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Two dogs die after cougar attacks

Photo contributed by Devin Keogh
The great and noble Zeus, the dog belonging to Jeff Paton. Zeus died two weeks ago after he was attacked by a cougar, one of at least two cougar-related dog deaths in the Valley during that time.
Two dogs died after being attacked by cougars in Cashmere last week, a spokesperson for the Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

A trail camera caught a cougar on video hours after a cat had attacked a black Labrador belonging to Cashmere resident Jorge Cervantes. The dog later died from its injuries.

Earlier this November, a neighbor of Cervantes', Jeff Paton, lost his dog to what was believed to be another cougar attack, DFW Sergeant Dan Klump said.

Cervantes witnessed the attack, while Paton found game wardens at his doorstep two Saturdays ago, asking to recognize the remains of a yellow Labrador.

Paton said sometimes his dog would be gone for a day or two, so he wasn't too alarmed when the dog went missing. Zeus the yellow Lab was a large 100-plus-pound dog that was unharmed from the neck up, which led Paton to think the cat pounced on Zeus from a tree, and which later helped Paton recognize his pet.

The officials told Paton what killed his dog had been either a large cougar or more than one, Paton said, given the amount of eaten meat.

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Coaches' wives, couple of netters make for upbeat pair
The lone volleyball fanatic in a family of soccer lovers, Juan Sanchez found a kindred spirit when a coworker at a Wenatchee middle school introduced him to Maria Villasanos, the coworker's cousin, seven years ago.

A onetime two-year Pateros High School volleyball player and a middle-school coach -at a different Wenatchee school and of a different grade than Sanchez-the two hit it off, began dating and a couple of years later, married.

Now the two netters are getting their payback on the booters. Most of Sanchez' nieces - children of the soccer fanatics - are snubbing their parents' favorite sport in favor of volleyball.

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Fire families: Larson men do it their way
Like father, unlike son.

Dave Larson said he retired earlier this decade from the Cashmere Fire Department after 25 years because he got tired of going on aid calls and finding his friends in distress.

"I lived in Cashmere all my life," he said. "And I know a lot of people, and it started to bother me all the time, when you're working on your friends. I was on the aid crew and it's tough to always go to your friend's house."

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Community tutors students for better grades
The lady at the edge of the classroom smiled.

"It doesn't matter if you are a mathematician or if you know science or if you are a wiz at history," said volunteer Traci Frederick, eyeglasses and sweater giving her a very teacher-like look nonetheless. "It only matters if you enjoy working with kids."

Frederick does, and that's why she and other grownups have made a habit of spending some time in Shelly Milne classroom on the second floor of Cashmere Middle School.

Frederick, Brett Stoffel, retired teacher Julie Ryan, college kid and future teacher Scott Ream, and other grown-ups work side by side with middle-schoolers on topics like writing, math, science, and social studies. The sessions aren't your typical I-talk-they-listen tutoring session.

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Cashmere's Knishka to play for Fresno State
This Bulldog can't wait to become a Bulldog.

Cashmere High School senior Breanne Knishka has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Fresno State University, a Division I NCAA school.

The mascot of FSU is a bulldog, too.

"It's one step closer to actually playing," Knishka said of signing the letter. "It's really cool."

The roots of the relationship between Knishka and FSU start miles away from both Fresno and Cashmere, in Greeley, Colorado.

Jamie White was the head coach of Northern Colorado University, and she hoped to get Knishka to play for UNC. Then, this April, White resigned at UNC to take the Fresno State job.

"They [UNC] were recruiting me for a couple of years and then she [White] switched to Fresno, so she just kept recruiting me there," Knishka said, adding that she first caught White's staff's eye at a showcase tournament.

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Budding writer making her mark one rhyme at a time
Twelve-year-old Vivian Link has been writing since second grade, and judging by one of her teacher's coats, she didn't take long to make an impact.

The teacher keeps one of Link's poems in a coat pocket. Link wrote it when she was in third grade, about four years ago. Every year, she wonders about it, and every year she finds it. And she finds what she finds so good, that back into the pocket it goes, where it's safe and where she can find it next year

Before it goes into the pocket, she shows her current third-graders a paper Link wrote as an example of what a third-grader is capable of writing.

A fan of Shel Silverstein, Link said she prefers poetry to prose, and the ocean to pretty much anything else when it comes to finding her muse. She also said she prefers memorizing her poetry to writing it down.

"If I forget 'em, I just start over, and it's way better," she said.

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Thanksgiving gets boost with CMS food drive
Students at Cashmere Middle School are working hard to make sure nobody in town goes hungry this Thanksgiving.

A group of about two dozen children have planned, promoted and organized a food drive, which will seek to gather non-perishables as well as toiletries from every class in the school.

The children have divided duties, which include collecting, sorting, accounting, and promoting. The class that has the most food in will get a prize. All the items collected are reviewed to ensure they haven't expired. The entire bounty will go to the Cashmere Food Bank Nov. 21.

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A prodigy in the baking
Baking is easy as pie for 10-year-old Jamison Baldwin.

The child's culinary prowess first caught the eye of the community at last month's Apple Days, when she won two first places, including grand champion. Then, last week, two of her pies were on display as bidding items for the Cashmere Rotary's annual auction.

Asked what the most fun part about baking is, she said it was eating the pies.

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Sharks coming to Cashmere High School
Just when you thought it was safe to start a new business, well, it turns out you are kind of right, at least for one night.

DECA, the marketing club at Cashmere High School will host its own rendition of the "Shark Tank," the TV show where entrepreneurs seek business moguls to invest in their ideas. Many times, the moguls -also known as sharks-offer to buy out the entrepreneurs or lambaste the ideas, or both.

In DECA's version, the sharks are a bit gentler, instead offering advice to the entrepreneurs on how to improve their business.

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Student makes cigar box banjo at woodshop class
When you've loved playing the mandolin for years, your email address starts with "mando", and your high school gives you the chance to build your own musical instrument, what would you build?

Well, of course, a banjo.

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FFA team fourth in nation
Feeling both joy and dismay, the food science team of Cashmere High School's Future Farmers of America chapter returned from Louisville, Kentucky.

In the Bluegrass State, the team competed in the FFA national convention, finishing in fourth place behind a team from Pennsylvania, second-place Texas and national champions Minnesota.

The Cashmere team finished 17 points away from the national champs, and it scored more points than the champions of last year's competition.

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