sheriffsmOn Thursday June 22, 2017 at approximately 1230hrs, RIVERCOM dispatch received a report of an overdue person in the Chelan area. The caller advised that her son was camping somewhere in the Chelan area and they hadn’t heard from him in two days. The caller also advised that the subject’s two dogs had been located by a hiker on the north side of Chelan Butte but her son was not with them.

The subject was identified as Johnathan M. Taylor (31yoa) of Mount Vernon, WA.

A Chelan County Deputy responded to Chelan Butte and located the subject’s vehicle abandoned at the top of Chelan Butte. Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate Taylor. A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was called in to assist in the search but was also unable to locate Taylor.

On Friday morning, Chelan County Search and Rescue deputies and members of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue began an extensive ground search of the area. At approximately 1430hrs, searchers located Taylor deceased at the bottom of a steep embankment on the south side of Chelan Butte. It is not known what caused Taylor to fall.

Next of kin has been notified.

sheriffsmOn 6/20/17 at approximately 3:22 pm Chelan County Marine Deputies responded to calls of a possible drowning in the area known as “Three Fingers” on Lake Chelan, within the Chelan City limits.  Upon further investigation it was learned that a group had rented a boat and were swimming off the back of the boat towards the middle of the lake in approximately 30-40 feet of water.

While swimming one individual from the group started experiencing difficulties. Others from the group attempted to throw him a personal flotation device but were unsuccessful before the he sank beneath the surface.  The group of friends was unable to locate the distressed swimmer.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded with multiple vessels along with the aid of rescue swimmers from Chelan Fire, but were unable to locate the missing swimmer who has been identified as 23 year old Donghoon Lee of Seattle.  Donghoon was on break from attending the University of Washington on a Student Visa from South Korea.  Rescue workers continued to work into the evening but were unsuccessful in locating Donghoon who is presumed to have drowned.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office staff were able to work with staff from the South Korean Consulate and make the emergency notification to Donghoon’ s family.

Search and recovery efforts are scheduled to continue at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 21.  Equipment and personnel include three vessels from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, two divers from Chelan County, and seven to eight volunteer divers from Steven’s County along with underwater camera equipment from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would use this time as a reminder to stay educated on water safety in order for everyone to have a safe and healthy summer while visiting Chelan County.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – Drivers who use the State Route 520 Bridge will see toll rates increase beginning Saturday, July 1. Toll payers will see a 5 percent increase in weekday and weekend toll rates, and nighttime tolling will begin at a flat rate of $1.25 per crossing. Toll revenue is required and on track to generate $1.2 billion to cover a portion of the new bridge’s cost.

These increases were approved by the Washington State Transportation Commission in May 2016, following a public comment period and after public meetings were conducted. The across-the-board 5 percent increase equates to 20 cents for peak period tolls (increasing from $4.10 to $4.30 for Good To Go! pass holders). Overnight travel between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., formerly toll-free, will now cost $1.25 per crossing for those with a Good To Go! pass. The additional $2 per crossing Pay By Mail charge for drivers who do not have a Good To Go! pass has not changed.

The commission, in cooperation with Washington State Department of Transportation leadership, has prioritized keeping toll rates on the SR 520 Bridge as low as possible for all toll payers while still raising the revenue required to help pay for the new bridge.

Valley residents of Douglas County have been the victims of a string of burglaries during the past week. 

douglascountysheriff148On 06/02/17 a resident in the 100 Blk. of 20th St. NE found someone had forced their way in through a back door.  The burglars stole liquor, collectable swords and knives, an i-phone, and two i-pads.  They also vandalized the inside of the house causing thousands of dollars in damage.    

A second nearby residence was also broken into.  Three guns, ammunition, and an i-pad were stolen. 

On 06/09/17 a third burglary occurred in the 2000 Blk. of Ashland where the intruders stole a rifle from an unsecured garage.  

A fourth burglary occurred from an unsecured garage in the 100 Blk. of Wilshire.  The burglars stole medication, carbon fiber motorcycle gloves, and an i-phone charger. 

A fifth burglary occurred on 06/14/17 at Lisa Bee’s fruit stand at the 13000 Blk. of Hwy. 2.  Three cash registers, $1,250 in cash, a Mac laptop computer, and an i-phone 6S were stolen.  There was substantial vandalism inside the business.  A neighbor who lived west of the business said he had seen a suspicious vehicle in the area.  It was a dark or flat black wagon with a very loud exhaust. 

