wsdot logoRemove studded tires by deadline to avoid fines, prevent road damage

OLYMPIA – Spring is here but the potential of some late season snow means the deadline to remove studded tires in Washington has been extended for two weeks. The removal deadline is now by the end of the day, Sunday, April 15.

State law allows the Washington State Department of Transportation to extend the deadline into April if current or predicted conditions could make for difficult travel. The decision to extend is made in consultation with meteorologists and maintenance supervisors. The deadline was last extended in 2012.

This year’s decision was based on long-range forecasts that show the potential for significant weather, including snow that could affect cross-state travel into April.

With the extension, all studded tires need to be removed no later than the end of the day (11:59 p.m.) Sunday, April 15. Starting Monday, April 16, drivers with studded tires on their vehicles face a $136 traffic infraction. Removal services can be crowded as the deadline approaches, so please plan accordingly.

Studded tires damage pavement each year – costing an estimated $29 million annually in additional wear and tear on state roads alone. Long-term, WSDOT continues to urge drivers to investigate alternatives such as studless winter tires, which are not subject to removal deadlines.

Washington and Oregon generally share the same studded tire removal deadline and the Oregon Department of Transportation is extending their removal deadline to April 15. Other states may have later tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all vehicles in the state, even those visiting from elsewhere. There are no personal exemptions or waivers beyond the extension date.

WSDOT crews will continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts and work to clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go,” whatever the season. Check road conditions before heading out and stay up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s mobile app and social media and email alert tools, or by calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/16/18 Douglas County Deputies received a report of a child abuse incident in Rock Island. 

The child’s mother reported her children had been staying at a separate residence with their father.  She received a call that the children’s father was hitting them and that she needed to pick them up. 

She found two of her sons, 6 and 8 yoa, had bruises on their face and back. 

Detectives identified the father as 37 year old John W. Strickland of Rock Island.  He was located and arrested without incident on 03/21/18. 

Strickland was booked at the Chelan County Jail for two counts of Assault of a Child 3rd degree.  A search warrant for the suspect’s trailer was obtained and evidence was seized. 

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On 03/16/18 at approximately 4:00 AM members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, The Chelan County SWAT team, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Brewster Police Department served a high risk search warrant at 1127 ½ Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport, WA.

Inside investigators located a handgun with magazines, a little over an ounce of heroine, and an AR15 magazine. The renter of the mobile home, 33 year old Luis (Tony) Orosco of Bridgeport, was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. A second subject, 20 year old Morningstar Rai St. Peter, was arrested on a felony DOC warrant for drug charges. This was considered a high risk warrant, but there were no injuries or mishaps. Both suspects were booked at the Okanogan County Jail.

Field deputies working their regular shifts spent months gathering evidence to get the search warrant. This is simply excellent police work and I commend them. This particular residence has caused great community concern due to suspicion drug dealing was going on. Sincere thanks to the other agencies who provided manpower to help take these criminals off the street.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/10/18 at 5:30 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol near Rock Island, WA.  He observed a vehicle parked at the end of a dead end road.  There were two persons inside, a male and a female. The Deputy initiated a social contact.  As soon as he approached the car, he could still smell the strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.  He also noticed what appeared to be a marijuana pipe and a lighter in the female’s hand. 

The Deputy told the occupants that it was illegal to use marijuana in public.  He asked the female for her identification.  She said she had none, but told him a name.  The Deputy also noted she was making attempts to hide her face. The Deputy went back to his car and searched the name given by the female.  Her photo appeared on his patrol car computer,  and he could see the woman in the car was not the person she claimed to be. 

He went back to the car, told the woman he had reason to believe she lied to him, and asked her to step out of the vehicle.  She refused.  He told her several times to exit the vehicle.  She continued to refuse.  The Deputy attempted pull her from the car by her wrist.  She pulled away and began to resist, hitting the Deputy several times in the chest.  He finally pulled her from the vehicle and, after some continued struggle, was able to handcuff her. 

