Washington still leads as #1 Bike Friendly State
- Written by Barb Chamberlain, WSDOT
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OLYMPIA – Pedal power is still strong in Washington as the League of American Bicyclists once again ranks the state as No. 1 “Bicycle Friendly State in America.” Washington has been a leader in the nation for every year since 2008 when the League began its program.
“Our efforts to support bicycling in Washington through our policies and investments is clearly paying off,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “As a state we have invested in Safe Routes to School for a healthier next generation and in a transportation system that supports safer biking and walking mobility options for Washingtonians. I appreciate the work of our Bicycle Friendly communities, businesses and universities that have all contributed to building active, healthy transportation options.”
Each state is ranked based on its score in five categories: Infrastructure and Funding; Education and Encouragement; Legislation and Enforcement; Policies and Programs; Evaluation and Planning; and, Discretionary Scoring.
“It’s great to once again lead the nation in recognizing that bicycling is an important part of a multimodal transportation system,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “We’re committed to providing transportation choices for all users of the system – including people who bike and walk. We have more work to do, but this ranking affirms that we’re on the right path.”
The League credited Washington for passage of its 16-year Connecting Washington funding package, including more than $20 million per year for bicycling and walking projects. It also noted Washington State Department of Transportation’s creation of the new, statewide Active Transportation Division as another reason why the state has retained its spot as a national leader in improving conditions for people who bike and walk.
Museum Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 High School STEM Residency Programs
- Written by Ted Huetter - Senior Public Relations Manager
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Western Aerospace Scholars watch with anticipation as one of their model rockets is about to be launched.
Nov. 3 is student deadline for Museum's Western Aerospace Scholars programs
SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2017--The deadline for high school students to apply for one of the Museum's premiere residency education programs is Nov. 3. The Western Aerospace Scholars program is a distance-learning and summer residency program for Montana, Oregon and Washington state high school juniors. The STEM-based program focuses on space exploration, and has online components and residencies allowing students to learn from industry professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.
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Chelan Fire and Rescue Special Meeting 11-1-17
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
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SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Call to order at 9:00 A.M.
* Flag Salute
* 2018 Budget Review & Discussion
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(f) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.
Preparation is key for winter driving conditions
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
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Drivers can use studded tires starting Nov. 1
OLYMPIA – With snow already falling on some mountain passes, it’s never too early to get ready for winter ice and snow.
The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all drivers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter weather. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.
To check conditions and prepare for snow or ice:
- Download the WSDOT mobile app.
- Follow WSDOT’s regional and pass accounts on Twitteror the agency’s Facebook
- Sign upfor email and/or text updates about road conditions – including Snoqualmie Pass delay text alerts.
- Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.
- Get your vehicle readyand plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
- Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirementsfor mountain passes, which are also available on highway-advisory signs and highway-advisory radio and by calling 511.
- Preset your radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for WSDOT’s traffic-information stations.
“Our crews work hard to keep roads clear of snow and ice for drivers, but last year’s severe winter certainly highlighted the importance of being equipped for winter conditions,” said James Morin, WSDOT’s snow and ice program manager. “We need the public’s help by driving for conditions and obeying chain-up notices. Often it’s just one unprepared driver spinning out that forces a pass closure.”
Alternatives to chains
Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain vehicle models. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices that meet state chains and traction tires requirements.
By law, studded tires are legal for use in Washington state only from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states. WSDOT can approve studded tires earlier in extraordinary conditions, but at this time the date remains Nov. 1. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about stud-free traction tires that are legal for year-round use and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in damage, combined, to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year. More information about studded-tired restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.
Warrant from Illinois leads to arrest of East Wenatchee man
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 10/17/17 at approximately 8:43 PM a Douglas County Deputy learned that a vehicle he had observed had an associated warrant out of LaSalle County, Illinois. The warrant was for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.
The Deputy followed the vehicle to a residence and was able to contact the driver and person named on the arrest warrant, 35 year old Victor Guerrero of East Wenatchee. He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Jail.
Good work by an observant and tenacious Deputy.
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