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Cashmere woman tragically drowns in Wenatchee River
A 29-year-old woman drowned trying to rescue her dog from the waters of the Wenatchee River June 30, according to a police report.

Sabra J. Crafton of Cashmere went with her dog and a male friend to a public fishing hole known as the "Mountain Theater Hole." Playing fetch with her dog, the animal began to struggle in the water, and Crafton jumped in without a personal flotation device.

As Crafton began to struggle in the water, the male friend tried to reach her and almost brought her back to shore before Crafton broke free and tried once again to rescue the dog.

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Cashmere woman making donation of storied plate
The plate is empty, but it's full.

Full of art, full of stories, full of memories of fourteen faces, most of whom long gone. Full of remembrance of a friendship forged in fire, with the help of a kiln.

Mamie Campbell, Evelyn Schell, Ellen Ringsrud, Mardie Clark, Norma Ringsrud, Agnes Little, Ethel Clemens, Maude Campbell, Gladys Weiss, Lilla Jones, and Marilyn Weiss.

Names that perdure along the edge of a plate, crowned with apple blossoms on its center and the year 1954 serving as a base for the phrase "Pioneer Neighbors."

"All these ladies lived on Pioneer Avenue," said Ginger Samuels, granddaughter of Maude Campbell.

Some of the names on the plate belonged to people related to one another, like daughter Marilyn and mother Gladys, but for the most part they were just friends. All but a couple are gone.

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Cashmere awarded 9/11 memorial statue
The city of Cashmere has been awarded the Spirit of America memorial statue, which honors the victims and survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The statue had originally been meant for Olympia's Capitol Building, but state laws forbid statues not related to Washington state at the stately building. David Lewis, director of the Spirit of America Memorial Foundation pitched the memorial to a number of cities, with varied degrees of interest. While towns like Cashmere showed great interest from early on, authorities in places like Kirkland and Issaquah rejected the statue outright.

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National Forest campfire restrictions increase in Chelan County
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has issued a Forest Order prohibiting campfires outside of developed campgrounds on the national forest within Chelan County.

This Forest Order includes the Chelan, Entiat and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts.

The restriction because effective on July 3. Those building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including a fire made from briquettes, are prohibited with certain exceptions. This order is the result of increasing fire danger in national forest areas within Chelan County.

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Spotters' job more than just guesses
Before you yell at your TV weatherman again for lying to you, remember he or she may be using information that first originated from the eyes and ears of someone you know. Like a neighbor, or a friend.

Weather spotters are the unsung heroes, or villains, depending on how hard you chucked that remote at the screen, of the weather world, and the National Weather Service organized two days of training to teach regular folks how to help the experts keep an eye on both the predictable and the unpredictable weather.

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Wenatchee River Ranger District braces for early fire season
Due to the increasing fire danger, the Wenatchee River Ranger District implemented campfire restrictions just prior to the July 4 weekend. The hot and windy conditions have dried many of the fire fuels in the area, said Michelle Ellis, fire management officer, Wenatchee River Ranger District.

"We watch the indices that come through our weather and the national fire danger rating system, which is the same system we use to determine what message to put with smokey," Ellis said. "We watch those things and when we reach a certain threshold, we say ok, something like an abandoned campfire outside of a campground, it would escape and start to spread rapidly. Then we need to say, ok, we don't need that extra load as well the potential for lightning fires and things like that."

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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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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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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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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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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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