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Use WSDOT tools, allow extra travel time during popular travel weekend

OLYMPIA – With Memorial Day just around the corner, now’s the time to make a travel plan for this traditionally busy travel weekend.

For those who are traveling, consulting the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Memorial Day weekend traffic volume charts can help determine best times to travel on key routes, including times to avoid if possible. The Interstate 5 Canadian border forecast is not included in these charts because testing/vaccination requirements and the length of time the border has been open doesn’t allow for reliable forecasts at this point. 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, ferry schedules and a real-time travel map.
  • Follow WSDOT on social media, such as several Twitter accounts and Facebook
  • Pre-program your 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 destination as parks and other outdoor recreation sites tend to fill up quickly on holiday weekends. If a site’s parking is full, never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
  • Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.

Highway construction paused
Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 30 – 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.

Snoqualmie Pass
No lane closures or other construction is planned on I-90 from Friday, May 27, until to Tuesday, May 31. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, May 28, and westbound Monday, May 30 (see charts for more detail). Text message alerts about significant delays are available by texting the words “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to 468311.

Chinook and Cayuse passes
State Route123/Cayuse Pass is scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. Friday, May 27, in time for Memorial Day weekend. Relentless winter weather with continued snowfall and high avalanche danger will keep State Route 410/Chinook Pass closed until it is safe to reopen. Travelers can check the Chinook Pass and Cayuse Pass online reports for updates. Both these passes close each winter due to weather and hazardous conditions.

Tolling
In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, May 30, on the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The I-405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short-term account payment options on the Good to Go! visitors page visitors page.  

Ferry travel
People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, and eastbound, Sunday and Monday, May 29-30. 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, checking terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates.
  • The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing face masks on indoor transit, but they are no longer required.

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. The federal CDC still recommends wearing face masks on indoor transit, but they are no longer required. Visit amtrakcascades.com or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
  • For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/travel/aviation/airports-list 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.

ncw crime unit logoNorth Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU) detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting incident which occurred in front of the Living Hope Community Church located in Wenatchee, WA. The investigation received assistance from the Central Basin Investigative Team and the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team.

NCW SIU detectives have identified the subject killed in the incident as Alexander J. White, a 36 year-old East Wenatchee, WA resident. Detectives have identified the three Wenatchee Police Department (WPD) Officers who discharged their firearms during the incident:
Officer Corey Fuller – 13+ Years Law Enforcement Service with more than 4 at WPD
Officer Brian Hewitt – 8+ Years Law Enforcement Service with more than 1 at WPD
Officer Aly Mustain – 4+ Years Law Enforcement Service with more than 1 at WPD

Officer Hewitt was the officer injured during the incident. He was subsequently treated and released for his injures the same day of the incident.
All the involved officers remain on administrative leave which is standard practice following an officer-involved use of force incident.

Investigators continue to examine evidence, conduct follow-up interviews and review officer worn body camera, in-car camera and surrounding surveillance camera footage as part of the investigative process.

Due to the amount of information to review and the importance to maintain a transparent and credible investigation, it is expected to take several weeks to complete the investigative process before the case can be forwarded to the Chelan County Prosecutor.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – After more than two years, volunteer groups across the state can once again participate in the state’s free coffee program at selected safety rest areas, providing coffee to the traveling public.

The free coffee program promotes safe highways by providing coffee to reduce drowsy driving. Volunteer non-profit groups dispense the free coffee at 34 designated rest areas operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation. In addition to coffee, travelers get a chance to learn more about the local volunteer group and can also make a voluntary donation for the coffee. The popular program was shut down in March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic safety concerns.

Groups can now start making bookings for slots for Friday, May 20, through the end of the year by vising the program webpage for details (www.wsdot.wa.gov/about/contacts/rest-area-free-coffee-program). 

Participating groups should follow good sanitation and COVID prevention practices and follow https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-14.3%20-%20COVID-19%20Vax%20WA%20Amendment%20%28tmp%29.pdf

Governor Inslee’s Amended Proclamation 12-14, including providing a declaration to WSDOT that the group meets the proclamation’s vaccine verification, exemptions and accommodations requirements (more details available online).

Free coffee program details:

  • An updated reservation system is available this year through email on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications also can be mailed (more details on the website).
  • Only coffee and other non-carbonated beverages can be dispensed; food cannot be part of the free coffee service.
  • Not every location has free coffee volunteers every day; service depends on volunteer group availability.
  • Some sites may not have volunteers scheduled on the first available weekend. Groups will have signs out at near coffee dispensing areas when they’re on site.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 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.
Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: April 2022 (County Treasurer delay)
• Payroll: March 22, 2022 to April 21, 2022 / Paid 05-05-2022 for $135,416.99
• General Account Vouchers: 04-04-2022 transactions 376 to 382 for $7,463.57; 04-08-2022 transactions
383 to 392 for $15,989.68; 05-15-2022 transactions 393 to 411 for $21,932.03; 04-22-2022 transactions
437 to 448 for $2,446.55.
• Capital Account Vouchers: no expenditures
• Minutes: April 20 and 27, 2022
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2022 Budget & Financial Report – April 2022 Financials (County Treasurer delay)
• April Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Fire Chief Report (Asst. Chief Sherman)
• Volunteer Recruitment / Training
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)
Unfinished Business:
• Updates:
Annexation
Apparatus Planning Team
Entry Level Hiring
Audio / Visual – Station 71 meeting room
Resident Program (Research)
Fire Mechanic Succession Plan
Flooring (station 71)
Station 71 LED Sign (DNR Co-op Agreement)
New Business:
Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection May 19, 2022 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner Moller / Chief Asher
• Cruizin Chelan – June 3 & 4, 2022
• Pancake Feed – June 4, 2022 (Station 71)
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

WSDTlogo450Virtual meeting will be May 17 and 18

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will begin work to implement free Washington State Ferries passage for people 18 and younger as well as a fall reduction of Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates during its May meetings.

