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North Cascades Highway reopening begins

MAZAMA — If you like to track the annual push to reopen the North Cascades Highway, you'll be happy to see a larger effort to keep you informed through social media this year.

Wenatchee High School’s media team wins top awards

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee High School's Apple Leaf student newspaper had one of its best showings ever during the Washington Journalism Education Association State Conference in Auburn Saturday.
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Taking the Polar Plunge for Special Olympic athletes

The 2016 Polar Plunge took place at Walla Walla Point Park on Saturday. About $15,000 was raised at the event to benefit Special Olympic athletes and 57 plungers took the dip into the frigid Columbia River.

Grow and Diversify: Here’s how we got US Mat Systems in NCW

You may have heard that US Mat Systems is moving into the long-shuttered Longview Fibre mill in Chelan County. Company officials opted to move operations from Oregon to the Winton site for a number of reasons, including access to a Canadian market, access to rail at the site, and low-cost power. The company builds specialty wood and steel mats for oil rigs using proprietary designs that are protected by patents. It is no doubt a “win” for the region.

The charitable side of sports

Earlier this year, The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce assumed the responsibility of handling destination marketing for the Valley. A key component of that marketing effort involves sports, which is the basis behind the existence of the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council and its partnership with the Chamber.
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Culture of Conservation: In appreciation of sagebrush

I like to joke that for us Eastsiders, the Washington state evergreen is actually big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), not the legislature-adopted Douglas-fir tree. In our arid region of low rainfall, cold winters and hot dry summers, big sagebrush grows five to eight feet tall, forming a canopy above a sea of grasses, smaller shrubs, and wildflowers.
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Rhyme and Reason: Shopping for soap

I came to Wenatchee almost thirty years ago, and after stints with my husband in Burns and Prineville, Oregon and Elko, Nevada (and a brief layover in Spokane) it seemed like a metropolis. Always a bargain hunter, I became a fan of Grocery Outlet pretty early on. This poem was inspired by the scent of a particular soap I found there one day.
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Faces of the Homeless: A veteran finds a path out of homelessness

Most would think that a military veteran’s main hurdle when coming back home from service would be something substantial – post-traumatic stress disorder, adjusting back to civilian life, etc. However, something as seemingly small as having a safe place to rest one’s head is a reality many vets face as much as anyone else.
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Exploring Local Art: The meaning behind the ‘Lotus Seeker’

Nestled in the foliage on the corner of First Street and Wenatchee Avenue, a contemplative yet whimsical frog invites our gaze. With a closer look, we see the lotus reflected in his eyes and grasp the meaning of Leo Osborne’s poem about his sculpture, “Lotus Seeker”:
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Wenatchee’s Past: Church group tackles a conservation project

East Wenatchee’s landscape began a transformation in 1908 with the completion of the Columbia River Bridge and its life-giving irrigation pipeline. Like Wenatchee before the Highline Canal, the east side was characterized by sagebrush, rabbit brush and other tough shrub-steppe plants that could survive through hot, dry summers and only a few inches of rain a year. Irrigation changed this, not only for orchards but for small residential lots where gardens and flowering shrubs now could thrive.