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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.

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.

Chelan looks for ways to bring golf course out of the hole

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.

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.

Deep cleaning after the smoke is gone

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.

Entiat, Methow, Chelan districts to burn

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.

FBI offers reward for anti-Muslim incident

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.

Chelan volleyball No. 1

The Chelan volleyball team moved up to the No. 1 spot in the latest Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association 1A rankings. The Goats moved up to the top spot after knocking off Caribou Trail League rival Cascade last week. The Kodiaks moved down from No. 2 to No. 5 in the poll.

No margin for error

CHELAN — After the first three sets of Thursday’s volleyball match between Cascade and Chelan, there was virtually no evidence that one team was better than the other. At that point, the Goats had tallied 71 combined points, while the Kodiaks had 69. The biggest lead that one team had over the other in those first three sets was just five points; most of the time, though, one team held a one- or two-point advantage. The squads were so evenly matched that the match seemed destined to go to a ...

Amsel cleared to play for Chelan

CHELAN — At the start of the Chelan football team’s Thursday practice at Sargent Field, Goats head coach Darren Talley sought out Michael Amsel, Jr. and gave the senior a big hug. It was obviously an emotional moment for both of them. Earlier in the day, both men found out that Amsel’s long quest to gain athletic eligibility had ended. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has granted Amsel a waiver of its residence/transfer rule, thus giving the star athlete immediate eligibility for varsity-level participation in all interscholastic activities at Chelan ...

Assessor candidates seek transparency

Deanna Walter thinks her education and experience are tailor-made for the job as Chelan County assessor. DeWayne Crater thinks voters need a choice, and he's a good one to choose.

Roundup: Ephrata shuts down Selah

SELAH — The Ephrata Tigers are making a case for themselves in the Central Washington Athletic Conference. The running game was hitting on all cylinders in the Tigers’ 23-6 victory over Selah on Friday night, moving them to 3-2 in CWAC play and 4-2 overall.

WHS volleyball overwhelms Eastmont

WENATCHEE — During the past couple of weeks, Wenatchee volleyball coach LeAnne McGahuey has made it a point to surprise her squad with, in her words, “fun silly things” before a match in an effort to foster team unity. For example, before Tuesday’s tilt with Sunnyside, she told her players that they’d be wearing ‘retro’ uniforms — sleeveless, polyester jersey tops with prominent collars — that dated back to McGahuey’s playing days at Wenatchee in the early 2000s. For the Panthers’ Thursday home match against Eastmont, she decided to have ...

Roundup: Home sweet home for EHS

EAST WENATCHEE — It took a month, but the Eastmont girls soccer team finally had the benefit of playing a Big Nine opponent in front of its home crowd. The Wildcats shined during a momentary break from the smoke Tuesday at a spruced-up Wildcat Field, shutting out Eisenhower 5-0.

Hospital offers suicide prevention classes

CHELAN — The Lake Chelan Community Hospital is offering free suicide prevention classes Friday, one at 3 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m., in the hospital’s boardroom. The class is a one-hour educational program for people who want to recognize a mental health emergency, and know how to get the necessary help.

Roundup: WHS runners look good in 2 states

PORTLAND — The Wenatchee cross country team was split up Saturday, with most of the Panthers’ varsity runners participating in the Nike Pre-Nationals meet in Portland, while another group, consisting mostly of junior varsity and younger harriers, competed at the Pasco Invite. The fact that Wenatchee was able to participate in two different meets — in two different states, no less — and have a large amount of runners take part in competitive races was the best part of the day for coach Susan Valdez.

Panther swimming returns to ‘normalcy’

WENATCHEE — It took countless hours of cleaning, but the Wenatchee girls swim and dive team was finally back in their formerly smoke-infested pool on Thursday afternoon. It appeared the Panthers hadn’t missed a beat, either.