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USTA PNW/RecTennis is excited to be offering programming in Manson in partnership with Harmony Meadows. Friends and Family evening classes are great for the whole family or groups of friends.

To register for any program, folks can visit https://rectennis.com/locate-a-program/. Enter our 98831 zip code and the Harmony Meadows programs will appear.

Harmony Meadows Tennis & Events Center

4848 Green Ave.
Manson, WA 98831

(509) 687-3066

Friends and Family: The perfect unique activity for your next date night, family game night, or happy hour with your friends. RecTennis provides the necessary tennis equipment and offers groups a chance to learn and play tennis in a fun, engaging atmosphere. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 6+ and adults! Cost is $25 for up to four people for 1.5 hours.

Summer Camps: Summer camps are a great way for kids to smash summer boredom and stay active. RecTennis summer camps teach basic tennis skills and also help kids develop life lessons and skills they can use off the court. Select camps include other activities such as frisbee, other sports and arts + crafts. Summer camps are offered in Manson from June 18 to August 24. Ages 5-14 can participate. Cost is $39 dollars per week for 1.5 hour camps and $99 dollars per week for 4 hour camps.

About RecTennis: As part of USTA PNW, RecTennis has made tennis and life skills programs accessible for communities across the Pacific Northwest regardless of age, skill level, and socio-economic background. Our 300 community partnerships, spanning public parks, parks and rec departments, and other community outlets, provide the space. RecTennis provides the rest: USTA-approved tennis activities, educational curricula that meets state and federal standards, and free equipment.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at approximately 0559 hours an injury accident was reported on Malaga Alcoa Highway at approximately milepost 8.

A full-size pickup was travelling northbound towards Wenatchee carrying six 18–20 year old passengers. Four of the occupants were in the cab of the pickup and two were in the bed. The vehicle left the roadway, drove down an embankment, and struck two orchard trees. The occupants in the bed of the pickup were thrown from the vehicle and sustained injuries.

A 19 year old East Wenatchee female was transported by ambulance to the CWH emergency room with a possible arm injury. An 18 year old East Wenatchee male was transported to CWH with serious injuries. His current medical status is unknown. The other vehicle occupants were not transported and did not sustain anything more than minor injuries.

A Deputy who responded to the scene contacted the driver. The driver showed no signs of drug or alcohol impairment. It is believed this group was returning to the valley from a senior camp out in the Colockum area.

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Update May 11th, 2018 12:03 PM. Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on May 11th, 2018 Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris has informed the Sheriff’s Office Anthony Wilson has passed away. Mr. Wilson was the rider of the motorcycle from the June 7th collision in the Colockum Road area. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office extends our sincere condolences to Mr. Wilson’s family. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.


Original Story

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at approximately 0619 hours an injury accident was reported on Colockum Road at approximately milepost 18. It was reported an 18 year old Wenatchee male crashed a motorcycle off the roadway and had a serious head injury. Shortly after the initial report, they advised CPR was in progress. This area is in Kittitas County however access is much quicker from Chelan County. Emergency services responded from Chelan County.

 

When a Chelan County Deputy advised he arrived on scene, he reported CPR was still in progress. Eventually the patient began breathing on his own and CPR was no longer needed. Chelan County Fire crews arrived shortly after the Deputy. Due to the severity of the injuries and remote location, Lifeflight was requested. The patient was transported to the emergency room at CWH by helicopter. As of Thursday afternoon, he is in the ICU at CWH.

It is unknown if the motorcycle rider was with a group that camped out overnight in the area or if he arrived sometime in the morning.

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wsdot logoGray Notebook also tracks social media reach, environmental efforts

OLYMPIA – A retirement tsunami is on its way, and when the “gray wave” hits the Washington State Department of Transportation in the next few years it stands to take away hundreds of current employees.

Up to 42 percent of the agency’s workforce may retire by the year 2022, based on the number of employees who will be eligible for partial or full benefits by that year. Of these, 20 percent will be eligible for full retirement by 2022 and are considered probable to retire. Both outlooks highlight the need for increased outreach to potential employees to ensure the agency is staffed to meet the needs of the traveling public, according analyses in WSDOT’s latest quarterly performance report, the Gray Notebook.

The publication, which summarizes the quarter that ended March 31, also includes annual articles on active transportation, travel information and wetlands-protection efforts. Highlights include:

  • People walking or bicycling accounted for 22 percent of all statewide traffic fatalities in 2017.
  • The number of @wsdot_traffic Twitter followers increased 37.5 percent from about 330,000 to more than 452,000 between in April 2017 and March 2018.
  • WSDOT added six new wetlands- and stream-mitigation sites on 33 acres in 2017 to help off-set construction work that affected the environment.

To learn more about WSDOT’s performance or to review “Gray Notebook 69” or its condensed “Lite” version, visit WSDOT’s Accountability website.

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Matt Brown, Manson High School’s music teacher has been selected as the Regional Teacher of the Year. Nine ESD’S regions across the state each select one teacher to be considered for the State Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Brown will compete against the other eight nominees with the winner announced in September of 2018.

