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Obama visits a mosque to send message to non-Muslims

CATONSVILLE, Md. — President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears of Americans accustomed to pop-culture portrayals of Muslims as terrorists, and to reassure Muslim American youth about their place in the nation.

Support widespread for Parlette’s wildfire bills

OLYMPIA — Two bills sponsored by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette designed to boost the ability of agencies to conduct prescribed burns were met with mixed reaction Wednesday from the two state agencies that would be most impacted.

Iowa elections a real education for Wenatchee family

WENATCHEE — Gwen McQuaig won't be voting in this year's presidential election. But at 14 years of age, she's already had a better look at the current stable of candidates and the inside workings of an election than most people who will be casting ballots.

Cracks in cranes force PUD to skip bidding process

WENATCHEE — Failure to detect hidden cracks that could have led to catastrophic failure of two giant bridge cranes at Rocky Reach Dam is forcing the Chelan County PUD to pay for emergency repairs rather than go out to bid.

Vision for mill site includes park, art, wine, manufacturing

PESHASTIN — When Bill and Jennifer Goebel look out over the long-vacant Peshastin lumber mill site they see a thriving park with sports fields, light manufacturing, vineyards and wineries, ag technology firms and possibly some artist cottages with studios.

No ballot? You’re not alone

WENATCHEE — If you’re a registered voter and there’s an election in your district but you didn’t get a ballot, don’t despair. Just call your local auditor’s office.

After the fires — seeding the hills

WENATCHEE — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been spreading native grass seed over several areas that burned in North Central Washington wildfires last summer.

Water board strips accused member of presidency

EAST WENATCHEE — The East Wenatchee Water District took steps Wednesday to limit the power of a longtime commissioner charged with child rape. Michael T. McCourt, 75, was stripped of the board presidency as his two fellow commissioners adopted a resolution that governs the privileges of any member charged with a felony. "The resolution would stay in effect for any other problems that came up in the future," said Commissioner G. Brian Egan, who succeeds McCourt as president.

Common Ground | Big Methow mine a terrible idea

I was visiting the Mazama area this week and it occurred to me how the local economy and unique community character would be forever degraded if an industrial-scale copper mine is allowed on Flagg Mountain.

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News of record reports in Chelan and Douglas Counties

Family of Oregon occupier shot by law enforcement alleges cover-up

PORTLAND, Ore., — Relatives of a man shot dead by law enforcement officers after taking part in the armed occupation of a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon have accused the FBI and state police of covering up the circumstances of his death last week.

Bill Cosby is back in court to throw out criminal case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby's lawyers fought Tuesday to persuade a judge to toss out a felony sexual-assault charge against the entertainer, who prosecutors allege drugged and molested a Temple University athletics department employee at his Philadelphia-area estate a dozen years ago.

Candidates crafting New Hampshire end games

CONCORD, N.H. — Presidential candidates arrived fresh from Iowa on Tuesday with the 2016 race upended, after frontrunners from both parties took hits in the Midwest and now must shift strategies for a week-long sprint in New Hampshire.

Clinton nudges past Sanders

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Clinton appeared to squeak past insurgent rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa's presidential vote, according to results Tuesday, redeeming a crushing loss here in 2008 but revealing the shortcomings of a candidate who once seemed invincible.