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  Officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have decided to cancel the spring chinook salmon fishery on Icicle Creek for 2017. WDFW District 7 Fish Biologist Travis Maitland said forecast for the season was not too bad initially, though it was definitely on the low end.   “Some...

Work on the Skatepark got underway on May 1, 2016 by Grindline Skateparks, Inc in Enchantment Park. The construction period is expected to take approximately 2 months. Funding for the base project is $175,000 shared between the City of Leavenworth and Cascade School District. The skateboard community is looking for in-kind materials and additional funding to add a number of enhancements to the park, those interested in donating can get more information at http://leavenworthskatepark.info. Pictured, from left, Tim Dougherty, Councilwoman Mia Bretz, Councilwoman Gretchen Wearne, Councilman Elmer Larsen, Councilwoman Carolyn Wilson, Councilwoman Margaret Neighbors, Councilwoman Sharon Waters, City Administrator Joel Walinski, Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar. (Photo submitted by Joel Walinski)
  No question, the new Leavenworth skatepark is on the fast track. Work has already begun on the new park, which is located at Enchantment Park, near the pump track. Leavenworth City Administrator Joel Walinski said the contractor, Grindline Inc., was able to start sooner than expected.  “They...
  New electronic parking meters have been installed at two more parking lots downtown. This prompted a discussion by the Leavenworth City Council at the May 9 study session. The pay stations at the Festhalle (P3) and old warehouse (P2) are changing from cash only to electronic debit/credit stations...

Dane Peterson (Rachel Hansen photo)
  By Dane Peterson, DPT Physical Therapist   An abundance of trails are open for hiking season in the Upper Valley, inviting residents and visitors to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the area. Hiking is a terrific way to spend a day with friends or family, take in new scenery, breathe fresh air,...

The fire spread rapidly due to high winds. (Kiffin Fishburne photo)
Fire broke out at Spromberg Canyon near Leavenworth this afternoon. As of 5 p.m., the fire was approximately 40 acres. There are Level 3 evacuations from Sunitsch Canyon to Eagle Creek and all Spromberg Canyon. Spotting remains a concern. Fire has spotted across Chumstick Highway, adjacent from...
  It started with the NCW United recommending the city council to pass a “Welcoming City” resolution. On March 24, the council discussed the matter at their retreat. While the council decided against becoming a “sanctuary city,” Councilman Rich Brinkman offered to write a Statement of Intolerance...
  In somewhat of a twist in the PUD substation location process, it was announced last week the PUD had reached agreement with John and Wendy Fishburne to buy their property, which sits on the intersection of North Road and Chumstick Highway, for $450,000. This property was not actively being...

The new Leavenworth Community Farmer’s Market Board includes, from left, Hana Butler (Market Manager), Nadine Witkowski, Jessica Kendall, Tara Walter-Waugh (Board Vice President), Eron Drew (Board Treasurer), Jenny Bourgeois (Board President), Laura Lentz, Ellie Chikkaraju (SNAP Coordinator); Not pictured: Jamie Poe (Board Secretary). (Photo submitted by Jenny Bourgeois)
  The need to save money and provide leadership transition are the primary reasons for eliminating the Saturday public day at the Salmon Fest this year. Corky Broaddus, who helped begin Salmon Fest 27 years ago, said there needs to be a change in staff and organization.  “We want to create an...

This year, the Salmon Festival will only include the kids’ days on Thursday and Friday, and not public day on Saturday. In order to save money and provide a transition for new leadership, it was decided to eliminate the Saturday public event, just for this year. (File photo)
  The need to save money and provide leadership transition are the primary reasons for eliminating the Saturday public day at the Salmon Fest this year. Corky Broaddus, who helped begin Salmon Fest 27 years ago, said there needs to be a change in staff and organization.  “We want to create an...
  The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive started in 1991. It was an effort between the Postmaster General of the United States and two unions that represent many postal workers, the AFL-CIO and the NALC. Local Food Drive spokeswoman Pam Long, said they’ve...

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