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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.
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Dan Sollom | Scrambling for dollars

I don’t usually like to play in charity golf scrambles for various reasons. One, they are typically over five-plus hours long when 18 holes should be played in about three-and-a half hours. Two, they are sometimes governed by a funky, hard-to-understand handicap system, whereby a ridiculous 20-under par is required to win or at least be in the conversation. And three, you wait at least 10 minutes on every hole waiting to tee off, and that takes you out of any rhythm you might hope to establish. One and three ...
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Artie Pongo | orangutan is an art-making space

At 10 N. Mission St. here in Wenatchee, some local artists have created orangutan, a shared artists’ studios with storefront window display. The new space provides an incubator effort in establishing affordable workspaces here in North Central Washington and the “windowspace” is a drive-by art experience.
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Dahlia showtime in North Central Washington

After a season of dahlia shows all over Washington, North Central Washington finally gets to play host. We will be welcoming some of the top dahlia growers in the Northwest, as they head east to participate in the final show of the season, right here in Wenatchee. It’s been a hard year for dahlias here in the Wenatchee valley, with record-setting dry hot temperatures during July and August. In an ironic twist, while the dahlias were experiencing a case of arrested development, the goathead, purslane, morning glory, chickweed and sperge ...