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Seeing rising sky-high prices of food, maybe it’s time to step up and grow some of your own produce this year. You don’t need raised beds (although they’re great), as many smaller varieties of vegetables and herbs fit nicely in containers or tucked into your landscape.

WENATCHEE — The Flywheel Investment Conference is accepting applications from Washington state startups looking for funding. Companies can apply to compete for a $150,000-plus investment award during the Flywheel Investment Conference on April 16 in downtown Wenatchee.

On Jan. 25, the 2020 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii a unique opportunity to gather in 34 different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and…

Hatcheries in winter are just as busy as in summer, but in different ways. At Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH), the eggs of August have transformed, growing through the alevin stage, when they have yolk sacs on their bellies and can’t swim well, into tiny fry.

LEAVENWORTH — Lindsay Camp has been at the helm of Kodiak Cubs, the Cascade School District’s preschool, for six years. The preschool has evolved immensely during her tenure.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center embarks on a new decade by hosting a series of Community Listening Sessions.

The WSU Master Gardener Foundation is excited to welcome you back to an in-person plant sale at Pybus Public Market this year. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30. Master Gardeners will welcome you to a forest of tomatoes, peppers, other vegetables and herbs that have been…

Swing by the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery boat launch on a July Saturday and you can easily count over a hundred vehicles in the parking lot. Large groups launch tubes, paddleboards and inflatable kayaks, finding relief from summer heat in the cool, snowmelt water of Icicle Creek. But …

I would suspect that you know the term “Cabin Fever?” When people are cooped up too long they just have to do something! It’s often related to a long cold winter. Well I’ve been experiencing something similar this summer and I think it should be called “COVID Crazy.”

CHELAN — The Chelan Valley Housing Trust (CVHT) invites the public to attend a “S’more Affordable Homes” house burning party Nov. 16 on the corner of North Emerson Street and East Chelan Avenue when Chelan Fire and Rescue will do a controlled burn of the existing home to make way for the tru…

WENATCHEE — The 43rd annual Regional High School Art Show opened at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Friday. The Regional High School Art Show showcases pieces submitted by students from 14 North Central Washington schools, with the “Best in Show” selections advancing to …

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee School District’s award-winning Mariachi Huenachi, under the direction of Ramon Rivera and Eduardo Cortes, will travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, to perform in the Encanto Northern Lights Concert.

Independence Day is just ahead, and your plans might include fireworks displays, a backyard picnic or perhaps fun at the lake or beach. The American Red Cross offers these tips so you can enjoy a fun-packed, safe holiday.

Three of my favorite things to do are hanging out with grandkids, plants and having an adventure. In the age of electronics and passive entertainment, I think anything that can connect kids to nature is a win. I love it when I get a chance to explore with kids as we discover things like plan…

Father’s Day 2006 was the most memorable one I’ve ever experienced. Having recently moved from the Chicago area to accept the call as the lead pastor in suburban Seattle, I asked my retired pastor-dad to preach.

Hoary Cress, also called White Top, Cardaria draba, is another pernicious weed from Europe that probably came in animal feed. It has been found in Washington state since the early 1900s.

Bring your kids for family fun in the Community Education Garden this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The garden is at the corner of Western and Springwater avenues in Wenatchee.

Kids, flowers, fun in the garden — a great recipe for June activities at the 3rd Saturday in the Garden event planned for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 18. It’s free.

Dorothy Reed of Wenatchee will celebrate her 109th birthday on Thursday. The Jamestown, North Dakota, native, has lived in the Wenatchee area for more than 85 years.

Two years ago, our 50-year class reunion was canceled due to COVID-19. But lockdowns and social distancing can’t keep the Wenatchee High School Class of 1970 from celebrating. We had a “50 + 1” gathering last fall with plans to gather for a “Class of 70 Turns 70” shindig later this year.

In the summer of 2020, many home gardeners in Chelan County were surprised to find what looked like granulated sugar on the leaves of their tomato plants. This “sugar” was the excrement of an insect called the potato/tomato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli), an aphid-like insect with piercing…

It took 42 years to finish a quilt my mother started in 1978. My mother, Helena Schmidt Ottmar, was a seamstress who sewed beautiful clothes for her family and did many types of needlework. She also made quilts.

Snout-nosed weevils are fairly common. There are, believe it or not, hundreds of types. The gardeners of Europe were complaining about this pest in the 18th century. The most common ones in our gardens are the Rhododendron, strawberry and vine weevil. They gnaw on the young leaves of rhubarb…

Enjoy some camaraderie and pick up gardening tips from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday at WSU Chelan/Douglas Master Gardeners’ free Third Saturday in the Garden event. It takes place at the Community Education Garden at the northwest corner of Western and Springwater avenues in Wenatchee.

Cashmere American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will distribute the familiar red handcrafted poppies honoring America’s veterans in Cashmere on Friday. Please look for them outside of Doane’s Valley Pharmacy, Martin’s Market Place and the Cashmere Post Office.

LEAVENWORTH — More than 65 volunteers, including five members of The Saddle Rockers bluegrass band, participated in the Old Leavenworth North Road Cemetery’s “Rake the Spring Twigs” Community Event on April 30. This large number of volunteers shattered the previous record of 12.

What a pleasure to be back visiting and learning at our five free Third Saturdays in the Garden events this season! Whether you’re a regular visitor to our Community Education Garden (CEG) or if you haven’t yet checked it out, take a look at our educational series for 2022 and mark these dat…

The Wenatchee High School Color Guard is a force to be reckoned with in the sport of the arts. On March 26, the team won first place in its division at the Northwest Pageantry Association (NWPA) Championship at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

The Keyes Fibre Youth Parade returns on Saturday, featuring children and students from area schools, as well as some out-of-town guests. Here's the lineup:

Last weekend was not only Easter Sunday filled with a weekend of meaningful commitments, it included a milestone birthday. In addition to starting my 10th year as chaplain at a Mercer Island retirement community, I began my eighth decade of life.

In the last few years, “Godwinks” has become a common part my vocabulary. It describes those serendipitous occurrences we often refer to as coincidences.

On a sunny morning in late July, a small crowd forms around an uninhabited pond at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. This pond, built in 1940 during the hatchery’s construction, has not held fish for decades; but today, the vintage structure is receiving new tenants. The crowd parts as…