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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.

Approve or reject: Ref. 71 language confusing for some voters

SEATTLE — Only two weeks before the Nov. 3 election, many voters remain confused about Referendum 71. The measure will ask voters to approve or reject the most recent expansion of Washington state’s domestic-partnership law, which extends marriagelike state benefits to registered gay and some senior couples.

Court hearing in Olympia in R-71 signature case

OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge will weigh arguments on whether to release the names of people who signed a referendum on expanded domestic partnership rights. Judge Richard Hicks is having a hearing Tuesday on his order last week to temporarily block the release, which was issued before a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said the names can be released.
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East Wenatchee Water District race

EAST WENATCHEE — G. Brian Egan hopes to unseat two-year incumbent John Sterk for East Wenatchee Water District Commission, Position 2 at the Nov. 3 general election. Commissioners meet twice a month and oversee the Water District, which provides water to East Wenatchee and parts of Douglas County. The position is a six-year term. Sterk was elected two years ago to replace Commissioner Matt Warner, who died. “My experience with the water district has been very, very good,” said Sterk. “I want to continue to contribute in a positive way ...

Long-time member challenged for school board seat

BRIDGEPORT — Stuart Dezellum said he was asked to challenge longtime Bridgeport School Board member Tracy Zahn by a part of the community who lost trust in the board and district. Zahn, a board member for 16 years, has never been opposed. The Bridgeport orchardist is also up for re-election on the board of the Washington State School Directors Association, a school board association, which he will lose if he’s voted out.
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Two mothers want to be part of Cascade School District challenge

LEAVENWORTH — Ammy Snow wants to give Cascade School District teachers and staff a voice in district affairs and be an advocate for families with younger children as well. Carrie Sorensen believes the five years of experience she’s earned as a school board member strengthens her ability to help steer the district through some challenging times ahead. “It takes a few years to know how everything works. I think I’ve proven myself and done a good job over the last five years. I want to continue that,” said Sorensen, who ...

Condemnation ‘last resort’ if new fire station bond passes

WENATCHEE — The city of Wenatchee would only consider condemning land to make way for a new fire station “as a last resort,” said Mayor Dennis Johnson. “That’s just not something we would want to impose on people if we could find any other way to go,” Johnson said Wednesday.
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Auditor resigns; applications sought for replacement

Wenatchee — Chelan County Auditor Evelyn Arnold officially resigned her post today. Chelan County commissioners appointed Chief Deputy Auditor Skip Moore as acting auditor until they choose a permanent replacement for Arnold.