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Mudslides strand dozens up Icicle Road

LEAVENWORTH — About 30 people remained stranded Saturday morning up Icicle Road after a series of mudslides clogged the roadway mid-morning Friday. “Luckily, no one is injured or in distress,” said Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett. “A Medivac helicopter is on alert in case a medical emergency occurs.”

Chiwawa River Road closed due to washout

LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chiwawa River Road is washed out and impassable to vehicles out at Finner Creek, about a mile south of Finner Creek Campground on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The road is open to the end of the pavement, and the washout will delay reopening of the road beyond there, said Forest Service spokesman Roland Giller.

Snowshoer on his way to Holden is found

LAKE WENATCHEE — A missing snowshoer, who was headed to Holden Village, was found about 9 a.m. today. He was trapped on a ledge near Spider Gap, at an elevation of about 6,700 feet, said Lt. Maria Agnew with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. A helicopter crew spotted him. Ezra Thompson, 21, of Paynesville, Minn., appeared to be in good physical condition, Agnew said. County officials are activating a high-angle rope team and are seeking help from a winch-capable helicopter to rescue Thompson.

Trail of the week: Try this kid-friendly hike near Lake Wenatchee

Prepare a picnic basket, bring binoculars and a pocket naturalist trail guide to enjoy a quick yet leisurely family getaway with the young ones to an easily accessed lovely little lake. Access: From Leavenworth, go west on Highway 2, turn right at Coles Corner onto County Road 207. Turn onto the Cedar Brae Road (south shore of Lake Wenatchee), and travel approximately 4.5 miles, look for the trailhead parking lot.
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Mudslide survivor ‘lucky’ to be alive

CONCONULLY — On Friday, two Okanogan friends were still deciding what to do this weekend after their best-laid plans for Memorial Day went terribly awry. Bryan Smith feels lucky to be alive after a mass of mud, rocks, water and logs chased him a quarter-mile down a twisty Forest Service road Wednesday evening. He was driving his pickup in reverse with a 35-foot trailer hitched to it at the time.

It’s gonna be a rainy weekend

WENATCHEE — There is a 100 percent chance of rain both days this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. A flood warning remains in effect for small streams in Chelan and Okanogan counties, due to expected heavy rain and rapid snowmelt.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest projects up for review

WENATCHEE — The Resource Advisory Committee for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on Tuesday will review 14 projects in Chelan County seeking funds through a federal program. Made up of community members from a four-county area with different interests, the committee will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at U.S. Forest Service headquarters office, 215 Melody Lane in Wenatchee. The public is welcome.

Volunteers needed for Camp Zanika cleanup on Saturday

LAKE WENATCHEE — Camp Zanika near Lake Wenatchee will hold its annual spring cleanup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed for work inside the cabins and outside. Lunch will be provided, along with coffee and muffins in the morning. Anyone interested in volunteering should bring gloves and rakes.

Cougar sightings up, bear calls begin

CASHMERE — Residents in the Wenatchee Valley are reporting more cougar sightings this spring, and also starting to see bears in the Leavenworth area looking for food, said state Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Doug Ward. Ward said his officers are getting about five calls per week from people who’ve seen a cougar — some of them close to communities — including one Wednesday of a cougar sitting on a rock on the hillside near Rusty’s Drive-In in Cashmere.
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Tables serve up a lifetime of memories

Something new is cooking at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp. That “something” is a collection of 15 new tables inlaid with historical photos from recent summers as well as summers long past. Built by Grahame Watson of Plain, the tables and benches were modeled after similar tables featured at the Old Mill Café, a new restaurant in Plain that Grahame also built.

Hit the ‘Lake’

If you are like me and start to lose focus or daydream of making the perfect ‘bottom turn’ whenever leaves begin rustling in the wind, then you should know about Lake Wenatchee. Prior to moving back to our valley many years ago, I was wearing out my car and my wife’s patience with endless road trips to Hood River to go windsurfing. The Columbia Gorge offers up some of the best wind-sport opportunities in the world but in some respects, Lake Wenatchee is even better. Why? Well, you won’t have ...

Lake Wenatchee’s forest office to close permanently this year

LAKE WENATCHEE — The U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Wenatchee office — which has operated on a limited basis since 2005 — is closing permanently to the public this year. “This was a very difficult decision,” acting Ranger Maureen Hanson said in a Friday news release. “But the location of the administrative office is ‘off the beaten track’ and with current budget limitations it is not viable.”

People calling 911 will have to provide addresses during upgrade

WENATCHEE — Officials with the RiverCom dispatch center say they expect no problems when they upgrade the 911 phone system early Tuesday morning. Millie Tirapelle, RiverCom director, said the upgrade will happen between midnight Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. The public still will be able to call 911 but the dispatcher will not be able to map where the caller is calling from, and the caller’s address will not be displayed. At all other times, an address is displayed with the call.
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Attack leaves victim extra cautious

LAKE WENATCHEE — After he was attacked and nearly killed by a black bear last fall, John Chelminiak made a few changes at his Lake Wenatchee cabin. He and his wife, Lynn Semler, put away the bird feeder at their Leavenworth-area vacation home. They used to keep a garbage can under the porch when it was empty. Now it’s always inside, empty or full.

Icicle Road opened farther upstream

LEAVENWORTH — Debris-covered Icicle Road is now open farther upstream, allowing more access to hiking and rock-climbing areas. Forest Service crews moved a road block, which had been set up 1.8 miles upstream from the Snow Lakes Trailhead, said Forest Service spokesman Roland Giller. The road has been closed since a March 31 rock and mud slide.

Forest Service increases cabin fees

WENATCHEE — People who have cabins on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest can expect to see an increase in their permit fees beginning next year. The Forest Service reappraised cabins owned by private residents with permits to use national forest property, and announced last week it was sending new fee determinations to owners, including about 150 in Chelan and Okanogan counties.

Burning scheduled on Wenatchee River district

LEAVENWORTH — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest plans to burn 572 acres in the Blewett Pass and Lake Wenatchee areas over the next few weeks. Locations in the Blewett Pass area include a mile up the paved portion of Camas Road off the Tip Top Road system, and the Mill Creek area off Mount Home Road.

Highway 2 cleared, but more wind and wet weather expected

LEAVENWORTH — Highway 2 near the summit of Stevens Pass reopened for passenger vehicles at about 5 p.m. Friday. Road crews cleared the last of a snow slide that had covered the four-lane highway since Thursday morning. The highway remained closed to trucks that are more than 10,000 pounds, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation.

Icicle Creek, other Forest Service roads closed

LEAVENWORTH — A landslide pushed trees, boulders and mud onto the recently repaired Icicle Creek Road, closing the road and leaving some residents without vehicle access to their homes, said Roland Giller, spokesman for the Okanogan-National Forest. Several other Forest Service roads that usually open to vehicle traffic today remain closed due to snow and mud.