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Ecology offers new water rights — for a fee

WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology is offering a new fee-based program to speed up the water rights application process, and the Wenatchee Basin will be the first to try it out. Some 150 water right applicants will get letters inviting them to help hire a consultant who can sort through applications so that water for new applicants can become available. Applicants can then reimburse Ecology for hiring the state-approved contractor to process pending applications.

Chelan opens snowmobile trails

CHELAN — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest opened all snowmobile trails on the Chelan Ranger District Tuesday. Snowmobile grooming started on the north shore trail system including Antilon, Echo Valley, Black Caynon and Gold Creek Sno-Parks. The rest of the trails on the south shore will be groomed later in the week.

More stores selling tobacco to teens

OKANOGAN — Okanogan County teenagers may have the easiest time buying tobacco products of the 39 counties in Washington, according to recent state data. The number of retailers in Washington illegally selling tobacco to minors went to its highest level in more than a decade this year, and Okanogan County was at the top of the list.

Local bighorn sheep populations on the rise

CHELAN — Wild bighorn sheep appear to be thriving in North Central Washington, including three herds in Chelan County, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Recent surveys indicate those herds are growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year, said Jon Gallie, the agency’s assistant district biologist.

Leavenworth 12-year-old makes it an even dozen

Geddes Anderson turns 12 today. Big deal huh? The Leavenworth lad certainly thinks so and so do his parents since turning 12 on the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 is a bit of a rarity.

Finally, the day arrives

Ana Maria Spagna and Laurie Thompson were slightly out of breath and glowing with excitement when they showed up at the Chelan County Courthouse a few minutes after 9 a.m. today. They were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in the county on the first day same sex marriages became legal in Washington state after voters approved Referendum 74 last month.

Alicia Nakata wins Chelan County judgeship by 175 votes

WENATCHEE — Longtime Chelan County District Court Judge Alicia Nakata will succeed retiring Superior Court Judge John Bridges, after a close and drawn-out race with Wenatchee attorney Travis Brandt. Nakata, 57, earned a final tally of 14,634 votes after the last ballots were counted Tuesday, giving her a 175-vote margin over Brandt’s 14,459.

Rain to return later this week

WENATCHEE — Enjoy it while you can. Today’s sunny weather isn’t going to last, the National Weather Service says. By Tuesday, cloudy skies are forecast throughout North Central Washington. And precipitation — either rain or snow, depending on where you live — will return Wednesday night, said meteorologist Steve Bodner.

Fresh snow blankets outlying areas

WENATCHEE — It may be Black Friday in town, but some parts of North Central Washington woke up to a white Friday. Some 5 inches of new snow coated the Methow Valley, and 7 inches had fallen in areas north of Lake Chelan.

Leavenworth-area votes to annex fire district

LEAVENWORTH — 85.75 percent of voters in the Leavenworth area voted to annex the city into Fire District 3. The City Council approached the fire district about the annexation. It would go into effect in January 2014.

Reichert holds 59 percent in race for new 8th

WENATCHEE — Sitting U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert fended off Democratic challenger Karen Porterfield in early counts to represent a revised 4th Congressional District in Washington, D.C. next year.