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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.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/25/18 a Deputy on routine patrol was flagged down by a citizen who wanted to report a child sex abuse incident. 

After taking an initial statement, the case was turned over to detectives.  Further investigation revealed that 18 year old Elijah D. Rieve of East Wenatchee, a level 2 sex offender, had been in contact with four juvenile males, ages 11, 12, and 13.  Over the course of approximately three days he committed six counts of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, one count of Unlawful Imprisonment, one count of Child Molestation in the First Degree, one count of Child Molestation in the Second Degree, and one count of Indecent Exposure. 

Detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and gathered evidence which substantiated allegations made by the victims.  

Investigators acted quickly identifying victims and arresting the suspect.  He is being held without bail at the Okanogan County Jail.  Additional charges are pending.

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douglascountysheriff148On 03/26/18 at approximately 6:46 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 400 Blk. of 16th in Bridgeport when he spotted a male he believed to have a felony warrant from Department of Corrections. 

The suspect ran into an apartment and hid.  A female at the apartment said the male had left.  The deputies had seen no one leave.  The woman then told the deputies the person they’d seen run inside was her daughter.  Clearly it was not.  She finally consented to let the deputies inside.  They found the suspect hiding under a box spring.  

The suspect, 24 year old Derrick Charley of Omak, was arrested without incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail.  The female, 28 year old Michelle Olvera-Cruz was arrested for Rendering Criminal Assistance and transported to the Okanogan County Jail without incident.

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that on March 21st around 1500 hours, a Deputy Impounded a vehicle in the Wenatchee area. Later, during a search of the vehicle over 18 pounds of Methamphetamine was located.

The investigation is ongoing.

wsdot logoRemove studded tires by deadline to avoid fines, prevent road damage

OLYMPIA – Spring is here but the potential of some late season snow means the deadline to remove studded tires in Washington has been extended for two weeks. The removal deadline is now by the end of the day, Sunday, April 15.

State law allows the Washington State Department of Transportation to extend the deadline into April if current or predicted conditions could make for difficult travel. The decision to extend is made in consultation with meteorologists and maintenance supervisors. The deadline was last extended in 2012.

This year’s decision was based on long-range forecasts that show the potential for significant weather, including snow that could affect cross-state travel into April.

With the extension, all studded tires need to be removed no later than the end of the day (11:59 p.m.) Sunday, April 15. Starting Monday, April 16, drivers with studded tires on their vehicles face a $136 traffic infraction. Removal services can be crowded as the deadline approaches, so please plan accordingly.

Studded tires damage pavement each year – costing an estimated $29 million annually in additional wear and tear on state roads alone. Long-term, WSDOT continues to urge drivers to investigate alternatives such as studless winter tires, which are not subject to removal deadlines.

Washington and Oregon generally share the same studded tire removal deadline and the Oregon Department of Transportation is extending their removal deadline to April 15. Other states may have later tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all vehicles in the state, even those visiting from elsewhere. There are no personal exemptions or waivers beyond the extension date.

WSDOT crews will continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts and work to clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go,” whatever the season. Check road conditions before heading out and stay up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s mobile app and social media and email alert tools, or by calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/16/18 Douglas County Deputies received a report of a child abuse incident in Rock Island. 

The child’s mother reported her children had been staying at a separate residence with their father.  She received a call that the children’s father was hitting them and that she needed to pick them up. 

She found two of her sons, 6 and 8 yoa, had bruises on their face and back. 

Detectives identified the father as 37 year old John W. Strickland of Rock Island.  He was located and arrested without incident on 03/21/18. 

Strickland was booked at the Chelan County Jail for two counts of Assault of a Child 3rd degree.  A search warrant for the suspect’s trailer was obtained and evidence was seized. 

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On 03/16/18 at approximately 4:00 AM members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, The Chelan County SWAT team, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Brewster Police Department served a high risk search warrant at 1127 ½ Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport, WA.

Inside investigators located a handgun with magazines, a little over an ounce of heroine, and an AR15 magazine. The renter of the mobile home, 33 year old Luis (Tony) Orosco of Bridgeport, was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. A second subject, 20 year old Morningstar Rai St. Peter, was arrested on a felony DOC warrant for drug charges. This was considered a high risk warrant, but there were no injuries or mishaps. Both suspects were booked at the Okanogan County Jail.

Field deputies working their regular shifts spent months gathering evidence to get the search warrant. This is simply excellent police work and I commend them. This particular residence has caused great community concern due to suspicion drug dealing was going on. Sincere thanks to the other agencies who provided manpower to help take these criminals off the street.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/10/18 at 5:30 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol near Rock Island, WA.  He observed a vehicle parked at the end of a dead end road.  There were two persons inside, a male and a female. The Deputy initiated a social contact.  As soon as he approached the car, he could still smell the strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.  He also noticed what appeared to be a marijuana pipe and a lighter in the female’s hand. 

