Orondo Community Partnerships sponsored a potluck picnic at Orondo River Park on Aug. 17 in celebration of Orondo’s 135th anniversary. Community members enjoyed the food and conversation of the “good old days.”

ORONDO — The Orondo Post Office will hold a Passport Fair the week of Aug. 19-23 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The post office is located at 14003 Highway 2. Passport acceptance services will be on a walk-in basis with no appointment required. Customers should go to […]

ORONDO — A wind-driven brush fire scorched a hillside north of Rocky Reach Dam on July 2. Lightning sparked the fire about 1:30 p.m. and it was estimated at 12 acres by 2 p.m. It burned up a hillside above Turtle Rock near milepost 136 on Highway 2/97, said Chief Jim Oatey with Douglas County […]

Adam Poush, a paraprofessional at Chelan High School and resident of Orondo, believes any time people have opportunities to grow, they should take advantage of them. That is why he entered the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (AgForestry) program in September of 2017.

ORONDO — The Douglas County Fire District 4 Commission has announced its schedule of meetings for 2019. The commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at Fire Station 1 located at 13996 Highway 2 in Orondo. All meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. and are open to the public. Meeting dates …

ORONDO — The Wenatchee Valley Lions and Greater Wenatchee Sunrise Lions Clubs are holding the 22nd annual Putting for Sight and Hearing on Sept. 15 at the Desert Canyon Professional Putting Course, 1201 Desert Canyon Boulevard, Orondo. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by shotgun pla…

CHELAN/ORONDO — The Chelan Hills Fire was declared 100 percent contained as of Aug. 2 and command was transitioned from Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 11 back to local fire agencies to continue to patrol the area. According to a NWT11 news release on Aug. 2, the fire had burn…

Honor rolls in the Empire Press circulation area as submitted by the schools. Editor’s note: The information — including names — is exactly as submitted by the school.   Brewster Middle/High School The following students earned a 4.0 grade-point average: Juniors: Nathan Rios, Samantha Yanez …

ORONDO — Overnight camping at Orondo River Park isn’t happening this summer, and visitors are being asked for feedback about that and other changes to the park operation. The 5-acre park on the Columbia River, about 2.5 miles upriver from Orondo, was built by the Port of Douglas County in 19…

May 18 Mansfield, weapons violation: Mansfield School District, a student made a joke about bringing a gun to school and shooting. School officials and deputies were confident that the student had not been serious. The school handled the matter with the student, and the deputy made contact w…

Firefighters from Chelan, Manson and Mansfield joined Orondo firefighters on the evening of May 16, for a practice fire drill as they burned the old Sonney homestead in Orondo.

NCW — The North Central Educational Service District has announced the staff and their school district honored at four county Excellence Banquets. The banquets serve to recognize certificated and classified staff selected by the districts and decided upon by school administration for their e…

Yovana Zabala, Sonia Cortez, Luisa Zabala, Isabel Manchi, Obed Medina and Linda Medina pose before serving dinner after the Spanish-speaking service at Orondo Church April 29. (Empire Press photo / Karen Larsen)   By Karen Larsen Empire Press Correspondent Four years ago, Antonio and Luisa Z…

Several events brought members of the Orondo community together on April 14, including an Arbor Day celebration and a church yard sale.

ORONDO — The Orondo Community Church will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14. The event is scheduled to be held outdoors but will be moved inside in the event of inclement weather. Items will include clothing, toys, children’s car seats, strollers, furniture, vases and more. …

NCW — The annual Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Celebration will be held at five sites in Chelan and Douglas counties on April 14. Wenatchee tree and shrub distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park Shelter 2. Distribution in outlying areas will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p…

ORONDO — Cullen Daniel, a recruit from Douglas County Fire District 4, is attending Firefighter 1 and 2 Recruit Academy at the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend. Daniel is among 26 firefighter recruits who began their 12-week training Jan. 29. The group will learn fire ser…

This is another in a series of articles about people who have come to Douglas County from places near and far and have thrived here. This sixth article is about Jesus Limon of East Wenatchee.

During the Feb. 13 special election, voters gave their approval for the Hospital District 2 (Waterville Clinic and Waterville Ambulance) levy as well as levies for the Waterville, Orondo and Palisades school districts.

