Technology helping move freight in Washington faster, more efficiently
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
Truck drivers have new option to bypass weigh stations
OLYMPIA – Commercial truck drivers now have another option for bypassing state weigh stations – by opting into a system that saves time and money.
A new agreement allows drivers in Washington to use the PrePass weigh station transponder, doing away with having to carry several transponders for in- and out-of-state travel. The Washington State Department of Transportation and HELP, Inc., – a nonprofit public/private trucking industry partnership that provides PrePass transponders – reached the agreement in December. Drivers can now register PrePass transponders for Washington weigh stations.
Transponders allow trucks to bypass weigh stations by electronically verifying a truck’s legal weight, safety rating and credentials as the truck travels at freeway speeds. Based on the transponder, and scales embedded in the freeway, drivers receive either a green light to continue driving or a red light indicating they must report to the weigh station for closer inspection. Transponder usage keeps safe and legal trucks on the road and reduces travel time.
Use of the WSDOT’s in-state transponder system saved the industry approximately 111,000 hours of travel time and $12.8 million in 2016. Washington is the second most trade-dependent state in the nation per capita and one of WSDOT’s roles is to support economic vitality, including the efficient movement of freight.
Previously, truck drivers in Washington purchased a transponder from WSDOT that also worked in several other jurisdictions. The WSDOT transponders could be added to the PrePass system – if requested by the driver – but general PrePass transponders could not communicate with WSDOT weigh stations, meaning some drivers had to carry two transponders. The new agreement means drivers can just carry one transponder if they choose. WSDOT will continue to sell transponders.
“The goal is one transponder that will work everywhere,” said Anne Ford, WSDOT’s commercial vehicle services administrator. “We are pleased our partnership with HELP, Inc. helps achieve that goal.”
“We are excited to be entering into this partnership with Washington and look forward to working with WSDOT through this mutual agreement,” said Karen Rasmussen, president and CEO of HELP, Inc. “Safe fleets and drivers appreciate the time and fuel savings of PrePass as well as opportunities for interoperability of their transponders.”
To use PrePass transponders in Washington, carriers should contact the
PUD payment phone scam circulating
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports from Bridgeport area businesses that they are being contacted by persons claiming to represent the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD) requesting payment over the phone for overdue account balances.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the PUD that these calls are not legitimate and it is not a standard PUD practice to ask customers for sensitive financial information over the phone.
If you receive a similar call or any call you feel is suspicious in nature, do not give out your personal financial information.
Please report any suspicious calls to law enforcement by calling: (509)663-9911.
Douglas County Sheriff updates 2-10-18
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Case # 18D00457 – On 01-22-18 at approximately 8:00 pm a Douglas County Deputy arrested Michelle Casarez, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, on an arrest warrant outside of an apartment in the 700 block of Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport. The arrested subject requested to leave her blanket and retrieve her cell phone from one of the apartments. While at the apartments, the Deputy made observations leading to attaining a search warrant of the apartment for stolen property. While serving the search warrant, Deputies recovered a large amount of stolen property from burglaries, which had occurred in Douglas County, Okanogan County and Chelan County. The property recovered, included items such as, coins, tools, electronics, firearms, and silencers. As a result of the investigation Deputies arrested Francisco Leyva-Saucedo, a 29 yoa male of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property in the 1st degree, Possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawfull possession of a firearm 1st degree. Douglas County deputies also arrested Crystal M. Sanabria, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property 1st degree and Possession of a stolen firearm. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.
Case # 18D00662 - On 02-03-18 at approximately 8:15 pm a Douglas County Deputy stopped a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal, in Bridgeport. The Deputy contacted the driver, Rebecca N. Norton, a 28 yoa female of Coulee Dam and the passenger Daniel J. Marsden, a 27 yoa male of Omak. While speaking with them the deputy observed a gun case in the back seat. After some questioning, the deputy cited and released the driver for infractions. Based on observations and information gathered at the stop, Douglas County Deputies re-contacted and seized the vehicle to apply for a search warrant. After the search warrant was attained deputies located two rifles, one stolen pistol, stolen ammunition and narcotics. Deputies then re-located and arrested Rebecca Norton for possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Daniel Marsden was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle, and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.
2017 Manson graduate competing in 2018 Olympic games
- Written by Janice Stewart
Jeffrey Webb a 2017 Manson High School Graduate will be competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He is participating in the Alpine Skiing events slalom and giant Slalom and will be representing the country of Malaysia – his mother’s birth home.
The Manson High School student body sent him a good luck video. “Go for the Gold Jeffrey”
Manson teacher recognized by UW music department
- Written by Janice Stewart
Matt Brown, Manson High School’s music teacher has been awarded the “Terry Stombaugh Logo “W” Award” from the University of Washington’s Husky Marching Band.