The Deputy told the occupants that it was illegal to use marijuana in public.  He asked the female for her identification.  She said she had none, but told him a name.  The Deputy also noted she was making attempts to hide her face. The Deputy went back to his car and searched the name given by the female.  Her photo appeared on his patrol car computer,  and he could see the woman in the car was not the person she claimed to be. 

He went back to the car, told the woman he had reason to believe she lied to him, and asked her to step out of the vehicle.  She refused.  He told her several times to exit the vehicle.  She continued to refuse.  The Deputy attempted pull her from the car by her wrist.  She pulled away and began to resist, hitting the Deputy several times in the chest.  He finally pulled her from the vehicle and, after some continued struggle, was able to handcuff her. 

Further investigation identified the suspect as 23 year old Alex Zufall of East Wenatchee.  The Deputy also discovered a white crystalline substance he suspected to be methamphetamine and items which appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s purse.  Finally, the Deputy learned the woman had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.   

There were no injuries in the altercation and the suspect was transported to the Chelan County Jail without further incident.  She was booked for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

This example of police work is a great example of proactive patrol, solid investigation, and proper use of force.  The Deputy also wrote a nearly flawless report, which I appreciate.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

Ben and Ella District Champ

Manson School District held its annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 22nd.

Our 2018 District Spelling Bee Champion was 6th grade student, Ella England with the winning word "gargoyle". The runner-up was 6th grader Ben Cullison, with the winning word "pastures.”

The District Spelling Bee, held February 22nd, had 13 participants from 4th-8th grade.   The participants were:  Isabella Aburto, McKinly Glasow, Yuli Cesar, Afton Torgesen, Stephen Bercier, Zahyr Sanchez, Carter Lyman, Ella England, Ben Cullison, May Crist, Oashan Sanchez, Caber Boyd and Eli Willard.  

Ella and Ben will be advancing to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 14th.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/21/18 at approximately 1300 hrs. Douglas County Deputies responded to Bremmer’s Pit located at SE Vantage Drive in Rock Island. 

Unknown persons had broken into a steel work box and stolen over $6,000 in tools.  The thieves left footprints and there was surveillance video footage which is being examined by investigators. 

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. 

A reward is available.  Mention C#18D-00927.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/18/18 at approximately 1:00 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to a report of a trespass at an apartment complex located at the 1200 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.  Deputies arrived and were pointed to a laundry room used by tenants.  They observed a ladder leading up to a crawl space where they could hear talking.  The Deputies ordered the persons out, and after a short time they complied.  The suspects were identified as 31 year old Antonio Infante of Brewster.  The second person was identified as 21 year old Erin Phillips of Tonasket.  They were not tenants and did not have permission to be on the property.  Both were arrested for Trespass 1st degree, but were released at the scene with a criminal citation.

On 02/16/18 at approximately 12:30 AM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the area of Sunset Hwy. at the 1100 Blk.  He observed a vehicle cross over the centerline then jerk back in within the lane.  The Deputy turned on his emergency lights.  The vehicle pulled to the side of the road.  As the Deputy prepared to contact the driver, she inadvertently popped the trunk open.  The female driver smelled of alcoholic beverages and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests.  The driver, a 26 year old East Wenatchee resident, was arrested for DUI and transported to the Chelan County Jail without incident.

On 02/18/18 at approximately 8:00 AM Douglas County Deputies and Brewster Police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of the 1200 Blk of Douglas.  A Deputy was searching the area on foot when he heard the engine of a vehicle being revved.  He waved the vehicle down and contacted the driver, 29 year old Francisco Lorenzano-Basurto of Bridgeport.  The Deputy spotted a Smith and Wesson 9mm lying in the seat.  The slide was locked back and the magazine was empty. The serial number had been altered.   Lorenzano-Basurto was placed under arrest and a second empty magazine was found in his coat pocket.  The suspect said the gun was not his but could not recall the name of the owner.  The subject was also found to be DUI.  He was arrested and booked at the Okanogan County Jail for DUI.  The case was forwarded to the prosecutor for consideration of weapons charges.

On 02/18/18 at approximately 9:30 PM Douglas County Deputies went to a residence at the 700 Blk. of Fairview to search for a wanted person, 24 year old Derrick Charley of Omak.  A female at the residence stated she had not seen him in hours, but when a Deputy called out his name, he appeared from a back room.  He was arrested without incident for a DOC warrant for escape from community custody.  Charley was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked on the warrant.

buckner logoWe need you more than ever!

As reported in our Annual Report for 2017 we were able to do many, many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering.  If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue. 

It's still unknown what impact proposed federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard. There will likely be a loss of time and/or resources available to the National Park Service this year, making our work all the more important.   The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!

Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support the Foundation's work at the Homestead and Orchard. 

RENEWAL - Your check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.  As a renewal, we will have your information on file.  Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner.   And, your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.

NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link (Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.  
Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.


Individual  -  $25.00

Business -  $75.00

Benefactor - $250.00

Sustainer - $1,000.00

Family  -  $50.00

Patron  -  $100.00

Steward  -  $500.00

Donation  -  $  ___________    

 

DONATIONS - Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations may be for a specific purpose or as a non-specific donation to the Foundation.

Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead.   (Not sure how your contribution will be used?  Then, review our 2017 Financial Summary at the end of the Annual Report.)   All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.

 

2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, May 7   Annual Meeting

 7 PM,

Reclamation District Office

Manson

Thursday, June 14    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM,

 Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

Saturday, July 14    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM

 Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

Saturday, August 4  Square Dance at the Orchard

Old Packing Shed 7 PM,

Stehekin

HARVEST FEST 2018

Friday, October 5  

Orchard Work Party

Buckner Orchard, 9 AM

Valley Music Program

Stehekin School, 7 PM

Stehekin

Saturday, October 6   Harvest Fest 
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

10 AM, picking and pressing

1 PM  potluck and music

Sunday, October 7   Poetry Night

 7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1,

Stehekin

Web site:  bucknerhomestead.org

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wsdot logoTruck drivers have new option to bypass weigh stations

OLYMPIA – Commercial truck drivers now have another option for bypassing state weigh stations – by opting into a system that saves time and money.

A new agreement allows drivers in Washington to use the PrePass weigh station transponder, doing away with having to carry several transponders for in- and out-of-state travel. The Washington State Department of Transportation and HELP, Inc., – a nonprofit public/private trucking industry partnership that provides PrePass transponders – reached the agreement in December. Drivers can now register PrePass transponders for Washington weigh stations.

Transponders allow trucks to bypass weigh stations by electronically verifying a truck’s legal weight, safety rating and credentials as the truck travels at freeway speeds. Based on the transponder, and scales embedded in the freeway, drivers receive either a green light to continue driving or a red light indicating they must report to the weigh station for closer inspection. Transponder usage keeps safe and legal trucks on the road and reduces travel time.

Use of the WSDOT’s in-state transponder system saved the industry approximately 111,000 hours of travel time and $12.8 million in 2016. Washington is the second most trade-dependent state in the nation per capita and one of WSDOT’s roles is to support economic vitality, including the efficient movement of freight.

Previously, truck drivers in Washington purchased a transponder from WSDOT that also worked in several other jurisdictions. The WSDOT transponders could be added to the PrePass system – if requested by the driver – but general PrePass transponders could not communicate with WSDOT weigh stations, meaning some drivers had to carry two transponders. The new agreement means drivers can just carry one transponder if they choose. WSDOT will continue to sell transponders. 

“The goal is one transponder that will work everywhere,” said Anne Ford, WSDOT’s commercial vehicle services administrator. “We are pleased our partnership with HELP, Inc. helps achieve that goal.”

“We are excited to be entering into this partnership with Washington and look forward to working with WSDOT through this mutual agreement,” said Karen Rasmussen, president and CEO of HELP, Inc. “Safe fleets and drivers appreciate the time and fuel savings of PrePass as well as opportunities for interoperability of their transponders.”

To use PrePass transponders in Washington, carriers should contact the

PrePass Customer Service Center online or at 1-800-PREPASS (1-800-773-7277), weekdays from, 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Drivers will be required to submit a signed waiver of HELP’s data privacy policy to PrePass,

douglascountysheriff148The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports from Bridgeport area businesses that they are being contacted by persons claiming to represent the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD) requesting payment over the phone for overdue account balances. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the PUD that these calls are not legitimate and it is not a standard PUD practice to ask customers for sensitive financial information over the phone.

If you receive a similar call or any call you feel is suspicious in nature, do not give out your personal financial information. 

Please report any suspicious calls to law enforcement by calling: (509)663-9911.

douglascountysheriff148Case # 18D00457 – On 01-22-18 at approximately 8:00 pm a Douglas County Deputy arrested Michelle Casarez, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, on an arrest warrant outside of an apartment in the 700 block of Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport. The arrested subject requested to leave her blanket and retrieve her cell phone from one of the apartments. While at the apartments, the Deputy made observations leading to attaining a search warrant of the apartment for stolen property. While serving the search warrant, Deputies recovered a large amount of stolen property from burglaries, which had occurred in Douglas County, Okanogan County and Chelan County. The property recovered, included items such as, coins, tools, electronics, firearms, and silencers. As a result of the investigation Deputies arrested Francisco Leyva-Saucedo, a 29 yoa male of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property in the 1st degree, Possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawfull possession of a firearm 1st degree. Douglas County deputies also arrested Crystal M. Sanabria, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property 1st degree and Possession of a stolen firearm. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.

Case # 18D00662 - On 02-03-18 at approximately 8:15 pm a Douglas County Deputy stopped a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal, in Bridgeport. The Deputy contacted the driver, Rebecca N. Norton, a 28 yoa female of Coulee Dam and the passenger Daniel J. Marsden, a 27 yoa male of Omak. While speaking with them the deputy observed a gun case in the back seat. After some questioning, the deputy cited and released the driver for infractions. Based on observations and information gathered at the stop, Douglas County Deputies re-contacted and seized the vehicle to apply for a search warrant. After the search warrant was attained deputies located two rifles, one stolen pistol, stolen ammunition and narcotics. Deputies then re-located and arrested Rebecca Norton for possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Daniel Marsden was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle, and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.

