Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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Exploring Washington’s Beauty: Photography gallery set to open in downtown Leavenworth this spring

Photographer Peter James has spent decades photographing Washington State, but has recently dedicated his time to capturing the beauty surrounding Leavenworth.
LEAVENWORTH — Downtown will be welcoming its newest gallery this spring. Peter James Photography will feature nature photography specific to Washington State showcased on “larger than …
Executive Q&A
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. 
Steve Wilkinson<br>
Executive Director<br>
Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

Meet Steve Wilkinson, executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

Steering the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce toward a dynamic future is Steve Wilkinson, the executive director, who brings a wealth of experience and a passion for community growth. Recently, we caught up with Wilkinson to learn more about him and his goals for the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Faviola Barbosa<br>
Executive Director<br>
Washington Apple Education Foundation

Meet Dr. Faviola Barbosa executive director of the Washington Apple Education Foundation

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is the charity of the tree fruit industry and since the 1990s has awarded scholarships to over 3,000 students. Dr. Faviola Barbosa was drawn to her position as executive director because of her background in the tree fruit industry and higher education and having benefited from scholarships herself.  Recently we caught up with Barbosa to learn more about her and her goals for WAEF.
Danielle Martin

Meet Danielle Martin, CEO of Building North Central Washington

Building North Central Washington CEO Danielle Martin has a passion for advocating for small businesses and people here in the valley. Martin believes the people she represents deserve to be heard, …

Meet Rosa Pulido, Executive Director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association

Earlier this year, Rosa Pulido took on the role of Executive Director for the Wenatchee Downtown Association. Pulido's passion lies in building community and strengthening downtown Wenatchee for …
Other News
American workers led 33 major strikes in 2023, the most in more than two decades, the Labor Department reported Wednesday, as a booming labor market fueled a strong year of activity for unions. …
(Bloomberg) -- US consumer sentiment improved for a third month in February as Americans grew more optimistic about the outlook for the economy and inflation. The sentiment index edged up 0.6 …
WENATCHEE - The Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Foundation is hosting a Business After Hours networking event at the WVC Music and Art Center (MAC) from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 29. This event …
Keeping up with People
The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center (WVDRC) has added Lucy Gomez to its team, as announced by Executive Director Jennifer Talbot. Gomez joins as Program Assistant, with a range of …
Pioneer Title Company has expanded its team with the addition of three new employees. Courtney Mitchell joins as an Escrow Officer and a Limited Practice Officer (LPO). Her career began in high …
Wenatchee Valley College's English faculty member Derek Sheffield, in collaboration with co-editors CMarie Fuhrman and Elizabeth Bradfield, has garnered the prestigious 2024 Pacific Northwest Book …
The Community Foundation of North Central Washington (NCW) has announced an expansion in both its staff and program offerings, aiming to bolster community philanthropy and leadership in the region. …
CASHMERE - The Washington Winegrowers Association announced the appointment of Colleen Frei as the new Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, dedicated to serving winegrowers and vintners …
Local Features
Bonnie Phipps (left), owner of Dispatch Mailroom in Cashmere, sits with her family, who regularly assist in the daily operations of the business. The Phipps family is instrumental in providing support after school, setting up the space, and organizing special events at the mailroom.
CASHMERE — Located in Side Street Cashmere, the Dispatch Mailroom aims to be a convenient hub for locals, saving them the trip to Wenatchee for their shipping needs.  The family owned …
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Repair Cafes teach people how to fix their own items. Jeremy Tremblay learned how to creatively mend a hole in his pants at one of Waste Loop’s previous events.
LEAVENWORTH – Don’t throw away that broken blender or those torn jeans just yet. Waste Loop might be able to help. The nonprofit is bringing back Repair Cafes starting at the end of the …
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More Business News

Wall Street caught off guard by ‘sticky’ CPI signs

Wall Street got a reality check on Tuesday, with hotter-than-estimated inflation data triggering a slide in both stocks and bonds. Equities pushed away from their all-time highs as the consumer …

Inflation eased further in January as Fed weighs when to cut rates

The path to getting inflation down has not been steady. On Tuesday, another bump got in the way. Fresh data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed prices rose 3.1 percent in January compared …

AI companies agree to limit election ‘deepfakes’ but fall short of ban

SAN FRANCISCO - Leading artificial intelligence companies are planning to sign an “accord” committing to developing tech to identify, label and control AI-generated images, videos and …

U.S. CPI revisions confirm inflation progress at end of last year

(Bloomberg) -- US inflation was about the same at the end of last year as initially reported after incorporating annual revisions, according to new data published Friday. Consumer prices …

Boeing’s next crisis: Aerospace workers demanding 40% pay raise

(Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. executives have spent the past month grappling with the aftermath of a near-catastrophe on an airborne 737 Max jet. As the US planemaker works through its latest crisis tied …
Opinion
Amy Yaley<br>
COO<br>
Ward Media
Navigating the Digital Landscape: Unveiling Advanced Strategies for Programmatic Campaigns, Geo-Targeting, and Email Tactics
When it comes to digital marketing, staying ahead of the curve is not just a strategic advantage—it's a necessity. As we embrace the opportunities of 2024, businesses are presented with a range …
Terry Ward
Join our team: a personal invitation for aspiring contributors at the Wenatchee Business Journal
I'm excited to announce that the Wenatchee Business Journal, a cornerstone of business news in North Central Washington since 1987, is expanding our team of contributors. We are seeking dynamic …
Beau Ruff<br>
Cornerstone Wealth Strategies
Property Sale Strategy: Selling Property with the Real Estate Contract
If a person proposes to sell real property (land, house, buildings, etc), the best option is to receive a full cash offer. In this case, whether some or all of the purchase price is financed, the …
Labor Reports
Consumer Price Index climbs in December, marking continued economic pressure
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) witnessed a 0.3 percent increase in December, a notable rise from November's 0.1 percent, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. …
Washington maintains steady job openings in November amid national labor trends
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest report, revealing that job openings in Washington state held steady in November 2023, with 172,000 positions available, mirroring the figures …
U.S. employment holds steady in December; government and healthcare sectors lead job growth
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. labor market demonstrated resilience in December, as nonfarm payroll employment increased by 216,000. The unemployment rate remained stable …
Real Estate

