Thursday, February 22, 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. …
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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 …
MANSON – Chelan County Public Works has scheduled a community meeting for Thursday, Feb. 29, to present and discuss proposed changes to Pedoi Street and South Harris Avenue. The meeting aims to …
Local 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 Austyn Robinson attends the 2024 coronation for Omak Stampede Rodeo Queen Eryne Anderson.

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 …
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
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. …
Shirley Vaughn, 86, of Chelan, Washington passed away on February 9, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.
Raymond Woodruff, 85, of Chelan, Washington passed away on February 4, 2024. Precht Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.

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Here is this week's list of 5 Things to do this Week.
    • Live Music: Tim Schmidt

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

    • Pub Trivia

      Stormy Mountain Brewing in Chelan will host Pub Trivia on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. “Join your friends and family for the …

    • Open mic night

      Sigillo Cellars in Chelan will host open mic night on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. “You are welcome to attend and listen to local …

    • Live Music with Nic Allen

      Succession Wines in Manson will host musician Nic Allen on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2-5 p.m. “Nic Allen is a solo acoustic artist from …

    • Chelan Library book club

      The Chelan Library will host book club in the community meeting room on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. “Enjoy casual conversation …

Opinion
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 …

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 …

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 …
Features
During selection festivities, the 2024 Manson Apple Blossom Festival royalty were crowned Saturday evening, January 27, at Manson High School. Left to right, Princess Liliana Narvaez, Queen Isabelle Harris, and Princess Natalee Reyna. This year’s festival, ‘Into the Wilderness,’ will be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, in downtown Manson.

Manson Apple Blossom Royalty crowned

MANSON - During selection festivities, the 2024 Manson Apple Blossom Festival royalty were crowned Saturday evening, January 27, at Manson High School. Left to right, Princess Liliana Narvaez, Queen …

Cherished teacher leaves legacy of excellence and a love of lifelong learning

CHELAN – Dane Johnson, retired teacher and beloved community member, was recently acknowledged with a Blue & White Excellence Award at the Manson Chamber of Commerce Night to Remember, an …

Patty’s Animal Rescue looking for community help to reach fundraising goals

CHELAN – Now is a good time to clean out your closets and help local animal shelter Patty's Animal Rescue.  A Cause for Paws Thrift Store, which supports the animal shelter, is …
Sports
Wenatchee Wild forward Steven Arp tosses a shot toward the Spokane Chiefs’ net Tuesday in a 6-4 loss in Western Hockey League play. Arp was one of 11 Wild skaters to finish with at least one point.

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 …

Wenatchee Bighorns kick off training camp with 22 players vying for roster spots

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 …

Sward named Western Hockey League’s tempo player of the week

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 …
Web Extra content

FAFSA website meltdown: How to avoid additional frustration with financial aid applications

When Congress passed the FAFSA Simplification Act in 2020, it was touted as making it easier for more families to access the government funding they need to send their children to college. But as recent events have shown, it actually made things more complicated, frustrating and confusing. …

Why does a leap year have 366 days?

Leap Day is coming. Marvin Samuel Tolentino Pineda/iStock, via Getty images Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d …

3 ways to plan for a satisfying and successful retirement

Wealth Enhancement Group outlines three ways to get the most out of retirement.