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OLYMPIA – Washington produce growers could have another option for getting their goods to market, if there is sufficient demand to revitalize a rail-shipping program that was discontinued four years ago.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking information from railroads and intermodal logistics companies to help determine if sufficient demand and expertise exists to revive a defunct state program that once supported a pool of refrigerated rail cars.

A request for information was released Wednesday, March 30, seeking proposals from parties interested in restoring the Washington Produce Rail Car program. The deadline for submissions is noon Monday, May 2.

Federal funding may be available to help support the program, and input from the freight community will help WSDOT determine if it will pursue such funding. “Both the number and quality of submissions is important to this process,” said WSDOT Freight Rail Policy & Program Manager Chris Herman. “We’ll be looking at the level of demand, as well as assessing the experience of each submitter in managing temperature-controlled fleets and meeting strict service requirements for perishable shipments.”

Designed to ensure a pool of temperature-controlled railcars was available to meet demand during peak growing and shipping season, the Produce Rail Car program originally launched in 2006 with federal and state funding. The program was suspended in 2012 when several privately-owned companies were expanding in the market. However, one of those competitors is no longer operating this service and WSDOT may be able to help fill the void if it proves to be economically viable.

The availability of temperature controlled rail or intermodal equipment is vital to transporting Washington-grown produce to markets beyond the state’s borders. According to Matt Harris of the Washington State Potato Commission, “Efficient movement of our perishable commodities is critical to the livelihood of potato growers in Washington state.”

wsdot logoDrivers should plan for periodic delays near construction zones

HYAK – It’s going to be a busy construction season on Interstate 90, as the Washington State Department of Transportation will start work in the next couple of weeks on a number of projects to improve sections of roadway from Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage.

A number of road-improvement projects will cause delays for drivers this spring and summer while WSDOT and contractor crews build, repair and paint bridges; add lanes; and replace deteriorating pavement.

“We have a lot of work east of Snoqualmie Pass this summer,” said Brian White, WSDOT South Central Region interim regional administrator. “Although we work closely with our contractors to minimize delays to drivers, I’d recommend adding some travel time if you’re trying to catch a flight or get to an appointment this summer.”


Next week, crews will start making repairs to the bridge over I-90 at the Stampede Pass interchange (exit 62). This work requires the overpass to be closed from April 4 to June 1. Drivers will experience nighttime, single-lane closures during the week and nighttime detours onto the on-and off-ramps Tuesday, April 5, through Thursday, April 7, while the contractor removes the existing bridge span.

In early April, crews will resume work to replace sections of the westbound lanes near Cle Elum. The westbound off-ramp to Oakes Avenue (exit 84) will be closed Monday through Friday throughout April. From mid-May until mid-June, it will be closed around the clock. During the off-ramp closure, drivers can access Cle Elum via the Peoh Road Bridge interchange at exit 85.

Work resumes in mid-April on the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project that builds a wider, safer and more reliable stretch of I-90 from Hyak to Keechelus Damand from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. In May, crews will resume rock-blasting closures. Drivers need to plan for hour-long closures Mondays through Thursdays, starting an hour before sunset.

In early May, crews will resume painting the Vantage Bridge to preserve the bridge’s structural integrity. Crews started repainting the bridge last year and will finish this fall. Eastbound drivers will experience delays due to around-the-clock, single-lane closures.

In June, crews will repave the eastbound lanes between mileposts 67 and 70 near Easton Hill, and the westbound lanes between mileposts 62 and 64 near Price Creek. Crews will also repave the eastbound and westbound lanes between mileposts 106 and 122 near Ellensburg. Drivers will experience delays due to single-lane closures through these work zones.

 

WSDOT has a wide variety of resources to help drivers plan their trips across I-90. Drivers can find information on multiple websites, including the What’s Happening on I-90, Snoqualmie Pass and traffic alerts pages. Drivers can also follow WSDOT on Twitter using the handles @snoqualmiepass and @wsdot_east or sign up for email updates.

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OLYMPIA – With spring’s arrival, the Washington State Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that studded tires must be removed by the last day in March.

Under state law, driving with studded tires after Thursday, March 31, is a traffic infraction that could result in a $124 ticket from law enforcement.

In addition, studs can wear down pavement, so removing them promptly helps extend the lifetime of state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded as the deadline approaches, so please plan accordingly.

WSDOT will not be extending the studded tire deadline this year, but crews will continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts and work to clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always reminded to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying on top of conditions with WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools.

Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal date. Other states may have later deadlines, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.

More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.

wash traffic commissionOLYMPIA – There’s good news for drivers who use the State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The Washington State Transportation Commission recently voted to suspend a planned 50-cent toll rate increase on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, scheduled to take effect July 1, 2016.

The largest annual cost for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is the debt service payment. The law requires debt service payments, along with other costs like maintenance, operations and insurance, be paid with toll revenues. The 30-year debt service schedule has payments going up every one or two years. Historically, traffic volumes have not increased at the pace necessary to meet these growing debt obligations. As a result, since July 2012, bridge users have experienced annual toll increases. 

But some toll relief has arrived this year. The Washington State Legislature provided $2.5 million in gas tax revenues to pay for the bridge’s debt service payments coming due between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. This means the 50-cent toll increase planned for this July is no longer needed thanks to the state’s investment. Toll rates are now scheduled to remain at current levels through June 30, 2017.

WSTC’s Chairman Anne Haley was pleased with the Legislature’s decision to provide funding for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge debt service payments. “This investment made by the Legislature brings a much needed break to the annual toll rate increases on the bridge. The commission is committed to working with Legislative leaders, the TNB Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Washington State Department of Transportation to determine long-term options that may bring toll rate stability to the drivers of this bridge,” said Haley.

The commission will hold a final hearing to reflect in the administrative code the rate suspension decision. The hearing will start 1 p.m. May 17, at WSDOT’s headquarters building, 310 Maple Park Ave SE, in Olympia.

To learn more about the commission, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/

wash traffic commissionOLYMPIA - The Washington State Transportation Commission chose “Suquamish” as the name of the state’s fourth Olympic-class ferry at its meeting Wednesday, March 16.

The selection follows a public process in which the commission considered three eligible names – Cowlitz, Sammamish, and Suquamish – and sought input from Washington State Ferries, the Ferry Advisory Committee Executive Council, ferry riders and the general public.

“The Suquamish have a rich cultural and maritime history in the Salish Sea with their ancestral heartland encompassing the north end of Hood Canal and the Olympic Peninsula to Indian Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, and both sides of Admiralty Inlet to the Tacoma Narrows in the south,” said Commission Chairman Anne Haley. “It is fitting to name this vessel Suquamish since nearly all the contemporary Washington State Ferry System routes traverse historically documented Suquamish canoe travel corridors.”

The commission has guidelines that help determine the eligibility of a name proposal:

  • Names for ferries should carry statewide significance and represent our state’s image and culture.
  • Specifically, names should represent such things as: state adopted symbols, tribal names, names of bodies of water, geographic locations, cities, counties, relate to nautical heritage, etc.
  • Consideration will be given to the consistency with existing Washington State Ferries fleet names.
  • Names should have broad familiarity, are non‐offensive, and meet ethical standards.
  • Names with commercial overtones or names honoring or commemorating individuals should be avoided, but will be considered upon very careful review.

