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.
Manson High School Hosts Knowledge Bowl
- Written by Janice Stewart
On February 13th, Manson High School hosted the 7th match of the North Central Washington Knowledge Bowl Tournaments.
There were eight high schools with a total thirty-three teams vying for top spots in the competition. It was by far the largest tournament of the season.
In addition to the Manson Knowledge Bowl team, there were teams from: Okanogan, Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Cascade, Omak, Chelan, and Waterville. The competition was fierce and fun.
The questions were unbelievably challenging from various academic disciplines (e.g. “The Delian Amphictyony was centered on what Aegean Island?” Answer: Delos or “What kind of plain results in the penultimate stage of fluvial erosion?” Answer: peneplain).
With over 160 people participating in different roles (i.e. readers, participants, coaches, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and supportive parents.), it was a great success.
The Manson Knowledge team took 10th place in a tournament that featured past State contenders.
The Manson Knowledge Bowl team wants to thank the administration, faculty, staff, and community for all their help in making this tournament a memorable experience for all.
2017 Manson School District Spelling Bee
- Written by Janice Stewart
Our 2017 District Spelling Champion is Grant Torgesen, 8th grade, and the runner up is his sister, Afton Torgesen, 4th grade.
Grant's Championship word was "tenaciously".
Twelve students spelled off with each other to a packed house. The 2017 district bee was one of the longest spelling rounds Manson ever experienced. The final four students lasted 17 rounds of spelling with two students left in round 18.
Afton spelled out on the word "patronymic" and Grant went on to win the Championship round by spelling "tenaciously".
Our two spellers will now move on to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 16th. Congratulations to all those who participated in the District Spelling Bee.
Summer Blossom Whitebark Pine Restoration Project
- Written by Kari Grover Wier, USFS
Dear Interested Party:
The Chelan Ranger District is seeking public input on the proposed Summer Blossom Whitebark Pine Restoration Project located in Chelan County, approximately 34 miles north, northwest of the town of Chelan, WA. The project area covers approximately 1,576 acres primarily in the Falls Creek sub-watershed.
How to Comment
Your comments will aid the District team in identifying potential issues and concerns with this project proposal. Comments will be most useful if received by March 30, 2017.
- Write a letter to the Forest Service and mail it to the project leader:
Pete Wier Or hand-deliver it to:
Chelan Ranger District Chelan Ranger District
428 West Woodin Ave 428 West Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816 Chelan, WA 98816
Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during regular office hours, 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Those submitting electronic copies must do so only to the e-mail address listed above, must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail. Message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above or in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of all individuals and the organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does no receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it it’s the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.
Stay Connected to this Project via the Web
To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goals of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (project updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by e-mail. This new system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online. To subscribe or manage your subscription please follow the link below. https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new">https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new
If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail, unless you request hard copies.
Only those who subscribe to the mailing list, submit comments, or notify the Forest that they would like to remain on the mailing list for this project will receive future correspondences on this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning this project will not be possible.
For further information on the project, please contact Pete Wier at (509) 682-4943.
Manson School District Thankful for Community Support
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson School District’s Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy appears to have been approved by voters with a 68.5% approval rate (50% required).
“On behalf of the Manson School Board I would like to thank the Manson Community for their overwhelming support of the recent replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy. The additional funds from the levy will allow us to enrich many student programs, continue timely maintenance of school facilities and retain and attract quality staff. It is clear to our board, staff, and students that the Manson Community is a critical supporter of our mission to provide students with an exceptional education.”
Paul Willard, School Board President
“We are very appreciative of Manson’s investment in our schools. We understand our community entrusts us with two of their most valuable assets...their children and their money. We accept this obligation and will continue working to strengthen our partnership with parents and the community to offer every student the opportunity to live a productive and fulfilling life.”
Matt Charlton, Superintendent
Manson FFA Transforms
- Written by Damon Smith
Manson FFA will be celebrating National FFA week on Feb 18-25. National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA.
More than half a million members will participate in FFA activities throughout the week. There will be a variety of events that allow members to communicate with others about what FFA is all about and ignite a passion for agriculture!
This year’s theme is “Transform”. Why Transform? Because the future of agriculture is strong and as the population continues to grow, so does the need for a healthy and abundant food supply. By working together in this small community of Manson, we can transform the message of agriculture!
Together, Manson’s FFA members can continue to educate others on the importance of agriculture. Giving back to others and serving the community has always been important to FFA members. Throughout the year, members transform their passion for service in their community by giving back in a variety of ways. Here are a list of our daily events through the week.
Tuesday 21st - Green hand day
Wednesday 22nd - FFA t-shirts
Thursday 23rd - Barbeque
Friday 24th - Kiss a goat for charity
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