all over the state to experience Leavenworth’s Village of Lights won’t happen this December — or at least that’s the goal — after the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce announced they…
A Global Rope Access crew studies the site Tuesday where they will install a cofferdam in Icicle Creek just upriver from the Snow Lakes Trailhead. Work restarted to create a fish passage through the boulder field after spring water flows reduced in the area. The temporary dam will allow work to continue on the north side of the creek. Crews are breaking up some of the boulders, eventually creating access for fish through the area.
WENATCHEE — If it weren’t for a volunteer, ranger and aide all being in Squilchuck State Park at the same time, Anthony Fiano might not be retelling his story.
NCW — The U.S. Forest Service has issued a burn ban, effective now, for all of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
NCW — Another 50 mountain goats got a new lease on life this summer after teams of wildlife experts orchestrated their moves by road, boat and air from the Olympic Mountains to the North Cascades.
NCW — A planned logging operation is within the 10-square-mile range of the one remaining pair of nesting spotted owls in Chelan County.
SEATTLE — That’s it for Seattle’s old Waterfront Park.