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Susan Ballinger | Take action to preserve whitebark pine

The sharp scent of fresh-cut pine is a signature of the holidays and reminds us of our deep human connection to conifer trees. Our Eastside Cascade forests are home to four native pines: ponderosa, lodgepole, western white and whitebark. Pines grow signature cones, each containing seeds. Most commonly when ripe, the woody cone scales open and spread apart, exposing a seed surrounded by a papery wing that is easily carried away by the wind. However, whitebark pinecones never open on their own so their large wingless seeds remain encased inside ...
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Wendell George | Little Joe and the animal world

It was natural for Little Joe to follow the Indian First Commandment, “Treat the earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.” He and his pet spaniel shared an uncompromising love. She built her world around him by imitating him, like bouncing a tennis ball and catching it. He thought she was the smartest dog in the world and proudly showed the trick to his uncle (Twasen).
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The Wells House was a dormitory

During the early years of Wenatchee Valley (Junior) College, the Wells House served as many things, one being a girls dormitory. Eighteen to 20 girls lived on the second floor, ate in the college dining room and socialized and studied in the main floor living room. Three of us got together recently to reminisce about our time as We Ho Gis (Wells House Girls) for two wonderful years, from 1953-1955.
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Jodi Smith Payne | Make an impact on learning by becoming an emergency sub

You may have read about it in newspapers across the state. It’s a challenge many school districts face this year. Substitute teachers are in short supply. The sub shortage is causing a crisis in schools across the state when teachers are out due to illness, personal leave, or professional learning, and substitutes are not available to their cover classrooms.
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Brenna Dimmig | New Día de los Muertos event will rise again

I met with Miseal Ferardo Perez for lunch in late October. Before the food even arrived, we were deep in conversation about Día de los Muertos. The beloved Mexican celebration was fast approaching and we were dizzy with anticipation. So dizzy — and possibly delusional — that we thought it would be a good idea to throw a Día de los Muertos fiesta on a week’s notice. The Wenatchee Community Center could host the event, Misael offered to organize food and entertainment, I’d make event fliers.
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Dan Sollom | Apple Tree — take a bite

Playing golf in November can be dicey if you live in North Central Washington. Late fall brings cooler daytime highs, wind, rain and even snow and frozen turf. It’s a challenge to play daily if you’re sick and addicted like me. Luckily for us, we have golf options to the south that become more suitable for this time of year.
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How two local youths inspired the Mayor's Maker Forum

A couple talented Wenatchee students played a significant role in inspiring City of Wenatchee officials to launch the Mayor's Maker Forum this Thursday at Wenatchee Valley College. Valley Academy 8th grader Sam Monson, who is passionate about tinkering with technology,  proposed that the community develop a "Maker Space,"  according to Allison Williams, the city's executive services director, Steve King, the community and economic development director and others. The idea was seized upon quickly by the city. Before that, the notion of "Maker Space" was not even on their radar, Williams ...