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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.

The road to Waterville is about to be paved?

WATERVILLE — In the next few weeks, Douglas County will be seeking bids to pave, widen and straighten McGinnis Canyon Road. “It’ll just be nice when we get that curve straightened, and we’ll have pavement all the way from East Wenatchee to Waterville over Badger Mountain,” Douglas County Commissioner Dale Snyder.

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.

Woman extracted from fall into well

WATERVILLE — An 83-year-old woman fell into a 35-foot backyard well in the 400 block of West Locust Street in Waterville, spending about 20 minutes in cold water before she was rescued.
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WHS volleyball avenges lone loss

WENATCHEE — Even though the Wenatchee volleyball team has enjoyed a good amount of success during coach LeAnne McGahuey’s six-year tenure, there’s one big prize that’s eluded the Panthers over that time: a league title. With the way the Panthers are playing right now, though, it’s not that hard to envision that drought coming to an end very soon.

Fire cuts 911 service to hundreds

CHELAN — Hundreds of people cannot call 911 today after fire burned through a phone or fiber line in the Stayman Flats area north of Highway 971. Sometime before 8 p.m. on Monday, long distance service — including 911 — was cut to about 540 access lines in the Chelan, Manson, Mansfield and Waterville areas, said RiverCom operations manager Jackie Jones.

Roundup: Ephrata comes back to beat Quincy

QUINCY — Did Sergio Magana run into the end zone to score a two-point conversion and give the Ephrata football team a one-point lead over arch-rival Quincy with less than 90 seconds to go in Friday’s Battle of the Basin contest at Jaycee Stadium, or didn’t he? That’s a question that surely will debated in both Columbia Basin towns in the coming weeks, months and possibly years. Heck, even the referees couldn’t agree if Magana had crossed the goal line or not.

Waterville Clinic contracts with Wenatchee Valley Medical Center

WATERVILLE — After struggling for years with fewer and fewer patients, officials who manage the Waterville Clinic signed a four-year contract last week that will put the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center at the helm. “It reached the point where we were looking at closing our doors, probably at the end of the year,” said Ed Daling, commissioner for Douglas County Hospital District 2, which oversees the clinic.

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.
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Economy heats up Douglas County commissioner’s race

WATERVILLE — The need for more economic development in Douglas County is emerging as a campaign issue between incumbent Douglas County Commissioner Ken Stanton and his challengers, Tom D. Irvin and Carol Kavanaugh. Stanton, who has held the District 1 position for 12 years, ran unopposed in 2008, but this year is facing two opponents in his bid for reelection.

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.

Strong winds will blow through tonight

Strong winds will blow in this afternoon bringing unseasonably high temperatures, heavy rain in some areas and flood and avalanche danger.

Waterville teachers plan to ax union affiliation

WATERVILLE — Teachers here are backing away from state and national labor unions to distance themselves from the groups’ broader political agendas and deal more directly with local school district officials. “This is about personal principles and integrity,” said Dan Lopez, Spanish teacher and migrant director for the Waterville School District. “This is the right thing to do.”

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.

First snow could fall on NCW communities this week

WENATCHEE — A week after the region got its first widespread freezing temperatures, snow is now in the forecast. The National Weather Service is predicting snow as early as Wednesday across much of North Central Washington, starting as early as Wednesday. The agency issued a hazardous weather warning for a chance of snow through at least Sunday.