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A Father's Day like no other

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
Steve Simonson, Luke Simonson and, at right, Jacob Shank, take a break from refereeing to talk about refereeing. Luke reffed next to his dad for the first time ever, on Fatherís Day.
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...

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.

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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."

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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...
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.

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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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 More...
Six free libraries coming to Cashmere
Cashmere's caught the book bug.

Five small -and we do mean small- libraries will surface on Cashmere sidewalks on the next few days. A sixth one has already been installed near the corner of Cottage Avenue and Aplets Way, next to Ardeta Park.

The libraries seek to encourage the free exchange of books among residents, with no deadlines, late fees or rules involved, other than perhaps if you want it, take it,and bring it back when you are done. Or if you want to bring a book, slide it in.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 More...
Time for the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival in Cashmere
Kick start your bluegrass summer with the 13th Annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival (WRBF), June 19, 20 and 21, featuring superstar bluegrass bands that will put the kick in your bluegrass start. The 13th Annual extraordinary line up goes like this....

Russell Moore and IIIRD Tyme Out, a band 20 years young, prove that bluegrass doesn't get any better than this. Seven time, IBMA, Vocal Group of the Year and a slew of other awards to their credit, IIIRD Tyme Out, is a major and enduring contender in bands today.

Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, a much-admired singer/songwriter, Wayne Taylor is surrounded by multi-talented players with the depth of experience that doesn't fail to deliver some of the best bluegrass has to offer. Included in Wayne's credits are 18 years with the popular US Navy Band, Country Current.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, "is a high energy, high mountain, bluegrass explosion". With powerful vocals, tight harmonies and musicianship to match, this band is a bluegrass force to be reckoned with. A truly unique and compelling sound that is built around the love of and passion for bluegrass music.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 More...
Farewell to a good sport
The tall softball coach looked at the dainty figure in front of her with steely eyes. This, she thought, is the former softball player they told me about?

"So I naively said to her something like this," Karin Blomquist said, smiling at the memory, now a quarter-century old. "'You can keep the scorebook for me or something, if you want to.'"

The tiny woman in the dress said OK, and after a couple of games, Jan Hodgson asked if she could throw the ball around with the team.

Blomquist said yes, getting her started with a drive to centerfield. And that's when it happened.

"Swear to God," Blomquist said. "She threw it from centerfield and popped it in, bounced it right on a dime, right up to the catcher. And I was like, 'Ohhhhh, man, did I make a mistake.' So I said 'Heyyyy, do you want to be my assistant coach?'"

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 More...

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