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Andy Dappen | Springtime naturalist courses bloom in NCW

Finally we’ve passed the gray months of winter and are headed into the season of color. Consider amping up your outdoor experience this year by taking a local naturalist course. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, native plants or local birds, there are springtime courses for telling the difference between mule’s ear (wyethia amplexicaulis) and the ears mules.
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Anni Hisey | We can learn much from the Saddle Rock legend

Have you heard the legend of how the two bears were turned into stone because they didn’t get along? According to Wenatchi Indian tradition, the feature we know and love as Saddle Rock has a fascinating folklore. If you don’t know the whole tale, it is well worth your time to stop by the museum and ask for a story hour (their bookstore has a great book about it as well). Not only is it part of our landscape heritage here in Wenatchee, but the fable also delivers a powerful ...
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Curt Haire | ‘Heidi’s children’ should inspire us all

In the beloved children’s classic “Heidi,” the climactic passage describes Heidi’s formerly disabled cousin, Clara, after an extended visit to Heidi’s high mountain home, running to meet her father while Heidi dances around her, crowing, “I knew the mountains would make you well! I knew they would make you well!”
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Wendell George | Why Native Americans have special respect for gravesites

For untold generations, stories circulated about our ancestors’ campgrounds in East Wenatchee. My dad, Moses, felt drawn there, so we moved to Grant Road and Kentucky Street. Much later, in 1987, 13,000-year-old Clovis spear points were discovered near Grant Road. The find included mammoth bone tools and evidence of giant sloths, camels, large bison and mastodon now extinct. The descendants of those people survived just like the Native Americans of today. Are they related?
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Rebecca Maloney | Kindness effort is gaining momentum

What is Pay It Forward NCW? What are Random Acts of Kindness? To explain, let me tell you a bit about myself. I moved to the Wenatchee Valley in June of 1981. While the look of the valley has changed significantly since then, the feel has not. Our community remains the vibrant, generous, amazing place I am proud to call home.