Titus Petersen, finalist for "Future Tech Leader of the Year"
- Written by Janice Stewart
Titus Petersen, Manson High School student, is among eight local finalists nominated for the “Future Technology Leader of the Year” award sponsored by the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) for individuals who developed inspirational technology projects.
Titus was nominated for researching and conducting experiments on atmospheric/wind patterns using cutting edge technology and video capabilities to learn about a topic he was interested in. Back in May he launched his first ever weather balloon which traveled over 90,000 feet about the earth. Titus document his project and it is available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU1h5tdO1js&t=1s
The awards ceremony will take place on September 26th at the Wenatchee Convention Cetner – Good Luck Titus!
Arson in Wenatchee front yard
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
On September 12th, 2018 at approximately 1:45 PM, a fire was reported in the dry grass in the front yard of a residence in the 1700 Block of Judkins Avenue in Wenatchee. The reporting party said they believed a male started the fire and gave a clothing description.
Chelan County Fire District 1 responded and extinguished the fire but not before it severely damaged a motorhome being used as a permanent dwelling. The motorhome was in close proximity to where the fire started and was occupied by three people at the time. All three were able to exit the motorhome without injury.
Deputies arrived on scene and observed a male nearby wearing clothing that matched the suspect description. He also had soot on his face under his eyes and on his nose that appeared to be purposefully applied. The male, a 41 year old Wenatchee resident was detained and later interviewed by Detectives.
After the male subject was interviewed by a CCSO detective, he was arrested and booked into CCRJC for Arson 1st Degree.
WSDOT bridge conditions continue to improve
Quarterly Gray Notebook report also tracks freight, fish passage and highway safety statistics
OLYMPIA – The condition of bridges owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation continued to improve through the first half of 2018. Between fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the percentage of WSDOT owned bridges (measured by bridge deck area) in fair or better condition increased from 91.8 percent to 92.5 percent. State fiscal years (FY) run from July 1 through June 30, with FY2018 ending June 30, 2018.
WSDOT reports bridge conditions measured by the surface area of bridge decks rather than simply reporting the number of bridges in each condition category in order to provide a more accurate view of system-wide bridge conditions, and to conform with federal reporting methods. While WSDOT uses deck surface area for reporting purposes, the ratings themselves cover all aspects of a bridge, including support structures.
WSDOT also collects data on the conditions of bridges owned and maintained by local governments such as counties and cities. Overall statewide bridge conditions– including both state and locally owned bridges – also improved. In FY 2018, approximately 4.8 million square feet (6.6 percent) of the 72.3 million square feet of deck on bridges owned by local and state governments was in poor condition. That’s an improvement from FY 2017, when 7.6 percent was in poor condition. A bridge in poor condition is still safe for travel; the “poor” rating identifies that substantial repairs are needed, but they do not require bridge closure before the work is completed.
These analyses and others can be found in WSDOT’s latest edition of its quarterly performance publication, the Gray Notebook. The current publication summarizes the quarter that ended June 30 and includes articles on freight, highway system safety and fish passage barriers. Notable topics include:
- Washington waterborne freight tonnage increased 10.2 percent in 2016 compared to 2015; air cargo tonnage in Washington increased 7.6 percent during the same period.
- Tragically, annual statewide traffic fatalities increased 5.4 percent and serious injuries increased 0.3 percent from 2016 to 2017.
- WSDOT corrected 14 fish passage barriers in 2017, improving access to 45.5 miles of potential upstream habitat.
To learn more about WSDOT’s performance or to review “Gray Notebook 70” or its condensed “Lite” version, visit WSDOT’s Accountability website.
Simple traffic stop turns into pursuit and two arrests
On 09/07/18 at approximately 8:27 PM a Deputy was on routine patrol in Rock Island, when he saw a vehicle near BJ’s with an expired registration, and an inoperable brake light. The Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for the violations, however the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.
The Deputy pursued the vehicle through Rock Island until the vehicle came to a stop near milepost 5 on State Route 28 where the driver fled on foot. The Deputy gave chase and caught up to the driver, where he eventually surrendered.
The driver was identified as Santiago Vasquez, a 43 year old male of Quincy, WA. Santiago had cocaine and methamphetamines in his pocket when he was arrested. Deputies also located a .38 Special Colt revolver near the location Santiago was located and arrested.
Santiago also had an outstanding warrant out of Grant County for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and a warrant out of the department of corrections for escape community custody.
Vasquez was booked on his warrants along with attempting to elude a police vehicle, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of firearms, and reckless endangerment.
There was also a female passenger in the vehicle who was detained by assisting deputies. The female was identified as Ashely N Baker, a 23 year old female of Ephrata, WA. Ashely had three outstanding warrants for her arrest out of Grant County for driving while license suspended in the third degree (two counts) and theft in the third degree. Ashely was booked on her warrants, without incident.
