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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.