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Jeffrey Webb a 2017 Manson High School Graduate will be competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He is participating in the Alpine Skiing events slalom and giant Slalom and will be representing the country of Malaysia – his mother’s birth home.

The Manson High School student body sent him a good luck video. “Go for the Gold Jeffrey”

https://youtu.be/PkF43HRo25g

Matt Brown with Band

 

matt b finalMatt Brown, Manson High School’s music teacher has been awarded the “Terry Stombaugh Logo “W” Award” from the University of Washington’s Husky Marching Band.

This award is presented in the memory of former Husky band member Terry Stombaugh who conceived the idea for the “W” entrance drill.

This award is given annually to current or former music education major from the Husky Marching Band whose music education impacts and exemplifies dedication to the advancement of music.

Mr. Brown was presented with a “W” plaque along with a $500 honorarium to help assist his music program in the Manson School District. Congratulations Mr. Brown!

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the victim from yesterday’s ski accident at Mission Ridge has been identified as 25-year-old Brian A. Scott of Kirkland, WA.

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Original Release – 2/7/18

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 25-year-old male from Kirkland, Wa was fatally injured in a skiing accident at Mission Ridge Ski Resort on Wednesday afternoon.

According to witnesses, at approximately 12:05pm the male lost control while skiing on the “Lip Lip” run. He traveled off the right side of the run and collided with a tree. Mission Ridge Ski Patrollers responded to the area immediately and began treating the victim who was unconscious and unresponsive.

The victim was transported to the medical room at the base of the ski resort where medics from Lifeline Ambulance continued treating the victim. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he died from his injuries.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Flag Salute:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: December 2017
* Payroll: $148,184.44 January 1-31, 2018 Paid 02-05-2018
* Vouchers for January General Account: Vouchers #17764 through #17774 for $8,853.10; Voucher #17775 through #17791 for $8,922.19; Voucher #17792 through #17805 for $13,730.88; Vouchers #17806 through #17817 for $14,778.39.
* Vouchers for January Capital Account: Vouchers #17035 and 17036 for $1,631.62; Voucher #17037 and 17038 for $538.56.
* Minutes: January 10, 2018
Fire Chief Report:
* 2018 Budget
* Emergency Response Report
* Facilities/Apparatus/Equipment
* Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education – DC Donnell
◦ Career Staff
* Volunteer Services – AC Asher
◦ Volunteer Staff
◦ Explores/Junior Firefighters
* Volunteer Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* Citizens Task Force Report
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
New Business:
* LCCH EMS Interlocal Agreement
Special Event:
Executive Session: None
Adjournment:

waruc logoOLYMPIA – Washington drivers are ready to get behind the wheel and test a new way to pay for our roadways. Since active recruitment of drivers began last fall, the Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project has heard from nearly 5,000 drivers from every corner of Washington state who have expressed interest in participating. With the recruitment phase now complete, starting today (Tues., Feb. 6) the Washington State Transportation Commission will begin inviting drivers to enroll and fill the 2,000 available spots in this year-long pilot. 

“We are thrilled with the strong response and interest in participation from Washington drivers,” said Joe Tortorelli, chair of the Washington Road Usage Charge Steering Committee and Washington state transportation commissioner from Spokane. “It’s exciting to know that so many drivers are interested in this unique opportunity to inform future transportation policy – we hope to see a continued strong response throughout the enrollment process.”

Over the next few weeks, invitations to potential participants will be sent via email until all 2,000 drivers are enrolled. The enrollment goal is for a participant pool that best represents state demographics, including geographic location (rural, urban, and suburban), race, income, and gender. Types of cars driven will also be considered, as the pilot is aiming for a mix of electric, hybrid, and gas-powered vehicles. The 2,000 drivers that ultimately enroll will test a simulation of a road usage charge system and provide feedback on their experience throughout the pilot.

Drivers who are not invited to participate will be placed on a wait list and will remain on our interested drivers list so they can stay in the loop as the project progresses. If participants drop out of the pilot project, or if invited participants do not enroll, drivers on the wait list will be invited to fill the open spots.

The findings from the pilot project will be presented to the legislature and the governor before they make any decisions about whether to enact a road usage charge in Washington. Public participation in the pilot is crucial, as it will inform future decision-making. The pilot will conclude in early 2019 and a report will be presented to the legislature during the 2020 legislative session.

manson trojans logoThe Manson Trojans boys’ and girls’ basketball teams begin their post season journey this Friday night - February 9 in Granger! The girls will play Mabton beginning at 6pm with the boys to follow facing Desales set to being at 8pm

Both games are single elimination. If our teams win and advance their next game would be on Saturday, February 10th.

Please come out and support your Trojans!!!!

