AB-logoManson Apple Blossom festivities will include an art show on Saturday, May 10 at the Manson Park Building at 142 Pedoi Street. All adult artists in the Lake Chelan Valley are invited to participate.

An entry form can be downloaded here . Forms will also be available at the Park building on Friday, May 9.



Manson Apple Blossom Festival Community Art Show

Manson Parks Building, 142 Pedoi Street

Saturday May 10, 2014, Noon to 4 pm

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2014 Manson Apple Blossom Festival Community Art Show. The Community Art Show provides local artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work in a secure and attractive setting.

Art entries should be delivered to the Manson Apple Blossom Headquarters at the Manson Parks Building at 142 Pedoi Street on Friday, May 9 between noon and 4 p.m.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Each artist may submit one or two pieces of artwork made from any media. Complete the form at the bottom of this page and detach it to include with your entry.

The art work will not be judged, but all visitors who attend the show will be eligible to vote for their favorite entry. The winner will receive a 2014 Manson Apple Blossom Festival People’s Choice Award.

Please arrange to pick up your artwork between 4 and 5 pm on Festival Day, Saturday, May 10, immediately after the Art Show.

Contact Betty Pettit at 670-5654 or Rosanna Detering at 687-3606 for more information or to volunteer to help with the art show.

 Rocky Reach Dam wireman team: (l-r) Chris Shimer, Foreman Cindy Bowen-Lorrain, Ron Messer (red hardhat), Darren Davis, Daniel Martyn and Todd Melton.

Training and quick response earn Northwest Public Power Association Safety Heroism Award for wiremen


WENATCHEE – Chelan County PUD commissioners and the audience at Monday’s board meeting celebrated safety achievements at the District that were recognized by two recent awards from the Northwest Public Power Association.

A wireman crew at Rocky Reach Dam led by Foreman Cindy Bowen-Lorrain received NWPPA’s Safety Heroism Award for actions on Dec. 1, 2013, after crew member Ron Messer lost consciousness while on the job following complaints of chest tightness and feeling lightheaded.

Kirby Reinhart, Rocky Reach maintenance supervisor, described how Messer’s PUD coworkers asked operators to call 911, started CPR, helped him breathe and administered one shock from an AED (automated external defibrillator). As Messer regained consciousness, they provided oxygen and helped get him to the ambulance.  

In addition to having emergency medical equipment at the dam, several Rocky Reach employees are EMTs (emergency medical technicians) including Messer’s fellow crew member Chris Shimer.  Also responding were Bowen-Lorrain, Darren Davis, Daniel Martyn and Todd Melton.

After three days in the hospital, Messer was discharged in good condition. While still on medical leave, Messer attended Monday’s board meeting with his crew.

PUD commissioners and General Manager Steve Wright thanked the crew and emphasized their commitment to employee safety.

“It has to continue to be our highest priority,” said Commissioner Dennis Bolz.

In a letter to Chelan PUD praising the crew for saving Messer’s life, emergency room physician Lance Jobe, M.D., concluded by saying, “Please pass along to all your personnel my gratitude for their efforts. In this case, Mr. Messer is alive and well today because of their life-saving interventions.”

NWPPA’s Safety Heroism Award recognizes employees at a member utility who offer unselfish and voluntary help in a situation where life, significant injury or significant property loss would happen if not for their efforts.  The Rocky Reach wireman crew received the award April 10, 2014, at NWPPA’s Engineering and Operations Conference in Reno, Nev.

For the second award, Safety and Health Director Ron Franklin noted that for the fifth time in six years, Chelan PUD was among the top three in its category for the regional NWPPA safety award.  Based on 2013 measurement of incidents and severity, Chelan PUD placed second. Eugene (Ore.) Water and Electric Board was first and Clark Public Utilities based in Vancouver, Wash., was third.   

In other business Monday, commissioners:

  • Continued discussion on setting revised financial targets now that the District has achieved the key financial measurements set during strategic planning in 2010. Commissioners are considering future measurement for liquidity, rate of return, debt leverage and debt coverage to make sure utility finances remain sound through 2019 and beyond.  On the key measurement of debt leverage, General Manager Steve Wright and Chief Financial Risk/Officer Kelly Boyd recommended targeting 35 percent by 2019. Initially, the revised debt leverage target was proposed at “less than” 50 percent.  The lower target is, “a stronger statement of where we want to be,” Boyd said. Commissioners will be asked to set the revised targets for 2015-2019 at the May 19 meeting.     
  • Canceled the May 5 regular board meeting at General Manager Steve Wright’s request to provide staff time to refocus on strategic planning now that major fish passage milestones at Rock Island Dam have been met as a part of the response to changing river conditions following the reservoir drawdown at Wanapum Dam.
  • Heard that PUD employees were honored at the recent United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties annual banquet for contributing about $31,000 to the 2013-2014 campaign. Jeff Smith, District Services managing director, said those employee contributions placed Chelan PUD second in its category.
  • Recessed with plans to reconvene at 5:30 p.m. for dinner at Visconti’s, 1737 N. Wenatchee Ave., with fellow commissioners and the general managers from Douglas and Grant PUDs. 

pudTesting on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (April 23-25) will close launches for a few hours each day

WENATCHEE – Chelan County PUD will be testing one generating unit at Rock Island Dam as well as testing the hydraulics on the new fish ladder extensions starting on Wednesday, April 23 and lasting through Friday, April 25. Each day, the testing will mean that river flows will drop, resulting in a lower river level in the Rock Island Reservoir. Boaters should be aware that between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on each of those days, both Riverfront Park at the base of Orondo Avenue and Wenatchee Confluence Park boat ramps may be closed. Kirby Billingsley boat ramp remains closed until the river level stabilizes.

