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Beaver Valley School finally gets long awaited covered play area
After eight years, the Beaver Valley School finally has a covered play area for students. It was eight years ago when the first meeting was held to build a covered play area for the K-5 students at the Plain school.

They started raising funds at that time. There were fundraisers. Different organizations contributed money, time, supplies, labor. The school district provided a $7,500 match.

"We went through a couple years trying to find someone who would be in charge of the project," said Kim Miller, Beaver Valley secretary/parapro. "Things went slow for awhile. Three years ago, Travis Bradburn came on as the contractor, worked with the county on all the codes and that kind of stuff."

When teacher Eric Tiegel came on board two years ago, he got together with Bradburn to get things going. They formulated a plan and sent that to the county. Logs were donated by the Burgess family. Plain Hardware supplied a lot of the materials, Tiegel said.

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Icicle Arts chooses new name and mission
After a lengthy strategic planning process, Icicle Arts in heading in a new, hopefully sustainable, direction. First order of business was moving from the Barn Beach location to a place where they could expand their mission. Their new home is 11734 U.S. Highway 2, near Jerry's Auto Parts.

Next was to change the name of the organization. Another arts organization in town has a very similar name, so that was part of the decision to change. The new name is Artis.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 More...
Marijuana store opens west of Cashmere
Lisa Wendt says she knows the score.

She's in the Wenatchee Valley, and she sells a product in East Wenatchee and right outside Cashmere on Vale Road, that is still illegal in 48 out of the 50 states.

So she's not expecting any welcoming parades. On the other hand, she bets those numbers will change as more people change their views on marijuana.

Like herself, for instance.

An accountant who said she voted against the legalization of pot in 2012, she says that when she and three families of acquaintances decided to open a marijuana shop in East Wenatchee last July, she looked at it from a business perspective.

It wasn't easy.

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Council denies chamber request for beer tent at Ice Fest
The proposal to have a beer tent during the Rail Jam at Ice Fest was soundly rejected by the Leavenworth City Council in the days before the event last week.

The Leavenworth Chamber proposed having a beer tent in Front Street Park during the Rail Jam from 5 to 7 p.m. Profits from the beer sales would go to the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

Chamber President, Nancy Smith, explained the Stevens Pass Rail Jam event was enough separated from the family oriented Ice Fest, that the Chamber Board decided to support the plan.

"They thought they could get behind it, thinking that will make it a more enticing event for the folks that attend a Rail Jam," Smith said, at the Jan. 6 city council study session. "Anytime we can think of a way to support the Winter Sports Club, we are all for it. When Stevens Pass asked us to host one, we asked the Winter Sports Club to host it, so all of us are involved in it, Stevens, Chamber and Winter Sports Club."

City Administrator Joel Walinski cautioned the council about expanding the use of alcohol to Front Street Park. A city ordinance prohibits consumption of alcohol in city parks.

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Thursday Night at the Movies comes to Snowy Owl Theater
Snowy Owl Theater looks to be place to go on Thursday night over the coming months. Icicle Creek Center for Arts presents "Thursday Night at the Movies" through the end of May. The 18-film series began last Thursday with a National Theater of London production, "Of Mice and Men" starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd.

"The idea is to provide movies and documentaries year round. Thursday night is something we want the community to count on. We are trying to keep it consistent in that sense," said Jamie Howell, ICCA technical service director.

Most of the films are documentary, reality based. Howell said he went for films that make sense based on the interests of the community in this area. This Thursday, the film offering is "Pretty Faces," the first all female ski movie.

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Apple City Roller Derby returns to the Festhalle
The fast paced action of roller derby returns to Leavenworth this year, as Apple City Roller Derby establishes the Festhalle as their new home. Last year, Apple City reached an agreement with the city to practice and play in the Festhalle.

Previously, the team played at the Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex and practiced in the dank, dark confines of the old Tree Top warehouse in Cashmere. Apple City began practicing in the Festhalle toward the end of their season in 2014.

"It is an amazing facility. It absolutely meets our needs, especially compared to where we used to be. The city has been wonderful supporters. We are now chamber members. We like being a part of that," said Jill Martinez, Leavenworth resident, and vice president of Apple Valley Roller Derby. "We've volunteered for different events. We dressed up as Christmas characters. Just trying to get more and more involved in Leavenworth. We love being here."

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