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home : premium content January 16, 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.


Cybersecurity briefing given to Chelan PUD
PUD commissioners were briefed on the district's comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, based on industry principles and guidance and a strong "defense in depth" approach by Information Technology Director Greg Larsen during the first meeting of the new year.
Larsen told the gathered officials, including newly installed Commissioner Steve McKenna, that the Chelan PUD belonged to several industry groups that shared information vis-a-vis cybersecurity threats, defense mechanisms and reaction to same.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Grace Lutheran Pastor Alex Schmidt to retire
Grace Lutheran Pastor Alex Schmidt, 69, is retiring after serving as a clergyman for 32 years, including four years as a missionary. His decision to retire came from "a constellation of things."
"In consultation with trusted friends and my own sense of life, I began considering this, not just what is good for me, but also what might be good for the congregation, new vision, new philosophy of ministry, new energy, new ideas," Schmidt said.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get ready for some chilly fun with the Bavarian Ice Fest
The annual Bavarian Ice Fest is on tap for this weekend in downtown Leavenworth. Thousands are expected to descend upon the Bavarian Village for some frosty fun. All the standard games are in place for the upcoming event, said Jared Drozdowski, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce events coordinator.
"We start with the registration of all the families. Folks come down and sign up for the game or activity of their choice on Saturday," Drozdowski said. "Snow sculptures will start at 9 a.m. and run all day. We have a snowball toss activity. Ice Fishing. Kids crafts will be at the Obertal Inn. Ice Carving starts that day. We have two professional ice carvers in the downtown park from noon to 4 p.m."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chelan PUD Commissioners McKenna, Congdon sworn-in
New Chelan County PUD Commissioner Steve McKenna and re-elected Commissioner Ann Congdon were sworn into office last week by Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore.
PUD Commissioners Steve McKenna and Ann Congdon took their oath of office on Jan. 3, 2017. McKenna, who lives in Leavenworth, was elected in November to the four-year, at-large District A position, previously held by Carnan Bergren. Congdon, of Manson, was re-elected to her third, six-year term as the District 3 representative.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Empty Bowls Glazing Days at Sleeping Lady Resort to begin
Help feed our hungry, strengthen community and celebrate the arts through the Leavenworth Empty Bowls Festival. Come glaze a bowl with your friends, family and community members this year in the Woodpecker Room at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Paint your own design on a bowl hand-thrown by local potters, then pick up your finished bowl at the community soup supper on Thursday, March 23 at the Leavenworth Festhalle.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Funding approved for full-time school resource officer
The Leavenworth City Council, at their Dec. 13 meeting, approved funding to help pay for a full-time school resource officer in the Cascade School District. Currently, a school resource officer is shared between Cascade and Cashmere.
In order to increase the funding for the resource officer, the council had to amend the inter-local agreement between Chelan County and the city of Leavenworth.
The inter-local agreement, which runs 2014-2017, has been amended once before, for overtime officers. This was the second amendment to the agreement.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Plans moving forward for the new Willkommen Village
At the Dec. 13 city council study session, City Development Manager Nathan Pate, said construction on the new Willkommen Village should start in spring. Pate said the developer must provide the infrastructure to support their development.
The new road to be constructed behind Safeway to the new entrance to the KOA, just stops, Pate said.
"There is a gap where it stops and where it could, should connect to the River Bend Drive. The developer is not obligated to pay for those improvements," Pate said. "This portion of the right-of-way will not have a street that connects. They are responsible for the portion that serves their property. The city doesn't have any mechanism to mandate that connection."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Foundation commemorates founder Jim Adamson
Family members of the late Jim Adamson gathered in front of Cascade Medical, where the Cascade Medical Foundation dedicated a plaque in his honor.
"It's beautiful," said Carol Adamson, Jim Adamson's widow. He passed away in February 2015. "He would have been so honored and humbled by the presentation."
Adamson was one of the founding members of the Cascade Medical Foundation and served as president for 16 years. Established in 1992, the nonprofit has raised more than $1 million for Cascade Medical Center, including the purchase of an ambulance in 2015, the clinic expansion in 2012, digital mammography in 2009, the aquatic therapy pool in 2008 and a CT scanner in 2004. He was instrumental in every fundraising campaign and helped create the Foundation's most successful event, the Leavenworth Golf Classic, which is held every June.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Team Naturaleza given award from Bureau of Land Management
A Wenatchee-area coalition that is using innovative ways to engage Latino communities in natural science education has received a Bureau of Land Management 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Ron Dunton, Acting Director for BLM's Oregon/Washington State Region, recognized the efforts of Team Naturelaza, a partnership between public agencies, individuals, and organizations that encourages Spanish-speakers to recreate outdoors on public lands and enjoy informal natural science education.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Free snowshoe tours offered at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Free guided snowshoe tours are provided at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, all equipment provided. In January, tours are available most Fridays at 1 p.m. and on weekends at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. And in February, weekend tours continue through the 19th.
"We had to stop giving tours last year because we didn't have enough staff," said Julia Pinnix, Information and Education Manager. "But this year, we have our new Park Ranger and an Americorps volunteer, and we've borrowed staff from the Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Leavenworth teen accused of stabbing a woman in Wenatchee
A 17-year old Leavenworth teen is being held on charges he stabbed a woman on Dec. 26 in Wenatchee as she crossed from East Wenatchee into Wenatchee, according to the Wenatchee Police Department. The incident took place at 12:58 p.m., when police officers received a call that a stabbing occurred on the footbridge, which crosses the Columbia River.
The victim was a 29-year old Portland woman who was jogging along the west side of the footbridge. The youth was allegedly standing at the end of the footbridge. As the victim ran by, the teen ran after her with a knife.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Public comments sought on new comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan
Chelan County's Flood Control Zone District is asking the public to comment on its recently completed draft Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan.
When approved later this year, the new plan will serve as the guiding principles for the district, formed in 2014.
"The draft plan is a result of working for 18 months with a group of county-wide stakeholders," said Eric Pierson, county engineer for Chelan County Public Works. "When completed, the plan will provide the framework for how our county makes decisions, now and into the future, about flood hazard mitigation."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition holds Business Resiliency Workshop
How would your business recover from a natural disaster? That was the main thrust of the Business Resiliency Workshop held Nov. 9 in downtown Leavenworth. The event was sponsored by the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition.
Chumstick Coalition Executive Director, Hilary Lundgren, said her organization primarily collaborates on fuels reduction projects for community members. As well, they work with individuals, business owners and governments on projects.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hawkins, Steele, Condotta briefed by Chelan PUD staff
Three newly elected officials were given a briefing Monday, Dec. 12 by Chelan PUD staff at its headquarters in Wenatchee as they prepare to do "battle" in Olympia on behalf of the 12th District which they represent.
State Senator Brad Hawkins and State Representatives Mike Steele and Cary Condotta heard from Chelan PUD External Affairs Manager Shaun Seaman and General Manager Steve Wright about the current and upcoming issues that concern their utility and, generally speaking, utilities statewide. The men prepared a "top 10 list" of specific concerns, which included pole attachments, fuel mixture disclosure, fire liability, hydraulic project approval fees and aquatic invasive species among other things.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cascade Medical raises the alarm about the dangers of sledding
Certainly, when considering the dangers of various snow sports, sledding would appear to be near the bottom of the list. However, that is not the case, according to emergency doctors at Cascade Medical in Leavenworth.
As it turns out, sledding related injuries are very common.
"This past weekend, I saw multiple fractures from sledding. I think it is one of the more dangerous, because one does not have control. That is the problem," said Cascade Medical Emergency Room Doctor Emily Johnston.
If you are skiing or snowboarding, you have ways to control your descent, Johnston said.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

