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New bike route designations expand to southeast corner of the state

OLYMPIA – There’s exciting news for people who desire to travel long distance by bicycle – Washington state is expanding its U.S. Bicycle Route system (pdf 1.8mb) by more than 200 miles by designating four new routes in the southeast corner of the state.

U.S. bike routes direct bicyclists to a preferred route through a city, county or state, and provide options for riders to select among various route choices. These preferred routes tend to have lower vehicle traffic volumes and take advantage of scenic landscapes as well as connect riders to services, parks and points of interest. With the addition of these new route designations, Washington’s USBR system will expand to just over 1,000 miles throughout the state.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved the Washington State Department of Transportation’s latest application for the new USBR segments earlier this week. 

The new routes are:

  • USBR 20: 77.2 miles, starting at the city of Clarkston/Idaho state border along US 12 over the Columbia Plateau to the Columbia County line near the Lewis & Clark Trail State Park
  • USBR 40: 1.9 miles from town of Tekoa to the Idaho border; a small step to the beginning of an ambitious route plan to span 400 miles across Washington to La Push
  • USBR 81: 103.5 miles on state and county roads, from the northern border of Whitman County near the town of Tekoa to the city of Asotin, south of Clarkston
  • USBR 281: 23 miles, starting in the city of Pullman, heading southeast along State Route 27 and US 195 to the Washington/Idaho border

“The U.S. Bicycle Routes are an example of how state highways can serve as critical connections in an overall network for bicycling, as well as support tourism, just as they do for people traveling by car,” said Barb Chamberlain, director of WSDOT’s Active Transportation Division. “Bike travelers stop in more places and spend more on average than those traveling in motor vehicles, so bike routes are especially good for the economy in our small and rural towns.”

The new routes are now eligible for national and global promotion and are authorized to use nationally recognized signage.

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Regular Board Meeting
August 12, 2021, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. July 8, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Marina compliance follow-up
b. Purchasing Policy (setting purchase limit)
c. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Manson Marina RC Boat Racing Club
b. Youth soccer league
c. Old Mill Park improvements and future development
d. Maintenance position
e. Boat Club gate request
f. Blackwatch contract
g. Wapato Lake Campground map graphic design proposal
h. Marina breakwater float repair approval
VIII. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: September 9, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200On July 30, 2021 at 8:48 am, Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a brush fire at 16445 S. Lakeshore Rd.

The fire was reported to be 20 feet from a structure and on the uphill side of Lakeshore Rd.

First arriving units reported a ¼ acre brush fire that was moving upslope with zero wind. A 2nd alarm was called to provide more manpower.

Forest service and DNR resources also responded.

Fortunately, with no wind the crews were able to catch it within feet of being out of reach of the water stream.

The cause of the fire appears to be an accidental spark from an excavator track.

As this fire shows, in these conditions all it takes is a spark. Please be aware anytime you are near dry grass.

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Special Meeting
Monday August 2nd, 2021 starting at 9:00a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Public Announcement:
Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Monday, August 2nd,2021 at 0900 a.m. at the fire station located at 232 East Wapato Ave.

AGENDA: Open Meeting 0900
New Business: Resolution 2021-03: Amendment to Resolution 2021-02.
Adjournment:

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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett today provided a summary of an incident over the weekend related to a stolen school bus vehicle and how law enforcement’s response was dictated by new Washington state police reform policies.

CHELAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S STATEMENT ON STOLEN SCHOOL BUS INCIDENT:

On Saturday July 24 at 1940 hrs. employees of Osprey Rafting witnessed a man wearing a yellow dress drive away in the company’s privately owned large yellow school bus from an area east of Leavenworth on SR 2 (milepost 102). Sheriff’s deputies responded and located the vehicle driving eastbound near milepost 111, and witnessed the vehicle running a red light near Monitor, WA. They tried to initiate a traffic stop but the bus did not stop. Washington’s new police reform laws no longer allow law enforcement to pursue a fleeing vehicle unless there is probable cause that a serious felony (see the 4 required elements below) has occurred so the deputies had to abandon the pursuit.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies followed the vehicle eastbound on SR28 after it traveled through the city limits of Wenatchee and across the Senator George Sellar Bridge. They also discontinued pursuit per the new reform laws.

On Saturday July 25 at 1853 hrs. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Chewelah Police Department who indicated they believed they had the driver in custody. His identify was verified by Chelan County deputies and he was wearing the same yellow dress.

Thirty-nine-year-old Andrew S. Loudon allegedly stole a front-end loader and drove it through his home in Chewelah. The suspect’s wife had fled the home when she learned her estranged husband may be nearby.

