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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.

How bad is it? Experts say take smoke levels seriously

WENATCHEE — If you think breathing smoke for a few days or even weeks while wildfires rage on is no big deal, you’re wrong. Health officials say even short-term exposure to the hazardous air in Wenatchee that’s persisted since last week is dangerous for everyone, not just those with health problems.

Douglas County inmate escapes from custody

OKANOGAN — An inmate at the Okanogan County Corrections Center who told deputies in June that he wanted to get arrested because he had no place to go apparently changed his mind on Tuesday. Nathaniel D. Smallbeck, 18, escaped from custody at about 10:30 a.m. while working with a crew of inmate trustees at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

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.

Wenatchee man injured in Highway 2 crash

ORONDO — A Wenatchee man is in satisfactory condition at Central Washington Hospital this morning after swerving his vehicle off Highway 2 early today. Darrel E. Schmidt, 36, was driving west on Highway 2 at about 4:30 a.m. when he swerved to avoid a motorcycle in front of him and left the roadway to the left, a Washington State Patrol news release said.

Surprise, surprise: Public officials in outlying areas didn’t expect such support

Public officials from other parts of North Central Washington were generally quite surprised by the level of support that voters in both counties gave to the .1 percent tax measure to help pay for the Town Toyota Center. While no one said they were predicting the measure to go down, few thought it would be passing with a 65 percent favorable vote.

Fire damages Orondo shop

ORONDO — A 2,600-square-foot shop in Orondo suffered heavy fire damage Saturday, but the building was saved thanks a good response by firefighters, Douglas County Fire District 4 Chief Jim Oatey said. The blaze at 127 Nollmeyer Road was reported at 2:30 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find the north half of the building fully involved, he said.

Van stolen, then set on fire

ORONDO — A van was stolen Thursday and then set on fire on Brown’s Canyon Road near Orondo.

Two injured in three-car crash

EAST WENATCHEE — Two Orondo residents were hospitalized Sunday afternoon in a three-car crash on Highway 2, about 12 miles north of East Wenatchee. Hilario Bravo Lopez, 40, and his daughter Denisse Bravo, 8 were both in satisfactory condition at Central Washington Hospital this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Malaga man injured in Orondo crash

ORONDO — A Malaga man is in satisfactory condition at Central Washington Hospital this morning after his pickup truck was struck by another pickup attempting to pass him on Highway 97 this morning, officials said. Perry A. Yancey, 51, was driving north about two miles north of Orondo at 5:25 a.m. when Santiago A. Olivares, 38 of Wenatchee attempted to pass him, a report from the Washington State Patrol said.

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.
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Grass fire takes home, outbuildings, classic car

BAKER FLATS — A residence and three other buildings were destroyed and Highway 2/97 was closed for about 40 minutes Wednesday by an explosive fire that spiraled heavy black smoke to the afternoon sky and across the highway.

People & Places

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recognized employees for salmon recovery work in the Upper Columbia Valley region. Casey Baldwin, a research scientist in Wenatchee, received the Steve Phelps Leadership in Science award for his advising on complex technical issues; Ken Bevis, a watershed steward in Winthrop, won the Rocky Spencer Award for his outreach and communication; Andrew Murdoch of Wenatchee received the Best Paper Award for his publication on wild and hatchery spring Chinook; Jay Deason of Wenatchee won the Innovators Award for his design and installation of ...

Growers yelp at new food-safety rules

WENATCHEE — New signs at Vince Bland’s 45-acre orchard in Dryden tell visitors to please sign in at the “office.” He doesn’t actually have an office, but his house will serve as one. In recent weeks, Bland has put up other signs that tell workers to wash their hands after using the bathroom, or warn passers-by not to trespass. Others show the way to a new emergency shower, and new eye-wash stations.