A sixth incident occurred on 06/09/17 at the Grant Missionary Church at the 100 Blk. of S. Kentucky.  A contractor working inside the church saw a grey Z71 pickup backed up to a storage building.  There were two white males near the truck.  When they saw they were being observed they ran to the pickup and fled. 

This spike in burglaries is not usual in Douglas County.  I encourage everyone to be security conscious.  Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.  Try to provide detailed descriptions of suspicious persons or vehicle’s. 

If anyone had information about any of these or other crimes, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 884-0941 or, after hours, RiverCom dispatch at 663-9911.

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wsdot logoCommunity leaders meet with commissioners in Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH – Local officials and community leaders from Leavenworth and North Central Washington will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges and successes.

The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the Council Chambers, Leavenworth City Hall, 700 US Highway 2. This is a public meeting and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

The meeting features a series of short presentations on transportation topics in the region, including how transportation serves tourism, agriculture and economic development. The agenda includes briefings on the transportation needs in Leavenworth, Cashmere and Wenatchee, as well as Chelan and Okanogan counties.

Representatives from the Cascade Loop Association, and the chambers of commerce in Leavenworth, Chelan and the Wenatchee Valley, will describe how transportation is essential to tourism and recreation in North Central Washington. Topics will include congestion, pedestrian safety, passenger train service, and electric charging stations. The commission also will learn about “Revisiting Washington,” an online interactive travel app based on the 1941 Works Progress Administration guidebook that is designed to help promote historic preservation and heritage tourism.

The connections between transportation and economic development begin with the traditional agricultural economy and include new development efforts in the digital economy. Representatives from the agricultural industry, the ports of Chelan and Douglas counties, and the City of Wenatchee will discuss how rail, highway and air transportation are critical to economic vitality. 

The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several meetings throughout the state each year to gain insight from local government, industry and citizens about transportation issues that affect their communities and region. This information helps the commission to develop and implement transportation policies and recommendations to the State Legislature and Governor that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments throughout the State of Washington. In 2017, the commission also will meet in Friday Harbor, Kent, and Spokane Valley.

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

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The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate 28 year-old Sergio I. Valdes, who has two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. On May 29, 2017, Valdes was involved in an altercation at the Slide Waters amusement park in Chelan. He fled the scene and took with him his two youngest children, being 18 months- old Casper, and the other 6 months- old Aviahna. Valdes is believed to still be with his children but their whereabouts are unknown. The children’s mother has not seen them since May 29.

Help us get these children back to their mother and family safely. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Sergio Valdes or his children are asked to call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 667-6843, or the RiverCom dispatch center at 663-9911

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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett was recently installed as the newest President for WASPC, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chief’s.

WASPC held their annual spring conference at the Spokane Convention Center May 22 – 25, 2017. During which the now Past President, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg, officially installed Sheriff Burnett on Wednesday evening.

WASPC currently has 198 Police Chiefs and 39 Sheriff’s as active voting members, and many other associate and affiliate members.
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs values: a mission-driven association; quality services; honesty and integrity; accountability and responsibility to our members; diversity; public/private partnerships; competent, professional staff; membership involvement and progressive innovation. WASPC offers four types of membership: life, active, associate, and affiliate. Membership within WASPC offers numerous benefits at all levels.

Benefits of WASPC Membership:
• Pro-Law Enforcement Lobbying Efforts on both the State and Federal Levels
• Discounted Registration on WASPC Conferences and Vendor Trade Shows
• Training Opportunities at Discounted Rates
• Get-The-Word-Out Email Notifications
• Access to the WASPC Members-Only portions of the WASPC Website
• Informational Documents
• Law Enforcement Online Forums
• Membership and Agency Directories

Sheriff Burnett will serve a one-year term as President of WASPC. He has previously served one year terms as Vice President and President elect, before serving as a Sheriff at large position. Sheriff Burnett calls the opportunity both an honor and humbling, since his nomination came from his peers of the 38 other elected Sheriffs of the State of Washington. WASPC alternates the President position annually from Sheriff to Chief and back to Sheriff.

Sheriff Burnett stated that he originally became involved with WASPC to help network with other Sheriffs and Chiefs from around the state, in order to form relationships and gain knowledge on best practices in Law Enforcement in order to reduce liability for the taxpayers of Chelan County.

Sheriff Burnett’s term as WASPC President runs from May 2017 – May 2018. Sheriff Burnett is also a current co-chair for the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Committee.

