PESHASTIN — The community is invited to attend and participate in the Peshastin pet and kids parade at 10 a.m. June 4. Parade participants are asked to meet at the American Legion Hall. The parade will continue on toward the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School.
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.
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.
WENATCHEE — There is a 100 percent chance of rain both days this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. A flood warning remains in effect for small streams in Chelan and Okanogan counties, due to expected heavy rain and rapid snowmelt.
For information on highway work or mountain passes, go to wsdot.org 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.
CASHMERE — Residents in the Wenatchee Valley are reporting more cougar sightings this spring, and also starting to see bears in the Leavenworth area looking for food, said state Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Doug Ward. Ward said his officers are getting about five calls per week from people who’ve seen a cougar — some of them close to communities — including one Wednesday of a cougar sitting on a rock on the hillside near Rusty’s Drive-In in Cashmere.
BLEWETT PASS — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest plans to burn 155 acres of old logging debris this week along the main Camas Creek road about two miles from its intersection with Highway 97/2. The Forest Service will also burn about 70 acres near Fish Lake in the Lake Wenatchee area in another timber sale area as weather conditions allow, the agency said in a news release.
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.
Dawne Fidecaro of Cashmere looks at the damage on a 2000 Dodge Durango that she said her mother was riding in. Fidecaro did not provide the name of her mother. Lt. Kandi Patrick, a spokesman for the State Patrol, said a passenger of the Durango suffered minor injuries about 5 p.m. Thursday when the car ran off Highway 97 and landed partly in Peshastin Creek. The accident happened about five miles south of the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 2. Details about the accident were not available.
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.
LEAVENWORTH — Debris-covered Icicle Road is now open farther upstream, allowing more access to hiking and rock-climbing areas. Forest Service crews moved a road block, which had been set up 1.8 miles upstream from the Snow Lakes Trailhead, said Forest Service spokesman Roland Giller. The road has been closed since a March 31 rock and mud slide.
LEAVENWORTH — Highway 2 near the summit of Stevens Pass reopened for passenger vehicles at about 5 p.m. Friday. Road crews cleared the last of a snow slide that had covered the four-lane highway since Thursday morning. The highway remained closed to trucks that are more than 10,000 pounds, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation.
LEAVENWORTH — A landslide pushed trees, boulders and mud onto the recently repaired Icicle Creek Road, closing the road and leaving some residents without vehicle access to their homes, said Roland Giller, spokesman for the Okanogan-National Forest. Several other Forest Service roads that usually open to vehicle traffic today remain closed due to snow and mud.
PESHASTIN — Willie Nierman was out behind his shop up Campbell Road southwest of Peshastin on Sunday afternoon when he heard a thundering noise that he thought sounded like a herd of elk coming his way. “I don’t normally miss critters moving on the hill, so I went around and looked, and there was a big wall of mud and debris coming down. I took off running,” said the 42-year-old lineman for the Chelan County PUD.
STEVENS PASS — A warm, wet and windy weather system moving across the Cascades forced the closure of Stevens Pass this morning along with closures of the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort and the Stevens Pass Ski Area. At Stevens Pass, a snow slide closed the highway about 5 a.m. about two miles east of the summit. Jeff Adamson, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said he does not have a reopening time because crews were doing avalanche-control work and there may be more slides in the area ...
Access: This backcountry route connects to Swauk Campground and Blewett Pass Sno-Parks and is located 25 miles east of Cle Elum, just 1.6 miles south of the summit of Blewett Pass off Highway 97. From the Pipe Creek Sno-Park follow the Pipe Creek cross-country ski trail No. 140 to the connector Swauk/Pipe cross-country trail No. 006. Where the trail levels out at the saddle, turn north onto the Diamond View loop cross-country trail No. 140.1.
PESHASTIN — A mudslide off Highway 97 southwest of Peshastin destroyed a garage and several orchard trees, and closed a county road Sunday afternoon. The hillside gave way shortly after 4 p.m., and mud, water and debris hit a garage in the 6100 block of Campbell Road, pushing a car out of the building, said Chelan County Sheriff’s Lt. Kent Sisson. It also snapped off several orchard trees and damaged an outbuilding and a pumphouse, leaving one family without water.