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Working the night shift

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Chiwaukum Complex Here is a firefighter working the night shift on the Chiwaukum Fire near Leavenworth. The fire continues to burn west into the Alpine Lake Wilderness.

Chiwaukum, Hansel fires pose continued threat in coming weeks
As members of the Southern Area Red Team, the national level incident management team managing the Chiwaukum Complex Fires, held a community meeting last week at Cascade High School, one thing was a clear as their southern accents. The Chiwaukum Complex fires are going to be with us for awhile, probably until the snow flies.

For one thing, the hot, dry weather is going to continue, according to team meteorologist, John Pelton, along with a continuing threat of thunderstorms and lightning.

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City approves noise permit for Oktoberfest
One of the key recommendations from the Festival and Events Committee regarding Oktoberfest was limiting the noise coming from the three day event. Projekt Bayern, the organization that produces Oktoberfest, has agreed to shut down the live music at the three outdoor music venues beginning at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

These restrictions were put into place as the Leavenworth City Council approved a special use permit for Projekt Bayern at the July 22 meeting.

"We have the noise beginning to tone down at 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Once they get to 11 p.m., all the live band music would be inside the Festhalle. What we have learned, once you have it indoors, the noise tones down quite a bit," said Joel Walinski, Leavenworth city administrator. "That's one of the primary issues with this noise permit."

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Leavenworth salon pitches in to help firefighters
hears Salon in Leavenworth has been around for 16 years, and has seen their share of fires in and around the local area. But for the first time, they were able to pitch in and help out, doing what they know best, of course. A couple weeks ago, a sergeant-major from the National Guard came into Shears saying his men needed haircuts. Because they had been here for weeks helping with the firefighting effort, their haircuts were out of regulation.
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Local veteran interviewed for upcoming WWII documentary
Local veteran Verg Bloomquist served in the Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in the South Pacific. He served as an airmen with the famed Torpedo 11 squadron on the Hornet.

That squadron is now the subject of documentary, called "Eleven." Director George Retelas said the idea for the movie came about when he was going through his late grandfather's World War II journal.

He spent the summer transcribing the journal, then posting it on the internet for anyone interested. At one point, a historian contacted Retalas, 35, about the journal and photos, because they were looking to build an exhibit about the air group on the Hornet.

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City Council approves new five year lease for Community Cupboard
The Leavenworth City Council has approved a new five year lease for the local food bank and thrift store, the Community Cupboard. The lease agreement is with Upper Valley MEND, which operates the Community Cupboard, located on 219 14th St. in Leavenworth.

The city has rented the property for the past 20 years, for just $1. The new agreement allows the city to opt out with a one year notice.

"I think that works on our end because we are in the process of working with the waste treatment facility, trying to figure out what that looks like," said Leavenworth City Administrator, Joel Walinski, at the July 22 meeting. "Talked with Chuck Reppas from MEND. One year seems to work."

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City moving forward to install restrooms at Lions Club Park
Thanks to a donation from Projekt Bayern, Leavenworth City officials are set to install a new restrooms at Lions Club Park in Leavenworth.

City Development Manager Nathan Pate said they have started the permit process. Materials have been presented to the Design Review Board and approved.

"Now the stage we are looking for, wrapping up the actual construction details. The pieces of the puzzle included in that was getting council approval for the project itself. It is on city property and will be dedicated to the city," Pate said, at the July 22 Leavenworth City Council meeting.

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