Photo submitted by Brian Munoz
It is becoming an annual event, the Creature Crafts taking on the class five rapids in Tumwater Canyon. Here, Creature Craft riders become inverted, but still under control.
The Leavenworth Drive event, which draws as many as 1,700 cars and their owners to Leavenworth, has been going on for several years. It has proven problematic over the years, but by all accounts, this year was far worse. "The busiest time for us was between 5:30-6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday. It was pretty wild. I have had a taste of that in teΩrms of the Euro Car rally. It was a real different crowd than prior years. The hotel lots at 3 a.m. when I left town were full of little race cars," said Chelan County Sheriff's Sergeant Bruce Long, at the June 14 Leavenworth City Council meeting.
"Value engineering" is required for all school construction projects. Once the engineers have completed their designs, a value engineering team comes in and analyzes the designs and makes suggestions to save the district money, while maintaining good quality, according to Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker.
Upper Valley Connection's Theater Camp returns this week for a production of the classic, Alice in Wonderland. The show opens Friday night at Cascade High School. The campers arrived this past Sunday for a week of fun. Director Mandi Wickline said they hand out scripts as soon as possible. Some of the key performers have had their scripts for a couple weeks, so they can start working with their parents or caregivers as soon as possible. UVC presented Alice in Wonderland last year with Nicoletta Bard as Alice. Bard returns to play Alice again.
Construction on both the high school and elementary school is ready to begin. This summer will mostly entail the earthwork on the two sites. It has already begun at the high school with the removal of the tennis courts and light poles. The tennis courts will be relocated to Osborn Elementary School, said John Henri, construction liaison, at the June 13 Cascade School Board meeting. The youth soccer fields at Osborn will be relocated to the Pine Street site.
n their first meeting since their rather animated meeting May 24 with local boarders and advocates, the Leavenworth City Council discussed plans for the development of a new skatepark somewhere in Leavenworth. City Administrator Joel Walinski said they have received comments on Facebook and via email regarding the skatepark. A key change in the process, perhaps influenced by the comments, is that the city will no longer be using the new tennis courts as compensation to the state for the demolished skatepark.
Chelan County officials are encouraging smart phone users to download a new app. That may seem odd for a governmental agency, but the fact of the matter is this new app could potentially save your life. Chelan County did not create the app.
Chelan County PUD crews are now working in lower Chumstick Canyon, just outside of Leavenworth, preparing to install new high-speed fiber. The plan is to extend the fiber from Cascade High School north to Freund Canyon.
The Complete the Loop Coalition is on the home stretch now, trying to raise the money to save 14 acres of waterfront that was once part of the Peshastin Mill Site. The group has done a wonderful job up to this point, having raised $330,000 toward the $435,255 purchase price.
Chelan County Fire District 3 Chief Kelly O'Brien has posted notices that fireworks are prohibited in the city of Leavenworth over the July 4th holiday. "Currently, our code doesn't allow for the city to prohibit it, but the fire chief (can), who is the designated person by state law allowed to make that decision in cases of things like high fire danger," said Chantell Steiner, city finance director, at the May 24 council meeting. "This resolution tonight is just the council supporting and giving authorization for the fire chief to proceed with a ban on fireworks in the city of Leavenworth for this year." City approval is not required, Steiner said, but O'Brien would appreciate the council support.
It was the brainchild of Cascade School District Special Education Director Tim Lawless. The Exceptional Friends Awards would be given to teachers, staff, volunteers in the district who do special things for kids. Lawless said there was a feeling it was long overdue.
Trygve Sorensen is the new record holder for total Accelerated Reader points earned. He broke the record as a fourth grade student at Osborn Elementary in Leavenworth. The previous record was 2,000 points earned by a former student several years ago.
A fire last Saturday morning destroyed the landmark Coles Corner restaurant, the 59er Diner. Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue was called to the scene about 10:30 a.m. Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Chief Mick Lamar said when they arrived on the scene, they went in the building to check things out. "We had smoke in the seating area and moderate to heavy smoke in the kitchen area, with some light flame and smoke showing from a stack comes out of the duct work for the kitchen. We came inside and made a quick knockdown in the kitchen area," Lamar said.
Two overdue climbers were found the evening of June 2 near the base of Asgaard Pass in the Colchuck area. According to a news release from Chelan County Sheriff Sergeant Kent Sisson, search and rescue coordinators were advised at 3 p.m. on June 2 that two boys, ages 19 and 17, were overdue from planned climb of Dragontail Peak.
Ryan Rosenau was known to sports fans in Leavenworth as an outstanding track athlete, but he never was able to quite get over the hump and win a state title. His best finish was second in the 300 hurdles at the 1A State Meet in 2011.
Chelan County Rescue crews are trying to find a man who went missing while glissading on the snow at Aasgard Pass on Sunday, June 5. Glissading is sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe. According to a news release from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, a group of people were glissading down the snow on Aasgard Pass when one man slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current of the water is very fast and leads under the snow.
It is a sunny May morning in Leavenworth. Soon word is spreading of a train derailment near the Leavenworth Train Station on North Road. Unbeknownst to the town, the crash released deadly chlorine gas into the air. This deadly cloud is headed toward our schools and town, where there are 30,000 visitors.
Preparations are continuing as the Cascade School District gets ready to begin work on the high school and elementary school. At the May 23 Cascade School Board meeting, Construction Liaison John Henri said the early site grading permit for the elementary school is about to be issued by the city.
After doing some reevaluating, Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said they are now recommending a $350,000 per year tech levy. At the previous school board meeting, Motsenbocker gave the board three possibilities, $250,000, $300,000 or $350,000 per year.
The Ripple Foundation, a nonprofit created in 2011, actually began two years before that, when four individuals gathered around a table and began brainstorming how to bring their knowledge and passion for mindful and transformational work to the community.