Initial reports indicated that Mr. Loudon was released from Western State Hospital. Further into our investigation we have determined this information to be inaccurate and that Mr. Loudon was not at Western State Hospital, but at a privately run mental health hospital within Western Washington. Mr. Loudon was released Friday, July 23rd from the mental health hospital and transported by private vehicle to a local hotel next to a bus station where he would catch a bus to travel back home the following day. Mr. Loudon did board that bus bound for Eastern Washington and made the decision to disembark in Leavenworth, WA.

He is being held on charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Malicious Mischief 1st degree/domestic violence and Attempting to Elude Police Vehicle.

Chronology of the events (times are approximate)
7-24-21 morning - Loudon is released from Western Hospital
7-24-21 1916 hrs - Loudon is seen walking east bound wearing a dress near milepost 102
7-24-21 1940 hrs - Loudon allegedly steals the bus
7-24-21 1948 hrs - Located the bus east bound on Hwy 2. Driver fails to stop.
7-24-21 1955 hrs – Chelan County deputies terminate pursuit after driver goes through a red light.
7-24-21 2010 hrs - Vehicle drives through Wenatchee
7-24-21 2018 hrs - Vehicle enters Douglas County.
7-24-21 2037 hrs - Douglas County attempts traffic stop. Driver fails to stop.
7-24-21 2047 hrs - Douglas County stops following the Bus
Unknown time – The bus is left near Moses Lake the suspect hitch hikes to Spokane and then Chewelah
7-25-21 – 1853 hrs – Suspect allegedly steals a large front-end loader and drives it through a house, flipping a
vehicle into the structure. Loudon is subsequently arrested and booked into jail.

How this incident highlights changes in police response:
The new law sets very strict guidelines for law enforcement that takes away our ability to pursue stolen vehicles. It states four elements are required for law enforcement to pursue a vehicle:
1. Probable Cause for a VIOLENT OFFENSE, SEX OFFENSE or ESCAPE (from custody or detention facility) or reasonable suspicion for DUI
2. Pursuit is necessary to identify or apprehend the person AND
3. The driver possess an imminent threat to the safety of OTHER S, AND the risk of failing to apprehend or identify the person is greater than the risks of vehicle pursuit AND
4. Supervisor has provided authorization.

If these four prongs are not all met, we as law enforcement cannot pursue vehicles in Washington State any longer.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, July 28, 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
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Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: June 2021
• Payroll: May 25 to June 21, 2021 for $132,739.13 paid 07-05-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #13935584 - 1393586 for $4,421.53 / 1393587 – 1393596 for $3,251.37 / 1393597 - 1393616 for $16,821.19 / 1393617 - 1393624 for $3,051.05.
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17178 – 17180 for $1,102.71.
• Minutes: June 16, 2021
Fire Chief Report:
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report
• June Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• 2021 Levy Lid Lift
• New Chief Hiring Process
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• SOG 230 – Marine Operations (DRAFT)
New Business:
• Review of 2021 Operational Goals
Special Events:
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:

THE SQUARE DANCE has been cancelled and replaced.
 
Though many things have returned to normal, federal CDC and NPS guidelines do not allow for an event of this kind, due to lack of social distancing.  Needless to say, we are exceedingly disappointed, as we know you are.
 
GOOD NEWS, THOUGH!
 
We will have a great music event on August 7 at the Orchard, replacing the cancelled Square Dance!  Featuring our local favorite, Agnes on Fire.
 
This will be a free, fun, family concert-like event at the Buckner packing shed. 
 
Details will be worked out in the next three weeks, with the date, August 7, and the time, 7 PM, remaining unchanged.
 
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Yep, we're bringing back the band!!

sheriffsmOn July 14, 2021 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a Monitor, WA residence that was believed to be the origin of the Red Apple Fire.

During the investigation it was determined that the fire did not originate at this location and investigators were lead to an adjacent propertyapproximately 50’ from the residence.

Investigators have determined that the fire was man-caused, but it is unknown how the fire started.

This investigation was conducted by investigators from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, BLM, and DNR and continues to be an ongoing investigation.

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On 7/15/21 at 8:39 am, crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported 20x20 brush fire on Hidden Lane in Chelan.

Units arrived to find a ¼ acre, slow-moving fire in brush and grass.  Crews on scene were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire within 3 minutes of arrival. 

Our ability to staff and respond rapidly to these types of incidents enables us to mitigate the fire problem before it can become a bigger issue.

Cause of this fire was believed to have been a spark from concrete chipping that was being done by the property owner.

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind our community that our local fuels are extremely dry and we ask that property owners take all precautions to prevent the accidental start of wildfires.