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Apple City Roller Derby opens season
Apple City Roller Derby opens season
Photo by Ian Dunn
Apple City Roller Derby opened their season in the Leavenworth Festahlle last Saturday with the annual Bavarian Bruisefest Tournament. Apple City made it to the final where they faced Snake Pit of Idaho, a team they had not beaten previously. The Snake Pit Derby Dames pulled ahead early in the final match and won 220-123 over ACRD.


Council encourages county to work with marijuana growers and processors
In response to Chelan County's proposed ban on marijuana producers and processors, the Leavenworth City Council voted, at the Jan. 26 meeting, to encourage the county to try and mitigate the issues before implementing any kind of ban.
"The county, through their processes, found the production and processing have significant impact to neighborhoods, surrounding neighbors, property owners and the region. They want to process a ban," said Leavenworth Development Manager Nathan Pate. "For tonight, what we are asking is for the council's opinion for feedback because it does affect the urban growth area. Without a ban, in theory, any portion of the county, including the UGA, could receive a permit for processing and production."
Councilman Elmer Larsen said he read the article in the paper about the issue and was disturbed.
"It bothered me in that they said you can do it, grow, and people have spent $1 million or more. Then they say, we didn't think ahead about the ramifications therefore we are going to ban it and in two years your business goes away no matter how much money you've spent," Larsen said. "Keith (Goehner, county commissioner) said we go through this all the time with orchards. But that is like saying the pesticide you are putting on stinks, therefore you can't have an orchard."
Larsen's preference was to send the county a letter recommending the planning commission work with growers and processors to develop some mitigation. Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar pointed out that marijuana growing licenses are only for one year at a time.

Friday, February 5, 2016


Cascade girls seeking improvement game to game
Though Cascade was able to improve its offensive attack, they still had trouble getting over the hump for that elusive second victory of the season. On Jan. 26, the Kodiaks continued league play with a home game against Omak.
The Kodiaks were crushed by Omak in their first meeting on Jan. 15, 72-27. But they played much better in the rematch, losing 50-36.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Kodiaks upend Omak, but fall to Sultan, Chelan
As the season winds down, the Cascade Kodiaks are still looking for that consistent play that help them advance in the postseason. They have the size down low, with 6-foot-6 Jaxon Watson and 6-foot-5 Spencer Flodin, some key role players and a bevy a guys that can knock down threes.
All the ingredients for success would seem to be there, but up to this point, the Kodiaks have not been able to play up to their potential on a consistent basis. Heading into the final couple weeks of the regular season, Cascade sits in second place at 3-3 in league play and 6-11 overall. Cashmere leads at 5-0, 11-5. Chelan is third at 2-4, 4-11 and Omak last at 1-4, 6-10.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Frustration, disappointment seen in Legislature's teacher-compensation bills
OLYMPIA - Testifiers praised bipartisan work, but "disappointment" and "frustration" frequented their statements at the first hearings for Senate and House bills that address teacher compensation in the 2016 state legislative session.
Teacher compensation is a part of basic education, which must be fully funded by 2018 under the Washington State Supreme Court's McCleary decision. The court determined local tax levies have paid teacher salaries, which the justices found to be unconstitutional. Since August, the court has held the state in contempt for not producing plans to fully fund basic education from a reliable resource. That order carries a $100,000 per day penalty until the court's mandate is fulfilled.
"The apple gets bigger and the bite you're going to take next year is going to be bigger than, probably, if you would have done it a year ago." said Alan Burke, executive director of the Washington State School Directors Association, during testimony. "The politics are very difficult, but the reality is it's going to be incredibly challenging to try to take care of the entire levy-compensation issue in one year."

Friday, February 5, 2016

Teachers' pay, school districts' special levies questioned in House education bill
OLYMPIA - Monday the Washington House of Representatives passed a bill 64-34 that would create a group to produce recommendations for retaining and fully compensating teachers, as required by the Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary mandate.
That Supreme Court decision found the state was not meeting its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. Since September 2014 the court has held the state in contempt for failing to produce plans to accomplish this task, and in August last year issued a $100,000 per day penalty for failing to comply with its order. Basic education must be fully funded by 2018.
The Supreme Court includes teacher compensation as a component of basic education and found that local tax levy funds, which the court considers unreliable for sustained financial resources, have paid for parts of teacher compensation that should have been paid by the state.
"This is acknowledging that the current system is broken, that the current system is unconstitutional," Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, said on the floor. "We are affirming our commitment to put an end to that."
"We believe...that we have set our benchmarks, that we have fulfilled our obligation to the state of the Washington, to the people of Washington, and to the children of our state," said Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes. "I believe that this is our biggest hurdle. I believe that we can come together."
HB 2366 establishes a task force that, with the help of a consultant, would produce for the next legislative session recommendations to fully fund teacher pay. The bill also requires action to eliminate school districts' reliance on local tax levies by the end of the 2017 session.

