[10/22/21] School District On Vaccine Mandate

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Tuesday, the Lake Chelan School District issued a press release saying there will be no disruptions to classes and academic programs as planned for this school year. Superintendent Barry DePaoli said the district had been getting some calls from parents wondering how things were going, after hearing reports of a number of agencies losing many […]

[10/19/21] Library Program To Explore Rural Gentrification

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Sounds like an interesting program being offered by NCW Libraries on Tuesday, November 2. It’s titled “Diamonds in the Rough – The Gentrification of Rural Washington.” Washington State University Sociology Professor Jennifer Sherman will discuss the glaring and hidden effects of rapid change in Washington’s rural communities. Formerly reliant on working-class industries like mining, oil […]

[10/15/21] Help Wanted At Schools

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The “Help Wanted” sign is up at the Lake Chelan School District. Superintendent Barry DePaoli says they need substitute teachers: As an incentive, DePaoli says the district has increased the pay for substitutes to 150 dollars a day. And he’s inviting retired teachers who may want to come back and take over a class to […]

[9/2/21] First Day of School

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Schools across North Central Washington are back in session this week; in the Lake Chelan School District, classes began Tuesday. And Superintendent Barry DePaoli says they’re off to a good start: Yesterday (Wed) on KOZI, DePaoli was asked about enrollment and whether there’s been a drop with the pandemic and the issues that have been […]

[8/23/21] Chelan Schools Getting Ready

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They’re gearing up for school in the Lake Chelan School District. An orientation is set for tomorrow (Tues) for middle and high school students. Masking will be required for all students and teachers, as per the governor’s mandate, and Superintendent Barry DiPaoli said they’ll try to make the best of that: But DiPaoli does have […]

[8/20/21] Back To School Fair Sunday

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If your kid needs a backpack and school supplies, the Mountain Goat Field parking lot is where to be on Sunday afternoon for the 7th Annual Back To School Fair organized by Thrive Chelan Valley. Michelle Navarro is with Columbia Valley Community Health, one of the sponsors of the event: To get to the Mountain […]

[8/19/21] Masks And Chelan Schools

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The first day of school in the Lake Chelan School District is less than two weeks away, Superintendent Barry DePaoli says everyone is looking forward to having the kids back in class – although they’ll be wearing masks. DePaoli says that’s a govenor’s mandate, not a decision by the district: But DePaoli adds that he […]

[7/29/21] Chelan Summer School In Session

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Summer School is underway in the Chelan School District, according to Superintendent Barry DePaoli: DePaoli says there’s about 100 k-thru-5 students and 15 staff members at MOE Elementary.

[7/23/21] Lavender and Art Festival This Weekend

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The Lake Chelan Lavender and Art Festival runs through Sunday.  It’s at Siren Song Farms, just before you get to the Knapps Hill Tunnel on 97A.  Produced by the Lake Chelan Lavender and Art Festival Foundation and the Lake Chelan Arts Council, whose president, Dan Crandall, explains some of what will be there: And Crandall […]

[7/21/21] Mask Talk At Monday Health Meeting

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About 130 people concerned about current masking guidelines for students joined this month’s online Chelan-Douglas board of health meeting.  Many at the Monday meeting criticized the state’s guidelines requiring that students wear masks, arguing it is unnecessary and even harmful. Some said they were frustrated from never getting straight answers about masking from the state […]