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Chelan County: We cooperate with ICE as law allows

WENATCHEE — Chelan County officials say they've been "inundated" by angry calls after the county jail landed on a federal "non-cooperative jurisdictions" list for releasing a man possibly in the country illegally before immigration officials could pick him up.

Hang gliders get permit to land in Chelan Falls Park

CHELAN — Hang gliders and paragliders now have official permission to land in part of Chelan Falls Park, but they shouldn’t be swooping in on in-progress birthday parties or soccer games — at least not intentionally.

School year gets longer, thanks to snow days

NCW — Spring break is not happening for students in the Soap Lake School District and their school year got two days longer, the result of missing 15 days of school due to icy roads, freezing fog and snow drifts this winter.

Inspirational’ Mariachi Huenachi rates free concert, $5,000 award

WENATCHEE – A 60-second video that Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi Director Ramon Rivera submitted last fall as part of a nationwide Give A Note Foundation contest has earned the program $5,000, a Radio Disney Music Awards “Ardy” statuette and a free community concert that will feature a yet-to-be named Radio Disney artist.

Omak seeks to replace middle school

OMAK — Built as an elementary school in 1948, the Omak Middle School has a remodeled library that was once a gymnasium, and another time, a lunchroom. The hallways and classrooms were designed for first- and second-graders. The plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems are old and failing.

First practice

Members of a spring soccer league have a ball.

Rape suspect pleads to burglary, assault

WENATCHEE — A Manson man who broke into an acquaintance's house to sexually assault her faces more than four years in prison after entering a guilty plea Wednesday.

Tribes enact emergency road closures

NESPELEM — Saturated ground prompted the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation this week to close thousands of miles of dirt roads across their 1.4 million acre Colville Indian Reservation.

Trump fights for support ahead of U.S. health care vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders appeared on Wednesday to be losing the battle to get enough support in the House of Representatives to pass their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets. The current House Republican plan is scheduled for a floor vote on today, but faces resistance from some conservative Republicans who view it as too similar to Obamacare, and from moderates concerned it will hurt some voters.

Misleading health plan info sent out

TACOMA — As debate rages over the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress are making dubious claims about health care policy to their constituents, the nonprofit news organization ProPublica reported Wednesday.

Tonasket man accused of repeatedly raping woman

PORT ORCHARD — A 37-year-old man from Tonasket has been charged with two counts of first-degree rape after a 52-year-old Central Kitsap woman told investigators that he held her against her will for at least two months and assaulted her repeatedly.

Pulse club victims sue gunman’s employer, widow

TAMPA, Fla. — More than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman’s employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.