Manson students give Mr. Brown a big sendoff to Teacher of the Year finals
- Written by Janice Stewart
“On to State Mr. Brown! Good luck as you complete with nine other finalists from all over the state for “Teacher of the Year” What a great send-off from all your coworkers and students…you got this!”
Semi driver trapped in vehicle for several hours
On 9-4-18 at approximately 6:40 AM Douglas County Deputies and Fire personnel responded to a single Semi tractor trailer accident approximately 1.5 miles up McNeil Canyon Road.
The Semi, which was hauling fruit in a refrigerated cargo trailer, was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway, losing control and ultimately coming to rest at the bottom of the ravine.
The single occupant was identified as Dwayne J. Philp, a 43 year old man from Kennewick, WA.
The driver was trapped in the cab of the Semi and was extricated after several hours of continuous work from the fire and rescue personnel. The driver was flown to Central Washington Hospital due to his injuries and is now listed as Critical in ICU.
Pangborn Memorial Airport sets all-time record for passengers in July
Strong customer demand and the addition of a fourth daily flight led to an all-time monthly record of 12,597 commercial passengers traveling though Pangborn in July, 2018. This represents an increase in passengers of 22.7% over July of 2017.
The total number of passengers traveling through Pangborn is up nearly 7% for the first seven months of 2018 versus the same time period last year. In addition to the extra flight for the summer, Alaska also extended its "Wines Fly Free" program to Pangborn earlier this year.
Port of Chelan County Commissioner Rory Turner reacted to the good news saying, “Continued strong passenger growth lays a great foundation for Pangborn to attract new air service to additional destinations.”
Port of Douglas County Commissioner Alan Loebsack commented that “having a thriving airport is good for families and businesses throughout the region.”
Meth bust in Orondo nets drugs, firearms, cash
- Written by Sgt. Rob Huddleston, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 23rd 2018, the Columbia River Drug Task Force with the assistance of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT), Chelan County Regional Swat Team, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office K9, and Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office K9, concluded a narcotics investigation with the execution of a search warrant at 11 Charlotte Lane in Orondo, WA.
The search of the residence produced 2 illegally owned firearms and ammunition, an illegally owned silencer for a firearm, and 204.4 grams of methamphetamine. The Task Force seized 3 vehicles and $9,486.00 in cash.
Sara E. Mitchell (34) and Marco Palacios-Mora (31) were taken into custody for multiple counts of drug and gun related offenses.
Columbia River Drug Task Force Detectives used hours of surveillance, controlled buys, and information from multiple sources to build this case.
Climber injury on Liberty Bell Mountain
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an injured climber was rescued after suffering a fall on Liberty Bell Mountain Tuesday morning (08/28/2018). Benjamin Antonio (67yoa) of Yakima, WA was injured when a hand hold broke loose as he was climbing the Beckey’s Notch route along the northeast aspect of the mountain - approx. 7,000ft elevation.
According to a witness, Antonio’s rope system held, but he dropped about 10 – 15 feet before slamming into the side of the mountain causing hip and back injuries. Antonio’s climbing partner was eventually able to lower him to an area where he could be stabilized.
A climber in the area, activated a SPOT satellite beacon which initiated the notification to the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center (IERCC) in Texas, and eventually to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit. Due to the texting capability of the satellite device, SAR coordinators were able to obtain information on Antonio’s injuries and position on the mountain.
A request was made through State Emergency Management for a hoist capable helicopter to respond to the incident and Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel were put on standby. The first helicopter deployed to Liberty Bell Mountain was unable to conduct the rescues, so SAR coordinators contacted Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for a rescue response. NAS Whidbey launched a Blackhawk helicopter to the scene by 4:15pm and inserted a medic to Antonio’s location. The helicopter crew had to refuel prior to conducting a successful hoist extraction of Antonio from the mountain around 7:00pm. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA for treatment. As of Tuesday evening, his condition was stable.
Manson School Open House, Community Potluck and a Movie August 27th
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson School District is holding Open House Monday, August 27 from 5:30-6:30 in each building followed by a Community Dessert Potluck!
BBQ hot dogs provided…just bring a dessert!
Stay for the our annual Movie on the Big Screen beginning at 8pm (or dusk) on the football field!
Celebration of Life service for Fernanda Galvan Thursday Aug 23
- Written by Janice Stewart
A “Celebration of Life” service will be held for Fernanda Galvan this Thursday Aug 23 at 4:00PM in the Manson High School Gym followed by a potluck in the Commons.
Counseling support for staff, students and families will be available on Friday August 24 from 12-2pm at the elementary school in the cafeteria. For more information, please contact the school district office at 687-3140.
AAU Soccer signups now through September 12th
- Written by Monica Barker, Secretary, Manson Parks
Manson Parks would like to announce that registration is now open for this year’s AAU soccer season.
