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.
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.
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.”
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 — 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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.