In the tourist meccas of Leavenworth and Chelan, hunters of an already scarce affordable house or apartment face an additional pressure: Landlords who can make more money by renting to short-term visitors at much higher rates.
CHELAN — The wildfire here last August was so hot and fast that not even metal buildings surrounded by concrete and asphalt could defend Lake Chelan Building Supply from being destroyed in the firestorm.
WENATCHEE — Natalie Narby and her daughter Morgan didn’t think they could ever feel safe again in the Broadview subdivision after the Sleepy Hollow wildfire last summer forced them to flee and reduced their home to ashes.
WENATCHEE — Even before famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright had ideas to improve Wenatchee’s waterfront, a long progression of traders, boatmen, irrigators, railroad barons and businessmen had put their stamp — docks, warehouses, shipping offices — on the banks of the Columbia River.
WENATCHEE VALLEY — After two worrisome winters with scant snow, managers of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club saw December and January’s frequent storms as a healthy sign for the local snow sports industry.
Here’s a surprise: Many small businesses in the Wenatchee Valley survived and have since thrived using lessons learned during 2007-2009’s recession, the nation’s worst economic slump in more than eight decades.