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Assessor candidates seek transparency

Deanna Walter thinks her education and experience are tailor-made for the job as Chelan County assessor. DeWayne Crater thinks voters need a choice, and he's a good one to choose.

NCW fires: Omak residents return home; Peavine firelines strengthened

NCW — Residents who evacuated in the St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire east of Omak on Tuesday were allowed to return home Saturday morning. The road — where two homes and eight other buildings were destroyed and the Paschal Sherman Indian School was threatened by the wind-driven fire — remains closed to the public. Now 15 percent contained, the fire is still active, and more than 500 firefighting personnel, eight helicopters and 39 engines are working to protect the 54 homes still considered threatened on the Colville Indian Reservation, fire ...

Holly Starr set to perform Sunday at Christ Center

CASHMERE — Christian singer Holly Starr of Quincy will perform at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Christ Center. Christ Center meets at the Conservatory at Apple Annie’s, 400 Apple Annie Ave.

Cashmere shines up for Apple Days

Apple Days, one of the Wenatchee Valley’s most popular fall festivals, returns this weekend, Oct. 6-7, to the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village. “Apple Days is a celebration of the apple harvest as well as of our history here in the Wenatchee Valley,” said Joan Baldwin, a member of the museum’s board of directors. “This year’s event brings back some favorites — cowboy shootouts in the Pioneer Village, panning for gold, pioneer demonstrations and archery. We also have more entertainers this weekend than in years past.”

Cashmere, Okanogan game to decide top Dog

At the start of the season, Okanogan football coach Erick Judd really wasn’t sure what his team would be capable of. He has a much better idea now.
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Roundup: Home sweet home for EHS

EAST WENATCHEE — It took a month, but the Eastmont girls soccer team finally had the benefit of playing a Big Nine opponent in front of its home crowd. The Wildcats shined during a momentary break from the smoke Tuesday at a spruced-up Wildcat Field, shutting out Eisenhower 5-0.

Prep sports schedule changes

Friday’s Tonasket at Cashmere football game has been relocated to Tonasket due to poor air quality. Game time is 7 p.m.

Roundup: WHS sweeps Davis

YAKIMA — The Wenatchee volleyball team played its first match in a week Tuesday and just its fourth of the season. Apparently, the Panthers didn’t feel like dragging it out further than they had to.
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Cashmere schools reopen

Cashmere students are back in school this week after a smoke-caused six school-day break. Cashmere School District staff, employees and community volunteers worked with environmental engineers through the weekend to clean and install air scrubbers, filters and entry vestibules to reopen

Eastmont soccer scores big shootout win

MOSES LAKE — The Eastmont girls soccer team took a big step in its push for a state playoff berth Saturday, upsetting Big Nine favorite Moses Lake 6-5 on penalty kicks. The game was tied 2-2 after regulation and two overtime periods.
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No homes burned, but Mission Ridge still threatened

WENATCHEE — A fire near Liberty in Kittitas County became so massive and powerful on Wednesday afternoon that it began to threaten homes several miles away, near Mission Ridge. Officials issued evacuation notices to about 200 homes in the Mission Ridge area Wednesday evening, after the 9,500-acre Table Mountain fire blew up, sending a column of smoke about 35,000 feet into the sky.
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How bad is it? Experts say take smoke levels seriously

WENATCHEE — If you think breathing smoke for a few days or even weeks while wildfires rage on is no big deal, you’re wrong. Health officials say even short-term exposure to the hazardous air in Wenatchee that’s persisted since last week is dangerous for everyone, not just those with health problems.

Prep sports schedule hit hard by air

WENATCHEE — The ongoing hazardous air quality in the Wenatchee Valley has continued to force postponements and cancellations for prep sports for North Central Washington teams and beyond. Here’s a roundup of canceled, postponed and potentially threatened contests:

Cashmere soccer brings new intensity

The Caribou Trail League girls soccer standings show only a glimpse of how teams measure up against each other within the league, but on-the-field play has revealed a whole other world to coaches and players. Cashmere coach Dennis Tronson sees a field of well-matched teams.