[9/15/21] Stemilt Growers Settlement

Posted in Agriculture

Stemilt Growers, the area’s largest fruit producer, will pay $3 million in a settlement with more than 10,000 visiting agricultural workers to reimburse three years of unpaid wages. The agreement hashed out in federal court is 25 times the amount the H-2A workers would have received under a settlement proposed last year. The plaintiffs claimed […]

[8/6/21] Gebbers Farms Settles With State

Posted in Agriculture, Health

The State Department of Labor & Industries has reached a settlement with Gebbers Farms in Brewster following one of the largest workplace safety and health fines in state history.  Under the agreement, Gebbers Farms will spend more than $2 million improving housing, quality of life, safety, and access to health care for workers and their families. Gebbers […]

[6/19/20] Manson Farmers Market opens tomorrow

Posted in Agriculture, Business & Economy, Feature

Listen to Sandy Miller of Manson tell KOZI about opening day at Manson’s Farmers Market.

[6/12/20] Trends in local COVID-19 cases point to continuing challenges in the agricultural industry

Posted in Agriculture, Health

Listen to Laura Schmidt tell KOZI about testing results from the Chelan Columbia Valley Community Health clinic, including a new cluster in Chelan Falls.  Douglas County commissioner Mark Straub tells KOZI about plans to earmark funds for temporary agriculture housing.

[4/7/20] Manson Apple Blossom centennial festival cancelled for 2020

Posted in Agriculture, Business & Economy, Feature, Recreation

After initially deciding last weekend to postpone the 100th Manson Apple Blossom Festival to July fourth, festival co-chair Launie Buck announced Monday afternoon that the centennial event would be canceled instead. Buck says it was a heartbreaking decision. LAUNIE BUCK.   :42        Buck says this year’s royalty will travel to other festival’s […]

[3/9/20] Buttercup the duck comes to Chelan

Posted in Agriculture, Feature

  There’s a new duck in town, and his name is Buttercup. He has about a million hits on his youtube video and recently moved to Chelan with his owner Mike Gary from Memphis Tennessee. Both Buttercup and Gary talked to KOZI last week. Listen to hear their story.

[2/7/20] Plug your nose and take a deep dive into the life of the humble stink bug

Posted in Agriculture, Education, Environment

Listen to entomologist  Jim Hepler divulge the secrets of the humble stink bug to KOZI. He’ll be giving a free educational presentation this evening in Tonasket.

[2/3/20] Meet Manson Apple Blossom queen Teresa Venegas

Posted in Agriculture, Feature

The 100th Manson Apple Blossom royalty were crowned Saturday, and Queen Teresa Venegas tells KOZI a little about herself and how she feels about her community.

[1/28/20] A local bird is gaining ground after a long-time ranching family takes steps to protect its habitat

Posted in Agriculture, Business & Economy, Environment, Wildfire

The state’s few remaining Greater Sage-Grouse, which are known for the males’ flamboyant mating dance, just got a helping hand in securing their future. Listen to how a family’s five-generation ranch partnered with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust to make it happen.  

[10/4/19] Senator Hawkins Recognized

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North Central Washington’s State Senator Brad Hawkins received the 2019 Legislator of the Year Award from the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators. Hawkins, who serves the 12th Legislative District, is the ranking Republican on the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. He said he’s honored to receive the award for his efforts to help […]