UPDATE,  6:00 AM SUNDAY, MAY 31: This storm moved through the Lake Wenatchee area last evening with both very heavy wind and rain. No hail was seen or reported but there was thunder and lightening. Power was out in most of the area for about two hours.  This morning is overcast and windy,  not raining but it’s in the forecast.   Current projections show the lake/river level cresting  this evening then beginning to recede. 

Saturday, May 30th: The National Weather service has issued a severe storm warning for a “Once in 10-year”  storm for our area this evening, May 30th,  which might include golf-ball size hail See the warning at: Wenatchee World Link Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Science at UW, will do an update after 5pm on his blog which you can find here

 Chief CghC Chief Mick Lamar of Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue retired on May 31, ending a 41 year career in the fire service. He has led LWFR since 2012 and guided it’s progression into being an envied provider of fire, emergency medical and rescue services.  He will be succeeded by Assistant  Chief Dave Walker, a retired career firefighter of the Kirkland Fire Department. See a complete resume of Mick’s career at https://www.lwfr.org/meet-the-chief Thank you, Mick, and thank you, Trish, for sharing him with us.

Call if you are unable to leave your home because of the COVID-19 pandemic or are in need of non-emergent assistance (food delivered, meds picked up, basic needs, etc.).

This a collaboration of Cascade Medical, Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue



Call if you are unable to leave your home because of the COVID-19 pandemic or are in need of non-emergent assistance (food delivered, meds picked up, basic needs, etc.).

This a collaboration of Cascade Medical and Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue

THE PANTRY @ PLAIN COMMUNITY CHURCH, 12565 Chapel Drive, Plain.   Offers curbside pick-up of food boxes on Thursdays from 1-7pm. If delivery is needed call The Pantry at (509) 888-1110.  The need is growing and any donations would be very helpful. Donations can be made online at www.plaincommunitychurch.org and select E-GIVING or by mailing checks to the Plain Pantry at 12565 Chapel Drive, Leavenworth, WA 98826.

COMMUNITY CUPBOARD, 219 14th Street, Leavenworth:
Offers curbside pick-up Monday through Saturday from 11am-5pm, call (509) 548-6727. The main office is closed. If you need help please call (509) 548-0408 and leave a message, someone will call you back.

CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT MEALS  Free sack lunches for students will be distributed Monday through Friday 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM at Beaver Valley School in Plain and at the Nason Creek rest area at milepost 81 on US Highway 2.  For other locations go to www.cascadesd.org



SAFEWAY GROCERY, US 2, Leavenworth: Offers Senior Citizens and At-Risk populations dedicated shopping times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9am. www.instacart.com may be able to deliver to certain areas but this is a third party business and not provided by Safeway.

SAFEWAY PHARMACY, US 2, Leavenworth (509) 548-5435  Call and they can meet you at the door so you do not need to come inside. If you wish to have someone else pick up  your meds, call  ahead to  arrange and prepay.

WASHINGTON VALLEY PHARMACY:  East Wenatchee   (509)888-7797 Prescriptions can be mailed or delivered to Leavenworth, Plain/Lake Wenatchee.

WALMART Rx, Wenatchee (509) 664-2448 ?Are you 60+, high-risk, self-quarantining, or have COVID-19 symptoms? Use our curbside pick-up or have your Rx mailed to you. Call to arrange.

DAN’S MARKET, US 2, Leavenworth open 5am-10pm, 7 days a week.  No curbside or delivery currently offered.

JUST PLAIN GROCERY, Beaver Valley Road (509) 763-3462, open 8am-6pm daily; They are happy to carry your purchase out to your car; please call ahead to arrange.

PLAIN HARDWARE, Beaver Valley Road open Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 8AM-5:30PM, Sunday 9AM-4PM

MIDWAY GROCERY, Midway Grocery on Chiwawa Loop Road, telephone 509-763-3462;  Now open 12 noon to 5PM, Monday through Friday. Two people only in the store at one time and please wear masks!

SAGE MOUNTAIN NATURAL FOODS: US2, Leavenworth(509 548-5707 open 10am-4pm, Monday-Saturday; Curbside pick-up only. Email is the preferred way to receive orders; please be as specific as possible and provide your phone number so we can contact you for payment. Order by 2pm to be fulfilled and picked up the same day. Email: orders@sagemtn.com

DOANES PHARMACY, CASHMERE, telephone 509-782-2727. Can deliver to Leavenworth and will mail to Lake Wenatchee/Plain

PLAIN HARDWARE oPEN 7:30 am- 5:30 pm



SQUIRREL TREE RESTAURANT, Coles Corner (509) 763-0336 open 8am-9pm, 7 days a week.  Call ahead for pick-up at drive thru for food, espresso and beer/wine by the bottle take-out. View the full menu at https://www.thesquirreltree.com?  Call ahead and pick up at the drive-through

59’ER DINER, Coles Corner (509) 763-2267 open 6-9pm for pick-up or delivery to Plain/Lake Wenatchee area. Call or order: https://www.59erdiner.com

A TASTE OF PLAIN: A Taste of Plain  delivers to your door-   $20 per person (2 person minimum) Fridays only in the Plain/Lake Wenatchee area. To order: https://www.tasteofplain.com

HEADWATERS TAVERN & PIZZA, SR207 (509) 763-3501: Open for take-out only 7 days a week –  call between 10:30 AM and noon to order for pick-up between 3PM and 4PM. and Saturday.

