NCW — There will be plenty of “Boom Boom Pow” in the sky this Fourth of July ... Black Eyed Peas not included. Many merry explosions are taking place, from Walla Walla Point Park to George. Warm-up your firework viewing capacity Tuesday by attending Symphony in the Park at Lincoln Park, 1410 S. Mission St. There’s a lot to see before this event’s fireworks, including musical performances by the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, Mariachi Estrella de Mexico, the Wenatchee High School drumline, Stacie McRae, and the Follies, starting at 7 p.m.
VANTAGE — If you’re south of Vantage on Huntzinger Road on Sunday and see a bunch of guys in hazardous material “moon suits,” don’t be alarmed. It’s not a real emergency. An Army unit training to help in a large-scale terror attack involving radiation or chemical or biological weapons will conduct a simulation at the old Getty’s Cove convenience store, now closed.
EAST WENATCHEE — A car and a pickup collided Wednesday on Highway 28 about seven miles east of East Wenatchee. Joseph W. Rasmussen, 60, of Entiat, was driving the pickup. He was treated and released at Central Washington Hospital for head and shoulder injuries, according to a State Patrol report and a hospital spokeswoman.
GEORGE — The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined George $15,750 following an investigation of the death of Public Works Director Wallace Bushman. The agency cited the city for 13 violations of state regulations on March 9.
GEORGE — During a town hall meeting Thursday night at the George Community Hall, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said he wants to stop wire theft in the county. The two-hour meeting was attended by nearly 100 residents from around the Quincy Valley.
GEORGE — The residents of George will celebrate the birthday of their town’s namesake with a party Monday at the George Community Hall. The annual Presidents Day celebration will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hall, 403 W. Montmorency Blvd. Events include a patriotic presentation at 10 a.m.; live music from Ron Gear and the Gear Jammers; children’s games and activities, sponsored by the George Elementary School Parent Volunteer Committee; a potato-feed fundraiser lunch; and a raffle and silent auction. Admission is free and so is ...
GEORGE — A crew from Brown-Minneapolis Tank has been working this fall to install a new 200,000 gallon water tank for the city of George. The 131-foot high tank is about one-third of the way finished, said field superintendent Dick Pruett.
SEATTLE — Forecasters say a series of weather systems moving through the Northwest will dump 1 to 3 feet of snow in the Washington Cascades by Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says heavy snow also will fall through Wednesday on the east slopes of the Cascades and northeast Washington. Snow accumulations are expected to be 2 to 4 inches, mainly north of Wenatchee and on the Waterville plateau. “The heaviest snow will likely fall in the Okanogan valley and the Okanogan highlands,” according to the weather service.
WENATCHEE — Sigh. We all knew these sunny fall days couldn’t last. Today is it for a while. The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of rain tonight, Friday and Saturday. The chance of rain goes up to 40 percent on Sunday.
WENATCHEE — This year’s wet spring and warm fall have some species of pine, sage and weeds pollinating enough to make allergy sufferers sneezy and teary-eyed. “It does seem like the counts have been higher for sagebrush, and then we suddenly saw pine pollinating this week,” said Lori Sweet, a registered nurse at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center who tracks and identified pollen.
It’s almost flu season. How will you cope? Some people find relief holding their face over a steaming vat of mentholated water. Some people swear by chicken soup. Still others swear by a hefty dose of hard liquor.
Weather perfect for a kick in the park is expected to continue past the weekend with highs in the low 80s, well above the mid-70s normal for time of the year, says forecaster Steve Bodnar of the National Weather Service in Spokane.
WENATCHEE — It sounds pretty far-fetched, but the general manager for the area’s new phone company swears it’s the truth. Phone on the fritz? Internet won’t connect? TV picture fuzzy? Then call him directly, even on weekends, and tell him the problem. That’s right, no outsourcing to New Delhi — your call can go directly to the guy in charge right here in Wenatchee.
WENATCHEE — A relatively mild fire season may be winding down as rain this week dampens fuels. But U.S. Forest Service officials caution the fire season could quickly return once the weather warms, and grasses dry out. “I don’t know if it’s over, exactly. But I’d say it’s definitely taking a strong vacation right now,” Bobbie Scopa, fire management officer for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, said this morning.
NCW — A windstorm that blew through North Central Washington on Thursday resulted in the closure of two roads in the Mansfield area. The Washington state Department of Transportation closed Highway 172 through Mansfield and Highway 17 from Coulee City to Highway 174 because of blowing dust and zero visibility Thursday afternoon. The roads were reopened by 8:20 p.m. The peak wind gust in Mansfield reached 43 mph, according to Greg Koch, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Spokane.