The Manson School District Board of Directors honored Kayla Helleson and Maria Verduzco, as the 2017 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its April board meeting held last night in the Manson Elementary Library. Each recipient received a plaque for their commitment to our schools and community. Kayla and Maria will also be honored at the Manson Chamber of Commerce’s Manson Night to Remember awards dinner held in October each year.

Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members. Award recipients were: elementary counselor, Kayla Helleson and elementary para-educator Maria Verduzco.

 hellesonKAYLA HELLESON one student among those nominating Mrs. Helleson wanted to “Thank for teaching us to solve problems.” Several peers shared that Kayla is caring, passionate and goes above and beyond for students and their families. As stated by an elementary teacher, “she truly cares about our kids and will do whatever she can to help them.”

maria veduzcoMARIA VERDUZCO, among those nominating Ms. Verduzco was a co-worker who shared, “She is a highly skilled and compassionate educator. She works with many of Manson’s highest need students and is able to support them with the love and care they deserve.”

As we honor our two Blue and White Award winners, the Manson School District will also be recognizing all of our staff during Staff Appreciation Week from May 1-5. Our staff is one of the best and what they accomplish on a daily basis is awesome.

sheriffsmWHISPERING RIDGE -- The Chelan County Sheriff's Office, as a precautionary measure, has advised two property owners in the Whispering Ridge slide area to leave their homes. The recommendation is based on the most current readings from surface monitoring points at the slide area, which continue to show increasing movement in the slope.  Both homes are on Squilchuck Road southwest of Wenatchee, WA.

A geotechnical firm retained by Chelan County has been analyzing data for more than a year from 30 points of reference along the slope. The points were predetermined last year.  Late Friday afternoon the geotechnical firm advised Chelan County that the measuring point data is showing increased movement within the Whispering Ridge slide area.  This increased rate of movement could potentially cause the “toe,” or base of the slide, to inadvertently affect the flow of a tributary creek located within an adjacent canyon to the slide. That creek flows into Squilchuck Creek which is very the near the two residences contacted in the 5000 block of Squilchuck Road.

This information triggered the notification of the two property owners Friday evening.  Those residents and the three other property owners in the 4900 – 5000 blocks of Squilchuck Road had received a general notification of increased slope movement from Chelan County Emergency Management and Chelan County Public Works earlier Friday afternoon.

Surface monitoring point readings taken on March 30th (2017) show the landslide is moving again.  The Whispering Ridge slope movement was first reported in March 2016.  Initial notifications to property owners along the affected area of Whispering Ridge Drive and the five residences located below - on Squilchuck Road - occurred last spring.

The current monitoring point data indicates that movement has increased within the past couple of weeks.  The geotechnical firm has stated that future readings will determine the rate at which the landslide is moving.

Monitoring points also show the roadway at Whispering Ridge Drive is moving at a much slower rate. The roadway remains open only to local traffic and is being monitored closely by Chelan County Public Works and the geotechnical firm to determine if restrictions are needed in the future.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/14/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to two calls of gas thefts which occurred overnight. 

One theft occurred at U-Haul located at 423 Rock Island Rd.  The second occurred at the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board office located at 430 Rock Island Rd. 

It is unknown how much gas was lost, but repairs for the damaged vehicles could be over $1,000.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is sharing information with the Wenatchee Police Department to determine if the thefts in the two jurisdictions might be related.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call 9-1-1.  Anyone with information is asked to call RiverCom dispatch on their non-emergency line:  663-9911.

wsdot logoHYAK – Construction-related delays return to Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass starting next week. Drivers need to plan for added travel time.

On Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 20 drivers will experience delays associated with intermittent rolling slowdowns during the day just east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit along Keechelus Lake. Drivers will also see delays in both directions due to single lane closures near Cle Elum.

The RV dumpsite located at the eastbound Indian John Rest Area will be closed to traffic on Monday, April 17 until Thursday, April 20 for maintenance repairs. The rest area will remain open.

