douglascountysheriff148On 12/10/17 at 1:56 AM, a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a vehicle driving recklessly on Tacoma St. and 21st in Bridgeport. 

The Deputy turned on his emergency lights and siren, but the car sped away.  The car ran six stop signs as the Deputy pursued.    The suspect vehicle drove into the PUD parking lot.   When the Deputy pulled in behind vehicle, the driver put the car in reverse and rammed the patrol car.  The pursuit continued. 

The suspect vehicle had a flat tire and eventually was forced off the road.  She resisted arrest.  The vehicle was found to be stolen from Bridgeport on 12/08/17. 

The female driver, 24 year old Yvon Lopez-Flores of Bridgeport, was arrested for a possession of a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, and DUI.  There was a passenger, 20 year old Christopher Rodriguez of Bridgeport, who was arrested for a DOC warrant. 

The criminals were booked into the Okanogan County Jail without further incident. There were no injuries. 

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission is reviewing several tolling items during meetings Dec. 12 and 13. Topics include a two-year review of the I-405 Express Toll Lanes, initial consideration of traffic and revenue analysis for the State Route 99 tunnel under Seattle and options to maintain current toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

The meetings start at 9a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. These meetings are open to the public. Those wishing to speak to the commission can during public comment periods after key agenda items during the meetings.

On Dec. 12, the Washington State Department of Transportation Toll Division will present initial traffic and toll revenue projections for the tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct portion of SR 99. The Washington State Legislature has directed that tolls raise $200 million toward project construction costs over time. Although the commission will not adopt toll rates until fall 2018, the data  will be used to determine how toll rates will vary by time of day to manage congestion on the facility and impacts on surface streets.

Two additional toll facilities are also on the agenda Dec. 12. at 1 p.m., WSDOT will report on the performance of the I-405 Express Toll Lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood, which have been in operation for two full years. The briefing will include data regarding use of the I-405 Express Toll Lanes, changes in corridor congestion, net revenue collected and results of a survey of public reaction and attitudes. Officials from two of the transit agencies using the lanes will report on their travel times and ridership before and after ETL implementation.

The Tuesday, Dec. 12 meeting concludes with an update on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge  financial plan, followed by a report from a work group the commission led to assess options for providing long-term toll payer relief for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The work group recommendations will be delivered to the legislature in January 2018.

During the Dec. 13 meeting, the commission will hear a progress report on planning for the Road Usage Charge Pilot Project prior to launch early in 2018. A road usage charge (RUC) is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads. It is under consideration as a potential replacement for the gas tax drivers now pay on a gallon of gasoline. A RUC may provide a more sustainable funding source for transportation infrastructure, in light of growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, which consume less gas. The pilot project will engage 2,000 volunteers from across the state to test the concept and shape how it might work.

The Dec. 13 meeting agenda also includes a report from WSDOT on the work it is doing to prepare for connected and autonomous vehicles in the state.

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

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 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:
Special Announcements:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: October 2017
* Payroll: $141,525.29 November 1-30, 2017 Paid 12-05-2017
* Vouchers for November General Account: Vouchers #1308 through #1311 for $480.97; Voucher #1313 through #1323 for $6,739.31; Voucher #1366 through #1381 for $7,319.98; Vouchers #1402 through #1414 for $9,813.78.
* Vouchers for November Capital Account: Vouchers #1312 for $167.81; Voucher #1382 for $8,104.82; Vouchers #1413 for $5,439.76.
* Minutes: November 1 and 8, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Training
* Public Education
* Fire Prevention
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* Citizens Task Force
* Marine / Water Rescue Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
* 2016 State Audit Report
New Business:
* Elected a 2017 Chairperson for the Board of Fire Commissioners
* Elected a 2017 District Secretary to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Special Event:
* 12/12/17: Annual District Holiday Social
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 to discuss negotiations and collective bargaining issues.
Adjournment:

BUCKNER HOMESTEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION
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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 2018.
 
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 JUST FOR CHILDREN!. Maybe you know someone who doesn't get to Stehekin often 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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manson schoolThe Manson Secondary Music and Art Department held its annual Collaborative Experience "Culture" featuring music and art from Manson Students On November 20th. The concert was overflowing with parents, students, staff and community members. Thank you for joining us!

Matt Brown, music director, stated, “The goal of the collaborative experience is that through the study of a theme the audience and students learned to be a part of something bigger that themselves. This year’s theme “Culture” delved into the music, art and history from nations around the world.

Art teacher Phil Thomas added, ““I think the value of the collaboration of the arts is that the students begin to make connections - not only between art and music but also with cultures and the purposeful connection with the audience when you create a piece to be in a show like that.”

The next middle/high school concert and Fine Arts program will be held on May 21, 2018.

LarsenOlympia, WA: The Washington State Transit Association (WSTA) is pleased to announce the formation of the Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus (BCBC) to be Co-Chaired by Congressmen Rick Larsen from Washington’s 1st Congressional District in Northwest Washington and Congressman David Young, (R-IA).

“As someone who uses public transportation every day, I understand just how critical safe and reliable bus systems are for working Americans,” said Larsen. “With more than 195 million passenger trips in Washington state annually, I am thrilled to co-chair the Congressional Bus Caucus – robust investment in buses and transportation will keep the economy thriving.”
 
The purpose of the Bus Caucus is to give a stronger voice to more than 1,100 bus transit systems across the country, 31 in Washington State, and highlight the need for adequate federal funding of bus transit programs.
 
As federal spending for public transportation has been limited, transit agencies have expressed frustration that there is not enough money to fund the needs of both heavy rail systems and bus agencies.

