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Susan Sampson | Politics are a quieter affair here

When we retired from Seattle to Wenatchee, my husband and I noticed a significant political difference in the two communities. Over there, almost everybody was a Democrat. Over here, almost everybody is a Republican. It doesn’t matter to us: We never miss voting and we always vote opposite of one another, canceling out each other’s vote, on everything from who should be president of the United States to whether chickens should be permitted by our homeowners’ association.
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Karen Dawn Dean | The role of art in the area

Every Friday morning, there’s an ongoing conversation about expanding Wenatchee Valley’s art presence. Here in the valley, we’re seeing the stirrings of change accompanied by an uptick in our communities’ cultural vitality, and while subtle, an accompanying shift in attitude and optimism about our futures.
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Terry Vranjes | Steps and stumbles

I knew it wasn’t going to be easy climbing out of my rock bottom hole, and the events of the last few weeks have proven that. While over the half-way mark (45 days) to my goal of finishing my 90-day drug treatment stay, I caught a rather vile case of the plague. OK, it was pneumonia, but it might as well had been the plague as bad as I felt. After being medically discharged from treatment, I returned home to the Wenatchee area to gather my strength, and start my ...
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Matt Kearny | Figure skating championships: A special treat

An estimated 268 skaters representing six western states are expected to compete in the U.S Figure Skating Northwest Pacific Regionals at the Town Toyota Center, Sunday through Tuesday. Many of those have the chance to move on to sectionals competition, with an opportunity to join the U.S. figure skating team (can you say “Olympics?”).
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Garn Christensen | Communicate with school officials

Earlier this year, Eastmont and other regional school districts sent home letters to parents stating that our schools and district were not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress.Sending home these letters is a federal Department of Education requirement for any district who does not have 100 percent of their students at grade level.
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Chris Rader | The fire of '94: This summer's fires a reminder of the Tyee Fire

This summer’s devastating wildfires in North Central Washington has ignited memories of another terrible fire season 20 years ago. Four major fire complexes on what were then the Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee and Entiat ranger districts of the Wenatchee National Forest destroyed homes, disrupted commerce, and blackened many miles of forest landscape in 1994.
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Steve Wright | How can the Chelan County PUD do all that and not raise rates?

I’ve just finished my first year here at the PUD. As a history buff, I’m reminded of a Harry Truman thought when he unexpectedly became President — a person may have a plan for what they might do in a particular job, but in reality you perform against the assignment circumstances give you. That’s certainly been the case given the significant events of the past year that were not in anyone’s forecast.
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Diana Haglund | Fostering economic innovation and creating a talent pipeline

Gaps in the talent pipeline pose a serious challenge as we look towards the future. There are 75 million baby boomers that are on the verge of retirement. For the next 20 years, an average of 10,000 people each day will reach age 65 and become “eligible” to retire. These numbers and their impact are awe-inspiring and a bit frightening. The “silver tsunami” as it’s called will dramatically change the economic outlook of our nation and community.
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Susan Sampson | Finding and feasting on pho in Wenatchee

Pho — pronounce it “fuh,” as in “fun.” It’s Vietnamese street-vendor soup that I regard as a gourmet treat. I was worried that I’d never find it in Wenatchee when I moved here five years ago, but Van Tran solved that problem when he opened his VN Pho restaurant four-and-a-half years ago. He serves it out of the strip mall just off Miller in Wenatchee, across Springwater Avenue from Walgreens.