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Haggen auction delayed until Thursday

WENATCHEE — The auction to decide the fate of Wenatchee’s Haggen grocery — along with 32 other Haggen stores in Washington and Oregon — has been postponed until Thursday.

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Kristen Taylor, Senior vice president/investments for Stifel Financial Corp., qualified for the firm's 2015 Chairman’s Council, one of 128 of the firm's top-producing financial advisers.
Map: Wenatchee Valley Medical Clinic

Legionella bacteria found at Confluence Health

WENATCHEE — Confluence Health officials have hired experts to drain and chemically treat part of a cooling system on the campus of Wenatchee Valley Hospital & Clinics after discovery of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

Businesses come out against Mazama mine proposal

MAZAMA — Methow Valley businesses are banding together to oppose a Canadian mining company’s request to drill test holes that could lead to a copper mine near Mazama, a popular destination for recreation.

Fatal work injuries rise across state in 2014

WASHINGTON — Two work categories — agriculture-forestry-fishing and construction — led all industries statewide in the number of fatal work injuries in Washington in 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

PayneWest buys local Wells Fargo Insurance operations

WENATCHEE — PayneWest Insurance, the largest independent, employee-owned agency in the Northwest, has entered into an agreement with Wells Fargo Insurance to buy their operations in Wenatchee and Yakima.

Haggen’s future here hangs on Friday auction

WENATCHEE — The fate of Wenatchee’s Haggen grocery will be decided Friday when the store goes on the auction block with 32 other of the company’s “core stores” in Washington and Oregon.

Glitch leaves some Alcoans without insurance

WENATCHEE — At least 12 displaced employees from Alcoa’s idled Wenatchee Works smelter say the company has canceled their health insurance before the promised, Sunday end date, leaving them without assistance in paying for medical care and medicines.

Planning commissioners to further study pot ban proposal

WENATCHEE — A proposed ban that would eliminate all marijuana growing and processing operations in unincorporated Chelan County is not the way to resolve the industry’s conflicts with the public over smell, security and siting.

Bike lanes on Valley Mall Parkway?

EAST WENATCHEE — City officials are asking for public input regarding the future of Valley Mall Parkway: Bike lanes or no bike lanes?

State, Alcoa pitch in more funding for worker retraining

WENATCHEE — State funding and donations from the Alcoa Foundation have allowed Wenatchee Valley College to expand class scheduling and staff to retrain at least 100 of the Alcoa workers who this month lost their jobs at the now-idled Wenatchee Works smelter.