The Bus Caucus seeks to highlight the benefits of investing in bus systems, the challenges accompanying aging bus fleets and facilities, and encourage innovation in a rapidly changing transportation climate. The Caucus will raise awareness on Capitol Hill by holding occasional events to highlight the importance of transit agencies striving to deliver reliable service and meet a state of good repair.
 
“There is a mountain of need by every transit agency in our state for expansion and replacement of their fleets and facilities so we are pleased to see Rep. Larsen take the lead on the Bus Caucus as our agencies and passengers need a strong voice on Capitol Hill,” said Justin D. Leighton, WSTA Executive Director, which represents every transit agency in Washington State.
 
Buses are the unsung hero in our nation’s transportation network, providing more than 51% of transit trips per year. They have an even greater role in Washington State as they provide over 85% of the total 230 million public transportation trips taken in the state.
 
“As President of The Bus Coalition and General Manager of Link Transit, I see how funding cuts at the federal, state and local level are impacting bus systems of all sizes,” said Wenatchee transit executive Richard DeRock. The Bus Coalition is a transit industry advocacy group focused on issues specific to bus agencies.
 
“Many agencies are struggling to keep up with aging fleets and crumbling transit facilities. We know when systems age and service is cut, the rider experience suffers and ridership declines. That’s why I’m so excited about the formation of a new Congressional Caucus that will shine light on the needs of the bus transit community and give voice to a transportation asset that is so important to our local and national economy,” DeRock said.
 
Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10) joins Larsen as a founding member of the Bus Caucus. A total of nine members of Congress have joined.
 
“We encourage the remaining members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation to join their colleagues in this effort,” said Leighton. “This issue is vitally important to Washington’s transit agencies and their customers.

douglascountysheriff148C#17D-06816:  On 11/28/17 at 11:30 PM Douglas County Deputies received a call of a one car rollover accident on Fancher Heights Blvd. and Inglewood Dr. 

The first Deputy on the scene found a vehicle lying on its top in the yard of a residence.  All the occupants were out of the vehicle.  The driver said she and two other passengers were in the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights.  She said as she slowed down to make a turn “her foot slipped off the gas pedal and onto the accelerator.”  The vehicle hit a curb and rolled about three times according to the driver. 

There was alcohol and a legal amount of marijuana in the car, but the driver showed no signs of impairment.  She was transported to Confluence Hospital for minor injuries. 

One passenger, who fled before deputies arrived, returned to the scene and became belligerent and cursed the investigating Deputy.  There was no reason to detain him and he left the scene while delivering some parting obscenities.  The driver was cited for Speed Too Fast For Conditions.

C#17D-06799:  On 11/28/17 at 8:45 AM a Douglas County Deputy responded to a burglary complaint at McDougal and Sons located in the 13000 Blk. of US 2. 

The reporting party, who worked at McDougal and Sons, reported that one of her family members owns a pickup.  She had occasion to look in the vehicle and saw items she knew belonged to McDougal.  The Deputy followed up by contacting another employee at the business.  He learned that someone had broken into the receiving building during the night. 

Stolen were two computers, a portable radio charger, a small utility wagon, an acid monitor, and a web cam. 

Deputies located the vehicle and suspect at a residence in Peshastin.  The suspect was uncooperative.  The vehicle was impounded and a search warrant for the vehicle was obtained.  The stolen property was found inside.  Before deputies could arrest the suspect, Department of Corrections officers arrested him for failing to comply with conditions of his supervision. 

Deputies served probable cause statements at the Chelan County Jail on 11/29/17 charging him with Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, a class C felony.  The suspect was identified as 24 year old Maverick L. Delzer of Peshastin.

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CHELAN – Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney will participate with Washington State Department of Transportation staff and local residents 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of a new roundabout on SR 150 at No See-Um Road.

The roundabout is one of several Connecting Washington transportation projects completed this year, bringing safety, economic, environmental and mobility improvements to local areas throughout the state.

Construction began in April and includes a roundabout, local road improvements, a shared use pedestrian and bicycle path, new bus stops and major improvements to water and sewer lines.

The ceremony will be on the shared use bicycle/pedestrian path in the southeast quadrant of the new roundabout. 

Parking will be available at Don Morse Memorial Park with a shuttle, starting at 9:30 a.m., to the site.

If there is heavy rain or snow, the event will be held in the Chelan City Council Chambers, 135 East Johnson.

douglascountysheriff148On 11/21/17 at approximately 12:22 PM, a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Rock Island BJ’s.  There were two males siting inside. 

As the Deputy approached the window, he saw one male holding drug paraphernalia while trying to open a small bag of a brown substance which appeared to be heroin.  The Deputy directed the two subjects out of the vehicle and the person holding the suspected drugs was placed under arrest.  A consensual search of the vehicle yielded two bags of  heroin and prescription medication for which the suspect did not have a prescription.  He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Jail for possession of a controlled substance.

The suspect was identified as 28 year old Narcisso T. Alvarez of Leavenworth

The Deputy, Nick English, used good initiative and professional observation skills to get these dangerous drugs off the street and keep the suspect from creating a dangerous situation by driving under the influence.

wsdot logoWSDOT seeks public input on the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, Nov. 21 – Dec. 20

OLYMPIA – For those who want to know what transportation projects are in store for their community, now is the time to find out. The Washington State Department of Transportation has released a statewide listing of upcoming local and state transportation improvement projects scheduled in the next four years.

WSDOT is asking for public review and comment starting today, Tuesday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Dec. 20, on the draft 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

The online program of projects have been identified through state, metropolitan, regional, tribal and local planning processes, and are the highest priority for the available funding to preserve and improve the state's transportation network.

