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Wildfires interrupt weekend’s festivities

NCW — Brush fires, both large and small, grabbed much of the attention from emergency responders in North Central Washington over the Memorial Day weekend.

UPDATE: Grant County fire nearly contained

UPDATE 8:30 a.m. MONDAY: With help from calmer weather and state mobilization resources, firefighters have nearly contained a 600-acre wildfire about three miles south of the Gorge Amphitheater this morning.

Rockets fly for Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky is a rocket launch held Memorial Day weekend at the Sportsman Club in Mansfield. Launch Director Dale Woodford hoped to have about 400 to 500 launches at the event that ends Monday around noon. The largest rockets at the event are about eight feet tall and are restricted to flying below 14,000 feet above the ground. For more information on the event see

A new day for Leavenworth’s KOA

LEAVENWORTH — Memorial Day weekend marks the first big weekend of a new season at many campgrounds across North Central Washington.

City closes deal on waterfront hotel property

WENATCHEE — The city signed an agreement Thursday with developers for the $1.3 million sale of property near Pybus Public Market to be used for a future hotel.

Expertise sought in Leavenworth gunfire case

WENATCHEE — The lawyer for Robert Friess, shot at by a Chelan County sheriff's deputy after emerging from his parked truck with a handgun, hopes to spend about $5,200 in public money to account for all the gunfire.

From ‘The Heart of Hell’ | Local WWII vets in new Iwo Jima book

WENATCHEE — The Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and in U.S. military history. Two days before the Marine invasion of the Pacific island, a small group of Navy gunboats set the stage and helped reduce later casualties by thousands.

Skaters up in arms about demolition of Leavenworth Skate Park

LEAVENWORTH — In three weeks, the city of Leavenworth is tearing out the Leavenworth Skate Park. The city announced Tuesday that a replacement will be built in the next two years with the help of the Cascade School District.

Deputy shoots dog in Eastside yard

EAST WENATCHEE — A Douglas County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a dog Wednesday evening when it lunged at him several times and injured his right forearm, said Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal.