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Burn bans issued in NCW

WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology has issued a ban on burning for Chelan and Douglas counties, and the Methow Valley beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and continuing at least until noon Monday.

Winthrop woman named to rec board

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a Winthrop woman to the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.

Sunset on Burch Mountain

The sun sets on Burch Mountain north of Wenatchee on Monday as a train makes its way south. 

Ecology awards spill response grants

WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology has awarded Chelan County a $49,000 grant to buy equipment and train emergency responders to contain any oil spill that affect waterways.

Slides close Highway 2 twice

LEAVENWORTH — This weekend’s warm weather and wet, sloggy snow prompted two closures on Highway 2’s Tumwater Canyon near Leavenworth.

Omak man pleads to vehicular homicide

OKANOGAN — More than two years and a half years after a 24-year-old Omak woman was killed in an ATV that sank in Conconully Reservoir, the driver pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to one year and three months in prison.

Getting a hold on climbing

WENATCHEE — Local rock climbing enthusiasts and employees of the new climbing gym in Wenatchee, Riverfront Rock Gym, have been screwing plastic hand and foot holds onto the faces of painted wood walls the last two weeks. 

Grazing in the sun

Horses graze in a pasture at Sun Mountain Lodge near Winthrop on Jan. 11. 

Burn ban lifted in Chelan and Douglas counties

WENATCHEE — The burn ban that was in effect in Chelan and Douglas counties throughout the weekend expired Monday at noon, the state Department of Ecology announced in a news release.

Girl injured in snowmobile crash

PESHASTIN — A 15-year-old Leavenworth girl was injured Sunday when the snowmobile she was driving went over a berm and she was ejected onto the roadway, authorities said.

Community Connections | Waterville High School chemistry students aim to help NCW communities

Waterville High School science teacher Kris Daratha and his junior and senior chemistry class students are concerned about wildfires and the devastating effects wildfire can have on Central Washington communities. “I am a big science nerd and my students can ‘glaze’ over, but when they see the direct benefits science has on the community, and see firsthand how science relates, they buy in big time,” said Daratha.

Reclamation settles suit over pollution permit

SPOKANE — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a permit it lacked that oversees and intends to reduce the oils and other lubricants that may spill into the Columbia River through operations of Grand Coulee Dam.

Slushy mess

As the weather warmed up on Wednesday afternoon, North Wenatchee Avenue turned into a slushy mess. It's that time of winter when sanding of the streets mixed with snow makes for an ugly street scene. Snow mixed with occasional rain will likely add to the slushy mess for the next few days. The National Weather Service is forecasting a mix of snow and rain Friday through Sunday for the Wenatchee Valley. Snow accumulations are expected to be about an inch or less each day. High temperatures will be about 34 degrees ...

Short-armed shoveler

Though only 65 pounds and not the 9 tons of a full grown Tyrannosaurus, Judah Graham, 7, Wenatchee garners plenty of attention from people who pass his house as he shovels snow Wednesday in his inflatable costume. Juday bought the outfit with Christmas gift money a year ago. "I want to be a really talented person to do lots of cool stuff," he explains. His next goal is to be on the television show America's Funniest Home Videos to win a new costume as this one is wearing out. He ...