Maintenance work along the shoulders on I-90 could cause minor delays for drivers during the day on Thursday, April 20 at the westbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 110, the eastbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 106 and the westbound and eastbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 101.

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

  • Receive text message alerts about closures and delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
  • Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
  • Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
  • Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
  • Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
  • Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
  • Download WSDOT’s free smartphone app to check statewide pass conditions.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/11/17 at approximately 5:30 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a burglary report at the Lone Pine Market located at 23041 Hwy. 97. 

Unknown suspects had entered the store and stole a cash register containing $250 in cash.  They also took a box which held $150 in nickels.  In addition, the thieves entered an outbuilding and stole another cash register. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

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HYAK – It’s been a very long winter on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, but now it’s time for drivers to switch gears from driving in winter conditions, to driving through construction work zones.

A number of road-improvement projects will cause delays for drivers this spring and summer while the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews add lanes, build and repair bridges and fix cracked sections of pavement between North Bend and Ellensburg.

“This year there will be multiple projects along I-90, which means drivers need to be prepared for slow downs and plan for a longer trip,” said Todd Trepanier, WSDOT regional administrator. “Please stay attentive and be patient while driving between North Bend and Ellensburg.”

Next week crews will resume work on the I-90 Snoqulamie Pass East project that builds a wider, safer and more reliable stretch of I-90 from Hyak to Keechelus Dam and from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. Later this summer, crews will resume blasting along the rock slopes east of Snoqualmie Pass. Drivers need to plan for hour-long closures, during the week starting an hour before sunset.

Crews will also resume work next week to replace deteriorating sections of the westbound lanes between Cle Elum and the Elk Heights area. As part of the work, the westbound Indian John Rest Area will need to be closed periodically during the week starting in late May and continuing throughout the summer.

In May, crews will start replacing deteriorating sections of concrete pavement panels in the eastbound lanes and repairing bridge decks in the westbound lanes between North Bend and the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Drivers will experience delays as traffic is detoured around the work zone. Crews will also be making repairs to bridge decks between Easton and Ellensburg.

WSDOT has a wide variety of resources to help drivers plan their trips across I-90 this summer. Drivers can find information on multiple websites, including the What’s Happening on I-90, Snoqualmie Mountain Pass and Traffic Alerts pages. Drivers can also follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass and @wsdot_east or sign up for email updates or subscribe to our text message alerts by sending the phrase “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to the number 468311.

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Chelan, WA. March 24, 2017 - On April 15, 2017, Chelan Fire & Rescue, in conjunction with Chelan’s celebration of Earth Day, will host a Safety Day at the Station 71/Headquarters, located at 232 E. Wapato Avenue in downtown Chelan. This family fun event will run from 10 AM – 4 PM. Community members are invited to come and enjoy touring the fire station, learn ways to stay safe, enjoy a free lunch that will begin at 12-noon.

With the community celebrating Earth Day firefighters want to do their part by hosting this event that is designed to help members of the community learn more about what they can do to keep their homes and family safe. Visitors will be able to see fire engines and equipment up close and visit directly with firefighters about the important and life saving work they do.

Information on Firewise (wildfire prevention), car seats, smoke alarms and more will be available. Special guests from Chelan Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Life Flight and Rivercom 9-1-1 will also be available to provide information about the invaluable work they do and the role they play in an emergency situation. The community will also have the opportunity to learn what they can do to help in an emergency and how to quickly access these services.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring the entire family.

TomHow do you properly thank someone who has given their entire working life to an organization? Manson School District will be faced with answering this question in June as Mr. Tom Alexander will be retiring at the end of the school year after 38 years of teaching and coaching all with Manson School District.

Mr. “A”, as he is referred to, has taught over 50 different subjects to Manson students at almost every grade level in his years with the district including: PE, Health, Science, Social Studies, Math and Language Arts covering just about every subject that can be taught.

Not only has Tom taught these many subjects, but he has done so while serving as athletic director (20 years), coaching multiple sports such as baseball (24 years), football (18 years), girls and boys basketball (14 years) and cross county (3 years) at both the middle and high school level. Mr. A even refereed all the middle school home games for all sports for over ten years.

