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Celebrate Cashmere is new name of Foundersí Day

Photos by Sebastian Moraga
The 36th annual summer party of downtown Cashmere, now known as Celebrate Cashmere was an explosion of color, music, dance, families and fun times. Here, children from La Esperanza Dancing Club perform a traditional Mexican dance.

Hay Canyon fire controlled; minor injuries reported
The fire that burned through hundreds of acres near Hay Canyon -a mile from U.S. Highway 2 and two miles away from downtown Cashmere- was mostly under control as of June 26, less than 48 hours from when the fire was first reported.

According to a press release from the United States Forest Service, islands of burning fuels remained in the interior of the fire and smoke persists in some spots, but firefighters completed burnout operations and constructed a fireline around the entire fire.

A fireline is a gap in vegetation or other flammable material that acts as a barrier meant to slow down a fire.

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Derek Knutsen resigns from city council
Derek Knutsen, the Cashmere City Council's youngest member, resigned from his post last week to take a full-time job out of state.

After tele-commuting for years for a computer company, he said he has accepted a position as director of computing infrastructure and moved just north of Indianapolis to a city called Carmel, the nation's roundabout capital, with more than 80 of them.

He will likely refrain from politics while in Carmel, he said.

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Cashmere girl raising money for Liberian hospital
Riley Acheson caught the bug.

Not the illness bug, mind you, or her mother, Whitney, would not be so pleased. No, what Riley caught, thanks to her Dad was the solidarity bug.

All of 5 years old, she's leading the second fund-raiser of her life, and the goals could hardly be loftier. She wants to raise $35,000 to help an organization called Samaritan's Purse build a hospital in Liberia, a nation in Africa.

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International firm seeking homes for exchange students in Cashmere
Students from around the world seek host families in Cashmere for the upcoming 2014-15 school year, said Sadonna Cody, marketing director of a San Francisco-based nonprofit that specializes in showing youngsters the world.

Host families, Cody said are not entertainers for the visiting students. They need not spend a fortune. Just provide a home while the student attends school, for either a semester or a full year.

"Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their hosts' daily routines," state a press release from Cody's company, iE-USA.

Added Cody, "there's no direct cost involved other than the cost of having a guest in your home, you should not expect to entertain a guest, the student is not there to travel or go to events. If you do that kind of thing, it's your choice."

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Fireworks and dry forests are bad combination on July 4th weekend
Every year, Forest Service officials sound the alarm about keeping fireworks out of the national forests. And as the the July 4th weekend approaches, officials from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are again reminding the public that fireworks are illegal in the national forest.

"Its unfortunate, we tell people every year that fireworks in the forest are illegal. Folks continue to bring those to the forest," said Robin DeMario, public information officer, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. "We just have to repeat that message every year, that fireworks are illegal in the national forest and will be confiscated if they are found."

The use of exploding targets was banned last year in national forests in Oregon and Washington. These targets have been associated with at least five wildfires on national forest lands since 2012, resulting in more than 15,600 acres burned and $30 million in suppression costs, according to a June 25 USFS news release.

Forest Service personnel will be on lookout for fireworks in the national forest.

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The best of the best at CHS
This is the Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2013-14 school year at Cashmere High School.
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Agricultural issues team finishes fifth at FFA state
The Agricultural Issues team from Cashmere's Future Farmers of America chapter finished fifth at the state competition last month in Pullman.

The team put on a presentation on the issue of Arctic Apple, a genetically engineered fruit from Canada that does not brown, and whose pending approval by the Food and Drug Administration is and will be the source of much contention among American growers.

"People are afraid of it and they don't know if it's safe," team member Ellie York said. The team's advisor Rusty Finch picked that issue. A reason for the choice is the fact that this apple was created just north of the border in the Okanagan Valley of Canada.

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