Douglas County firefighters graduate from academy

NORTH BEND — Five Douglas County Fire District 2 firefighters graduated Nov. 2 from the Washington State Firefighter Recruit Academy in North Bend. Tyler Bertram, Jason Koster, Michael Lundgren and James Workman were recently selected to the department’s college-based resident firefighter program and Tanner Brender is a current Rock Island resident firefighter. The recruits learned fire...
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Grant awarded for Rock Island redevelopment study

ROCK ISLAND — The state Community Economic Revitalization Board on July 26 awarded a $50,000 grant to the Port of Douglas County for studying riverfront redevelopment. The port and city of Rock Island have been looking at options for the site of a former silicon plant that closed in 2003, including adding parks, soccer fields or a trail. Another possibility is converting the plant to a facility...
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Summer food service program offered to children

EAST WENATCHEE — Small Miracles, a Wenatchee Valley nonprofit organization, is sponsoring a summer food service program. Meals are being provided at no cost to children age 18 and younger at various locations in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Rock Island, Cashmere, Malaga and Monitor. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, until Aug. 9. There will be no lunch served on...
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Volunteers urgently needed for local nonprofit

Small Miracles, a local nonprofit located in the Wenatchee Valley, is seeking volunteers to donate one hour of their time in helping serve lunches to children in need. Starting June 19, lunches will be served noon Monday through Thursday at over 20 locations throughout Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Rock Island, Monitor and Cashmere. Volunteers can sign up for one hour slots from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30...
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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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Home Depot grant helps with food bank construction

After losing our longtime home in the old Rock Island Fire Station in June of 2015, the Rock Island Community Food Bank worked out of Rock Island Elementary School that summer and then in the fall we were able to move into a small donated building in Rock Island City Park. We immediately began brainstorming on how to get our volunteers and the people we serve out of the weather.
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WSU Fall Field Day on Sept. 27

ROCK ISLAND — Ranchers from throughout the area can talk horticulture and learn tips to optimize fruit quality of WA 38, Washington State University’s newest breeding program release, during Fall Field Day from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at WSU’s Sunrise Orchard in Rock Island. The free session will focus on the impacts of pruning, hedging and training strategies on fruit quality, show...
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Our College Students

News of college students from the Empire Press coverage area The University of Washington SEATTLE — The following students were named to the spring quarter 2017 dean’s list at The University of Washington. Eligible students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while completing at least 12 graded credits. Brewster: Olivia Perez, Sally Romo Bridgeport: William Dodson East...
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Pictorial Past | Residents make a difference

Rock Island City Councilman Maurice Guerin points to his name on a list of Rock Island citizens who volunteered to help with the town’s beautification program in the summer of 1960. Aided by efforts of the Rock Island Improvement Club and a tax per front foot of property, the town undertakes a $30,000 street improvement project, along with planting of trees and new lawn. (Provided...
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Special filing period generates some candidates; some positions still left without a candidate

A special filing period May 23-25 generated candidates for some of the races that had passed the May 19 regular filing period without a candidate.
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