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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.

Ah, to dream of spring and its wondrous display of blooming bulbs. Dainty purple crocuses sporting bright yellow centers, an impressive blanket of yellow daffodils or gloriously elegant tulips in numerous colors — they are all a proud announcement of spring.

In autumn, most of us clean up our gardens, put our perennials to bed and wait anxiously for next year’s seed catalogs to arrive. While the catalogs are exciting, other adventures await the gardener curious enough to save seeds for the following year.

WENATCHEE — Scout Troop 7 member Henry Talbot has earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program. Only 4 percent of Scouts attain this prestigious recognition.

It wasn’t COVID, but the scenario was eerily similar to what we’ve read about for the last seven months. A near-death experience would change the direction of my life. Although it was 40 years ago this week, I remember it as if it was yesterday.

It won’t be long until we start noticing the leaves on the deciduous trees and shrubs beginning to change color. If the nights are cool and the days sunny and warm, the color change will be more vivid — and the red delicious apples more brilliantly red.

My favorite people are volunteers. It doesn’t matter what their political points of view might be, or what their belief systems are, or how old they are. They show up, and they serve.

As I was reading through the latest issue of AARP Magazine, (Yes, I’m that old!), I ran across a note by Kimberly Lankford, author of “Rescue Your Financial Life.” She was talking about how we are all concerned these days about social distancing (meaning physically distancing), and rightly s…

Autumn approaches, and our gardens are filled with vegetables to harvest. But if you crave tasty garlic for next year, now is the time to prepare for planting. Garlic requires vernalization — a period of cold temperature — before it can initiate growth. In North Central Washington, the best …

“A garden… is a solution that leads to other solutions,” wrote writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry in his book, “The Gift of Good Land.” “It is a part of the limitless pattern of good health and good sense.”

Due to the restrictions currently in place due to COVID-19, Pybus University courses for the Fall 2020 series will be provided virtually. All classes are free and open to the public!

Growing tomatoes is America’s most popular garden activity. There are hundreds of types, and they need only full sun and regular water to produce the fruit that tastes better than any store-bought tomato.

WENATCHEE — The Community Foundation of NCW is partnering with school districts in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties to host an online fundraising campaign called “Back to Basics” to support students and families who are struggling as they navigate remote schooling during the pandemic.

Seventy-five years ago a worldwide audience fixed its gaze on Tokyo Bay. They’d been promised the performance of a lifetime. The deck of this magnificent ship became a floating stage on which the delicate dance of peace was performed. It would prove to be a dance of destiny choreographed by …

Although often not as common as insect pests, wildlife find their way into our gardens to feast on our ornamental plants, turf and vegetables. This column looks at some of those critters — rabbits, moles, voles, pocket gophers and deer — and what can be done to discourage them from sharing y…

NCW Libraries is now offering STEM and craft take-home kits as part of its curbside pickup services at libraries in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties.

With my little green thumb, I have always enjoyed starting plants. Germinating exotic seeds such as date, nutmeg, mango or coffee delighted me for years.

WENATCHEE — You check the weather before heading to the hiking trail. And now you can check up-to-date lake and river information conditions before hitting the water. With the latest version of Chelan County PUD’s free Current app, you can pull up real-time data about local waterways right f…

WENATCHEE — The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $734,852 in scholarships to 204 students across North Central Washington — the largest distribution of scholarship awards to date.

Pacific salmon faithfully return to the waters of their birth to spawn, even when those waters are in hatcheries. But before they even leave the ocean, they stop eating. Salmon from our hatcheries at Leavenworth, Entiat and Winthrop travel up to 575 miles to spawn.

Two steps forward, one step back. The movement away from single-use plastic items was gaining momentum, but has been largely “quarantined” with the arrival of the pandemic. Staying safe necessitates some throw-away items. However, evidence supports the safety of using objects like reusable g…

It’s midsummer, and vegetables are ripening in your garden. Tomatoes are blushing, onions are beginning to dry down, pumpkins and squashes are swelling with fruit. But you are thinking ahead to the crisp days of autumn. What can you plant now that will thrive?

Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency ended simultaneously, 155 years ago on April 15, 1865. Brought down by an assassin’s bullet, he had just begun a second term. His first was the most troubled in our history. Disunion, violent warfare and mass killing, a citizenry in profound disagreement…

Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors an Americanism essay contest for students in grades 3-12. Grade levels are divided into six classes. One award in each of the six classes is presented in each division. Winners receive $50, and a $50 donation in the student’s name is made to …

How did the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an insect pest that hasn’t yet been found in Washington, get named to the Washington Invasive Species Council’s (WISC) Priority List?