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Leavenworth Earth Day 2016
Leavenworth Earth Day 2016
Photo by Ian Dunn
Sunny weather greeted those attending the annual Earth Day Fair at Leavenworth's Lions Club Park last Sunday. Many groups and organizations were represented.


Rich Brinkman to fill empty council seat
Rich Brinkman.
Rich Brinkman.
After interviewing six candidates, the Leavenworth City Council selected former city administrator Rich Brinkman as a new councilman to fill the seat vacated by Michael Molohon, but it was not a unanimous decision. There were originally seven candidates for the seat, but Sharon Waters dropped out, citing health reasons. Each candidate sent a letter of interest, then filled out a supplemental questionnaire.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Mayor to form Ad Hoc committee to study affordable housing
In the wake of Upper Valley MEND stepping away from Meadowlark, Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar is moving forward on establishing a task force to study housing affordability in town.
At the April 12 Leavenworth City Council study session, Farivar said the ad hoc committee would have around 10 people with representation from city council, city administration, the affordable housing community, builders and realtors.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Council passes on Reppas annexation request
Normally, annexations are welcomed by the city, but not in this case. The annexation petition of Chuck Reppas was unique, in that he was not requesting annexation because he needed city services like water and sewer.
"As far as the utilities, our sewer and water is fine. We actually have a shared well with four of the lot owners. As Nate (Pate, city development manager) said, it is quite a distance to bring utilities to the site. It really is prohibitively expensive for us to consider bringing utilities to the site," Reppas told the council, at the April 12 city council meeting. "We would be glad to be part of an LID sometime in the future as the other neighbors wanted to consider annexation."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Council approves contractor for Chumstick Trail, water and sewer project
The Leavenworth City Council, at the April 12 city council meeting, approved the selection of a contractor for the Chumstick Trail, water and sewer project. Advantage Dirt Contractors, Inc. was the low bid in the amount of $780,899.
There was an additional $121,233 necessary for the project, said Herb Amick, Leavenworth public works director. The additional money was for construction engineering, testing, observation and a PUD pole relocation.
The pole relocation costs $78,917, while the additional water and sewer cost is $56,978.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vowing 'bipartisanship while keeping his core values'
For Gebbers Farms executive Jon Wyss, wanting to replace the longtime incumbent Linda Evans-Parlette as the new senator from Washington's 12th District, is a natural culmination of his life's work thus far.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Resource damage in the Enchantments spurs new group
New and significant resource damage to the Enchantment Lakes basin has spurred the creation of a new group, Friends of Enchantments, to help protect the fragile, iconic landscape in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
The Friends of Enchantments formed after several long-time backpackers in the area were stunned last fall with the amount of trail damage from even the previous year. The damage, accompanying a spike in day use, includes widened trails, steep cuts across switchback corners, and new side trails off and along the main through-trail, sometimes three paths side-by-side and at least one sandy swath dozens of feet wide.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cascade Medical, Molina sign Marketplace agreement
Cascade Medical is now accepting the Molina Marketplace insurance plan after several months of contract negotiations with Molina.
"We pursued this contract in the best interest of our patients," said Jim Hopkins, Chief Financial Officer at Cascade Medical. "Whenever there is an opportunity to become more accessible for people in the community and lower their out-of-pocket costs, we're going to do that."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cascade soccer team continues to play well against tough competition
It was a showdown with the Kodiaks for first place in the Caribou Trail League. They two squads did not disappoint.
"We knew Chelan was a tough team. They have been one of the top programs in the state over the last five or more years. We were going to have out hands full, but we were confident," said Cascade Head Coach Pete Spiegel.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Leavenworth Mountain Association hosts the annual Icicle Canyon clean-up
Join Leavenworth Mountain Association for the annual Icicle Canyon Cleanup on Saturday, April 23, 5.7 miles up Icicle Road on the right. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to take part in making our beloved Icicle Canyon a cleaner place. Participants will be dispersed to various parts of the canyon to pick up trash and debris. Pack gloves, water, snacks, warm layers and sunscreen so you are prepared for a variety of weather.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Judge denies injunction against Projekt Bayern
The lawsuit against Projekt Bayern began April 15 with a hearing in Chelan County Superior Court over a preliminary injunction. Steve DeMarest, Arlene Wagner and Katie Holmes filed suit against Projekt Bayern after Wagner and Demarest were targeted for termination by the Projekt Bayern board.
The issue before the court last Friday was whether or not to grant the preliminary injunction, which would prevent Projekt Bayern from proceeding with the termination hearings scheduled against DeMarest and Wagner. Holmes was called before the PB Board to discuss her membership.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Seven apply for open council seat
When the deadline for applications passed on Tuesday, April 12, it was announced that seven people had applied for the open seat on the Leavenworth City Council. The opening was created when longtime councilman Michael Molohon unexpectedly resigned his seat mid-term.
The seven vying for the position are Rich Brinkman, John Bangsund, Sharon Waters, Robes Parris, Gary Thebault, Joel Martinez and Jason Lundgren.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Council approves beer tents at Mai Fest
By a 5-1 vote, the Leavenworth City Council approved beer tents at the upcoming Mai Fest. The vote came at the April 12 city council meeting. The topic was debated at the April 12 study session. City Administrator Joel Walinski explained that city code prohibits the use and sale of alcohol in city parks.
