portchelancountyThe Port of Chelan County will host the first Port Side Luncheon on March 13th, 2014, at Noon, at the Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee. This is the first of a series of regular updates to the community on Port of Chelan County activities and economic development happenings in the region.

The lunch is designed to inform and start a conversation with the residents of Chelan County and surrounding areas on Port of Chelan County and other efforts to grow the regional economy. In addition to a series of presentations, time is planned for comments, questions and an open discussion. The event is free and open to the public, RSVP requested.

Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • An update on property acquisition for the runway extension and a review of the recent performance of commercial air service at Pangborn airport;
  • Cashmere Mill Site Remediation Update;
  • Peshastin Mill Site marketing;
  • A briefing from the WVTC on the Highway 2 study and proposed Confluence Parkway;
  • Presentation from the Small Business Development Center on its services to business; and
  • A presentation from the City of Wenatchee on waterfront development.

Contact Craig Larsen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 509-663-5159, with questions or to RSVP.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports a family of six became stranded in a cabin located in the Sears Creek drainage of west Chelan County over the weekend.   Due to heavy and constant snow from Saturday through Wednesday morning the subjects, who had skied into the cabin, cabin could not ski the 2 ¼ miles back to their vehicles located on the White River Road.

Search and Rescue coordinators with the Sheriff’s Office were advised of the situation at 7:00pm on Tuesday evening. A local family member had called RIVERCOM to advise they attempted to ride snowmobiles into the stranded group earlier in the day, but the snow was so deep the snowmobiles bogged down and became stuck.

On Wednesday morning, SAR personnel assessed the situation and determined over 26 inches of snow had fallen in the White River and Sears Creek drainages since Saturday afternoon. Sears Creek Road is primarily private and is not maintained. A snow cat - tracked vehicle - was requested from the Chelan County PUD to assist. The snow cat, accompanied by Sheriff’s Office personnel on snowmobiles, was driven from the White River Road to the cabin.   All six subjects were transported out to their vehicles on White River Road by 12:15pm without incident.

Paul (65yoa) and Pamela (64yoa) Scott of Richland, WA own the cabin and had skied into the location on February 9th prior to the wave of storm fronts beginning to release large amounts snow over the Cascade Range beginning on February 15th. Their son, Ryan Scott with wife Emily (both 37yoa) and two children (4years and 1 ½ years old) skied in and joined them on Saturday the 15th.   The family attempted to leave the cabin on their own accord Monday, but was stopped by the deep snow. Ryan Scott had to climb to a nearby ridge to obtain cell service and call other family members for assistance. The Scott’s had a good supply of food and firewood during the stay at the cabin.

manson school2/14/14 -3:00 PM Media Update — Manson Elementary School — Water Damage/Building Restoration
Feb 14, 2014
Manson School District has contracted with an independent environmental consultant to assess the water damage and restoration efforts. The consultant will assist the restoration contractor in developing a protocol and timeline for recovery.
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Manson HIGH School Academic Awards
Feb 14, 2014
Presented by Principal, Don Vanderholm and Manson A.S.B. Officers and Photos by Heidi Neal.
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2/17 - 2/21 What's Happening @ Manson Elementary???
Feb 13, 2014
Submitted by Principal, Heather Ireland.
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Manson FFA Ag Mechanics teams' place 1st and 2nd
Feb 13, 2014
Manson FFA Ag Mechanics team of recently competed in a contest hosted at Okanogan High School.
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wash traf safeOLYMPIA –Toll rates and policies for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the future I-405 express toll lanes will be among the topics for discussion at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia.

The meeting starts 9 a.m. each day, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 18 and 19, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled at the end of each day.

Tuesday’s agenda begins with a briefing on Washington State Ferries’ work toward retrofitting the six Issaquah Class ferries to use liquefied natural gas as a source of fuel. Pending U.S. Coast Guard approval and funding, WSF could begin the first conversion of an Issaquah Class ferry as early as 2016. The commission also will hear about the Lean management reforms and resulting efficiencies undertaken by the Transportation Improvement Board, a state agency that distributes and manages street construction and maintenance grants to cities and urban counties throughout the state.

On Tuesday afternoon, the commission will receive a briefing on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s proposed long-range transportation plan update for the region, which is out for public comment and review until March 10. The commission also will receive a briefing on the National Freight Advisory Committee from Karen Schmidt, executive director of the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board and the only member of the national committee from the Pacific Northwest. The NFAC is developing national freight policy and a strategic framework for freight movement.

On Wednesday, the commission will be briefed on the latest research on seismic hazards in Washington and the implications for transportation planning and projects. It also will receive a report evaluating the feasibility of merging the tolling and ferries customer service centers.

The commission also will receive recommendations from Washington State Department of Transportation and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee on whether a planned 25-cent toll increase is sufficient to meet financial obligations. This rate increase was adopted by the commission last year, subject to review this winter, and is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014.

The commission will continue its discussion of toll rates and policies for the I-405 express toll lanes, currently under construction between Bellevue and Lynnwood. The project is the first phase of a planned 40-mile-long express toll lane system that will ultimately connect to the existing SR 167 HOT lanes and run from Lynnwood to Puyallup.

For more information about the Commission and complete meeting agendas, visit the Transportation Commission’s Web site at: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/

pudCampaign to raise awareness of conservation measures wins regional award

WENATCHEE, Wa - Chelan County PUD’s campaign to introduce customers to energy-efficiency rebates and benefits in 2013 has been recognized with a top community relations award.

The Puget Sound chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognized the PUD’s “Conservation Makes Cents” outreach campaign with a “Totem Award” at the Thursday evening annual awards banquet in Seattle. The award is the top honor in the organization’s Community Relations category.

2013 was the first year that Chelan County PUD offered a comprehensive menu of energy-efficiency measures to residential customers. The measures were introduced through a Conservation Department outreach campaign called “Conservation Makes Cents” that included an animated video by North 40 Productions of Wenatchee, print and radio ads, billboards, and fliers available at local stores, home shows and other public events.

Chelan PUD customers who took advantage of energy-efficiency programs saved 20,761,200 kilowatt hours of energy last year – enough to power about 1,000 homes in Chelan County. 

The savings helped the PUD surpass its 2013 conservation goal by about 40 percent.

Some 1,890 homeowners participated in programs to save energy and money including rebates on appliances, windows, insulation and ductless heat pumps; duct sealing for manufactured homes; and refrigerator/freezer recycling. Thirty-five businesses installed energy-efficiency improvements with help from the PUD. And 94 low-income households received weatherization help using PUD funding through the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council. 

Saving energy is a winning proposition for everyone. Customers save money by reducing electric bills. When customers save energy, more power is available to sell at wholesale rates on the open market; those revenues help keep local retail rates low. Customers also help the PUD meet state-mandated targets under the Energy Independence Act

Surveys of customers who participated in programs last year showed high satisfaction with their products and PUD customer service.

There’s still time to participate this year as all programs are continuing. The Conservation Department’s 2014 theme is “Better Ways to Save.” The 2014 program kicked off last week with another short North 40 video that stars a chicken.

Find details and application forms for 2014 programs on the PUD’s website.