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Kids in the Creek 1

Zach Hinman | Program teaches Entiat ecology

For three days last week, approximately 300 high school students found themselves on the scenic grounds of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery for the annual Kids in the Creek event (KITC). KITC is a hands-on outdoor education program in which high school biology students study stream ecology on the Entiat River. Thousands of North Central Washington students have experienced this unique learning opportunity since its inception in 1992.
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Ed Farrar A.Z. Wells Award 1

Farrar receives Spirit of A.Z. Wells Award

WENATCHEE — Edward Farrar has a gift for overcoming obstacles. He abandoned a football scholarship at Georgia Tech after just one year, so he could study medicine. He raised his sunken cabin cruiser in a Florida hurricane and then spent a year working construction to pay off his debt on the uninsured boat. 
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Kory Kalahar | WestSide 'family' — helping each other during difficult times

When tragedy struck the Parker family once again and the kids lost their father and their mother lost her husband, the students at WestSide High were shocked, hurt and ready to help. Three students from the Leadership Club — Samantha Welch, Courtney Welch and Carmen Cruz-Gonzalez — sprung into action immediately thinking of ways they could help the family and their mother’s continuing battle against Stage 4 cancer.
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Tom Arnold | Why I chose to live in the Wenatchee Valley

In 1990, I left a town of roughly 50,000 people in Indiana to be on the West Coast where I could quickly get to the mountains (Indiana is very flat) while also being a part of the tech industry. I picked Seattle because of Microsoft and the Cascade mountains. As time has passed, tech moved to “the cloud” and allowed software developers to work anywhere. This past June, I chose Wenatchee because it has the high-speed Internet connection I need, lower taxes, cheaper utility bills, less traffic, fresh produce, friendlier ...
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Dawn Kranz | Helping out where needed

When the Upper Valley Free Clinic (in Leavenworth) was just taking shape back in 2001, I agreed to help out as a Spanish interpreter. The prospect of throwing myself into the jostle of unknown challenges was a bit frightening. But assurance that this was something I was meant to do helped to calm the worries.
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Teri Fink | Student performs at Carnegie Hall

Wenatchee High School senior Alex Stroming performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of The Honors Performance Series for high school. Nominated for the position by WHS choir teacher Dawn McCormick, Alex was one of two regional high school students to be selected, along with McKenzie Hemstrom of Cashmere High School, also nominated by McCormick.
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Jaana Hatton | Simplicity is good

As soon as I stepped onto the bright premises of the Artisan Bread Co. here in town, the busy sounds of Wenatchee Avenue faded away. While classical music gently softened my pace, the elegant metal artwork of East Wenatchee artist Tim Hautala on the wall caught my attention. I felt there was nourishment here for the whole person, body and soul.
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Jaana Hatton | The magic of mariachi

Ramon Rivera’s hearty handshake and warm smile put me at ease right away. He is the director of the Wenatchee High School Mariachi Program, with contagious bubbling energy. It extends much past 3:30 p.m., when classes end. With three high school groups and one in the middle school, it is enthusiasm and dedication that keep him going.