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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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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, September 14th, 2017, 4:10pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. August 10, 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 Contract
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s report
VIII. New Business
a. Resolution 2017-02
b. Wapato Lake Campground brochure
IX. Executive Session: Performance of a public employee
X. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: September 14th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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Manson Parks has just announced that registration is now open for this year’s AAU soccer season.

This program is for Pre - K through 6th grade.

Forms can be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com).

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.

The LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE September 13, 2017.

The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 13th to accommodate working parents.

The total cost to play is $29.00.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, September 13, 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:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: July 2017
* Payroll: $135,649.82 August 2017 Paid 09-05-2017
* Vouchers for August General Account: Vouchers #929 through #937 for $4,096.75; Voucher #945 through #956 for $7,347.18; Voucher #979 through #995 for $4,368.89; Vouchers #1005 through #1014 for $35,449.95.
* Vouchers for July Capital Account: Vouchers #938 for $852.75 Voucher #957 for $398.31; Vouchers #996 for $405.10; vouchers #1015 for $3,559.51.
* Minutes: August 9 and 23, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention
* Training – Chief Mark Donnell
* Public Education
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* Marine Fire Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals
* 2017-2021 LRP
New Business:
* 2018 Draft Budget
* 2017-04 Resolution – Cancelled Warrants
Special Event:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and/or Negotiations.
Adjournment:

douglascountysheriff148Just after midnight on 09/03/17 a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol on Hwy. 2 at MP 135 when he detected a vehicle on his RADAR traveling 83 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. 

The Deputy caught up to the vehicle and activated his lights and siren.  The vehicle slowed to about 45 MPH but did not stop.  The Deputy could see driver throwing things out the window.  The driver finally pulled over near Lincoln Rock.  When the Deputy approached the window, the driver abruptly reached down beside his seat.  Fearing the driver was reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed his arm.  The driver struggled with the Deputy and was able to escape by putting his car in gear and driving away.  The Deputy pursued. 

The suspect vehicle turned into Lincoln Rock State park traveling 50 MPH in a 15 MPH zone.  It continued to the boat launch area and collided with the dock hand rail.  The vehicle went airborne and landed in about two feet of water. 

At first the driver tried to swim away, but the Deputy convinced him to return to shore.   During his contact with the suspect, he exhibited obvious signs of impairment.   He was arrested without injury or further incident and transported to the Chelan County Jail.   

Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to ensure there was no petroleum product released into the River.  It was minimal and did not present a hazard.

The suspect was identified as 35 year old Michael Kalmakoff of Tonasket.  He was booked for DUI and Felony Eluding, and obstructing.

ncw crime unit logoAs of September 5, 2017 the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit has announced that it has nearly completed its investigation of the July 27, 2017 Officer Involved shooting at Albertson’s. The following is a timeline of events during the incident on July 27:

On July 27, 2017 at 22:05:47 hours, a reporting party called 911 to report that there was, “a guy screaming and yelling walking around with a knife” in the parking lot of the Albertson’s grocery store at 1128 N. Miller Street in Wenatchee.   The reporting party was a truck driver who was making a delivery to the nearby Starbucks store.      

At 22:06:43 hours, Wenatchee Police Officer Albert Gonzalez and other Wenatchee Police Officers responded toward Albertson’s.

At 22:08:29 hours, Officer Gonzalez entered the Albertson’s parking lot. He was the first officer on scene. As Officer Gonzalez drove west through the Albertson’s parking lot, his in-car camera captured the suspect walking in front of the patrol car toward the west Albertson’s entrance.

At 22:08:39 hours Officer Gonzalez parked his patrol car near the Albertson’s west entrance. The suspect had already reached the Albertson’s west entry doors and was approximately twenty feet from Officer Gonzalez’s driver’s side door. Officer Gonzalez was driving a fully marked patrol car with his emergency lights activated, and he was wearing a Wenatchee Police Department uniform. As Officer Gonzalez got out of his patrol car, surveillance video and eyewitness statements showed that the suspect moved aggressively toward him.