Friday, February 5, 2016

County proposes banning marijuana growing, processing
he Chelan County Planning Commission is holding a public hearing tonight on a staff proposal to completely ban marijuana growing and processing operations in the county. The proposal gives current grow and processing operations a year to close down.
The hearing is part of the commission's regular meeting that starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Chelan County Administrative Building, 400 Douglas St., Wenatchee. The tentative hearing time is 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Forum lets high-density power users share their side of the story
Bitcoin miners, server farms and landlords who have spent millions prepping buildings to accommodate high-density power users are getting an opportunity to make their case about the public benefits of the industry at a Feb. 3 community forum.
Criticism of the high-density load (HDL) power users includes concerns that server farms and bitcoin miners provide relatively few jobs to offset the costs of tying up power that could be sold on the market or used by other industries that would produce more jobs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Leavenworth Resettles
Over the past year, especially in these recent months, our media sources have flooded us with images of refugees fleeing their homelands, seeking shelter in Europe. Who has not been impacted on some level by the photos of desperate individuals, families, children, who have etched upon their faces the incredible hardships of their perilous journey and the trauma of that which had caused them to escape?
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kodiak grapplers earn victory over Cashmere
t was another busy week for the Cascade Kodiak wrestling team, with two double-dual matches and a tournament. On Jan. 20, the Kodiaks wrestled against Okanogan and Tonasket in Cashmere.
The Kodiaks lost to Tonasket 48-12, and Okanogan 39-21.
"We had six matches against Tonasket, and won only one of them. Tre Smith pinned Garret Thomas on the second round. The other six points that we scored were from forfeits. Most of the points Tonasket scored were also from forfeits," said Jesus Sandoval, Cascade head coach. "We wrestled five varsity matches against Tonasket and won two of them. The remainder of the points were scored by forfeits."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Shorthanded Kodiaks struggle against Cashmere, Chelan, Naches Valley
It was a tough week for the Cascade Kodiaks girls' basketball with lopsided losses to Chelan, Naches Valley and Cashmere. On Jan. 19, the Kodiaks fell at Chelan 69-12.
"The girls came out more aggressive on offense and took it to Chelan to draw some fouls and get us to the free throw line. We put up plenty of shots but nothing dropped. We couldn't get a basket to save our life," said Erica Bland, Cascade head coach. "When the shots aren't falling, we have to step it up on defense which we lagged a little. They just ran us and got a lot of easy lay-in buckets."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kodiaks starting to pick up momentum as postseason approaches
The Cascade Kodiaks were riding a four game win streak into their game against Cashmere last Saturday in Cashmere. Even though they came up short against the Bulldogs, the Kodiaks are definitely a team on the rise as the regular season comes to close.
On Jan. 19, Cascade scored a huge road win at Chelan 46-37. It was their first victory at Chelan since 2012.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Upper Valley MEND, city officials working to try and save Meadowlark project
Officials from Upper Valley MEND and the city of Leavenworth have working to try and save the Meadowlark affordable housing development. MEND is trying to find ways to make up for a $2 million shortfall on the project.
On Jan. 12, MEND sent a proposal to the city suggesting ways to cut $796,000 from the project cost through various concessions from the city.
"One of the tougher issues for the city is some of the things they are asking the city for, talking to our city attorney, the city council does not have the authority to do. That is not saying the city is not willing to explore those areas," said Joel Walinski, Leavenworth city administrator. "It's not a matter of the city council having a meeting and saying, we are going to go ahead and do this."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

City Council settles on names for Meadowlark streets
Even though Meadowlark is still an open question, the Leavenworth City Council has settled on some street names for the area, off Titus Road. At the Jan. 12 city council meeting, City Development Services Manager, Nathan Pate, said the applicant, Upper Valley MEND, has suggested three names for the roads C, D and E.
"The applicant has a recommendation of Meadowlark Street, Rock Wren Street and Finch Street. This has already been processed through RiverCom as acceptable names. No conflicts as well as being clear to speak through the radio," Pate said. "We do have some names as alternatives, Raven, Gold Finch and Skylark."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snow plowing and snow storage posing problems for city crews
While the massive amounts of snow this winter season has been a boon to recreation, it has also been problematic for the city of Leavenworth, which must clear the snow off city streets. With amount of snow that has fallen, City Administrator Joel Walinski said they now running out of room to store the snow.
"We're going to have to start looking at the WSDOT lot and it is filling up. That is just from the snow we collect along Highway 2 to keep the sidewalks open. That's where we put that snow. Those big piles there at the WSDOT," Walinski said.
The WSDOT plows U.S. Highway 2 off to the edges. The city plows the sidewalks along the highway, the ridge between the sidewalk and the road. That snow is being taken to the WSDOT lot at the west end of town.
In terms of plowing the city streets, Walinski said that is a tough question because he knows there are a number of people out there than would say it hasn't gone very well.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Empty Bowls Glazing Days begins Friday
The annual Empty Bowls Festival kicks off Friday, Jan. 22 at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Glazing Days begins the series of events. For five days, the community is invited to come together to paint bowls, fundraising for Upper Valley MEND's Community Cupboard food bank in the process.
"This has always been sort of a 'secret' festival, planned for a quiet time of year when its easy to attract lots of locals," said Lisa Therrell, Empty Bowls Committee chair. Hundreds of tickets sell every year, with a full house enjoying a soup supper together. This year is even more special. "We are very excited to be celebrating the 20th year of the Leavenworth Empty Bowls Festival," said Therrell.

