Help wanted: State seeks volunteers to tally bicyclists, pedestrians
- Written by Jef lucero, WSDOT
Statewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 27-29
OLYMPIA – Volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2015, volunteers tallied more than 74,000 bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across Washington.
For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 29.
“The data from this survey helps communities in many ways,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “Volunteers are a key piece of the collection process – we couldn’t do this work without them.”
Data collected in the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. As an example, the city of Bellingham used count data to monitor bicycle and pedestrian transportation trends for its award-winning Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvement project.
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Skagit County, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.
WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.
Bridgeport Drug Raid Nets 3.9 Ounces of Heroin
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 08/17/16 at 3:34 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SRT and the Chelan County SWAT teams worked together to serve a high risk search warrant at the 1800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.
Residents in town may have noticed armored cars or heard loud reports made by the diversionary devices used by the teams during the raid. Several roads were also temporarily blocked to keep people out of the area and to provide security for law enforcement at the scene.
Detectives from the NCW Drug Task Force searched the residence with the help of drug dogs. They located approximately 3.9 ounces of heroin and suspected methamphetamine paraphernalia. No one was arrested at the residence, but charges are pending.
I appreciate the cooperation between the Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices, the Brewster Police Department, and the NCWDTF.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
68 Year Old Bremerton Man Drowned in Tumwater Canyon Rafting Accident
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports one person died and another had to be rescued after a raft overturned in the Tumwater Canyon portion of the Wenatchee River just west of Leavenworth Saturday evening. A Washington State Patrol Trooper was originally flagged down and notified of incident at approximately 9:11pm. He immediately notified the RIVERCOM Regional Dispatch Center for swift water rescue response.
It was determined that a group of four subjects had placed two small rafts in the Wenatchee River below the Tumwater Dam along US Highway 2 at about 7:30pm. Two subjects entered each raft and they began floating the river without knowledge of the hazardous white water conditions downriver near mileposts 98 to 99 just west of Leavenworth. At one point, the raft carrying Charles Beedle Sr. 68yoa (Bremerton, WA) and his daughter-in-law, Heather Mjelde (also of Bremerton) began having difficulty navigating the swift water. Both subjects ended up in the river and were swept a significant distance through the rough water and boulders. Mjelde was eventually able to work her way to the north side of the river and hold onto a rock until she was located and rescued by emergency responders. The two subjects in the second raft, Charles F. Beedle Jr (43yoa – Port Orchard, WA) and his 12-year old son self-rescued to the north side of the river and were unharmed. None of the four subjects involved were wearing personal floatation devices.
An extensive search was conducted by the Chelan County Swift Water Rescue Team, CCSO Deputies, Fire District #3 personnel, Cascade Ambulance medics, and State Troopers in an attempt to locate Charles Beedle Sr. Saturday evening. The search was suspended with negative results just after midnight.
On Sunday morning at 7:00am the search resumed using trained swift water personnel and deputies. Family members checking an area of the river in the 9200 block of Icicle Road located the body of Charles Beedle Sr. at about 7:40am. He had been swept up onto a low lying boulder in the middle of the river. Swift water personnel recovered the body without incident by 8:40am. The Chelan County Coroner’s Office has possession of the body.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone planning a recreational rafting trip take notice of the following recommendations:
- Always wear personal floatation devices (life vests)
- Have knowledge of the entire waterway and especially downstream hazards prior to beginning the trip. The Tumwater Canyon is NOT a recommended area for recreational rafting due to hazardous swift water and rapids.
- Have at least one person with rafting experience in the group and bring along extra paddles, extra floatation devices, throw ropes, and a cell phone.
Inquiries reference this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson with the Sheriff’s Office.
Fire Commissioner Meeting Changed for September
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
The regular fire commissioner meeting for September has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the fire station located at 232 East Wapato, Chelan.
Portland Man with Broken Leg Rescued from Dragontail Peak
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an injured climber was rescued from the Dragontail Peak area of the Alpine Wilderness Sunday afternoon.