 

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, June 8th, 2017, 4:10pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. May 11, 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
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
VIII. New Business
a. Hydrofest
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: July 13th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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Updated Release 06/05/2017 6:13pm

On Monday June 5th Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) personnel worked with Sheriff’s Office deputies to attempt to locate the body of Benjamin Gore, the 19-year old subject involved in the glissading accident on Sunday afternoon.   A team of five CCMR and one deputy were flown to the top of Asgaard Pass and then descended on foot to the hole in the snow where Gore disappeared. A deputy attached to a belay line was used to access the hole as far as was deemed safe. There was no sign of Gore and the view was obstructed by the high flow of water under the snow. It is estimated the hard snow pack at the scene is approximately 25 to 30 feet deep. The hole has been formed by a waterfall of snow melt runoff which exits the snow above a large rock and then creates the hole in the snow below the rock. At this time, the amount of snow is preventing rescuers from accessing the area below the snow pack. Search and rescue coordinators may need to wait several weeks for an opportunity to make an actual recovery of Gore’s body. The family has been notified and understands the situation.

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Original Release 06/04/2017

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a glissading accident has likely claimed the life of a 19-year old Mercer Island, WA man Saturday afternoon. The incident was initially reported at 5:01pm and occurred below the summit of Asgaard Pass between Colchuck Peak and Dragontail Mountain. A satellite text message had been relayed to the Washington State Department of Emergency Management’s duty officer stating there had been an accident in which a male subject had fallen into a hole and disappeared under the snowpack. GPS coordinates were included in the message, but no other information was available.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue coordinators began notifying mountain rescue members to respond. A Lifeflight medical helicopter was available to assist with an initial check of the coordinates in the Asgaard Pass area. A hoist equipped helicopter was requested from the State. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office “SnoHawk-10” helicopter assisted with the search and rescue effort.

All attempts to locate the subject in the hole, which runs well below the deep snowpack were unsuccessful. Search efforts were suspended due to darkness at approximately 8:30pm. A search will continue on Monday morning. The victim’s name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The initial report is that the 19-year old was with one other subject as they were both attempting to glissade down the snow field from the summit of Asgaard Pass to the glacier area below. Glissading is the act of intentionally descending down a steep slope in a controlled slide on a person’s feet or buttocks. It routinely involves the use of an ice-axe or similar device to assist in controlling the slide. Glissading is a high-risk activity due to the unforeseen dangers (such as holes or crevasses) in the snow path. Inquires reference this medial release can be made to Sergeant Kent Sisson.

douglascountysheriff148C#17D-02718:  On 05/26/17 at approximately 8:00 PM Douglas County Deputies heard what they believed was a gunshot in the area of 11th St. and Columbia Ave. in Bridgeport.  They quickly responded to the scene and spotted several people running away from the area.  One person was identified as a possible witness.  He said he observed a male fire a gun into the air.  The person gave a description of subject.  Deputies searched the area and detained one person for a short time.  There was not enough information to link that person to the incident at that time and he was released.  The were no injuries or property damage.  The investigation is continuing. 

C#17D-02754:  On 05/28/17 at 7:00 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault complaint at a business located in the 1100 Blk. of Columbia St. in Bridgeport, WA.  The victim said she was paying for some food when another person in the store started and argument with her.  The antagonist shoved the victim and hit her hard on the side of the head.  The victim’s right ear was red and swollen.  The suspect then left the store.  An eye witness gave the same account of the incident.  The suspect, was positively identified by the victim and the witness.  The Deputy located that suspect,  23 year old Iris Marroquin of Bridgeport, a short distance away.  Marroquin denied any involvement or even being in the store.  She was arrested for Assault 4th degree and transported to the Okanogan County Jail without incident. 

C#17D-02772:  On 05/29/17 at 5:45 PM the Douglas County Deputy received a report from Seattle Air Traffic Control of an incident involving a drone.  The reporting party stated that they were tracking a plane flying at 10,500 feet in the area between Rimrock Meadows and Waterville.  The pilot reported a drone, described as 4 feet long and black, had come so close to his aircraft that he had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.  There was no  information of who was operating the drone when the incident occurred.  There were no injuries or property damage. 

The deputies were extremely busy during Memorial Day weekend and the following week.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

pangborne logo 200The third Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for the Pangborn Memorial Airport Master Plan (Plan) will be held on June 6, 2017. The Plan serves as a roadmap for identifying the orderly development of Airport facility, equipment, and service needs necessary to meet existing and future Airport demands. The Plan will identify 20-year capital improvements as envisioned by the Airport, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance and that complement community interests.