Both of these measures were passed by the state Legislature earlier this year and the commission will now begin the process to implement the changes during its monthly two-day meeting on Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both days. Due to limitations related to COVID-19, this meeting will be virtual using Zoom. People interested in attending can register on the Commission’s website. TVW will broadcast the meeting live.

Highlights of Tuesday’s presentations include:

  • Tolling Performance and Financial Update. An overview of current traffic and revenue performance of all tolled facilities will be provided.
  • Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup. An update of the workgroup’s upcoming activities for 2022 will be provided, along with an overview of a possible autonomous vehicle pilot proposal to test last-mile and transit connections.
  • Road Usage Charge. An update of current research and an overview of upcoming RUC pilots later this year will be provided.
  • Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Project. A review of the program’s progress to date, including the locally preferred design alternative will be provided.

Highlights of Wednesday’s presentations include:

  • Sen. Marko Liias and Rep. Jake Fey. The chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation committees will discuss the results of the 2022 Legislative Session and their historic Move Ahead Washington funding package.
  • Washington State Ferries 18 and Under Passengers Ride Free Policy. The financial and operational analysis for carrying out this new program will be reviewed. The commission also will discuss next steps and the schedule for implementing it by this fall.
  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Rate Reduction. A review of financial considerations will be provided along with discussing how to apply the toll rate reduction. An overview of next steps and the schedule for the rate adjustment process will also be provided.

The commission will take public comment at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. Those wishing to speak can sign up during the meeting by posting their name in the Q&A box on-screen. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov.

douglas county logoDuring regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners moved to decline to sign the proposed East Wenatchee Annexation Interlocal Agreement.  The Board, The City of East Wenatchee, and staff from each agency, engaged in this newly created method during the last year in good faith with the intention of exploring a theoretically more streamlined and efficient annexation process that had the potential to serve both the community and each jurisdiction. 

After fully considering all of the public comment in opposition received by the Board throughout the annexation review process, during, and following the joint public hearing, the Board did not feel that it was the right decision for their citizens to move ahead at this time.  This decision was not reached casually and no direction had been decided prior to hearing the comments provided by the public.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners takes seriously their commitment in representing and serving their constituents.  While they are sincerely appreciative of the support and cooperation of the City of East Wenatchee during this time, it was ultimately determined that more direct input of the public is appropriate for this action.  Public involvement is a cornerstone of our government; the Douglas County Board of Commissioners is dedicated to preserving this vital component.

 
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Next Regular Meeting: June 9, 2022 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.
Regular Board Meeting

May 12, 2022, 4:10pm

Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831

Or

http://www.zoom.us*- Meeting ID: 979 2410 6479 Passcode: 271309

Zoom dial-in*: 1-253-215-8782

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute

III. Agenda Additions and Deletions

IV. Public Comment

V. Approval of Minutes

a. April 14, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes

VI. Financial Review

a. Review Monthly Financial Report

b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher

VII. Old Business

a. Updates:

i. Marina Policy Committee

ii. Old Swim Hole development project

iii. Manson Bay Marina planning project

iv. Leffler Field soil remediation planning project

b. Director’s Report

VIII. New Business

IX. Adjournment

*Audio and video quality is not guaranteed.

 

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The Manson Royalty Float from 2012. MVT photo.

Manson Apple Blossom is coming this weekend - May 13-14

This year's theme is "Back in Bloom"

Manson Apple Blossom Facebook page - https://fb.me/e/1keU1JrF2

Schedule of Events

5/13: Apple Blossom Coronation - 6:00 pm at Manson High School

5/14: Apple Blossom Pancake Breakfast - 6:30 am to 10 am at the Manson Grange - https://fb.me/e/1okhLB7wt

5/14: Apple Blossom Fun Run - 8:30am in front of the Manson Business Center

5/14: Apple Blossom Parade - 11:00 am starting at the Lake Chelan Building Supply and ending at Fire Station #5

5/14 Apple Blossom 3 on 3 Basketball Tournement - after the parade to 4:30 pm at Fire Station #5 - https://fb.me/e/1oMjOPDml

 

Check out this BLAST FROM THE PAST - Apple Blosson 2013 - Manson Apple Blossom 2013 Parade Photos (mansontribune.com)

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On May 7th, 2022 at approximately 8:27 AM, Wenatchee Police Department Officers responded to the area of N. Chelan Avenue and Palouse Street, Wenatchee, WA for report of male shooting into the Living Hope Church.  Officers arrived on scene and confronted the suspect. 

During the incident, one Wenatchee Police Department Officer sustained non-life threating injuries, as a result of the shooting. The single suspect was subsequently shot and fatally wounded by officers. 

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU), which is an independent investigative team, was activated due to this being an officer involved shooting incident.

The NCW SIU is comprised of investigators from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, Wenatchee Police Department, and Washington State Patrol.

In order to maintain an independent investigation, no investigators from the Wenatchee Police Department are involved with this incident.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2022, starting at 9:00 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

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Roll Call:
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Flag Salute:
Old Business:
• Financing – Spartan Urban Engines
Adjournment:

On 04/27/22, at approximately 530 AM, a subject shattered the glass door to the Seventh Day Adventist Church; located at 1201 10th Street NE, East Wenatchee. 

The suspect, who is depicted in the photographs, entered the church and spray painted the interior walls.  This does not appear to be gang related, but may be related to other churches in the area who were victims of vandalism. 

If you have any information on the suspect shown in the pictures, please call Sgt. Baker at (509)888-6809.

If you recognize the suspect, please do not contact him, contact Law Enforcement. You can remain anonymous if you prefer.

sheriffsmThe Chelan County Sheriff’s Office reports on April 22, 2022 shortly after 2PM Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Apple Acres Road, Chelan for two gun shot victims, both of which were fatal. The incident was reported by a family member who arrived at the residence, observed the victims, and then called 911.

