Aurora Flores becomes President-Elect of WSSDA’s Board
- Written by Janice Stewart
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Manson School Board Member, Aurora Flores was certified as the next Washington State School Directors Association’s (WSSDA) board president-elect.
Flores has been a school board director for 20 years in the Manson School District, over half of which she has served as her board’s legislative representative. Flores is currently vice president of WSSDA’s board and is a governor-appointed member of the Professional Educators Standards Board.
“I strongly believe that public schools with local control are still our best public education option and this is why I’ve dedicated so many years to serving my local school district,” said Flores. “But I am humbled at being confirmed as president-elect on the board of the largest group of elected officials in the state of Washington.”
As president-elect, Flores will be a member of the WSSDA board’s executive committee, which is composed of the board officers (president, president-elect, vice president, past president) plus one additional WSSDA board member selected by the board.
Fellow Manson Board Member Jama England commented, “Aurora is a dedicated educator. She relies on life experiences to help formulate her "out of the box" thinking. She is an asset to Manson Schools as well as all the other districts she serves.”
Superintendent Matt Charlton added, “Manson is really fortunate to have Aurora as a long serving school board director. Her dedication to our community and to the success of every student in our state is commendable. Congratulations Aurora!”
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 10-12-17
- Written by Robin Pittman
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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, October 12th, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. September 14, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Park Improvements
i. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
1. Pacific Engineering
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s report
VIII. New Business
a. 2018 Budget
Next Regular Meeting: November 9th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building
Transportation Commission to consider road usage charge pilot project and tolling items Oct. 17-18
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
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OLYMPIA – Tolling topics and plans for a Road Usage Charge pilot project are on the agenda for the State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia. The commission also plans to name a section of State Route 507 in honor of an Iraqi war veteran who died in action.
The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, the commission will hear a progress report for the Road Usage Charge pilot project that will launch early in 2018. A road usage charge is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads. It is under consideration as a potential replacement for the gas tax drivers now pay on a gallon of gasoline. In light of growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, which consume less gas and therefor raise less revenue, it would provide a more sustainable funding source for investments in transportation infrastructure. The pilot project will engage 2,000 volunteers from across the state to test the concept and shape how it might work.
With detailed planning for the pilot project operations well underway, the commission will learn more about current public attitudes toward road usage charging, and progress with volunteer recruitment. Additional discussions will focus on reporting options, activities of other partners in the pilot project, and the draft evaluation plan.
Other briefings on Tuesday include transportation recommendations from the Resilient Washington subcabinet, a proposal to accommodate autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, and transit agency perspectives on tolling.
In addition, the commission will take action on a proposal initiated by the city of Rainier to name the portion of SR 507 within the community for Sgt. Justin D. Norton. A graduate of Rainier High School, Sgt. Norton was killed in action in 2006 while on patrol in Baghdad.
On Wednesday morning, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Toll Division will report on FY 2017 traffic and revenue for each tolled facility, as well as progress toward meeting legislative benchmarks for toll operations and efficiency.
The meeting will conclude with an update by a commission workgroup formed to assess options for providing long-term, toll-payer relief for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The legislature has asked that the commission deliver its prioritized policy solutions to the legislature by December 2017.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
Juveniles caught after stolen car crashes into guardrail
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 10/08/17 at approximately 1:50 AM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol near the intersection of Sunset Hwy. and Hwy. 2 when he observed a silver 2009 Ford Taurus traveling at a very high rate of speed.
He caught up with the vehicle on the Eastmont extension and paced it at 75 mph in a 40 mph zone. The Deputy gave chase with his emergency equipment on and followed the vehicle up a dead end road. The suspect vehicle turned around to come back the way he came and nearly hit the Deputy. The suspect turned from Eastmont onto Baker and collided with a guard rail.
The Deputy saw multiple suspects exit the vehicle, jump the guard rail, and flee on foot. One juvenile male suspect was found hiding in some bushes near a private residence. He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.
Vehicle was found to have been stolen from Entiat several hours earlier. At approximately 1:00 PM the driver of the stolen vehicle turned himself in at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He was also booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.
The driver was a 16 year old male. There were three passengers: a 14 year old male and two 15 year old males. All were from East Wenatchee. The case is still under investigation.
Tragic driveway accident takes life of 19 month old child
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 10/03/17 at approximately 9:58 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of an injury accident which had occurred at a residence in the 2800 Blk. of NW Empire near East Wenatchee. The accident involved a pickup and a 19 month old child.
Investigation revealed that the father of the boy was parked in his pickup in the driveway of the residence while the mother was loading boxes into another vehicle. Unbeknownst to either parent, their 19 month old child had gotten out of the house. As the father started to back out, the child ran behind the pickup and was run over. The parents drove the boy to Confluence Health Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
There is no evidence the incident was nothing more than a very tragic accident.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices offers its deepest condolences to the child’s family and their friends.
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