- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT communications
Use WSDOT tools to help prepare for holiday weekend traffic
OLYMPIA – With Independence Day creating a three-day weekend this summer, travelers should plan ahead and expect for additional traffic, especially during peak travel times.
Checking the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Fourth of July weekend traffic volume charts when planning your travels can help determine best times to travel on key routes. Due to the closure of the US-Canadian border to non-essential travel, there will not be travel charts for the border crossing. Travelers should also check ahead for any COVID-19 safety requirements at their destinations or stops along the way.
Travelers are advised to keep vehicles at least a quarter full of fuel throughout travel. The state Department of Commerce says there is no fuel shortage like seen on the East Coast this spring, but with many people still driving rather than flying, there could be local delays in fuel deliveries during heavy travel weekends this summer. 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 you need to leave enough for everyone else.
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 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 location if your first choice is full and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
- Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.
- Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.
Highway construction paused
Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, July 5 – 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, July 2, until to Tuesday, July 6. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, July 2, and westbound Monday, July 5 (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, July 5, 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 Thursday and Friday, July 1-2, and eastbound, Monday, July 5. 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 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 on holidays
- Written by Kari Sorensen, Chair, MCC
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, EWPD
On June 15th, 2021, East Wenatchee Police responded to an overnight burglary at the New Song Church on Grant Road in East Wenatchee.
Entry appears to have been made through an unsecured door. Items taken during the burglary included 2 Apple computers and an iPad. The iPad was able to be tracked to the area of 2nd St SE, in East Wenatchee.
East Wenatchee Officers were already investigating a burglary from the Eastmont Community Church at 783 4th St NE, in East Wenatchee. The residents of a house on 2nd St SE had been developed as suspects in this burglary and some other area thefts.
On June 15th, 2021, East Wenatchee Officers served a search warrant on 1108 2nd St SE. The 2 stolen Apple computers were located along with numerous other stolen items.
Approximately $10,000 worth of stolen items were recovered at this residence. Other items recovered included construction equipment and laptop computers. These items were taken during four different area incidents from five different victims over the last month.
A 31-year-old East Wenatchee male was arrested during the service of the search warrant. He was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail for multiple counts of possession of stolen property. This investigation is ongoing.
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, EWPD
See our related story: Man taken into custody on three counts of attempted murder 2nd degree
On Monday, June 14th at approximately 1545 hours, the US Marshall - Violent Offender Task Force based out of Yakima, assisted the East Wenatchee Police in locating Armando Valdez-Godina. Valdez-Godina was wanted on 3 counts of complicity to assault 1st degree, and 1 count of felon in possession of a firearm. These charges are related to the June 5th, shooting in 100 block of 9th St NE.
He was located at a family member’s residence on Bainard Road, in Malaga. After a short foot pursuit Valdez-Godina was taken into custody and booked at the Chelan County Regional Jail. Investigation is still ongoing.
- Written by Christine Wineberg, Co-President, Lake Chelan Bach Fest
Bach Fest is excited to announce our 40th Anniversary celebration LIVE in July 2021!
This summer's festival will feature 7 days of concerts with no admission fee:
● Outdoor concerts at Riverwalk Park and local wineries
o Our live, in-person performances will be performed by our Artists-in-Residence and musicians who return annually to Lake Chelan to engage in inspirational and educational performances.
o The Festival String Quartet returns to 4 wineries for an evening pairing of wine and song.
▪ 7/11 @ &PM Tunnel Hill
▪ 7/12 @ 8PM Tsillan Cellars
▪ 7/14 @ 7:30PM Hard Row to Hoe
▪ 7/15 @ 7:30PM Rio Vista Winery
o 7/13 – 7/16 there will be a live Noon Concert Series Tuesday through Friday
o 7/16 Friday night features guest artists Tango Cowboys live at the Riverwalk Park Pavilion.
o 7/17 A Grand Finale Concert on Saturday evening - POPS IN THE PARK is free to the public at the Riverwalk Park Pavillion
o All of the concerts are held outdoors, entrance is “Pay what you wish”, no admission fee, no tickets needed in advance. (Bring your own chair).
o Social distancing and other COVID precautions will be in place following the current WA state guidelines for the audience. Information is available on the website with specific requirements for performers and audience.
● Virtual concerts featuring artists who are unable to be a part of our live programs this year will be featured via Facebook Live, Youtube and http://www.bachfest.org/
The virtual concerts will include a musical storytelling of Hansel and Gretel for children of all ages, a recital performed by our esteemed Vocal Soloists, our annual Young Musicians' Recital, and an inspiring collage concert featuring the Principal Players of the Bach Fest orchestra.
For more information about attending a concert or to view our virtual program booklet with details about musicians, repertoire and program notes please visit our website: http://www.bachfest.org/
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, June 16, 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: May 2021
• Payroll: April 22 to May 24, 2021 for $130,504.24 paid 06-04-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #554-563 for $10,603.98 / 567-582 for $7,611.92 / 596-598 for $ 7,787.41 / 599-612 for 8,757.27 / 627-633 For $1,979.41
• Capital Account Vouchers: #561 and 553 for $4,695.63 / 501-503 for $4,170.97 / 625-626 for $10,310.88
• Minutes: May 19 & 27, 2021
Fire Chief Report:
• Chief Donnell’s Retirement Announcement
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report
• April Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
• SOG 230 – Marine Operations (DRAFT)/Marine 71 Staffing for Summer Season
• 2021 Levy Lid Lift – Resolution 2021-02
• New Chief Search – Options for Consideration
• Thursday June 17th at 8:10 KOZI – Commissioners Moller, Jones, and Oules
• Tuesday, June 29, 2021 starts at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mellisoni Winery
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
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.
