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Easy-going and friendly 7-year-old border collie named Kait, is one of only two narcotics-detecting dogs working in a municipal jail in the state. Her handler is Corrections Deputy Jacob Lewis. Courtesy Chelan County Regional Justice Center
WENATCHEE- With the rise of fentanyl use in the Wenatchee Valley, the Chelan County Regional Justice Center has responded by training its narcotics-detecting canine to identify the powerful synthetic opioid.  “Fentanyl is the current drug of choice in our community,” said Chris Sharp, director of...

Senator Brad Hawkins, 12th District
 NCW - Many areas in our region and throughout the state have been experiencing affordable housing challenges. Some communities in Chelan County, such as Leavenworth and Chelan, have seen home prices more than triple since 2012. This is a massive challenge because stable housing is fundamental to...
MANSON - Manger Mall has provided gifts to hundreds of children each Christmas since 2009, thanks to the generous support of donors. Last year more than 700 children from nearly 300 families living within the Chelan and Manson school districts were served by this program. This year they will again...

Local photographer Lance Stark recently donated 100 mounted photos of Lake Chelan landscapes and wild inhabitants to Heritage Heights at Lake Chelan.   Courtesy Leslie Myers
CHELAN - Lance Stark is a photographer, not an interior designer, but following his well-received exhibition at Heritage Heights as   September’s Artist of the Month, Stark donated 100 mounted photos of Lake Chelan landscapes and wild inhabitants to the non-profit.   The photo prints are framed and...

Clyde McCullough, American Legion Post #108 Commander, presents an American flag, which was flown over the capitol in Washington, D.C. to Aaron Edwards, CEO of Lake Chelan Health. Photos by RuthEdna Keys/LCM
Lake Chelan Health Hospital Board of Commissioners, Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation, Hospitals Guilds and hospital staff held a ribbon and grand opening ceremony on Saturday, October 15 at the new hospital located at 110 S. Apple Blossom Drive.  
If you are looking to get your covid-19 Bivalent Modern or Pfizer booster Lake Chelan Health EMS will be holding a COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Drive thru clinic on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 - 11 a.m. at the Chelan Fire Station, located at 232 E. Wapato Avenue. Please do not call the fire...

With current and former Lake Chelan Health Hospital Board of Commissioners, hospital staff and grand opening ceremony attendees looking on, current Lake Chelan Health CEO Aaron Edwards (center) cuts the ribbon during the ribbon ceremony held on Saturday, October 15 at the new hospital located at 110 S. Apple Blossom Drive. Total cost for the new hospital, which is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, November 7, was $44.5 million. RuthEdna Keys/LCM
CHELAN: There will be a Civilian Response to Active Threats Class on Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m. in the Chelan Fire & Rescue meeting room, located at the corner of Sanders Street and Wapato Avenue. The class will cover how to best be prepared for an active threat situation and what the...
OKANOGAN - We have received multiple reports of county residents receiving telephone calls from a person claiming to be from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office. These calls have requested the callers to call to (509) 414-7003 and is describing the matter as “very urgent”. I called the number to...

Chelan County District Court Judge Kyle Mott
WENATCHEE - Chelan County District Court Judge Kyle Mott has announced he is stepping down from his position in early December. With his resignation, the Board of County Commissioners is now calling for the resumes of those potential appointees interested in replacing Mott, who is running...

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