At 22:08:42 hours, Officer Gonzalez loudly and clearly gave the commands, “Get on the ground, get on the ground, get on the ground!” in rapid succession.   Immediately following these commands, Officer Gonzalez fired three shots from his 9mm pistol. The suspect fell to the ground in close proximity to the open driver’s side patrol car door. Several Wenatchee Police Officers arrived to assist Officer Gonzalez after the shots were fired. Shortly after their arrival first aid was administered. A tactical folding knife with a 3-inch blade was found on the ground next to Folden’s upper body. The suspect was identified as 31 year-old Matthew L. Folden of Wenatchee.

Folden was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2320 hours. Preliminary examination showed that he had gunshot wounds to the lower right abdomen, the lower right chest, and the right shoulder. During autopsy, three bullets were recovered from Folden’s body.  

Officer Gonzalez provided a detailed statement to investigators. It stated upon contact with Folden, Officer Gonzalez observed a knife in Folden’s right hand. Folden was holding the knife close to the center of his chest. Folden immediately aggressed toward Officer Gonzalez and extended the knife with his right arm toward Officer Gonzalez. Officer Gonzalez said Folden was not responsive to any commands. After firing three shots at Folden, Folden fell to the ground. Folden was still in possession of the knife, but dropped it after Officer Gonzalez gave him the command to “drop the knife”. Folden complied and released the knife. Four independent eyewitnesses and video from Albertson’s corroborated Officer Gonzalez’s statement that Folden was the aggressor.

The investigation is pending a small amount of documentation and lab results to include toxicology and autopsy reports. Once the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is Capt. Jim West WPD * Undersheriff Jason Mathews CCSO * Chief Steve Groseclose DCSO * Capt. Edgar Reinfeld WPD

           

sheriffsmSep 1, 2017 - Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that two climbers were rescued today on Dragontail Peak approximately 11 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

On Thursday afternoon, James Templeton (50 yoa) of Seattle and Petr Praus (28 yoa) of Seattle were attempting to climb Dragontail Peak via the “Serpentine Arete” route. The climbers got off route and reached a spot where they couldn’t climb any higher and were unable to descend safely and activated their emergency beacons.

At 8:38pm on Thursday, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from the Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) advising that two emergency beacons had been activated near Aasgard Pass. A Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinator requested a hoist capable helicopter through WA State Emergency Management but none were available.

This morning at 5:45am, a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (AIR30) responded to the area and located the climbers on a small ledge approximately 100 feet below the summit of Dragontail Peak. AIR 30 inserted a Chelan County deputy, two members of Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and a medic from Lake Chelan Community Hospital into the area. At approximately 8:30am the rescuers were able to reach the climbers, who were not injured, and guide them safely off the mountain.

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Four members of Manson FFA, (L-R) Brynna Harris, Celina Mendoza, Bryce La Mar and Kayla Gosvener, traveled to the NCW Fair in Waterville on Friday Aug 25 to compete in the Career Development Events. (CDE).

The first CDE of the day was Gardening Judging where the participants had to place 5 classes, which included potatoes, carrots, peppers, raspberries and tomatoes.

After the contest was over Manson placed 3rd overall as a team with Celina placing 7th overall.

The second contest of the day was Livestock Evaluation consisting of market steers, lambs, goats and pigs along with breeding sheep and pigs to be judged.

In individual placing we had the 23rd highest individual with that honor going to Bryanna Harris out of 87 individual judges.

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Manson Parks is very excited to announce that the new Willow Point Park restrooms are now open!

The restrooms were designed by Hibbard Architecture and built by Allen Construction.

We are so happy with how they turned out and would like to invite everyone to stop by to see them!

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The identity of the individual involved in the fatal kayaking incident on Tuesday afternoon has now been authorized for release. Michael R. Lawrance (61-yoa) of Hollywood, Florida was located at the bottom of the Wenatchee River near Plain, WA by a swift water team member. Lawrance had been seen in the water attempting to catch up to the kayak shortly before he disappeared. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Chelan County Coroner’s Office has made contact with Lawrance’s next of kin out of state.

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a kayaking incident on the Wenatchee River near Plain, WA has claimed the life of a 61-year old man Tuesday afternoon.

The initial 911 call to RIVERCOM dispatch was made at 1:23pm from a witness on the east bank of the river who had noticed an empty kayak floating in the middle of the river with a male subject in the water behind it. The witness stated the subject appeared to be trying to catch up to the kayak as they floated down the river. The subject in the water was described as wearing shorts with no personal floatation vest. After making the 911 call, the witness said she could no longer see the person in the river, and the kayak was still floating downriver unoccupied.

