Scott Bolander, Wenatchee, pulls weeds in the community garden he tends along Russell Street on Tuesday. He grows dahlias in six plots on city property. It's been a bad year for growing many things with the excessive heat and he says dahlias have suffered too. But that hasn't affected his enthusiasm for the flowers. "When the dahlia bug bites you, for most people, it's terminal," he says.
Rafael Avina, Chelan, laughs at the photographer when asked "How much for your hat?" at the Chelan Farmer's Market Thursday, July 8, 2021. "Not for sale," he replied. He said the 5-year-old hat is his "hook" for hat sales at his produce stand, pointing to a pile of hats for sale nearby. Avina says he's been selling vegetables and fruit that he grows on 30 acres near the Chelan Airport since 1992 when, giving away his wares to friends, he realized he could make a little money by charging for them instead. "My friends weren't happy," he said. You can find him at Manson's Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays too, he said.
WENATCHEE — If you’re looking to get auto work done soon, best of luck. Local auto shops are inundated, with many booked days and weeks out.
Wenatchee's annual fireworks display is reflected in the Walla Walla Point Park lagoon on Sunday night, July 4. Officials closed the park because of concern over the extreme heat in the Wenatchee Valley. Lead pyrotechnician Kylee Boggs, Wenatchee, and her crew entertained people from afar with over 500 shells and multiple "slabs" containing up to 100 smaller charges.
Fireworks stand volunteer Michelle Lain, Wenatchee, picks out smoke balls and tanks to buy for her personal use at the opening of the fireworks stand in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet in East Wenatchee Thursday morning. At right is the stand operator Windy Farley, Wenatchee. Proceeds from their sales goes to the Wenatchee Eagles club. This stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until July 4 when they will close at 9 p.m. Farley says she expects to sell out on Saturday, maybe even by Friday. They've sold everything in the last two years and inventory this year is at 80 percent of usual because COVID-19 problems in China disrupted getting supplies.
Gabriel Arellano of the Portland Pickles baseball team sprays ice water at teammate Jacob Jablonski before their baseball game Tuesday night in Wenatchee. The Pickles were in town to play the Wenatchee AppleSox on the hottest recorded day in Wenatchee history. The Sox continued their series with Portland on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Here's a photo gallery of the baseball game between the Wenatchee AppleSox and Portland Pickles. The Pickles were leading 14-1 in the 5th inning.
The old Washington State Department of Transportation buildings on North Wenatchee Avenue have started to come down with the help of Ascendent Demolition of Puyallup, working on Monday. The city of Wenatchee bought the buildings and 5.9 acres of property in 2019 for $4.3 million.
EAST WENATCHEE — When Stan Evenhus noticed a bulldozer working on a construction site Monday, about 200 feet above his small horse ranch on North Union Street near Pangborn Memorial Airport, he thought it was a little strange.
Molly Coonfield, 16, Wenatchee, right, trains with fellow teammates of Velocity Swimming on Friday at the Wenatchee City Pool. Velocity hosts the annual Starlight Invitational swim meet this weekend at the pool where 600 competitors from around the Pacific Northwest will race. Spectators will have to watch from behind fencing surrounding the pool because of COVID-19 restrictions. Last year's meet was canceled because of the pandemic.
Allison Syria, Wenatchee, looks over the 72 booths at the 2021 Wenatchee Valley Community Job Fair on Wednesday. She said she was looking for office employment. "I've gotten a few job prospects so far," she said. The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Wenatchee Downtown Association to host the fair. For a detailed report on the local employment climate, see the July 1 Business World.
Firefighters remove a smoking press used to mount prints from the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center Wednesday morning.
According to museum curator Kasey Koski, she thought the press's switch malfunctioned, turning the machine on and burning the protective sheets and foam padding inside.
It was located in a lower level workshop next to pipe organ parts that were removed in the recent remodel. When firefighters arrived, she said she told them to do what they could to save the parts.
Firefighters then carried the heat press outside where they sprayed water on it.
Two moose spotted behind the Lowe's Home Improvement store Tuesday morning were slowly pushed north along the railroad tracks by state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and finally moved into the Horan Natural Area that has been closed until they either leave or settle in.
Quilter Jill Therriault, Wenatchee, sprawls out on one of her pieces to keep it from blowing away in gusty winds at Riverfront Park in Wenatchee on Saturday, while friends help put rocks down to secure it. This was the second year the Central Washington Modern Quilt Guild has put on a public show at the park, the first year because of COVID-19 concerns.
Cashmere rolls over Chelan in basketball 58-33 Thursday night, June 17, 2021, in Cashmere to win the Caribou Trail League title.
Braxton Frazier, 7, East Wenatchee, enjoys his first week out of school with his dad, Nick, fishing at Putters Lake near Rock Island on Wednesday. Mr. Frazier says his son recently took to fishing and they've been to this pond many times since.
Wenatchee pulls out an overtime thriller over Eastmont in basketball 57-56 at Wenatchee Tuesday night, June 15, 2021.
In the first stage of what will likely be a 15-year project, the Wenatchee Rescue Mission (WRM) is beginning two years of landscape renovation funded by an $8,089 grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program.
A lock and flagging keeps people behind a low fence around the Rotary Futsal Field in the Eastmont Community Park Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Less than a year old, the artificial turf was torn near the south goal by a participant wearing cleated shoes says Eastmont Metro Parks and Recreation Executive Director Sally Brawley. A repair kit is on its way but she couldn't give a specific date of reopening. Only tennis shoes are allowed on the small soccer field. "It's open to the public so you just cross your fingers that people behave," she said. Brawley noted that two pieces of equipment were also broken within the last week in the children's playground at the same park. She thought they were broken when people too large and too old were using the playground toys.
Heading for home, Mustard is able to hold off Ketchup in a race between innings at the Wenatchee AppleSox baseball game with Walla Walla on Wednesday night. Because advertising boards that hid the AppleSox staff in years past have been taken down, the audience was able to watch the "behind the scenes" action through the fence in right field.
Apple Blossom 2020 princess Kaia St. John looks at her hair that was put in a comb at the Art To Suit You booth during the opening day of the Arts and Crafts Fair at Memorial Park Friday. She and royalty last and this year walked through the fair, judging booths for the Royalty Choice Award.
Wenatchee and Eastmont swam and dived in a dual meet Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Eastmont Aquatics Center.
Foothills Middle School student Anthony Garcia Mendoza avoids a diving Leo Salgado from Orchard Middle School to score a touchdown in a flag football jamboree tournament at Triangle Park in Wenatchee on Wednesday. There was plenty of action at the park and the Apple Bowl as the Wenatchee School District’s middle school football teams competed. Because of COVID-19 concerns, teams normally playing contact football — with pads and helmets — in the fall moved their competition to the spring and played flag football instead. Wednesday’s competitions were their only games of the season against other schools. A total of 16, 20-minute games were held in the afternoon. Two 40-yard fields were mown and lined at Pioneer Park with teams playing seven students.
This year's Apple Blossom Festival Queen Brooke Perez, left, is sharing some of her duties with last year's Queen Tess Sparks, here easting some of their favorite desserts at the Memorial Park Food Fair Monday, June 7, 2021. Both of the royal court will be riding in the community parade as last year's festivities were cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.
WENATCHEE — National Guard members were honored at an outdoor celebration dinner Thursday for their service administering more than 57,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses at the Town Toyota Center mass vaccination site.
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