Emergency repairs on the Wenatchee Reclamation District's irrigation system wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. The system was turned off at the District's Monitor Spillway Sunday evening. The purpose of the shutdown was to drain the system in order to repair a leak that occurred in the Sunnyslope area. Though, Reclamation District Manager Rick Smith says that doesn't mean instant water for irrigators.
Recreational marijuana is verboten in Leavenworth. The City Council has decided to follow the City of Wenatchee's lead by imposing a defacto ban on pot. The City's business license requires applicants comply with Federal law which prohibits the sale and consumption of pot. The City Council's action follows a six month moratorium that expired on Monday.
Douglas County Commissioners have taken action to change the rules that control development along the Columbia River. Commissioner Ken Stanton says the Board held public hearing last night to consider four amendments to the County's shorelines management plan that had previously been rejected by the Planning Commission. Stanton says there are some issues relating to the one amendment that still need to be resolved. Last night's public hearing attracted about 100 people to the Waterville Fairgrounds.
It's not a happy ending, but authorities believe they've found the remains of a man who went missing in the Twisp area two years ago. The Okanogan County Sheriff's office believes the remains are that of 21-year old Nicholas Tortora of Twisp. Chief Deputy Dave Rodriguez says authorities were tipped off about the bones when Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow noticed a human skull in his front yard. Budrow lives four miles south of Twisp off highway 153. Deputies later combed the area and found more human bones a half mile south from Budrow's property in a heavily wooded area. But as to why Tortora disappeared, Rodriguez says foul play has been ruled out. An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death has not yet been scheduled.