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Snow is on its way

WENATCHEE — Ready or not, here it comes. Snow is forecast for the not-so-high elevations throughout North Central Washington today or tomorrow, as a storm front moves in from the south, the National Weather Service says.

Judge orders Grant prosecutor to withdraw case against deputy coroner

EPHRATA — Grant County Prosecutor D. Angus Lee must withdraw his lawsuit against a Grant County employee due to a conflict of interest, a judge has ruled. Lee must seek the services of either the state Attorney General, another county’s prosecutor, or another attorney if he wants to pursue his civil lawsuit, Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss ruled Monday.

Fire teams gone, burn bans reconsidered

NCW — Oh what a difference a little rain can make. The last of the region’s major wildfires — once managed by large interagency teams overseeing hundreds of firefighters — have now been turned back over to local agencies and ranger districts.

Economy is highlight of race for Grant County commission

As part of continuing election coverage, here is a question-and-answer session with Grant County commission Position 2 candidates James Liebrecht and Carolann Swartz. Visit the elections page at for more. James Liebrecht, challenger

Campfire restrictions remain in place

WENATCHEE — Campfire on most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will continue to be prohibited until a significant rainfall or snow changes dry conditions, officials said Tuesday. All national forest lands on the Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum and Naches ranger districts remain under the campfire ban, including developed campgrounds, wilderness areas and special use sites such as group camps and summer homes with permits.

Former deputy prosecutor sues Grant County

WENATCHEE — A former Grant County deputy prosecutor sued Grant County this week, saying he was wrongfully fired for refusing to work on cases that were a clear conflict of interest. Albert Lin also alleges that Prosecutor D. Angus Lee violated the state Whistleblower’s Act and county policies, which prohibit state or county employers from firing their employees in retaliation for reporting employer misconduct.

Labor Day, one last hurrah of summer

NCW — Sleeping bags, check. Bathing suits, check. Marshmallows, sunscreen, flashlight. Check, check, check. North Central Washington turned into a camping mecca on Saturday, as people from near and far filled the region’s campgrounds to enjoy what many consider the last weekend of summer.

Lawrence adopts Quincy as her own

Esmeralda Lawrence came from Coalcoman, Michoacan, in Mexico when she was 10 years old. She entered the sixth grade without knowing any English. School in general was overwhelming for her at first, she said.

Stand Down offers free goods and service for vets

Military veterans are invited to the Wenatchee Veterans Stand Down from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory, 1230 Fifth St., next to Wenatchee Valley College.

State Parks to hear budget issues at Wenatchee meeting

EAST WENATCHEE — The Washington State Parks Commission will hear how much revenue the Discover Pass is taking in and discuss the best mix of funding for keeping state parks financially stable at a meeting in Wenatchee on Thursday. The meeting is open to the public, and begins at 9 a.m. at the agency’s eastern region headquarters office, 270 Ninth St. N.E., Suite 200 in East Wenatchee.

Bar files charges against Lee

EPHRATA — The Washington State Bar Association has filed formal civil charges against Grant County Prosecutor D. Angus Lee, alleging that he violated conflict of interest rules during his election campaign in 2009. The complaint — filed by the Bar Association’s disciplinary board on July 25 — alleges that Lee violated conflict of interest rules in two separate cases, and also knowingly created a conflict of interest for his political opponent, Albert Lin.

The charges against Prosecutor D. Angus Lee

In June 2009, Elisa Dalluge filed a criminal complaint with Ephrata police against Cathleen Neils, a former administrative assistant, saying that Neils filed a false criminal report by reporting a violation of a no contact order. Lee received the police report and assigned it to Albert Lin, who was running against Lee for Grant County prosecutor. Lee knew that the office had been involved in the events that led the woman to file a criminal complaint, and Lee himself had been involved in obtaining the no contact order against the ...

Basin vineyards are growing fast

Washington wineries and vineyard acreage have been growing as fast as the vines themselves in recent years.

He travels with a team of feathered friends

The cherries are ripe for picking here in the Quincy Valley, but there is one problem facing the harvest — birds. The pretty robins, starlings and house finches love to peck at and eat the ripening fruit to feed to their young. Gas cannons that are shot off in the orchards scare them away for a time until the birds figure out no harm will really come to them and then they eventually return.

He feels right at home in Quincy

QUINCY — Pastor Felix Pacheco came to the Quincy Valley in 1993 with his wife, Esperanza. He moved to Quincy from the Chelan area on a mission to serve as pastor of a seed church for the Quincy Spanish Assembly of God. When he came here, he had 10 years of experience as an assistant pastor for the Spanish-language Assembly of God Church in Manson.

Chelan fires contained, but new blaze erupts at Banks Lake

CHELAN — Two Chelan-area wildfires were contained on Tuesday, but a new 300-acre fire is burning near Banks Lake in Grant County. One 20-person crew and five engines will remain today on the 800-acre Navarre Fire, using infrared cameras to detect hotspots, said fire spokeswoman Sarah Foster.

Smoke from wildfires hangs in the Wenatchee air

WENATCHEE — Smoke from several wildfires burning in the area is lingering in the Wenatchee Valley, prompting a health alert for people with breathing problems. Massive wildfires in Russia and China area also likely contributing to the haze, according to Sean Hopkins, who heads smoke management for the state Department of Ecology in Yakima.

Lightning threat passes, but hot weather is here to stay

WENATCHEE — As the 800-acre Navarre Fire near Chelan began winding down Monday, lightning storms sparked a half dozen new fires in North Central Washington, and fire officials expect more to show themselves today. The good news for firefighters is that weather forecasters are seeing no new thunderstorms on the horizon.