Monday, March 4, 2024
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Local ag co-op nurtures tree fruit industry from bud to box

Since the 1930s, Northwest Wholesale, Inc., a locally owned agricultural cooperative, has been an impactful part of the tree fruit industry in North Central Washington. Cooperatives of all kinds …

Three Rivers Hospital board revisits bond issue

BREWSTER – Since the failure of its $72 million building bond in last November’s general election, the Three Rivers Hospital (TRH) Board of Commissioners has been engaged – starting …
Local Features

Brewster Bait & Tackle evolves with sportfishing crowd

The key to business success is often finding a niche idea, nurturing it, and following each progressive development as it leads to the opportunities that customers and markets demand. Such has …

Sports

Unger stops 35 as Moose Jaw shuts out Wild Sunday, 3-0

Wenatchee Wild goaltender Brendan Gee reaches out to smother the puck in the first period of Wenatchee’s Western Hockey League game against the Moose Jaw Warriors Sunday at Town Toyota Center. Gee made 30 saves, but the Wild took a 3-0 loss.
WENATCHEE – Saturday night, the Wenatchee Wild found themselves in the Western Hockey League playoffs thanks to a regulation loss by the Tri-City Americans. On Sunday evening, Moose Jaw …
One of several Bears booster signs decorates an apple bin along Highway 97 headed east toward Spokane.
Lady Bears finish fourth at state basketball tournament
SPOKANE – The Brewster girls varsity basketball team capped its trip to state with the fourth-place trophy following a 77-71 win over Mabton last Saturday, March 2. The Lady Bears opened …
Lady Bears clinch state trophy
SPOKANE – Free throws, more free throws, and even more free throws made the difference in the Brewster Lady Bears 70-54 win over Toutle Lake Friday morning, March 1, in the Spokane Arena. Of …
Senior Tiera Miller accepts the sportsmanship award following Waterville-Mansfield’s win over Oakesdale.
Lady Shockers defeat Garfield-Palouse, 55-33.
SPOKANE – The No. 3-seeded Waterville-Mansfield girls varsity basketball team proved that their 56-33 drubbing of 1B regional opponent Oakesdale on Feb. 24 at Wenatchee High School was more …
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Biggest March Madness upsets since 1982

ATS.io compiled a ranking of the biggest men's March Madness upsets since 1982—when the term was coined—using Sports Reference data.

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. …
Other News

Seasonal road closures remain in effect until end of March

WENATCHEE — With one month remaining before the end of seasonal road closures, Chelan County officials remind residents and visitors to continue avoiding certain areas. The closures, affecting …

Cascadia Conservation District to host hybrid board meeting

WENATCHEE - The Cascadia Conservation District announces its upcoming Regular Board Meeting, set to take place on Friday, March 15, at 1:30 p.m. This session will adopt a hybrid format, allowing …

WSP mourns the loss of Trooper Christopher M. Gadd, killed in the line of duty on Interstate 5

Trooper Christopher M. Gadd, remembered for his service and sacrifice, poses in uniform. Gadd, who joined the Washington State Patrol in 2021 and was recognized for his academic excellence during training, tragically lost his life in the line of duty on Interstate 5 in Marysville. He is survived by his family, including his wife Cammryn, daughter Kaelyn, and a legacy of dedication to public service.

MARYSVILLE — The Washington State Patrol (WSP) and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are in mourning following the tragic death of Trooper Christopher M. Gadd, who was killed in the …

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Obituaries
Cherrie Dee Cool (Bennett), affectionately known as Twinks to most of her friends and family, passed away at home on Saturday, February 24, 2024, after a short but valiant fight with cancer.  …
Jason Rodriguez Lopez , 25, of Brewster, Washington passed away on February 23, 2024. Rosary & Visitation FEB 28 . 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Barnes Chapel Mass of Christian Burial FEB …

George (Joe) Edward Riggan

George (Joe) Edward Riggan passed away peacefully on January 7, 2024, in Battle Ground, Washington.  Joe, as he was affectionately known, was born on July 3, 1934 in Ivy, Arkansas to Roy and …

Charles Mathew Hull

Charles Mathew Hull, 54, of Brewster, Washington and formerly of Pateros, Washington passed away on February 17, 2024. No public services will be held. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for …

Isabel Garcia Mercado

Isabel Garcia Mercado, 54, of Bridgeport, Washington passed away on February 8, 2024. The service is Friday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m. at Bridgeport Apostolic Church. Barnes Chapel is handling …

Sharlene Ford

Sharlene Ford, 80, of Brewster, Washington and former resident of Wenatchee, Washington passed away on February 6, 2024. Barnes Chapel is handling the arrangements for the family.

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.
    • 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 …

    • Leap Day

      The Pateros Library will host a leap day themed At The Library After School or ATLAS on Thursday, Feb. 29 from 4-5 p.m. “Join us for …

    • Crochet for beginners

      The Okanogan Library will host crochet for beginners in a three part series on Saturday, March 2 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Adult Corner. …

    • 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 …

    • Crafternoon

      The Okanogan Library will host a Crafternoon on Thursday, Feb. 29 from 3-5 p.m. “Drop in after school for a fun family craft,” …

National News
Big-box stores try to stay relevant by focusing on smaller stores
Two of the biggest names in big-box retail have boosted their bets on a growing trend for brick-and-mortar sales: smaller stores. Best Buy and Macy’s this week announced plans to add …
Chrysler recalls 330,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees over steering wheel defect
Chrysler is recalling more than 330,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees because of a steering wheel defect that may cause a loss of control. Problems can arise when the steering knuckle separates from the …
The Capitol dome on May 3, 2023. Congress has very little time left to pass a short-term extension of government funding before a partial shutdown would begin.
House passes bill to extend government shutdown deadlines
The House on Thursday approved legislation to extend the expiration date for federal funding later into March, sending the measure to prevent a partial government shutdown that was set for Saturday …
What is a leap day? All about Feb. 29, on the calendar every 4 years.
If you look at your calendar this week, you will see an unusual date: Feb. 29. That’s because 2024 is what’s known as a leap year - and while those in the Northern Hemisphere might not be …
How Texas’s Smokehouse Creek fire became state’s second-largest ever
A large and fast-moving wildfire broke out in the Texas panhandle, prompting a disaster declaration and forcing residents to evacuate on Feb. 27.(c) 2024 , The Washington Post Extreme winter …