About the STIP

The STIP is a multimodal, four-year, fiscally constrained, prioritized program of transportation projects compiled from local transportation programs, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs. Federally funded projects must be included in the STIP before the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration can authorize the expenditure of federal funds.

More than 1,400 statewide transportation improvement projects using $3.5 billion in federal funds are included in the 2018-21 STIP. The projects include state, tribal and local roadway, bridge, safety, bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation (transit) improvements, funded with revenues from federal, state, tribal and local sources.

The STIP is developed annually by WSDOT in coordination with statewide metropolitan and rural transportation planning organizations. This collaborative effort ensures that projects are consistent with local, regional and state long-range plans. Several projects may carry over as they move from design, to permitting and, finally, to construction. Some county projects are not included in the draft STIP because state law requires counties to complete their transportation programs by the end of the year; those projects are amended into the final STIP in January.

 

The current 2017-20 STIP can be viewed online and a similar, searchable database of the 2018-21 STIP will be created in early 2018, following FHWA and FTA approval.

How to comment

The public comment period for the draft STIP is Tuesday, Nov. 21, to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. Written comments can be sent to: Nancy Huntley, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by fax at 360-705-6822.

The comment period is the final step of the community engagement process that began locally. Comments received will be sent to the local or regional planning organization for their consideration. 

sheriffsmWENATCHEE, WA – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers in December.

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9th at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Leavenworth, WA. Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.

The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts, while respecting wildlife and the environment. The snowmobile safety course training includes:

  • Basic snowmobile maintenance.
  • Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including avalanche awareness.
  • The proper clothing and equipment for winter weather.
  • Hand signals while riding and other basic skills.
  • Properly preparing for a ride.
  • Riding skills test

Registration deadline is December 6th. A parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for each child registered and sign them out at the conclusion of the class. For more information or to register, contact Rich Magnussen with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 667-6508 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

manson schoolManson High School has a new tiny project that is gaining big momentum. Several years ago, one our innovative teachers—who was also a general contractor prior to becoming a teacher—proposed an idea to create a class that would design and construct a Tiny House. However, as is often the case, funding was not available to purchase the equipment necessary to take on such a big task. The dream sat on the shelf for years, until we came across carryover dollars last school year from GEAR UP. Our superintendent, Matt Charlton, approached the teacher and put together a proposal to renovate our vocational technology department and purchase the woodworking tools needed to construct the Tiny House. GEAR UP approved the plan and the high school additions took place over the summer. We proudly commissioned our Tiny House class on the first day of school. It is an elective that high school students can choose each trimester.

There are currently 16 students in the class. There are two student project managers that delegate the workflow on a daily basis. The students designed floorplans, sketched elevation plans, and built seven different prototypes of the Tiny House out of balsawood. Then over the course of three days, community members, teachers, and students were invited to vote on their favorites. After the votes were tallied and the “winner” of the prototypes was chosen, the students went to work on the planning and construction of the house. The students will participate in every step: design, framing, plumbing, electrical, insulation, drywall, siding, roofing, finishes.

The Tiny House is not only a very timely and applicable class for our students in the valley because of the nature of the growing construction field in our area, but it is also very beneficial to our people group. There are needs in our community for a commodity like this; with the rising prices of homes in the area and the lack of low-income housing, we are continually struggling to find affordable housing. The complete Tiny House project will serve as a means to generate jobs and housing possibilities for our community. There are local contractors that have expressed concern for the decreasing number of people entering the construction-field trades and have already vowed to hire students out of this class for summer jobs. In addition, there are currently seven people that have contacted our teacher to purchase one of our Tiny Houses. After the sale of our first Tiny House, we will be able to use the funds to purchase the materials for our second house and create a sustainable program.

Our partnership with CWU’s GEAR UP has awarded us the opportunity to further develop our vocational department and expand the students’ vision and possibilities through the hands-on experience of the vast areas involved in designing and constructing a house. The passion of teachers, vision of a superintendent, and GEAR UP funds allowed us to jumpstart a promising program for Manson High School.

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manson trojans logoFOOTBALL:
COACH OF THE YEAR – Joey Johanson
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Eduardo Escalera
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Joe Strecker
1ST ALL LEAGE OFFENSE: Quarterback-Avery Thompson, Receiver-Joe Strecker, Linemen-Marcus Bernardo, Donny Vanderholm and Baily Cameron
1st TEAM DEFENSE: Down Linemen-Bailey Cameron, Linebacker-Fernando Flores, Def. Back Eduardo Escalera
2nd TEAM OFFENSE: Lineman-Cody Amsden
2ND TEAM DEFENSE: Linebacker-Donny Vanderholm, Def. Back-Ramiro Lopez,
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE: Eduardo Escalera and Parker Schoenwald
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE: Cody Amsden, Zach Serafini

GIRLS SOCCER
2nd TEAM-Deisy Leyva and Magali Leyva
VOLLEYBALL
2ND TEAM: Celina Mendoza,
HONORABLE MENTION: Megan Clausen

CROSS COUNTRY
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin Sanford
1ST TEAM BOYS: Heriberto Sarmiento and Connor Torgesen
2nd TEAM BOYS: Jonathan Sarmiento,
HONORABLE MENTION: Jose Vasquez, Grant Torgesen, Juan Portillo and Libbey Ireland
TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP

strokerManson High School student athlete, Joe Strecker, was selected as the WIAA Spotlight Athlete of the month. This honor is given to one student athlete per month across all classifications. Joe is an exceptional football player who embodies what it means to be a student athlete.

To read more about Joe and his journey please CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

wsdot logoLeave early, use tools to make holiday travel smoother

OLYMPIA – Whether crossing the state or just running to the store for a last-minute ingredient, be sure to allow plenty of extra travel time during the busy Thanksgiving weekend.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for smoother travel.

