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A little bit of Hollywood comes to the Bavarian village of Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH — There’s a buzz around Leavenworth this week, with a movie crew rolling through town to shoot an Amazon Studios romantic comedy.

Many who walked downtown on Thursday curiously watched film crews move from scene to scene, carting around lighting and sound equipment.

“They’re filming a movie outside, that’s exciting,” said Hannah Hering, who had been keeping an eye out to see if she could spot any famous actors while working at Tumwater Bakery and Pizza.

Hering said she has never watched a movie being made before. “It’s cool to see,” she said.

The film crew, directed by Dave Franco, is shooting “Somebody I Used to Know.” Other recent movies filmed in the Leavenworth include “All I Want Is Christmas” in 2012 and “On Deadly Ground” in 1994.

Thursday’s rain greeted the movie-makers in classic, drizzly Washington fashion. The film crew shot scenes on Edelweiss Weg, an actress in a pink shirt walking over to the nearest sidewalk, trailed by camera crews.

“Do you recognize her?,” asked Leavenworth resident Wes Robbie, who was watching the film crews with his wife, Judy Robbie.

Judy Robbie said the streets have been packed with all of the filmmaking in town and that she plans on watching the movie once it is released.

A little earlier, crews wrapped up a scene shot by Blewett Brewing Company on Commercial Street.

One passerby on Front Street asked a film worker if they needed any more extras, but got turned down.

Abraham Martinez, who was watching production crews from across Ninth Street, said he has been enjoying seeing people shoot the film around Leavenworth.

“It’s pretty fun to feel like you’re a part of something,” he said.


World photo/Don Seabrook The completed mural on the west side of the Wenatchee Library as seen Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, has some differences that the one voted on earlier this year.


Adjusting clocks due to daylight saving time can pose an even greater challenge for bedtime routines, said Dr. Aneesa Das, a pulmonologist with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who specializes in sleep medicine.


Education
Updated count | Wenatchee School Board races are still very close

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee School Board races are still very tight.

Here’s how it stands after the updated count on Friday:

Position 4 challenger Katherine Thomas now leads incumbent Michele Sandberg by 213 votes, 6,053 to 5,840. Sandberg trailed by 16 votes after the first count Election Day.

Position 5 incumbent Julie Norton now leads challenger Miranda Skalisky 6,039 votes to 5,912. Skalisky lead on Tuesday.

Position 2 incumbent Maria Iñiguez is still leading Matt Van Bogart 6,203 votes to 5,853 votes. She has 51% of the vote and Van Bogart 48%.

Voter turnout in Chelan County was 46%, with 23,564 ballots counted as of Friday.

Katherine Thomas

It appears there will be no automatic recount. According to the Secretary of State’s office in regards to mandatory recounts for non-statewide races:

A machine recount is required when the difference between the top two candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than 1/2 of 1% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

Julie Norton

A manual recount is required when the difference between the top two candidates is less than 150 votes and also less than 1/4 of 1% of the total votes cast for both candidates.

In the race between Thomas and Sandberg, the difference is less than 2,000 votes and the 213 vote difference is greater than ½ if 1% total, which is 60 votes.

For Norton and Skalisky, the difference between is 127 votes, so it is less than 150. That total is greater than the ¼ of 1% difference of 29 votes.

Norton was trailing by 105 votes after Tuesday’s count.

“I’m surprised and excited. It was interesting to see how it would shift in a week. I am hoping it holds. I know there is not a lot left to count,” Norton said. “I would be more pleased with a higher lead. This is a good finish.”

Iñiguez said she can breathe easier now.

“Obviously, I am very excited. I am very thankful for the voters that had confidence in me. I am humbled and glad the voters saw the difference between the opponent and myself,” Iñiguez said.

Iñiguez is the first Hispanic woman elected to the Wenatchee School Board and that fact means a lot to her.

Maria Iñiguez

“I cannot tell you how great that feels. I just feel so proud. It goes to people see that need in a woman of color,” Iñiguez said. “Things have been extremely challenging during this election. I experienced things that no other candidate experienced. To see the voters see that value, I could not be happier.”


Paywalloff
Dawe takes lead for Eastmont School Board; Heinz still leads Eggers

EAST WENATCHEE — It appears the Eastmont School District will have two new members on its school board.

For Position 4, Joy Dawe now leads John “Stew” Steward Jr. Trailing on election night by 43 votes, Dawe now leads by 168 votes. Dawe has received 51.27% of the vote to Steward’s 48.55%.

On Tuesday, Dawe was hopeful she could erase the election night deficit and take the lead in the race as more votes were counted, similar to how the August primary played out.

“It’s still pretty close, and my reaction is that I can continue to pull a stronger lead,” Dawe said.

Dawe said if the current results hold, and she takes a seat on the school board, she will continue to fight for her campaign promises. Dawe said this would include pushing back against Critical Race Theory and vaccine mandates while “holding strong to traditional values.”

“There’s just so many things right now going on in our whole state,” Dawe said. “I just want to bring things to the forefront and fight for the best results for our children.”

Steward said he was disappointed by the latest batch of results.

“But again, we did the best that we can and we ran a good race. And you, again, we will accept the will of the people,” Steward said.

Steward said he was also thankful for everyone who helped his campaign.

“We’re just so appreciative of everybody’s support that we had in the community,” Steward said.

After the latest batch of ballots were tabulated Friday, incumbent Annette Eggers still trails challenger Jason Heinz for Position 3.

Heinz has received 61.67% of the vote to Eggers’ 38.05%. This margin is slightly smaller than the initial round of results released Tuesday night.

Like the race between Steward and Dawe, the race between Heinz and Eggers also mirrors the August primary. During that election, Heinz received 61.27% of the vote to 34.86%.


Coast Guard Cutter Healy crewmembers prepare a conductivity, temperature and depth instrument for deployment off the coast of Alaska during Healy’s Arctic deployment on Aug. 26.


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