manson schoolThe Manson School Board has passed a resolution placing a levy proposition on the February 14th 2017 Chelan County special election ballot. If approved, the levy would replace an expiring Maintenance and Operations (M & O) Levy passed by voters in February 2015.

The proposed levy is for 2 years 2018 & 2019 (Manson has historically run 2 year levies).

The current voter approved amount scheduled to be collected this year (2017) is $1,246,364. The proposed amounts are:                    2018     $1,333,609        2019       $1,426,962

Manson’s M & O levy funding is approximately 14% of the district’s total funding and pays for:

  • Maintenance of school facilities, including custodial staff, equipment, supplies and all utility expenses.
  • Instructional programs/technology:

o      College and advance placement courses in the high school

o      Preschool for all 4 year olds

o      High school internships program

o      Support of the arts (music, drama, art)

o      Vocational classes (shop, ag classes, business, technology)

o      Technology support

o      Replacement of computers/devices

  • Beyond the School Day Programs

o      After school enrichment and academic intervention classes

o      Middle/High school athletics (coaches, referees, travel, uniforms, equipment)

o      Clubs (pep band, FBLA, FFA, Knowledge Bowl).

  • Food Service (supplements inadequate state funding)

An informational meeting for the public will be held at Manson High School on February 8th at 6:30PM and additional informational meetings can be scheduled (687-3140). Information is also available on the district website at www.manson.org including an individual tax calculator where taxpayers can determine their estimated local school tax using their property assessed value amounts.

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manson trojans logoManson will host Oroville this Saturday, January 7th.   Games times have been changed as follows:

1:00 p.m. – Boys Junior Varsity
2:30 p.m. – Girls Varsity
4:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity

douglascountysheriff148On 12/29/16 at approximately 4:17 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call of a gunshot injury by the River near Rock Island. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a male with a gunshot wound to his right leg. The injury appeared severe so a Deputy quickly applied first aid in the form of a tourniquet above the injury. The victim was a 14 year old male from Cashmere.  

An ambulance arrived and transported the victim to Confluence Hospital. The investigation revealed that the 14 year old victim and his 17 year old friend had been hunting near the river. The victim had shot a duck.   He handed his 12 gauge shotgun with the safety off to his friend and went to retrieve his catch. The friend was holding the shotguns by their slings. As he walked toward the river, a branch snagged the trigger and the shotgun went off. The shot hit the victim’s right calf. Evidence and witnesses statements indicated that the incident was an accident.

I am grateful for the quick first aid work by the Deputies and quick response by ambulance personnel. I am also relieved the young victim was not hurt worse. Hunting is a wholesome sport, but one can never be too vigilant about safety.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is coordinating a search for a missing private airplane near the northern Hood Canal area of Dabob Bay.

The plane left Seattle’s Boeing Field headed for Port Angeles just after 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, and lost contact with air traffic control about 6:44 p.m. near the Dabob Bay area, east of Quilcene. The Federal Aviation Administration then contacted WSDOT.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office started a ground search and a U.S. Navy helicopter crew searched from the air Thursday night until visibility became too low to safely continue. The ground search continues and a fixed air Civil Air Patrol plane will launch at daybreak. The WSDOT Air Support Team also has been dispatched to track the airplane’s emergency locator signal.

At this time details about the plane and pilot, and any occupants onboard, are not being released. Updates on the search will be posted on the WSDOT blog.

WSDOT, by statue (RCW 47.68.380) is charged with the coordination and management of aerial search and rescue within the state. The agency works in conjunction with volunteer search and rescue groups, law enforcement and other agencies, such as the U.S. Navy, in carrying out such searches.