The agency also provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:

  • Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.
  • Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit our online traveler information about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
  • Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
  • Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and drive appropriately for conditions.

 

Apple Cup travel

Those traveling to the Saturday, Nov. 25, Apple Cup football game in Seattle should also plan ahead for possible winter weather on passes and allow extra travel time both to and from the game.

Mountain passes

In the mountains, State Route 123 Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,675 feet), State Route 20 North Cascades Highway (elevation 5,477 feet) and Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) are closed for the winter. On Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), you can receive text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.

Tolls

In the Puget Sound, the State Route 520 bridge will have weekend toll rates on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, returning to weekday rates on Friday, Nov. 24. On the Interstate 405 express toll lanes, travel is free to all on the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Weekends are always free to travel in the lanes. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.

Other travel alternatives

Travelers planning a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans to avoid holiday delays:

  • Please plan ahead for heavy holiday ferry traffic and consider purchasing tickets online to save time. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 22, and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 24. Reservations are recommended on the San Juan and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. Some ferry routes run on Saturday schedules on the holiday, check the Washington State Ferries website or call 888-808-7977 for details.
  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800–USA–RAIL for details. (There are no extra Thanksgiving trains this year).
  • For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or call 800-552-0666.
  • Check with your local public transit agency for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, November 16, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Approval of Minutes
a. October 12, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
IV. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
V. Old Business
a. 2018 Budget
VI. New Business
a. Blackwatch Security contract
b. Resolution 2017-03 (Authorization for 2018 Tax Levy Increase)
c. December meeting date
d. Levy Election
VII. Adjournment

wsdot logoMore snow and avalanche risk triggers seasonal closure between Newhalem and Winthrop

DIABLO – The final page will soon turn on State Route 20/North Cascades Highway this year. The winter gates will close at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 due to avalanche risk, and there will be one less route for vehicles crossing the Cascade Mountains.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews have plowed SR 20 between the gates at mileposts 134 near Diablo and 171 west of Mazama since snow began falling in early October. But, new snow has continued to fill avalanche chutes. The forecast for more this weekend makes it too dangerous for our crews to work or the public to drive below full avalanche zones.

“We know this route is popular for access to businesses, relatives and outdoor adventures said WSDOT Twisp Maintenance Supervisor Don Becker. “Our crews work hard to keep it open through the Thanksgiving weekend, but this year it isn’t possible due to the amount of snow in the forecast.”

The highway temporarily closed twice in the last three weeks due to snow accumulation in avalanche chutes.

This year’s closure is a week or so earlier than typical. Last year, the North Cascades Highway closed on November 18. The only time the highway remained open through the winter was in 1976, when a drought produced record-low snowfall.

Winter access along the highway

Snowmobilers, hikers, skiers and other winter adventurers are free to use the roadway behind the gates, but they do so at their own risk.

Starting the 2018 chapter

When conditions permit, crews will reopen the highway in spring 2018. Clearing the 37-mile-long mountain pass highway requires crews working from both sides for roughly four to six weeks.

You can be one of the first to know about that clearing process by signing up for North Cascades Highway emails and following our WSDOT East and WSDOT North Twitter accounts.

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Ticket prices increase on December 1.
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (November 6, 2017) - Tickets for Lake Chelan Winterfest, presented by Sage Vacation Rentals, are now on sale! Avoid the lines and save time - and money - by taking advantage of the early bird pricing from now until November 30, where you can save $10 off each ticket! Prices will go up on December 1.
 
The Winterfest Button is your all-access pass to enjoying most festivities. With your button, enjoy all kids activities, access to the Ice Bar, presented by North Cascades Bank, horse carriage rides, apple bin train rides and incredible offers at shops, restaurants and wineries all around the lake.
 
The Tasting Tent and Grand Wine Walk, presented by Zipfizz, are the perfect events for wine connoisseurs or those just starting to discover the world of wine. Taste over 30 different award-winning wines in the Tasting Tent or stroll through downtown boutiques as you chat with the winemakers and taste select library wines on the Grand Wine Walk. This is a unique experience you’ll only find during Washington’s’ most exciting winter festival!
 
If you love beer or cider, Alefest, presented by the Manson Chamber of Commerce, is the event for you! Sample from over 20 craft breweries and cideries while in a large, heated tent in downtown Manson. And don’t miss out on the Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night - a new celebration on Friday night for our local brewers and distillers!
 
There is something for everyone at Lake Chelan Winterfest and you won’t want to miss it! Purchase tickets today at LakeChelanWInterfest.com.

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Registration is open for Manson Parks AAU Basketball!

Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade are encouraged to participate.

Cost of registration is $15 and all athletes must have a current AAU Card ($14; no need to pay again if they played 2017 AAU Soccer).

Students or parents can bring their forms to the Park Office at 142 Pedoi Street in Manson from 10am to 2pm on Tuesday (11/7/17) or from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday (11/8/17).

You can also register online at www.mansonparks.com.

