Stay inside or wear a mask - air quality is very unhealthy
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Smoke from recent and ongoing fires have affected the entire state and are concentrated in the Lake Chelan area.
When air quality particulates exceed 200ppm (parts per million) the pollution rating goes to Very Unhealthy.
|201-300||Very Unhealthy||Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.||
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
The trend is expected to continue so please heed the warnings and take appropriate precautions.
Sheriff seeking suspect in attempted robbery/assault
- Written by Undersheriff Jason Mathews, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett would like the public notified about an attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on Sunday, August 5th at shortly before 10:00pm.
The incident occurred near the intersection of South Wenatchee Avenue and the Malaga-Alcoa Highway, south of Boodry Street.
The two victims were working on their disabled vehicle at that location when they were contacted by a lone male subject. The male suspect grabbed one of the victims from behind, placed a knife to their throat and demanded money. After not getting any money the suspect released the one victim and then struck the other victim in the face with an unknown weapon, possibly the knife handle. The male suspect fled the location on foot.
A Sheriff Office canine capable of tracking criminal suspects was called in to assist, but was unsuccessful.
Both victims were treated and released from the Central Washington Hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office is actively working on identifying the suspect, but anyone with possible information is encouraged to call our tip line at 509-667-6845. The victim’s description of the suspect is as follows:
5’ 10” tall
Medium to thin build
Shoulder length dark hair
4” – 6” full beard
Tattoo on right side of the neck
Wearing a long sleeve jacket and long pants
Tattered appearance, possibly from living outdoors
Buck Mountain hiking fatality
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Update August 7th, 2018
The autopsy for Mr. James Rothwell who fell while climbing Buck Mountain in Chelan County was completed today. He died as a result of Blunt Force Trauma to the Head and Trunk. Manner of death has been ruled an accident.
He was wearing a helmet but the force to his head from the fall was too much for the helmet to absorb the energy and he had severe trauma to his brain.
Update August 6th, 2018 2020 hours
The two remaining hikers have made their way out of the mountains. After speaking with them it was determined they were traversing a steep face when the victim lost his footing. He fell approximately 50 feet. They hiked down to him and rendered aid. He survived for a short period of time before he succumbed to his injuries. The victim has now been identified as a 44 year old male from the Seattle area. Initially it was believed he was from New York but he has lived in the Seattle area for several years. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 4th, 2018 at 2:34 PM CCSO was advised of an emergency beacon activation in the area of Buck Mountain, a remote area approximately 17 miles north of Lake Wenatchee. After obtaining the coordinates from AFRCC (Armed Forces Rescue Coordination Center) it was determined the beacon was staying in one location. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office AIR10 helicopter was deployed and located a group of three near the coordinates at approximately 6:45 PM. They were at about 6750 feet in elevation. One of the three subjects was laying down and wrapped in an emergency blanket. There was no suitable landing zone nearby so a request was made through state emergency management for a hoist capable helicopter.
King County Sheriff’s Office accepted the misson. They arrived on scene at approximately 10:00 PM but had to abort the mission due to weather. A call was plced back into state emergency management requesting a helicopter from NAS Whidbey Island. The Navy crew accepted the mission and arrived in the area at approximately 12:40 AM on August 5th. They were able to hoist the patient, a 44 year old male out of New York on board the helicopter. He was deceased due to unknown injuries. Due to low fuel in the helicopter he was transported to Boeing Field in Seattle.
The remaining two hikers were uninjured and remained on scene to hike out in day light. At this time it is unknown how the injuries were caused.
Eastbound lanes of I-90 near Cle Elum to close to traffic two nights next week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
CLE ELUM – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 will close to traffic near Cle Elum two nights next week.
The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge decks near Cle Elum. In order to do this work, the eastbound lanes will close to traffic from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 8. Drivers will be detoured around the closure via State Route 970 and US 97 and should plan for about 30 minutes of added travel time.
Drivers will also experience lane closures in both directions during the day next week Monday through Friday due to bridge work near Cle Elum at milepost 86 and near Ellensburg at milepost 102.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
- Sign up for email updates and text message alerts.
- Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
- Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
- Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
Effective Aug. 2, DNR Bans Outdoor Burning Statewide
- Written by waburnbans.net
Some campfires still allowed, check local restrictions before lighting any fire
OLYMPIA –Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a high risk of wildfires. In response, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is instituting a statewide ban on outdoor burning on the 13 million acres of forests and state parks under DNR fire protection.
Per the Commissioner’s Order, the ban begins Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Included in the outdoor burning ban are burn piles, prescribed burns, and the use of charcoal briquettes.
“When the risk of wildfire is this high – and when so many of our firefighting resources are already committed – we must take significant steps to protect our communities and firefighters,” said Commissioner Hilary Franz. “I know this is an inconvenience, and I appreciate the public understanding that this is not a safe time for intentional burning within our forests.”
The burn ban does not include federally managed lands, such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, or other areas administered by federal agencies.
Campfires are still allowed in approved fire pits within some designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
To avoid accidental wildfires, the public can practice these prevention tips:
Camping and recreating
- Only build campfires where authorized and when not under a burn ban; put them completely out before leaving camp, even for a few minutes; use plenty of water and stir until the coals are cold to the touch. Check locally before lighting a campfire as conditions may change and counties and local fire districts may have additional or new burn restrictions.
