Photo by Ian Dunn
Thousands gathered at the Festhalle in Leavenworth last Friday and Saturday for the annual Ale Fest in support of the Leavenworth Nutcraker Museum. Festival goers were able to sample beer from many different breweries. There was also a selection of live music.
After interviewing six candidates, the Leavenworth City Council selected former city administrator Rich Brinkman as a new councilman to fill the seat vacated by Michael Molohon, but it was not a unanimous decision. There were originally seven candidates for the seat, but Sharon Waters dropped out, citing health reasons. Each candidate sent a letter of interest, then filled out a supplemental questionnaire.
In the wake of Upper Valley MEND stepping away from Meadowlark, Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar is moving forward on establishing a task force to study housing affordability in town. At the April 12 Leavenworth City Council study session, Farivar said the ad hoc committee would have around 10 people with representation from city council, city administration, the affordable housing community, builders and realtors.
Normally, annexations are welcomed by the city, but not in this case. The annexation petition of Chuck Reppas was unique, in that he was not requesting annexation because he needed city services like water and sewer. "As far as the utilities, our sewer and water is fine. We actually have a shared well with four of the lot owners. As Nate (Pate, city development manager) said, it is quite a distance to bring utilities to the site. It really is prohibitively expensive for us to consider bringing utilities to the site," Reppas told the council, at the April 12 city council meeting. "We would be glad to be part of an LID sometime in the future as the other neighbors wanted to consider annexation."
The Leavenworth City Council, at the April 12 city council meeting, approved the selection of a contractor for the Chumstick Trail, water and sewer project. Advantage Dirt Contractors, Inc. was the low bid in the amount of $780,899. There was an additional $121,233 necessary for the project, said Herb Amick, Leavenworth public works director. The additional money was for construction engineering, testing, observation and a PUD pole relocation. The pole relocation costs $78,917, while the additional water and sewer cost is $56,978.
For Gebbers Farms executive Jon Wyss, wanting to replace the longtime incumbent Linda Evans-Parlette as the new senator from Washington's 12th District, is a natural culmination of his life's work thus far.
New and significant resource damage to the Enchantment Lakes basin has spurred the creation of a new group, Friends of Enchantments, to help protect the fragile, iconic landscape in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The Friends of Enchantments formed after several long-time backpackers in the area were stunned last fall with the amount of trail damage from even the previous year. The damage, accompanying a spike in day use, includes widened trails, steep cuts across switchback corners, and new side trails off and along the main through-trail, sometimes three paths side-by-side and at least one sandy swath dozens of feet wide.
Cascade Medical is now accepting the Molina Marketplace insurance plan after several months of contract negotiations with Molina. "We pursued this contract in the best interest of our patients," said Jim Hopkins, Chief Financial Officer at Cascade Medical. "Whenever there is an opportunity to become more accessible for people in the community and lower their out-of-pocket costs, we're going to do that."
By a 5-1 vote, the Leavenworth City Council approved beer tents at the upcoming Mai Fest. The vote came at the April 12 city council meeting. The topic was debated at the April 12 study session. City Administrator Joel Walinski explained that city code prohibits the use and sale of alcohol in city parks. Although, there is some latitude within the code in regards to Front Street Park. In the past, it has been used for the Gluvein tent during Christmas Lighting. Washington State Code prohibits public consumption of alcohol.
Cascade School District officials are delaying excavation on the Pine Street site until they hear back from the Army Corps of Engineers on whether or not the site is a wetland. At the April 11 Cascade School Board meeting, Construction Liaison John Henri said the Corps is going to tour the site the first week of May. In the meantime, Henri said they have been touring sites within the city that could be used for wetlands mitigation in the unlikely case the Corps rules Pine Street is a wetland.
The lawsuit against Projekt Bayern began April 15 with a hearing in Chelan County Superior Court over a preliminary injunction. Steve DeMarest, Arlene Wagner and Katie Holmes filed suit against Projekt Bayern after Wagner and Demarest were targeted for termination by the Projekt Bayern board. The issue before the court last Friday was whether or not to grant the preliminary injunction, which would prevent Projekt Bayern from proceeding with the termination hearings scheduled against DeMarest and Wagner. Holmes was called before the PB Board to discuss her membership.
The Wenatchee River Ranger District (WRRD) is planning 500 acres of spring burns in the Lake Wenatchee area, starting sometime in mid-April and ending in early May. WRRD Assistant Fire Management Officer Michael Barajas said there are eight different treatment units.
he Washington State Panda Foundation needed a new logo, so they turned to the school children of the state to come up with one. The foundation targeted high school, middle school and elementary school students. Cascade High School art teacher Teara Dillon made this an art project in her class. Everyone in the class entered a logo into the contest, including sophomore Stefan Zucktreigel.
For the past two years since his retirement, former Cascade School District Superintendent Steve McKenna has been remodeling his house, playing with grandchildren, working with Upper Valley MEND and attending Chelan County PUD board meetings. McKenna, 62, has been attending the PUD board meetings for awhile, trying to decide whether or not to run for a position on the PUD Board of Commissioners. Now, he has decided to run for the At-Large District A position held currently by Carnan Bergren.
Details are starting to emerge on the construction plans for Cascade High School. At the March 28, Cascade School Board meeting, Construction Liaison John Henri said they have final construction documents for both the high school and elementary school.
After much debate, the Leavenworth City Council has passed a new ordinance, paving the way for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the city and the city's urban growth area. The topic of ADUs has been a hot one with the city council and the planning commission in recent months. City Development Manager Nathan Pate said the planning commission has studied the issue at length.