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Art of Community OVWN Part 5 Community improvement plan to be announced this fall

Publisher’s note: The is the final installment of a series of articles about the background and progress of Our Valley What’s Next, a grass roots community improvement project for the Wenatchee Valley. Check out the OVWN web site at and see the Art of Community Project web site at for photos, videos and more stories – Rufus Woods.

Auto crash kills Wenatchee woman

ROYAL CITY — A Wenatchee woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Beverly Burke Road in Grant County.

Zika spreads to Miami Beach, U.S. expands travel warning

MIAMI — Federal health offi cials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confi rmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination.

Russian cruise missiles target Syria

MOSCOW — Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired cruise missiles at targets near Aleppo on Friday, a further sign of Moscow's broadening military effort in Syria days after it began to fly bombing missions from an airbase in Iran.

U.S. astronauts prepare station for commercial space taxis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two NASA astronauts completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost.

Yakima homeless encampment ‘very thankful’ for water donations

YAKIMA — After issuing a plea for ice, water and other supplies to help Yakima's downtown homeless encampment ward off heat stroke, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services has received an "enormous" outpouring of donations from the community, staff say.

Conservatives split over U.S. land transfers to Western states

ELLIOTT STATE FOREST, Ore. — Every time Dean Finnerty sees the locked neon-yellow gate and “NoTrespassing” sign deep in Oregon’s Elliott State Forest, he bristles at the growing movement to transfer federally owned land to U.S. states.

Tumwater raft accident kills Bremerton man

LEAVENWORTH — A Saturday rafting accident in Tumwater Canyon left a Bremerton man dead and forced the rescue of his daughter-in-law when the rafters drifted unknowingly into dangerous Wenatchee River rapids.

Riding for a win

Lonnie Howard of Wenatchee, prepares to hand off the baton to Terri Morrow on Friday as they compete in the Team Baton competition at the Patterned Speed Horse Association state finals, being held at Appleatchee Riders in Wenatchee. Howard and Morrow are part of team “Apple Knockers,” which also includes Lauren Garlock and Candice Sweitzer. They won the event, to become the state champions. There's no admission fee to watch the contest, which continues through Sunday.

Wilderness fire smokes up valley

WENATCHEE — The 1,000-acre Buck Creek Fire continued to burn in Glacier Peak Wilderness on Saturday, posing no threat to homes but smoking up the Wenatchee Valley and nearby areas.