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 ...
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.
WATERVILLE — In the next few weeks, Douglas County will be seeking bids to pave, widen and straighten McGinnis Canyon Road. “It’ll just be nice when we get that curve straightened, and we’ll have pavement all the way from East Wenatchee to Waterville over Badger Mountain,” Douglas County Commissioner Dale Snyder.
Bridgeport’s city administrator wrote off more than $121,000 in ambulance bills before retiring in 2011, apparently because the paperwork was too complex, the mayor says. With about $30,000 in ambulance service revenues each year, the write-offs make up the vast majority of ambulance billings between 2005 and 2010, according to a report from the Washington State Auditor.
WENATCHEE — Compared with the game wardens of years past who focused largely on patrols and writing tickets, today’s state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are highly trained police officers who investigate complex crimes. Among hunters, some welcome the change, while others say it’s gone too far.
OMAK — In an office building in Omak, Dan Christensen sits in front of two computers. On one, he’s filling out a damage complaint for deer that got into a nearby orchard. On the other, he’s recovering digital photographs erased from a memory card that may contain important evidence. The $4,500 thumbdrive that helps him reconstruct a photograph was developed to investigate child pornography. But Christensen isn’t looking for people who make and distribute child porn. He’s trying to find the people who poach deer, bait bear, or kill wolves.
WENATCHEE — Federal agencies will waive recreation user fees on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The forest pass, a day-use parking fee required on some federal lands, is waived at all U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation lands.
WENATCHEE — A Stage 1 burn ban is still in effect as an inversion and stagnant air is forecast to continue for all of North Central Washington at least until Tuesday. Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited, unless it is a home’s major source of heat.
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.
WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee man was stabbed across his face and neck Saturday, and his roommate is now in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on suspicion of first-degree assault. Juventino Avila-Ramerez, 49, was taken to Central Washington Hospital, where he underwent surgery for three knife wounds, and was in stable condition on Saturday evening, said Wenatchee Police Sgt. Cherie Smith.
WENATCHEE — The number of local motorists receiving DUI tickets during a holiday enforcement period dropped from 92 in 2011 to 54 in 2012 in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. The decrease may be the result of more people using designated drivers or calling cabs, said Mike Harris, chief of patrol with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.
WENATCHEE — Whether you’re driving in Leavenworth, Oroville or anywhere in between, you’ll be seeing some extra police out on patrol tonight. Make that 10 extra law enforcement officers out on the streets and highways, watching specifically for intoxicated drivers Police agencies throughout North Central Washington have been participating in DUI emphasis patrols since Nov. 21.
NCW — It’s still a little far out to forecast, but the National Weather Service says we may see sunny skies on New Year’s Day, accompanied by some pretty cold nights. A weak storm system is forecast to move across the North Cascades and into North Central Washington this weekend, bringing a slight chance of snow or even rain on Saturday, meteorologist Jeffrey Cote said.
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.