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.
Jack Collins was a man of discipline. He learned it during eight years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, and imparted it to the hundreds of young men he molded and mentored as Cashmere High School’s head football coach from 1964-1987, during which time he won 186 football games and one state championship.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Faith Callahan recently graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Callahan, a 2011 Wenatchee Valley College graduate, is the daughter of Jennifer Callahan of Cashmere.
Cashmere and Leavenworth aren’t being overcharged on their law enforcement contract with Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, a consultant hired by the cities says. And it would likely cost them much more to start a police department of their own. But how do the two cities get the level of public safety they need for what they’re paying?