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OLYMPIA –A request to increase speed limits on a roughly 100-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Washington is being considered and the Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for comments from interested citizens.

The proposed speed limit increase would be from the current 70 miles per hour to 75. The affected area is from the town of George, east to the western border of the Spokane County line.

A bill passed in the 2015 Legislature allows the Secretary of Transportation to increase the speed limit on any highway to a maximum 75 mph. Lawmakers in eastern Washington have asked Acting Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar to consider such an  increase on I-90. If an increase was approved, the limit would remain 60 mph for vehicles over 10,000 pounds or vehicles pulling trailers.

Since August, WSDOT has worked with the state Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Patrol to evaluate the I-90 request. The evaluation process included:

  • gathering information from other states that have raised speed limits
  • developing criteria to evaluate where and how speed limits might be raised
  • assessing the effects of an increase and identifying any needed highway feature modifications
  • examining how decisions about speed limit increases can take into account vehicle crash history, societal costs due to crashes, fuel costs and benefits associated with travel time savings.

Two meetings are scheduled later this month to provide information about the speed limit increase request and to take public comments. Comments can also be provided online.

Ritzville

4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19

Best Western Plus Bronco Inn, 105 W. Galbreath Way.

Moses Lake

11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 20 – as part of a presentation to the Washington Transportation Commission

Moses Lake Civic Center, Council Chambers, 401 S. Balsam Street

Based on the results of the analysis, public comments and consultation with traffic safety partners, WSDOT will make a decision whether to raise the speed limit for this section of I-90. The decision is expected in May. If the limit is increased, it would become effective once new speed limit signs are posted.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, April 14th, 2016, 4:00pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Deletions and Additions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of the March 10th, 2016 Regular Meeting
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 Master Plan
ii. Willow Point
iii. Project Priorities
VIII. New Business
a. Resolution 2016-02
b. Old Mill Annual Passes
c. Link Agreement
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: May 12th, 2016 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

Recruit firefighters completed the weekend firefighter fundamentals class this weekend where they learned about breathing apparatus, basic hose handling, and basic ladder operations. Recruit classes will continue over the next two months covering a variety of firefighting subjects.

Great job to all the recruits and a special thanks to our instructors, officers and driver/operators. Captain Lee Jones, Lt. Hal Jones , FF/EMT Justin Thorpe, FF Jon Mendoza, D/O Brian Thompson.

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Pictured above from left to right: Back row Thomas Ramella, Tim McCord, DO Brain Thompson, Lt. Hal Jones, FF Jon Mendoza, Andy Gavin, Karl Koester, Lt. Eric Sanderson

Front lower row: Patrick Micheal, Steve Garvich, Kevin Cox, Alexander Volfe, FF Justin Thorpe.

Not in the picture: Ben Laughlin, Vladimir Stepanov, Seth Williams, Capt. Lee Jones.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to a reported house fire at 926 Renn Terrance Drive in Chelan on 04/09/2016 around 0142 hours. Command 701, Engine 71, 73, Tender 71, Ladder71 responded on the first alarm, Command 5, Engine 52, Support 71 responded on the 2nd alarm. Engine 74, 72 moved up to the City of Chelan to provide coverage.

Engine 71 arrived to an exterior wall fire that had moved into the kitchen area of the residence with extension to the near-by brush and neighbors fence. Engine 71’s crew made an aggressive exterior attack knocking down the exterior fire and transitioning to the interior of the house knocking down the fire in the kitchen.

Fire was brought under control within 25 minute from the time it was reported. Chelan County Sheriff Deputies and Lake Chelan EMS units responded in support of the fire operations.

Fire is currently under investigation and appears to be a possible electrical/mechanical failure.

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sheriffsmAs the warm spring weather draws people to our local waters, The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that our local waters can be dangerous this time of year. The water can be high, swift and cold as mountain snowpack melts, making hypothermia a real risk.

River users are encouraged to take safety precautions when recreating in rivers. Here are a few tips to stay safe:

  • Wear a PFD (personal flotation device).
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs when recreating on the river.
  • Watch children closely when they are on or near any type of water; stay close enough to reach them immediately.

When planning a boating or floating trip:

  • Always tell someone your route and when and where you plan to put in or take out.
  • Never float the river alone.
  • Bring a dry bag with food, water, and warm clothes.

Even the best water enthusiasts can misjudge changing water conditions when boating or swimming in open water. Be prepared at all times by wearing a life jacket – you never know when you’ll be tossed in the water.