LEAVENWORTH — A Seattle mountain climber is recovering at Central Washington Hospital after he fractured several bones in a fall in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, spent a night hoping for rescue and then walked to help.

OKANOGAN — Pam Johnson took the stage and thanked the hundreds of people who gathered to remember her late husband, Christian Johnson. Then she reflected — How could he be summed up in just a few words? What did he mean to this community?

CHELAN — For almost 10 days six people were stuck on a mountain north of Chelan, surrounded by snow and unable to get out without abandoning their equipment and vehicles.

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WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Commission unanimously approved a recreation plan Monday designed for the Squilchuck and Stemilt basins.

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I’ve spent more than 30 years welcoming visitors to their public land. One of the most important things to me is making sure there are friendly folks ready to help when people arrive.

A crew from KRCI of Wenatchee dredges the Riverfront Park boat launch area along the Columbia River Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, removing sediment from the boat basin that has accumulated. The cost of the Chelan County Public Utility District project that is expected to be finished in November is $602,000

LEAVENWORTH — Three deer, six white fish, a flock of ducks, two mergansers, four dogs, mushrooms, rose hips, cottonwoods, and chestnuts made it to the list of nature spotted on the first Fall Salmon Walk put on by the Wenatchee River Institute Friday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — California, Washington and 15 other states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s weakening of the Endangered Species Act, a landmark law that has ensured the survival of the California condor, the grizzly bear and other animals close to extinction.

Josh Miller, on ladder, and Eric Sydenstricker with the Chelan County Public Utility District, replace parts on a river level gauge at the Riverfront Park boat launch Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. The area will be closed starting Monday, Sept. 30 for improvements to the docks and surrounding area. The PUD hopes to open the area back up by mid-November.

One of the talented emerging community leaders in the Wenatchee Valley is Teresa Bendito-Zepeda, a co-founder of the Parque Padrinos. The group of more than 100 neighbors in South Wenatchee is dedicated to making sure that the redeveloped Kiwanis Methow Park is fully programmed and cared for.

OKANOGAN — More water will be released into the Okanogan River this year due to higher than normal water levels in Lake Osoyoos.

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More than a decade ago, before a water-loving rodent with a penchant for gnawing on trees became the animal du jour — its ecological powers heralded as a climate salve, ecosystem restorative and all around tonic of hope — the seemingly humble beaver brought two unlikely allies together.

CHELAN — Chelan County crews removed the debris Wednesday along South Lakeshore Road and the road is back open.

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NCW — Chelan and Douglas counties received significant, but not abnormal rainfall this weekend after a thunderstorm swept through the area.

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