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Future of Autumn Leaf Festival in question

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Lack of volunteers and funding are prompting the Autumn Leaf Festival Association Board to consider ending Leavenworth's oldest festival. A decision on the future of the festival could come as soon as this week.

Future of Autumn Leaf Festival in question
The future of Leavenworth's oldest festival appears to be in doubt. A meeting was held recently between city officials, Autumn Leaf Festival Association Board members, and at least 10 Royal Ladies.

Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar said they talked about the future of the Autumn Leaf Festival.

"It was undetermined. But there was quite a lot of support for ending the festival in a good place right now," Farivar said, at the Nov. 12 city council study session. "They cannot put together a slate of officers for next year. Volunteer hours to be president or any of those officers or Royal so onerous. It's a bigger job than the volunteers can handle."

As a result, Farivar said there is not a volunteer slate of officers.

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Grant County PUD opens new salmon facility on Nason Creek
With the goal of restoring native fish populations of spring chinook salmon, the Grant County PUD has opened a new acclimation facility on Nason Creek. The new $7.85 million facility is located just off U.S. Highway 2, across from the Nason Creek Rest Area.

Grant County PUD is operating the facility as mitigation for its two dams, Wanapum and Priest Rapids. Grant County PUD Fish Wildlife Water Quality Manager Tom Dresser said both dams are referred to as the Priest Rapids project so they are operating under one FERC operating license.

"Spring chinook, summer chinook, coho, sockeye. These fish actually migrate through the Priest Rapids project area, located in the mid-Columbia River. If you look at Grant County, there are no tributaries where spring chinook spawn," Dresser said. "That is the main reason we are in the upper basin here. We are going to areas where wild fish spawn to begin our hatchery facilities."

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Christmas Penguins loose in Leavenworth
When you ask me how work is going for me, I can always honestly answer with, "Well, it is never dull". Case in point, Penguins, Snowmen and Swishes - oh my!

You may be saying to yourself, Penguins on the highway light poles, seriously? Yes, for this year, we are in for a bit of whimsy! Here's how the story goes.

Our current snowflakes needed to be entirely overhauled. Costly and time consuming, but we are keeping the snowflakes and will, as we can afford, rehabilitate them.

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City Council approves electronic reader boards for local schools
The Leavenworth City Council has approved an amendment to the city sign code to allow local schools to have electronic or manual reader boards.

At the Nov. 12 Leavenworth City Council meeting, Development Director Nate Pate said the city planning commission studied the matter and made a recommendation to the council.

"They are recommending approval for the ordinance itself, to change the code and allow specific reader boards. They recommended to allow one reader board per facility. The reader board can be digital, which is a big change from our existing code," Pate said.

The planning commission also made recommendations about where reader board could be placed.

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Anderman moving on from Upper Valley Connection
Upper Valley Connection founder Terry Anderman is planning her retirement and succession. She started Upper Valley Connection in 2001. It became its own 501(c)3 in 2008. Now Anderman is ready to retire July 1, 2015.

The organization serves special needs adults and children with a wide variety of year long activities, including Theater Camp.

"I have been telling the board ever since then, that I wasn't going to be doing this forever, but they need to make sure it continued. They would alway go, yeah, yeah. What if I got hit by a bus? Who will take over?," Anderman said. "Somebody finally suggested, give them a date. So I finally did in November of 2013, and said I would like to step down July 1 of 2015. That gives you a year and a half to do this."

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Two dogs die in cougar attacks
Two dogs died after being attacked by cougars in Cashmere last week, a spokesperson for the Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

A trail camera caught a cougar on video hours after a cat had attacked a black Labrador belonging to Cashmere resident Jorge Cervantes. The dog later died from its injuries.

Earlier this November, a neighbor of Cervantes', Jeff Paton, lost his dog to what was believed to be another cougar attack, DFW Sergeant Dan Klump said.

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