fishladder200Chelan County PUD is installing three fish ladder extensions at Rock Island Dam

Click Here for a PDF of the Rock Island Dam Fish Ladder Project

WENATCHEE – Adult Chinook salmon migration is expected to begin on or about April 15 at Rock Island Dam. In an effort to ensure safe passage of the returning salmon and steelhead  this season, Chelan County PUD has decided to add temporary extensions to the fish ladders to help fish with their upstream migration. Sections of 30-foot long denil fishways – that is, a ladder that has baffles which aid the fish through the fishway – will be installed at three of the seven fish ladder entrances. This modification was chosen because of its flexibility to accommodate a wide range of water level conditions. (Please see diagram and picture)

The ongoing work will mean that the Rock Island reservoir will continue to fluctuate between 607.5’ and 611’ to accommodate installation of the ladders. The majority of the work will be completed by April 18 and then river levels are expected to stabilize at 609’ feet or more on the upstream side of the dam.

Chelan PUD wants to remind irrigators, boaters and other river users to be sure and check the Chelan County PUD website at “Wanapum Response” to determine the Rock Island reservoir levels. This is particularly important for boaters using the only public boat ramp that remains open on the Rock Island reservoir – Wenatchee Confluence State Park – to make sure the river level will allow the boat ramp to be used.

Irrigators also should monitor their equipment as river levels can change quickly. Any irrigators with questions can contact Marcie Steinmetz at (509) 661-4186 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Check under “Wanapum Drawdown Response” on the home page for updates on Chelan PUD’s response to the drawdown of the reservoir behind Grant PUD’s Wanapum Dam. Find us on and follow us on Twitter @ChelanPUD.

realhope200You are invited to an informational forum on the REAL Hope Act a law to enable undocumented students to apply for college financial aid.

The REAL Hope Act, SB 6523, was signed into law by Washington Governor Jay Inslee on February 26, 2014.

Get timely information and learn about new resources dedicated to helping students and educators understand how the new law will be implemented.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Where: Chelan High School, Performing Arts Center
Purpose: Help students, educators, and administrators understand the process
for undocumented students to apply for state-funded financial aid
• Who qualifies? • When can students apply?
• Is funding guaranteed? • When and where can funds be used?
Sponsors: Chelan School District, Washington Student Achievement Council,
Latino/a Educational Achievement Project, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
For information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
See back for informational forum for parents to be conducted in Spanish.

En el estado de Washington, los estudiantes indocumentados:
• Pueden pagar la matricula estatal para ingresar a la universidad.
• Si su familia no pueden pagar los estudios universitarios, los estudiantes
pueden calificar para ayuda financiera estatal.
• Pueden calificar para un permiso de trabajo (DACA) sin temor de ser
Reciba información y aprenda sobre los nuevos recursos para los estudiantes.
Y, ¿qué pasa con la reforma migratoria y el proyecto del DREAM Act (Acta del Sueño)?
Fecha: Lunes, 14 de abril 2014
Tiempo: 5:00 pm
Dónde: Chelan High School, Performing Arts Center
Patrocinadores:Latino/a Educational Achievement Project, Chelan School District,
Washington Student Achievement Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Para más información: Llame a Adelina Velasco, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Padres de familias
estan invitados a una
reunión especial
... para entender las leyes y reglas que ayudan a
los estudiantes indocumentados ingresar a la
universidad y trabajar legalmente en los EE.UU.

sheriffsmOn Friday, April 11, 2014 at approximately 1:00 A.M., Rivercom received a call from a Dryden resident in the 8000 block of Stine Hill Road reporting her farm animals were being killed by two dogs. Deputies had responded earlier in the evening to the same residence after the home owner reported she returned home from work to find 15 chickens, 3 peacocks and 2 ducks had been killed within a fenced portion of her farm. It was unknown at the time what type of animal killed her birds, but it was discovered the attacking animal or animals were able to push their way through the bottom of the wired enclosure to gain access to the birds.