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, February 13, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Approval of Minutes
a. January 11, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
IV. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
V. Old Business
a. Comprehensive Plan
b. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
c. Levy Resolution 2018-01
d. Director’s Report
e. First Amendment- Manson Bay and Old Mill Operating Agreement
VI. New Business
a. Survey results
b. Marina security camera
c. Voucher & Payroll Authorization form
d. Regular scheduled meeting time
VII. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: March 8, 2018, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

wenpolOn January 29, 2018 at approximately 11:22 PM, Wenatchee Police Officers received a call of a suicide threat in the 1100 Block of Westwood Ave in the City of Wenatchee. The person threatening suicide was identified as Ernesto Figueroa, 30 years old, of Wenatchee. Figueroa’s family members called 911. WPD Officers arrived and made contact with family members. The family members were in contact with Figueroa and advised the officers they were going to try and resolve the issue themselves. Figueroa had not been threatening harm to anyone other than himself, and officers cleared the scene when Figueroa refused assistance from law enforcement and mental health services.

At 3:50 AM Ernesto Figueroa called Rivercom 911 and requested that his mother leave his residence. Figueroa locked himself in a bathroom and stated that he was armed with a gun and planned to harm himself. Wenatchee Police Officers arrived and were able to get the family members to leave the residence. Rivercom 911 stayed on the phone with Figueroa until a Wenatchee Police Officer talked with him on the phone. During this time an adjacent residence was evacuated and the area was secured by law enforcement officers. During the conversation with the Wenatchee Police Officer, Figueroa agreed to come out of the apartment to talk. Ultimately, he did not come out of the apartment. Behavioral Health Professionals were called to the scene and made phone contact with Figueroa who refused their assistance. Behavioral Health signed an order to detain Figueroa for an evaluation. At this time Wenatchee Police Officers were talking with Figueroa through his front door. During the conversation Figueroa tried to run upstairs before the officers could detain him. The officers struggled with Figueroa when he grabbed a handgun he had left on the stairs. During the struggle Figueroa pointed the handgun at his own head and then pointed it at an officer. Figueroa and the officers fought over control of the handgun which discharged and struck one officer in the hand. Figueroa was handcuffed after the shot was fired.

Wenatchee Police Sergeant Mark Huson, a 29 year law enforcement veteran, suffered a gunshot wound to his hand and was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. Figueroa was also transported to Central Washington Hospital for a behavioral health evaluation. Figueroa was released from the hospital and was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail for Attempted Murder Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree.

The investigation into this incident is being handled by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol.

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that two lost snowmobilers were located after they became lost during white out conditions Saturday afternoon. The snowmobilers, George M. Batterman (75 yoa) of East Wenatchee and Cory C. Heston (34 yoa) of Duvall called family members to report that they were lost and one of their snowmobiles was stuck.sheriffsm

At approximately 1340 hrs, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from the spouse of one of the snowmobilers reporting that her husband and grandfather were snowmobiling somewhere in the Stemilt Basin and had called reporting that they were lost and requested help.

RIVERCOM was able to make phone contact with one of the subjects, they stated that one of their snowmobiles was stuck and due to the high winds and white out conditions they had become lost. RIVERCOM was able to obtain GPS coordinates from the 911 call. The phone coordinates plotted near the intersection of Jump Off Rd and Schaller Rd.

At approximately 1645 hrs, two Chelan County Deputies and three volunteers with Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue deployed into the area on snowmobiles. At 1719 hrs, the subjects were located near the intersection of Jump Off Rd and Schaller Rd. The subjects were very well prepared and were able to build a shelter and start a fire to stay warm.

Searchers lead the subjects back to the sno park where they were re-united with family members.

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – Several tolling items, including future tolling for the State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle, are on the agenda for next week’s Transportation Commission meeting in Olympia.

The meeting starts 9 a.m. each day, Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

On Wednesday, the commission will kick off the next update of the statewide transportation plan with a briefing on the suggested focus for the next plan. Commissioners also will discuss the public review and input process that will take place during 2018. The Washington Transportation Plan establishes a 20-year direction for the statewide transportation system, based on six transportation policy goals established by the Legislature related to: preservation, safety, mobility, environment, stewardship, and economic vitality.

Tolling items fill out the rest of Wednesday’s agenda. The Legislature has directed the Transportation Commission to adopt tolls to generate $200 million towards the construction cost of the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. At 1 p.m., the City of Seattle, King County Metro and the Northwest Seaport Alliance will share their priorities and concerns with prospective toll policies and rates. This input will inform the commission’s toll rate and policy proposal, which it will release in spring for public review and input. Tolls will be adopted in fall 2018 and will vary by time of day to manage congestion on the facility and impacts on surface streets.

In addition, commission and Washington State Department of Transportation staff will present recommended system-wide changes to toll policies and rules with the intent of greater consistency across all tolled facilities. Proposed changes will focus on toll exemptions, and if advanced, the proposed changes will be released in spring for public review and input before changes would be adopted. The commission also will discuss proposed changes to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge policy requiring maintenance of a sufficient minimum balance in the bridge’s account. Action by the commission on this policy is expected.

