WSDOT performance report analyzes agency-wide retirement trends
Gray Notebook also tracks social media reach, environmental efforts
OLYMPIA – A retirement tsunami is on its way, and when the “gray wave” hits the Washington State Department of Transportation in the next few years it stands to take away hundreds of current employees.
Up to 42 percent of the agency’s workforce may retire by the year 2022, based on the number of employees who will be eligible for partial or full benefits by that year. Of these, 20 percent will be eligible for full retirement by 2022 and are considered probable to retire. Both outlooks highlight the need for increased outreach to potential employees to ensure the agency is staffed to meet the needs of the traveling public, according analyses in WSDOT’s latest quarterly performance report, the Gray Notebook.
The publication, which summarizes the quarter that ended March 31, also includes annual articles on active transportation, travel information and wetlands-protection efforts. Highlights include:
- People walking or bicycling accounted for 22 percent of all statewide traffic fatalities in 2017.
- The number of @wsdot_traffic Twitter followers increased 37.5 percent from about 330,000 to more than 452,000 between in April 2017 and March 2018.
- WSDOT added six new wetlands- and stream-mitigation sites on 33 acres in 2017 to help off-set construction work that affected the environment.
To learn more about WSDOT’s performance or to review “Gray Notebook 69” or its condensed “Lite” version, visit WSDOT’s Accountability website.
Manson teacher selected as North Central ESD Regional Educator of the Year
- Written by Janice Stewart
Matt Brown, Manson High School’s music teacher has been selected as the Regional Teacher of the Year. Nine ESD’S regions across the state each select one teacher to be considered for the State Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Brown will compete against the other eight nominees with the winner announced in September of 2018.
Todd Smith, Manson Middle School Principal, wrote in his nominating letter: “Matt Brown is a consummate professional and whether he is honored with this award or not, he will continue to provide outstanding instruction and, indeed, a visionary presence for students who will become better human beings for having learned the art of musicianship.” We could not agree more.
Congratulations and best of luck to Mr. Brown!
Principal changes at Manson Schools
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson School District Says Goodbye to Middle and High School Principals Don Vanderholm and Todd Smith and Welcomes Dr. Heather Ireland as the New Middle School Principal.
Manson Middle and High School Principals, are both moving on to new endeavors…
High School Principal, Don Vanderholm has accepted an offer to serve as Lind-Ritzville School District’s new Superintendent. Don has worked for the Manson School District for the past 11 years as the high school principal and recently completed his superintendent certification.
Todd Smith, Middle School and Options Principal who came to the district in 2013, will be moving to California. Todd will continue working in the education field while his family pursues higher education and entertainment career opportunities.
Dr. Heather Ireland who has been with the District for 10 years, most recently serving as Director of Learning/Special Education Director, will become the new Principal of Manson Middle School.
Manson Trojans Track Team at State
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson Trojans track team sends 11 athletes to compete in the state track meet to be held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington this week.
Those that made the cut are: Cole Beazley, Eduardo Escalera, Joe Strecker, Connor and Grant Torgesen, Mario Sanchez, Fernando Flores, Bailey Cameron, Joe Morales, Kendall Petre and Cody Amsden (Alternate)
Good luck at state – GO TROJANS!!!!
Stabbing victim incident confused by two reports
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at approximately 3:45 AM a stabbing was reported in the 100 block of Boodry Street in Wenatchee. The victim, a 61 year old male resident said he was stabbed in the stomach and the suspect fled.
As Deputies responded to the area, they were flagged down in the 70 block by a male claiming to be a stabbing victim. The 21 year old male, later identified as Alexander Alhammadi said he was on his porch when a man wearing dark clothing approached and stabbed him with a knife. He had a knife wound to his hand. Mr. Alhammadi was transported to the emergency room at CWH.
Deputies also contacted the 61 year old male in the 100 block of Boodry Street. He said he confronted a male wearing a mask and dark clothing on his front porch. During the confrontation, the suspect pulled out a sword and stabbed him in the abdomen and fled leaving the sword behind. The victim was transported to the emergency room at CWH. The severity of his injuries is unknown.
Through investigation by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, it was determined Mr. Alhammadi was the suspect with the sword. It is unknown how he sustained the injury to his hand. After being released medically, he was booked into CCRJC for Assault 1st Degree. CCSO detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and investigate both scenes.
Survey for Lakeside Park improvements
- Written by Olivia Plew, LCCC
The City of Chelan needs your help!
We are preparing a Master Plan for Lakeside Park to help guide future improvements to the park and we need your input.
As part of this Master plan we’re applying for State recreation funding for a Phase 1 Improvement that will improve parking facilities, restroom facilities and water access at Lakeside.
With the community’s input, the City will be able to better demonstrate a need for improved facilities which increases the likelihood of being awarded a grant to implement Phase 1 of the project.
Manson Parks Special Board Meeting 6-1-18
- Written by Robin Pittman
Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, June 01, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Executive Session: Acquisition of real estate
Hiker rescue at Douglas Creek
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 05/28/18 at 4:15 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a hiker who had injured her ankle while hiking along Douglas Creek.
Douglas Creek runs through a deep canyon which stretches from the Waterville Plateau to the Palisades.
The Hiker, a 59 year old Seattle woman, had slipped on rocks and sprained or broke her ankle. She was unable to put any weight on it to hike back up the rugged 80 foot deep ravine.
Members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County Fire Department, and the Chelan County Mountain Rescue team responded with specialized equipment to rescue the woman. They used ropes, pulleys, and a winching device to pull a litter back up the hillside.
The hiker was transported by ambulance to Confluence Hospital. Her current condition is unknown.
Great response and teamwork by all the first responders.
Firefighter Recruit Academy Graduation June 14, 2018
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Firefighter Recruit Academy Graduation
Chelan, Entiat and Orondo
Class of 2018
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Chelan High School Auditorium
210 Webster Avenue
Please join us for refreshments after the ceremony.
Planning ahead for Memorial Day weekend traffic is the key to less stressful travel
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
OLYMPIA – It’s not technically summer yet, but Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, often brings summer-level traffic to state roadways. That’s why it’s important to have a holiday travel plan before heading out the door.
By following these steps, travelers can get where they’re going with fewer headaches:
- Check the Washington State Department of Transportation's best times to travel charts to help plan your trip and avoid congestion.
- Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
- Visit online traveler informationfor traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
- Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as Twitterand Facebook.
- Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
- Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.
- Allow extra time for travel during the holidays to avoid rushing or distraction.
Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 28 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may be remain in place.
No lane closures or other construction is planned from Friday, May 25, to Tuesday, May 29, however the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, May 25, and westbound Monday, May 28. Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
Chinook and Cayuse passes
In the mountains, spring snow and a construction project in Mount Rainier National Park mean Chinook and Cayuse passes will not reopen by the holiday weekend this year. The passes are scheduled to open June 11. Chinook Pass, State Route 410, is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. SR 123 over Cayuse Pass is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard and the Stevens Canyon Road entrance. Both these passes close each winter due to weather and hazardous conditions.
In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, May 28, on the State Route 520 bridge. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.
Travelers making a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:
- Anticipate heavy ferry traffic for the holiday and plan accordingly. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, and eastbound, Monday, May 28. Check the Washington State Ferries website, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/, or call toll-free 888-808-7977 for details, including reservations on some routes. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.
- Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
- For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htmor call 800-552-0666.
- Check with local public transit agenciesfor any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays
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