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Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center raises $30K with 'Booty for the Build' fundraiser

Dave Tosch, WVSAC Executive Director, went full out for the event, dressing up as a pirate, complete with loop earrings and hand hook.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center (WVSAC) launched its capital improvement project campaign with a fundraiser dubbed "Booty for the Build" on February 10, attracting over …
Local ag co-op nurtures tree fruit industry from bud to box
Since the 1930s, Northwest Wholesale, Inc., a locally owned agricultural cooperative, has been an impactful part of the tree fruit industry in North Central Washington. Cooperatives of all kinds …
Chelan wineries excel in prestigious wine competition
CHELAN - The 24th Annual Best of the Best Platinum Wine Competition, hosted by Great Northwest Wine Magazine, concluded with notable success for Lake Chelan wineries. This invitation-only event, …
WWA Executive Director John Traugott, South Central Workforce CEO Amy Martinez, SkillSource CEO Lisa Romine, SkillSource Managing Director Susan Adams, and SkillSource participant Domenico Tedeschi.
SkillSource advocates for Economic Security Bill at Legislative Hill Climb
OLYMPIA - During the 2024 Legislative Day and Hill Climb, SkillSource, along with its executive team and over 35 partners from the Washington Workforce Association, traveled to Olympia to advocate …
Sen. Hawkins with the Apple Blossom Royalty.
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty Visits State Capitol
OLYMPIA — The 2024 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty made their first official visit to the State Capitol on Feb. 27, engaging in a series of events and interactions with state …
Skiers and snowboarders ride down the mountain with the pride flag.
Ski Buddies and Wenatchee Pride carve paths of inclusivity at Stevens Pass Pride event
SKYKOMISH –  Stevens Pass partnered with Wenatchee Pride and Seattle-based Ski Buddies to host its annual Pride event on Saturday, Feb. 24. The event commenced with an on mountain parade …
Overflowing public garbage bin on Front Street during an unexpectedly busy weekend in late November 2023.
Leavenworth makes moves to improve downtown garbage collection with “smart” bins
LEAVENWORTH – After getting City Council approval during the Feb. 13 meeting, Public Works Staff are planning to lease and install 55 new garbage bins for the downtown corridor.  The …
Other News
CHELAN - The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding 37-year-old Adriana Nunez-Gutierrez, who has been missing since early Feb. 16. Nunez-Gutierrez was last seen at her residence in Chelan on February 15 and has not made contact since approximately 2:00 a.m. the following day.
OLYMPIA – Senator Brad Hawkins of the 12th legislative district recently welcomed Alaina Cecil, a homeschooled student from Cashmere, to serve as a Senate Page in Olympia. Cecil's inclusion in …
LEAVENWORTH - Cameron West has been awarded the Realtor of the Year award from the North Central Washington Association of Realtors, recognizing their commitment to professionalism, dedication, and …
Local features
For 33 consecutive years, Peterson’s Waterfront located on the shores of Lake Chelan was among a select number of RCI affiliated resorts to meet the requirements for this annual distinction as part of the RCI Resort Recognition Program®.

Peterson’s Waterfront secures RCI Gold Crown Resort designation for 33rd year

CHELAN – Peterson’s Waterfront has been awarded the RCI Gold Crown Resort® designation by RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange, for the 33rd consecutive year. This …
Founding winemaker Mike Wade and his wife and co-owner Karen Wade, crushed their first grapes from their estate Riverbend Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA in the fall of 2000. 2024 marks 25 years of wine making at Fielding Hills Winery in Chelan.

Celebrating a quarter century of winemaking excellence: Fielding Hills Winery

CHELAN – As Fielding Hills Winery marks its 25th anniversary in 2024, founders Mike and Karen Wade reflect on a journey that began with the crushing of grapes from their estate Riverbend …
The Mobile Clinic is complete with an exam room, waiting room, and restroom, and is built to reach patients in inclement weather.

