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[8/18/21] Twenty Five Mile Fire Update

Posted in Breaking News, Wildfire

The fire continues to burn in timber, brush and grass. The fire size is estimated at 7072 acres. Crews staffed the fire overnight and continued to reinforce structure protection lines. Today crews will work on constructing and reinforcing new containment lines. The fire may continue to move to the south and east, wind-driven in extreme […]

[8/16/21] Twenty Five Mile Fire

Posted in Breaking News, Wildfire

The Twenty five Mile Fire was first reported Sunday at 3:45 p.m. and is burning on the south shore of Lake Chelan near Twenty five Mile Creek. The fire is under joint jurisdiction of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Chelan County Fire District 7.   The fire is burning in […]

[7/14/21] Okanogan County Fires

Posted in Breaking News, Fire and EMS

Several wildfires are burning in Okanogan County, prompting an evacuation order for the town of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation. The state Department of Natural Resources said there were power outages in the area and phone lines are down. Okanogan County Emergency Management said Nespelem, Buffalo Lake, Cache Creek and surrounding areas are under […]

[7/1/21] Overnight Rescue From Semi In River

Posted in Breaking News, Environment, Fire and EMS, Police Blotter

A rescue on the river in the middle of the night.  No one injured, but a semi and trailer has now been fished out of the Columbia. It happened around 1 am, according to a press release from Douglas County Fire District 4 in Orondo.  A  motorist reported rocks in the roadway on Highway 97, […]

[6/20/21] CCFD 7: Donnell Retiring, Levy Resolution Passed

Posted in Breaking News, Fire and EMS

Chelan Fire and Rescue will be starting the search for a new chief.  Chelan Fire District 7 commissioners made the announcement concerning Chief Mark Donnell Thursday.  Commissioner Phil Moller: Moller said Donnell’s decision came as a surprise to the commissioners, but added that the district does have options: Mark Donnell joined Chelan Fire and Rescue […]

[6/20/21] No Decision In Bridgeport Recall Hearing

Posted in Breaking News, Local Government & Meetings

No decision in the petition to recall all five members of the Bridgeport City Council.  A hearing was held Friday in Douglas County Superior Court with Judge John Huber’s hearing the evidence presented by Bridgeport resident Michael Knox, Knox contending that the Council’s members have been negligent in filing annual financial reports for the city’s […]

[6/16/21] Commissioner Arrested for DUI

Posted in Breaking News, Police Blotter

Douglas County Commissioner Kyle Steinburg was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Tuesday morning in the McDonald’s drive-thru in East Wenatchee. According to Chief Rick Johnson, police officers were called to the restaurant on Valley Mall Parkway shortly before 1:30 a.m. after a call about a driver who was possibly intoxicated. Steinburg, the driver, was […]

[5/26/21] Impasse On Manson Dog Park Property

Posted in Breaking News

Negotiations between the Manson Parks Department and the Buckingham family over the Manson Dog Park have apparently broken down, and it looks as though a sale of the disputed property is doubtful.  That’s the word from Chelan County Commissioner Tiffany Gering: Gering says the county has been able to get a permit for Manson Parks […]

[5/18/21] Fitness Center Owner, Accused of Child Molestation, Dead

Posted in Breaking News, Police Blotter

Tyler Clark McAllister of Manson, the co-owner of two True Fitness centers in the valley, has died.  According to a KOZI listener, divers pulled his body from a dock on West Terrace Avenue in the Lakeside area Saturday evening after a search of the water.  McAlister’s van had been abandoned in the area earlier last […]

[5/13/21] Short Term Rental Proposals Presented to County Commission

Posted in Breaking News, Business & Economy, Local Government & Meetings

Recommendations on short-term rental regulations have been presented to the Chelan County Commission, and they seem pleased. The task force to come up with regulations of short-term rentals in the county met over a three month period; their proposals were sent to the county’s community development department, who made the presentation to the commission Tuesday.  […]