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Hawkins eases from day-to-day duties

Buell Hawkins, longtime co-owner of Valley Tractor and Rentals, announced July 6 that he’s hammered out how and when he’ll give up the reins of running the business.

Spring sprouts new shops in valley

Spring sprouted a new batch of businesses across the Wenatchee Valley. Here are profiles of four that opened in May:Upper Eastside Coffee Co. Who: Owned and operated by Kristen Kennedy, a 15-year veteran of the coffee business who ran Tradewinds Coffee Co. for 10 years.

Business park expansion begins

Heavy machinery will begin rolling in this month to shape, dig and pave an expansion of the Pangborn Airport Business Park, officials with the Port of Douglas County announced May 11.
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Milliette out at Mission Ridge

The search has begun for a new general manager at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort following the resignation April 11 of longtime manager Mark Milliette.
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Campbell honored for life of innovation and generosity

WENATCHEE — Longtime Wenatchee Valley businessman and philanthropist Carl Campbell said he was humbled last month by a lifetime achievement honor that capped his nearly 60 years of determination and innovation in the local business community. “It was such a wonderful surprise,” he said. “Particularly coming from friends and associates that I’ve worked with for, let’s see — how long have we known each other? — many, many years.”

Winter Games are back … and so are the smiles

WENATCHEE — The cheering started here long before the games will. After last year’s threat of losing the state’s Special Olympics Winter Games, local civic and sports officials were all smiles this week as thousands of athletes, support staff and family members began pouring into the Wenatchee Valley for three days of competition.
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Stock trader, author back home to seed interest in finance

Here’s a good way to grab attention at the start of a high school economics class: “My company makes lots of money,” stock trader and author Darren Fischer told the fidgeting group. “Do you want to learn how to make lots of money?”

Ridge’s early opening draws giddy crowd

Geared up for downhill, teens Lindy Holmberg and Lauren Selland on Nov. 19 hauled their skis, boots, goggles and giddy enthusiasm to the busy chairlift at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.

Grant Road goes Dutch

Jimmy Crocker, this area’s Dutch Bros. Coffee franchisee, added the crowning touch Oct. 12 to a lineup of life’s essential businesses on Grant Road in East Wenatchee.

Cider Mill awarded culinary tourism honor

CASHMERE — The Cashmere Cider Mill has snagged an international award for its artisan ciders and commitment to culinary tourism. Announced Monday, the award for excellence from the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association recognized Marcia Green, Cider Mill owner, for the business’ handcrafted line of non-alcoholic Lady Blush Artisan Ciders.

Port of Quincy wants to ship your fruit and veggies

QUINCY — The Port of Quincy launched a national campaign Monday to promote the city as a prime location for packing and shipping fruits and vegetables. The Port joined with Rail Logistics to kick-off the campaign at the annual convention and tradeshow of the Produce Marketing Association in Atlanta. The event drew nearly 1,000 exhibitors and 19,000 attendees.

Sign up now to attend GWATA’s 2011 review

Put on your thinking caps. The staff and board of the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) will hold a year-in-review round robin discussion of the last 12 months and do a little planning for 2012.
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Omak orchard cuts sweet deal

Here’s a handful of business tidbits from the last couple of weeks that are worth noting: Omak orchard in the chips

Arena bondholders want their money

WENATCHEE — Investors who hold nearly one-third of the Town Toyota Center’s outstanding bonds expect to be paid back when the bonds expire on Dec. 1. A Denver-based law firm representing those bond holders recently sent letters to local and state officials stating that the investors expect to be paid the full amount they put into the project. They also expect a “unconditional written commitment” by Nov. 4 that the money will be repaid.
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People & Places

Staying on top Drs. Asia Dela Cruz and Geoffrey Ping of Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry attended a two-day Richardson Group workshop in Seattle for improving patient care. Team members who attended the workshop include Carmen DeRobles, Adriana Espinoza, Jana Fischback, Lisa Hurd, Courtney Lak, Chelsea Skeels, Lisa Stanton and Patty Tiechner.