Monday, July 15, 2024
Top Stories

Happy Fudge reopens: a labor of love honoring a legacy

Davelaar’s favorite fudge flavor, dark chocolate raspberry.
LEAVENWORTH – For owner Jason Stewart and Manager Melissa Wike, reopening Happy Fudge, once Happy Happy Fudge, was not a money-making pursuit, but a way to preserve the legacy of one of their …
Executive Q&A
Kaylin Bettinger, Executive Director<br>
Upper Valley MEND

Meet Kaylin Bettinger, Executive Director of Upper Valley MEND

Kaylin Bettinger stepped into the executive director position at Upper Valley MEND in 2016 after working in communications for the nonprofit organization since 2014. With a background in social …
Ruben Betancourt, Executive Director<br>
Chelan-Douglas Coalition for Health Improvement

Meet Ruben Betancourt, Executive Director for the Chelan-Douglas Coalition for Health Improvement

With a background in business and healthcare administration. Ruben Betancourt, through his work with underserved and underrepresented communities at Columbia Valley Community Health, realized his …
Maria Guerra, project designer at MJ Neal Associates

Meet Maria Guerra, project designer at MJ Neal Associates

Meet Maria Guerra project designer at the architectural firm MJ Neal Associates. Although architecture has always been her true calling, Guerra has followed a winding path back to it after serving in …
Dr. Sue Kane, CEO<br>
NCW Tech Alliance

Meet Dr. Sue Kane, CEO of NCW Tech Alliance

Meet Dr. Sue Kane, CEO of NCW Tech Alliance, a nonprofit in North Central Washington committed to bridging the digital divide. Kane stepped into the CEO role in October 2023. Founded in 1999 as …
Emily Bautista-Herdt

Meet Emily Bautista-Herdt, Packaging Sales Manager at Northwest Wholesale, Inc.

Northwest Wholesale, Inc., or NWW, a locally owned farmer cooperative, has served fruit growers and packers in North Central Washington since 1937. As a cooperative, NWW is dedicated to helping tree fruit growers and packers from “bud to box.” According to their website, in the last ten years, NWW has been able to generate savings of $43.8 million, which has been returned to their members. In 2021, Bautista-Herdt started with NWW as a Packaging Sales Rep. In June 2022, she stepped into the Packaging Sales Manager role. 
Other News
CHELAN — Tsillan Cellars, a pioneering winery in the Lake Chelan region, continues to garner accolades in major wine competitions, solidifying its position as a leading producer in the state's …
SPOKANE — AgWest Farm Credit announced today the introduction of a new monthly market report covering major agricultural commodities across seven Western states. The AgWest Monthly Market …
PORTLAND, Ore. — Endless Orchard Hard Pressed Cider, a new entrant in the craft cider industry, has garnered attention at the 2024 NW Cider Cup by securing two awards, including Best New Cidery …
Keeping up with People
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) has appointed Jane Provo as Interim Executive Director, following the departure of James Pumphrey. Provo, a former member of the WVHS …
OMAK — Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) has named Carolyn Goolsby as the new Dean of its Omak campus, effective Aug. 16, the college announced on Tuesday. In her role, Goolsby will oversee …
WENATCHEE — Wellness Place, a local nonprofit that supports individuals facing cancer in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties, has named Marissa Collins its new Executive Director. …
LEAVENWORTH - Cascade Medical Foundation has launched a new scholarship program to honor former administrator Mark Judy and support the professional growth of healthcare professionals. The Mark Judy …
MANSON – Manson High School Senior Alexis Villaseñor was recently accepted with a full scholarship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Maryland to study neurosurgery.  …
Local Features
The Cheesemonger’s shop owner John Pistoresi, earned the nickname “Pesto” in high school, inspiring the name of his new sandwich shop.
LEAVENWORTH –  The Cheesemonger’s Shop owner John Pistoresi is set to open Pesto’s La Panineria, a new Italian sandwich shop, in the former location of Viadolce Gelato, this …
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Artists Peter and iMa James pose outside the gallery.
LEAVENWORTH – Peter James Photography will hold a grand opening for the new downtown Leavenworth gallery on June 6. The gallery showcases photography from all over Washington state, …
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More Business News

Wenatchee Valley College launches Community Engagement Project

WENATCHEE—Wenatchee Valley College announced the launch of a regional survey to gather input from residents and help shape the college's future and better serve the communities of North Central …

Empowering the future: The 2024 STEM Summit and AI Expo at Wenatchee

As schools across the region prepare for graduations and summer vacations, the North Central Educational Services District (NCESD) and dozens of regional partners are gearing up to prepare for the …

Chelan and Douglas counties show promising labor market recovery, Wenatchee Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.7%

Washington State employers added 5,200 jobs in April and the state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.8%, according to a report released by the Employment Security Department. The job growth …

U.S. job growth slows in April, unemployment rate remains stable at 3.9%

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in April, a modest increase that fell short of the average monthly gain of 242,000 over the previous year, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor …

