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WENATCHEE – Chelan PUD commissioners are considering a proposal that would support affordable housing development by waiving connection fees for qualified homebuyers working with local housing trusts. (starts at 00:20:00 on the board audio)                        The electrical connection fee...
LEAVENWORTH - The Upper Valley Park & Recreation Service Area (PRSA) in conjunction with the City of Leavenworth released a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking firms to conduct a recreation needs assessment of the Upper Valley community. The assessment will help prioritize the service area...

Christine Morgan Executive Director
Leavenworth - The Icicle Fund has awarded $2M through a series of grant programs in the arts, environment, and cultural and natural history. Like many non-profits this year, Icicle Fund has experimented with ways to best play its role in the regional ecosystem of organizations that aim to enhance...
The Washington State Constitution states that education is its paramount duty (Article IX, Sec 1). As a result, education policy and taxes have always been of significant importance in our state. You may remember that the Washington State Supreme Court issued its McCleary Decision on education...
Olympia—District 12 Senator Brad Hawkins and 12 other Republican senators voted against the bill HB 1070 meant to give more flexibility to local housing agencies and cities wanting to use local tax revenues to build or encourage affordable housing. They lost. House Bill 1070 modifies allowed uses...

Cascade School District superintendent Tracey Beckendorf-Edou signs the closing papers for the sale of the Osborn property.
Cascade School District superintendent Tracey Beckendorf-Edou recently signed the closing papers for the sale of the Osborn property. This is for the Osborn school building and playground, but the district still owns the administrative building and the tennis courts. The City of Leavenworth...

The city has defined 8 Residential Parking Zones outside the downtown business core that will have paid parking meters activated soon. This will likely put pressure on residential areas where visitors are looking for free parking opportunities.
Recognizing that the implementation of paid parking in the downtown business core will ultimately put increasing pressure on residential neighborhoods, the Parking Advisory Committee has recommended implementation of residential parking zones. The Parking Advisory Committee has recommended...
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced last week that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15 to May 17. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days. “This...

Representative Schrier
On March 12th, US Representative Kim Schrier led a virtual public forum about social determinants of health. More than fifty community members tuned in and learned about the socioeconomic challenges that exist in the Upper Valley that can affect an individual’s health and wellness. Also, attendees...

Steele & Goehner - photo by Gary Begin
OLYMPIA – State District 12 representatives Michael Steele (R-Chelan) and Keith Goehner (R-Dryden) held a virtual joint town hall meeting Tuesday, March 23. The two were asked questions from both pre-submitted (online) and phone-in community members during the one hour plus session, hosted by a...

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