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home : premium content February 19, 2017

Cupboard Thanksgiving
Cupboard Thanksgiving
Photo by Ian Dunn
Community Cupboard volunteers were busy in the days before Thanksgiving packing baskets for those in need. The baskets included everything needed for a nice Thanksgiving meal, turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie.


Alpine Lakes Elementary re-bid comes in under budget
Photo courtesy Cascade School District
This is an overhead of view of the planned Alpine Lakes Elementary School.
Photo courtesy Cascade School District
This is an overhead of view of the planned Alpine Lakes Elementary School.
Only two companies participated in the re-bid for Alpine Lakes Elementary on Feb. 9. Both bids came in under budget. Lydig Construction of Spokane bid $13.3 million. Fowler Construction of Tri-Cities bid $13.1 million. The budget for the project was $13.5 million.
So, Fowler Construction is the lower bidder. Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said there were some alternates included in the bids.
"In order to determine the low bidder, the owner has to determine which of the alternates they are going to accept. Those have to be added-in for both bids," Motsenbocker said. "We have to determine which alternates we are going to accept. Then, you have to take the bid on all those alternates from each bidder and add it to their base bid to determine the actual bid."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


New building planned for downtown area could include eatery/bar
The Leavenworth City Council has approved a number of agreements, paving the way for a new downtown building. At the Jan. 10 city council meeting, City Administrator Joel Walinski explained the project and agreements to the council.
Walinski said they have had numerous discussions with Mr. Hartwig, who planning to construct a new building downtown, adjacent to Book for All Seasons.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

River Bend residents concerned about traffic impacts of Willkommen Village
Residents of River Bend Drive are concerned about the potential traffic impacts from the planned Willkommen Village development behind Safeway. A meeting was held on Feb. 1 at the Leavenworth Fire Hall. Organizer and moderator, River Bend resident Duane Goehner, invited representatives of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Chelan County Public Works, city of Leavenworth, KOA, Willkommen Village and Link Transit.
Of interest in this case is the River Bend Drive intersection off U.S. Highway 2, where you access not only River Bend Drive, but also Marson and Marson, Safeway and later, the new Hampton Inn Hotel.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Link Park and Ride could help alleviate River Bend traffic
At the recent meeting on River Bend Drive traffic, Link Transit General Manager Richard DeRock talked extensively about the planned new Park and Ride at Willkommen Village behind Safeway.
"The last couple years, we've seen real issues getting our buses through town, Thursday, Friday afternoons. I run 21 trips a day to Leavenworth, so I'm going through that intersection 42 times a day," DeRock said. "I'm losing six trips on most Fridays. I can't get a bus in and get it back in time to make schedule. I'm turning the bus around in Peshastin or some place else. That's lousy service for riders."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Robotics teams are awesome STEM opportunity for Cascade students
Fourteen students from the Cascade School District recently had an opportunity to put their engineering, design and teamwork skills to the test. A four-person all-girl robotics team from Osborn Elementary and a 10-person co-ed robotics team from Icicle River Middle School qualified for and attended the Semifinal First Lego League Competition on Jan. 21.
First Lego League (FLL) is a global phenomenon for kids ages nine to 14 who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) interdisciplinary and applied learning. The numbers speak for themselves: there are 255,000 students on 32,000 teams going to 1,464 competitions worldwide.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A behind the scenes look at real 'snow angels'
In the deep of winter, when the big snowflakes are coming down at two inches per hour and 99.9 percent of the Wenatchee Valley population and beyond are asleep in their warm and cozy beds, a tiny group of real life "snow angels" are keeping busy so the rest of us can enjoy the fruits of their labor.
High up in the mountains, wherever snowmobile trails can be found, these "angels" are the reason so many others are having fun on the weekends and while on school breaks. Life in the business world for owners, managers, department heads and rank and file employees alike can be stressful at times so "hitting the slopes" or in this case the trails, is a necessary diversion to keep from burning out.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cashmere Valley Record welcomes Wilkerson
The Cashmere Valley Record wants to welcome the newest reporter, Mikaila Wilkerson, to the reporting staff. She is a 2012 graduate of Cascade High School in Leavenworth and a recent graduate of Central Washington University in Ellensburg with a bachelor's degree in print journalism.
"Writing is a huge passion of mine, and I've known it was what I was meant to do since I was about ten-years-old. I always dreamed of being an author and that's still my dream, though my ultimate dream is to be a travel writer," Wilkerson said.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cascade School District lunches get a nutritious makeover
There are 180 school days every year, and each of those days includes lunch. Growing kids love lunch, because they're usually famished and also crave time to hang out with their friends. But just as important, these 180 lunch periods are an opportunity to feed children nutritious and delicious food and teach them about making good food choices for themselves.
School lunches in the Cascade School District have been evolving in the last year and a half to do just that. The food service model is changing. It's no longer about providing inexpensive and predictable meals.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Motsenbocker outlines plan to fund state schools
Finding the necessary funding for schools in the state has been huge problem for the state legislature. Washington State Treasurer Duane A. Davidson has offered a plan to make it work, but it took some radical thinking.
Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker presented the Davidson plan to the Cascade School Board at the Jan. 23 meeting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Teasley and Lane bring their special talents to Empty Bowls
Suzi Lane signed up to help set up the glazing room and assist the hundreds of people painting their bowls over five days. The glazing committee had been working hard to prepare for the massive undertaking. So when she volunteered to paint a large Empty Bowls Artists Auction bowl, she knew she should start painting early to finish before the glazing days. Each year, the Artists Auction is an exciting facet of the Leavenworth Empty Bowls festival. New artists, like Suzi and Barbee Teasley, are drawn to contribute to the Empty Bowls project because of the impact on the Leavenworth community.
As a former Upper Valley MEND board member for six years, Teasley was already enthusiastic about Empty Bowls, but in 2016 when Gro Buer was assembling artists, Teasley volunteered to contribute a bowl for the first time.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hospital, fire district work together for better ambulance coverage
Under a new partnership with Cascade Medical, firefighters from Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue will be first to respond on all emergency medical calls from Plain to Stevens Pass.
The arrangement is meant to achieve two goals: Better efficiency and more consistent, round-the-clock staffing. About half of the fire department's 35 volunteers are already certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Another nine are in training, said Chief Mick Lamar.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Leavenworth Summer Theater fondly remembers their first Captain Von Trapp, Paul Williams
He played Captain Von Trapp during the early years of the Leavenworth Summer Theater production of The Sound of Music. Paul Williams was the bigger than life personality who filled those shoes, helping the fledging theater company grow and prosper.
Pastor Paul Williams, 65, passed away on Jan. 19, 2017. Susan Wagner, who along with husband John, started Leavenworth Summer Theater. Part of orchestra since day one, she remember well their first captain.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

