Sunday, July 21, 2024
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Savor homemade fare at the storybook Obertal Inn

Hotelier and property manager Hans Mulders in front of his Obertal Inn, a Bavarian institution in the center of Leavenworth.
LEAVENWORTH – In the heart of downtown Leavenworth every morning, the aroma of freshly baked biscuits and homemade granola wafts through the air, inviting visitors to experience the charm of …

Red Flag Warning: North Central Washington faces extreme fire risk as temperatures soar

WENATCHEE—North Central Washington braces for heightened fire danger as the National Weather Service in Spokane issues a Red Flag Warning for Sunday, July 21. The warning covers the Central and …

Extreme heat grips North Central Washington, raising health concerns

WENATCHEE — North Central Washington is bracing for a potentially dangerous heat wave, with temperatures expected to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit through Monday, according to the National …
Local Features

IV Pro Mobile brings hydration, wellness to your doorstep

IV Pro Mobile is a Wenatchee based mobile IV hydration and wellness clinic.
WENTACHEE – Through her two decades of nursing experience Aura Brazill saw a need for hydration and wellness care outside of the confines of the hospital.  That prompted her to start …
Glade Brosi and his son Wendell harvesting Bartlett pears from their Leavenworth orchard, which Brosi and his wife, Andrea, bought last year.

Roots of Abundance: pear orcharding in Leavenworth faces an uncertain future

LEAVENWORTH – Most think of Leavenworth as a Bavarian-themed village nestled in scenic beauty with a lively festival and outdoor culture. Yet, for generations, another equally compelling way of …
A picture of men and women sorting, wrapping, and packing pears by famed Pacific Northwest photographer Asahel Curtis.

Roots of Abundance: The immigrant journey through Leavenworth’s pear industry

LEAVENWORTH – Growing pears in Leavenworth began as a modest agricultural pursuit in the late 1800s. Soon, though, it blossomed into a thriving industry, drawing in not just the fruits of the …
A postcard with the image of a fruit crate label used by the Leavenworth Fruit Company. The former company’s downtown warehouse stored fruit until the 1990s and stood in Leavenworth until 2012.

Roots of abundance: A journey through Leavenworth’s Pear Industry

LEAVENWORTH – In the Odyssey, Homer describes the pears that Odysseus admires in the garden of Alcinous, King of the Phaeacians, as one of the ‘gifts of the gods.’ The noble tradition of pear cultivation began in Leavenworth in the late 19th century and continues to this day.
The team from left to right: Noah Dahlstrom, Lily Roberts, Stephen Semansky, Danielle Lankhaar.

Pizza on the move: Caravan Woodfired Pizza bakes artisanal pies anywhere and everywhere

LEAVENWORTH – For Caravan Woodfired Pizza, fresh, artisanal pizza is available wherever, and whenever, with its pizza oven on wheels. “It is a relatively simple business. You pull up …
Other News
WENATCHEE — Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) announced that billing statements will return to normal starting in late July, following a cyber attack on its long-time vendor, …
WENATCHEE — NCW Libraries is offering a virtual workshop on garden doodling as part of its summer library program on August 14 from 3:00-4:30 pm. Artist Rosemary Jones will lead the online …
SPOKANE — The Spokane District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued an amended fire restrictions order, effective July 19, for lands administered by the BLM and Bureau of Reclamation …
LEAVENWORTH—The Leavenworth Library will host an art exhibition showcasing the works of local artist Candice (Guy-Dilloff) Ann from July 23 to August 30 in the library's Fireside Room. …
LEAVENWORTH – After a year of bi-monthly meetings dominated by budgetary woes, the July 15 meeting of the Cascade School District (CSD) Board of Directors was decidedly upbeat and optimistic. …
Obituaries
Sheldon (John) Inglet 77 passed peacefully June, 21, 2024 in Cashmere, Wa. He was born March 8, 1947 in Olympia, Wa. He married the love of his life Sharon (Gifford) Inglet on June 18, 1966. …
Born on April 24, 1956, in Spokane, Washington, to Roger and Mardette Flodin, Kerry Flodin was a talented visual artist and a man who loved his family, good music, the island lifestyle, and good …
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Diane Lou Norman on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee at the age of 89 years. Diane was born in …
Barbara Joan (McKinney) Bergeron August 27, 1934 –May 2, 2024 Barbara “Barb” Joan Bergeron passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 2, 2024, leaving behind a life well lived. Barb …
John passed away peacefully on April 28, 2024 at his mountain home he built and cherished overlooking the Icicle Valley.  John was born February 3, 1933 to Donald and Jesse Parish in …
Dora Imojean Martensen, 89, a longtime resident of Leavenworth, Washington passed away with family by her side on April 26, 2024.  Imojean was born on October 26, 1934 in Dandridge, Tennessee to …
Education
Tracey Edou <br>
Cascade School District Superintendent

Cascade School District receives state support for special education funding

LEAVENWORTH – Cascade School District (CSD) will be reimbursed $111,000 by the state for special education expenses accrued during the 2023-2024 school year. “We have students who …

LEAVENWORTH – Students in Cascade School District (CSD) are attending school more often than state data shows, due to a recently discovered error in schools’ attendance reporting to the …
LEAVENWORTH - It was standing room only in Icicle Creek Center for the Arts’ (ICCA) Snowy Owl Theater on the evening of June 11 at the concert to support choir programs at Icicle River Middle …
LEAVENWORTH—Angela Gunter, a recent Cascade High School graduate, clearly sees the path ahead, and she’s been striving toward it for a long time. This fall, she will attend the University …
Chelan County Sheriff's Report

