On 01/23/17  at approximately 11:48 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on McNeil Canyon Rd. at MP 4 near Chelan.   A fully loaded fuel truck was driving down the steep grade in icy conditions.  The driver lost control in the ice and snow and sideways into the ditch.  There were no injuries and no fuel spills.  A second tank truck had to be called to empty the stuck vehicle before it could be towed out.  McNeil Canyon Rd. was blocked for several hours.

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douglascountysheriff148On 01/15/17 at approximately 6:18PM a Douglas County Deputy responded to a report a one car injury accident on Rd. 4 NE near Coulee City. 

When the Deputy arrived, he learned that a female passenger in the vehicle had already been transported to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata.  It appeared the vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Avalon, had crossed the centerline and onto the opposite shoulder of the road.  The wheels got caught in heavy snow and the vehicle rolled over. 

Investigation revealed that the male driver, 28 year old Michael Landin, of Coulee City was showing clear signs of intoxication.  He was arrested for Vehicular Assault and transported to the Okanogan County Jail. 

The passenger had lacerations on her head that did not appear to be life threatening.

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On 01/10/17 at 11:46 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to Badger Mtn. Rd. approximately 3 miles north of Fancher Hts. to investigate an injury accident.   Fire and EMS were also dispatched.  Investigation revealed that the driver of a N/B 2008 Nissan pickup crossed the center line and hit a S/B 1992 Ford pickup head on.  Both drivers were injured and transported to Confluence Hospital.  Their condition is unknown.  Traffic was blocked for about an hour until a county snow plow arrived and cleared a shoulder so vehicles could pass.

Douglas County has about 1,600 miles of county roads and 6 state highways.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to use care and stay alert for danger as they travel our roadways.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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douglascountysheriff148On 12/29/16 at approximately 4:17 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call of a gunshot injury by the River near Rock Island. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a male with a gunshot wound to his right leg. The injury appeared severe so a Deputy quickly applied first aid in the form of a tourniquet above the injury. The victim was a 14 year old male from Cashmere.  

An ambulance arrived and transported the victim to Confluence Hospital. The investigation revealed that the 14 year old victim and his 17 year old friend had been hunting near the river. The victim had shot a duck.   He handed his 12 gauge shotgun with the safety off to his friend and went to retrieve his catch. The friend was holding the shotguns by their slings. As he walked toward the river, a branch snagged the trigger and the shotgun went off. The shot hit the victim’s right calf. Evidence and witnesses statements indicated that the incident was an accident.

I am grateful for the quick first aid work by the Deputies and quick response by ambulance personnel. I am also relieved the young victim was not hurt worse. Hunting is a wholesome sport, but one can never be too vigilant about safety.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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douglascountysheriff148On 12/27/16 at approximately 9:46 AM RiverCom dispatch received a report of an injury accident in the 2800 Blk. of Breckenridge Drive. 

Deputies responded and found a pickup truck upside-down in a swimming pool at a residence.  The investigation revealed that a 16 year old male had been driving the vehicle S/B at the 2900 Blk. of N. Baker when he lost control on the ice.  The vehicle went off the roadway and slid about 100 feet down a side hill.  It then hit a retaining wall which caused it to flip upside down and into the swimming pool of a residence.  The driver managed to escape by removing the head rest of his seat then using the metal bars to break a window. 

The driver was transported to Confluence Hospital for treatment.  His current condition is not known.

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douglascountysheriff148On 12/13/16 at approximately 10:15 AM RiverCom dispatch received a weapons compliant at Bridgeport High School. 

The information was that there was a male in the parking lot with a pistol.  Deputies arrived and located the suspect vehicle within 11 minutes.  There was a single male occupant.  Deputies immediately spotted a pistol in the center console.  They took custody of it and found it was loaded.  The subject was removed from the vehicle and detained without injury or incident.  

The school had immediately gone into a lockdown.   Investigation revealed that the suspect was 24 year old Armando Morales-Cervantes of Bridgeport.  The incident also involved  a 17 year old female and a 17 year old male who attended the high school.  It appeared that the suspect and the female had been in a dating relationship.  The suspect sent the female text messages from his car in the parking indicating he would kill the other male or himself.   She reported the messages to school officials who called 9-1-1. 

Morales-Cervantes was arrested for Felony Harassment (threats to  kill), possessing a firearm on school grounds, and possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.  He was booked at the Okanogan County Jail.  The pistol was a Ruger 9mm and had not been reported stolen.

The Deputies did an excellent job responding to and investigating this incident.  I was also impressed at the effective measures the school took to protect their students and staff.  Their level of cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office was remarkable.

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buckner logoBuckner Homestead Heritage Foundation

GIVE A GIFT OF LOVE AND CARING

Adopt-A-Tree  

A Great Way to support the Orchard!

Looking for a stocking stuffer, a special gift to commemorate a memory or loved one, or to create a sense of caring and nurturing in a young person? Consider giving an adopted tree at the Buckner Orchard for 2017.

If the Buckner Orchard is going to continue as the treasure we know it to be, it must have caretakers now, as well as long into the future. What better way to ensure that future than by giving a child a gift of a tree?

The response of children who received trees is touching. They picked out their trees, wanting "to grow up" with a younger tree, pulling weeds, placing mouse guards, and running water to "their tree". They have become attached to "their" tree and now have a wonderful opportunity to care and help nurture a living thing for many years to come.

TREES ARE NOT ONLY FOR CHILDREN!. Maybe you know someone who doesn't get to Stehekin enough, who has a special memory of the Orchard, or you just want to support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Orchard. The adoption of trees also raises awareness of the Orchard and its care.  

Adopt-A-Tree is one way in which you can support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Buckner Orchard.  With your support much can be done to protect and conserve the heritage of this national treasure, and to continue its place as an important part of the Stehekin Community.

Adopt a tree for yourself and be a part of the Buckner Orchard!

Adopt-A-Tree funds are used exclusively to support the care and maintenance of the Buckner Orchard and are tax deductible. 

How to Adopt-A-Tree

Step 1. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure a certificate arrives in time, providing the first and last name of the person the gift is being given to, as well as the address to which you would like it sent.  Be sure to include your e-mail address; this saves the Foundation both time and money in getting the receipt to you.

A personal message may be included on the certificate, such as, With love and fond memories, from Grandma Cinda and Uncle Jim.  You choose the one-line wording.

Step  2. Mail a check (@$25.00 per tree) to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation at PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Because some may be given as Christmas gifts, a certificate will be mailed immediately, trusting that the appropriate payment will be forthcoming.

Certificates can also be sent to you in PDF format via e-mail, ready to print from your computer, name of the recipient included.  Let us know your preference.

 Renewals

This is also a great time to renew trees adopted during previous years. Please let us know if a new certificate is needed and follow the directions above.

Adopt-A-Tree is one of three means by which the Foundation raises funds to support the Orchard and Homestead. The other two are memberships and donations. Please help us today and give a gift of love and caring.

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(Tax ID #452913458)

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douglascountysheriff148On 12/0216 at approximately 1:47 AM a Washington State Patrol officer contacted what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 6. The female, a 14 yea ar old juvenile from East Wenatchee, confided in the state officer that she had set her parents’ house at the 2000 Blk. of Valley View Blvd. near East Wenatchee on fire before she left. WSP contacted Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies who rushed to the house and found the suspects parents asleep in their beds. There was no fire at the time but a 12” by 4” section of carpet had been burned. It appeared an unignited trail of lighter fluid, possibly barbeque lighter fluid had been poured up the stairs to the room occupied by the suspect’s mother and father. The door to their room had been blocked by an ottoman from the outside. Accelerant also let to the room of her 4 year old brother.

During an interview with Deputies, the juvenile female suspect admitted she attempted to set her parents’ house on fire, steal their car, and run away. She admitted squirting lighter fluid on carpets, curtains, and windowsills to make sure no one could get out. She created a trail of accelerant from the bedrooms, down the stairway, to the bottom step. There she lit the fire and watched it grow until she thought it was “pretty nice”. She then left.

The suspect had preloaded the vehicle with items she felt she needed for the trip. She planned to escape to Canada, Arizona, or Mexico. The suspect said she expected her entire family to die from smoke inhalation.

The suspected was arrested for three counts of attempted first degree murder, arson in the first degree, and theft of a motor vehicle.

This case is chilling and shocking to the senses. I am grateful to the WSP officer who first contacted the suspect and the Douglas County investigators who did such a thorough job unraveling the facts of this case. I am eternally grateful no one was hurt or killed.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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buckner logoIN THIS ISSUE

  • Harvest Fest Review
  • Work Party
  • Projects Update
  • Adopt-A-Tree is on its way!
 
 
HARVEST FEST
A Little Soggy and Very Successful!
 
In spite of a record rainfall for October, Harvest Fest shines again!
 
By the Numbers
 
Valley Music, Friday evening, Stehekin School  132 attendees
Many thanks to Jo Reiter, Jeannetta Kurth, Steve Saunders and all the many Valley musicians who so willingly shared there talents and love of music with us!
 