On Thursday, the commission will get a progress report on preparations for the upcoming launch of the statewide Road Usage Charge Pilot Project. A road usage charge (RUC) is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads, rather than paying by the gallon of gas. The RUC would be a replacement to the gas tax to provide a more sustainable, long-term funding source for transportation infrastructure, in light of growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles. The pilot project will have 2,000 volunteers from across the state testing four different ways to pay by the mile. It will run for the next 12 months to determine how the RUC works for drivers under various conditions and travel behaviors.

Thursday’s agenda also includes a legislative preview of 2018 priorities from city, county, port and transit partners, along with a report from WSDOT on its work exploring partnerships with the private sector that would potentially aid in the funding and financing of ferry terminal facilities, transit-oriented development, and the possible replacement of the US 2 westbound trestle in Snohomish County.

This commission meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during several public comment periods throughout the two-day meeting.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/

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The Manson FFA Ag mechanics team consisting of Cody Amsden, Ben Charlton, Eduardo Escalera, Bailey Cameron, Blake Cochran and Jonathan Morales, recently showed of their welding and shop skills at Cashmere High School who hosted a contest for central WA schools.

The schools competing where Manson, Chelan, Wenatchee, Cashmere and Omak. Students had to sharpen a drill bit, complete a gas butt weld, along with a vertical Lap weld, and gas cut a ½ piece of mild steel. In arc welding they did a butt weld along with a vertical up lap weld. Finishing off with able to Id 10 small gas engines parts. Results were not available at this time.

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The Manson FFA apple judging team consisting of Cody Fitzpatrick, Henry Armstrong, Blake Cochran, Marcos Diaz, and Nadia Tejada, traveled to Kennewick to participate in the state FFA Apple Judging CDE.

It was an early morning start meeting at the high school at 5am for the 3 ½ drive to Kennewick.

There were 127 competitors, with Blake Cochran placing 28th in the individual. The team placed 11th overall out of 28 teams, missing the top ten by a mere 1 ½ points.

The contest consisted of 25 questions out of the private applicator pesticide manual, judging two sets of trays: one red delicious and one granny Smith, figuring maturity date from full bloom, showing the proper way to pressure test, grading 25 golden Delicious, 25 Red delicious Apples, Identifying 25 variety of apples and Pears, identifying 25 insects and 50 blemish on the Apples.

The team was excited about their placing and look forward to next year.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/05/17 at approximately 9:43 AM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Rock Island spotted a vehicle in the BJ’s truck stop.  A vehicle license check revealed that an associated person had warrants.  As the vehicle left the parking lot, the Deputy stopped it and contacted the driver, 28 year old Jason Blomquist of Wenatchee.  He was found to be driving on a suspended license.  He also had a felony DOC warrant.  He was arrested and booked without incident.

On 01/05/18 at approximately 3:00 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a male in the Mansfield School Parking lot.  The Deputy knew the individual to have previous arrests.  He ran the subject’s name and found he had a warrant for his arrest.  The subject, identified as 40 year old Lester Haney of Mansfield, was arrested and booked without incident.

On 01/09/17 at approximately 4:40 AM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Bridgeport, WA stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  The passenger in the car matched a person known to have warrants.  The Deputy confirmed the warrants and attempted to take the person into custody.  The person tried to shed his coat saying it belonged to someone else. He struggled with the Deputy who then handcuffed him.  In the coat pocket he found a baggy filled with a substance he suspected to be methamphetamine.  The subject, 34 year old Olegario Duran of Bridgeport, was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor warrant.

On 01/05/18 at approximately 6:33 AM a Douglas County Deputy responded to the 400 Blk. of Hwy 173. Fire units were engaged in fighting a house fire. When the Deputy arrived, he saw the home was fully engulfed in flames.

There had been three residents inside the home. An adult male, Michael (Pat) McFadden, an adult female, Taralee Martin, and her eight year old son. All had escaped.

Ms. Martin told the Deputy she had awakened to rumbling sound in the house. She opened her bedroom door and saw flames in the hallway. She woke up Mr. McFadden. He quickly got up, ran into the eight year old’s room, scooped up the child, and fled down the hallway, through the flames, and out an exterior door. Ms. Martin was able to escape out a window. The Deputy reported the home appeared to be a total loss.

Mr. McFadden and the eight year old boy were transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Ms. Martin had singed hair but no apparent injuries. Mr. McFadden and the eight year old boy sustained burns, but their current condition is unknown.

Mr. McFadden is the basketball coach at Bridgeport High School. The community can be proud of this couple’s quick actions in the face of this life threatening event.

chamber new160Horse Carriage Rides, Live Ice Carvings, Soupfest, Wine Tasting, Live Music & more
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (January 8, 2018) - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce presents Lake Chelan Winterfest 2018, presented by Sage Vacation Rentals, beginning this weekend in downtown Chelan! We anticipate over 15,000 visitors - our biggest event yet. This event is a cornerstone for the economic vitality of the region in the winter season in Lake Chelan.
 
