CHELAN - A suspicious red suitcase reported around 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in a recycling bin behind the Chelan Mirror was found to contain clothing and personal effects.
Although there's been allegations made in a Facebook group about the newspaper, John Wisemore, chief of operations for the Sheriff's Office, said in a Wenatchee World story that a Yakima bomb disposal unit would have been called anyway,
The alley and sidewalk in front of the newspaper, 315 Woodin Ave., were vacated. The paper and a nearby bank were evacuated. A nearby school was locked down for about two hours.
A camera on a robot, brought by the EOD Bomb Squad in Yakima Army Base. determined there was no threat by the suitcase, which may be one reported missing earlier in the day.
The Mirror has been the focus of a Facebook campaign, "Boycott the Chelan Mirror and Sponsors."
The group is calling for the removal of Editor Vince Lovato from the position he has held for about two years, said the group's spokeswoman, Alison Stotko.
Several members of the community have come together online to share their frustrations with Lovato's on- the-job conduct, she said. The group alleges the editors has distorted facts in news stories and unfairly blocked public comment on the Mirror's website as well as Facebook- among other issues, Stotko said.
"The BCMS group is in no way responsible for any suspicious package," Stotko said. "A rival boycott page has been set up by parties unknown to us to throw suspicion on our group. Our members and supporters do not condone violence, threats or bullying.
"Our goal is to return the Mirror to the kind of newspaper it used to be: respectful, community- sensitive and trustworthy," Stotko said. "It's a hometown newspaper - it should hold the community together, not divide it."