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 509-687-9635.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, November 9, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. October 12, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. 2018 Budget
b. Director’s report
VIII. New Business
a. Blackwatch Security contract
b. Resolution 2017-03 (Authorization for 2018 Tax Levy Increase)
c. December meeting date
d. Levy Election
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: December 14th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Flag Salute:
PUBLIC HEARING:
2018 Budget
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: September 2017
* Payroll: $193,932.36 October 1-31, 2017 Paid 11-05-2017
* Vouchers for October General Account: Vouchers #1122 through #1131 for $5,751.94; Voucher #1218 through #1233 for $12,157.14; Voucher #1261 through #1269 for $2,216.15; Vouchers #1276 through #1285 for $7,386.09.
* Vouchers for October Capital Account: Vouchers #1132 for $2,153.18; Voucher #1270 for $16,554.60; Vouchers #1286 through #1282 for $17,635.21.
* Minutes: October 11, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Training
* Public Education
* Fire Prevention
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* Citizens Task Force
* 2018 Budget
* 2017- 05 Resolution 2018 Levy & Certificate
* Marine / Water Rescue Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
* FEMA SAFER Grant for Volunteer Coordinator for four years
New Business:
* Apparatus Committee - Specifications for pickup & Engine
Special Event:
* 11/11/17: Veteran’s Day parade and luncheon
* 11/24/17: Tree Lighting Ceremony
* 12/12/17: Annual District Holiday Social
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(f) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.
Adjournment:

sheriffsmThe Columbia River Drug Task Force reports on October 19th, 2017 the Columbia River Drug Task Force completed an investigation that led to the arrest of Emmanuel Sanchez-Cerros for 2 counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, Heroin. 

Cassandra Morgan was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, Heroin. 

Sanchez-Cerros recently pled guilty to charges stemming from a previous Columbia River Drug Task Force case from February, 2017 and was awaiting sentencing.  A search warrant was served on that date and both heroin and methamphetamine were located in the residence as well as a large amount of cash.   During the search warrant, Child Protective Services were called and two children were removed from the residence. 

On October 19th, 2017 a controlled drug buy was completed.  After the controlled drug buy was completed uniformed patrol officers along with members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force arrested Sanchez-Cerros and Morgan. 

It was determined children were present and nearby when the controlled drug buy occurred.  CPS was called immediately and the children were placed into emergency custody.  Sanchez-Cerros and Morgan were both booked into jail. 

Morgan is still pending charges from her arrest in February, 2017 and Sanchez-Cerros was scheduled to be sentenced for the February charges he pled guilty to in December 2017.   

Their vehicle was seized for a search warrant and more charges could be filed. 

manson schoolA great opportunity to work with students in the area of VEX Robotics awaits that special individual with the skill and knowledge to help further students in their quest to make ideas a reality.

Coach duties and responsibilities will include some of the following

  • Organize and monitor the 2017-2018 high school VEX Robotics team. The team meets weekly September to March from 1 to 2 days a week after school. Meetings vary based on the activities needed to ensure preparedness for all upcoming on/off-season events. There are roughly 8 Saturday competitions.
  • Assist in the organization of the high school team mentoring the middle school team and/or elementary team
  • Communicate with your sponsoring organization including: expectations to parents and students about what is expected of them in terms of their commitment to the team, coordinating help, maintaining equipment, purchasing supplies, registering for competitions, creating schedules and team building
  • Display kindness, patience, and professionalism

Desired Qualifications: - Enthusiasm and a love of learning with kids is of the highest importance. Experience in one or more of the following technical areas is also desirable, but absolutely not necessary: Technical Management, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotic Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Industrial Fabrication.

For a more detailed list of job responsibilities and qualifications, please contact the district office at 687-3140. $3,000 stipend.

wenpolThe North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit was called upon to investigate the Officer involved shooting that occurred July 27, 2017 at Albertsons in Wenatchee.   Over the next several weeks, the SIU conducted a complete and independent investigation of the incident including interviews of all identified witnesses, review of all known video, and collection of physical evidence. At the conclusion of the active investigation the case was turned over to the Chelan County Prosecutor’s Office.

Doug Shae, the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney, has released his review of the investigation, which is included below. The SIU concurs with the finding by the Prosecutor and now considers the investigation into the incident closed.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

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Enjoy our winter wonderland - January 12-21
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (October 25, 2017) - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will again host Lake Chelan Winterfest, January 12-21, 2018. Winterfest is a two week-long festival of snowy fun and kicks off Martin Luther King weekend in downtown Chelan, with downtown Manson as the main locale for the final weekend.
 
Set among the snow-capped buttes and glacier fed waters of Lake Chelan, Winterfest plays host to Washington’s most exciting winter festival. Glide over the snow in a horse-drawn carriage, be amazed at the incredible live ice sculpting or vote for your favorite Lake Chelan bloody mary!
 
New this year!
 
  • Take advantage of the new Grand Wine Walk, held in participating stores in downtown Chelan on Saturday, January 13th! Sip and savor delicious reserve wines, poured directly by the winemaker.
  • What was formally “Wine Walk” is now known as the Tasting Tent! Enjoy your favorite Lake Chelan wines in the comfort of a large, heated tent!
  • You also won’t want to miss the new Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night, held Friday, January 19th in downtown Manson! Let’s celebrate the local brewers, cider makers and distillers who call North Central Washington home!
 Weekend highlights include:
 January 12-14
  • Find Tsilly
  • Horse Carriage Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Ice Bar & Live Music
  • Grand Wine Walk & Tasting Tent
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • SoupFest
  • Grand Procession & Fireworks
  • Polar Bear Splash & Beach Bonfire
  • Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch
 January 19-21
  • Find Tsilly
  • Apple Bin Train Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night
  • Alefest & Bottle Shop
  • Alex Zerbe PAC Show
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • Battle of the Bloody Mary
Tickets will be live November 1 - and they will go quickly!
 
The Winterfest Button is your all-access pass to enjoying most festivities. With your button, enjoy all kids activities, access to the Ice Bar, horse carriage rides, apple bin train rides and incredible offers at shops, restaurants and wineries all around the lake.
 