Personnel from Chelan County Fire District #9, Cascade EMS, and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the area in an attempt to locate the missing subject. The kayak was located and secured. At 2:39pm a member of the swift water rescue response team using a float board observed the missing male at the bottom of the river in approximately 5 feet of water. The subject was removed from the river to the west shoreline and CPR was initiated. He did not survive the incident.

It was confirmed that the subject was not wearing a personal floatation device. At this time, it is not known how the subject was initially separated from the kayak. Friends of the subject eventually contacted Sheriff’s deputies at the scene when they realized he was well overdue floating from the old bridge on Chapel Road in Plain to a property along Meachum Road which is about 2 miles downstream.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time as the Sheriff’s Office and Chelan County Coroner attempt to locate next of kin out of state.

douglascountysheriff148On the night of August 27th, 2017 the Fancher Heights area of Douglas County was hit with a series of Vehicle Prowls. 

A total of 18 vehicle were broken into or entered through unlocked doors.  Stolen items included computers, checks, i-pads, walkie talkies, a rifle, binoculars, and a ballistic vest. 

At approximately 2:51 AM Deputies got a break when one of the victims was able to produce a surveillance video of two thieves trying to enter his car.  An East Wenatchee Police Officer who had come to the area to assist located one of the suspects on Inglewood Drive.  The Deputy was able to identify him based on the surveillance video and he was arrested.   

A picture of the second suspect was transmitted to the mobile data terminals of patrol cars in the area.  A Deputy located the second suspect at the Circle K on Grant Rd.  He was also arrested.  

The suspects were identified as 26 year old Michael Sheppard of Moses Lake and  24 year old William Young of Yakima. 

Some of the stolen property has been returned to their owners.  Search warrants are being sought to enter containers being carried by the suspects. 

Anyone who was a victim of a vehicle prowl in that area and who has not made a report is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch to make a report.

I could not be more proud of the deputies and EWPD officer who worked together to bring these thieves to justice.  It is also an excellent example of how technology has become such a vital tool for law enforcement.

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Deputy Chief Ray Coble (EWPD), Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal (DCSO), Chief Randy Harrison (EWPD) Chief Steve Crown (WPD), Captain Edgar Reinfeld (WPD), and Captain Rob Huss (WSP) along with one of our junior runners.

 

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 The crowd gathering just before the run.

 

On August 26th, 2017 area law enforcement agencies sponsored a “Run With the Cops” event to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. 

Law enforcement officers ran with the athletes, their families, and supporters.  Adults ran a 5K and kids had an option of a 2K course.  The event was well attended and it was a great opportunity for deputies, officers and troopers to have positive interaction with the public. 

I tip my hat to the officers who actually ran in their gun belts.  Mine tips the scales at 24 pounds, so I opted for traffic control.  The organizers, which included many volunteers, did an excellent job managing the event.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

wsdot logoTravelers on I-90 should plan for significant congestion Friday and Monday

OLYMPIA – Heading out for one last summer holiday weekend? Planning ahead could be the key to smooth sailing whether on land or sea.

Travelers can use the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic volume charts this holiday weekend to “know before they go” and help time their travel on key routes. In particular, this year, holiday congestion is expected on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass – especially westbound traffic.

I-90/Snoqualmie Pass

Bridge deck repairs in the westbound lanes of I-90 between the summit of Snoqualmie Pass (milepost 52) and North Bend (milepost 34) will not be complete by Labor Day as initially hoped. This means only two of three lanes will be open for drivers heading westbound. The lane closures are needed because portions of the bridge decks have been removed and traffic can’t be shifted back on those decks until new concrete is placed and cured. Drivers will also encounter lane closures and traffic shifts through the Cle Elum area (milepost 86) due to work to replace old pavement with new concrete lanes.

During the holiday weekend:

  • Eastbound travelers will experience delays on Friday, Sept. 1, and should consider traveling early in the day or late in the evening.
  • Westbound travelers should expect major delays Monday, Sept. 4, near the detour. If possible, travelers may want to leave early or possibly extend their return trip into Tuesday, Sept. 5.
  • The WSDOT I-90 travel charts do not reflect this construction work, but they can still be used as an overall guide to the times when the most congestion is expected.