Cascade Mobile Clinic meets patients in their communities

LEAVENWORTH – For just over a year, Cascade Medical has been working outside its traditional brick-and-mortar, bringing the clinic to patients by way of wheels. The Cascade Mobile Clinic stations itself in Plain or Peshastin every Tuesday, so patients don’t have to make the trip to downtown Leavenworth.
Non-profit News

Local non-profits encouraged to share their stories with NCW News

WENATCHEE - In an effort to spotlight the vital work of non-profit organizations across North Central Washington, NCW News invites community groups to submit their news and stories for potential …

Red Cross Month kicks off March 1 to honor community heroes

WENATCHEE - The American Red Cross Northwest Region is set to commence its annual Red Cross Month celebration in March, recognizing the vital role local volunteers play in aiding their communities …

Learn to Landscape with Native Plants: free virtual workshops offered in March

Registration is now open for a series of free virtual workshops aimed at helping individuals learn how to incorporate native plants into their landscapes, whether they have a compact city patio or a …

Washington Trust Bank partners with Wenatchee Downtown Association for Girls Night Out event

WENATCHEE - Washington Trust Bank has been announced as the official sponsor for the Girls Night Out event organized by the Wenatchee Downtown Association. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, from 11 …
Legislative Coverage

House Republican Deputy Leader Mike Steele and Rep. Keith Goehner laud High School girls’ sports teams with three House Resolutions

OLYMPIA - House Republican Deputy Leader Mike Steele  and  Representative Keith Goehner  have introduced three separate House Resolutions to honor the outstanding achievements of high …

Foster parents rally for change in state law amid rising fentanyl crises

OLYMPIA - As the prevalence of fentanyl rises, so too does the frequency of critical incidents related to parental substance abuse among foster children, often resulting in fatalities or …

Legislature to hear three citizen-led initiatives amid debate on Police Pursuit, Parental Rights, and State Income Tax

OLYMPIA -  Three citizen-led initiatives will receive hearings in this session of the Legislature, said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, and Speaker of the House Laurie …

State proposes pesticide ban despite current research

OLYMPIA - Neonicotinoid pesticides are known for their harmful effects on the nervous systems of insects, and a proposal in the state legislature calls for them to be banned for household use. …

Holocaust education bill dies

OLYMPIA - An effort to make Holocaust and genocide education mandatory in Washington public schools has failed to win enough support to pass in this year’s Legislature. "We've been trying …

Senate allocates $1.3 Million for Leavenworth affordable housing project

OLYMPIA – Sen. Brad Hawkins has secured $1.3 million in the Senate's capital budget proposal for the Leavenworth Affordable Rental Project, aimed at preserving 31 apartment units for workforce …

Goehner bills related to ADUs senior citizens tax exemption and impact fee deferrals pass House before cutoff deadline

OLYMPIA - With a few hours to spare before the house of origin cutoff deadline on Tuesday, Rep. Keith Goehner had two bills pass the state House of Representatives. The House unanimously passed …

Condom use requires partner consent, proposal says

OLYMPIA - Testifying before lawmakers, Mina Hashemi recounted how, three years ago, she was shocked to see that the condom she had explicitly asked for during sex had been removed.  …

Clergy members could become mandatory reporters of child abuse

OLYMPIA - When Sen. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, learned how Jehovah’s Witness elders in Spokane had covered up child sexual abuse for years, she looked to the law for answers.  Frame found …

Goehner bill to create Backcountry Search and Rescue Account passes House unanimously

