Free Snowmobile Safety Course
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
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WENATCHEE, WA – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers in December.
The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9th at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Leavenworth, WA. Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.
The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts, while respecting wildlife and the environment. The snowmobile safety course training includes:
- Basic snowmobile maintenance.
- Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including avalanche awareness.
- The proper clothing and equipment for winter weather.
- Hand signals while riding and other basic skills.
- Properly preparing for a ride.
- Riding skills test
Manson Builds Big on a Tiny Project
- Written by Kari Petersen and Addie Velasco, Manson School District
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Manson High School has a new tiny project that is gaining big momentum. Several years ago, one our innovative teachers—who was also a general contractor prior to becoming a teacher—proposed an idea to create a class that would design and construct a Tiny House. However, as is often the case, funding was not available to purchase the equipment necessary to take on such a big task. The dream sat on the shelf for years, until we came across carryover dollars last school year from GEAR UP. Our superintendent, Matt Charlton, approached the teacher and put together a proposal to renovate our vocational technology department and purchase the woodworking tools needed to construct the Tiny House. GEAR UP approved the plan and the high school additions took place over the summer. We proudly commissioned our Tiny House class on the first day of school. It is an elective that high school students can choose each trimester.
There are currently 16 students in the class. There are two student project managers that delegate the workflow on a daily basis. The students designed floorplans, sketched elevation plans, and built seven different prototypes of the Tiny House out of balsawood. Then over the course of three days, community members, teachers, and students were invited to vote on their favorites. After the votes were tallied and the “winner” of the prototypes was chosen, the students went to work on the planning and construction of the house. The students will participate in every step: design, framing, plumbing, electrical, insulation, drywall, siding, roofing, finishes.
The Tiny House is not only a very timely and applicable class for our students in the valley because of the nature of the growing construction field in our area, but it is also very beneficial to our people group. There are needs in our community for a commodity like this; with the rising prices of homes in the area and the lack of low-income housing, we are continually struggling to find affordable housing. The complete Tiny House project will serve as a means to generate jobs and housing possibilities for our community. There are local contractors that have expressed concern for the decreasing number of people entering the construction-field trades and have already vowed to hire students out of this class for summer jobs. In addition, there are currently seven people that have contacted our teacher to purchase one of our Tiny Houses. After the sale of our first Tiny House, we will be able to use the funds to purchase the materials for our second house and create a sustainable program.
Our partnership with CWU’s GEAR UP has awarded us the opportunity to further develop our vocational department and expand the students’ vision and possibilities through the hands-on experience of the vast areas involved in designing and constructing a house. The passion of teachers, vision of a superintendent, and GEAR UP funds allowed us to jumpstart a promising program for Manson High School.
Manson High School CWB 2B All League Selections
- Written by Janice Stewart
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COACH OF THE YEAR – Joey Johanson
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Eduardo Escalera
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Joe Strecker
1ST ALL LEAGE OFFENSE: Quarterback-Avery Thompson, Receiver-Joe Strecker, Linemen-Marcus Bernardo, Donny Vanderholm and Baily Cameron
1st TEAM DEFENSE: Down Linemen-Bailey Cameron, Linebacker-Fernando Flores, Def. Back Eduardo Escalera
2nd TEAM OFFENSE: Lineman-Cody Amsden
2ND TEAM DEFENSE: Linebacker-Donny Vanderholm, Def. Back-Ramiro Lopez,
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE: Eduardo Escalera and Parker Schoenwald
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE: Cody Amsden, Zach Serafini
2nd TEAM-Deisy Leyva and Magali Leyva
2ND TEAM: Celina Mendoza,
HONORABLE MENTION: Megan Clausen
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin Sanford
1ST TEAM BOYS: Heriberto Sarmiento and Connor Torgesen
2nd TEAM BOYS: Jonathan Sarmiento,
HONORABLE MENTION: Jose Vasquez, Grant Torgesen, Juan Portillo and Libbey Ireland
Congratulations Joe Strecker, WIAA Spotlight Athlete of the Month
- Written by Janice Stewart
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Manson High School student athlete, Joe Strecker, was selected as the WIAA Spotlight Athlete of the month. This honor is given to one student athlete per month across all classifications. Joe is an exceptional football player who embodies what it means to be a student athlete.
To read more about Joe and his journey please CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
Plan ahead: Turkey tastes better without a traffic jam
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
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Leave early, use tools to make holiday travel smoother
OLYMPIA – Whether crossing the state or just running to the store for a last-minute ingredient, be sure to allow plenty of extra travel time during the busy Thanksgiving weekend.
The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for smoother travel.
The agency also provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:
- Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.
- Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.
- Visit our online traveler information about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
- Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
- Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
- Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
- Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
- Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and drive appropriately for conditions.
Apple Cup travel
Those traveling to the Saturday, Nov. 25, Apple Cup football game in Seattle should also plan ahead for possible winter weather on passes and allow extra travel time both to and from the game.
In the mountains, State Route 123 Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,675 feet), State Route 20 North Cascades Highway (elevation 5,477 feet) and Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) are closed for the winter. On Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), you can receive text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.
In the Puget Sound, the State Route 520 bridge will have weekend toll rates on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, returning to weekday rates on Friday, Nov. 24. On the Interstate 405 express toll lanes, travel is free to all on the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Weekends are always free to travel in the lanes. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.
Other travel alternatives
Travelers planning a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans to avoid holiday delays:
- Please plan ahead for heavy holiday ferry traffic and consider purchasing tickets online to save time. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 22, and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 24. Reservations are recommended on the San Juan and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. Some ferry routes run on Saturday schedules on the holiday, check the Washington State Ferries website or call 888-808-7977 for details.
- Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800–USA–RAIL for details. (There are no extra Thanksgiving trains this year).
- For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or call 800-552-0666.
- Check with your local public transit agency for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays
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