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Contract awarded for $41.8 million in dam repairs

WENATCHEE — Chelan County PUD commissioners Friday awarded a $41.8 million contract to Andritz Hydro Corp. of Charlotte, North Carolina, to rehabilitate the four oldest turbine/generator units at Rock Island Dam.
Craft Warehouse to close Wenatchee store

Craft Warehouse to liquidate, close after 21 years

WENATCHEE — More than two decades of selling sequins, beads, fabrics, foam balls, picture frames, and other design doodads will come to an end in coming months as Craft Warehouse in Wenatchee sells off its inventory and closes for good.
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A phone-y tree

Workers from Strata Incorporated of Spokane use a lift to add material to new Verizon cell tower, to make it look like a tree.
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Feds begin process to stop Methow Valley mining

MAZAMA — In a move that drew praise from local businesses, residents and politicians, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday segregated 340,079 acres in the Methow Valley from rules that oversee mining on federal lands.
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Chelan-Douglas Trends: Marital status of female population age 15 and over

The size and path of these statistics offer insights into household formation, a key socio-economic event. The insights from the trends among these groups can help businesses and advertisers to better understand a local market. Combined with age detail, this indicator might also assist public school planners in fashioning forecasts on future enrollments. 
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30 Under 35 | Next question: Oly Mingo

The Wenatchee Valley Business World's “30 Under 35” program honored young community leaders earlier ​last year​. We tap their thoughts in this Sunday interview series.

Mine trucker dies after crash

WENATCHEE — A Republic man who reportedly lost the brakes on his semi-tractor trailer while hauling ore from the Buckhorn Mine on Dec. 21 died of his injuries, authorities said.

Audit alleges $66,000 fraud at irrigation district

WENATCHEE — A state Auditor's report accuses a former Lower Squilchuck Irrigation District secretary of misappropriating more than $66,000 in district payroll over the past five years.
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Recovery comes to Chelan

CHELAN — If you’re wondering whether the Chelan area has recovered from the devastating 2015 wildfires, well, the answer depends on where you look.

Pangborn studied as alternate for smokejumper base

WINTHROP — The U.S. Forest Service will consider Pangborn Memorial Airport near East Wenatchee, and McAllister Field in Yakima, as alternative sites as the agency looks at the best options for updating facilities at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base near Winthrop.

Christmas tree recycling Jan. 7

WENATCHEE — Christmas is over, but there's still that tree drying up in your house. Chelan County Public Works will help you get rid of it before its needles weave you a new carpet.
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Skiing at Echo Valley

Skiing, snowboarding and tubing operations are open at Echo Valley Ski Area, about 10 miles north of Chelan. As of early this week, the facility hadn't operated its Poma lift because of lack of snow. For updates on the facility and its annual New Year's Eve Family Celebration, go to echovalley.org. 
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Business Past | Landmark sign moves

LANDMARK SIGN MOVES: The scene is Wenatchee Avenue looking south. Dick Tyrrell, Jerry D'Eon and Fred Farrington, from left, make preparations for removing the Skookum sign from the roof of the Wenatchee Hotel building in 1965. The sign, which had been on top the hotel for more than 45 years, was being moved to accommodate a remodeling project. (Business World file photo)