The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt told a meeting of community members in Omak, Washington, on Tuesday that his agency will not conduct the environmental impact statement needed to move forward.

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A kitesurfing kite came ashore on the South Shore of Lake Wenatchee on Saturday, July 4th. If you believe this is yours, call Jimi at 509-670-0140 and describe the kite to claim it.

The Chelan County Code prohibits the discharge of any  fireworks at any time except New Years Eve when some small devices may be used.

Remember: More than 12,000 fireworks-related injuries, half of them children, are treated annually in hospital  emergency rooms.

Something as simple as sparklers burn at a temperature of 1800 degrees, hot enough to melt gold.

Fireworks cause more than $35 million in property damages each year

Possession and use of even Safe and Sane fireworks is illegal in Chelan County and the City of Leavenworth.

We live in an area designated as one of the most at-risk to wildfire this season.

Report fireworks violations to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department at 509-663-9911

Construction delays on Chumstick Highway

On July 6, Chelan County road crews will be chip sealing portions of Chumstick Highway. Crews will be doing two portions — a lower and upper stretch.  The road crew will start on the lower section in the morning and move to the second section. Signage is up on Chumstick Highway, alerting motorists to the planned work.

During chip sealing, the roadway is at one lane, with flaggers directing traffic. A pilot car will be used to lead people through the work area. The speed limit will be 35 mph in the work area.

Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Please plan to use other routes if you can on Monday. After chip sealing, there will be loose gravel on the roadway. The loose gravel is broomed a couple of days after chip sealing, giving the roadway time to cure. So there will be loose gravel from July 6 until about July 9. Continue to drive at a reduced speed limit during that time and give yourself space between vehicles.

For more information about the Chelan County road preservation program, go to

 On 6-29-2020 Chelan County Commissioners approved Resolution 2020-70 that the elevated the designated Fire Hazard Level to HIGH effective that date.   Campfires  3×3 are still allowed  in compliant fire pits in established campgrounds and on private property. A means of extinguishing must present; ie, water, charged hose, etc.   Burning of landscaping debris, construction materials or trash is not permitted.

Small Business Relief Funding Available

Chelan County has asked the Chelan/Douglas Regional Port Authority to administer $920,000 of grants from our CARES funding for small business relief across Chelan County. Businesses will need to meet the eligibility requirements for this program and per the criteria,  should be able to prove at least $5,000 in reimbursable expenses.   For more information and to formally apply for this program go to

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Chelan County is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines.

The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents. Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all inclusive, and demonstrates that this system will not be used for routine information. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event.

Please provide your address and preferred method(s) of contact. Adding your address will allow tailoring so you do not receive alerts that don’t pertain to your geographical area.

These alerts are provided free of charge, however standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply.

If you wish to subscribe to SMS text messages only, text your zip code to 38276.  There is also a mobile app available.

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 Washington state will require people to wear facial coverings in public settings, under a statewide public health order announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee in response to ongoing Covid-related health concerns.

The order, issued by Secretary of Health John Wiesman, takes effect Friday, June 25th. The order requires face coverings when people are indoor in a public area, and outdoors in a public area when six feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained.

Cell phone lost at Hidden Lake

 A cell phone with a green outer box was lost Friday, June 19th, at the Hidden Lake trailhead. If found please call  509-675-0814 ……………….

UPDATE:  The phone has been returned to the owner. Thank you!

 The annual Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary Labor Day weekend yard sale has been cancelled, another victim of the Covid-19 virus. This event has long been the big fundraiser of the year for the Auxiliary. It’s cancellation will obviously impact the significant contribution the Auxiliary has made every year to the departments operations, programs and equipment acquisition. A number of folks have inquired about making monetary donations to compensate for the lost funding.

Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Auxiliary graciously accepts any donations made, and all donations are deductible as a 501(c ) (3) organization. If you wish to make a donation, you may do so by mailing a check to the LWFR Auxiliary at 21696 Lake Wenatchee Highway, Leavenworth, WA 98826 OR donating online. To do that:

Go to

Scroll down to Donations

Complete the email,  name and address screen and click CONTINUE

Click on either “Buy With Gpay” or the credit card option and provide the requested information

A receipt will be emailed upon submission of the donation. Thank you in advance for any donations and your continued support!

LWFR Auxiliary

Long time resident, and descentant of early settlers Rollie Schmitten has just published a book on the early history of Lake Wenatchee. The book is available at the Midway Market, Plain Hardware and Ridgeline Graphics in Wenatchee. Here is Rollie’s description of the goal of the book.

The book was a 4 year labor of love. We were down to the Dickinson family as the only remaining homestead family living at Lake Wenatchee. Byron hoodwinked me into writing it when I approached him about doing it as he grew up on the lake and returned after a successful career in the Army Air Corps but he said that “we” would do it. He did write the Dickinson chapter which adds tremendous color. Sadly both Byron and Bruce both passed away before I could finish the book and I dedicated it to them and their families. [continue reading…]