This program is for Pre - K through 6th grade.
Forms will be sent home with Manson Elementary students. They can also be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com).
Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.
The LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE September 12, 2017. The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 12th to accommodate working parents.
The total cost to play is $29.00.
Counting on volunteers to tally people who walk and bike
Statewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 25-27
OLYMPIA – Each year, the number of people who choose to walk, ride bicycles or take other active travel means as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington. How do we know? Volunteers annually count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles at selected locations during a three-day survey. For those who would like to help, volunteer registration is now open for this year’s survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Volunteers are vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. For the 2017 count, volunteers tallied more than 63,500 people biking and walking in communities across Washington. In 2017, the number of people who walked, biked or used other active modes increased 4 percent over the 2016 count, when evaluating comparable sites.
For this 11th annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 25, through Thursday, Sept. 27.
“This volunteer effort makes sure that people who bike and walk are counted as essential users of the transportation system,” said WSDOT Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Each year that volunteers make the collection process possible, we get a more robust picture of the growth in active transportation.”
"We're excited to once again work with the Washington State Department of Transportation to ensure that biking and walking counts across Washington state,” said Richard Smith, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, “This is possible only because of the hundreds of volunteers who care about safer biking and walking."
Data collected during the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. The data also helps agencies understand how and where to address active transportation options for people who don’t have the income to choose other transportation alternatives. For these people, walking and biking might be their only mode, or part of a multimodal trip to access transit.
As WSDOT embarks on an update to the statewide active transportation plan, this effort will shape the vision of a future with a complete, comfortable network for all ages and abilities.
In addition to the annual count, WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club, and local agencies are partnering to install permanent counters at locations around the state. To see counts from both data collection programs, visit the WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal.
To sign-up to volunteer, visit bikepedcount.wsdot.wa.gov
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including: Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.
WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.
Stay inside or wear a mask - air quality is very unhealthy
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Smoke from recent and ongoing fires have affected the entire state and are concentrated in the Lake Chelan area.
When air quality particulates exceed 200ppm (parts per million) the pollution rating goes to Very Unhealthy.
|201-300||Very Unhealthy||Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.||
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
The trend is expected to continue so please heed the warnings and take appropriate precautions.
Sheriff seeking suspect in attempted robbery/assault
- Written by Undersheriff Jason Mathews, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett would like the public notified about an attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on Sunday, August 5th at shortly before 10:00pm.
The incident occurred near the intersection of South Wenatchee Avenue and the Malaga-Alcoa Highway, south of Boodry Street.
The two victims were working on their disabled vehicle at that location when they were contacted by a lone male subject. The male suspect grabbed one of the victims from behind, placed a knife to their throat and demanded money. After not getting any money the suspect released the one victim and then struck the other victim in the face with an unknown weapon, possibly the knife handle. The male suspect fled the location on foot.
A Sheriff Office canine capable of tracking criminal suspects was called in to assist, but was unsuccessful.
Both victims were treated and released from the Central Washington Hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office is actively working on identifying the suspect, but anyone with possible information is encouraged to call our tip line at 509-667-6845. The victim’s description of the suspect is as follows:
5’ 10” tall
Medium to thin build
Shoulder length dark hair
4” – 6” full beard
Tattoo on right side of the neck
Wearing a long sleeve jacket and long pants
Tattered appearance, possibly from living outdoors
Buck Mountain hiking fatality
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Update August 7th, 2018
The autopsy for Mr. James Rothwell who fell while climbing Buck Mountain in Chelan County was completed today. He died as a result of Blunt Force Trauma to the Head and Trunk. Manner of death has been ruled an accident.
He was wearing a helmet but the force to his head from the fall was too much for the helmet to absorb the energy and he had severe trauma to his brain.
Update August 6th, 2018 2020 hours
The two remaining hikers have made their way out of the mountains. After speaking with them it was determined they were traversing a steep face when the victim lost his footing. He fell approximately 50 feet. They hiked down to him and rendered aid. He survived for a short period of time before he succumbed to his injuries. The victim has now been identified as a 44 year old male from the Seattle area. Initially it was believed he was from New York but he has lived in the Seattle area for several years. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 4th, 2018 at 2:34 PM CCSO was advised of an emergency beacon activation in the area of Buck Mountain, a remote area approximately 17 miles north of Lake Wenatchee. After obtaining the coordinates from AFRCC (Armed Forces Rescue Coordination Center) it was determined the beacon was staying in one location. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office AIR10 helicopter was deployed and located a group of three near the coordinates at approximately 6:45 PM. They were at about 6750 feet in elevation. One of the three subjects was laying down and wrapped in an emergency blanket. There was no suitable landing zone nearby so a request was made through state emergency management for a hoist capable helicopter.