Guests can taste local wines at the Wine Tasting Tent & Grand Wine Walk, presented by Zipfizz, sip on local sparkling wine at the Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch, stroll along the Chelan River in a horse drawn carriage, marvel at the live ice carvings or enjoy an adult beverage at the Ice Bar, presented by North Cascades Bank, while enjoying live music!
 
A Winterfest Button is only $5 until Friday, January 12th, when the price increases to $7. This Button is your all-access pass to Winterfest fun, including over 30 amazing offers at local restaurants, retail stores and wineries in the Lake Chelan Valley.
 
Winterfest attendees are encouraged to plan ahead, as tickets are known to sell out.
 
The full schedule for the weekend includes:
 
Friday, January 12
• All weekend: Find Tsilly
• 3-7pm: Horse Carriage Rides**
• 3-7pm: Kids Activities**
• 3-10pm: Ice Bar** presented by North Cascades Bank
• 5-9pm: The Bottle Shop
• 5-9pm: Wine Tasting Tent presented by Zipfizz
• 5-10pm: Live Music
• 5-10pm: Live Ice Carving
• 6-8pm: Soupfest
 
Saturday, January 13
• All weekend: Find Tsilly
• 11am-6pm: Live Ice Carving
• 12-6pm: Grand Wine Walk presented by Zipfizz
• 12-6pm: Wine Tasting Tent presented by Zipfizz
• 12-6pm: Horse Carriage Rides**
• 12-6pm: Kids Activities**
• 12-8pm: The Bottle Shop
• 12-10pm: Ice Bar** presented by North Cascades Bank
• 3-10pm: Live Music
• 6-8pm: Snowga at Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course
• 6pm: Grand Procession
• 6:30pm: Polar Bear Splash & Beach Bonfire
• 6:45pm: Fireworks presented by K & L Homes
 
Sunday, January 14
• 10am: Skydive Chelan Jump
• 11am-1pm: Bubble Bar Sparking Wine Brunch
 
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit LakeChelanWinterfest.com.

Leffler prof picMany of us have pondered what influence our lives will have on future generations. Long time Manson residents, Ted and Nicki Leffler, quietly took steps to insure they could positively impact future generations in the communities they loved. In 1993, they created a charitable trust to be equally distributed to three school districts: Chester High School in Chester, Montana (Nicki’s school); Maries County Belle High School in Belle, Missouri (Ted’s school) and Manson High School in Manson, Washington. Upon Ted’s death in 2003 and Nicki’s passing in 2016, the trust funds were transferred to the successor trustee named in the original trust, Superintendent of Manson School District.

The Leffler’s generous actions twenty-five years ago resulted in the development of scholarship trust funds in all three school districts with each receiving more than $200,000 in trust funds. These endowment funds are to be held in “perpetuity” and used for graduating high school seniors from each district with only the interest/earnings on the principle amount to be used each year. In doing so, the original trust amount will stay intact and students one hundred years from now will still benefit.

Manson School District is working with family member Heidi Leffler (daughter) to create the Ted and Nicki Leffler Memorial Scholarship. We’ve learned Ted Leffler had several careers in a variety of fields, but a majority of his work centered on electrical power infrastructure. His career took him from Missouri to Montana (where he met and married Nicki) to Oregon, Idaho, California and even New York. He took great pride in his work and was an innovator in his field. Ted is credited with being one of the first to utilize helicopters to string powerlines and he estimated he had a hand in stringing 60% of the Northwest’s power grid. It’s clear Ted understood the value of skilled labor; Manson’s scholarships will encourage students pursuing post-high school careers or technical training/education to apply.

Scholarship applications will be posted in January and a committee comprised of Manson community members will select winner(s) who will be announced at the June 5th 2018 Senior Awards Ceremony.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at approximately 12:42 PM a barista at the Little Red’s coffee stand near Cole’s Corner reported a robbery. She said a suspicious male subject walked by the coffee stand window. She locked the door and watched him walk to a tan GMC Yukon with no front license plate. The driver of the Yukon appeared to be a female but had a hoodie sweatshirt tightened to where she could only see her eyes.

The barista started to text a co-worker about the situation when she heard a knock on the window. The male was back at the window wearing a black bandana. He said he had a gun and demanded the money from the till. She gave him the bills from the till totaling approximately $150 to $200 and then ran into the office to call 911.

Soon after the incident was reported, a Washington State Department of Transportation employee reported seeing the vehicle westbound from Cole’s Corner. The suspect vehicle was stopped just west of the Steven’s Pass Summit by a Chelan County Deputy and a King County Deputy who were working in the area.

