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Fire fighters tent city

Photo by Clint Hollingsworth
If you're wondering where the firefighters who work so hard to keep our forest fires under control stay at night, it is not at the local 3-star hotel. The back lot at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is filled with tents of all shapes and sizes. For the fire fighters, this is home for the season.

Free Clinic makes dental services available to working poor and students
Upper Valley Free Clinic in Leavenworth, which has offered free dental services the past year, is expanding their services to the schools. A year ago, Dr. Carlson approached the Upper Valley Free Clinic, an Upper Valley MEND program, about starting a free dental clinic.

Since then, a second dentist has come on board, Dr. Larson. The two do free consultations at the free clinic the first Monday of the month.

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City Council agrees to water connection for Sleeping Lady
Prior to the lengthy council discussion on providing water to residents outside the city and urban growth area, the council considered a water request from Sleeping Lady. Prior to considering the request, Development Service Director Nathan Pate cautioned the council.

"We have a request for an ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit) outside the urban growth area. We have a duty to protect the ERUs in the city, but also allow limited opportunities when we see there is a need, hardship or any other parameter the council determines," Pate said, at the Aug. 12 city council study session. "We have criteria we have listed in the code how we go about doing this. We don't want to necessarily just give away our water. Right now, we are in court to gain more water. We don't want to just give it away."

Pate said Sleeping Lady came to the city with a request for water to one house, a new home for Sleeping Lady owner Harriet Bullitt. In exchange for providing the connection, Pate said they offered an established exempt well on the property.

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New city ordinance seeks to protect dogs left in cars on hot days
The Leavenworth City Council has passed a new ordinance designed to penalize those who leave their dogs in the car for extended periods of time on a hot day. At the Aug. 12 Leavenworth City Council meeting, Ordinance 1479 was amended, in regards to protection of animals.
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Haitian med student Samuel Hilaire shadows doctors at Cascade Medical
The plight of Samuel Hilaire is unique, unexpected and wonderful. The third year medical student has been in Leavenworth this past month, shadowing doctors at Cascade Medical. Coming from modest means, he can't believe he is here in this beautiful place.

His journey began shortly after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. At the time, he began working with some people from Germany and the U.S. Hilaire told them about his goals and plans for the future.

Unexpectedly, a group of German angel investors decided to pay for his schooling. After working in Haiti for six months, they encouraged him to go and apply to medical school, but he wasn't sure.

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Current, former Kodiaks participate in Babe Ruth World Series
It says something about the plight of the Cascade High School baseball program when three Kodiaks participate in the Babe Ruth World Series.

Former Kodiaks Tristin Parton and Jesse Ward played for the Columbia Basin River Dogs, a team with a certain amount of baseball notoriety, while CHS senior Austin Murdock played for the Columbia Basin Desert Dogs, for players 17 and under.

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School Board discusses device policy at schools
Just like most of us are dragging our smart phones, tablets and laptops to work, so too are the kids going to school. But taking these devices to school creates a variety of issues. The Cascade School District is considering a policy that addresses these devices at school.

Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said each school district has to have a policy on file, if this district is going to allow students to bring devices from home.

"Some school districts are still wanting to stay in the dark ages with that, saying no kids still cannot bring those to school. They have to use school equipment," Motsenbocker said, at the Aug. 18 Cascade School Board meeting. "This is the future. We are going to see this a lot more as the future unfolds. They are bringing phones, tablets and computers to school. This (policy) keeps the district clean, so to speak."

The "bring your own device" policy defines a device and how the internet is accessed. It covers any filters or bypass software that might be used to get around the network security.

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