- Written by Kari Sorensen, Blueberry Hills Farms
June 15, 2021 Agenda
ZOOM @ 6:00 pm Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
* CALL TO ORDER
* FLAG SALUTE
* TREASURER’S REPORT
#1 APPROVAL OF APRIL 20, 2021 MINUTES
#2 COUNCIL VOTE FOR NEW COUNCIL MEMBER; SWEARING IN OF NEW MEMBER
#3 DOG PARK UPDATES / STATUS Robin Pittman
#1 FOOD TRUCKS – Jeff Conwell | Robyn Pittman | Susan Lester
#2 MANSON GRANGE ISSUE – Susan Lester | Kathy Blum
#3 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Chelan County has a Conditional Use Permit Amendment application in which we are requesting comments from agencies and special districts. Attached are all the materials for your review and the Notice of Application. Please respond by 5:00 pm on June 22,
Project File # CUP 21-195
Project Location 4848 Green Ave and 4870 Manson Blvd, Manson, WA 98831 APN: 28-21-22-612-135 and 28-21-15-612-130
Name: Harmony Meadows LLC
Application Date: May 12, 2021
Determination of Complete Date: June 2, 2021
Notice of Application Date: June 8, 2021
Proposed Project Description:
An application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Amendment has been submitted by Jeremy Jaech (agent) on behalf of Harmony Meadows LLC (owner) to amend the CUP 2015-333. The proposed amendment to CUP 2015-333 is for the reduction of the tennis building that contained four (4) tennis courts with the auxiliary functions located within to two (2) courts with the auxiliary functions moved outside to an adjacent building and for the construction of a swimming pool. The subject property is zoned Commercial Agricultural Lands (AC).
SEPA Review: Pursuant to WAC 197-800-11(1), the proposed project is exempt from SEPA Review.
Application Materials: Attached to this email or may be found on the Chelan County Public Notice Portal: https://co-chelan-wa.smartgovcommunity.com/PublicNotice/PublicNoticeSearch
Community Q&A for Tonight’s Speakers & Topics
* MEETING ADJOURNED
NEXT MEETING: JULY 20, 2021 @ 6 PM
ZOOM Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
- Written by Kathy Blum, Vice Chair, MCC
The May 18th 2021 Manson Community Council was called to order by Chairman Kari Sorensen at 6:02 PM.
We did the Flag Salute.
The treasurer report was submitted by Cindy Smith, Treasurer; the account balance on 4/30/21 was $462.30. Kari suggested we reimburse members for some of their expenses on behalf of the council. All agreed. Bills need to be submitted to Cindy Smith.
The minutes were approved by all as written and posted. Motion made by Gordon, 2nd by Cindy Smith and approved by all.
Brian Burnett, Chelan County Sheriff, spoke on a several items of interest.
Regarding STR’s during Memorial Day weekend now seems to be more of a family weekend versus wild college kids partying and destroying property as it was a few years ago. The Sheriff’s Department began making visitors accountable for their behavior and being responsible good citizens.
The 4th of July Is now the biggest Holiday/Weekend for the Sheriff’s Department. Most issues involve alcohol.
There will be 2 sheriffs doing Marine Patrol this summer on Lake Chelan. Chelan Don Morse Park allows people to drink in the park where as all other parks have a zero alcohol policy.
Sheriff’s Department will shift people around between South Shore of Lake Chelan, Antilon Lake, and Manson depending where they are needed.
STR code enforcers are done with training and vehicles are ready. Brian said to call Community Development for all code violations. For parking or noise complaints call 509-663-9911. None of the proposed codes will go into effect before the County commissioners sign into law the proposed codes.
Sheriff Burnett started that his department is working 9% under budget and they are 19.7% down in staffing. The department will have 3 new officers in place by December 2021.
Next on the agenda was Chelan County commissioner Tiffany Gering.
Tiffany stated that Jim Brown, head of Chelan Community Development, has the new code enforcement officers training doing complaints on file in Community Development. She stated Doug Shae, Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney, is retiring June 1st and the new Prosecuting Attorney will be Robert Sealby when the new STR licenses will be required for all vacation rentals in Chelan County. Tiffany also believes they will be issued 1st come 1st serve through Community Development. One of the code enforcement officers lives in the Manson area. Current STR’s with no license within the Manson UGA will have certain hoops to “jump through” to receive a license.
Citizens comments and questions to Commissioner Gering:
Will fines and enforcement be equal for all persons, homeowners, and STR’s?
Answer: Probably, still to be determined.
Brian Patterson asked Tiffany how she personally feels about the Task Force and does she agree with what they proposed or can she be moved to change her mind and make different proposals? She said she had an open mind to review and listen to all comments, although she liked very much what she has read from Task Force.
When asked about the Dog Park, Tiffany stated, the Manson Parks Board is interested in purchasing a portion (approximately 45 feet) of land from Mr. Buckingham. The Parks Department just got approval that they can bring in gravel to make the Dog Park safer. There was discussion on fund raising to help raise money for purchasing the land.
Pat Hautenne was asked by the council to finish Elmira Forner’s term on the council. He was to be sworn in tonight, but because of computer issues Pat was not able to stay connected to the Zoom meeting. It was agreed that he will be sworn in at the beginning of the June 15th meeting.
With no further comments the meeting was adjoined at 7:11 PM, motioned by Kathy Blum and 2nd by Cindy Smith.
Next MCC Meeting will be June 15th, 2021.