Chelan County Sheriff's Report

This report is compiled from records provided by the Chelan County Sheriff's Office and RiverCom. The publisher cannot certify the complete accuracy of the information provided. July 5 …

Outdoors

WDFW urges prospective hunters to complete education courses ahead of fall season

OLYMPIA  - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is urging prospective hunters to complete mandatory hunter education courses ahead of the upcoming fall hunting season. With the …

Lake Wenatchee opens for Sockeye fishing as surplus exceeds spawning goals

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that Lake Wenatchee will open for sockeye salmon retention starting July 22, 2024, due to projected surplus fish counts …

Forest Service imposes fire restrictions in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as dry conditions persist

WENATCHEE - The U.S. Forest Service has implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, effective immediately. The decision comes as prolonged warm weather …

WDFW expands Entiat River Chinook Salmon season

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Monday changes to the summer Chinook salmon fishing season on the Entiat River, set to begin earlier than usual this …
People dip for smelt on the Cowlitz River near Castle Rock, WA during the 2024 recreational smelt fishery.

New law requires recreational fishing license for freshwater smelt, crawfish, and carp

OLYMPIA, - Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation requiring Washington fishers to possess a recreational fishing license for freshwater smelt, crawfish, and carp. The new law, which goes into effect on …
Election 2024

Chelan County mails ballots for August 6 primary election

WENATCHEE — Ballots for the August 6 primary election have been mailed to registered voters in Chelan County, Auditor Skip Moore announced Thursday. To be counted, completed ballots must …

Voting begins Friday for Washington's August 6 Primary Election

OLYMPIA—Washington state is gearing up for its August 6 Primary Election, with county elections offices set to mail out ballots and open official drop boxes by Friday. More than 4.8 million …

League of Women Voters launches comprehensive voter guide for Washington primary

SEATTLE — The League of Women Voters of Washington (LWVWA) announced Wednesday that its online voter guide, VOTE411.org , has been updated with comprehensive information for the upcoming August …

Candidates certified for Washington's August 6 primary election

OLYMPIA - The Office of the Secretary of State has officially certified candidates for Washington's upcoming August 6 Primary election. The certification took place on Tuesday in the Legislative …

Auditor seeks residents for ballot measure committees

WENATCHEE - The Chelan County Auditor's Office seeks individuals to serve on "For" or "Against" committees for ballot measures in the upcoming August 6 Special Election Local Voters' Pamphlet. The …
Legislative Coverage

Federal court redistricting ruling shakes up Washington State legislative districts, faces Republican criticism

OLYMPIA – In a development impacting Washington State politics, the Ninth Circuit Court has dismissed an emergency motion to stay a federal court decision regarding legislative district …

Blending education and technology a goal for Wellman

OLYMPIA - On the last Monday morning of the 2024 legislative session, Washington State Sen. Lisa Wellman’s office brimmed with sunlight, an early peek at spring, as she sipped tea from a white …

Get your event in the spotlight with Ward Media!

If you have an exciting event to share, email Reporter Quinn Propst at quinn@ward.media. We’ll showcase the five most captivating events of the week, giving your event the recognition it deserves. Even if your event isn’t among the top five, it will still be added to our events calendar and featured online. Don’t miss this chance to make your event shine!

Here is this week's list of 5 Things to do this Week.
    • Moths: Welcome to the Night

      The Wenatchee River Institute will host the event Moths: Welcome to the Night with Entomologist David Droppers on Friday, July 19 from …

    • “Beauty and the Beast”

      Leavenworth Summer Theater will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday, July 19 from 8-10 p.m. “Step …

    • The Kevin Jones Band

      Icicle Ridge Winery will host live music by The Kevin Jones Band on Saturday, July 20 from 6-9 p.m. “Enjoy amazing live music this …

    • Flowers for Wolves

      Silvara Cellars will host live music by Flowers for Wolves on Saturday, July 20 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. “Gear up for more than just a …

    • Live music by Sergio Cuevas

      The München Haus will host live music by Sergio Cuevas on Thursday, July 25 from 6-9 p.m. “Sergio studied at Cornish College of …

Sports
WENATCHEE -- The Wenatchee AppleSox delivered a commanding performance Sunday night, overwhelming the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase team with a 21-5 victory at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. In a …
WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox shut out the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase team 7-0 on Saturday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Evan Cloyd led the way for the AppleSox, driving in two runs …
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild, members of the Western Hockey League (WHL), announced the hiring of Dan Johnston as the team’s new assistant coach, completing the team’s …

WENATCHEE — The Edmonton Riverhawks staged a late-inning comeback, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Wenatchee AppleSox 6-4 on Thursday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. …
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the Western Hockey League (WHL), are excited to announce the hiring of Don Nachbaur as the team’s new head coach. Nachbaur …
Opinion
As the August 6 primary election draws near, it is crucial that we, as citizens, recognize the immense power we hold in our hands. The act of voting, often taken for granted, is the very foundation …
As the publisher of our local newspaper, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the recent Pew Research Center report on the changing relationship between Americans and their local news outlets. The …

SPOKANE — Washington State Republican Party leaders say they want party unity, but they torpedoed unity, at least for a bit, all for the sake of attempted control.  When it became …
Our state approves three budgets every two years. These budgets fund Washington’s operating ($71.9 billion), transportation ($14.6 billion), and capital ($10.3 billion) expenditures, including …
Letters
The 2024 Upper Valley Empty Bowls Festival just concluded on Thursday, March 21 st .  This long standing festival, this the 28 th season, is only possible because it is loved by our village, and …
Rhona Baron (The Whistle) has written several pieces regarding the current city’s approach to building codes, which have provided misleading facts and incomplete analyses. She and others have …