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Showing all the signs

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.
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Senate candidates don’t hold back in first debate

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.

Ballots now heading to voters

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.
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Meet the candidates: Chelan County PUD commission

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.

Time change on Eastmont school tours

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.

Tea Party’s rumblings are resonating here

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.

Burnett, Harum tangle over Hatch Act case

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.
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Romney confidently eyeing Florida

TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney oozed confidence and a defiant Newt Gingrich seemed to acknowledge his momentum had been checked, at least for now, as Florida Republicans voted today to decide who gets the state’s 50 delegates, the biggest prize yet in the Republican presidential nomination contest.

Four compete for two Mansfield council seats

MANSFIELD — Former Mansfield City Councilman Kenneth Peters is running against incumbent Betty Wilsey for the Position 4 seat. Wilsey, 66, elected to the seat four years ago, said her main goal back then was to try and keep utility bills down because Mansfield has a lot of senior citizens on fixed incomes. She said that remains one of her key concerns in the town, but she also wants to focus on cleaning up the town — specifically, removing trash and having people improve their properties.
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Olin tries to unseat Edgar

WATERVILLE — Former Waterville Councilman Robert W. Olin is running against incumbent Kasey J. Edgar for her Position 2 seat. Olin, 69, said there were no “pressing issues” that made him want to get back into city politics. He said the current council has been taking care of some of the big issues, such as street and water system improvements. “But I would really like to see more business here in town,” Olin said.
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Black ink top issues for city council Position 1 candidates

WENATCHEE — Very different backgrounds with similar goals to control spending and keep the city in the black. That describes challenger Seth Merriel and incumbent Jim Bailey who are vying for the Position 1 City Council seat.

Voters to pick mayors in Twisp, Brewster, Tonasket

OKANOGAN COUNTY — Most mayors in Okanogan County are running unopposed Nov. 3, but the job is up for grabs in three towns: Brewster, Twisp and Tonasket. In Brewster, four-year Mayor Lee Webster is facing a challenge from David Smith, a pilot at his family business, Golden Wings in Brewster.

Douglas County Fire District 5 tries for bond again

MANSFIELD — Fire Chief Tyler Caille with Douglas County Fire District 5 said the district will try a third time to get voters to approve a bond to help pay for equipment and make improvements to the fire station. He said the district in the past asked voters to approve a $540,000 20-year bond. This time around, the district is asking for a $350,000, 15-year bond that Caille estimates would cost voters approximately 45 cents per $1,000 assessed property value.

Bridgeport City Council regular runs for office

BRIDGEPORT — Michael Knox wants a cleaner, more vibrant Bridgeport and he’s frustrated with the current City Council for not listening to his ideas. This election will be Knox’s third attempt running for Bridgeport City Council. His opponent is Phillip Lee, who did not return phone calls or an e-mail interview request this week.

Four compete for two Mansfield council seats

MANSFIELD — Former Mansfield City Councilman Kenneth Peters is running against incumbent Betty Wilsey for the Position 4 seat. Wilsey, 66, elected to the seat four years ago, said her main goal back then was to try and keep utility bills down because Mansfield has a lot of senior citizens on fixed incomes. She said that remains one of her key concerns in the town, but she also wants to focus on cleaning up the town — specifically, removing trash and having people improve their properties.
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Fire bond on Wenatchee ballot once again

WENATCHEE — Brett Hamilton has nothing but praise for the Wenatchee Fire Department, saying firefighters’ equipment and skill were key to saving his GO USA building from a big fire on June 20 that destroyed an adjoining building. “I’ve been told by contractors on-site that if this fire had happened in another city, it probably would have taken out an entire block,” Hamilton said. “They were shocked that our building and the entire block were saved.”
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Future finances concern East Wenatchee City Council candidates

EAST WENATCHEE — The recession is on the minds of both candidates running for Position 3 on the East Wenatchee City Council, which carries a four-year term. “I feel that an important issue in this race is whether or not East Wenatchee can provide the quality of service they have in the past that they can continue to do so in the future, based upon the budgetary constraints that they have right now caused by the recession,” said C. Elaine Aiken, who is challenging incumbent Chuck Johnson.