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Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Traffic Advisory – Week #3 – Friday 12/14 – Sunday 12/16 »

North Central region travel advisory for Dec. 14-16

Revised: Thur. Dec. 13 

Jeff Adamson, communications, (509) 667-2815 (Wenatchee)

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
Drivers traveling on US 2 to Leavenworth for week #3 of the annual Christmas Lighting Festival can expect fresh snow and extra traffic as Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge Ski Areas opened.

These are the travel time graphs from last year for Saturday and Sunday to help you plan:

  • Friday – Little to no traffic delays coming or going.
  • Saturday – 50 to 75 minute delays between Noon and 8 p.m. getting into town from the east and 35-minute delays from 2 to 3, then much shorter delays till 9 p.m. getting out of town.
  • Sunday – there were 10 to 20-minute delays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. getting into town and some slow traffic from 4 to 10 p.m. leaving Leavenworth.

Click to view the full document with graphs that display anticipated travel times on the third Christmas Lighting weekend.

Weekend Spot Forecast for Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival Prepared by: National Weather Service Spokane WA – Thu Dec 13 2018

Unsettled weather is expected for this weekend, with a pair of wet and warm systems on Friday and again on Sunday. There will be a dry period Saturday in between systems. The weather system on Sunday is expected to produce a significant accumulation of snow in the mountains with a mix of rain and snow in the Leavenworth area.

Friday

Leavenworth: Max temperature: 36 degrees.  Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 35% chance of rain and a rain/snow mix.  Snow accumulation: Little.

Stevens Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 60% chance of snow. Snow accumulation: Up to an inch.

Blewett Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 25% chance of snow.  Snow accumulation: Up to a quarter inch.

Friday evening

Leavenworth: Min temperature: 32 degrees.  Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 60% chance of rain or snow.  Snow accumulation: Up to 1 inch of wet snow.

Stevens Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 90% chance of snow.  Snow accumulation: 2 to 4 inches.

Blewett Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with 60% chance of snow. Snow accumulation: 1 to 3″.

Saturday

Leavenworth: Max temperature: Around 41 degrees.  Sky/weather: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain or snow in the morning.  Snow accumulation: None.

Stevens Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 50% chance of snow, mainly in the morning.  Snow accumulation: Around 1/2 inch.

Blewett Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 30% chance of light snow in the morning.  Snow accumulation: Less than 1/2 inch.

Saturday evening

Leavenworth: Min temperature: Low 32.  Sky/weather: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of rain or snow, mainly after 10 p.m.  Snow accumulation: Up to an inch.

Stevens Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with an 80% chance of snow after 10 p.m. Snow accumulation: 1 to 3 inches.

Blewett Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 70% chance of snow.  Snow accumulation: around 1 inch.

Sunday

Leavenworth: Max temperature: 40 degrees. Sky/weather: Cloudy, an 80% chance of snow in the a.m. then a rain/snow mix in the p.m. Snow accumulation:1 to 2″ before it changes to rain.

Stevens Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with a 90% chance of snow. Snow accumulation: 3 to 6″.

Blewett Pass: Sky/weather: Cloudy with 90% chance of snow. Snow accumulation: 2 to 4″.

 


Adult Social Walking Program »

Adult Social Walking Program

The City invites the residents to a winter exercise program taking place at the Leavenworth Festhalle. Beginning Thursday, January 3, 2019, the Festhalle will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 :00 AM—9:00 AM for those wanting to walk a few laps.

There is no charge…all you need to bring is your smile and a pair of dry walking shoes. Please enter through the Front Street side door just down from the front entrance.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children at this time.

Click here for a printable flyer


Funeral Procession for Sergeant Leandro Jasso »

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
Brian Burnett, Sheriff
Law and Justice Bldg
401 Washington Street #1
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 667-6851

For Immediate Release

Date: December 4, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Kent Sisson
Phone: (509) 630-7506
http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff

Funeral Procession for Leavenworth Soldier

Funeral services to celebrate and honor the life of Sergeant Leandro Jasso will be held Sunday, December 9th at 11 a.m. at Cascade High School in Leavenworth. Motorist should expect delays as the funeral procession makes it way from East Wenatchee to Leavenworth Sunday morning.

The procession will depart Heritage Memorial Chapel in East Wenatchee at 9:30 a.m., head north on Valley Mall Parkway to Sunset Hwy, North on Sunset Hwy, and then east on State Highway 2 to Leavenworth. Intersections along the route will be temporarily closed as the procession passes through. Motorists should plan ahead and expect delays if they are traveling in the area.

If the public would like to show their respect to Sergeant Jasso and his family, the recommended viewing areas are Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee and along Highway 2 from Riverbend Drive to the Chumstick Hwy in Leavenworth.

The funeral procession is being managed by local law enforcement and fire agencies from Chelan and Douglas Counties.

Press Release
Funeral Procession Route Plan


Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Traffic Advisory – for Week #2 – Friday 12/7 – Sunday 12/9 »

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting traffic advisory – for Week #2 – Friday 12/7 – Sunday 12/9

Traveling on US 2 to Leavenworth for week #2 of the annual Christmas Lighting Festival creates some heavy congestion east of and in town. Here are the travel time graphs for Saturday and Sunday to help you plan:

Here’s how it worked for drivers last year:

  • Friday – Little to no traffic delays coming or going.
  • Saturday – 50-minute delays between Noon and 8 p.m. getting into town from the Big Y and 40-minute delays between 5 and 9 p.m. getting out of town.
  • Sunday – there were 10 to 20-minute delays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. getting into town and the same slow traffic from 4 to 7 p.m. leaving Leavenworth.

WSDOT once again encourages drivers coming for the lighting festival to “Know before you go”.

