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Last week a local Dental Office received a phone call from a man who identified himself by name and said he was with the City of Wenatchee. He explained that he was working with the Chamber of Commerce and was producing Refrigerator Magnets with City of Wenatchee information and contact phone numbers to be used by the Chamber in New Arrival Baskets.  He proposed to the Office Manager that they pay for advertising their Dental Practice on the Magnet.  After providing a couple of options and explaining he only had two spots left on the Magnet, the Office decided to purchase the advertising.  Upon making the decision, the male caller indicated that he would email a proof of the artwork for approval and transferred the Office Manager to another individual. This person requested the Business information and a Credit Card Number. The Office Manager declined to provide the Credit Card Number and the representative agreed to fax an invoice to the Business Manager requesting immediate payment.

While you have most certainly seen news footage or social media discussion surrounding the wildfires along the Cascade Loop, what you may not know is that there is a relatively small stretch of roadway where travelers will see burn areas. The level of loss in these communities is devastating, and our hope is to play a part in supporting their long-term recovery efforts by bringing guests to shop, dine and spend the night.

To help get the word out we’ve been working with DVA Advertising to supply updated information to the media to help eliminate confusion and disinformation. Articles resulting from those releases were carried by the Seattle P-I, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Longview Daily News, Vancouver Columbian, KOMOnews.com, KING5.com, USA Today, sfgate.com, The Chicago Tribune, Everett Herald, WHAS11.com, Eugene Register-Guard, and Northwest Cable News.

We are presently working on an additional PR initiative in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce in the fire-affected communities to continue to remind folks that the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway is OPEN!


Activity at Pangborn Memorial Airport in the first half of 2014 is significantly ahead of 2013 levels in
nearly all categories. Enplanements, the number of passengers flying through Pangborn on Alaska Air,
are up 6.6% in the first six months of 2014 versus the first six months of 2013, which was the best year
ever for Pangborn enplanements.
This has pushed the load factor, the percentage of seats transporting passengers, near the 70% mark.
Port of Chelan County Commissioner President JC Baldwin reacted to the good news saying, “The best
way to get more flights, more airlines and more direct destinations is to use the service you currently
have, and our community is clearly doing just that.” Strong load factors insure profitability of routes.
In addition, car rental activity at the airport was up nearly 30%, reflecting increased business and leisure
travel to north central Washington.
For more information or a copy of the latest activity report, please contact Craig Larsen, Port of Chelan
County Director of Business Development, at 509-663-5159.
For further information, please contact:
Trent Moyers, Pangborn Memorial Airport Director, (509) 884-2494

The Community Foundation of NCW has established a Fire Relief Fund to assist those who have been affected by the devastating fires raging throughout North Central Washington, according to an announcement made today by Beth Stipe, Executive Director of the Foundation.

“We are working with our nonprofit partners throughout the region to ensure that there are adequate resources to assist both the short and long term recovery needs of those in our region who have been affected by the fires.  In times like these, the people of North Central Washington – a resilient group of folks – are there to help their neighbors. This fund will be used to help both short term immediate needs of fire victims, but also to help long term needs of recovery” said Stipe.

In situations like the Charlton Complex Fire, the most effective method of assisting those impacted by the fire is through monetary donations to organizations that specialize in supporting local disasters.  CFNCW also encourages donors to support the local chapter of the American Red Cross who is working on immediate needs.

“We remain concerned about our neighbors and friends who have suffered losses related to the fires that continue to burn throughout North Central Washington.  Our network of nonprofit relationships will ensure that any contributions we receive for the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND are effectively distributed to those nonprofits and groups that can serve the greatest needs of the fire victims in our communities.  While we don’t want to detract from the immediate local efforts, we believe we should simultaneously plan and prepare for the long term implications and needs this fire will produce for our region in the coming, weeks, months and years.”

To support the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND, donations can be made directly online at www.cfncw.org.  Support the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s mission is to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Established in 1986, the Community Foundation currently manages $50 million in assets in over 300 individualized funds and to date has awarded over $30 million in local grants and scholarships and is a National Standards certified community foundation.


