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Area comes up short in competition for Best Community

DURHAM, N.C. — The Wenatchee Valley’s run to be crowned America’s Best Community ended here Wednesday when judges in the national contest named eight communities as finalists, but not Wenatchee.

Business Past | Home of the handmade milkshake

The Crescent Variety Store on Orondo Avenue in Wenatchee in 1900. Behind the counter are proprietor Charles Kyle and clerk Carrie Sanders. It was Wenatchee’s first soft drink and notion store. Kyle settled in East Wenatchee in 1888 and 10 years later started the Crescent. It was said that he made the first milkshakes in the valley with a small hand-powered machine. (Business World file photo)

A business that’s back and better than ever

Brett LaMar and his team at Lake Chelan Building Supply are busy as can be these days. Last July, the company’s Chelan lumber yard burned to the ground in the lightning-sparked conflagration that turned the town into a war zone.

Dealing with transgender issues in public facilities

In 2006, the Washington Legislature passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and places of public accommodations. As defined by law, “sexual orientation, means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity. Gender identity or expression refers to one’s having, in part, to having or perceiving as having a gender identity different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to a person at birth.

Editor’s Note | Riverfront development beginning to show life

One of Wenatchee’s greatest attributes is the Columbia River. The water it provides keeps our landscape green and our agricultural industry thriving. Of course, it also provides inexpensive power, which benefits the entire region in a wide variety of ways.

Success hinges on private investors

WENATCHEE — Town Toyota Center and Pybus Public Market today stand as the two signature bookends of a city vision for riverfront re-development more than a decade in the making.

March jobless rate rises in Okanogan County

OKANOGAN — A shrinking labor force coupled with a growing number of jobless residents in March sparked a jump in Okanogan County’s unemployment rate to 9.8 percent, a 1.3 percentage point increase over one year ago.

Wilf Woods | Meanwhile, back on the farm …

There's a new look to Mansfield wheat fields nowadays, with "no till" wheat planting the latest change. Darold Wax took Fred Deal and me last week to see the operation, run by one of his relatives, Doug Poole.