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First Weekend of Christmas Lighting

Photos by Ian Dunn
It turned out to be a beautiful first weekend of Christmas Lighting in Leavenworth. With some fresh snow and mild weather, thousands packed the downtown to enjoy the festivities.

New Autumn Leaf Board President says nothing is cancelled for 2015
The future of the Autumn Leaf Festival was in question after the Autumn Leaf Festival Association Board announced there would be no festival, float or Royal Lady in 2015. Board President Kathy Leal issued a press release saying there was no board in place for 2015 and thus the decision was made to take a year off.

That seemed to put the wheels in motion around the community for those that appreciate Leavenworth's oldest festival and did not want to see go by the wayside. A strategic planning meeting for Autumn Leaf was held on Dec. 3 at Cashmere Valley Bank. About 25 people attended, including the existing ALFA Board.

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Leavenworth City Council decides not to regulate downtown Christmas lights
Following up on a spirited council discussion from a few weeks ago, the Leavenworth City Council has decided to not try and regulate downtown Christmas lights. A proposal came from a member of the Design Review Board to manage the downtown lights.

Some people feel it is bad taste to have colored lights on buildings beyond the Christmas holiday season. The council had City Development Director Nathan Pate study the issue further. He reported back to council at the Nov. 12 city council meeting.

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City Council considers pay increases for mayor, council
The Leavenworth City Council is considering salary increases for the mayor and council. Compensation for the council and mayor is set in the Leavenworth Municipal Code. The city council Finance Committee reviewed the compensation during the budget process this year and has incorporated a budget allowance in 2015-16 to increase the salaries.

The salary for the mayor's position would rise from $1,000 per month to $1,500 per month, while the city council salary would rise from $250 per month to $500 per month. The council would have to amend the city code prior to the end of the year.

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Velocity Swimming program seeks more upper valley swimmers
The Wenatchee based year round Velocity Swimming program is hoping to attract more swimmers from the upper valley, Leavenworth and Cashmere.

A Wenatchee Valley staple for 30 years, Velocity Swimming is seeking to attract families from outside the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area.

"We are the only year round competitive swim program in the valley. We're trying to extend the growth because we have a passion for the sport of swimming and what it can benefit. We're trying to extend that beyond the Wenatchee area," Jeffrey Sutton, Velocity Swimming board member and parent. "The benefit is a lot bigger than that. We have a very fun, recreational summer swim league. Some swimmers have moved into this and found this is a lot of fun and has a lot of benefit."

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Chelan County Sheriff's Office surpluses vehicles back to the military
In August of 2000, retired Chelan County Sheriff Mike Brickert acquired three, demilitarized 107 Millimeter Mortar Carriers from the military. These would be used by the regional SWAT team.

"Better known as APC's or Armored Personnel Carriers, they were to be utilized to safely transport tactical officers to and from dangerous locations. The APC's were used for a little over three years in this fashion," said Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore, via news release.

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Local climbers rescued in Tumwater Canyon
Two local climbers were rescued on Nov. 21 in the Tumwater Canyon. According to a Chelan County Sheriff's Office press release, Stefan Swoboda, 53, of Leavenworth and his wife Heidi Swoboda, 45, had advised family members they were planning to ice climb in the Tumwater Canyon area and return home that evening.

When the two had not returned by Friday morning, a family member called RiverCom to report the the situation. Chelan County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responded to the area.

"A Sheriff's Office helicopter also responded to the area but after about 30 minutes of searching it was forced to abort and return to Wenatchee because of poor visibility," said Rich Magnussen, via press release. "Due to the very steep terrain and inclement weather, Search and Rescue coordinators requested assistance from Chelan County Mountain Rescue."

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