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Golf preview: Strong start for WHS junior

Jordan Takasugi is already off to a solid start in 2011, placing fifth and seventh, respectively in her first two tournaments. The Wenatchee junior is one of a number of local high school golfers of note heading into this season. Here’s a look at her and nine others to keep an eye on out on the links this spring.

Model bridge-building contest set for March 23

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center will host a bridge-building contest for students on March 23. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the competition beginning at 6 p.m. The museum is at 127 S. Mission St.

Dinner, auctions to benefit Douglas County 4-H

WATERVILLE — The Douglas County 4-H program has planned a fundraising pork and turkey roast dinner and auction April 9 at the North Central Washington Fairgrounds. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with the live auction at 6 p.m.

Conservation District tree and shrub sale

WATERVILLE — The South Douglas Conservation District is accepting orders for its 22nd annual spring tree and shrub sale. Plant catalogs can be picked up at the conservation offices in Waterville or call the Conservation District office at 745-9160.

Orchards still assessing damage from two cold snaps

WENATCHEE — A double wallop of record cold temperatures in the last four months have orchardists pondering the extent of tree and bud damage from one of the state’s most worrisome winters in decades. Two-day cold snaps in November and February, vulnerable times for wintering orchards, may have nipped trunks in late fall and harmed new buds in the unseasonable, plunging temperatures just two weeks ago.

The debt dilemma

WENATCHEE — Ask any public official and they’ll say default is simply not an option when it comes to the Town Toyota Center’s $42 million debt. But the “D” word is creeping into conversations around the community, fueled by uncertainty over just how the massive debt is going to be paid on the 4,300-seat events center.

Arena debt rains on Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Not even in a worst-case scenario did Mayor Dennis Johnson think it would come to this. As he was rallying support for a new events center on Wenatchee’s waterfront five years ago, the most he thought the city ever would have to kick in toward the center’s debt would be a few hundred thousands dollars a year — and only for a few years at the most.

Pancake supper to celebrate Shrove Tuesday

WATERVILLE — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waterville will celebrate Shrove Tuesday by holding a pancake supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 101 East Poplar. Buttermilk and whole-wheat pancakes, an egg-and-ham combination, juice, coffee and applesauce will be offered.

Farmers, experts assess November cold snap damage

WENATCHEE — As winter melts away from still-dormant orchards and vineyards, growers are trying to get a handle on the extent of damage from a two-day cold snap last November. The freeze has killed or severely injured fruit trees, vineyards and other crops across much of the state and will probably be ranked as one of the worst weather-related agriculture disasters in the state’s history, said Tim Smith, Washington State University extension agent for North Central Washington.

People & Places

Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee named two DAISY Award recipients for the fourth quarter of 2010. They are: Gail Boothe, an RNC in the Women and Children’s Unit, and Meegan Carlson, an RN in the Progressive Care Unit. Boothe was selected in recognition of her actions above and beyond the call of duty, providing housing and transportation for the parents of a premature infant. Carlson was chosen due to her excellent handling of a well-known community member’s care and large influx of visitors.

Sports serve as a stabilizing force for Cascade star Marcos Trevino

LEAVENWORTH — Stability has not always been a big part of Marcos Trevino’s life. But through it all — all the moves, all the tragedy — there have been two constants for the 17-year-old Cascade High basketball player: Family and hoops. “We’ve moved about 13 times,” Trevino says. “Waterville was the place where we stayed the longest. We’ve lived in Idaho, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Quincy ... I went to school in Cashmere my freshman year.

Ephrata’s bid for first win falls short

EPHRATA — The Ephrata boys basketball team’s bid for its first win of the season in its last game of the year fell inches short on Friday. Zach Allen’s three-quarters-court shot hit the rim and bounced away at the final buzzer, giving Othello a 59-57 victory over the Tigers. Ephrata finished the season with an 0-20 record a year after advancing to the Class 2A state tournament.

Sunny days and frigid nights this week

WENATCHEE — Out with the fog and in with the sunshine, and cold. After a week of warmer-than-normal weather, an arctic system has cleared out the clouds and returned us to sunshine and winter cold. Temperatures dropped to 15 degrees at Pangborn Memorial Airport this morning, while overnight lows on the Waterville Plateau and Okanogan County dipped into single digits.

Prep basketball roundup

COULEE DAM — When it comes to the Lake Roosevelt Raiders, the second time was the charm for the Chelan Goats. A month after the Raiders beat the Goats on their home floor, Chelan returned the favor Saturday night, beating Lake Roosevelt 60-51 in a non-league clash between a pair of league leaders.