PAC Meeting #3 will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Executive Flight Building located at the Airport (1 Campbell Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA). PAC Meeting #3 will focus on Airport Facilities and Alternatives. This effort will identify the type and location of facilities necessary to meet future Airport activity and infrastructure needs.

Presentation information from PAC Meeting #3 will be posted to the Airport’s Master Plan web page following the meeting (https://www.flywenatchee.com/master-plan/). The Master Plan web page also includes links to the prior Plan documentation, including ‘draft’ working paper materials, announcements, and other information on how to provide public input.

Questions and comments regarding the Plan can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 509-884-2494, ext. 200.

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The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is excited to announce the kick off to our final fundraising efforts for the Woodin Avenue Landing. The Woodin Avenue Landing is a park that will be located between Campbell’s Resort and the Old Bridge leading down to the public dock in downtown Chelan. Because this area has never been inviting, many locals do not even realize it is public space. Chelan has a limited number of public lake access points, and creating the Woodin Avenue Landing will allow us to take advantage of one that already exists. Downtown Chelan is the heart of our community, and beautifying this space will help create a stronger, more cohesive community.

There is currently $107,000 committed to help make this happen, but some of the committed funding is contingent upon completing the project in 2017. The HDCA must raise $30,000 by August 1st in order to break ground on September 5th and finish the park in 2017. HDCA is a non-profit and all contributions are recognized by the IRS as tax-deductible. All donors will be recognized on a donor plaque located within the park. If you’d like to leave a legacy with a donation to the Woodin Avenue Landing, please call or email HDCA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 682-4322.

HDCA would like to thank the City of Chelan and Lake Chelan Rotary for their partnership on this project.

Woodin Avenue Landing is the first phase in a multiple phase project called the Gateway Park Project. Any additional money raised during this fundraising campaign will be rolled into the second phase of the Gateway Park Project, which is the area in between B.C. MacDonald’s and Campbell’s Resort Park Room. For more information on Woodin Avenue Landing and HDCA’s other projects, please go to historicchelan.org.

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pudOver the next week, the PUD will prune and remove various trees at the Old Mill boat launch parking lot.

All trees being removed have been deemed unhealthy by a certified arborist; their removal will allow neighboring trees room to flourish.

A variety of new trees will be replanted to increase the health and appearance of the park.

sheriffsmOn May 22, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on two search and rescue operations during the weekend.

The first was reported on Saturday, May 20 at 2:15pm when a caller reported they were with a group at Cantaloupe Island Crag in the Icicle Drainage and had an injured member in their party. Chelan County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Cascade Ambulance, Chelan County Mountain Rescue responded. The patient, 22 year old Lauren Adkins of Redmond had twisted her ankle approximately 1800 vertical feet above the roadway on an extremely steep trail. A ground team of Search and Rescue members and medics were deployed. Medics were able to splint her ankle and she walked out with assistance at approximately 2015 hours. Adkins refused transport to the hospital.

The second was reported on Sunday, May 21 shortly after 11:00am when a caller reported a mountain bike accident on the Xanadu Trail in the Derby Canyon area of Peshastin. 42 year old Jennifer Eichorn sustained a broken leg in the mountain bike accident. Chelan County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Cascade Ambulance, and Chelan County Fire District 6 personnel responded to conduct the rescue. Ms. Eichorn was transported by wheeled litter to a Sheriff’s Office UTV outfitted with a carrier, which then took her to a waiting ambulance on the roadway. Eichorn was transported to Central Washington Hospital at approximately 1630 hours.

douglascountysheriff148On 05/26/17 at approximately 3:00 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl which had just occurred in the 500 Blk of 18th Street in Bridgeport, WA.  The complainant reported that at approximately 2:30 AM his wife awakened him to say she could see someone inside his pickup.  The complainant put his clothes on and went out to confront the subject.  The complainant recognized the person and tried to grab him.  The subject a male resisted and ran.  He got into a vehicle and started to drive away.  The complainant jumped in through an open window and attempted to turn off the vehicle and pull out the keys.  He lost his grip and fell out of the vehicle after a short distance.  He was not injured.  The suspect made off with a stereo subwoofer worth about $800.00.  The identified suspect is still at large and the investigation is continuing. 

While I greatly admire this man’s courage and willingness to draw a line in the sand against criminals, it would have been much safer for him to call 9-1-1 right away.  Mere things are not worth one’s life. 