King County Sheriff’s Office accepted the misson. They arrived on scene at approximately 10:00 PM but had to abort the mission due to weather. A call was plced back into state emergency management requesting a helicopter from NAS Whidbey Island. The Navy crew accepted the mission and arrived in the area at approximately 12:40 AM on August 5th. They were able to hoist the patient, a 44 year old male out of New York on board the helicopter. He was deceased due to unknown injuries. Due to low fuel in the helicopter he was transported to Boeing Field in Seattle.
The remaining two hikers were uninjured and remained on scene to hike out in day light. At this time it is unknown how the injuries were caused.
Eastbound lanes of I-90 near Cle Elum to close to traffic two nights next week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
CLE ELUM – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 will close to traffic near Cle Elum two nights next week.
The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge decks near Cle Elum. In order to do this work, the eastbound lanes will close to traffic from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 8. Drivers will be detoured around the closure via State Route 970 and US 97 and should plan for about 30 minutes of added travel time.
Drivers will also experience lane closures in both directions during the day next week Monday through Friday due to bridge work near Cle Elum at milepost 86 and near Ellensburg at milepost 102.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
- Sign up for email updates and text message alerts.
- 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.
Effective Aug. 2, DNR Bans Outdoor Burning Statewide
- Written by waburnbans.net
Some campfires still allowed, check local restrictions before lighting any fire
OLYMPIA –Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a high risk of wildfires. In response, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is instituting a statewide ban on outdoor burning on the 13 million acres of forests and state parks under DNR fire protection.
Per the Commissioner’s Order, the ban begins Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Included in the outdoor burning ban are burn piles, prescribed burns, and the use of charcoal briquettes.
“When the risk of wildfire is this high – and when so many of our firefighting resources are already committed – we must take significant steps to protect our communities and firefighters,” said Commissioner Hilary Franz. “I know this is an inconvenience, and I appreciate the public understanding that this is not a safe time for intentional burning within our forests.”
The burn ban does not include federally managed lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, or other areas administered by federal agencies.
Campfires are still allowed in approved fire pits within some designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
To avoid accidental wildfires, the public can practice these prevention tips:
Camping and recreating
- Only build campfires where authorized and when not under a burn ban; put them completely out before leaving camp, even for a few minutes; use plenty of water and stir until the coals are cold to the touch. Check locally before lighting a campfire as conditions may change and counties and local fire districts may have additional or new burn restrictions.
- Dispose of lit smoking materials appropriately.
- Fireworks, incendiary ammunition and exploding targets start fires and are illegal to use or discharge on public lands, including all state forests.
Vehicles and Towing
- Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle or trailer. They can throw sparks and start fires.
- Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning and approved spark arrester.
- Be careful driving through or parking on dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes can start the grass on fire. You may not even notice the fire until it’s too late.
- Check tire pressure and condition. Driving on an exposed wheel rim can cause sparks.
- Have brakes serviced regularly to prevent brake pads wearing too thin; metal on metal can spark or drop pieces of hot brake pad.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning.
The outdoor burning ban is expected to last through Sept. 30, 2018, though may be extended or shortened based upon ongoing fire conditions.
Stay connected during wildfire season
Anyone who spots a wildfire should call 911 as soon as possible to report it.
Public invited to review draft transportation plan for 2040 and beyond
- Written by Paul Parker, WSTC Deputy Director
OLYMPIA – Here’s your chance to have a say in the framework that ensures transportation plans and investments for local streets and roadways, state highways, transit, ferries, sidewalks, bike lanes, air, barge, and rail all work together to keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently.
The public is invited to review and comment on the draft Washington Transportation Plan – 2040 and Beyond, just released by the Washington State Transportation Commission.
Transportation Commission Chair Jerry Litt said a regular refresh of the plan is a chance to take stock of what has changed since it was last updated in January 2015. “The pace of change, especially in transportation technologies, is picking up. It’s important to regularly look at emerging issues to be sure we’re on the right track.”
Emerging technology is one of three big uncertainties the commission highlights in WTP 2040 and Beyond. The other two are: system resiliency in light of extreme weather events and natural disasters like earthquakes, and how to pay for transportation. “We’re dealing with some big issues that are going to affect all of us in some way,” Litt added. “Transportation affects every aspect of our daily lives. There are some hard choices in front of us and we need to make smart, informed decisions.”
The commission reached out to a broad group of organizations for input in developing the draft plan. The 27 members of the WTP Advisory Group include regional planning organizations, state agencies, tribal and transit representatives, business and port associations, city and county associations, transportation and planning advocates and others.
“We relied on insights from advisory group members to help us understand transportation issues from the perspectives of their many different constituents,” noted Commissioner Hester Serebrin. “We will strive to ensure that underrepresented communities have a voice at the table in order to develop a plan that supports transportation all across Washington.”
Commission staff are holding meetings around the state to share the draft WTP 2040 and Beyond plan. A list of meeting dates and locations is on the project website.
