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‘Farm for the breaks’

Paul Hinderer learned a lot of what he knows about growing food from his dad, Emmanuel Hinderer, a preacher’s kid who came to Waterville from South Dakota in 1907 to take up farming. “Farm for the breaks,” Emmanuel advised Paul, who learned to make good use of resources, save in times of abundance and take good care of the land that has sustained his family’s farm.

NCW Fair: Rounding up the results

Here’s the list of winners from this year’s North Central Washington Fair, which was held Aug. 25-28 in Waterville.

Hang on, riders

A cowboy is upended during the North Central Washington District Fair rodeo in Waterville on Saturday. The fair wrapped its four-day run Sunday.

It’s fair time!

Animals, kids and crowds have descended on Waterville, where the annual North Central Washington District Fair gets under way today. The fair continues through Sunday.

All-league lists dominated by top teams

A number of area teams were dominant on the diamond, track or court this season, and that dominance carried over to post-season awards. The Wenatchee boys tennis team, Panthers boys track squad and Cashmere baseball team are just a few of the teams that racked up awards just like they had victories during the season.

Development screenings offered next week

WATERVILLE — Child Find developmental screenings will be held June 3 at Waterville Elementary School, 200 E. Birch St. The Waterville School District holds the free screenings for children ages infant to 5 to determine a child’s speech and language, coordination and other readiness skills.

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.

Street alert

For information on highway work or mountain passes, go to 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.

People & Places

Congratulations John McQuaig was named by Men’s Health Magazine as No. 17 on their list of the World’s Richest and Fittest Executives. He is founder of McQuaig and Welk, founder and chairman of North Cascades National Bank in Chelan and owner of Key Methods in Wenatchee.

Chelan secures No. 3 seed

CHELAN — Chelan needed one win against Omak in its final doubleheader of the regular season Friday, and got it in the first game. The Goats came into the day a game up on the Pioneers for the third and final playoff spot from the Caribou Trail League, so their 4-3 victory in the first game was enough to put them over the top.

Douglas Planning seeks applicants

WATERVILLE — Two vacancies are coming up on the Douglas County Planning Commission. The vacancies are in Districts 1 and 2. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in the district they want to represent.

‘Micro’ earthquake reported early this morning

WATERVILLE — A 2.1 magnitude earthquake nudged the area north of Waterville early this morning. The “micro earthquake” took place at 1:51 a.m. about five miles northeast of Waterville, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network website. It was about 4 miles deep. There were no reports of damage.

Prep roundup: That home feeling

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls golf team took advantage of its home-course advantage on Tuesday, as three of the Panthers’ top six golfers registered personal-best scores at Three Lakes to help the team to a second-place finish in the third Big Nine 4A pod. Wenatchee junior Jordan Takasugi led the way, firing a 9-over 81 on the par-72 course to rank second among individuals, two strokes in front of Richland’s Kristin Strankman.

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.

Waterville teen still in satisfactory condition

SEATTLE — A Waterville teenager who was airlifted to Seattle after a car crash April 5 still is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Waterville teen airlifted from Highway 97 crash

ELLENSBURG —A 19-year-old Waterville boy was in satisfactory condition at a Seattle trauma center this morning after driving off Highway 97 north of Ellensburg and hitting a tree. David B. Miranda was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with internal injuries, according to a report from the Washington State Patrol.

High on the wheat plateau

Cross to the east side of the Columbia River where the sun truly rules. This is the land of big skies, distant horizons and waves of wheat. This is Big Bend country — land defined by a giant bend in the Columbia River — and its capital is Waterville, a wheat town with a friendly little downtown. You’ll find interesting shops, a restored Douglas County Courthouse and the Waterville Historic Hotel.

Douglas County seeks events facility board member

WATERVILLE — Douglas County is calling for applicants for a vacant position on the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District board. The county appoints one person to the board, which oversees ownership and operation of the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. The county’s previous representative, Doug Poole, resigned before his term expired. A replacement will fill Poole’s unexpired term through June 1, 2014.