Aurora Flores Elected To Serve as President Of Washington State School Directors’ Association
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District is proud to announce that Manson School Board member Aurora Flores will be sworn in as President of the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) at its annual conference in Spokane on November 17, 2018. Manson High School’s Jazz Kats will perform at the swearing in ceremony.
Mrs. Flores is one of three Manson School Board Members who have served as WSSDA President. Ed Armbruster served one term in 1972 and Esther Stefaniw served two terms from 1991-93. WSSDA is an organization that represents 1,447 school board members across the state, the highest group of elected officials in Washington.
Mrs. Flores has worked as a paraeducator, community liaison, a banking operations officer, a school district finance manager and an auditor for the state. Currently, Aurora is an academic counselor for the Omak School District in the WAVA program. She holds an AA in Business Administration from Reedley Community College and a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from California State University and a M.ED in ESA Counseling from Heritage University. She is currently completing doctoral work at Grand Canyon University. In 2015 she was appointed by Governor Inslee to serve on the Professional Educator Standards Board.
Mrs. Flores is very involved in her community as well. She has chaired Manson Apple Blossom, is a member of Business and Professional Women, is a past member of the Washington State School Director’s Multi-Cultural Advocacy Team and is currently serving on the Lake Chelan Hospital Foundation
Aurora and her husband Balentin moved to Manson in 1987. They raised four children in the valley all whom attended Manson Schools.
Gabe and his wife Sandra own and operate Valley Fitness in Chelan;
Ann Marie is a teacher in the Manson Schools and her husband Andy is a surveyor for Pinnacle Surveying;
Jaime manages a construction company, Property Solutions and his wife Kristy works for McLean Real Estate;
Valerie works for Lacy Kane and Kube – Attorneys in Wenatchee
Tree removal to close westbound I-90 near Cle Elum next week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT Communications
CLE ELUM – Maintenance crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Cle Elum to remove trees next week.
The westbound lanes of I-90 will be closed at Exit 84 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 to remove several trees in the area. Traffic will be detoured around the closure using Exit 85.
Drivers should plan for added travel time. This work is weather dependent and subject to change.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
- Sign up for email updates and text message alerts.
- 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.
SR 26 bridge project’s closure & detour is extended
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT Communications
Deck replacement work east of Othello will remain in place at least through Thanksgiving and Apple Cup game
OTHELLO – Work to replace the State Route 26 bridge deck over the BNSF right-of-way east of Othello has taken longer than expected, so the closure now could last into December.
The 32-mile detour around the closure using state routes 17, 260, and US 395 remains in place. It adds an extra 14 miles to the trip compared to the usual 17.5 mile drive through the now-closed portion of SR 26.
Contractor crews from N.A. Degerstrom Inc., working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, had hoped to complete the work in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and annual Apple Cup football game. However, protecting the railroad tracks under the bridge during demolition work took longer than anticipated, delaying the concrete pour.
Contractor crews had hoped to finish this $1.2 million project by Nov. 21, but the new concrete bridge deck will not cure in time for that. The remaining work may require the closure to extend into December.
“Safety for travelers and workers is WSDOT’s first priority and requires the additional time for this project,” said project engineer Dan Lewis. “At the same time, the simple detour has proven capable of safely accommodating high traffic volumes without significant delays.”
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 11-8-18
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, November 8, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. October 11, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Willow Point Park policy update
b. Singleton playground renovation
c. Annual Report: review ‘Goals and Objectives’ for 2019
d. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Newsletter survey responses
b. Resolution 2018-05 (Authorization for 2019 tax levy increase)
c. Resolution 2018-06 (adoption of credit card policy)
d. 2019 preliminary budget
Next Regular Meeting: December 13, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831
AAU Basketball signups end November 9th
- Written by Robin Pittman
Manson Parks would like to announce that registration is now open for this year’s AAU basketball season.
This program is for Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Forms will be sent home with Manson Elementary students. They can also be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com).
Office hours are Monday through Friday 10am - 2pm.
The LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE November 9, 2018.
The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 9th to accommodate working parents.
The total cost to play is $29.00, or $15.00 if the athlete has a current AAU card.
Veterans Breakfast at Manson High School Nov. 9th
- Written by Janice Stewart
All local veterans are cordially invited to attend a breakfast in their honor on Friday, November 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Manson High School.
Students will be preparing and serving pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee.
Please join us as we honor those who have served.
Start preparing for winter driving before snow and ice arrive
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Studded tires allowed in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31
OLYMPIA – The falling leaves and colder weather can mean only one thing – snow and ice are just around the corner. With the changing seasons, now is the perfect time for travelers to shift their focus towards winter driving.
The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles well before the threat of snow and ice kicks into high gear. Drivers can check out WSDOT's winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks travelers to always "know before you go" and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.
