portchelancountyThe Board of Commissioners of the Port of Chelan County will travel to Tacoma, WA to participate in the Washington Public Ports Association’s (WPPA) Annual Meeting beginning at 7:30 am on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and ending at 12:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013. The Annual Meeting will be held at Hotel Murano located at 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402. During the course of attending the WPPA events, the Commissioners may discuss Port property holdings, contracts, and intergovernmental relationships and may meet in executive session to discuss real property acquisitions and sales and potential litigation. No final action will be taken. The WPPA Annual Meeting agenda is below.

For further information, please contact: Mark Urdahl, Executive Director
(509) 663-5159

Wednesday November 20th
7:30 am Registration desk opens
WPPA Committee Meetings Starting at 9:00 a.m.: Aviation, Environmental, Legal, Public Relations, Trade and Economic Development, and Transportation and Infrastructure (contact the Association office for specific committee meeting information)

Noon Frank A. Blethen (confirmed)
Publisher, Seattle Times, Yakima Herald Republic & Walla Walla Union Bulletin

2:00 pm Economic & Political Developments in China & India
3:00 The Columbia River Treaty Update
4:00 Concurrent Sessions:
* The Future of Marinas
* Outlook For Commercial & Industrial Real Estate
Evening On Your Own to Enjoy The City of Tacoma
Thursday November 21st
6:15 am Fitness Walk (optional)
8:00 Ports Executive Breakfast
9:30 2013 WPPA Legislative Program
10:30 Port Reports:
The Ports of Tacoma, Kennewick and Ridgefield share their stories
Noon Bridagier General Kurt Ryan (confirmed)
Commander, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Joint Base Lewis-
2:00 pm Key State Board Reports:
Capitol Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB); Community Economic
Revitalization Board (CERB); Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
3:30 Roundtable Discussions:
* Update on the Fish Consumption Debate
* Is There a Farmers Market In Your Future?
* Learn About Stormwater & Low Impact Development
* Executive Session Do’s & Don’ts
* Learning About the Federal EB5 Program
* Tips For Running an Effective Public Meeting
* Overview of WSDOT Aviation Program
6:00 President’s Reception honoring WPPA President Jerry Oliver
Friday November 21
8:00 am Continental Breakfast Honoring Our Associate Members
9:00 Board of Trustees Meeting
Noon Adjourn

sheriffsmOn Friday November 15, 2013 at 1803 hrs, Deputies and EMS were sent to the 100 block of Pioneer Ave in Cashmere, WA for a reported Hit/Run Accident involving a child and adult being struck by a vehicle which fled the scene westbound on Pioneer Ave.

The accident took place near the Vale Elementary School as the two Pedestrians were walking along the roadway. Witnesses stated they saw a black smaller vehicle going fast just before striking the subjects. One subject was thrown up into the windshield of the vehicle. The child was believed to have been struck as well and found unconscious on the roadway.

The victims were identified as a local Cashmere man and his son. As of this press release their names have not been released.

Both father and son were transported to CWH where they were being treated for injuries. The extent of those injuries is not known.

The suspect vehicle was located in the Cashmere Middle School parking lot abandoned. It had extensive damage to the front section, hood, and windshield.

At about 2330 hrs after Deputies and Detectives worked through the investigation, 18 yoa Esgar M Chavez-Mora was taken into custody without incident at a residence behind the Valley North Mall. The investigation continues as Detectives continue follow-up and secure a search warrant for the suspect vehicle. Further information will be available Monday through Undersheriff Wisemore.

nps_logo_smTo re-open the government, Congress provided funds at Fiscal Year 2013 levels through January 15 – final funding for Fiscal Year 2014 will not be resolved before then. Given the continuing fiscal uncertainty, the National Park Service will exercise extreme caution in spending to ensure that available funding is directed to the highest resource priorities and serves the most visitors.

The Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin receives on average less than 50 visitors per month during the winter. In an effort to conserve the park’s limited operating budget the Golden West Visitor Center will be closed beginning Friday November 15, 2013 through Friday March 16, 2014.

The Golden West Visitor Center will reopen on March 17, 2014 and will be open on days and hours to match the ferry schedule at that time.

The restaurant and North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin Landing will continue to be open with lunch only being served during winter ferry dock times and days. A small number of rooms will be available to visitors. For reservations, call (509) 682-4494

Additionally, in keeping with previous seasonal closures, the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem will be closed November 4, 2013 – May 3, 2014. Park headquarters visitor center in Sedro Woolley will be open all winter except for weekends and all federal holidays.

manson_schoolManson Elementary Options Program is fundraising for field trips
Nov 15, 2013
Please support us by shopping online from the company Mixed Bags where they sell eco-friendly reusable bags and much more!
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11/18 -11/22 What's Happening @ Manson Elementary???
Nov 15, 2013
Submitted by Principal, Heather Ireland.
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11/20: Manson School District's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
Nov 15, 2013
Thanksgiving Luncheon at Manson School District  Parents and Community Members are invited to attend Manson School District's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
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11/18 - 11/22 What's Happening at Manson Middle School/High School????
Nov 14, 2013
Information from Krisy Nelson.
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Manson Music Boosters and Manson Band Members Selling Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Mugs
Nov 14, 2013
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Manson Students Attend the Manson Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov 14, 2013

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Sport Updates
Nov 12, 2013
11/9: Cross Country at State and 11/8: Football - Manson 51 - Kittitas 40.
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wsdot-logoCLARIFICATION: This new system is only being implemented in the westbound chain-up area about 3 miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit.

HYAK – With snow in the forecast, truckers may need to chain up on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass this weekend, but putting chains on a big rig in the snow can be challenging. The designated westbound area, 3 miles east of the pass, often exceeds capacity, pushing large trucks into live traffic.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is implementing a pilot project to try and solve westbound chain-up woes. The new system will be used throughout the winter when traction tires are required on trucks over 10,000 pounds.

Recent improvements to I-90 nearly doubled the length and width of the westbound chain-up area. Overhead message signs help guide trucks in the chain-up area, streamlining the process and helping improve safety for all drivers on I-90.

Here’s how the system works:

  • When traction tires are required, trucks traveling westbound and are over 10,000 pounds must chain up.
  • Overhead signs will direct trucks to the westbound chain-up area and notify trucks where a chain-up space is available.
  • Double parking is not allowed with the new system; trucks will chain up in a single-file line.

Passenger vehicles traveling westbound do not have to chain up when traction tires are required, but those that want to can follow the overhead signs, as well.

WSDOT recently widened the westbound chain-up area shoulders to allow extra space between drivers chaining up and live traffic. This will help reduce the risk of pedestrian collisions.

Truckers will be allowed to park for 30 minutes while chaining up and will not be allowed to park in the chain up area to wait out the storm.

WSDOT believes this is the first time engineers have used Intelligent Transportation Systems to actively organize the chain-up process. If successful, this pilot project may be expanded to other areas in the I-90 corridor and across the state.