"Live a good life, and in the end, it’s not the years in the life, it’s the life in the years."

Camping in paradise

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Camping in  paradise

By Marc Dilley Northeast of Glacier Peak — Washington’s wilderness volcano — is the east-west trending Miners Ridge.  If a crow were to fly northeast for eight miles from the 10,541 foot summit of Glacier, the ground beneath it would … Continue reading

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Why to write your life story

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Why to write your life story

By Judy Weaver Memories are perhaps the best gifts of all.  Imagine if you could ask your mother, grandmother, father, or grandfather any question or questions. What would you want to know about their memories, their dreams, or their lives?  … Continue reading

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Ross Lake: Rugged, isolated, beautiful, and most of all, ignored by tourists

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Ross Lake:  Rugged, isolated, beautiful, and most of all,  ignored by tourists

Story and Photos  By WILMER PEREZ  “Cougar Island? Where is that?” asked Fernando, on the phone from Vancouver, British Columbia. “It is in Ross Lake,” I answered from Wenatchee, Washington. “We’ll meet you at Colonial Creek Campground, which is in … Continue reading

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Should we retire in Florida?

By on April 22, 2019 in Travel with 2 Comments
Should we retire in Florida?

By Kalin Raible In December, my wife and I decided to check out Florida. The reasons for the trip were many but key components were… •   Find someplace warmer than Wenatchee, where the sun is shining in winter, for our retirement years. … Continue reading

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FLORIDA? One couple didn’t even wait for retirement

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
FLORIDA? One couple didn’t even wait for retirement

By Larry Cramer After nearly 20 years of talking about it and dreaming of it, we finally did it. We moved to Florida! First a little backstory, it was late October 2001, I was scheduled to speak at an Adobe … Continue reading

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Playing in the dirt — Again

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Playing in the dirt — Again

By Molly Steere A few years ago, I unofficially quit dirt biking.  Quit is probably too strong of a word as, at most, I only rode a few times a year. My abilities remained so underwhelming that my son handily … Continue reading

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Walking Peshastin Pinnacles

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Walking Peshastin Pinnacles

By Diana Rigelman When Spring finds Wenatchee, I’m lured out of the house to find secrets of the Wenatchee Valley.  Most everything is a secret to me because I haven’t lived here very long. Trails, restaurants, art, music — where … Continue reading

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Wheee! Captains and crews take the train through Mexico’s colorful Copper Canyon

By on April 22, 2019 in Travel with 0 Comments
Wheee! Captains and crews take the train through Mexico’s  colorful Copper Canyon

Editor’s note: In the March 2018 issue, Sharon Podlich wrote about how she and her husband, Chuck, retired from growing apples in Orondo, and bought a 44-foot sailboat they named Top Cider, and went on a sailing adventure off of … Continue reading

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Making the most out of a lot by creating easy fit homes

By on April 22, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Making the most out of a lot by creating easy fit homes

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Garn Christensen likes to say, “I’m just an educated redneck.”  The educated part we know about — he’s a Washington State University professor and has been superintendent of Eastmont Schools for 12 … Continue reading

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Making the scene: Prop master Jill Sheets creates theater magic with the aid of helpful volunteers and clever problem solving

By on April 22, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Making the scene: Prop master Jill Sheets creates theater magic with the aid of helpful volunteers and clever problem solving

By Susan Lagsdin Theatre prop master and producer Jill Sheets isn’t worried yet, but she does have a problem.  “I need a realistic newspaper like this on top of the stack every night, and I don’t want it to get … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

It’s a question of who walks who. In this situation, Raymond Diaz, Malaga, said that his dog Ginger, “runs around my bed each morning barking to get me up to go for a walk.” Ginger is a 6-year-old Wheaton Terrier  … Continue reading

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What to do around Wenatchee in May

By on April 22, 2019 in Events with 0 Comments

Rocky Reach Hydro Project, now through 11/1, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Museum, café, balconies that offer panoramic views to the dam and grounds, juvenile fish bypass system. A 90-seat theater shows movies and ample parking for recreational vehicles and … Continue reading

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Playing with words: Author leads a romp with language — helping kids spark their brains

By on April 22, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Playing  with words: Author leads a romp with language — helping kids spark their brains

By Marlene Farrell They call her Dr. Fu. Every summer for the past 15 years, Amy Carlson dons this new identity to lead her summer book camps in Leavenworth. New names help launch Dr. Fu and the campers on adventures … Continue reading

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Kacee, what have you been up to now?

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Kacee, what have you been up to now?