OLD MILL CAFE,  18640 Beaver Valley Road in Plain, (509) 888-5102. Offers online ordering/purchase at www.oldmillcafeplain.com TOAST is a downloadable phone app that can also be used.

WILDFLOUR RESTAURANT  The Wildflour team has been producing free meals for the community 3 nights a week for the last seven weeks. That program has now ended as they gear up to re-open this Thursday, May 21st, for to-go orders. Their new hours will be Wed-Sat 3PM to 7:30.PM. To order go to www.wildflourleavenworth.com or call (509)888-2737
Thanks to Ben and Spencer and crew for what they’ve done for the community. We look forward to supporting Wildflour when the doors open.

MOUNTAIN SPRINGS LODGE: Chiwawa Loop Road.  We will offer boxed community dinners for four (donations optional) to local residents every Sunday through May.  They will be prepared for families of four and made available for curbside pick up at 4 pm on Sundays at our Beaver Creek Lodge!  View the menu at https://www.mtsprings.com


U.S. Forest Service: Rumors have been circulating that National Forest lands are completely shut down through Sept. 30 — that’s not true!
What is Open: Trails, dispersed camping, and most roads. Be aware that many areas may not be accessible due to wet, muddy, and snowy conditions.
What is Closed: Developed recreation sites, like pay-to-stay campgrounds, trailheads, ranger stations, and restrooms are closed while the governor’s stay-at-home order is in place. Closures are temporary, but are in effect until further notice.

Washington State Parks, Department of Fish and Wildlife and DNR have closed all campgrounds across Washington State until April 30th.

Fishing shut-down: The Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife has completely shut down recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide until at least May 4th, 2020. .


Virtual Nature Photography Workshop

On Thursday, June 4th join Wenatchee River Institute and local nature photographer Reed Carlson from Icicle Valley Photography for a multi-session workshop on capturing better photographs wherever you are. Reed Carlson has worked as a professional photographer in Washington State for over 35 years. He currently teaches Photography in a Visual Communications Curriculum at Wenatchee High School.

The first session of this workshop, Thursday June 4th, will be focused on meeting the instructor and other workshop participants in an informal online session. [continue reading…]

Burn ban in place June 1st

Outdoor Burning Restriction is in effect June 1st through October 1st :

  • Burning yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings are prohibited.

  • Burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation is prohibited.

  • Residents may still have campfires so long as the fire is in an approved pit or area.

  • Restricted open flame devices, meaning using devices liable to start a fire in moderate fire hazard areas

  • Portable fireplaces are allowed so long as they’re on noncombustible surfaces and burn only natural wood products.

  • Moderate travel restrictions are also in effect, meaning motorists can’t operate vehicles off the roadway

  • Campfires in Compliant pits may be allowed during this time, check for current restrictions.

  • Portable Propane Campfires are usually allowed under these restrictions but can still be dangerous depending on conditions

  • During a burn ban, fire danger in increased and burning brush, needles or yard waste is not allowed and will be extinguished.

The Firefighters Association of Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue will continue their free meal distribution program this Friday, May 29th, beginning at 3PM at the fire station at Beaver Vallery Road and River Road in Plain.  This weeks offering is meat loaf.  First come, first served until the meals are gone. All are welcome and donations to the program are appreciated.

 May 22, 2020:  Cascade Medical announced today it will reopen most outpatient services, including physical therapy and diagnostic imaging, with extra precautions in place so patients can feel supported and safe.

“This is great news for patients who have delayed everyday healthcare due to COVID-19,” CEO Diane Blake. “Safety is our top priority. Our team has gone above and beyond to ensure that we are following best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Health.”

At Cascade Medical, newly opened services include:

  • All Family Practice Clinic appointments, including behavioral health, chronic condition management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • 3D Mammography
  • DEXA Bone Scan
  • Post-surgical or inpatient rehabilitation

For more information go to: https://cascademedical.org/about-us/news/05222020-225/cascade-medical-reopens-most-services-safety-measures-place

Lost dog near State Park

 The pictured young male Australian sheep dog has been found by the Nason Creek campground near the State Park. He has rabies tags from Florida. If this is your boy give Zach a call at 972-533-1188…..

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We are very pleased to pass along the word that the Wildflour Restaurant is opening for take out. Ben, Spencer and team prepared meals for the community for the first seven weeks of the pandemic, ultimately delivering 1200 community meals and 350 meals for first responders. Each meal served up to 4 people. This effort was all supported by donations and much of the labor was donated by Ben and Spencer.

Wildflour will be open for take out Thursday -> Sunday, 3pm to 7pm. Orders can be placed by calling Wildflour at (509)888-2737 or via their website at www.wildflourleavenworth.com Here is the menu of items that are available. Wildflour togo menu 2020

Chelan County Public Works advised at noon today, Wednesday May 20th,  that a downed tree and downed powerlines have closed Lake Wenatchee Highway about a half mile West of  Brown Road. The road closure is expected to last for most of the day; an opening time is not known. Motorists should use North Shore Drive.

Chelan PUD is on the scene. Motorists are urged to stay away from the area.