WSSDA Conference/Joint Board Meeting

The Manson School Board of Directors will be attending the Annual WSSDA Conference in Bellevue, WA from November 21-24, 2013. The Manson Board of Directors will also be conducting a joint meeting with the Lake Chelan School Board on Saturday, November 23 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. . Topics of discussion will include current ways in which the districts can partner to benefit students from both districts. No action will be taken at this conference or the joint meeting.

firemarshallState Fire Marshal Charles Duffy reminds you that cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking fires.  Most home cooking fires are the result of the range or stove being left unattended.

The Office of State Fire Marshal offers the following cooking safety tips to prevent cooking fires:

  • Never leave cooking unattended.  If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner or oven off.
  • Watch what you are cooking, fires can start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or if any grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby and use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This should put the fire out, or at least keep it under control.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up.
  • Keep an ABC rated fire extinguisher in an accessible location.

For more information on cooking safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association at

The holidays are right around the corner with Thanksgiving on the 28th of November.  State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to provide a reminder to please think twice about fire safety while celebrating the holidays.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office shares the following information from the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) regarding Turkey Fryers:

UL considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use as they present numerous safety hazards to consumers. "We're worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," says John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager of UL. "Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."

Turkey Fryer Hazards

  • Many units easily tip over, spilling hot oil from the cooking pot.
  • If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.
  • Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.
  • With no thermostat controls, the units have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.

Important Safety Information

If you use a turkey fryer, please consider the following tips:

  • Turkey fryers should ONLY be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryer is used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil may continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  • The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.

For additional information, please visit the Underwriters Laboratory website at:

pudRocky Reach unit repairs, Strategic Plan update among top projects for next year

Chelan PUD commissioners Monday held their second public meeting on the proposed 2014 budget. The forecast for next year’s combined bottom line shows positive results with an increase of about $500,000 above earlier estimates of $85 million. Expected operating expenses were trimmed by about $1 million, and wholesale revenue expectations adjusted down by about $500,000, said Mark O’Bryan, strategic financial planning director.

Overall, the 2014 spending plan forecasts Chelan PUD will end next year with a combined positive bottom line of $85.5 million.  Total spending is forecast at $226 million including capital expenditures for major projects of $52.6 million.  Among the biggest expense items are repairs to return the four largest generating units at Rocky Reach Dam to service, upgrades and/or replacement of other equipment at the dams, electric distribution improvements and rebuilding Entiat Park.  In addition, plans are to reduce long-term debt by another $82 million, or about 10 percent, to $735 million, which is ahead of earlier debt reduction targets.

Electric rates will stay the same. Commissioners will consider staff recommendations to increase water rates (about $3 a month for the average residential customer) and wastewater rates (about $6 a month) following community meetings in Wenatchee at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, in the PUD Headquarters Auditorium, and at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Leavenworth PUD Auditorium, 222 Chumstick Hwy. Action could follow a final hearing set at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the regular board meeting.

Mike Coleman, Fiber and Telecom managing director, recapped accomplishments and progress made toward meeting strategic objectives for the fiber system. He also laid out next year’s plans that include adding two employees to help reduce the backlog of connection requests, review and revising rates and fees, continued technology upgrades and work with service providers to remove batteries from fiber power supplies.

Commissioners will accept final comments and be asked to take action on the 2014 budget at the Dec. 2 meeting.

In other business at Monday’s board meeting, commissioners:

  • Heard that disassembly of the C10 turbine at Rocky Reach Dam is done. The unit has been off-line since March of this year.  The repair and rebuild schedule will be developed in the coming weeks.  Kirk Hudson, Generation and Transmission managing director added that the C6 turbine that has been out of service since August for maintenance unrelated to the C8 – C11 units, is scheduled to come back into service Dec. 20, returning the number of units generating electricity to seven.
  • Heard that District energy savings from conservation programs called for by state law are approaching 6.5 average megawatts since 2010 - enough electricity to serve some 3,900 Pacific Northwest homes.  Andrew Grassell, energy development and conservation manager, also provided an update on the conservation potential assessment used to propose a 2014-2015 target of 2.08 average megawatts.  Commissioners are scheduled to take action on the proposal at the Dec. 2 meeting. Staff plans continued use of successful conservation programs to offer customers cost-effective energy-saving opportunities for homes and businesses that meet state law.
  • Received an update on plans to start the next phase of the District’s strategic plan.  The current plan runs through 2014.  An extensive customer and employee outreach program is planned and a resolution was passed bringing on board be clearly of Leavenworth, the local consulting group that helped the Wenatchee School District with the Wenatchee Learns community engagement program.  In addition, a customer satisfaction benchmarking study is scheduled to get underway before the end of the year to help inform strategic planning.
  • Approved a cost-sharing agreement with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Bonneville Power Administration to meet mitigation responsibilities for Okanogan spring and summer Chinook salmon raised at Chief Joseph Hatchery near Bridgeport. Chelan PUD will share costs for monitoring and evaluating the hatchery programs, estimated at $125,000 a year. The agreement also continues the District’s commitment to operating and maintaining its Similkameen Acclimation ponds for final release of salmon raised at Chief Joseph Hatchery.

RockThrow350Ellensburg- The Washington State Patrol is seeking information or witnesses to a rock throwing incident where a person was injured and several vehicles damaged.

The incident occurred November 17th, 2013, just after midnight late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, on I-90 mp 108 near Ellensburg. The rocks were thrown from the side of the freeway at passing vehicles. 

If you observed any vehicles in the area of the ponds adjacent to I-90, or have any information that might help identify the responsible parties, please call the Washington State Patrol at 509-925-5303 and ask for Trooper Dawn Ferrell.

wsdot-logoStatewide Transportation Improvement Program now available online

OLYMPIA – Want to see what future transportation improvement projects are in store for communities across the state?  Then check out Washington’s final draft of the 2014-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The Washington State Department of Transportation is now accepting public comment on the draft STIP which includes more than 1,000 transportation improvement projects across the state. WSDOT developed the list of projects in coordination with the metropolitan and regional transportation planning organizations to ensure that the projects are consistent with local, regional and state plans.

The 2014-17 STIP includes improvement projects utilizing $1.8 billion in federal funds. Projects include pavement overlays, roadway widening, bridge replacement or repair, signal systems, safety enhancements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and transit facilities.

The 30-day public comment period is the final step in the process of adopting the STIP. Comments will be accepted on the plan between Nov. 18 and Dec. 17. Any comments received will be sent to the respective local planning organization for their consideration.

Comments may be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to: Nancy Huntley, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390. They can also be submitted by fax at 360-705-6822.

About the STIP

The STIP is a statewide financially constrained prioritized program of transportation-related projects for Washington. It covers four years, and must be consistent with the long-range statewide transportation plan, metropolitan transportation plans, and regional transportation improvement programs. The STIP is required for projects to be authorized for federal funding.