chelan county logoThere have been recent reports that the Chelan County Regional Jail is refusing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Agents (ICE).

These reports are incorrect.

Chelan County has in the past and continues to honor ICE requests to notify their office in advance of the release of individuals deemed of interest to ICE.  What Chelan County cannot and will not do is to illegally hold prisoners past their scheduled release date.  To do so has been determined by Federal Courts to be illegal.  Chelan County expects to continue this practice of cooperation with ICE in a manner that fully complies with Federal Law.  

ChelanFireRescueLogo20003/21/2017 at 0824 hours, Chelan Fire and Rescue’s (CFR) Engine 71, 79, Rescue 71, Medic 3171, Tender 71 and Chief 702  responded to a commercial fire at 60 SR150, Zippy Disposal Service, for a fire in one of their shops.  

First unit arrived within two minutes from time of dispatch to find smoke coming from the building and the remains of a fire that had been knocked down by employees using portable fire extinguishers.  CFR crews finished extinguishing the fire and checked for possible extension.  

Damage was limited to a garbage container with minor heat and smoke damage to a wall and work bench area. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Value of the building is estimated at about $138,000.00. There was no structural damage and minimal damage to the contents.

CFR gives Zippy Disposal Service a big at-a-boy for having their extinguishers available and employees taking appropriate, safe action, to limit fire spread  by knocking the main body of the fire down.

This is a great example of why everyone should have fire extinguishers and have them serviced annually to make sure they are in good working order. Good Job to Zippy Disposal Service employees.

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On Friday I had the privilege of addressing third, forth, and fifth graders at Bridgeport Elementary School. We talked about the negative consequences of bullying and how it can play into the lives of those being bullied well into adulthood. The kids were very engaged and the staff was a great help. We ended class with a fun question and answer period and I passed out junior Deputy badges to kids who could recall points from my talk.

Very Respectfully,

Sherrif Harvey Gjesdal

buckner logoREMINDER: 2017 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The year has started slowly in regards to memberships for 2017.  We are taking this opportunity to remind you of this important contribution if you have not already renewed or acquired a 2017 membership.

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

We need you more than ever!

As indicated in our Annual Report for 2016, we were able to do many, 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. 

In this uncertain time, it's still unknown just what specific impact continued federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard. We do know there will likely be a 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/2016/02/Membership-form2015.pdf">(Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831. 

Again, 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

Donation  -  $  ___________    

DONATIONS - Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations 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 2016 Financial Summary at the end of the (Annual Report.)   All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.

2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, May 15   Annual Meeting 

7 PM,

Reclamation District Office, Manson

 

Thursday, June 15    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM,

Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

 

Saturday, July 15    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM

Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

 

Saturday, August 12  Square Dance at the Orchard

Old Packing Shed 7 PM,

Stehekin

 

Monday, August 14  Summer Board Meeting

Bakery Gazebo, 8 AM

Stehekin

 

HARVEST FEST 2017

Friday, October 6   

Orchard Work Party

Buckner Orchard, 9 AM


Valley Music Program

Stehekin School, 7 PM

Stehekin

 

Saturday, October 7   Harvest Fest
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

10 AM, picking and pressing

1 PM  potluck and music

 

Sunday, October 8   Poetry Night

 7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1,

Stehekin

 

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)

wash traf safePassenger ferry service, transportation planning efforts and road usage charges to be discussed

OLYMPIA – Developments in passenger ferry service and long-range transportation plan updates are among the topics before the State Transportation Commission next week in Olympia.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21 and 22, 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 public comment period at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, and at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Tuesday morning the Washington State Department of Transportation will report on progress for construction and planning to complete expansion of the State Route 520 corridor from Lake Washington to Interstate 5. The commission will then discuss recruitment and public outreach strategies to enroll 2,000 volunteers for a pilot project that begins later this year to evaluate how a road usage charge might work. In light of the growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, the pilot project will let Washington drivers test the concept of road usage charging as a potential replacement to the gas tax and shape how it could work.

Afternoon briefings include updates on the transportation plan for the Central Puget Sound region and WSDOT’s implementation plan for WTP 2035, the state’s long-range transportation plan. The Puget Sound Regional Council’s update to its Transportation 2040 plan does not anticipate significant changes to the current plan but will address climate change, financial strategies and performance measures. A presentation on the Main Street Program will highlight how 34 cities in the state participate in a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts. Active transportation is a common element in Main Street success, helping to leveraging local historic, cultural and architectural resources for downtown economic vitality.

The meeting continues Wednesday morning with presentations on the past and future of passenger ferry service in Puget Sound, in particular Kitsap Transit’s offering of new passenger ferry service from Bremerton to Seattle, starting in July. Other topics on Wednesday address the freight-and-goods movement research underway at the University of Washington Supply Chain and Transportation Logistics Center, and a proposal under legislative consideration to study the feasibility of ultra high-speed rail transportation between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, B.C.

