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[5/13/21] Free Internet Available To County Residents

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Many households in North Central Washington could be eligible for free internet service through a federally funded program.  The Emergency Broadband Program, or EBB, will provide up to 50 dollars a month towards the cost of internet service.  It’s available to households in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Grant and Adams counties served by LocalTel.  The 50-dollar […]

[5/13/21] Wine and Jazz Festival Sold Out

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The Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival gets underway a week from today, and if you didn’t get a pass for it, there’s some bad news for you: it’s all sold out.  The festival’s marketing director, Holly Brown, says it’s the first time it has been sold out, and one reason for that is limiting the number […]

[5/11/21] City of Chelan Seeks “Ambassadors”

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The City of Chelan has been considering starting what you might call an ambassador’s program, consisting of volunteers to give a couple of hours, walk around downtown and act as a roving welcome wagon and visitor’s bureau.  The city is fleshing out the details on the program; Chelan Mayor Bob Goedde: What’s more, the mayor […]

[5/4/21] Heritage Heights CEO To Retire

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Heritage Heights CEO Amanda Ballou has announced her plans to leave the post in October.  She retires after spending 18 years at the facility, the last 14 as chief executive officer.  Ballou made the announcement in an e-mail on Friday. And there’s another change – with Ballou’s retirement, new management will take over: the Heritage […]

[5/4/21] More People Using Chelan Food Bank

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Here’s a number we’d like to see go down – the number of folks needing help through the Chelan Food Bank. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, according to food bank director Richard Springer: Numbers that Springer says are easily up more than 30 percent from last year.  And he adds there is a big need […]

[5/4/21] Jobless Rate Down in Chelan and Douglas Counties

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State officials see a good sign in the latest unemployment numbers.  The latest numbers for Chelan and Douglas counties released Friday show a jobless rate of 5.9 percent.  That’s down from the February rate of 7-point-1 percent, and the 6-point-6 percent recorded last March.  State regional economist Don Meseck says the jobless rate alone doesn’t […]

[4/19/21] CCPW operators respond to cyclist in need of help

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In Chelan County, it’s not unthinkable to seek out a country road that climbs above the foothills or snakes its way through a canyon. Many of us like to recreate off these roads for the solace they provide. But if you suddenly find yourself in an emergency on one of these remote, cell-free roads, it […]

[4/16/21] Golf Course Road Project Continues-City of Chelan Update

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The City of Chelan reports the Golf Course Road Project at about 30% complete. Next week crews will continue with the laying of new water main which is only 13% complete, while the new sewer main is nearly 80% complete. In the meantime, Golf Course Road will remain closed to traffic. Click the link below […]

[4/15/21] TAX RELIEF FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS

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People forced to rebuild or repair homes damaged or destroyed by last fall’s wildfires would get property tax relief under a bill the state Legislature passed. Tracy Ellis reports.

[4/15/21] Semi Accident Blocks Traffic on US 97 North of Orondo

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A two-vehicle accident was reported just after 2 PM Wednesday on US 97, seven miles north of Orondo. On arrival first responders found a two-vehicle blocking accident involving a semi and minivan. Both vehicles had heavy damage. Two occupants of the minivan were treated at the scene and transported to Central Washington Hospital. The Washington […]