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No homes burned, but Mission Ridge still threatened

WENATCHEE — A fire near Liberty in Kittitas County became so massive and powerful on Wednesday afternoon that it began to threaten homes several miles away, near Mission Ridge. Officials issued evacuation notices to about 200 homes in the Mission Ridge area Wednesday evening, after the 9,500-acre Table Mountain fire blew up, sending a column of smoke about 35,000 feet into the sky.

Group seeks ATV-friendly town in the Methow

WINTHROP — A group hoping open a new ATV route from Conconully to the Methow Valley wants Winthrop to open all its streets to ATVs. The North Central ATV Club has official permission to ride on town streets in Conconully, Loomis and Okanogan, along with U.S. Forest Service roads on the Tonasket Ranger District and 85 miles of Okanogan County roads, said club president Spence King.
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The Red Shed: ‘A feeding garden’

TWISP — After building up a small, local business selling organic vegetables from her Twisp farm, Kelleigh McMillan decided one day to give them away instead. Now — six years later — McMillan and a handful of volunteers are feeding hundreds of people who can’t afford farmers market prices for things like fresh, locally-grown tomatoes, carrots, lettuce or peas.

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.

State to auction 180 acres in Okanogan County

OKANOGAN — The state Department of Natural Resources will auction five parcels of land totaling 180.4 acres in Okanogan County this month. The Aug. 22 auction includes parcels near Conconully, Okanogan, Twisp, Winthrop and Methow.

Wolf trapper heads to the Methow

CARLTON — The state has sped up plans to put radio collars on wolves in the Methow Valley after confirming last month that the pack likely killed a calf — the first in the state to qualify for compensation. Scott Becker, a biologist now stationed in Wenatchee and hired to work with wolves, will begin efforts to trap the two known members of the Lookout Pack next week, said Wildlife’s Eastern Region Director Steve Pozzanghera.
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EASE Cancer uses holistic approach to help people deal with cancer

WENATCHEE — People who’ve had cancer say the diagnosis becomes a dividing line in their lives. There were the days before they knew they had cancer, and the days after. It’s not just the physical drain of the disease and its treatments that make this diagnosis so life-changing.

Police investigate body discovered in river

TWISP — Twisp Police and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a body discovered in a river inside Twisp city limits this morning. Sheriff Frank Rogers said he was told the body appeared to be female, but that he was unable to get more information from his chief criminal deputy who was at the scene, due to communication disruption.

Burn ban in effect for Okanogan County

The Washington State Department of Ecology is calling for a Stage 1 Burn Ban for all of Okanogan County today through 10 a.m. Tuesday when the ban could be either lifted or extended.

School cuts: On the block again

This week, lawmakers will go back to the cutting board in a rare pre-Christmas special session to trim more than $2 billion out of the state’s $32 billion biennial operating budget. And again, public education is on the block.
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Coho counts are jumping

WENATCHEE — Fishermen looking to reel in a steelhead or fall chinook this month may have gotten a surprise on the end of their line, and one they’re allowed to keep — the coho. Just 15 years after the Yakama Nation started mass-producing coho in hatcheries and releasing them from ponds along the Wenatchee and Methow rivers, more of the late-spawning salmon are in our rivers and streams than we’ve seen in at least 78 years.
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A different kind of soup kitchen

WINTHROP — More than 200 hand-painted bowls sat waiting on a table Saturday afternoon for the big event in the Winthrop Barn. In just a few hours, they’d be filled with gourmet soup made by one of the Methow Valley’s best chefs, and later taken home by a patron of Room One — a nonprofit Twisp organization that promotes health and wellness and connects low-income residents with social services.

Wolf poaching case to trial in September

SPOKANE — Members of a Methow Valley ranch family accused of poaching protected wolves and smuggling their hides out of the country pleaded not guilty, and face federal trial in September.

Community Foundation offers fundraising program for nonprofits

WENATCHEE — The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is offering a program aimed at building fundraising capacity of nonprofits throughout North Central Washington. The Advanced Professional Development Fundraising Program will teach regional nonprofit officials how to implement fundraising and relationship-building tools. The program consists of 90 hours of intense classroom instruction. There will be six weeks of two-day, back-to-back classes for a total of 12 classes. Sessions will be held at varying locations on Thursdays and Fridays with three weeks in between each session.

It’s gonna be a rainy weekend

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.

People & Places

Kristen Ennis Nelson was selected as an Employee Rock Star by Dutch Bros. Coffee company, and was awarded her own franchise in Moses Lake. Her store will open in July.

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.

Senate budget drops some wildlife projects

OLYMPIA — A state budget proposed by the Senate and released Tuesday would fund only a portion of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program projects proposed by the House budget. The Senate’s smaller $30 million allocation to the program eliminates $342,620 for the city of Wenatchee to purchase Saddle Rock; $849,200 to preserve farmland near Omak; $244,800 for burning and thinning in the Sinlahekin wildlife Area near Tonasket; and $75,107 for trails in Twisp.