Transportation Commission focuses on ferries, transportation plans and funding, March 21-22
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
Passenger ferry service, transportation planning efforts and road usage charges to be discussed
OLYMPIA – Developments in passenger ferry service and long-range transportation plan updates are among the topics before the State Transportation Commission next week in Olympia.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21 and 22, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, and at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Tuesday morning the Washington State Department of Transportation will report on progress for construction and planning to complete expansion of the State Route 520 corridor from Lake Washington to Interstate 5. The commission will then discuss recruitment and public outreach strategies to enroll 2,000 volunteers for a pilot project that begins later this year to evaluate how a road usage charge might work. In light of the growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, the pilot project will let Washington drivers test the concept of road usage charging as a potential replacement to the gas tax and shape how it could work.
Afternoon briefings include updates on the transportation plan for the Central Puget Sound region and WSDOT’s implementation plan for WTP 2035, the state’s long-range transportation plan. The Puget Sound Regional Council’s update to its Transportation 2040 plan does not anticipate significant changes to the current plan but will address climate change, financial strategies and performance measures. A presentation on the Main Street Program will highlight how 34 cities in the state participate in a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts. Active transportation is a common element in Main Street success, helping to leveraging local historic, cultural and architectural resources for downtown economic vitality.
The meeting continues Wednesday morning with presentations on the past and future of passenger ferry service in Puget Sound, in particular Kitsap Transit’s offering of new passenger ferry service from Bremerton to Seattle, starting in July. Other topics on Wednesday address the freight-and-goods movement research underway at the University of Washington Supply Chain and Transportation Logistics Center, and a proposal under legislative consideration to study the feasibility of ultra high-speed rail transportation between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, B.C.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
Manson High School’s Knowledge Bowl Team Takes Third Place at NCW Regional Tournament and Are On Their Way to State
- Written by Janice Stewart
On Monday, February 27th, Manson’s Knowledge Bowl team battled against a very tough pool of 2B competition at the North Central Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament at Wenatchee High School.
The Manson team competed against four other 2B schools: Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Soap Lake, and Waterville. All of the schools were fighting for one of the four spots that would guarantee a berth to the 35th Annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament on Saturday, March 18th at Arlington High School.
Manson fought hard coming out on top for the first two oral rounds of their competition. By the end of the night, Manson (63 points) edged past the juggernaut Soap Lake (57 points) to take 3rd place. Liberty Bell took top honors, finishing the night with 109 points. 2nd place went to Tonasket with 93 points, Soap Lake took 4th, and Waterville finished the night with a 5th place finish and earned 28 points.
The six team members representing the Manson High School Knowledge Bowl team at State are: Tristan Picton (captain), Adeleine Torgesen, Spencer Ward, Alyssa LaMar, Cody Amsden, and Tyler Charlton.
New Hospital Discussion at Mt. View Lodge March 15th
- Written by Kim Ustanik
Good Afternoon, Friends of Mountain View Lodge!
You know, I’ve been hearing a lot of comments, both pro and con for the upcoming hospital bond. Just when I think I’ve got it down… I realize I have another question. You, too? And it’s REALLY important that we vote.
Well, we’d like to invite you to join us here at the Lodge on Wednesday, March 15th, from 6-8pm. Join us for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a light snack and some enlightening conversation. Community members from Citizens for a New Hospital will be on hand to share important information about the upcoming hospital bond, and provide an opportunity for you (and me!) to ask questions.
Gerry and I are very pleased to host this event for our Lake Chelan Valley friends and neighbors! We really hope you’ll join us!
If you are unable to make OUR conversation, please reply to this email and I’ll fill you in on others. Oh! And, please, invite your friends. It’s really important that we make INFORMED choices. And in America, we do that by voting. 😊
With great respect,
Kim and Gerry Ustanik
Kiss-A-Goat Raises Funds for Esteban Escoto
- Written by Janice Stewart
On Friday February 24th the Manson FFA participated in National FFA week. The students participated in a kiss the goat charity.
Manson Teachers would volunteer themselves to have a jar with their name and face on it, and through the week if a student wanted them to kiss a goat they donated money.
At the end of it all the winners were Mrs. Koth and Mrs. Carlton, all the money that was raised went to Esteban Escoto who is battling cancer.
