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I didn’t fully appreciate what our local attorneys have been doing to help low income residents with their civil legal problems until I chatted this week with Ryan Feeney, the executive director of Volunteer Attorney Services for Chelan and Douglas counties. Feeney, who once upon a time was a reporter here at The World and then went back to school for a law degree, oversees an impressive effort by the Chelan-Douglas Bar Association to help people with limited financial means get access to free legal help.
Ryan Feeney chats with World Publisher Rufus Woods about how the Chelan-Douglas Bar Association attorneys step up and volunteer their services to help low-income clients with civil matters.
We’ve been getting lots of positive comments about columns we’ve been running from community members in recent weeks. You may have noticed our Community Connection pages that feature first-person perspectives representing a wide range of interests in North Central Washington. I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but that honor belongs to long-time reader Cordy Beckstead of Wenatchee. She was kind enough to send me a clipping last fall from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin describing their community contributor program. After talking with Union Bulletin Editor Rick Doyle and Publisher Rob Blethen, we decided to steal the idea and see if it would resonate with readers and also inspire individuals with unique perspective to share their knowledge with the community.
The sister city relationship with Misawa, Japan, has provided the Wenatchee Valley with a wonderful international connection over the years. We’re fortunate to have the Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City organization nurturing the relationship.
Seven exceptional nurses will be honored Thursday for patient care as part of Nurse Week. Christy Monnot stopped by to talk with World Publisher Rufus Woods about the awards and also discussed why she's passionate about her profession.
The second annual Vox Docs Film Festival has been added to the already full schedule of events this weekend, highlighted by the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. Rick Wray of Leavenworth, who coordinates the festival, stopped by the office on Monday to talk about the documentary films to be shown. Every film has won a major award at a prestigious film festival, so the quality is guaranteed to be exceptional.
World Publisher Rufus Woods chats with Rick Wray, founder of the Vox Docs Film Festival. Wray has built a career on teaching teachers and students how to use digital storytelling to create a vibrant learning environment. He talks about the five films at this year's festival and the organizations that the proceeds will support.
The Eastmont School District is undergoing a remarkable transformation as its $75 million school construction project takes shape. I was impressed by the functionality, the cost-saving approaches and the aesthetics during a tour of Sterling Middle School and Eastmont High School arranged by Superintendent Garn Christensen.
One gets the sense in this fast-evolving economy that figuring out ways to help entrepreneurs get their ideas to market might be a more fruitful strategy than hoping to land the occasional significant existing business that wants to relocate to our region. The challenge is helping people with creative ideas to create new products and services figure out how to get past the idea stage. Few entrepreneurs have the marketing savvy, operational skills, financial background and business connections to make that leap.
World Publisher Rufus Woods chats with Jenny Rickel of the Tech Alliance and Jennifer Korfiatis of the North Central Washington Economic Development District, who talk about the upcoming Startup Weekend to let entrepreneurs work with business experts.