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New York City scammers nearly bilk Leavenworth woman
A Leavenworth woman received a call from someone claiming she had won $1 million from the Publishers Clearing House. The caller said she needed to send $17,500 in cash for the fees associated with the $1 million prize.

According the Chelan County Chief of Patrol Dave Helvey, the woman sent the money but the package was initially returned by the carrier due to a problem with the delivery address. Because of the delay, the woman was then told to now send in $18,000 in cash to claim the prize.

On March 16, Deputy Paul Nelson responded to theft/fraud complaint. It was learned the delivery was going to a New York address. Deputy Nelson discovered the package had been delivered within minutes of his phone call to the carrier.

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Property owners may be held accountable for sidewalk repair, maintenance
The Leavenworth City Council is trying to decide how to proceed on sidewalk maintenance and repair. City code makes sidewalk repair and maintenance the responsibility of the property owner abutting the sidewalk.

In addition, since 2001 the city has a resolution that sets aside $10,000 per year to assist property owners with sidewalk repair, maintenance or replacement. Standard practice, however, has been for the city public works crews use the $10,000 allocation to address sidewalk issues.

But, of course, this is contrary to city code, which makes sidewalk repair the responsibility of property owners. Each spring, public works receives numerous requests for repair of trip hazards, broken pavement, loose pavers, etc. of city walks adjoining businesses and residences.

"The fact of the matter is we do have this code in place. We have a resolution for this program. Right now, we are not enforcing the code, but we are taking care of the problems ourselves," said Joel Walinski, Leavenworth city administrator, at the March 10 city council study session. "We either need to remove and rework that code or go back to the practice of enforcement on property owners to take care of their sidewalk."

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Cascade Medical Foundation sets lofty goal for 2015
With new board members, a new foundation director and new energy, the Cascade Medical Foundation is aiming big for 2015.

Having raised $1.3 million over the past 20 years, the foundation now has the lofty goal of raising $150,000 over the next year to pay for a new ambulance. Typically, the foundation would spread such a large amount over two or three years, but Foundation President Ken West said they are hoping to do it in one year.

"Our big goal would be to try and get enough in a year to do it. They have to get an ambulance, one way or another. Our goal is to try and pay for it. We have some members on the board that dream big. It is cool to see that energy," West said. "It usually has been two years. We probably can't do this in a year, but it would sure be nice to."

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Local dog, Idgie, heads to AKC National Agility Championship
Leavenworth resident Frank Fuhrer-Juvet and his border collie, Idgie, have qualified for the American Kennel Club National Agility Championships in Reno, Nevada this week.

The competition involves dogs running, off leash, through a series of obstacles as fast as possible, with no mistakes. The agility competitions started in England in the late '70s and has grown to become a popular in the United States.

Fuhrer-Juvet has been involved with dog competitions for about five years. He and wife Adele had a pair of border collies previously, but were never involved in competitions. It wasn't until they got Idgie that they decided to give agility competitions a try.

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Segway Tours could be coming to Leavenworth
Local businessman Dale Day wants to establish Segway Tours in Leavenworth. Segway, if you are not familiar, have been around for several years, and are unique electric personal transportation devices.

Day, a former Leavenworth City Councilman, forwarded his proposal to the city Parks Committee, since he planned to use city parks for his historical tours of Leavenworth. But the Parks Committee rejected the idea.

That prompted Day to come before the council at the Feb. 24 meeting to further explain and clarify his intentions for the Segway Tours. That motivated the council to discuss the matter further at the March 10 study session.

Prior to the study session, Day took the mayor and several council members on a Segway tour, to give them a better idea what he was proposing and the impacts. City Administrator Joel Walinski said there are two questions regarding the proposal.

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Autumn Leaf Festival Association asks the city for additional funding
In an effort to revitalize Leavenworth's oldest festival, the Autumn Leaf Festival Association is considering many avenues to increase the funding. Annually, the city of Leavenworth has given the festival $15,300 for operations.

Now, ALFA is asking the city for $20,000 more.

"The funding request is a new approach we really should have been thinking about years ago and really never did," said Bill Forhan, Leavenworth Echo Publisher, and ALFA member at the March 10 city council study session. "It's great to have volunteers, but when you ask as much of the Autumn Leaf people as we have, you are going to run into this brick wall at some point. The brick wall is we are asking every one of those volunteers to reach into their personal wallet to represent this town all over the state."

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