This weekend we will have extra marine patrols on the river at the north and south end of Douglas County.  I encourage all boaters to make sure you have all required equipment on board and that your vessel is in good working order.  The legal standard for Boating Under the Influence is the same as that for DUI (.08% BAC).   As a matter of public safety, we don’t give warnings for BUI.  Enjoy the holiday, but don’t take chances with your safety and the safety of others.

cruzin chelan2017The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 11th annual Cruizin Chelan Classic Car Show that kicks off the summer season June 2 & 3, 2017. 
 
Locals and visitors alike know the car show is in town when proud car owners line up their coupes, sedans and street rods for the big “Show ’n’ Shine.” It’s a must-see museum on wheels and Cruizin Chelan’s signature event!
 
For the second year, Cruizin Chelan will host the Pacific Northwest Pro Classic BBQ Competition - an event you won’t want to miss! And as always, we will host another spectacular fireworks show Saturday night at Don Morse Park!
 
This year, we will be hosting a Cruizin Chelan Kickoff Party at Wapato Point Cellars on Friday, June 2nd. Pre-register for Saturday’s Show ’n’ Shine and take a first look at the classic cars and trucks that will battle it out for the title of “Best of Show” on Saturday. Delight in a buffet-style dinner while you enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Activities include:
 
  • 5pm-6pm: Happy Hour
  • 5pm-8pm: Wine Tasting
  • 5pm-9pm: Early Registration for Saturday’s Show ’n’ Shine
  • 6pm-8pm: Dinner at The Winemaker’s Grill
  • 6pm-9pm: Live music by The LakeBoys
 
Tickets are only $29.99 and can be purchased online at LakeChelan.com, at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce or at Wapato Point Cellars. Event is open to both registrants and the public.

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On May 24, 2017 autopsies were performed on both of the deceased. The autopsy results did not reveal any trauma or fatal injuries. The Chelan County Chief Deputy Coroner reported further tests and analysis would need to be completed prior to determining a cause of death. The results for that could take up to 10 weeks. The Chief Deputy Coroner and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives continue to try to identify the two deceased. Positive identification could take up to two more weeks.

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On May 24, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two individuals found deceased inside a vehicle adjacent to a campsite near mile post 90 on Highway 2, between Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee.

On May 23, 2017 shortly after 12:30pm a caller reported they located a full sized pickup truck in a heavily brushed area near the Chiwaukum Creek Rock Quarry. The Rock Quarry is located near mile post 90 on Highway 2, west of Leavenworth. The reporting party did not get close enough to the vehicle to determine if anyone was inside.

The first arriving Deputy located the vehicle with the assistance of the reporting party. The Deputy noticed someone had attempted to conceal the vehicle with a blanket, duct tape, and natural vegetation from the area. The Deputy approached the vehicle and located two deceased subjects sitting in the driver’s seat and front passenger seat. The Deputy requested assistance from our Detective Unit and notified the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. The Detective Unit and Chief Deputy Coroner processed the scene, secured both the deceased and the vehicle. The Coroner’s Office is performing autopsies on both the deceased and is working closely with our Detective’s Unit to determine a cause of death.

At this point in the investigation we are not actively pursuing any suspects, nor do we believe there is a risk to public safety related to this incident. Both the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office are working to identify the bodies and notify next of kin.

Once the autopsies are completed and a cause of death determined there will be more to follow.

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The Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Fireworks, which is organized completely by volunteers from the community, will return for 2017 above the Manson Bay on Lake Chelan. (Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)

The Lake Chelan community will produce one of the largest fireworks shows in Washington state on July 4, 2017. The annual event is coordinated by community members, some of whom have already begun the planning process for the show which will feature some new details for locals and visitors who flock to Lake Chelan for the show each year.

The Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Fireworks take place in the Manson Bay in downtown Manson each year. The fireworks are staged from a barge on Lake Chelan so viewers can enjoy the views while waiting for the show at nightfall.

A GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/MansonBayFireworks) has been set up to accept ongoing donations for the show. The goal for the campaign is $2,500 which is just a portion of the funds that volunteers need to produce the show.

Overall, $30,000 is raised each year through sponsorships and donations bins which are placed throughout town. Any funds not utilized for the event are rolled over to the next year’s fireworks show so the team does not have to start from scratch financially. All funds raised from the event are designated solely to produce the annual fireworks spectacular.