Tom has touched over 1,000 lives in his tenure with the Manson School District and left lasting impressions on many students and athletes. He has served as a mentor to dozens of educators and worked with countless parents and community members to provide that “extra” support a child might need. For many years Mr. A was the first to arrive at school and the last to lock up the gate after a late game or event.

Mason high school teacher Brad Soliday shared, “Tom’s loyalty and devotion to Manson’s school and community has been extraordinary. I can’t imagine that if you could add up the hours this man has spent working for students and athletes in Manson, over 38 years, anyone could rival his accumulated devotion. He has truly been a pillar of our school. I could not have asked for a better colleague or friend for the past 22 years. Thanks Tom.

As his longtime friend/co-worker and co-coach remarked… “Tom has been such a positive influence on hundreds or even thousands of students in the past 38 years. He has the ability to bring out the best in all students and athletes and the example he sets has helped shape the character of all the lives he touches.  I have been lucky enough to share Tom’s journey at Manson High School for 37 years and he has also affected my life and my family in so many positive ways.  I have been blessed to share many laughs and tears along the way.  He is a brother to me and I am so thankful to be his friend. Joe Teague (Retired Manson Counselor/Coach)

Congratulations on your retirement Tom and best of luck on your next adventure!

 

wsdot logoCrews working to improve nighttime visibility

HYAK – Efforts to improve visibility on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass continue this week as crews work to install solar-powered LED lane markers, which will require nighttime closures of the westbound lanes this week. 

The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of I-90 at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, April 5 until 5 a.m. Thursday morning, April 6 and again at 10 p.m. Thursday night, April 6 until 5 a.m. Friday morning, April 7. Westbound traffic will be stopped at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass Interchange and will reopen every two hours to clear traffic. Eastbound traffic will not be impacted. Follow @SnoqualmiePass on Twitter and check the mountain passes web page for updates.

April 2 plane crash

OLYMPIA – Two individuals were rescued from a downed aircraft in the Olympic National Park this evening near Mt Jupiter and have been airlifted for medical treatment.

The Cirrus SR22 aircraft went down in the snow covered wilderness and search and rescue officials were alerted at 3:48 p.m. Sunday, April 2, when the plane's Emergency Locator Transmitter activated.

The signal was detected by satellites and the distress message was forwarded to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tydall Air Force Base in Florida, who alerted the Washington State Department of Transportation.  The occupants of the aircraft were also able to alert overflying commercial aircraft on the emergency frequency.

Search and Rescue personnel from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue were able to locate the wreckage with the help of a search aircraft from Washington Air Search and Rescue, who tracked the distress beacon's signal. The Navy crew then lowered rescuers to the ground to locate, access and hoist the downed flyers up and onto the rescue helicopter and transport them to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Exact details about their injuries are not available at this time, but they were described as minor and not believed to be life threatening.

At this time we still do not have the names of the pilot and passenger or know what the purpose of the flight. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are already mobilized and will begin their investigation to try and determine what caused the plane to go down.

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March 27, 2017, Chelan, Washington - The Historic Downtown Chelan Association (HDCA) will hold its annual Garage-A-Rama promotional event on April 15th, coinciding with Chelan’s annual Earth Day Fair. From 9:00am to 4:00pm participating merchants will move their top specials to tents on the corner of Woodin and Columbia. Shoppers can come downtown to take advantage of great deals before or after enjoying all the Earth Day Fair activities!

Garage-A-Rama is the public’s opportunity to scoop up new merchandise at garage sale prices! There’ll be something for everyone and something for every budget. Merchants will be offering a great mix of bargain-priced merchandise, including clothing, gifts, décor, kitchen items, electronics and more. Each merchant is slashing prices only for Garage-A-Rama. Bargain hunters won’t want to miss this event! 