Navigating congested areas

  • Slow down: Please obey posted speed limits. Speed is reduced for everyone’s safety.
  • Stay alert: Be especially aware of other vehicles and prepare for any sudden stops.
  • Allow extra travel time: Drivers delayed by congestion sometimes try to compensate by driving faster once the congestion clears. Instead, allow extra travel time or consider adjusting travel schedules if possible.

Know before you go

To ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the holiday weekend starting Friday, Sept. 1. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, the State Route 520 bridge toll will be on holiday rates, while the Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers.

Washington State Ferries passengers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands; Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia; and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry routes.

Travelers planning to avoid highway congestion by traveling via train, personal aircraft or transit also should factor the holiday into their plans:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Book nowor call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
  • Aviators can get updates on state-operated airportsor by calling 800-552-0666.
  • Most public transit systemswill follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on holidays.

douglascountysheriff148On August 10th, 2017 at 6:53 PM deputies responded to a report of a hit and run vehicle/pedestrian accident at the 10 Blk. of Akron Ave. in Rock Island, WA. 

The reporting party stated that the suspect had fled the scene.  When deputies arrived a male was being treated by firefighters. 

The investigation revealed that two males had gotten into an argument over accusations of theft.  One male got into a car.  The second male approached the vehicle and punched him in the face.  The driver backed up violently.  One of the tires caught the second male’s leg.  He fell down and was run over.  The driver fled the scene. 

The injured male was transported the Confluence Hospital for treatment.  The extent of his injuries is unknown. 

The driver was identified as 46 year old Gordon McVay of East Wenatchee.  McVay contacted the Sheriff’s Office the next day and agreed to give a statement.  He was subsequently arrested for Hit and Run.  He was booked into the Chelan County Jail without incident.

wsdot logoStatewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 26-28

OLYMPIA – The number of people who choose to walk or ride bicycles as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington each year. Just how many? Here is an opportunity to help the state find out. Volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2016, volunteers tallied more than 78,000 people biking and walking in communities across Washington.

For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Thursday, Sept. 28.

“Data from this survey help state and local governments plan and evaluate improved connections for Washingtonians who walk and bike, in a similar way we plan for other modes of travel,” said Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Volunteers make the collection process possible – we couldn’t do this work without them.”

This volunteer effort makes sure that people who bike and walk are counted as essential users of the transportation system. Data collected during the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities.

In addition to the annual count, WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club, and local agencies are partnering to install permanent counters at locations around the state. To see data from both data collection programs, visit the WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal.

Get involved

To learn more, visit WSDOT’s website, %This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">email Cascade Bicycle Club or call 206-954-4896.

To sign-up to volunteer, visit bikepedcount.wsdot.wa.gov

Participating communities

WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Skagit County, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.

WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.

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The Historic Downtown Chelan Association will host their 5th annual Sip & Stroll in downtown Chelan on September 23rd from 3pm-6pm. The annual Sip & Stroll is an opportunity to visit Historic Downtown Chelan on a beautiful fall day and stroll through local shops while enjoying locals tastes. This year, the event will host 9 local wineries, a local brewery and a local cider house. Sip & Stroll, which sold out last year, is the HDCA’s largest fundraising effort of the year and proceeds will help increase holiday lighting in downtown Chelan for 2017.

Tickets to the event cost $35 and include a souvenir wine glass. They are now available for purchase under Chelan events on Brownpapertickets.com or by calling HDCA at 509-682-4322.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports a 47 year old Wenatchee man is in critical condition Sunday morning after a rafting accident on the Wenatchee River Saturday evening.

Ronald Anderson was swept off an inflatable tube as he and other subjects were floating toward the Cottage Avenue Bridge at about 5:45pm.   Some of the inflatable rafts and tubes deflated as they were caught in the strong water flow around the bridge pillars near the center of the river. Anderson was on a single tube which was tied to two other tubes and a raft. There were a total of five subjects in the group.

