Thursday, February 22, 2024
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Exploring Washington’s Beauty: Photography gallery set to open in downtown Leavenworth this spring

Photographer Peter James has spent decades photographing Washington State, but has recently dedicated his time to capturing the beauty surrounding Leavenworth.
LEAVENWORTH — Downtown will be welcoming its newest gallery this spring. Peter James Photography will feature nature photography specific to Washington State showcased on “larger than …
Local Features
Plain Valley Ski Trails in Plain works to make skiing more accessible to local youth by helping to remove financial barriers. All net proceeds from the group go to fund their ski education programs, Plain Valley Nordic Team.

Plain Valley Ski Trails: breaking down barriers for youth skiing

PLAIN - A local nonprofit, Plain Valley Ski Trails (PVST), works to make skiing more accessible to area youth by helping to remove financial barriers. PVST created and now maintains a …
Toni Giorgetti enjoys her new home and looking out her bedroom window.

Tierra Village is thriving thanks to intention, but needs more support

LEAVENWORTH - Tucked into Sunitsch Canyon five miles up the Chumstick from Leavenworth, Tierra Learning Center (TLC) is a familiar name associated with the retreat center, Mountain Sprouts preschool, …
Danelle Paulick will help caregivers understand and manage the physiological stress of their jobs through craniosacral massage therapy during the Self-Compassion for Caregivers workshop.

Workshop aims to support local caregivers by teaching self-compassion

LEAVENWORTH – Awake Bodies Pilates Studio will host a five-week workshop to help caregivers learn how to take care of themselves while caring for others. It will be every Wednesday from 7 p.m. …
Chef Jenny Hoffman of Whatcha Got Cookin! delivers gourmet meals every Monday to residents of Plain and beyond. Each week, she offers one soup and three different meals made from scratch, such as this stuffed chicken cordon bleu with bacon cream sauce, roasted garlic greens beans, and couscous salad.

Chef makes gourmet meals accessible to rural communities

COLES CORNER – In a land of few dining options, Chef Jenny Hoffman of Whatcha Got Cookin! is creating delicious and diverse meals for home delivery from Lake Wenatchee down to Dryden. …
Repair Cafes teach people how to fix their own items. Jeremy Tremblay learned how to creatively mend a hole in his pants at one of Waste Loop’s previous events.

If it’s broke, fix it – Waste Loop will show you how

LEAVENWORTH – Don’t throw away that broken blender or those torn jeans just yet. Waste Loop might be able to help. The nonprofit is bringing back Repair Cafes starting at the end of the …
Other News
WENATCHEE — Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore announced that ballots for the March 12 presidential primary have been dispatched. Voters must ensure their ballots are postmarked or placed in an …
CHELAN COUNTY – Chelan County Fair and Rodeo Queen Austyn Robinson was officially crowned on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Chelan County Fair and Rodeo Queen Fundraiser and Coronation …
WENATCHEE -- The Chelan County team is coming to a community near you.  In March, Chelan County commissioners and various department directors will hold community-led discussions in each of …
Obituaries
On Friday, January 19th Dick Rieman passed quietly and at peace as he crossed over to the next grand adventure. After dealing with dementia for many years, it was a true blessing that he chose not to …
Glendene Thompson, 93, loving mother of four, and the devoted wife to her late husband, Leslie Thompson, passed away gracefully in Wenatchee on January 18, 2024. Glendene was born in Texarkana, …
Betty Lou Norman, long-time resident of Leavenworth, died on January 18th at the age of 89. She was born in Omak, WA and spent most of her life in Leavenworth, meeting her future husband at age 15. …
Wesley Micheal “Mike” Ballew, passed away early in the morning on October 22, 2023 after his battle to progressive supranuclear palsy (also referred to as PSP Parkinson’s). …
Linda Louise Fromm Robertson On December 4, 2023, Linda Louise Fromm Robertson, age 83, peacefully left this life and returned home to many waiting loved ones. Linda was born July 11, 1940, …
Gretchen Hendrickson, 94, of Leavenworth, Washington left this earth to be with her Lord on October 22, 2023. Born in North Dakota, she spent her early childhood in Wenatchee. In 1937 the family …
Education
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal

Washington voters support their local public schools

OLYMPIA - Local levies and bonds are one important way that communities support their schools, and preliminary results from yesterday’s Special Election show how committed voters are to their …

Cascade High School’s Grizzled Old Men

LEAVENWORTH - One of Cascade High School’s most beloved traditions is the Grizzled Old Men basketball game. This annual competition is a fundraiser for the senior class trip. This event …

CSD Board reviews building conditions, discusses member appointments

LEAVENWORTH – Cascade School Board reviewed the results of the annual building conditions study and discussed member appointments at its bi-monthly meeting on Feb. 12.  The Board …

P.E. classes introduce Nordic skiing, despite weather challenges

LEAVENWORTH – For at least a few days, Icicle River Middle School, Peshastin-Dryden, and Alpine Lakes Elementaries had just enough snow and decent weather for students to learn the basics of …
Legislative Coverage
A handful of foster moms and foster kids came to the state capitol’s north steps in Olympia, urging legislators to put foster children first.