Although, there is some latitude within the code in regards to Front Street Park. In the past, it has been used for the Gluvein tent during Christmas Lighting. Washington State Code prohibits public consumption of alcohol.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Army Corps of Engineers to tour Pine Street site in early May
Cascade School District officials are delaying excavation on the Pine Street site until they hear back from the Army Corps of Engineers on whether or not the site is a wetland. At the April 11 Cascade School Board meeting, Construction Liaison John Henri said the Corps is going to tour the site the first week of May.
In the meantime, Henri said they have been touring sites within the city that could be used for wetlands mitigation in the unlikely case the Corps rules Pine Street is a wetland.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Council discusses options for replacing the skate park
As part of construction this summer to remodel Cascade High School, the skate park at the east end of the parking lot will be demolished. Since the skate park was built with state grant money, there are some issues with demolishing the park.
This was discussed at the April 12 city council study session.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Weak market prompts early school bond sale
The initial plan was to sell Cascade School bonds at three separate times, in June 2015, in December 2016 and December 2017. These plans have changed since the market is so weak, but that is good news for the school district and taxpayers.
"We're actually moving forward with an opportunity for a sale to be done on May 4, with a closing on June 1," Cascade School District Business Manager Dwight Remick, told the Cascade School Board at the April 11 meeting.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Judge denies injunction against Projekt Bayern
The lawsuit against Projekt Bayern began April 15 with a hearing in Chelan County Superior Court over a preliminary injunction. Steve DeMarest, Arlene Wagner and Katie Holmes filed suit against Projekt Bayern after Wagner and Demarest were targeted for termination by the Projekt Bayern board.
The issue before the court last Friday was whether or not to grant the preliminary injunction, which would prevent Projekt Bayern from proceeding with the termination hearings scheduled against DeMarest and Wagner. Holmes was called before the PB Board to discuss her membership.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Motsenbocker wants Cascade school buses to use Tumwater Canyon
For 51 years, school buses from Leavenworth and later Cascade have not been able to transport students through Tumwater Canyon, while at the same time, school buses from any other school district can freely travel this same route.
When Bill Motsenbocker was hired as superintendent a year-and-a-half ago, he knew nothing of this Tumwater restriction. Even though he was from Wenatchee, this particular limitation was not known to him.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Earth Day project seeks to encourage bike riding to school
Cascade High School Student Body President Joseph Winters wants to share his love for biking with the entire school. He's the founder of Bike Leavenworth, which sought to reward locals who rode their bikes to work.
He said they were thinking about some way to promote sustainability during Earth Day week, which is the last week in April.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Insurance issue left some without coverage at Cascade Medical
In June of 2015, Cascade Medical received communication from insurer Molina Healthcare. Cascade Medical knows Molina well. This is a company that covers about 90 percent of Medicaid patients.
Molina is one of the largest carriers of Medicaid in the state. Cascade Medical knew of them, but not the new commercial plan they were set to offer, Molina Marketplace.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Leavenworth City Council allows bid to move forward on Meadowlark infrastructure project
The Meadowlark affordable housing project appears to hanging on a very thin thread, but this is nothing new. Last week, the Leavenworth City Council voted to suspend their financial policy and development agreement to allow a bid to move forward on the Meadowlark infrastructure.
Without this, the entire project would have been dead in the water. Even though this move did not put the city at any financial risk, it did come with considerable, sometimes terse, discussions between city officials and Upper Valley MEND.
The bulk of the discussion came at the Tuesday, March 8 Leavenworth City Council study session. City and MEND officials had met a couple of times as a workgroup to work through the issues, in particular to allow the phase one water and sewer onsite project out to bid.
A $750,000 Community Development Block Grant or CDBG has been secured for the project. However, the stipulation is that 30 affordable homes be constructed. City Administrator Joel Walinski said they have been in contact with the Department of Commerce on this particular stipulation.
"It sounds like they're willing to provide us with a waiver so that number can be reduced to 22 homes. That would be the national standard requirement that has to be met," Walinski said. "That changes the timeline, although we did get an extension to November, 2019. They are willing to have some flexibility on that timeline ..... the city would still be the one responsible for the 22 homes."
That is the risk of expending all the CDBG funds on this project, Walinski said. The engineers have estimated the entire project would cost about $1 million, due to possible cost overruns and the city's 15 percent contingency. So now there is a $250,000 shortfall on the project.

Friday, March 18, 2016

City ramps up parking enforcement in town
The city is ready to crack down on illegal parking in town. At their Tuesday, March 8 meeting, the Leavenworth City Council voted to amend the Leavenworth Municipal Code to allow Pacific Patrol Services to enforce civil parking issues in town.
The Chelan County Sheriff's Office will continue to handle violations of the Revised Code of Washington or RCWs.
"The idea here is to manage parking better in town so that it enhances the pedestrian experience. Managed parking means more parking. If you park like a rodeo town, it doesn't work," said Joel Walinski, Leavenworth city administrator, at that same meeting. "Even in the rodeo towns, they manage their parking. What this ordinance does is allow us to use parking infractions for those items."
Councilman Bob Francis, a former Chelan County Sheriff's deputy, suggested managing the loading zones, like in front of the gazebo.
He said people park there on a regular basis.
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Friday, March 18, 2016


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