Todd Smith, Manson Middle School Principal, wrote in his nominating letter: “Matt Brown is a consummate professional and whether he is honored with this award or not, he will continue to provide outstanding instruction and, indeed, a visionary presence for students who will become better human beings for having learned the art of musicianship.” We could not agree more.

Congratulations and best of luck to Mr. Brown!

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Manson School District Says Goodbye to Middle and High School Principals Don Vanderholm and Todd Smith and Welcomes Dr. Heather Ireland as the New Middle School Principal.

Manson Middle and High School Principals, are both moving on to new endeavors…

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High School Principal, Don Vanderholm has accepted an offer to serve as Lind-Ritzville School District’s new Superintendent. Don has worked for the Manson School District for the past 11 years as the high school principal and recently completed his superintendent certification.  

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Todd Smith, Middle School and Options Principal who came to the district in 2013, will be moving to California. Todd will continue working in the education field while his family pursues higher education and entertainment career opportunities.

IRELAND HEATHER

Dr. Heather Ireland who has been with the District for 10 years, most recently serving as Director of Learning/Special Education Director, will become the new Principal of Manson Middle School.

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Manson Trojans track team sends 11 athletes to compete in the state track meet to be held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington this week.

Those that made the cut are: Cole Beazley, Eduardo Escalera, Joe Strecker, Connor and Grant Torgesen, Mario Sanchez, Fernando Flores, Bailey Cameron, Joe Morales, Kendall Petre and Cody Amsden (Alternate)

Good luck at state – GO TROJANS!!!!

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at approximately 3:45 AM a stabbing was reported in the 100 block of Boodry Street in Wenatchee. The victim, a 61 year old male resident said he was stabbed in the stomach and the suspect fled.

As Deputies responded to the area, they were flagged down in the 70 block by a male claiming to be a stabbing victim. The 21 year old male, later identified as Alexander Alhammadi said he was on his porch when a man wearing dark clothing approached and stabbed him with a knife. He had a knife wound to his hand. Mr. Alhammadi was transported to the emergency room at CWH.

Deputies also contacted the 61 year old male in the 100 block of Boodry Street. He said he confronted a male wearing a mask and dark clothing on his front porch. During the confrontation, the suspect pulled out a sword and stabbed him in the abdomen and fled leaving the sword behind. The victim was transported to the emergency room at CWH. The severity of his injuries is unknown.

Through investigation by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, it was determined Mr. Alhammadi was the suspect with the sword. It is unknown how he sustained the injury to his hand. After being released medically, he was booked into CCRJC for Assault 1st Degree. CCSO detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and investigate both scenes.

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city of chelan logoThe City of Chelan needs your help! 

We are preparing a Master Plan for Lakeside Park to help guide future improvements to the park and we need your input. 

As part of this Master plan we’re applying for State recreation funding for a Phase 1 Improvement that will improve parking facilities, restroom facilities and water access at Lakeside. 

With the community’s input, the City will be able to better demonstrate a need for improved facilities which increases the likelihood of being awarded a grant to implement Phase 1 of the project.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, June 01, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Executive Session: Acquisition of real estate
IV. Adjournment

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douglascountysheriff148On 05/28/18 at 4:15 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a hiker who had injured her ankle while hiking along Douglas Creek. 

Douglas Creek runs through a deep canyon which stretches from the Waterville Plateau to the Palisades. 

The Hiker, a 59 year old Seattle woman, had slipped on rocks and sprained or broke her ankle.  She was unable to put any weight on it to hike back up the rugged 80 foot deep ravine. 

Members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County Fire Department, and the Chelan County Mountain Rescue team responded with specialized equipment to rescue the woman.  They used ropes, pulleys, and a winching device to pull a litter back up the hillside.  

The hiker was transported by ambulance to Confluence Hospital.  Her current condition is unknown.

Great response and teamwork by all the first responders.

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Firefighter Recruit Academy Graduation

Chelan, Entiat and Orondo

Class of 2018

 

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Chelan High School Auditorium

210 Webster Avenue

Please join us for refreshments after the ceremony.

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wsdot logoOLYMPIA – It’s not technically summer yet, but Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, often brings summer-level traffic to state roadways. That’s why it’s important to have a holiday travel plan before heading out the door.

By following these steps, travelers can get where they’re going with fewer headaches:

  • Check the Washington State Department of Transportation's best times to travel charts to help plan your trip and avoid congestion.
  • Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler informationfor traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as Twitterand Facebook.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.
  • Allow extra time for travel during the holidays to avoid rushing or distraction.

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 28 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may be remain in place.

Snoqualmie Pass

No lane closures or other construction is planned from Friday, May 25, to Tuesday, May 29, however the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, May 25, and westbound Monday, May 28. Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"

Chinook and Cayuse passes

In the mountains, spring snow and a construction project in Mount Rainier National Park mean Chinook and Cayuse passes will not reopen by the holiday weekend this year. The passes are scheduled to open June 11. Chinook Pass, State Route 410, is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. SR 123 over Cayuse Pass is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard and the Stevens Canyon Road entrance. Both these passes close each winter due to weather and hazardous conditions.