Many of the 23 vessels in Washington State Ferries’ fleet have names reflecting the state’s tribal, geographic and historic heritage. The most recently named vessels – Chimacum, Samish and Tokitae – are in keeping with that tradition. 

For more information on the Transportation Commission, visit its website:  www.wstc.wa.gov

wash traf safeOLYMPIA – The State Transportation Commission will revise hours of operation for Interstate 405 express toll lanes and propose 2016 toll rate changes for the State Route 520 bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge when it meets next week in Olympia. The commission also will name the next Olympic Class ferry.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 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 the tolling discussions on Tuesday afternoon and during the public comment period at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the commission will consider the latest performance data on the I-405 express toll and general purpose lanes, and take action requested by the Legislature to change the hours of operation of the toll lanes. The commission also will discuss and determine needed changes to toll rates for the SR 520 bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to ensure the state meets financial and debt requirements.

Following a briefing from financial consultants on several options that are designed to increase toll revenue by 10 percent over several years, the commission will move forward with one SR 520 toll rate proposal, on which it will seek public comment in April. The commission in 2015 adopted a 50 cent toll increase for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, scheduled take effect July 1, 2016. But, thanks to higher than forecasted bridge traffic and a $2.5 million appropriation from the Legislature, current toll levels will be able to remain in place for one more year, through June 30, 2017.

On Wednesday, the commission will name the fourth Olympic Class ferry scheduled to begin construction this spring, selecting from among the names: Cowlitz, Sammamish and Suquamish.

The commission also will hear a briefing on federal and state requirements for minority and women’s contracting, and current state efforts to improve contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses. The commission also will learn about the schedule for updating the operational strategies and long-range plan for Washington State Ferries. Operational strategies developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the commission are used to guide future investment decisions and fare policies. 

portchelancountyPort of Chelan County Board of Commissioners
Special Meeting of March 9, 2016
Meeting Highlights

Port of Chelan County Partners with Our Valley What’s Next
Port of Chelan County Commissioners approved a $10,000 contribution toward the Our Valley What’s Next program, led by Alan Walker’s United Way. Port of Chelan County representatives sit on many of work groups in the program and believe some strategies formed may fall under Port Authority for Economic Development.

Port of Chelan County to Provide Match for Olds Station Connection to the Loop Trail.
Port of Chelan County Commissioners approved a matching contribution of $15,000 toward the WSDOT Grant Application to fund construction of a bicycle and pedestrian path south of US 2 near the Olds Station Business Park. If the grant is approved, the path will connect Easy St. to the Apple Capital Loop Trail.

portchelancountyThe Board of Commissioners of the Port of Chelan County will meet in special session on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 beginning at 10:30 am. Special meeting items include the consideration of a contribution to “Our Valley What’s Next”, the consideration of a letter of support and commitment of matching funds to a WDOT grant proposal, the consent agenda, and an executive session. This meeting will be held in the conference room at the Port of Chelan County located at 238 Olds Station Rd. Suite A, Wenatchee, WA 98801. The special meeting agenda is below.

For more information, please contact: Mark Urdahl, Executive Director
(509) 663-5159


NOTE: Regularly scheduled meeting agendas are subject to change. The Commission reserves the right to move agenda items as
needed, even during the meeting. Port of Chelan County Commission meeting agendas and minutes are available on the port website: www.portofchelancounty.com


Commission Meeting Agenda March 9, 2016
PORT OF CHELAN COUNTY
Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Agenda
238 Olds Station Road, Suite A, Wenatchee, WA 98801 March 9, 2016
10:30 am

Open Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board meeting
PANGBORN MEMORIAL AIRPORT GOVERNING BOARD

CONSENT AGENDA
A. Minutes of the February 18, 2016 regularly scheduled meeting.
B. Resolution No. 2016-03 Voiding Warrant 1680 & 19298
PUBLIC COMMENT
A.
DIRECTOR’S REPORT
A. Our Valley What’s Next
B. WDOT Grant Proposal
EXECUTIVE SESSION
A. Discuss Real Estate Transactions

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews performed more than 2.6 million hours of work in 2015 without getting a single environmental notice. That’s roughly the equivalent of a two-man crew working every hour of every day since Alaska was purchased in 1867 and never once impacting the environment.

WSDOT recently published its quarterly performance and accountability report, the Gray Notebook (pdf 3.7mb). In addition to environmental compliance, the report takes a closer look at the data and the stories behind pavement conditions and whether they are improving, how commute trip reduction is reducing costs for drivers, and how drought conditions impacted Grain Train carloads in eastern Washington.

Highlights from these Gray Notebook articles include:

  • WSDOT’s preservation backlog for pavement past due for rehabilitation declined by 10 percent between 2013 and 2014 due to strategic preservation activities (page 11) ­
  • Employees at worksites with Commute Trip Reduction programs are leaving approximately 14,500 cars at home every day (page 22)
  • Washington Grain Train carloads decreased from 1,974 in 2014 to 1,815 in 2015, a decline of 8.1 percent (page 34)

To learn more about WSDOT’s performance or to review Gray Notebook 60 or its condensed Lite version, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Accountability/.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, March 10th, 2016, 4:00pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Deletions and Additions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of the February 11th, 2016 Regular Meeting
b. Minutes of the February 23rd 2016 Special Meeting
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront Master Plan
ii. Willow Point
VIII. New Business
a. Project Priorities
IX. Executive Session: Evaluation of District Employee
X. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: April 14th, 2016 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

amtrakdog350Small cats and dogs can ride the train with their humans
 
OLYMPIA – Beginning March 7, small dogs and cats can join their owners on Amtrak Cascades trains for their next adventure.
 
“We recognize pets are family members and passengers want to bring them along,” said WSDOT Rail Director Ron Pate. “We’re excited to offer this option.”
 
Previously, only service animals were allowed on Amtrak Cascades trains. Small cats and dogs can now travel on Amtrak Cascades in accordance with the new pet policy.
 
Due to the sensitivity of other passengers, dogs and cats must meet the following requirements:
  • The maximum weight including the carrier is limited to 20 pounds
  • Owners can reserve a space for their pet for a $25 fee; limit one pet per passenger
  • For the safety and comfort of all passengers, pets must remain in a carrier at all times and carriers must remain on the floor in front of the seat next to the passenger
  • The maximum carrier size is 19 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high
  • Five pet spots are allowed per train and are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis
 
Pet reservations will be accepted for travel beginning March 7 and can only be made with a reservation agent at 1-800-USA-RAIL or at a staffed station. Pets are not allowed on trips to Canada and cannot be booked on trips lasting longer than 7 hours.
 
Traveling pets must be odorless and harmless, not disruptive, and require no attention during travel. Onboard personnel maintain the right to refuse acceptance of or remove from the train any pet exhibiting these issues. Onboard crews will work to accommodate any travelers with allergies or other pet concerns.