Manson FFA raised a total of one hundred and ninety dollars in total thank you for all of your support and to the students that donated.
-Submitted by: Damon Smith
Scott Ward Resigns as Head Football Coach
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson, Washington. – March 6, 2017 – After six seasons as Manson High School’s Varsity Head Football Coach, Scott Ward has made the decision to resign from his coaching position. Ward shared his appreciation for Manson High School athletics with our great student-athletes, parents and community. Ward had a successful tenure as Head Coach. In 2011 he lead the team to a league championship and in each of the last two season the team qualified for the district playoffs.
“Scott loves to teach the game and to develop players. I was impressed with his ability to see potential in kids and develop it.” – Eric Sivertson, Athletic Director
Beyond serving as the Varsity Head Football Coach, Scott was an assistant football coach for three years and a basketball assistant for two years.
Manson High School begin its search for a new Head Coach immediately. A committee will review applicants and help to find a coach that can build on the foundation developed by Coach Ward.
Second Arrest in Smith Murder Investigation
- Written by Sheriff Brian Burnett
sSheriff Burnett reports on March 5, 2017 Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detective made a second arrest related to the 1982 disappearance of Stephen Smith. Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Dawn M. Soles, a 57 year old Leavenworth resident, for 1st degree Murder.
Prior to the July, 1982 disappearance of Mr. Smith, Ms. Soles and Mr. Smith were married. During their marriage they had a child. Ms. Soles and Mr. Smith ultimately divorced prior to Mr. Smith’s disappearance. As a part of their divorce Mr. Smith was granted full custody and Ms. Soles was granted supervised visitation only. Ms. Soles later married Bernard Swaim and they moved to Western Washington. On or just before July 12, 1982 Ms. Soles and Mr. Swaim traveled from Western Washington to Cashmere with a plan and intent to murder Mr. Smith. The investigation showed Ms. Soles and Mr. Swaim planned to get Mr. Smith intoxicated to the point he passed out, and then Mr. Swaim would murder Mr. Smith.
Utilizing old investigative interviews, creating additional leads, and conducting new interviews the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were able to piece together critical evidence to establish probable cause to arrest Bernard Swaim and Dawn Soles for the 1982 murder of Mr. Smith.
The Detectives are still conducting follow up interviews and trying to gather more information related the details of Mr. Smith’s disappearance and locating his remains.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 3-9-17
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, March 9th, 2017, 4:00pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. February 8th, 2017 Special Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront: Design Firm Selection
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
VIII. New Business
a. Director position
b. Resolution 2017-01 (Surplus)
c. Job Descriptions
d. Willow Point Irrigation Line Replacement
Next Regular Meeting: April 13th, 2017 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building
AAU Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Registration Ends March 14
- Written by Wai Peterson
Manson Parks has just opened registration for AAU Baseball and Softball.
This program is for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Forms can be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or online at www.mansonparks.com.
Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.
THE LAST DAY FOR SIGN-UPS WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH.
The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. to accommodate working parents.
Registration Fee is $15.00 for instructional T-Ball age children and $20.00 for all others.
If you do not have a current AAU card, it will be an additional $14.00.
Late sign ups will not get a uniform.
35 Year Old Cold Case Turns Up Person of Interest
- Written by Sheriff Brian Burnett
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on March 3, 2017 detectives arrested 60 year old Bernard Swaim in connection with the 1982 disappearance of Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith. Bernard Swaim is currently a resident of Sultan, Washington. Mr. Swaim was charged with First Degree Murder.
On July 18, 1982 30 year old Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith was reported as a missing person by family members. Mr. Smith was last seen at his home on or about July 12, 1982. Mr. Smith’s car, a 1966 Pontiac Tempest was found abandoned several days after the report of his disappearance, on Dead Man’s Hill road near Dryden, in Chelan County. The initial investigation concluded in 1982 and Mr. Smith has never been located.
In late 2016 Mr. Smith’s disappearance was assigned to detectives for further investigation. Through interviews with multiple people including Mr. Smith’s family members and witnesses, detectives identified Bernard Swaim as a person of interest in Mr. Smith’s disappearance.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Stephen E. Smith please call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 509-667-6842 and leave your contact information and a detective will return your call.
You can also go online to our web page, http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff and use the submit a crime tip tab or message us on Facebook.
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