Further investigation identified the suspect as 23 year old Alex Zufall of East Wenatchee.  The Deputy also discovered a white crystalline substance he suspected to be methamphetamine and items which appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s purse.  Finally, the Deputy learned the woman had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.   

There were no injuries in the altercation and the suspect was transported to the Chelan County Jail without further incident.  She was booked for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

This example of police work is a great example of proactive patrol, solid investigation, and proper use of force.  The Deputy also wrote a nearly flawless report, which I appreciate.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

Ben and Ella District Champ

Manson School District held its annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 22nd.

Our 2018 District Spelling Bee Champion was 6th grade student, Ella England with the winning word "gargoyle". The runner-up was 6th grader Ben Cullison, with the winning word "pastures.”

The District Spelling Bee, held February 22nd, had 13 participants from 4th-8th grade.   The participants were:  Isabella Aburto, McKinly Glasow, Yuli Cesar, Afton Torgesen, Stephen Bercier, Zahyr Sanchez, Carter Lyman, Ella England, Ben Cullison, May Crist, Oashan Sanchez, Caber Boyd and Eli Willard.  

Ella and Ben will be advancing to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 14th.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/21/18 at approximately 1300 hrs. Douglas County Deputies responded to Bremmer’s Pit located at SE Vantage Drive in Rock Island. 

Unknown persons had broken into a steel work box and stolen over $6,000 in tools.  The thieves left footprints and there was surveillance video footage which is being examined by investigators. 

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. 

A reward is available.  Mention C#18D-00927.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/18/18 at approximately 1:00 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to a report of a trespass at an apartment complex located at the 1200 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.  Deputies arrived and were pointed to a laundry room used by tenants.  They observed a ladder leading up to a crawl space where they could hear talking.  The Deputies ordered the persons out, and after a short time they complied.  The suspects were identified as 31 year old Antonio Infante of Brewster.  The second person was identified as 21 year old Erin Phillips of Tonasket.  They were not tenants and did not have permission to be on the property.  Both were arrested for Trespass 1st degree, but were released at the scene with a criminal citation.

On 02/16/18 at approximately 12:30 AM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the area of Sunset Hwy. at the 1100 Blk.  He observed a vehicle cross over the centerline then jerk back in within the lane.  The Deputy turned on his emergency lights.  The vehicle pulled to the side of the road.  As the Deputy prepared to contact the driver, she inadvertently popped the trunk open.  The female driver smelled of alcoholic beverages and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests.  The driver, a 26 year old East Wenatchee resident, was arrested for DUI and transported to the Chelan County Jail without incident.

On 02/18/18 at approximately 8:00 AM Douglas County Deputies and Brewster Police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of the 1200 Blk of Douglas.  A Deputy was searching the area on foot when he heard the engine of a vehicle being revved.  He waved the vehicle down and contacted the driver, 29 year old Francisco Lorenzano-Basurto of Bridgeport.  The Deputy spotted a Smith and Wesson 9mm lying in the seat.  The slide was locked back and the magazine was empty. The serial number had been altered.   Lorenzano-Basurto was placed under arrest and a second empty magazine was found in his coat pocket.  The suspect said the gun was not his but could not recall the name of the owner.  The subject was also found to be DUI.  He was arrested and booked at the Okanogan County Jail for DUI.  The case was forwarded to the prosecutor for consideration of weapons charges.

On 02/18/18 at approximately 9:30 PM Douglas County Deputies went to a residence at the 700 Blk. of Fairview to search for a wanted person, 24 year old Derrick Charley of Omak.  A female at the residence stated she had not seen him in hours, but when a Deputy called out his name, he appeared from a back room.  He was arrested without incident for a DOC warrant for escape from community custody.  Charley was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked on the warrant.

buckner logoWe need you more than ever!

As reported in our Annual Report for 2017 we were able to do many, many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering.  If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue. 

It's still unknown what impact proposed federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard. There will likely be a loss of time and/or resources available to the National Park Service this year, making our work all the more important.   The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!

Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support the Foundation's work at the Homestead and Orchard. 

RENEWAL - Your check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.  As a renewal, we will have your information on file.  Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner.   And, your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.

NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link (Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.  
Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.


Individual  -  $25.00

Business -  $75.00

Benefactor - $250.00

Sustainer - $1,000.00

Family  -  $50.00

Patron  -  $100.00

Steward  -  $500.00

Donation  -  $  ___________    

 

DONATIONS - Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations may be for a specific purpose or as a non-specific donation to the Foundation.

Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead.   (Not sure how your contribution will be used?  Then, review our 2017 Financial Summary at the end of the Annual Report.)   All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.

 

2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, May 7   Annual Meeting

 7 PM,

Reclamation District Office

Manson

Thursday, June 14    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM,

 Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

Saturday, July 14    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM

 Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

Saturday, August 4  Square Dance at the Orchard

Old Packing Shed 7 PM,

Stehekin

HARVEST FEST 2018

Friday, October 5  

Orchard Work Party

Buckner Orchard, 9 AM

Valley Music Program

Stehekin School, 7 PM

Stehekin

Saturday, October 6   Harvest Fest 
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

10 AM, picking and pressing

1 PM  potluck and music

Sunday, October 7   Poetry Night

 7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1,

Stehekin

Web site:  bucknerhomestead.org

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

wsdot logoTruck drivers have new option to bypass weigh stations

OLYMPIA – Commercial truck drivers now have another option for bypassing state weigh stations – by opting into a system that saves time and money.

A new agreement allows drivers in Washington to use the PrePass weigh station transponder, doing away with having to carry several transponders for in- and out-of-state travel. The Washington State Department of Transportation and HELP, Inc., – a nonprofit public/private trucking industry partnership that provides PrePass transponders – reached the agreement in December. Drivers can now register PrePass transponders for Washington weigh stations.

Transponders allow trucks to bypass weigh stations by electronically verifying a truck’s legal weight, safety rating and credentials as the truck travels at freeway speeds. Based on the transponder, and scales embedded in the freeway, drivers receive either a green light to continue driving or a red light indicating they must report to the weigh station for closer inspection. Transponder usage keeps safe and legal trucks on the road and reduces travel time.

Use of the WSDOT’s in-state transponder system saved the industry approximately 111,000 hours of travel time and $12.8 million in 2016. Washington is the second most trade-dependent state in the nation per capita and one of WSDOT’s roles is to support economic vitality, including the efficient movement of freight.

Previously, truck drivers in Washington purchased a transponder from WSDOT that also worked in several other jurisdictions. The WSDOT transponders could be added to the PrePass system – if requested by the driver – but general PrePass transponders could not communicate with WSDOT weigh stations, meaning some drivers had to carry two transponders. The new agreement means drivers can just carry one transponder if they choose. WSDOT will continue to sell transponders. 

“The goal is one transponder that will work everywhere,” said Anne Ford, WSDOT’s commercial vehicle services administrator. “We are pleased our partnership with HELP, Inc. helps achieve that goal.”

“We are excited to be entering into this partnership with Washington and look forward to working with WSDOT through this mutual agreement,” said Karen Rasmussen, president and CEO of HELP, Inc. “Safe fleets and drivers appreciate the time and fuel savings of PrePass as well as opportunities for interoperability of their transponders.”

To use PrePass transponders in Washington, carriers should contact the

PrePass Customer Service Center online or at 1-800-PREPASS (1-800-773-7277), weekdays from, 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Drivers will be required to submit a signed waiver of HELP’s data privacy policy to PrePass,

douglascountysheriff148The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports from Bridgeport area businesses that they are being contacted by persons claiming to represent the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD) requesting payment over the phone for overdue account balances. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the PUD that these calls are not legitimate and it is not a standard PUD practice to ask customers for sensitive financial information over the phone.

If you receive a similar call or any call you feel is suspicious in nature, do not give out your personal financial information. 

Please report any suspicious calls to law enforcement by calling: (509)663-9911.