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New chairman for Potato Commission board

MOSES LAKE — The executive board of the Washington State Potato Commission is under new leadership with the election of Roger Hawley as chairman of the board.

Business Roundup | July

WENATCHEE — Washington Federal’s new 4,000-square-foot Wenatchee branch at 830 N. Wenatchee Ave. is open for business.

Guidance for Industry & Consumers in Navigating Confusing “Gluten-Free” Terminology

“Gluten-free” is big business. Presently, approximately 1 percent (or 3 million) of Americans suffer from celiac disease, while 6-7 percent (18 to 21 million) experience a non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, and others opt for a gluten-free lifestyle for health or personal reasons. By some counts, nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population, accounting for 90 million Americans, is actively trying to live a gluten-free lifestyle.

Cherries, pests, farm fun and Dazzle

With cherry season underway, several growers and packers are weighing in on the marketing side of things. The Packer, a trade publication for the fruit industry, offers a round up of changes. (https://wwrld.us/2sYNOoo)

Big impacts

Here are a few ways Wenatchee’s WSU and USDA researchers have changed the tree-fruit industry:

Subsplash signs on as port’s first incubator tenant

WENATCHEE — Subsplash, a Seattle-based software company that focuses on apps designed for churches, will be the first incubator tenant in the Port of Chelan County’s newly-leased space in the Pybus Annex.

30 Under 35 | Next question: Sarah Knox

After attending Wenatchee High School, Knox earned her business administration degree at Gonzaga University in Spokane. She then joined Teach for America and taught at a Somalian refugee school in Phoenix, where she also earned a master's degree in education. Knox returned to Wenatchee to work at NCRL, where she held two positions — literacy outreach teacher on the Colville Reservation and Children's Services Manager — before becoming STEM librarian.

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.