On 10/18/23, during an evening school event, a Cashmere High School student reported to the Principal that another 17 year old Cashmere High School student told her he was going to shoot up the school and that she would be the first person he shoots. Detectives from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded and further investigation determined the student specifically said he would shoot up the school and gave specific details to how he would do it.
Later the same evening, a search warrant was obtained and served at the residence of the student in Cashmere. The student was arrested and booked into the Chelan County Juvenile Justice Center on charges of “Harassment Threats to Kill”, and “Threats to Bomb or Injure Property”.
The Sheriff’s Office has no reason to believe there are any additional threats to the safety to the
public or students at this time.
Hybrid in-person/virtual meeting takes place Oct. 17-18 in Olympia
OLYMPIA – The Oct. 17 and 18 meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission in Olympia will include several presentations on the future of the state’s highway system. Topics include an expert panel discussing the implications of the growing backlog of road and bridge maintenance needs statewide as well as presentations about innovations for electrifying the trucking sector and supporting growing EV charging demands.
The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Washington State Department of Transportation Headquarters Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE. The meeting will also be streamed live on TVW. Those wishing to participate virtually may register for the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions on the commission’s website. Virtual and in-person public comment is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Written comments can also be submitted via email to
A highlight of the meeting will be an expert panel on Tuesday that will address the widening funding shortfall for the maintenance and preservation of roads and bridges statewide, estimated at $11 billion over the next decade. Ramifications for falling behind in maintaining Washington’s $200 billion transportation system include threats to safety and reliability as well as escalating costs of moving goods on degraded roads and bridges. The panel discussion starts at 9 a.m.
Also Tuesday, commissioners will discuss potential changes to rates for the express toll lanes on Interstate 405 and State Route 167 that could take effect in early 2024. They will also begin discussions around possible toll policy changes for the I-405/SR 167 corridor that would be implemented when the next section of the express toll lane system, between Bellevue and Renton, is complete, which is planned for summer 2025.
Other topics to be covered at the meeting include:
Electrifying the trucking sector: Commissioners on Tuesday will hear from WattEV, a company working to transform the heavy-duty transportation sector by creating truck charging infrastructure and expanding a fleet of electric heavy-duty vehicles.
Adding electric infrastructure to roadways: Also on Tuesday, the commission will hear from NextGen Highways, which advocates for building electric transmission lines in public right of way corridors to meet demand from the increasing number of electric cars and buildings.
Highway renaming: The commission on Wednesday will consider a request from the Legislature to rename State Route 411 the “Cowlitz County Deputy Sheriff Justin DeRosier Memorial Highway” in honor of the deputy, who was fatally shot while on duty in April 2019 in Kalama.
Regular Board Meeting
October 12, 2023, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
1. Call to Order
2. Flag Salute
3. Agenda Additions and Deletions
4. Public Comment
5. Approval of Minutes
a. September 14, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes
6. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
7. New Business
a. Pickleball facility proposal
b. 2024 preliminary budget planning
c. Hercules reservation system quote approval
d. Approval of new hires & wages
8. Old Business
i. Old Swim Hole development project
ii. Manson Bay Marina planning project
iii. Leffler Field soil remediation planning project
b. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: 4:10pm on November 9, 2023 at 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA, 98831 (unless otherwise posted).
HYAK – The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 for approximately one hour starting at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct. 5. During rock blasting closures, eastbound travelers will be stopped at milepost 63 and westbound travelers will be stopped at exit 70 near Easton.
Rock blasting is scheduled to occur one to two times per week into the fall, one hour before sunset, and the closure will last up to one hour. This work is part of the major improvement project to widen I-90 from four to six lanes between the Cabin Creek interchange and the West Easton interchange.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass this summer:
On 9/26/23, at approximately 4:13 am, deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 14000 block of Brae Burn Rd by Lake Wenatchee. Deputies spoke with the reporting party whom advised that during an argument, her boyfriend had shot at her dog (but missed) and held a gun to her neck and threatened her. She was able to get away and call law enforcement.
Due to the nature of the threats, and the alleged use of firearms, the Eastern Cascade SWAT Team responded. An arrest warrant was obtained for the male. As the SWAT team surrounded the residence, the male exited and was taken into custody without incident.
Due to the ongoing investigation, no names will be released at this time.
It is with deep disappointment and sadness to share that the 2023 Haunted Manson Haunted House Experience is canceled. All other Haunted Manson activities will continue as planned.
The haunted house has operated successfully for the past two years, following the guidelines originally given by Chelan County. Unfortunately, the Fire Marshal informed us of new guidelines for construction with only two weeks until opening night, making the Haunted House impossible to produce this year.
The guideline requiring that there is no cover on the "house," even something temporary like a tarp or having it raised off the bins, makes the operation of the Haunted House impossible.
Since darkness is a crucial element to many of the Haunted House's special effects, and we cannot protect it from the elements without cover, we are forced to cancel the Haunted House.
While this is a devastating blow to our hardworking group of volunteers and the Manson community, we have a great new event planned!
Mark your calendar for a Haunted Manson Block Party on Saturday, October 28th. This will include food trucks, vendors, a Pumpkin Walk for kids, a Zombie Dash, a DJ dance party, and a live auction happening in Downtown Manson.
HARVEST FEST WILL HAPPEN!
VALLEY MUSIC NIGHT
PICKING, PRESSING AND POTLUCK!
If the Orchard is not available for use because of a government shutdown, the plan is to pre-pick apples as we did in 2013, then make cider at 10 AM at the school, and potluck at 1 PM. Cider presses, bins, sieves, knives, a limited number of containers, everything needed for cider making will be provide; as will the chili, the fixings, and all that’s needed for the potluck as detailed in the flyer below.
Should the Golden West Visitors Center not be available, Poetry Night will be cancelled.
Every effort will be made to keep plans up to date in what is, at the moment, an unknown scenario. Your help will be needed with the pre-picking if we need to do so.
CASHMERE, Wash. (Sept. 25, 2023) —Crunch Pak®, the sliced apple specialist, received the 2023 Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award from the International Fresh Produce Association at the organization’s annual Washington Conference on Sept. 14.
The award recognizes a member and/or organization that serves as an advocate for the entire produce industry. Honorees are leading companies and associations that make an impact and drive the industry forward.
Executive Vice President Tony Freytag accepted the award on behalf of Crunch Pak and was recognized for his outstanding support for public policy advocacy through engagement with federal legislative, regulatory and other government officials. Freytag has spent many years working on U.S. federal policy objectives, on behalf of the company, to advance the fresh produce industry and has been active with IFPA produce industry political initiatives such as the Washington Conference, Advocacy Action Network and FreshPAC.
“This year's winner has contributed in numerous ways to the success of the entire produce industry, encouraging team members to serve on volunteer leadership positions, utilizing the Congressional Connection Guide to bring Members of Congress and their staffs to their operations, and generously contributing not only to the FreshPAC but also to the industry efforts to elevate the Produce Prescriptions campaign,” said Rebeckah Adcock, vice president of government relations at IFPA. “When IFPA or the produce industry asks, Crunch Pak answers with action and generous support on all our priorities.”
Founded in 2000 in Cashmere, Wash., Crunch Pak is the largest sliced apple company in the country.
Freytag said, “Crunch Pak recognizes how important it is for the produce industry to have a voice in legislative and regulatory matters. Our involvement with IFPA has been vital for us as we support the efforts to increase produce consumption overall.”