Tolling

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, May 28, on the State Route 520 bridge. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. 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.

Travelers making a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Anticipate heavy ferry traffic for the holiday and plan accordingly. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, and eastbound, Monday, May 28. Check the Washington State Ferries website, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/, or call toll-free 888-808-7977 for details, including reservations on some routes. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.
  • 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. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
  • For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htmor call 800-552-0666.
  • Check with local public transit agenciesfor 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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LEAVENWORTH, WA – Chelan County Emergency Management reports that 95% of the Phase 1 repairs have been completed by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District as of Thursday evening (May 17th).

The Phase 1 repairs at the dam involved creating a new 55 foot wide spillway at the site which is in addition to the previously existing 13 foot spillway. These repairs have greatly reduced the risk of a potential failure of Eightmile Lake Dam. Also, on Thursday, the Washington State Department of Ecology successfully installed the lake level monitoring equipment. The equipment has been calibrated and is currently transmitting data to the National Weather Service in Spokane.

The Weather Service will monitor the lake level data 24 hours day – 7 days a week, and will alert Chelan County Emergency Management if there is any significant change in the lake water levels. Public alerting would take place if a dramatic change in lake level is reported.

Additional monitoring equipment will be installed during the next week.

Precipitation amounts forecasted through today are in the range of .25 to .50 inches over the Eightmile Lake drainage. These precipitation amounts do not currently raise concern, nor does it raise the alert status for the dam (Level 2).

There are currently no evacuation orders in affect for Icicle River residents.

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wsdot logoDrivers will also experience delays through multiple work zones

HYAK – Rock blasting is scheduled to close Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass for about an hour Monday through Wednesday next week.

The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close I-90 at 7 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, May 21, Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23. During rock blasting closures eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 61 near the Price Creek area.

Drivers will also experience delays Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24 during the day and at night through multiple work zones between North Bend and Ellensburg. Drivers are encouraged to check our What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for specific daily impacts and locations.

WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass this summer:

  • Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for weekly travel information
  • Download WSDOT’s free smartphone app to check statewide pass conditions
  • Receive text message alerts about closures and delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
  • Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM
  • Call 5-1-1 from your hands-free device
  • Sign up for email updates
  • Follow us on Twitter @SnoqualmiePass

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ChelanFireRescueLogo200SPECIAL AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Call to order:
Flag Salute:
Old Business:
* Appointment of Commissioner
* Oath Of Office
* Long Range Plan – Schedule Workshop
Adjournment:

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MIPLogoChelan, WA (May 11, 2018) -- The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is proud to announce the launch of the expanded summer concert series, featuring live music every Friday night from 6-8pm beginning June 15th and continuing through August 31st. This summer season of live music will be held in the Riverwalk Pavilion along the shores of Lake Chelan.

The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series will feature all styles of music for the community to enjoy throughout the summer. Enjoy everything from rock-and-roll to blues to country to jazz as you sit and soak in the stunning views of Lake Chelan as your backdrop. This weekly concert series will showcase local bands, as well as bands who started their musical adventure in Lake Chelan and have gone on to expand their fame.

The Music in the Park Concert Series takes place 6-8pm at Riverwalk Pavilion on Lake Chelan and will feature:
June 15 – Jesse James and the MOB
June 22 – Polecat
June 29 – Wayne Evans
July 6 – Dimestore Prophets
July 13 – Nic Allen
July 20 – Hook Me Up
July 27 – TLC Jazz Band
August 3 – Eden Moody
August 10 – 509’s
August 17 – Bryson Evans
August 24 – Nic Allen
August 31 – Whiskey Fever

This extraordinary summer lineup is free to the community thanks to the incredible support from Re/Max Advantage, Vacasa, Caliber Home Loans, and the Lake Chelan Community Services Council. Enjoy a relaxing evening downtown as you explore the unique shops and restaurants of historic downtown Chelan, then grab a spot on the grass at Riverwalk Pavilion. For more information, historicchelan.org/music-in-the-park

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wsdot logoDIABLO- With the rev of some engines and the swing of the gate, State Route 20/North Cascades Highway has reopened for 2017. Opening for the upcoming summer season not only provides drivers another option to cross the Cascades but reconnects US Bike Route 10 between Skagit and Okanogan counties.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews were able to speed up the projected eight week reopening with a little help from mother nature. Spring rain helped melt some areas of snow and WSDOT crews worked long days to clear more than 45 feet of snow from below Liberty Bell Mountain and more than 20 feet in many other avalanche chute areas.

Todays 11 a.m. opening allowed crews to do a final sweep of the highway to remove remaining debris. All travelers should be aware that this route is a scenic byway that features jagged glaciated peaks, high elevations, two lanes and sharp turns. All travelers should be prepared for quickly changing conditions and limited facilities between Diablo and Mazama.

Other SR 20 construction
Travelers heading to the North Cascades Highway from Interstate 5 should be prepared for weekday daytime work between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete. Contractor crews from Granite Construction are currently working on repairing cracks, potholes and bridge decks before resurfacing this 20 mile stretch later this summer. This work is expected to last through September.

