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Hungry goats
Hungry goats
Photo submitted by Julie Winters
Goats have been busy at the school district's Pine Street property, munching on the grass there. During their time here, three new goats were born, causing some to joke there were three new "kids" for the school district.


Council discusses plans for replacing the skatepark
Photo submitted by Mike Gardner
Skaters enjoy some time at the Leavenworth Skatepark, before the park is torn down. Councilman Elmer Larsen is suggesting the city use the same design for the new skatepark.
Photo submitted by Mike Gardner
Skaters enjoy some time at the Leavenworth Skatepark, before the park is torn down. Councilman Elmer Larsen is suggesting the city use the same design for the new skatepark.
n their first meeting since their rather animated meeting May 24 with local boarders and advocates, the Leavenworth City Council discussed plans for the development of a new skatepark somewhere in Leavenworth.
City Administrator Joel Walinski said they have received comments on Facebook and via email regarding the skatepark. A key change in the process, perhaps influenced by the comments, is that the city will no longer be using the new tennis courts as compensation to the state for the demolished skatepark.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Social Media School NCW is more than mere 'flirting'
April Welch has owned Flirting With Media (self prop) since 2009, but she decided to start a more targeted division teaching the ropes of how businesses can use social media. Her new company is called Social Media School NCW and it launched at Pybus Market Tuesday, May 24. The start-up costs were basically the rent Pybus charged for the space and a few dollars for some drinks and poundcake. Her positive outlook on using a medium feared by many older executives comes with a soothing maxim of her own making. "Just knowing what is out there or that it can exist is truly the first step. The rest is curiosity mixed with passion," she said.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

'Value engineering' a necessity on school construction projects
"Value engineering" is required for all school construction projects. Once the engineers have completed their designs, a value engineering team comes in and analyzes the designs and makes suggestions to save the district money, while maintaining good quality, according to Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Upper Valley Connection's Theater Camp returns for 12th season
Upper Valley Connection's Theater Camp returns this week for a production of the classic, Alice in Wonderland. The show opens Friday night at Cascade High School. The campers arrived this past Sunday for a week of fun.
Director Mandi Wickline said they hand out scripts as soon as possible. Some of the key performers have had their scripts for a couple weeks, so they can start working with their parents or caregivers as soon as possible.
UVC presented Alice in Wonderland last year with Nicoletta Bard as Alice. Bard returns to play Alice again.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

School construction is on track and on budget, so far
Construction on both the high school and elementary school is ready to begin. This summer will mostly entail the earthwork on the two sites. It has already begun at the high school with the removal of the tennis courts and light poles.
The tennis courts will be relocated to Osborn Elementary School, said John Henri, construction liaison, at the June 13 Cascade School Board meeting. The youth soccer fields at Osborn will be relocated to the Pine Street site.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Leavenworth Drive event proves troublesome for the Bavarian Village
The Leavenworth Drive event, which draws as many as 1,700 cars and their owners to Leavenworth, has been going on for several years. It has proven problematic over the years, but by all accounts, this year was far worse.
"The busiest time for us was between 5:30-6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday. It was pretty wild. I have had a taste of that in teΩrms of the Euro Car rally. It was a real different crowd than prior years. The hotel lots at 3 a.m. when I left town were full of little race cars," said Chelan County Sheriff's Sergeant Bruce Long, at the June 14 Leavenworth City Council meeting.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chelan County promotes new app that can deliver emergency information
Chelan County officials are encouraging smart phone users to download a new app. That may seem odd for a governmental agency, but the fact of the matter is this new app could potentially save your life.
Chelan County did not create the app.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Losing the 59er has taken an emotional toll, but owner vows to rebuild
For 59er Diner owner Joe Cannata, the experience of watching his establishment go up in flames has been extremely emotional. The diner burned down on the morning of June 4.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PUD begins fiber expansion in lower Chumstick area
Chelan County PUD crews are now working in lower Chumstick Canyon, just outside of Leavenworth, preparing to install new high-speed fiber. The plan is to extend the fiber from Cascade High School north to Freund Canyon.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Complete the Loop Coalition makes final push to raise money for Peshastin waterfront
The Complete the Loop Coalition is on the home stretch now, trying to raise the money to save 14 acres of waterfront that was once part of the Peshastin Mill Site. The group has done a wonderful job up to this point, having raised $330,000 toward the $435,255 purchase price.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

City Council moves to ban firework sales over Fourth of July
Chelan County Fire District 3 Chief Kelly O'Brien has posted notices that fireworks are prohibited in the city of Leavenworth over the July 4th holiday.
"Currently, our code doesn't allow for the city to prohibit it, but the fire chief (can), who is the designated person by state law allowed to make that decision in cases of things like high fire danger," said Chantell Steiner, city finance director, at the May 24 council meeting. "This resolution tonight is just the council supporting and giving authorization for the fire chief to proceed with a ban on fireworks in the city of Leavenworth for this year."
City approval is not required, Steiner said, but O'Brien would appreciate the council support.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fourteenth Annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Special Ed Department hands out awards to exceptional friends
It was the brainchild of Cascade School District Special Education Director Tim Lawless. The Exceptional Friends Awards would be given to teachers, staff, volunteers in the district who do special things for kids.
Lawless said there was a feeling it was long overdue.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sorensen is the new accelerated reader record holder at Osborn
Trygve Sorensen is the new record holder for total Accelerated Reader points earned. He broke the record as a fourth grade student at Osborn Elementary in Leavenworth. The previous record was 2,000 points earned by a former student several years ago.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Army Corps of Engineers gives school district some welcome news
After a long, sometime agonizing wait, the Cascade School District finally received word from the Army Corps of Engineers its Pine Street property was not a wetland. Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said they were surprised in the beginning it went this direction.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

A fire last Saturday morning destroyed the landmark Coles Corner restaurant, the 59er Diner. Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue was called to the scene about 10:30 a.m. Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Chief Mick Lamar said when they arrived on the scene, they went in the building to check things out.
"We had smoke in the seating area and moderate to heavy smoke in the kitchen area, with some light flame and smoke showing from a stack comes out of the duct work for the kitchen. We came inside and made a quick knockdown in the kitchen area," Lamar said.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Overdue teenage climbers found cold, hungry near Colchuck Lake
Two overdue climbers were found the evening of June 2 near the base of Asgaard Pass in the Colchuck area. According to a news release from Chelan County Sheriff Sergeant Kent Sisson, search and rescue coordinators were advised at 3 p.m. on June 2 that two boys, ages 19 and 17, were overdue from planned climb of Dragontail Peak.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

CHS grad Rosenau wins NAIA National Championship in 400 hurdles
Ryan Rosenau was known to sports fans in Leavenworth as an outstanding track athlete, but he never was able to quite get over the hump and win a state title. His best finish was second in the 300 hurdles at the 1A State Meet in 2011.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Peter and the Starcatcher' arrives in Leavenworth
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rescue crews try to find man who was lost while glissading at Aasgard Pass
Chelan County Rescue crews are trying to find a man who went missing while glissading on the snow at Aasgard Pass on Sunday, June 5. Glissading is sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe. According to a news release from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, a group of people were glissading down the snow on Aasgard Pass when one man slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current of the water is very fast and leads under the snow.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

CHS senior makes surprise donation to Wenatchee River Institute
Certainly, it is not unusual for someone to make a donation to Wenatchee River Institute, but a significant donation coming from a former student is something new.
Thursday, June 9, 2016


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