Wednesday, April 17, 2024
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Community Wildfire Protection Plan comes to Pateros

This map shows wildfire activity (red) in Okanogan County between 1988 and 2023.
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 …

Wenatchee Valley College announces winter 2024 Deans' List

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 …
Local Features
The 18-hole Sands course opened in 2014.

The Barn opens at Gamble Sands, precursor to major expansion

BREWSTER – The newest addition to the Gamble Sands golf, dining, and lodging experience 10 miles east of Brewster, The Barn, billed as the “newest dining hotspot and coolest hangout in …
The Women's Service League of NCW will hold its annual Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Mall near Sportsman's Warehouse.

Women's Service League hosts annual prom dress giveaway

WENATCHEE – This weekend, area teens, regardless of income, will have the chance to pick out the prom dress of their dreams for free, thanks to the Women's Service League of North Central …

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 …
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 …

Sports

Wenatchee Bighorns bounce back with two impressive victories

Tremont Robinson-White Tremont Robinson-White of the Wenatchee Bighorns takes a shot during the team's 125-98 victory over the Salem Capitals on Friday, April 12. Robinson-White scored a season-high 36 points in the game, leading the Bighorns to snap a four-game losing streak and improve their record to 2-5 on the season.
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 …
Wenatchee Wild forward Briley Wood pauses after celebrating his first-period goal in Tuesday’s Western Hockey League playoff game at the Kelowna Rockets. Kelowna moved ahead of Wenatchee in the best-of-seven series with a 5-1 win at Prospera Place.
Wild enjoy fast start, but Rockets prevail 5-1 Tuesday to take series lead
KELOWNA, British Columbia – After two games in Wenatchee this past Friday and Saturday, the emphasis for the Wenatchee Wild was on a strong start as their Western Hockey League playoff …
Angei Valdovinos
 Bridgeport Athlete of the Week
Angei Valdovinos | Softball | Senior Angei Valdovinos, a senior at Bridgeport High School and captain of the softball team. Valdovinos had a heroic performance in the March 26 game against …
Cort Gebbers
Brewster Athlete of the Week
Cort Gebbers | Track and Field |  Senior Cort set school record in the shot and discus at the Ray Cross track and Field meet, held in Ephrata on Saturday, March 23.  His shot put …
Opinion
Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-12

A closer look at the updated capital budget

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 …
Other News
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 …
SPOKANE – Brewster graduate Reese Vassar and Bridgeport graduate Alonzo Garza-Hernandez are among 1,500 students named to the Spokane Falls Community College honor roll for winter quarter 2023, …
SPOKANE – Four graduates from Brewster and Bridgeport high schools are among 2,137 students listed on the Spokane Community College honor roll for the 2023 winter quarter, which ended in March. …
WENATCHEE - North Central Washington (NCW) Libraries will be hosting a virtual program titled "Big Apples, Big Business: How Washington Became the Apple State" on April 17, 2024. The free program, …
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Obituaries
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.
Gerald Evans, 83, of Winthrop, Washington passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Margaret Sue Riggan Lubash, known to family and friends as Sue or Susie, was born in Sheridan, Arkansas on January 22, 1941 to Roy and Laura Mae Riggan. Sue passed away peacefully in her home in …
Deborah T. Glover, 64, of Brewster, Washington passed away on March 3, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.

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Here is this week's list of 5 Things to do this Week.
    • Pateros Día celebration

      The Pateros Library will celebrate Día on Saturday, April 20 from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Pateros School gymnasium. “Celebrate the …

    • Non-Profit Night

      The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will host Non-Profit Night on Friday, April 19 from 5-7 p.m. “Join the Lake Chelan Chamber of …

    • Earth Day Fair

      The 35th Annual Chelan Earth Day Fair will be on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Riverwalk Park. “A fun community event …

    • Entiat Kite Festival

      The Entiat Kite Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Entiat Kiwanis Park. Free kites will be …

    • Earth Day Book Sale

      The Chelan Friends of the Public Library will hold their annual Earth Day Book Sale on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chelan …

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East Coast Shoppers Gain New, Convenient Grocery Delivery Options
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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 …
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 …
Chrysler recalls 330,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees over steering wheel defect
Chrysler is recalling more than 330,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees because of a steering wheel defect that may cause a loss of control. Problems can arise when the steering knuckle separates from the …