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Wind advisory in effect for NCW

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory throughout North Central Washington, where winds are forecast to reach 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph. Peak winds are expected from 3 to 7 p.m.

We’re looking for raking tips

It’s almost time for the leaves to fall, and that means raking. We’re asking readers to share how they accomplish this annual task.

Primary ballots must be in by 8 tonight

WENATCHEE — With a heated Chelan County sheriff’s race and 15 people running for U.S. Senator, today’s primary election has voters going to the mailboxes with ballots filled. Ballots must be dropped off at a ballot box by 8 p.m. today or postmarked with today’s date. In Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties between 33 and 35 percent of ballots had been returned as of this morning.

Job numbers jump in June

WENATCHEE — Did you get a job in June? If so, you were one of more than 4,500 workers grabbing a new paycheck as private-business payrolls continued to grow across the state.

Hot weather hanging around, says forecaster

Sprinkler weather is sticking around for awhile, says Matt Fugazzi, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Spokane. Beginning today, the weather is going to get “very summer-like, with temperatures possibly reaching 100 degrees by Thursday or Friday.”

Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is a long, hard road

WENATCHEE — Carlos Murillo of East Wenatchee doesn’t need a Fourth of July fireworks display to remind him how special it is to be an American. “I loved (this country) from the moment I stepped into the U.S.,” said Murillo, a Guatemalan native who became a naturalized citizen in 2007.

George bakes traditional giant cherry pie for annual holiday celebration

GEORGE — George’s 2010 July 4 celebration promises to bring excitement with new events and old traditions. The festivities kick off with breakfast — featuring French toast, fresh strawberries, sausage, biscuits and gravy — at the George Community Hall and the construction of a giant cherry pie at 7 a.m. The pie’s design is centered around the community hall and celebrating its completion, said Georgette member and pie designer Debby Kooy.

Gregoire asks disaster relief for farms

PASCO — Gov. Chris Gregoire, citing damage to an array of Washington crops from “our worst May in history,” asked the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on Thursday to designate 29 counties as farm disaster areas and make them eligible for federal help. The request includes all four North Central Washington counties. The governor made the announcement in Pasco at Zen-Noh Hay, where hay is prepared for export to Japan, during the first of her two-day “Feeding Washington” agricultural tour that will include a handful of stops in Eastern Washington, including ...

Get ready for ‘the big warmup’

WENATCHEE — Tune up the air conditioners. “The big warmup starts Tuesday,” said meteorologist Greg Koch of the National Weather Service in Spokane.

Driver ejected as car rolls onto its top

GEORGE — A 31-year-old Ephrata woman suffered neck and back injuries about 7:45 a.m. Thursday when she was ejected from the car she was driving. Kristina R. Bentley was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital, where she was in satisfactory condition Thursday morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

It’s been a busy month at Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center

WENATCHEE — School doesn’t slow down for summer at Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center. In fact, it’s busier. More than 200 students — mostly freshmen and sophomores from several North Central Washington high schools — take classes at the regional trade school, about 20 more than during the regular school year. The tech center gives them a chance to study subjects that regular high schools don’t offer.

Grant fire district breaks ground for new George station

QUINCY — Toward the end of Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the George Fire and Life Safety Facility, Grant County Fire District No. 3 Chief Don Fortier addressed the crowd that had gathered. “It was almost five years to the day that we dedicated the fire station in Quincy,” Fortier said. “(The George station) has been a dream of ours for some time. It will be interesting to see where we are at five years from now.”

Plan for more warm weather this weekend

The weekend should be full of sun, with high temperatures in the upper 80s, according to the National Weather Service. Low temperatures are forecast to be in the high 50s or low 60s.

Business, Ag Briefly

Low-income taxpayer clinic grants available The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for the 2011 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant program. The LITC program serves individuals who have problems with the IRS and whose incomes do not exceed 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Cowell update: Investigators ‘cautiously optimistic’

WENATCHEE — Investigators are “cautiously optimistic” that three recent interviews may help solve the murder of Mackenzie Cowell. “Over the past week, task force investigators conducted interviews of potential witnesses and persons potentially involved in Mackenzie’s murder,” Capt. Doug Jones, spokesman for the task force investigating her murder, wrote in a press release.

Required answers on ethnicity set off schools’ objections

WENATCHEE — A few local superintendents are fuming about a new state and federal order to collect more detailed information about student ethnicity, even if school staff have to guess. By September, school districts will give every family a “ethnicity and race data collection form” that asks two questions: Is your child of Hispanic origin? And, what race do you consider your child?

Job rate improves, if you count census workers

WENATCHEE — You could count on federal census workers in May to boost employment figures across the state, helping mark a fourth month of job gains this year. But job growth in other key sectors locally and statewide remained relatively flat or declined in month-to-month comparisons, according to new figures released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department.

Updated candidate filings

Who has filed for election in North Central Washington, as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 11.

Updated Candidate filings

Who has filed for election in North Central Washington, as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10