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Growers finding success with Good Ag Practices

WENATCHEE — Orchards throughout the Wenatchee Valley have worked hard this summer to comply with voluntary food safety standards in order to meet market demands.

People & Places

Ben and Molly Nickles, owners of Nickles Photography in Ephrata, won the 2011 Professional Photographers of America Best Wedding Portrait award for the western states for a wedding photo taken in the snow in November. Rock Island Elementary School was chosen for Washington state’s 2011 Title I, Part A Improvement Award for $5,515, in recognition of students’ performances on the state assessment for the past three years.

Judge orders lawyers in Crescent Bar suit to hold on

SPOKANE — A lawsuit filed by condo and RV-space leaseholders fighting eviction from Crescent Bar Island is still alive, after a federal judge Thursday declined a Grant County PUD motion to dismiss the case. But U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ordered attorneys for both sides to consider postponing the case until federal dam authorities issue their own ruling on whether the islanders can stay — a process that could take years.

Man who fell in pond still in critical condition

ROCK ISLAND — A Rock Island man who almost drowned near Rock Island on Thursday still was in critical condition on Saturday morning. John W. Brent, 63, is at Central Washington Hospital, according to a spokeswoman. His condition was listed as critical Friday as well.

Rock Islander nearly drowns in pond

ROCK ISLAND — A 63-year-old Rock Island man nearly drowned in one of the small ponds between Highway 28 and Saunders Road near Rock Island on Thursday evening. John W. Brent was in critical condition this morning at Central Washington Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Growers yelp at new food-safety rules

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.

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.

Army to hold hazmat simulation at Getty’s Cove

VANTAGE — If you’re south of Vantage on Huntzinger Road on Sunday and see a bunch of guys in hazardous material “moon suits,” don’t be alarmed. It’s not a real emergency. An Army unit training to help in a large-scale terror attack involving radiation or chemical or biological weapons will conduct a simulation at the old Getty’s Cove convenience store, now closed.

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.

Cougar sightings up, bear calls begin

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.

Churches celebrate with Easter services

North Central Washington churches will celebrate Easter Sunday with a variety of services, including several sunrise services in the great outdoors. The following churches submitted information about Easter services. All services are Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Spring green

ROCK ISLAND — Golfers were playing the new back nine at the Rock Island Golf Course on Wednesday. The new nine opened March 11.

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.

Elementary school hosts community celebration

ROCK ISLAND — The staff at Rock Island Elementary School will host a community celebration Tuesday to honor the school’s successes over the last few years. The school was named a National Blue Ribbon school for 2010 and is also a three-time winner of the state’s “School of Distinction” award.

Art history

The Eastmont High School art club, lead by Terry Valdez, along with artist, Jan Cook Mack, paint a historical depiction of the settling of the Wenatchee Valley in the hallway of Rock Island Elementary School Sunday afternoon. Included in the mural are David Thompson and Chief Moses, as well as local area wildlife, waterways and plant life.

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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.