Commissioner Debbie Young encouraged people to learn more about the plan and provide input. “This plan will shape how we think about transportation problems and solutions, from rural Washington to our biggest cities. Input now will help make sure we hear everyone’s perspective.”
The Commission must adopt an updated plan and present it to the State Legislature and Governor Inslee by January 2019
Smoke investigation in Navarre Coulee 7-31-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
July 31, 2018 - Chelan Fire and Rescue responded Auto-Aid with Chelan County Fire District 8 to a reported smoke investigation in the area of 6710 Navarre Coulee Road.
The smoke investigation was up-graded to a brush fire near a residential house and other out buildings.
The first unit on scene reported a working brush fire near structures and that the fire had spotted across SR971 mid-slop. Both fires were wind driven.
A second alarm was requested and CWICC was notified bring additional resources from neighboring department, USFS, DNR, BLM and the State Mobe Strike Team that was staged in Entiat for the Cougar Creek Fire. Jurisdiction established a unified Command while ground resources were engaging both fire fronts.
Navarre Coulee was closed to emergency traffic only and a Level three evacuation was issued for those homes on the north side of Navarre Coulee between the fire and SR 97A. Level one evacuation notice were issued to those homes on Knapp Coulee.
The fire was turned over to DNR this morning and is still considered an active fire. Most local fire resources involved in the Initial fire attack have been released and returned to their district for some much need rest while DNR and strike Team resources have taken up their positions.
US 97 Blewett Pass CLOSED September 9th TO 14th
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT
US 97 Blewett Pass will be closed in both directions to ALL traffic from 9 PM Sunday, September 9th to 9 AM on Friday, September 14th to replace 3 culverts under the highway between MP 157.6 and MP 169.0.
Two box culverts will be installed about 1.5 miles and 4.5 miles north of the summit. As part of a separate contract, a third box culvert will be installed near the Swauk Creek campground.
The culvert replacements will all be done at the same time to minimize impacts to traffic and recreation. In addition to the full closure, the two projects may require intermittent weekday single lane closures throughout the month of September.
The current Mill culvert on Swauk Creek is a barrier to salmon and resident trout due to its size and orientation. The culverts on the north side of Blewett Pass need to be replaced because they are undersized and have a history of plugging with debris during storms, leading to washouts along the highway.
• Southern limit: MP 157.60, Between Mineral Springs and USFS #9714 – Iron Creek Rd
o 8 miles north of US 97/SR 970 junction (Lauderdale Junction), 5 miles north of Liberty.
• Northern limit: MP 169.00, Just below Five Mile Creek Rd.
o 5 miles north of Blewett Pass Summit, 9 miles south of Ingalls Creek Rd, 16 miles south of US 97/US 2 interchange (“Big Y”).
• Forest Service roads that have outlets within the work area will be barricaded at:
o USFS 7320 – Old Blewett Rd at Swauk Meadow (MP 159.23)
o USFS 9711 – Hurley Creek Rd at Swauk Meadow (MP 159.27)
o USFS 7324 – Wenatchee Crest Trail at Summit trailhead (MP 163.92)
o USFS 9716 – Swauk Discovery Trail at Summit trailhead (MP 163.89)
For more information & updates go to https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/us97/blewett-pass/home
9 year old girl bicycle/car fatality in Leavenworth
- Written by Undersheriff Jason Mathews, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett is saddened to report on July 25, 2018 at approximately 6:30pm the Chelan County Sheriff’s responded to a vehicle versus bicyclist collision on Icicle Road near the intersection with Prowell Street in Leavenworth.
The bicyclist was a 9 year old female who was struck by a passing vehicle.
A Chelan County Deputy, who was responding to a different non-emergent call for service, witnessed the collision and immediately requested medical aid and additional Deputies. The Deputy then began life saving measures until relieved by responding medical aid units. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful.
An investigation was conducted last night and will continue today with the assistance of the Washington State Patrol. This is clearly a tragic event with multiple families affected. The driver of the vehicle did not show any signs of impairment.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioner Workshop 7-25-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Workshop agenda:
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.
Long Range Planning Discussion:
- 2019 Staffing Model options.
Governor fills open seat on State Transportation Commission
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed James (Jim) A. Restucci, Sunnyside, to fill an open seat on the seven-member Washington State Transportation Commission. The appointment is for a six-year term ending June 30, 2024.
Restucci is vice president, chief technology officer, and co-founder of Axcess Internet Services, Inc., a company providing internet services and managed information technology solutions since 2002.
“I am honored by the governor’s trust,” said Restucci. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the commission, WSTC staff, members of the state legislature, and city and county local appointed and elected officials, as well as citizens at large to provide a transportation plan that addresses the needs of all Washingtonians now and into the future.”
A member of the Sunnyside City Council since 2004, Restucci served as mayor of Sunnyside from 2010 to 2018, and was president of the Association of Washington Cities from 2016 to 2017.
