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UPDATE: The pilots were found deceased at the scene of the crash.  They were identified as 48 year old Eric Sarchet of Everett, WA and 70 year old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point, OR.  Next of kin have been notified.  The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

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On 07/01/17 at 1930 hours the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue aircraft which had left the Chelan airport at 0630 hrs.  It was thought the aircraft, with two occupants on board, was heading towards north Douglas County or Okanogan County.  

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deployed it’s helicopter to search for the aircraft with no success.  CCSO renewed its search on 07/02/17 using coordinates from one of the occupants last cell phone signals.  At approximately 1030 hrs. CCSO located the wreckage on Windsor Hill about one mile downstream from Wells Dam in Douglas County. 

At the time of this report, Douglas County deputies are attempting to reach the wreckage, but the terrain is extremely treacherous.  The aircraft is a Northwing ultra-light tandem (two seat) model with a 80 hp engine (northwing.com). 

The Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices are working closely to get to the scene to determine the fate of the pilots.  The names of the pilots are not being disclosed at this time.

The Trees are Loaded!

apple thinnerAfter a long and snowy winter, the Orchard has burst forth in an incredible bloom and a heavy set of fruit!

Warm apple pies, an abundance of applesauce, amazing cider, and the tantalizing taste of the historic Common Delicious, Rome Beauties, and Winesaps will be greatly limited if we don't do our work now.

Thinning

To ensure an abundant and quality crop, apples must be thinned in June and July.  This labor-intensive work involves removing an excess of apples, breaking up clusters, spacing, and eliminating already damaged young apples.  (See Field Notes below)  The Buckner Orchard is naturally organic and sprays are not used for this purpose as with commercial orchards elsewhere.

Your Help

With an overabundant set and our June work party limited by weather and other factors, it is important to get out there now, while the apples remain small.  Those trees within the two fenced areas are in need of thinning; those not fenced will be stripped of all apples, as they are each year, so as to prevent bear damage to the historic trees.

  • Experienced Thinners - If you have thinned at the Orchard previously, you know what to do, and can do so at your convenience.  Remember to leave the stems!
  • Novice Thinners - Laurie will be returning to the Orchard on July 1.  Check in with her as to the how and where.

Your help is needed if we are to enjoy the "fruits of our labor" in the fall!

FIELD NOTES

Benefits - There are a number of benefits to thinning apples.

  1. Once you thin the apples, the remaining fruit have more space to grow, so you get bigger apples.  And, with smaller apples, the core is a larger proportion of the apple.
  2. More space leads to more air circulation and sunlight, which in turn leads to better fruit flavor and color.
  3. A common reason for fruit rot on the tree is because the fruits are touching each other closely. The decay occurs where they touch, because the skin couldn't breathe. Thinning reduces the chances of this occurring.
  4. Less chance of damage to the tree due to overburdened, broken limbs.
  5. Since the tree can now support the smaller number of fruits, it is not overburdened with supplying nutrition to the fruits.
  6. An over-production of apples one year can negatively impact the production of fruit the following year in some varieties.

How to Thin - Clicking on the Common Delicious photo below, you can view a very good, short video on how to thin.  Though the video does focus on a specific variety of apple, the principles are the same.

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On 06/26/17 at approximately 2:52 PM Douglas County Firefighters responded to a fire burning approximately six miles north of Hwy. 28 on Palisades Road. 

Responders found that approximately five fires were started from lightning strikes.  Terrain made them difficult if not impossible to access. 

Douglas County Deputies and auxiliary members served Level I evacuation notices to about 25 homes.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office mobile command post remains staffed and on scene.  

The fire has been burning between MP 4 and MP 8 on Palisades Rd.   The size of the fire has not been speculated on as of yet.

There have not been any reports of injury or property damage up to this point.  Wind has made fighting the fires difficult.

Valley residents of Douglas County have been the victims of a string of burglaries during the past week. 

douglascountysheriff148On 06/02/17 a resident in the 100 Blk. of 20th St. NE found someone had forced their way in through a back door.  The burglars stole liquor, collectable swords and knives, an i-phone, and two i-pads.  They also vandalized the inside of the house causing thousands of dollars in damage.    

A second nearby residence was also broken into.  Three guns, ammunition, and an i-pad were stolen. 

On 06/09/17 a third burglary occurred in the 2000 Blk. of Ashland where the intruders stole a rifle from an unsecured garage.  

A fourth burglary occurred from an unsecured garage in the 100 Blk. of Wilshire.  The burglars stole medication, carbon fiber motorcycle gloves, and an i-phone charger. 

A fifth burglary occurred on 06/14/17 at Lisa Bee’s fruit stand at the 13000 Blk. of Hwy. 2.  Three cash registers, $1,250 in cash, a Mac laptop computer, and an i-phone 6S were stolen.  There was substantial vandalism inside the business.  A neighbor who lived west of the business said he had seen a suspicious vehicle in the area.  It was a dark or flat black wagon with a very loud exhaust. 

A sixth incident occurred on 06/09/17 at the Grant Missionary Church at the 100 Blk. of S. Kentucky.  A contractor working inside the church saw a grey Z71 pickup backed up to a storage building.  There were two white males near the truck.  When they saw they were being observed they ran to the pickup and fled. 

This spike in burglaries is not usual in Douglas County.  I encourage everyone to be security conscious.  Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.  Try to provide detailed descriptions of suspicious persons or vehicle’s. 

If anyone had information about any of these or other crimes, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 884-0941 or, after hours, RiverCom dispatch at 663-9911.

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