- Dispose of lit smoking materials appropriately.
- Fireworks, incendiary ammunition and exploding targets start fires and are illegal to use or discharge on public lands, including all state forests.
Vehicles and Towing
- Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle or trailer. They can throw sparks and start fires.
- Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning and approved spark arrester.
- Be careful driving through or parking on dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes can start the grass on fire. You may not even notice the fire until it’s too late.
- Check tire pressure and condition. Driving on an exposed wheel rim can cause sparks.
- Have brakes serviced regularly to prevent brake pads wearing too thin; metal on metal can spark or drop pieces of hot brake pad.
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning.
The outdoor burning ban is expected to last through Sept. 30, 2018, though may be extended or shortened based upon ongoing fire conditions.
Stay connected during wildfire season
Anyone who spots a wildfire should call 911 as soon as possible to report it.
Public invited to review draft transportation plan for 2040 and beyond
- Written by Paul Parker, WSTC Deputy Director
OLYMPIA – Here’s your chance to have a say in the framework that ensures transportation plans and investments for local streets and roadways, state highways, transit, ferries, sidewalks, bike lanes, air, barge, and rail all work together to keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently.
The public is invited to review and comment on the draft Washington Transportation Plan – 2040 and Beyond, just released by the Washington State Transportation Commission.
Transportation Commission Chair Jerry Litt said a regular refresh of the plan is a chance to take stock of what has changed since it was last updated in January 2015. “The pace of change, especially in transportation technologies, is picking up. It’s important to regularly look at emerging issues to be sure we’re on the right track.”
Emerging technology is one of three big uncertainties the commission highlights in WTP 2040 and Beyond. The other two are: system resiliency in light of extreme weather events and natural disasters like earthquakes, and how to pay for transportation. “We’re dealing with some big issues that are going to affect all of us in some way,” Litt added. “Transportation affects every aspect of our daily lives. There are some hard choices in front of us and we need to make smart, informed decisions.”
The commission reached out to a broad group of organizations for input in developing the draft plan. The 27 members of the WTP Advisory Group include regional planning organizations, state agencies, tribal and transit representatives, business and port associations, city and county associations, transportation and planning advocates and others.
“We relied on insights from advisory group members to help us understand transportation issues from the perspectives of their many different constituents,” noted Commissioner Hester Serebrin. “We will strive to ensure that underrepresented communities have a voice at the table in order to develop a plan that supports transportation all across Washington.”
Commission staff are holding meetings around the state to share the draft WTP 2040 and Beyond plan. A list of meeting dates and locations is on the project website.
Commissioner Debbie Young encouraged people to learn more about the plan and provide input. “This plan will shape how we think about transportation problems and solutions, from rural Washington to our biggest cities. Input now will help make sure we hear everyone’s perspective.”
The Commission must adopt an updated plan and present it to the State Legislature and Governor Inslee by January 2019
Smoke investigation in Navarre Coulee 7-31-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
July 31, 2018 - Chelan Fire and Rescue responded Auto-Aid with Chelan County Fire District 8 to a reported smoke investigation in the area of 6710 Navarre Coulee Road.
The smoke investigation was up-graded to a brush fire near a residential house and other out buildings.
The first unit on scene reported a working brush fire near structures and that the fire had spotted across SR971 mid-slop. Both fires were wind driven.
A second alarm was requested and CWICC was notified bring additional resources from neighboring department, USFS, DNR, BLM and the State Mobe Strike Team that was staged in Entiat for the Cougar Creek Fire. Jurisdiction established a unified Command while ground resources were engaging both fire fronts.
Navarre Coulee was closed to emergency traffic only and a Level three evacuation was issued for those homes on the north side of Navarre Coulee between the fire and SR 97A. Level one evacuation notice were issued to those homes on Knapp Coulee.
The fire was turned over to DNR this morning and is still considered an active fire. Most local fire resources involved in the Initial fire attack have been released and returned to their district for some much need rest while DNR and strike Team resources have taken up their positions.
US 97 Blewett Pass CLOSED September 9th TO 14th
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT
US 97 Blewett Pass will be closed in both directions to ALL traffic from 9 PM Sunday, September 9th to 9 AM on Friday, September 14th to replace 3 culverts under the highway between MP 157.6 and MP 169.0.
Two box culverts will be installed about 1.5 miles and 4.5 miles north of the summit. As part of a separate contract, a third box culvert will be installed near the Swauk Creek campground.
The culvert replacements will all be done at the same time to minimize impacts to traffic and recreation. In addition to the full closure, the two projects may require intermittent weekday single lane closures throughout the month of September.
The current Mill culvert on Swauk Creek is a barrier to salmon and resident trout due to its size and orientation. The culverts on the north side of Blewett Pass need to be replaced because they are undersized and have a history of plugging with debris during storms, leading to washouts along the highway.
• Southern limit: MP 157.60, Between Mineral Springs and USFS #9714 – Iron Creek Rd
o 8 miles north of US 97/SR 970 junction (Lauderdale Junction), 5 miles north of Liberty.
• Northern limit: MP 169.00, Just below Five Mile Creek Rd.
o 5 miles north of Blewett Pass Summit, 9 miles south of Ingalls Creek Rd, 16 miles south of US 97/US 2 interchange (“Big Y”).
