WENATCHEE — There is a 100 percent chance of rain both days this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. A flood warning remains in effect for small streams in Chelan and Okanogan counties, due to expected heavy rain and rapid snowmelt.
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.
WENATCHEE — For newlyweds Ted Burgess and Lois Grable-Burgess, both more than 80 years old, the dancing began from almost the first moment they met. Ted recalled, “There was a spark right from the start. I liked what I saw, so I asked her immediately if she would go out with me.”
Cameras. They’re everywhere. Whether you’re at a stoplight or a grocery store, it’s hard to stay away from the lens of a camera these days. But now, in addition to intersections and shopping malls, you may find yourself the subject of a digital image while hiking along your favorite trail.
SEATTLE — Forecasters say a series of weather systems moving through the Northwest will dump 1 to 3 feet of snow in the Washington Cascades by Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says heavy snow also will fall through Wednesday on the east slopes of the Cascades and northeast Washington. Snow accumulations are expected to be 2 to 4 inches, mainly north of Wenatchee and on the Waterville plateau. “The heaviest snow will likely fall in the Okanogan valley and the Okanogan highlands,” according to the weather service.
TWISP — The Methow Conservancy’s annual holiday social will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Twisp River Pub. Guests can order drinks and/or dinner, and free appetizers and punch will be served. The conservancy — a nonprofit land trust and natural history education center — also will give out its annual conservation awards to two community members.
CHESAW — An environmental group says contaminants have increased in some streams, springs and monitoring wells near Buckhorn Mountain mine since operations began there three years ago. “What they’re seeing is way worse that what was predicted, and where they’re headed is even worse than that,” said David Kliegman, president of the Okanogan Highlands Alliance. “We think they need to get it under control before they keep moving forward.”
WENATCHEE — Sigh. We all knew these sunny fall days couldn’t last. Today is it for a while. The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of rain tonight, Friday and Saturday. The chance of rain goes up to 40 percent on Sunday.
WENATCHEE — This year’s wet spring and warm fall have some species of pine, sage and weeds pollinating enough to make allergy sufferers sneezy and teary-eyed. “It does seem like the counts have been higher for sagebrush, and then we suddenly saw pine pollinating this week,” said Lori Sweet, a registered nurse at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center who tracks and identified pollen.
It’s almost flu season. How will you cope? Some people find relief holding their face over a steaming vat of mentholated water. Some people swear by chicken soup. Still others swear by a hefty dose of hard liquor.
Weather perfect for a kick in the park is expected to continue past the weekend with highs in the low 80s, well above the mid-70s normal for time of the year, says forecaster Steve Bodnar of the National Weather Service in Spokane.
PATEROS — The people who count hawks, eagles and other raptors as they migrate south from a ridgetop between Chelan and the Methow Valley invite the public to watch them at work and to learn about raptors this Saturday. The Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival begins at 9 a.m. and runs through the day, with free shuttles from Riverfront Park in Pateros to Chelan Ridge, where people can watch the birds of prey at the peak of their migration south.
WENATCHEE — It sounds pretty far-fetched, but the general manager for the area’s new phone company swears it’s the truth. Phone on the fritz? Internet won’t connect? TV picture fuzzy? Then call him directly, even on weekends, and tell him the problem. That’s right, no outsourcing to New Delhi — your call can go directly to the guy in charge right here in Wenatchee.
WENATCHEE — People who live in North Central Washington know where berries come from: They come from the mountains. They’re one of the many gifts the mountains bestow on the fortunate folks of the foothills. In a good year, huckleberries can be found at varying elevations in July through September. Hiking trips take longer as distracted hikers stop to taste the ripening black globes. For some, an extra hour or two is added to the time it takes to cross the passes. For others, trips are made specifically to seek ...
WENATCHEE — A relatively mild fire season may be winding down as rain this week dampens fuels. But U.S. Forest Service officials caution the fire season could quickly return once the weather warms, and grasses dry out. “I don’t know if it’s over, exactly. But I’d say it’s definitely taking a strong vacation right now,” Bobbie Scopa, fire management officer for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, said this morning.
NCW — A windstorm that blew through North Central Washington on Thursday resulted in the closure of two roads in the Mansfield area. The Washington state Department of Transportation closed Highway 172 through Mansfield and Highway 17 from Coulee City to Highway 174 because of blowing dust and zero visibility Thursday afternoon. The roads were reopened by 8:20 p.m. The peak wind gust in Mansfield reached 43 mph, according to Greg Koch, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Spokane.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory throughout North Central Washington, where winds are forecast to reach 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph. Peak winds are expected from 3 to 7 p.m.