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home : premium content August 24, 2016

New bookcase for library books
New bookcase for library books
Photo submitted by Jean Vanderlinden
The Leavenworth Library has embarked on a new venture. This year, Friends of the Library will be selling quality, used books for just $1 and $2 during library hours. The books will be displayed in this beautiful bookcase which was designed, built and donated to the library by local craftsman, Elmer Larsen. All donations support the many children's programs throughout the year.


Council continues to debate alcohol use in the parks
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The Leavenworth City Council continues to delve into the possibility of allowing alcohol sales in Leavenworth parks.
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The Leavenworth City Council continues to delve into the possibility of allowing alcohol sales in Leavenworth parks.
The Leavenworth City Council was poised pass a restrictive ordinance on allowing some alcohol use in city parks, but after receiving a letter from the Leavenworth Chamber at the last minute, the council decided to pull back and hear more about the chamber's concerns.
At the Aug. 9 Leavenworth City Council study session, Chamber Board President Doc Elsea, Vice President Paul Helsel and Executive Director Nancy Smith came before the council to discuss their concerns about the proposed ordinance.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Buck Creek Fire experiences modest growth
With an increase in fire weather this week, the Buck Creek Fire experienced its first significant growth since Aug. 5 as the fire increased in size by 160 acres on Wednesday and is now at a total size of 455 acres.
"Today (Thursday) is another day we expect to see the fire grow in the same fashion it did yesterday," said Wenatchee River Fire Management Officer Cary Stock. "We expect to see smoke settle in the local drainages overnight and begin lifting by late morning and early afternoon."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pros / Cons continue to burn the ears of City Council over overnight rentals
The issue of overnight rentals continues to be a hot button issue in Leavenworth, only to get more heated up as the issue comes before the Leavenworth Planning Commission and Leavenworth City Council.
You have the proponents, calling themselves Come Stay in Our Village, and the local neighbors against, Leavenworth Neighbors United. The two factions packed the Leavenworth City Council chambers at the Aug. 9 meeting, even though overnight rentals was not on the agenda.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

City seeks to beef up animal cruelty ordinance
The Leavenworth City Council is seeking to add more teeth to their animal cruelty ordinance. A new animal cruelty law was passed by the state legislature in 2015.
"What that allows is for police officers and animal cruelty officers, if they see an animal in a car in distress, to enter into that vehicle and not pay for the damage caused by that," said City Administrator Joel Walinski, at the Aug. 9 city council meeting. "What we would like to do is incorporate that into the Leavenworth City Code in response to animal cruelty."

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Council still considering Birch Street stop signs
Even though the neighborhood petition for four-way stops on two Birch Street intersections did not meet the city criteria, the council it still considering measures to allay the concerns of the neighbors.
The request from 18 neighbors was to place four-way stops at the Birch and Orchard and Birch and Cascade intersections. Passionate testimony from the neighbors was received on July 26, citing safety concerns, but the two intersections did not meet the established city criteria for adding stops signs, so the council rejected the petition.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Leavenworth Golf Course 'under par' despite membership drop
The Leavenworth City Council heard the annual "State of the Golf Course" address at the last city council study session. All jesting aside, Leavenworth Golf Club Board President Mike McNeilly said, "The golf course has never been better," at the Aug. 9 study session.
"Ivan (Gibbs, greenskeeper) is a golfer, so he knows what the golf course needs and he's a local. He works hard with the guys and it shows," McNeilly said. "We want this golf course to be as good as it can be at all times. We want people coming here and playing here, not just one round of golf and going to Bear Mountain or Desert Canyon. It has happened," McNeilly said.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Climber rescued from Dragontail Peak
An injured climber was rescued Sunday from the Dragontail Peak area of the Alpine Wilderness. A call came into RiverCom at 11 a.m, according the news release from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. The incident happened around 7 a.m. The climber, 51-year old David Wade of Portland, Oregon, fell while descending the mountain and broke his leg.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Leavenworth Distinguished Young Woman program seeks to make a comeback
After a year hiatus in 2016, the Distinguished Young Woman of Leavenworth program is making a comeback. DYWL, formerly known as Leavenworth's Junior Miss, began in 1976. Since that time, the program has provided high school junior women the opportunity to compete for college scholarships and to participate in community service. 2016 was the first time the program was not staged, since its inception. There has been interest shown by many of the upcoming junior class at Cascade High School to participate in the program if restarted for their 2017 junior year. The program hopes to have about a dozen participants next year.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Updated Primary Election results
State results (Votes/percentage):

State Legislature

Legislative District 12 - State Senator

Candidate Vote Vote %
Brad Hawkins
(Prefers Republican Party)
15,928 66.39%
Jon Wyss
(Prefers Republican Party)
8,062 33.61%
Total Votes (not including write-ins) 23,990

Thursday, August 11, 2016

City buys old trash cans from Cashmere
Because the city of Cashmere is getting out of the garbage business after having signed a contract with Waste Management, the city of Leavenworth is set to purchase some of their old garbage cans. At the July 26 city council meeting, the council approved the expenditure of $7,125 for the purchase of 1,000 cans, ranging from 35-to-95 gallons along with 100 side-loading 300 gallon dumpsters.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Aerial mosquito spraying a possibility
In response to reports the Leavenworth Mosquito Control District would soon be spraying Malathion, Manager Jenny Mullins came to report to the Leavenworth City Council on July 26.
She was hopeful such spraying would not be needed. This would only be done to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.
"Two times, I did not have enough in the traps to test for West Nile Virus. That was helpful," Mullins said. "We have a pretty low threshold for how many mosquitoes we need to test for West Nile Virus. All along, I am treating with larvicide. Our threshold is if we have 10 Culex pipiens or six Culex tarsalis in a trap, then we test for West Nile Virus. This would not be nearly enough to cause any complaints."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

