echo logo smUpdates for Echo Valley:
  • Ski Swap is in the books! Thank you Heidi Griffith and crew for putting together such a great event. Now we're outfitted and ready for snow.
  • Employment Opportunities: Pick up an application and job description at The Vogue in Chelan. Many openings that need to be filled right away. Hill Manager, Administrative Assistant (part-time year round), Ski School Director, and ski & snowboard instructors! Contact Keith Carpenter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text18981+'<\/a>'; //-->   or Terrie Carleton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text20632+'<\/a>'; //-->
  • NEW RUN - Thanks for Tom Allen with Tom Allen Construction Echo has a new run between the Face & the Ridge. This drops down into the bowl. In addition many tracks and access areas have been widened for a more enjoyable ski/snowboard experience. Thanks, Tom, for all your work!
  • Purchase your season pass before December 1st and SAVE! Pick up a form at The Chelan Chamber or Allison's in Manson or print a form off the website  It's time to check out Echo and support the community hill.   

wsdot logoFull closure of US 2 in Skykomish Tuesday night for culvert replacement

SKYKOMISH – The Washington State Department of Transportation opened US 2 just east of Skykomish to two-way traffic after completing emergency bridge repair work at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23. All legal and permitted weight vehicles are allowed to use the bridge.

Drivers on US 2 should also plan for a full closure of the highway five miles west of Skykomish (milepost 44) on Tuesday night, Nov. 24. This closure will allow WSDOT emergency contractors to replace a culvert damaged in last week’s storm.

Full closure of US 2 Tuesday night

The storm also took a toll on an embankment located on US 2 between Skykomish and Index. The embankment collapsed and damaged a culvert. Contractor crews working for WSDOT need to close both directions of US 2 Tuesday night to replace the culvert. The closure will be from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

“We know there is never a good time to close a highway,” said WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator Dave McCormick. “But it is important we replace the culvert now to prevent any further damage to the highway.”

Over the past few days crews have worked to stabilize the slope where they will place the culvert during the full overnight closure of the highway. This prep work helps keep the full closure to a minimum.

littlemermaid350Bring the whole family and go Under the Sea with StageKids as they present Disney's classic tale of a young mermaid and her adventures to find love on land.

Now you can be part of Ariel's world when Stage​ ​Kids W​A​, in partnership with the Numerica Performing Arts Center, and presenting sponsor, McQuaig and Welk, PLLC, present the musical, "The Little Mermaid Jr.," running Dec. 3-5​.​

Princess Ariel spots a human and falls in love. But not just any human -- a prince! The mermaid strikes a deal with a wicked sea-witch and leaves her ocean home for dry land.

Armed with a “dinglehopper” hairbrush, and with the help of her feathered and finned friends, Ariel follows her heart to win over the dashing Prince Eric.

The one-year-old youth theater program, Stage​ ​Kids W​A​, presents the musical version of the childhood story, based upon the 1989 animated Disney film. A youth cast of 52 actors from 19 local schools, will don more than 500 costume pieces to re-create the beloved tale.

“​Working with this community of talented kids and their parents has been a joy,” says StageKids founder and show director, Michelle McCormick. “Together we've created a beautiful show and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Don't be the poor unfortunate soul to miss out on this one!

Tickets are available at — $15 for adults and $12 for children.

For more information, ​visit Download high resolution images and video here.

douglascountysheriff148On 11/19/15 at approximately 9:15 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a malicious mischief/disturbance at the 1200 Blk of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.  The victim said one of his employees had smashed the back window out of his vehicle.  Deputies checked several locations looking for the suspect.  He was finally located in front of the Chief Joseph Tavern singing loudly.  The suspect, 26 year old Jonathan Valdovinos of Bridgeport was initially arrested without incident.  However, on his way to the Okanogan County Jail, he began banging his head on the divider screen of the Deputy’s patrol car.  The Deputy stopped and tried to restrain him further by locking his seatbelt to keep him from injuring himself.   While on the way to jail, Valdovinos managed to manipulate his restraints to allow him to keep beating on the patrol car windows.  When the Deputy arrived at the jail, Valdovinos feigned unconsciousness, but as corrections staff attempted to remove him from the car, he miraculously became reanimated and began to fight with staff.  He sustained a small cut on his forehead as he was held against the wall to restrain him. He was booked for malicious mischief 3rd degree.

One of the risks of law enforcement is the sudden onset of violence from the criminals we come into contact with.  It requires constant vigilance on the part of our staff.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

On 11/20/15 at approximately 3:00 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol was monitoring the Washington State Patrol radio frequency when she overhear a trooper calling out a vehicle pursuit in Okanogan County.  She monitored the pursuit and anticipated where it would cross into Douglas County.  At that point the Deputy took up a supporting position behind the trooper.  The suspect drove recklessly even passing a school bus unloading children.  The trooper finally stopped the vehicle at Hwy 172 and N. Division.  The trooper, an Okanogan Deputy, and our Deputy were able to take the suspect into custody without injury or incident.  He was later booked into the Okanogan County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony eluding. 

I am always grateful for the level of active cooperation I see in the NCW law enforcement community.  Our Deputy was alert to the WSP activity taking place near her jurisdiction and became actively engaged once the pursuit entered Douglas County offering assistance and additional officer safety for all involved. 

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

On 11/21/15 at approximately 2:14 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 1000 Blk. of Columbia Avenue in Bridgeport, WA.  The Deputy noticed a male loitering near the post office and recognized him as a person with a warrant for a methamphetamine charge.  The Deputy attempted to handcuff the subject.  At first he was compliant, but when he heard the dispatcher broadcast that the warrant was confirmed, he broke away and charged the Deputy.  They struggled for several minutes as the Deputy tried to get him under control.  The Deputy disengaged when it felt like the suspect was trying to get her gun.  A foot pursuit ensued.  The Deputy attempted to use a Taser, but it was not effective.  At this point, a Brewster PD officer arrived to assist.  They searched the area in an around Marina Park and eventually located the suspect hiding in a dumpster of garbage.  He was directed out at gunpoint and taken into custody without further incident.  The suspect, 40 year old Pedro Cortez-Aguilar of Bridgeport, was booked for the felony drug warrant, 3rd degree assault, and obstructing a law enforcement officer.  In addition, jail staff advised they would notify Border Patrol because he had already been deported on a previous arrest.  There were no injuries.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal        

douglascountysheriff148On 11/20/15 at 12:30 AM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in the 100 Blk. of South Kentucky when stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  There were two female occupants on board.  The driver, 25 year old Tiffany R. Curtis of Wenatchee, was found to have a suspended driver’s license.  The passenger,  24 year old Ashley P. Robertson of Wenatchee, was found to have a no bail felony warrant for escape from community custody from Department of Corrections.  She also had a misdemeanor warrant for theft 3rd degree with a $500 bail.  Both were arrested and transported to the Chelan County Jail and booked for their respective charges without incident. 

I appreciate this type of proactive patrol by the members of my team.  It is not a great leap to believe that two individuals with criminal backgrounds driving around in the middle of the night may be up to some other criminal endeavor.  This is part of our effort to suppress crime before it happens. 

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal