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Julian Rodriguez, Servan Gomez, and Abraham Garcia move rocks in the new "E" they built west of Eastmont Junior High School on Thursday. The 70-foot-wide symbol has a metal border and contains three kinds of rock. Rodriguez and his crew from Anderson Landscaping of Wenatchee took a week to put it together. The area around the emblem will have ballast rock over the ground and be fenced in. The hillside used to be covered in grass and has been a popular winter sledding area.

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Eastmont High School football players tear through a paper banner as they are introduced before the start of the game with Central Valley at Wildcat Stadium on Friday. It was the first game of the season for the Wildcats.

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A dog gets a ride on a trailer of a bicycle on the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail on Wednesday through Riverfront Park.

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Work continues on the Chelan County PUD's new headquarters in Olds Station on Tuesday. According to project manager David Lodge, the building is expected to be finished and open in the spring of 2023. The new PUD complex will replace the Fifth Street headquarters and Hawley Street facilities.

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Updated with reader photos: A three-alarm brush fire prompted Level 3 evacuation notices in the foothills of south Wenatchee on Sunday. Many air resources, including retardant planes, water scoop planes and helicopters, were brought in to attack the blaze. See the latest info here.

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Eldon Hawkins, 93, walks Daisy on the Waterville streets around his house Friday. He says it's a morning routine for the two of them. "She decides where we go," he said. He worked as the manager for Jones and Jones Funeral Home.

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PESHASTIN — The Peshastin Public Library was host to a Mexican dance class for kids on Saturday, but it was so much fun, a bunch of adults joined the dancing as well.

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A Chelan County PUD lineman walks past a juvenile osprey that his crew rescued on Monday. A passerby called the PUD reporting the bird hanging below a nest, its legs snared in trash wrapped around its feet. The linemen cut the bird down and untangled its feet before leaving it on the ground below its nest on a utility pole. The bird's parents were seen circling the area when they left. PUD biologist Kelly Cordell said chicks occasionally get tangled in trash that adults use to build the nests. The public should stay away from the area to let the parents care for the chick, she said. The crew's bucket truck couldn't reach the nest to put it back but Cordell said chicks seen at the site earlier had been learning to fly.

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WENATCHEE — At about 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, before potentially record-breaking heat set in, it was a pleasant 72 degrees at Walla Walla Point Park. Pepper, a nearly 3-year-old golden retriever, cooled off by taking a dip in the Columbia River.

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On Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, Valian Hurtado, 2, Cashmere, throws rocks at the Confluence State Park swimming area. With Columbia River water levels low, the area at the park has been reduced to a puddle.

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The Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library Summer Book Sale was held Saturday in Wenatchee's Memorial Park to raise money to promote children’s programs at the library, with an emphasis on summer reading.

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In a photograph from Tuesday night, at left, a bulldozer works to improve a fire defense line east of the Red Apple Fire as the sun sets on the first day of the fire.

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A horse eats around a fountain it may have created with a broken sprinkler pipe in a pasture along Southeast 4th Street near East Wenatchee on Tuesday.

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Scott Bolander, Wenatchee, pulls weeds in the community garden he tends along Russell Street on Tuesday. He grows dahlias in six plots on city property. It's been a bad year for growing many things with the excessive heat and he says dahlias have suffered too. But that hasn't affected his enthusiasm for the flowers. "When the dahlia bug bites you, for most people, it's terminal," he says.

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Rafael Avina, Chelan, laughs at the photographer when asked "How much for your hat?" at the Chelan Farmer's Market Thursday, July 8, 2021. "Not for sale," he replied. He said the 5-year-old hat is his "hook" for hat sales at his produce stand, pointing to a pile of hats for sale nearby. Avina says he's been selling vegetables and fruit that he grows on 30 acres near the Chelan Airport since 1992 when, giving away his wares to friends, he realized he could make a little money by charging for them instead. "My friends weren't happy," he said. You can find him at Manson's Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays too, he said.

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Miles Harvey, Salida, Colorado, splashes a wave of water on people waiting to have a turn Thursday at Slidewaters' newest attraction, a river wave that opened in May. 

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Looking like a six-legged spider, a crew of Wenatchee AppleSox players hold a hose as their field is watered down before a baseball game Friday night with the Highline Bears.

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The sidewalk along Badger Mountain Road leading from East Wenatchee to Fancher Heights has five areas that have buckled, closing it to the public.

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Wenatchee's annual fireworks display is reflected in the Walla Walla Point Park lagoon on Sunday night, July 4. Officials closed the park because of concern over the extreme heat in the Wenatchee Valley. Lead pyrotechnician Kylee Boggs, Wenatchee, and her crew entertained people from afar with over 500 shells and multiple "slabs" containing up to 100 smaller charges.

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Fireworks stand volunteer Michelle Lain, Wenatchee, picks out smoke balls and tanks to buy for her personal use at the opening of the fireworks stand in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet in East Wenatchee Thursday morning. At right is the stand operator Windy Farley, Wenatchee. Proceeds from their sales goes to the Wenatchee Eagles club. This stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until July 4 when they will close at 9 p.m. Farley says she expects to sell out on Saturday, maybe even by Friday. They've sold everything in the last two years and inventory this year is at 80 percent of usual because COVID-19 problems in China disrupted getting supplies.

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The setting sun reflects off the windows of Fancher Heights homes below Badger Mountain on Tuesday night after the hottest day in Wenatchee's recorded history.

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Gabriel Arellano of the Portland Pickles baseball team sprays ice water at teammate Jacob Jablonski before their baseball game Tuesday night in Wenatchee. The Pickles were in town to play the Wenatchee AppleSox on the hottest recorded day in Wenatchee history. The Sox continued their series with Portland on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

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The old Washington State Department of Transportation buildings on North Wenatchee Avenue have started to come down with the help of Ascendent Demolition of Puyallup, working on Monday. The city of Wenatchee bought the buildings and 5.9 acres of property in 2019 for $4.3 million.

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