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EAST WENATCHEE — Work to rebuild two key intersections in the heart of commercial East Wenatchee will wrap up by Thursday and, with them, most of detours and traffic tangles that have exasperated motorists. Newly minted in fresh concrete, the intersection at Valley Mall Parkway and Grant Road should open by 6 a.m. Tuesday, Kevin Waligorski, project manager for the state Department of Transportation said this morning.
A contractor working to clear downed trees snagged a Chelan County PUD power line near Lake Wenatchee State Park Wednesday and pulled down a utility pole, knocking out power for much of the night along the lake’s south shore.
WENATCHEE — Cashmere and Leavenworth moved this week to end their contractual relationship with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, citing the rising costs of buying law enforcement for their citizens. Cashmere Mayor Jeff Gomes said the city council there voted Monday night to draft a letter informing Chelan County commissioners and Sheriff Brian Burnett that the town would not renew its contract for 2014. Leavenworth followed suit with an identical council vote on Tuesday.
Chelan County commissioners Monday approved a 3-year retroactive labor contract that gives jail custody officers and supervisors a 2-percent wage increase this year.
The summit of Badger Mountain Road will close Monday through late fall, while crews repair and pave the route’s 2.34-mile “McGinnis Canyon” stretch, Douglas County Engineer Doug Bramlette said in a news release Wednesday.
CHELAN — Folks in this tourism-driven city for years have insisted to state and federal environmental authorities that placing large root balls in Lake Chelan to replace fish habitat lost to shoreline development is a safety hazard for boaters and an algae-producing threat to the lake’s renown clarity. Now, after a concerted, six-year persuasion effort, these state and federal agency folks are saying they agree.
EAST WENATCHEE — The feds have given their long-awaited final approval and funding for a $30 million project to lengthen the runway at Pangborn Memorial Airport. The project will improve the reliability of existing flights at Pangborn, which need more room to take off and land during temperature and weather extremes, Trent Moyers, airport manager, said this morning. It will also make the airport more appealing to other airlines that fly regional jets, he said.
Local religious and youth leaders give Pybus Public Market a Mother's Day blessing.
WENATCHEE — Teachers, school administrators, former students and community leaders will discuss their ideas of integrating technology in the classroom in a local version of TED Talks May 23 at the Confluence Technology Center in Olds Station. The 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. event includes an hour open house before and after the talks, which are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
The camp is hosting a clean-up day May 18. More than 100 volunteers are needed for everything from dragging brush and heavy labor to washing windows, prepping cabins, making lunch for volunteers. “There’s a job for almost anybody” Camp Fire NCW director Theresa Samuelsen says.