sheriffsmWHISPERING RIDGE -- The Chelan County Sheriff's Office, as a precautionary measure, has advised two property owners in the Whispering Ridge slide area to leave their homes. The recommendation is based on the most current readings from surface monitoring points at the slide area, which continue to show increasing movement in the slope.  Both homes are on Squilchuck Road southwest of Wenatchee, WA.

A geotechnical firm retained by Chelan County has been analyzing data for more than a year from 30 points of reference along the slope. The points were predetermined last year.  Late Friday afternoon the geotechnical firm advised Chelan County that the measuring point data is showing increased movement within the Whispering Ridge slide area.  This increased rate of movement could potentially cause the “toe,” or base of the slide, to inadvertently affect the flow of a tributary creek located within an adjacent canyon to the slide. That creek flows into Squilchuck Creek which is very the near the two residences contacted in the 5000 block of Squilchuck Road.

This information triggered the notification of the two property owners Friday evening.  Those residents and the three other property owners in the 4900 – 5000 blocks of Squilchuck Road had received a general notification of increased slope movement from Chelan County Emergency Management and Chelan County Public Works earlier Friday afternoon.

Surface monitoring point readings taken on March 30th (2017) show the landslide is moving again.  The Whispering Ridge slope movement was first reported in March 2016.  Initial notifications to property owners along the affected area of Whispering Ridge Drive and the five residences located below - on Squilchuck Road - occurred last spring.

The current monitoring point data indicates that movement has increased within the past couple of weeks.  The geotechnical firm has stated that future readings will determine the rate at which the landslide is moving.

Monitoring points also show the roadway at Whispering Ridge Drive is moving at a much slower rate. The roadway remains open only to local traffic and is being monitored closely by Chelan County Public Works and the geotechnical firm to determine if restrictions are needed in the future.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/14/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to two calls of gas thefts which occurred overnight. 

One theft occurred at U-Haul located at 423 Rock Island Rd.  The second occurred at the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board office located at 430 Rock Island Rd. 

It is unknown how much gas was lost, but repairs for the damaged vehicles could be over $1,000.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is sharing information with the Wenatchee Police Department to determine if the thefts in the two jurisdictions might be related.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call 9-1-1.  Anyone with information is asked to call RiverCom dispatch on their non-emergency line:  663-9911.

wsdot logoHYAK – Construction-related delays return to Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass starting next week. Drivers need to plan for added travel time.

On Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 20 drivers will experience delays associated with intermittent rolling slowdowns during the day just east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit along Keechelus Lake. Drivers will also see delays in both directions due to single lane closures near Cle Elum.

The RV dumpsite located at the eastbound Indian John Rest Area will be closed to traffic on Monday, April 17 until Thursday, April 20 for maintenance repairs. The rest area will remain open.

Maintenance work along the shoulders on I-90 could cause minor delays for drivers during the day on Thursday, April 20 at the westbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 110, the eastbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 106 and the westbound and eastbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 101.

WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:

  • Receive text message alerts about closures and delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
  • Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
  • Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
  • Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
  • Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
  • Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
  • Download WSDOT’s free smartphone app to check statewide pass conditions.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/11/17 at approximately 5:30 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a burglary report at the Lone Pine Market located at 23041 Hwy. 97. 

Unknown suspects had entered the store and stole a cash register containing $250 in cash.  They also took a box which held $150 in nickels.  In addition, the thieves entered an outbuilding and stole another cash register. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

wsdot logoDrivers need to plan for delays, slow down and pay attention through work zones

HYAK – It’s been a very long winter on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, but now it’s time for drivers to switch gears from driving in winter conditions, to driving through construction work zones.

A number of road-improvement projects will cause delays for drivers this spring and summer while the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews add lanes, build and repair bridges and fix cracked sections of pavement between North Bend and Ellensburg.

“This year there will be multiple projects along I-90, which means drivers need to be prepared for slow downs and plan for a longer trip,” said Todd Trepanier, WSDOT regional administrator. “Please stay attentive and be patient while driving between North Bend and Ellensburg.”

Next week crews will resume work on the I-90 Snoqulamie Pass East project that builds a wider, safer and more reliable stretch of I-90 from Hyak to Keechelus Dam and from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. Later this summer, crews will resume blasting along the rock slopes east of Snoqualmie Pass. Drivers need to plan for hour-long closures, during the week starting an hour before sunset.

Crews will also resume work next week to replace deteriorating sections of the westbound lanes between Cle Elum and the Elk Heights area. As part of the work, the westbound Indian John Rest Area will need to be closed periodically during the week starting in late May and continuing throughout the summer.

In May, crews will start replacing deteriorating sections of concrete pavement panels in the eastbound lanes and repairing bridge decks in the westbound lanes between North Bend and the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Drivers will experience delays as traffic is detoured around the work zone. Crews will also be making repairs to bridge decks between Easton and Ellensburg.

WSDOT has a wide variety of resources to help drivers plan their trips across I-90 this summer. Drivers can find information on multiple websites, including the What’s Happening on I-90, Snoqualmie Mountain Pass and Traffic Alerts pages. Drivers can also follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass and @wsdot_east or sign up for email updates or subscribe to our text message alerts by sending the phrase “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to the number 468311.