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Team of nine firefighters help combat Pateros blaze

Photo by Jeff Walter
The Carlton Complex fire, which saw crews from places like Orondo, Douglas County and Cashmere work together and save more than a dozen homes.

Team of nine firefighters help combat Pateros blaze
It was like something out of Hollywood. The devastation, though, was real, and so was the shock.

"It was like nothing I ever imagined," Cashmere volunteer firefighter Rick Dueman said of the Carlton Complex fire near Pateros. "I compare it to watching the videos of the Santa Ana Winds' fires in California. Every year, they get wildfires down there. The wind just goes through it and takes everything in its way."

Dueman, a firefighter for 20 years, was one of nine Cashmere firefighters who spent 19 consecutive hours battling the blaze. Firefighter included Trevor Davis, one of the CFD's newest members, former chief Rob Sweigard, Steven Spies, David Dronen, Jeremy Burns, Blair Mazur and Nelson Brinkerhoff teamed up with a crew from Douglas County and a tender-truck from Orondo.

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Ayla James making miraculous recovery
The girl for whom a local restaurant will host a fundraiser July 30 has recovered so well from injuries suffered last May that she has stunned doctors, her aunt says.

Lisa Carrington, nee James, formerly of Cashmere now of Phoenix, Arizona, says her 10-year-old niece. Ayla James has made almost a full recovery from the car crash that took the life of her best friend and soccer teammate, 10-year-old Gracie Snider.

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Hobbs tries again to get council seat
Dave Hobbs, who lost an appointment to city council last spring to David Sherman, now said he hopes to become Sherman's colleague on council.

"If they put a little work into me," he said of the city council members who will choose between him and Bob Abramoski, "I will put a lot more work into the job."

Hobbs, a business owner and a bartender at Blom's American Grill and Irish Pub, and retiree Abramoski are the two people vying for Derek Knutsen's council seat.

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City roundup: Scarecrow workshops coming, so is statue
Some people start celebrating Christmas months early. Here in Cashmere, we do things a bit differently. Santa can wait, but Jack o'Lantern, not so much.

Last year, Cashmere had one of its most florid All Hallows' Eves in years, when residents from all over the city installed homemade scarecrows on their windows and front yards. The scarecrow contest, named "Cashmere is Scare-crazy" was a runaway hit with folks of all ages. More than 120 scarecrows appeared on roofs, sills, sidewalks, lampposts, awnings and storefronts.

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Hope stays alive for Cashmere family awaiting adoptive son
The Congolese government shut down, the Georgia-based agency that was to help get the Fox family a Congolese child shut down. Even the Foxes themselves, in an effort to not set their other children up for disappointment, shut down the purchasing clothes for their Congolese child whom they have never met.

"We would get them a shirt," Cashmere's Travis Fox said, "and they would ask, 'Can we get one for Prin, too?'"

After a while, as the months passed and Prin remained in the country formerly known as Zaire, he outgrew the clothes and Travis and his wife Dawna decided it would be best to stop buying clothes for Prin, until things returned to normal.

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Cashmere resident helping out in wake of fire
Besides the smoke, which covered Cashmere's skies for several consecutive days, the fires in North Centarl Washington affected some of our residents directly as well.

Casey Ruether, a Cashmere High School Class of 2014 grad, worked cleaning up the mess the fire left behind in Entiat and Leavenworth, while former Cashmere football broadcaster Kyle Green served as a chaplain in Pateros and other areas of Okanogan County. (see story about him on next weeks issue of the Record.)

Ruether worked 15-hour shifts, sometimes for up to 14 days in a row. He helped patrol the areas, and mop up the damage. He starts around 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

He got the job via a former teacher of his, Steve Simonson, who is also a referee. A fellow ref owns the company for which Ruether works.

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Cashmere grad Lippert returns to town as Wenatchee coach
Lost in the hoopla of Celebrate Cashmere weekend was the fact that teenagers from all across the state met in Cashmere to play basketball at the annual Bulldog Challenge.

And lost among that parade of unfamiliar hoopsters was a familiar face: Rachel Lippert, who graduated from Cashmere in 2010 and who showed up at her old gym as an assistant coach for Wenatchee High School's girls basketball program.

Lippert, who played for the Bulldogs during her prep career, is an assistant coach with the freshman team at WHS. During this tournament, she served as the assistant coach for Wenatchee's B squad, except on June 29, where the head coach's absence obligated her to take the reins of the team.

Not bad for a lunch lady.

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