Students at three elementary schools are going to have a special treat on Friday. The Northwest Opera In Schools Etc. troupe will be engaging students in the marvel of live theater by performing an adaption of Donezetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment.”
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Here's a gallery of the photographs through the year that have won a first, second, or third place in the National Press Photography Association's monthly clip contest. It's a contest run and judged by members of the NPPA. With a winning photo each month, photographers earn points and those are totalled at the end of the year. I was fortunate to come in third place among photographers from Alaska, Oregon, Washington and the provinces of British Columbia and Yukon.
Finding common ground and working together for collaborative solutions is by far the most productive way to get things done. That model worked splendidly when the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land and Chelan County worked together with a multitude of agencies, organizations and individuals to develop a community-based plan protecting the Stemilt basin.
There’s an intriguing proposal being studied by the Forest Service at the top of No. 2 Canyon that could ultimately lead to a trailhead and 33 miles of trails that would accessible for hikers, mountain bikers and backcountry horsemen.
What professional visual artist Terry Valdez loved about working with kindergarten students at Washington Elementary this spring was their fearlessness in creative expression. Unless it is cultivated early in life, kids tend lose that fearless creativity.
When kids struggle to cope with traumatic events in their personal lives, it often shows up in behavioral problems at school and poor academic performance. So if we're going to expect kids to perform academically, it stands to reason that we need to find creative ways to support their emotional health.
It's interesting to see the perspectives that newcomers bring to North Central Washington. They see things with fresh eyes that may have escaped the attention of those of us who have been here for many years.