While active in many community groups and organizations in the Yakima Valley, Restucci is focused on improving transportation in his community. Since 2010, he has served as chairman of the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, which serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for Yakima County. He has also served as a board member and president of “People for People,” a nonprofit organization that includes employment and training services, special needs transportation, and transportation for Medicaid services, in communities across eastern Washington. From 2012 to 2018, Restucci served on the National Association of Regional Councils Board of Directors, representing the regional and transportation interests of Councils of Government in Washington and Oregon on the national stage.
Restucci served in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1995, and in the Washington Army National Guard from 1995 to 2004. He is a recipient of the Washington State Guardsman's Medal. He also is a lifetime member of the Sunnyside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3482 and served as Senior Vice-Commander, Post Judge Advocate and Post surgeon. Restucci is a member of the AMVETS Post #73 and the American Legion Post #3733.
Restucci is married to DeLeesa Restucci and has two sons, Dylan and Alex.
The transportation commission is a seven-member body appointed by the governor and charged with setting toll rates, ferry fares, authoring the state’s 20-year transportation plan, and advising the governor and legislature on transportation policy and fiscal matters. For more information about the commission, visit: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/
US 2 closure and detour planned July 25 for culvert replacement in Tumwater Canyon
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
LEAVENWORTH - US Highway 2 from Leavenworth west to the SR 207 junction at Coles Corner will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, July 25 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for culvert repair.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is removing and replacing a culvert under the roadway, which will also require the removal of pavement and excavation across both lanes. This work is to prevent future shoulder washouts during high runoff, which occurs more often after a mudslide changed the drainage patterns on the hillside in Tumwater Canyon.
The closure will detour traffic to Chumstick Highway between SR 207 and Leavenworth. Vehicles over 10,000 GVW or longer than 32 feet will not be allowed on the detour and will need to use US 97 over Blewett Pass or I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Local deliveries will be allowed west of Plain.
One drug arrest leads to another
On 07-08-18 at approximately 9:42 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 1700 block of Foster Creek Avenue in Bridgeport. The Deputy observed a vehicle parked with an unknown subject leaning into the rear driver’s side window.
Based on his observations and recent drug activity in the area, the Deputy parked his patrol vehicle around the corner and walked up to the vehicle. When the Deputy contacted the vehicle, he could see drug paraphernalia on the front center console.
The initial investigation led to the arrest of 22-year-old Martin Saucedo Espinoza of Mesa, WA for possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia. Martin was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on those charges without incident.
A continuation of the investigation resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old Christopher Rodriguez of Bridgeport, for possession of a controlled substance, on 7-17-18. Christopher was booked into the Okanogan County Jail without incident.
New Ohme Gardens Director appointed
Nena Howell, a long-time community leader in Central Washington, officially took over the reins as Executive Director of Ohme Gardens on July 2, following in the steps of retiring director Mike Short.
The selection follows a regional search for a replacement for Short. Short has run Ohme Gardens on the hillsides north of Wenatchee, for 24 years, during which time he expertly attended to the stewardship and preservation of the unique gardens founded in 1929 by the Ohme family.
In announcing Howell’s hiring, Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay, District 1, said, “We’re excited to have Nena on board to lead the District’s outreach efforts to gather insight from our community members so we can start the process of creating a long-range comprehensive plan for capital projects, community programs, and fundraising efforts.”
“It’s time to revisit how we can better serve our community, connect with visitors to our region and coordinate all our efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of these iconic gardens for generations to come,” said Nena Howell.
Howell is a proven leader with extensive experience in the areas of general management, project planning, customer service, marketing and fundraising. Most recently Howell led the renovation of the 100-seat Canyon Wren Recital Hall and eight artist residences for Leavenworth non-profit, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, as well as planning and coordinating the organization’s major annual fundraising event. Howell is a graduate of Washington State University’s Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners program and has had a life-long love affair with gardening.
Ohme Gardens nine-acre wooded garden towers above Wenatchee, Wash., just minutes off Highway 2. Visitors escape the summer heat in this oasis of cool created by towering firs and lush plantings, relaxing and meandering along the mile-long native stone path winding past waterfalls and serenity pools. Ohme Gardens is also a popular wedding and private event location, as well as host to the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the GardensTM series. Fitness fans have long considered the Gardens a top workout spot thanks to its vertical, undulating terrain and walking paths.
Built in 1929 and operated privately by the Ohme family for over 60 years, Ohme Gardens is currently under the stewardship of Chelan County. Centered in the State of Washington, Ohme Gardens is located near other popular tourist destinations in Leavenworth (19 miles) and Lake Chelan (30 miles). Admission is free for children aged 5 years and younger. The Gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information please visit www.ohmegardens.com.
