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Wilf Woods | Remembering the first jets

A 70-year flashback to World War II’s first jets reminded me of how much I did not know about the first operational jet fighter, the P-80.

Bird hunting ban: necessary

North Central Washington has a long and enduring culture of hunting. Not everyone hunts but it is part of the fabric of who we were and who we are. For many, it is an activity that has been a shared family experience for generations.

Apple grant to Orondo allows a technology leap

When technology is used effectively in classrooms, the result is that student learning is enhanced. Kids are more engaged and take ownership in their academic success.

Hospital proposal is sound choice for community

Nearly a year ago, Lake Chelan Community Hospital set out to engage our community in a broad discussion about the future of health care in the greater Lake Chelan valley. A crucial part of that discussion addressed our community’s aging, undersized primary health care facility.

Our museum is too important

For Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to ponder the future of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Wilf Woods | Classical music weekend

It’s a classical music weekend, with Saturday’s Wenatchee Valley Symphony orchesta concert, and a trio on Sunday afternoon at The Grove on the WVC campus.

Solar power is good business forPUD and NCW

When my husband and I bought ridge-top property in 2004, we resolved that solar energy was in our future. When we looked into it closer this spring, we were incredibly pleased to find that doing the right thing is also financially feasible.

Our local ski areas need us more than ever

I am amazed at how the folks at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club survived the severe financial challenges brought on by the lack of snow last year.

Time to expand the corporate mind for long-term gain

Here’s a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares. By removing shares from circulation, companies made remaining shares pricier, thus creating the impression of a healthier business without the risks of actual business activity.

Want a healthier community? Connect the dots

Our North Central Washington communities would be greatly strengthened if we took a focused approach to solving our most pressing challenges — high poverty rates, lack of educational attainment, and serious health issues like as shockingly high teen birth rates.

Editorial: In the Methow, collaboration wins

They worked together, collaborated, compromised, sought a solution rather than pick a fight. That produced results, when two decades as stubborn adversaries brought nothing.

Editorial: At Chelan, they listen

The people of Chelan, both civic and commercial interests, genuinely and fervently wanted Lake Chelan to stay a foot higher in September. The higher lake would enhance the appeal of their greatest asset at a most beautiful time of the year. The Chelan County PUD, which lowers the lake in the fall to capture runoff and manage its Lake Chelan hydroelectric project, was asked to accommodate this request.