BREWSTER — Earl Edwards was a Jamaican farmer who in the winter grew ginger, garlic and other crops on his tropical island nation homeland in the Caribbean. For the past decade, he would head north each year for seasonal work at Gebbers Farms. This year, he did so amid a global coronavirus p…

WENATCHEE — The city of Wenatchee is projecting a $1.5 million shortfall in sales tax revenue for this year, according to Mayor Frank Kuntz.

Housing in a certain type of town couldn’t be hotter. And some of them have been getting attention way out of proportion to their importance to the economy for an obvious reason: They’re the places where corporate executives, Wall Street barons, Hollywood stars and more than a few journalist…

In so many ways, this has been a year of overwhelming challenge and change for our country. Much of our collective focus has rightfully been on the public health response to COVID-19. Now, with fall just around the corner, the national conversation is dominated by the school year ahead — how…

Chelan County PUD employee Gabino Sanchez uses an aquatic weed harvester to remove Eurasian milfoil from the swimming area at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park south of East Wenatchee on Wednesday. The plant is noxious weed that grows near docks and beaches and is cut each year because it’s a hazard for boaters and swimmers, according to PUD spokeswoman Rachel Hansen.

Sierra Corso, 7, is chased by her brother, Xander, 5, on the pump track at Eastmont Community Park on Friday morning.

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont Metropolitan Parks District started a survey Thursday to see if people want the Eastmont Aquatic Center to reopen during the pandemic.

Environment, county and health reporter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressional Democrats offered to reduce a proposed coronavirus aid package by $1 trillion if Republicans would add a trillion to their counter-offer, but President Donald Trump’s negotiators turned them down on Friday as more talks ended without a deal.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the territory’s current and former police chiefs and eight other top officials for what Washington says is their role in curtailing political freedoms in the territory.

GENEVA — The deadly warehouse blast in Beirut this week devastated Lebanon’s already faltering healthcare system and U.N. agencies are scrambling to support hundreds of thousands of people, officials said on Friday.

MOSES LAKE — There were 58 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in Grant County on Thursday, including 18 new cases in Moses Lake, 11 in Warden, nine each in the Quincy and Mattawa areas, five in Ephrata, two in Royal City, and one each in Soap Lake, Wilson Creek and the rural Oth…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders prohibiting U.S. residents from doing any business with TikTok, WeChat or the apps’ Chinese owners beginning 45 days from now, citing the national security risk of leaving American’s personal data exposed.

WENATCHEE — H-2A workers employed by Stemilt Ag Services in 2017 have filed a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company threatened to fire employees if they didn’t meet production demands and send them to their home country without paying travel expenses.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said the U.S. economy needs an “additional boost” to cope with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, as his Democratic counterparts and White House officials try to hash out a next wave of relief.

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.

TOKYO — Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus and the city’s mayor urging nations to reject selfish nationalism and unite to fight all threats.

NEW YORK — Joe Biden will not accept his party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee later this month because of concerns over the still-raging coronavirus pandemic, Democratic officials announced Wednesday.

NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the Brooklyn-born bard of New York’s five boroughs and eloquent voice of his beloved hometown as both newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died Wednesday morning.

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