Helicopter pilot walks away after hitting power lines

From The Wenatchee World ORONDO — A pilot walked away without injury after the Bell 206 helicopter she was flying hit high-tension power lines June 17 while drying off cherries. “She did a good job of setting it down,” Orondo Fire Chief Jim Oatey said. “Tangling with those lines, you would expect more of a catastrophic accident.” The accident was in an orchard about four miles south of...
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Orondo honors eighth-graders

Th second eighth grade class to graduate from Orondo Middle School was honored during bilingual ceremonies on June 7. The class consisted of 21 students.
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Visitors asked to comment on Orondo River Park’s future

ORONDO — Overnight camping at Orondo River Park isn’t happening this summer, and visitors are being asked for feedback about that and other changes to the park operation. The 5-acre park on the Columbia River, about 2.5 miles upriver from Orondo, was built by the Port of Douglas County in 1972 and has been a Chelan County PUD recreation site since 1976. The park — with 13 RV sites, 25 tent...
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Douglas County Sheriff’s Report

May 18 Mansfield, weapons violation: Mansfield School District, a student made a joke about bringing a gun to school and shooting. School officials and deputies were confident that the student had not been serious. The school handled the matter with the student, and the deputy made contact with the student and his family to ensure that it was understood that such a joke is...
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Firefighters practice their craft

Firefighters from Chelan, Manson and Mansfield joined Orondo firefighters on the evening of May 16, for a practice fire drill as they burned the old Sonney homestead in Orondo.
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NCESD announces Excellence award honorees

NCW — The North Central Educational Service District has announced the staff and their school district honored at four county Excellence Banquets. The banquets serve to recognize certificated and classified staff selected by the districts and decided upon by school administration for their excellence and dedication the the students, school and community. Okanogan County Excellence Banquet on...
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Orondo’s Spanish-speaking church celebrates four-year anniversary

Yovana Zabala, Sonia Cortez, Luisa Zabala, Isabel Manchi, Obed Medina and Linda Medina pose before serving dinner after the Spanish-speaking service at Orondo Church April 29. (Empire Press photo / Karen Larsen)   By Karen Larsen Empire Press Correspondent Four years ago, Antonio and Luisa Zabala fulfilled a longtime dream and prayer of starting a Spanish-speaking church in Orondo. At that...
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Orondo celebrates spring

Several events brought members of the Orondo community together on April 14, including an Arbor Day celebration and a church yard sale.
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Orondo church holding rummage sale April 14

ORONDO — The Orondo Community Church will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14. The event is scheduled to be held outdoors but will be moved inside in the event of inclement weather. Items will include clothing, toys, children’s car seats, strollers, furniture, vases and more. Proceeds will go toward new sound equipment for the church and for the Vacation Bible School...
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Arbor Day distribution set for April 14

NCW — The annual Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Celebration will be held at five sites in Chelan and Douglas counties on April 14. Wenatchee tree and shrub distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park Shelter 2. Distribution in outlying areas will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following sites: Cashmere: Martin’s Market, 130 Titchenal Way Leavenworth: National Fish...
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