The home owner advised she went outside and fired a shotgun into the air and one of the dogs ran toward her, chasing her back onto the porch and into her house. This dog was described as being big and black, possibly a Shepherd style. After she was safe inside, she said the dog went and laid down in front of her car next to the goat pen. She said there was another dog inside her goat pen which jumped or climbed out and left. This dog was described as possibly a Husky style of breed, being white or light brown with dark spots on it. When she initially saw the dogs, the black one was running back and forth outside the goat pen, while the other dog was inside attacking the goats.

Chelan County Deputy Lee Risdon arrived on scene, having been there earlier in the evening for the initial call, and observed the black dog lying next to the car and goat pen. As he approached the dog, it got up and started quickly moving toward him. Knowing the dog already ran toward the homeowner in an apparent attempt to attack her, he fired one round from his pistol at the dog. The dog immediately ran away from Deputy Risdon and to the opposite side of the fence and laid down. Other Deputies arriving in the area spotted a dog matching the Husky running from the vicinity of the incident, but they were unable to follow it. Animal Control was dispatched and responded a short time later. Prior to their arrival, the black dog got up and began walking away from the goat fence. Deputy Risdon attempted to follow the dog for about ¼ mile as it went toward Pine Flats Loop, but lost sight of the dog shortly after. It is unknown if this dog was shot or not. Deputies attempted to locate the dogs for nearly 2 hours, but were unsuccessful. Neither dog was seen wearing a collar. At least one goat was killed by the dogs and several others were injured. It is unknown if these same dogs were responsible for the earlier killing of the birds, but it is probable.

Animal Control is assisting in the investigation. It is extremely important we find these dogs before they attack any more animals or worse, people. Anyone with information about these two dogs or who may own them is encouraged to call Rivercom at 663-9911.

i90Delayswsdot350Drivers should travel early, travel late, find alternate routes or postpone trips

HYAK – In two days, Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass will have major width restrictions and will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for two weeks, including weekends. If drivers don’t alter their travel plans, they could experience delays of up to two hours, and officials suggest traveling in the morning or late evening, finding an alternate route or postponing trips.

From 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12, until 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will reduce traffic along a 4-mile stretch of I-90 between milepost 56 and milepost 60 to a single lane in each direction. Crews will be busy preparing detours for the 2014 construction season and removing the 64-year-old snowshed near milepost 58.

“We can’t stress how important it is for drivers to know before they go,” said Don Whitehouse, WSDOT regional administrator. “Before heading out the door, drivers should plan ahead—or consider changing their travel plans altogether—in order to avoid major delays during the lane closures.”


Drivers can also access the following resources to help plan their trips:

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters.

* Some children are curious about fire. They may ask questions such as how hot is fire or show an interest in fire through playing with fire trucks or cooking on a play stove. This is healthy and it is time to begin educating about fire.
* Firestarting happens when children begin to experiment with fire using matches and lighters. Many fires happen when young children are left alone, even for a short period of time and have access to matches and lighters. Parents must have clear rules and consequences about fire misuse.
* Grown-ups can help keep fire out of the hands of children.
* Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet or container.
* Never leave matches or lighters in a bedroom or any place where children may go without supervision.
* Teach young children and school-age children to tell a grown-up if they see matches or lighters. Children need to understand that fire is difficult to control; it is fast and can hurt as soon as it touches you.
* A child with an interest in fire can lead to fire starting and result in repeated firesetting behavior.
* It is important for grown-ups to discourage unsupervised fire starts.
* Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement for children; they may imitate you.
* Never assign a young child any tasks that involve the use of a lighter or matches (lighting candles, bringing a lighter to an adult to light a cigarette or the fireplace, etc.)
* If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
* Use only lighters designed with child-resistant features. Remember, child-resistant does not mean child-proof.

Children and fire are a deadly combination. Some children play with fire out of curiosity, not realizing its danger. Troubled children may set a fire as a way of acting out their anger, disappointment or frustration.

If you suspect your child is intentionally setting fires or unusually fascinated with fire, get help. Your local fire department, school, or community counseling agency can put you in touch with trained experts who know how to teach children about fire in an appropriate way.

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