WENATCHEE — In what’s stacking up to be a major upset in one of the most hotly contested races in the region, challenger Brad Hawkins is handily beating incumbent Mike Armstrong to represent the state’s 12th Legislative District in Olympia. Hawkins is leading Armstrong, 18,473 votes to 16,904, after the first ballot count Tuesday night. That’s a lead of 52.2 percent of ballots counted to 47.8 percent for Armstrong.
Never mind what their parents might think, Wenatchee High School students would re-elect President Barack Obama in a heartbeat. They also strongly support gay marriage and more cautiously approve of marijuana legalization.
WENATCHEE — It’s been an exciting year for the six people who count fish at Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams. A record-breaking 410,618 sockeye climbed the ladders at Rock Island, and 363,308 continued on past Rocky Reach on their way to their spawning beds this summer.
WENATCHEE — The autumn-like pattern of rain in the valleys and snow in the higher elevations is expected to continue through early next week. After today’s break in precipitation, a series of storms will again push through the region, with snow likely in the mountains and rain in Wenatchee, said Steven Van Horn, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Spokane.
The smoke has finally cleared and we can breathe deeply again. Now, the deep cleaning begins. Time to wash the walls and windows, shampoo the carpets and furniture, change the furnace filters and maybe repaint.
WENATCHEE — Three ranger districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest announced that their fall burning programs will begin soon. The Chelan Ranger District plans to focus on brush piles on about 800 acres in the Washington Creek, east fork of Joe Creek, Antoine Creek, Twenty-five Mile Creek and Forest Mountain areas. The burning will likely begin next week and continue for several weeks.
WENATCHEE — Some outlying areas from Badger Mountain to the Waterville Plateau and the Methow Valley got an inch or less of snow on Monday. But after this morning, the likelihood of more white stuff drops considerably, says Greg Koch, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Spokane.
OLYMPIA — With Discover Pass sales falling far short of projections this summer, the State Parks and Recreation Commission will decide Thursday whether to ask lawmakers for more money from the general fund than planned. Discover Pass revenues were about $4.7 million short of expectations for the months of June through September, said Parks spokeswoman Virginia Painter. That means instead of asking for $18 million from the general fund for the 2013-2015 biennium, the Commission will consider asking for $27.2 million, she said.
WENATCHEE — Ready or not, here it comes. Snow is forecast for the not-so-high elevations throughout North Central Washington today or tomorrow, as a storm front moves in from the south, the National Weather Service says.
CHELAN — The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for anti-Muslim slurs written on a rental car in Chelan last month. On Sept. 1, racial slurs were written in black marker on a BMW that was rented by several Seattle-area Muslims who were spending the day in Chelan.
The Wenatchee World: The eastern voters of the new 8th District have no prior experience with either you or your opponent. Please introduce yourself. Karen Porterfield: I am a third generation Washingtonian and am proud of my deep family ties in the Northwest. My family is part of this community, and I believe that there is no higher calling than serving the people in the community in which you live.
NCW — Oh what a difference a little rain can make. The last of the region’s major wildfires — once managed by large interagency teams overseeing hundreds of firefighters — have now been turned back over to local agencies and ranger districts.