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The Washington Apple Commission will be receiving $8,457,600 through the USDA Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program funding. The ATP program, funded at $200 million, will develop and grow export markets to mitigate adverse effects of trade conflicts with foreign countries. “We appreciate the USDA’s support of the apple industry and their understanding of the challenges […]

[1/2/19] Wednesday LCCH Hospital Bond

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A recent drop in interest rates means tax savings for local homeowners, who will pay approximately 33 cents per thousand for 25 years on the community’s new hospital building project… both a lower amount and a shorter time period than anticipated. When the capital bond measure was passed by almost 65 percent in 2017, the […]

[12/31/18] Okanogan County Comprehensive Plan Deadline

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This Friday is the deadline to submit comment on proposed revisions to the Okanogan County Comprehensive Plan. The revisions take into consideration a forecast population increase of over 3500 people by the year 2040. The revised comprehensive plan includes three alternative policy approaches for dealing with the projected increase. Okanogan County has determined the proposal […]

[12/27/18] Pot Explosion

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The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma both embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization , and Mexico’s […]

[12/20/18] IRS Tip

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The Internal Revenue Service is advising taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding unexpectedly falls short of their tax liability for the year, that they can still avoid a tax-time surprise by making a quarterly estimated tax payment directly to the IRS. The deadline for making a payment for the fourth quarter of 2018 is […]

[12/18/18] Postal Deadlines

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This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of mail, which includes packages, this week alone. In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, Dec. 10-23, the Postal Service expects to deliver […]

[12/18/18] Salmon Fry

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 As many as 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last weekend when a windstorm cut power to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County and the facility’s backup generator failed.  The fry were in incubators at the Minter Creek Hatchery operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The pump that supplies water […]

[12/17/18] Bomb Hoax at Lake Chelan Community Hospital

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121418 Thursday Bomb Hoax Lake Chelan Community Hospital one of hundreds of businesses, agencies and institutions across nation to receive email bomb threats Thursday. (121318) no credible threat found. Who is behind the hoax isn’t known as it is extremely difficult to to trace the origin of such emails. The motivation is unclear. Cyber security […]

[12/17/18] Chelan Fruit Cooperative CEO Reggie Collins to Transition Out of His Current Position

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121718 Monday                                                                At last weeks Strategic Planning meeting in Leavenworth  Chelan Fruit Cooperative announced that chief executive officer Reggie Collins will transition from his current position to an advisory position effective Jan. 1, 2019. He will also work with Chelan Fresh Marketing on business and strategic opportunities. Collins joined the cooperative in 2000, starting as […]