RIVERCOM Dispatch Center received a call from the injured subject’s climbing partner just prior to 11:00am stating that his friend fell while descending the mountain and likely broke his lower left leg. The incident occurred at approximately 7:00am. The climbing partner had to hike out to receive cellular service. The patient, David Wade (51yoa) from Portland, Oregon was positioned on the northwest aspect of Dragontail Peak above Asgaard Pass.
A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter inserted one rescuer, Deputy Mike McLeod, to the area of Wade on the mountain. The deputy made his way to Wade’s location and splinted the broken leg. A hoist equipped helicopter was requested through the State Emergency Management Division. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office “SnoHawk-10” helicopter crew accepted the mission and responded.
Wade was extracted from his position on the mountain by 3:30pm and flown to the SAR staging at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery helipad. He was transferred to a Cascade Ambulance and taken to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth for treatment. Wade is in stable condition.
75 Year Old Man Rescued After Motorcycle Crash on the Mad River Trail
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 75 year old male motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon while riding on the Mad River Trail approximately 17 miles north of Leavenworth.
At approximately 4:10pm, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a report of a motorcycle accident on the Mad River Trail approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The reporting party stated that the motorcyclist had failed to negotiate a curve and went over an embankment at a bridge crossing. He said the subject had a possible neck injury.
Chelan County Search and Rescue personnel and a medic from Cascade Medical Center responded to the scene.
At 6:28pm the first group of rescuers and the medic reached the victim. He was identified as Marvin H. Muir of Everett, Wa. Due to the nature of his injuries a Life Flight helicopter was requested but was later canceled when a safe landing area could not be located. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinators made a request for a hoist capable helicopter through State Emergency Management.
At 9:10pm when a hoist capable helicopter had still not been located, rescuers made the decision to transport the patient out on a wheeled litter. With the assistance of Chelan County Volunteer Search & Rescue members, the patient was transported 1.5 miles back to the trailhead. He was then transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
Days get shorter, nightly rock blasting closures get earlier on Snoqualmie Pass
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
Drivers to encounter delays through multiple construction zones from Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage
HYAK – As the days get shorter, closures on Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass will get earlier so crews have enough daylight to conduct rock blasting operations.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 7:30 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Aug. 8 through Thursday, Aug. 11. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass interchange.
Construction related impacts due to lane closures and detours through multiple work zones will cause delays next week from the summit of Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage.
Drivers are encouraged to check our What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for specific daily impacts and locations or follow us on Twitter @wsdot_east or @snoqualmiepass.
Deputy Assaulted During Domestic Violence Call
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 08/04/16 at 10:17 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the 400 Blk. of Parkway Drive in Rock Island.
The victim claimed to have been assaulted by her boyfriend and fled to the residence of a neighbor. She reported he had a gun.
Deputies went to the suspect’s residence and asked the male to come out. He refused. One Deputy could see what looked to be a rifle stock protruding from some blankets. When the Deputies went inside to bring the suspect out, he attacked them by punching them in their head and bodies. He was Tased and subsequently subdued.
The suspect, 46 year old Shayne Merritt of Rock Island, complained of neck pain. He was transported to the hospital and was quickly cleared to be moved to the jail. He was booked for Assault 4th D/V for assaulting his girlfriend. He was also charged with Assault 3rd degree for attacking the Chief Deputy. Charges are being considered for his attack on a sergeant who was also at the call.
Fire at Hwy 97 8-4-16
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 08/04/16 at approximately 2:30 PM Douglas County fire units and deputies responded to a brush fire east side of Highway 97 at mile post 228. There are fire units from Douglas County, Chelan County, and BLM. There are also two fixed wing and two helicopter assets fighting the fire.
The fire is moving S/SE and had burned about 500 acres. The Sheriff’s Deputies have given out 8 level I and II in the Browns Canyon area.
The Sheriff’s Office also used the AlertSense system to send out warnings to people in the area. There have no reports of damage or injuries.
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