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We Need Your Help! By Dr. Peter Rutherford and Dr. Malcolm Butler – English & Spanish »

We Need Your Help

By Dr. Peter Rutherford and Dr. Malcolm Butler

Our healthcare system is on the brink. We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you.

We will not make this argument with graphs and data: Been there, done that.

The reserve capacity that any emergency system maintains to keep everyone safe is spent. The hospital is full and pulling staff from the clinics to support those who are sick and dying in the hospital. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, understand that cancelled clinic appointments are most likely the result of resources being pulled toward those sick with COVID-19.

Our nurses and physicians are also spent, they drive home close to tears, and the next morning put on a brave face and head back into the fight.

We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you.

For months our local leaders have petitioned the state for local control, arguing that those of us living in Chelan and Douglas counties know best how to control the pandemic within our communities. This is what local control feels like, two local physicians who have spent their careers in service to each of you, pleading with you. We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you.

None of us plan to slice our finger, or break our ankle, or develop appendicitis. All of us plan to go to the hospital when a medical crisis strikes. The hospital has limits, and if people continue to ignore well proven COVID precautions – masking, distancing, hygiene – the hospital won’t be available to suture your finger, set your fracture, or remove your appendix – it will be full.

We need you to stay home and wear your mask whenever you are around people who don’t live with you. Please.

Dr. Peter Rutherford is the CEO of Confluence Health. Dr. Malcolm Butler is the chief medical officer of Columbia Valley Community Health and the health officer of Chelan-Douglas Health District.

Necesitamos tu ayuda

Nuestro sistema de atención médica está al borde del colapso. Necesitamos que te quedes en casa y uses mascarilla cuando estés cerca de gente que no viva contigo.

No explicaremos nuestra petición con datos y gráficos, eso ya lo hemos hecho.

La capacidad de reserva que tiene cualquier sistema de emergencia para mantener a todo el mundo seguro ya se agotó. Los hospitales están llenos y estamos sacando a personal de las clínicas para que ayuden a las personas enfermas y moribundas en el hospital. Si todavía no has tenido la desagradable experiencia de que te cancelen una cita en una clínica, debes saber que es porque estos recursos se están destinando para atender a los enfermos de COVID-19.

Asimismo, nuestras enfermeras y médicos también están agotados: regresan a sus casas casi al borde de las lágrimas y la mañana siguiente deben poner de nuevo su cara de coraje para regresar a dar la pelea.

Necesitamos que te quedes en casa y uses mascarilla cuando estés cerca de gente que no viva contigo.

Durante meses nuestros líderes locales le han pedido al estado que les dé el control local con la justificación de que quienes vivimos en los condados de Chelan y Douglas sabemos mejor cómo controlar la pandemia dentro de nuestras comunidades.  Pero siento que el control local se resume en: dos médicos locales que han dedicado sus carreras al servicio de la comunidad suplicándole a la gente que colabore. Necesitamos que te quedes en casa y uses mascarilla cuando estés cerca de gente que no viva contigo.

Nadie planifica cortarse un dedo, romperse el tobillo o desarrollar apendicitis, pero todos vamos al hospital cuando ocurre una emergencia médica. El hospital tiene límites y si la gente sigue ignorando las medidas comprobadas contra el COVID (uso de mascarilla, distanciamiento, higiene), los médicos del hospital no podrán suturar tu dedo, atender tu fractura o quitarte el apéndice, porque estará lleno.

Necesitamos que te quedes en casa y uses mascarilla cuando estés cerca de gente que no viva contigo. Por favor.

El Dr. Peter Rutherford es el director ejecutivo de Confluence Health. El Dr. Malcolm Butler es el director médico de Columbia Valley Community Health y el director de salud del Distrito de Salud de Chelan-Douglas.



Senator Brad Hawkins 2020 Listening Tour »

Senator Brad Hawkins 2020 Listening Tour

December 2, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As your state senator, it is very helpful for me to hear directly from you, but I know it can be difficult to come to Olympia during the legislative session. That is why I created an annual 12th District “listening tour” after my election to the Senate four years ago. Due to the ongoing challenges associated with the COVID pandemic, I’ve decided to make my 4th annual listening tour a virtual tour.

4th annual listening tour – Thursday, Dec. 10th

This year’s 12th District listening tour will be “virtual” and take place on Thursday, December 10. The past listening tours have taken me all throughout the 12th District and helped connect me with issues important to all four counties in our district – Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan, including several communities, such as Leavenworth, Cashmere, Quincy, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Pateros, Twisp, Chelan, Grand Coulee, Bridgeport, Waterville, Rock Island, Mansfield, and Mazama. It is always helpful to hear directly from you, the people I serve, on issues important to your community.

Dec. 10 Zoom community meetings at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (everyone invited)

For 3:00 p.m., click here (Phone 253-215-8782, ID 992 9720 6374, Passcode 377652)

For 7:00 p.m., click here (Phone 253-215-8782, ID 981 2937 2642, Passcode 033215)

Listening tours help me serve you better

Hosting a listening tour each year allows me to hear directly from you in preparation for the upcoming session. Ideas shared during past listening tours have even turned into successful legislative action. As examples, a suggestion by Leavenworth officials to dispose of brush and yard clippings resulted in a bill that became law in 2018. A funding request related to the Saddle Rock trail in Wenatchee became reality when it was included in the state capital budget two years ago, and a road paving project to a popular fishing location in Okanogan County was recently funded. All were ideas presented by constituents during past listening tours. Besides legislative ideas, I also collect helpful comments that prepare me to make better decisions to represent you in Olympia.

