- Written by Chief Chris Foreman, Columbia River Drug Task Force Commander
The Mission of the Columbia River Drug Task Force is to combat illegal drug activity in our community to help promote successful and thriving communities in both Chelan and Douglas County. Along with that mission we realize there are other serious issues driven by illegal drugs that are affecting our communities as well. Current issues facing law enforcement and our communities today that we are dealing with include: violent crime involving gang members and drug dealers, rampant drug use in the homeless community, property crime to include retail theft, vehicle prowls, trafficking in stolen property, vehicle thefts, wanted felons fleeing from law enforcement, and a flood of Fentanyl pills coming into our communities resulting in more overdoses than we have ever seen.
Based on these serious problems the Columbia River Drug Task Force has combined with the Wenatchee Police Department’s Pro Act team to expand their mission and take on these issues to combat these specific crimes in Chelan and Douglas Counties. We recognize if these issues are not given the priority they deserve our community’s safety is at stake. We plan on partnering with our communities and the Chelan and Douglas County Prosecutor’s Office to work hand in hand on these issues. Our goals are to reduce crime rates, have our community members feel safe each and every day as they go about their way of life, and continue to have a reputation where Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Chelan and Douglas County are great places to raise their families and live here for generations to come.
Here are some examples of what the Columbia River Drug Task Force has accomplished to promote this expanded mission since January 1st, 2022.
12 Felony warrant arrests
3 Investigations that led to the recovery of stolen property in both Wenatchee, Chelan County, and East Wenatchee
5 illegally possessed firearms were seized
13 arrests involving simple possession or possession with intent of Fentanyl Pills
Approximately 870 Fentanyl Pills seized
- Written by Mark R. Donnell, Fire Chief, CCFD
At 4:09 am on 3/10/22, crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue and Chelan County Fire District #5 (Manson) were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Azwell Road in the northern part of the fire district.
First arriving crew reported a small storage structure with possible exposures and were able to contain the fire immediately with the resources on scene.
Chelan Fire & Rescue crews remained on scene for overhaul until 5:43 am.
The property owner stated that the outbuilding was being used for storage and that there was a space heater inside being used to prevent vegetables form freezing.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and there is no damage estimate available at this time.
Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind our community members to please use caution when using space heaters by providing adequate space around the heater to prevent accidental ignition of combustible materials.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Monday, March 21, 2022, starting at 9:00 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Call to order:
• Assistant Fire Chief Interviews
• Executive Session RCW: 42.30.110(1)(g) To evaluate the qualifications of an
applicant for public employment
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, March 16, 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.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: February 2022
• Payroll: January 25, 2022 to February 21, 2022 / Paid 03-04-2022 for $117,442.47
• General Account Vouchers: 02-18-2022 transactions 163 to 185 for $9,033.26
• Capital Account Vouchers: 02-19-2022 transactions 186 to 188 for $2,193.09
• Minutes: February 16, 2022
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2021/2022 Budget & Financial Report - December 2021 and January 2022 Financials)
• January Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update /
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)
• Station 71 Roof - Update
• Assistant Fire Chief Position – Update
• Seasonal Firefighter - Update
• 2021/2022 Annexations – Update
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Apparatus Planning Team - Update
• KOZI – Community Connection March 17, 2022 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner Oules / Chief
• Mask Mandates – removed March 12, 2022
• Staff – Long-Range Planning meeting - Wednesday, March 31, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.
• Commissioner’s Special Meeting – Long-Range Planning meeting Monday, April 11, 2022, at
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
OLYMPIA – Current efforts to reconnect and revitalize communities that have been divided by transportation construction projects is one of the topics of discussion when the Washington State Transportation Commission meets virtually next week. The commission will also hear about General Motors’ collaboration with Cruise to introduce the Origin, one of the latest developments in electric autonomous vehicles.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16. 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 traffic and revenue performance of Washington toll facilities will be provided.
- Virginia’s Road Usage Charge Implementation: Insights will be provided from Virginia’s upcoming implementation of a voluntary road usage charge program.
- Federal Safety Program for Partially Automated Vehicles: This briefing will focus on the federal Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) new ratings program that evaluates the safeguards that vehicles with partial automation employ to help drivers stay focused on the road.
- Learnings from Cruise’s “Origin” Autonomous Vehicle Shuttle: A briefing will be provided on the Origin, a fully driverless vehicle, designed to operate without a human driver. Discussion will include the policy implications of advancing autonomous vehicle technology.
Highlights of Wednesday’s presentations include:
- Reconnecting Communities: An overview of the impacts created when neighborhoods are separated by the construction a major transportation system through the community will be provided. Two current projects in Washington designed to reconnect and revitalize communities that have been negatively impacted will be highlighted.
- Front and Centered Listening Sessions: The results of recent listening sessions and surveys designed to gather community perspectives on issues such as climate change, green transportation, and mobility equity will be discussed.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov.
- Written by Robin Pittman
Manson Parks is excited to announce that AAU t-ball, softball, and baseball is BACK! Registration is currently open to Manson students in preschool through 6th grade. Forms will be sent home in your child’s communication folder on 3/8/2022 (grades PreK-5th).
6th graders- please contact our office for a form, or visit www.mansonparks.com/aau/
The cost to register is $25 per athlete. If the athlete did not play AAU basketball this year, add an additional $14 for AAU card.
Completed forms and payment can be dropped off at the Manson Parks office Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. We will be open until 5pm March 16th.
FORMS AND PAYMENT DUE BY 5:00PM ON MARCH 16TH, 2022 (sorry, no exceptions).
