9.5-million dollars of federal funding for Pangborn Memorial Airport's runway extension have been released. The funds are another compartment of grant funding are provided by the Federal Aviation Administration. Economic Development Director Craig Larsen says funds will cover the cost associated with the second leg of the runway project. The current length of usable runway is 57-hundred feet. Larsen says extending the runway to seven thousand feet will minimize flight restrictions thus allow the airport to recruit additional carriers.
Scammers posing as Chelan County PUD employees are at it again. Utility officials say these "imposters" are threatening to shut off your power if you don't pay up. Customer Accounting Manager Kerri Wendell says scammers get willing customers to put money on a 'green dot' pre-paid debit card in which they withdraw from to eliminate a paper trail. Wendell has a few tips for those who encounter such a call. That PUD number is 509-622-8121.
FEMA assistance for public agencies affected by wildfires has been extended into Kittitas County. In August, the Snag Canyon Fire ravaged 12-thousand acres and destroyed over a dozen structures. FEMA spokeswoman Patricia Stone says the funds will cover 75-percent of wildfire related costs. Kittitas County has been added to the major disaster declaration of August 11th, which provided assistance to Okanogan County and the Colville Confederated Tribes. The state's appeal for personal assistance is pending.
A Wenatchee skateboarder was injured this morning when he was struck by a car. Wenatchee Police Sgt. Jim West says the accident occured around 7:30 on Russell Street near Pioneer Park. West says the skateboarder reportedly received a cut lip but its not known if there were additional injuries. Traffic was detoured around the crash scene for about an hour.