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Susan Ballinger | Neotropical migrants raising young in our canyons

Hanging clothes on my backyard clothesline gives me a chance to look west, up into the V-shaped No. 2 Canyon, where steep sagebrush-covered slopes plunge down to the brushy canyon bottomland. As I hang deep-blue jeans, bright white sheets, and a sienna orange tee shirt, I picture these three vivid colors marking a singing male lazuli bunting, just up the canyon. He is perched atop a serviceberry, at the edge of the tangle of trees and shrubs that shade the small creek. As I hang a bright yellow towel, my ...
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Barbara Flick | Stay firewise

A few weeks ago, for the sixth year in a row, property owners in Forest Ridge and the Upper Squilchuck Valley came together to celebrate their annual Firewise Day with a potluck get-together. Chief Mike Burnett and other officers of Chelan County Fire District 1 attended, as well as their mascot, Sparky. Both children and adults enjoyed getting up close to the fire trucks and equipment. Chief Burnett thanked the group for providing opportunities for the fire district to interact with citizens to facilitate and encourage the use of fire-resistant ...
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Jean Towers | Those smile-filled, glorious days at Wells House

We all know it as Wells House, but it should really be called Clark-Wells house after the two prominent families who originally lived there. One, the W.T. Clarks, who built it and raised a family of five children. What fun they must have had playing in all those rooms and filling the house with laughter! Two, Mr. and Mrs. A.Z Wells, whose only child died shortly after birth, which made for a more quiet, subdued lifestyle, but just as full of love for the house.
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Diana Haglund | Students test careers

There are many ways students can explore career paths. One of the best ways for young people to get a glimpse of what it takes to be successful in an occupation is through a job shadow. Job shadowing links schools and businesses by providing students with an opportunity to spend time in a real workplace. 
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Kaylin Bettinger | Why a community land trust works for Leavenworth

Like resort towns all over the country, we face a unique challenge here in Leavenworth. We want good teachers in our schools, quality health care providers in our hospital, friendly servers in our restaurants, fresh fruits and veggies at our farmers market. But if the people who provide those services, who make this town live and breathe, can’t afford to live here, what happens to this town?
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Zach Hinman | Program teaches Entiat ecology

For three days last week, approximately 300 high school students found themselves on the scenic grounds of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery for the annual Kids in the Creek event (KITC). KITC is a hands-on outdoor education program in which high school biology students study stream ecology on the Entiat River. Thousands of North Central Washington students have experienced this unique learning opportunity since its inception in 1992.
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Norm Sturm | There's no place like NCW

A little history... I was born and raised on the “dark side,” some call them the 206’ers. On a fateful weekend after Memorial Day I said, “I just cannot take this anymore.” It was 46 degrees and raining and I had had enough. So instead of church, we packed the car and headed over the hill. Thirty years later, my heart’s desire has been realized and now three years after the move back to Washington, we have fully embraced life in our beautiful Wenatchee Valley!
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Susan Sampson | Dan O'Brien and the North Cascades Highway

When John Frank Stevens planned the railroad route over his pass between Wenatchee and Everett, perhaps he would have chosen the less tortuous route over the Snoqualmie and Stampede Passes if he’d known about it. But a North Cascades route? Probably not. Too steep, too high, too ravaged by winter weather. It took Dan O’Brien of Wenatchee to meet the challenge of a North Cascades Highway, although only for automobiles, not trains.