Foster parents rally for change in state law amid rising fentanyl crises

OLYMPIA - As the prevalence of fentanyl rises, so too does the frequency of critical incidents related to parental substance abuse among foster children, often resulting in fatalities or …

Legislature to hear three citizen-led initiatives amid debate on Police Pursuit, Parental Rights, and State Income Tax

OLYMPIA -  Three citizen-led initiatives will receive hearings in this session of the Legislature, said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, and Speaker of the House Laurie …

State proposes pesticide ban despite current research

OLYMPIA - Neonicotinoid pesticides are known for their harmful effects on the nervous systems of insects, and a proposal in the state legislature calls for them to be banned for household use. …
Prime Sponsor of HB2037 Rep. Travis Couture, R-Allyn, speaks on the House floor.

Holocaust education bill dies

OLYMPIA - An effort to make Holocaust and genocide education mandatory in Washington public schools has failed to win enough support to pass in this year’s Legislature. "We've been trying …
Leavenworth Mayor Carl Florea (left) visits with Sen. Brad Hawkins in Olympia to discuss affordable housing, tourism issues, and capital budget requests.

Senate allocates $1.3 Million for Leavenworth affordable housing project

OLYMPIA – Sen. Brad Hawkins has secured $1.3 million in the Senate's capital budget proposal for the Leavenworth Affordable Rental Project, aimed at preserving 31 apartment units for workforce …

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.
    • Dinosaur World Live

      The Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee will host Dinosaur World Live on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. “A brand new …

    • Leavenworth Repair Cafe

      Waste Loop will host a Leavenworth Repair Cafe on Thursday, Feb. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wenatchee River Institute.  “Do you …

    • Wednesday birding

      The Wenatchee River Institute will host a birding walk around Walla Walla Point Park and the Horan Natural area in Wenatchee on Wednesday, Feb. …

    • Art in the Park

      The Wenatchee Library will host Art in the Park on Monday, Feb. 26 from 4-5 p.m. at Memorial Park in Wenatchee. “Get your art …

    • Sunday bingo

      Stein Leavenworth will host Sunday Night Bingo on Feb. 25 from 5-6 p.m. “Join us for Bingo, Sunday nights at 5 p.m.,” the event …

Sports
WENATCHEE – The Spokane Chiefs built a two-goal lead three separate times in Tuesday’s Western Hockey League showdown with the Wenatchee Wild at Town Toyota Center. That minor detail made …
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Bighorns are set to begin their training camp this week, with 22 players invited to compete for up to 12 spots on the team's roster. This marks the Bighorns' second …
WENATCHEE – Wenatchee’s blueliners have proven tough to tame at the goal line recently, and a career mark for the team’s captain has helped him earn some weekly hardware from …

WENATCHEE – Shawn Cooprider has been named the managing owner of the Wenatchee Bighorns, in partnership with Anthony Williams. Serving as co-owner and President of Business Operations, …
WENATCHEE – Friday’s Western Hockey League game between the Wenatchee Wild and Everett Silvertips turned on a pair of short stretches in the second and third periods, but those small …
KENT – The Wenatchee Wild opened February winless in five tries, and with its offense in a dry spell, scoring just seven goals over the first five games of the month. Wednesday, that drought …
Opinion
Challenges critiques of City's growth policies, advocates for balanced development
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 …
Terry Ward<br>
CEO & Publisher<br>
Ward Media
Embracing the future at The Leavenworth Echo
As the CEO & Publisher of Ward Media, it's my honor and responsibility to ensure that The Leavenworth Echo not only continues its legacy of trusted community journalism but also evolves to meet …
Kirk Hudson, General Manager<br>
Chelan County PUD
Hydropower is the cornerstone of a reliable, clean energy future
Affordable, plentiful energy is the root of a society that enables economic growth. It’s easy to forget our community’s biggest asset even though it affects everything we do.  Now …