Business & Economy

[4/20/19] Lakeside Surf Opening Delayed

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As anticipation builds for the opening of the new Lakeside Surf water park,  part of Slidewaters Water Park in Chelan, the owners announce a delay as construction challenges have stalled progress from time to time. Spokeperson Robert Bordner explains: The wave technology was created by Citywave in Germany who are embarking on their first and […]

[4/16/19] New Chelan PUD Headquarters

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Chelan County PUD commissioners Monday decided that combining Wenatchee-area customer and utility operations at a new location in Olds Station offers the best value and customer service.  Board members unanimously approved the staff proposal to consolidate operations that are now at several sites in town and build a combined facility on 19 acres of land […]

[4/15/19] Microsoft Hydro-power Contract

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041519 Monday News Historic Hydropower Contract Last week Microsoft Corp. announced new agreements to boost clean energy and connectivity in Washington state. The two agreements with Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) will see Microsoft receive carbon-free electricity to power its Puget Sound campuses and partner with the PUD on broadband connectivity in Chelan County.   […]

[4/11/19] Tax Filing Deadline

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As the April tax-filing deadline nears, some taxpayers may rush to finish their tax returns or find they need extra time to get them done.  The IRS recommends that taxpayers file for an extension if they need one. Filing an extension will help taxpayers avoid paying penalties for filing a late return. Extensions provide more […]

[4/8/19] Tax Day Approaching

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Not to be the bearer of bad news but… your 2018 tax return is due one week from today. The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to file your tax return on time, even if they owe but can’t pay in full. The IRS also recommends that taxpayers do a Paycheck Checkup early in 2019 […]


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Chelan City Council will meet in special session beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday April 6 in Council Chambers at E Johnson Avenue in Chelan. The purpose of this Strategic Planning Retreat is to discuss: Legislative Update City Hall and Public Works Workspace Study Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Report 1% Sales Tax for Affordable Housing […]

[3/26/19] Studded Tire Deadline

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With a record-setting winter finally in the history books, the arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until Sunday, March 31, to remove studded tires. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day March 31. Starting at midnight […]

[3/26/19] Proposed Fishing Guide Rules

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed rules that would require that fishing guides regularly report their fishing activities. Under the proposed rules, fishing guides would provide WDFW with information such as the date and location of each guided fishing trip, the number of anglers onboard, and the […]

[3/25/19] Fire Mitigation Business

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Wenatchee Valley College in partnership with Okanogan Conservation District and Okanogan County Economic Alliance, is hosting a free class this weekend for local contractors to meet a growing demand for fire mitigation services. Forest managers say a lack of contractors is a common problem they hear from landowners who are trying to prepare their homes […]

[3/19/19] Bump Stock Buy-Back

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Washington State residents have another opportunity this weekend to get paid for turning in their bump stocks before federal law banning the devices takes effect next Tuesday March 26. Bump stocks replace the standard stock and grip of a semi-automatic firearm and allow the recoil of discharge to be used to fire the gun in […]