This award is presented in the memory of former Husky band member Terry Stombaugh who conceived the idea for the “W” entrance drill.
This award is given annually to current or former music education major from the Husky Marching Band whose music education impacts and exemplifies dedication to the advancement of music.
Mr. Brown was presented with a “W” plaque along with a $500 honorarium to help assist his music program in the Manson School District. Congratulations Mr. Brown!
Skiing fatality at Mission Ridge
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Updated - 2/8/18
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the victim from yesterday’s ski accident at Mission Ridge has been identified as 25-year-old Brian A. Scott of Kirkland, WA.
Original Release – 2/7/18
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 25-year-old male from Kirkland, Wa was fatally injured in a skiing accident at Mission Ridge Ski Resort on Wednesday afternoon.
According to witnesses, at approximately 12:05pm the male lost control while skiing on the “Lip Lip” run. He traveled off the right side of the run and collided with a tree. Mission Ridge Ski Patrollers responded to the area immediately and began treating the victim who was unconscious and unresponsive.
The victim was transported to the medical room at the base of the ski resort where medics from Lifeline Ambulance continued treating the victim. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he died from his injuries.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Regular Meeting 2-14-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: December 2017
* Payroll: $148,184.44 January 1-31, 2018 Paid 02-05-2018
* Vouchers for January General Account: Vouchers #17764 through #17774 for $8,853.10; Voucher #17775 through #17791 for $8,922.19; Voucher #17792 through #17805 for $13,730.88; Vouchers #17806 through #17817 for $14,778.39.
* Vouchers for January Capital Account: Vouchers #17035 and 17036 for $1,631.62; Voucher #17037 and 17038 for $538.56.
* Minutes: January 10, 2018
Fire Chief Report:
* 2018 Budget
* Emergency Response Report
* Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education – DC Donnell
◦ Career Staff
* Volunteer Services – AC Asher
◦ Volunteer Staff
◦ Explores/Junior Firefighters
* Volunteer Training
Firefighters Association Report:
* Citizens Task Force Report
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
* LCCH EMS Interlocal Agreement
Executive Session: None
Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Recruitment Complete; Project Begins Enrolling Drivers Today
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
OLYMPIA – Washington drivers are ready to get behind the wheel and test a new way to pay for our roadways. Since active recruitment of drivers began last fall, the Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project has heard from nearly 5,000 drivers from every corner of Washington state who have expressed interest in participating. With the recruitment phase now complete, starting today (Tues., Feb. 6) the Washington State Transportation Commission will begin inviting drivers to enroll and fill the 2,000 available spots in this year-long pilot.
“We are thrilled with the strong response and interest in participation from Washington drivers,” said Joe Tortorelli, chair of the Washington Road Usage Charge Steering Committee and Washington state transportation commissioner from Spokane. “It’s exciting to know that so many drivers are interested in this unique opportunity to inform future transportation policy – we hope to see a continued strong response throughout the enrollment process.”
Over the next few weeks, invitations to potential participants will be sent via email until all 2,000 drivers are enrolled. The enrollment goal is for a participant pool that best represents state demographics, including geographic location (rural, urban, and suburban), race, income, and gender. Types of cars driven will also be considered, as the pilot is aiming for a mix of electric, hybrid, and gas-powered vehicles. The 2,000 drivers that ultimately enroll will test a simulation of a road usage charge system and provide feedback on their experience throughout the pilot.
Drivers who are not invited to participate will be placed on a wait list and will remain on our interested drivers list so they can stay in the loop as the project progresses. If participants drop out of the pilot project, or if invited participants do not enroll, drivers on the wait list will be invited to fill the open spots.
The findings from the pilot project will be presented to the legislature and the governor before they make any decisions about whether to enact a road usage charge in Washington. Public participation in the pilot is crucial, as it will inform future decision-making. The pilot will conclude in early 2019 and a report will be presented to the legislature during the 2020 legislative session.
Manson hoops advance to District play February 9th
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson Trojans boys’ and girls’ basketball teams begin their post season journey this Friday night - February 9 in Granger! The girls will play Mabton beginning at 6pm with the boys to follow facing Desales set to being at 8pm
Both games are single elimination. If our teams win and advance their next game would be on Saturday, February 10th.
Please come out and support your Trojans!!!!
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 2-13-18
- Written by Robin Pittman
Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, February 13, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Approval of Minutes
a. January 11, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
IV. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
V. Old Business
a. Comprehensive Plan
b. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
c. Levy Resolution 2018-01
d. Director’s Report
e. First Amendment- Manson Bay and Old Mill Operating Agreement
VI. New Business
a. Survey results
b. Marina security camera
c. Voucher & Payroll Authorization form
d. Regular scheduled meeting time
Next Regular Meeting: March 8, 2018, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831
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