Winterfest attendees are also encouraged to plan ahead. Activities such as the Grand Wine Walk, Tasting Tent, Bubble Bar, Battle of the Bloody Mary and Alefest are known to sell out in advance.

bicycle 400OLYMPIA – Pedal power is still strong in Washington as the League of American Bicyclists once again ranks the state as No. 1 “Bicycle Friendly State in America.” Washington has been a leader in the nation for every year since 2008 when the League began its program.

“Our efforts to support bicycling in Washington through our policies and investments is clearly paying off,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “As a state we have invested in Safe Routes to School for a healthier next generation and in a transportation system that supports safer biking and walking mobility options for Washingtonians. I appreciate the work of our Bicycle Friendly communities, businesses and universities that have all contributed to building active, healthy transportation options.”

Each state is ranked based on its score in five categories: Infrastructure and Funding; Education and Encouragement; Legislation and Enforcement; Policies and Programs; Evaluation and Planning; and, Discretionary Scoring.

“It’s great to once again lead the nation in recognizing that bicycling is an important part of a multimodal transportation system,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “We’re committed to providing transportation choices for all users of the system – including people who bike and walk. We have more work to do, but this ranking affirms that we’re on the right path.”

The League credited Washington for passage of its 16-year Connecting Washington funding package, including more than $20 million per year for bicycling and walking projects. It also noted Washington State Department of Transportation’s creation of the new, statewide Active Transportation Division as another reason why the state has retained its spot as a national leader in improving conditions for people who bike and walk.

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Western Aerospace Scholars watch with anticipation as one of their model rockets is about to be launched.

Nov. 3 is student deadline for Museum's Western Aerospace Scholars programs

SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2017--The deadline for high school students to apply for one of the Museum's premiere residency education programs is Nov. 3. The Western Aerospace Scholars program is a distance-learning and summer residency program for Montana, Oregon and Washington state high school juniors. The STEM-based program focuses on space exploration, and has online components and residencies allowing students to learn from industry professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.

The top performing Washington scholars will be invited to participate in a six-day Summer Residency at the Museum in summer 2018, while Oregon and Montana scholars will attend residencies in those states during summer 2018. Both programs are part of the Museum's Boeing Academy for STEM Learning. Complete information is online, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tour the Virtual Museum of Flight

ChelanFireRescueLogo200SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Call to order at 9:00 A.M.
* Flag Salute

New Business:
* 2018 Budget Review & Discussion

Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(f) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Adjournment:

wsdot logoDrivers can use studded tires starting Nov. 1

OLYMPIA – With snow already falling on some mountain passes, it’s never too early to get ready for winter ice and snow.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all drivers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter weather. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.

To check conditions and prepare for snow or ice:

“Our crews work hard to keep roads clear of snow and ice for drivers, but last year’s severe winter certainly highlighted the importance of being equipped for winter conditions,” said James Morin, WSDOT’s snow and ice program manager. “We need the public’s help by driving for conditions and obeying chain-up notices. Often it’s just one unprepared driver spinning out that forces a pass closure.”

Alternatives to chains

Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain vehicle models. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices that meet state chains and traction tires requirements.

Studded tires

By law, studded tires are legal for use in Washington state only from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states. WSDOT can approve studded tires earlier in extraordinary conditions, but at this time the date remains Nov. 1. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about stud-free traction tires that are legal for year-round use and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in damage, combined, to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year.  More information about studded-tired restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.

douglascountysheriff148On 10/17/17 at approximately 8:43 PM a Douglas County Deputy learned that a vehicle he had observed had an associated warrant out of LaSalle County, Illinois.  The warrant was for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. 

The Deputy followed the vehicle to a residence and was able to contact the driver and person named on the arrest warrant, 35 year old Victor Guerrero of East Wenatchee.  He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Jail.

Good work by an observant and tenacious Deputy.

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS!

It was a beautiful weekend in the Stehekin Valley, and, despite an 80% chance of rain, we avoided any notable precipitation!  It was also a record-setting weekend, with all three events having a great number of attendees.  Most importantly, there was a tremendous amount of good times!!

Valley Music Across the Generations, featuring many fine Stehekin Valley musicians, hosted over 180 people at the Stehekin School Friday evening.  Many thanks to JoAnne Reiter (coordinator) and all those who shared their musical talents with a packed house!  Our sincere thanks to the Stehekin School and students for the use of their building and for setting up!

Picking, Pressing, and Potluck welcomed more than 260 people to the Historic Buckner Orchard on Saturday, finding trees with an abundance of common delicious, Rome beauties, and Johnathon's.  Many thanks, again, to Agnes on Fire for providing a great set of tunes for those enjoying the chili, cider, and all the potluck goodies.

Saturday's Harvest Fest activities can be viewed in slideshow form by clicking on the photo above.  Select the first photo once in, then click on the triangle button in the lower left corner to view the slideshow.  No downloading needed!

This year's Harvest Fest Raffle raised more than $1,300 to support the work of the Foundation at the Orchard.  If your name is Jeff Parsons, you were the big winner for the day, winning three times, including the helicopter flight!   Many thanks to all who supported the Orchard in this fashion!

Our very sincere appreciation to those who donated the raffle prizes, including:

Helicopter Flight-Lake Chelan Helicopters

(Winner-Jeff Parsons)

Custom-knit socks/mittens—Bob Nielsen 
(Winner-Colleen Sargo)

Custom-knit stocking cap—Nancy Barnhart  
(Winner-Bucky Gans)

Quilted wall hanging—Christy of Little Sisters Quilts  
(Winner-Nathan Thomas)

The Stehekin We Remember—The Buckner Sisters
(Winners-Trapper Robbins, Jeff Parsons, Patty Schrag)

Buckner Orchard Apple Wine—Dick Bingham
(Winners-Jeff Parsons, Larry M, Dana Barton, Wendy Garfoot)

Individual or Family Portrait Session—Barnhart Photography
(Patty Schrag)

One-hour Message—Stehekin Massage, Wendy Garfoot
(Winner-Danita Breeze)

Holden Village Gift Basket - Holden Village
(Winner-Fritz Griffith)

 Poetry Night culminated a very well-attended weekend with 32 folks reading, reciting, or just enjoying listening to a variety of pieces selected by those in attendance.

