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Wildfire preparation hitting its stride in central and eastern Washington, with a series of meetings coming to different points of the dry side of the state. Next week all our papers will have a complete guide on how to prevent wildfires this year.
Janet Pearce, communications manager for the state department of natural resources, said the series of meetings the DNR will host across eastern Washington will help people learn several aspects of preparation and protection during what looks to be a tough wildfire season.

Six meetings will take place starting this week. The first meeting will be in Twisp today at the Methow Valley Community Center. Thursday, the meeting will move to Omak's Okanogan County Fairgrounds. On April 30, the meeting will be at the Lyle High School Gymnasium.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...

Coaches' wives: Meeting in the middle
Megan Carlson laughs at the question, although she has probably answered it many times. She is a Cascade graduate, her husband a Chelan graduate: Who do they root for?

As it turns out, neither. She and her husband decided when they got married that asking each other to live in the other's hometown would be unfair. So they compromised and found a place in Cashmere.

The choice seems to be going well. Not only has her husband, Jeff won three state championships coaching the Bulldogs' baseball team, the Class of 2014 chose Megan to speak at its graduation.

"We are Bulldogs through and through. We love our hometowns, but we are Bulldogs," Megan said.

Now it's not unusual to see the couple's two children wear Cashmere gear as they watch Dad stand guard on the third base line. And up until a few years ago, Megan kept stats at the games. In the meantime, Cashmere has beaten both Cascade and Chelan several times and onlookers have yet to catch the Carlsons commiserating.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...
City Roundup: It's happening in Cashmere
Cashmere and Chelan County are still waiting on more funds for the Goodwin Bridge, the city's director of planning Mark Botello said.

"It's early, early grant-finding stages," he said, adding that the county has about $12 million but other grants are needed.

"It's a big project, so it's going to take multiple years to build a project," he said. All the money is not quite there yet for a project that not only requires a new bridge, but a new road on to and out of the bridge

A presentation comes at the Cashmere Council Meeting May 11 pinpointing the options for the bridge project.

"The county hasn't even decided what type of bridge they are going to put up there," noting that the project is a group effort between city, and county and the transportation council that involves both cities and counties.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...
Roundabout the better option, city says
Cashmere's director of planning and building Mark Botello said the roundabout the city plans to install downtown is still the better option for the intersection of Cottage Avenue and Aplets Way.

Botello said the roundabout is part of larger scope of work that seeks to improve Aplets Way, from Highway 2 to the railroad tracks.

Regarding the roundabout itself, Botello reminded citizens that it will be mountable to make the turn easier for trucks. Asked whether that would tempt other vehicles to imitate the trucks and mount the roundabout, Botello said "That's going to happen no matter what.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 More...
Legion sends two to Boys State
Jonathan Mangas and Seth Meros will represent Cashmere High School at Evergreen Boys State, the annual conference that teaches high schoolers about the work of government.

For one week, Mangas, Meros and many other teenagers from around Washington will become participants in fictitious, but realistic government agencies.

The conference will occur next June 21-27 in Stanwood's Warm Beach Conference Center in northwest Washington.

Before they go, Mangas will ask one of his relatives for pointers for himself and Mangas. His uncle is the Chelan County Auditor and a Cashmere City Council member.

At Boys State, they will get a taste of a politician's life, Moore said, with agency meetings deep into the night and an early wake-up call to follow. They get to pass laws, run for office, and give speeches. They will also belong to political parties -the Federal Party or the National Party.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
High school students teach horticulture at Vale
The stigmatized third-graders, holding on to their pistols, still walked with style.

Okay, so they weren't bang-bang pistols, but pistils. It wasn't with style, it was with a style, as in the part in the center of a flower.

And they only were stigmatized because as curious third-graders do, they had taken a big whiff of the flowers during class, getting some of that sticky stigma -the part of the pistil where pollen germinates-on their faces.

It's all good say Dani Kenoyer and Kelley Simpson.

The two 12th-graders from Cashmere High School's Future Farmers of America chapter, taught two lessons on plants and soils each week for four weeks to third-graders at Vale Elementary School. The seniors will write a portfolio on their experience and hold a presentation at this year's FFA State competition in Pullman, with a $500 scholarship on the line if they win.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Knowledge bowl standouts foster friendly rivalry
Napoleon Bonaparte, that rascal. Dead almost two hundred years and still stirring up trouble.

