Don Bender, 24, climbs a wall in his parent's back yard in Sunnyslope Thursday. When he heard his college, Washington State University, was going to hold classes online, he and his father built the wall so he could climb between the five classes he is taking and a part time job at Central Washington Hospital. He said it cost about $700 to build. He said when he gets to leave for Pullman, his 17-year-old sister, Sara, will still use it. When he started rock climbing with his friends over two years ago, "I used to be afraid of heights," he said.

Workers for Hurst Construction of East Wenatchee add and move rocks along the Columbia River shoreline to help stabilize an eroding bank. The Chelan County PUD project is focusing on placing rock along 400 feet of riverbank and large root-wad logs 40 to 60 feet from shore.

A trucker locks up their brakes as vehicles stop along Highway 97A south of Entiat on Tuesday, for a herd of bighorn sheep crossing the road. The one photographed had turned back from a larger group that had just gotten across the roadway.

SEATTLE — Dan Jaffe did everything he had been told to do. He shut his windows. He stayed indoors. When wildfires burned across Washington two years ago, prompting a state declaration of emergency, Jaffe didn’t run and hike as he liked to during Seattle’s typically gorgeous summers. Instead,…

Mackenzie Jared, Wenatchee, reads a book under an umbrella while waiting for her husband to finish work at a Confluence Health office building along Walla Walla Avenue on Wednesday. She said she liked being outside and her husband had the only key to the truck. She walked from their home to meet him after work. Rain is forecast to taper off before this weekend.

A boy throws a rock into the Columbia River at Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee on Monday. The leaves on trees around the Wenatchee Valley are beginning to turn.

Warren Davis with Cascade Christian Academy School in Wenatchee loads up his truck with 12-foot grass prunings.

A crew from Whitebird Construction lifts a second-floor wall into place at the new gift shop, ticket office and office space at Ohme Gardens north of Wenatchee on Friday. The $300,000 building is going up while the Chelan County park is closed for the season due to COVID-19.

Also in the works before the scheduled reopening in April: A new stage area, relining and painting the eight pools, and creating two new paths, said garden Director Jason Browning.

WENATCHEE — The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail between Confluence State Park and Odabashian Bridge will be rerouted for about two months to accommodate a riverbank restoration project.

Mayes Johnson, 3, Wenatchee, looks up at a red amaranth at the WSU Chelan/Douglas Master Gardeners Community Education Garden on Western Avenue on Thursday. Her father, McLain Johnson, who is holding the plant, said they come every week to see the progression of flowers. The garden is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

OKANOGAN — Investigators haven’t said whether they believe the Cold Springs Fire was an accident or arson. But Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley says he’s pretty sure of one thing: It wasn’t started by antifa members.

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OKANOGAN — The fair was supposed to happen last week in Okanogan County, fairgrounds manager Naomie Peasley said, but instead the fairgrounds became the headquarters for the Cold Springs Fire relief effort.

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Workers put sod down at Hale Park in Wenatchee on Wednesday. Improvements for the final phase of construction of the park next to the Pipeline Pedestrian Bridge include a picnic shelter, play equipment, restrooms, landscaping, trail extension, more security cameras and lighting. The park should be open by the end of October or early November.

Michael and Carel Edgerly, Cle Elum, enjoy Friday morning at Lincoln Rock State Park in front of their travel trailer. Michael Edgerly, a veteran, built the flag pole that swivels and is lit at night. Labor Day is a popular holiday for camping and signals the end of summer for many.

WENATCHEE — Retail jobs saw a bump in July, but that’s the only private sector employment category in Chelan and Douglas counties to grow this year over last year, according to stats released this week by the state Employment Security Department.

NCW — Wenatchee business owners say they will not be greatly impacted by new state regulations, reducing the number of people inside stores in Chelan and Douglas counties.

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Bill and Kay White, Wenatchee, find an isolated spot on the Wenatchee River at its confluence with the Columbia River on Wednesday, enjoying the hot afternoon and cool water.

LEAVENWORTH — The endless line of tour buses bogging down traffic and chauffeuring thousands of passengers from all over the state to experience Leavenworth’s Village of Lights won’t happen this December — or at least that’s the goal — after the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce announced they…

A Global Rope Access crew studies the site Tuesday where they will install a cofferdam in Icicle Creek just upriver from the Snow Lakes Trailhead. Work restarted to create a fish passage through the boulder field after spring water flows reduced in the area. The temporary dam will allow work to continue on the north side of the creek. Crews are breaking up some of the boulders, eventually creating access for fish through the area.

NCW — Another 50 mountain goats got a new lease on life this summer after teams of wildlife experts orchestrated their moves by road, boat and air from the Olympic Mountains to the North Cascades.

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