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Dawn Soles as she appeared after testifying during the Bernard Swaim murder trial in early September. (Photo by Gary Bégin/NCW Media)
  Dawn Soles was sentenced to five years probation and time served, plus three more weeks in jail during a sentencing hearing in Chelan Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 5. Her sentence was handed down for whatever part she may have played in the disappearance of Cashmere resident Stephen Smith in 1982...

Author Deb Cuyle writes about the haunted history of many of the familiar buildings in Leavenworth. (Cover photo submitted)
  A new book by Deborah Cuyle explores the ghosts of Leavenworth and the Cascade Foothills. Cuyle previously wrote a book called, Haunted Snohomish. She wanted to focus on Leavenworth for her next book because it is one her favorite little towns.  “It just kind of snowballed from my Snohomish book...

A view of the Jack Creek Fire during it’s peak over the summer. (File photo)
  Due to decreased risk to public the Jack Creek Fire closure area will be reduced to allow access to recreational areas. As of Sept. 27, the Colchuck Lake, Meadow Creek, Snowall, Blackjack Ridge, Jack Ridge and Trout Lake trails will open. Eightmile and Stuart Lake permit zones will remain closed...
  Over the years, the Leavenworth City Council has debated the issues related to having connections to city water that are outside the city limits. Once again, the issue was discussed at the Sept. 12 study session as part of the discussion on water system policy.  City Public Works Director Herb...

This newly discovered plant only grows on steep slopes in the mountains outside of Leavenworth. It is up to two feet tall, with dusky yellow flowers that bloom in large compound umbrellas. (Photo submitted by Forrest Nichols)
  A new species of plant has been discovered in the mountains outside Leavenworth. Field biologist Mark Darrach has discovered a new species of vascular plant that is new to science. The plant is a member of the genus Lomatium in the plant family Apiaceae. It is in the same family as many well-...
  It may seem odd that the city of Leavenworth’s 2017 Comprehensive plan update for transportation relies on 2008, but it actually makes a great deal of sense. At the Sept. 26 Leavenworth City Council meeting, Development Director Nathan Pate presented the 2017 Comprehensive Plan update for...
  Despite having questions about a new “tourism factor” incorporated into their fees, the Leavenworth City Council approved, at their Sept. 26 meeting, an interlocal agreement with the Chelan County Solid and Hazardous Waste program.  The council requested Councilwoman Margaret Neighbors, the...
  Campfire restrictions have been reduced on national forest lands in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties. Campfire restrictions remain in effect for national forest lands in Okanogan County where less rain has been received. This means that forest visitors can once again enjoy campfires in...

This picture of the fire was taken from Cascade Hatchery. (Photo submitted by Nick Koston, Pathways intern with USFWS.)
  In August 2015, Yakama Nation Fisheries helped rescue Leavenworth Chinook salmon from high summer heat. Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery was able to return the favor this week, as coho salmon from Cascade Salmon Hatchery were brought here to safe haven from the Eagle Creek fire in Oregon....

Concerns surrounding the Pinegrass subdivision have the city council seeking more information before making a decision.
  In order to move ahead with the Pinegrass subdivision project off Pine Street, city officials allowed them to proceed only if they bring the sidewalk, pathway and road up to the standards of the future plans for Pine Street.  Just eyeballing, it really looks pretty nice, but that doesn’t tell the...

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