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Kinderfest 2014

Photos by Ian Dunn and Carol Forhan
Hundreds of kids and parents descended upon Leavenworth on July 4 for the annual Kinderfest. Above left, Families and kids prepare their bikes and trikes for the Kinderfest Parade. Above right, inflatable kiddie pools were popular with the little ones. Middle, face painting is always popular at Kinderfest. Below left, children make birdhouses. Below right, a youngster takes aim at one of the many Kinderfest games.

Wenatchee River Ranger District braces for early fire season

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Fire season is ahead of schedule in the Wenatchee Valley.
Due to the increasing fire danger, the Wenatchee River Ranger District implemented campfire restrictions just prior to the July 4 weekend. The hot and windy conditions have dried many of the fire fuels in the area, said Michelle Ellis, fire management officer, Wenatchee River Ranger District.

"We watch the indices that come through our weather and the national fire danger rating system, which is the same system we use to determine what message to put with smokey," Ellis said. "We watch those things and when we reach a certain threshold, we say ok, something like an abandoned campfire outside of a campground, it would escape and start to spread rapidly. Then we need to say, ok, we don't need that extra load as well the potential for lightning fires and things like that."

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Cashmere woman tragically drowns in Wenatchee River
A 29-year-old woman drowned trying to rescue her dog from the waters of the Wenatchee River June 30, according to a police report.

Sabra J. Crafton of Cashmere went with her dog and a male friend to a public fishing hole known as the "Mountain Theater Hole." Playing fetch with her dog, the animal began to struggle in the water, and Crafton jumped in without a personal flotation device.

As Crafton began to struggle in the water, the male friend tried to reach her and almost brought her back to shore before Crafton broke free and tried once again to rescue the dog.

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Spotters' job more than just guesses
Before you yell at your TV weatherman again for lying to you, remember he or she may be using information that first originated from the eyes and ears of someone you know. Like a neighbor, or a friend.

Weather spotters are the unsung heroes, or villains, depending on how hard you chucked that remote at the screen, of the weather world, and the National Weather Service organized two days of training to teach regular folks how to help the experts keep an eye on both the predictable and the unpredictable weather.

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National Forest campfire restrictions increase in Chelan County
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has issued a Forest Order prohibiting campfires outside of developed campgrounds on the national forest within Chelan County.

This Forest Order includes the Chelan, Entiat and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts.

The restriction because effective on July 3. Those building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including a fire made from briquettes, are prohibited with certain exceptions. This order is the result of increasing fire danger in national forest areas within Chelan County.

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Cascade Medical hoping to reach out to the community with Cascade Cares
After analyzing the data from their community health needs assessment, Cascade Medical has embarked upon a new community healthcare program they are calling Cascade Cares. CM Clinic Director Erin Pulse is driving the effort along with CM Chief Operating Officer Amy Webb.

Pulse said, from the community health needs assessment, three areas were identified as needing more focus, prevention, chronic disease management and mental health.

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Work to continue on Chumstick Highway rehab project
Phase four of the Chumstick Highway project is set to start in mid-August along 1.39 miles of the Chumstick Highway. Picking up where they left off two years ago, Chelan County Public Works is planning to work from milepost 3.76 to 5.15.

Bids on the project open on July 22. The plan is to grind down the existing pavement, then overlay new asphalt. Like Phase one and two, Phase three involved some realignment work, with some safety considerations and widening.

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Nelson family builds new commercial building at old warehouse site
The Nelson Family Legacy Group has completed construction on a portion of the old warehouse property in downtown Leavenworth. Der Turmplatz (tower space) features more than 10,000 square feet of retail space.

One building is two stories, with 4,800 square feet on ground level and 3,000 square feet on the second story with deck space. The second building is smaller, closer to 3,000 square feet.

The Nelson family has owned the warehouse property since the mid-90s. A portion was sold to the city and became the site of the Festhalle. There were plans for a larger development on the remaining warehouse site, in the $75-100 million range, but ultimately the family decided against that, feeling it was more than the city needed at the time.

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