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Not as bad as you think, says owner of Confederate flag

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
The Confederate flag, waving in the Cashmere breeze. Its owner says the flag does not represent what people think it does.
The owner of a Goodwin Road shed upon which the Stars and Bars of the Confederate flag flies says the banner is part of American history and not a symbol of evil.

"The people who are making the biggest deal about it, are probably the ones who have nothing to do with it," said Melisssa Kirk about the current push to remove the flag from places of prominence, particularly in the Sunbelt. "I know there are a lot of black people on TV who have said that's part of their history and they need to remember what happened."

As an analogy, she offers what has happened to sites that were once witness to atrocities of the Holocaust.

"People go to Birkenau," she said. "They go back and they remember so they never forget. It's part of their history."

By the same token, the Stars and Bars is part of history and it needs to be left alone, she said.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...

Jean Frank closes book on librarian career
For Jean Frank some mornings it's hard to be friendly.

Not because people visiting her at work are such pains, but because the pains in her body are such, they are beginning to interfere with work a little more than she would like.

"My hands hurt, my back hurts," she said, later adding, "I'm starting to drop stuff, it's starting to hurt. It's better to go while I still have the energy to do other projects."

Frank, the Cashmere City Library's main librarian for almost a decade and an employee of the North Central Regional Libraries for three decades, has decided to retire.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...
Sherman assails candidates
Cashmere council member David Sherman used a baseball analogy to debate council candidate Kameon Smith's description of roundabouts.

"To say roundabouts aren't safe when the experts and the data say that they are is like saying the Seattle Mariners are a good baseball team," Sherman said in an interview two weeks ago. "You can say it all you want, it's not going to make it true."

Sherman described himself as frustrated with Smith's statements to this newspaper in May.

"I am not running against her," Sherman said, "but she's another one that did not come to meetings until the roundabout stuff came up. There's more to being a council member than the roundabouts. I try telling people, we can go around-about this roundabout thing all day long. There's those that know the facts, and there's those who are just saying their stuff with emotion."

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Pratt asks opponent, 'Where are you from?'
Chiropractor Derrick Pratt, a longtime Cashmerite but a newcomer to politics, will seek to unseat incumbent David Sherman at this November's election.

Pratt said that Sherman "is not from here and doesn't understand what Cashmere needs at this present time," in infrastructure.

He mentioned the roundabout and the loss of parking downtown that such a project would entail as examples of what he sees as Sherman's shortcomings regarding Cashmere's needs.

"I have had a lot of people come into the office pretty upset about that and they encouraged me to run for the seat," he said of the roundabout project. "After talking it over with my wife, we thought it would be a good idea."

Pratt said the way the city handled the disclosure of the project sparked his interest in running for office. He said his is not a one-issue platform.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 More...
Upper Valley Connection present's 'Alice in Wonderland'
Theater Camp, a production of Upper Valley Connection, has been around for 11 years now. This week, Theater Camp is underway in Leavenworth, with shows planned for Friday and Saturday at Cascade High School.

Upper Valley Connection founder and director, Terry Anderman, has been there every step of the way. But after this year's production, she is stepping down as director.

"It feels good. We hired Maren (Cagle) back in October and she has been working with me since then. She has had a chance to be part of everything we do through the course of the season, which is great. She'll be with us the whole week of theater camp," Anderman said.

The transition will go great, Anderman said, but she is not going to miss the paperwork. This time of year, she is buried in paperwork. And even though she is stepping away, she will still be involved because of her son Daniel.

"I have been telling my board since the beginning, you have to make sure it continues for Daniel. Somebody finally said to give them a deadline. I finally said am done June of 2015, for real. They stepped up," Anderman said. "We aren't going anywhere. Daniel is obviously part of it. I am available to answer questions."

Thursday, June 25, 2015 More...
Sherman asks opponent, 'Where have you been?'
Incumbent council member David Sherman will seek a full four-year term on council this November, saying the city has "a lot of unfinished business."

"The projects don't just stop when you get one done," said Sherman, who was appointed to city council last year. "There is a lot of things I want to see be finished in the city. We have made a good start since I have been involved with the city of Cashmere but there's a lot of things that need to be completed."

Among the projects he would like to see completed he mentioned new ballfields, new or updated roads, and a stronger downtown core.

