- Written by Jessica Peterson, Executive Assistant, CCSO
See our previous story: 25 year old woman found deceased on side of Stevens Pass near Rock Mountain Trail
9-15-21 Update information for death investigation 21C09952:
On Thursday, September 14, 2021 the King County Medical Examiner conducted a medical examination on the 25 year old Marysville, WA woman found on Stevens Pass near mile post 73 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
The Medical Examiner determined the 25 year old victim died of homicidal violence. The woman was identified and investigators are reaching out to her family members prior to releasing the identity of the victim. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will continue to partner with federal, state, county and city agencies in order to thoroughly complete this homicide investigation.
If you believe you may have important information to share about this crime, please call the Chelan County tip line at 509-667-6845. The tip line was temporarily down at the time of first press release due to a Chelan County phone and voicemail system update but it is now working properly.
- Written by Jessica Peterson, Executive Assistant, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021, at approximately 8:30 PM, a passing motorists on US Highway 2, Stevens Pass, in the Rock Mountain trail area, mile post 73, located a deceased person along the edge of the highway. Investigators from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chelan County Coroner, Washington State Patrol, and Washington State Crime Lab responded and processed the scene, which is a remote area of US Highway 2, where there are no residences or businesses.
After a lengthy investigation at the scene, the deceased person was identified as a 25 year old female from Snohomish County. It is believed the female ended up at that location sometime early in the morning on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.
This is being investigated as a suspicious death investigation but the cause of death has not been confirmed pending an official medical examination. There is no evidence to support a safety concern for Chelan County citizens or travelers in that area of US Highway 2 and believe it to be an isolated incident.
If anyone has information or saw something suspicious in this area or near that time period or has video surveillance of US Highway 2 between Coles Corner and the Stevens Pass Summit, you are encouraged to call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 509-667-6845. You can also go online to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office web page or click on the following link to submit a tip online. https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff/forms/submit-a-tip
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: August 2021
• Payroll: July 27 – August 23, 2021 Paid 09-03-2021 $160,879.07
• General Account Vouchers: Transactions 935 to 960 for $51,919.41, Transactions 971 to 993 for $20,231.11.
• Capital Account Vouchers: Transactions 994 to 996 for $26,109.47 and transactions #931 to 934 for $8,422.16
• Minutes: August 18, 2021
Fire Chief Report:
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report
• August Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
• 2022 Budget – 1st DRAFT Presentation
• 2021 Levy Lid Lift – Video & Mailer Presentations, Community Coffee Meetings
• Chief Process
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• Resolution 2021-04 / Surplus Chain Saw Equipment
• CCFD #5 & LCH EMS Feasibility Study Proposal
• KOZI – Community Connection 09-16-2021 – Chairman Moller
• Chelan Fire and Rescue – 09-28-2021 celebrating us!!! At Station 71 @ 18:30
• Chelan Fire & Rescue Open House, October 2nd, 1000-1400, Station 71- CANCELLED
• Washington Fire Commissioners Association Conference, October 20th 23rd, Tulalip Convention Center
Board for Volunteer Firefighters: None
Executive Session: None
- Written by Herb Sargo
As former Seahawk coach, Chuck Knox, and others have said, ""All you can do is play the hand you're dealt."
HARVEST FEST 2021 SCHEDULEVALLEY MUSICFriday EveningOctober 1Agnes on Fire will play outdoors, either at the packing shed or the school, weather permitting. 7 PM, site to be determinedPOETRY NIGHTSunday EveningCancelled - Poetry Night usually hosts 25-30 people crowded in a small space in a private home, with people from anywhere.HARVEST FEST LITESaturday 10 AM at the OrchardSaturday October 2Picking and pressing continue, with social distancing highly encouraged, both by the layout of tables, presses, signage, etc. and with masks suggested for everyone in spaces where social distancing is hard to maintain.Picnics, not potluck. It is suggested families and small groups bring their own food and picnic on the lawns or in the orchard under the shade of a just-picked apple tree, enjoying the fall beauty of the Orchard and the Stehekin Valley.Additionally, materials for cleaning and sanitation to help ensure a pandemic-safe environment for the picking and pressing, will be provided, not only for Harvest Fest, but throughout the picking and pressing season.Saturday's happenings, as well as Friday night's are subject to sudden cancellation or alteration, depending on county, state, and federal rules that may be instituted between now and October 1.
