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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.
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Raven Speaks: New park will honor Entiat tribe

The history of the Entiat tribe and my great-grandfather Chilcosahaskt was little known until recently when Chelan County Public Utility District and the town of Entiat began an extensive upgrade of Entiat Park. This has led to an opportunity to record history for posterity.