Park employees will barricade the launches if the river level drops too low. Boaters can check the PUD’s hotline – (509) 661-8000 and select the number “6” to hear whether or not the launches are open. If a boater is able to launch in the morning, they likely will have to wait until after 3:00 ;p.m. to return.  

Chelan PUD cautions boaters to be very aware of the possibility for changing river levels. Conditions can change quickly. Recreationists should inspect any boat ramp to be sure that they can safely launch their boat. If the river level drops, boaters may not be able to use the same launch to take their boat out of the water. Boaters can find more information about river levels and flow at www.chelanpud.org and click on “Wanapum Response” at the top right hand corner of the web page – river level information is listed in the right hand column.

Signs are posted at all boat launches advising boaters to use caution. Chelan PUD is looking into ways to keep boat launches open throughout the summer if river levels drop as a result of the Wanapum Dam situation. Recreationists can stay informed by checking the PUD’s website for information.


Chelan County PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz will serve as Vice-President 

Commissioners from Pacific County PUD, Chelan County PUD, Wahkiakum County PUD and Lewis County PUD assume leadership positions for statewide PUD association

Olympia – PUD Commissioners from four public utility districts assumed top leadership positions for 2014-2015 as the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) announced the election of its new officers today. Pacific County PUD Commissioner Diana Thompson was elected to serve as President, Chelan County PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz will serve as Vice-President, Wahkiakum County PUD Commissioner Dennis Reid will serve as Secretary, and Lewis County PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick will continue to serve as Treasurer.

The officers serve on the Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, providing oversight and recommendations in support of WPUDA’s mission. The Washington PUD Association represents 27 not-for-profit, community-owned public utility districts and one-joint operating agency, Energy Northwest. WPUDA member PUDs provide electrical, water and wastewater, and wholesale telecommunications services to residential, business and industrial customers in communities across Washington. The new officers assume an important leadership role in achieving the Association’s mission to support, protect and enhance members’ ability to conserve power and water resources of the state and to provide not-for-profit, locally-controlled utility services.

Newly elected WPUDA President, Pacific County PUD Commissioner Diana Thompson, is not new to leadership positions in the Association. She previously served as Vice-President and Secretary. Thompson, who currently serves as the President of the Pacific County PUD Board of Commissioners, looks forward to serving as the Association's President this year. "It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Washington PUD Association" said Thompson. "For almost 85 years PUDs have existed in this state and for a good part of that time, WPUDA has been a part of that community. In my role as Association President, I am committed to working collaboratively with members of WPUDA to continue the good work that was started by those who came before us; promoting and protecting the interests of our customer-owners and preserving the value PUDs provide to communities across the state." Thompson is a resident of Oysterville and has served on the Pacific County PUD Board since 2007.

Chelan PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz moves into his new position as Vice President having served as the Association’s Secretary last year. Bolz has been active in the Association for seven years, serving on the Government Relations Committee and organizing and speaking at orientation programs for new PUD Commissioners. “Collaboration and good information are important tools for PUD commissioners,” said Bolz. “A good example of that is what is occurring right now with the Wanapum Dam situation. Chelan County PUD has been working closely with Grant County PUD to minimize the impacts to the public. Public power has a great story to tell, and WPUDA is a way for us to share experiences that improve the lives of our customer-owners and stakeholders.”

The position of Secretary has been filled by a Wahkiakum County PUD Commissioner Dennis Reid. Reid has served on the PUD Board since 2011 and is looking forward to his new leadership role within the Association. “It is an honor to be elected and to carry on the work of the Association. I will do my best to represent all the members.”

Lewis County PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick will continue serving in his role as Association Treasurer. Kostick is a Certified Public Accountant and has served on the Lewis County PUD Board since 2007. The position of Treasurer is a two-year term with Kostick beginning the second year of his second term. “I am pleased I am able to draw on my professional background to support the work the Association is doing on behalf of Lewis PUD customers as well as other PUD customers across the state,” Kostick said.

The Washington PUD Association was established in 1936. Its mission is to support, protect and enhance its members’ ability to conserve the power and water resources for the benefit of the people of the State of Washington and provide not-for-profit, locally controlled utility services. Visit www.wpuda.org for more information.

manson schoolManson School District was notified earlier this week that Manson High School has earned 2 Washington Achievement Awards. One for making “High Progress” and one for our outstanding 5-year Extended Graduation Rate (95%).

Manson High School is one of 413 schools in the state to receive the achievement award. This award is sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver. Schools are recognized as top performers in one of six categories:

  • Overall Excellence
  • High Progress
  • Reading Growth
  • Math Growth=
  • Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only)
  • English Language Acquisition

Superintendent Matt Charlton acknowledged the recognition of the high school as “affirmation of our middle and elementary schools’ work with students. Students do not arrive at the high school and suddenly acquire all of the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve at high levels. The work our entire school system pre-school through 10th grade contributed to student’s success. Thank you all for your continuing good work.”

The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 24 at Timberline High school in Lacey, Washington.

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