 

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

manson schoolOn Monday, February 27th, Manson’s Knowledge Bowl team battled against a very tough pool of 2B competition at the North Central Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament at Wenatchee High School.

The Manson team competed against four other 2B schools: Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Soap Lake, and Waterville. All of the schools were fighting for one of the four spots that would guarantee a berth to the 35th Annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament on Saturday, March 18th at Arlington High School.

Manson fought hard coming out on top for the first two oral rounds of their competition. By the end of the night, Manson (63 points) edged past the juggernaut Soap Lake (57 points) to take 3rd place. Liberty Bell took top honors, finishing the night with 109 points. 2nd place went to Tonasket with 93 points, Soap Lake took 4th, and Waterville finished the night with a 5th place finish and earned 28 points.

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The six team members representing the Manson High School Knowledge Bowl team at State are: Tristan Picton (captain), Adeleine Torgesen, Spencer Ward, Alyssa LaMar, Cody Amsden, and Tyler Charlton.

MtViewLodge300Good Afternoon, Friends of Mountain View Lodge!

You know, I’ve been hearing a lot of comments, both pro and con for the upcoming hospital bond.  Just when I think I’ve got it down… I realize I have another question.  You, too?  And it’s REALLY important that we vote.

Well, we’d like to invite you to join us here at the Lodge on Wednesday, March 15th, from 6-8pm.  Join us for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a light snack and some enlightening conversation.  Community members from Citizens for a New Hospital will be on hand to share important information about the upcoming hospital bond, and provide an opportunity for you (and me!) to ask questions.

Gerry and I are very pleased to host this event for our Lake Chelan Valley friends and neighbors!  We really hope you’ll join us!

If you are unable to make OUR conversation, please reply to this email and I’ll fill you in on others.  Oh!  And, please, invite your friends.  It’s really important that we make INFORMED choices.   And in America, we do that by voting.  😊

With great respect,

Kim and Gerry Ustanik 

On Friday February 24th the Manson FFA participated in National FFA week. The students participated in a kiss the goat charity.

Manson Teachers would volunteer themselves to have a jar with their name and face on it, and through the week if a student wanted them to kiss a goat they donated money.

At the end of it all the winners were Mrs. Koth and Mrs. Carlton, all the money that was raised went to Esteban Escoto who is battling cancer.

Manson FFA raised a total of one hundred and ninety dollars in total thank you for all of your support and to the students that donated.

-Submitted by: Damon Smith

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coachward350Manson, Washington. – March 6, 2017 – After six seasons as Manson High School’s Varsity Head Football Coach, Scott Ward has made the decision to resign from his coaching position. Ward shared his appreciation for Manson High School athletics with our great student-athletes, parents and community. Ward had a successful tenure as Head Coach. In 2011 he lead the team to a league championship and in each of the last two season the team qualified for the district playoffs.

“Scott loves to teach the game and to develop players. I was impressed with his ability to see potential in kids and develop it.” – Eric Sivertson, Athletic Director

Beyond serving as the Varsity Head Football Coach, Scott was an assistant football coach for three years and a basketball assistant for two years.

Manson High School begin its search for a new Head Coach immediately. A committee will review applicants and help to find a coach that can build on the foundation developed by Coach Ward.

ssheriffsmSheriff Burnett reports on March 5, 2017 Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detective made a second arrest related to the 1982 disappearance of Stephen Smith. Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Dawn M. Soles, a 57 year old Leavenworth resident, for 1st degree Murder.

Prior to the July, 1982 disappearance of Mr. Smith, Ms. Soles and Mr. Smith were married. During their marriage they had a child. Ms. Soles and Mr. Smith ultimately divorced prior to Mr. Smith’s disappearance. As a part of their divorce Mr. Smith was granted full custody and Ms. Soles was granted supervised visitation only. Ms. Soles later married Bernard Swaim and they moved to Western Washington. On or just before July 12, 1982 Ms. Soles and Mr. Swaim traveled from Western Washington to Cashmere with a plan and intent to murder Mr. Smith. The investigation showed Ms. Soles and Mr. Swaim planned to get Mr. Smith intoxicated to the point he passed out, and then Mr. Swaim would murder Mr. Smith.

 Utilizing old investigative interviews, creating additional leads, and conducting new interviews the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were able to piece together critical evidence to establish probable cause to arrest Bernard Swaim and Dawn Soles for the 1982 murder of Mr. Smith.

The Detectives are still conducting follow up interviews and trying to gather more information related the details of Mr. Smith’s disappearance and locating his remains.