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Injured climbers rescued on Mount Stuart

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Two climbers from the west side had to be rescued by helicopter after falling 800-1,000 feet on Mount Stuart.
Two climbers were rescued last week after falling at Mount Stuart. On Feb. 16, Eddie Mcfarland, 28, of Seattle and Eric Stricker, 29, of Bainbridge Island were ascending the northeast face Mount Stuart, which is 12 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

According to a Rich Magnason with the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Mcfarland lost his footing and fell. That caused the anchor points for both Mcfarland and Stricker to come loose and they slid 800 to 1,000 feet down the mountain before coming to rest on a glacier.

Both men were injured in the fall. Mcfarland suffered a fractured femur, while Stricker had head and neck injuries. "At approximately 10 a.m., the RiverCom dispatch center received a call from the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), advising that an emergency beacon had been activated on Mount Stuart," Magnussen said. "Chelan County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue coordinators responded and were eventually able to make phone contact with the victims."

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Leavenworth Women's Exchange, 30 years old and still going strong
In March of 1985, a group of 20 women held a meeting at the old Tyrol in Leavenworth, calling themselves Leavenworth Professional Women. Since then, the group became known as the Leavenworth Women's Exchange.

And this year, the group is celebrating 30 years. Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar was the vice president of the first LWE Board. She remembers how the group came about. She was having lunch with her mother, Louise Kelley, and Janet Motteler, bemoaning the fact the only women's club available were service clubs.

"We were all working women and wanted to have a meeting where we could network and invite other working women in the community to join us, get to know each other and have fun and enjoy what many of the men's clubs did," Farivar said. "Back those days, Rotary did not allow women. Kiwanis had a secondary organization for wives, but that was not what we were looking for. Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis were all men's organizations."

Farivar has been a member of the group throughout the 30 years, except for a brief stint when she worked in Wenatchee.

"I think it has been great. It is not a service club, so we didn't do service projects or anything of that nature. We did a scholarship one year. We provided a scholarship to a young women doing something in business," Farivar said. "I think it solidified some relationships with business women and working women, both for me and others. I wouldn't have gotten to know Janet Motteler. She was a friend of my mom, but I got to know her so much better."

Claire Burlingame is a longtime LWE boardmember. The group initially changed its name because that really didn't describe what it was about. Burlingame said they are not a fundraising group.

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Leavenworth Golf Club hires new pro, David Naboychik
After the unexpected departure of club pro Val Patrick, the Leavenworth Golf Club has hired Detroit native David Naboychik as the new pro. Naboychik, 35, had interviewed for the job two years ago when Patrick was hired.

At the time, the club interviewed five people for the job. It came down to Patrick and Naboychik.

"We made the decision to go with Val. We could have gone either way on that. We liked both people very well," Mike McNeilly, LGC Board president. "When Val decided to not return, I called him right away and asked if he would be interested in the job, and he was."

One of the things that stood about Naboychik was the fact he had trained at one of the best facilities in the country, Broadmoor Golf Resort in Colorado Springs.

"That is one of the most high end golf courses on the planet. They train their guys really well. Pro shop is different than a lot of jobs in the business. You have to know it all to run a pro shop," McNeilly said. "He has a lot of good experience."

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Wildlife agents kill cougar after dog attacked on Prowell Road
Agents with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife were forced to kill a cougar after it attacked a dog on Prowell Road, outside of Leavenworth. At dusk on Feb. 17, WDFW Agent Danyl Klump said a homeowner noticed their small dog barking at a cougar.

Once the cougar snatched the dog, the homeowner started yelling and the big cat dropped it. Klump said that is when he received a call from the homeowner.

"They were on the way to the vet to have their dog looked at. The dog is alive and should be making a full recovery," Klump said. "I told the property owners we would be there the first thing this morning."

On Feb. 18, Klump said and WDFW Biologist Rich Beausoleil arrived at the scene. The cougar came out of the bushes and ran along the Icicle Creek. Dogs were released and the cougar was treed about 100 yards away.

Klump said they were getting ready to tranquilize the cougar when it started showing signs of being antsy, like it was going to jump out of the tree.

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School Board debates merits of the mid-winter break
A continuing discussion about the school calendar recently prompted a discussion about the merits of the mid-winter break. At the Feb. 9 Cascade School Board meeting, board member Cindy Puckett wondered if the mid-winter break was in place, so students could attend state basketball.

"That is not for basketball state. That is a true mid-winter break. It does not have anything to do with school sports," said Board President Carrie Sorensen. "From what I remember from our community, because we are so tourist heavy with business, February is actually a time where families can get away for a break. We can't in December often. Spring Break is hard to travel because its so expensive."

Mid-winter break is pretty common on the west side of the state, said Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker, but not here on the east side. He said Cascade is one of the only districts he knows of with a mid-winter break.

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City moves to establish snow plow policy
In response to frequent public complaints about snow plowing, the city of Leavenworth has established a snow plow policy. Public Works Director Herb Amick said they wanted to provide guidelines for the most severe storms, so they came up with a stated goal, general considerations and standards.

Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar said nearly every council member has had at least one call from a resident unhappy about something regarding snow.

"That is the purpose of this policy. One of the major things when I was first on the city council, I got calls about, why are they plowing out the businesses first? Well, they weren't," Farivar said, at the Feb. 10 study session. "The perception is, if my street isn't getting plowed, somebody else is, and that leaves me in the lurch. Having a policy that explains how we do this and why we do this, and having this map."

The policy will be posted on the website, so city residents can be directed there, Farivar said, so they will understand exactly how the snow is plowed.

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