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 ( 

Participating groups should follow good sanitation and COVID prevention practices and follow

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.

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: 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:
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:

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:

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*- 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 -

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 -

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 -


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

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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.

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

If you are unable to attend in person: Join Zoom Meeting
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Roll Call:
Call to order:
Flag Salute:
Old Business:
• Financing – Spartan Urban Engines

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.