Drivers and cyclists hoping to use SR 20 between Twisp and Omak will need to add a lengthy detour to their trip via SR 153. SR 20 west of Loup Loup Summit is closed due to washouts, mudslides and road repair work. Crews are working to repair the area, but there is currently no estimate for reopening.

How long will this stretch of highway be open?
WSDOT crews will keep the North Cascades Highway open as long as it is safe to do so. The gates will close at mileposts 134 and 171 when snow starts filling up avalanche chutes, making it unsafe for travelers and crews to be on the road. That usually happens around Thanksgiving.

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wsdot logoDrivers will also experience delays through multiple work zones

HYAK – Rock blasting is scheduled to close Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass for about an hour next week.

The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close I-90 at 7 p.m. for about an hour each night Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17. During rock blasting closures eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 61 near the Price Creek area.

Drivers will also experience delays Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18 during the day and at night through multiple work zones between North Bend and Ellensburg. Drivers are encouraged to check our What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for specific daily impacts and locations.

WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass this summer:

  • Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for weekly travel information
  • Download WSDOT’s free smartphone app to check statewide travel information
  • Receive text message alerts about closures and delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
  • Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM
  • Call 5-1-1 from your hands-free device
  • Sign up for email updates
  • Follow us on Twitter @SnoqualmiePass

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On Tuesday, May 1st, Manson School District hosted a Cultural Celebration, honoring 16 different countries.  In conjunction with the district’s annual Dia Del Nino celebration, over 400 students, parents, staff and community members came together in the Manson High School gym to celebrate children and embrace cultures from around the world. 

The evening was kicked off by an inspirational welcome given by Mrs. Aurora Flores, Manson School District Board Member. Families enjoyed delicious food while viewing beautiful artwork created by Manson Elementary students.  Multiple songs and dances were showcased by elementary students at each grade level, including: El Toro Mambo, Folklorico Ballet, the Heel Toe Polka, “De Colores”, the Troika, the Tarantella, “Sur Le Pont D’Avignon”, and a West African scarf dance.

The 2018 Cultural Celebration was truly a collaborative effort, highlighting the strong relationship between Manson Schools and community.  Elementary teachers and students invested countless hours creating art, learning about new cultures, and practicing performances to highlight important traditions from other countries.  Many hands went into making the event a success and we look forward to joining together for another rich and beautiful celebration next year!

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LEAVENWORTH, WA – Chelan County Emergency Management is hosting a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 14th at Fire District #3 (228 Chumstick Road in Leavenworth) - to address the current situation at Eightmile Lake Dam.

The dam is located in the Alpine Lake Wilderness and operated by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District. It is nearly 100 years old and in a deteriorating condition. Because the area was significantly burned in the Jack Creek wildfire in 2017, Eightmile Lake is more vulnerable to erosion and flash flooding, which could overwhelm the dam. A breach of the dam could cause a significant wave of water to flow down Eightmile Creek into Icicle Creek near Eightmile Campground and quickly raise the level of Icicle Creek.

There is an increasing level of concern about the dam and we want to share information for impacted residents, landowners, and visitors. Currently, there are no actual evacuation notifications in place for Icicle River residents, but we ask residents within the affected area to be prepared to evacuate as conditions change. (Click for inundation map #1 and inundation map #2).

Chelan County Emergency Management is working with the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District and the Department of Ecology Dam Safety Office to monitor conditions at the dam while developing a plan to reduce the risk of a dam failure. We are also working with the U.S. Forest Service, which owns the land at the dam site.

To see a map of the potentially impacted downstream area, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CCSOEM.

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Plastic flamingos and bird kites help keep our North Cascades Pass clearing crews safe – and entertained

When you see a plastic flamingo yard ornament or a kite decorated like an eagle, you likely don't think safety. But, for our avalanche and maintenance crews clearing State Route 20, these mascots can be the reason they return home at the end of their shift.The flamingos and other feathered friends help us during our work to clear popular destinations like the North Cascades Highway, which will reopen Friday, May 11.It's tough work clearing up to 11 feet of snow from roadways closed for the season – especially given the historic avalanche chutes that make the roads unsafe during the winter months. These known areas of avalanche activity are particularly dangerous and unpredictable and we don't want our crews stopping or parking underneath them.

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Floyd (right in hard hat) and his safety flamingo flock help mark dangerous areas for our avalanche and maintenance crews reopening the North Cascade Highway. The birds' bright pink coloring standing out against the snow and warn crews about hazardous areas.


The dangers are included in daily safety briefings and training and are marked with traditional signs, but several years back, our avalanche crew wanted another way to reinforce the message. Complacency is a serious risk factor in repetitive, dangerous work so they wanted a new way to catch workers' attention."That's how accidents happen," explains Mike Stanford, our North Central Region Avalanche Supervisor. "You've done the same thing a million times before and then one day you don't pay attention."Enter Floyd the flamingo.Stanford spied Floyd – in all of his pink, plastic glory – in a store one day and knew this was the answer. Not only does the pink color stand out against the snow, a flamingo suddenly appearing on a mountain pass, covered with snow, certainly gets attention.Inexpensive and easy to relocate, Floyd also was a low-cost solution to a serious safety hazard. "We try to do the best and safest thing we can at the lowest cost.," Stanford said. The plastic birds are also easy to replace if they were ever buried in an avalanche. (There have been a couple of close calls but, so far, no flamingo has been lost in the line of duty.)Once crews and the public saw the first flamingo, the questions began. He soon had a name and an entire backstory, including a home base in Louisiana.  At first, Floyd flew solo, but soon members of his extended family also joined the safety crew. A whole flock of pink flamingos – some wearing miniature hard hats and Mardi Gras beads - have been seen during clearing.