Lake Chelan Winery will again host an auction to raise funds for the fireworks show. The 4th annual fundraiser will take place June 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. Tax deductible donations of items such as art, sports memorabilia, hotel stays and gift baskets can be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets for the event will go on sale soon and usually sell out, so guests are encouraged to RSVP quickly.

The fireworks show got its start when guests at Wapato Point Resort produced their own small show. Since then, the community has taken the reigns to build the show into the crowd-pleaser that it is today.

Event sponsors such as Wapato Point Resort and Washington’s Playground have been vital in ensuring the high quality that the show has become known for. Additionally, Town Toyota Center of Wenatchee has graciously committed as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. The group would also like to recognize media partners GoLakeChelan.com and KOZI Radio for their generous support of the event.

To learn more about the Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Fireworks show and all that it takes to make it happen, visit the event Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/LakeChelanFireworks ).

wsdot logoDIABLO – With the rev of some engines and the swing of the gate, State Route 20/North Cascades Highway has reopened for 2017. Opening for the upcoming summer season not only provides drivers another option to cross the Cascades but reconnects US Bike Route 10 between Skagit and Okanogan counties.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews were able to speed up the projected eight week reopening with a little help from mother nature. Spring rain helped melt some areas of snow and WSDOT crews worked long days to clear more than 45 feet of snow from below Liberty Bell Mountain and more than 20 feet in many other avalanche chute areas.

Today’s 11 a.m. opening allowed crews to do a final sweep of the highway to remove remaining debris. All travelers should be aware that this route is a scenic byway that features jagged glaciated peaks, high elevations, two lanes and sharp turns. All travelers should be prepared for quickly changing conditions and limited facilities between Diablo and Mazama.

Other SR 20 construction

Travelers heading to the North Cascades Highway from Interstate 5 should be prepared for weekday daytime work between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete. Contractor crews from Granite Construction are currently working on repairing cracks, potholes and bridge decks before resurfacing this 20 mile stretch later this summer. This work is expected to last through September.

Drivers and cyclists hoping to use SR 20 between Twisp and Omak will need to add a lengthy detour to their trip via SR 153. SR 20 west of Loup Loup Summit is closed due to washouts, mudslides and road repair work. Crews are working to repair the area, but there is currently no estimate for reopening.

How long will this stretch of highway be open?

WSDOT crews will keep the North Cascades Highway open as long as it is safe to do so. The gates will close at mileposts 134 and 171 when snow starts filling up avalanche chutes, making it unsafe for travelers and crews to be on the road. That usually happens around Thanksgiving.

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a stage musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale most remember from the 1987 animated film, is currently being presented by Okanogan Valley Orchestra & Chorus (OVOC) with remaining shows on May 12, 13, and 14 at the Omak Performing Arts Center.

To accommodate families with young children the show times have been set earlier than usual with curtain at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Some special events have also been planned such as a costume contest.

OVOC has been producing large Broadway style musicals on the Omak stage since the Performing Arts Center was build 27 years ago. The group of dedicated artists is made up completely of community members from around the Okanogan and Chelan Valleys.

The 2017 production tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid, who is unsatisfied with her life in the sea. Ariel longs to find adventure and love in the world above. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."

Emily Larsen, a senior at Pateros High School plays Ariel. Larsen is an OVOC musical veteran having participated in many productions. Ariel’s father, King Triton, is played by Zachary Van Brunt, whose first role with OVOC was in 1995 as a young revolutionary in Fiddler on the Roof. The love interest, Prince Eric, is portrayed by Derek Nansen and the evil sea witch aunt, Ursula, is performed by CaraMia Stearns Vance (Omak).

Rounding out the cast as Flounder is Hayden Swartsel (Okanogan) and Sebastian the Crab portrayed by Matthew Sonneman (Brewster).

The show is directed and designed by Judy Johnston (Brewster) and produced by James Craddock and Kim Harriman with music direction by Jonathan McBride (Chelan) and Matt Brown (Chelan).

This production takes a fresh look at the design elements of the classic tail, utilizing a steam-punk theme brought to life by costumer Susan Graves and designer Johnston. Steam punk refers to a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction and the steam-power era.

To include the audience in the steam punk fun, there will be a costume contest during the show on May 12th with prizes.

Tickets for Disney’s The Little Mermaid are $10 for children and $20 for adults. Details about the production and events as well as special group ticket pricing can be found by visiting www.ovocmusic.org.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/30/17 at I:34 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault complaint which occurred at the Douglas Creek camp area about 8 miles south of Hwy. 2.

