The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi57° Partly Sunny

Tonight

Lo44° Rain

Saturday

Hi57° Rain Likely

Saturday Night

Lo43° Chance Showers

Sunday

Hi55° Partly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo38° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi53° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo44° Chance Rain

Tuesday

Hi51° Chance Showers

Tuesday Night

Lo45° Chance Showers

Several contested races in North Central Washington

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.

NCW candidates who filed Thursday

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 ...

Grant County bans sky lanterns

Deeming sky lanterns a fire hazard, Grant County commissioners voted this week to ban them in unincorporated parts of the county, beginning June 1.

Crack shuts down massive ditch serving Columbia Basin

EPHRATA — A crack in the concrete panels that line a main canal serving the Columbia Basin Project prompted officials to temporarily shut down some irrigation Tuesday. Located just below Pinto Dam, north of Highway 28 in eastern Grant County, the crack poses no threat to safety. But an as-yet undetermined number of irrigators will not be getting water until the ditch can be repaired early next week, an official for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said.

Two companies fined for pollution in NCW

NCW — Alcoa Wenatchee Works in Malaga and Imerys Minerals California, Inc. in Quincy were both fined for exceeding pollution limits, the state Department of Ecology said today. Alcoa discharged excessive amounts of aluminum and fluoride to the Columbia River on May 3, 2012, violating daily limits allowed by its pollution discharge permit, an Ecology news release said.

CSI Backwoods: Wildlife cops

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.

Recreation fees waived Monday

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.

NCW stuck in stagnant air

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.

Fog, fog, and more fog…and maybe some burn bans

Unless North Central Washington residents drive up into the mountains or out to the Waterville Plateau, you’re likely to be stuck in heavy, overcast weather for the next week.

Clear skies for the New Year?

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.

Soap Lake clinic owner surrenders license over sexual misconduct allegations

SOAP LAKE — A Soap Lake physician assistant and owner of Soap Lake Family Medicine gave up his right to see patients after the state Medical Commission accused him of sexual misconduct with patients and employees. John T. Bearup, 65, has been a licensed physician assistant for 24 years, according to records with the state Department of Health.

More stores selling tobacco to teens

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.
img/photo/2013/05/30/85c09f11a9-20121206-102647-pic-339199490

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.

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.

State rejects Soap Lake name change

SOAP LAKE — The State Committee on Geographic Names voted not to rename Soap Lake on Friday. Soap Lake resident Bonnie Holt-Moorhouse proposed changing the name of the lake — but not the town — to Lake Smokiam, an American Indian term that references the lake’s healing qualities.

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.