pangbornsmActivity at Pangborn Memorial Airport in the first half of 2014 is significantly ahead of 2013 levels in nearly all categories. Enplanements, the number of passengers flying through Pangborn on Alaska Air, are up 6.6% in the first six months of 2014 versus the first six months of 2013, which was the best year ever for Pangborn enplanements.

This has pushed the load factor, the percentage of seats transporting passengers, near the 70% mark. Port of Chelan County Commissioner President JC Baldwin reacted to the good news saying, “The best way to get more flights, more airlines and more direct destinations is to use the service you currently have, and our community is clearly doing just that.” Strong load factors insure profitability of routes. In addition, car rental activity at the airport was up nearly 30%, reflecting increased business and leisure travel to north central Washington.

For more information or a copy of the latest activity report, please contact Craig Larsen, Port of Chelan County Director of Business Development, at 509-663-5159.

manson schoolManson School District Board President Jama England, Superintendent Matt Charlton and Business Manager Scott Renick met recently with representatives from the Washington State Auditor’s office to review results of an audit performed by the agency. 

The auditors shared the results of the extensive audit of compliance and internal controls over federal grant programs.

Report Hi-lights:

  • Unmodified Opinion – financial statements presented fairly in all material respects
  • No material misstatements
  • No significant deficiencies in internal controls
  • No instances of noncompliance
  • No exit items, management letters or findings
  • The District qualifies as a “low-risk” auditee

Manson School District takes very seriously its responsibility to properly account for public funding.  The policies the School Board has adopted and the procedures the administrators and employees utilize are in place to guide all District business. 

Manson School District’s next audit will occur in the spring of 2015.

wsdot-logoHYAK – Drivers planning trips over Snoqualmie Pass next week need to plan for added travel due to single lane closures and nightly rock blasting closures.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close Interstate 90 for rock blasting at 8 p.m. each night for about an hour Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31. Westbound traffic will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and eastbound traffic will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Intermittent rolling slowdowns are planned Monday through Friday during day about four miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit (milepost 56) around Keechelus Lake (milepost 61).

Daytime and nighttime lane closures in both directions could cause delays for drivers between Denny Creek (milepost 47) and the Price Creek vicinity (milepost 62 to 65) Monday through Friday. Intermittent ramp closures at the Cabin Creek and Stampede Pass interchanges will occur nightly from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Drivers are encouraged to use the following tools to plan their trips over I-90 this summer:

firemarshallIn these extremely challenging weather conditions, State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy is urging residents to inspect and maintain the defensible space around their homes. Defensible space can dramatically increase your home’s chances of surviving a disastrous wildfire, and can be accomplished through careful planning and vegetation management.

“Wildfire dangers have increased statewide, making the need for fire safety a key concern. Flying embers can destroy homes up to a mile ahead of a wildfire,” cautions, Duffy. For that reason, creating and maintaining a defensible space of 100 feet around your home is essential for limiting the amount of flammable vegetation and materials that may surround your home.

Two zones make up the required 100 feet of defensible space:

Zone 1—Extends 30 feet out from buildings, decks, and other structures. Clearing this area requires the greatest reduction in flammable vegetation, and consists of removing dead plants, grasses, weeds, and any pine needles or dry leaves that may be accumulated on your home’s roof, rain gutters, or around and under decks. Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs that are located near windows. Keep trees trimmed and remove any dead tree limbs that hang over your roof, keeping branches 10 feet away from your chimney. Relocate exposed woodpiles outside of Zone 1 unless they are covered in a fire resistant material. And lastly, create a separation between trees, shrubs, and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, swing sets, etc.

Zone 2—Extends 30 to 100 feet from buildings and other structures. The fuel reduction zone in the remaining 70 feet (or to property line) will depend on the steepness of your property and the vegetation. Create horizontal and vertical spacing between plants to prevent fire from spreading. Large trees do not have to be cut down or removed as long as the plants beneath them are removed, eliminating a vertical “fire ladder.” An important reminder when clearing vegetation, use care when operating equipment such as lawnmowers, as one small spark may start a fire; a string trimmer is the safest choice.

To learn more about the Firewise principles included in this press release, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise website at or the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Ready, Set, Go! website at

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State’s firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.

portchelancountyPort of Chelan County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of July 17, 2014
Meeting Highlights

Lake Chelan Chamber Accelerator Space Plans
Lake Chelan Chamber President Lester Cooper and Chamber Director Mike Steele presented to the Port of Chelan County Commissioners their plans for the new Lake Chelan Chamber Visitors Center and six office spaces for lease. The Chamber is looking to occupy the offices on a temporary basis with new or growing businesses. “We hope to encourage and assist business owners when considering moving their business to Lake Chelan,” stated Chamber Director Mike Steele. The Chamber anticipates the new Visitors Center will be open in November.

Port supports Feasibility Study of Leavenworth Ice Rink
The Port of Chelan County Commission unanimously approved entering into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Leavenworth to conduct a Feasibility and Investment Study for the Leavenworth Pavilion Ice Rink. The study will include cost estimates, identify ideal locations, and opportunity for revenues. The Commission approved up to $10,000 in addition to the City of Leavenworth and Leavenworth Ski Hill Heritage Foundation funds.

Peshastin Mill Site Phase 1 Site Assessment Results
RH2’s Randy Asplund presented the results of the Phase 1 Site Assessment of the Peshastin Mill property. The results determined there were no concerns found on the waterfront portion of the property. RH2’s recommendation was no further action on the waterfront portion. The upland portions of the property were deemed to need further investigation to confirm what was accomplished in past studies. Port of Chelan County Commissioners unanimously approved accepting the Phase 1 report and approved Task Authorization No. 520 in the amount of $41,914 for RH2 to continue with a Phase 2 Site Assessment for the upland portion of the Peshastin Mill property.

Cashmere Mill Site Woodwaste Removal Project Update
Phase 2 of the Cashmere Mill Site Woodwaste Removal Project began this week. A project funded through the Department of Ecology, remediation continues onsite with removal of waste materials. A dewatering system will remove water from clean materials, while materials potentially contaminated by petroleum from past use of the property are assessed for disposal. This is a closed construction site and Mill Road will be closed during construction. Pond levelers are also being installed at a beaver dam constructed on the site. To prevent the dam from flooding, the Port’s Beaver Management Plan calls for the installation of a pond leveler.

Confluence Technology Center Replacing Audio Visual Equipment
The Confluence Technology Center will be installing new Audio Visual Equipment that was damaged by a water leak late last year. The new equipment will be fully operational in early August. To make your video conference or meeting reservation, go online at or call 509-661-3118.


pangbornsmPangborn Memorial Airport (PMA)

Pangborn Airport Runway Extension Project Update
The Port of Chelan County Commissioners, acting as the Pangborn Memorial Airport
Governing Board, approved a Reimbursable Agreement with FAA to relocate
navigational aids associated with the Pangborn Airport Runway Extension Project.
The last purchase and sale agreement has been finalized and Pangborn Airport now
owns all the property necessary to complete the Runway Extension Project.
For more information, contact Trent Moyers, 509-884-2494.

Pangborn Airport Supports Aerial Attack on Fires
Pangborn Airport Director Trent Moyers stated the airport has been busy with many firefighting aircraft refueling. The variety of aircraft used to combat the fires around North Central Washington is an interesting site, and can be viewed on the Pangborn Memorial Airport Facebook Page. The firefighting aircraft operations have had no impact on commercial service provided by Alaska Airlines.

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