About HDCA:  The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is dedicated to developing and promoting Chelan’s historic downtown core by creating an inviting and economically vibrant community center while emphasizing enhancement and preservation of the town’s historic features.  For more information about HDCA, please visit www.historicchelan.org or phone the HDCA office at 509.682.4322.

sheriffsmOn March 30, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports two juvenile males were arrested in connection with a residential burglary and theft from an Eagle Rock residence.

On March 25, 2017 shortly after 11:00am Chelan County Deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress at a residence on Anna Lane in the Eagle Rock development. The victim homeowners returned home from a morning outing and found a vehicle parked in their driveway. They then observed two male juveniles fleeing from their residence. One of the homeowners was able to subdue one suspect and ordered him to lay on the ground until Deputies arrived. The second suspect fled the scene on foot, but returned later and turned himself over to the victim homeowners, and then Deputies when they arrived. It was later determined the suspects were brothers and an acquaintance of a male juvenile who lived at the victim residence.

Through the investigation Deputies learned the suspects entered into the residence by prying off a window screen and opening a sliding window. Once inside the residence the two juvenile suspects ransacked the residence and left it in complete disarray with clothes and other items strewn throughout the residence.

The suspect vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway was secured in preparation for a search warrant. A search warrant was authorized and stolen items located inside included electronics (Xbox game, Surface pro, Asus Laptop, and other electronics), men’s and women’s clothing, alcohol, an Amazon Echo, four bank access debit/credit cards and other items. The replacement value of the stolen items was less than $5000.

The two juveniles were booked into Chelan County Juvenile Justice Center for Residential burglary, Theft 2nd degree, possession of a legend drug without a prescription, malicious mischief 3rd degree, and minor in possession of alcohol.

easter eggsYou and your family are invited to the annual Manson Parks egg hunt! Bring your basket and join us for a morning of fun and excitement!

April 15, 2017

Ages 0-3
10:00am at Singleton Park

Ages 4-6
10:10am at Singleton Park Playground

Ages 7+
10:45am at Manson Bay Park

EU LogoCoverPresented by Spirals, Historic Downtown Chelan Association and GoLakeChelan

Spring is a time for renewal, and there’s no better place to blossom than under the sun and along the shores of beautiful Lake Chelan! Spirals, GoLakeChelan and Historic Downtown Chelan are excited to present Unwind+Explore, a weekend of experiencing joy, well-being and personal empowerment! The event will be held April 28-30th throughout the valley.

Unwind+Explore will bring together 34 facilitators to lead more than 60 discounted sessions focusing on wellness and personal-growth. “The weekend will include everything from Yoga to Hiking to Meditation to Angel Card readings and a lot more in between,” says Historic Downtown Chelan Executive Director Jessie Simmons. “It’s a great chance to try something new or deepen your already established practice.”

hdca139With such a wide range of sessions, Unwind+Explore will be a unique opportunity for people to come to Chelan and create a personalized weekend based on their interests. The event aims to provide sessions at a reduced cost to allow people to try many new things without spending big bucks. “Throughout the valley, we have people who deeply care about sharing what has enriched their lives. If someone wants to explore a different path for their well-being, joy, and personal empowerment, there is an amazing number of options,” says event organizer and local author Jeanne McElvaney. “Then you add spring sunshine, the lake and the wonderful selection of restaurants, lodgings and shops and it feels like everything comes together to make Chelan the perfect place for this kind of retreat.”

Local lodging and restaurants will also be offering specials to participants throughout the weekend. Event sponsors include author Jeanne McElvaney, Spirals, GoLakeChelan, Historic Downtown Chelan Association, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Fox and Quail, Chelan House B&B and Sage Vacation Rentals. For more information or to register for the weekend, go to www.GoLakeChelan.com.

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The Chelan & Entiat Ranger Districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are seeking public input on the proposed 2014-15 Wildfire Restoration Project located in Chelan County. The project area covers approximately 3,200 acres within the 2014 Duncan, and the 2015 Wolverine and Black Canyon Wildfire areas. 

