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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.

Memorial benches and trees a thing of the past at Eastmont

EAST WENATCHEE — A simple plaque will now memorialize students, teachers or other employees who die while they’re a member of the Eastmont school community. The Eastmont School Board adopted a new policy Monday to prevent future memorials from being built on Eastmont campuses, and instead add names, dates and other identifying factors such as “teacher” or “student” to a plaque.

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.

Voters approve Eastmont levy

EAST WENATCHEE — Residents in the Eastmont School District voted to pass a levy to renew a four-year maintenance-and-operations levy. The levy has provided about 15 percent of the district’s general-fund budget for the past four years.
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District 12: Hawkins defeating Armstrong in legislative upset

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.

Early season chances of snow subside

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.

Discover Pass sales slump

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.

Snow is on its way

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.

8th Congressional District: Q&A with the candidates

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.
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Douglas County District 1 is turning a little testy

WATERVILLE — Ken Stanton and Carol Kavanaugh both say they’d like the race for the District 1 seat on the Douglas County Commission to focus on the issues. Improving the economy, balancing the county’s budget or prioritizing services.
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Budget issues tops in race for Douglas County District 2

WATERVILLE — Keeping a tight rein on Douglas County’s approximately $72 million annual budget is a top priority for both incumbent Dale Snyder and challenger Ed Daling in the race for the District 2 spot on the county commission. “It just bothers me,” says Daling, owner and operator of Waterville Family Grocery. “You look across our nation, as a parent and as a grandparent, to see the legacy we are leaving our kids — that it’s OK to tax and spend. And it’s not. I really want to see that ...