Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Regular Meeting Call to order
* Flag Salute
Approve Agenda
Public Comment
Consent Agenda
* Revenue Report and Expenditure Report: February 2014
* Payroll: February 2015 $94,872.43
* Vouchers for General Account: Voucher #215001 through #215008 for $2,347.94; Voucher #215017 through #215037 for $15,442.25; Voucher #215038 through #215051 for $5,992.59; Voucher #215052 through #215059 for $1,217.77.
* Vouchers for Capital Account: Voucher #2012015 through #2012017 for $3,877.09; Vouchers #2012018 through #2012019 for $51,515.48; Vouchers #2012020 through #2012022 for $15,119.03.
* Minutes: February 11, 2015
Fire Chief Report
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention Activities
* Public Education
* Training (Capt. Moore)
Firefighters Association Report
Unfinished Business
* 2015 Budget Amendment.
* 2015 Goal/Objectives by Quarterly Priority.
New Business:
* LCCH Interlocal Agreement for Mechanic Services
* Old Tender 74 Surplus Sale
* Resolution 2015- 01, Surplus 1987 Seagraves Engine
* Budget Process Revision Recommendation
* Volunteer Survey
Special Event:
* 03/14/2015 St Paddy’s Day Parade,
Executive Session:
* RCW 42.30.110(1)(b) to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase

pudmule deer wildlife200Learn why resource agencies are actively protecting mule deer habitat

WENATCHEE – Hundreds of deer (Rocky Mountain mule deer - Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) call the Wenatchee Foothills area home, especially during the winter months when snow blankets the high country and covers their typical plant diet. Generally, having the mule deer in the lower foothill area works fine for the deer and humans. However, as the weather starts getting nicer in late winter and early spring, conflicts occur. You can learn more about mule deer at the upcoming summit.

Thursday, March 5 – 6:30 pm

Pybus Market

Every year, Chelan County PUD and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust close their properties in the Sage Hills area to protect the migrating mule deer. This is a favorite range area for the deer during the winter months because there still are grasses and low brush for them to feed on when snow covers the upper grazing areas. Even though the winter closure is well-publicized throughout the Wenatchee Valley and signs are posted on all accessible trailheads, people still are venturing out onto the properties.

While some may think that it is hunters who are violating the no-access rule from Dec. 1 – April 1, in fact, it is typically hikers, runners and mountain bikers – and their pets – that create the problem for the mule deer. The does become pregnant in November. When the warmer weather and days with longer hours of daylight start to happen in March, many local residents want to get out and explore after months of being inside during the darker, drearier winter days. Although visitors to the Sage Hills may not intend to disturb the deer, they do. Deer will keep a safe distance from humans, and for the doe, running away from human interaction can put stress on her and her unborn fawn. Most deer lose between 20 and 30 percent of their body fat during the winter, so energy stores are low.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Chelan County PUD and the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife want people to know more about mule deer habitat, how people can avoid disturbing the deer, and why it’s important to protect the deer. Bring your family and friends to find out more, Thursday, March 5 @ 6:30 pm, Pybus Market.

L-R Kate England (runner-up), Ruben Vasquez (winner), Sup. Matt Charlton

manson school8th Grader and 4th Grader Win District Spelling Bee

It all started out easy enough, with words such as “deer” and “jump” when the Manson School District Spelling Bee began last Thursday, February 19th, but it didn’t take long for the words to get harder. Quickly, the rounds progressed and the degree of difficulty increased (dementia, aqueduct, debilitate).

The bee featured 12 students: Kate England and Devan Regan (4th grade)- Nick Strecker (5th grade)- Maddison Alejo, Isai Rodriguez and Jessie Sanchez (6th grade)- Arturo Valdovinos, Ana Suarez and Frederico Colin (7th grade)- Ruben Vasquez, Bailey Cameron and Jose Pascasio (8th grade).

Eighth grader, Ruben Vasquez, won the spelling bee with the word “eschew”, after battling several rounds with fourth grader, Kate England. Both will attend the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee.           

Rosanna Pittman, who facilitates the bee- as part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Program- said the process starts with each 4th-8th grade teacher holding a class spelling bee, ending with three students in each grade. “From there, they practice from a word list for the district spelling bee,” she added. This year, High School Principal, Don Vanderholm, Middle School Principal, Todd Smith and School Board Member, Shelby Petersen served as judges, while Superintendent, Matt Charlton was the pronouncer.

The NCW Regional Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 6pm at Eastmont Junior High School.


manson schoolThe Manson School Board is asking our community for nominations of Manson School District Staff Members who have made a significant contribution to the lives of students and/or the greater Manson community. The Manson School Board hopes to receive nominations from parents, students, former students, and community members who have been involved in our schools.

Selection criteria is as follows: One certificated employee (grades P-12), One support staff employee (secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, para-professionals, food services, coaches, etc.) 

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, March 16 at Noon.. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on March 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Nominations forms are available online at the school district website, in both English and Spanish. If you should have any questions, please call the Manson School District office at 687-3140.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that a missing Cashmere man was located Monday afternoon in good condition after wandering away from his residence.

At 11:56am RIVERCOM dispatch received a 911 call reporting that 79 year old Richard C. Holmer of Cashmere was missing after he failed to return home from a walk near his residence on Red Apple Rd. Holmers’ wife reported that he suffers from severe dementia. She stated that he had gone for a walk around 9:30am but failed to return home.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue coordinators responded to the area to organize the search. With the assistance of approximately 40 volunteers from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit, members of the community and family members a massive search of the area was initiated. A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (Air30) also responded to the area to assist in the search.

At approximately 2:20pm Holmers’ grandson reported that he’d located his grandfather’s hat on a very steep hillside southeast of Holmers’ residence. The helicopter responded to the area and at 2:27pm located the subject sitting by a bush. The subject was not injured and was eventually transported down the hill by volunteers and members of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office High Angle Rope team.

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