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32 year old climber from Seattle falls to his death on Mount Stuart.
A 32-year old climber from Seattle was killed due to a fall at Mount Stuart near Leavenworth. Varun Sadavarte fell several hundred feet while descending Mount Stuart just before noon on Sunday, June 24. Sadavarte was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a call...

The Leavenworth City Council is planning to meet with festival heads after proposed ordinance that would regulate festival activities was brought up for first reading on June 26,
City officials have decided to seek further input before moving forward with a new festival permit ordinance. The matter had been discussed by the council on more than one occasion without much fanfare. When the matter came before the council for a first reading on June 26, there was some...

Mark and Gabrielle John of Hayden, Idaho
Mark, 58, and Gabrielle, 47, John of Hayden, Idaho were visiting Leavenworth for the first time on June 21. They arrived at the World Mark property near Enchantment Park about 7 p.m. The person at the front desk told them not to deal with the downtown parking, instead just take the nearby trail...

Ward's family members, from left, Jim Ward Jr., Wilda Ward, Denise Ward, Lona Parton. Wilda and Denise are holding a picture of the late Jim Ward Sr.
Founder Jim Ward opened Wards Funeral Chapel in 1970 in Leavenworth. After Ward passed away unexpectedly in 2008, the family continued to operate the business for the next 10 years, not really knowing what the founder may have wanted. Now, the family has decided to close the doors on Wards Funeral...

The council is looking for places in town to add additional bike racks, like this one next to Icicle Brewery.
Finding a solution for the employee parking was one of the big issues identified in the recent parking study. It was stated that a solution to the employee parking issue must be solved first, because the majority of downtown parking spots are occupied by downtown employees. At the June 12 city...

Members of the NCW Forest Health Collaborative tour a forest health project in the Chumstick area on June 7.
The North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative celebrated their five year anniversary at the Chelan County Fire District 3 station in Leavenworth on June 6. Lloyd McGee, the Washington Forest Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy, is the co-chair of the collaborative. “I have been...
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...

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