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Special Board Meeting

142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, February 23, 2016, 7:00pm

         I.            Call to Order

       II.            Flag Salute

      III.            New Business

a.      Willow Point Archaeological Contract

b.      Singleton Park Project

    IV.            Adjournment

Next Regular Meeting: March 10th, 2016 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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WENATCHEE - Where can you stand in the shadow of a hydro turbine, look for a Geocache, hug 42 kinds of trees, enjoy Mama D’s peanut brittle, visit a museum, and get eye-to-eye with a sockeye? Rocky Reach Dam, of course, and we can’t wait to welcome you for another great season of fun, exploration and education.

 The dam will open to the public for its 55th season at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1. The Visitor Center offers free tours of the powerhouse along with the Museum of the Columbia, plus art displays, a theater and fish viewing.

In 2015, Rocky Reach Dam hosted more than 71,000 visitors and welcomed almost 650 tour groups.

Events planned for this year include:

  • May 21 – River Ramble – A hands-on program for all ages offering a full range of events to experience Native American culture
  • June 29 through Aug. 10 (Wednesdays) – Summer Science classes for 6th -8th graders
  • Sept. 8 – Lady of the Lake Info-Cruise – Chelan PUD staff will talk lake level, habitat, snowpack and fish as we cruise out to Manson Bay and back. Reservations required by calling (509) 663-7522.
  • Sept. 10 – Senior Damboree – A fun day of activity and information, focused on senior adults
  • Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 – Hard-hat tours at the Lake Chelan Powerhouse – reservations required by calling (509) 663-7522
  • Oct. 30 – Harvest Roundup

Guests will enjoy new playground equipment in the Rocky Reach Park this spring. The playground has been modernized with improved toys for all ages, taking better advantage of the park space. It’s also ADA accessible. New equipment includes an enclosed slide, swings, and various climbing equipment. Stop by, check out the new play area, and join us in April for our ribbon cutting ceremony once the finishing touches are complete. Watch our Facebook page for details.

Always popular is the award-winning D3 Tour – a GPS-assisted scavenger hunt where visitors can find the hidden treasures of hydropower on the Columbia River. Anyone who finds all the geocaches at Rocky Reach will get a stamp on a D3 passport and a prize. To complete the challenge and receive a unique patch, “cachers” must fill their passport by finishing the geocache courses at all three dams, including Chief Joseph Dam, near Bridgeport, and Grand Coulee Dam, near Coulee Dam, on the upper Columbia River in Washington State.

Guests need to be sure and sample Mama D’s Kitchen at Rocky Reach. Run by local foodie and baker-extraordinaire, Gina Dugger, guests are welcome from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays with extended hours and weekends April - September. Dugger offers breakfast, lunch and a variety of local canned and baked goods, including gluten-free options.

Other things to do and see at Rocky Reach Visitor Center:

Reserve park shelters for birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and family reunions at no cost. The grounds are open until 6 p.m. daily, until May 1, when park hours extend to 9 p.m. Guests can reserve Rocky Reach park shelters by calling (509) 663-7522.

Chelan County PUD welcomes visitors to tour the exhibits and the Museum of the Columbia at their leisure. Staff is on hand to answer questions and provide in-depth tours. To schedule a tour, visit our website, or contact Christina Detering, at (509) 663-7522.

The Visitor Center will be open March 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily, through Oct. 31. Rocky Reach Dam is located 7 miles north of Wenatchee on Highway 97A. Click for directions.

For questions about the Visitor Center, contact Debbie Gallaher, Visitor Services Department manager, at (509) 661-4960.

Boeing 300x200One of France’s most popular plays, this fast-paced 1960s romp is just the ticket to kick off a big year for Music Theatre of Wenatchee, which includes the return of the MTW Apple Blossom show, Mary Poppins, to the Numerica PAC.
 
Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, hilarious "Boeing Boeing" is a farce, focussed on Bernard, an American who’s devised a foolproof plan for keeping his love life in Paris exciting. He has three flight attendant fiancées and a bedroom for each. What could go wrong? Everything! 

Eventually, Bernard and his American friend are left desperately seeking an emergency exit as his fiancées all come in for a landing at the same time.
 
The "Boeing Boeing" cast includes both MTW veterans and new faces, and director John Mausser says energy is "sky high," as Kevin McKee, Matthew Pippin, T.J. Farrell, Tiffany Mausser, Tess Davison and Becca Chambers surge headlong into hilarious hijinks.

Dates & times: Jan. 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee at 2 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Place: Riverside Theatre, 233 B N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee

Admission: Tickets at www.NumericaPAC.org or at (509) 663-ARTS • $15 regular admission • $12 for MTW members for Thursday performances

littlemermaid350Bring the whole family and go Under the Sea with StageKids as they present Disney's classic tale of a young mermaid and her adventures to find love on land.

Now you can be part of Ariel's world when Stage​ ​Kids W​A​, in partnership with the Numerica Performing Arts Center, and presenting sponsor, McQuaig and Welk, PLLC, present the musical, "The Little Mermaid Jr.," running Dec. 3-5​.​

Princess Ariel spots a human and falls in love. But not just any human -- a prince! The mermaid strikes a deal with a wicked sea-witch and leaves her ocean home for dry land.

Armed with a “dinglehopper” hairbrush, and with the help of her feathered and finned friends, Ariel follows her heart to win over the dashing Prince Eric.

The one-year-old youth theater program, Stage​ ​Kids W​A​, presents the musical version of the childhood story, based upon the 1989 animated Disney film. A youth cast of 52 actors from 19 local schools, will don more than 500 costume pieces to re-create the beloved tale.

“​Working with this community of talented kids and their parents has been a joy,” says StageKids founder and show director, Michelle McCormick. “Together we've created a beautiful show and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Don't be the poor unfortunate soul to miss out on this one!

Tickets are available at www.numericapac.org — $15 for adults and $12 for children.

For more information, ​visit www.stagekidswa.org. Download high resolution images and video here.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, November 12th, 2015, 4:10pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Deletions and Additions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of the October 8th, 2015 Regular Meeting
b. Minutes of the November 4th, 2015 Special Meeting
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront Master Plan
ii. Willow Point
VIII. New Business
a. Parks Board Meeting Time
b. Parks Security Contract
c. Commercial Vendors
d. 2016 Budget
e. Levy Certification and Resolution
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: December 10th, 2015 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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The Manson Parks and Recreation has open registrations for this year’s basketball season.

This program is for Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Sign ups can be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com). Office hours are Monday through Friday 10am - 2pm.

LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th and the office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. to accommodate working parents.

Registration Fee is $15.00 (and $14.00 for an AAU card if you have not purchased one already, a total of $29.00).

Late sign ups (after November 10th) will not get a T-shirt.

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Special Board Meeting
Manson Grange, November 4th, 2015, 7:00pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. New Business
a. Public Forum: Downtown Manson Waterfront Improvements
IV. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: November 12th, 2015 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

wsdot logoFeedback vital to plan’s development; public invited to weigh in at any of scheduled meetings statewide

OLYMPIA – Thanks to a coordinated planning effort, the next 20 years of transportation statewide are beginning to take shape. Now, it’s the public’s turn to help influence the future of multimodal transportation in Washington state.

