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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.

Ecology issues ban on burning

WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday banned all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning stoves, inserts or fireplaces in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, until further notice. Current weather conditions has resulted in stagnant air, and air quality monitors in Wenatchee and Twisp recorded moderate air quality, while those in Leavenworth and Okanogan registered air unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Fire cuts 911 service to hundreds

CHELAN — Hundreds of people cannot call 911 today after fire burned through a phone or fiber line in the Stayman Flats area north of Highway 971. Sometime before 8 p.m. on Monday, long distance service — including 911 — was cut to about 540 access lines in the Chelan, Manson, Mansfield and Waterville areas, said RiverCom operations manager Jackie Jones.

Fires close part of highway 97A north of Knapps Hill Tunnel

WENATCHEE — Smoke from wild fires has closed Highway 97A between Knapps Hill Tunnel and the intersection of Highway 971, which is at Lake Chelan near Pat and Mike’s store. The state Department of Transportation closed the highway at 2 p.m. today. No time was given for reopening the roadway.

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.

Strong winds will blow through tonight

Strong winds will blow in this afternoon bringing unseasonably high temperatures, heavy rain in some areas and flood and avalanche danger.

Preps: Wenatchee wrestlers nip Ike

YAKIMA — Paul Jagla scored a major decision over Eisenhower’s Dakota Kountz in the final bout of the match to give Wenatchee a 36-32 victory over the Cadets Thursday night. It was a seesaw battle all evening, as Eisenhower won the first four bouts to take a 19-0 lead.

School cuts: On the block again

This week, lawmakers will go back to the cutting board in a rare pre-Christmas special session to trim more than $2 billion out of the state’s $32 billion biennial operating budget. And again, public education is on the block.

All-league lists dominated by top teams

A number of area teams were dominant on the diamond, track or court this season, and that dominance carried over to post-season awards. The Wenatchee boys tennis team, Panthers boys track squad and Cashmere baseball team are just a few of the teams that racked up awards just like they had victories during the season.

Panther boys on track at state

TACOMA — The Wenatchee boys track and field team is on target to reach Panther coach Bob Bullis’ expectations through two days of competition at the Class 4A state championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium. Isaiah Brandt-Sims had the best qualifying time in the 200-meter preliminary heats, clocking a 21.77, and Nicholas Boersma had a similarly relaxing heat in the 800.

Cougar sightings up, bear calls begin

CASHMERE — Residents in the Wenatchee Valley are reporting more cougar sightings this spring, and also starting to see bears in the Leavenworth area looking for food, said state Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Doug Ward. Ward said his officers are getting about five calls per week from people who’ve seen a cougar — some of them close to communities — including one Wednesday of a cougar sitting on a rock on the hillside near Rusty’s Drive-In in Cashmere.

Class 1B boys: Mansfield loses in final seconds

KITTITAS — Jacob Treat made two free throws with 4.4 seconds to go to lift Wilson Creek to a 43-42 victory over Mansfield on Tuesday night, eliminating the Kernels from the Class 1B district tournament in gut-wrenching fashion. Mansfield led by four points entering the final period, but Wilson Creek kept battling.

Class 2B: Entiat clobbers Pateros

WENATCHEE — The Pateros girls basketball team had the element of surprise. Entiat had Mandy Southard. Southard made the Nannies pay for trying a man-to-man defense against the Tigers, scoring 37 points in Entiat’s 69-47 victory Monday during the first round of the Class 2B district tournament at Wenatchee High School.

Ephrata’s bid for first win falls short

EPHRATA — The Ephrata boys basketball team’s bid for its first win of the season in its last game of the year fell inches short on Friday. Zach Allen’s three-quarters-court shot hit the rim and bounced away at the final buzzer, giving Othello a 59-57 victory over the Tigers. Ephrata finished the season with an 0-20 record a year after advancing to the Class 2A state tournament.

One injured in Mansfield crash

MANSFIELD — A one-car crash five miles west of Mansfield on Highway 17 sent one man to the Lake Chelan Community Hospital on Sunday night. Jesse L. Shafer, 32, suffered cuts on his head and a back injury, the State Patrol reported.

Kernels pound CBSS

MANSFIELD — The Mansfield boys basketball team continued their strong end to the regular season, tuning up Columbia Basin Secondary School 58-27 in its home finale on Wednesday. The Kernels (11-5 overall, 6-2 league) have now won three out of four games and sit in second place in the CW 1B league.