The female driver, a 25 year old Langley resident and the male passenger, a 29 year old Everett resident were both taken into custody and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Robbery 1st Degree and Theft 3rd Degree. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was served on it December 27th. A firearm was not located on either suspect or in the vehicle. Clothing matching the suspect description was located in the vehicle and $220 cash was found in a hiding spot in the vehicle.

douglascountysheriff148On 12/20/17 A Douglas County Deputy and a Chelan County Correctional Officer flew to Los Angeles to pick up 25 year old Armondo Morales-Cervantes of Bridgeport from the Los Angeles County Jail. He was booked at the Okanogan County Jail without any incident.

Morales-Cervantes had been arrested at the Bridgeport School on 10/19/17 for making threats to kill and for bringing a firearm onto the school grounds at Bridgeport High School. He had been released and had been on the lam for about four months before being picked up by LAPD officers on a nationwide non-extraditable warrant.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – As unemployment in Washington state approaches pre-recession levels, more drivers hit the road in 2016, and again followed the lead of the local economy.

Between 2014 and 2016, commuters in urban areas throughout Washington saw increases in congestion and delay, due largely to the effects of drivers traveling more miles on already-crowded urban highways. The number of miles drivers traveled on state highways increased 6.4 percent from 2014 to 2016 (to a new high of 34.227 billion), according to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 2017 Multimodal Corridor Capacity Report.

In addition, 3.2 percent more passenger vehicles registered in 2016 than in 2014. During the same period, the number of licensed drivers increased by 4.3 percent. All these factors combined to add more drivers to Washington state’s already busy roadways.

The number of people riding transit during daily peak periods increased 8 percent on urban commute corridors, from 88,150 in 2014 to 95,300 in 2016. As an example, transit moved 4.5 general-purpose lanes full of cars—equivalent to 52,887 people–on I-5 between Federal Way and Everett during morning and evening peak periods on average weekdays.

Other highlights from the 2017 Report include:

  • Of the five monitored freeway corridors in the central Puget Sound region, three (I-5, I-405, I-90) saw congestion increases of 76 percent, 33 percent and 117 percent, respectively, from 2014 to 2016. Tolling and carpooling reduced congestion on SR 520 by 61 percent, while congestion on SR 167 experienced a 4 percent increase compared to 2007 pre-recession levels.
  • Travel times are lower and person throughput is higher in High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as opposed to the general-purpose lanes. An example of this is the HOV lane on I-5 at Northgate where travel times were up to 10 minutes more reliable and the movement of people was about 2.5 times higher than in the adjacent general-purpose lanes in 2016.
  • HOV lanes accounted for 42 percent of person miles traveled on central Puget Sound region freeways in 2016 while accounting for 24 percent of the region’s lane miles.
  • WSDOT Incident Response teams responded to 25.4 percent more incidents (58,235 total) in 2016 than in 2014, with average clearance times around 12 minutes for both years. Proactive work by Incident Response teams resulted in $88 million in economic benefit in 2016, an 18.1 percent increase from 2014.
  • WSDOT Ferries annual ridership increased 4 percent from 23.2 million in 2014 to 24.2 million in 2016.
  • Amtrak Cascades annual ridership increased 5 percent from approximately 700,000 in 2014 to 735,000 in 2016.

To learn more about WSDOT’s performance or to review the 2017 Corridor Capacity Report, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Accountability/.

compguymanson schoolMr. Victor Calderon, parent and Manson Community member is giving back to his community by offering an 8-week basic computer introduction class to the community at no charge. Mr. Calderon brings a wealth of knowledge and skill as he will help individuals navigate the world wide web. Instruction will also include three basic computer programs.

This 8-week course is set to begin January 9th with English speakers on Tuesday’s and Spanish speakers on Thursday’s. Class times are from 6-8p.m. and will be held in the Manson Elementary Library.

For further questions and to reserve your spot, please call the Manson School District office at 687-3140.

wsdot logoToday’s (Monday, Dec. 18) tragic derailment of the Amtrak Cascades southbound train has significantly impacted the lives of many this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this event and their families.

We are working closely with multiple partners, including Washington State Patrol, Sound Transit, Amtrak, Pierce County, JBLM and local emergency responders to assess the situation and render assistance. After emergency response is complete, and the National Transportation Safety Board has released the scene, the train will be removed from the interstate right of way. We anticipate this will be a lengthy process due to the severity of the incident and the size and weight of the train cars. WSDOT is working with other agencies on any rerouting of traffic during the investigation.

The Amtrak Cascades train service is jointly owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Amtrak operates the service for the two states as a contractor, and is responsible for day-to-day operations. Amtrak Cascades runs trains from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Eugene, Oregon.

The tracks, known as the Point Defiance Bypass, are owned by Sound Transit. The tracks were previously owned by BNSF and were used for occasional freight and military transport. WSDOT received federal grants to improve the tracks for passenger rail service. As owners of the corridor, Sound Transit managed the track upgrade work under an agreement with WSDOT. Funding for the upgrades was provided by the Federal Railroad Administration, which reviewed work throughout the duration of the contract.

Today was the first day of public use of the tracks, after weeks of inspection and testing.