Today marks day-one of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee. Today kicks off with one of the more popular events occurring at noon . . The Chief For a Day celebration at Memorial Park Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett will introduce 12 year old Kelvin Ramos as his little Chief. The annual event pairs local law enforcement officials with children with disabilities. Sheriff Burnett says Kelvin may have his physical challenges but he more than makes up for it with a big heart .. Kelvin's food drive will continue today. A trailer will be set up at Memorial Park for donations and Kelvin will personally deliver the food to the Lighthouse Ministries tomorrow.
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.