Cashmere sophomore Ellen Perleberg, an encyclopedia on two legs, got into a debate with teammate Grant Bauscher regarding Napoleon's birthplace during a Knowledge Bowl team practice. A military history buff, Bauscher was right -he was born in Corsica, not Elba-and Perleberg was wrong.

Since then, "I don't hear the end of it," she said with a laugh. Bauscher pleads not guilty.

The two remain friendly, they both say, and that's a good thing because this year they are the only non-graduating members of the school's Knowledge Bowl team that reached second place at state.

This means that next year, they will likely be -if not team captains- at least team veterans when the time to qualify for state comes.

Until then, they will bid their time as that rarest of creatures, underclassmen who have earned the unqualified respect of accomplished upperclassmen.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
School roundup
Just hang on a little longer.

The warmer weather making an early appearance this year may be welcome news to some, but not all. Count the children at Cashmere High School's FFA among those not breaking out the suntan lotion just yet.

The sunnier days may lead folks to buy plants early, which is fine, except for the annual FFA Plant Sale.

As big a part of Cashmere springs as the ping-ping-ping of aluminum bats next door, the Plant Sale at the high school greenhouses returns 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9.

The plant sale occurs just in time for the second Sunday in May, known around these parts -and those parts, and those over there-as Mother's Day.

The FFA children are already working on it, keeping their plants alive and bloomin' for the sale.

"We have to water them and make sure they stay alive and we have to pick the best of the best for the sale," FFA's Emma Hagen said.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Vandals hit Cashmere Head Start again
Cashmere Head Start is dealing with vandalism yet again.

In past years, employees at the agency have dealt with several occurrences of property damage, ranging from chalk taggings to leaving knives, lighters and garbage and setting a playpen house on fire.

About three weeks ago, they ripped the canvas cover to a wooden climbing toy.

Last week, unknown assailants broke into the agency's bus, pouring soda pop inside. They also broke part of the new play house. In addition, they also defecated on the agency's outdoor picnic table.

"I don't know what would cause a person to do this. They pooped on our picnic table!" said Head Start lead teacher Melinda Steiner. "And it wasn't dog."

The Head Start Agency is not only located in the basement of a church, it's surrounded by houses, so whoever did this does not lack nerve.

"They are pretty bold," said Steiner. "To come out here and do that."

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
Hundreds of pallets burn at Blue Star
A fire authorities are calling suspicious but undetermined burned through dozens of tall stacks of fruit pallets at Blue Star Growers Sunday night.

Cashmere firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire, between Blue Star Way and Mission Avenue, around 7:22 p.m. Firefighters from Cashmere Fire Department, Chelan County Fire District 6, Chelan County Fire District 3, Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County Fire District fought the blazes until late into the night.

Dave Dronen with the CFD said the fire was limited for the most part to the Blue Star Growers' pallets, with neighboring Wilbur-Ellis sustaining minor damage to one if its buildings' eaves. A door on one of Blue Star's cold storage units also suffered heat damage.

So far, Dronen said, no one has found an obvious cause for the fire, leaving its status as undetermined.

"We can't rule exactly what it was," Dronen said. "We can't pinpoint it. The guess would be, there's a possibility it was started but we don't have the evidence to say for sure."

Blue Star Growers and the insurance companies will determine if the fire requires further investigation, he added. No injuries were reported.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 More...
FFA debaters moving on to districts
Hard to explain, harder yet to master, parliamentary procedure is a tough and sturdy branch of the FFA tree.

Nevertheless, it 's a branch that may yet bear quality fruit, with student-members of Cashmere FFA traveling to represent the school at a district competition, which includes parliamentary procedure.

"Parliamentary procedure is basically formalized debate," Cashmere FFA advisor Rusty Finch said. "Like you see in the Senate, or the government or school board or any law-making type of body, they use parliamentary procedure to conduct business."

Two teams, which include students Tyler Kert, Shelby Brunner, Kobe Boling, and Amanda Mangas, among others, will participate.

"We are all situated around a table and we have our procedure at the beginning, which we have to memorize and go through, and we are graded on how well we speak and our accuracy. And then we go through and we are given a motion that we need to debate on. Depending on how well we debate, we are graded upon that," said Boling.

Teams have to get in certain procedural motions in order to get points, Brunner said.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 More...

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