Project Description

The purpose of this Project is to plant conifers and speed recovery time for developing a forested landscape. Benefiting Resources include: Wildlife-Establish forested areas for species dependent on conifer habitat, Hydrology-Contribute to long term slope stability,   Recreation-Improve campsite screening and shading with fire resilient tree species.

 

Additional information is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51396">http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51396

or by contacting the project leader-Pete Wier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Comment

Your comments will aid the District team in identifying potential issues and concerns with this project proposal. Comments will be most useful if received by April 17, 2017.

1. Write a letter to the Forest Service and mail it to the project leader:

Pete Wier                                                 Or hand-deliver it to:

Chelan Ranger District                          Chelan Ranger District

428 West Woodin Ave                          428 West Woodin Ave                   

Chelan, WA 98816                                 Chelan, WA 98816

 

2. Send an e-mail to the Project Leader at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during regular office hours, 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Those submitting electronic copies must do so only to the e-mail address listed above, must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail. Message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above or in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of all individuals and the organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does no receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it it’s the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

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

Kiss a goat

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.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, March 9th, 2017, 4:00pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. February 8th, 2017 Special Meeting minutes
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: Design Firm Selection
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
VIII. New Business
a. Director position
b. Resolution 2017-01 (Surplus)
c. Job Descriptions
d. Willow Point Irrigation Line Replacement
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: April 13th, 2017 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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PLAY BALL!

Manson Parks has just opened registration for AAU Baseball and Softball.

This program is for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

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

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

THE LAST DAY FOR SIGN-UPS WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH.

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

Registration Fee is $15.00 for instructional T-Ball age children and $20.00 for all others.

If you do not have a current AAU card, it will be an additional $14.00.

Late sign ups will not get a uniform.

SwaimSheriff Brian Burnett reports on March 3, 2017 detectives arrested 60 year old Bernard Swaim in connection with the 1982 disappearance of Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith. Bernard Swaim is currently a resident of Sultan, Washington. Mr. Swaim was charged with First Degree Murder.

s smith300On July 18, 1982 30 year old Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith was reported as a missing person by family members. Mr. Smith was last seen at his home on or about July 12, 1982. Mr. Smith’s car, a 1966 Pontiac Tempest was found abandoned several days after the report of his disappearance, on Dead Man’s Hill road near Dryden, in Chelan County. The initial investigation concluded in 1982 and Mr. Smith has never been located.

In late 2016 Mr. Smith’s disappearance was assigned to detectives for further investigation. Through interviews with multiple people including Mr. Smith’s family members and witnesses, detectives identified Bernard Swaim as a person of interest in Mr. Smith’s disappearance.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Stephen E. Smith please call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 509-667-6842 and leave your contact information and a detective will return your call.

You can also go online to our web page, http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff and use the submit a crime tip tab or message us on Facebook.

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On February 13th, Manson High School hosted the 7th match of the North Central Washington Knowledge Bowl Tournaments.  

There were eight high schools with a total thirty-three teams vying for top spots in the competition.  It was by far the largest tournament of the season.

In addition to the Manson Knowledge Bowl team, there were teams from: Okanogan, Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Cascade, Omak, Chelan, and Waterville.  The competition was fierce and fun. 

The questions were unbelievably challenging from various academic disciplines (e.g. “The Delian Amphictyony was centered on what Aegean Island?” Answer: Delos or “What kind of plain results in the penultimate stage of fluvial erosion?” Answer: peneplain).

With over 160 people participating in different roles (i.e. readers, participants, coaches, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and supportive parents.), it was a great success. 

The Manson Knowledge team took 10th place in a tournament that featured past State contenders. 

The Manson Knowledge Bowl team wants to thank the administration, faculty, staff, and community for all their help in making this tournament a memorable experience for all. 

Knowledge Bowl Team

Spellingbee Champions 2017Our 2017  District Spelling Champion is Grant Torgesen, 8th grade, and the runner up is his sister, Afton Torgesen, 4th grade.  

Grant's Championship word was "tenaciously".  

