Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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Riverwalk Park improvements, shoreline restoration starts in March

CHELAN – Starting March 4, Chelan Public Utility District will begin a project at Riverwalk Park aimed at restoring the shoreline and enhancing waterfront access for non-motorized recreation. …

Manson Grange receives $6,000 grant for restroom renovations to boost accessibility

MANSON – The Manson Grange has received a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of NCW to support its Restroom Renovation Project, aiming to enhance universal accessibility. This financial …
Andrew Kottkamp is the hearing examiner for Chelan County.

Land use hearing considers 38-home Lookout subdivision in Chelan

CHELAN – A land-use hearing held at city hall on Tuesday, Feb. 20, concerns the latest 38-home subdivision in The Lookout community. Hearing Examiner Andrew Kottkamp heard a report from …
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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 …
Local Features
For 33 consecutive years, Peterson’s Waterfront located on the shores of Lake Chelan was among a select number of RCI affiliated resorts to meet the requirements for this annual distinction as part of the RCI Resort Recognition Program®.

Peterson’s Waterfront secures RCI Gold Crown Resort designation for 33rd year

CHELAN – Peterson’s Waterfront has been awarded the RCI Gold Crown Resort® designation by RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange, for the 33rd consecutive year. This …
Founding winemaker Mike Wade and his wife and co-owner Karen Wade, crushed their first grapes from their estate Riverbend Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA in the fall of 2000. 2024 marks 25 years of wine making at Fielding Hills Winery in Chelan.

Celebrating a quarter century of winemaking excellence: Fielding Hills Winery

CHELAN – As Fielding Hills Winery marks its 25th anniversary in 2024, founders Mike and Karen Wade reflect on a journey that began with the crushing of grapes from their estate Riverbend …
Legislative Coverage

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. …

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 …

Goehner bills related to ADUs senior citizens tax exemption and impact fee deferrals pass House before cutoff deadline

OLYMPIA - With a few hours to spare before the house of origin cutoff deadline on Tuesday, Rep. Keith Goehner had two bills pass the state House of Representatives. The House unanimously passed …

Condom use requires partner consent, proposal says

OLYMPIA - Testifying before lawmakers, Mina Hashemi recounted how, three years ago, she was shocked to see that the condom she had explicitly asked for during sex had been removed.  …
Obituaries
Shirley E. Vaughn of Chelan, Washington passed away on February 9, 2024 in her home after a brief battle with cancer.  Shirley was born March 6, 1937 in Everett, Washington to Richard Mahlum and …
Jose Martinez Farias, 52, of Corning, California and formerly of Chelan, Washington passed away on February 13, 2024. A viewing will be held February 29, 2024 at Precht Rose Chapel from 4:00-8:00 …
Carol Burns, 87, of Manson, Washington, passed away on January 13, 2024. The memorial service on February 23 at Heritage Heights has been canceled. Services are planned for later this spring.
Patricia Buske, 78, of Chelan, Washington passed  away on December 8, 2023. There will be a Potluck Celebration of Life at the  Chelan Senior Center on Saturday, February 24 …
Nelda May (Smith) Monteleone died February 11, 2024 …..peacefully in her sleep. She was met in heaven by her husband of 40 years, “Monte” Vito Anthony Monteleone, her parents, …
Carol L. Burns, 87, of Manson, Washington, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus her Savior on January 13, 2024. Carol was born June 16, 1936, the daughter of Mancil and Bernice Gray. …

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Here is this week's list of 5 Things to do this Week.
    • Leap Year Loop

      Celebrate leap year in downtown Chelan with the Leap Year Loop on Thursday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Mark this special …

    • Live music: Tim Schmidt

      Tipsy Canyon Winery in Manson will host musician Tim Schmidt on Thursday, Feb. 29 from 4-6 p.m. “Tipsy Canyon Winery presents a night …

    • Live music Whisky Trail

      Tipsy Canyon Winery in Manson will host live music by Whisky Trail during Taste Chelan on Saturday, March 2 from 1-4 p.m. “Tipsy …

    • Firefighter fundraiser

      Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards in Manson will host a Firefighter Stair Climb Fundraiser on Saturday, March 2 from 2-5 p.m. “Join us at …

    • Live Music with Elaine Eagle

      Succession Wines in Manson will host live music by musician Elaine Eagle on Sunday, March 3 from 2-5 p.m. “Elaine Eagle is a pianist, …

Opinion
POINT OF VIEW
Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-12

My “Walking Start to Running Start” bill will provide more options for students and families

The Washington State Legislature is quickly approaching its adjournment date of March 7. I’m pleased to share that my Senate Bill 5670, expanding the state’s Running Start program, …

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 …

A new digital dawn for the Lake Chelan Mirror

As the CEO & Publisher of Ward Media, the stewardship of the Lake Chelan Mirror and its evolution holds a special place in our mission to serve the North Central Washington community with …
Features
Trenton Hudkins and Michael Hilde compete in bowling with the Chelan Special Olympics.

Chelan Special Olympics builds friendships, community, and confidence

CHELAN – In early 2023, when Sarah Hudkins was looking to move her family to Chelan, she was worried about opportunities for her son Trenton.  Trenton had been involved in the Seattle …

Chelan County Rodeo Queen coronation and fundraiser set for Feb. 10

CASHMERE – The Chelan County Fair and Rodeo will host a Rodeo Queen Fundraiser and Coronation Kickoff Party on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Mission Creek Community Club Building at 4724 Mission …
Sports
Wenatchee Wild forward Kenta Isogai (86) battles for a spot in front of the Red Deer Rebels’ net in Wenatchee’s 3-2 win over the Rebels Saturday. Isogai’s third-period goal was the eventual game-winner as the Wild picked up their 30th win of the season.

Joudrey scores again as Wild win in Red Deer

RED DEER, Alberta – Two games into Wenatchee’s road trip through Alberta, the youngest player on the Wild roster over the past week has doubtlessly been one of its most impactful as …

Wenatchee charges back for 3-2 overtime win at Calgary Friday

CALGARY, Alberta – The Calgary Hitmen scored twice in the opening six minutes of Friday’s Western Hockey League game at Scotiabank Saddledome, and while the Wenatchee Wild were …

Wenatchee defensemen step up on offense Tuesday in 6-4 loss to Spokane

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 …
Web Extra content

Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV

To adult viewers, educational media content for children, such as “Sesame Street” or “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” may seem rather simplistic. The pacing is slow, key themes are often repeated and the visual aspects tend to be plain.…

With Beyoncé’s foray into country music, the genre is finally breaking free from the stereotypes that have long dogged it

On Super Bowl Sunday, Beyoncé released two country songs – “16 Carriages” and “Texas Hold ‘Em” – that elicited a mix of admiration and indignation. This is not her first foray into the genre, but it is her most successful and controversial entry. …

Most surprising March Madness winners of all time

ATS.io compiled a ranking of the most surprising men's March Madness national champions of the last 40 years using Sports Reference data.