WENATCHEE — At first count, it appears that voters sided with schools on all seven maintenance and operation levies around the region. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, every levy was passing with at least 57 percent voter support. Levies need more than 50 percent to pass. Hundreds of ballots still need to be counted, including at least 500 in Chelan County, 300 in Grant County and 260 in Okanogan.
Most school bond issues are not so basic. The Eastmont School District is not asking for new schools on new sites. It wants no new edifice glowing on the hill. It wants to fix things, stop leaks, upgrade ancient wiring. It wants buildings big enough to accommodate its students, because enrollment has grown by half since the buildings went up, and they don’t fit. In other words, it would do what any building owner does if they have sense — maintain what they have, modify it if necessary to meet ...
Elena Wiggins, a fifth-grade science teacher at Sterling Intermediate School, waves signs in support of an Eastmont School District education bond Friday morning at 9th Street and Eastmont Avenue in East Wenatchee. If approved, local taxpayers would provide $30.8 million for repair and remodeling at Eastmont High, Sterling Intermediate and Grant Elementary schools. The new bond would increase taxes 50 to 56 cents per thousand of assessed valuation, or about $112 a year for a $200,000 home.
SPOKANE — Meeting for their first debate Thursday, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi clashed on tax cuts for the wealthy, the health-care overhaul and whether gays should openly serve in the military. But above all, the rivals offered starkly different views of whether Murray’s 18 years of experience in the U.S. Senate are beneficial for the state.
OLYMPIA — General election ballots are now available for Washington voters. Elections officials have until Friday to get ballots in the mail. And voters have until Nov. 2 to fill the ballots out and send them back.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee World editorial board met Oct. 5 with Chelan County PUD commission candidates to hear their views on some of the top issues affecting the utility today. Incumbent Ann Congdon and her challenger Jenae Pape-Miller attended along with incumbent Dennis Bolz and his challenger Stan Morse.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont School District will start its school tours at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 and 13, an hour later than originally planned. The district organized the two guided tours to give voters a chance to see the three schools proposed for remodeling. The Nov. 2 ballot with Eastmont’s $30.8 million bond measure will be mailed in the third week of October.
WENATCHEE — Expanding powers of federal government, lack of fiscal responsibility, ever-growing taxes and not listening to conservative constituents is what pushed many in this area to organize or join Tea Party movements. Nationally, the Tea Party has been getting some negative press lately; but for local people fed up with the current state of the country, the Tea Party is serving as a way to finally have a voice in what their government does.
WENATCHEE — Brian Burnett is still having trouble with the Hatch Act. On Tuesday, the Chelan County sheriff’s deputy and sheriff’s candidate sent out a news release saying he had been cleared of any violations of the federal law. Then, on Thursday, he sent out another news release saying he was still being investigated.