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Erin Shagren announcing a $1 million donation from one of her family’s charitable foundations. Courtesy Emily Moller Photography
CHELAN -  “You may be wondering why a foundation in Tacoma is so invested in this project.”  So commented Erin Shagren to a group of nearly 200 supporters of the Community Center at Lake Chelan (CCLC), as they recently assembled on a very hot summer evening at a gala fundraising event, co-hosted at...
At 8:39 a.m. on July 15, crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported 20’x20’ brush fire on Hidden Lane on the Columbia River near Chelan.  Units arrived to find a 1/4 acre slow moving fire in brush and grass.  Crews on scene were able to quickly contained and extinguish this...
WENATCHEE -- NCW Libraries is partnering with Write on the River to host a new virtual NCW Writers Group — an online community created by local writers for local writers. Writers across North Central Washington are invited to connect with other artists, discuss the craft, ask for advice, and share...

This Department of Ecology drought map shows the area in yellow included in the statewide emergency declaration. Courtesy Department of Ecology
OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology (DOE) issued a statewide drought emergency last Wednesday, July 14, after record-breaking triple digit temperatures compounded by a historically dry spring and summer triggered concerns over water supplies across the state. The emergency declaration comes on the...
WENTCHEE - Chelan County commissioners today (July 19) raised the fire hazard level to “extreme” – the highest level of restriction allowed by county code. The fire hazard level was set to extreme in both the Valley and Chelan Mountain zones. With the current dry conditions in the county, the...
MANSON - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum for Lake Chelan School District, Manson School District, City of Chelan, and Hospital District No. 2 candidates on July 19 at 6 p.m. The forum will be held in the Commons at the Manson High School, 1000 Totem Pole Rd. Between...

Susan (Miller) Fox
MANSON - In Manson, school board positions for District 4 and District 5 are up for election in 2021. District 4 and 5 are at large, meaning that they represent the entire geographic area of Manson and not a specific location. An impressive five candidates are running for District #4 and two...

Brooke Isaack
CHELAN - Many candidates are running for school board in the Chelan School Districts. In Chelan, District 1, 2 and 3 are open for re-election. District 1 represents the area around the high school, Chelan Falls, Stayman Falls, Navarre Coulee and the south shore of the lake. District 2 represents...

Forty-four (some old) cars and a tractor participated in the HONK for Heritage Heights last year in June. Great signs conveyed messages like “You Matter” and “We Miss You.” There were Teddy Bears, Flamingos, and even a Guitar decorating the cars. Although the residents were behind windows, they felt the love. LCM File Photo
CHELAN - On June 30, Washington State opened under the Washington Ready plan. But assisted living facilities have been operating under a different reopening plan called the Safe Start plan. At Heritage Heights, an assisted living facility on East Highland Avenue, reopening has been “very positive...

The bypass lane is up on South Lakeshore Road at Slide Ridge. The automated signals at both ends of the bypass lane are up and working as well. Please plan for 5-minute delays, or longer if traffic is heavier. Please have patience -- the bypass lane will be used throughout the whole project. The contractor started pulverizing the roadway last week and excavation has started for the construction of one of the new bridge’s piers. The $3.2 million Slide Ridge Retrofit Bridge project includes the installation of a new 108 foot bridge at Slide Ridge, which will allow debris coming off of the ridge to flow under the bridge, not over the roadway. The project will take about six months to complete, with girder installation planned for September and paving of the new bridge in late October. Also in the Manson and Chelan area: Chelan County Public work crews will be brooming recently chip-sealed roads this week. They also will be repairing potholes in the alleys in downtown Manson. And the crew will be cleaning catch basins on Manson Boulevard and ditching in the Manson area as time allows. Both require one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic controls in the work zones. Antoine Creek Road Culvert Replacement: Paving is anticipated this week. Motorists are reminded to lower their speeds on the short gravel portion. Courtesy Chelan County Public Works Facebook

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