Chelan/Douglas single-family home market shows steadiness amid national decline

The single-family home market in Chelan/Douglas exhibited remarkable consistency in 2023, contrasting with the national trend. While the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a 19% decrease …

Existing home sales dipped in December, marking a year of declines

The real estate market witnessed a continued decline in existing home sales in December, marking a year-end slowdown in an already fragile housing sector. According to the National Association of …

Western land values navigate economic uncertainties

In a landscape marked by high-interest rates, fluctuating farm incomes, and evolving water regulations, land values in the Western United States exhibit a complex pattern of stability and change. …
Health Care
Washington ranks seventh in National Health Index despite challenges
In the latest America's Health Rankings report, Washington state has achieved an overall rank of seven, reflecting both its strengths and challenges in public health. This composite measure, based on …
Leavenworth Spanish provides online Spanish course specifically for medical professionals
LEAVENWORTH – Leavenworth Spanish offers an online medical Spanish course that medical professionals can use to build rapport with patients, no matter their Spanish speaking level. …
The kitchen at Confluence Health Hospital Central Campus is a busy one, making meals for patients, visitors, and staff each day. (L to R) Maria Nordstrom, Mike Miller, Michelle Harris, Victor Orquiz, Rocio Rivas, and Ruslan Garcia Renteria work to prepare for lunch.
Completing the Circle: Confluence Health Partners in new composting program
WENATCHEE - The Confluence Health Central Campus kitchen has launched a pioneering composting program aimed at significantly reducing organic waste. Preparing an average of 1,500 meals daily for …
Bob Adamson
Cascade Medical Foundation welcomes four new board members and unveils 2024 slate of officers
LEAVENWORTH - The Cascade Medical Foundation four new board members and announced a fresh slate of officers for the upcoming year. The addition of these new board members brings a diverse …
Brian Barry
Confluence Health names Brian Barry as Chief Ambulatory and Clinic Network Officer
WENATCHEE – Confluence Health has appointed Brian Barry to the position of Chief Ambulatory and Clinic Network Officer. The newly created role, set within the executive leadership team …
Bonus coverage from the web
11 ways to secure startup funding for your business
Lendio details 11 unique ways a business can procure startup funding.
4 ways small businesses can innovate without a big budget
(BPT) - By Irana Wasti, Chief Product Officer at BILLIn today's fast-paced business landscape, it’s important for small business owners to adopt a mindset for innovation. However, the …
How open communication and early planning can help create a seamless farm succession
(BPT) - The passing of the head of the family is an emotional event. Their passing has even larger implications when that transition also includes an agricultural business and decades of family …
The 7 essential things you need when applying for a business loan
Lendio compiled a list of the seven loan requirements business owners need to know before filing a loan application.
How Anxious Are Americans About Their Finances? Very.
How Anxious Are Americans About Their Finances? Very.
(NewsUSA) - A new poll paints a troubling picture of how anxious Americans are about their finances.Nearly half of respondents said they didn’t feel “financially stable,” according to the …
Tourism & Travel

Is my ID a Real ID? What to know about new mandated IDs before the federal deadline

Spokeo analyzed federal resources to share information and suggestions on updating your driver's license or state ID to comply with new federal rules.

What is airplane mode, anyway? 5 travel questions about flying with phones answered

In partnership with Visible, Stacker looked at what the experts say about staying safe while traveling with your phone.  

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
Matthew Schuh

Bridgeport Council member earns prestigious Municipal Leadership Certificate

OLYMPIA – Bridgeport city council member Matthew Schuh recently earned an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). AWC’s …
The Mobile Clinic is complete with an exam room, waiting room, and restroom, and is built to reach patients in inclement weather.

Cascade Mobile Clinic meets patients in their communities

LEAVENWORTH – For just over a year, Cascade Medical has been working outside its traditional brick-and-mortar, bringing the clinic to patients by way of wheels. The Cascade Mobile Clinic …
2023 Artist Bowls Gala

Upper Valley Empty Bowls Gala and Artist Bowl Auction set for March

PESHASTIN - The Upper Valley Empty Bowls (UVEB) Festival, now in its 28th year, continues its tradition of uniting art, community, and charity. The event, known for gathering local artists, …

Snowmobile accident near Leavenworth claims one life, injures another

LEAVENWORTH, WA — A snowmobiling accident in the Mo Ridge area, roughly 12 miles from Eagle Creek Road SnoPark, resulted in one fatality and one injury on Feb. 22, according to Sheriff Mike …

Chelan PUD considers Public Power Benefit Funding for Peshastin water projects

PESHASTIN – The Chelan County PUD Board of Commissioners explored Public Power Benefit (PPB) funding as another option for the Peshastin Water District’s (PWD) capital improvement …