The two residents were identified as Lynndelle Burkhart and Cole Robison, mother and son respectively. Burkhart and Robison lived in the same residence and were both located in a bedroom. The Sheriff’s Office does not believe anyone else was involved in the incident and are not actively pursuing any suspects, nor do we believe there is a threat to the public.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Chelan County Coroner’s Office worked in collaboration to form this conclusion.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on April 22, 2022 shortly after 2PM Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Apple Acres Road, Chelan.

The Sheriff’s Office can confirm this is a death investigation involving two people of the same residence.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Chelan County Coroner’s Office on this investigation and cannot release additional details at this time. However, we do not believe there is any threat to the public related to this investigation.

Detectives will continue to investigate with the Coroner’s Office and will release additional details as they can.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, starting at 9:00 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

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Flag Salute:
New Business:
• Strategic Plan review
Adjournment:

Just in time for Earth Month! New video makes it easier than ever to Recycle Right in the Wenatchee Valley

WENATCHEE, Wash. (April 22, 2022) – Recycling made easy! Just in time for Earth Month, there’s a new video that simplifies recycling and explains what Wenatchee Valley residents can do to help make local recycling resilient and successful.

The new video takes residents from their kitchens to their carts to WM’s regional facility that processes recyclables collected in the Wenatchee Valley. The Spokane Materials and Recycling Technology (SMaRT) Center is the centerpiece of a regional strategy to dramatically reduce waste and boost recycling. It’s the critical link between what residents put in their carts and the end markets where recyclables are made into new products.

The video takes viewers behind the scenes at the SMaRT Center, where 100,000 tons of household recyclables are sorted and prepared for shipping to manufacturers every year.

“Recycling only works when materials are actually made into new products,” said Tami Haggerty, WM’s senior associate for education and outreach. “That’s why it’s up to us to do what we can in our homes, apwaste management logoartments, schools and businesses to make sure we only put acceptable items in our recycling carts.”

“The new video is intended to energize and engage residents about waste reduction and recycling,” Haggerty said. “We’re trying to make recycling easier than ever.”

Check out the video now at wmnorthwest.com. Use the drop down to find your community and click on Watch Now to tour WM’s SMaRT Center.

About WM in the Wenatchee Valley

WM is the leading provider of comprehensive recycling and environmental services across the Pacific Northwest and North America. In the Wenatchee Valley, WM has provided services for more than 30 years. Today, the company provides solid waste collection services for Cashmere, East Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Rock Island, Wenatchee and throughout the rest of Chelan and Douglas counties. WM also owns and operates the Wenatchee transfer station and the Greater Wenatchee Regional Landfill, which has earned prestigious certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council for enhancing biodiversity. For more information, go to wmnorthwest.com.

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In light of recent events in our valley, we have learned of inaccurate information circulating on social media, word of mouth, and via text message relating to events that lead to the lockdown at Cascade Elementary School on Monday April 18, 2022.  It is important to acknowledge we have recently seen an increase in gang violence in our valley.

It is equally important to know we are taking substantial steps to address gang violence. Along with increased law enforcement presence at our upcoming community events, we are in direct coordination with our schools and all regional law enforcement agencies. We are collaborating resources, which include; School Administrators, Drug Task Force, Patrol divisions, School Resource Officers, Detectives, Prosecutors, DOC, the NCW Special Investigations Unit, and the Regional Jail.

In our recent investigations we have gathered additional information on local gang members and associates. As we continue to investigate unlawful gang activity, arrests will be made as appropriate. Public safety is our highest priority and we will continue to provide accurate information through press releases and our social media platforms. We ask for your continued help and support in reporting criminal activity.

sheriffsmOn April 21, 2022 at approximately 4:00 pm, there was a reported shooting at the 600 Block of South Wenatchee Ave.  At the request of the Wenatchee Police Department, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were asked to investigate.

Detectives contacted the victim at the emergency room of Central Washington Hospital.  It was determined the victim had been shot and the injury was not life threatening.

During the interview the victim did not wish to cooperate in the criminal investigation.

At this time, this incident does not appear gang related and Law Enforcement does not believe there is an ongoing threat to community safety.

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For second year, community teams with Department of Natural Resources to expand Wildfire Ready Neighbors program to high-risk areas

CHELAN – Residents, community leaders, forest health experts, regional fire districts, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined in Chelan’s Union Valley today to kick off this year’s Wildfire Ready Neighbors program that provides homeowners, renters, and small forest landowners the resources and tools to help protect themselves from wildfires.

The program – a collaboration between the Chelan community and DNR – takes a localized approach to proactive action plans. Last year, Chelan was the first county to launch this successful program. During the six-week pilot, 545 Chelan residents signed up for Wildfire Ready Neighbors and received custom plans to prepare their homes and properties ahead of wildfire season, exceeding program goals by 22%. Now in its second year, the program is building on that momentum by expanding to other high-risk communities in Chelan.

“Wildfires don’t see property lines, and people with homes in areas at high risk of wildfires are only as strong as their weakest link,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “It’s why neighbors who live in places like Chelan know they must band together to ready themselves, their homes, and their forests against wildfires. This is an act of deep care for your neighbor and communities like Union Valley are showing us the power of building community resilience.”

Through the Wildfire Ready Neighbors program, people can access experts and resources that help them understand how to reduce risk on their property through actions they can take into their own hands. This includes trimming back brush, cleaning roofs and gutters, and removing debris like leafy piles. When every property in a neighborhood takes these steps, their individual homes create a large area that is less susceptible to wildfires. 

Wildfire Ready Neighbors will also expand to communities in Spokane and Yakima in May. In all three communities, the program:  

  • Drives people to assess risks and take action to make their properties more wildfire ready;
  • Raises awareness and interest in receiving a free wildfire ready home visit or forest health consultation;
  • Builds understanding of local/state resources and contractors available to assist with risk reduction activities;
  • Grows and deepens community relationships and partnerships around issues of wildfire and resiliency; and,
  • Creates a model for replicable future wildfire preparedness and resiliency programs that can be utilized by community partners in addition to their own existing programs or efforts.