It was reported that two individuals had been stabbed. They had transported themselves to the hospital, but the suspect was still at the scene.

The investigation revealed that there was a large party at the camp area and there was alcohol involved.  A person at the party suspected another male party goer had inappropriately touched his wife. The person, identified as 36 year old Bobby McCurdy of Soap Lake, reportedly stabbed the other male and a second male who had tried to break up the fight.

The two injured men took a private vehicle to Confluence Hospital. One subject was treated and released for a minor stab wound. The second had to have surgery because the blade had penetrated this abdominal wall.

McCurdy was booked into the Chelan County Jail for two counts of Assault 1st degree.

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Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports, "Our fire fighters had a very busy night last evening when this residence at the 3600 Blk. of Penn in Rock Island caught fire. Fire fighters from Douglas and Chelan County are still at the scene [at the time of reporting] . Fortunately no injuries were reported. Deputies were on scene to assist if needed."

douglascountysheriff148On 05/02/17 at 3:30 PM RiverCom dispatch received a report of a sex offense that had just occurred on the Bridgeport Bar approximately 5 miles north of Bridgeport.

Deputies assisted by WSP troopers, and Brewster police responded to the scene.

The suspect, 27 year old Jose F. Torres Solorzano from the Bridgeport Bar area, was located at a mobile home near the victim’s residence. Detectives interviewed the female victim who stated the suspect forcibly held her down and forced her to manipulate his genitals. He then left the residence.

The suspect was arrested and booked at the Okanogan County Jail for Forcible Indecent Liberties (RCW 9A.44.100) which is a Class A Felony.

The suspect claimed to be from California, but so far detectives have not been able to positively identify him. Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

chamber new160LAKE CHELAN, WA (April 28, 2017) — The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual awards dinner at Rancho Grande on May 4th, 2017.

Chamber members and their guests are invited to attend this Cinco de Mayo celebration! Awards include Chamber Member of the Year, Business of the Year, New Business of the Year and many others. Over 20 businesses will receive coveted awards!

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce office. Reserve tickets early, as they tend to sell out of this celebratory event!

Activities taking place:

  • Mexican buffet
  • Awards ceremony
  • Live music
  • One complementary beverage
  • Full bar
  • Wine pull
  • Photo booth

wsdot logoEASTON – Work to repair deteriorated sections of Interstate 90 near Easton is still scheduled to take place Saturday. Next week construction-related delays continue east of Snoqualmie Pass.  The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to remove and replace sections of deteriorating asphalt in the westbound lanes between Easton and the Cabin Creek area between mileposts 63 to 67. Drivers should plan for delays between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. This work is weather dependent and may need to be canceled and rescheduled.

Drivers will experience delays due to daytime rolling slowdowns and nighttime lane closures east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit to the Price Creek area between mileposts 57 to 62. The eastbound lanes near Cle Elum between mileposts 87 to 93 will be reduced to a single lane 24 hours a day Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5.

Bridge deck repairs start in various locations on Monday, May 1 and will cause delays for drivers during the day throughout the week due to lane closures in both directions near Easton between mileposts 75 to 76 and Ellensburg between mileposts 97 to 98.

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

douglascountysheriff148On 04/28/17 at approximately 8:54 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to 6608 Batterman Rd. to investigate an injury traffic accident.  They found a single vehicle (2015 GMC Sierra) approximately 20 feet off off the road. 

Investigation revealed the vehicle appeared to be traveling towards Rock Island on Batterman Rd.  It crossed the centerline, went off the road, and struck and embankment.  There was a single male driver. 

Deputies started CPR and deployed their department issued AED.  EMS and firefighters arrived and continued rescue efforts, but the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The driver was identified as 70 year old Kenneth R. Manke of East Wenatchee. 

It is not known why the vehicle went off the road and the investigation is continuing. 

The deceased was a loved and respected retired Wenatchee police officer.  He will be missed and we send deepest condolences to his friends and family.

dianne george 250Diane Ellen “Hopkins” George passed away on April 26th. Diane was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, January 5th 1953. Parents are Gloria Hopkins (Monroe) and Lee Hopkins (Goldbar). She was raised in Seattle, Lynnwood and Monroe. A 1971 MHS graduate. Diane married the love of her life Paul George Jr. in March 1975. They raised their two sons, Brandon and Brian in Monroe before moving to Manson.

