Manson School District hires High School Principal
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School Board has approved the hiring of Mr. Shawn Thurman to fill the position of Manson High School Principal. Don Vanderholm served as Manson High School Principal for eleven years prior to accepting the Lind/Ritzville Superintendent position for the 2018-19 school year.
Mr. Thurman comes to Manson from the Yakima School District with 20 years of experience. He began his educational career as a para-educator for two years at Sunnyside School District where he then became a teacher and taught for six years. He received his administrative certification in 2012 and has worked as a curriculum and assessment coordinator, special programs director and assistant middle school principal. He currently serves as Yakima School District’s Title One Chief Officer.
Shawn, his wife Kristy, son Scott and daughter Jessica are excited to join Manson School District and the Manson Community.
Manson School District Surplus Sale July 31, 2018
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District will be hosting a surplus sale from 9:00 to 2:00 on Friday, July 31, 2018 at 1210 Totem Pole Road, Manson, WA.
Items for sale include: cabinetry, textbooks, technology equipment, lockers, commercial oven and other miscellaneous items.
Manson School District taking bids on buses
- Written by Janice Stewart
MANSON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Call for Bids
The Manson School District hereby calls for bids on two Blue Bird school buses: a 1985 diesel Type D, 72 passenger and a 1999 diesel conventional 19 passenger/wheelchair.
Specifications and Vender Bid Proposal forms are available from the Manson School District Office at 135 S. Hill St, Manson, WA (509) 687-3140 or at www.manson.org.
Mount Stewart climbing fatality
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
The name of the climber who died after a fall near the top of Mount Stuart Sunday morning is Varun Sadavarte 32-years of age from Seattle, WA. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has had contact with Sadavarte’s family.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a climber fell several hundred feet while descending Mount Stuart just before noon Sunday. The 32-year old male Seattle resident was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.
A 911 cellular call to the KITTCOM dispatch center was received from the subject’s climbing partner at 11:47am reporting the fall. That call was relayed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The incident location was determined to be on the southeast aspect of Mount Stuart just below the false summit – east of the true summit.
Due to the high elevation (8,900 ft), search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter via State Emergency Management. Naval Airbase Whidbey Island accepted the mission and a Navy Blackhawk helicopter crew responded. The aircraft was over the scene by 2:40pm, and it was confirmed that the climber was deceased. The body was hoisted from the scene and transported to SAR staging at the fish hatchery in Leavenworth. The Navy crew returned to the mountain to hoist out the climbing partner of the victim who stated he was not comfortable descending the mountain after witnessing the accident.
The climbing partner informed SAR coordinators that his friend had successfully summitted Mount Stuart earlier in the morning and descended to the false summit before noon. Just as they began to descend toward the Cascadian Couloir, the victim lost his footing and slid several hundred feet down a steep slope landing in rocks. Other climbers in the area eventually scrambled down to the area of the fallen climber advising he was unresponsive.
The name of the deceased climber is being withheld at this time pending notification to next of kin out of state.
Paranoid driver gets himself caught
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/21/18 at 8:29 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol E/B on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 4 when he observed an approaching vehicle failing to dim his headlights. He turned around to stop the vehicle, but another W/B vehicle had gotten in between the violator and the deputy’s patrol car.
Rather than pull over for the patrol car, which now had its lights and siren activated, the second vehicle, a green 1996 Nissan Pathfinder, sped up. It turned onto S. Mary Ave. Deputy made the decision to stop the Pathfinder for the more serious violation of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
The Pathfinder continued to accelerate running through stop signs and reaching speeds up to 80 MPH. The driver finally pulled over on Parkway Drive in Rock Island. He shut off the car and placed his hands out the window.
He was identified as 33 year old Joshua J. Clark of Cashmere. He was found to have a DOC warrant for Escape from Community Custody and felony warrants out of Chelan County for Possessing Methamphetamine and Heroine with Intent to Deliver and Escape 1st degree.
He was arrested and booked at the Chelan County Jail without further incident. He was also booked for the additional Douglas County charges of Felony Eluding and driving with a suspended license.
The deputies did a very good job managing this incident and capturing the suspect without injury.
Lake Chelan Pirate Fest - 4th of July Pirate Fun Run
- Written by Buck N. Ear
Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year
Chelan, WA - The Pirates are coming to Lake Chelan again. This 4th of July kicks off the 2018 Lake Chelan Pirate Fest, an annual family friendly community event started in 2012, the 200 year Anniversary of the arrival of Captain Chelan and the Lake Chelan Pirates.
“Two hundred years ago, a Scotsmen, born in Fort Augustus, took a treasure chest from the Fort where his father was a soldier, and it was assumed that the chest was filled with gold and other riches, and set out to sea on a long journey. However its true contents were discovered by the Captain and crew during a mysterious and violent storm off the coast of Washington in 1812. Somehow the ship was transported to what is now known as Lake Chelan. (Excerpts from “Lake Chelan Pirates”)
That was the beginning of the legend. Two hundred years later, just as legend had it, the Pirates and Captain Chelan returned to Lake Chelan. Now the Lake Chelan Pirates return every year.”