Twelve students spelled off with each other to a packed house.  The 2017 district bee was one of the longest spelling rounds Manson ever experienced.  The final four students lasted 17 rounds of spelling with two students left in round 18.  

Afton spelled out on the word "patronymic" and Grant went on to win the Championship round by spelling "tenaciously".  

Our two spellers will now move on to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 16th.  Congratulations to all those who participated in the District Spelling Bee. 

usfsDear Interested Party:

The Chelan Ranger District is seeking public input on the proposed Summer Blossom Whitebark Pine Restoration Project located in Chelan County, approximately 34 miles north, northwest of the town of Chelan, WA. The project area covers approximately 1,576 acres primarily in the Falls Creek sub-watershed. 

Project Description

The purpose of this Project is to maintain, restore, and enhance whitebark pine habitat within the high elevation areas surrounding Summer Blossom and South Navarre and to restore/maintain the Summer Blossom meadow. To achieve the project’s objectives, non-commercial thinning, pruning, handpiling, and prescribed burning would be implemented across approximately 1,576 acres.  Additional information is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51128">http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51128 or by contacting the project leader-Pete Wier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Comment

Your comments will aid the District team in identifying potential issues and concerns with this project proposal. Comments will be most useful if received by March 30, 2017.

 

  1. Write a letter to the Forest Service and mail it to the project leader:

Pete Wier                                                 Or hand-deliver it to:

Chelan Ranger District                         Chelan Ranger District

428 West Woodin Ave                          428 West Woodin Ave                   

Chelan, WA 98816                                Chelan, WA 98816

 

  1. Send an e-mail to the Project Leader at:               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during regular office hours, 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Those submitting electronic copies must do so only to the e-mail address listed above, must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail. Message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above or in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of all individuals and the organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does no receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it it’s the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

 

For further information regarding this project contact Pete Wier, Silviculturist 509-682-4943, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 428 West Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816.

 

Stay Connected to this Project via the Web

To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goals of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (project updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by e-mail.  This new system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online.  To subscribe or manage your subscription please follow the link below. https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new">https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new

If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription.  Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail, unless you request hard copies.

Only those who subscribe to the mailing list, submit comments, or notify the Forest that they would like to remain on the mailing list for this project will receive future correspondences on this project.  Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning this project will not be possible.

For further information on the project, please contact Pete Wier at (509) 682-4943.

manson schoolManson School District’s Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy appears to have been approved by voters with a 68.5% approval rate (50% required).

“On behalf of the Manson School Board I would like to thank the Manson Community for their overwhelming support of the recent replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy.  The additional funds from the levy will allow us to enrich many student programs, continue timely maintenance of school facilities and retain and attract quality staff.  It is clear to our board, staff, and students that the Manson Community is a critical supporter of our mission to provide students with an exceptional education.”

                                                                   Paul Willard, School Board President

“We are very appreciative of Manson’s investment in our schools. We understand our community entrusts us with two of their most valuable assets...their children and their money. We accept this obligation and will continue working to strengthen our partnership with parents and the community to offer every student the opportunity to live a productive and fulfilling life.”

                                                                   Matt Charlton, Superintendent

FFA 2 22 17 1Manson FFA will be celebrating National FFA week on Feb 18-25. National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA.

More than half a million members will participate in FFA activities throughout the week. There will be a variety of events that allow members to communicate with others about what FFA is all about and ignite a passion for agriculture!

This year’s theme is “Transform”. Why Transform? Because the future of agriculture is strong and as the population continues to grow, so does the need for a healthy and abundant food supply. By working together in this small community of Manson, we can transform the message of agriculture!

Together, Manson’s FFA members can continue to educate others on the importance of agriculture. Giving back to others and serving the community has always been important to FFA members. Throughout the year, members transform their passion for service in their community by giving back in a variety of ways. Here are a list of our daily events through the week.