Released Wednesday, Oct. 21, by the Washington State Department of Transportation, the draft Washington State Public Transportation Plan aims to better integrate all modes of public transportation to meet the needs of Washington communities for the next two decades. In order to gather feedback, WSDOT invites individuals to learn about the plan and provide input online or attend any of the public meetings taking place across the state.

“All of our lives are better because of public transportation,” said State Transportation Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton. “Whether it’s rush-hour commuters in the city, students getting to school or seniors going to the doctor, public transportation helps connect people with their communities. This plan offers a blueprint for how our state’s communities and transportation providers will work together to adapt to our changing world and better meet the needs of the people and businesses in those communities.”

The future of Washington’s transportation system—which includes buses, light rail, ferries, and trails for bicycles and pedestrians—will be shaped through partnerships between communities, government agencies and service providers. This draft plan, developed by WSDOT along with transportation agencies and service providers throughout the state, takes another step in defining these new partnerships.

About the plan

The Washington State Public Transportation Plan aims to improve transportation for everyone. It provides a framework for the next generation of efficient, effective public transportation. The plan also brings state and local organizations together to support economic and job growth, clean air and water, and thriving communities through public transportation.

Get involved

WSDOT and its partners are assembling an extensive list of opportunities for Washingtonians to help shape the plan. The meeting itinerary will ultimately include stops in several cities and towns in most counties across the state. These in-person events are designed in part to encourage the public and stakeholders to engage and provide feedback on the plan, and WSDOT will work to ensure that feedback influences the final plan. WSDOT will accept comments about the plan until Jan. 4, 2016.

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Join us for a Public Forum
November 4th, 2015
Grange Hall, Manson
7:00pm
PUBLIC FORUM

Manson Parks has been working with our local architect, Larry Hibbard in planning Downtown Manson Waterfront and Park Improvements. We would like to show you what has been discussed and need to hear from you and get your input!

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, October 8th, 2015, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Deletions and Additions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of the September 10th, 2015 Regular Meeting
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Public Access Areas
b. Boat Club
c. Director’s Report
d. Park Improvements
VIII. New Business
a. Commercial Vendors
b. 2016 Budget
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: November 12th, 2015 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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The North Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has the honor of inviting you to Join us for our 15th Annual Scholarship Banquet to gather funds for the scholarships that are given to local students annually.

On Friday June 19th from 5pm to 9pm at the Senior Center on 1312 Maple St. in Wenatchee WA.

There will be dinner, drinks and live entertainment from Mariachi "Estrellas De Oro". And a silent auction.

For more information , regarding Sponsorship or Tickets please call Lorena at 670-8575 …. Area 509 670—8575
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La Camara Hispana de Comercio de Norte Central Washington, le invita a su decimo quinta Cena de Gala para reunir fondos para becas que se daran a estudiantes locales.

El evento sera este Viernes 19 de Junio de 5pm a 9pm en el Senior Center del 1312 Calle Maple St. en Wenatchee, WA

Habra cena, bebidas y entretenimiento en vivo con “Mariachi Estrellas de Oro” ademas de una subasta en silencio. Para informacion de patrocinios, boletos o mesas llamar a Lorena 670 –8575 area 509 670-8575.

bucknerblossom350IN THIS ISSUE
Include in this update from the Orchard are the following;
 
  •     Annual Meeting May 11
  •     Great News!
  •     Buckner House Renovation
  •     Membership Renewal - Is your's in?
  •     Blossoms!
 
ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Foundation will take place at 7 PM, May 11, at the Lake Chelan Reclamation District Offices in Manson.
  • Election of officers and board members
  • Financial Report
  • Orchard Report
  • Review of 2014 Activities
  • Interpretative Activities Review
  • Projects - Review and Funding
  • Goals Report and Adoption
  • Budget Adoption and Project Funding for 2015
 
GREAT NEWS AT THE ORCHARD!
Since purchasing the Buckner Orchard from Harry and Lena Buckner in 1970, the National Park Service has employed seasonal workers to maintain the orchard.  For the past 20 years, Laurie Thompson has, as a seasonal employee, cared and nurtured the historic trees. 
 
In March, that all changed.
 
With little fanfare, and after months of process, the orchardist position at the Orchard was designated a permanent position and Laurie was hired to fill it.  This is great news for both Laurie and the Orchard!  Laurie will no longer have to continually reapply for the seasonal work, and funding is now on a more secure basis for care of the Orchard.
 
BUCKNER HOME RENOVATION UPDATE
Attached is an NPS document laying out the how and why of the next phase of renovating the Buckner Home for future NPS housing at the Orchard.  This is a worth-while read if you are interested in what is happening with this historic house.
 
Renovation was begun in 2014 and was detailed in our http://bucknerhomestead.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BHHF-2014-ANNUAL-REPORT.pdf Annual Report and this document.
 
 
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Have you renewed your Foundation membership for 2015 in support of our work at the Orchard?  Forgot?  Its never too late!
 
Would you like to support our work by acquiring your first membership?  Guess what, its not too late for that either!
 
Memberships and donations can be sent to BHHF at PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.
Here the link to our membership page and how to be involved:  http://bucknerhomestead.org/get-involved/"
 
 
BLOSSOMS AT THE ORCHARD
The first apple blossoms of the year began emerging on April 19, and rushed head-on into full bloom three days later.    Unfortunately, or fortunately, we missed the full-bloom but did see the early blossoms as they began to sneak out in the warm April sun.

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The Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2015 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its March board meeting. Nominations were submitted by staff, students, and community members. Award recipients were: English Language Development Coordinator/ELA Teacher, Katie Sperling and Manson School Bus Driver, Lynn Chamberlain.

The Manson School District Board of Directors will officially recognize the award winners at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, April 27 at 6:00p.m. in the elementary library.

The recipients will also be recognized on May 5 in Wenatchee at the Convention Center at the annual North Central Educational Service District’s Excellence Awards Banquet.

A big congratulations to other nominees: Addie Velasco, Kim Williams, Jane Pratt, Kevin Sanford, Amy Anderson, and Janine Sanford.

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Katie Sperling - A nominator shared, “She is truly an advocate for all students, has vast literacy knowledge (both English and Spanish readers) and works tirelessly to support staff on a daily basis. I am proud to work alongside her and she energizes and inspires me by the work she is doing district-wide.”
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Lynn Chamberlain - A nominator shared, “She has an excellent driving record and is appreciated by her riders/students, parents and colleagues alike. Lynn goes beyond her working role in support of students by voluntarily attending many school and athletic events. She is a “true blue” Trojan fan.

wsdot logoHYAK – Drivers traveling on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass next week should plan for minor delays due to rolling slowdowns and lane closures.

On Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17 the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close the shoulders in both directions during the day on I-90 from mileposts 47 to 55. Crews will also be conducting rolling slowdowns during the day and close a single lane eastbound at night from mileposts 56 to 61. 

Drivers will also experience minor delays due lane closures from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16 at mileposts 88 to 93 and at milepost 79.  

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

chamber new160The new center opens at 216 E. Woodin Avenue in Chelan on April 25, 2015

LAKE CHELAN, WA (April 6, 2015) — The new Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center opens for operation April 25, 2015, starting with a public grand opening celebration from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce staff will host visitors for building tours and light snacks.

