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Port Of Chelan Looks to Attract Green Businesses

The Port of Chelan’s looking to bring in new businesses and employers who want to be associated with green energy. The port’s Craig Larson says the county’s abundance of non-carbon emitting hydropower’s a natural fit for companies committed to the environment. He also claims the firms under consideration are being…


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FOOD BANKS Kick off Early Holiday Donation Requests

North Central Washington’s Food Banks are putting out an early call for food and monetary donations for the holiday season.  Proteins and baby foods, items and monetary donations are always in short supply and welcomed, but so are boxed foods, fresh foods and baked goods. Karen Brugmann with the Chelan…


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Hilton Hotel to be Developed On Wenatchee Waterfront

A prime piece of Wenatchee waterfront property will soon become home to a new Hilton hotel. Mayor Frank Kuntz says the City Council has approved a 1.3 million dollar agreement with developers to build the four-story hotel north of the Pybus Market . . The Mayor says the property has…


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State Voter Turnout Lagging; 46 Percent Participation Expected

Voter participation’s lagging behind typical off year elections in Washington, with ballot returns hovering around 30 percent.  But Dave Ammons with the Secretary of State’s office is expecting the final number to be 46 percent, which is a lot higher than almost every other state. Ammons says “One example is…


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Candidate Leading School Board Race Tried To Withdraw

The candidate who’s leading the Eastmont School Board Position 5 race doesn’t want the job. Jemomy Deskin, who has a slight edge over incumbent Stephen Piccirillo heading into Friday’s update of ballot results, tried to withdraw from the race, but failed. Douglas County Election Supervisor Marty Whitehouse says Deskin simply…


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Federal Burn Area Recovery Funds Approved

Posted from US Forest Service news release Wenatchee, WA — Funding was approved this week for emergency post-fire projects recommended by the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.   The team’s report and recommendations were approved, along with its funding request of $269,400 for public safety and emergency…


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Wildfire Information Summit

FREE TO THE PUBLIC! A panel of federal and state wildfire experts, lawmakers and fire prevention and education groups encourage citizens and business owners to attend the “Wildfires and Us” conference this Monday November 9th at the Wenatchee Performing Arts Center.  A panel of experts will discuss the latest scientific…




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Elected Officials Grapple With Alcoa Plant Closure

Alcoa’s announcement it’s going to idle its Wenatchee Works plant has a sharp impact on the Chelan County Tri-Commission meeting. The gathering was intended to focus on a new law enforcement center and a state fund for local infrastructure. But distress over the imminent closure of an operation which provides…