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Left: This spring an eagle kite was used in place of flamingos, with the coloring and movement a reminder to crews to not stop near it. After the kite string broke, however, it's likely stationary flamingos will return to the job next year. Right: Floyd the flamingo – wearing a mini hard hat – stands at attention near "the annex", a particularly dangerous area near Washington Pass where crews need to avoid stopping or parking.


Floyd's antics were added to the weekly updates on the North Cascades Highway clearing progress and his fame soon reached far beyond Washington state. A couple of the flamingo flock have even been "liberated" by die-hard fans.This year, however, Floyd took a break. The tale up on SR 20 goes that Floyd had some legal issues back in Louisiana and sent his "distant cousin" an eagle kite in his place. The eagle was also very visible to crews, but he "abandoned" his post in late April when the kite's string broke in strong winds – luckily, after the avalanche chute area was cleared. Given the eagle's dependability issues, crews say to expect the flamingos back on the job in 2019.In all seriousness, while flamingos and kites are fun, they do serve a serious purpose. We want to reopen roads as soon as possible each spring, but we also need to keep our crews safe in the process. Closely following our safety policy lets us achieve both goals. And, if some of our tools also make the crews smile during a long, dangerous job, that doesn't hurt either.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, May 10, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. April 12, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
b. April 27, 2018 Special Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
i. Property Acquisition
b. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Campground Host wage
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: June 14, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

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wsdot logoMail Centennial Celebration Flight honors airmail history 

OLYMPIA – Like a flight back in time, historic Stearman Speedmail biplanes will carry mail from San Diego to Seattle from Sunday, May 13, to Friday, May 18, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of airmail service in the United States. The Mail Centennial Celebration includes a stop in Olympia where the public can view these rare planes.

The Olympia stop is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. The event is being hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division and takes place at the division’s offices at the Olympia Regional Airport in Tumwater.

Attendees can speak with pilots and get an up close view of three Stearman Speedmail biplanes used as mail planes in the early 1930s. Powered by 450 horsepower engines, the wood and fabric open-cockpit aircraft were noted for their dependability and ability to carry heavy loads. Of the 41 built, only seven still fly – so this is a rare chance to see these biplanes as they retrace the pioneering West Coast airmail route, known as Contract Air Mail 8 (CAM 8).

This historical reenactment honors the first government-operated airmail flight in America. On May 15, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson and members of Congress watched an Army pilot depart in a wood and fabric biplane from Washington, D.C., bound for New York.

The 2018 flight is sponsored by the nonprofit Western Antique Airplane and Automobile Museum of Hood River, Oregon and endorsed by the U.S. Postal Service. The biplanes will carry commemorative envelopes that will be officially postmarked at each of the 12 stops. Delivery of traditional residential and business mail will not be affected.

Six pilots will take part in the event with three, Addison Pemberton and Jeff Hamilton, both from Spokane, and Ben Scott of Reno, Nevada, sworn-in as official airmail pilots to assist local post office authorities.

Pemberton said the airmail service was the first step toward American commercial airline service, noting it was considered crucial enough to start even while the nation was fighting World War I. “The potential and importance of aviation was recognized even in those early days,” he said.

After departing San Diego, on Sunday, May 13, stops will include Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, San Francisco, Concord and Redding in California; Medford and Eugene in Oregon; Vancouver, Olympia and Seattle in Washington.

The flight is expected to take approximately 12 flying hours spread throughout the six-day event. Updates, including any weather delays, will be posted on the CAM 8 website as well as a Facebook page and Instagram account.

Olympia airmail stop details

When:            1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 18.

Where:           WSDOT Aviation offices, 7702 Terminal St., Tumwater, WA

Vehicle Parking:         WSDOT Aviation parking lot. Overflow parking will be along Southwest Terminal Street, near the Capital Little League baseball field.

Aircraft Parking:         Pilots should park on the east side of the Olympia Regional Airport runway in the general aviation parking area. WSDOT Aviation’s ramp will be closed to all aircraft except those participating in the airmail reenactment.

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Seattle, Washington [May 2, 2018] – The Historic Downtown Chelan Association and the Lake Chelan Historical Society received the Community Partnership Award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony on April 24 in Port Townsend. The ceremony was held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference.

Recognizing their shared goals around Chelan’s heritage and historic treasures, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association (HDCA) and the Lake Chelan Historical Society forged a partnership in 2016 focused on two types of public projects: plaques and wraps.