Tuesday 21st - Green hand day

Wednesday 22nd - FFA t-shirts

Thursday 23rd - Barbeque

Friday 24th - Kiss a goat for charity

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buckner logoBuckner Orchard 2017 Membership Drive

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 (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)

Drivers should prepare for delays east of Snoqualmie Pass due to daytime lane closures and full nighttime closures

HYAK – Drivers should prepare for delays east of Snoqualmie Pass next week due to single-lane daytime closures and full nighttime closures of Interstate 90.

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24 the Washington State Department of Transportation will have single-lane closures in both directions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. just east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit. WSDOT will also close I-90 at night. The westbound lanes will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass interchange and the eastbound lanes will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at milepost 56 near the Gold Creek area. WSDOT will reopen the lanes during the nighttime closure every two hours to clear out traffic.
In an effort to improve visibility and safety at night on I-90, crews are installing additional reflectors along barriers and installing LED lane markers where possible.

Crews are also removing built-up snow in the lanes along Keechelus Lake and cleaning the road dirt off the side panels to improve reflectivity. A reduced speed of 45-miles per hour at night will assist drivers navigating through the eastbound lanes east of the summit; the temporary speed reduction will be in effect until visibility along the lake improves.

Follow @SnoqualmiePass on Twitter and check the mountain passes http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/snoqualmie/default.aspx web page for updates.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/05/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a head on injury accident on Badger Mountain Rd. at MP 3.

Investigation revealed that a S/B Dodge Durango was coming down the hill. It was snowing and the roads were icy. The driver said she was applying her brakes when her vehicle started to slide and ran into a vehicle, a Subaru Tribeca, which was coming up the hill.

The Durango was occupied only by the driver, a 29 year old East Wenatchee woman. The Subaru was carrying a family of five: a 36 year old male, a 33 year old female, a 9 year old female, a 4 year old male, and a two year old male.

The family and the driver of the Durango were all transported to Confluence Hospital.   None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

Both vehicles were so damaged they had to be towed.

manson schoolThe following is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of this publication:

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Dear Manson Community Members:

The Manson School Board is asking you to please support our REPLACEMENT Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy.  This support provides critical funding for student programs, maintenance of our community’s school facilities, and quality staff members working with our children.  Local M & O levy funding comprises 14% of our total funding.

We are a fiscally conservative board and work hard to insure public funds are used responsibly to provide students with an exceptional education.

We are very thankful for your previous support and ask that you vote in support of this levy once again.  

Manson School District Board of Directors

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The Manson Trojans Basketball Team ended their regular season on Friday, February 3 placing fourth in the CWB League with a record of 14-6.

The team begins its post-season journey this Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the high school gym. They will be competing against Soap Lake.

If the Trojans win on Wednesday (GO Trojans) they are guaranteed two more league games and a spot in districts.

As this is a league playoff game family passes will not be accepted at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students with ASB cards.

Please come out and support your Manson Trojans!!!!

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, February 8th, 2017, 4:30pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. January 12th, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
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: Design Firm Selection
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
VIII. New Business
a. Director position
b. Park maintenance vehicle
c. 2017 Budget
d. Full Time Employee Holidays
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: March 9th, 2017 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

sheriffsmOn January 28, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports at approximately 0900 hours a local Wenatchee resident, while boating on the Columbia River, located a human body in the shallow water near the shoreline adjacent to BNSF Appleyard. The Chelan County Detective Unit, Chelan County Coroner’s Office and Chelan County Marine Patrol Unit responded to recover the deceased.

The Chelan County Coroner’s Office, Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Crowe, identified the body as 32-year old Rudy Hernandez from Monitor. Hernandez’s family was notified by the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office as soon as the identification was made. On January 29, 2017 an autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled a suicide by drowning.

Hernandez was originally reported as missing in November, 2016. The Sheriff’s Office launched a search that included flying the Wenatchee River by helicopter, the Swift Water Rescue team was deployed and checked a portion of the Wenatchee River to the Sleepy Hollow bridge, a ground search along the banks of the river, and Chelan County Detectives wrote search warrants for social media websites trying to gain any information they could on Hernandez.