Archives for September 2017

$10,000 Reward Offered For Information On Missing PCT Hiker

A reward of up to $10,000 has been posted for information to help find a hiker who went missing on the Pacific Crest Trail last year. According to a Facebook post Kris Fowler also known as Sherpa was on the trail heading to Canada and was last known to be near White Pass on Oct. 12. The post in the group Bring Kris Fowler Home has pictures of Kris and the items he had with him. Anyone knowing of Kris’s whereabouts is asked to call police.

Evacution Orders End Near Jolly Mountain Fire

Residents near the Jolly Mountain Fire in Cle Elum are being allowed back to their homes now that the blaze is no longer in areas threatening homes. Authorities say the fire that’s consumed nearly 37,000 acres remains 40 percent contained and it’s expected that the fire won’t be put out until mid to late October. The other major wildfire is the Norse Peak blaze near Clifdel and it’s at 80 percent containment with 56,000 acres consumed.

BLM Lifts Burning Restrictions

Burning restrictions on lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management have been lifted in Eastern Washington. Campfires, barbecues grills and gas stoves are again allowed in places including Saddle Mountain and part of Douglas Creek in Grant County, Rock Creek in Adams County and a number of locations in Franklin County near the Grant County border. Fireworks and exploding targets are banned year-round on BLM-managed lands.

Washington State Sues Opioid Manufacturer

Washington is suing an opioid drug manufacturer for what Attorney General Bob Ferguson called deceptive marketing practices telling doctors and the public that their products are effective for treating chronic pain and have a low risk of addiction, contrary to overwhelming evidence. The suit brought by Ferguson against Purdue Pharma seeks millions in civil penalites and damage along with recouping any profits Purdue made for selling opioids in Washington. A similar lawsuit was filed Thursday by the City of Seattle against Purdue and four other opioid manufacturers.

New Airport Security Procedures Means Arriving Earlier

If your travel plans include flights out of Wenatchee, Yakima or the Tri-Cities plan on spending more time getting through the security checkpoints as the Transportation Safety Administration has implemented new inspection procedures at those three airports. According to the TSA any electronic item larger than a cell phone needs to be removed from carry on luggage and placed in a bin with nothing else inside. Previously only laptop computers had to be removed from carry ons. TSA recommends arriving at least 90 minutes before your flight.

Man Hides In Treehouse To Avoid Being Arrested

A Moses Lake man trying to hide from authorities by climbing in to a kid’s treehouse ends up behind bars. Police say Antonio Silva was in possession of a car stolen Wednesday from the 900 block of Stratford Road. He was found early Thursday morning on Airway Drive and took off on foot but officers found him in the treehouse near Cascade Valley. Silva was booked into the Grant County Jail and investigators say more charges may be filed.

More Charges Filed Against Freeman High School Shooter

Over 50 additional charges are filed by prosecutors against the Freeman High School student who opened fire on campus earlier this month killing one student and injuring three others. 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe already was charged with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder in the Sept. 13 shooting. On Wednesday a juvenile court judge set a date of April 2, 2018 for a hearing to determine if Sharpe will be tried as an adult.

Prosser School Superintendent Stays On Paid Leave

The Prosser School District superintendent who went on paid leave without explanation will remain on paid leave until his June 2018 retirement date. According to the Tri-City Herald Ray Tolcacher will collect his entire salary of just over $137,000 with another $55,000 for vacation, sick leave and other compensation after the school board approved a separation agreement Tuesday. Tolcacher was put on paid leave earlier this month and the district hasn’t disclosed what led to that action.

First Look At Mattawa Community Center Plans On Thursday

A presentation is being held this afternoon in Mattawa to update residents on plans to build a new community center.

The presentation is at 5:00 p.m. at the Wahluke High School auditorium and those attending will get to see the conceptual design of the center that is to be built at Boundary Avenue and Road 24 SW.

Attendees will be able to ask questions after the presentation is finished.

Two Arrested In Moses Lake Police Chase

Two men were arrested Wednesday after being involved in a police chase that ended at the Larson Recreation Center. Police say Randy James was behind the wheel of a car that crashed through a fence at the center and ended up on the BMX track where the car got stuck. James dove out of the car’s window and fled on foot but was arrested a short time later. According to investigators a passenger in the car identified as Daniel Tudor was also arrested after he tried to flee.