Visitors are encouraged to keep their plans to be in Stehekin that weekend, no matter what form Harvest Fest may take, or even if subsequently cancelled.We thank you for your understanding and, again, encourage you to be here in Stehekin this fall! Its a beautiful time of the year!
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
September 9, 2021, 4:15pm
This will be a phone-in meeting. Please join using the following information.
Dial-in using your phone: 1-712-832-8330
Access code: 818 2416
I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. August 12, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Purchasing Policy (setting purchase limit)
b. Proposals to PUD for park improvements
c. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Marina Committee
Next Regular Meeting: October 14, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.
- Written by Kari Sorensen, Blueberry Hills Farms
Manson Community Council
September 21, 2021 Agenda
ZOOM @ 6:00 pm Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
Flag Salute: Gordon Lester
• Treasurer’s Report
• Approval of July 20, 2021 Minutes
#1 Sheriff Brian Burnett
• Short Term Rental Compliance & Updates
• Sheriff’s Community Updates
#2 David Kieninger, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
• Discussion regarding MCC’s concern regarding significant increase in traffic to our area. We are requesting a Traffic Impact Study be done during the highest peak time in the valley; end of July 2022.
• How much traffic can Highway 150 handle and where we’re at now in that volume?
• What recent Traffic Impact Studies have been done?
• Any suggestions to remedy our current traffic issues?
• How to appropriately deal with vehicles, boats and trailers parked alongside Highway 150.
#3 Manson School Board Candidates
Each candidate will be allotted 5 minutes
• District 4 At Large Catherine Willard | Susie (Miller) Fox • District 5 At Large: Greg Neff | Janel Lyman
Next Meeting: October 19, 2021 @ 6 PM ZOOM Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
- Written by Sheriff Brian Burnett, CCSO
On August 18, 2021 Governor Inslee announced that Proclamation 21–14 (Vaccination Requirement) had been expanded to include all employees, on-site contractors and on-site volunteers at all public and private K-12 schools.
On August 20, 2021 Sheriff Burnett reached out to the Cascade School District, Cashmere School District, Chelan School District, and Manson School District to discuss the pending 2021/2022 School Resource Officer (SRO) contracts, as this new mandate now involved Sheriff’s Office employees who are protected by a collective bargaining agreement.
After many discussions with the School Districts, the Sheriff’s Office, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and each SRO, it was determined that the contracts would be put on hold, in order for all those involved and potentially affected by the Vaccination Requirement to work through this process.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office values the working relationship we have with our School Districts, their administration and staff. Together with our School Districts, the Sheriff’s Office administration, staff and School Resource Officers, we have worked collaboratively in order to provide programs that foster a safe learning environment for both students and staff.
Sheriff Burnett is working closely with the School Districts, Sheriff’s Office Employees and the Chelan County Deputy Sheriff’s Association in hopes of finding a resolution, while at the same time giving due process to all those potentially affected by the Vaccination Requirement.
On September 8, 2021 the Chelan County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Administration will be meeting to discuss this topic and determine how we move forward with future SRO contracts with the local School Districts.
In the interim, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping close communications with our schools and providing the best service possible under the current circumstances. The Sheriff’s Office will respond to all non-emergency and emergency calls for all schools and we will continue to work proactive patrols around our schools in order to maintain a safe learning environment for all.
