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The 2017 legislative season in Olympia is drawing to a close. Bills that passed committee and made to a floor vote in the House must also survive a vote in the Senate. Those that did may impact your business or all businesses in one way or another and that is why they are listed here. Everything...

Workers were busy working on the canopy of the Wenatchee Red Lion Hotel in this late February photo. Gary Bégin/WBJ
The Red Lion hotel at 1225 N. Wenatchee Ave., is replaced its massive reception canopy and is also refurbishing the entire hotel, according to Principle Partner Gurbir Sandhu, speaking via email from Kennewick. The work began in late February and is expected to continue until the end of the year....

Lance Tigner and his fender strike a pose recently in Wenatchee.
Lance Tigner has a day job which dovetails nicely with his passion - performing music. Tigner is the owner/operator of On The Mend musical instrument repair company, 610 Easy Street in Wenatchee. He was born in Wenatchee at St. Anthony's and graduated Wenatchee High School back in the day. He took...

12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins
OLYMPIA - The state Senate today passed legislation from Sen. Brad Hawkins that would offer remedies to tree fruit growers and other agricultural producers tangled in a recent Supreme Court decision about compensating workers for rest breaks.  “This bill would resolve a major issue from the court...

Marijuana growers picket on Chelan Avenue in March. Gary Bégin/WBJ
Marijuana farmers and their supporters hit the streets of Wenatchee in March carrying signs informing motorists about the economic benefits of their legalized activities. Cars streaming by on Chelan Avenue in the late afternoon mostly honked their horns in favor of the picketers. Farmers and their...
CHELAN - After 13 years of permitting, designing and mitigation work, phase one of construction on the Sunset Marina has begun, a project that will cost in the ballpark of $14 million when completed.   Located adjacent to the Lady of the Lake here, the year round private marina will hold 168 boat...
The following legislation brought onto the floor in Olympia is business related. The list was extrapolated from a much larger list of hundreds of possible bills, some destined to become laws, others to fall by the wayside as so much more red tape. The WBJ is listing 75 bills here brought to the...
modernization bid approved: $41.8M
Rock Island Dam modernization bid approved: $41.8M The Chelan Public Utility District Board of Commissioners awarded a $41.8 million bid to Andritz Hydro Corporation, an Austrian company, at its last meeting, a "special" one, on Dec. 30. “This is a great opportunity for the district and its...
The Wenatchee Networking Group, a noontime group of mostly independent business owner/operators has elected the following staff to guide it through 2017:  Pictured above are the new officers from top, left to right: Vice President - Gene Schur, Gene's Home Services;  President - Doug Morger,...
Cuban 5
Five Cuban "veterans" spoke to the Mountain View Church congregation about their week-long trip. Pictured left to right are Tom Owens, Scott Womack, Brett Womack, Josh Simonson and Shane Rinker.
EAST WENATCHEE -- It took 100 days to get a "religious" visa and many harrowing moments when the seven members of the Mountain View Church congregation from here thought the whole pilgrimage to visit Cuba was a bust due to communist and American bureaucratic red tape. Somehow they met the right...

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