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North Central Washington explodes

NCW — There will be plenty of “Boom Boom Pow” in the sky this Fourth of July ... Black Eyed Peas not included. Many merry explosions are taking place, from Walla Walla Point Park to George. Warm-up your firework viewing capacity Tuesday by attending Symphony in the Park at Lincoln Park, 1410 S. Mission St. There’s a lot to see before this event’s fireworks, including musical performances by the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, Mariachi Estrella de Mexico, the Wenatchee High School drumline, Stacie McRae, and the Follies, starting at 7 p.m.

NCW’s PUDs balk at backing NoaNet expansion

NCW — Faced with the prospect of backing millions of dollars in new loans, most of the region’s PUDs are rethinking the risk of keeping their financial muscle behind a fiber-networking nonprofit that they helped create more than a decade ago. Grant County PUD commissioners were divided Monday on whether to withdraw their utility from Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet), a nonprofit provider of wholesale fiber-optic service that was once the region’s only way to connect PUD fiber networks to the Internet. Now, many private companies could also provide that ...

Stitching a life together … one tutu at a time

John Perry, who has a large network of local family members, was born in Oregon and moved to the George area in 1988. His grandfather was a farmer and his father owned a hydraulic repair business. Halfway across the country in south Kansas City, Mo., his future wife, Kimber, was learning to dance by age 3. She eventually learned tap, jazz and ballet. John worked various jobs, and found his niche as a singer and songwriter. Kimber spent 17 years teaching dance to children. Their paths eventually crossed in Kansas ...

Be patient! Summer’s on its way

WENATCHEE — Get the barbecue ready. This long stretch of cool, cloudy weather is about to come to an end. Another summer storm is heading through North Central Washington today and tomorrow, bringing the possibility of lightning and up to one-tenth of an inch of rain in Wenatchee on Tuesday.

Ecology fines NCW companies

NCW — Three companies in North Central Washington were among those fined for violating state environmental laws in the first quarter of this year. C&O Nursery of East Wenatchee was fined $3,000 for burning plastic farm chemical containers, cardboard and other garbage in a burn barrel.

Wenatchee Valley College ups tuition, reluctantly

WENATCHEE — Students at Wenatchee Valley College will pay an average of 12 percent more in tuition next year after the college board voted “reluctantly” to adopt the state’s mandated tuition increases on Wednesday. That means a student taking 15 credits will pay $4,000 in tuition for the 2012-2013 school year, compared to $3,542 tuition that students paid for the year that ends after the summer quarter.

Federal payments headed to NCW

Chelan and Okanogan counties will again receive the highest payments in Washington state from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes program for 2012.

Top o’ the line

WENATCHEE — Maybe it was the record number of teams. Or the prospect of buying a raffle ticket from a woman dressed as a gigantic duck. Or the Columbia River running cold, fast and symbolic in the background. But Saturday’s 8th Annual Andrew York Lineman Rodeo was more super-charged than ever.

Former Quincy cop settles for $250,000

QUINCY — A former Quincy police officer with multiple lawsuits against the city has agreed to drop them all in a $250,000 settlement that included an apology from Mayor Jim Hemberry. The agreement with Aaron Doyle, dated June 4, resolves two federal lawsuits claiming retaliation and wrongful termination, two Grant County lawsuits over failure to release public records, an action before the Public Employment Relations Commission and a lawsuit in California over release of sealed documents from Doyle’s previous employment.

Chemical leak creates stir for Grant County residents

MOSES LAKE — A chemical leak has prompted Grant County authorities this morning to close roads around the REC Silicon Inc. plant in Moses Lake. Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office says people who work near the plant have been told to stay inside and close doors and windows.

State plans permit fee for construction near water

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will begin charging $150 next month to apply for a permit required for construction projects in and around state waters. The new fee for a hydraulic project approval will help pay for the time it takes the agency to ensure projects such as dock construction, culverts and bulkheads meet state standards to protect fish and shellfish.

Moses Lake doctor on probation

MOSES LAKE — Dr. David T. Earl has been placed on probation for five years, but the Moses Lake doctor can continue to practice after the state Medical Commission found substandard care of five patients, three of whom died. The state Department of Health announced the probation in a news release Friday.

Malott man killed in three-vehicle accident

SOAP LAKE — A 62-year-old Malott man was killed late Monday morning in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 28 just south of the Soap Lake city limits. Renney A. Koch was pronounced dead at Columbia Basin Hospital. He was the driver of a southbound pickup that failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of highways 17 and 28, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

Four suspects still sought in drive-by

QUINCY — Quincy Police seized the vehicle used in a drive-by shooting on Sunday and are collecting fingerprints and DNA samples hoping to identify four other occupants involved in the 8 p.m. incident in the 200 block of B Street NE. Police Chief Richard Ackerman said four to five shots were fired toward a residence, and an unoccupied vehicle was struck.

Bar says complaint against Grant prosecutor warrants hearing

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Bar Association’s disciplinary arm says there’s enough evidence that Grant County Prosecutor D. Angus Lee was unethical in his behavior to take an ethics complaint against him to a hearing. The April 25 was sparked by decision a grievance filed more than two years ago by former Grant County Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Couture claiming unethical actions by Lee in his attempt to win reelection in 2009.

Drive-by shooting suspect arrested

QUINCY — An 18-year-old Quincy man was arrested Sunday after a drive-by shooting and a one-mile chase. No one was injured in the shooting in the 200 block of B Street NE, but a vehicle was damaged, a news release this morning from the Quincy Police Department said.

Fatal crash victim identified

QUINCY — The driver of a fatal crash near Quincy Friday morning was identified by the Washington State Patrol as Gordon A. Hyde, 62, of Quincy. Hyde was driving a Kia Sportage SUV when it rear-ended a semi three miles south of Quincy on Highway 281.

Other bonds, levies passing throughout NCW

WENATCHEE — Voters throughout North Central Washington were in a supportive mood for Tuesday’s special election. In Chelan County, voters in the Leavenworth area adopted a new technology levy for Cascade schools with 61.2 percent — well over the 50 percent needed to pass. And in Manson, a parks and recreation levy in Manson that previously failed twice before garnered 67.2 percent of the vote.