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT communications
Use WSDOT tools to help prepare for holiday weekend traffic
OLYMPIA – With summer drawing to a close, travelers during the Labor Day weekend should plan ahead for extra congestion, including allowing extra time and traveling during non-peak times if possible.
Checking the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Labor Day weekend traffic volume charts when planning trips can help determine best times to travel on key routes. There will not be travel charts for the I-5 US-Canadian border crossing this year because the border has not been reopened long enough to provide for good analysis. Travelers should also check ahead for any COVID-19 safety requirements at their destinations or stops along the way.
By following these steps, travelers can “know before they go” and plan ahead, whether they’re just traveling across town or across the state:
- Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
- Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
- Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
- Pre-program the vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
- Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.
- Have a backup outdoor plan if the first choice of an outdoor location is full and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
- Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.
- Keep vehicles at least a quarter full of fuel throughout travel. The state Department of Commerce says with many people still driving rather than flying, there could be local delays in fuel deliveries during heavy travel weekends. Downloading an app that identifies nearby gas stations may be helpful if traveling in a different part of the state, as will buying only the fuel needed and leaving enough for everyone else.
- Given ongoing fire danger and dry conditions, never throw cigarettes or anything ignited out of vehicles, don’t park on grassy areas and ensure towing or other chains don’t drag on pavement causing sparks.
Highway construction paused
Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, Sept. 6 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place. And please give any emergency repair crews plenty of space to work safely.
No lane closures or other construction is planned on Interstate 90 from Friday, Sept. 3, until Tuesday, Sept. 7. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, Sept 3, and westbound Monday, Sept. 6 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."
In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, Sept. 6, on the State Route 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday.
People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound (or onto an island) Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 2-4, and eastbound (or off island), Sunday through Tuesday, Sept. 5-7. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.
- All riders should double check the sailing schedules as some routes are operating on timetables that are different than prior to the pandemic.
- Visit the Washington State Ferries website for more details on vehicle reservations, ferry email alerts and terminal conditions.
- A face covering is required in all indoor areas of vessels and terminals in compliance with the governor’s “Washington Ready” proclamation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order for public transportation.
Trains, airports and transit
Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:
- Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and Transportation Security Administration regulations require all passengers to wear masks. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
- For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or call 800-552-0666.
- Check with your local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run during holidays.
- Written by Kevin Morris, Douglas County Sheriff
On April 19, 2020 at about 2:13 PM, Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to a report of human remains found by an individual picking asparagus.
The remains were located in the trees and brush on the hillside in the 2700 block of Tacoma Avenue, Bridgeport.
The scene was investigated and the remains were removed.
Although confirmation cannot be made as to the identity of the remains until further DNA testing, investigators believe this to be Roy L. Groeneveld. Mr. Groeneveld was reported missing from a nearby residence in 2010 and was never located.
- Written by Sergeant Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 20th, 2021 at approximately 4:30 pm a 78 year old Peshastin man was located on the French Creek trail in the Icicle Drainage. The man was reported missing on Monday, August 16th after he didn’t return home from fishing on Sunday the 15th. Searchers worked all week attempting to locate the missing man.
On August 20th, a group of hikers located the man on the trail and flagged down a search team in the area who were returning to the SAR base. They were approximately 2-1/4 miles in from the trailhead. He was dehydrated but was still able to walk. It was determined on scene however, he would need to be littered out the remainder of the way.
After interviewing the man, searchers were able to determine he hiked in on Sunday morning and went up the French Ridge trail off of French Creek. At some point, he lost the trail and started working his way down off trail. He located the creek and was able to catch and eat some fish.
Throughout the week searchers from several different agencies helped in the search. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Deputies, CCSO Swiftwater Rescue Deputies and Volunteers, Chelan County Volunteer SAR, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, as well as representatives from Kittitas County, Okanogan County, Spokane County, King County, Snohomish County, as well as spontaneous volunteers including family members all participated in the search. The hikers who located the man volunteered to assist with the litter carry-out.