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Courtesy BPT The AASM recommends that adults sleep at least seven hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being.
 BPT - According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. After a challenging and stressful year, the New Year provides Americans with the opportunity to refocus on the...

Courtesy photo A team of the leading fire blight research and extension scientists from across the nation will be working together to develop novel and effective management strategies.
  Members of the Tree Fruit Extension team have been working hard to secure federal funding for challenges facing the industry. They are part of national teams and represent $16.9 million in total federal support from the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative. The three projects will focus...
WENATCHEE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain...
The Washington Winegrowers Association annual convention, WineVit™, will be virtual with sessions spread out between March 9 and 18. Specific session times, dates, and speakers will be posted soon. The virtual event will provide cutting-edge presentations, networking opportunities, information...
OLYMPIA – A correction in a COVID data reporting error has allowed the six-county South Central Region that includes Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, and Columbia counties to move into Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. A Feb. 14 media release...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking steps to improve the First Draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review so that small businesses have as much time as possible to access much needed PPP funds. The Biden-Harris Administration is focused on ensuring small...
WENATCHEE - NCW Libraries is seeking applicants for a new Teen Library Council that will help develop programs and resources for teens across North Central Washington. Youth in grades 8-12 who live in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Grant and Ferry counties are eligible to apply for the volunteer...

With seniors more isolated than ever due to the pandemic and stimulus checks being sent to millions of Americans nationwide, experts suggest that seniors and their families be extra vigilant. PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Daisy-Daisy / iStock via Getty Images Plus
(StatePoint) - Social isolation among seniors is not only linked to numerous negative health consequences like depression and cardiovascular disease, but it’s also a primary contributing factor in financial exploitation and scams. Estimated to affect one in 10 older adults and cost billions...

Learning to play an instrument requires a time commitment, so actually schedule a daily practice session -- at least 30 minutes -- in your planner or calendar. PHOTO SOURCE: (c) m-imagephotography / iStock via Getty Images Plus
(StatePoint) - Have you been wanting to learn to play an instrument for a long time? Let the New Year be your motivation to finally take the plunge. Here are some top tips for getting started and for sticking with it: • Schedule practice sessions: Learning to play an instrument requires a...
OLYMPIA – Today, Jan. 26, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced the appointment of Mr. Dan Laster as Director of the COVID-19 Vaccine Action Command and Coordination System (VACCS) Center to create public-private partnerships. In this role, Mr. Laster will tap into the unique...

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