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EAST WENATCHEE — Firefighters expected to contain a large brush fire on Badger Mountain by the middle of this afternoon. The fire never threatened any structures and burned only grassland, said Doug Miller, fire marshal for Douglas County Fire District 2. He did not have an estimate of acreage burned.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been called upon several times to make little goodbye speeches to colleagues I’d like to presume might miss me after I close the door on my managing editor’s office for the last time this afternoon. It’s how these things go. When you’ve worked somewhere for nearly 13 years, going away is sort of a deal.
So Wenatchee World employees and carriers may spend the holiday with their families, The Wenatchee World will close early tonight for Christmas Eve and will not publish on Christmas Day. The customer service desk will close at 5 this evening and remain closed Friday for the holiday.
Like a lot of other industries, newspapers are in a bit of a slump during these tough times. Daily papers are partners in commerce with many businesses, including real estate and automotive advertisers. When they hurt, we hurt. Newspapers feel deeply any widespread economic malaise.
Electrical problems prevented The World from printing today's edition of the paper on its press.
Because of electrical problems with the press, today's delivery of The World will be significantly late.
Over the years, The World has had its share of legal squabbles over documents held — or more precisely, withheld — by public agencies. Records kept by government are a key tool in any newspaper’s efforts to keep the public informed. When we disagree with agencies over whether they should be disclosed to us, and to you, we’re aggressive in pursuit. Usually we prevail in court. Preferably the papers are turned over before it gets that far.