• Forest Service roads that have outlets within the work area will be barricaded at:
o USFS 7320 – Old Blewett Rd at Swauk Meadow (MP 159.23)
o USFS 9711 – Hurley Creek Rd at Swauk Meadow (MP 159.27)
o USFS 7324 – Wenatchee Crest Trail at Summit trailhead (MP 163.92)
o USFS 9716 – Swauk Discovery Trail at Summit trailhead (MP 163.89)
For more information & updates go to https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/us97/blewett-pass/home
9 year old girl bicycle/car fatality in Leavenworth
- Written by Undersheriff Jason Mathews, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett is saddened to report on July 25, 2018 at approximately 6:30pm the Chelan County Sheriff’s responded to a vehicle versus bicyclist collision on Icicle Road near the intersection with Prowell Street in Leavenworth.
The bicyclist was a 9 year old female who was struck by a passing vehicle.
A Chelan County Deputy, who was responding to a different non-emergent call for service, witnessed the collision and immediately requested medical aid and additional Deputies. The Deputy then began life saving measures until relieved by responding medical aid units. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful.
An investigation was conducted last night and will continue today with the assistance of the Washington State Patrol. This is clearly a tragic event with multiple families affected. The driver of the vehicle did not show any signs of impairment.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioner Workshop 7-25-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Workshop agenda:
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.
Long Range Planning Discussion:
- 2019 Staffing Model options.
Governor fills open seat on State Transportation Commission
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed James (Jim) A. Restucci, Sunnyside, to fill an open seat on the seven-member Washington State Transportation Commission. The appointment is for a six-year term ending June 30, 2024.
Restucci is vice president, chief technology officer, and co-founder of Axcess Internet Services, Inc., a company providing internet services and managed information technology solutions since 2002.
“I am honored by the governor’s trust,” said Restucci. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the commission, WSTC staff, members of the state legislature, and city and county local appointed and elected officials, as well as citizens at large to provide a transportation plan that addresses the needs of all Washingtonians now and into the future.”
A member of the Sunnyside City Council since 2004, Restucci served as mayor of Sunnyside from 2010 to 2018, and was president of the Association of Washington Cities from 2016 to 2017.
While active in many community groups and organizations in the Yakima Valley, Restucci is focused on improving transportation in his community. Since 2010, he has served as chairman of the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, which serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for Yakima County. He has also served as a board member and president of “People for People,” a nonprofit organization that includes employment and training services, special needs transportation, and transportation for Medicaid services, in communities across eastern Washington. From 2012 to 2018, Restucci served on the National Association of Regional Councils Board of Directors, representing the regional and transportation interests of Councils of Government in Washington and Oregon on the national stage.
Restucci served in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1995, and in the Washington Army National Guard from 1995 to 2004. He is a recipient of the Washington State Guardsman's Medal. He also is a lifetime member of the Sunnyside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3482 and served as Senior Vice-Commander, Post Judge Advocate and Post surgeon. Restucci is a member of the AMVETS Post #73 and the American Legion Post #3733.
Restucci is married to DeLeesa Restucci and has two sons, Dylan and Alex.
The transportation commission is a seven-member body appointed by the governor and charged with setting toll rates, ferry fares, authoring the state’s 20-year transportation plan, and advising the governor and legislature on transportation policy and fiscal matters. For more information about the commission, visit: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/
US 2 closure and detour planned July 25 for culvert replacement in Tumwater Canyon
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
LEAVENWORTH - US Highway 2 from Leavenworth west to the SR 207 junction at Coles Corner will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, July 25 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for culvert repair.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is removing and replacing a culvert under the roadway, which will also require the removal of pavement and excavation across both lanes. This work is to prevent future shoulder washouts during high runoff, which occurs more often after a mudslide changed the drainage patterns on the hillside in Tumwater Canyon.
The closure will detour traffic to Chumstick Highway between SR 207 and Leavenworth. Vehicles over 10,000 GVW or longer than 32 feet will not be allowed on the detour and will need to use US 97 over Blewett Pass or I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Local deliveries will be allowed west of Plain.
One drug arrest leads to another
On 07-08-18 at approximately 9:42 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 1700 block of Foster Creek Avenue in Bridgeport. The Deputy observed a vehicle parked with an unknown subject leaning into the rear driver’s side window.
Based on his observations and recent drug activity in the area, the Deputy parked his patrol vehicle around the corner and walked up to the vehicle. When the Deputy contacted the vehicle, he could see drug paraphernalia on the front center console.
The initial investigation led to the arrest of 22-year-old Martin Saucedo Espinoza of Mesa, WA for possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia. Martin was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on those charges without incident.
A continuation of the investigation resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old Christopher Rodriguez of Bridgeport, for possession of a controlled substance, on 7-17-18. Christopher was booked into the Okanogan County Jail without incident.
New Ohme Gardens Director appointed
Nena Howell, a long-time community leader in Central Washington, officially took over the reins as Executive Director of Ohme Gardens on July 2, following in the steps of retiring director Mike Short.
The selection follows a regional search for a replacement for Short. Short has run Ohme Gardens on the hillsides north of Wenatchee, for 24 years, during which time he expertly attended to the stewardship and preservation of the unique gardens founded in 1929 by the Ohme family.