For more information call 509-663-7716 or visit www.cfncw.org.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s Club Pet is excited to announce “Dog Parking” at the Pybus Public Market.   Whether you are walking the loop with your dog and stop for lunch at one of many of the fabulous restaurants at Pybus or shopping the farmers market and other stores, you now have a place to “park your dog”.  A place where they will feel safe, happy and secure.  Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s Club Pet will have 4 kennels available. There will be a $5 per dog per hour fee with a two hour maximum.   All proceeds benefit the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  Normal business hours will be Saturdays, and Sundays and major Holidays from 10 am-4 pm until October.  Dog Parking will be located on the Northeast corner across from the “South” restaurant outdoor seating area near the loop trail.   For more information please contact Club Pet at 888-7387

Please contact Jill Leonard at jleonard@wenatcheehumane.org or (509) 662-9577  ext 415 for additional information

Soccer, baseball, obstacle racing, trail runs, a bicycle ride, and even a lineman rodeo. Sounds like the lineup for several weeks of sports events, but it’s not. They’re all taking place this weekend in Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan, providing spectators and participants a wide menu of choices. Baseball, as you would expect this time of year, is beginning to ramp up. Besides the AppleSox kicking off a 6-game home stand, there are also three youth tournaments in the valley. Recreation Park is the site of the Apple Valley Blues Junior American Legion Tournament, while just up the road at Morris Little League Park, Wenatchee Youth Baseball is hosting a seventeen team 9 & 10 year old tourney. Meanwhile, Eastmont Youth Baseball welcomes fifteen 11 & 12 year old teams at Eastmont Community four-plex. So, if you like baseball, take your pick!
Leavenworth Ski Hill has a couple of events on tap. Saturday is the Bavarian Battle Adventure Race, while Sunday, competitors get a choice of a 10k or 8 mile trail run. There’s also the 9th Annual Deputy Saul Gallegos Memorial Run at Manson Saturday, or if cycling is your thing, then the Lake Chelan Century Challenge Saturday offers a wide range of challenges.

If you haven’t taken in the ‘new team in town’ – The Wenatchee United FC soccer team – Saturday is a good opportunity. They host West Sound FC at Wenatchee Valley College, beginning at 6:00. This is high caliber men’s soccer, with an eight team league in the newly formed Evergreen Premier League.

Last, but certainly not least, is the 10th Annual Andrew York Lineman Rodeo at Walla Walla Point Park. Checking this out is highly recommended for any age. There’s a pre-function Friday evening at 6:00, with music and kid’s activities. Then Saturday morning at 8:30, the competition begins with 21 three-man teams and over 40 apprentices showcasing their lineman skills. Lots of action high up on the poles. Besides being an incredibly exciting and interesting event, there is also a bunch of activities for kids that are unique and fun.

Quite a weekend to say the least! And besides the fun and games, the Wenatchee/East Wenatchee events alone will generate over $175,000 in sports tourism spending, accounting for an estimated 550+ hotel room nights.
Matt Kearny is coordinator of sports tourism for the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at 509-662-2116 or matt@wenatchee.org

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Washington Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small, nonfarm businesses in 14 Washington counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  “These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on April 15, 2014, in the following primary counties,” announced Tanya N. Garfield, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

Primary counties:  Adams, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan;

Neighboring counties: Benton, Chelan, Ferry, Franklin, Kittitas, Lincoln, Skagit, Whatcom, Whitman and Yakima.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage.  These loans have an interest rate of 4% for businesses and 2.625 for private, nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private, nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster.  Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on June 11, 2014.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance.  Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency (FSA) about the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.  However, in drought disasters nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The deadline to apply for these loans is February 11, 2015.

SBA Field Operations Center – West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

WENTACHEE, WA, June 6 –  SCJ Alliance’s growth continues with the recent hiring of three key professionals. SCJ is a consulting firm specializing in transportation planning and design, civil engineering, and land use/environmental planning.

Molly Linville has joined SCJ’s Wenatchee office as an Environmental Planner. Molly has over ten years’ professional experience as a wildlife biologist, eight with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and two with Landau Associates. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in wildlife biology and is well-versed in the ecology of Eastern Washington.  Molly has extensive experience with wetland delineations, SEPA checklists, Shoreline Master Programs and various environmental permitting efforts. Much of her background has been related to restoring and reestablishing native vegetation in wetlands, shrub-steppe, grasslands and riverine habitats.

