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Valley’s lifeblood starts its spring flow

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WENATCHEE — In a spring ritual that has spanned more than 100 years, water began flushing through the Highline Canal this week, connecting irrigation users between Dryden, Wenatchee and the western rim of Douglas County.

Rick Smith, manager of the Wenatchee Reclamation District, drove his pickup slowly along the canal road near Western Avenue, watching as the head water crept through the canal, sweeping tumbleweeds and dried debris as it went.

“It’s an important part of our valley, a neat…

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