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12th District lawmakers say state budget is top priority

OLYMPIA — Driven by expensive mandates to fund education, the governor’s proposed $39 billion biennium budget — and the slew of new taxes he’d create to fund it — will be the hottest topic during the state’s 2015 legislative session, which begins Monday.

Artis is new name for Icicle Arts

LEAVENWORTH — One of the Wenatchee Valley’s most prominent arts organizations has renamed itself to reflect a new direction and home office, organizers announced Friday.

Nothing but net

The Wenatachee Valley College Winter Basketball Shooting Clinic drew dozens of youngsters Monday to improve their shooting skills. A dribbling clinic will be held this spring.

Ag safety course set for next week

WENATCHEE — A safety training course for Spanish-speaking agricultural workers on the top farm hazards will be hosted here next week by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

Cashmere teachers find new horizons teaching abroad

WENATCHEE — Finding teaching jobs in foreign countries has long been a popular way for professionals to put their education to good use while exploring distant lands. For a variety of reasons, several have ventured afar from the unlikely origin of Cashmere Middle School, although the school is hardly unique in that regard. Currently, four from Cashmere are now working at one foreign school, the Colegio Los Nogales in Bogota, Colombia. Several other former Cashmere teachers have recently taught elsewhere in the world.

5 things | A community secret: Cascadia Conservation District

I’m Amanda Levesque, Education and Outreach Specialist for Cascadia Conservation District. Conservation Districts are non-regulatory, grant-funded agencies committed to the wise stewardship and conservation of natural resources and we are passionate about our work. Cascadia Conservation District is one of the best kept secrets in your community, offering a wide variety of programs and opportunities. We invite you to learn more about us in this article highlighting five things you should know about Cascadia Conservation District. Please visit our website,, or call us at (509) 436-1601 to learn more!

Taxes refunded to Carlton Complex victims

OKANOGAN — Okanogan County residents who lost homes or other property in the Carlton Complex Fires got at least one break this year: A drop in their property taxes.

Readers react: Bus rape investigator cites ‘lax’ supervision

WENATCHEE — There were plenty of angry comments on the Wenatchee World’s Facebook page and emails this past weekend in response to the findings of a Wenatchee School District investigation of alleged rapes that occurred on a Sept. 6 freshman football team bus ride.

Thinking in 3D

WENATCHEE — Local students are beginning to think and see things in 3D, and they don’t need those cardboard-framed glasses to do so.

Toy shopping: Kids and cops show how its done

This is the first year for the “Cops & Kids” program where 41 Wenatchee School District kids are paired up with local enforcement officers and sent through Hooked on Toys to buy for themselves and relatives.

Wilf Woods | Museum faces changes

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center has had an interim director since early December in Jim Russell, whose mission is to get a permanent one in place and keep the doors open meanwhile.

Canoe carver’s latest stop: Tonasket

TONASKET — There’s something special about watching a group of kids put away their cell phones for hours and get involved, instead, in an activity that dates back thousands of years.

Bridgeport High School reopens after vandal attack

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport High School reopened this morning after teachers worked through the day Tuesday to clean up massive damage left by vandals Sunday night. The damage closed the school Monday and Tuesday.

Vandalism shutters high school

BRIDGEPORT — A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of vandals who did “tens of thousands of dollars” in damage to Bridgeport High School Sunday night.