OLYMPIA - House Bill 2257, sponsored by 12th District Rep. Keith Goehner to create the Backcountry Search and Rescue Account, passed the state House of Representatives unanimously on Tuesday.
Sports
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild forced the Regina Pats to take the lead three separate times in Wednesday’s Western Hockey League matchup at Town Toyota Center, but for Wenatchee, grabbing …
PATEROS – Ten varsity basketball players from the Pateros and Waterville-Mansfield teams, including the girls’ Most Valuable Player, comprise nearly half the roster of Central Washington …
Outdoors
WENATCHEE — Following a successful year of prescribed burning in 2023, when over 10,000 acres of fuels were underburned or pile burned across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, spring prescribed burning operations will begin across the forest as soon as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow. Forest Service crews plan to use prescribed fire across approximately 9,951 acres on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest this spring.
Education
LEAVENWORTH – Cascade School District is introducing a new app for parents to use as part of its transportation scheduling system. Beginning Mar. 6, the all-in-one Stopfinder app will show …
BREWSTER – The second count of election results from the Okanogan and Douglas County auditors’ offices for Friday, Feb. 16, show all but two of the school levies on the ballots passing …
OLYMPIA - Local levies and bonds are one important way that communities support their schools, and preliminary results from yesterday’s Special Election show how committed voters are to their …
Opinion
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 …
The Washington State Legislature is quickly approaching its adjournment date of March 7. I’m pleased to share that my Senate Bill 5670, expanding the state’s Running Start program, …
As CEO & Publisher of Ward Media, I have the distinct honor and responsibility of guiding several community newspapers in North Central Washington through their historic journey of trusted …
Obituaries
Don George Vey, 91, of Manson, Washington passed away on February 28, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Joseph Allen Hanford, 81, of Chelan, Washington passed away in Spokane, Washington on February 27, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Cherrie Dee Cool (Bennett), affectionately known as Twinks to most of her friends and family, passed away at home on Saturday, February 24, 2024, after a short but valiant fight with cancer.  …
Jason Rodriguez Lopez , 25, of Brewster, Washington passed away on February 23, 2024. Rosary & Visitation FEB 28 . 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Barnes Chapel Mass of Christian Burial FEB …
Shirley E. Vaughn of Chelan, Washington passed away on February 9, 2024 in her home after a brief battle with cancer.  Shirley was born March 6, 1937 in Everett, Washington to Richard Mahlum and …
Jose Martinez Farias, 52, of Corning, California and formerly of Chelan, Washington passed away on February 13, 2024. A viewing will be held February 29, 2024 at Precht Rose Chapel from 4:00-8:00 …
Around the region
The final playground design will include three additional pieces of equipment in areas A, B and C, based on the results of a survey sent out to school-aged children.

Proposed Osborn Playground redesign prioritizes inclusivity and accessibility

LEAVENWORTH – The Osborn Playground Replacement project is inching closer to ordering equipment for possible construction in early fall, according to an update given at the City Council Study …

Drug task force sees success in fight on drugs

The Columbia River Drug Task Force had a successful year in 2023 in the fight against the drug epidemic. The mission of the CRDTF is to combat illegal drug activity, current law enforcement …

Chelan County property tax bills delayed; expected mid-March

WENATCHEE — Chelan County officials have announced a delay in mailing 2024 property tax statements. According to the Chelan County Treasurer's Office, residents can anticipate receiving their …

Farm-to-School meet-up planned in East Wenatchee

EAST WENATCHEE — A meet-up designed to foster connections between local farmers and school food service directors will take place on Monday, March 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Eastmont …

NPS decision to reduce Stehekin staff sparks concern at Chelan City Council meeting

CHELAN – Mayor Pro-Tem Tim Hollingsworth raised an issue of concern at the city council’s Feb. 27 bi-monthly meeting relative to recent developments at Chelan’s up lake community. …
National News
The Capitol dome on May 3, 2023. Congress has very little time left to pass a short-term extension of government funding before a partial shutdown would begin.
House passes bill to extend government shutdown deadlines
The House on Thursday approved legislation to extend the expiration date for federal funding later into March, sending the measure to prevent a partial government shutdown that was set for Saturday …
What is a leap day? All about Feb. 29, on the calendar every 4 years.
If you look at your calendar this week, you will see an unusual date: Feb. 29. That’s because 2024 is what’s known as a leap year - and while those in the Northern Hemisphere might not be …
How Texas’s Smokehouse Creek fire became state’s second-largest ever
A large and fast-moving wildfire broke out in the Texas panhandle, prompting a disaster declaration and forcing residents to evacuate on Feb. 27.(c) 2024 , The Washington Post Extreme winter …
Despite issues, NASA calls Intuitive Machines’ lunar landing a success
Intuitive Machines released long-awaited photos Wednesday of its robotic spacecraft touching down on the moon’s surface in a storm of dust, and then leaning over after one or two of its landing …
CDC recommends older adults get 2nd updated coronavirus shot
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that people   65 and older get a second dose of the coronavirus vaccine made available last fall because they are at higher …
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