wsdot-logoDrivers should plan for added travel time due to construction-related slowdowns

HYAK – Rock blasting closures on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass are getting earlier as the days get even shorter.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 6 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Sept. 29 through Thursday, Oct. 2. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Intermittent rolling slowdowns could cause 20 minute delays Monday through Friday during the day from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). Drivers will also experience nighttime delays due to a single lane closure through the same location.

Drivers may experience minor delays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday due to a single lane closure westbound near milepost 50. Crews will be making repairs to the Denny Creek Bridge

Construction is still taking place on I-90 and drivers need to use the following resources to help plan their trips:

MansonCampout300Manson sixth Graders spent part of last week at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp and came home with much more than simply an outdoor educational experience.

“Part of being a middle school student is learning to build quality relationships with students, with teachers and with coaches, while we are learning at school,” said Middle School Principal, Todd Smith. “This camp gives students the chance to do that in a beautiful setting.”

The group of 36 students participated in activities such as archery, low rope courses, board games, and fishing.

“Almost every student caught a fish, and Mr. Charlton was there to cheer everyone on,” added Smith.

The camp gave students the chance to participate in new activities in a new setting, and create a greater bond between each other, and the school staff.

“We appreciate the experience and look forward to a stronger learning environment here at Manson Middle School,” said Smith.

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There is going to be a voter forum at the Manson Grange on Tuesday, September 30th at 7pm.   Mike Steele will be the moderator and candidates will answer questions from the public. As far as we can tell this is the only “meet the candidates” that is scheduled before the election and is open to everyone in the Chelan Valley 

This event is presented by the Manson Grange

The candidates who will be there:

Commissioner District 2:  Keith Goehner/ Chuck Stowe

Public Utility District Commissioner District 1:   Vicki Malloy/ Garry Arseneault

Public Utility District Commissioner District 3:     Dennis Bolz/ Bob Goedde

ChelanFireRescueLogo200How to Winterize Your Car
Climate changes don’t affect just you – they also affect your car. In regions that don’t enjoy mild winters, you wouldn’t dream of heading outside without a heavy coat if the wind chill brought the temperature below freezing. Don’t expect your car to function properly without some attention to its winter needs, too

Engine Oil in the Winter:
The oil in your engine changes depending on how hot or cold the engine is running. Because the outside temperatures will influence the internal temperature of your engine, you need to make sure you’re using the proper oil for the conditions.
During the winter months, if you live where temperatures get below freezing, you’ll want to switch over to thinner-less viscous-oil. If you run a 10W-30W in the summer, for example, try moving to a 5W-30W when changing your oil in the fall or winter. If you are in doubt, refer to your manual or manufacturer.

Engine Coolant:
Your car’s coolant system is not intended only to keep your engine from overheating. It is also responsible for protecting your valuable engine against corrosion. Before the weather gets too cold, make sure you are using coolant with ethylene glycol to help protect your engine.
Every vehicle requires a certain ratio of coolant to water, and your owner’s manual or repair technician can explain what your engine needs.

Windshield Treatment:
For best results in clearing off cold, heavy grime, select a washer fluid with an antifreeze solution. But beware-some washer fluids can be harsh & damage your car’s paint.

Cold Weather & Battery Capacity:
Your battery capacity is reduced by the cold weather. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals and fluid will help you make sure your car is ready for the winter.

Check over battery cables for cracks & breaks. The terminals should fit snugly with no loose connections. You can check your battery fluid by uncovering the refill hole. If the level is below the bottom of the cap, refill with distilled water.

To read the level of charge in your battery, you will need to turn the engine off. Some batteries have a built-in hydrometer eye that tells you the amount of voltage remaining in the battery. A handheld hydrometer can be used to collect the same information.
While you’re inspecting your battery, look for the manufacture date. Knowing how old your battery is can clue you in on when it will begin to loose charge.

Frozen Out:
Door locks can freeze in cold weather & break your key if you try to force them open. The old fashion cure was warm water, but what if you’re not at home & don’t have warm water nearby. Discount stores, auto parts stores, and even hardware stores sell glycerine you can use for de-icing.
Stock a tube at home in the garage & maybe in your desk at work. That way whenever your locks freeze up, you’ll be able to solve the problem.

Emergency Kit:
Consider putting together a few basics for an emergency kit to keep in the trunk of your car. You will also want to be sure your spare tire is in good shape with all the tools to change it out. A few other ideas for an emergency kit could be:
Flares Washer Fluid
Blankets Coolant
Boots Flashlight
Radio
Engine Oil

Snow Tires:
When it comes to really dealing with winter weather, your tires are out there mixing with the snow, sleet & ice.

Mounting the right tires on your car or truck can give you an advantage when trekking through snow. Many car makers & tire manufacturers recommend changing all four tires to snow tires in the winter. If you live off the beaten path, you can even by snow tires with studs to help you get where you’re going all winter long. When spring comes, though, you’ll be glad to get out of the heavy winter tires because your fuel efficiency & handling will improve with a less aggressive tire. Another option is all-season tires that you drive year-round. The advantage of all-season tires is that you don’t change the tires before winter or need to keep two sets of rims. The disadvantage is that you don’t get all the great features of a specialized seasonal tire.

MansonOutdoors200manson schoolThis past summer Manson secondary teachers Chas Pauly and Tara Janet along with six Manson students took the classroom outside.  They participated in a six-day field course that involved exploration of a variety of marine environments.  They were involved in camping hiking, and backpacking over the course of the class.  Students who were involved were Nancy Leyva, Jocelyn Escobar, Jesus Espinosa, Carlos Lopez, Gonzalo Frayle, and Misal Montes.

Students visited the following areas in order: Hood Canal,Quilcene Bay, Marrowstone Island, Fort Worden, Marine Science Center, Saltwater Recreation area, Pillar Point state park, Rialto Beach and the north coast, and the Dungeness Spit.

Many thanks to the following individuals for making it possible for this field class to occur.
Jack and Gayle Courtney, Mike and Elaine Raymond, Andrea Whitney, Tim Bombaci and Karla Holme, Matt Charlton, and Patti Stracener and the Gear Up program.

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