NCW — Three emerging leaders in North Central Washington’s agriculture and natural resources have been named to the 2018 Leadership Class 40 of the AgForestry Leadership Program. The trio includes Melanie Kreimes, executive director of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, Wenatchee; Ada…

Allegiance Trio, a Christian music group from Nashville, Tenn., presented a concert Oct. 14 at Orondo Community Church, the group’s only stop in the state.

ORONDO — The Allegiance Trio, a Christian music group from Nashville, will appear at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Orondo Community Church, 13966 Highway 2. The a cappella group, with roots deep in the church, performs with “humor and heart” for an uplifting message of hope. The event is free. A spe…

The Northwest Lions Foundation Health Screening Unit visited Waterville and Orondo schools on Sept. 25, providing hearing and vision evaluations for students. The visits were sponsored by the Waterville Lions Club.

ORONDO — The Wenatchee Valley Lions and Greater Wenatchee Sunrise Lions clubs will host their 21th annual Putting for Sight and Hearing Tournament at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Desert Canyon Professional Putting Course, 1201 Desert Canyon Blvd. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be gi…

The Mitchell Fire, which broke out July 5 along Highway 2/97 southeast of Orondo, reached about 623 acres before it was declared 100 percent contained Saturday.

Six adult leaders from the area took a group of 12 youth from Chelan High School to a week of Young Life camp at Washington Family Ranch in Oregon June 17-23. 

A retirement party will be held at Orondo School June 15 at 6 p.m. to honor four retiring staff members. The evening will include a potluck and opportunity for staff and the community to express words of thanks.

ORONDO — The Waterville/Orondo United soccer team faced off with a team from the Omak/Okanogan area in a match played June 3 at Orondo School. The match marks the first time the Waterville/Orondo youth team, coached by Armando Davila, has hosted a home field match with an out-of-town competi…

By Darlene Paterson Empire Press Correspondent The Orondo School Board began seeking a new superintendent?following the announcement that Superintendent/Principal Millie Watkins planned to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Due to elementary school growth and the addition of eight…

Orondo Preschool graduation was held May 18. Parents, siblings, relatives and friends of the graduates gathered in the school multipurpose auditorium for the evening of celebration.

Dr. Millie Watkins was honored during the North Central Educational Service District’s 12th annual Friend of Children/Regional Board of the Year banquet May 10.

This is the eighth in a series of articles featuring interviews with people who grew up (or are growing up) in Douglas County. The eighth interview is with Patty Ayala.

NCW — The North Central Education Service District recently honored certified and classified school staff in the four-county region with Excellence in Education awards. The awards were presented during a May 2 banquet. The winners from Douglas County include Jenny Sanon and Luana Gavin, Brid…

In this three-part series, Empire Press Correspondent Darlene Paterson interviewed three members of this year’s graduating class of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (AgForestry) Program — Hannah Poush of Orondo, Emily Bautista-Herdt of Wenatchee and Jordan McDevit…

This is the seventh in a series of articles featuring interviews with people who grew up (or are growing up) in Douglas County. The seventh interview is with Hannah (Podlich) Pousch.

ORONDO — The Orondo Community Church will host its annual Easter Son-Rise Service at 7:30 a.m. April 16 at Orondo River Park, 21552 Highway 97, milepost 215. Those attending should gather near the pavilion overlooking the river and bring a chair or blanket for seating. Everyone is invited to…

NCW — The annual Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Celebration will be held at five sites in Chelan and Douglas counties on April 15. Wenatchee tree and shrub distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park Shelter 2. Distribution in outlying areas will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

Easter Sunday is coming April 16. Here is the schedule of worship for Holy Week, or the week leading up to Easter, for some of our local churches.

This is the fifth in a series of articles featuring interviews with people who grew up (or are growing up) in Douglas County. The fifth interview is with Julie (Streeter) McCall.

Orondo School Superintendent/Principal Millie Watkins is retiring at the end of this school year. Lance Young, who has been Watkins’ assistant for the past four years, has been named as principal.

The annual Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Celebration will be held at five sites in Chelan and Douglas counties on April 15. Wenatchee tree and shrub distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park Shelter 2. Distribution in outlying areas will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the […]

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