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Chelan County buys property for $1.8 million

Chelan County commissioners purchased 2.75 acres on Ohme Garden Road in Wenatchee for $1.8  million. The county plans to begin construction later this year.
WENATCHEE – Chelan County commissioners approved the purchase of 2.75 acres on Ohme Garden Road in Wenatchee for the future relocation of several county departments.  The industrially …
Link Transit will provide a special, free electric bus shuttle service for the Leavenworth Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 21, running every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Wilkommen Park-and-Ride, Glacier Parking Lot, and Enchantment Park.
Link Transit offers free shuttle for Leavenworth Earth Day Fair
LEAVENWORTH - Link Transit is providing a complimentary shuttle service for the upcoming Leavenworth Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 21. The fair will be held at Enchantment Park, where parking is …
Edge Outdoors representative applies glitter to a young skier’s face during the community fair.
Stevens Pass celebrates last weekend of winter season with a party
LEAVENWORTH – Blue skies and warm temperatures set the scene for a celebratory closing weekend at Stevens Pass Apr. 13 and 14.  The weekend kicked off Saturday with a community fair, …
Five members of the Cashmere FFA Meats Team individually placed in the top 10 at the Meats Evaluation in Moses Lake.
Cashmere FFA qualifies 16 students for state in speaking events
CASHMERE - Sixteen Cashmere High School FFA members qualified for the state competition in various speaking events at the FFA State Leadership Convention next month in Pullman. FFA speaking …
Waste Loop continues Leavenworth's Earth Day Fair tradition
LEAVENWORTH - Waste Loop, a local environmental organization, is set to host the annual Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 21, at Enchantment Park. The event, which will run from 11 am to 4 pm, …
This map shows wildfire activity (red) in Okanogan County between 1988 and 2023.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan comes to Pateros
PATEROS –The county’s 2024 Community Fire Protection Plan (CWPP) held the final of its five meetings at the Pateros Fire Department on Tuesday, April 9, to explain the elements of the …
Eastside Rebuild Co-Managers, Luke Dixon and Beryl Bils.
Eastside Rebuild gears up for grand opening
CASHMERE—Eastside Rebuild, Waste Loop’s reclaimed building material store, will hold a grand opening block party from 3 to 7 p.m. on Apr. 27.  The block party, hosted in …
Other News
WENATCHEE - Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) has released its Deans' List for the winter 2024 academic quarter, recognizing students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking …
Parks Are For Everyone: Passing

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Chelan County PUD

WENATCHEE - Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) has announced its President's List for the winter quarter of 2024, honoring students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. To be named to …
MANSON - It has been 10 years since the last tax levy for the Chelan County Fire District #5 was approved by voters in 2014. But since 2023, inflation has increased more than 18 percent, while the …
Local features
NCW Woodshop owner Jonathan Clark and wife Jennifer Moraski pose inside their Cashmere shop.

NCW Woodshop cultivates community through craft

CASHMERE – Jonathan Clark, owner of Cashmere's community-based woodshop, NCW Woodshop, hopes to build a community of people who will come into the shop and work together. NCW Woodshop …
Cashmere Branch Librarian Lisa Lawless and Customer Service Technician Ashley Harrod pose in front of the community ofrenda at the first annual Dia De Los Muertos Block Party in 2023. This event was hosted by the Cashmere Library and the Cashmere High School’s PAC, and included volunteers from the Cashmere High School’s PAC, as well as our Cashmere Friends of the Library, to help run craft booths and keep the event running smoothly.

Volunteer group works to support Cashmere Library

CASHMERE – The Cashmere Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers who work to support the library in various ways.  They seek to fill in need gaps for the library, often by …
Owner Katie and her wife Kirstie Miethe spent one of their first dates painting pottery, and have made it a tradition to do it on every vacation, which inspired the idea for the Art Haus.

Leavenworth Art Haus celebrates one year of art and creativity

LEAVENWORTH – On Apr. 1, the Leavenworth Art Haus celebrated its first year of operation, offering a space and supplies for all ages and abilities to decorate and create.  “This …
Non-profit News

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program accepting applications

EAST WENATCHEE—The Aging & Adult Care of Central Washington (AACCW) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Eligible seniors residing in …

NCW Libraries launches 2024-2026 strategic direction

WENATCHEE - In celebration of National Library Week, the NCW Libraries Board of Trustees has announced their 2024 – 2026 Strategic Directions. Through these directions, the Board …

Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center to break ground on building expansion

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center is set to hold a groundbreaking ceremony and ribbon cutting for their building expansion and capital improvement project on Wednesday, April …

Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center offers Communication and Conflict Resolution Training

WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center (WVDRC) has announced a series of professional and personal development training opportunities for May and June. The courses are designed to …
Legislative Coverage

Federal court redistricting ruling shakes up Washington State legislative districts, faces Republican criticism

OLYMPIA – In a development impacting Washington State politics, the Ninth Circuit Court has dismissed an emergency motion to stay a federal court decision regarding legislative district …

Blending education and technology a goal for Wellman

OLYMPIA - On the last Monday morning of the 2024 legislative session, Washington State Sen. Lisa Wellman’s office brimmed with sunlight, an early peek at spring, as she sipped tea from a white …

Counties required to adopt security system

Under a bill Secretary of State Steve Hobbs endorsed, all counties are required to install “Albert Systems,” a technology that notifies counties when there is an attempted cybersecurity …

Officers will soon be allowed to work part-time

Washington remains 51st in the nation for police officers per capita, and one answer to that problem might be allowing officers to work part-time.  SB 5424, sponsored by Sen. John Lovick, …

Parental authority initiative approved, but concerns linger

OLYMPIA - The “Parent’s right to know,” a citizen-led initiative regarding parental authority over kids in public schools, will become law in June.  While the measure won …

