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WSDOT – Christmas Lighting Traffic Advisory for Wk #1 »


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


Joel Walinski
City Administrator
November 27, 2018


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

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 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


One Day Burn at Chelan County Pit »





























For more information, please contact:

Jill FitzSimmons
Public Information Officer
Chelan County Public Works Department
Office: 509 667-6415
Fax: 509 667-6250

Now Hiring: City Administrator »

City Administrator

The City of Leavenworth is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by December 2, 2018 (first review, open until filled). Applications, supplemental questions, resumes and cover letters will only be accepted electronically. To apply online, go to www.prothman.com and click on “submit your application” and follow the directions provided. Resumes, cover letters and supplemental questions can be uploaded once you have logged in.

371 NE Gilman Blvd., Suite 310
Issaquah, WA 98027

City  Administrator Job Prospectus

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