First, the two organizations worked together to institute Chelan’s first historic plaque program. In its initial stages, the HDCA Design Committee selected four historically significant downtown structures, all of which are over 100 years old and have maintained their historic integrity: Campbell’s Resort, Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, Woodin Avenue Bridge, and Ruby Theatre. The Historical Society Manager, Ron McGaughey, served as an advisor on the program and coordinated Society volunteers to find historic photographs of the properties. The two organizations jointly designed and presented the plaques at a media-covered event in 2017.

The historic wrap program beautifies and draws attention to historic aspects of the town by covering a modern necessity, an electric utility box, with historic images. HDCA and the Historical Society again collaborated to identify, design, and implement the project, which is located at a key intersection downtown. Images were selected for their historic significance, cultural relevance, and reflection of life in downtown Chelan during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Each side of the wrap takes a different look at Chelan’s history, with themes including wood-framed buildings, legacy businesses, homesteaders, and life in a frontier town.

“Projects such as these put the history of our town front and center,” said Erin McCardle, Executive Director of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association. “They inspire locals and visitors to appreciate and preserve the town’s culture, raise the interest level among our downtown building owners, and create additional opportunities to forge public and private partnerships focused on historic preservation.”
The HDCA and the Historical Society plan to continue both the historic plaque and wrap programs in the future. They have also begun development of a walking tour and QR code system to provide additional opportunities for the public to learn about Chelan’s history and built environment.

“The partnership between HDCA and Historical Society has elevated the preservation ethic in Chelan through community pride and education,” said Breanne Durham, Washington Main Street Coordinator. “These projects illustrate the importance of partners coalescing around shared goals.”

Excellence on Main, organized by the Washington State Main Street Program, celebrates communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation. The Community Partnership Award is designed to recognize a Main Street organization and partner(s) who have demonstrated the highest and best degree of cooperation to benefit downtown revitalization efforts.

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douglascountysheriff148On 04/29/18 at approximately 10:30 PM, Douglas County Deputies received information that a warrant suspect,  20 year old Morningstar St. Peter of Spokane, was hiding at a residence on the 700 Blk. of Fairview Ave. in Bridgeport, WA. 

The arrest warrant was for Escape From Community Custody. 

They went to the house and knocked on the door.  When a female, the renter, answered the door, the deputies inquired if St. Peter was there.  At first the woman gave conflicting stories, then she went back in the house and came out with St. Peter. 

St. Peter was arrested without incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail. 

Although the renter told Deputies she did not know if there were any additional people in her house, they discovered three males and one female inside.  The Deputies also noticed drug paraphernalia in the house.  The deputies secured the residence and applied for a warrant to search for illegal drugs. 

The affidavit was reviewed by a judge and the warrant was granted.  While executing the warrant the deputies found two small bags of heroine, one small bag of methamphetamine, and four glass pipes containing methamphetamine. 

The investigation is continuing.

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wsdot logo85-day, $5 million project replaces Methow Valley State Airport’s 22-year-old pavement

WINTHROP – Methow Valley State Airport’s pavement is 22 years old. Later this month, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation begins a $5 million project to replace and rehabilitate the pavement to maintain this crucial infrastructure.

The airport will be closed to the public on May 14 to allow Wenatchee general contractor, Selland Construction, to start the project. Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop is the largest of 16 WSDOT-managed airports, serving commercial aircraft that weigh up to 30,000 pounds.

The runway is tentatively scheduled to reopen at the end of June to avoid interfering with the expected fire season operations of the United States Forest Service (USFS), conducted by North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB). The NCSB is prepared to operate out of alternate airports as necessary until construction is completed.

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. 

WSDOT Aviation will issue an airport closure and Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), but will keep the airport’s Automated Weather Observing Station (AWOS) operational.

Three main phases for this pavement rehabilitation project include:

  • Phase 1 – Rehabilitate runway 13/31 pavement: Remove existing aged runway pavement, install new stormwater drainage system, new asphalt pavement, and sub-grade improvements for the entire 5,049-foot runway.
  • Phase 2 - West connector taxiway rehabilitation and widening: Remove an existing forest service non-standard taxiway connector, modify the west side transient ramp taxiway connector to meet current FAA design standards, and taxiway lighting modifications followed by new pavement. 
  • Phase 3 – West apron rehabilitation: Rehabilitate the west side transient parking ramp through additional sub-grade and pavement overlay upgrades.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 are scheduled to be completed within the first 45 days. Once Phase 2 is completed, WSDOT Aviation will open the runway for public use with west side transient ramp access restrictions.

