CHELAN — The Chelan Ranger District will begin opening its office on Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The office at 428 W. Woodin Ave. will now be open Mondays through Saturdays until Labor Day to provide information on recreation, trails, campgrounds and permits, a U.S. Forest Service news release said.
PATEROS — The dark clouds looked threatening enough, but the roar of thunder that rolled up from Wenatchee to Oroville on Saturday didn’t come from the sky. It came from the 180 motorcycles stretching out for more than a mile as they rode 150 miles north for the 11th Annual Run for the Border charity ride.
NCW — The mayors of Quincy, Oroville and Brewster all have challengers, along with quite a few other positions up for election in North Central Washington this year. Candidates for open positions had to file for election this week.
These are the candidates in North Central Washington who filed for election on Thursday. Today is the last day to file for dozens of open positions on city councils, school boards, hospital commissions and other districts such as fire and cemetery. The deadline for filing online in any of the four counties is 4 p.m. Candidates wishing to file in person can do so at their local county auditor’s office, by 4 p.m. in Okanogan County, by 4:30 p.m. in Douglas County, and by 5 p.m. in Chelan or Grant ...
LEAVENWORTH — Authorities say a 37-year-old rock climber who died Tuesday in a fall near the base of Snow Creek Wall southeast of Leavenworth was trying to avoid a rock that was coming at her. Amy R. Stein — whose age was incorrect in initial reports — was initially from Boston, Mass., but had been living in Squamish, B.C.
WENATCHEE — Becki Lockett Heath, supervisor of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, has been promoted to deputy regional forester. She will begin her new job as one of two deputy supervisors at the Region 6 headquarters in Portland on July 1.
NCW — The Okanogan and Stehekin rivers are expected to reach flood stage today, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning from today through Tuesday. With a flood stage of 24 feet, the Stehekin River hit 23.47 feet this afternoon, and is expected to spill over its bank onto the Stehekin Valley Road late today or tonight, the Weather Service said. McGregor Meadows Road, Torbert Pasture and part of the Harlequin Campground may flood between today and Monday, when the river is forecast to fluctuate between 24 ...
OKANOGAN — Hot weather and faster-than-normal snowmelt prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch on the Okanogan River this week. And if the weather stays hot, as forecast, the river is expected to flood between Tonasket and Oroville by Thursday or Friday, and could threaten homes between Tonasket and Malott by the weekend, said Scott Miller, Okanogan County’s emergency manager.
OLYMPIA — A state audit released this morning finds that the Chelan-Douglas Regional Support Network was unaware of required accounting and reporting systems, and its management did not receive accurate information about its finances. The RSN distributes state and federal money to mental health services to providers in Chelan and Douglas counties. It is overseen by Douglas County and its governing board includes officials from both counties and other officials.
HOLDEN VILLAGE — The big $100 million push to clean up Holden Mine is ramping up. Residents may have already noticed a few rumblings of work to accommodate a barge at the Lake Chelan Boat Company in Chelan, and at uplake at Lucerne.
NCW — Alcoa Wenatchee Works in Malaga and Imerys Minerals California, Inc. in Quincy were both fined for exceeding pollution limits, the state Department of Ecology said today. Alcoa discharged excessive amounts of aluminum and fluoride to the Columbia River on May 3, 2012, violating daily limits allowed by its pollution discharge permit, an Ecology news release said.
WENATCHEE — A 34-year-old Wenatchee man was arrested without incident after a half-hour standoff on Friday night after several guests were evacuated at a downtown motel. Authorities believed Matthew L. Ford may have been armed, but police have not yet found a gun, said Wenatchee Police Cpl. Guy Miner.
NCW — Two requests to issue school bonds are still failing after more ballots were counted Friday. The measures by the Entiat and Okanogan school district to issue bonds to renovate buildings needed 60 percent approval to pass. The Entiat School District’s request for a $7.952 million bond is failing with 57.8 percent of voters in favor. The Okanogan School District’s request for a $1.15 million bond to repair its buildings is failing with 58.3 percent in favor.
WENATCHEE — Several school and ambulance levies in Chelan and Okanogan counties are all passing after ballots were counted in Tuesday’s special election. But two bond issues sought by the Entiat and the Okanogan school district are currently falling short of the required 60 percent needed to pass.