Monday, January 25, 2016

City Council approves $1.6 million Chumstick Trail, water-sewer line project
At one time, the Chumstick Trail, water-sewer line project was seen as the first step toward construction of the proposed Meadowlark affordable housing project. But now, with the Meadowlark project in jeopardy, the city is still pressing ahead with the Chumstick Trail, water-sewer project because it benefits the city, paving the way for future development on the property, off Titus Road in Leavenworth.
At the Jan. 12 Leavenworth City Council meeting, City Administrator Joel Walinski told the council the lift station portion of the project had been removed. He said they could not find a vendor that manufacturers lift stations with American certified steel, a requirement of the federal grant funding the project.
"We need to leave that piece of the project out. That was recommended by the WSDOT to move the project forward. We do expect to come back next January to ask for authorization for that bid," Walinski said.
Also invited to the meeting was Larry Cordes with Pace Engineers, the lead consulting engineers for the Chumstick Trail, water-sewer line project. He was there primarily to help bring the new council members up to speed.
Cordes said preparing for the presentation was easy because he did the same one in April of 2014.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Kodiaks earn win over Cashmere
The Cascade wrestling team travelled to Tonasket last Saturday for the annual Apple Pie Tournament. Kodiak Head Coach Jesus Sandoval said it was a very tough tournament with three of the top 2B schools represented, Tonasket, Warden and Reardan. Chewelah represented one of the best 1B schools in the state.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cascade girls win first game of the season
The Cascade Kodiaks girls' basketball team picked up their first win of the season on Jan. 13 over visiting Wahluke. The Kodiaks led the whole way to seal the victory 46-30.
"It wasn't a pretty win but we will take it. We came off a hard fought battle with Cashmere and our defense showed that our legs were tired and fortunately for us Wahluke didn't capitalize on our struggling defense. Our offense tonight attacked hard and had some double digits for the girls, which is awesome." said Cascade Head Coach Erica Bland.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kodiaks pick up wins against Wahluke, Omak
It was the best week of the season for the Cascade Kodiaks to date. The Kodiaks picked up wins against Wahluke and Omak, but dropped their league opener to Cashmere. With the win over Omak, Cascade improved to 1-1 in league play and 3-8 overall.
Last Friday, junior guard Wyatt Guthrie had a career night in a 64-47 road win at Omak. Guthrie finished with a game high 33 points, including going 8-for-10 on threes. Cascade Head Coach Micah Rieke said Guthrie was definitely in the zone.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Council approves new rate and fee schedule for 2016
At their final meeting of 2015 on Dec. 8, the Leavenworth City Council approved a new rate and fee schedule for the city.
"We've had a number of conversations about the rate and fee schedule," said Joel Walinski, Leavenworth City administrator. "Primarily, a lot of that discussion has been on the utility rates. At the last city council study session, we had a discussion on what that rate increase might look like."
That rate increase for water is 2 percent, which increases the average utility bill $1.16 for those on a 3/4 meter. Those on a larger meter will see a slightly higher increase. This would bring the current base rate for residential homes within city limits with water, sewer, stormwater and garbage to $142.82.
Another fee relates to businesses that haven't installed the required grease trap.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Plans moving forward on two new U.S. Hwy. 2 crosswalks
Two U.S. Highway 2 crosswalks in Leavenworth could finally become a reality in 2016. One crosswalk would be located near the Link Park and Ride, while the other would be located by Gustavs.
The city council, at their Nov. 24 meeting, approved a consultant agreement with TD&H Engineering to handle the construction and engineering requirements for the crosswalks. A grant for the project was awarded last year.
"The first step in this process is to get under contract with TD&H to move forward on the crosswalks. We did have a request for proposals put out. The Public Works Committee did review those. Then, Herb (Amick, public works director) and I interviewed the top two consultants selected," Walinski said. "TD&H actually helped us put together the grant, so it is not surprising they would have the best insight on how the project should be done."
The crosswalks will include LED flashers, along with some ADA ramps. The flashers will be hardwired, rather than using solar power, Walinski said.
"We haven't had good, consistent performance with the solar ones, because of the time of year and the cooler weather. There is about two weeks during the winter when the flashers are questionable. That's why we decided to hardwire these," he said.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


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