Click to view the full document with graphs that display anticipated travel times on the second Christmas Lighting weekend.


Now Hiring: Housekeeper for Leavenworth City Hall & Library »

Housekeeping Services for 
Leavenworth City Hall & Library
Part time Position

The City of Leavenworth is now accepting applications for a part time housekeeper for the Leavenworth City Hall and Library building. This position is self-scheduled for a maximum of 12 hours per week with an hourly wage of $15.00 – 18.00/hour depending on experience. Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years old and hold a WA State Driver’s License with a record that is acceptable to the City. The position will require the applicant to pass a pre-employment physical. Individual must be able to work Monday and Thursday evening each week. Duties include all necessary housekeeping and cleaning tasks throughout the Leavenworth City Hall and Library building.

Job application, job announcement, and full job description are available from this website by clicking the links. You may also pick up the application materials at City Hall, 700 US Highway 2, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or by contacting us at (509) 548-5275. Applications will be reviewed upon submittal; job will remain open until filled.

The City of Leavenworth is an equal opportunity employer.


WSDOT – Christmas Lighting Traffic Advisory for Wk #1 »

WSDOT

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting traffic advisory – for Wk. #1 – Mon. 11/26 – Sun. 12/2

Traveling on US 2 to winter destinations in Leavenworth including its annual Christmas Lighting Festival (Friday through Sunday, the first three weekends of December) creates some heavy congestion east of and in town. We have created travel time graphs to help you plan a successful winter excursion.

Consider three things as you plan:

  • Which weekend? The second and third weekends of Christmas Lighting Festival typically draw the largest crowds.
  • Which day?  Friday and Sunday are less crowded.
  • What route?  Vehicles from the west side that come into town from Stevens Pass on US 2 seldom experience delays, while the I-90/US 97 (Snoqualmie and Blewett Pass) traffic often gets stuck in up to 4 mile backups between the US 2/97 “Big Y” interchange and downtown Leavenworth.

Here’s how it worked for drivers last year:

  • Friday – Little to no traffic delays.
  • Saturday – Delays up to an hour between Noon and 6 p.m. getting into town from the Big Y and 50-minute delays between 5 and 8 p.m. getting out of town.
  • Sunday – there were 20-minute delays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. getting into town and only some slow traffic leaving Leavenworth.

WSDOT always encourages drivers to “Know before you go”:

  • Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts.
  • Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit WSDOT’s online traveler information about traffic, weather and even ferrys.
  • Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM on your radio for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
  • Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for the electronic and static advisory signs.
  • Plan extra time, slow down and leave extra space between vehicles when driving on potentially slick pavement.

Click to view the full document with graphs that display anticipated travel times on the first Christmas Lighting weekend.


Press Release: Passing and Remembrance of Sgt. Leandro Jasso »

Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, died November 24 in Afghanistan. (Courtesy of Department of Defense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release
City of Leavenworth
700 Highway 2
Post Office Box 287
Leavenworth, Washington  98826
Telephone:  (509) 548-5275

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joel Walinski
City Administrator
November 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Passing and Remembrance of Sgt. Leandro Jasso

The City of Leavenworth wishes to offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Sgt. Leandro Jasso who was killed on Saturday November 24, 2018 while fighting in Afghanistan. Sgt. Jasso grew up in Leavenworth, WA and attended Cascade High School where he graduated in 2012. He was 25 years old and assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In honor of Sgt. Jasso’s service, the City Hall flag, by the decree of Mayor Cheryl K. Farivar, will be flown at half-staff for five days and his name will be placed on the City’s “Veterans Memorial Plaque” located at City Hall.


Free Snowmobile Safety Class »

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
Brian Burnett, Sheriff

For Immediate Release
November 27, 2018
Contact:  Deputy Rich Magnussen
Phone:  (509) 667-6508
http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff

Free Snowmobile Safety Class

WENATCHEE, WA – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers in December.

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Leavenworth, WA.  Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.

The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts, while respecting wildlife and the environment. The snowmobile safety course training includes:

  • Basic snowmobile maintenance.
  • Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including avalanche awareness.
  • The proper clothing and equipment for winter weather.
  • Hand signals while riding and other basic skills.
  • Properly preparing for a ride.
  • Riding skills test.

Registration deadline is December 6th. A parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for each child registered and sign them out at the conclusion of the class. For more information or to register, contact Deputy Rich Magnussen with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 667-6508 or email rich.magnussen@co.chelan.wa.us .

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Now Hiring: Assistant Planner »

Job Announcement
Assistant Planner

The City of Leavenworth is seeking an energetic self-directed individual for a full-time position as Assistant Planner within the Development Services Department.

Job duties include a full range of project permitting and coordination within the current planning and building arena, file management, research for project planning, support of the Planning Commission projects, addressing public inquires, and other related planning duties.

A Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or related field work or at least 3 – 5 years of relevant experience are required. Candidates must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License.

The salary range for this position is $3,922 – $5,045 month; starting salary based on qualifications and experience; excellent benefits and retirement package included.

To request an application packet, contact the City of Leavenworth at (509) 548-5275 or 700 US Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826 or download the full job announcement, job description, and employment application here.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Tuesday December 11, 2018. Position will remain open until filled.

The City of Leavenworth is an equal opportunity employer.


OUR VALLEY OUR FUTURE’S NEW PROJECTS SURVEY »

Our Valley Our Future is considering adding six new action items to the 2019 version of its Action Plan. Please participate in the survey and review each item and then answer a few questions about how important the actions are in improving the community’s quality of life. Please note: Everyone who completes the survey and provides a contact email will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate at Pybus Public Market.

Survey Monkey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OVOFnew

 



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