Chelan Valley Hope fundraiser August 25th at the Alpenhorn
- Written by Norm Manley
Please support a favorite non-profit in our community -- Chelan Valley Hope.
Norm Manley will be MC at the Woodstock Anniversary #49, held at the Alpenhorn Café on August 25.
- This is their major fundraiser that will assist with operating funds for CVH.
- Entertainment provided by Waterdog, Brittany Jean and other local Musicians
- There will be a costume contest with prizes.
- There will be several raffles and a Silent Auction
You can support by being a 2018 sponsor. For $150 your logo will be featured, you will be recognized in media efforts and you will get two tickets to the show. For $250 you get the same plus two complimentary glasses of beer or wine. For $500 more of the same plus two commemorative Woodstock T-shirts.
You can also support Chelan Valley Hope with an In-Kind donation. For wineries your wine will be sold by the glass the night of the event. Other donations will be auctioned off on August 25. CVH is a 501-C3 non-profit, which means your gifts are tax deductible.
Thank you for your consideration.
Road work zone safety saves lives
Work zone safety affects every one of us and we continue to see crashes and near misses that put our workers and everyone else on the roadway in danger. Just a few weeks ago, a semi failed to notice flashing signs about a work zone in Eastern Washington and crashed into the back of one of our vehicles leaving the safety equipment a mangled mess – luckily no workers were seriously injured. Late last week we had two work zone incidents on the same project on the same day in Southwest Washington. These are just a couple of many examples I could share.
WSDOT has been sharing work zone safety messages for many years, This year we’ve partnered with the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association and the Association of General Contractors to reach a broader audience. As part of that effort, we’ve created a video to show just how quickly a moment’s inattention or distraction can have disastrous results. The video, featuring several of our own maintenance workers, is a scenario our workers and contractors see on a regular basis: https://youtu.be/H8SXTngGpZY. We’ve also shared the video on our social media channels – Twitter and Facebook.
We’ve coordinated the release of the video with one of our largest construction related closures of the summer – “Revive I-5” – last week so that drivers understand how important work zones are for the safety of our workers and how impactful their driving decisions can be to themselves and all of our employees.
We’re asking all drivers to follow these four guidelines when they’re near a work zone:
- Slow Down – drive the posted speeds, they’re there for your safety
- Be Kind – the workers are helping to improve the roadway for all drivers
- Pay Attention – to workers directing you and surrounding traffic; do not use phones or other devices while driving
- Stay Calm – expect delays, leave early and take alternate routes if possible; no meeting or appointment is work risking lives
Mother arrested for manslaughter in son's death
On 07/11/18, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested 35-year-old Elaine A. Hurd, of Wenatchee for Manslaughter in the 2nd degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the 4th degree following an extensive investigation into Hurd’s two-year-old son’s death.
The investigation revealed Hurd failed to obtain necessary medical treatment for her son for a broken arm and blunt force trauma to his head, which resulted in the boy’s death.
Hurd was booked into Chelan County Regional Jail without incident.
Climber injury on Mount Stewart requires helicopter rescue
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a climber was injured today while ascending the southwest face of Mount Stuart approximately 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth. Michael Getlin (34 yoa) of Lake Oswego, Oregon was injured when a loose rock fell on his foot, resulting in a severely fractured foot.
At approximately 08:40am, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a 911 call from Getlin’s wife, she advised that they were attempting to climb Mount Stuart via the “Alpine Ridge Route” when a large rock came loose and landed on her husband’s foot. She advised that his foot was severely fractured and he was unable to walk. Due to the severity of the injury and the location on the mountain a hoist capable helicopter was requested through Washington State Emergency Management.
A rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded to the scene and at 11:52am the crew successfully hoisted both subjects off the mountain. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Fast moving brushfire on Hwy 28
There is a fast moving brush fire on Highway 28 near milepost 21.
Level 3 evacuations have been issued for Mansfield Road and Level 2 evacuations have been issued for all of Cresent Bar.
AlertSense notifications have been activated. Please avoid the area due to fire danger, evacuations, and emergency vehicles.
Information on Red Cross shelter for effected residents will be available soon.
Destination San Francisco Bay Area receives $750,000 grant
- Written by Trent Moyers, Airport Director
EAST WENATCHEE, WA, July 10, 2018 – Pangborn Memorial Airport is proud to announce it has been awarded a federal Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) Grant of $750,000 to support its effort to land nonstop service to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Department of Transportation awarded the grant to match the incredible community support for the new service. So far, more than 90 pledgers have committed more than $400,000 in matching funds. That local funding was a key reason the Department of Transportation joined the effort with its award.
“The broad based regional support for this new service was critical to securing this grant and bodes well for successful service to San Francisco, enhancing the economy and quality of life in central Washington,” stated Rory Turner, President of the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board and the Port of Chelan County Commission.