A fourth phase to expand the west general aviation aircraft parking apron to the south will be advertised in 2018 for construction in spring/summer 2019.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Flag Salute:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: February 2018
* Payroll: $159,354.00 for April 1-30, 2018 Paid: 05-05-2018
* Vouchers for April General Account: Vouchers #17957 – 17968 for 4,810.53; Vouchers #17969 – 17989 for $12,050.14; Vouchers 17990 – 18012 for $14,339.27; Vouchers 18013 – 18021 for $4,373.33.
* Vouchers for April Capital Account: Vouchers #17047 for $881.50; Vouchers #17048-17050 for $6,986.69; Voucher 17051 for $6619.49; Voucher 17052 - 17054 for $15,112.81.
* Minutes: April 11, 2018
Fire Chief Report:
* 2018 Budget
* Emergency Response Report
* Facilities/Apparatus/Equipment
* Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education – DC Donnell
◦ Career Staff
* Volunteer Services – AC Asher
◦ Volunteer Staff
◦ Explores/Junior Firefighters
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* Filling Commissioner Positon 2 vacancy.
* Oath of Office – Appointed Commissioner
* Results of the Election to Lift the Fire Levy Lid.
New Business:
* Resolution 2018-04 – Commissioner Board Meetings time change
* Long Range Planning Meeting
* Medical Responses
Special Event:
* 06/02/2018, Commissioner Conference Chelan.
* 06/14/2018, Recruit Class 2018-01 Graduation, Station 71
Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110 (1) (h) To evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office and/or RCW 42.30.140 Contract, and wage benefit negotiations.
Adjournment:

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Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2018 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its April board meeting. Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members. Award recipients were: Elementary teacher Diana Soliday was the certificated winner. In the classified area there was a tie with Robin Hanson, head cook at the middle/high school and Jane Pratt, Paraeducator.

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DIANA SOLIDAYone co-worker shared, “She is a Goddess Warrior in education, and Manson Elementary is so fortunate to have her. With her superpowers of wit and determination, she engages student learning creatively.

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ROBIN HANSON

Robin works to make quality meals and have options for staff. She keeps a well-stocked salad bar offering great healthy options to HS/MS students and district staff. She is always involved in any way she is able to support the district with food items. Robin has gone out of her way to make so many events happen that include food in the district - family fit and fun night, STEAM night, Manson Inc and many others

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JANE PRATT

One co-worker stated, “I have known Jane for many years now and am always impressed with her commitment to the students she works with. She is always looking for new activities for them to try that will challenge them, keep them interested in learning, and help them grow.”

Big congratulations to others nominees: Alicia Alexander, Cassie Williams, Katie Sorenson, Susan Sears, Phil Fournier, Kendra Farnsworth, Jared Mumley Mark Nichols and Brittany Sivertson.

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A new face for our soccer program but a familiar one in our schools…Gilberto Romero, who has worked as a para educator in our elementary school for several years, has accepted the Girls Head Soccer coaching position. Mr. Romero has coached high school soccer for the past 18 years both for boy and girls. He is very excited to join the coaching staff at Manson High School this fall.

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Pam Banks will be our Girls Head Basketball Coach for the upcoming season. Ms. Banks comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a player and a coach. Pam played at the University of Washington and has coached at Shoreline Community College and was the assistant at Lakeside High School. She also worked for Seattle Park and Recreation Department for over 30 years.

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ChelanFireRescueLogo200Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to a brush fire at 60 Antoine Creek Road 04/23/2018 around 1348 hours.

Initial reports indicated a control burn had spread due to wind conditions.

Command 7, Brush 71, Brush 79, with five personnel made the initial response and arrived on scene to a two acre grass/brush fire in light to medium fuels slow moving to the south.

Brush 71 and Brush 79 were able to contain the fire within 30 minutes.

Tender 74, Chief 701 and a volunteer firefighter arrived on since shortly thereafter to support the initial attack teams.

Also responding, but cancelled after the fire had been contained was Tender  73 and six additional volunteer firefighters.

Chelan Fire and Rescue encourages everyone to be safe and maintain an awareness of wind and fire conditions as you finish your burning. If you think you might need help containing a control fire, please call while it is small and manageable.

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, April 27, 2018, 12:30pm


I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
a. Property acquisition
b. Resolution 2018-04 (authorizing RCO grant application for property acquisition)

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wsdot logoDrivers need to plan for delays, slow down and pay attention through work zones this summer

HYAK – Despite late spring snow storms, work on a number of road-improvements on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass will begin next week.

Construction-related lane closures will slow down travelers as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation build new lanes and bridges, repair existing structures, and fix cracked sections of pavement between North Bend and Ellensburg.

“We don’t have as much construction taking place on I-90 this spring and summer as we have had in the past, but drivers still need to plan ahead, pay attention to work zones and be patient,” said Todd Trepanier, WSDOT regional administrator.

Earlier this week, work resumed on the  I-90 Snoqulamie Pass East project that will build a wider, safer and more reliable stretch of the interstate from Hyak to Keechelus Dam, and from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. This 7-mile section of the project is scheduled to be completed by this fall, which includes the first wildlife crossing to be built over I-90.


Next month, work will resume to replace deteriorating sections of concrete pavement panels in the eastbound lanes between North Bend and the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Delays are expected when traffic detours around the work zone. Additional concrete panel replacement is schedule to begin between Issaquah and North Bend in mid-May.

Several I-90 interchanges in Easton, Thorpe and Ellensburg will be repaved this summer.

WSDOT has a wide variety of resources to help with trip planning across I-90. Before heading out the door, travelers can find the latest information on the What’s Happening on I-90, Snoqualmie Mountain Pass and Traffic Alerts pages, and by also following @snoqualmiepass and @wsdot_east on Twitter. Email updates are available, and mobile phone users can sign up for text message alerts by sending the phrase “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to the number 468311.

