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Derek Knutsen resigns from city council

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Derek Knutsen resigned from Cashmere City Council last week to take a job in Indiana as the director of computing infrastructure for Infinite AI, Inc.
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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 More...

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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 More...
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."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 More...
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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 More...
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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 More...
Taylor's camp sows the seeds of bluegrass and friendship
Few things are more American than cowboy hats, jeans and bluegrass music. And few things say bluegrass better than banjos, mandolins and...ukuleles?

At least that was the case for Cashmere's Joel Wardle, the tiniest member of the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival's children-only workshop Taylor's Camp last weekend.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 More...
My charmed trip from black cat to rabbit's foot
The U.S. had just scored its game-winner against Ghana in the first round of the World Cup of soccer, when one of the people watching at the bar high-fived me and screamed, "Sebastian you're our good luck charm."

I said nothing. Cleary the fellow meant well, but he had no idea with whom he was dealing.

The truth is, when it comes to soccer, I'm a notorious jinx. Not only that, I'm an internationally renowned soccer jinx.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 More...
Change of the guard at Cashmere Rotary
In the hierarchy of Cashmere Rotary, they pick a president, a president-elect for the following year and what Jeff Duzenbery calls a president elect-elect, for the year after that.

Well, last year, Duzenbery was the president-elect-elect. That is, until he got a phone call in May of 2013, two months before president-elect Everett Green was to take over as president.

Green, one of the oldest members of Rotary in Cashmere, told Duzenbery he was too ill to be president. And just like that, everyone moved up one and Duzenbery found himself face-to-face with the top job, 14 months earlier than expected.

Sixty weeks have gone by since then and Duzenbery is closing in on the end of his term. He said he is relieved to be done, but happy with how things went, even if they did start almost by accident.

"I went in there a bit unprepared," he said. "But we had a good year."

Thursday, June 26, 2014 More...
Upper Valley Connection's Theater Camp celebrates 10 years
For 10 years, Upper Valley Connection has been bringing smiles to scores of special needs youth and adults through their annual Theater Camp. Upper Valley Connection founder Terry Anderson said it hard to believe how far they have come.

This year, the UVC is producing "Peter Pan," the same show they started with 10 years ago. Jan Johnston directed that first show.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 More...
Flood tax approved unanimously
The Chelan County Board of Commissioners approved by a 3-0 vote the creation of a Flood Control Zone District.

The district would collect money to pay for post-flood clean-up, and help organize flood impact mitigation.

"Without a district, state funds designed for flood cleanup could not be accessed," county Engineer Mitch Reister told the board of commissioners during a presentation prior to the vote last week.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 More...
Peace Corps volunteer returns from Malawi
Malawi is home to 16 million people. It's home to zebras, cobras, chickens and kind hearts. It is home to bananas the size of purses, and houses the size of tollbooths. And for 26 months, it was the home of Peace Corps volunteer and Cashmere grad Angela Thresher.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 More...

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