County Fire District offers free smoke detectors
Thanks to a grant from the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals, Chelan County Fire District 3 is giving out new smoke detectors. CCFD 3 firefighters will install the free smoke alarms and conduct a fire safety survey of your home.
There are two different types of smoke alarms they will be providing, an ionization smoke alarm, which is generally more responsive to flaming fires and and photoelectric smoke alarm, which is more responsive to smoldering type fires. Plus, the smoke alarms come with a unique battery.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

City Council approves new Festhalle 'day use' policy
The Festhalle Committee came up with a new "day use" policy to replace the previous one. City Administrator Joel Walinski said, at the July 26 city council meeting, the committee has been working on this for quite sometime.
"When the Leavenworth Civic Center Foundation had oversight of the Festhalle, they provided the city with five 'city' days. Those 'city' days would be distributed or used by the city," Walinski said. "The idea was to have a mechanism in place that would allow public use for community events, but at the same time, put a limitation on how many days were used."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Closure of medical marijuana dispensaries has proceeded well
The alignment of the medical and recreational marijuana systems has gone reasonably well, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. Due to the 2015 Cannabis Patient Protection Act, all medical marijuana dispensaries were to close as of July 1.
WSLCB Spokesman Brian Smith said many different agencies came together to assure a smooth transition, state agencies, local government, law enforcement and prosecutors.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

School District rejects bids for Alpine Lakes Elementary
The Cascade School District has rejected the four bids to build Alpine Lakes Elementary. All four bids submitted by Fowler, Lydig, Petra, and Walker Construction were over the allotted budget for the project with the low bid over by $2.4 million dollars. Design West Architects are in charge of the process and were very surprised by the cost per square foot associated with each of the bids. Recent school construction in the state have all been under $300 per square foot. Cascade's project came in at $350 for work with similar materials and quality.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Primary Election Results
Aug. 2 primary election results:
Totals below do not including write-ins.
All figures courtesy of the Washington Secretary of State*.
Underlined candidates will move on to November general election.
State results (Votes/percentage):
State Legislature

Legislative Dist. 12 - State Senator
Brad Hawkins (R)
9,530 66.52%
Jon Wyss (R)
4,797 33.48%
Total Votes 14,327

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bids on Alpine Lakes school $2.5 million over estimates
Bids on the Alpine Lakes Elementary School project came in well over the estimate, surprising school district officials and architects. The official estimate on the project was $13,600,000 while the low bidder on the project was Lydig Construction, $16,058,500.
Three bids were received on the project from Fowler, Lydig and Petra. Walker also submitted a bid but was disqualified because the bid did not meet the deadline.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

High School earthwork uncovers unexpected junk
Site preparation at Cascade High School has uncovered some unexpected junk. Naturally, they have run into lots of rocks, but that was to be expected. There is a "rock clause" in the contract, in fact.
But they also ran into something that caught them by surprise. The geotech report revealed a soft layer from 4-to-11 feet.
"Turns out under the pavement, someone pushed a bunch of stuff in there, including trees, autobody parts, old foundation with rebar, boulders and general bad soil, to the point it smells and stinks," said Cascade School Construction Liaison John Henri, at the July 25 Cascade School Board meeting. "We always knew we would have to dig down to the native soil for the foundations, but we found it was so bad, we made a conscious decision to get it out of there rather than wait."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Council will keep studying stop sign request
The city of Leavenworth received a request for stop signs at Birch and Orchard streets and also Birch and Cascade Streets. The request was to change the four-way yields to four-way stops. It was submitted by Judith Dwyer, along with the signatures of 18 residents.
The request was considered by the city Public Safety Committee. There is a warrant checklist for stop sign requests, covering volume of traffic, visibility, safety officer review and public works review. The request must meet three of the six items on the warrants checklist.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Leavenworth Village Voices seek interested singers
Do you love to sing? Are you one of those people who can't wait for that first nip of cold in the air so you can finally start singing Christmas carols? If so, come to the Leavenworth Village Voices (LVV) picnic on Monday, Aug. 15.
Our second annual picnic will be held in Lions Club Park at 6 p.m. to celebrate the start of our 2016 season and to welcome prospective and returning members.
Individuals who wish to learn more about our group are encouraged to attend and to enjoy food, beverages, and, of course, singing.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Farm-to-Table Dinner to benefit Leavenworth Farmer's Market
On Aug. 23, Leavenworth's Watershed Café and Boudreaux Cellars proudly present the first annual Farm-To-Table Dinner, a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Community Farmer's Market.
This exclusive event brings the ultimate local food culinary experience to its source with a beautiful dinner set in the fields of Tierra Garden Organics, a farm located seven miles outside of Leavenworth at the stunning Tierra Learning Center property. The evening begins with appetizers and a farm tour from Tierra farmers Willy Stockman and Eron Drew. This will be followed by a four course meal creatively prepared by guest chefs from the Watershed Café. All food for the event will be locally sourced from market vendors and each course will be paired with specially selected wines from Boudreaux Cellars.
Seating is limited to 30 people, ensuring an intimate culinary and wine experience. The event's stunning setting will give attendees a direct and personal appreciation for local food production in our region. The exquisite and innovative food preparation honors eating produce that is in season while supporting local agriculture.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


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