Renters, homeowners, and private landowners – even if they do not live on their property full time – are eligible to participate. DNR and community leaders encourage participation now before the summer brings hot and dry conditions that create higher risks for wildfire. This past season, firefighters battled 1,872 fires across Washington – the second-most wildfires in record state history. More than 1.5 million acres have burned over the past two seasons.

“Communities need to understand how wildfires work and have an understanding of the surroundings by their homes,” said Johnny Synder, Union Valley Community Captain. “The education of knowing fires’ behavior and how they travel is important. Wildfire Ready Neighbors teaches you that and what can do to reduce the risk.”

To join Wildfire Ready Neighbors and get a free customized plan, community members simply sign up at www.wildfireready.com. At no cost, residents can also request a consultation where a wildfire expert will visit their property and develop a detailed action plan for wildfire preparedness. The plan includes steps they can take immediately and information about local resources and contractors to help get them started.

OTHER KEY DATES

Spokane launch: May 10

Yakima launch: May 12

More pictures and video can be found at https://deptofnaturalresources.box.com/s/wevfga3pn8emahpuflpdokqpskbsshth

 NOTE: Commissioner Franz tested positive for COVID over the weekend, so she was unable to attend. Allen Lebovitz, Wildland Fire Liaison for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stepped in to speak for her. 

Background on Allen Lebovitz:

Allen’s role as Wildland Fire Liaison is to build, nurture and grow relationships with communities around Washington and strengthen communication and coordination as he shares information and exchanges perspectives on how to best shape the state’s response to wildfires.

Before his current role, Allen was previously working for the agency as an aquatic habitat restoration manager, a field position that saw him implementing river restoration projects across Washington. An interest in wildland fire ecology spurred him to experience it on the front lines as a DNR wildland firefighter.

Before his time with DNR, he worked as a forester and ecologist in the private and nonprofit sectors, and ran his own timber and logging company. He graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale.

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The Manson School District Special Board meeting has been changed from Tuesday, April 19, 2022 to Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6pm.

BUCKNER HOMESTEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION

2022 ANNUAL MEETING

via Zoom

Tuesday, May 3, 7:05 PM

BHHF is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting
Time: May 2, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 775 6982 9467
Passcode: SfQS26
 

7:00 PM - Access to meeting begins

7:05 PM - Meeting is called to order

This will be a very brief meeting, 30 minutes, with only three items on the agenda, all pre-filed motions, and limited discussion.  Many members, especially those in Stehekin, have limited broadband; and a brief meeting may allow more to participate.  If you are concerned about broadband usage, you should wait until close to 7 PM to access the meeting.

·       Election of Officers and Board Members

·       Adoption of 2022 Budget

·       Approval of 2021 Annual Meeting Summary

AGENDA        

I.  Call to Order by the President   7:05 PM

 

II.  Election of Board Members and Officers

MOTION 1-2022    (Moved by Danita Breeze, seconded by Adrienne Carpenter - pre-filed)

    Re-Elect the following board members to three-year terms

       
        Christy Libby, Manson-Stehekin, Buckner Family Representative

        Crystal Austin, Chelan, At-large Representative

        Herb Sargo, Sedro-Woolley-Stehekin, Buckner Family Representative

 

MOTION 2-2022   (Moved by Cinda Gilbert, seconded by Dick Bingham  -  pre-filed)

    Elect Foundation Officers to one-year Terms

            Herb Sargo - President

            Christy Libbey - Treasurer

            Laura Reiter, Walla Walla - Secretary

MOTION 3-2022    (Moved by Christy Libbey, seconded by Laura Reiter  -  pre-filed)

    Approve the 2022  Annual Budget as presented 

    (PDF Attached)

Approval of 2021 Annual Meeting Summary


MOTION 4-2021
  (Moved by Laura Reiter, seconded by Christy Libby - pre-filed)

    Move to approve the 2021 Annual Meeting Summary & voting addendum as printed

    (PDF Attached)

MEETING ADJOURNMENT by 7:30 PM

NOTES

(1)  If you have questions, suggestions, are would like to run for a Foundation office, please reply to the message prior to the meeting.

(2) If you would like further information regarding the work of the Foundation, our 2021 Annual Report is linked immediately below.

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The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, +Washington, and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce their selection of Jordyn Giulio as the next County Administrator. Jordyn joined the county, in 2015, as the Risk Manager – Public Information Officer.   She brings a wealth of government operational experience with five years dedicated at the federal level as a contractor to the Department of Energy.

During her time in government, Jordyn has cultivated a diverse background, including emergency management operations; policy and training development; safety, risk management/loss prevention control; personnel security; and public relations.  Ms. Giulio earned her Master’s in Communication from Gonzaga University; holds a B.A. in Social Science from Washington State University, in addition to an Associates in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) designation.

We are grateful for those who applied for the position, and were fortunate to have several qualified candidates. Moving forward, the Board of Commissioners has every confidence Jordyn will continue to serve as an asset to the county with the retirement of Mr. Jim Barker, County Administrator, in winter of 2022. Please join us in congratulating Jordyn and welcoming her as she transitions to her new role.

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Get Your Wildfire Ready Plan – Join Us!

Wildfire Ready Neighbors Kick-Off Event

Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Wildfire is a fact of life. But when we come together as neighbors, we can reduce the risk that wildfire poses to our properties, homes, and community.

Union Valley will become the newest Wildfire Ready Neighbors community, helping build wildfire resilience in Chelan. Join our kick-off!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

WHERE: 474 Nancy Lane, Chelan, Washington

WHO: Commissioner Hilary Franz, Fire District 7 Chief Brandon Asher, and Union Valley Captains Johnny and Sara Synder. 

WHAT: Learn more about how you can get your home and property prepared and sign-up for Wildfire Ready Neighbors to get a FREE plan.

