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The Manson FFA apple judging team consisting of Cody Fitzpatrick, Henry Armstrong, Blake Cochran, Marcos Diaz, and Nadia Tejada, traveled to Kennewick to participate in the state FFA Apple Judging CDE.

It was an early morning start meeting at the high school at 5am for the 3 ½ drive to Kennewick.

There were 127 competitors, with Blake Cochran placing 28th in the individual. The team placed 11th overall out of 28 teams, missing the top ten by a mere 1 ½ points.

The contest consisted of 25 questions out of the private applicator pesticide manual, judging two sets of trays: one red delicious and one granny Smith, figuring maturity date from full bloom, showing the proper way to pressure test, grading 25 golden Delicious, 25 Red delicious Apples, Identifying 25 variety of apples and Pears, identifying 25 insects and 50 blemish on the Apples.

The team was excited about their placing and look forward to next year.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/05/17 at approximately 9:43 AM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Rock Island spotted a vehicle in the BJ’s truck stop.  A vehicle license check revealed that an associated person had warrants.  As the vehicle left the parking lot, the Deputy stopped it and contacted the driver, 28 year old Jason Blomquist of Wenatchee.  He was found to be driving on a suspended license.  He also had a felony DOC warrant.  He was arrested and booked without incident.

On 01/05/18 at approximately 3:00 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a male in the Mansfield School Parking lot.  The Deputy knew the individual to have previous arrests.  He ran the subject’s name and found he had a warrant for his arrest.  The subject, identified as 40 year old Lester Haney of Mansfield, was arrested and booked without incident.

On 01/09/17 at approximately 4:40 AM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Bridgeport, WA stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  The passenger in the car matched a person known to have warrants.  The Deputy confirmed the warrants and attempted to take the person into custody.  The person tried to shed his coat saying it belonged to someone else. He struggled with the Deputy who then handcuffed him.  In the coat pocket he found a baggy filled with a substance he suspected to be methamphetamine.  The subject, 34 year old Olegario Duran of Bridgeport, was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor warrant.

On 01/05/18 at approximately 6:33 AM a Douglas County Deputy responded to the 400 Blk. of Hwy 173. Fire units were engaged in fighting a house fire. When the Deputy arrived, he saw the home was fully engulfed in flames.

There had been three residents inside the home. An adult male, Michael (Pat) McFadden, an adult female, Taralee Martin, and her eight year old son. All had escaped.

Ms. Martin told the Deputy she had awakened to rumbling sound in the house. She opened her bedroom door and saw flames in the hallway. She woke up Mr. McFadden. He quickly got up, ran into the eight year old’s room, scooped up the child, and fled down the hallway, through the flames, and out an exterior door. Ms. Martin was able to escape out a window. The Deputy reported the home appeared to be a total loss.

Mr. McFadden and the eight year old boy were transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Ms. Martin had singed hair but no apparent injuries. Mr. McFadden and the eight year old boy sustained burns, but their current condition is unknown.

Mr. McFadden is the basketball coach at Bridgeport High School. The community can be proud of this couple’s quick actions in the face of this life threatening event.

chamber new160Horse Carriage Rides, Live Ice Carvings, Soupfest, Wine Tasting, Live Music & more
LAKE CHELAN, WA (January 8, 2018) - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce presents Lake Chelan Winterfest 2018, presented by Sage Vacation Rentals, beginning this weekend in downtown Chelan! We anticipate over 15,000 visitors - our biggest event yet. This event is a cornerstone for the economic vitality of the region in the winter season in Lake Chelan.
Guests can taste local wines at the Wine Tasting Tent & Grand Wine Walk, presented by Zipfizz, sip on local sparkling wine at the Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch, stroll along the Chelan River in a horse drawn carriage, marvel at the live ice carvings or enjoy an adult beverage at the Ice Bar, presented by North Cascades Bank, while enjoying live music!
A Winterfest Button is only $5 until Friday, January 12th, when the price increases to $7. This Button is your all-access pass to Winterfest fun, including over 30 amazing offers at local restaurants, retail stores and wineries in the Lake Chelan Valley.
Winterfest attendees are encouraged to plan ahead, as tickets are known to sell out.
The full schedule for the weekend includes:
Friday, January 12
• All weekend: Find Tsilly
• 3-7pm: Horse Carriage Rides**
• 3-7pm: Kids Activities**
• 3-10pm: Ice Bar** presented by North Cascades Bank
• 5-9pm: The Bottle Shop
• 5-9pm: Wine Tasting Tent presented by Zipfizz
• 5-10pm: Live Music
• 5-10pm: Live Ice Carving
• 6-8pm: Soupfest
Saturday, January 13
• All weekend: Find Tsilly
• 11am-6pm: Live Ice Carving
• 12-6pm: Grand Wine Walk presented by Zipfizz
• 12-6pm: Wine Tasting Tent presented by Zipfizz
• 12-6pm: Horse Carriage Rides**
• 12-6pm: Kids Activities**
• 12-8pm: The Bottle Shop
• 12-10pm: Ice Bar** presented by North Cascades Bank
• 3-10pm: Live Music
• 6-8pm: Snowga at Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course
• 6pm: Grand Procession
• 6:30pm: Polar Bear Splash & Beach Bonfire
• 6:45pm: Fireworks presented by K & L Homes
Sunday, January 14
• 10am: Skydive Chelan Jump
• 11am-1pm: Bubble Bar Sparking Wine Brunch
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Leffler prof picMany of us have pondered what influence our lives will have on future generations. Long time Manson residents, Ted and Nicki Leffler, quietly took steps to insure they could positively impact future generations in the communities they loved. In 1993, they created a charitable trust to be equally distributed to three school districts: Chester High School in Chester, Montana (Nicki’s school); Maries County Belle High School in Belle, Missouri (Ted’s school) and Manson High School in Manson, Washington. Upon Ted’s death in 2003 and Nicki’s passing in 2016, the trust funds were transferred to the successor trustee named in the original trust, Superintendent of Manson School District.

The Leffler’s generous actions twenty-five years ago resulted in the development of scholarship trust funds in all three school districts with each receiving more than $200,000 in trust funds. These endowment funds are to be held in “perpetuity” and used for graduating high school seniors from each district with only the interest/earnings on the principle amount to be used each year. In doing so, the original trust amount will stay intact and students one hundred years from now will still benefit.

Manson School District is working with family member Heidi Leffler (daughter) to create the Ted and Nicki Leffler Memorial Scholarship. We’ve learned Ted Leffler had several careers in a variety of fields, but a majority of his work centered on electrical power infrastructure. His career took him from Missouri to Montana (where he met and married Nicki) to Oregon, Idaho, California and even New York. He took great pride in his work and was an innovator in his field. Ted is credited with being one of the first to utilize helicopters to string powerlines and he estimated he had a hand in stringing 60% of the Northwest’s power grid. It’s clear Ted understood the value of skilled labor; Manson’s scholarships will encourage students pursuing post-high school careers or technical training/education to apply.

Scholarship applications will be posted in January and a committee comprised of Manson community members will select winner(s) who will be announced at the June 5th 2018 Senior Awards Ceremony.