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Being named Royal Lady is a unique Leavenworth honor. No one has earned that honor twice - until now. Penelope (Penny) Carpenter Ressler was chosen and accepted the nomination again for 2021 because COVID-19 essentially shut down the Northwest Festival circuit in 2020. Penny did not earn the honor...

Washington State Federal lands by county
WASHINGTON – Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA), in a news release issued Friday, February 26, stated why he was opposed to the “massive federal land grab” and how it will impact counties already dominated by federally controlled property. The release, “A Voice for Rural Communities:...

Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay
WENATCHEE – The February 9 meeting of the Chelan County Commission was highlighted by the overview and commentary of several House and Senate bills that may affect the county and local cities in both positive and negative ways. SB5368 is in regards to the annexation of unincorporated territory by...
OLYMPIA – A rehash of an old Democrat Party idea has come back to the state capitol for a vote. So far it is only in the House, but Senator Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee) is ready with an answer if it ever comes to the state Senate. “Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating...
WENATCHEE – On Wednesday, February 17, Representative Kim Schrier (D-Issaquah) held a town hall meeting for Central Washington constituents co-hosted by Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz. Kuntz sorted out questions submitted by email prior to the meeting and also added occasional commentary. Kuntz said...

Photo by Bill Forhan The Leavenworth Haus Apartment Homes on Ward Strasse behind Safeway is scheduled for completion in early September. This is the largest housing project ever constructed in Leavenworth. It will add 200 housing units. Building A is currently open and Chris Fullerton, Community Director says the company has leased approximately 35% of the units some of which are not ready for occupancy.
The planning commission heard a report from the state Department of Commerce last Wednesday on an 8-month study of Leavenworth’s issue of affordable housing. It is a topic that has been on the minds of city leaders for several years. Mayor Carl Florea campaigned on the issue and has been pushing it...
The champion of the Columbia Basin Project for six decades, the Columbia Basin Development League, will hold its annual conference “With One Voice” Thursday, March 4 from 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (Pacific).    Virtual, the conference is easy access for all stakeholders in the Columbia Basin to get...
Upper Valley MEND offers seniors help for scheduling vaccine appointments. The emergency assistance program manager Liz Hurtado can help people who are eligible to get the vaccine but aren’t tech savvy enough to sign up. Call MEND at (509) 548-0408 for assistance.   MEND envisions an...

Photo by Bill Forhan The snow is falling but the Leavenworth Library will soon be open to the public on a limited basis.
NCW Libraries will reopen its libraries to in-person visits starting Tuesday, Feb. 16. Customers will once again be able to browse the shelves, access computer stations, read the newspaper, or pick out a DVD. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Thursday that most of the state including all five counties...

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