Wildfire Ready Neighbors offers free incentives: 

  • Sign-up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and get a FREE wildfire ready plan!
  • A Wildfire Ready Home Visit will help you determine how to best prepare your home and its immediate surroundings.
  • If you have a forested or wooded area on your property, a local forester will help assess your forest’s health and identify potential problems and solutions through a Forest Health Consultation.
  • We’re working with our partners at DNR, Cascadia Conservation District, and others to identify other ways we can support you to get ready for fire season. Last fall’s chipping event is one example of projects that we are looking into.

For more Information:

  • Contact Wildfire Ready Neighbors Union Valley Community Captains Johnny and Sara Synder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Visit https://wildfireready.dnr.wa.gov/.

Hope to see you at the event on Tuesday, April 19!

The Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2022 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its March board meeting.

Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members.

Award recipients were:  Elementary teachers Carman Fretwell and Gregorio Benavides and Elementary special education paraeducator Diana Willoughby.

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A co-worker shared, “Diana has worked tirelessly through the pandemic with a specific student in order to increase that student's time at school from 1 hour to a full day in his classroom! She shows tremendous patience, creativity and flexibility in all her job and has impacted many students beyond this specific one.”

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A fellow teacher shared, “Carman is always working so hard to build strong relationships with our students. She has created such strong bonds with my students with such a small amount of time available to meet with them each day. When my students are pulled out to work with her, they always so excited to learn from her. I often go to Carmen for advice because her positive attitude it contagious.”.

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A staff member shared, “I have worked with Gregorio for over 17 years and prior to here, I briefly worked with him at Chelan Elementary School. Gregorio has always been a good solid teacher. He is always positive with students and staff. He has done a targeted academic Afters for his students needing extra support for many years. He works hard to help his students succeed. During the thickest part of the Pandemic and shut down, Gregorio continued to be the professional teacher and do everything that was needed to make sure his students learned. Whether it was a remote, hybrid, asynchronous or synchronous teaching model, Gregorio continued to be the true professional teacher and did whatever was needed to help his students learn in an environment that was atypical to learning.

The Manson School District Board of Directors will officially recognize the award winners at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:00p.m.

The recipients will also be recognized in the fall at the Manson Chamber of Commerce “Night to Remember”.

A big congratulations to others nominees: Angel Gosvener, Monica Marble, Sam Lovelace, Lauren Griffith, Kendra Ellsworth, Joey Johanson, Ben Riippi, and Wendy Schramm.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 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.

Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Assistant Fire Chief - Pinning/ Introduce temp FF/EMT and Seasonal Positions
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: March 2022
• Payroll: February 22, 2022 to March 21, 2022 / Paid 04-05-2022 for $122,502.17
• General Account Vouchers: 03-04-2022 transactions 234 to 255 for $23,075.22; 03-18-2022 transactions 267 to 286 for $10,709.07; 03-25-2022 transactions 302 to 312 for $7,134.59.
• Capital Account Vouchers: 03-19-2022 transactions 287 to 288 for $4,537.64; 03-26-2022 transactions 313-315 for $10,791.37.
• Minutes: March 16 and 17, 2022
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2022 Budget & Financial Report - March 2022 Financials
• February Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update / Assistant Chief Report: (Chief Sherman)
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)

Unfinished Business:
• 2021/2022 Annexations – Update
• Apparatus Planning Team – Update

New Business:
• Resolution 2022-01 Leasing Resolution for pumpers
• Sourcewell Agreement – Procurement Services
• Audio/Visual Training room – Quotes
• Office Furniture upgrade

Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection April 21, 2022 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner ?? / Chief Asher
• Strategic Planning meeting – Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 9:00 a.m.
• Windermere – Shredding event Saturday, May 14, 2022

Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Adjournment:

 

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Next Regular Meeting: May 12, 2022 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.
Regular Board Meeting

April 14, 2022, 4:10pm

Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831

I. Call to Order

II. Flag Salute

III. Agenda Additions and Deletions

IV. Public Comment

V. Approval of Minutes

a. March 10, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes

VI. Financial Review

a. Review Monthly Financial Report

b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher

VII. Old Business

a. Updates:

i. Marina Policy Committee

ii. Old Swim Hole development

iii. Manson Bay Marina planning

iv. Leffler Field soil remediation planning

b. Director’s Report

VIII. New Business

a. Resolution 2022-01 (Approving RCO grant application for Leffler Field funding)

b. REMINDER: File your F-1 PDC annual financial reports!

IX. Adjournment

 

easter egg 2022

wsdot logoIt’s time for airports to submit their applications for the second round of 2021-2023 Airport Aid Program grants. The Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division anticipates awarding between $1.1 and $1.3 million in funding.

Airports can only apply for projects previously submitted through the Statewide Capital Improvement Program, also known as SCIP. The SCIP is an unconstrained prioritized list of projects entered by Washington’s 132 public-use airports that captures project requirements for airports to address individual airport needs.

To apply, airports can fill out the online application and airport aid application checklist. WSDOT requires airport aid grant assurances be submitted with the application package.

Applications are due Friday, May 15, no later than 5 p.m. Qualifying projects should be targeted for completion by June 30, 2023. Eligible projects may include work beginning after June 1, 2022.

WSDOT will prioritize applications based on the SCIP project scores.

Guidance and information regarding scoring is provided online in the WSDOT Airport Aid Grant Procedures Manual.

WSDOT will announce grant award decisions after June 1, 2022.

The next grant cycle begins July 2023.

Airport Transformation Grant Program

Starting this year there is also an Airport Transformation Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to support the transformation of Washington's public use airports to become more environmentally sustainable.

In October 2021, WSDOT Aviation announced that with its 2022 Airport Aid grant program, 10% of the annual program funds available will be dedicated to this program.

Sustainable aviation projects may include, but are not limited to, sustainable aviation fuel storage, electrification of ground support equipment, electric aircraft charging infrastructure, airport clean power production or electric vehicle charging stations whose infrastructure also supports ground support equipment and electric aircraft charging.

Projects will be evaluated on their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the modification of airport infrastructure to adopt clean forms of transportation, adoption of airport clean power generation, and/or modification of existing infrastructure resulting in less dependence on fossil fuels.

