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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…

Due to the restrictions currently in place due to COVID-19, Pybus University courses for the spring 2021 series will be provided virtually. All classes are free and open to the public.

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.

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 — 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.

Fish hatcheries sound like running water. Even in winter, the sound permeates the atmosphere. But the sound palette changes from one season to the next.

OMAK — Briana Pardo, a Wenatchee Valley College at Omak alumna, was selected as the WVC nominee for the Transforming Lives Award. She will be honored at a virtual ceremony by the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) on Jan. 26. She will receive a $250 award from the ACT.

Once a year, for the past decade, I have given the invocation in our state Senate or House of Representatives in Olympia. The closest I’ve ever come to offering a prayer over a president took place when our family lived in the Land of Lincoln. To my delight, I was invited to give the opening…

Good riddance, 2020! There was one rewarding note of our COVID experience though — gardening sure took on more importance because we could get out there digging, weeding, planting and feeling good about it. Then the joy of harvesting fresh food and flowers, thanks to our efforts.

Did you purchase a poinsettia to decorate for the holidays or receive one as a gift? If so, you are in good company. The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the No. 1 flowering potted plant sold in the United States, even though its usual sales period only lasts for the six weeks before Ch…

Chain saws can make short work of hazardous trees and unwanted shrubs, clear brush that is too thick for loppers and remove large tree limbs. Smaller saws can be used for pruning or carving.

Have you ever read the book "Wacky Wednesday?"

While clearing out and boxing up my parents’ home recently, I discovered a few items I didn’t know existed. In the bottom of a cedar chest, I found the infant blanket in which I was brought home from the hospital 68 years ago.

Cutting down 36 arborvitaes with a chain saw, installing an irrigation system, creating a subtle Japanese-type landscape — all these gardening projects seem quite typical, unless you’re blind.

This is the slack time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is the time to sit down in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa and review this year’s garden. It is important to do this review now before the plant and flower catalogs begin to clog your mailbox.

LEAVENWORTH — October is normally the month for Kids in the Creek (KITC), a program that brings high school students to Entiat National Fish Hatchery for a day of hands-on field biology led by natural resource professionals. This year, in-person field trips were not an option, but KITC partn…

The leaves are off the trees, and most of them have been raked up into piles for kids to jump in or have been ground up by the lawnmower to mulch the vegetable garden and flowerbeds. It is time to get off the couch and do something besides binge-reading novels. So how about examining your ga…

WENATCHEE — The North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) has been awarded a grant of $35,000 to support and develop professional learning opportunities in arts integration that serve students and educators in preschool through third grade.

Do you ever wonder where all the insects that inhabit our gardens from the spring through the fall go once winter arrives? Insects have developed a number of overwintering strategies. Some fly south to warmer climes. Others have found ways to hibernate, while others go underground. Some lay …

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet 2nd Lt. Caleb Darlington was presented with the prestigious Gen. Billy Mitchell Award by Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Worden. The ceremony took place Oct. 31 at the Army National Guard Armory in Wenatchee. The citation was read by state Rep. Keith Goehne…

Colder weather brings deer down to lower elevations with an eye for any good forage in our landscapes. A row of arborvitae borders our driveway, separating it from our neighbor, who owns the trees.

WENATCHEE — Keith McLaughlin’s training began in the engine room of a nuclear-powered destroyer as it traveled the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Libyan coast in the 1980s.

Election Day has come and gone. And while some outcomes are yet to be determined, one thing is certain: No matter the winner, the “stuff” of daily life continues to confront us. You’ve experienced that and so have I.