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Six sites proposed for possible park splash pad

WENATCHEE — Surveys have shown that Walla Walla Point Park appears to be the public’s top choice for a potential splash pad feature in a Chelan County PUD park, but utility officials Tuesday revealed six potential sites suitable for splashing.

Teen pleads guilty to murdering Riverside man

OKANOGAN — One of two teenagers charged with shooting a Riverside man to death almost two years ago pleaded guilty to premeditated first-degree murder Tuesday, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

PUD launches leash patrols

EAST WENATCHEE — Two incidents last week involving off-leash dogs in Chelan County PUD parks have led to an education effort reminding people that dogs must be leashed in parks.

Learning film

Sage Paddockreid, 13, Chelan, films a scene for a documentary during the Icicle Creek Filmmakers Camp on Tuesday.

Groups appeal Okanogan zoning code

OKANOGAN — The Methow Valley Citizens Council and Futurewise say Okanogan County’s new zoning code violates state law because it doesn’t protect water, reduce wildfire impacts or preserve farmland.

Art of Community Our Valley What Next Part 2 Why a coordinated improvement effort is needed

Publisher’s note: The is the second in a series of articles about the background and progress of Our Valley What’s Next, a grass roots community improvement project for the Wenatchee Valley. Check out the OVWN web site at and see the Art of Community Project web site at for photos, videos and more stories. – Rufus Woods

Fire weather watch issued for Thursday, Friday

NCW — Gusty north winds and low humidity prompted the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch for all of Central and North Central Washington on Thursday and Friday.

Paving delays continue over Blewett Pass

BLEWETT PASS — Paving work on a portion of Highway 97 over Blewett Pass will continue through Thursday with pilot-car-controlled traffic and expected 20-minute delays.

Wine industry brings new life to Manson

MANSON — With nearly 20 wineries and wine-tasting rooms within walking distance or a few minutes ride by bike or car, Manson has become one of the state's most popular new places to sip boutique wines.

Humane Society reaches ‘no-kill’ status

WENATCHEE — It used to be common for staffers at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society to dread coming to work, knowing they would have to euthanize an animal — or maybe several animals — on any given day.

Coalition spreads the word on Adverse Childhood Experiences

WENATCHEE — To leaders at the Coalition for Children and Families of NCW, the message needed to get out. The impact and long-term effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences — or ACEs — needed to be known and understood. By parents, by educators, by organizations and by community leaders.

Teen drinking plummets in Omak

OMAK — In 2010, 32.9 percent of Omak 10th-graders reported in a Healthy Youth Survey having used alcohol in the past 30 days.

Prevention efforts in Omak, Wenatchee recognized in study

NCW — A three-year study found that local efforts can effectively reduce long-term problems associated with child abuse and neglect. And the work by two North Central Washington organizations are part of that proof.