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Wenatchee Forest Service changes hours

WENATCHEE — Beginning Monday, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s headquarters in Wenatchee will close for lunch from 12 to 1 p.m.

Riding for a win

Lonnie Howard of Wenatchee, prepares to hand off the baton to Terri Morrow on Friday as they compete in the Team Baton competition at the Patterned Speed Horse Association state finals, being held at Appleatchee Riders in Wenatchee. Howard and Morrow are part of team “Apple Knockers,” which also includes Lauren Garlock and Candice Sweitzer. They won the event, to become the state champions. There's no admission fee to watch the contest, which continues through Sunday.

Art of Community | OVWN Part 4 Identifying projects and lead partners

Publisher’s note: The is the fourth in a series of articles about the background and progress of Our Valley What’s Next, a grass roots community improvement project for the Wenatchee Valley. Check out the OVWN web site at and see the Art of Community Project web site at for photos, videos and more stories – Rufus Woods.

Colvilles awarded $8.3 million from Canadian mining company

SPOKANE — A judge has ordered the Canadian mining company Teck Metals Ltd. to pay nearly $8.3 million to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation for environmental studies and legal costs in a battle over Columbia River pollution.
House moving in the Entiat River Valley

Entiat River conservation project helps many, including salmon

ENTIAT — If a piece of land could talk, there wouldn’t be many that could claim to have helped fire victims, salmon, a contractor, an accountant and a building inspector. But there’s one parcel up the Entiat River Valley that’s done just that.

Poodle owner pulls out pistol

EAST WENATCHEE — Authorities say the owner of a standard-sized poodle who pulled out a pistol at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park on Friday morning wasn’t threatening anyone. Except maybe the pitbull that was fighting with his dog.

Woman killed in motorcycle crash

TONASKET — A Tonasket woman was killed and her husband was flown to a Spokane hospital after their motorcycle hit a deer Wednesday evening.

Closures continue for wilderness fire

LEAVENWORTH — Recent rain has limited the growth of the Buck Creek Fire, which grew by 100 acres in the last week, and is now about 250 acres, officials from the U.S. Forest Service said.

2015 wildfires led to fewer prescribed burns

WENATCHEE — Last summer’s wildfires had yet another impact on North Central Washington: fewer acres on the national forest were treated through prescribed burning.

Leap of faith

Deven Heston, East Wenatchee, rides his skateboard at Riverside Park's new skate park in Cashmere on Wednesday. The skate park opened to skaters and bike-riders this week.