Over the past three years the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has been working diligently to find a new home for our organization, knowing that our current lease with the Chelan County Public Utility District at 102 E. Johnson was set to expire.

The new location both accommodates our growing organization and houses our vision for a state-of-the-art visitor center that is representative of all the Lake Chelan Valley has to offer. We have been extremely fortunate to find a partner that was willing to work with us to achieve something fantastic for our community, visitors and businesses. With the support and investment of the Naur Group, LLC, we remodeled an 8,000 square foot building in the heart of downtown Chelan located at 216 E. Woodin Avenue. We have entered into a 20-year lease agreement with the buyer with the option to renew for an additional 15 years.

“We are extremely excited for the opportunities this new space will provide our organization, our membership, our visitors and our entire community. This is an exciting step forward in the growth and evolution of our organization and the Lake Chelan Valley,” says Chamber Executive Director, Mike Steele.

This new building will include office spaces, conference rooms, and a state-of-the-art Visitor Center. The office spaces will provide individual work areas for our organization’s staff. In addition, we will rent space to new or fledgling businesses. This practice, known as accelerator space, allows businesses to utilize the common resources of our building, receptionist, conference rooms, copy centers, etc.; while growing their own business. Once they have developed a solid foundation, they will move out of the building to find their own space.

The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce has also received tremendous support from the business community of the valley. The sponsorship of different spaces of the building by local businesses have allowed us to reach our goal of creating something that is a community asset, an impressive visitor experience and great resources for our businesses. We would like to thank the Port of Chelan County, Sage Vacation Rentals, Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties, Chelan County Public Utility District, My Chelan Vacation, Tsillan Cellars, and Chelan Rotary for their generous support.

 

Turn The Paige

 

Jef Paige interviews Bob Webster about music, youth, Cambodia and more.  Plus Bob picks out a few tunes on the guitar!

Bob Webster Interview

Bob Webster Songs

buckner logoPromoting the care and preservation of the Buckner homestead, orchard, and community atmosphere in perpetuity

2015 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE   

As indicated in our http://bucknerhomestead.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BHHF-2014-ANNUAL-REPORT.pdf">Annual Report for 2014, we were able to do many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering.  If we are to continue this good work; funding and volunteering must continue, as well. 

It is still unknown just what specific impact continued Federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard, but we know there will be loss of time and/or resources available to the National Park Service this year, making our work all the more important.   The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!

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

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

NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link http://bucknerhomestead.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Membership-form2015.pdf">(Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831. 
Be sure to include your e-mail address.


Individual  -  $25.00

Business -  $75.00

Benefactor - $250.00

Sustainer - $1,000.00

Family  -  $50.00

Patron  -  $100.00

Steward  -  $500.00

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

Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead.   (Not sure how your contribution will be used? Then, review our 2013 Financial Summary at the end of the http://bucknerhomestead.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BHHF-2014-ANNUAL-REPORT.pdf">Annual Report.)

Web site:  bucknerhomestead.org

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

BucknerSign300Click on the Buckner Orchard sign on the left to read our  2014 Annual Report.  Lots of photos are included!

2015 Calendar of Events

May 11
Annual Meeting, Manson
Lake Chelan Reclamation District
Board Room, Monday, 7 PM
 
June 18
Orchard work party, Stehekin
Thursday, 8:30 AM
 
July 11
Orchard work party, Stehekin
Saturday, 8:30 AM

August 8
Square Dancing at the Orchard, Stehekin
Saturday, 7 PM

August 10
Summer Board Meeting, Stehekin
Bakery gazebo, Monday 8 AM
 
October 9
Fall Work Party, Stehekin
Friday, 8:30 AM
 
October 9
Harvest Fest Kickoff program, Stehekin
Friday, 7 PM
 
October 10
Harvest Fest at the Orchard, Stehekin
Saturday, 10 AM
 
October 11
Poetry Night, Stehekin
Sunday, 7 PM
 
All events are free and open to all.

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web page:  bucknerhomestead.org
 
The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington, and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

Selection for the Manson Apple Blossom Royalty will take place Saturday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the manson High School Gym.

The theme for this year's Apple Blossom Festival is "The First Harvest."

Here are this year's candidates:


MAB KATELYN 200Katelyn April Stocker - Katelyn April Stocker is the 18 year old daughter of Frank and Kathy Stocker. She has a younger sister, Kimberly.

Katelyn was on the honor roll. She played on the volleyball team and the golf team for Manson. She helped with the concessions, food drive, blood drive, and is a volunteer at the Habitat Thrift Store.

Since childhood, Katelyn’s interests and hobbies have been swimming, hiking, camping, golfing, traveling, sewing, singing, volleyball, and American Sign Language. Her after school activities include dance, gymnastics, karate, jump roping, and choir.

Katelyn says "I would really appreciate the opportunity to be on the Manson Apple Blossom Royalty because I would enjoy the new experiences and challenges. I could also be an example for people who are shy like me to show you can overcome personal obstacles. I hope to increase my own self confidence and learn how to enhance my own natural beauty."

Katelyn would like to attend college at George Fox University, WSU, or North West College of Art and Design. Her goal is to become a special effects artist, American Sign Language interpreter, or a vocal performer.

Katelyn's favorite TV shows are Psych and Quantum Leap and her favorite novels are Distant Waves and The Running Dream.


MAB AYLEE 200Aylee Willow Neff - Aylee Willow Neff is the eighteen year old daughter of Greg and Sue Neff. She has 3 older brothers: Aaron, Kyle, and Schuyler, and 2 older sisters: Megan and Keisha.

Aylee is a member of FFA, was a State Creed Speaker in 9th grade, was treasurer in 10th grade, and was president 11th and 12th grade. She has been a member of National Honor Society for 3 yrs.

Aylee was Class President in 10th grade. In her junior year she was both the “Washington Aerospace Scholar” and a“Joint Science Educational Project Semifinalist” as well as Chelan County Fair Ambassador.

Aylee has been on the High Honor Roll grades 9-12. She has participated in concert, marching and pep bands all throughout her high school career.

Aylee played basketball grades 9 and 10, volleyball grades 9-12, and track and field grades 9-12. She qualified for the State 2B track championship meet for the last three years.

Aylee enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at the community library, reading, baking, sewing, and drawing.

Aylee says "Becoming Manson Apple Blossom royalty stands for more than just a crown; it represents a desire to give back to the community I love and be a part of the community celebration that focuses on bringing people together. I firmly believe in those values at the festival."

Aylee's future plans are to attend the University of Washington to major in Biochemical Engineering.

Her favorite TV show is Bones and favorite book is Miss Rumphius.


MAB JANA 200Jana Russell - Jana Leigh Russell is the seventeen year-old daughter of Julie Russell. She has an older brother, Jesse, and his fiancé, Andrea Rainey, who are both attending the University of Washington.

Jana is a member of Honor Society, has been on the Knowledge Bowl state team her junior year, and in FFA for 4 years where she served as photographer, sentinel, treasurer, and state participant her junior year.

Jana was the treasurer for her junior class and currently her senior class, ASB representative/treasurer, and senior representative to the local association of student councils.

