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Crystal Smith
  When Stephen Smith went missing in 1982, Crystal Smith was only two years old. Allegedly, the reason Smith was murdered was so the mother, Dawn Soles, could get custody of Crystal. After Stephen Smith went missing, Soles and her then husband, Bernard Swaim, the alleged murderer, moved Crystal to...
  By Ian Dunn Editor   At the Feb. 28 Leavenworth City Council meeting, the NCW United group urged the council to pass a “Welcoming City” resolution. After that, the council talked about the pros and cons of such a resolution at their city council retreat on March 24. Ultimately, the council...
  After conducting a community poll to choose a design for the new skatepark, the Leavenworth City Council has selected the “moon boot” design. The poll was primarily on Facebook, but there were also ballot boxes placed at local schools. Three designs were developed by the skatepark designer and...
  After more than a year of seeking public input, Chelan County PUD Commissioners have finally settled on the site for a new Leavenworth substation, on property owned by Upper Valley MEND, near Club West off Titus Road. The PUD calls this site 14. Another site nearby, site 8A, will be kept as a...

This Moon Boot design was the favorite of those who voted in a poll on Facebook. The Leavenworth City Council is considering the design for the new skatepark, which is to be located in Enchantment Park. The hope is to construct the park this year. (Courtesy city of Leavenworth)
  In order to come to a decision on a skatepark design, the city’s Skatepark Committee decided to conduct a poll on Facebook. The city advertised on March 23 that from March 27-31, people could vote on their favorite design, the peanut bowl, the open faced bowl and the moon boot bowl. The poll was...
  Street repair projects are planned for the city of Leavenworth this summer. At the March 28 Leavenworth City Council meeting, the council approved going out to bid on two street projects in the city, on Commercial Street, from 3rd Street to Joseph, and on Whitman Street, from Ski Hill Drive to...

Many generations of Volga German families typically show up at the seminars conducted by Concordia University. A Volga German seminar celebrating the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the Volga German colonies is coming to Leavenworth later this month. (Photo submitted by Tanya Bushnell)
  For the past several years, the Concordia University Center for Volga German Studies has held a seminar in Leavenworth. Another seminar celebrating 250 years of Volga German heritage will take place on April 26-28 in Leavenworth at the Icicle Inn. From 1764 to 1772, 106 German colonies were...
  Chelan PUD is known for asking its customers their opinion on a wide variety of issues and new electric meters is no different. Even though the PUD already has some 16,000 digital, one-way meters that allow meter readers to “drive by” and do meter reads, the utility wants to take technology one...

Detective Josh Mathena
  Part 2 of 2   At the conclusion of their Feb. 16, 2017 interview with Dawn Soles, she asked the investigators if they could help her, because she said “I need help.” The next day, Detective Josh Mathena spoke with Stephen Smith’s former roommate, Derek Weldon, currently a resident of New York...
  Annually, the Leavenworth City Council sets aside $10,000 in lodging tax funds to award to new festivals or events, with the hope of drawing more people to town, especially during the slower months. Some years, the competition for those dollars has been quite competitive. This year, only three...

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