Rocky Reach Discovery Center plans move forward

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Rocky Reach Dam

WENATCHEE, WA.-A lot of water has flowed through Rocky Reach Dam since its construction over 50 years ago. The Dam’s visitor center was created in 1962 to help tell the story of the Columbia River and Hydroelectric power. The story hasn’t changed over the years but the way its being told is evolving starting with the renaming of the visitors center to the Rocky Reach Discovery Center. Steve Hair reports . . .

Casey Hall, project manager, said taking a long-term view in planning revealed areas needing focus so the 1960s-era center will be viable over the next 50 years.

A new entry, café improvements and display space are proposed to maximize exhibits that will be moved from the powerhouse museum and presented with a new, interactive storyline.

Commissioners will be asked to approve adding $876,000 to the project at the April 29 meeting. Funds for the total proposal of $5.8 million would come from a mix of Public Power Benefit, capital and operations and maintenance budgets.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.