wsdot logoOLYMPIA – It’s not technically summer yet, but Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, often brings summer-level traffic to state roadways. That’s why it’s important to have a holiday travel plan before heading out the door.

By following these steps, travelers can get where they’re going with fewer headaches:

  • Check the Washington State Department of Transportation's best times to travel charts to help plan your trip and avoid congestion.
  • Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler informationfor traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as Twitterand Facebook.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.
  • Allow extra time for travel during the holidays to avoid rushing or distraction.

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 28 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may be remain in place.

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No lane closures or other construction is planned from Friday, May 25, to Tuesday, May 29, however the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, May 25, and westbound Monday, May 28. Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"

Chinook and Cayuse passes

In the mountains, spring snow and a construction project in Mount Rainier National Park mean Chinook and Cayuse passes will not reopen by the holiday weekend this year. The passes are scheduled to open June 11. Chinook Pass, State Route 410, is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. SR 123 over Cayuse Pass is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard and the Stevens Canyon Road entrance. Both these passes close each winter due to weather and hazardous conditions.

Tolling

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, May 28, on the State Route 520 bridge. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.

Travelers making a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Anticipate heavy ferry traffic for the holiday and plan accordingly. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, and eastbound, Monday, May 28. Check the Washington State Ferries website, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/, or call toll-free 888-808-7977 for details, including reservations on some routes. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.
  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
  • For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htmor call 800-552-0666.
  • Check with local public transit agenciesfor any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays

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LEAVENWORTH, WA – Chelan County Emergency Management reports that 95% of the Phase 1 repairs have been completed by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District as of Thursday evening (May 17th).

The Phase 1 repairs at the dam involved creating a new 55 foot wide spillway at the site which is in addition to the previously existing 13 foot spillway. These repairs have greatly reduced the risk of a potential failure of Eightmile Lake Dam. Also, on Thursday, the Washington State Department of Ecology successfully installed the lake level monitoring equipment. The equipment has been calibrated and is currently transmitting data to the National Weather Service in Spokane.

The Weather Service will monitor the lake level data 24 hours day – 7 days a week, and will alert Chelan County Emergency Management if there is any significant change in the lake water levels. Public alerting would take place if a dramatic change in lake level is reported.

Additional monitoring equipment will be installed during the next week.

Precipitation amounts forecasted through today are in the range of .25 to .50 inches over the Eightmile Lake drainage. These precipitation amounts do not currently raise concern, nor does it raise the alert status for the dam (Level 2).

There are currently no evacuation orders in affect for Icicle River residents.

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HYAK – Rock blasting is scheduled to close Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass for about an hour Monday through Wednesday next week.

The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close I-90 at 7 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, May 21, Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23. During rock blasting closures eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 61 near the Price Creek area.

Drivers will also experience delays Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24 during the day and at night through multiple work zones between North Bend and Ellensburg. Drivers are encouraged to check our What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for specific daily impacts and locations.

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

  • Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for weekly travel information
  • Download WSDOT’s free smartphone app to check statewide pass conditions
  • Receive text message alerts about closures and delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
  • Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM
  • Call 5-1-1 from your hands-free device
  • Sign up for email updates
  • Follow us on Twitter @SnoqualmiePass

ChelanFireRescueLogo200SPECIAL AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Call to order:
Flag Salute:
Old Business:
* Appointment of Commissioner
* Oath Of Office
* Long Range Plan – Schedule Workshop
Adjournment:

MIPLogoChelan, WA (May 11, 2018) -- The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is proud to announce the launch of the expanded summer concert series, featuring live music every Friday night from 6-8pm beginning June 15th and continuing through August 31st. This summer season of live music will be held in the Riverwalk Pavilion along the shores of Lake Chelan.

The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series will feature all styles of music for the community to enjoy throughout the summer. Enjoy everything from rock-and-roll to blues to country to jazz as you sit and soak in the stunning views of Lake Chelan as your backdrop. This weekly concert series will showcase local bands, as well as bands who started their musical adventure in Lake Chelan and have gone on to expand their fame.

The Music in the Park Concert Series takes place 6-8pm at Riverwalk Pavilion on Lake Chelan and will feature:
June 15 – Jesse James and the MOB
June 22 – Polecat
June 29 – Wayne Evans
July 6 – Dimestore Prophets
July 13 – Nic Allen
July 20 – Hook Me Up
July 27 – TLC Jazz Band
August 3 – Eden Moody
August 10 – 509’s
August 17 – Bryson Evans
August 24 – Nic Allen
August 31 – Whiskey Fever

This extraordinary summer lineup is free to the community thanks to the incredible support from Re/Max Advantage, Vacasa, Caliber Home Loans, and the Lake Chelan Community Services Council. Enjoy a relaxing evening downtown as you explore the unique shops and restaurants of historic downtown Chelan, then grab a spot on the grass at Riverwalk Pavilion. For more information, historicchelan.org/music-in-the-park

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.

Todays 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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HYAK – Rock blasting is scheduled to close Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass for about an hour next week.

The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close I-90 at 7 p.m. for about an hour each night Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17. During rock blasting closures eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 61 near the Price Creek area.

Drivers will also experience delays Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18 during the day and at night through multiple work zones between North Bend and Ellensburg. Drivers are encouraged to check our What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for specific daily impacts and locations.

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

  • Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for weekly travel information
  • Download WSDOT’s free smartphone app to check statewide travel information
  • Receive text message alerts about closures and delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
  • Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM
  • Call 5-1-1 from your hands-free device
  • Sign up for email updates
  • Follow us on Twitter @SnoqualmiePass

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On Tuesday, May 1st, Manson School District hosted a Cultural Celebration, honoring 16 different countries.  In conjunction with the district’s annual Dia Del Nino celebration, over 400 students, parents, staff and community members came together in the Manson High School gym to celebrate children and embrace cultures from around the world. 