In announcing Howell’s hiring, Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay, District 1, said, “We’re excited to have Nena on board to lead the District’s outreach efforts to gather insight from our community members so we can start the process of creating a long-range comprehensive plan for capital projects, community programs, and fundraising efforts.”
“It’s time to revisit how we can better serve our community, connect with visitors to our region and coordinate all our efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of these iconic gardens for generations to come,” said Nena Howell.
Howell is a proven leader with extensive experience in the areas of general management, project planning, customer service, marketing and fundraising. Most recently Howell led the renovation of the 100-seat Canyon Wren Recital Hall and eight artist residences for Leavenworth non-profit, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, as well as planning and coordinating the organization’s major annual fundraising event. Howell is a graduate of Washington State University’s Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners program and has had a life-long love affair with gardening.
Ohme Gardens nine-acre wooded garden towers above Wenatchee, Wash., just minutes off Highway 2. Visitors escape the summer heat in this oasis of cool created by towering firs and lush plantings, relaxing and meandering along the mile-long native stone path winding past waterfalls and serenity pools. Ohme Gardens is also a popular wedding and private event location, as well as host to the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the GardensTM series. Fitness fans have long considered the Gardens a top workout spot thanks to its vertical, undulating terrain and walking paths.
Built in 1929 and operated privately by the Ohme family for over 60 years, Ohme Gardens is currently under the stewardship of Chelan County. Centered in the State of Washington, Ohme Gardens is located near other popular tourist destinations in Leavenworth (19 miles) and Lake Chelan (30 miles). Admission is free for children aged 5 years and younger. The Gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information please visit www.ohmegardens.com.
Chelan Valley Hope fundraiser August 25th at the Alpenhorn
- Written by Norm Manley
Please support a favorite non-profit in our community -- Chelan Valley Hope.
Norm Manley will be MC at the Woodstock Anniversary #49, held at the Alpenhorn Café on August 25.
- This is their major fundraiser that will assist with operating funds for CVH.
- Entertainment provided by Waterdog, Brittany Jean and other local Musicians
- There will be a costume contest with prizes.
- There will be several raffles and a Silent Auction
You can support by being a 2018 sponsor. For $150 your logo will be featured, you will be recognized in media efforts and you will get two tickets to the show. For $250 you get the same plus two complimentary glasses of beer or wine. For $500 more of the same plus two commemorative Woodstock T-shirts.
You can also support Chelan Valley Hope with an In-Kind donation. For wineries your wine will be sold by the glass the night of the event. Other donations will be auctioned off on August 25. CVH is a 501-C3 non-profit, which means your gifts are tax deductible.
Thank you for your consideration.
Road work zone safety saves lives
Work zone safety affects every one of us and we continue to see crashes and near misses that put our workers and everyone else on the roadway in danger. Just a few weeks ago, a semi failed to notice flashing signs about a work zone in Eastern Washington and crashed into the back of one of our vehicles leaving the safety equipment a mangled mess – luckily no workers were seriously injured. Late last week we had two work zone incidents on the same project on the same day in Southwest Washington. These are just a couple of many examples I could share.
WSDOT has been sharing work zone safety messages for many years, This year we’ve partnered with the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association and the Association of General Contractors to reach a broader audience. As part of that effort, we’ve created a video to show just how quickly a moment’s inattention or distraction can have disastrous results. The video, featuring several of our own maintenance workers, is a scenario our workers and contractors see on a regular basis: https://youtu.be/H8SXTngGpZY. We’ve also shared the video on our social media channels – Twitter and Facebook.
We’ve coordinated the release of the video with one of our largest construction related closures of the summer – “Revive I-5” – last week so that drivers understand how important work zones are for the safety of our workers and how impactful their driving decisions can be to themselves and all of our employees.
We’re asking all drivers to follow these four guidelines when they’re near a work zone:
- Slow Down – drive the posted speeds, they’re there for your safety
- Be Kind – the workers are helping to improve the roadway for all drivers
- Pay Attention – to workers directing you and surrounding traffic; do not use phones or other devices while driving
- Stay Calm – expect delays, leave early and take alternate routes if possible; no meeting or appointment is work risking lives
Mother arrested for manslaughter in son's death
On 07/11/18, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested 35-year-old Elaine A. Hurd, of Wenatchee for Manslaughter in the 2nd degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the 4th degree following an extensive investigation into Hurd’s two-year-old son’s death.
The investigation revealed Hurd failed to obtain necessary medical treatment for her son for a broken arm and blunt force trauma to his head, which resulted in the boy’s death.
Hurd was booked into Chelan County Regional Jail without incident.
Climber injury on Mount Stewart requires helicopter rescue
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a climber was injured today while ascending the southwest face of Mount Stuart approximately 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth. Michael Getlin (34 yoa) of Lake Oswego, Oregon was injured when a loose rock fell on his foot, resulting in a severely fractured foot.
At approximately 08:40am, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a 911 call from Getlin’s wife, she advised that they were attempting to climb Mount Stuart via the “Alpine Ridge Route” when a large rock came loose and landed on her husband’s foot. She advised that his foot was severely fractured and he was unable to walk. Due to the severity of the injury and the location on the mountain a hoist capable helicopter was requested through Washington State Emergency Management.
A rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded to the scene and at 11:52am the crew successfully hoisted both subjects off the mountain. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Fast moving brushfire on Hwy 28
There is a fast moving brush fire on Highway 28 near milepost 21.
Level 3 evacuations have been issued for Mansfield Road and Level 2 evacuations have been issued for all of Cresent Bar.
AlertSense notifications have been activated. Please avoid the area due to fire danger, evacuations, and emergency vehicles.
Information on Red Cross shelter for effected residents will be available soon.
Destination San Francisco Bay Area receives $750,000 grant
- Written by Trent Moyers, Airport Director
EAST WENATCHEE, WA, July 10, 2018 – Pangborn Memorial Airport is proud to announce it has been awarded a federal Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) Grant of $750,000 to support its effort to land nonstop service to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Department of Transportation awarded the grant to match the incredible community support for the new service. So far, more than 90 pledgers have committed more than $400,000 in matching funds. That local funding was a key reason the Department of Transportation joined the effort with its award.
“The broad based regional support for this new service was critical to securing this grant and bodes well for successful service to San Francisco, enhancing the economy and quality of life in central Washington,” stated Rory Turner, President of the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board and the Port of Chelan County Commission.
“This Grant award validates our effort, and strategy, in the recruitment of additional airline service for all of Central Washington,” said Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport. “Now the hard work begins, as we make the business case to prospective airlines, working to convince them Wenatchee is the best place for their limited aircraft.”
Pangborn received strong support from Federal elected officials including Senators Cantwell and Murray and Congressmen Reichert and Newhouse.
The Air Service Investment Program supported by this grant award is designed to share the financial risk of launching new service with the airline. The funding also demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service.
An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. That risk is mitigated by the grant and the contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals in four counties in north central Washington, as well as from several companies in California.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 7-12-18
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, July 12, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. June 14, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Comprehensive Plan follow-up
b. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
c. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: August 9, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831
Unidentified body found in Wenatchee River
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, CCSO
Image - Google maps
On July 6th 2018 at approximately 1219 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a body was recovered in the Wenatchee River, near the 4700 block of Old Monitor Road, in Monitor, WA. The body was first observed tangled in some brush by a rafter as they passed through the area. The rafter reported the sighting through Rivercom but had left the area prior to the arrival of emergency responders.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived in the area and located the deceased body in the river 15-20 feet from shore snagged on submerged logs. The body was recovered and turned over to the Chelan County Coroner. Further investigation is required for identification purposes and the potential cause of death.
Headphone wearing man hit by train in Cashmere
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, CCSO
On July 5th 2018 at approximately 1800 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an accident involving a train versus pedestrian on the railroad tracks in the area of Goodwin Road and Ruby Street in Cashmere, WA. The reporting party, Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad (BNSF), told Rivercom the accident occurred near train track milepost 1662.5.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office arrived in the area along with multiple Chelan County Fire Department units and Ballard Ambulance. The victim was located underneath a train car approximately 250 feet west of the front engine. Ballard Ambulance Paramedics confirmed the victim was deceased.
The train had been eastbound at approximately 25 miles per hour when they observed a male approximately 200-300 feet in front of the train. The male was walking away from them in the middle of the tracks. The investigation indicates the male was wearing headphones and walking eastbound, the same direction the train was travelling. The train operators activated the horn multiple times but the male did not respond.
The deceased has been identified as 32 year old Mario Villalobos Subias, a resident of Mexico. Family has been notified.
Tragic multiple pedestrian accident in Chelan
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, CCSO
Image - Google maps
On July 5th at around 1825 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of West Woodin Avenue and East Center Street in the city limits of Chelan. The Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chelan Fire, and Chelan EMS responded.
Upon arrival there were 3 pedestrians injured and the causing driver was trapped upside down in her vehicle. Lake Chelan EMS transported the 3 pedestrians and the driver to Lake Chelan Hospital. The most serious injury was a head injury to an adult female who was ultimately airlifted to Harborview Hospital.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver of a white SUV turned into the driveway at 2208 West Woodin Avenue and drove at a high rate of speed through the patio area of the business and struck 3 pedestrians who were in the patio area. The vehicle continued to accelerate driving over the embankment, across the top of an unoccupied parked vehicle, flipping and coming to rest upside down against a parked vehicle. Two of the three vehicles were totaled to include the causing vehicle.
Early indications are a medical condition may have been a contributing factor, the investigation is ongoing.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioner Workshop 7-18-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 9:00 A.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Long Range Planning Discussion:
- · Standards of coverage – expectations of response times and type of work performed to all calls.
- · Emergency Response Services
- · 2019 Staffing Model options.
- · Programing
- · Capital purchases
- o Facilities
- o Apparatus replacement
- o Equipment replacement
- · Consider future Fire Levy Lid Lift
Chelan Fire and Rescue Regular Meeting 7-11-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
- · Revenue and Expenditure Report: April 2018
- · Payroll: $176,666.00 for June 1-30, 2018 Paid: 07-05-2018
- · Vouchers for June General Account: Vouchers #18100 – 18117 for $13,417.46; Vouchers #18118 – 18141 for $13,347.64; Vouchers #18142 – 18152 for $13,076.89; Vouchers #18153 – 18165 for $8,085.96.
