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Cheers: Bottles of Snowdrift Cider Co.’s hard apple cider just started being capped last fall, but the East Wenatchee artisan ciders are already making a national name for themselves. Alaska Airlines Magazine plugged the cider, as did Seattle Magazine at seattlemag.com/0p38a2321/tasting-notes-washingtons-hard-ciders/.
WATERVILLE — The second first-degree murder trial for Christopher Martin Owens, 29, who is accused of shooting his mother’s ex-boyfriend in 2008, has been rescheduled — again. Due to conflicting trial schedules of Owens’ defense attorney, John Crawley of Seattle, Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss on Tuesday changed the trial date from Oct. 11 to March 7.
EAST WENATCHEE — Anyone watching progress of the Canyon B arch bridge project in East Wenatchee has seen a lot of dirt being moved. “When it’s all said and done, 33,070 yards of dirt will have been excavated,” said Aaron Simmons, project engineer with Douglas County.
EAST WENATCHEE — A former East Wenatchee man was sentenced Tuesday to one year and a day in prison for possession of child pornography. Dan Mariusz Gzyl, 32, in June pleaded guilty in Douglas County Superior Court.
EAST WENATCHEE — A glitch in securing rights-of-way is putting a new eastside ramp and road off Sen. George Sellar Bridge on hold until spring. State Department of Transportation officials had hoped to request bids last May and start the project this August.
WENATCHEE — Douglas County workers this week tackled the first step in renovating the former Parkside Manor nursing home into a comprehensive mental health campus.
Why would someone choose a rocky, rutted, one-lane, dusty back road to get from point A to point B when we have a perfectly good highway system? “Because sometimes it’s just nice to slow down and smell the roses,” said Jim Faulconer, 58, of Yakima, who recently drove Colockum Pass Road near Malaga to Ellensburg. “And when you’re plugging along at 5 or 6 mph, you can’t help but take it all in.”
WATERVILLE — Town officials in Waterville are hoping the creation of a mosquito control district will make the annual spraying decision “less personal.” “I can hope, can’t I?” said Mayor Royal DeVaney.
WATERVILLE — A third Waterville councilmember has stepped down before his four-year-term ends. Daniel Bareither, elected to the council in 2007, submitted his resignation at the Sept. 7 council meeting.
WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee woman found in Colorado this July after skipping out on a court appearance for child rape charges pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. April L. Blomquist, 20, originally charged in 2008 with second-degree rape of a child, pleaded guilty Sept. 2 in Chelan County Superior Court to third-degree assault.