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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 08 at 2:36PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED AN AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY. * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT EAST WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL

Tonight

Lo29° Partly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi43° Patchy Fog

Tuesday Night

Lo31° Patchy Fog

Wednesday

Hi44° Patchy Fog

Wednesday Night

Lo36° Chance Sprinkles

Thursday

Hi45° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Showers

Friday

Hi45° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo37° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi44° Slight Chance Rain

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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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Colvilles bring pronghorn antelope back to NCW

BRIDGEPORT — If you’re driving on Highway 97 north of Brewster and a small deer-like animal that you’ve never seen before darts by, don’t assume you’re seeing things.
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Face to face

Brianna Mozel, 16, spends halftime at the Wenatchee High School boys basketball game Friday to share Snapchat photos of herself with friends who are across the gym floor. She is a student trainer for the school. 
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Jazz Workshop begins 15th year

Musician Clay Jenkins from Rochester, New York, works with Eastmont High School students during one of many workshops at Wenatchee High School this week. This is the ninth year Jenkins has led a workshop and the 15th year of the Wenatchee Jazz Workshop program. The week culminates in two 7:30 p.m. concerts: Pro Night Thursday and Student Night Friday, both at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Contact the PAC for ticket information: numericapac.org, (509) 663-2787.

Airport gun violation from 2007 ends with sentence

WATERVILLE — A man who flew out of Pangborn Memorial Airport with a disassembled AR-15 rifle nine years ago was sentenced Monday for carrying it despite a prior felony conviction.

Feds approve retraining funds for laid-off Alcoans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The feds have approved critical funding that will help laid-off workers from Alcoa’s idled Wenatchee Works smelter pay for the education and retraining they need to get back to work.

Boy with gun sparks police response

EAST WENATCHEE — Three East Wenatchee police officers responded Monday night to a report of a person shooting a handgun on Pace Drive, above Costco.
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East Wenatchee police chief to retire

EAST WENATCHEE — After 36 years in law enforcement, Randy Harrison has announced plans to retire as East Wenatchee police chief in December.

County pot ban could exclude existing businesses

WENATCHEE — Chelan County planning commissioners Monday unanimously agreed to propose a two-year ban on marijuana processing and growing, but exclude those businesses that are already operating.
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Big-name fruit companies favor PUD rate proposal

WENATCHEE — Some of the biggest names in Wenatchee Valley tree fruit industry Monday spoke out in favor of a proposed higher electric rate for data center businesses that use large amounts of electricity.

Paul Pugh — An appreciation (Updated with more comments)

Paul K. Pugh, aka Guppo the Clown, died Sunday. Many people have shared their thoughts on Pugh in emails to The World and in posts on our Facebook page. We added more of their comments to this report Tuesday afternoon. You'll also find links here to our reports on Pugh.