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  Cascade Medical will save taxpayers more than $1 million by refinancing a series of bonds at a lower interest rate.  The bonds, issued in 2005 and 2006, paid for the renovation and expansion of Cascade Medical. Voters supported the $8.8 million project with more than 70 percent approval. “We had...

The Jack Creek Fire continues to burn in the Alpine Lake Wilderness. You can see a spot fire burning. (Photos courtesy USFS)
  On Sept. 1, the Jack Creek Fire, burning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, put up a considerable column of smoke, visible from Leavenworth. The fire had been burning for about three weeks sitting dormant before burning into more combustible fuels.  Low humidity levels and high temperatures also...

Rescuers are taking a break after the rescue. From left, Adam Vognild, Mike McLeod, and Chris Fezer. (Photo submitted by Adam Vognild)
  Adam Vognild, a member of the Chelan County Mountain Rescue Association, has been on a number of mountains rescues, but none quite like this one. On Sept. 1, a report came into the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 8:38 p.m. there were two missing climbers on Dragontail Peak, which is about 11...

Dawn Soles consults with her lawyer Keith Howard Sept. 13 in Chelan Superior Court. (Photo by Gary Bégin/NCW Media)
  Dawn Soles of Leavenworth pled guilty Wed., Sept. 13 to “rendering criminal assistance” in the first degree, a Class B felony, in the 35-year-old case of the disappearance of Cashmere’s Stephen Smith. Soles’ plea was in front of visiting Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz who made...

This water bottle filling station is located outside the restrooms on Front Street. The filling station has been a collaboration of the Earth Stewardship Group at Faith Lutheran Church, the city of Leavenworth, and Leavenworth Recycles. ( Photo submitted by Lisa Therrell)
  Downtown Leavenworth has a gleaming new Elkay water bottle filling station, that also doubles as a drinking fountain. Located outside the restrooms on Front Street, the filling station has been a collaboration of the Earth Stewardship Group at Faith Lutheran Church, the city of Leavenworth, and...

Here is a view of the Icicle Bridge. Icicle Road neighbors are concerned about the speed of cars crossing the bridge. (Photo submitted by Mary Carol Nelson)
  A small group of Icicle Valley residents is working hard with Chelan County Public Works to bring about safety improvements that address speeding and other safety concerns on the Icicle Road, including a narrow bridge over the Wenatchee River. The group is also raising funds for safety...

Judge Lesley Allan reads the “not guilty” verdict as defendant Swaim, left, and his lawyer Yedinak stand and listen. (Gary Bégin/NCW Media)
  It took the seven women, five man jury slightly more than two hours to reach a verdict of not guilty in the Bernard “Bernie” Swaim first degree murder case concluded here Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m. Swaim was accused of killing Stephen Smith of Cashmere in 1982, but the case “went cold” for...

Matt Folden
  The North Central Washington Investigation Unit has announced it has nearly completed the investigation into the July 27, 2017 officer involved shooting of Matt Folden at Albertson’s in Wenatchee.  According to a Sept. 5 news release, the unit has been able to establish a timeline in the events...
  The local Amberleaf Theater presents yet another fun farce this year. This time, the theatrical group is spoofing the recent sci-fi hit, Westworld with Leavenworld. Writer-Director Briar Hoper said the play features plenty of song, dance and comedy.  “People come to Leavenworld to have the...
The 9/11 Spirit of America Foundation will host its Annual Remembrance Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial located at Riverside Park, Cashmere. The principal speaker for the ceremony will be retired USAF Major General Frank Scoggins who was the Commander of the...

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