Washington State adds 5,200 jobs in April; unemployment rate holds at 4.8%

Washington State employers added 5,200 jobs in April and the state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.8%, according to a report released by the Employment Security Department. The job growth …
Opinion
Tyler Kert<br>
Tamarack Wealth Management
Navigating the hidden risks of retirement
Retirement marks a significant milestone in life. It represents the culmination of years of hard work and diligent saving. However, as retirees transition from earning a paycheck to relying on …
Terry Ward
Resilience, renewal, and the power of community
As I read through the stories in this month's Wenatchee Business Journal, I'm struck by the common threads of resilience, renewal, and the power of community that weave through each narrative. …
Adam Rynd<br>
Owner and Designated Broker of Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate
Navigating the new real estate landscape in North Central Washington
Every spring, the sunny slopes of North Central Washington green up with grasses and sage, accentuated with the bright gold of arrowleaf balsamroot and purple lupine spikes. And every spring, our …
Labor Reports
Wenatchee MSA experiences strong job growth amidst rising unemployment
WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area, comprising Chelan and Douglas counties in Washington state, saw impressive job growth between March 2023 and March 2024 despite an uptick in …
Washington State faces higher labor underutilization than U.S. in 2023
According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington State experienced significantly higher rates of labor underutilization compared to the national average in 2023. The …
Wenatchee MSA job market surges, outpacing state
The Wenatchee metro area employment picture looked exceptionally bright in January, with total nonfarm jobs surging at more than four times the statewide pace, according to a new report by a state …
Real Estate

Existing home sales slipped in April, but prices hit a record high

Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes fell for the second straight month in April as a stubbornly low supply of properties on the market and rising mortgage rates made the process of buying a house …

Adjusting to higher rates: Wenatchee Valley's real estate resilience

In the face of climbing interest rates, the single-family home market in Chelan and Douglas counties, with a spotlight on the Wenatchee Valley, has showcased remarkable adaptability. A comparison of …

Existing home sales vaulted 9.5% in February, largest monthly increase in a year

The housing market showed renewed strength last month as existing home sales posted their largest monthly gain in a year, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. The …
Health Care
WA company aims to bridge healthcare gap in rural areas
LEAVENWORTH – Dopl Technologies is on a mission to improve healthcare access in rural underserved areas of Washington state and beyond.  The Bothell-based software company provides …
An architectural rendering of the planned expansion to Family Health Centers' Omak campus. The expanded facility will include a new dental clinic with 18 additional operatories, allowing FHC to significantly increase access to oral health care services for the Okanogan County community. The modern, spacious design of the building aligns with FHC's mission to improve the health and well-being of the populations they serve.
Family Health Centers expanding dental care access in Okanogan County
OMAK - Family Health Centers (FHC) has announced plans to expand its Omak campus at 1003 Koala Drive by adding a new dental clinic. This expansion aims to increase access to oral health care for all …
After a decade, Mall Boyd is wrapping up her term on the Cascade Medical Board of Commissioners.
Cascade Medical bids adieu to Commissioner Mall Boyd
LEAVENWORTH—After a decade of dedicated service, Commissioner Mall Boyd bid farewell to her role on the Cascade Medical Board of Commissioners, marking the end of an era in community healthcare …
Five from Confluence Health honored with 2024 Champion of Public Health Awards
WENATCHEE - Three staff members and two providers at Confluence Health were recently honored with the 2024  Champions of Public Health Award, presented by the Chelan-Douglas Health District …
Confluence Health honored with two awards for excellence in organ donation efforts
WENATCHEE - Confluence Health Hospital Central Campus was recently recognized with two hospital achievement awards by LifeCenter Northwest for excellence in organ donation efforts. LifeCenter …
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Tourism & Travel

Chelan County Commissioners allocate over $319K in Lodging Tax dollars to boost local tourism initiatives

WENATCHEE — Chelan County Commissioners greenlit the allocation of nearly $320,000 in lodging tax dollars toward various tourism-related entities, benefitting a gamut of local organizations. …

Around the region

Pioneer Fire grows to over 15,000 acres, crews conduct firing operations near Stehekin

CHELAN - The Pioneer Fire burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has expanded to 15,757 acres as of Sunday, July 14, according to fire officials. Despite the growth, firefighters have made …

Leavenworth City Council postpones decision on allowing condominiums in residential zones

LEAVENWORTH – After a heated debate, an ordinance to allow condominiums in residential zoning, intended to increase the amount of smaller dwelling units available for a lower purchase price, …

FBI names Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, as Trump rally shooting suspect

The FBI named 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pa., as the suspected shooter in what it described as an assassination attempt on former president Donald Trump at a rally in Butler, …
Secret Service agents assist former president Donald Trump into a vehicle after a campaign rally Saturday in Butler, Pa.

Biden, Democrats, Republicans denounce shooting at Trump rally

Reactions from government leaders poured in shortly after a shooting at Donald Trump’s rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday afternoon, with Democrats and Republicans alike denouncing the violence. …

Red flag warning issued as heat wave continues in Washington State

SPOKANE — The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for portions of central and southern Washington state as a heat wave brings above normal temperatures and creates critical …