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Enjoy our winter wonderland - January 12-21
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (October 25, 2017) - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will again host Lake Chelan Winterfest, January 12-21, 2018. Winterfest is a two week-long festival of snowy fun and kicks off Martin Luther King weekend in downtown Chelan, with downtown Manson as the main locale for the final weekend.
 
Set among the snow-capped buttes and glacier fed waters of Lake Chelan, Winterfest plays host to Washington’s most exciting winter festival. Glide over the snow in a horse-drawn carriage, be amazed at the incredible live ice sculpting or vote for your favorite Lake Chelan bloody mary!
 
New this year!
 
  • Take advantage of the new Grand Wine Walk, held in participating stores in downtown Chelan on Saturday, January 13th! Sip and savor delicious reserve wines, poured directly by the winemaker.
  • What was formally “Wine Walk” is now known as the Tasting Tent! Enjoy your favorite Lake Chelan wines in the comfort of a large, heated tent!
  • You also won’t want to miss the new Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night, held Friday, January 19th in downtown Manson! Let’s celebrate the local brewers, cider makers and distillers who call North Central Washington home!
 Weekend highlights include:
 January 12-14
  • Find Tsilly
  • Horse Carriage Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Ice Bar & Live Music
  • Grand Wine Walk & Tasting Tent
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • SoupFest
  • Grand Procession & Fireworks
  • Polar Bear Splash & Beach Bonfire
  • Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch
 January 19-21
  • Find Tsilly
  • Apple Bin Train Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night
  • Alefest & Bottle Shop
  • Alex Zerbe PAC Show
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • Battle of the Bloody Mary
Tickets will be live November 1 - and they will go quickly!
 
The Winterfest Button is your all-access pass to enjoying most festivities. With your button, enjoy all kids activities, access to the Ice Bar, horse carriage rides, apple bin train rides and incredible offers at shops, restaurants and wineries all around the lake.
 
Winterfest attendees are also encouraged to plan ahead. Activities such as the Grand Wine Walk, Tasting Tent, Bubble Bar, Battle of the Bloody Mary and Alefest are known to sell out in advance.

bicycle 400OLYMPIA – Pedal power is still strong in Washington as the League of American Bicyclists once again ranks the state as No. 1 “Bicycle Friendly State in America.” Washington has been a leader in the nation for every year since 2008 when the League began its program.

“Our efforts to support bicycling in Washington through our policies and investments is clearly paying off,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “As a state we have invested in Safe Routes to School for a healthier next generation and in a transportation system that supports safer biking and walking mobility options for Washingtonians. I appreciate the work of our Bicycle Friendly communities, businesses and universities that have all contributed to building active, healthy transportation options.”

Each state is ranked based on its score in five categories: Infrastructure and Funding; Education and Encouragement; Legislation and Enforcement; Policies and Programs; Evaluation and Planning; and, Discretionary Scoring.

“It’s great to once again lead the nation in recognizing that bicycling is an important part of a multimodal transportation system,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “We’re committed to providing transportation choices for all users of the system – including people who bike and walk. We have more work to do, but this ranking affirms that we’re on the right path.”

The League credited Washington for passage of its 16-year Connecting Washington funding package, including more than $20 million per year for bicycling and walking projects. It also noted Washington State Department of Transportation’s creation of the new, statewide Active Transportation Division as another reason why the state has retained its spot as a national leader in improving conditions for people who bike and walk.

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Western Aerospace Scholars watch with anticipation as one of their model rockets is about to be launched.

Nov. 3 is student deadline for Museum's Western Aerospace Scholars programs

SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2017--The deadline for high school students to apply for one of the Museum's premiere residency education programs is Nov. 3. The Western Aerospace Scholars program is a distance-learning and summer residency program for Montana, Oregon and Washington state high school juniors. The STEM-based program focuses on space exploration, and has online components and residencies allowing students to learn from industry professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.

The top performing Washington scholars will be invited to participate in a six-day Summer Residency at the Museum in summer 2018, while Oregon and Montana scholars will attend residencies in those states during summer 2018. Both programs are part of the Museum's Boeing Academy for STEM Learning. Complete information is online, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tour the Virtual Museum of Flight

ChelanFireRescueLogo200SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Call to order at 9:00 A.M.
* Flag Salute

New Business:
* 2018 Budget Review & Discussion

Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(f) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Adjournment:

wsdot logoDrivers can use studded tires starting Nov. 1

OLYMPIA – With snow already falling on some mountain passes, it’s never too early to get ready for winter ice and snow.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all drivers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter weather. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.

To check conditions and prepare for snow or ice:

“Our crews work hard to keep roads clear of snow and ice for drivers, but last year’s severe winter certainly highlighted the importance of being equipped for winter conditions,” said James Morin, WSDOT’s snow and ice program manager. “We need the public’s help by driving for conditions and obeying chain-up notices. Often it’s just one unprepared driver spinning out that forces a pass closure.”

Alternatives to chains

Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain vehicle models. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices that meet state chains and traction tires requirements.

Studded tires

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 can approve studded tires earlier in extraordinary conditions, but at this time the date remains Nov. 1. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about stud-free traction tires that are legal for year-round use and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in damage, combined, to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year.  More information about studded-tired restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.