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School districts pledge to protect immigrant students’ rights

CHELAN — The Lake Chelan School District will “support and protect” the rights of its students — documented and undocumented — if immigration conflicts arise on school property, Superintendent Barry DePaoli announced Thursday in a letter to parents and guardians.

Tribal leader has long history with the Ancient One

SEATTLE — Michael Marchand looked out the back door of the Burke Museum last Friday — during a break in the long process to receive the Ancient One’s remains — and saw two bald eagles circling low, just above them.

Still time to vote on a new park name

WENATCHEE — Online voting is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday to name the Chelan County PUD’s new recreation/natural area just south of the Odabashian Bridge on the Columbia River’s Douglas County shoreline.

Clearing the way for spring sports

Chelan County PUD parks maintenance crew member Joe Suarez, foreground, and Shawna Hanson, at right, use snow blowers to clear off the tennis courts at Walla Walla Point Park on Thursday. The crew was helping Mother Nature out, getting the courts ready for the upcoming high school tennis season, which begins next week.

A lesson in self-defense

After just learning a judo takedown, Rachel Creek, at right, and Teigan Lester go through the moves in slow-motion. They were among about 200 Foothills Middle School students learning self-defense Thursday from Greg Seeman of Bushido Judo Club in Wenatchee. In the background, Seeman is seen getting taken down by Starlene Oberfelder, as he helps her learn the throw. He has been studying judo for more than 40 years and holds the class at Foothills every few years.

Chelan County expects more pot-hole reporting

WENATCHEE — Chelan County Public Works crews try to fill every pothole on a county road within 48 hours of someone reporting it. The coming weeks could put them to the test.

Plight of Wenatchee Valley’s native bees will be discussed

WENATCHEE —Pybus University will be hosting a learning opportunity Tuesday about the plight of our native bees, why we need to care and what we can do to help. The event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Pybus Market.

Team Naturaleza organizes guided educational snowshoe tour on Saturday

LEAVENWORTH — Team Naturaleza invites Latino community members to participate in a guided snowshoe tour on Saturday that explores the beauties and wonders of nature. The adventure will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, 12790 Fish Hatchery Road.

Eastmont schools survey extended through the weekend

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont School District is extending the four-option school configuration survey through Monday morning, for parents, community members and teachers interested in weighing in on how best to handle growth in the school district through 2024.

Businesses shine at downtown awards dinner

WENATCHEE — New outdoor dining, a new coffee roasting location and spankin’ new offices for one of the region’s top nonprofits took prime awards Wednesday at the 2017 Appreciation Dinner of the Wenatchee Downtown Association.

Vehicle death trial goes forward despite late evidence

WENATCHEE — A Chelan County judge opted not to dismiss a vehicular homicide case Thursday, even though a final piece of evidence wasn't turned over to defense lawyers until the day before trial was to start.

Equipment burns in Orondo shop fire

ORONDO — A two-alarm fire reported at 4:30 a.m. Thursday burned a shop building and equipment on Higgins Loop Road, about 2 miles east of Sun cove, but caused no injuries. 

Policy reversal shouldn’t affect Washington rules

Federal maneuvers proposed by the Trump administration won't affect the rights of transgender students in public schools here, according to Nathan Olson, spokesman for the state Superintendent of Public Instruction.