Building unique furniture from nature’s art

Thomas Logan Howell of T. Logan Furniture can turn ordinary looking wood into a work of art. Howell’s home and shop, located at the left of the Shell Station at Rock Island, can be seen by travelers passing by on Highway 28. His yard and home are filled with unique pieces he has crafted from nature.
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Rock Island Wastewater Treatment Plant wins award

OLYMPIA — The City of Rock Island’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has received an Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award from the state Department of Ecology. There were 126 wastewater treatment plants across the state with perfect performance in 2013, a jump from 107 the year before. Rock Island was one of 10 first-time award winners. Award-winning plants passed all environmental tests,...
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AmeriCorps volunteers lend a hand at Rock Island Elementary

This year Rock Island Elementary students and teachers have a little extra reading help. Two AmeriCorps volunteers, Dana Winter and Cheryl Sprague, are serving full-time at the school.
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Thumbs down for initiatives and advisory votes, thumbs up for local levies

As of Nov. 8, there were 9,088 Douglas County ballots that had been counted from the Nov. 5 general election. Out of a total of 19,103 registered voters in the county, this represents a voter turn-out rate of 47.57 percent. Marty Whitehall, supervisor of elections, said Nov. 12 that all but about 25 ballots in the county had been counted, with the possibility of a few more postmarked by Nov. 5 still trickling in. Whitehall said that the remaining ballots would all be counted on Nov. 25.
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Students see Beauty of Bronze

On Oct. 4, Rock Island Elementary School students had the chance to join one of seven Beauty of Bronze field trips that are organized each year for the fifth graders in Wenatchee School District elementary schools.
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Ranchers express concerns at open range forum

Dane Keane, who ranches above Rock Island, talks with County Commissioner Ken Stanton about proposed open range exclusion boundaries south of East Wenatchee. Keane’s son Kellen, who takes part in the family ranching business, is in the middle. (Karen Larsen photo)   | By Karen Larsen | On June 27, the Douglas County Commissioners held the first of two community forums to discuss...
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Local TV station to broadcast coverage of Olympia

WENATCHEE — Curious about what’s happening in state government? TVW, the nonprofit public affairs TV station in Olympia, is now available here through a broadcast signal by Apple Valley TV. “This makes us the second TV station in the state to bring TVW to homes without using cable, fiber or satellite TV services,” said Lonnie England, chief engineer for Apply Valley TV, the area’s...
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Candidate filings

WATERVILLE — Three candidates filed for an Eastmont School Board position for which no one filed during filing week, creating a primary race for Position 4. A general election race also developed for Rock Island Council Pos. 4. Several other open positions also drew contestants during last week’s special filing, although no other races developed. Those seats for which no one filed will be...
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Opera in Rock Island

| By Karen Larsen | Rock Island Elementary School is nestled in a valley under the high rocky east bank of the Columbia River. It is surrounded by a semi-rural residential neighborhood, which includes many small orchards and pasture lands. On March 26, this peaceful, rural setting was transformed into an opera theater for the 300 children of the school. It was the day of the 11th annual visit of...
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Rock Island Post Office to remain open

| By James Russell | Rock Island has saved its post office with citizen persistence, just like it saved its water supply with a new wastewater treatment plant. On March 6, over 30 people packed into the small post office in Rock Island to learn their post office is not closing down. Kat Smithson, postmaster from Peshastin, and the district agent for post office closings, delivered the news along...
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