WENATCHEE — The cheering started here long before the games will. After last year’s threat of losing the state’s Special Olympics Winter Games, local civic and sports officials were all smiles this week as thousands of athletes, support staff and family members began pouring into the Wenatchee Valley for three days of competition.
Here’s a good way to grab attention at the start of a high school economics class: “My company makes lots of money,” stock trader and author Darren Fischer told the fidgeting group. “Do you want to learn how to make lots of money?”
It’s no real surprise that Wenatchee-based Stemilt Growers ranks No. 1 on a list of the largest apple-pear growers in the U.S. But a few other companies in North Central Washington also have enough production to make national ag lists, as compiled by American/Western Fruit Grower magazine. Of course, many large growers have orchards and packing houses beyond their home bases, so it’s a bit difficult to estimate total operations for some companies. For instance, many Yakima growers have acreage near Royal City and Mattawa. Others might use warehouses and ...
Movie fans got their first peek of Sun Basin Theatres’ new Gateway Cinema 14 north of Wenatchee when it opened May 20 for midnight showings of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth installment in the swashbuckling franchise and likely one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters. In the week prior, construction crews scrambled up to 20 hours a day to finish the massive remodel of Olds Station’s former Kmart building into a high-tech show palace and the region’s largest multiplex.
Move over, wine. Beer’s about to make a splash in the Wenatchee Valley. The first of four new watering holes where beer lovers can hoist a hand-crafted microbrew opened here April 16, just in time for Leavenworth’s annual Ale Fest. Two more breweries in Wenatchee and a beer tasting room in Cashmere have plans to open by summer.