wsdot-logoUPDATE: The rock blasting closure planned for Monday, Oct 7 at 6 p.m. is cancelled. Crews will close the pass for blasting Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. both nights. Drivers will also experience minor delays during the day and at  night between milepost 56 to 60 due to single lanes until Wednesday, Oct. 9.

HYAK – Drivers need to be prepared for rock blasting closures on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 9 and 10).

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews plan to close I-90 in both directions for an hour or more starting at 6 p.m. each night. The pass will be closed eastbound at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound at Price Creek (milepost 61). A reopening time depends on the amount of debris that comes down and repairs needed to the highway. Drivers are encouraged to use exits before the closure points to access services. During the closures, there are no services eastbound past milepost 53 and westbound past milepost 70.

Starting Sunday, Oct. 6, drivers will experience delays during the week an weekend due to single lane closures near Ellensburg. Starting Friday, Oct. 11, drivers may want to consider alternate routes between Cle Elum and Ellensburg via SR 970 / US 97 or SR 10.

WSDOT provides a number of ways to help plan your trip over I-90:

sheriffsmOn Saturday, October 05, 2013 at about 2:00 P.M., Wenatchee Police Officers responded to a residence in the 800 Block of Kittitas Street to arrest a 24 year old male with a felony warrant.

Officers were at the home a short time earlier on a medical assist and had left the residence when they were informed of the warrant. When Officers contacted the male inside the residence to take him into custody, he fired a gun at the Officers. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect.

The Officers began administering medical assistance on the suspect immediately and requested an ambulance. Paramedics arrived a short time later, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful and the suspect died at the scene.

Neither of the two Officers were injured during the shooting.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are investigating the shooting. The investigation is still in its preliminary stage and there will be more information after the investigation is complete. Names are not being released at this time.










portchelancountyPort of Chelan County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of October 3, 2013
Meeting Highlights

Pybus Update
Construction of pedestrian improvements on the Pybus Project were approved for rebidding. The bids received for the project were higher than the engineers estimate. Randy Asplund, contract engineer from RH2 Engineering, stated the short time frame for completing the project as a factor. Port of Chelan County Commissioners directed staff to refine the engineers estimate, adjust the completion date, and place the estimate on file for bid.

Cashmere Mill Site Wood Waste Removal Update
The Wood Waste Removal Project from the Cashmere Mill Site continues with preparation work for Phase 2. The Cashmere Mill Site Wood Waste Removal Project is being conducted in collaboration with, funded by, and under the general direction of the State Department of Ecology. Funding for this effort has been obtained from the State’s Model Toxics Control Act funds, a dedicated funding source. Additional analysis of grid testing sites will aid in defining the scope for Phase II Wood Waste Removal.

Port’s Industrial Building #3 Improvements Near Completion
Capital Projects Manager for the Port, Laura Jaecks, updated the Port of Chelan County Commissioners on the final stages of construction to complete the General Purpose Improvements and Parking lot for Industrial Building #3 to house the Confluence Health Contact Center. Confluence Health has occupied 7,890 sq. ft. of Industrial Building #3 in Olds Station Business Park and currently has 23 employees at the facility. This project is partially funded through an Economic Development Grant focused on job creation, which the Port received from the State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB).

City of Entiat Riverfront Project Shows Progress
Mayor Vradenburg and Susan Driver, City of Entiat Planner, presented to the Commission an update on work completed on the Marina Development and Waterfront Trail and Habitat Project. “The road is complete, the trail is happening now, and a lot of dirt is flying” Susan Driver stated. Mayor Vradenburg added, “The town is so excited to this this improvement happening, and we wish to thank the Port of Chelan County for the seed funds to leverage the grant funds to complete this project.” Work is being funded through grants the City of Entiat received; leveraging $200,000 of Port of Chelan County funds into $2 Million in grant and partner funds.

Contracts for Technology Services and Accounting Approved
The Port of Chelan County Commissioners approved a one year extension of the existing two year Personal Services Contract with Firefly Technologies for Technology Services provided to the Port. Also approved was the selection of Cordell Neher & Co for Accounting Services to the Port.

Steve Wright Visits with Port of Chelan County Commissioners
Steve Wright, the new General Manager for Chelan County PUD, introduced himself and discussed projects important to both the Port and the PUD. Topics included the connection between low cost power and fiber availability to business recruitment and expansion in Chelan County. Both the Port Commission and Steve Wright extended an interest in collaborating in the future.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.

Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.

If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

Have a safe and fun Halloween

wsdot-logoCrews moving forward with plans to restore a retaining wall east of White Pass

WHITE PASS – Good news for drivers hoping to travel US 12 over White Pass between Packwood and Naches this weekend – one lane will be open to traffic around the washout portion of the roadway in time for the weekend.

A signal light will direct alternating single-lane traffic through a quarter-mile area just east of White Pass when the highway reopens. Drivers can expect minor delays through the single lane detour. The highway remains closed oversized vehicles.

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a proclamation to help the Washington State Department of Transportation restore a washed-out section of US 12, 3 miles east of White Pass. The Governor’s emergency proclamation allows WSDOT and local agencies to pursue federal emergency relief funds to restore the highway.  

WSDOT and the emergency contractor, DBM Inc., Federal Way, are developing a temporary fix to allow WSDOT to reopen this section to two lanes of traffic before winter.

Last week’s rain storms caused severe erosion along a 500-foot-long section of US 12. The highway has been closed since noon Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Currently US 12 remains closed to through traffic at the SR 410/US 12 junction west of Naches, and at the US 12/SR 123 junction east of Packwood. Motorists can use SR 410 and 123 as alternate routes. Commercial vehicles are prohibited from using these route, which crosses through Mt. Rainier National Park. Drivers can still access businesses and recreation facilities on either side of the closure along the US 12 corridor. Local drivers traveling east will be turned around at the summit of White Pass. Local traffic traveling west will be turned around at the west end of Rimrock Lake. These restrictions will be lifted once the single-lane is open to traffic.

fire-station75South Lakeshore Fire Station 75 is moving ahead.

Tree removal and grading are almost complete at the site of the new fire station near the Lake Chelan Yacht Club.

Chelan Fire and Rescue is on schedule to complete the fire station around the first of the year.

nps_logo_smSedro Woolley, WA – October 1, 2013 -Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including North Cascades National Park Service Complex.  All visitor facilities including the North Cascades and Golden West Visitor Centers, park hotels, campgrounds and roads – except for State Highway 20, a thru way – are closed.  The park will remain closed until the government reopens.

Superintendent Karen Taylor-Goodrich said that park visitors in all overnight campgrounds and lodges will be given until 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday, October 3 to make travel arrangements and leave the park. In addition, all park programs and special events have been canceled, including: Buckner Orchard Harvest Fest in Stehekin, which may be moved to a location off public lands.

Nationally, more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System. Nationwide the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping. Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown. Visitors spend about $26 million a year in the communities around North Cascades National Park Service Complex.

In the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 118 employees are on furlough because of the shutdown and approximately 40 concessions employees are similarly affected.  18 NPS employees remain on duty, providing security and emergency services.  Over 100 visitors per night will not be able to utilize concessions lodges and restaurants during the shutdown.

Nationwide the shutdown has also furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees; approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety, and security functions at parks and facilities. About 12,000 park concessions employees are also affected.

Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit