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Winter Games are back … and so are the smiles

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.

Stock trader, author back home to seed interest in finance

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?”

Ridge’s early opening draws giddy crowd

Geared up for downhill, teens Lindy Holmberg and Lauren Selland on Nov. 19 hauled their skis, boots, goggles and giddy enthusiasm to the busy chairlift at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.

Grant Road goes Dutch

Jimmy Crocker, this area’s Dutch Bros. Coffee franchisee, added the crowning touch Oct. 12 to a lineup of life’s essential businesses on Grant Road in East Wenatchee.

Tokens encourage local spending

Money tight? Then consider the new “dollar” minted by two local business organizations to offer discounts and encourage local shopping.

Stemilt tops national growers list

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 ...

Pangborn to improve taxiways

East Wenatchee — The ride from runway to terminal will get safer in coming months as improvements to Pangborn Memorial Airport’s taxiways progress.

Local inventor adds new twist to eyeglass repairs

East Wenatchee — Something’s screwy about this invention. It’s tiny — downright miniscule — but its inventor says it could become one of the biggest innovations in decades for the eyeglass industry.

Gateway Cinema opens in Olds

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.

What’s on tap? Breweries

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.