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Kaylin Bettinger is the executive director of Upper Valley MEND. (File photo)
  Part two of two   The Leavenworth City Council accepted the recommendations of the Housing Affordability Task Force, at the Aug. 8 city council meeting. Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar formed the ad hoc Housing Affordability Committee in April of 2016. The committee was tasked with evaluating program...
  The Leavenworth City Council received a bit of good news on the upcoming wastewater treatment plant project. The city has applied for money from Rural Development. The application was for $13.9 million for plant and wastewater system upgrades.  “We did find out yesterday that the state RD office...

The air quality monitor in Leavenworth was malfunctioning during the recent smoke event.
  During the recent smoke episode, which impacted the entire state, the air quality monitor in Leavenworth was not functioning properly. First, the monitor was reading that the smoke condition was not as bad as it actually was. Then, monitor was reading the smoke condition was worse than it...

More than 100 students and their families lined up for free sports physicals, provided by more than two dozen volunteers from Cascade Medical and Cascade School District on Aug. 1. (Photo submitted by Rachel Hansen)
  More than 100 students and their families lined up for free sports physicals, provided by more than two dozen volunteers from Cascade Medical and Cascade School District on Aug. 1. The free service saved local families a collective $3,200, and also gave students a chance to talk one-on-one with...
Today's total eclipse as viewed through our telescope in Baker City, Oregon today. This was just past totality.  

Mayor Farivar speaks before a tri-commission meeting last year on the topic of affordable housing. (File photo)
  Part one of two   The Leavenworth City Council is considering the recommendations of the Housing Affordability Task Force. Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar formed the ad hoc Housing Affordability Committee in April of 2016. The committee was tasked with evaluating programs and initiatives to produce...

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett said he cannot make an exception for Leavenworth on the cost of service. (File photo)
  The pressure is on the Leavenworth City Council to do something with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Contract. As usual, city officials are struggling with the cost of the contract. The contract put forth by the Sheriff’s Office is four years, with an average increase of 3.47 percent annually over...

Two climbers were rescued from Mount Stuart last week. One was critically injured and was flown directly to Harborview in Seattle. The other hiker was also flown out, mainly because he was an inexperienced climber. (Photo submitted by Jeff Paton)
  Two climbers were rescued from Mount Stuart after a fall last week. The two men were climbing the mountain on Sunday, Aug. 6, when one man fell as the boulder he was leaning against broke free. He was ascending the West Ridge route of the mountain, which is approximately 8,500 feet.  Tim Pate, 64...
  Due to worsening fire conditions and continued hot and dry weather, expanded campfire restrictions went into effect on Aug. 4. Under the expanded campfire restrictions, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, and use of charcoal briquette barbecues, Tiki torches, and other devices...

The boat launch at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is closed. Local operators may not drop of paying clients to use the boat launch unless they have a permit to do so. While the boat launch is closed for good reasons, there are still people who abuse the privilege, according to hatchery officials. (Photo submitted by Julia Pinnix)
  The boat launch at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is closed for the season, as it is every year when water levels drop in Icicle Creek. Although private parties may still walk in to use the launch, hatchery staff are concerned about damage to fish habitat. Steelhead, coho, and spring Chinook...

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