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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Apple Cup travel

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

Mountain passes

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

Tolls

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

Other travel alternatives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter access along the highway

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

Starting the 2018 chapter

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

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

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

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Registration is open for Manson Parks AAU Basketball!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coach duties and responsibilities will include some of the following

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tour the Virtual Museum of Flight

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

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

New Business:
* 2018 Budget Review & Discussion

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

Adjournment:

wsdot logoDrivers can use studded tires starting Nov. 1

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

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

To check conditions and prepare for snow or ice:

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

Alternatives to chains

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

Studded tires

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

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

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

Good work by an observant and tenacious Deputy.

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helicopter Flight-Lake Chelan Helicopters

(Winner-Jeff Parsons)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Harvest Fest by the Numbers

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

Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 27, 2017 - Destination San Francisco Bay Area, the Air Service Investment Program to secure a direct flight from Wenatchee’s Pangborn Airport and the San Francisco Bay area, has reached its $400,000 goal of regional support. “Support has been strong across the region from many businesses, local governments, nonprofits and individuals excited to see new air service,” stated Commission President Donn Etherington.

Support has come from over 100 pledgers and supporters from all four counties in north central Washington, as well as several compnies in central California. The fundraising target was “topped off” with a $43,000 pledge from Microsoft, which operates a data center located in Quincy, Washington. “We very much appreciate Microsoft’s support for this regional economic development project. Microsoft is making a huge investment in Quincy and now a huge investment into our region,” continued Etherington.

The Air Service Investment Program shares the financial risk of new service with the airline and 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. “Airlines that see broad support are willing to invest in new air service,” stated Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Destination San Francisco is one in many steps to gain new air service at Pangborn Memorial Airport. “The Ports of Chelan County and Douglas County have been working toward new air service for many years. Critical was the completion of the Runway Extension Project. Service to San Francisco Bay area will improve the vitailty of our economic region for business and leisure travel alike,” stated Commissioner JC Baldwin. “This is a great opportunity for our region and we’re thrilled that so many businesses, organizations and individuals have pledged their financial support.”

douglascountysheriff148On 09/24/17 at approximately 3:30 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster because a male had been admitted with a knife wound. 

Investigators believe a fight had occurred at a residence in the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport.  During the altercation, the male, 21 year old Victor A. Valdovinos-Vazquez, was stabbed. 

A search warrant was obtained for the residence where the suspect was believed to be hiding.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team attempted to call the suspect out, but there was no response from inside. 

Tear gas was deployed inside, but when the team made entry, the suspect was gone. 

Valdovinos was flown to Confluence Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen.  His condition is unknown.

manson schoolThe Manson School District will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, September 28 at Manson High School beginning at 4pm.

Scott Renick, Business Manager-Manson School District and Dave Arp, Executive Director of Administrative Services/Finances with the North Central ESD will give a presentation on school budget lasting approximately 30 minutes.

There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

This meeting is open to the public.

As the poster below indicates, this year's Harvest Fest Raffle will bigger and better than ever thanks to the generosity of a number of people!

Tickets can be purchased Saturday, October 7 at the Orchard, or beforehand from Herb, if you can catch him!

Tickets are priced as follows: $20 - 20 tickets, $10 - 8 tickets, $5 - 3 tickets, $2 - 1 ticket

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wsdot logoWSDOT seeking input on 20-year plan by Nov. 6

  • OLYMPIA – Washingtonians have an opportunity to provide input into the future of the state’s transportation system through the Washington Transportation Plan, Phase 2 – Implementation. The plan establishes how the state can prepare itself for an uncertain future in the face of climate change and advances in technology.
  • The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking public comments on the plan from now through Nov. 6, 2017.

The plan builds on WTP Phase 1, which established a 20-year vision for the statewide multimodal transportation system. Phase 1 highlighted emerging trends and challenges facing the state’s transportation system and developed recommendations for meeting those challenges.

WTP Phase 2 implements recommendations from Phase 1 through four focus areas and 11 action items to achieve the 20-year vision established in Phase 1. It also establishes how the state can prepare itself for four plausible, but uncertain futures regarding climate change and technology and their potential impacts on the statewide transportation system. Through its proposed recommendations, Phase 2 will guide decision makers on major issues facing the statewide transportation system.