M&O/Tech-Safety levy set for Feb. 14 ballot
The Cascade School Board, at the Dec. 12 meeting, approved both a Maintenance and Operations Levy and a Technology-Safety Levy. The school board voted unanimously for the M&O levy, but the vote for the Technology-Safety Levy was 4-1, with Board Member Jennifer Pickel voting against.
Both items will appear on the Feb. 14 ballot.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

East Wenatchee man buys old Scamahorn barn
The old Scamahorn barn off Pine Street in Leavenworth is moving to a new home after 90 years. East Wenatchee excavation contractor, Byron Lott, is planning to disassemble the barn and move it to his property.
The barn and surrounding property is owned by the Cascade School District, which was planning to demolish the barn to make way for the new school and play fields.
"I am actually the one that started the whole process. I was up doing an excavation job on the LDS Church next door. I found they had a land use action posted up on the property. I actually tracked down the school district from that about a year ago," Lott said. "I talked to them. They said they planned on demoing everything. I said, you can't do that. It is a beautiful barn. I told them, I could take it from them and save some money on a demo."
Lott figured the demo would cost between $15,000 and $20,000. After talking it over, the school district finally put the barn out for bid about a month ago. Lott bid on it along with a couple other people.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Munly named general manager at LWSC
Former local bike shop owner James Munly is taking over as general manager at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. He takes over for Mark Milliette, who has retired, but is still helping out.
Munly has worked in the ski industry for 25 years.
"I have a pretty good background. I'm really passionate about the Ski Hill and what an amazing facility that is and what an amazing opportunity everyone in Leavenworth has. The opportunity to be involved and carry the torch into the future is a great opportunity for me. I feel great to be involved," Munly said.
The bike shop, Das Rad Haus, was seasonal for him over the 16 years he owned it. It has been taken over by Arlberg Sports. That freed Munly up to become more involved in the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Panda logo winner, Stefan Zucktreigel, visits China
Cascade High School junior Stefan Zucktreigel last April won a logo contest. He created a logo for the Washington Panda Foundation. The Foundation conducted a contest for high school, middle school and elementary students.
Stefan was the high school winner. His logo was chosen from over 300 entries. His logo was developed on the computer, while the other two winners developed their logos by hand.
All the winners received a free trip to China. When it came time for the trip in October, Stefan and his mother were the only ones going.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Leavenworth woman wins on local Price is Right show
Kathryn Garcia had no plans to attend the Price is Right at the Town Toyota Center the evening of Dec. 4. The Leavenworth native, who now lives in Wenatchee, was planning to watch the Seahawk game on TV.
Then, her daughter won tickets to the Price is Right show on the radio. So, she was persuaded by her daughter to attend the show.
"We stood in line for two hours in 34 degrees. We went in and registered. I put my name in the bucket," Garcia said.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Council declares Front Street property surplus
After much debate, the Leavenworth City Council has declared surplus a city owned piece of property off Front Street, adjacent to the P2 parking lot. The city has owned the land since completing a purchase of the old warehouse property several years ago.
Businessmen Jeff Soehren and Oliver Brulotte own the abutting piece of property. They asked the city to consider surplusing its property in order to "square up" their parcel, making it better for development.
At the Dec. 13 city council meeting, a resolution was brought before the council to declare the 7,250 square feet of property surplus.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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