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Crews working to keep fire from Leavenworth

Photo courtesy of Incident Command
Crews work to thin the underbrush that has grown up next to Highway 2.
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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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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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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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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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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Leavenworth city officials look into weighing residential and commercial garbage

The city of Leavenworth charges for garbage by volume, while the county charges the city to dispose the garbage by weight. This imbalance has prompted city officials to examine the prospect of weighing city garbage.

"If we are going to convert that to weight, we need to have some good information to do that. What we've asked the city council and public works committee to allow us is, do a little study of weighing residential loads and commercial loads," said Joel Walinski, city administrator. "So we have that background information to see how our rate structure is put together to see if it is equitable. I think it is. But until we get the numbers, we don't know that."

The city opened a recycling center to try to reduce lawn waste and other heavy objects in the waste stream, mainly because the county went to a weight measurement, Walinski said.

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