“This Grant award validates our effort, and strategy, in the recruitment of additional airline service for all of Central Washington,” said Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport. “Now the hard work begins, as we make the business case to prospective airlines, working to convince them Wenatchee is the best place for their limited aircraft.”
Pangborn received strong support from Federal elected officials including Senators Cantwell and Murray and Congressmen Reichert and Newhouse.
The Air Service Investment Program supported by this grant award is designed to share the financial risk of launching new service with the airline. The funding also demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service.
An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. That risk is mitigated by the grant and the contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals in four counties in north central Washington, as well as from several companies in California.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 7-12-18
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, July 12, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. June 14, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Comprehensive Plan follow-up
b. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
c. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: August 9, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831
Unidentified body found in Wenatchee River
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, CCSO
Image - Google maps
On July 6th 2018 at approximately 1219 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a body was recovered in the Wenatchee River, near the 4700 block of Old Monitor Road, in Monitor, WA. The body was first observed tangled in some brush by a rafter as they passed through the area. The rafter reported the sighting through Rivercom but had left the area prior to the arrival of emergency responders.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived in the area and located the deceased body in the river 15-20 feet from shore snagged on submerged logs. The body was recovered and turned over to the Chelan County Coroner. Further investigation is required for identification purposes and the potential cause of death.
Headphone wearing man hit by train in Cashmere
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, CCSO
On July 5th 2018 at approximately 1800 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an accident involving a train versus pedestrian on the railroad tracks in the area of Goodwin Road and Ruby Street in Cashmere, WA. The reporting party, Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad (BNSF), told Rivercom the accident occurred near train track milepost 1662.5.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office arrived in the area along with multiple Chelan County Fire Department units and Ballard Ambulance. The victim was located underneath a train car approximately 250 feet west of the front engine. Ballard Ambulance Paramedics confirmed the victim was deceased.
The train had been eastbound at approximately 25 miles per hour when they observed a male approximately 200-300 feet in front of the train. The male was walking away from them in the middle of the tracks. The investigation indicates the male was wearing headphones and walking eastbound, the same direction the train was travelling. The train operators activated the horn multiple times but the male did not respond.
The deceased has been identified as 32 year old Mario Villalobos Subias, a resident of Mexico. Family has been notified.
Tragic multiple pedestrian accident in Chelan
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, CCSO
Image - Google maps
On July 5th at around 1825 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of West Woodin Avenue and East Center Street in the city limits of Chelan. The Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chelan Fire, and Chelan EMS responded.
Upon arrival there were 3 pedestrians injured and the causing driver was trapped upside down in her vehicle. Lake Chelan EMS transported the 3 pedestrians and the driver to Lake Chelan Hospital. The most serious injury was a head injury to an adult female who was ultimately airlifted to Harborview Hospital.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver of a white SUV turned into the driveway at 2208 West Woodin Avenue and drove at a high rate of speed through the patio area of the business and struck 3 pedestrians who were in the patio area. The vehicle continued to accelerate driving over the embankment, across the top of an unoccupied parked vehicle, flipping and coming to rest upside down against a parked vehicle. Two of the three vehicles were totaled to include the causing vehicle.
Early indications are a medical condition may have been a contributing factor, the investigation is ongoing.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioner Workshop 7-18-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 9:00 A.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Long Range Planning Discussion:
- · Standards of coverage – expectations of response times and type of work performed to all calls.
- · Emergency Response Services
- · 2019 Staffing Model options.
- · Programing
- · Capital purchases
- o Facilities
- o Apparatus replacement
- o Equipment replacement
- · Consider future Fire Levy Lid Lift
Chelan Fire and Rescue Regular Meeting 7-11-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
- · Revenue and Expenditure Report: April 2018
- · Payroll: $176,666.00 for June 1-30, 2018 Paid: 07-05-2018
- · Vouchers for June General Account: Vouchers #18100 – 18117 for $13,417.46; Vouchers #18118 – 18141 for $13,347.64; Vouchers #18142 – 18152 for $13,076.89; Vouchers #18153 – 18165 for $8,085.96.
- · Vouchers for June Capital Account: Vouchers #17056 for $318.60; Vouchers #17057 for $337.75; Vouchers #17058 – 17059 for $2,846.08.
- · Minutes: June 13 & 20, 2018
Fire Chief Report:
- · 2018 Budget / Emergency Response Report / Facilities/Apparatus/Equipment
- · Deputy Chief Operations Report: Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education / Career Staff
- · Assistance Chief of Volunteer Services: Volunteer Recruitment and Training / Volunteer Staff / Explores/Junior Firefighters
Firefighters Association Report:
- · Annexation Issues
- · LCCH EMS Interagency Agreement with CFR
- · United States Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME case.
- · Washington Fire Commissioners Conference 10-24, 26, 27-2018, Yakima Convention Center
Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Contract, and wage benefit negotiations.
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