By Keith Kellogg I’m a dog lover. I have three in my house. At times they drive me crazy, but overall they bring me great comfort.  Often times I prefer dogs over people. Now don’t get me wrong, some of … Continue reading

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Mountain Bluebird: Teasing but beautiful

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mountain Bluebird: Teasing but beautiful

By Bruce McCammon Ahhh, May. May is a peak month for birding in Washington.  We’ve watched the snow melt away, the roads dry, and the temperatures warm.  May is a great time to get out and explore the openness of … Continue reading

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A.B. Brender’s winding road to the Valley

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A.B. Brender’s winding road to the Valley

By Rod Molzahn Most of the early settlers, 1880s and 1890s, who came to the Wenatchee Valley had other destinations in mind when they set out on their journey west.  A.B. Brender was no exception. He claimed and developed homesteads … Continue reading

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‘Gut instinct’ is backed by science

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
‘Gut instinct’ is backed by science

By Jim Brown, M.D. How often have you heard someone say their gut told them not to do something or on the other hand told them to do something?  I have heard people say for some decisions, they listen to … Continue reading

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What matters most in dying well

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What matters most in dying well

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.  — Epicurus By June Darling This Mothers’ Day, for the first time, I will have no living mother.  Though I get it, none of us gets out … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t it be fun if…

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wouldn’t it be fun if…

By Mike Cassidy Editor I was in a waiting room — in an age before iPhones and the games you can play on them — when looking around for something to occupy the next few minutes I spotted a magazine … Continue reading

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April 2019

By on April 17, 2019 in Past Issues with 0 Comments
April 2019

The rite of passage into retirement sometimes involves work • Sky photography with drones • The lady who seizes the day • National tennis champs… well, sort of • New Mexico in the winter • Local spring travel tips from … Continue reading

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The rite of passage into retirement

By on March 31, 2019 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
The rite of passage into retirement

By Linda Reid Retirement can be a dream we anticipate much of our working lives but then, suddenly, it happens to you and there are challenges that you just didn’t expect.  My husband, Ken, and I started that transition into … Continue reading

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Sky king: Drone photography opens up vistas not available to earthbound cameras

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Sky  king: Drone photography opens up vistas not available to earthbound cameras

Story and photos  By Ron Medeiros I have always been interested in photography but had never taken the time to take pictures or even learn anything about it.  Then, two years ago, I met up with a few friends who … Continue reading

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The lady who seizes the day

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The lady who seizes the day

By Jaana Hatton Gloria Coburn came along for a snowshoe hike on Mission Ridge with Carolyn Dowell and me in late January.  It was a cold day with a few cautionary snowflakes in the air, and the gray skies were … Continue reading

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National champs! Well, sort of. At least, that’s the spin for these local tennis players

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
National champs! Well, sort of. At least, that’s the spin for these local tennis players

Story and photos by Susan Weber I’m guessing here but I’d say if you are reading this it is because you like to hear about local life, and people you may know or want to know.  You like to hear … Continue reading

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New Mexico in the winter: Pueblos, petroglyphs and cave dwellings

By on March 31, 2019 in Travel with 0 Comments
New Mexico in the winter: Pueblos, petroglyphs   and cave dwellings

By Alan Moen New Mexico is hardly new, nor is it Mexico. Instead, this fifth-largest state of the Union in physical size has a remote and timeless beauty, a character all its own. When my wife, Susan, and I decided … Continue reading

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ALEK RINI: Builder, remodeler and a proud flipper

By on March 31, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
ALEK RINI: Builder,     remodeler and a proud flipper

ALEK RINI: Builder,     remodeler and a proud flipper Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy “When you’re building new houses in a development, there’s a pretty similar process. But on a remodel, every single house I work … Continue reading

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Copper maiden works her magic

By on March 31, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Copper  maiden works her magic

By Susan Lagsdin “You don’t need a weatherman To know which way the wind blows…”  — Bob Dylan,  Subterranean Homesick Blues Nor, frankly, do most of us really need a weathervane on the rooftop. Step outside, watch the trees, check … Continue reading

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Jameson Varpness: The choir is better when all voices have a place

By on March 31, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Jameson Varpness: The choir is better when all voices have a place

By Susan Lagsdin When Jameson Varpness first saw Wenatchee almost four years ago, just 26, just out of grad school in Nebraska and grateful for a first job in his area of expertise, he was stunned.  “Nobody had told me … Continue reading

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S’mores cartoon

By on March 31, 2019 in Cartoons with 0 Comments
S’mores cartoon

Cartoon by Dan McConnell

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What to do around Wenatchee in April

By on March 31, 2019 in Events with 0 Comments

Rocky Reach Hydro Project, 4/1 through 11/1, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Re-opening in April: Museum, café, balconies that offer panoramic views to the dam and grounds, juvenile fish bypass system. A 90-seat theater shows movies and there is ample … Continue reading

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