Anderson went under water after colliding with the raft in front of him as they struck a bridge pillar. Anderson was eventually rescued by other members of the group. He was lifted onto one of the remaining inflated tubes and floated to the shore as 911 was called by a resident in the area. Rescue breathing was initiated as they floated Anderson toward the shore. Two citizens who witnessed the incident ran to assist the subjects in keeping Anderson above water and began CPR.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies, Cashmere Fire & Aid and Ballard Medics all responded to the area and met the subjects along the shore in the 100 block of Riverfront Drive. Life-saving efforts continued until Anderson was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Two of the other four subjects involved in the incident received minor injuries.

Anderson was not wearing a personal floatation device. He remains in critical condition at Central Washington Hospital.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports two climbers were rescued from Mount Stuart in Chelan County Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. One of the subjects suffered life threatening injuries Sunday when a boulder he was leaning against broke free while ascending the West Ridge route of the mountain at approximately 8,500 feet. Tim Pate (64yoa) of Camas, WA fell nearly 50 feet after the large rock dislodged and he careened over a ledge. Pate was found to be unresponsive when his climbing partner -Jim Schiller (59yoa) – of Happy Valley, Oregon - traversed down the slope to his location. Schiller called 911 at 6:48pm to report the incident and requested a rescue.

Due to Pate’s reported unresponsive state on the mountain, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter from Naval Air Base Whidbey Island. A Sheriff’s Office SAR coordinator was able to communicate directly with Schiller via text messaging.   Coordinates were obtained for the incident location on the southwest aspect of the mountain. Pate remained unconscious throughout the rescue response. The Navy Blackhawk helicopter was over the scene by 8:45pm and successfully hoisted Pate into the aircraft which was staffed by a Navy medic. Pate was determined to be in very critical condition and was expedited to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Schiller was left on the mountain hoping to descend Monday. Sheriff’s Office SAR personnel received a phone call from Schiller early Monday morning. He was requesting assistance descending the slope. Schiller advised he was exhausted and felt he was unable to safely make trek by himself.

Initially, SAR coordinators planned to insert Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel below Schiller’s location via the Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The team would have had to ascend nearly 1,000 feet to reach him and then make a decision to ascend or descend the mountain with Schiller. At 1:00pm on Monday it was determined that the Whidbey Island Naval flight crew would be available to respond back to Mount Stuart to extract Schiller via hoist. A Sheriff’s Office deputy who had already been inserted below Schiller’s position would also be hoisted into the aircraft.

Both subjects were successfully removed from the mountain by 3:00pm and transported to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee.   Schiller is in good condition. He stated that Pate was the more experienced climber during their attempt to summit Mount Stuart. Schiller said he was not comfortable descending the mountain by himself after Pate’s accident. The two climbers began their ascent of the mountain on Sunday morning after camping near Ingall’s Lake on Saturday night.

Pate remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. He suffered head, neck, back, and abdominal injuries from the fall.

douglascountysheriff148On 08/07/17 at approximately 9:00 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault call in Orondo. 

A Deputy located  the suspect in a fruit warehouse.  He fled as the Deputy attempted to talk to him and ran into a nearby house.  Another Deputy attempted speak to the suspect through a window.  The suspect put his fist through the window and sprayed the Deputy with shards of glass.  He then went to a door and kicked it hard enough that it broke the door frame. 

Deputies de-escalated the suspect and he finally came out.  He was arrested for malicious mischief.  The victim of the assault was not injured and declined to cooperate with charging.  The Deputy was treated for minor injuries to his face.

Between Friday the 4th and Monday the 7th,  Douglas County had five fires.  The Hayes fire, two wheat field fires, near Waterville, a small brush fire near LMoine, and a structure fire that destroyed a small bunk house near the Hayes fire.  There were no injuries.  Please be careful during this extreme heat.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, August 10th, 2017, 4:10pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. July 13, 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
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s Report
d. Manson Bay Park Policy
VIII. New Business
a. Old Mill repaving
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: September 14th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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smoke 8 4 17 450Wildfires from Canada are bringing smoke into Washington State and a high concentration into Central Washington.

Yesterday Manson reached unhealthy levels of PM2.5, Particulate Matter with a size less than 2.5 microns, and the trend of unhealthy levels of smoke are expected to continue throughout next week.

Residents are urged to stay inside and limit outdoor activity.  The reading at the Woodin Avenue air quality monitoring station read 175 ppm (parts per million) at 7 AM Saturday morning. A reading above 150 is considered unhealthy.

