Politicians and residents are discussing ways to mitigate the risks posed by the 6,500-strong Colockum elk herd between Ellensburg, Wenatchee, and the Columbia River. About 60 elk were killed on the road by vehicles last winter, and some have damaged hay bales and irrigation lines on nearby ranches. Possible solutions include new elk-proof fences and expanding hunting.
Mountain Loop Highway Phone to Be Removed, Raising Safety Worries
The Verlot pay phone has been used to call 911 25 times in the last two years.