Molly was raised on a wheat and barley farm in Eastern Washington where she learned to rope, ride, shoot and fish. Today she owns and operates the KV Ranch, a 6000-acre cattle ranch south of East Wenatchee, with her husband David. She is affectionately known as the Coulee Cattle Queen to many in the area.

Dan Penrose, AICP is now the Planning Manager at SCJ Alliance. With nearly 20 years’ experience in state and municipal government, Dan is recognized for his ability to apply creative but practical solutions to complex problems.  Most recently he was the Program Manager for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP), serving as the primary point of contact for facilitating collaboration between Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), community leaders and elected officials.  “Dan brings amazing connections, commitment, ideas and energy,” shared SCJ Senior Vice President Jean Carr. She added, “His leadership skills and ability to build partnerships will serve our clients well as he manages our planning division.”

Prior to leading the SSMCP, Dan served as a senior planner with the City of Lakewood. There he worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from school construction and master planned developments to wetland banking, transportation demand management plans and NEPA analysis. Dan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics with distinction from Occidental College and a Master’s in Urban Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.

Cathy McKay, a talented and results-producing marketing and public relations professional, has joined SCJ as a Senior Marketing Coordinator. Cathy’s expertise has been applied to diverse markets, including architectural and engineering services, local governmental agencies, and mass media. Her specialties include publication production, communicating written and verbal technical information to non-technical audiences, and creation of large project competitive presentations. Cathy serves as a planning commissioner for the City of Lacey.

SCJ Alliance is a nationally-recognized, award-winning company founded in 2006 as Shea Carr Jewell. Over the last eight years, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of over 50 employees in five locations across three states ─ Olympia, Vancouver and Wenatchee, WA; Boise, ID; and Westminster, CO.

SCJ Alliance has provided the expertise behind many endeavors in the region.  Some of the firm’s current high visibility efforts include the Downtown Wenatchee Revitalization Project currently under construction and roadway improvement projects in Winthrop and Oroville, along with community planning efforts in several towns in North Central Washington, civil engineering for WinCo Foods across the United States, and the High Roller in Las Vegas–the world’s largest observation wheel.


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Some of you might recall seeing this little guy stare at you as you made your way through the streets of Wenatchee. Let me introduce to you Jack Glass with Community Glass Co.

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He’s been on a bus, In Print- and even a billboard-

glass bus

glass billboard


He has helped Community Glass Co. succeed to reach their 30yrs in business Anniversary!

Let’s not give him all the credit though, Community Glass has been able to reach this success with the great service provided to customers.  For them SERVICE is FOREMOST. They have been the leading supplier and installer of glass products for homeowners, contractors and businesses throughout the North Central Washington. Their reputations is grounded in their corporate philosophy- provide the best quality products at a reasonable price & work closely with customers.

Community Glass Co. takes care of the challenges their customers encounter, no matter how minor. They staff knowledgeable, professional employees that make their business a great place to work and a great place for customers to do business. Being active in the community is another great service that we receive from them.  Organizing a fundraiser for schools is one of the many they hold for our community.

Be sure to help support the school of your choice by taking care of your windshield needs in the month of August!

Let’s congratulate Community Glass Co. for their 30yrs in servicing our Wenatchee Valley community!





Arlberg Sports was born in 1958, when a recently betrothed Ken and Kay Paton had the idea to combine business and their love of skiing.

They sold their 1953 MGA sports car to raise enough money to open the little ski shop, named “The Arlberg Ski Shop” after the first method of skiing called “The Arlberg Ski Technique”. In the beginning, The Arlberg Ski Shop was a wooden single A-frame building operating only in the winter months but by 1961 they’d outgrown the little A-frame shop. 

They turned to friends and family for help and literally had a “barn-raising” event, and the single A-frame grew to a triple A-frame structure. As the business grew, so did its reputation. They started to develop a reputation as one of the best boot-fitting stores on the West Coast.

Today the once “little ski shop” is now Arlberg Sports, Inc., is run by Scott and Nalini Paton and it fills up a 18,000 square foot space in the Central Building in beautiful, historic downtown Wenatchee. They cater to second and even third generation of skiers, snowboarders, hikers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts of all persuasions.

Visit them in downtown Wenatchee for a superior locally-owned, outdoor store experience and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlberg-Sports/106694839375202 and on Instagram at @arlbergsports.    Members of the Chamber of Commerce for as long as we know. . .