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District
E-mail: brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov 

Website: senatorbradhawkins.org

107 Newhouse Building – P.O. Box 40412 | Olympia, WA 98504-0412
(360) 786-7622 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000

Notice of Chelan County Community Meeting on River Recreation Survey 12/9/2020 »


Chelan County will host a community meeting to share the results of the river recreation survey conducted this summer and take input on next steps.  This virtual meeting will be hosted on Zoom Conferencing; see instructions below.

Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 844 1513 0525
Passcode: RiverRec

Chelan County and a stakeholder working group prepared a report summarizing River Recreation on the Wenatchee river and Icicle creek in the Leavenworth area.  The report is available online at:


Climate Resiliency Strategy report – a county-wide, community effort »

Contact: Mike Kaputa, Chelan County Natural Resource director, (509) 670-6935 or mike.kaputa@co.chelan.wa.us

Public Meetings Dec. 2 & 3

Climate Resiliency Strategy report a county-wide, community effort

WENATCHEE, WA A multi-year effort that brought together more than 100 people from organizations throughout Chelan County has resulted in a draft Climate Resiliency Strategy report that builds a foundation for future climate resilience and adaptation work. It outlines strategies in several topic areas – including wildfire, snowpack and streamflow, flooding, and water supply – and calls out next steps for implementation and coordination.

The community will have opportunities to hear more details about the report and provide input during two upcoming meetings:

Wed., Dec. 2 – 9 a.m. to Noon      Register here

Thurs., Dec. 3 – 9 a.m. to Noon    Register here      

Draft Agenda for December Meetings

The climate resilience planning effort aims to achieve two benefits: 1) improved communication and coordination, and 2) opportunities to advance projects that provide multiple benefits. Each of the four topic areas – wildfire, snowpack and streamflow, flooding and water supply – outlines how community partners are preparing for change, along with additional input from the planning team and the community engagement process.

“Although the projected impacts of climate change can seem dire, our future doesn’t have to be,” said Mike Kaputa, director of the Chelan County Natural Resource Department. “We have choices that can prevent the worst impacts of climate change.”

In addition to the two December meetings, a round table meeting will be held in early 2021.

To view the climate report, visit: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/natural-resources/pages/county-wide-climate-resilience-planning

Download Climate Resiliency Strategy – October 2020 Draft

***Please note that the contact on this is Mike Kaputa, director of the Natural Resource Department.

COVID-19 Free Drive Through Testing Locations & Dates »

Free Drive-Thru Testing Dates/Locations

Location Dates Time Notes
Wenatchee High School
1101 Millerdale Ave.,
Wenatchee, WA
Nov. 21 – 22
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drive-thru
Pre-register here
Cashmere High School
329 Tigner Rd.,
Cashmere, WA
Nov. 19
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Drive-thru
Cashmere High School
329 Tigner Rd.,
Cashmere, WA
Nov. 20
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drive-thru
Wenatchee High School
1101 Millerdale Ave.,
Wenatchee, WA
Dec. 19 – 20
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drive-thru
Pre-register here

Locations Of Test Sites

Facility Phone Number
Confluence Health (509) 663-8711 Option 1
Cascade Medical Center (509) 548-5815
Columbia Valley Community Health (509) 699-1372
Lake Chelan Community Hospital/Clinic (509) 682-2511 or (509) 682-3300

Case Investigations & Contact Tracing

Public health professionals perform case investigations and contact tracing to help slow and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. When public health learns that someone has tested positive for COVID-19, an interviewer reaches out to talk to that person, usually by phone – this is known as a case investigation.

When talking to the person who tested positive for COVID-19, interviewers work to determine their close contacts – anyone who has been within six feet of them for 15 minutes or more while they were infectious. Interviewers then reach out to inform close contacts of possible exposure. This is the next step to prevent the spread of disease, known as contact tracing. Interviewers do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 when speaking with close contacts.

Chelan Douglas Health District Live Townhall Style Event »

Chelan-Douglas Health District
200 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: (509) 886-6400 | Fax: (509) 886-6478 | www.cdhd.wa.gov
Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Community

Contact: Veronica Farias
Phone: (509) 886-6427
Email: veronica.farias@cdhd.wa.gov

November 16, 2020

Tune in Thursday to Live Townhall-Style Event

Wenatchee – Local elected and health officials will come together on Thursday to speak to the community in a townhall-style event that will be broadcast live for the public.

During the event, various local elected leaders will gather with Dr. Peter Rutherford, CEO of Confluence Health, and Dr. Malcolm Butler, health officer of the Chelan-Douglas Health District, to speak about the rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19 in Chelan and Douglas counties. Nate Weed, CDHD interim director, will host the discussion.

