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Salcido makes the case against high-density rates

Malachi Salcido sees the potential for the Wenatchee Valley to be a hub for entrepreneurs to develop emerging technologies without damage existing ratepayers, if Chelan County Public Utility District can find a more creative way to address the challenge of high-density loads rather than creating a significantly higher rate for those users.

Barbies transformed

WENATCHEE —  Karen Rutherford and Sara Rolfs led a workshop at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center to help students transform Barbies into Star Wars Resistance Fighters. The two educators brought over 40 dolls for a dozen children. They say there is a shortage of dolls representing strong female roles, so they were making their own.

Home Show runs through Sunday

The 2016 Building North Central Washington Home Show drew brought more than 80 vendors to the Town Toyota Center on Saturday. The show continues through 4 p.m. Sunday.

Chelan driver injured in rollover

ENTIAT — A Chelan man was injured Friday night after rolling his pickup truck on Highway 97A, about five miles south of Entiat, a Washington State Patrol report said.

PUD forums on high density loads set

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County PUD will hold meetings on Monday and Wednesday to hear from customers and businesses about a new proposed rate class for emerging technologies that require high-density power loads.

Hit-and-run suspect sought

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Police are looking for witnesses or information following a hit-and-run accident that left significant damage to three parked vehicles and a fence in the 400 block of Crawford Avenue.

Auditor wrapping up WVC investigation

WENATCHEE — Investigation of a whistleblower complaint against Wenatchee Valley College made nearly a year ago should be complete by April, the state Auditor's Office says.

Police chief to retire by end by summer

WENATCHEE — Police Chief Tom Robbins is expected to retire by the end of June or early July, according to Kari Page, the city's human resources director.
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Legionella bacteria found at Confluence Health

WENATCHEE — Confluence Health officials have hired experts to drain and chemically treat part of a cooling system on the campus of Wenatchee Valley Hospital & Clinics after discovery of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

Businesses come out against Mazama mine proposal

MAZAMA — Methow Valley businesses are banding together to oppose a Canadian mining company’s request to drill test holes that could lead to a copper mine near Mazama, a popular destination for recreation.

Water commission president charged with child rape

WATERVILLE — Two days after being arrested at the public office where he's served for 22 years, East Wenatchee Water District president Mike McCourt was formally charged in the rape of an 8-year-old boy.

Fatal work injuries rise across state in 2014

WASHINGTON — Two work categories — agriculture-forestry-fishing and construction — led all industries statewide in the number of fatal work injuries in Washington in 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

Glitch leaves some Alcoans without insurance

WENATCHEE — At least 12 displaced employees from Alcoa’s idled Wenatchee Works smelter say the company has canceled their health insurance before the promised, Sunday end date, leaving them without assistance in paying for medical care and medicines.

Planning commissioners to further study pot ban proposal

WENATCHEE — A proposed ban that would eliminate all marijuana growing and processing operations in unincorporated Chelan County is not the way to resolve the industry’s conflicts with the public over smell, security and siting.

Switchyard work in Monitor to continue overnight

MONITOR — Chelan County PUD crews will work today through Feb. 4, including nights, to troubleshoot a problem with a power transformer at the Andrew York Switchyard on Easy Street.

Bike lanes on Valley Mall Parkway?

EAST WENATCHEE — City officials are asking for public input regarding the future of Valley Mall Parkway: Bike lanes or no bike lanes?