She was a six year survivor of stage four inflammatory breast cancer, a battle she won. In February 2016, the beast returned this time in the form of incurable brain cancer. She fought long and hard. Diane loved life, family, friends and the Mariners. She was outgoing and made friends with all. Diane was a co-founder of MHS Bearcat Pride, spent many hours of volunteer work. Her employment over the years were at Renaware, Avon, First Heritage Bank, Wyatt’s Jewelers and Allison’s (Manson).

Diane leaves behind both of her parents, husband, Paul George of 42 years, son Brandon (Michelle) Bothell, first grandchild due July 2017, and son Brian (Kirkland). Sisters Donna (Brett) Thomas, Debra (Gary) Kolrud, Jeri (Tom) Gibson, Marlies (Barry) Haight, Brother Mark (Georgia) Hopkins, best friend Laurie (Rick) Aschenbrenner, childhood friend Susan Fyall along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Please join the family to visit and remember Diane on May 20th. Open house and potluck at Donna’s home, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, open mic at 3:00 to share stories. 26227 Van Brocklin Rd, Monroe WA.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports a Cashmere Middle School student was arrested for pointing what appeared to be a black pistol at another student in the hallway of the Middle School.

On April 26, 2017 shortly before 3:00pm the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy responded to Cashmere Middle School for a weapons violation. The investigation determined two students were bothering each other during a class session. One student asked the other student to move to the other side of the classroom. They continued to engage in bothering and annoying each other until the end of the school day. As the two students passed each other in the hallway one “shoulder bumped” the other. The student who delivered the shoulder bump continued to walk and was approximately 10 feet away when he heard the other student call out his name. The victim student alleged when he turned around the suspect student was pointing what he believed to be a black pistol at him. The victim student said he was fearful and ran away as he yelled, “He has a gun”. The suspect student fled down the hallway, went outside, and got onto a bus.

As the incident occurred a nearby teacher heard the yelling and statement about a gun. The teacher ran to the location and was provided the name of the suspect student and that he ran outside. As the teacher pursued he learned the suspect student got onto a bus. The teacher immediately boarded the bus, located the student, and removed the student from the bus. The suspect student immediately told the teacher he did not have a real pistol, but was in possession of an airsoft gun capable of shooting plastic pellets. It was later confirmed the displayed object, which was black in color with an orange tip, was indeed an airsoft gun with plastic pellets.

The suspect student was booked into Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center for harassment – threats to kill and possessing a dangerous weapon on school facilities.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is working in cooperation with the Cashmere School District to investigate this incident and we want to stress the Cashmere School District is taking this incident very seriously.

 

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EASTON – A harsh winter and heavy traffic is causing a section of Interstate 90 near Easton to deteriorate quickly and an emergency repair is schedule for Saturday.

The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to remove and replace sections of deteriorating asphalt in the westbound lanes between Easton and the Cabin Creek area. Drivers should plan for delays between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

This work is weather dependent and may need to be canceled and rescheduled.

 

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

 

 

·       Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.

 

·       Visit the 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.

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Top Row (L-R) Advisor, Susan Sears, Ty Charlton, Damon Smith, Bo Charlton, Daicy Leyva, Veronica Lulo, Jasmine Pascasio , Karina Mendoza, Megan Clausen,. Bottom Row (L-R) Ramiro Lopez, Eduardo Escalera, Joe Stecker, Mason Walters, Spencer Ward, Alyssa La Mar

 

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Damon Smith, Nationals Bound!

Manson FBLA students accompanied by their advisor/teacher, Susan Sears, attended and competed at the Washington State FBLA Leadership Conference April 19-22, 2017 in Spokane, Washington . 

Students competed in the following team events: Alyssa La Mar and Megan Clausen in Website Design, Bo Charlton, Ty Charlton, and Joe Strecker in Business Ethics, Bo Charlton, Joe Strecker and Spencer Ward in Sports and Entertainment Management, Karina Mendoza and Jasmine Pascasio in Marketing. Students who competed in individual events are Veronica Lulo in Business Calculations, Ty Charlton in Introduction to Business, Mason Walters in Health Care Administration, Eduardo Escalera in Business Communication, Megan Clausen in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Damon Smith in Job Interview, Daicy Leyva in Client Services, Alyssa La Mar in Agribusiness, and Ramiro Lopez in Advertising.

Damon Smith earned second place in Job Interview and qualifies for FBLA National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, California in June. Students also attended Ted Talks and workshops to learn about different business topics.

 

 

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.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Enjoy a free lunch and fun for the entire family

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.