Projects not selected for funding for Airport Transformation Grants will automatically be considered for funding under a new sustainable aviation grant program that WSDOT Aviation will establish in 2022.

Information on how to apply for an Airport Transformation Grant can be found on WSDOT’s Aviation website.

dougcountysherlogoOn April 4th 2022 at about 11:36 am, deputies were dispatched to a report of a semi on its top on McNeil Canyon Road around mile post 2.

The report also advised the semi’s brakes were on fire.

Deputies learned the semi had been driven downhill on McNeil Canyon road and entered a corner traveling at a speed too high to successfully negotiate the turn.  The vehicle flipped over and came to a rest on its top.

The driver, identified as Daniel F. Heberer, a 57 year old man out of Spokane, who was the sole occupant, was deceased. 

The semi was hauling a non-hazardous material. 

\The semi was removed to a location for further equipment inspection by WSP to determine if equipment failure was a contributing factor. 

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Chelan Fire and Rescue is pleased to announce the hiring of Shawn Sherman as its new Assistant Fire Chief. 

Shawn holds the position that was formerly held by now Fire Chief Brandon Asher.  

Shawn is a lifelong resident and has a long history of service to the Lake Chelan Valley.  Shawn started as a Volunteer Firefighter for Chelan Fire and Rescue in 1995 and is entering his twenty-first year as a Firefighter. 

In 2011 Shawn was hired as a Career Firefighter and quickly obtained the rank of Captain. 

Shawn has an extensive background in wildland firefighting.  Shawn has been heavily involved with many of the devastating fires that have occurred in the Chelan Valley and surrounding areas.   In his early years, he was a Helitack Firefighter and even spent some time training in Australia and with the Bermagui Fire Brigade. 

Shawn is the leader of Chelan Fire and Rescues marine and rescue swimmer programs.  Shawn’s father, Del Sherman, also retired as a Volunteer Firefighter with Chelan Fire and Rescue.  Shawn takes great pride in serving the community that raised him and understands the many challenges that the community faces.  Both in new positions, Chief Asher and Assistant Chief Sherman are motivated and ready to lead Chelan Fire and Rescue well into the future.  

manson schoolCome join us for an informal meet and greet with the Manson School Board of Directors!

WHEN: Thursday, April 14 - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: High School Student Center, the “HUB”

WHAT: Come meet the school board members that represent you! Ask questions, have a conversation - get to know each other!

Dessert and coffee will be served so please RSVP to Janice Stewart at 509.687.3140
 

sheriffSheriff Brian Burnett reports a 66-year-old Mukilteo, WA resident – Richard Thurmer – was killed in a climbing accident on Dragontail Peak approximately 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

On March 28, 2022 RIVERCOM Dispatch Center received a 911 call from Thurmer’s wife (Alma), she advised that her husband was solo climbing in the Enchantments and she was concerned because she hadn’t heard from him for 24 hours. Alma advised that he was not due back until Tuesday but he normally contacts her everyday via his InReach device. She said that her husband was well equipped, in good health and a very experienced climber.

A deputy located Thurmer’s vehicle parked near the Bridge Creek Campground and a note was left to call the Sheriff’s Office when he returns.

On Tuesday evening Alma called RIVERCOM and advised that her husband had not returned home as planned and she still hadn’t heard from him. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinators were notified and a search was planned for the morning.

On Wednesday morning a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and a two-person ground team from Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) responded to the Dragontail Peak area. At approximately 11:15am, the helicopter crew observed a motionless person laying in the snow at the base of the “Triple Couloir” on the north aspect of Dragontail Peak. The helicopter was unable to land due to very high winds in the area and was forced to return to Wenatchee.

The CCMR ground team arrived at the location at approximately 2:30pm and confirmed the victim was Thurmer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Responders reported that it appeared he had fallen several hundred feet. The high winds prevented the helicopter from returning to the scene on Wednesday.

This morning the Sheriff’s Office helicopter returned to the scene and with the assistance of CCMR was able to hoist the victim from the area and transport him to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

Also assisting in the rescue were members of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue.

jesse collinsThe Douglas County Public Defender Selection Committee, in conjunction with the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, is pleased to announce that Jesse Collins has been selected as the first Douglas County Office of Public Defense Administrator.  The Office of Public Defense was established in February, 2022 and created an internal department to handle indigent defense for Douglas County Superior Court.

Mr. Collins obtained his Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University of Law and has been practicing indigent defense for over ten years.  He has previously served at both the Skagit and Chelan County public defender’s offices, as well as at private practice and nonprofit organizations.  His wealth of experience, including adult, juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony cases, coupled with his passion for indigent defense, will undoubtedly be an invaluable asset to Douglas County and the Wenatchee Valley.

In his capacity as the Douglas County Office of Public Defense Administrator, Mr. Collins will have responsibility for the oversight, management of staff, and budget of the office in addition to handling a small caseload.  Two additional attorneys and two support staff, hired in the coming weeks under Mr. Collins’ direction, will complete the office.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners believe that both defendants and taxpayers will be served more effectively by providing these services directly as the County continues to experience growth. Douglas County takes seriously its duty to provide representation to every citizen, without regard to ability to pay, and believes that Mr. Collins is the best candidate to fulfil this important commitment.

buckner visit 2022

Work Begins!
Laurie, Vicki and volunteers have been hard at it, rain, snow, or shine, beginning another yearly cycle of caring for the historic trees at the Orchard.  Now, before warmer weather arrives, while the trees are still dormant, pruning is well into its third week.  This is not fun, its cold, snow is melting, wind is blowing, you sink in the remaining snow, and every tree is a different challenge.   There is no waiting.
 
Pruning of the historic trees shapes the tree for
  • better growth,
  • air circulation, which reduces the potential for disease,
  • the desired shape,  thus reducing foliage and allowing both sunlight and sprayed materials to enter the center of the tree, 
  • removal of dead and broken branches,
It's definitely a balancing act.  Too much pruning encourages excessive shoot growth, delays fruiting, and reduces the quality of the fruit on younger trees.
 
