[1/17/22] Legislative Update – Week One

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Week one of the 2022 legislative session is history. Among the items passed out of committee included an 18-month pause on the Long-Term Care tax; 12th District Representative Mike Steele called it “a mess,” and the pause gives them 18 months to, in his words, “figure this thing out.” Elsewhere, Steele says there is hope […]

[12/13/21] Straub On Redistricting

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With the State Supreme Court deciding to accept the State Redistricting Commission’s maps for new legislative and congressional districts, the twelfth district is due to be split up next year, as are Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. It’s the split of Chelan and Douglas counties that worries most lawmakers in the area, with the counties […]

[12/7/21] Redistricting Worries

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Will Chelan and Douglas counties be separated, legislatively and congressionally speaking? That redistricting question is now left to the State Supreme Court, now that the Bipartisan Redistricting Commission was unable to submit a plan by its November 15th deadline. The plan the commission was favoring splits Chelan County from Douglas and Okanogan Counties, which have […]

[11/9/21] Elections For Manson Council Set For December

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We’re just through one election, but another election is coming up – this one for the Manson Community Council. They’ll hold elections for two open positions on Thursday December 16. The positions are open to any registered voter in Chelan County that lives in the 98831 ZIP code. According to Council President Kari Sorenson, community […]

[11/8/21] Updated Election Results

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More votes counted, and new figures released yesterday afternoon by the Chelan County Auditors Office. Proposition One, the increase in the fire levy, has increased its lead slightly, now with almost 58 percent approval. Of the more than 24-hundred votes counted, the levy for Chelan Fire and Rescue has a 381 vote lead, 1,424 yes […]

[11/4/21] Fire Levy Approval Pleases Chief

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In Chelan Fire Chief Mark Donnell’s words Wednesday, he was feeling very fine. That after voters approved, with a 57 percent yes vote, Proposition One, increasing the fire levy from its current 80 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation to a dollar-10, and the first lift in the levy in 15 years. Chief Donnell […]

[11/3/21] Auditor On Election Integrity

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Almost a year ago, we asked Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore what he thought about charges of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election; he said it made him upset, and said auditors and elections officials needed to do a better job of explaining the voting process to those who have concerns. On Thursday, we […]

[10/29/21] Election Day Preview

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Election Day is Tuesday, and if you plan on mailing in your ballot, you better get it in the mailbox today (Fri). That’s the word from Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore: It’s a busy ballot this year, with school board seats up for election, and in Chelan, the big issue is Proposition One, the fire […]

[10/6/21] Hawkins on Redistricting

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12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins says he’d like to see the 12th District keep pretty much the same boundaries in the upcoming redistricting map. This has been the year for redistricting the state based on the latest census numbers. The five member bipartisan redistricting commission has come up with four proposed maps, two from […]

[9/2/21] Hawkins Schedules “Listening Tour”

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12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins is making plans for his fifth annual “Listening Tour” later this month. In normal years, the tours would be in-person stops to places in his four-county district, but COVID has put the kybosh on that for a second year. The tour this year will be held on-line September 14th […]