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douglascountysheriff148Friday, August 4, 2017 6:40 PM

The fire has gone to state mobilization.  That means that assets from around the state can be brought in to fight the fire.

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Friday, August 4 - Update-1815 hrs.

The fire has split with one leg moving south towards Hwy. 172 and is currently at about Rd. 18 NE.  The other leg is moving east.  My information is that the fire burning on the north side of Hwy. 17 has been largely contained with firefighters keeping a close eye to make sure is does not jump the road.  There have been no more level III evacuations.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has moved its mobile command post north to help facilitate a unified incident command.  The command post allows for better communications in remote areas.  Douglas County has also dispatched a grader to help cut fire lines.

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Update:

The Red Cross is setting up shelter at Bridgeport High School.  It will take approximately three hours for them to be fully operational.

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Update:

Level III evacuation notices are being issued for homes east of Rd. "K" NE and south of Hwy. 17. The fire is still being pushed by strong wind.

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Today at 1:00 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a brush fire burning on both sides of Hwy. 17 Between Hays Rd. and Rd. “K” NE.  He reported the fire was being pushed by strong winds.  A level I evacuation notice has been issued for a three mile radius around the fire.  I have no additional details at this time.  More to follow.

fire district 5Chelan County Fire Protection District No. 5
250 West Manson Blvd.
Manson, WA 98831

Commissioners Workshop
Saturday, August 5, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m.

* Call to Order
* Flag Salute
* 2018 Projects & Plans:
 * Truck Replacement
 * Generator
 * Budget Impact of Projects & Plans
* EF Recovery
* Adjournment

WSDTlogo450SEATTLE – After hearing from ferry riders during local community meetings, reviewing hundreds of emails, and gathering input from key stakeholder groups, the Washington State Transportation Commission took final action today (Wednesday, July 26) on ferry fare increases that will be implemented over the next two years. The commission made changes to its original proposal in response to public input, which resulted in benefits to passengers and bicyclists. 

The commission is required to ensure ferry fares generate $381 million in operating revenue between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, as required in the recently passed two-year state transportation budget for Washington State Ferry operations. The commission’s fare proposal accomplished that but increases to passenger fares and bicycles with trailers generated the most concern from the public. In response to those concerns, the commission reduced the passenger fare increase in 2017 from 2.5 percent, to 2.1percent. It also applied a fare increase to bikes towing a kayak or canoe; this does not change the fare for bicyclists towing other types of trailers. 

The final ferry fare adjustments adopted by the commission will take effect as follows:

  • October 1, 2017
    • 2.9 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
    • 0.8 percent to 1.8 percent fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer), depending on vehicle size
    • 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
    • Passengers who bring bicycles towing kayaks or canoes will pay the motorcycle/ stowage fare. All other bicyclists towing items other than a kayak or canoe would continue to pay the same fare as today (bicycle surcharge plus the passenger fare). 
  • October 1, 2018
    • 2.5 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
    • No fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer)
    • 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
    • School Group passengers fare will increase from $1 per group for a one-way trip to $5 per group for a one-way trip

For more information on the commission, and its ferry fare proposal and fare setting process, please visit the transportation commission’s web site:  www.wstc.wa.gov

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 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:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: June 2017
* Payroll: $136,566.46 July 2017 Paid 08-05-2017
* Vouchers for July General Account:

Vouchers #828 through #834 for $1,762.71;

Voucher #837 through #853 for $8,240.42;

Voucher #869 through #878 for $1,796.87;

Vouchers #890 through #896 for $4,297.60.

* Vouchers for July Capital Account:

Vouchers #854 for $300.00.

* Minutes: July 12 and 20, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention
* Training – Chief Mark Donnell
* Public Education
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* Marine Fire Response Up-date
* Resolution 2017-02 Surplus Achilles Boat
New Business:
Special Event:
Executive Session: None
Adjournment:

douglascountysheriff148On 07/23/17 at approximately 1:30 PM RiverCom dispatch received a report of a male firing a shotgun toward the reporting party’s home and passing cars in the 10 Blk of N Nevada Ave near East Wenatchee, WA.

Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers responded and surrounded the residence.  While waiting for additional personnel and the Sheriff’s Office armored car to arrive,  the suspect came out the front door unarmed and surrendered. 

