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.
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.
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.
SEATTLE — Arbitrators have awarded $350,000 to former Lake Chelan Community Hospital CEO David Bernier, finding that the hospital defamed him. The final arbitration ruling by the panel in Seattle ends a legal battle over the hospital’s decision to fire Bernier less than two years after he was hired.
NCW — Voters in four Chelan County school districts will soon decide on funding proposals ranging from construction projects to classroom programs. Ballots must be dropped off or postmarked by the Feb. 12 special election.
WENATCHEE — A judge has reversed her decision from last summer ordering the removal of three manmade peninsulas on Lake Chelan. The issue will instead go to trial, Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan ruled.
WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday banned all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning stoves, inserts or fireplaces in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, until further notice. Current weather conditions has resulted in stagnant air, and air quality monitors in Wenatchee and Twisp recorded moderate air quality, while those in Leavenworth and Okanogan registered air unhealthy for sensitive groups.
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.
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.
CHELAN — After losing money for two years, the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course may be in for a few changes. The Chelan City Council will look at options to manage the 18-hole golf course privately instead of with city-hired workers.
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.
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.