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Grants save some Link routes

WENATCHEE — Link Transit officials learned late Tuesday that it will have the state funding it needs to preserve routes to Ardenvoir, Chelan via Orondo and “Dial-A-Ride” service in the Plain-Lake Wenatchee area through at least June 2013. All would have been eliminated had the state Department of Transportation opted not to renew two years’ worth of grant funding.

Street alert

For information on highway work or mountain passes, go to or call 511. May 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Highway 150 in downtown Manson will be closed between Green Avenue and Wapato Lake Road for the Apple Blossom Parade and Festival.

Plane makes emergency landing in Columbia River

ORONDO — A 57-year-old Yakima pilot was treated for mild hypothermia Sunday but was not injured after making an emergency landing on the Columbia River north of Orondo. Randy Lervold took off in his single-engine experimental plane near Sun Cove and was heading for Yakima when he experienced engine trouble at about 1:25 p.m., said Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal.

Mackenzie Cowell scholarship deadline is Friday

WENATCHEE — The Building Industry Association of Washington is offering scholarships in memory of Mackenzie Cowell. The scholarships are intended for students who want to pursue careers in the building industry.

Street alert

For information on highway work or mountain passes, go to or call 511. May 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Highway 150 in downtown Manson will be closed between Green Avenue and Wapato Lake Road for the Apple Blossom Parade and Festival.

Blossoms a bonus for this year’s festival

WENATCHEE — The most unusual thing to celebrate at this year’s Washington State Apple Blossom Festival could be the blossoms themselves. Apple blooms are usually gone or withering by the time the first corn dog is sold at Wenatchee’s hugely popular festival, which started Thursday and runs through May 8. But a cool, wet spring has pushed fruit blooms back an estimated 10 to 12 days, one of the region’s leading horticulturalists said last week.

Volunteers prepare trees, shrubs for Arbor Day event

WENATCHEE — About 75 volunteers were busy Thursday individually wrapping 4,200 trees that will be handed out Saturday in North Central Washington in honor of Arbor Day. Wenatchee tree distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park.

People calling 911 will have to provide addresses during upgrade

WENATCHEE — Officials with the RiverCom dispatch center say they expect no problems when they upgrade the 911 phone system early Tuesday morning. Millie Tirapelle, RiverCom director, said the upgrade will happen between midnight Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. The public still will be able to call 911 but the dispatcher will not be able to map where the caller is calling from, and the caller’s address will not be displayed. At all other times, an address is displayed with the call.

Arbor Day distribution set for Saturday

The Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Celebration will be held at six sites in Chelan and Douglas counties on Saturday. Wenatchee tree and shrub distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park.

Street alert

For information on highway work or mountain passes, go to or call 511.

Murder defendant Wilson shadowed by his own persona

Doubt came into Amelia Savage’s mind, and made her ashamed. The former Chelan woman got to know Christopher Scott Wilson when they were in their early teens. Near and far, as Savage toured the world and Wilson moved between school, the Army, the Northwest and the East Coast, the two remained in contact.

Celebrate Arbor Day with tree giveaways

WENATCHEE — The Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Celebration will be held April 16 in six cities in Chelan and Douglas County. This year’s Wenatchee Arbor Day celebration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park.

Orchards still assessing damage from two cold snaps

WENATCHEE — A double wallop of record cold temperatures in the last four months have orchardists pondering the extent of tree and bud damage from one of the state’s most worrisome winters in decades. Two-day cold snaps in November and February, vulnerable times for wintering orchards, may have nipped trunks in late fall and harmed new buds in the unseasonable, plunging temperatures just two weeks ago.

Home sales jump in January — but is it a trend?

WENATCHEE — The housing market here recorded its first encouraging uptick in more than 13 months as median home prices fell in January to their lowest point in nearly five years. The number of homes sold in January rose to 32 from 24 a year ago. “This seems like a small number,” said Jerry Paine, director of communications for the North Central Washington Association of Realtors. “But for people in the industry, this signals a significant turnaround.”

Omak’s online school measures expansion in kilobytes

OMAK — Walking down the halls at Omak schools, there’s no evidence of the district’s 1,000 new students this year. The once 1,400-student district has grown to nearly 2,500 students in 12 months — about half the size of the town. “It’s a huge deal, it’s like half of our district just got added to what we had before,” Superintendent Art Himmler said. He noted Omak’s closest neighbor Okanogan, a 1,000-student district. “It’s like we just added an Okanogan School District.”

Farmers, experts assess November cold snap damage

WENATCHEE — As winter melts away from still-dormant orchards and vineyards, growers are trying to get a handle on the extent of damage from a two-day cold snap last November. The freeze has killed or severely injured fruit trees, vineyards and other crops across much of the state and will probably be ranked as one of the worst weather-related agriculture disasters in the state’s history, said Tim Smith, Washington State University extension agent for North Central Washington.

PUD parks not likely to close

WENATCHEE — Wen- atchee Confluence, Lincoln Rock and Daroga state parks would likely remain open, even if the state no longer has the money to run them. Steve Currit, the director who oversees parks for the Chelan County PUD, said Friday that the utility would likely keep all three open as a requirement of its federal license to operate Rock Island Dam on the Columbia River.

Four injured in two-car crash

ORONDO — Four Douglas County residents were hospitalized Sunday in a head-on crash on Highway 97, about 12 miles north of Orondo. Saul Belman Guerrero, 17, of East Wenatchee, was driving a 1992 Honda Accord north at about 7:45 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a 1989 Nissan Sentra driven by Anastasio Sanchez Velasco, 44, of Orondo, the State Patrol reported.

Unknown male DNA amongst Cowell evidence

WENATCHEE — DNA testing on evidence in the Mackenzie Cowell murder investigation found genetic material from at least one unidentified male other than defendant Christopher Scott Wilson, his attorney says. Defense attorney Keith Howard also says DNA from a local sheriff’s deputy and a State Patrol fingerprint analyst was on the handle of a knife found with Cowell’s body — but not that of Wilson, charged with killing the 17-year-old last February.

Mackenzie Cowell case: iPhone photos, videos led to second arrest

WENATCHEE — A woman arrested in the Mackenzie Cowell murder case told police and friends she was photographed while unconscious by Cowell’s accused killer, unaware she was lying on carpet stained with the victim’s blood. Tessa Marie Schuyleman, arrested Wednesday on suspicion of obstructing the police probe into Cowell’s February killing, said in interviews with police she was intoxicated and passed out before Christopher Scott Wilson photographed her lying on the floor of his apartment. In an affidavit seeking charges against Schuyleman, police claim the photos show her “posing as ...