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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…

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.

Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) is a well-loved garden herb in the mint family. It has been known as the herb of remembrance since ancient times when Greek and Roman scholars would wear rosemary garlands in their hair to strengthen memory, and families would throw sprigs of rosemary into graves…

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) recently announced its 2021 scholarship recipients. In total, the foundation is awarding more than $1 million to students raised in tree fruit industry families on behalf of industry employers, families and supporters.

In North Central Washington, more than 300 species of birds have been seen in various habits: riparian, sage/steppe, mountain, agriculture, urban backyards. I can’t promise that you will attract all these birds to your backyard, but you can create an environment that lures dozens of types of birds.

By my count, this is the 100th writing of Senior Moments, the continuing story of life and the lives of the residents at Garden Terrace senior apartments. So to commemorate the occasion I looked back at the very first writing, the introduction to Senior Moments, back in 2017. Here is some of…

As we emerge from this lockdown mode, is your landscape this season going to celebrate with a brilliant display of colors or show appreciation of freedom with quiet peacefulness? Either pathway will be more appealing by following a few general guidelines.

Springtime in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains brings balsamroot in glorious golden bloom, and salmon migrating in the rivers. It’s a time of excitement and anticipation. But it’s also an incredibly busy time at our hatcheries.

Ten years ago, new insect pest of tomatoes and potatoes was found in the Pacific Northwest. The insect is the potato/tomato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli). Psyllids are small insects, about one-tenth of an inch long when fully grown.

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) elected and recognized officers and board members during its annual meeting last week.

The North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) recently recognized more than 60 school nurses and health room assistants with its 2021 Friend of Children Award. The award honors the significant role health services staff play in ensuring schools are prepared to address COVID requirem…

In our current trend of warming temperatures, we are seeing plants in local gardens that would not have been planted in the past. Planting varieties in areas that are borderline cold hardy can add something “new,” but it does require some thought on placement.

WENATCHEE — The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) has officially changed its name to NCW Tech Alliance.

We’ve all heard that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” And though it may be true that senior citizens do get set in their ways sometimes, I’m not convinced that they can’t keep learning and growing, often faster than some of the middle-agers.

WENATCHEE — In a galaxy not so far away, children’s jaws dropped as they gazed at Lego spaceships. “I love all the Star Wars things,” said 7-year-old Beau Montoya while at Saturday’s Nick’s Bricks event inside Pybus Public Market.

The Master Gardener Foundation’s annual plant sale was one of many casualties we experienced during the pandemic last year. While still following COVID protocols in 2021, Master Gardeners are growing plants for an online sale this year. While we will miss escorting our customers through the …

We have all been held hostage by the coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. Some contracted the virus, some had their business closed, some essential workers were overworked, some had to safely isolate themselves for over a year, some couldn’t visit with family and friends. It’s been to…

Wood-framed raised beds are the natural go-to, but there are alternatives you might want to consider. Two Wenatchee families have used concrete blocks or bricks for encircling their vegetable and herb beds. Both families are pleased with the results.

This has been an interesting year for teachers and students, and for the partners who work with them. Students have been unable to get outside for field trips. Marjie Lodwick, my co-worker at Leavenworth Fisheries Complex, exercises creativity and flexibility to find ways of bringing the out…

My staff and I have been joking for quite some time that the day-to-day comings and goings of Garden Terrace seniors would make a fun TV show or movie. I can see it now: “Garden Terrace — The Movie!”

Wildfires can devastate a community and take your home, belongings and even your family. During the 2020 wildfire season in Washington state, between March and September, over 713,000 acres burned, 377 buildings were destroyed including 181 homes and one death occurred. The Washington State …