SEATTLE — —Due to the massive downturn in air travel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, last year lost $1.3 billion, or $10.59 per share, according to financial results announced Tuesday.

WENATCHEE — Now is a good time to stock up on carrots, buttons and arm-shaped sticks because come Wednesday morning, 3-6 inches of snow could be piled up in Wenatchee, a perfect storm for a snowman.

Upper Valley MEND welcomes new staff member Liz Hurtado who is joining as the Emergency Assistance Program manager. Hurtado will be helping people in crisis with rent, mortgage, utility bills and helping with access to needed services in the Wenatchee Valley.

NCW — The Feb. 9 special election ballot measures in North Central Washington are mostly renewal of expiring educational programs and operations levies, formerly known as maintenance and operations levies.

WENATCHEE — Rooftop pickleball courts and lounge views of the Columbia River and Pybus Public Market. Batting cages. Golf simulator. Sports bar and restaurant. Gymnastics and martial arts room. Ninja course. Climbing walls. Trampolines.

Corsair warplanes have been flying above the Wenatchee Valley in recent days, landing at Pangborn Memorial Airport. The planes were used in World War II and the Korean War off of aircraft carriers. Their wings fold up for storage.

Victor Giroux with Icon Commercial Roofing of Spokane, finds himself in tight quarters as he installs soffits at Grant Elementary School in East Wenatchee on Thursday. Construction of new buildings continues at Eastmont elementary schools, part of a project that started last February. Included are 20 new classrooms, four cafeterias, and improvements to the Dan White baseball field. Grade schools will eventually include sixth grade.

Jim Mayer, East Wenatchee, says it's time to put Frosty into storage. Taking advantage of a sunny day Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, he packed up the Christmas decorations placed about his front yard for the year. Frosty didn't seem to mind.