More NCW pictures soon!

With the weather getting better we’ll have time to get out and get more pictures of local communities. We would eventually like to have every North Central Washington town represented in our gallery. This is a rather large goal and may take a fair amount of time to achieve, but it would be nice to have pictures from different communites accessible in one location.

Look for more exciting things at NCWpics.com in the near, and not-so-near, future too.

Thanks for visiting.

-Mark

Focus On The Wenatchee YMCA

A little bit today about Wenatchee’s YMCA.

A valuable organization to have in our community, the YMCA offers programs for children and families of all walk of life. Whether you’re interested in after school programs for youngsters, summer camp at Lake Wenatchee, or working off some of that winter weight. “The Y” offers something for almost everyone, but let’s focus just on what they offer for exercise possibilities.

Swimming
The Y has a small pool at it’s Wenatchee headquarters but also operates the large aquatic center in East Wenatchee.

Cardio
The Y has numerous cardio machines from treadmills to stair climbers to bikes, and more.

Weight Training
The Y offers both free weights and Nautilus training.

Activities
The Y has racquetball courts, basketball court, rock climbing wall, and more.

The Y really does offer something for everyone. Learn more at the Wenatchee YMCA website.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Players Arrested On Marijuana And Psychedelic Mushrooms Charges

    Unfortunate developments for a Northwest college basketball team:

Gonzaga University basketball players Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were arrested last night in Cheney, Washington for drug related charges.

The press release of the Cheney Police Department states the following

“On February 9th at 11:42pm, an officer of the Cheney Police Department stopped a gold colored Chevy Trailblazer for defective taillights at 1st and Simpson Parkway. The officer contacted and identified Josh Heytvelt as the driver of the vehicle and Theus Davis as the passenger.

As the traffic stop unfolded, officers were able to smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation led to the arrest of both subjects and the vehicle was searched. A small amount of marijuana and a quantity of psychedelic mushrooms were recovered from the vehicle.

Both subjects were cooperative with the officers and were booked into the Spokane County Jail.”

As of right now these two are still being held in Spokane County Jail.

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Looking for links to different webcams from around the State of Washington? We’ve found tons available at www.dotwebcams.com, though mainly a site used for accessing traffic cams from not only Washington State, but the whole United States, there are also a great deal of other Washington State webcams listed as well. Everything from community cams, college cams to… yes, even Guinea Pig cams. It’s a great way to pass the time… also interesting webcams from other states too. Hope you enjoy.

First Conscientious Objector To Vietnam War Passes Away – Born In Wenatchee

SEATTLE – Dale E. Noyd, a decorated Air Force captain and fighter pilot who went to trial as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, has died. He was 73.

His son, Erik, told The New York Times that Noyd died in Seattle of complications of emphysema.

Noyd was given a medal for successfully landing a badly damaged nuclear-armed F-100 fighter at an English airfield. He also taught at the Air Force Academy.

But in 1966, after 11 years in the Air Force, Noyd wrote a long letter to the Air Force asking that he either be allowed to resign his commission or be classified as a conscientious objector because of his feelings about the Vietnam War.

His request was denied and Noyd took his case to federal court in Denver in March 1967. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented him, said it was the first lawsuit claiming conscientious objector status because of an opposition to a specific war. In December 1967, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, saying the military had jurisdiction.

Then the Air Force ordered Noyd to train a pilot who was likely on the path toward Vietnam. Noyd refused and was court-martialed for disobeying orders.

During his military trial, the captain’s belief that the war was immoral and illegal was not addressed. The panel of 10 officers, who were all Vietnam veterans, also did not allow discussion of Noyd’s humanist beliefs. In the sentencing phase of the trial, a theologian told the judges that risking one’s life for a core belief, as the officers had all done in battle, constituted a religious act.

The prosecutor summarized this view as “two religions butting heads against each other.” As a result, Noyd was sentenced March 9, 1968, to a year in prison instead of the five years he could have received. He was given a dishonorable discharge and stripped of his pension and benefits.

He went on to teach at Earlham College in Indiana for two decades, then built a boat and sailed it to Tahiti.

Born in Wenatchee, Wash., on May 1, 1933, Noyd returned to Washington State when his health began to fail. He was twice divorced. In addition to his son, of Kirkland, Wash., he is survived by his daughter, Heather Taylor, of Vancouver, Wash.; his brother, Gus, of Wenatchee; and five grandchildren.

A service of the Associated Press(AP)

6 People Arrested In Okanogan For Promoting Cockfighting

Okanogan Sheriff’s Deputies arrested six people in connection with cockfighting. Cockfighting is a competition where roosters are pitted in battle against eachother. The winner is the rooster who survives the fight. Bystanders bet on which rooster will kill the other rooster. Sometimes the rooster’s natural weapons (beak, wings, and claws) are made even more deadly with the addition of manmade weaponry (like razorblades) attached to them.

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