 Harvest Fest by the Numbers

  • 182 -Valley Music Night attendees  (previous high 162)
  • 266 - Harvest Fest attendees (220)
  • 32 - Poetry Night attendees (19)
  • 0 - amount of rainfall on Saturday!
  • $1,300 - raised by the raffle
  • 3 - number of raffle prizes won by Jeff Parsons, (book, wine, and helicopter ride)
  • $110 - donations
  • 13 - people at Friday Work party
  • 36 - number of total volunteer hours on Friday

Thanks!

The work of many individuals make Harvest Fest the event it is.  Additional thanks also goes to The Stehekin Pastry Company, The Stehekin Landing Resort, Stehekin Valley Ranch, Jim's Pumping Service, Lake Chelan Boat Company, Mountain Barge Services, and the National Park Service for their support, as well.

douglascountysheriff148On 10/16/17 at approximately 6:51 PM Douglas County Deputies received a report of a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.  

The victim, a 57 year old Rock Island woman, was walking her dogs on the sidewalk near the intersection of Saunders and N. Garden Ave.  She said the suspect  vehicle came through the intersection and up onto the sidewalk striking her.  The woman rolled up on the hood and off the passenger side.  She saw the vehicle pull into a small trailer park and was able to give deputies a good description of the vehicle and driver. 

Deputies were able to locate the driver and contact him.  He appeared to be intoxicated.  The driver, 63 year old Miguel R. Isidro of Rock Island, was arrested for hit and run and DUI.  He was booked at the Chelan County Jail without incident. 

The victim was taken to Confluence Hospital.  Her condition is unknown but it is believed her injuries were not life threatening.

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Manson High School Ag/shop program held their semi-annual cardboard boat races recently at Manson Bay Park. Every few years’ students in Kevin Amsden shop class spend about two weeks creating a boat entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Before they begin to construct their boat, they must first learn the science, physics and buoyance in creating their card board boats.

A few of the key principals they learn are: center of buoyance, center of gravity, displacement, draft, hydrodynamics, keel, and design process. They begin by make small prototypes of their boat and floating them in a small pool as they add golf balls to simulate weight. They also learn the positive and negative design features of each boat. They then go full scale, which culminates in races at Manson Bay.

A big thank you goes out to lifeguard, Vickie Downey, who is always on hand for the races, Chelan County EMS and the Manson Parks Department, who allow us to use the park for our races.

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Manson School Board Member, Aurora Flores was certified as the next Washington State School Directors Association’s (WSSDA) board president-elect.

Flores has been a school board director for 20 years in the Manson School District, over half of which she has served as her board’s legislative representative. Flores is currently vice president of WSSDA’s board and is a governor-appointed member of the Professional Educators Standards Board.

“I strongly believe that public schools with local control are still our best public education option and this is why I’ve dedicated so many years to serving my local school district,” said Flores. “But I am humbled at being confirmed as president-elect on the board of the largest group of elected officials in the state of Washington.”

As president-elect, Flores will be a member of the WSSDA board’s executive committee, which is composed of the board officers (president, president-elect, vice president, past president) plus one additional WSSDA board member selected by the board.

Fellow Manson Board Member Jama England commented, “Aurora is a dedicated educator. She relies on life experiences to help formulate her "out of the box" thinking. She is an asset to Manson Schools as well as all the other districts she serves.”

Superintendent Matt Charlton added, “Manson is really fortunate to have Aurora as a long serving school board director. Her dedication to our community and to the success of every student in our state is commendable. Congratulations Aurora!”

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, October 12th, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. September 14, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Park Improvements
i. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
1. Pacific Engineering
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s report
VIII. New Business
a. 2018 Budget
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: November 9th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – Tolling topics and plans for a Road Usage Charge pilot project are on the agenda for the State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia. The commission also plans to name a section of State Route 507 in honor of an Iraqi war veteran who died in action.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, the commission will hear a progress report for the Road Usage Charge pilot project that will launch early in 2018. A road usage charge is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads. It is under consideration as a potential replacement for the gas tax drivers now pay on a gallon of gasoline. In light of growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, which consume less gas and therefor raise less revenue, it would provide a more sustainable funding source for investments in transportation infrastructure. The pilot project will engage 2,000 volunteers from across the state to test the concept and shape how it might work.

With detailed planning for the pilot project operations well underway, the commission will learn more about current public attitudes toward road usage charging, and progress with volunteer recruitment. Additional discussions will focus on reporting options, activities of other partners in the pilot project, and the draft evaluation plan.

Other briefings on Tuesday include transportation recommendations from the Resilient Washington subcabinet, a proposal to accommodate autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, and transit agency perspectives on tolling.

In addition, the commission will take action on a proposal initiated by the city of Rainier to name the portion of SR 507 within the community for Sgt. Justin D. Norton. A graduate of Rainier High School, Sgt. Norton was killed in action in 2006 while on patrol in Baghdad.

On Wednesday morning, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Toll Division will report on FY 2017 traffic and revenue for each tolled facility, as well as progress toward meeting legislative benchmarks for toll operations and efficiency.

The meeting will conclude with an update by a commission workgroup formed to assess options for providing long-term, toll-payer relief for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The legislature has asked that the commission deliver its prioritized policy solutions to the legislature by December 2017.