The event will be 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, in the LocalTel Event Center of Pybus Public Market.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, the event is not open to the public. Instead it will be broadcast live by NCWLIFE on Charter’s channel 19 and LocalTel channel 12. The event will be available over the air, for people who use an antenna.

The event also will be streamed live on a variety of local medias’ social media. Media outlets have been invited to the event and will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

A video of the event with Spanish subtitles will later be available on the CDHD YouTube channel.

COVID-19 precautions, including masking and social distancing, will be followed during the event.

PDF Notice in English     PDF Notice in Spanish

Press Release – Winter Special Use Permits »



November 12, 2020

The City of Leavenworth is pleased to announce the availability of Winter Special Use Permits (WSUP).  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the City closed Front Street early in May and subsequently permitted many businesses in the Downtown Core to create patio areas outside their businesses.  These patios, guided by Special Use Permits, allowed many of our businesses to increase their sales amid a pandemic.  The Special Use Permits expire on December 1, 2020.  For this reason, merchants and the Chamber of Commerce have requested options for the Winter.

Led by Mayor Florea, a WSUP Summit was held in early November. The City announces its new WSUP which are available immediately.  “The City’s focus on collaborative work with its partners, continues to produce great results.  In the summer, this collaboration facilitated a thriving summer season for our Downtown with many visitors who have congratulated us on our safety measures and concerns for preventing spread of COVID-19. For the Winter months, this same approach has created a new framework for Special Use Permits” said Mayor Florea.

Administrator Cortez provided key components of the WSUP program:

  1. Merchant on Front Street and on 8th may request a WSUP- these permits are not limited to those who obtained SUP’s in the summer.
  2. Requests will be evaluated by staff who will look at lay out, proposed snow management and performance under previous SUP’s.
  3. The WSUP will require nightly removal of furnishings in the agreement area to within 10’ from the curb.
  4. The WSUP will not allow tents, canopies (some exceptions), enclosures, igloos or other similar temporary shelter units and extension cords.
  5. The WSUP will allow canopies less than 120 sqf. inspected by the Fire District, umbrellas 8’ in diameter or less, propane heaters (approved by Fire District).
  6. The City will vigorously enforce the WSUP. Violations to the conditions will lead to fines and revocation of permit.

The City strongly encourages interested merchants to contact the City’s Development Services Department.

For more Information/ para más información: Leavenworth City Administrator Ana Cortez (509) 630-4157.

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Now Hiring Part Time Assistant City Clerk »

Part-Time Assistant City Clerk

The City of Leavenworth, an equal opportunity employer, is seeking applicants for a part-time non-union position in the City Clerk Department.  Hours vary with evenings for council meetings required.  Responsibilities include clerical support to the City Clerk that includes preparation of city council meeting agendas, minutes and meeting support, filing and archiving of public records, and providing back-up coverage to the front desk.  Applicant must have experience in electronic and paper records management, professional oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail, and excellent customer service skills.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office products required.  A six-month probationary salary will start at $20 to $30 per hour DOE; position does require participation in the Public Employees retirement system.  To get more details and submit your application, contact the City of Leavenworth at (509) 548-5275, Ext 123 or email Chantell Steiner Finance Director/City Clerk at chantell@cityofleavenworth.com. Download the  job description and application.

Deadline for applications is 12/4/2020 at 5 p.m.


ROAD IS REOPENED – Hwy 2 is closed from milepost 84.5 to milepost 99, detour available »

Alert Cleared 2:54 pm
Closure US 2 both directions

Previous Message: ***ROADWAY REOPENED*** US 2 is closed west of Leavenworth from milepost 84.5 to mile post 99 through Tumwater Canyon due to a collision. There is a detour available using the Chumstick Highway and SR 207. There is currently no estimated time for reopening. ***ROADWAY REOPENED***

US 2 Both Directions – US 2 is closed west of Leavenworth from milepost 84.5 to milepost 99 through Tumwater Canyon due to a collision. There is a detour available using the Chumstick Highway and SR 207. There is currently no estimated time for reopening.

Last Updated: 11/12/2020 8:55 AM

From milepost 84 to milepost 99

Request for Qualifications for Real Estate Broker Services »

City of Leavenworth

Request for Qualifications for
Real Estate Broker Services

The City of Leavenworth, Washington will receive submissions for Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to provide Real Estate Broker Services for 9111 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA, a City owned property. Responses will be received until 3:00 PM on November 27, 2020. Responses submitted after the above time will not be accepted.

Please submit responses to:

Ana Cortez-Steiner, City Administrator
City of Leavenworth
PO Box 287 / 700 US Hwy 2
Leavenworth, WA  98826

For more information or questions please contact Ana Cortez-Steiner above.

The City of Leavenworth reserves the right to reject any or all responses and to waive irregularities or informalities as may be deemed in the City of Leavenworth’s interest. It is the City’s intent to award the project to the lowest responsive and responsible proposer.

Each proposer is responsible for either delivering to Administrator Cortez-Steiner a sealed envelope containing the response, marked REAL ESTATE BROKER, on or before the due date and time.

The due date for this Response is 3:00 PM on November 27, 2020

Download Request for Qualifications

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