He was identified as 35 year old Salvador Garcia Martinez, who lived at the residence.  Investigation revealed that Martinez had fired at several parked and moving cars.  Four cars were damaged and a 19 year old East Wenatchee man received a minor injury when a shotgun pellet became imbedded in his cheek. 

The state crime scene team was invited to help process the scene.  Shotgun pellets and plastic shotgun shell wadding was found in neighbors yards and even in some yard sale items that had been displayed in a front yard. 

Martinez was booked for four counts of Assault 2nd Degree and three counts of Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.

douglascountysheriff148On 07/21/17 at approximately 11:05 PM Okanogan County Dispatch received a call of a shooting victim that had been admitted to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. 

The shooting had occurred in Bridgeport so Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to the scene. 

The victim was an adult male who suffered from a single gunshot wound.  The incident occurred in the vicinity of the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.  The victim was flown to Confluence Hospital and is reported to be stable. 

The case is under investigation and no additional details are being released at this time. 

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch immediately.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – Approximately $230 million in newly awarded state and federal grants will help more than 80 public-transportation agencies provide better connectivity, sustained service, new buses and other mobility improvements to people in every county of Washington state.

Once the Legislature passed the 2017–2019 budget, the Washington State Department of Transportation notified the grant recipients that they could begin utilizing their funds. These grant programs allow public-transportation providers to improve services to people with special needs, seniors, veterans and the general public in their communities.

“It is so important that all citizens have the opportunity to remain active and connect with their communities. No matter their age, income or physical ability, access to reliable transportation makes that possible,” said WSDOT Public Transportation Division Director Brian Lagerberg. “These grants give local providers the ability to serve the people who need transportation options the most.”

A wide range of transportation providers received funding for a variety of projects and services. Some of the grant recipients from around the state:

  • San Juan County: $120,000 to offer transportation vouchers for people with special needs.
  • Central Transit: $464,529 to expand services to the general public in Ellensburg.
  • Grays Harbor Transit: $2,085,120 to replace some of its fleet of 35-foot-long buses.
  • Lummi Nation: $586,945 to sustain transit operations between the Lummi reservation and Ferndale.
  • People for People: $2,509,918 to sustain services for persons with special needs and the general public in rural communities in Yakima County.
  • Intercity Transit: $885,000 to replace 40 vanpool vehicles.
  • King County Metro: $1,626,587 to increase service between Renton and Seattle.
  • Spokane Transit: $3,925,000 for high-performance transit improvements and park and ride construction.

WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division administers state and federal grant awards for transit agencies and other service providers across the state. These grants improve public transportation within and between rural communities, provide transportation services between cities, purchase new buses and other equipment, and provide public-transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

sheriffsmOn July 18, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports Sergio I. Valdes was located and arrested in Phoenix, Arizona.

On May 29, 2017, Valdes was involved in a physical altercation at Slide Waters in Chelan, Washington. When Valdes left the scene he took his two young children, a 6-month old and an 18-month old, and fled the area. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office notified our local community and sent out a nationwide alert attempting to locate Valdes and the two children. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit also worked with the National Center for missing and exploited children and Washington’s Most Wanted to try to locate Valdes and the children. All involved agencies were working diligently to locate Valdes.

On July 17, 2017 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office developed a possible location for Valdes in Phoenix, Arizona. Our Detective Unit notified the U.S. Marshal’s Service, specifically the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. The Pacific Northwest Offender Task Force than worked with another Marshal’s Task Force in Phoenix and were able to successfully locate and arrest Valdes. Both children were located in good health and were taken into protective custody. Our local Child Protective Services is working with the children’s mother and Phoenix agencies for the children’s safe return.

Arrangements are being made to transport Valdes back to Chelan County when he will be charged with Custodial Interference 1st degree, a felony, and other crimes. Valdes is also awaiting his sentencing in Douglas County for crimes he was convicted of prior to fleeing the Slide Waters incident.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 12th, 2017 at approximately 1604 hours, Chelan County Deputies responded to an injury collision at approximately milepost 4.5 on Entiat River Road in Entiat, WA. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Walter J Wilson of Entiat was travelling northbound and crossed over the centerline. It collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 48 year old Deborah Augustus of Entiat.

Ms. Augustus sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Wilson was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Vehicular Homicide