How to comment on the plan

The comment period closes on Nov. 6, 2017. Copies of the plan and a comment form for submitting feedback are available:

  • Online: https://washtransplan.com/
  • By telephone request: 206-464-1261
  • By written request:Washington State Department of Transportation, Multimodal Planning Division, 401 Second Ave., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98104. 

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9-20-2017 - The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is excited to announce they quickly surpassed their fundraising goal and will move forward with the Woodin Avenue Landing project in Downtown Chelan. “The support from the community has been overwhelming. It was encouraging to see the excitement around this project,” said HDCA Executive Director Jessie Simmons. In addition to financial support, a number of groups have also stepped forward to provide non-monetary support. The Lake Chelan Rotary and Morfin Landscape and Masonry will be helping with the landscaping and Lake Chelan Building Supply has offered to help provide supplies at cost.

 The project was originally scheduled to break ground on Sept. 5th. However, upon final inspection, it was determined that the current wall cannot support the new viewing platform. Simmons said this discovery led to last-minute additional survey needs in order to make the wall structurally sound. This will delay the project until early spring, but the group still expects the park to be complete before the arrival of warm weather next year.  

 The Historic Downtown Chelan Association would like to thank the many donors and volunteers who have helped keep this project moving. The organization is looking forward to completing this beautification project and then moving on to the next downtown park, which is planned in the space between BC MacDonald’s and Campbell’s Park Room.

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At about 9:14 am on Thursday, 09/14/17, Wenatchee Police Officers, Chelan County Fire Department and Ballard Ambulance were dispatched to a two-vehicle serious injury collision in the 400 block of S. Mission Street. Upon arrival, a red 2008 Chevrolet Impala and a light blue 2013 Dodge Avenger were located about 150 feet north of Spokane Street on S. Mission Street with vehicle pieces and debris spread across the three lanes of the street.

Officers interviewed witnesses and conducted an on-scene investigation. From interviews and investigation, it appears the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling north bound on S. Mission Street and the Dodge Avenger had been traveling west bound on Spokane Street. Spokane Street is controlled by stop signs at the intersection of Spokane Street and S. Mission Street. The Dodge Avenger attempted to cross S. Mission Street and was struck by the Chevrolet Impala. Witnesses said the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling recklessly with speeds estimated to be between 50 and 70 mph in the 30-mph speed zone. Both vehicles appear to be total losses and were towed from the scene. S. Mission Street was closed for about two hours for the collision investigation.

The driver of the Dodge Avenger, a 33-year-old male Wenatchee resident, was transported by ambulance to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. The male was later admitted to the hospital with internal injuries and broken bones.

The driver of the Chevrolet Impala, Wenatchee resident 21-year-old Jonathan J. Fleming-Goforth was arrested at the collision scene for suspicion of vehicular assault. While in route to the Chelan County Regional Jail, Fleming-Goforth requested to be taken to the emergency room. Fleming-Goforth was transported by a police officer to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room where he was treated and released to the custody of the police. Fleming-Goforth was then booked in the Chelan County Regional Jail for suspicion of Vehicular Assault.

Officers also suspected the driver of the Dodge Avenger to be under the influence of alcohol. A search warrant was applied for to test the driver’s blood. The driver was issued a criminal traffic citation for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (Alcohol) and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked – 1st Degree.

ncw crime unit logoOn 9/12/17 at 2:33 PM Rivercom received a 911 call from the Chelan County Regional Justice Center requesting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for an inmate who wasn’t breathing and CPR was initiated by jail staff.

At 2:36 PM EMS arrived at the jail and provided further resuscitative measures which were unsuccessful.

The deceased has been identified as Jeremy Lavender a 31 year old male of Okanogan, WA. Family members have been notified of the death. The deceased was turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and is pending an autopsy.

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is investigating the death. Wenatchee Police Department is the lead agency.

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On October 16, 2016, the Manson Parks Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to name the swim area at Manson Bay Park.

The name chosen was “Gary Knowlton Memorial Swim Area” in honor of lifeguard Gary Knowlton, who passed away suddenly on July 16, 2016.

Local artist Mark Strain (Strain’s Customs) accepted the task of creating a plaque to appropriately memorialize Gary. It was unveiled at the Lake Chelan Swim on September 9th, 2017 after a heart-felt speech given by Mr. Clyde Ballard. The plaque perfectly represents Gary’s energy and love of life. It is on display alongside a painting of Gary, which was made by local artist Phil Thomas.

We invite anyone whose life was touched by Gary to stop by and see the memorial.

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