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AgWatch | Cosmic Crisp takes root

Look for Cosmic Crisp apples planted this year to be in stores in 2019. More than 50 state apple growers spent this spring planting a total of 630,000 Cosmic Crisp trees, the apple variety expected to rival Red Delicious in the future. In the next two years, 10 million more trees are expected to be planted, according to an article in the June 15 Capital Press. 

Thieves tagged in after-hours sausage theft

LEAVENWORTH — Take 36 German sausages, 10 pounds of steak, 20 portions of fish, four blocks of cheese, four loaves of bread, one container of jalapeño peppers and a single bag of chips, and what have you got? A recipe for a felony.

Our Valley receives grant from Alcoa Foundation

WENATCHEE — The group Our Valley, Our Future has received a $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to help boost participation and funding from local businesses in Our Valley’s community initiative.
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Working in the switchyard

Chelan County PUD apprentice wireman Andy Botts (below), and journeyman wireman Brent Nordi work on final connections on a new 115-kilovolt circuit breaker on April 26, at the Wenatchee Switchyard, located on the corner of Worthen and Chehalis streets in Wenatchee. The new breaker uses sulfur hexafluoride gas as an extinguishing agent for the arc created when the breaker opens. This breaker replaces a 50-plus-year-old oil breaker. Gas breakers provide a benefit of less maintenance over the life of the breaker, said Chris Schwinkendorf, PUD Central Maintenance electrical superintendent.  

PUD buys potential substation site

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County PUD Commission voted on Monday to buy 3 acres next to Chumstick Highway in Leavenworth from John and Wendy Fishburne.

Alcoa gets 1-year reprieve from PUD

WENATCHEE — Hopes of a restart at Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works aluminum plant have been extended, officially, for a year.
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Chelan-Douglas Trends | Assessed value of taxable total property

Physical property constitutes one of the most important components of wealth in a community. Taxable property in Washington state consists of two categories: real, or land, buildings, and some equipment affixed to land or buildings; and personal, or machinery, equipment, furniture, and supplies used by businesses and farmers. Most personal property owned by individuals is exempt. Business inventories, including goods for resale, are also exempt. Real property usually comprises over 90 percent of any county's total.
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People & Places

A look at local business accomplishments
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The Fireplace Guys light it up

WENATCHEE — Nobody may know more about fireplaces in the Wenatchee Valley than The Fireplace Guys, Alan Bentley and Steve Pettit.
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Disputed water-extension plan likely won’t happen

CHELAN — Public outcry will likely quash the Bear Mountain Water District’s attempt to force 155 property owners along Lake Chelan’s south shore to pay for a $2.5 million municipal water line, the district’s lawyer said Thursday.