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

douglascountysheriff148On 10/08/17 at approximately 1:50 AM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol near the intersection of Sunset Hwy. and Hwy. 2 when he observed a silver 2009 Ford Taurus traveling at a very high rate of speed. 

He caught up with the vehicle on the Eastmont extension and paced it at 75 mph in a 40 mph zone.  The Deputy gave chase with his emergency equipment on and followed the vehicle up a dead end road.  The suspect vehicle turned around to come back the way he came and nearly hit the Deputy.  The suspect turned from Eastmont onto Baker and collided with a guard rail. 

The Deputy saw multiple suspects exit the vehicle, jump the guard rail, and flee on foot.  One juvenile male suspect was found hiding in some bushes near a private residence.  He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.

Vehicle was found to have been stolen from Entiat several hours earlier.  At approximately 1:00 PM the driver of the stolen vehicle turned himself in at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.  He was also booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.

The driver was a 16 year old male.  There were three passengers: a 14 year old male and two 15 year old males.  All were from East Wenatchee.  The case is still under investigation.

douglascountysheriff148On 10/03/17 at approximately 9:58 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of an injury accident which had occurred at a residence in the 2800 Blk. of NW Empire near East Wenatchee. The accident involved a pickup and a 19 month old child.

Investigation revealed that the father of the boy was parked in his pickup in the driveway of the residence while the mother was loading boxes into another vehicle.   Unbeknownst to either parent, their 19 month old child had gotten out of the house. As the father started to back out, the child ran behind the pickup and was run over. The parents drove the boy to Confluence Health Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

There is no evidence the incident was nothing more than a very tragic accident.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices offers its deepest condolences to the child’s family and their friends.

AGENDA
ChelanFireRescueLogo200Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Call to order:
Flag Salute:
Introduction: of Bob Merrett and Citizen Task Force Members
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: August 2017
* Payroll: $158,599.07 September 1-30, 2017 Paid 10-05-2017
* Vouchers for September General Account: Vouchers #1019 through #1025 for $3,873.78; Voucher #1039 through #1049 for $3,235.08; Voucher #1051 through #1064 for $5,071.62; Vouchers #1090 through #1100 for $7,025.19; vouchers #1102 through # 1108 for $5,179.09.
* Vouchers for September Capital Account: Vouchers #1026 for $10,458.07; Voucher #1065 for $477.17; Vouchers #1109 for $568.07.
* Minutes: September 13, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Training
* Public Education
* Fire Prevention
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* 2018 Draft Budget
* Marine / Water Rescue Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
New Business:
* FEMS SAFER Grant for Volunteer Coordinator for four years.
Special Event:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and/or Negotiations.
Adjournment:

sheriffsmOn October 3, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports both suspects from the September 27th Dryden shooting incident are in custody.

On Wednesday, September 27 shortly before 2:00pm Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported disturbance on Josephine Avenue, Dryden. The reporting party stated someone was beaten with a bat and then shot in the leg. The victim and witness described the two suspects as Michael Hernandez a 34 year old East Wenatchee resident and Modesto Gonzalez a 42 year old Wenatchee resident. Both suspects were described as leaving in a white passenger vehicle prior to Law Enforcement arrival.

On Thursday, September 28 Chelan County Deputies and Detectives located the suspect vehicle abandoned in South Wenatchee. The vehicle was seized by Detectives in preparation for a search warrant. On Friday, September 29 Chelan County Detectives and the Washington State Crime Lab Response Team executed a search warrant on the vehicle. Evidence results from the search warrant are still pending.

On Sunday, October 1 Chelan County Deputies, through proactive investigation, learned of a possible location for Michael Hernandez. Deputies performed surveillance on a Palisades residence and were able to positively identify Hernandez. Deputies waited for Hernandez to leave in a vehicle at which time they performed a high risk stop on the vehicle and took Hernandez into custody without incident. That vehicle was also seized in preparation for a search warrant. The results from that warrant are still pending.

On Tuesday, October 3, again through proactive investigation, Chelan County Deputies learned of a possible location for Modesto Gonzalez. Deputies performed surveillance on an East Wenatchee residence and observed Gonzalez leave the location in a vehicle. Deputies performed a second high risk traffic stop on the vehicle and successfully took Gonzalez into custody without incident.

Both Hernandez and Gonzalez have been booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for the following crimes:

  1. 1st degree Burglary
  2. Assault 1st degree
  3. Unlawful possession of a firearm
  4. Intimidating a witness

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September 27, 2017 - The Port of Chelan County is launching www.ChooseChelanCounty.com today, putting access to powerful business decision information only a mouse-click away. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to in-depth information that previously took weeks to research and analyze. Now, a comprehensive database of available Chelan County Commercial and Industrial properties is available instantly, along with dynamic demographic data, industry breakdowns, and community profiles.

Over 97% of site selection screening is done online. ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers use to make investment decisions. The information provided goes beyond available sites and buildings and includes layers of data from educational attainment, consumer expenditures by category, to labor force.

Companies searching for a site can set their criteria such as minimum lot size, building ceiling height, price and other criteria to find a list of available real estate in Chelan County, increasing the opportunity to locate new or expanding businesses within the county.

According to Commission President Donn Etherington, “ChooseChelanCounty.com gathers economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic, and demographic information often sought by businesses looking to relocate or expand into a consolidated, user-friendly business portal. It allows users, including the Port of Chelan County, to find available properties with the data that supports locating in Chelan County.”

To add your Commercial or Industrial property to the system at no cost or get more information on ChooseChelanCounty.com, contact Craig Larsen, Business Development Director for the Port of Chelan County (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).