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.
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.
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:
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.
A dry cold front that blew into the region late Friday night has helped clear smoke out of the upper Wenatchee Valley and should help lift the inversion that has been holding toxic smoke in the Wenatchee area today.
MOSES LAKE — In their first big test of the Big Nine season, the Wenatchee girls swim and dive team passed with flying colors. The Panthers won 11 of 12 events to defeat Moses Lake 124.5-60.5 in their first league dual meet of the season Thursday.
Thursday was the first day of the Chelan County Fair in Cashmere, and it started with some animals ... and some kisses. Julia Spangler, 16, Wenatchee, holds and gives her friend’s goat, Adam, a peck on the nose as the goat’s owner, Hayley Huber, 17, Wenatchee, gets ready to show another of her goats for judging. Although she didn’t bring an animal to the fair this year, Julia says she wants to raise a goat and a pig for next year.
CASHMERE — The Wacoka of Cashmere Kiwanis Club is seeking nominations for the 22nd Friend of the Young Child Award until Friday. Nominees must either live or work in Cashmere, Monitor or Dryden and have worked to further the health, education and welfare of young children.
QUINCY — Did Sergio Magana run into the end zone to score a two-point conversion and give the Ephrata football team a one-point lead over arch-rival Quincy with less than 90 seconds to go in Friday’s Battle of the Basin contest at Jaycee Stadium, or didn’t he? That’s a question that surely will debated in both Columbia Basin towns in the coming weeks, months and possibly years. Heck, even the referees couldn’t agree if Magana had crossed the goal line or not.
A contract crew removes trees that border the Cashmere Cemetery along Pioneer Drive Thursday. Part of a three-year plan to replace the trees that border the cemetery, four will also be taken out along Evergreen Drive this year and the rest planned for replacement next year.
EAST WENATCHEE — After Eastmont’s first practice of the 2012 prep football season ended around 2 p.m. Wednesday, eight Wildcats found a spot at the end of the practice field, took off their shirts and split up into two lines. They weren’t done just yet.