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Brewster dances with the horses at second annual Dia de las Madres

He’s filling the boots, and soon, nine-year-old Juan Pio, shown here riding with his father, Luis, will fill the saddle as he performs on his dancing mount during the festivities.
BREWSTER – For the second consecutive year, Dia De las Madres (Day of the Mothers) took over the town on Saturday, May 11, as music, dancing, food, and fun attracted a large crowd of revelers …

Confluence Health, WVMG announce community partnership grant applications

WENATCHEE — Confluence Health and the Wenatchee Valley Medical Group (WVMG) announced Tuesday that their Community Partnership Fund will begin accepting applications for grants supporting local …
Local Features
Wenatchee Public Library employee Chelsea Evans sits at a desk adorned with wildflower arrangements made by youth in the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center. The kids arranged flowers with Evans and her colleague Molly Schuringa as part of the library’s outreach at the center.

Library outreach brings hope to incarcerated youth

WENATCHEE—For Wenatchee Public Library employees Chelsea Evans and Molly Schuringa, outreach with youth at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center is one of their favorite parts of their …
The 18-hole Sands course opened in 2014.

The Barn opens at Gamble Sands, precursor to major expansion

BREWSTER – The newest addition to the Gamble Sands golf, dining, and lodging experience 10 miles east of Brewster, The Barn, billed as the “newest dining hotspot and coolest hangout in …
The Women's Service League of NCW will hold its annual Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Mall near Sportsman's Warehouse.

Women's Service League hosts annual prom dress giveaway

WENATCHEE – This weekend, area teens, regardless of income, will have the chance to pick out the prom dress of their dreams for free, thanks to the Women's Service League of North Central …
Legislative Coverage

Federal court redistricting ruling shakes up Washington State legislative districts, faces Republican criticism

OLYMPIA – In a development impacting Washington State politics, the Ninth Circuit Court has dismissed an emergency motion to stay a federal court decision regarding legislative district …

Sports

Wenatchee Bighorns to resume incomplete game, begin playoffs despite coaching change

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Bighorns (10-9) are set to resume their incomplete game against the Salem Capitals (12-10) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific …
The Brewster Bears track and field team poses with its District 6 Championship trophy. Seventeen on the team have qualified for the state meet in Yakima.
Bears win District 6 track and field championship, 17 on to state
BREWSTER—The Bears varsity track and field team made a clean sweep of the District 6 Championship held on its home ground last Thursday, May 16. Both boys’ and girls’ teams turned …
Leigh Mendelson
Wenatchee Wild announce extensions for Mendelson, provincial scouting staff
WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the Western Hockey League (WHL), are excited to announce that Director of Scouting Leigh Mendelson has signed a two-year contract …
Cashmere ends Mustangs’ state run, 4-1
WENATCHEE – The Bridgeport Mustangs varsity soccer team came up three goals short in their loser-out game against the Cashmere Tigers at the Wenatchee Apple Bowl, last Saturday, May 11.  …
Opinion
Terry Ward, Publisher

Local journalism needs your support more than ever

As the publisher of our local newspaper, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the recent Pew Research Center report on the changing relationship between Americans and their local news outlets. The …
Other News
WENATCHEE — The NCW Tech Alliance has announced a series of Summer Tech Events aimed at fostering innovation and community engagement in North Central Washington. Since 1999, the organization …
BRIDGEPORT—The Colville Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department held its annual First Salmon Ceremony at the Chief Joseph Hatchery administration building on 48 Half Sun Way last Thursday, May 23. …
BREWSTER – Columbia Post 97 Commander Greg Wagg was concerned that few volunteers would show up at Locust Grove Cemetery last Thursday morning, May 24, for the annual installation of flags in …
OKANOGAN – If you like golf, classic cars, or just a good time for a good cause, circle Saturday, June 8, on the calendar. OK Quilts of Valor #95848, the folks who fashion handmade quilts for …
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Obituaries
Verona “Ronni” Maurine Schnibbe passed away at the age of 100 on May 15, 2024 in College Place, Washington. Ronni was born on December 7, 1923 in College Place, Washington to Keith Montanye and …
Douglas Scott Swezey was born in Vici, Oklahoma on October 23, 1988. Scotty was the third child of Greg and Ja Lea. Scotty died peacefully on May 17, 2024, in Cottage Grove, OR, surrounded by his …
Douglas Scott Swezey, 35, of Brewster, Washington, passed away on May 17, 2024. Visitation, May 23, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Barnes Chapel. Graveside Service May 24, 2024 10:00 AM …
Gregory Louis Shaw was born on October 4th, 1989. Greg attended school in Mansfield and Auburn before graduating from Bridgeport High School in 2008. Between his junior and senior year he did …
Our beloved father, and grandfather Gale Charles DePriest of Pateros, Washington, died peacefully April 14, 2024, at the age of 80. He was the youngest of two sets of twins born in Longview, …
Gale Charles DePriest, 80, of Pateros- Alta Lake, Washington passed away on April 14, 2024. Barnes 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.
    • Crafternoon at the library

      The Okanogan Library will host a Crafternoon on Thursday, May 30, from 3-5 p.m.   “Drop in after school for a fun family …

    • Okanogan Days

      Okanogan Days will be held on Saturday, June 1, in Downtown Okanogan. “Okanogan Days is always the first Saturday of June and is the …

    • Cruizin Chelan Car Show

      The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will host the 18th Annual Cruizin Chelan Car Show on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. “Locals …

    • Nomad Food Truck

      Endless Orchard Hard Pressed Cider in Chelan will host the Nomad Food Truck on Friday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Ready for a day …

    • Firefighters pancake breakfast

      Chelan District 7 Firefighters Association will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 1, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Chelan Fire and …

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Fighting Food Insecurity Across the Country
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Rodent damage: Will your car insurance cover chewed-up wiring?
Cheap Insurance provides advice on how to handle rodent damage to your car and how to avoid it in the future.
Katelyn Lonas has written and illustrated over 70 book­s and she’s only 17.
Books Can Make For A Great Way To Bond
(NAPSI)—What do you do for an encore when you publish your first book at age 9? Well, if you’re Katelyn Lonas, you go on to write and illustrate over 70 more by the tender age of 17. Katelyn’s …
Are you a mosquito magnet? Here are 4 reasons why and how to protect yourself
(BPT) - There's nothing quite like the lure of the outdoors when the sun is shining, temperatures are heating up and the world is in bloom. Unfortunately, while you and your family are enjoying all …
3 tips for sticking to a healthy lifestyle plan
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U.S. soldier detained in Russia on criminal charges
Russian authorities have detained an American soldier on criminal misconduct charges, the U.S. Army said Monday. Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said Russia’s government had notified the …
Workers pick blueberries in greenhouses of the Agrovision firm in San Isidro Mazatepec in Jalisco.
As its workers stream to the U.S., Mexico runs short of farmhands
ETZATLÁN, Mexico - For decades, Mexicans crossed the border to pick Americans’ lettuce, grapes and strawberries. Mexico had a seemingly inexhaustible supply of farmhands - tough, …
Senate passes $1.2 trillion spending bill, averting government shutdown
The Senate approved a $1.2 trillion spending bill in the wee hours of Saturday morning to prevent a brief partial government shutdown, sending the bill to President Biden to sign into law. …
Nikki Haley meets voters during a rally at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry, N.H. on Sunday.
Nikki Haley suspends campaign for 2024 Republican presidential nomination
CHARLESTON, S.C. -  Nikki Haley , a former U.N. ambassador and governor of South Carolina, has announced she is suspending   her presidential campaign, leaving  Donald Trump  with …
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 …