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Chiwaukum Fire

Photos by Mike Standford
The Chiwaukum Fire, which began on July 15, grew to 11,051 acres as of July 21. Courtesy of Mike Standford, an intense view of the fire burning in the Tumwater Canyon.

Dan Dickerson Retiring
Dan Dickerson is retiring

Long time Leavenworth Post Office employee Dan Dickerson is retiring Thursday, July 31. 

Please join him at a retirement celebration at the Osborn sports field on Thursday July 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Crews working to keep fire from Leavenworth
Rain and cool weather last week helped fire crews battling the 12,225 acre Chiwaukum Fire achieve 25 percent containment. But as the weather warmed up over the weekend so did the concerns about the fire moving south toward Leavenworth.

Kyle Cannon, the acting district ranger for the Wenatchee River Ranger District, said when the national Type 1 level management team came on, the primary focus was to keep the fire west of U.S. Highway 2 to prevent it from spreading toward Plain.

And also to secure the northern portion of the fire to save the timber resources and some the the private structures there as well.

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KOA annexation appears to be moving forward again
After nearly two years, the annexation of the 27-acre KOA campground into the city of Leavenworth appears to be moving forward. The idea was first presented to the city council in November of 2012. KOA owners sought the annexation in order to bring in city utilities, rather than perform a costly on-site septic upgrade.

A lot has happened since then.

Neighbors on River Bend Drive expressed their concerns about traffic to and from the KOA on their road. There were also concerns about the outstanding violations through Chelan County, involving the conditional use permit.

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Eleven building projects underway in Cascade School District
Despite the hot weather, rain and other factors, 11 building projects are currently underway in the Cascade School District. The projects are part of the $5.7 million capital projects levy district voters passed in February.

Project Manager Jeff Soehren provided an update to the Cascade School Board on July 21. He said they have come a long way to get these things off and running.

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City to amend existing ordinance to protect animals left in vehicles
Leavenworth City officials are considering changes to city ordinance 6.04 regarding the protection of animals. Normally, the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, during the summer and winter months, addresses animals left in vehicles, by way of the county ordinance.

But City Liaison Officer Bruce Long advised that ordinance was no longer enforced in the city. So it became necessary to amend the city code, mainly to protect animals left in vehicles. City Development Manager Nathan Pate said he had done some research on time and temperatures in vehicles, trying to find appropriate language for the ordinance.

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Spotter time is well spent time
No such thing as a useless phone call for Andrew Brown.

Brown, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said that the NWS has never received a phone call from a spotter that was a waste of time.

Spotters are the eyes and ears of the NWS in places where its radars sometimes don't reach. Brown offered a training session for spotters in Wenatchee two weeks ago, in which he reiterated the importance of the spotter's job and his or her calls when describing a weather event.

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Nelson family builds new commercial building at old warehouse site
The Nelson Family Legacy Group has completed construction on a portion of the old warehouse property in downtown Leavenworth. Der Turmplatz (tower space) features more than 10,000 square feet of retail space.

One building is two stories, with 4,800 square feet on ground level and 3,000 square feet on the second story with deck space. The second building is smaller, closer to 3,000 square feet.

The Nelson family has owned the warehouse property since the mid-90s. A portion was sold to the city and became the site of the Festhalle. There were plans for a larger development on the remaining warehouse site, in the $75-100 million range, but ultimately the family decided against that, feeling it was more than the city needed at the time.

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