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Guests tour big pot farm to see and learn

WENATCHEE HEIGHTS — About a dozen special guests toured one of Chelan County’s largest marijuana farms Wednesday to gain a better understanding of the business of growing legal weed.

Land Trust buys Lester’s Trail

WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust acquired the last puzzle piece in the Sage Hills area of the Wenatchee Foothills on Sept. 15 after trying for eight years.

Pot group says it’s time to lighten up

SOAP LAKE — Marijuana has become such big business in Washington state that an industry association says it’s time to lighten up, relax a little, and have some fun.

Tourist towns face unique challenges for affordable housing

In the tourist meccas of Leavenworth and Chelan, hunters of an already scarce affordable house or apartment face an additional pressure: Landlords who can make more money by renting to short-term visitors at much higher rates.

Next question: Elizabeth Garcia

The Wenatchee Valley Business World’s “30 Under 35” program recently honored young community leaders. We tap their thoughts in this Sunday interview series.

Rooftop pot grow in Monitor

Marijuana plants are visible growing on the roof of the once-vacant Collins Fruit warehouse in downtown Monitor. Licensed grower and processor, Poorman Enterprises, has leased the building since May 2015 and is now approaching its second outdoor harvest of organically grown pot. General Manager Scott Edson says the company is growing seven strains of recreational and medical marijuana on the roof, in an outdoor yard and inside the warehouse, where processing also takes place. About 15 people work there year-round and as many as 30 during harvest. "We have brought ...

Inslee supports campaign to stop Mazama mine

MAZAMA — Gov. Jay Inslee has agreed to support a push to remove some 340,000 acres of public land in the Methow Valley from mineral exploration and extraction.

Mela owner finds joy in building community

The art and business of making coffee appeals to Kyle Hendrickson’s entrepreneur’s mindset and his knack for figuring out efficient process improvements and tinkering with equipment. But at the end of the day it’s building community that is Hendrickson’s driving passion.
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Art of Community | Mela Coffee expands roasting and shipping operation

Kyle Hendrickson and his team at Mela Coffee Roasting Co. — formerly Caffe Mela — are taking their business to the next level with a major expansion. They've opened a 4,000-square-foot roasting and shipping facility at the Corner of Columbia Street and Orondo Avenue in the space that once housed Silkscreen Printers. It's a move that will allow them to aggressively market their coffee blends over the internet and expand the number of retail customers that they serve.

Maker Faire to feature hands-on activities

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Mini Maker Faire, the world’s first produced by students, heads next month into its second year of featuring local innovators, artists and performers.

Couple wonder if retirement is but a dream

SEATTLE — Saving for retirement is a source of financial anxiety for 29 percent of Americans, a recent survey by life insurer Northwestern Mutual estimated.

Seattle becomes No. 1 U.S. market for Chinese homebuyers

SEATTLE — A growing wave of money from China and other foreign countries is pouring into the Seattle-area housing market, helping drive home prices even higher. And since July a new tax on international buyers in Vancouver, B.C., long a popular market for home seekers from China, has focused even more global interest here.

Meet Angela the life-saving server from Olive Garden

EAST WENATCHEE — One day in August, while alone in the Olive Garden employee break room, Angela Salgado did what most don’t and took the time to read one of the workplace safety posters hung on the wall. It gave instructions on how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking person.