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Pumpkin Spice challenge

Leavenworth, that bastion of all things Bavarian and winner of oodles of awards for tourist town phenomena, is on track to maybe win another coveted prize: First city in the nation to have Pumpkin Spice Latte available at its Starbucks!

Stand Down offers free goods and service for vets

Military veterans are invited to the Wenatchee Veterans Stand Down from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory, 1230 Fifth St., next to Wenatchee Valley College.

Rescuers searching for missing Seattle man

LEAVENWORTH — A helicopter and ground crews are launching a search near Poe Mountain on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest this morning for a Seattle man who didn’t show up for work on Monday. Authorities received a call shortly after 7 a.m., and a Chelan County Sheriff’s deputy located his vehicle near the Little Wenatchee Ridge trailhead, said chief of administration John Wisemore.

Cashmere, Leavenworth want more say in law enforcement

Cashmere and Leavenworth aren’t being overcharged on their law enforcement contract with Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, a consultant hired by the cities says. And it would likely cost them much more to start a police department of their own. But how do the two cities get the level of public safety they need for what they’re paying?

Return to Chatter Creek

Betty Caulfield didn’t know if she’d ever return to the old ranger station that was her home for 19 summers. It’s been her goal for the past five years to return to Chatter Creek for a 20th season, maybe more, but nature and time seemed to be working against her.

Veterans to cycle through Wenatchee Friday

WENATCHEE — Five U.S. veterans will pedal their way through the Wenatchee Valley Friday and Saturday on their way across America to raise awareness about the needs of other returning veterans.

Hills come alive again

The cast of this year’s rendition of “The Sound of Music” in Leavenworth performs their last dress rehearsal Thursday night at the amphitheater above the ski hill. With mountain scenes creating a natural backdrop, performances start tonight at 8 p.m. and continue July 14, 19, 20, 24, 26, 28, through August, with the last performance Sept. 2. For ticket information, or 548-2000.

Leavenworth sign laws safe after businessman’s federal suit

SPOKANE — A Leavenworth hotel owner’s challenge to the Bavarian-friendly municipal sign code was turned down Wednesday by a federal judge. But plaintiff Steve Demarest said the judge’s ruling provides a useful framework for business owners to negotiate with the city over their signs and advertising.

Messianic synagogue opening in Leavenworth July 5

LEAVENWORTH — The Beit Aveinu Synagogue will conduct a monthly worship service in Leavenworth beginning July 5. Beit Aveinu is a messianic congregation. Rabbi Stanley Chester will lead the regular worship service at 7 p.m. in Room 101 at Cascade High School. He is the senior rabbi at Beit Aveinu in Wenatchee.

Icicle’s annual production counts on collaboration

LEAVENWORTH — Jennifer Beem was a little squirmish Monday when she found out that she was a snake. It was the first day of Theater Camp, a weeklong rehearsal camp for the annual play by the Icicle Players. This year’s musical play is “The Jungle Book,” based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling and the 1967 Walt Disney animated film. Performances are 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Cascade High School.

Growth of organic fruit in NCW is here to stay

Against many obstacles, the market for organic fruits and vegetables continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in the United States and Europe. Now, it’s up to growers and distributors to provide a consistent supply at reasonable prices to keep up with the demand.

Walk to help fight juvenile diabetes

LEAVENWORTH — The Leavenworth Lions Club is sponsoring a three-mile walk to raise money for children with juvenile diabetes. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lions Club Park in Leavenworth. The gentle walk will continue through downtown Leavenworth, Blackbird Island and Enchantment Park before concluding back at Lions Park.

Purple profusion

A female red-winged blackbird pauses on a lupine along Ski Hill Drive in Leavenworth to dry its feathers between Thursday’s rain showers. Late-spring rains forecast through this evening should give way to a breezy Saturday and mostly sunny Sunday, with a highs in the mid 60s and 70s around the Wenatchee Valley.

Sheriff’s committee to hold meeting

LAKE WENATCHEE — Residents of the Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth areas can talk to advisers for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 7 p.m. tonight. The sheriff’s office’s Citizens Advisory Committee will be at the Lake Wenatchee Fire Station, said Sheriff Brian Burnett. He said the meetings are held to give the public a chance to talk about topics they are concerned about.

Kids fish free June 2

LEAVENWORTH — The National Fish Hatchery will host the annual free Leavenworth Kids Fishing Day on June 2. Kids ages five to 12 will learn about boating safety, knot tying and fish identification, and then will be allowed to catch two fish from the hatchery raceways.

Forest Service plans weed treatments

The Wenatchee River Ranger District plans to hand pull, spray and replant about 300 acres of weed-infested lands on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the mid to upper Wenatchee Valley this summer. Areas scheduled for treatment include Hay Canyon, Nahaham Canyon, Mission Creek, Van Creek, Derby Canyon, Eagle Creek, Camas Creek, Scotty Creek, Shaser Creek, Natapoc Mountain and other selected roadsides and trailheads.