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Jill Fineis and Ariaha Jones | Wenatchee School District taking STEAM outdoors

The world is full of acronyms and the latest buzzword to hit the educational system is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and PBL (project based learning). Knowing what they stand for is one thing, but putting them into practice is precisely what the Wenatchee School District’s Science Resource Center aims to do with their outdoor science field experiences (SFE).
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Linda Holmes-Cook | An autumn lullaby

As I waited for the light to change on the corner of 19th and Sunset Highway, I couldn’t help but be reminded that harvest is upon us. Tractor-trailer rigs laden with square boxes filled with Honeycrisp, Gala, Grannies, Jonagold, Ambrosias, Auroras, Goldens and Reds lumber past, destined for packing sheds and ultimately, markets throughout Washington, the U.S., and other parts of the world. This is the time of year that so many of us spend the rest of the year preparing for — we are now rewarded for our careful ...
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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.