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douglascountysheriff148C#18D-01866: On 04/10/18 at approximately 1:50 PM an anonymous citizen contacted Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal to report that a person with a known warrant was hiding in a house on the Bridgeport Bar with permission of the owner. The person was able to give a description of the residence. A Deputy went to the house and contacted the owner. At first she denied the wanted person was at the house. Later she brought him to the door and he was arrested without injury or incident. The suspect was identified as 37 year old Alberto Lopez Flores of Bridgeport. He was booked into the Okanogan Jail for a felony warrant for Escape from Community Custody.

C#18D-01852: On 04/09/18 a Deputy on routine patrol in the 1000 Blk. of Columbia Ave in Bridgeport, WA spotted a person standing in the back yard who he recognized as having a warrant for his arrest. The suspect went in the house. Another Deputy was called to watch a second exit. The suspect 24 year old Omar Medina-Hermengildo of Bridgeport was arrested without injury or incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail.

C#18D-01850: On 04/09/18 at approximately 7:00 PM a Deputy responded to a malicious mischief report in the 400 Blk of Kentucky. Two residents in the trailer park reported their vehicle tires had been punctured, one that day and one several weeks earlier.   A screwdriver was found sticking of the vehicle tire that had been damaged during the day. There was no suspect information.

C#18D-01823: On 04/08/18 at approximately 7:19 PM a Deputy on routine patrol in the Orondo area spotted a maroon Jeep at the mini mart gas pumps. He ran the license plate and found the plates actually belonged to a Saturn, a common ploy by car thieves. The Deputy contacted the driver and asked him his name. There was no record of the name he gave on file. The person told the Deputy he got the Jeep from a friend but could not remember his name. The person also could not recall his own address. A RiverCom dispatcher was able to cross check the switched license plate with a person who had the same DOB as the suspect. The suspect was finally identified by an alias he used. It was also found he had a felony warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine. A search of the suspect’s clothing uncovered three bindles of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested without incident or injury. He was booked at the Chelan County Jail for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, making false statements, and no valid operator’s license without ID.

C18D-01814: On 04/08/18 at 11:30 AM a Deputy responded to a burglary report in the 3600 Blk. of NW Cascade. Unknown person(s) had broken into a shed. The thieves stole camping equipment, power tools, and a Minnkota trolling motor. The total loss was over $2,000.00.

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winejazz200Chelan, Washington: The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival will take jazz enthusiasts on a musical tour through the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during this first of its kind event in Chelan. The event offers wine and jazz enthusiasts the opportunity to taste wines that characterize the Chelan AVA, and take in the stunning views of majestic Lake Chelan. This four-day festival will showcase internationally acclaimed jazz artists and celebrate the wonderful wineries, historic downtown, and remarkable beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival features national and regional artists like Kobe Watkins, Gretta Matassa, Pearl Django, Gail Pettis, Doctor Funk, and many more. Nine venues, 4 days, and 15 jazz bands including student jazz bands will be featured. All music venues will offer wines from Lake Chelan Wineries and many will offer food pairings. Festival ticket holders will receive a SWAG bag of goodies and special offers.

This is a one of a kind opportunity for wine and jazz fans to sip and listen while you take in the amazing beauty of estate vineyards and breathtaking lake views. The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival takes place in Spring 2018 from May 17-20th, Tickets are on sale now online at www.chelanwinejazz.com. Full Festival Pass is $75 in advance / $85 at the door. A Saturday Day Pass is also available for $60 in advance / $70 at the door. Sunday shows at the outdoor Riverwalk Pavilion are free.A VIP shuttle ticket will be available for purchase for $30. Media passes are available for the press when you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Barrel Tasting weekend also takes place in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during wine and jazz festival when winemakers open their doors to the public to taste straight from the barrel. Visitors to Chelan can dine at a variety of eateries and wineries around the lake and shop in the downtown historic district of Chelan. The area can be explored by water, boat, or limo. A variety of local hotels, vacation rentals, and camping options are available.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival Foundation is a non-profit program under the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to support and promote jazz appreciation, music education, and the Lake Chelan Wine Valley for our residents and visitors. Foundation net proceeds are directed to the Boys and Girls Club of America. 

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douglascountysheriff148Case# 18D01768 – On 4-6-18 at 5:45 am the Douglas County Special Response Team (SRT) along with the Columbia River Drug Task Force (CRDTF) and members of the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a high-risk search warrant in the 2000 block of S.E. Legacy Place, without incident.

Once the residence was secure and safe, the CRDTF conducted a thorough search and recovered illegal narcotics, parts of a meth lab and a 9mm handgun with the serial numbers ground off.

The department of Ecology was called to clean and dispose of the meth lab.

As a result of the investigation, 33 yoa Michael C. Cooper of East Wenatchee was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Jail for 2 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Felon in possession of a firearm and Possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

This operation is another example of the boundless working relationship we all appreciate in our Law Enforcement community.

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

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

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

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

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