West side substation location removed from consideration
One of the prime spots for a new substation has been removed from consideration. A location on the west side of town, near Heidelburger, was touted as the spot with the greatest electrical advantages.
"Site number three by the Heidelburger has some pros and cons associated with it. There's some great electrical advantages to having a substation out here, but there are also some aesthetic disadvantages," said PUD engineer Chad Rissman at the Nov. 2 substation meeting. "All of the circuits come out of the substation and come toward town. Anything that affects the pole line would affect the entire town. If we had another feed and an event occurred on either one of those, it could be picked up from the other direction. There is some redundancy for having a substation on the other end of town."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wastewater upgrades are a big ticket item for the city
Part 2 of 2

Municipalities all around the state have been tasked by the Washington State Department of Ecology with reducing the output of phosphorus at their wastewater facilities. Last week, the Echo reported on the recent presentation by Varela and Associates over many aspects of the necessary wastewater upgrade at Leavenworth.
Varela engineers made a number of recommendations to the city to accomplish the reduction of phosphorus at the Leavenworth Wastewater facility.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Engineers highlight necessary wastewater plant upgrades
Part 1 of 2

At the Jan. 10 study session, the Leavenworth City Council heard from engineers with Varela and Associates of Spokane to discuss necessary upgrades to the city's wastewater plant. The changes are necessary in order to reduce the level of phosphorus into the river, per the Washington Department of Ecology mandate.
This is called the Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL. Varela engineers Dana Cowger and Mark Esvelt previously addressed the council last July.
"At that time, we were just starting the analysis for wastewater facility planning. Now, the draft facility plan in complete. The purpose of this meeting is to review some of the high level findings for that," Cowger said. "At the last meeting, we gave you a little background how the whole process works. The processes prescribed by the WSDOE. They review and approve everything that you wind up doing. We don't move ahead until they are onboard."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Othello robbery suspects reportedly stayed in Leavenworth area motels
Three Chelan County residents have been arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Othello reported Jan. 2, according to a news release from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office.
The suspects allegedly threatened the occupants of the home with a firearm and also physically assaulted one or more of the occupants. The Adams County Sheriff's Office identified four suspects, all from Chelan and Douglas counties.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cascade School District levies on February ballot
The Cascade School District is presenting two four-year levies before voters on the Feb. 14 ballot to provide stable funding for programs and personnel not supported by the state. Levies are controlled by the local voters state-wide and make up approximately 20-28 percent of a school district's operating budget. Cascade's levy request remains at the 20 percent level for the next 4 years.
In December, the board of directors approved two resolutions. Proposition No. 1 is a Maintenance & Operation Levy. This is a replacement levy, not a new tax. Proposition No. 2 is a Technology/Safety Levy. The last tech levy was a 2-yr levy in 2012 for $0.42/$1,000 of assessed value.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Empty Bowls- Potters in full swing
Leavenworth Pottery was humming along these past few months getting ready for the annual Empty Bowls fundraising event which kicked off earlier this week. Owner and Ceramics Engineer, Terry Porlier, along with his assistant and fellow artist and potter, Hannah Pygott, created about 450 earthenware bowls that were painted by hundreds of participants from the community.
Eight years ago, Terry joined the Empty Bowls team and continues to contribute in a big way. In addition to the regular bowls, he also created a couple dozen larger bowls that were painted for the Artist Bowl Auction component of the event.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Re-bid on high school project comes in under budget
The re-bid on the Cascade High School project came in Jan. 19 under budget, which was welcome news to the school district.
"I can't tell you how excited we are. We appreciate the community's patience, having to go through a redesign. The architects were expecting to be at budget or below, but the high school came in 10 percent over budget," said Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker. "It wasn't terrible, but it was more than we wanted to spend."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

River Bend homeowners concerned about Willkommen Village plans
River Bend Park homeowners showed up en mass to the Leavenworth City Council meeting on Jan. 10. They were concerned about potential amendments to Leavenworth Municipal Code related to the Willkommen Village development, which is adjacent to River Bend Drive.
Those potential code changes were discussed earlier in the day at the city council study session. Willkommen Village is 33 acres behind Safeway. The first request from the developers is to change a portion of the property from multi-family to general commercial.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

School District to implement new science standards
New science standards are going to be "a whole new ball game" for students.
Fifth grade teacher Dina Ashcraft reported to the Cascade School Board on new science standards at the Jan. 9 board meeting. Ashcraft was awarded a position on the State Content Review Board for the new science test.
She said it was a "huge" experience. There were 10 teachers there, five from fifth grade and five from middle school. Ashcraft was the only one from eastern Washington.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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