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.
Buckner Orchard Harvest Fest 2017 wrapup
- Written by Herb Sargo
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It was a beautiful weekend in the Stehekin Valley, and, despite an 80% chance of rain, we avoided any notable precipitation! It was also a record-setting weekend, with all three events having a great number of attendees. Most importantly, there was a tremendous amount of good times!!
Valley Music Across the Generations, featuring many fine Stehekin Valley musicians, hosted over 180 people at the Stehekin School Friday evening. Many thanks to JoAnne Reiter (coordinator) and all those who shared their musical talents with a packed house! Our sincere thanks to the Stehekin School and students for the use of their building and for setting up!
Picking, Pressing, and Potluck welcomed more than 260 people to the Historic Buckner Orchard on Saturday, finding trees with an abundance of common delicious, Rome beauties, and Johnathon's. Many thanks, again, to Agnes on Fire for providing a great set of tunes for those enjoying the chili, cider, and all the potluck goodies.
Saturday's Harvest Fest activities can be viewed in slideshow form by clicking on the photo above. Select the first photo once in, then click on the triangle button in the lower left corner to view the slideshow. No downloading needed!
This year's Harvest Fest Raffle raised more than $1,300 to support the work of the Foundation at the Orchard. If your name is Jeff Parsons, you were the big winner for the day, winning three times, including the helicopter flight! Many thanks to all who supported the Orchard in this fashion!
Our very sincere appreciation to those who donated the raffle prizes, including:
Helicopter Flight-Lake Chelan Helicopters
Custom-knit socks/mittens—Bob Nielsen
Custom-knit stocking cap—Nancy Barnhart
Quilted wall hanging—Christy of Little Sisters Quilts
The Stehekin We Remember—The Buckner Sisters
(Winners-Trapper Robbins, Jeff Parsons, Patty Schrag)
Buckner Orchard Apple Wine—Dick Bingham
(Winners-Jeff Parsons, Larry M, Dana Barton, Wendy Garfoot)
Individual or Family Portrait Session—Barnhart Photography
One-hour Message—Stehekin Massage, Wendy Garfoot
Holden Village Gift Basket - Holden Village
Poetry Night culminated a very well-attended weekend with 32 folks reading, reciting, or just enjoying listening to a variety of pieces selected by those in attendance.
Harvest Fest by the Numbers
- 182 -Valley Music Night attendees (previous high 162)
- 266 - Harvest Fest attendees (220)
- 32 - Poetry Night attendees (19)
- 0 - amount of rainfall on Saturday!
- $1,300 - raised by the raffle
- 3 - number of raffle prizes won by Jeff Parsons, (book, wine, and helicopter ride)
- $110 - donations
- 13 - people at Friday Work party
- 36 - number of total volunteer hours on Friday
The work of many individuals make Harvest Fest the event it is. Additional thanks also goes to The Stehekin Pastry Company, The Stehekin Landing Resort, Stehekin Valley Ranch, Jim's Pumping Service, Lake Chelan Boat Company, Mountain Barge Services, and the National Park Service for their support, as well.
Hit and run by intoxicated driver
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 10/16/17 at approximately 6:51 PM Douglas County Deputies received a report of a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.
The victim, a 57 year old Rock Island woman, was walking her dogs on the sidewalk near the intersection of Saunders and N. Garden Ave. She said the suspect vehicle came through the intersection and up onto the sidewalk striking her. The woman rolled up on the hood and off the passenger side. She saw the vehicle pull into a small trailer park and was able to give deputies a good description of the vehicle and driver.
Deputies were able to locate the driver and contact him. He appeared to be intoxicated. The driver, 63 year old Miguel R. Isidro of Rock Island, was arrested for hit and run and DUI. He was booked at the Chelan County Jail without incident.
The victim was taken to Confluence Hospital. Her condition is unknown but it is believed her injuries were not life threatening.
Manson High School goes to the races
- Written by Janice Stewart
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Manson High School Ag/shop program held their semi-annual cardboard boat races recently at Manson Bay Park. Every few years’ students in Kevin Amsden shop class spend about two weeks creating a boat entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Before they begin to construct their boat, they must first learn the science, physics and buoyance in creating their card board boats.
A few of the key principals they learn are: center of buoyance, center of gravity, displacement, draft, hydrodynamics, keel, and design process. They begin by make small prototypes of their boat and floating them in a small pool as they add golf balls to simulate weight. They also learn the positive and negative design features of each boat. They then go full scale, which culminates in races at Manson Bay.
A big thank you goes out to lifeguard, Vickie Downey, who is always on hand for the races, Chelan County EMS and the Manson Parks Department, who allow us to use the park for our races.
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