Community news in brief

Bank running  school supply drive

Sterling Savings Bank in Waterville has started its annual Cart From The Heart school supplies drive.

The drive collects school supplies for students in need. The bank has put a shopping cart in its lobby for people to make donations of pencils, paper, notebooks, binders, backpacks, rulers, erasers and more.

The drive will last thorugh Sept 1. The bank is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 745-8511.

Ex-CEO pleads guilty  to $25 million fraud scheme

An East Wenatchee man pleaded guilty July 28 to a $25 million securities fraud scheme.

Jasper C. “Jay” Knabb, 44, who married 27-year-old Wenatchee Valley ski heroine Laura Valaas in Walla Walla last October, entered his plea in

U.S. District Court in San Francisco to charges of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and maintaining false books and records.

He was charged with selling shares of his company, Pegasus Wireless Corp., for bogus debt and funneling the proceeds to himself, family and friends, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Faith Lutheran Churchplans Vacation Bible school

Faith Lutheran Church, 171 Eastmont Ave., will hold its “Pandamania! — Where God is Wild About You” vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-12.

The program is for children ages 4 to those who just finished fifth grade.

Included in the program will be Bible-learning activities, singing, crafts, games and treats.

For more information, call 884-7623 or visit

Just like the weather, June job growth was cool
Employment across Chelan and Douglas counties in June seemed stuck in early-summer doldrums as growth stalled and gains remained small.

June job numbers released July 26 by the state Employment Security Department showed the two-county unemployment rate rise to 7.6 percent, a 0.1 percent increase over the same month last year.

The state’s jobless rate for June fell to 9.3 percent, a 0.1 percent decrease from June 2010, for a fourth straight month of improvement as the state job market slowly grows.

June’s national unemployment rate stood at 9.2 percent, a 0.3 percent drop from the same period last year.

June tends to be a peak time for area employment, said Mark Berreth, state regional labor economist for North Central Washington. “So this slower growth is hard to watch when it should be more robust.”

In Chelan and Douglas counties, private-sector jobs (financial services, transportation, utilities ) showed the most growth with a 1.3 percent increase. Government jobs in the area fell dramatically, with the state showing a 16.7 percent drop and the federal agencies a 9.1 percent decrease.

In Okanogan County, June’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.5 percent, a 0.5 percent increase over June 2010. Grant County’s jobless rate rose slightly (0.1 percent) from June last year to hit 9.2 percent.

Two men wanted in homicide, assault
The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office has named the suspects in a Brewster homicide and a Tonasket assault — separate incidents that occurred last month.

Nicolas Perez-Patistan, 25, of Brewster, is wanted for a July 17 homicide at a Gebbers Farm camp near Brewster, said Sheriff Frank Rogers. He is identified as the man who fought with Carlos Porras-Trujillo, 39, who died from a head wound and whose body was dumped in an orchard.

Detectives believe Perez-Patistan is still in the Brewster area, Rogers said.

Bernadino Valle-Padilla, 28, of Tonasket, is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder and first-degree kidnapping, Rogers said.

He is the suspect in a July 22 shooting at an orchard on the Loomis-Oroville Road.

Ivan Nunez-Morales, 22, was shot in the face and chest with a .22-cailber handgun, and has since been released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Rogers said.

Head Start’s early-childhood education enrollment begins

Applications for half- and full-day preschool classes in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Cashmere, Peshastin, Dryden, Monitor, Leavenworth and Orondo are being accepted by Chelan-Douglas Child Services Head Start/ECEAP and Early Head Start.

The early-childhood education programs are open to low-income families. All special-needs children are also eligible for programs.

The full-day Head Start program has limited slots for 3- and 4-year olds with parents eligible for state child care subsidies. All-day early Head Start programs for children ages 6 weeks through 3 years are available in Wenatchee and Peshastin.

For more information, call 663-5179.

Rotary seeks professional exchange applicants

Rotary District 5060, which includes clubs in North Central Washington and British Columbia, is seeking applicants for the 2012 Group Study Exchange Team to Brazil.

The exchange will take place April 23 to May 20. Eligible applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40, a U.S. citizen and must be employed full time in a recognized business or profession for two years.

More information is available online at by clicking on Group Study Exchange in the left sidebar. The application deadline is Sept. 30.

More information is also available from Allan Galbraith at 662-3551.

Students named to WVC president’s list

The following Douglas County students were named to the president’s list at Wenatchee Valley College. To be eligible, a student must earn a 4.0 grade-point average in at least 12 graded hours.

East Wenatchee: Erin Carlson, Courtney Clifton, Tiffany Frodsham, Stephanie Garcia, Jaden Iwaasa, Allison Kane, Ira Kutch, Courtney Kwast, Ryan Leamon, Rubi Lopez, Stephen Paxton, Shon Ramey, Nardos Scott, Amanda Sundet, Ruth Tyson, Jaden Welch

Rock Island: Marco Mejia

Waterville: Aaron Dirks, Jesse Zylstra

The following Douglas County students were named to the dean’s list at Wenatchee Valley College. To be eligible, a student must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average in at least 12 credit hours.

East Wenatchee: Daniel Alvarado, Hilda Ball, Laeni Benedict, Heather Bergstrom, Kennedy Bieniasz, Mary Bigbull-Lewis, Monica Bravo, Thomas Brouwers, Bethany Burbank, Bethany Byington, Karina Castro, Seth Chambers, Kathleen Cleveland, Tricia Clymens, Claudia Cobarrubias, Brandon Coble, Travis Cronin, Toni Cutler, Eric Davis, Lisa Deskin, Desiree Donohue, Spencer Ellis, Summer Fitzpatrick, Kai Folke, Adrian Garibay, Jessica Giles, Alejandro Gonzalez, Dan Gzyl, Christina Hardwick, Cindy Hatfield, Michel Henein, Brenda Hernandez, Tamra Hiatt, Melinda Irwin, Patrick Jacobus, Aimee Jeffris, Laura Johnson, Kellin Keesee, Jennifer King, Evelina Kobzar, Yaroslav Kobzar, Jared Kramer, Nicolette Kruse, Josiah Langlois, Alexandra Lee, Mackenzay Leonard, William Lieberg, Haley Lipp, Katja Lipson, Jose Martinez Jr., Derick Massengale, Joe Norris, Carter Overmiller, Chase Park-Armstrong, Suzanne Poellnitz, Jared Raber, Kaili Reavely, Katie Renggli, Heidi Reuss, Kayla Rich, Joseph Robins, Max Romero, Beau Smith, Amanda Spaeth, Mathew Troxler, Shaylee Turner, Jonathan Vara, Elizabeth Vaughn, Liliya Velichko, Kristina Vonessen, Laura Webb, Jason Weigel, David Weinstein, Rebecca Whitney, Zach Winslow, Richard Yale II, Andrey Zemlyanoy

Brewster: Ilianne Garibo, Victor Pamatz, Chantel Poole, Kelsey Verbeck

Bridgeport: Shenae Gavin

Orondo: David Capi-Cuevas, Reyna Escalera, Jonathan Goyt, Austin Habich, Ashley McKenna, Anna Zinza

Rock Island: Jesus Vazquez

Waterville: Paige Blackburn, Jared Homad, Steven Miranda