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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.

Local pears heading for China

WENATCHEE — Northwest pears will soon be sold and shipped to China for the first time, thanks to a recent agreement the U.S. pear industry and Chinese government. The agreement was announced Wednesday during Washington Pear Day in Wenatchee. The pear industry has been trying to get approval to sell pears in China for nearly 20 years, said Kevin Moffitt, president of the Pear Bureau Northwest.

Ecology issues ban on burning

WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday banned all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning stoves, inserts or fireplaces in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, until further notice. Current weather conditions has resulted in stagnant air, and air quality monitors in Wenatchee and Twisp recorded moderate air quality, while those in Leavenworth and Okanogan registered air unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Ecology offers new water rights — for a fee

WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology is offering a new fee-based program to speed up the water rights application process, and the Wenatchee Basin will be the first to try it out. Some 150 water right applicants will get letters inviting them to help hire a consultant who can sort through applications so that water for new applicants can become available. Applicants can then reimburse Ecology for hiring the state-approved contractor to process pending applications.
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Assessor candidates seek transparency

Deanna Walter thinks her education and experience are tailor-made for the job as Chelan County assessor. DeWayne Crater thinks voters need a choice, and he's a good one to choose.
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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.

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.

Forest Service plans weed treatments

The Wenatchee River Ranger District plans to hand pull, spray and replant about 300 acres of weed-infested lands on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the mid to upper Wenatchee Valley this summer. Areas scheduled for treatment include Hay Canyon, Nahaham Canyon, Mission Creek, Van Creek, Derby Canyon, Eagle Creek, Camas Creek, Scotty Creek, Shaser Creek, Natapoc Mountain and other selected roadsides and trailheads.

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.
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Hunt for Easter fun leads to Peshastin

PESHASTIN — Competition on the egg field can be brutal. A grassy lawn dotted with more than 1,500 candy-filled Easter eggs. Hundreds of eager kids. Parents shouting last-minute instructions.

Irrigation districts consider merger

The Peshastin Irrigation District and the Icicle Irrigation District could become one if customers of the two districts agree to a proposed merger.

Burning planned near Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH — The Wenatchee River Ranger Districts plans to burn 705 acres on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest this spring to reduce wildfire risks and enhance forest health. Piles or areas scheduled for burning underbrush include Beaver Valley, Chumstick Valley and the lower Blewett Pass corridor.
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White on white

A snowshoe rabbit sits above the Blewett Pass summit on Saturday. Early weather forecasts for next week indicate the entire state could get snow.