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
March 3, 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. February 10, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
i. Marina policy Committee
ii. Old Swim Hole development project
iii. Manson Bay Marina breakwater planning project
iv. Leffler Field Soil Remediation planning project
b. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Aspect Consulting Agreements: water right certificate assistance
Next Regular Meeting: April 14, 2022 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.
- Written by Ann Briggs, WSDOT
We're beginning work to create an equitable decision-making process for significant actions planned on our state's transportation system, especially as it relates to communities of Black Americans, tribal members, people of color and low-income individuals. That means when we design a project, we include all voices in making decisions about how and where the project is built and learning what we can do to ensure that the project's benefits and negative effects are equally distributed. We want to hear from you how we can best work together.
But first, please bear with us as we provide some background on this important issue:
Decisions of the past have consequences for today
It's no coincidence that transportation infrastructure can have negative health effects on the people who live next to it. Planners and engineers of past decades often designed highways, bridges, airports and rail lines to run next to, or right through the middle of, communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. Land was less expensive and the people who lived there had limited resources or opportunities to challenge the decisions that were being thrust upon them. Studies have shown that as a result of those decisions, people who live in communities adjacent to major transportation infrastructure are more likely to suffer poor health due to air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and related stress. In recognition of these conditions, the state Legislature in 2021 passed the “Healthy Environment for All Act,” or more commonly called the HEAL Act (Senate Bill 5141).
The HEAL Act is a first step toward preventing and lessening the long-term negative environmental and health effects of state agency decisions. The act aims to improve the health for all Washington state residents. We're one of seven state agencies covered by the HEAL Act. The others are the departments of: Ecology, Health, Natural Resources, Commerce, Agriculture and the Puget Sound Partnership.
To begin this important work, we want to talk with and listen to the people who are affected by our transportation decisions, especially those living in overburdened communities that bear the adverse effects of infrastructure placement. That's where you can help.
Talk with us and share your experience
Before we can begin addressing the problems created by transportation activities, we need to know how best to engage with and understand the needs of the people who are most affected by our work.
We're holding online listening sessions to start the conversation and help us understand the best ways to communicate with people who live in underserved communities.
Listening sessions information
Online listening sessions are being held over Microsoft Teams. To join us, click on the link for one of the following:
- 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8
- 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10
- 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12
Here's what you can expect during these sessions:
- We'll share information about the HEAL Act and its requirements for the state agencies covered under the act.
- We'll talk about environmental justice and what that means for communities that have experienced more than their fair share of harm from state agency decisions.
- We'll ask a few questions of participants to get the conversation going.
- Then we'll listen while you tell us your experiences and concerns; how you want us to reach out and involve you in decisions; and what's working – or not working – for you.
We'll then use your input and suggestions to help create more equitable decision-making that better serves the needs of all (part of our community engagement planning and tools).
No Wi-Fi? No problem!
Free, temporary internet access is available in locations throughout the state for those who do not have broadband service. To find the nearest Wi-Fi Hotspot visit: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/
- Written by Herb Sargo
2022 BUCKNER ORCHARD MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
We need you more than ever!
As reported in our Annual Report for 2021, we were able to do many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering. If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue.
The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!
We all have our own experiences that make the Buckner Orchard meaningful and personal. Most are as simple as enjoying the location, the peace and tranquility, the history and beauty, or appreciating the wonderful Common Delicious apples. Previously, Jim Trappe and I shared our stories as to why support for the Buckner Orchard is truly personal and important.
Brun Garfoot, a Foundation board member, who grew up at the Buckner Orchard during the earliest Park Service days, shares his experiences and why he supports the Foundation and its work at the Buckner Orchard.
As someone why spent years climbing every apple tree to get the biggest one at the very top to eat, to watching the wildlife and community alike enjoy one of the pretty places in the Stehekin Valley, I am grateful to be able to support the Buckner Orchard into the future. It is a special place for me as our family had the luxury and privilege of care taking it. Very few kids can call it home. As a result, what ever I can do to insure that it is around for others to enjoy gives me great satisfaction. This is why I support the Buckner Orchard Foundation and why I hope you can too.
~ Brun Garfoot ~
Please join us today in supporting the Buckner Orchard, helping ensure that we and future generations, have the opportunity to create our own personal experiences and memories!
Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support the Foundation's work at the Homestead and Orchard.
RENEWALS - Quick and Convenient, renew digitally on-line (click here)
If you prefer, a check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. As a renewal, we will have your information on file. Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner. And, your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.
NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link (click here) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Again, be sure to include your e-mail address. Or, simply use the link above for renewals for an easy on-line membership.
Individual - $25.00
Family - $50.00
Business - $75.00
Patron - $100.00
Benefactor - $250.00
Steward - $500.00
Sustainer - $1,000.00
Or, any amount you choose!
Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead. Not sure how your contribution will be used? Then, review our 2021 Financial Summary, included in the Annual Report, at the link at the top of this message. All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.
DONATIONS - Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations may be for a specific purpose or as a non-specific donation to the Foundation. (click here) or mail your check as outlined above.)
2022 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
NOTE - All events are subject to change or cancellation based on Washington State and Federal rules and regulations that may be in place at the time.
WORK PARTIES - JUNE 16, JULY 16, OCTOBER 7
HARVEST FEST - OCT 7-9
SQUARE DANCE AT THE ORCHARD - AUGUST 6
Web site: bucknerhomestead.org
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
As of 02-16-2022 the Special Meeting scheduled for 02-21-2022 is CANCELLED
Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting Monday, February 21, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. location 232 East Wapato Ave, Chelan WA 98816.
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
Call to Order