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Bank deposits are often seen as an indication of the health of the local economy. With the local economy shut down for most of the last two years, one might expect to see deposits falling off. One would be wrong. Deposits for our local banks grew 21.5% in 2020 over 2019. The increase was just over...
Susie Jensen, owner of Wheel Line Cider, is finding quick success in her hard cider business. The first ciders were released to the public in late 2017, but the business has already been featured on Good Morning America.    Jensen said that she has owned a farm in Ellensburg for about 20...

Submitted photo Chelan Valley Media Group is a partnership made up of Seattle-area media and marketing professionals with ties to the Chelan Valley, L-R: Matt Peters; Melissa Durfee Davis; Karen Heric; Allan Mayer
Chelan, WA – Icicle Broadcasting Company has announced the sale of three of its radio stations, including KOZI AM and FM and KZAL “Z-Country,” to the Chelan Valley Media Group. KOZI has been on the air for 60 years and was owned by Harriet Bullitt, Principal Owner of Icicle Broadcasting Company...
OLYMPIA – Washington’s forests continue to face an array of challenges brought on by an increasingly dry climate and the consequences of past forest management practices, according to the latest Forest Health Highlights report compiled by scientists with the Washington State Department of Natural...
Lakeside Surf and High Trek Chelan have invested in recent upgrades to their facilities. A new ropes course and knife throwing are in place in High Trek Chelan and a new giant surf wave is available in Lakeside Surf, a waterpark which is accessible from Slidewaters. Slidewaters and Lakeside Surf...
As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, downtown businesses are reopening. These businesses have faced significant challenges in operating throughout the pandemic. Some businesses, like München Haus and Icicle Brewing Company, had trouble hiring enough staff as they opened back up again...

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The top leading causes of fire in the United States include heating, cooking, electrical, smoking, candles, arson, and equipment. Home heating equipment leads the way, however, and is the number one leading cause of fires in US homes. Other behavior that increases fire risks include hoarding in...
Counties included in the drought advisory as of May 27 are outlined in red. OLYMPIA – Following an extremely dry couple of months, the Department of Ecology has issued a drought advisory for most of Washington state, including all areas east of the Cascade Mountains, portions of southwest...
WENATCHEE — Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) announced a new contract for renewable hydropower from two PUD hydro projects on the Columbia River. The contract will bolster PSE’s supply of carbon-free energy, in line with the goal of becoming a “Beyond Net...

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ROCK ISLAND, WA – Chelan PUD and GE Renewable Energy reached an agreement designed to achieve a higher standard of quality and innovation for the modernization at Rock Island Powerhouse II. The 42-year-old turbines will be rebuilt one by one starting in 2022, with expected completion of all eight...

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