pudAnswers to online survey will help shape the future for PUD parks

WENATCHEE, WA – Chelan County PUD is inviting everyone interested in the public utility’s parks to share their thoughts by taking an online survey about how they use the parks and what they would like to see in the future.

Answers to the survey will offer additional insights about park use as Chelan PUD talks with customer-owners and the community during the PUD’s strategic planning effort.

“We know our parks are important to the community and to visitors,” said PUD Parks Manager Ray Heit. “We really want to understand what it is that makes them attractive.

“This survey, along with the strategic outreach, will help us make the best decisions possible on maintaining the parks and on possible improvements as the PUD moves into a third decade of park operation.”   

Chelan PUD urges people to answer the survey questions soon.

Park users also are invited to offer their ideas for the future at www.ourpublicpower.org, which is the hub for suggestions on all aspects of PUD operations being gathered during the District’s strategic planning that is looking at the next five years and beyond. 

Barnard250Victor Barnard, wanted on 59 counts of sexual misconduct with children, possibly in Raymond

(Olympia)—Detectives with the Washington State Patrol have received what they believe is a credible tip as to the location of Victor Barnard, a former minister from Pine County, Minnesota, charged with 59 counts of sexual molestation of children.

Earlier today Barnard, 52, was reportedly seen leaving the McDonalds restaurant on SR 101 in Raymond heading towards Aberdeen. He was seen driving a dark blue Audi 2 door with tinted windows and a spoiler. The witness indicated the vehicle “looks like a Porsche.” There was a white female riding with him at the time.

Additional information was developed that places Barnard in the Raymond and Aberdeen areas for approximately the previous week.

On April 11, the Pine County, MN, Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint against Barnard. The charges result from a multi-year investigation by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office into Barnard’s behavior while he was ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County.

Later that same day, the Pine County Sheriff issued a nationwide warrant for Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane, Wash. area. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the State of Washington and Homeland Security for the apprehension of Barnard.

Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Victor Barnard, please call 911. Local police agencies are assisting in the search and will be ready for your call.

buckner-logoA slight breeze, very comfortable temperatures, a super moon, good music, and a great mix of local residents and visitors made for a very successful return of square dancing to the Buckner Orchard! 
 
This was Stehekin at its best!  Over 160 folks of all ages enjoyed this wonderful evening sponsored by the Foundation. Be sure to check out the photos that follow!
 
Many thanks to the following people for their part in organizing the event:
    
    Mark Scherer - the driving force behind bringing back a century-long tradition
    Liz Courtney and Wendy Garfoot - donating lights and providing direction and inspiration
    Dick Bingham - lighting and publicity
    Steve Saunders - sound and electricity
    Christine Sargo, JoAnne Reiter, and Wendy Garfoot - Set up
    The Chelanigans - another great evening of music, calling, and patient instruction!
    Stehekin Valley Ranch and North Cascades Lodge - transportation to and from the Orchard for their many guests!
 
It is the Foundation's intent that this will become an annual event, happening the second week in August each year.
 
See you next year!
 

JonCollierManson Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit featuring Manson resident Jon Collier. Jon was born in 1929. He first took art lessons when he was a child, while growing up in New York with his parents, a sister and a twin brother. His art teacher at the Brooklyn Museum felt that children should not be taught to draw, but should be allowed to draw whatever they wanted in their own way. Jon remembers visiting the Fulton Fish Market with his teacher and drawing lobsters and other seafood.

At college in the 1940s and '50s, Jon majored in architecture. He did not have time for art classes, but he did learn to use perspective when making sketches of building designs. He used that knowledge when he began drawing again in the 1970s.

Jon and his wife Nina lived in Olympia in the 1970s. They came to Lake Chelan every summer to visit Nina's mother, whom they called Granny. Granny lived in a house on South Shore Road. That setting inspired Jon to make many drawings of the Lake Chelan area.

In 1996 Jon began making prints of many of his drawings, coloring them with colored pencils and selling them at the Star Gallery in Chelan. Jon has enjoyed getting to know some of the other fine artists in Manson and appreciates being included in that community.

Jon Collier's exhibit will be on display on the Manson Library Art Wall through September. Come by during library hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 12:30 – 5:30, Wednesdays 10:30 – 5:30 and Thursdays 12:30 – 6:30.

usfsWENATCHEE, Wash.--Even though some wildfires remain uncontrolled and several area closures are in effect for public safety, large areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest remain open to recreation.

“Fires have burned across thousands of acres of this forest, and firefighters are still working to control some difficult fires in Okanogan, Chelan, and Kittitas Counties,” said Mike Balboni, Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Supervisor.  “But this is a very large National Forest, and several of our districts have been spared large fires so far this season,” he said.

Recreation still is in full swing on the Tonasket, Chelan, Cle Elum, and Naches Ranger Districts, he noted.  Even the Methow Valley and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts, which have been dealing with some very large wildfires, still offer recreation opportunity in areas as yet unaffected by fire.  The exception is the Entiat Ranger district, which is mostly blanketed with fire area closures and has all its campgrounds shut down.

Although much of the Methow Valley Ranger District is closed, the Highway 20 corridor west of Winthrop and the Forest Service campgrounds and trails in it are open to recreation.  Businesses in Winthrop and Twisp are in the middle of the summer tourism season.

Lake Chelan and most of the forest and trails around it still are open to recreation, as are Lake Wenatchee and the White River and Chiwawa River drainages.

In Chelan County, Leavenworth and Chelan have occasionally been impacted by smoke from fires, but merchants in both communities are open for business.

The latest information on wildfires and public safety closures is available online at the forest web site, www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.

“There is a forest-wide ban on campfires,” Balboni noted.  “With such dry conditions and so many wildfires, we simply can’t take a chance on any human-caused fires.”

Forest users can help by putting out any abandoned campfires they encounter, and by reporting any unmanned fires they see, he said.

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