Jana played volleyball 4 years, was captain her senior year, has played basketball 4 years, and track 3 years. She was captain of the track team her junior year.

Jana is an avid reader, has been snowmobiling for 5 years, swims, babysits, and enjoys holiday baking.

Jana says " Along with serving and representing the Manson community, I want to be Apple Blossom Royalty to prove to myself, the community, and every shy little girl out there, that with a little hard work, dedication, and of course, a smile, dreams really can come true."

Future plans for Jana include attending a four-year university such as the University of Washington or Stanford. She wants to major in Biochemistry and then work at a cancer research center.

Jana's favorite TV shows are Glee and America's Got Talent and her favorite novels are the Harry Potter series.


MAB KRISTEN 200Kristen Adrienne Gibson - Kristen Adrienne Gibson is the seventeen year-old daughter of Brock and Tanya Gibson. She has 2 older brothers, Adam and Bret.

Kristen has been on the high honor roll and earned Academic letters throughout her high school years.

She lettered in volleyball and softball, serving as captain of both teams, and received the Most Consistent Server her Junior year. She was voted “Most Inspirational Cheerleader” for the Basketball season her freshman year, and "Most Inspirational" in volleyball her senior year.

Kristen was a member of FFA as a Freshman, has been in Knowledge Bowl all 4 years, has been in the National Honor Society for 2 yrs, and FBLA for 2 yrs, where she currently serves as the Vice-President.

Kristen was ASB Secretary her senior year and Assistant Secretary during her junior year.

Kristen was chosen to attend the Washington State Legislative Conference in her junior year and the Washington Student Leaders Conference in her senior year. She also received Best of Show in the regional art show, for a sculpture she created with two partners.

Kristen has enjoyed skiing her whole life. She also enjoys volleyball, kayaking, hiking, Cross Fit, watching football, and spending time at her Grandma Hobbie's boat shop in the summer.

Kristen says. "There are not enough words to express the love I have for this community. I have deep roots here and I cannot imagine loving any town as much as I love Manson. To represent my community as Apple Blossom royalty and to be a role model for little girls, as past royalty were for me, would be the greatest honor and a dream come true."

Future plans for Kristen include attending the University of Washington to earn a degree in Communications and Business Administration. Her dream is to become a sideline reporter for the National Football League.

Her favorite TV show is Hart of Dixie and the Harry Potter series are her favorite novels.


MAB KENDRA 200Kendra Lynn Ellsworth - Kendra Lynn Ellsworth is the eighteen year old daughter of Mike and Diana Ellsworth. She has two older sisters, Sierra and Hailey.

Kendra is currently ASB Vice-President and previously served as Secretary and Assistant Secretary. She has attended Chewelah Peak Leadership Camp and was an ASB delegate to WASC. She has served as Class President for two years.

Kendra participated in Knowledge Bowl for two years, FFA for 4 years and was an officer for 3 of those years. She raised the Grand Champion Market Hog in 2013 as well as receiving a Reserve Champion ribbon for Showmanship.

Kendra lettered in varsity volleyball 3 years receiving the "Top Offensive Player" award and was chosen as the "First Team All -League". She has lettered in varsity basketball all 4 years, receiving the "Captains Award" and "Most Inspirational" award. Kendra has lettered in varsity softball for 2 years and received the "Team Captain" and "MVP" awards and was chosen as the "First Team All-League" last year.

Kendra enjoys fishing with her Dad, spending time with her family, and playing with their huge chocolate lab, Oakley. She also enjoys Cross Fit, scrapbooking, and trying new Pinterest projects. She loves to sing, but doesn't call it one of her talents.

Kendra says "Manson Apple Blossom is a wonderful tradition that I have always known I wanted to be a part of. It would be an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of the royalty that represents our community and shares with others the beauty of our small town."

The future plans for Kendra are to attend Central Washington University where she will major in Elementary Education.

Her favorite TV show is The Walking Dead, and favorite novels are the House of Nights Series.

pudCritical habitat destroyed by beavers in Entiat and Wenatchee river front parks

WENATCHEE – Beavers are destroying newly planted trees and shrubs in Entiat Park (currently closed – except for the boat ramp area), as well as destroying important shoreline vegetation in Walla Walla Point, Confluence and Riverfront parks. As a result, the PUD is expanding its existing contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Nuisance Bird & Animal Control Services to trap, remove and destroy the beaver.

The PUD attempted to divert the beaver by putting cages and/or using sand-infused paint around the base of the trees in Entiat Park, but the beaver continued to destroy the trees and shrubs.

Under its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license, the PUD is responsible for providing for and maintaining critical river shoreline habitat. The beaver activity is in direct conflict with the PUD’s license requirements.

At this time of year, the only alternative is to remove and eliminate the beaver, since relocation wouldn’t be viable during the winter because the beaver would be unable to rebuild their dens. If the beaver remain a problem in the spring, the PUD will work with Okanogan County officials to relocate the beaver in an area where their dam-building could be a beneficial erosion control method in fire-destroyed areas.

USDA will put signs in the areas where active trapping is taking place so that the public will keep their pets out of danger. The trapping will cease when the vegetation destruction stops. The USDA will trap on PUD property only.

nps logo smChelan—Early season snow grooming operations have begun at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area on the Chelan Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Ski area personnel are working to establish a good snow base for future grooming operations.  Skiers should expect typical early season conditions with varying snow depths, soft snow, and the possibility of bare spots as temperatures warm up later in the week. 

Grooming will occur on an intermittent basis.  Fees will not be charged over the Thanksgiving weekend due to the thin snow cover and variable ski conditions. Ski area personnel will continue to monitor ski conditions and determine when the fee season will begin.

In conjunction with the start of snow grooming at Echo Ridge, beginning today Purtteman Gulch Road No. 8010 will be closed to wheeled vehicles and snowmobiles to provide for Nordic grooming activities. 

When fees are charged, ski passes are required for both ski and snowshoe trail use.  Day passes are available on-site for $10 per adult, with no charge for skiers or snowshoers age 17 and under.  Season passes are available for $70 at the Chelan Ranger District office. 

All trailheads in the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area are plowed and open for parking.  Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area is located 10 miles outside of the city of Chelan and is managed as a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and Lake Chelan Nordic Ski Club.

For current grooming information go online to www.lakecheleannordic.org or contact the Chelan Ranger District office at (509) 682-4900.  The Chelan Ranger District office is located at 428 West Woodin Avenue in Chelan with office hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

waspThe Washington State Patrol (WSP) is seeking the opportunity to speak with anyone who may have information about an overpass that was struck by an oversize load on I-90 at milepost 63.

On November 25, 2014 just before 2 pm an unknown vehicle struck the underside of the Stampede Pass overpass and the large sign that was mounted to the side of the structure causing it and cement debris to fall to the roadway below.

WSP is requesting anyone who may have observed the collision, any oversize load vehicles in the area prior to the collision, or oversize loads travelling through Cle Elum or South Cle Elum shortly after 2 pm, to please call WSP Trooper Darren Wright at 509-679-6228.