Building trust in law enforcement a key goal, Lovick says

OLYMPIA - Sen. John Lovick describes himself as a Black man with brown skin who wore a blue uniform for a combined 37 years as a former state trooper and Snohomish County Sheriff.   …

Governor signs bill expanding property tax exemption for seniors and disabled

OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2375 into law on Friday, expanding a property tax exemption to senior citizens and disabled individuals living in detached accessory dwelling units …

Governor signs Hawkins' bill expanding Running Start Program

OLYMPIA — Thanks to a new law signed by the governor on Monday, High school students in Washington will soon have expanded opportunities to earn college credits through the popular Running …

Property crimes can now be hate crimes

OLYMPIA - Some property crimes now can be classed as hate crimes if they are racially motivated or if they target other marginalized communities. Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, said he was …

12th District lawmakers secure over $26M for local projects in unanimous capital budget approval

OLYMPIA - House Republican Deputy Leader Mike Steele  and  Rep. Keith Goehner  have announced the inclusion of more than $26 million in district-funded projects in the 2024 …
Sports
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Bighorns have turned their season around with two convincing home victories over the weekend. After a disappointing 1-5 start to the season, the Bighorns defeated the …
PASCO—Four Leavenworth gymnasts competed at the state level in the Washington State Excel Gymnastics Championships in Pasco on Apr. 6 and 7, and some of them walked away State Champions. …
Outdoors
OLYMPIA — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released the latest big game hunting season and regulation information, including a decision from the WDFW director about …
Education
CHELAN—The school district’s Facilities Advisory Committee met on March 5, and Superintendent Brad Wilson shared some of the details with the school board at its regular monthly meeting …
MANSON – Manson High School Senior Alexis Villaseñor was recently accepted with a full scholarship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Maryland to study neurosurgery.  …
PATEROS - The Pateros School District has announced that registration and screening for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year will take place on Thursday, …
Opinion
Our state approves three budgets every two years. These budgets fund Washington’s operating ($71.9 billion), transportation ($14.6 billion), and capital ($10.3 billion) expenditures, including …
Washington state’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA) was passed in 2021 with the goal of reducing and phasing out carbon emissions.  Unfortunately, there have been several problems with …
In the world of marketing, where trends come and go, one principle remains constant: the importance of consistency. This is true whether you're a multinational corporation or a family-owned business …
Obituaries
Brian Lee Avery, 55, of Cashmere, passed away on April 7, 2024 surrounded by angels and loved ones that left before him, in the loving care of Mount Baker View AFH in Everett. From Brian, …
Bette Rae Webb, 90, of Chelan, Washington passed away on April 9, 2024. Graveside Service: April 24, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00P.M. Chelan Fraternal Cemetery, 815 N. Bradley St. Chelan, WA. …
Kay Anita McAlvey, 101, of Chelan, Washington passed away on April 6, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
John Robert Myers, 70, of Carlton, Washington passed away on April 7, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Drusilla Pearl Hill, 81, of Winthrop, Washington passed away on April 8, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Richard Hamel, 87, of Winthrop, Washington passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Around the region

Cascade High School art exhibition at Leavenworth Library

LEAVENWORTH - The Leavenworth Library is hosting an art exhibition showcasing the talented art students from Cascade High School. The show will run from April 16 through May 3 in the library's …

Leavenworth Adventure Park gets win on hours and music, but denied parking changes

LEAVENWORTH – The Leavenworth Adventure Park (LAP) will be able to extend indoor hours and offer both acoustic and amplified live music under certain conditions, according to the Hearing …

Leavenworth Front Street Park restroom and stairway project faces delay due to high bid

LEAVENWORTH –  The Front Street Park Restrooms and Stairway Expansion Project, slated to begin construction this spring, may be pushed to next year due to bid challenges.  The …
Mayor Carl Florea presents Resolution 06-2024 to Sen. Hawkins.

City of Leavenworth recognizes Senator Hawkins for affordable housing efforts

LEAVENWORTH – The City Council formally recognized Senator Brad Hawkins for his affordable housing efforts during its meeting Apr. 9.  Hawkins received the recognition for securing a …

Thunder Ridge Bluegrass Band to perform at Cashmere Community Church

CASHMERE - Cashmere Community Concerts will host a high-energy traditional bluegrass performance by Portland-based band Thunder Ridge on Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 pm. The concert will be held at …
National News
Workers pick blueberries in greenhouses of the Agrovision firm in San Isidro Mazatepec in Jalisco.
As its workers stream to the U.S., Mexico runs short of farmhands
ETZATLÁN, Mexico - For decades, Mexicans crossed the border to pick Americans’ lettuce, grapes and strawberries. Mexico had a seemingly inexhaustible supply of farmhands - tough, …
Senate passes $1.2 trillion spending bill, averting government shutdown
The Senate approved a $1.2 trillion spending bill in the wee hours of Saturday morning to prevent a brief partial government shutdown, sending the bill to President Biden to sign into law. …
Nikki Haley meets voters during a rally at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry, N.H. on Sunday.
Nikki Haley suspends campaign for 2024 Republican presidential nomination
CHARLESTON, S.C. -  Nikki Haley , a former U.N. ambassador and governor of South Carolina, has announced she is suspending   her presidential campaign, leaving  Donald Trump  with …
Rent is driving inflation. But there’s something off in the data.
Inflation came in hotter than expected in January, and it may take a few more months to know if that was a fluke or if price increases are getting stickier. But one key part of the inflation picture …
Big-box stores try to stay relevant by focusing on smaller stores
Two of the biggest names in big-box retail have boosted their bets on a growing trend for brick-and-mortar sales: smaller stores. Best Buy and Macy’s this week announced plans to add …
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