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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...

Matthew L. Folden ( Facebook photo)
  A 31-year old Peshastin native was shot and killed by police on July 27 in Wenatchee. Matthew L. Folden, who was living in Wenatchee, was shot three times and later died at Central Washington Hospital.  According to Wenatchee Police, a 911 call was received by RiverCom shortly after 10 p.m....

The benefit for Matt Folden was held last week at Der Hinterhof in Leavenworth. Around 200 people attended. The event raised $2,500 for the family. (Photo courtesy of John Hensley)
  Around 200 people gathered on Aug. 2 at Der Hinterhof in Leavenworth to remember Matt Folden and raise money for his family. According to organizers, $2,500 was raised through the event, which included live music, a raffle and beer sales.  Many at the benefit shared their thoughts about Matt and...
  Voters in Chelan County Fire District 3 have approved a levy increase. The Aug. 1 election results showed 78 percent voting in favor of the measure. Chelan County Fire District 3 Chief Kelly O’Brien was very thankful.  “We’re very appreciative of the voting public that came out and supported us...

Upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant and the city collection system are expected to be around $13 million. (File photo)
  Another step in the process to upgrade the Leavenworth wastewater treatment plan took place on July 11 at a public hearing which was conducted primarily to comply with the requirements of the loan to the city.  City Administrator Joel Walinski said this is one of the requirements of the Rural...
  The Public Works Department at the city of Leavenworth has gone high tech with a new smart phone based system that tracks a variety of work related issues. Public Works Director Herb Amick briefed the city council on the system at the June 13 study session.  The Mobile 311 company approached the...

Tubers are coming down the Icicle Creek and Wenatchee River in record numbers this year. Due to the high water conditions, there have been a quite a few rescues of tubers floating past the checkpoint at Barn Beach. (Photo by Ian Dunn)
  Rescues on the Wenatchee River are up this year thanks to a dangerous combination of conditions. Because of the increased snow levels, there has been high, swift water in the river for much later in the season.  Cascade Medical EMT Lester Stoltz, who also serves on the Chelan County Swift Water...

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