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Eastmont to appoint facilities committee

ROCK ISLAND — With two levies approved by voters last week, Eastmont School District Superintendent Garn Christensen is now looking at how the district will spend all that new money.

Everyday Business | Sales taxes up; Toolbox will shut

Sales surge: Taxable retail sales in Chelan and Douglas counties surged in the second quarter of 2016, according to the state Department of Revenue. Compared to 2015’s second quarter, taxable sales in Chelan County jumped 17.9 percent to $506.7 million and in Douglas County rose 13.3 percent to $220.1 million. The reason: The region’s ag and tourism economies are strong. Meanwhile, Okanogan County showed a modest 0.3 percent rise to $160.7 million, while Grant County’s taxable sales fell 0.5 percent to $455.5 million.

Art you can eat

Luz Fuentes uses a plastic knife to add detail to a candy carrot and flower she is making using sugar paste.

Eastmont school levies passing

EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont School District voters appear to have approved two levy proposals that will shore up Eastmont schools for the next few years.

Farm to School

WENATCHEE — Kent Getzin hopes his new career as a food service consultant will lead to a healthy relationship between schools and local farms and healthier lunches for all students.

Maker Faire brings robots to the Ave

WENATCHEE — A pair of eighth graders from Entiat Middle School, Lucas Spitler and Jimmy Mitchell, sit behind a table. Before them is a grey, rectangular, alien-looking contraption made of Legos with an arm in the center that’s stuck inside a mason jar filled with a brownish, orangish juice.

Art of community | IRIS Success Summit offers NCW inspiration

One of the most effective North Central Washington organizations in fostering a sense of community is the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship, a tiny nonprofit run on a shoestring by former Nature Conservancy staffer Nancy Warner.

Donate new and used books for local kids

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee High School's DECA program is holding a book drive. The books will go to local elementary school students and their families.

Pateros park to recognize Methow Indians

PATEROS — A tepee and a sculpture of a Methow Indian spearing salmon from a horse will likely be the features that draw people to yet-to-be-built Methow Monument in Pateros.

Pumpkins and physics

Tieren Drolc, 9, Leavenworth, reacts as a pumpkin he tried launching across the playground at Osborn Elementary School in Leavenworth goes off course on Tuesday

Man arrested after Peshastin school goes on lockdown

PESHASTIN — Students at the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School were in lockdown for about 45 minutes Monday morning after a man with a gun in his pocket created a disturbance at the school.

Sharratt named WSU’s Advocate for Education

WENATCHEE — East Wenatchee resident Gene Sharratt has been picked to receive the 2016 Advocate  for Education Award by Washington State University's College of Education.

Treating kids to music

Some of the 400 children from Wenatchee, Waterville and Cashmere schools listen to opera maestro Jose Iniguez as he sings at the Numerica Performing Arts Center on Friday. They were taking part in the Every Kid at the PAC program. Earlier that week, an anti-bullying program called Out of Bounds presented a production under the same program that encourages all children to enjoy local performances.