2022 Annual Work Plan
Each year, the Foundation and North Cascades National Park Service Complex (NPS) jointly develop a work plan, determining what work they will collaboratively complete at the Buckner Orchard.  It is important to note that NPS has far more work completed there each year; the Work Plan only deals with activities related to the Foundation's participation.
 
As to be expected, not all work is completed in a given year, and may be carried forward to the next.
 
Supporting Our Work
If you like the work we do for this historic and special place, please considering supporting us in what we do. 
 
As the calendar below indicates, there are organized volunteer opportunities, as well as other times during the year when Laurie and Vicki can use your help.  Be sure to contact them beforehand if you would like to spend time "in the field" contributing, either by contacting Laurie or inquiring here at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
You very likely noticed in the Work Plan above, a significant part of our work also takes funding.  With our on-line giving options now up and working well, the links below allow you to contribute easily and quickly.  Every penny goes to fulfilling our mission statement and meeting our goals.  The Foundation itself is entirely driven by caring and generous volunteers.
 
Acquiring memberships and donations can made using these links or by mailing a check to Buckner Orchard, PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.
 
 
meat street 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022 was a fun-filled day in Manson with several events to choose from.

My Buddy’s Place was buzzing early morning with eight teams preparing for the “6th Annual Meat in the Street” contest. Ray Medina, owner of My Buddy’s Place supplied each team with 100 chicken wings. All sizes of barbecues lined the street in front of Buddy’s and the aroma of barbecue soon filled the air.
 
Tickets for the event went on sale at noon and all 100 were gone in short order.
 
Four independent judges would make the decision as to who would be the winner of the “Meat in the Street Cook Off” -- a coveted title -- with the winner’s name engraved on a plaque hanging inside My Buddy’s Place. Event ticket holders would choose the “People’s Choice” award.

At 11:30 am the doors of the Manson Grange opened to a Manson Chamber family-fun event. Inside the Grange Hall you could learn about bees and their impact on the world, youngsters could color and outside you could plant a seed in a container, take it home and watch it grow!
 
The Manson Chamber’s Wine Barrel Train was taking kids for a ride around town and the Easter Bunny was also on hand for a photo op.

The 10th Annual “Soaring into Spring”, sponsored by North Shore Bible Church, in collaboration with Manson Chamber of Commerce’s “Spring Fling,” got underway at Singleton Park at 2:00 pm. Over 100 children were flying kites, shooting off rockets, enjoying popcorn and just having fun. Pastor Craig was very pleased with the turnout and said it was the best “Soaring into Spring” ever!

The Chelan Ridge Winery featured the Skiffs, a country/outlaw bluegrass band from Wenatchee starting at 2:00 and Alta Cellars highlighted Terry Buell, a local artist starting at 3:00.

Judges for the “Meat in the Street” contest started their judging at 2:15 and Ray Medina announced Tony Zuluaga’s team winner of the “Meat in the Street Cook Off” at 3:45, and the “People’s Choice” award. That makes it unanimous!

Starting at 6:30,Radiance Winery offered the tunes of Older and Wiser playing eclectic, semi-acoustic versions of songs from the 60s right up to the 90s.

Finally, if you’re a late-night person, My Buddy’s Place offered karaoke by FatKidd DJ until midnight.

If that wasn’t enough for one day, “Taste Chelan” was in full swing and offered carefully selected food and wine pairings at wineries and restaurants throughout the Lake Chelan Valley. www.lakechelanwinevalley.com/events/taste-chelan/

Topping off this remarkable day was the amazing weather enjoyed by all. We thank everyone that took part in the activities,and we will be looking forward to the 3rd Annual Spring Fling in 2023.

sheriffAt approximately 4:46 pm. on March 24th, 2022, RIVERCOM Dispatch reported receiving a call from male who advised he had left a package wrapped in a black trash bag, in a garbage can across from the Rhein Haus in the 700 Block of US Hwy 2 in Leavenworth, WA.  The caller advised he had an “analog clock” attached to the package and was insinuating it was a bomb.  The caller never said it was a bomb but insinuated it several times on the phone. The caller then made 2 other calls into businesses, Icicle River Brewery and The Wok About.  The caller advised that he had placed a package in their businesses and for them to leave immediately.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of Chelan County Fire District 3, the Washington State Patrol, WASDOT and Chelan Roads quickly moved in and started evacuating the area.  Road blocks were set up and traffic East and Westbound was diverted around Leavenworth.  An incident command post was established.

The Washington State Patrol Bomb K-9 teams were called in, and two teams responded to the area from Marysville.  Upon their arrival, they immediately searched the entire downtown area, sweeping all garbage cans and areas around them.  They then moved in to clear Icicle River Brewery, the Wok About and the Rhein House.  No suspicious packages were located. After an extensive search of the area, the decision was made to reopen the area.

At 2112 hrs. Hwy. 20 was reopened to traffic.  The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this and will pursue charges when located. 

wsdot logoOnline open house, virtual public meetings coming statewide

Olympia – The approach of spring brings a new opportunity for the public to help grow and improve the state’s Highway System Plan. The Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting an online open house to gather public input on future highway system investments for the update to the plan.

The opinion poll linked in the online open house asks people to weigh-in on highway investment priorities, such as maintenance, operations, walking and bicycling.

WSDOT is also hosting seven regionally focused virtual public meetings in late March and April to discuss the Highway System Plan and answer questions.

The plan, last updated in 2007, creates a 20-year vision for preserving, maintaining, improving and operating state highways. This long-term outlook is shaped by the diversity of the people who live in Washington, which helps ensure the highway system meet the needs of people who use transit, vanpools and vehicles; people who walk, ride bikes and use wheelchairs, and people who transport goods and services around the state. The update will address major challenges, including aging infrastructure and climate change.

Highway System Plan online open house information

When:                  Open through Monday, May 2

Where:                 Online at engage.wsdot.wa.gov/highway-system-plan/

Locate a free drive-in Wi-Fi access using the Washington State Department of Commerce location finder.

