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Holiday shopping boosts 4thQ 2016 sales statewide OLYMPIA - Shoppers in a spending mood during the holidays helped boost the state’s taxable retail sales by 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 over the same period in 2015, reaching $38.2 billion. That same holiday spirit also contributed to...
Charge Across Washington
Map showing route of Charge Across Washington
Plug-In NCW and the Wenatchee Electric Vehicle Association are sponsoring a demonstration drive this Spring. "Charge across Washington" is planned to highlight that an EV80 can now drive from Everett to Spokane along recently electrified US Highway 2. Our driver team, Randy and Anne Brooks are...

aerial view of Pangborn
Destination San Francisco nears $400k goal     Port of Chelan news release Destination San Francisco Bay Area, the Air Service Investment Program to secure a direct flight from Wenatchee’s Pangborn Airport and the San Francisco Bay area, has raised over $231,000 to date, more than half way to...
Editor's Notebook
Editor's Notebook In an effort to evolve our product and improve your reading experience, please signify your like or dislike of the following business features by emailing Managing Editor Gary Bégin: gary@ncwmedia.net. You can just ramble on or simply refer to the specific number below with a...
Sci-Fi crowd other-worldly By Gary Bégin Next time you hear someone laugh and say negative things about guys and gals who love role-play gaming, dressing up as Spiderman and watching Star Wars marathons remember, fantasy game players “got bank," that is to say, expendable income. That message...
Spruce and Willow Decor, dba the Spruce and Willow Home (SWH) store at 133 N. Wenatchee Ave., features antiques, used, vintage, rustic, new and repurposed items for the shopping public to enjoy and purchase. All told, an eclectic mix of just about everything for the discerning decorator and or...
Doug Morger of Eagle Home Mortgage
Doug Morger of Eagle Home Mortgage
SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently released its third annual study on the Best Places to Get a Mortgage. The study determines top markets by comparing the likelihood of mortgage approval by county, in addition to mortgage rates, average five-year borrowing costs, and property...

The popular Entiat Kite Festival was held last month and despite the chilly weather - at least there was wind. Businesses in Entiat are always looking for ways to stop traffic on busy Highway 97A and enrich the economy while providing family fun. Entiat Chamber of Commerce President Alan Moen said he wanted people driving to Chelan to think of Entiat as more than "just a place to get gas." Gary Bégin/WBJ
The popular Entiat Kite Festival was held last month and despite the chilly weather - at least there was wind. Businesses in Entiat are always looking for ways to stop traffic on busy Highway 97A and enrich the economy while providing family fun. Entiat Chamber of Commerce President Alan Moen said...
Realtors
The North Central Washington Association of Realtors installed the 2017 Board of Directors at the annual Installation Banquet on Friday, January 27 at the Pybus Public Market. "We are a strong group of dedicated individuals,” said Erin Davidson, 2017 President.  "Not just in our service to our Board of Directors, but also working to create a better community together as Realtor members."  The Installation ceremony was a 1970’s theme titled “Peace, Love & Togetherness” and conducted by Paul Mares, introducing the 2017 Officers and Board to the Membership for the coming year. The annual Installation Banquet also featured the presentation of the 2016 Membership Awards.  The new board is pictured above not shown in order: President – Erin Davidson, Premier One Properties; President Elect – Jamie Wallace, Windermere Real Estate/NCW; Vice President – Brad Allen, Sage Real Estate, Treasurer - Carole Keane, Coldwell Banker LaVigne; Secretary – Pamela Cooke, Windermere Real Estate; Immediate Past President – Becky Long, Windermere Real Estate/NCW; Director of Internal Affairs – Pam Wright, Windermere Real Estate/NCW; Director of Legislative Affairs – Bryan Campbell, Pro Active Real Estate; Director of Events – Darlene Baker, Laura Mounter Real Estate; Director of Membership – Shaunna Larson, Laura Mounter Real Estate; Director of Communications – Adam Williams, Windermere Real Estate/NCW; Okanogan Liaison – Rocky DeVon, RE/MAX Lake & Country, Oroville; Lake Chelan Council President – Kathy Jo Porter, Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties, Chelan; Affiliate Representative – Jim Blair, North Meridian Title & Escrow; Affiliate Representative – Kristi McPherson, First American Title Insurance. Courtesy photo
Urdahl
Mark Urdahl in his office at the end of 2016. Gary Bégin/WBJ
He sat in his office, walls bare, pondering his future. A sense of sadness and shock at how it feels to face the end of a long journey was off and on his face. It permeated his demeanor when he let it, but all in all he seemed satisfied with a lifetime's worth of accomplishments to look back on....

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