“Our crews are ready for winter and work hard to keep roads clear of snow and ice,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “But we also need the public’s help in being prepared for winter weather. Most of the pass closures we see are due to spin outs or crashes from a vehicle traveling too fast or not having proper winter driving equipment.”
To check conditions and prepare for adverse weather:
- Download the WSDOT mobile app.
- Follow WSDOT's regional and pass accounts on Twitter, the agency's Facebook site and online travel alerts.
- Sign up for email and/or text updates about road conditions – including Snoqualmie Pass delay text alerts.
- Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide (pdf 1.83 mb).
- Get your vehicle ready (pdf 2 mb) and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
- Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirements for mountain passes, which are also available on highway-advisory signs and highway-advisory radio and by calling 511.
- Preset your radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for WSDOT's traffic-information stations.
Alternatives to chains
Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain models – but that doesn’t exempt travelers from state laws about extra traction devices. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices (pdf 133 kb) that meet state chains and traction tires requirements. All travelers are reminded to carry chains whenever crossing mountain passes to be prepared for changing weather conditions and potentially avoid a costly ticket. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.
By law, studded tires are legal for use in Washington state only from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states.
WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about stud-free, winter tread traction tires. These type of tires are different than all-season tires, are legal year-round and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. More information about studded-tire restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.
5 arrested in drug house sting
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfield, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on October 25th, 2018 at approximately 1:45 PM the Columbia River Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 200 block of North Chelan Avenue in Wenatchee.
CRDTF received several recent complaints of suspected drug activity in the residence. Through investigation, they were able to develop probable cause for the arrest of two 28 year old Wenatchee male residents for unlawful possession of a firearm. The task force obtained a search warrant for the residence and for the arrest of the two subjects.
Due to the possibility of firearms in the residence and the potential number of occupants, it was determined the Chelan County Regional SWAT Team would be used initially to serve the warrant. The two subjects named on the warrant were arrested and the residence was cleared without incident. Three other occupants of the residence were taken into custody on arrest warrants as well.
Chelan Avenue was closed from Fifth Street to Second Street for approximately one hour while the residence was cleared and neighboring businesses were asked to shelter in place.
Washington State Department of Corrections Officers, Wenatchee Police Department, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and City of Wenatchee Public Works assisted with this operation.
The Chelan County Regional SWAT Team is comprised of Officers and Deputies from the Wenatchee Police Department and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The Columbia River Drug Task Force is comprised of Detectives from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, and Washington State Patrol.
Fatality accident takes life of 37 year old female from Waterville
- Written by Kevin Morris, Sheriff, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
On 10-11-18 at approximately 11:58 PM Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to a one vehicle rollover collision in the 500 block of Road M NW.
When Deputies arrived they found Charles T. Besel, a 38 year old male of Wenatchee, and Judy M. Hoffman, a 37 year old female of Waterville, outside of the vehicle.
Due to their injuries Judy and Charles were transported to the Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Charles was treated and released, however Judy later passed away from her injuries.
The investigation revealed Judy was the driver and alcohol was involved.
Leavenworth man fires on BNSF workers
- Written by Sheriff Brian Burnett, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on October 23, 2018 at approximately 10:43 p.m., Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 12000 block of Chumstick Hwy, approximately four miles north of Leavenworth, for the report of a male subject firing a gun at co-workers.
Burlington Northern Santé Fe (BNSF) employees were attempting to access a railroad crossing construction site via a private driveway off of Chumstick Hwy. The BNSF employees were in a large Freightliner truck and had utilized the driveway twice earlier in the day to access the work site. They were confronted by a male subject, James Carl Brown, carrying an AR style rifle. Brown advised the BNSF workers that they were on private property. As they attempted to leave and drive back down the driveway towards Chumstick Hwy, Brown shouted for the group to stop, raised the rifle and fired 3-5 rounds into the ground in front of the truck. They drove in reverse until James told them they were on BNSF right of way before James disappeared into the trees.
Fearing for their lives and not wanting to drive forward and unable to drive back down the driveway as the railroad crossing was completely torn up due to the construction, they radioed a co-worker who was approximately one mile south of their location. The BNSF workers were eventually able to escape south on the railway by using a railroad machine via the rail line.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to establish phone contact with Brown. Brown stated that Law Enforcement was not allowed on his property and refused to meet in person and would only talk on the phone.
Chelan County Regional SWAT was activated and utilized as negotiators continued to dialogue with Brown in an attempt for a peaceful conclusion. Brown eventually stopped communicating with Chelan County Deputies but was later located by members of the SWAT team and taken into custody without incident.
After securing search warrants for Brown’s residence, multiple firearms were located, secured for evidence and safe keeping.
Brown was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on (RCW 9A.36.011.1) Assault 1st Degree-assaults another with a firearm (four counts) and (RCW 9A.40.040) Unlawful Imprisonment (four counts).
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