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Leavenworth city officials are crafting new permits for festivals, which asks more of the applicant. The council discussed the issue at the June 12 study session. City Administrator Joel Walinski brought back a revised ordinance for council review. “There were questions about some kind of estimate...

This is a view along the new Zelt Strasse, which will connect Ward Strasse to River Bend Drive.
The new owners of the KOA in Leavenworth, Recreational Adventures Co., has been busy building a new road, along with making necessary improvements to sewer and water. They are also making some improvements to the park to go along with all the changes. Al Johnson, the executive vice president of...

Dan's Food Market owner Eric Worthen stands in front the new Tesla charging station in Leavenworth.
For Dan’s Food Market owner Eric Worthen, developing a Tesla charging station on his vacant property next to the store was the farthest from his mind. The dirt parking lot was used for overflow parking at the market, but also used for festival and weekend parking. One day, someone knocked his...
The Leavenworth Echo is offering a new subscription program designed to help a local charity develop a sustainable income to maintain opeations. Upper Valley MEND - Meeting Every Need with Dignity - operates the community cupboard, thrift store and provides assistance with medical issues to those...
The Leavenworth City Council appears to be getting closer to approving temporary parking lots in the commercial zones of the city. It was first brought up at a city council study session. The discussion continued at the May 22 city council meeting. “We were able to study this one more because it...
Proposals for boosting streamflows and improving water resources in the Icicle Creek Watershed are moving forward after years of collaboration by stakeholders. Water availability in the Icicle is tight especially when fish and irrigators need it most. Projects and actions for the Icicle Creek...
In response to the Trump Administration’s tariffs on aluminum and steel, Mexico announced last week that effective immediately imports of apples from the U.S. would be subject to a retaliatory tariff of 20 percent. Under WTO rules, countries hit with unilateral tariffs are allowed to levy tariffs...

LWFR Chief Mick Lamar responds to the recent article in the Echo about the Hill Street group forming an LLC.
The number of residents and the demand for fire and rescue services has grown dramatically over the last ten years and is expected to grow even faster in the future. Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue’s existing facilities will not be adequate to handle the projected growth. As a result, LWFR began...

The new HAWK crosswalks would be at city hall and outside Gustavs. A flasher crosswalk will be installs the Link Transit station area.
Three crosswalk projects planned for this summer will cost $622,453. Two of the crosswalks will the be the HAWK (High-Intensity-Activated-crossWalk) system, which connects the crosswalks to the signal lights. One HAWK will be placed outside city hall, replacing the current flashers. The other HAWK...
Big buses idling for hours on local streets are about to become a thing of the past. City officials are taking steps to crack down on vehicle idling in neighborhoods. “During the study session, a concern was raised about buses idling in the residential neighborhoods. Staff was looking at our...

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