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Forest Service team analyzes Chiwaukum, Hansel Fire area for flood, debris flow risks

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The BAER team conducts a detailed analysis on the burn areas to determine the potential for flooding and mud slides.

Forest Service team analyzes Chiwaukum, Hansel Fire area for flood, debris flow risks
The tragedy of a wildfire can be devastating enough. But once the fire is out, another problem comes up, the potential for floods and debris flows in those same fire areas. Because of this, teams have been developed to analyze the fire areas and assess the risks.

These are called Burned Area Emergency Response or BAER teams. Since the Chiwaukum Complex fires were mostly on National Forest Land, a BAER team has been organized to analyze the Chiwaukum, Hansel, Duncan and south Carlton fire areas.

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Climber injured on Mount Stuart
A climber was injured Sunday on Mount Stuart when she lost her footing and collided with some large rocks. According to a news release from Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Jean Fulford, 46, of Bothell, was injured while descending the south face of Mount Stuart.

She lost her footing, slid through a snow field and collided with several large rocks, at the 8,700 foot level, near the top of the Cascadian Couloir. Fulford suffered a fractured arm and hip injury from the collision.

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Cities optimistic about changes in transportation council
Civic leaders in Cashmere, Chelan and Leavenworth sound optimistic about what the changes ocurring at the Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council will mean for their respective cities.

The council will become the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council and the three cities will share a vote on the council with Entiat. Wenatchee will have a vote, East Wenatchee will have a vote and four small cities in Douglas County -Bridgeport, Manson, Rock Island and Waterville-- will share a vote as well,

The council, which will replace the Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council, results from a merger of the North Central Regional Transportation Planning group and the WVTC.

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Family rescued after near drowning at Blackbird Island
It was another pleasant sunny day down at Waterfront Park in Leavenworth. On Labor Day, Sept. 1, people were enjoying the water, swimming, floating, at around 2 p.m.

Gerta Weber, visiting from Regensburg, Germany, was down at the river too, swimming like she does nearly everyday back in Germany, summer and winter. She and a friend had just finished a nice refreshing swim in the Wenatchee River near Blackbird Island.

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Masons commemorate 100 year anniversary for their iconic lodge building
Back in 1906, around the time Leavenworth was becoming a city, a chapter of the Masons was established in town. But the new chapter, called Zarthan, did not have a lodge just yet. They met at the old Fireman's Lodge.

By late 1913, the Masons decided to acquire three lots around Evans Street.

"They bought all three lots for $1. There's some history with that. It was called the Lindsay platte. She was a widow. Her husband was part of the Odd Fellows Fraternity in town. He had the land, an old railroad guy. He got injured on the railroad and passed away. The wife inherited the land," Aaron Simon, Leavenworth Mason member, who has been studying the history of the club. "There were more than three lots, but these three on the platte map were sold for $1. I'm not sure how it all happened for $1."

The lodge on Evans Street was built in 1914 mostly by volunteer labor. Most of the members, about 70 at that time, were contractors, businessmen, railroad employees. Simon said the members had different connections and resources.

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Leavenworth Mountain Association presents Summer Framed 2014 photo contest
The Leavenworth Mountain Association is using photo contests as a way to raise funds for the new non-profit organization, dedicated to highlighting the balance of action sports and the natural beauty of Leavenworth.

Thus far, LMA has hosted two successful fundraisers, Summer Framed 2013 last September and Winter Framed 2014 this past March. Summer Framed 2014 is planned for Sept. 20 at the Leavenworth Festhalle.

"Last year, we had about 250 people come out, which was really nice. For LMA, these are our big fundraisers of the year, winter and summer," said Matt Bowen, LMA Board member. "We've had a good response from photographers and the folks we've invited to come over and participate. And from the community, with a unique and fun way to showcase our area. It is also just a pretty fun event."

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