The 2021 Progress Edition is a record of what went right when things got more than tough in the Wenatchee Valley and North Central Washington.

This collection of stories and photos recognizes people for the good they did to make a difference.

Learn more about this special section in a note from our Managing Editor Russ Hemphill. Read here.


Community Impact Award Winners

The Wenatchee World's 2021 Community Impact Awards honor those who made a difference in a year like no other. Meet them below.



Explore the people, organizations and traditions that keep Wenatchee moving forward

For the 2021 Progress Edition, The Wenatchee World reflected on the past year. Who persevered? Who showed innovation? Whose stories will be remembered?

Kaenen Deis, 5, right, jumps in excitement over finding a book about the Transformer cartoon character called BumbleBee at a neighborhood book-sharing spot through Little Free Library. At left, Kaenen's mother, Sarah, and brother Declan, 9, look at what's inside. The little library on the co…

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival has been taken place for more than a century — and it doesn't happen all on its own.

WENATCHEE — The Heart Breaker runs in February 2020 attracted about 400 started this shorter race while 50 participated in the 10K run along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.

One of the projects that I devote time to is the North Central Education Foundation, which gives $300 grants to creative teachers for hands-on learning projects. The premise behind this grant program is that teachers often use their own resources in the classroom and the grant program is des…

Getting ready for Memorial Day weekend, from left, Skip Atkerson, KJ DeShazo, Jeff Pulver, and Zac Smith, all of Wenatchee, put flags on veterans grave markers at the Wenatchee Cemetery. Around 2,500 flags were distributed by about 35 volunteers and cemetery staff members in honor of Memoria…

What an amazing year for World's Best! This competition has never been as competitive as it was for 2021! The community known competition saw more than 13,000 nominations in round 1 which made up more than 2,300 businesses, people, and places across our community.

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