Friday, June 14, 2024
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Upper Valley MEND nears $250,000 match for affordable housing

Upper Valley MEND is working towards building a duplex on a donated lot, which will expand affordable housing options for local residents. This rendering, provided pro-bono by Syndicate Smith, shows a concept of what the new building could look like.
LEAVENWORTH — Upper Valley MEND, a nonprofit based in Leavenworth, is close to securing a $250,000 match from the Sleeping Lady Foundation for its Solid Foundations Campaign, which aims to …

Leavenworth’s Finest Espresso lot to become temporary paid parking lot

LEAVENWORTH – The lot on which the permanently closed Leavenworth’s Finest Espresso was located will be converted into a temporary paid parking lot by the City of Leavenworth.  …

OUT on the River celebrates Pride on the water

LEAVENWORTH – On June 25, OUT on the River will be celebrating the 2SLGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month with its fourth annual float down the river, followed by an afterparty at LOGE …
Local Features

The Cheesemonger’s Shop owner to open Italian sandwich shop

The Cheesemonger’s shop owner John Pistoresi, earned the nickname “Pesto” in high school, inspiring the name of his new sandwich shop.
LEAVENWORTH –  The Cheesemonger’s Shop owner John Pistoresi is set to open Pesto’s La Panineria, a new Italian sandwich shop, in the former location of Viadolce Gelato, this …
Wenatchee Public Library employees Chelsea Evans and Molly Schuringa display snowflakes, made from popsicle sticks by youth at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.

Library outreach brings hope to incarcerated youth

WENATCHEE—For Wenatchee Public Library employees Chelsea Evans and Molly Schuringa, outreach with youth at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center is one of their favorite parts of their …
Dr. Fitzgerald recently discovered this photo of his great-grandfather in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Descendants of Leavenworth’s first doctor revisit past

LEAVENWORTH — The Greater Leavenworth Museum welcomed over 70 descendants of Leavenworth’s first doctor and second mayor, Doctor George Washington (G.W.) Hoxsey, over Memorial Day …
Artists Peter and iMa James pose outside the gallery.

Photography Gallery to host grand opening

LEAVENWORTH – Peter James Photography will hold a grand opening for the new downtown Leavenworth gallery on June 6. The gallery showcases photography from all over Washington state, …
Davelaar’s favorite fudge flavor, dark chocolate raspberry.

Happy Fudge reopens: a labor of love honoring a legacy

LEAVENWORTH – For owner Jason Stewart and Manager Melissa Wike, reopening Happy Fudge, once Happy Happy Fudge, was not a money-making pursuit, but a way to preserve the legacy of one of their …
Other News
LEAVENWORTH – The city will be moving forward with construction of its Front Street Park Restrooms and Stairway Expansion Project after accepting a construction contract 31 percent higher than …
LEAVENWORTH — Dangerous Women, a Leavenworth-based women's history performance collaborative, has been awarded a $17,500 Community Accelerator Grant from ArtsFund and the Paul G. Allen Family …
CHELAN — The Pioneer Fire, burning in the remote wilderness along the north shore of Lake Chelan has grown to 1,468 acres, posing significant challenges for firefighters …
PLAIN – Every year, Beaver Valley Elementary releases a highlight reel of the most interesting video clips of wildlife caught on its game cameras. This year, the school captured enough exciting …
CHELAN — The Pioneer Fire burning in the steep, remote terrain along the north shore of Lake Chelan has grown to 1,172 acres, posing significant challenges for firefighters, according to the …
Obituaries
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 …
Dwight Goehner was born to Walter and Alvina Goehner in May of 1957. He joined his sister Naomi and brother Keith in a loving Christian home, surrounded by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, most of …
Education
Breanna Loomis, 2024 Cascade High School Salutatorian

Breanna Loomis named 2024 CHS Salutatorian

LEAVENWORTH – When Cascade High School’s 2024 Salutatorian Breanna Loomis sets her mind on achieving a goal, it’s hard to stop her from accomplishing it. This level of determination …

LEAVENWORTH – Cascade High School seniors Isabel Menna and Julian Valdez have been named co-valedictorians for the class of 2024, recognizing their outstanding academic achievements throughout …
PESHASTIN – Before rehearsing their own ceremony, Cascade High School graduating seniors gathered at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School on June 7 to take part in the Kindergarten …
LEAVENWORTH - Across the United States and Washington, public schools have been scrambling to come to terms with budget cuts and lack of funding. Administrators have been forced to make difficult …
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. May 31 …

Outdoors
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 …

National Forests offer free admission for Get Outdoors Day

PORTLAND - The USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region is encouraging the public to enjoy the great outdoors by waiving day-use fees at most recreation sites in national forests across …

Cast your line for free during Washington's Annual Free Fishing Weekend

OLYMPIA - Fishing enthusiasts across Washington state are gearing up for the annual Free Fishing Weekend, set to take place on June 8-9. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is …

Hatchery spring Chinook season opens on Cascade River

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced the opening of a portion of the Cascade River to fishing for hatchery spring Chinook salmon. The season will run from May …

Tulalip Terminal area opens for Salmon fishing season

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced the opening of the Tulalip Terminal Area for salmon fishing from May 24 through September 2. The area, located west of …
Election 2024

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 …

Brian Burnett announces candidacy for State Representative, District 12

WENATCHEE—Former Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett is running for State Representative, District 12, Position 1, as a Republican candidate. The announcement, made through a press release, …

Hawkins makes it official, files for Chelan County Commissioner

WENATCHEE - On the first day of candidate filing week, State Senator Brad Hawkins (R-Wenatchee) officially declared his candidacy for the open position of Chelan County Commissioner, District 3. The …

Candidate Filing Week 2024 begins May 6

OLYMPIA — Interested in running for public office in Washington? The opportunity to formally declare candidacy for the 2024 elections opens online on May 6 at 8 a.m. and at elections offices …
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.
    • Drag Bingo

      The Leavenworth Adventure Park will host Drag Bingo on Friday, June 14 from 8-10 p.m. “Hosted by Wenatchee’s Matthew Pippin as …

    • Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival

      The Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival is coming to Cashmere on June 14-16 at the Chelan County Expo Center. The festival will feature …

    • Nutcracker Day

      The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum will host Nutcracker Day, on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Crack some nuts with the "Beast" …

    • Ride for Pride

      The Leavenworth Adventure Park will host Ride for Pride on Saturday, June 15 from 6-10 p.m. The event features unlimited rides from 6-8 …

    • Free community dinner

      The Leavenworth Methodist Church will host a free Community Dinner on Tuesday, June 18 from 5-7 p.m. “Our entire community is welcome …

Sports
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — The Wenatchee AppleSox will host the Bellingham Bells for the rubber match of their three-game series at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium on Thursday night. Both teams …
WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox secured their first shutout of the 2024 season with a 2-0 victory over the Bellingham Bells on Wednesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Garrett Ahern, …
WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee AppleSox will host the Bellingham Bells on Wednesday evening at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The AppleSox will send Garrett Ahern to the …

WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild have announced a trade with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL), acquiring 2006-born forward Zane Saab from Red Deer in exchange …
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee AppleSox struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities as they fell to the Bellingham Bells, 6-1, in the series opener at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium on Tuesday night. …
Opinion
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 …
Washington state’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA) was passed in 2021 with the goal of reducing and phasing out carbon emissions.  Unfortunately, there have been several problems with …
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 …