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Not the usual Halloween request
Nutritious food, not candy, will be the goal of some slightly older-than-average trick or treaters on Halloween evening.

Members of the Cashmere United Methodist Church will be going door-to-door asking for non-perishable food items to supplement the Cashmere Food Bank's supplies. Dave Eadie and Linda Prokopioff made the rounds last year and collected an impressive amount of donations.

"Of the people who were home, about 75 percent gave me something," Eadie said. "Then you run into people that just don't have anything."

In those cases, he offered to let the person take something from his bag of food.

More than 100 homes were contacted last year.

"It worked really well," Eadie said. "This year we're encouraging the congregation."

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 More...

Burn pile on Pioneer takes out phone service to 30
About three dozen residences west of Cashmere were without land telephone service for a time last week after a fire burned two Frontier Communications lines.

June Helbig, one of those affected by the outage, said she lost service either the night of Oct. 17 or morning of Oct. 18. Her phone was restored about 5 p.m. Tuesday, she said.

The fire occurred on Pioneer Avenue near Brender Canyon, Helbig said. She added it appeared trash was burned under the telephone line.

Frontier General Manager Steve Sandman confirmed the fire damaged phone lines, but he believes it was an accident.

"I don't think it was maliciously set," he said.

It appeared that a nearby homeowner was burning at the site, possibly trying to remove a stump, Sandman said.

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Judge rejects lawsuit
A federal judge's ruling will prevent a Cashmere couple from getting compensation for property they lost during the July 2010 Nahahum Fire.

Randy and Sheila McKee filed a lawsuit against Chelan County, the Chelan County Sheriff's Office and Chelan County Fire District No. 6 in June 2014 because they were not allowed to access their land in Nahahum Canyon. Last summer, U.S. District Court Judge Salvardor Mendoza Jr. removed the fire district as a defendant because the statute of limitations had expired.

Mendoza ruled recently that the remaining two county agencies were correct to prevent Randy McKee from passing the roadblock. Mendoza wrote that the area McKee wanted to access was near an uncontrolled wildfire where a level 3 evacuation order was in place.

Level 3 means "leave immediately," according to the Chelan County Fire District No. 1 guide to evacuations, which the judge cited in his ruling.

He also ruled that the county's decision to allow landowners with homes and livestock on their property to go through the roadblock was valid. Randy McKee told the Cashmere Valley Record that he wanted to retrieve personal belongings and construction materials from trailers he had on the couple's 10-plus acres where they planned to build a house.

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Roundabout heading for the homestretch
Motorists encountering the Aplets Way and Cottage Avenue intersection Monday got a taste of what life will be like with a roundabout at that location.

"It was kind of working as a roundabout today," Cashmere Mayor Jeff Gomes said. "I even noticed some people doing the California stop."

Despite some construction delays, that portion of the project is slated for completion soon with paving scheduled for Oct. 27 and striping the following day.

"There will be some other minor things (to finish) that don't affect traffic," Gomes said.

Concrete work in the island itself has gone slower than anticipated, said the mayor, who met with Pipkin owner Arnie Pipkin last Friday to discuss the timetable. Everything else in the project hinged on that concrete work being done, which resulted in the company getting somewhat behind schedule.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 More...
City faces bigger jail fees in 2017
Citing increased labor, transportation, equipment and supply costs, the director of the Chelan County Regional Justice Center has told city of Cashmere officials they must pay more to house prisoners in the jail.

Under an interlocal agreement, the city has been paying $73.50 per prisoner per day. That will jump to $85 beginning in 2017.

Cashmere is required to pay housing costs of prisoners who are convicted of crimes in the city. The last rate increase came in 2009, according to Director Curt Lutz of the justice center.

"After conducting a cost analysis ... we have determined that the fee we are currently charging per day for bed rentals is no longer adequate to meet the costs involved," he wrote in a letter to Cashmere Mayor Jeff Gomes. "Therefore, we will be increasing our rate to $85.00 per day in order to provide funding necessary to continue servicing your housing needs."

Cashmere City Council members voted to accept the new rates at their regular meeting Aug. 24.

The current interlocal agreement was signed in November 2013. This is the first rate boost since then.

Gomes called the increase "a big one," especially since state regulations prevent the city from increasing its revenue by more than 1 percent a year. With the jail housing fee jumping by more than 10 percent, the only way to balance the budget will be through cost-cutting elsewhere, he said.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 More...


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