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The queen scene

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival kicks off Thursday with numerous events, from entertainment and a food fair at Memorial Park to the Queen’s Court exhibit at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Check out today’s special section in The Wenatchee World for more photos and a story on this year’s queen, Roslyn Thompson.

Nesting season

WENATCHEE — Spring is not only Apple Blossom season, it’s also nesting season. This osprey could be seen Tuesday building a nest in Riverfront Park. Opsrey are currently monitored by the state, but are not considered a species of concern. They are managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife as needed to prevent them from becoming endangered, threatened or sensitive.

Land acquisition discussion coming to East Wenatchee

EAST WENATCHEE — Douglas County commissioners are defending their support of a state land buy near Grand Coulee, saying they expect the public benefit from new fishing and hunting opportunities to far outweigh lost tax revenue.

Boat ramps to close for flow tests above Rock Island Dam

WENATCHEE — All boat ramps on the Columbia River between Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams could close between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, while the Chelan County PUD reduces river flow for testing.

Remains of missing man found

TWISP — Police on Monday recovered human remains believed to be those of a Twisp man who was reported missing two years ago.
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Panning for gold

Joe Gill, a long time gold panner, enjoyed a day of panning on Thursday along the Wenatchee River.

Chelan PUD could cut debt in half by 2019

WENATCHEE — If Mother Nature smiles on hydropower and market and expense forecasts play out as planned, the Chelan County PUD will cut its debt in half by 2019 without raising rates.

No ag labor shortage here as local growers prep for big harvests

NCW — An early-season agricultural labor shortage across the state in March has raised some concerns for fruit growers in North Central Washington, but any panic is on hold as orchardists prepare in advance for what could be another year of big harvests.
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Old Testament comes to life

Actors in flowing costumes took to the stage Monday night during a dress rehearsal for “Children of Eden." The 2014 Apple Blossom musical opens Thursday and runs through May 11 at the Riverside Playhouse. Tickets: pacwen.org, or call 663-ARTS.

Brown is top choice for Orchard principal

WENATCHEE — The assistant principal at Orchard Middle School is Wenatchee school Superintendent Brian Flones’ top choice for principal at that school.