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Garbage pickup will start earlier beginning Monday

You probably won’t want to wait until morning to put your garbage out for pickup starting Monday, unless you’re a very early riser. WM, formerly Waste Management, is launching a beat-the-heat schedule in most of the Wenatchee Valley that will allow its drivers to finish their routes before the hottest hours of the day.
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Multiple local marches planned after overturning of federal protections for abortion

Outcry over the elimination of federal protections for abortion in the United States is at fever pitch today. Despite Washington remaining a sanctuary state for safe abortions, countless marches opposed the ban are planned across the state, including Moses Lake and Wenatchee. Wenatchee Pride, which is an advocacy group for the LGBTQIA+ community is coordinating a rally that will begin at 5 p.m. today at the corner of Orondo and Chelan avenues at Memorial Park.

Explainer: What a low-barrier shelter would mean for the Wenatchee Valley

WENATCHEE — East Wenatchee and Wenatchee have plans to build a low-barrier shelter in South Wenatchee — but what exactly does the term low-barrier actually mean?. Well, it depends on who you ask. But in general low-barrier shelters remove as many barriers as possible that would prevent individuals from entering a traditional high-barrier shelter, such as a requirement for sobriety or church attendance.

Wenatchee firefighters help rescue cat stuck in culvert

A lost cat is okay after Wenatchee firefighters and neighbors on Number 1 Canyon Road cooperated to dig it out of a culvert Wednesday. The cat’s owners found it stuck in the culvert Tuesday night, and worked into the next day to get it free. Firefighters from Chelan County...

City of Leavenworth May Place Bonds on Building Permits Due to Low Response Rate

Leavenworth’s Development Services Department may require a bond be placed on building permits after seeing a 30% response rate on finalized permits. The city debuted their online permit tracking system in 2020 and just recently started accepting applications, including a new bond for Design Review Permits. They currently have a backlog of building permits, many failing to call for a final inspection.

Chelan County to build new storm basins up No. 1 Canyon

WENATCHEE — Chelan County will pay more than $850,000 to build four new flood debris basins in Number One Canyon above Wenatchee. The basins are designed to catch debris and mud as it cascades down the canyon during heavy rain, like the storm that occurred on June 5th. Those events sometimes clog Wenatchee stormwater systems, and can threaten homes and streets in the city and its outskirts.

Link Transit to continue offering zero-fare rides

WENATCHEE — Catching a ride on a Link Transit bus will remain free of charge after the board renewed its zero-fare policy. Link Transit introduced a one-year, zero-fare pilot program in in July of last year after waiving its fares in March of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic started. On Tuesday, the board of directors approved continuing to allow passengers to ride for free.

Inslee to Visit the Wenatchee Valley Friday

Governor Jay Inslee will visit the Wenatchee Valley Friday to make three stops. According to the Governor's Office, Inslee will start his visit in Cashmere for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00am at Beta Hatch. The company will be the largest mealworm producing facility in North America. The Department of Commerce provided almost $1 million for the project from its Clean Energy Fund, as mealworms are a less carbon-intensive alternative to traditional livestock feeds.

Police Disrupt Large Drug Trafficking Outfit in Wenatchee

A joint operation of the Columbia River Drug Task Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has disrupted a drug trafficking organization in the Wenatchee Valley. The ring, which has ties to the Southwestern U.S., has been moving large volumes of Fentanyl and methamphetamine in North Central Washington. Task...

Cashmere's annual Founders' Days celebration started today

Founders’ Days, Cashmere’s biggest annual community celebration, began today and wraps up tomorrow night when the Crunch Pak Grand Parade will make its way through downtown. Activities Saturday include the Mission Creek Car Show at 10 a.m., a scavenger hunt, face painting and the popular ping pong ball...

Suspect arrested in connection to Target arson fire in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Police have arrested a suspect in the May 29 arson fire at Target in Wenatchee. On Tuesday, Wenatchee police posted a photo of a potential witness of the fire. The witness was found by Target Asset Protection staff as the reviewed video of the incident. Investigators were...

Chelan County commissioner candidate exits 2022 race

LEAVENWORTH — One of the three candidates for an open Chelan County commissioner seat has withdrawn from the race. Zachary Miller, 38, of Leavenworth announced Wednesday he will no longer seek the District 2 commissioner seat being left by Bob Bugert. Miller, a stonemason and Cascade school board member, said in a post on his campaign website that he’s leaving the race for reasons of personal health.