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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.

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.

Public meeting on fire tonight

A public meeting to update local residents on the fires will be held at Town Toyota Center at 7 p.m. tonight

Cold front begins to clear smoke

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.

WHS swimmers roll past Moses Lake

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.

Kodiaks take the reins

LEAVENWORTH — The Cascade volleyball team beat Chelan Tuesday for the first time since 2008. The Kodiaks’ 3-0 win keeps them undefeated after their second league match.

It’s fair time: Pucker up!

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.

Kiwanis seeks nominations for Friend of Child award

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.

Roundup: Ephrata comes back to beat Quincy

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.

Every tree shall bow …

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.

Stand Down offers free goods and service for vets

Military veterans are invited to the Wenatchee Veterans Stand Down from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory, 1230 Fifth St., next to Wenatchee Valley College.

NCW football teams hit the field

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.