Auction on Sept. 20 to bring value for Chelan County PUD surplus property
- Written by Kimberlee Craig, CCPUD
Customers and community members can preview items and bid online
WENATCHEE, WA – Chelan County PUD is among the public agencies sending vehicles and equipment declared surplus to an auction on Sept. 20 hosted by Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers of Moses Lake.
The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Chelan County Public Works Shop at 210 Easy St., just north of Wenatchee.
Vehicles, equipment and miscellaneous items from Chelan PUD will be up for bid. Photos and a list of items up for auction are posted on the Yarbro website.
The items will be available for preview from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19, at the county shop on Easy Street.
Pre-bidding at www.yarbro.com has started and live online bidding will be available the day of the auction.
Keeping Kids Safe in Cars, A Year-Round Job
- Written by MJ Haught, WA Traffic Safety Commission
September 14-20 is Child Passenger Safety WeekOLYMPIA – It is an extremely busy time of year. School has started, families are busy, and nationally certified child passenger safety technicians are gearing up to provide resources to educate caregivers on how to safely transport children in their cars.
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 14 -20, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and supported by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), concluding with National Seat Check Saturday. This week is dedicated to teaching parents and caregivers about the importance of correct installation and use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
“No parent ever wants to get it wrong when it comes to their child’s safety,” Darrin Grondel, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, said. “Since the parent and child population is always turning over, continual education must be done to prevent serious injury and fatal collisions.”
Washington’s child restraint law (RCW 46.61.687) requires that child passengers use child restraint systems (car or booster seat) until they reach the age of eight years old, or a height of 4 feet 9 inches or taller. The law further states the child must be properly restrained with the seat belt properly adjusted and fastened, or continue using an appropriately-fitting child restraint system. Children under age 13 shall ride in the back seat position when it is practical to do so. A violation can cost $124.
Despite strong laws, Washington’s child passenger restraint use rates remain alarmingly low. Recent statewide observational surveys, conducted at randomly selected elementary schools, showed one in five children were illegally seated in the front seat and overall restraint use was approximately 80 percent, regardless of whether the child was seated in the front or back seat.
An unrestrained child in the front seat has the highest risk of injury during a crash and an appropriately restrained child in the back seat has the lowest risk. Children under 16 years of age sitting in the front seat have a 40 percent greater risk of injury in a crash than children seated in the back seat. Car seat and booster seat use in passenger vehicles reduces the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children ages four through eight years compared to seat belt use alone.
Because the proper selection and use of car seats can be confusing, efforts are being made statewide to provide education and car seat inspection services during Child Passenger Safety Week. In addition, The Safest Ride billboard messaging has been placed along Interstate 5. The same message has been utilized by local child passenger safety teams throughout Washington through a partnership with Washington’s Child Passenger Safety Program and SafeKids Washington. For more information on car seats and to find car seat inspection event locations, visit safercar.gov/parents.
"Submit a Tip" at the Chelan County Sheriff Website
- Written by Undersheriff John Wisemore
Sheriff Brian Burnett is excited to announce a new featured addition to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Website. We now offer an anonymous way to submit crime tips. Every citizen can access this feature by simply clicking on the following link: http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/so/default.asp . Here you will find an electronic form for submitting information regarding suspicious, nuisance and criminal activity directly to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. You may include your contact information if you are requesting or requiring further information.
The “Submit a tip” is not meant to take the place of reporting crimes in progress or situations that require emergency services. If you need to report an emergency situation, please remember to dial 9-1-1 from your phone immediately.
All tips are received by a Sheriff’s Office employee and distributed to the proper Unit/Division based on the type of crime being reported.
Also as a reminder, the Sheriff’s Office has a newly created Facebook page, only a few weeks old which can be accessed from the main webpage.
Days get shorter, rock blasting closures get earlier on Snoqualmie Pass
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Closures start at 6:30 p.m. next week
HYAK – As the days get shorter, closures on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass start getting earlier so crews have enough daylight to conduct rock blasting operations.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 6:30 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 18. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).
Intermittent rolling slowdowns could cause 20 minute delays Monday through Friday during the day from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). Drivers will also experience nighttime delays due to a single lane closure through the same location.
Drivers may experience minor delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. near Vantage (milepost 137) on Monday, Sept. 15. Crews will be closing a single lane westbound to make repairs to the Vantage Bridge. Crews will also be making repairs to the Denny Creek Bridge (milepost 50) on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 18. Drivers may experience minor delays between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. due to a single lane closure westbound.
Construction is still in full swing and drivers need to use the following resources to help plan their trips over I-90:
- Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Web page for up-to-date information on construction projects and traffic impacts and to sign up for email updates.
- Visit the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
- Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
- Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
Washington state dedicates its first U.S. Bike Route
- Written by Paula Reeves, WSDOT Highways & Local Programs Division
WSDOT and Washington Bikes to host celebration in Anacortes, Sept. 14
ANACORTES – Washingtonians are invited to join officials in Anacortes this Sunday, Sept. 14, to celebrate and dedicate Washington’s first segment of a new national bike route system.
Washington’s U.S. Bike Route 10 spans 416 miles across northern Washington on State Route 20 through Skagit, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties. It is the first bicycle route to receive designation in the northwest and the contiguous west coast states. With the assistance of the national organization, the Adventure Cycling Association, the USBR 10 interstate route will eventually connect all the northern tier states, linking Washington state to Maine.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington Bikes are celebrating the dedication as part of an event beginning 10 a.m. at 8th and Commercial in downtown Anacortes. The event includes a number of activities such as a bike ride, vintage bike show, formal ribbon cutting, biking demonstrations, bike repair station, live music, information displays and a bike parts swap meet. The ribbon cutting will be held at 1 p.m. with remarks from local, state and elected officials.
“As someone who enjoys bicycle touring throughout the state, I’m especially pleased to see Washington’s communities support a system that encourages clean, healthy and sustainable transportation while building on its bicycle tourism industry,” said Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.
Bicycle tourism generates an estimated $160 million for bicycle retail stores in Washington, according to the League of American Bicyclists. The Outdoor Industry Association says Washingtonians spend as much as $650 million annually on bike travel.
“Designating the route helps drives and bicyclists alike by increasing awareness of bikes on the road along a popular corridor,” said Barb Chamberlain, executive director of Washington Bikes. “Those bicyclists represent business coming to small towns that welcome those wallets on wheels.”
Formal designation of USBR 10 was made possible through partnerships and collaboration with Washington Bikes and cities and towns, national park and tribal communities along the route: Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, Mazama, Winthrop, Twisp, Okanogan, Omak, Riverside, Tonasket, Republic, Kettle Falls, Colville and Newport.
Dedication events will be held Sept. 20 in Colville and Sept. 22 in Newport.