- · Vouchers for June Capital Account: Vouchers #17056 for $318.60; Vouchers #17057 for $337.75; Vouchers #17058 – 17059 for $2,846.08.
- · Minutes: June 13 & 20, 2018
Fire Chief Report:
- · 2018 Budget / Emergency Response Report / Facilities/Apparatus/Equipment
- · Deputy Chief Operations Report: Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education / Career Staff
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Firefighters Association Report:
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- · United States Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME case.
- · Washington Fire Commissioners Conference 10-24, 26, 27-2018, Yakima Convention Center
Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Contract, and wage benefit negotiations.
Methow Valley State Airport reopens July 3
Phase 1 and 2 of rehabilitation project completed on time
WINTHROP – Methow Valley State Airport has a brand new runway after a 45-day temporary closure to rehabilitate the 22-year-old pavement. On May 14, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation began the four Phased $5 million project to replace the pavement and maintain this crucial infrastructure.
Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop is the largest of 16 WSDOT-managed airports, serving aircraft weighing up to 30,000 pounds.
Phase 1 and Phase 2 were completed on time (within the first 45 days).The runway opens in time to avoid interfering with the expected fire season operations of the United States Forest Service (USFS), conducted by North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB).
Although the runway is scheduled to be open for public use by 8 p.m. on July 3, the west side taxiway connector and transient parking ramp will remain closed into August in order to complete Phase 3 for additional sub-grade and pavement overlay upgrades. Phase 3 is scheduled to be complete in August.
Limited space is being made available for transient (visiting) aircraft with prior permission in the Rams Head hangar development on the east side of the airport. Pilots are advised to check NOTAM’s and contact the airport manager for prior permission to access limited parking.
Wenatchee general contractor, Selland Construction, worked on Phases 1-2 and continues to complete Phase 3 of the project. Phase 4 to expand the west general aviation aircraft parking apron to the south was rebid in June. Timing of construction is unknown at this time.
Construction costs are split between the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and WSDOT Aviation. The FAA is supporting 90 percent and WSDOT Aviation is supporting 10 percent of the total cost.
"Operation Hopscotch" nets mass arrests
- Written by Sheriff Brian Burnett, CCSO
A multi-agency coordination event occurred between Federal, State, County and City organizations in Grant County, Douglas County and Chelan County over the course of nine days in June. During this event, and through coordinated efforts, law enforcement officers arrested 62 Violent Offenders and others with warrants for their arrest.
Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced today that the United States Marshals Service coordinated a federal, state and local law enforcement operation, called “Operation Hopscotch,” that resulted in the arrests of sixty-two violent offenders in Grant, Chelan and Douglas Counties over the course of ten days. The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Lake Police Department, Wenatchee Police Department and East Wenatchee Police Department partnered in Operation Hopscotch to locate and arrest sex offenders and other violent offenders with outstanding active arrest warrants. Operation Hopscotch also led to the apprehension of fugitives based on arrest warrants issued from California and Idaho, as well as the arrests of offenders located in Arizona and Texas. During the operation, law enforcement officers seized approximately 180 grams of methamphetamine and $2,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency.
Craig Thayer, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “The United States Marshals Service is very appreciative of the partnerships we have with the city, county, state, and other federal law enforcement agencies that worked diligently to make this warrant operation a tremendous success. “Sixty -Two” violent offenders with active warrants were arrested and taken to jail. Our communities are safer as a result of these cooperative efforts that help to hold these violent offenders accountable to the justice system.”
Harrington stated, “On behalf of the citizens of the Eastern District of Washington: Well Done!”
The U.S. Marshals Service led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (“PNVOTF”) is comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. The PNVOTF in Eastern Washington is comprised of full-time members from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Kennewick Police Department, Washington State Department of Corrections, and U.S. Border Patrol with part-time officers from agencies throughout the district. The mission of the PNVOTF is to locate, arrest and bring to justice the most egregious federal, state, and local violent offenders.
New interim sheriff for Douglas County
The Douglas County Commissioners have appointed Undersheriff Kevin Morris as acting Sheriff following Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal’s early retirement.
After over 11 years of outstanding service, Sheriff Gjesdal has chosen not to complete the remainder of his third term in office. Effective 12:01 pm on July 1, 2018, Undersheriff Morris will serve as acting Sheriff pending the appointment of a Sheriff by the Commissioners.
As required by state law, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee nominates candidates for appointment to the Commissioners. The Republican Central Committee held interviews with interested persons on June 23, 2018.
The Douglas County Commissioners are expected to make a selection to fill the remainder Sheriff Gjesdal’s unexpired term by resolution on Monday, July 9th at 9:00am after they receive nominations from the Republican Central Committee.
Man stabbed while intervening in fight
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/23/18 at approximately 11:07 PM Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to Lake Chelan Hospital to investigate a stabbing.
The victim, a 20 year old Orondo man was being treated for a stab wound to his pelvis.
The investigation revealed that at approximately 8:00 PM that evening, the victim was at a worker’s cabin in the 30 block of Nollmmeyer Rd. near Orondo. He observed the suspect, 31 year old Ismael Gonzalez-Diaz of Orondo, fighting with several other males. When the victim tried to intervene, Gonzalez-Diaz stabbed him in the pelvis, then left the scene. A witness confirmed the victim’s account of the assault.
