manson trojans logoOn behalf of the players and coaching staff of the Manson High School Football team, I would like to invite you to be a part of our 6th annual “Trojan Scramble Golf Tournament.“ The tournament is scheduled for Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course at 1:00 PM. The cost of the tournament is $75/player or $300/team. Contribute an additional $25/player or $100/team and have all players included in the “Long Drive” and “Closest to the Pin” competitions as well as receive 4 team mulligans. Additional mulligans can be purchased for $10 each. Winners of the various competitions and raffles will win an assortment of wonderful prizes. The winners of the Low Gross and Low Net categories will both receive a traveling trophy for the year. A tournament signup sheet has been included with this letter.

Team Signup Sheet

Sponsor Signup Sheet

If you’re not interested in golfing, but would still like to support our program you can sign up to sponsor the tournament. There are three levels of tournament sponsorships; Primary Team and Tournament Sponsor $500 or greater, Tee Box and Hole Sponsor $250-$475, and a Player Sponsor $200. A tournament and player sponsorship signup sheet has also been included with this letter.

The sponsorship funds will be channeled through the Manson Booster Club and will go directly toward the support of our Manson Football Program. The money will be used to offset much of the costs associated with getting our players to camp. Each player will still be responsible for paying $100 of the $305 total cost of the camp. The players will also be responsible for putting in numerous hours throughout the summer providing various community services. The team is planning to provide 2 full days of community service in order to bond as a unit and say thanks for all of the wonderful community support.

The funds generated will be used to go to Eastern Washington University’s football camp which is scheduled for June 22-25. It is an amazing opportunity to receive top notch instruction and at the same time focus on four full days of team building. If you have any questions regarding the tournament or sponsorships please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Scott Ward


Scott Ward

Manson High School

Head Football Coach

douglascountysheriff148On 05/20/16 a Brewster Police Officer investigating an unrelated incident developed information that there was an ongoing drug manufacturing and distributing operation taking place in neighboring Bridgeport. 

Douglas County Deputies and detectives further developed the information and were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence located at the 1600 Blk. of Douglas in Bridgeport, WA.   When Deputies and Brewster Police Officers arrived to serve the warrant, they found what was described as a virtual “mini mart” of drugs.  For sale were different varieties of marijuana, dabs (a highly concentrated form of marijuana), and prescription medication suspected to be clonazepam and hydrocodone. 

The drugs were marked with prices tags and some signs advertised drugs on “special”.  Investigators also located 40 marijuana plants and butane, a component used to manufacture “dabs”. 

The suspect, was identified as 26 year old Tyler J. McIntosh of Bridgeport.  McIntosh was arrested without injury or incident and transported to Okanogan County Jail where he booked for unlawful manufacture and delivery of marijuana and possession of prescription medications without a prescription.

The Deputies and officers did an outstanding job putting together this case.  I am very proud of them.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

wsdot logo‘Know before you go’ the key to negotiating holiday traffic

OLYMPIA – With Memorial Day fast approaching, now is the time to start planning ahead to avoid spending the holiday weekend stuck in traffic.

Drivers can use the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic volume charts to help time their travel on key routes throughout the weekend. Drivers also can:

  • Check out WSDOT’s mobile app, social media sites – such as Twitter and Facebook – and for traffic information and ferry schedules to “know before you go.”
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Allow extra time for holiday travel and congestion; consider traveling during non-peak hours; stay alert to avoid collisions in congested areas.

To ease congestion, most state highway construction work is suspended during the holiday weekend. Across the Vantage Bridge on Interstate 90, though, eastbound drivers will experience delays due to a round-the-clock single-lane closure. In addition, loads over 14 feet wide are prohibited in both directions.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 30:

Washington State Ferries passengers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry routes.

Travelers planning to avoid highway congestion by traveling by train, personal aircraft or bus also should factor the holiday into their plans:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Book now
  • WSDOT provides updates on state-operated airports 
  • Most public transit systems will follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on holidays.

wash traffic commissionRisks far outweigh benefits of 75 mph limit, according to state’s analysis

SPOKANE – After careful review, analysis and public input, the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol and Washington Traffic Safety Commission announced today that, due to safety concerns, they will not increase speed limit on Interstate 90 in eastern Washington.

The partners reviewed increasing the speed limit from 70 to 75 mph along roughly 100 miles of I-90 beginning near George to the Lincoln/Spokane county line. They found the increased risks and costs associated with the proposed change far outweighed the projected time savings.

In particular, analysis of the roadway, crash history, current speeds and other states’ experiences predicted an additional 1.27 fatal or serious crashes annually if the speed limit was raised. A higher speed limit also would bring an estimated $8.3 million in additional annual safety costs, the analysis found.

By comparison, the review found that raising the speed limit to 75 mph would save just an estimated five minutes on a 100-mile trip, with an estimated annual value of $3.6 million in time saved.

“Our top priority as agencies is traffic safety,” said Acting Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “We made this decision through a lens of safety, and it’s notable that all three agencies agreed the increased safety risks were too high.”

“Our state’s Target Zero Plan aims to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030,” said Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director, “We believe this decision supports this goal.”

“The Washington State Patrol stands with two of our many safety partners, the Traffic Safety Commission and the Department of Transportation regarding our goal of Target Zero,” said Chief John R. Batiste. “After careful review of the facts and the comments from the public, I support the decision not to increase the speed limit.”

The review was done at the request of eastern Washington lawmakers who wanted the feasibility of an increased speed limit evaluated. A law passed in 2015 allows for an increase if it’s deemed safe to do so.

The three partnering agencies began their work in August, using careful analysis of available traffic and engineering data as well as input from the public. Two public meetings were held in Ritzville and Moses Lake in April, and comments also were submitted through the WSDOT website. Public input received serious consideration, but safety remained the final, guiding standard, officials said.

douglascountysheriff148Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a rash of burglaries and car prowls over the past weekend.

  1. 600 Blk. of Daniels Drive-On 05/13/16 suspects entered a vehicle and stole a passport.  There was no sign of forced entry.
  2. 600 Blk. of Daniels Drive-On 05/13/16 unknown persons entered the living room of a residence through an unlocked door and stole a television.
  3. 600 Blk. of s. Lincoln Place-On 05/14/16 unknown persons entered two vehicles.  A CB radio was taken from one of the vehicles.  They were not locked.
  4. 125 Linden Lane-On 05/14/16 unknown persons entered a pickup and stole a pistol, softball equipment, and cash.
  5. 600 Blk. of S. Lincoln Place-On 05/14/16 unknown persons entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a wallet and cash.
  6. 3100 Blk. of Vine Street NE-On 05/15/16 unknown persons entered and unlocked outbuilding and I pad, a Bluetooth speaker, liquor.

Citizens are reminded to always secure their home and vehicles.