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11/12/14 - Tasula and Len Berggren of Coquitlam, BC with their mornings catch of Lakers
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11/15/14 - Repeat customer Dean Williams, Casey McAfee, Parker Williams and Miles Kendrick of Monroe, WA with their mornings catch of Lakers
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11/15/14 our very own Jeff Witkowski with a nice holdover rainbow caught in Mill Bay on Lake Chelan.
We have made it through our first big cold snap of the winter and now we are getting our first significant snow fall, but our early winter pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan continues hot. Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan. The occasional holdover triploid rainbow is a bonus. Roses Lake has received it’s winter rainbow trout plant and is providing hot action for planter sized rainbows. The Upper Columbia River has been providing fair action for steelhead and other fish in the early fall.

We troll for these mostly eating sized Lakers from 220 to 245 feet deep. Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph. Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan. Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp. This in turn makes the meat especially delectable.   While we find those mysids in our Lakers all year, this late fall / early winter time really concentrates that feed in the lower basin to fatten up our fish.

Rainbow trout on Lake Chelan can be caught by a variety of methods. Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig. You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger. Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait.

Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout. WDFW planted approximately 16,000 fish that were 2.4 fish to the pound. Those are about 9” fish. So far, Roses hasn’t frozen over and shore anglers are limiting in less than an hour.

Your fishing tip of the week is to take a page out of the tournament anglers strategy book and prepare plans A, B, C and maybe even D to make efficient use of your precious “on the water” time. This could mean rigging trolling gear and lining up lures so that if plan A’s presentation you can work through your progressions without having to search and then tie knots with chilly fingers. If you are going to switch from still fishing to casting, have those rigs prepared and ready to put into action. This requires thinking ahead and preparing at home. Keeping your presentation in a prime location in an attractive way will make you more successful. It’s only logical.

I will dispense with normal format for my first post Veteran’s Day Report to share my thoughts and feelings before moving on in future reports. I believe the best thing that we can do to honor our war dead is live well and joyously.   However, I think it is occasionally necessary to reflect and appreciate their sacrifices. My friend, Terry Gilden was killed in the Beirut Embassy bombing of 1983 by Hezbollah militants. The mission there was to bring the bloody civil war in Lebanon to an end. In 1993, my friend, Randy Shugart was killed by militants of a Somalian warlord. The mission there was to clear the way for food supplies to reach hundreds of thousands of starving civilians in rural Somalia. While critical thinking is necessary and skepticism can be useful, make no mistake.   Flawed as we might be, we are the good guys because men like my friends answer the call and do their best to implement our national will. George Orwell said it best: “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Just reflect for a moment about the lifestyle we enjoy and give thanks for these men.

waspTrailer hit 11 sway braces on bridge, leading to collapse.

(Olympia) – Detectives from the Washington State Patrol have determined that the truck which struck the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was two inches over-height.

In a report released today, detectives found the truck was permitted to carry a load of no higher than 15-feet nine inches. After the collision, they noted the load measured 15-feet eleven inches. The over-height load struck eleven of the bridge’s sway braces as it crossed the structure.

The collision happened on May 23, 2013, shortly after 7:00 p.m. After the collapse, two vehicles fell into the river and the occupants had to be rescued by a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol unit. They suffered non-life threatening injuries and have recovered.

The only fatality related to the collapse came on May 31, 2013, when WSP Trooper Sean O’Connell was killed while directing traffic at a detour around the scene.

Detectives also determined that the pole carried by a pilot car hit the bridge structure, which should have triggered a warning. However, the driver of an over-height load is the person legally responsible for safe transit, not the driver of any support vehicle or pilot car.

Driver William D.W. Scott of Alberta, Canada was cited by the State Patrol for Negligent Driving in the Second Degree which is a traffic infraction carrying a fine of $550.

The report states Scott should have moved into the center lane of the bridge, which would have accommodated even the over-height load. Investigators determined only four seconds passed between the time the pilot car’s pole hit the bridge and the truck’s load hit the first sway brace. The truck was following approximately 350 feet behind the pilot car.

The detective’s Report of Investigation is available here: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/_secured/cid_reports/skagit_case_summary_redacted.pdf

MBA-Logo200Good evening, past and present Manson Supporters!

During this past year, newsletters, communications and many other opportunities have continued to be a major part of Manson’s growth.  These things were provided for those people and businesses who were members of the Manson Business Association.  If you are one of the people or businesses that haven’t heard from us this year, you are the ones I’m looking for.  I am taking a moment to send out one of our old fashioned eLetters to catch you up and ask for your support.

CLICK HERE for a Membership Application in PDF format

2014 brought great benefit to our little village of Manson; OUR contribution to the Lake Chelan valley, Chelan County and even more.  Here is a short list:

  • New President, Jeff Conwell of Green Dot Sub Shop, took office and I moved to Treasurer (whew!).
  • Doc Hoyt of Doc House Coffee Co. and Lance Farrar of Troy’s Pizza continued with us on the BOD.
  • Tom Addison of Orchard Wood Ovens stepped down to take care of his business and family.  We wish him the very best!
  • The Manson Business Association received its 501(c)6 IRS designation.
  • Chelan County Commissioners
    • The Annual Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Celebration at Manson Bay – another fabulous and proud show!
    • The brand new Mountain View Summer Music Series held over 11 weeks in Leffler Field – it was amazing, with great community support, incredibly talented musicians, and brought a 67% “out of the area” participation on Sunday nights!
    • The brand new Village of Lights– being set up AS WE SPEAK!
    • And this contribution has grown for 2015!
  • Leavenworth Chamber of Commercesupported us by contributing their old, but perfectly useable, Christmas lights for use in our “public” or “vacant” areas of Manson for our Village of Lights.  Thank you, Leavenworth!
  • The MBA membership grew tremendously!
  • With our blessing (and we will certainly continue support!) the First Annual Manson Hydrofest took place.
  • AND, we were blessed by a visit from the nationally acclaimed Travel Channel TV program, Hotel Impossible– JUST WAIT to see what gifts they left in their wake for ALL of us… there’s More To Manson; get ready to wave!

Let’s see... more?!?!  Just wait for 2015, Team Manson!!!  Already for 2015, the MBA has secured nearly $28,000.00 in grants to promote tourism in Manson and the Lake Chelan Valley.  How will you be part of this???

For now, I would like to ask you to not only consider joining the Manson Business Association, but to do it.  The membership meets only one time per month and, although we truly want to hear from all members, attendance is not a requirement. 

 

This is an incredibly dedicated group of people who represent businesses, residents, community organizations and visitors who really care about what Manson’s contribution can be to sustainable business, providing jobs to locals (and those great kids coming out of MHS!), and enriching the quality of all our lives… by being MANSON.  We are proud of who we are and think we have something to offer; we love our community and want to protect, preserve and share it!

If you know someone who you think might be interested in this information, please feel free to forward my message.  If you have any questions or would like more information, I look forward to your reply email.

See you around town!

Kim Ustanik

Treasurer

509-687-9505

Manson Business Association

Agency spent nearly four years making Draeger Alcotest 9510 units ready for deployment
 

(Seattle)—The Washington State Patrol today unveiled the next-generation of breath testing instruments designed to help remove impaired drivers from the streets and highways we all share.

The Patrol has spent nearly four years making sure the Draeger Alcotest 9510 instruments would be ready to fit into an already effective program of DUI enforcement.

