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Prey receives DAR award for his flag display
Photo by Ian Dunn
The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored local business owner Rudy Prey Jr. for the exemplary display of a large flag, located at Prey's Fruit Barn, just outside Leavenworth on U.S. Highway 2. Originally erected by Rudy Prey, Sr., the 30x50 flag has flown over Prey's Fruit Barn since 1964. Pictured, from left, DAR member Bobbi Ferg, Rudy Prey Jr. and Karen Brown, vice regent, John Kendrick Chapter, DAR.
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Fireworks and dry forests are bad combination on July 4th weekend
Every year, Forest Service officials sound the alarm about keeping fireworks out of the national forests. And as the the July 4th weekend approaches, officials from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are again reminding the public that fireworks are illegal in the national forest.

"Its unfortunate, we tell people every year that fireworks in the forest are illegal. Folks continue to bring those to the forest," said Robin DeMario, public information officer, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. "We just have to repeat that message every year, that fireworks are illegal in the national forest and will be confiscated if they are found."

The use of exploding targets was banned last year in national forests in Oregon and Washington. These targets have been associated with at least five wildfires on national forest lands since 2012, resulting in more than 15,600 acres burned and $30 million in suppression costs, according to a June 25 USFS news release.

Forest Service personnel will be on lookout for fireworks in the national forest.

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Chelan County Fire District 3 begins mountain bike rescue program
With the growing popularity of mountain biking and the increasing prevalence trails in the Leavenworth area, Chelan County Fire District 3 is starting a new type of rescue program.

The fire district will use mountain bikes as part of their efforts to more quickly get to injured bikers on the trails.

"What we've seen over the past few years with the increase in the trails and mountain biking activity in our area, we believe this might be a need to get medically trained personnel on the scene quicker than hiking into them as we do now," said Kelly O'Brien, CCFD3 chief. "What we are looking at doing is a program working cooperatively with the Sheriff's Office. Right now, we are just getting started so it is right on the cusp of starting. We are putting together some training and some mountain bikes."

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Commissioners to delay Peshastin Creek-Ingalls Creek Bridge project
After bids came in 97 percent over budget, Chelan County Commissioners have decided to delay the Peshastin Creek-Ingalls Bridge deck project. The engineers estimate was around $150,000 while the lowest bid on the project was $288,000. The project was to be completed over the summer months.

There are number of reasons for the vastly elevated bid on the project. Perhaps first and foremost is the fact this project was initially paired with a similar project on the Wenatchee River Bridge in Plain. The two projects had to be separated when it was decided to delay the Plain project until 2015.

"The reason we originally designed the deck program is to have those two together to decrease mobilization costs and line items that discount a project. Because of the feedback we received on the Wenatchee River Bridge, we moved that but still wanted to get the Peshastin-Ingalls Bridge done if we could," said Lauren Loebsack, public information officer, Chelan County Public Works, "The moment we opened the bid, we knew what had happened. So we have to go to doing it together with the Wenatchee River Bridge."

Because of the issues with the Wenatchee River Bridge at Plain, Loebsack said that delayed the bids on the Peshastin-Ingalls Bridge project, which also likely raised the bids.

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Portion of Peshastin mill property sold to trail group
The Port of Chelan County has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the Complete the Loop Coalition for 14 acres of waterfront along the Peshastin Mill Property. The Port owns 61 acres of property that was once part of the mill there.

The agreement would include a boundary line adjustment to separate the property. There would be shared road access along with covenants and restrictions to permanently preserve the waterfront for public access and recreation.

"We are fulfilling a commitment to preserve public access to the river. That was probably number one. Number two was to recover some of the investment in the property. The benefit of that property being set aside will extend beyond Chelan County. Other people will use it," said Mark Urdahl, Port executive director. "Since Chelan County taxpayers paid for the property, we felt it was appropriate that Chelan County taxpayers be compensated rather than a gift or conservation easement."

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Community Solar Project now being installed at Icicle River Middle School
The Community Solar Project, which was nearly dead in the water six months ago, is now being installed on the roof of Icicle River Middle School. The idea for the project came last fall, as part of the Earth Stewardship Group with the Faith Lutheran Church in Leavenworth.

One of the group members, Barbara Rossing, told the group about a solar project on her home, where she receives incentive payments from the state. Her idea was to do a community solar project, using the same state program.

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