The suspect was located in an orchard approximately 1/2 mile from the scene of the attack. It appeared he was very intoxicated. The knife used in the attack and a fraudulent social security card was found in the vehicle.
Gonzalez-Diaz was arrested without incident and booked into the Chelan County jail for assault 1st degree.
Manson School District hires High School Principal
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School Board has approved the hiring of Mr. Shawn Thurman to fill the position of Manson High School Principal. Don Vanderholm served as Manson High School Principal for eleven years prior to accepting the Lind/Ritzville Superintendent position for the 2018-19 school year.
Mr. Thurman comes to Manson from the Yakima School District with 20 years of experience. He began his educational career as a para-educator for two years at Sunnyside School District where he then became a teacher and taught for six years. He received his administrative certification in 2012 and has worked as a curriculum and assessment coordinator, special programs director and assistant middle school principal. He currently serves as Yakima School District’s Title One Chief Officer.
Shawn, his wife Kristy, son Scott and daughter Jessica are excited to join Manson School District and the Manson Community.
Manson School District Surplus Sale July 31, 2018
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District will be hosting a surplus sale from 9:00 to 2:00 on Friday, July 31, 2018 at 1210 Totem Pole Road, Manson, WA.
Items for sale include: cabinetry, textbooks, technology equipment, lockers, commercial oven and other miscellaneous items.
Manson School District taking bids on buses
- Written by Janice Stewart
MANSON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Call for Bids
The Manson School District hereby calls for bids on two Blue Bird school buses: a 1985 diesel Type D, 72 passenger and a 1999 diesel conventional 19 passenger/wheelchair.
Specifications and Vender Bid Proposal forms are available from the Manson School District Office at 135 S. Hill St, Manson, WA (509) 687-3140 or at www.manson.org.
Mount Stewart climbing fatality
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
The name of the climber who died after a fall near the top of Mount Stuart Sunday morning is Varun Sadavarte 32-years of age from Seattle, WA. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has had contact with Sadavarte’s family.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a climber fell several hundred feet while descending Mount Stuart just before noon Sunday. The 32-year old male Seattle resident was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.
A 911 cellular call to the KITTCOM dispatch center was received from the subject’s climbing partner at 11:47am reporting the fall. That call was relayed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The incident location was determined to be on the southeast aspect of Mount Stuart just below the false summit – east of the true summit.
Due to the high elevation (8,900 ft), search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter via State Emergency Management. Naval Airbase Whidbey Island accepted the mission and a Navy Blackhawk helicopter crew responded. The aircraft was over the scene by 2:40pm, and it was confirmed that the climber was deceased. The body was hoisted from the scene and transported to SAR staging at the fish hatchery in Leavenworth. The Navy crew returned to the mountain to hoist out the climbing partner of the victim who stated he was not comfortable descending the mountain after witnessing the accident.
The climbing partner informed SAR coordinators that his friend had successfully summitted Mount Stuart earlier in the morning and descended to the false summit before noon. Just as they began to descend toward the Cascadian Couloir, the victim lost his footing and slid several hundred feet down a steep slope landing in rocks. Other climbers in the area eventually scrambled down to the area of the fallen climber advising he was unresponsive.
The name of the deceased climber is being withheld at this time pending notification to next of kin out of state.
Paranoid driver gets himself caught
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/21/18 at 8:29 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol E/B on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 4 when he observed an approaching vehicle failing to dim his headlights. He turned around to stop the vehicle, but another W/B vehicle had gotten in between the violator and the deputy’s patrol car.
Rather than pull over for the patrol car, which now had its lights and siren activated, the second vehicle, a green 1996 Nissan Pathfinder, sped up. It turned onto S. Mary Ave. Deputy made the decision to stop the Pathfinder for the more serious violation of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
The Pathfinder continued to accelerate running through stop signs and reaching speeds up to 80 MPH. The driver finally pulled over on Parkway Drive in Rock Island. He shut off the car and placed his hands out the window.
He was identified as 33 year old Joshua J. Clark of Cashmere. He was found to have a DOC warrant for Escape from Community Custody and felony warrants out of Chelan County for Possessing Methamphetamine and Heroine with Intent to Deliver and Escape 1st degree.
He was arrested and booked at the Chelan County Jail without further incident. He was also booked for the additional Douglas County charges of Felony Eluding and driving with a suspended license.
The deputies did a very good job managing this incident and capturing the suspect without injury.
Lake Chelan Pirate Fest - 4th of July Pirate Fun Run
- Written by Buck N. Ear
Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year
Chelan, WA - The Pirates are coming to Lake Chelan again. This 4th of July kicks off the 2018 Lake Chelan Pirate Fest, an annual family friendly community event started in 2012, the 200 year Anniversary of the arrival of Captain Chelan and the Lake Chelan Pirates.
“Two hundred years ago, a Scotsmen, born in Fort Augustus, took a treasure chest from the Fort where his father was a soldier, and it was assumed that the chest was filled with gold and other riches, and set out to sea on a long journey. However its true contents were discovered by the Captain and crew during a mysterious and violent storm off the coast of Washington in 1812. Somehow the ship was transported to what is now known as Lake Chelan. (Excerpts from “Lake Chelan Pirates”)
That was the beginning of the legend. Two hundred years later, just as legend had it, the Pirates and Captain Chelan returned to Lake Chelan. Now the Lake Chelan Pirates return every year.”