Details:                Participants will learn about the Highway System Plan and can use the opinion poll to share their preferences on future highway system investments. The poll is hosted by the University of Washington.

Virtual public meeting information

When:                   March 29 - April 14

Where:                 Zoom (virtual)

Details:                 The public can sign up for a virtual public meeting through the online open house to learn more about the highway plan. Each of the seven meetings focuses on a specific region of Washington, however anyone can participate in any meeting.

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OLYMPIA – Drone usage is on the rise for both personal and commercial use. Beginning April 1, people or businesses using drones for commercial purposes will need to start registering their drone with the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division.

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill directing the WSDOT Aviation Division to create and manage a commercial drone registration program. Commercial drone operators must register unmanned aircraft every year beginning in April 2022.

The $15 drone registration fee will support WSDOT Aviation’s work to assess and collaboratively work on integration of emerging technologies.

Steps on how to register commercial drones can be found on the Aviation Division’s website.

For any questions regarding drone registration, contact State Unpiloted Systems Coordinator Eddy Hensley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

wsdot logoPlan ahead to avoid the rush and possible fines

OLYMPIA – The arrival of spring brings a reminder to drivers in Washington to remove studded tires before the end of the day Thursday, March 31. By planning ahead, drivers can beat the rush at tire service shops and avoid a potential fine of $136, starting Friday, April 1.

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31. The Washington State Department of Transportation encourages drivers to remove studded tires prior to the deadline, if possible. Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways.

State law gives WSDOT the authority to extend the deadline when circumstances call for it, most commonly when a forecast indicates widespread snow and ice. While late season storms are possible in the mountain passes, there are no forecasted statewide conditions that would call for an extension of the deadline. For mountain travel, WSDOT recommends drivers use approved traction tires and carry chains, if necessary.

Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.

Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal deadline. Other states may have different studded tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.

More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have canceled the Special Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2022.

 

Commissioners meeting agenda for March 17, 2022

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rory turnerRory Turner, Commissioner representing Port of Chelan County District #3 and Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority Board Member, is announcing his intention to resign effective April 30, 2022.

Commissioner Turner was elected in November 2015 and has served on the Chelan County Port Commission since January 2016. “When I filed for re-election last May, it was my hope to serve another term on the Board. However, as a partner in several businesses and the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, my full-time focus is needed to help transition these businesses into a new operating environment. Regretfully, I cannot dedicate the time necessary to continue serving on the Regional Port Board,” explained Commissioner Turner.

One of Commissioner Turner’s lasting impacts will be his support and leadership in the formation of the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority in 2019. Commissioner Turner supported a regional approach to economic development. The Regional Port is the first of its kind in the State of Washington when Port of Chelan County and Port of Douglas County, two county-wide port districts functionally consolidated into one operating entity. The Regional Port gained statewide attention, and the Washington Public Ports Association named the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority the “2021 Port of the Year” for its political leadership in forming a Regional Port.

Commissioner Turner’s tenure as a Port of Chelan County Commissioner, and now as a Regional Port Board Member, has resulted in both organizations being very active in regional economic development projects. The Port of Chelan County purchased the former Lineage Properties in downtown Wenatchee and will soon reveal an adaptive reuse plan for the properties that will focus on providing small businesses with access to reasonably priced production space. The Port also purchased industrially zoned property in Malaga and is working on a promising economic development lead that could result in a significant new private sector investment in Chelan County.

One of the many positive outcomes of the Regional Port is a renewed focus on critical infrastructure investments at Pangborn Memorial Airport. The Regional Port is investing in a new approach lighting system that will improve commercial air service reliability in the winter months. In addition, reconstruction projects for the terminal building aviation ramp and the main taxiway system are underway. In total, approximately thirty million dollars in projects will be completed within the next two years.

Regional Port President and Port of Chelan County Commissioner District #2, JC Baldwin said, “Commissioner Turner has been an excellent Board Member and his knowledge of real estate development will be missed. His positive outlook and business background allowed the Regional Port to make smart strategic investments.”

Commissioner Turner commented “While I have mixed emotions regarding my resignation, it is tempered with the knowledge that the Regional Port Board is strong and actively engaged in setting policy that benefits our communities. I would also like to recognize the Regional Port staff. It has been an honor to work alongside talented, hardworking individuals that believe the Regional Port can make a difference in enhancing the economic vitality of the region.” While stepping down from the Regional Port Board, Commissioner Turner plans on staying actively engaged in community affairs and remains optimistic about our region’s economic potential.

In closing Commissioner Turner commented, “I would like to express my humble appreciation to the Citizens of Chelan County for entrusting me to serve as a Port Commissioner and Regional Board Member. It has been an honor.”

The Regional Port will begin the process of appointing a new Port of Chelan County District #3 Commissioner. The position will be publicly advertised, and the Board will soon approve a timeline and process for appointing a new Commissioner. Port of Chelan County District #3 encompasses the communities of Chelan, Manson, Entiat and the North portion of the City of Wenatchee. The appointed person will serve until the November 2023 election.

dougcountysherlogoOn March 12, 2022 at about 11:00 PM Douglas County Deputies were advised of a 911 hangup call in the 2500 block of SR 28. 

When Deputies arrived, they found a male in his 20’s from the Wenatchee area had been stabbed multiple times in the abdomen.

The suspect identified as Miguel Angel Lopez-Montes Jr., a 34 year old Ephrata man, had fled the scene on foot prior to Law Enforcement’s arrival.  It was learned the suspect was injured and bleeding when he fled. 

Deputies had the area medical facilities advised and requested notification if he attempted medical attention for his injuries.  At about 1:30 AM Deputies were notified the suspect was at the Quincy hospital.  Quincy PD Officers were requested to contact and detain the suspect. 

Miguel Angel Lopez-Montez Jr. was arrested and booked into Chelan County Jail for Assault in the 1st degree and Felony threats to kill, without incident. 

The victim is in critical condition at Central Washington Hospital.