During an interview with the Record, he mentioned some of the things accomplished over the time he has been on council, like the facelift of City Hall, a building he said had not been painted in a long time.

"There's a whole host of things we have done as a council and as a city to improve the quality of life downtown," he said.

Running for a full term was a tough decision, Sherman said, adding that he considered withdrawing from the race, and said he vetted his opponent both in person and over the phone, to see if he would be a better council member then Sherman.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 More...
A Father's Day like no other
With 40 minutes to go before tipoff, Steve Simonson got the call: One of his refs wasn't going to make it to the basketball tournament in Cashmere Sunday.

With 35 years as a ref, this wasn't entirely unusual for Simonson. What was unusual was what happened next, he recruited the help -on Father's Day, no less-of his son Luke, a 2015 Cashmere High School grad who had played plenty of hoops, but never reffed.

"I thought, 'hey, we'll give him a chance, maybe earn a little money and have some fun,'" Steve said. "That's why he is here. He did all right, but we gotta move over to the next game."

Nervous like the rookie he was, Luke donned the zebra stripes and the whistle, which probably never felt heavier.

"The hardest thing was blowing the whistle," he said, "calling a foul." Asked why, he said, "Just the fear of getting it wrong."

Thursday, June 25, 2015 More...
Botello says Wenatchee roundabout plans vindicate Cashmere's
The battle to win hearts and minds over the roundabout continues at City Hall.

A new brochure available at the offices on Woodring Street seeks to explain what awaits users of the Cottage and Aplets intersection. Still, there's only so much a brochure can do.

"There's a few people out there who just don't like it because 'it's ugly and stupid'" City Planner Mark Botello said. "But as time goes by it's gotten quieter."

The city's plans received a rare boost when Wenatchee unveiled plans for its roundabout on Western Avenue and Cherry, a construction that is similar to Cashmere's, Botello said, albeit smaller.

"It's the same everything: The same criteria, the same concrete, the safety enhancement, the circulation of traffic flow. It's just a smaller roundabout."

The fact that the largest city in the county is building a roundabout is a vindication of sorts for Cashmere's embattled push for one, Botello said.

Despite the criticism, the roundabout will go forward, he added.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 More...
A thrill with skill
And I think it's going to be a long, long time, before the children who showed up at the Chelan County Fairgrounds forget what a good time they had last Saturday.

As Elton John might say, it's the rockets, man.

Children from a local Cub Scout troop, brought friends and relatives to watch them light up rockets and fire them into the sky, with the supervision of several adults.

"I like 'em," said grade-schooler Conner Bray. "I just do, I don't really know why, they are fun in a lot of ways."

It's not just the firing them up or watching them fly, but it's also fun to chase after them when they land, said Spencer Boyd, another young rocketeer.

"Especially if you are in an orchard, because then they are really hard to find so it's kind of like a treasure hunt," he said.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 More...
Seriously injured climber rescued above Colchuck Lake
A severely injured climber was rescued last Sunday evening in the mountains near Leavenworth. According to a news release, the Chelan County Sheriff's Office received a report of an injured climber above Colchuck Creek. The State Emergency Management Division received a SPOT locator beacon around 9 p.m. A text message from the beacon advised other hikers had come across a male climber who had fallen, suffering head and leg injuries.

James Adkins, 41, was near the Colchuck Balanced Rock climbing area, on the north side of Colchuck Lake. He was at the 7,300 foot level. Hikers could not reach him, so a helicopter was called out.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 More...
Quick work contains Derby Canyon Fire
The fire sparked in Derby Canyon was only a half-acre at the outset. But as we all know, those small fires can expand rapidly to 100's and 1,000's of acres, particularly given the dry and windy conditions.

But quick work by fire crews contained the blaze before it got out of hand.

Fire staff from the Wenatchee River Ranger District responded at 3 p.m. on June 10 to a half-acre fire in the Derby Canyon area, near Peshastin. Referred to as the Canyon Fire, it was located on national forest land, burning actively in grass, brush and heavy timber, according to a new release from Susan Peterson, USFS.

Resources assigned to the fire included two engines and firefighters from the WRRD, a water tender supported by Chelan County Fire District 6 and a helicopter dropping water. To make matters worse, a red flag warning was in effect with abnormally high temperatures.

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