This year there are Pirate activities throughout the summer. The second Annual 4th of July Pirate Fun Run starts the fun. On the morning of 4th of July, Runners starting at the Chelan Senior Center at 534 E Trow Ave., Chelan, will have the choice of two courses: either 2 or 4 Kilometers. Runners will receive Pirate T-shirts and upon completion will get Pirate Treasure, a Pirate Medal. Water and snacks will be available to Runners. Prizes for Best Dressed Pirate Runners.
The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest - Pirate Fun Run is sponsored by Swire Coca-Cola, Safeway of Chelan, Deepwater Amphitheater, Mill Bay Casino, Confluence Health, Lake Chelan Online Network, LakeChelanMap.com, Lake Chelan Pie Company, Subway of Chelan, Liberty Orchards, Treetop and Crunch Pak.
This Pirate Fest is produced by the Lake Chelan Tourist Center, a Washington State non-profit. Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year. The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest is a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event, The 1st Seafair Community Event outside of the Puget Sound Area in its 69 year history. Additional pirate activities throughout the summer are listed at www.LakeChelanPirateFest.com.
Admission: Adults: $35, Kids: (18 & Under) $25 (Includes T-shirts & Medals / while supplies last)
New Law and Justice Center underway for Douglas County
Current Justice Building - Google Maps
Douglas County is moving forward with the construction of a new Law and Justice Facility to house the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, District Court, Juvenile Probation, IT infrastructure, and future Coroner. This 17,898 square foot facility will be located north of the evidence storage building, directly adjacent to the Public Services Building on 19th Street in East Wenatchee. Construction is estimated to be completed by late spring of 2019. Establishing a campus environment for County services will be convenient for citizens while establishing a more coordinated effort between departments. To ensure public interfacing services are reliable and to enhance stability, Douglas County Information Services infrastructure will be housed in the new Law and Justice Facility.
Extensive repairs are necessary in the current facility on 2nd Street, such as replacement of the roof, HVAC system, and carpeting, as well as employee safety upgrades. Anticipated cost for repairs, upgrades, and remodel exceed one million dollars.
Douglas County will be able to finance the Law and Justice Facility project through existing revenue streams. Douglas County’s conservative budget management practices and use of cash reserves will pay for half of the estimated 8 million dollar project. Current Expense Funds have been earmarked for the Law and Justice Facility and will not affect funding for other projects. Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) revenue, along with money previously spent to rent evidence storage space, will also be used. The County will bond for the remaining balance. The current building on 2nd Street will be sold following completion of the Law and Justice Facility. The proceeds will then be used to buy down the bonds for an early call to save on interest cost.
The new Law and Justice Facility will serve to create a collaborative, cooperative, and effective campus for both the public and employees of Douglas County. In relocating and by taking steps towards streamlining, modernizing, and enhancing operations, Douglas County will ensure it is able to provide citizens with the highest quality service for the next 50 years.
Driver and victim identified in hit and run in Manson
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
June 18th, 2018 4:40 PM
The suspect on the fatal collision on June 17th, 2018 in Manson has been identified as Giovanni Reyes of Manson. Mr. Reyes had initially returned to the scene prior to law enforcement arrival to check on the victim, identified as Andrew Murphy of Seattle. Mr. Reyes told Deputies on scene he had been driving through the area when he found Mr. Murphy on the roadway so he stopped to help. Mr. Reyes’ vehicle did not have visible damage on the front end. It had sustained damage underneath during the collision. Parts were located on the roadway from the undercarriage of the suspect vehicle. Mr. Reyes did not tell responders he was the driver who struck the Mr. Murphy and was allowed to leave the scene after speaking with Deputies.
Detectives were able to locate him and his vehicle Sunday afternoon due to the parts at the collision scene. The parts had identifying numbers that led to the vehicle model and approximate model year. RiverCom assisted in tracking down local owners of similar vehicles and Deputies and Detectives started contacting them. They were able to locate Mr. Reyes and the vehicle which had damage underneath consistent with the collision. Mr. Reyes was interviewed and placed under arrest for Hit and Run Resulting in Death.
Hit and run fatality on Manson Boulevard
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Update June, 17th, 2018 7:08 PM.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports during the afternoon of June 17th, 2018, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to locate the vehicle and driver from the fatal collision earlier this morning in Manson, WA.
Detectives interviewed the driver, a 21 year old Manson man. He was later booked into CCRJC for Hit and Run Resulting in Death. Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still investigating this incident.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 17th, 2018 at approximately 0249 hours an injured male subject was reported laying in the roadway in the 500 block of Manson Blvd. Aid crews arrived and it was determined the male was deceased at approximately 0300 hours.
Deputies who arrived on scene located vehicle debris on the roadway in the vicinity and it appeared the male had been struck by a vehicle. There were no witness to the collision and the vehicle was no longer on scene.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 2004 to 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown color. The vehicle most likely has significant damage on the front left.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol Detectives are continuing the investigation of this incident. If you have information on the vehicle, please contact RiverCom at 509-663-9911.
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