The evening was kicked off by an inspirational welcome given by Mrs. Aurora Flores, Manson School District Board Member. Families enjoyed delicious food while viewing beautiful artwork created by Manson Elementary students.  Multiple songs and dances were showcased by elementary students at each grade level, including: El Toro Mambo, Folklorico Ballet, the Heel Toe Polka, “De Colores”, the Troika, the Tarantella, “Sur Le Pont D’Avignon”, and a West African scarf dance.

The 2018 Cultural Celebration was truly a collaborative effort, highlighting the strong relationship between Manson Schools and community.  Elementary teachers and students invested countless hours creating art, learning about new cultures, and practicing performances to highlight important traditions from other countries.  Many hands went into making the event a success and we look forward to joining together for another rich and beautiful celebration next year!

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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LEAVENWORTH, WA – Chelan County Emergency Management is hosting a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 14th at Fire District #3 (228 Chumstick Road in Leavenworth) - to address the current situation at Eightmile Lake Dam.

The dam is located in the Alpine Lake Wilderness and operated by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District. It is nearly 100 years old and in a deteriorating condition. Because the area was significantly burned in the Jack Creek wildfire in 2017, Eightmile Lake is more vulnerable to erosion and flash flooding, which could overwhelm the dam. A breach of the dam could cause a significant wave of water to flow down Eightmile Creek into Icicle Creek near Eightmile Campground and quickly raise the level of Icicle Creek.

There is an increasing level of concern about the dam and we want to share information for impacted residents, landowners, and visitors. Currently, there are no actual evacuation notifications in place for Icicle River residents, but we ask residents within the affected area to be prepared to evacuate as conditions change. (Click for inundation map #1 and inundation map #2).

Chelan County Emergency Management is working with the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District and the Department of Ecology Dam Safety Office to monitor conditions at the dam while developing a plan to reduce the risk of a dam failure. We are also working with the U.S. Forest Service, which owns the land at the dam site.

To see a map of the potentially impacted downstream area, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CCSOEM.

Plastic flamingos and bird kites help keep our North Cascades Pass clearing crews safe – and entertained

When you see a plastic flamingo yard ornament or a kite decorated like an eagle, you likely don't think safety. But, for our avalanche and maintenance crews clearing State Route 20, these mascots can be the reason they return home at the end of their shift.The flamingos and other feathered friends help us during our work to clear popular destinations like the North Cascades Highway, which will reopen Friday, May 11.It's tough work clearing up to 11 feet of snow from roadways closed for the season – especially given the historic avalanche chutes that make the roads unsafe during the winter months. These known areas of avalanche activity are particularly dangerous and unpredictable and we don't want our crews stopping or parking underneath them.

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Floyd (right in hard hat) and his safety flamingo flock help mark dangerous areas for our avalanche and maintenance crews reopening the North Cascade Highway. The birds' bright pink coloring standing out against the snow and warn crews about hazardous areas.


The dangers are included in daily safety briefings and training and are marked with traditional signs, but several years back, our avalanche crew wanted another way to reinforce the message. Complacency is a serious risk factor in repetitive, dangerous work so they wanted a new way to catch workers' attention."That's how accidents happen," explains Mike Stanford, our North Central Region Avalanche Supervisor. "You've done the same thing a million times before and then one day you don't pay attention."Enter Floyd the flamingo.Stanford spied Floyd – in all of his pink, plastic glory – in a store one day and knew this was the answer. Not only does the pink color stand out against the snow, a flamingo suddenly appearing on a mountain pass, covered with snow, certainly gets attention.Inexpensive and easy to relocate, Floyd also was a low-cost solution to a serious safety hazard. "We try to do the best and safest thing we can at the lowest cost.," Stanford said. The plastic birds are also easy to replace if they were ever buried in an avalanche. (There have been a couple of close calls but, so far, no flamingo has been lost in the line of duty.)Once crews and the public saw the first flamingo, the questions began. He soon had a name and an entire backstory, including a home base in Louisiana.  At first, Floyd flew solo, but soon members of his extended family also joined the safety crew. A whole flock of pink flamingos – some wearing miniature hard hats and Mardi Gras beads - have been seen during clearing.

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Left: This spring an eagle kite was used in place of flamingos, with the coloring and movement a reminder to crews to not stop near it. After the kite string broke, however, it's likely stationary flamingos will return to the job next year. Right: Floyd the flamingo – wearing a mini hard hat – stands at attention near "the annex", a particularly dangerous area near Washington Pass where crews need to avoid stopping or parking.


Floyd's antics were added to the weekly updates on the North Cascades Highway clearing progress and his fame soon reached far beyond Washington state. A couple of the flamingo flock have even been "liberated" by die-hard fans.This year, however, Floyd took a break. The tale up on SR 20 goes that Floyd had some legal issues back in Louisiana and sent his "distant cousin" an eagle kite in his place. The eagle was also very visible to crews, but he "abandoned" his post in late April when the kite's string broke in strong winds – luckily, after the avalanche chute area was cleared. Given the eagle's dependability issues, crews say to expect the flamingos back on the job in 2019.In all seriousness, while flamingos and kites are fun, they do serve a serious purpose. We want to reopen roads as soon as possible each spring, but we also need to keep our crews safe in the process. Closely following our safety policy lets us achieve both goals. And, if some of our tools also make the crews smile during a long, dangerous job, that doesn't hurt either.