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Rufus Woods

Department: Editorial

Position: Publisher and Chairman

Responsibilities: Photographer, Reporter

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  1. Publisher’s Note: Claire Seaman of Leavenworth was an exchange student in Bolivia this past school year as part of Leavenworth Rotary’s Youth Exchange program. She’s the daughter of Shaun and Carol Seaman and a graduate of Cascade High School. We asked her to share a bit of her experience with our readers
  2. The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market is making some wonderful progress in helping foster a greater sense of community while building a healthier bottom line, thanks to the energy and creativity of executive director Jenny Bourgeois and the board of directors. Bourgeois is a young leader to watch in North Central Washington.
  3. We have just concluded publishing a series of stories on the Our Valley What's Next that explains the background and potential impact of this grass-roots-inspired community improvement effort. The series can be accessed freely through our Art of Community web site (, a digital space dedicated to celebrating and fostering creative community building in our region.
  4. I have been greatly impressed with the Our Valley What’s Next project, a grass roots-driven community planning effort that was launched by a group of ambitious civic leaders who are committed to improving collaboration.
  5. It's impressive how much work has been done in the Chumstick Valley, Plain and Lake Wenatchee over the past decade or so to improve forest health and to reduce the risk of loss due to wildfire.