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

HYAK – Despite late spring snow storms, work on a number of road-improvements on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass will begin next week.

Construction-related lane closures will slow down travelers as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation build new lanes and bridges, repair existing structures, and fix cracked sections of pavement between North Bend and Ellensburg.

“We don’t have as much construction taking place on I-90 this spring and summer as we have had in the past, but drivers still need to plan ahead, pay attention to work zones and be patient,” said Todd Trepanier, WSDOT regional administrator.

Earlier this week, work resumed on the  I-90 Snoqulamie Pass East project that will build a wider, safer and more reliable stretch of the interstate from Hyak to Keechelus Dam, and from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. This 7-mile section of the project is scheduled to be completed by this fall, which includes the first wildlife crossing to be built over I-90.


Next month, work will resume to replace deteriorating sections of concrete pavement panels in the eastbound lanes between North Bend and the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Delays are expected when traffic detours around the work zone. Additional concrete panel replacement is schedule to begin between Issaquah and North Bend in mid-May.

Several I-90 interchanges in Easton, Thorpe and Ellensburg will be repaved this summer.

WSDOT has a wide variety of resources to help with trip planning across I-90. Before heading out the door, travelers can find the latest information on the What’s Happening on I-90, Snoqualmie Mountain Pass and Traffic Alerts pages, and by also following @snoqualmiepass and @wsdot_east on Twitter. Email updates are available, and mobile phone users can sign up for text message alerts by sending the phrase “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to the number 468311.

douglascountysheriff148C#18D-01866: On 04/10/18 at approximately 1:50 PM an anonymous citizen contacted Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal to report that a person with a known warrant was hiding in a house on the Bridgeport Bar with permission of the owner. The person was able to give a description of the residence. A Deputy went to the house and contacted the owner. At first she denied the wanted person was at the house. Later she brought him to the door and he was arrested without injury or incident. The suspect was identified as 37 year old Alberto Lopez Flores of Bridgeport. He was booked into the Okanogan Jail for a felony warrant for Escape from Community Custody.

C#18D-01852: On 04/09/18 a Deputy on routine patrol in the 1000 Blk. of Columbia Ave in Bridgeport, WA spotted a person standing in the back yard who he recognized as having a warrant for his arrest. The suspect went in the house. Another Deputy was called to watch a second exit. The suspect 24 year old Omar Medina-Hermengildo of Bridgeport was arrested without injury or incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail.

C#18D-01850: On 04/09/18 at approximately 7:00 PM a Deputy responded to a malicious mischief report in the 400 Blk of Kentucky. Two residents in the trailer park reported their vehicle tires had been punctured, one that day and one several weeks earlier.   A screwdriver was found sticking of the vehicle tire that had been damaged during the day. There was no suspect information.

C#18D-01823: On 04/08/18 at approximately 7:19 PM a Deputy on routine patrol in the Orondo area spotted a maroon Jeep at the mini mart gas pumps. He ran the license plate and found the plates actually belonged to a Saturn, a common ploy by car thieves. The Deputy contacted the driver and asked him his name. There was no record of the name he gave on file. The person told the Deputy he got the Jeep from a friend but could not remember his name. The person also could not recall his own address. A RiverCom dispatcher was able to cross check the switched license plate with a person who had the same DOB as the suspect. The suspect was finally identified by an alias he used. It was also found he had a felony warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine. A search of the suspect’s clothing uncovered three bindles of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested without incident or injury. He was booked at the Chelan County Jail for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, making false statements, and no valid operator’s license without ID.

C18D-01814: On 04/08/18 at 11:30 AM a Deputy responded to a burglary report in the 3600 Blk. of NW Cascade. Unknown person(s) had broken into a shed. The thieves stole camping equipment, power tools, and a Minnkota trolling motor. The total loss was over $2,000.00.

winejazz200Chelan, Washington: The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival will take jazz enthusiasts on a musical tour through the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during this first of its kind event in Chelan. The event offers wine and jazz enthusiasts the opportunity to taste wines that characterize the Chelan AVA, and take in the stunning views of majestic Lake Chelan. This four-day festival will showcase internationally acclaimed jazz artists and celebrate the wonderful wineries, historic downtown, and remarkable beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival features national and regional artists like Kobe Watkins, Gretta Matassa, Pearl Django, Gail Pettis, Doctor Funk, and many more. Nine venues, 4 days, and 15 jazz bands including student jazz bands will be featured. All music venues will offer wines from Lake Chelan Wineries and many will offer food pairings. Festival ticket holders will receive a SWAG bag of goodies and special offers.

This is a one of a kind opportunity for wine and jazz fans to sip and listen while you take in the amazing beauty of estate vineyards and breathtaking lake views. The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival takes place in Spring 2018 from May 17-20th, Tickets are on sale now online at www.chelanwinejazz.com. Full Festival Pass is $75 in advance / $85 at the door. A Saturday Day Pass is also available for $60 in advance / $70 at the door. Sunday shows at the outdoor Riverwalk Pavilion are free.A VIP shuttle ticket will be available for purchase for $30. Media passes are available for the press when you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Barrel Tasting weekend also takes place in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during wine and jazz festival when winemakers open their doors to the public to taste straight from the barrel. Visitors to Chelan can dine at a variety of eateries and wineries around the lake and shop in the downtown historic district of Chelan. The area can be explored by water, boat, or limo. A variety of local hotels, vacation rentals, and camping options are available.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival Foundation is a non-profit program under the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to support and promote jazz appreciation, music education, and the Lake Chelan Wine Valley for our residents and visitors. Foundation net proceeds are directed to the Boys and Girls Club of America. 

douglascountysheriff148Case# 18D01768 – On 4-6-18 at 5:45 am the Douglas County Special Response Team (SRT) along with the Columbia River Drug Task Force (CRDTF) and members of the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a high-risk search warrant in the 2000 block of S.E. Legacy Place, without incident.

Once the residence was secure and safe, the CRDTF conducted a thorough search and recovered illegal narcotics, parts of a meth lab and a 9mm handgun with the serial numbers ground off.

The department of Ecology was called to clean and dispose of the meth lab.

As a result of the investigation, 33 yoa Michael C. Cooper of East Wenatchee was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Jail for 2 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Felon in possession of a firearm and Possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

This operation is another example of the boundless working relationship we all appreciate in our Law Enforcement community.