This year there are Pirate activities throughout the summer. The second Annual 4th of July Pirate Fun Run starts the fun. On the morning of 4th of July, Runners starting at the Chelan Senior Center at 534 E Trow Ave., Chelan, will have the choice of two courses: either 2 or 4 Kilometers. Runners will receive Pirate T-shirts and upon completion will get Pirate Treasure, a Pirate Medal. Water and snacks will be available to Runners. Prizes for Best Dressed Pirate Runners.
The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest - Pirate Fun Run is sponsored by Swire Coca-Cola, Safeway of Chelan, Deepwater Amphitheater, Mill Bay Casino, Confluence Health, Lake Chelan Online Network, LakeChelanMap.com, Lake Chelan Pie Company, Subway of Chelan, Liberty Orchards, Treetop and Crunch Pak.
This Pirate Fest is produced by the Lake Chelan Tourist Center, a Washington State non-profit. Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year. The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest is a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event, The 1st Seafair Community Event outside of the Puget Sound Area in its 69 year history. Additional pirate activities throughout the summer are listed at www.LakeChelanPirateFest.com.
Admission: Adults: $35, Kids: (18 & Under) $25 (Includes T-shirts & Medals / while supplies last)
New Law and Justice Center underway for Douglas County
Current Justice Building - Google Maps
Douglas County is moving forward with the construction of a new Law and Justice Facility to house the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, District Court, Juvenile Probation, IT infrastructure, and future Coroner. This 17,898 square foot facility will be located north of the evidence storage building, directly adjacent to the Public Services Building on 19th Street in East Wenatchee. Construction is estimated to be completed by late spring of 2019. Establishing a campus environment for County services will be convenient for citizens while establishing a more coordinated effort between departments. To ensure public interfacing services are reliable and to enhance stability, Douglas County Information Services infrastructure will be housed in the new Law and Justice Facility.
Extensive repairs are necessary in the current facility on 2nd Street, such as replacement of the roof, HVAC system, and carpeting, as well as employee safety upgrades. Anticipated cost for repairs, upgrades, and remodel exceed one million dollars.
Douglas County will be able to finance the Law and Justice Facility project through existing revenue streams. Douglas County’s conservative budget management practices and use of cash reserves will pay for half of the estimated 8 million dollar project. Current Expense Funds have been earmarked for the Law and Justice Facility and will not affect funding for other projects. Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) revenue, along with money previously spent to rent evidence storage space, will also be used. The County will bond for the remaining balance. The current building on 2nd Street will be sold following completion of the Law and Justice Facility. The proceeds will then be used to buy down the bonds for an early call to save on interest cost.
The new Law and Justice Facility will serve to create a collaborative, cooperative, and effective campus for both the public and employees of Douglas County. In relocating and by taking steps towards streamlining, modernizing, and enhancing operations, Douglas County will ensure it is able to provide citizens with the highest quality service for the next 50 years.
Driver and victim identified in hit and run in Manson
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
June 18th, 2018 4:40 PM
The suspect on the fatal collision on June 17th, 2018 in Manson has been identified as Giovanni Reyes of Manson. Mr. Reyes had initially returned to the scene prior to law enforcement arrival to check on the victim, identified as Andrew Murphy of Seattle. Mr. Reyes told Deputies on scene he had been driving through the area when he found Mr. Murphy on the roadway so he stopped to help. Mr. Reyes’ vehicle did not have visible damage on the front end. It had sustained damage underneath during the collision. Parts were located on the roadway from the undercarriage of the suspect vehicle. Mr. Reyes did not tell responders he was the driver who struck the Mr. Murphy and was allowed to leave the scene after speaking with Deputies.
Detectives were able to locate him and his vehicle Sunday afternoon due to the parts at the collision scene. The parts had identifying numbers that led to the vehicle model and approximate model year. RiverCom assisted in tracking down local owners of similar vehicles and Deputies and Detectives started contacting them. They were able to locate Mr. Reyes and the vehicle which had damage underneath consistent with the collision. Mr. Reyes was interviewed and placed under arrest for Hit and Run Resulting in Death.
Hit and run fatality on Manson Boulevard
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Update June, 17th, 2018 7:08 PM.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports during the afternoon of June 17th, 2018, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to locate the vehicle and driver from the fatal collision earlier this morning in Manson, WA.
Detectives interviewed the driver, a 21 year old Manson man. He was later booked into CCRJC for Hit and Run Resulting in Death. Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still investigating this incident.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 17th, 2018 at approximately 0249 hours an injured male subject was reported laying in the roadway in the 500 block of Manson Blvd. Aid crews arrived and it was determined the male was deceased at approximately 0300 hours.
Deputies who arrived on scene located vehicle debris on the roadway in the vicinity and it appeared the male had been struck by a vehicle. There were no witness to the collision and the vehicle was no longer on scene.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 2004 to 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown color. The vehicle most likely has significant damage on the front left.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol Detectives are continuing the investigation of this incident. If you have information on the vehicle, please contact RiverCom at 509-663-9911.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioner Workshop 6-20-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Station 71 – 232 East Wapato, Chelan
Long Range Plan Discussion
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