“This is another step in our agency’s long-standing effort to remove dangerously impaired drivers from our state’s highways,” said Chief John R. Batiste. “We’ve made great strides toward our goal of zero annual traffic fatalities, and this device will help move the needle even further.”

The Draeger instruments will replace the National Patent Analytical Systems DataMaster that has been in use since the 1980s. They are no longer being manufactured, and even getting parts has been difficult.

“The Draeger instrument will produce the same accurate results as our previous instrument, but with far less maintenance,” said Lt. Rob Sharpe, commander of the Patrol’s Impaired Driving Section. “They are also easier for officers to operate, and help speed the processing of DUI suspects.”

The biggest difference from previous generations of breath testing devices is that the Draegers utilize a dry gas standard instead of a liquid solution to verify that the instrument is working properly. For years, liquid solutions have had to be mixed locally by scientists, monitored for temperature, and checked regularly by technicians. The Draeger’s dry gas contains a known concentration of alcohol, allowing the instrument to verify that a suspect’s breath alcohol is being measured accurately and reliably.

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The Patrol received legislative approval in 2010 to switch to the dry gas and work began immediately so that the new instruments would fit into our state’s DUI program. The Patrol now believes the instruments are ready to win the confidence of judges and juries who will rely on them in court.

“The Draegers would have been fine right out of the box for simply testing breath alcohol levels,” Sharpe said. “We wanted to make them fit into our state’s DUI enforcement program so that officers can produce better reports, faster, and get back into service.”

One challenge in reducing impaired driving fatalities is the time it takes to process a DUI arrest. If that time can be shortened, police officers can get back on the road and spot additional impaired drivers.

As a result, a great deal of effort went into the user interface. For example, developers added drop-down menus that officers will be familiar with from using Microsoft Windows. In Washington, breath testing instruments also contain the state’s database of licensed drinking establishments, so troopers can include that information in their DUI report.

Ease of maintenance is also a big plus with the Draegers.

“If the device detects a problem, it shuts itself down and sends an e-mail to our office,” Sharpe said. “The test can’t proceed, and a technician can be dispatched to fix the problem.”

Technicians will also no longer need to make as many routine visits simply to check the status of the liquid solution used by the older instruments. When a Draeger unit’s tank of dry gas starts to run low, it sends an e-mail alert.

The Patrol expects to begin deploying the new Draeger instruments in time for the December holiday season. The first instruments will be deployed in Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish counties. The Patrol owns and maintains all the state’s breath testing instruments used by police for DUI enforcement.

In 2013, 440 people were killed in traffic collisions. Of those deaths, 188 involved a driver who was impaired. Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan is called “Target Zero,” and aims to completely eliminate all traffic fatalities by the year 2030.

waspSuspect arrested minutes after issuance of Wireless Emergency Alert

Officials from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) were celebrating the quick recovery of an abducted and endangered child as a result of this morning’s AMBER Alert and applauding the public involvement that proved crucial to the child’s safe recovery.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office initiated the AMBER Alert for 18-month old Mason A. Wilhelm, which was issued at 10:23 a.m.  The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system was then activated, which was sent at 10:41 a.m.  An alert motorist, receiving the WEA on their phone, called 9-1-1 at 10:42 a.m., reporting they were following the vehicle.  Deputies then stopped the suspect vehicle at 10:49 a.m. and the child was safety recovered.

The AMBER Alert program is a critical tool that has aided in the safe recovery of over 700 abducted children nationwide since its inception.  “The public may often be our best resource in locating these abducted children and the quick dissemination of this critical information using the WEA system enhances getting these alerts out to the public.  As demonstrated with this morning’s quick and safe recovery, a mere 8 minutes passed from the WEA being seen by a motorist and the child’s safe recovery,” said Lieutenant Ron Mead of the Washington State Patrol.  “The system works and this recovery demonstrates the value of the AMBER Alert program and the invaluable role of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system in alerting the public”, added Mead.

Additional information on the circumstances surrounding the child’s abduction and recovery are available from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information on the AMBER Alert program can be found at http://www.missingkids.com/AMBER or the Washington State AMBER Alert plan at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/amber.htm

Additional information on the Wireless Emergency Alert system can be found at http://www.fema.gov/wireless-emergency-alerts

waspAt the request of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) has assumed primary investigative responsibility for the fatal traffic collision involving an on-duty Grant County Sheriff’s deputy and a Jeep Cherokee.  The crash occurred at approximately 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the intersection of Dodson Road and Road 5 NW.  The deputy was traveling south on Dodson in a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he collided with the eastbound 1996 Jeep.  The driver of the Jeep suffered fatal trauma and the deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

The MAIT is a specialty unit in the State Patrol that responds to collisions statewide from their office in Monroe.  The unit is staffed with collision reconstruction detectives and will be investigating the crash event using the human, vehicle, environment (HVE) model to determine the causal factors.    

As part of the investigation, detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen any events leading up to or the actual crash.  If you have any information or know someone who does, please contact Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Ed Collins at (360) 805-1195.

firemarshallThe Office of the State Fire Marshal is proud to congratulate the Marysville Fire District for receiving the national Life Safety Achievement Award for 2013. “The Marysville Fire District should be commended for their outstanding leadership, determination, and active pledge to enhance public safety,” said State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy.

Since 1994, the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation along with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company have recognized fire departments for their accomplishments in promoting fire prevention in the pursuit of saving lives by awarding the Life Safety Achievement Award to those fire departments in our nation that experienced zero fire deaths in their jurisdiction, or a 10 percent reduction in fire deaths during the previous calendar year.

State Fire Marshal Duffy encourages all local fire departments to apply for the Life Safety Achievement Award for their fire prevention efforts conducted in 2014. A list of criteria and an application for the 2014 award will be available on www.grinnellmutual.com in the spring of 2015.

firemarshallSummer break is quickly coming to an end and many students will be moving in to dormitories or other college housing. State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy recommendsthat, “Fire safety should be reviewed as students settle into their new spaces. Understanding the safety features of a building and knowing your escape routes can significantly increase your personal safety.”

The United States Fire Administration reports an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. The leading causes include cooking, intentionally set fires, careless smoking, unattended candles, and overloaded electrical wiring. State Fire Marshal Duffy suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of fire and increase student safety:

Cooking should only be done in a location permitted by the school’s policies. Never leave your cooking unattended. If a fire starts in a microwave, leave the door closed and unplug the unit.

Alcohol, drugs and fire do not mix. The combination can make an individual sleepy which could result in them falling asleep with a lit cigarette. Smoking outside the building is recommended. Only use noncombustible, deep, wide, sturdy ashtrays to extinguish smoking materials.

Candles may be prohibited from use in college housing. Students should familiarize themselves with the applicable policies regarding open flames. If candles are permitted, never leave them unattended while they are burning. Ensure the container/holder is noncombustible and made of sturdy material. Using a flameless candle is recommended.

Fire sprinklers and smoke alarms are built in safety devices designed to respond quickly if a fire were to start. Never disable or hinder their operation. If a smoke alarm sounds, immediately evacuate the building and do not assume it is a false alarm. 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State’s firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.