Saturday, Picking, Pressing, and Potluck, 205 participants - a rainy day record
New to Harvest Fest, our raffle raised $650 for support of the Homestead and Orchard!  Many thanks to the following for their generosity and support!
  • Chelan Seaplanes - one round trip and two one-way flights between Chelan and Stehekin
  • Adrienne Carpenter - quilted wall hanging of the head of Lake Chelan
  • Dick Bingham - Buckner Orchard apple wine, 8 bottles
  • Buckner Family - two copies of The Stehekin We Remember
  • Susan Burke - four CD's of violin/fiddle music

 

Sunday, Poetry night 19 participants

A quiet evening was shared at Bakery Log Cabin #1, bringing Harvest Fest to a relaxing and enjoyable end.
 
All three events came off like clockwork thanks to the hard work of the many volunteers who contribute so much. 
 
Friday Work Party
23 volunteers showed up on a clear and windy day to start winterization of the orchard and to set up for Harvest Fest.  Work included:
  • Removing apples that would feed mice from around trees
  • Raking Leaves
  • Building the band platform
  • Setting up presses and other materials for Harvest Fest
  • Collecting and storing hoses and sprinklers
  • Filling ruts in road to the river
  • Collecting downed limbs and other wood
  • Setting up canopies and tarps
  • Sweeping and cleaning the Buzzard Cabin
  • And, more!
PROJECTS UPDATE
Several additional Foundation and NPS projects were completed or begun during late summer and fall at the Homestead.
 
Irrigation System Repair
The Foundation purchased $4,000 in materials for repair of the historic irrigation system.  Work will be completed at a later date by NPS.
 
Buzzard Cabin Stabilization
This was an immediate and critical need, which the Foundation was able to fund in its entirety, with an allocation of $6,000.
 
The Buzzard Cabin, the oldest and most historic structure at the Buckner Homestead, has begun to list at a rather rapid rate.  Through the work of NPS historic preservation specialists, Dana Barton and Mike Kittelson, the Foundation was able to quickly provide the funding for materials and labor to stabilize the structure until such time a more permanent solution can be found and funded. 
 
In addition to the exterior braces shown in the photo below, an interior stud -only wall was constructed mid-cabin, a substantial support located in the center living area, and reinforcing was added in the attic.
 

Additional Projects

 
Log Benches - In collaboration with NPS, six new log benches were added to the packing shed platform, adding to available seating, as well as to the safety of the site.  All work and materials were provided by the National Park Service.
 
Studebaker Wagon Shed - Also in collaboration with NPS, a new cover was constructed for the historic Studebaker wagon by NPS and WCC personnel. 
 
Viewscape Restoration - Removal of select trees between the Buckner Home and Rainbow Falls to restore the historic viewscape is an on-going project of the Foundation and NPS.  BHHF has allocated $2,000 for this purpose in 2016, with work to be completed in late 2016 and early 2017.
 
Water Diversion Work  -  NPS replaced rotted logs at the irrigation system's Rainbow Creek diversion.
 
 
ADOPT-A-TREE
As the holidays rush up on us, please keep in mind the opportunity to support and share the Orchard through the Foundation's Adopt-A-Tree program.  You will receive a separate e-mail on how to continue our work at the Orchard through Adopt-A-Tree. 
 
 

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The Buckner Homestead and Orchard is a National Park Service site located in Stehekin,Washington,
within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization
 created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,
and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

 
 
 
 
 

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douglascountysheriff148Good morning,

I just finished a briefing with my investigative team involving this incident.  The deaths of 60 year old Kathleen J. Duffy and 29 year old Seath W. L. Metcalfe are being ruled as a murder/suicide.

On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found Duffy and Metcalfe deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  The investigation revealed that Metcalfe was the son of Kathleen Duffy.  He come come to stay at Duffy’s home in the 10 Blk of Glendale St. on 10/24/16.  Also living at the residence was Duffy’s daughter and her six year old son. 

At approximately 9:00 AM on 10/25/16 Duffy’s daughter and a friend left the residence leaving Duffy and Metcalfe alone.  At 12:12 PM Metcalfe texted his sister and said he was going to kill his mother and then himself.  She called RiverCom dispatch and rushed home and found her mother and brother dead from gunshot wounds to the head. 

Witnesses told investigators that Metcalfe struggled with substance abuse and mental illness.  Personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol assisted with the investigated.  Two Chaplains from the NCW Chaplains association were also on scene to help with grief counseling for family and friends.

I am very grateful for the skilled professionalism displayed by everyone to assisted at this tragic event.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found two deceased persons inside.  Investigators are still at the scene and no other information is being released at this time.  More to follow as the investigation progresses.

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