wsdot-logoHYAK – Drivers traveling on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass next week will only experience minor delays as construction crews work to wrap up most construction projects for the season.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close a single lane in both directions during the day 4 miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit between mileposts 56 to 61 on Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Crews continue work to replace bridge decks near Easton and Ellensburg. Drivers traveling between mileposts 73 to 77 and between mileposts 104 to 105 will experience minor delays due to single lane closures in both directions during the day Monday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 8.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200It’s not too early to begin preparing for the heating season. Check these 10 tips off your list and get ahead of the winter freeze:

1. Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)

2. Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)

3. Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

4. Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.

5. We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose of cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet away from the home and any nearby buildings.)

6. Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.

7. Our portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.

8. Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn-off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)

9. We have tested our smoke alarms and made sure they are working. (You need a smoke alarm on every level of the home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)

10. We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working. (Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.)

chamber_logoWinterfest 2014 is rapidly approaching!

The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce is excited to share all the details for this year’s 2014 Winterfest celebration with our members.  We invite you to attend our kick off meeting on November 12, 2013 at 6pm at Benson Vineyards. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and light appetizers as we discuss the plans for this year's event.

We will be planning for two weekends again this January
Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Friday, January 17- Sunday, January 19, 2014

Members won't want to miss this discussion as we will address all the great ways to participate in the Chamber's and Valley’s largest event! Please RSVP to Michelle, Events Manager by November 8th at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Chamber office at 682-3503.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

The Chamber staff

manson_trojans_logoIn yet another close and physical contest, the Manson Middle School girls basketball team beat Soap Lake.

This was the third meeting between the two teams and each proved to be a battle.

At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at 9, but with each passing quarter, the Lady Trojans increased their lead to a final score of 24-18.

Alyssa La Mar, Sandra Diaz, and Angie Guillen each contributed 2 points a piece. Haley Williams scored 4, while Kayla Gosvenor added 6, and Megan Clausen led the team with 8 points.

portchelancountyPort of Chelan County Board of Commissioners
Meeting of October 24, 2013
Meeting Highlights

Cashmere Mill Site Wood Waste Removal Update
The Port of Chelan County Commissioners approved entering into an Interlocal Agreement with the Department of Ecology to continue with the Wood Waste Removal Project from the Cashmere Mill Site. The Department of Ecology has $3.5 million in funding to test and remove wood waste from the site. Funding for this effort has been obtained from the State’s Model Toxics Control Act funds, a dedicated funding source. The next portion of the project is anticipated to go out to bid in December 2013. Amendment to Interlocal Agreement with City of Entiat Approved The Port of Chelan County Commissioners approved an Amendment to an existing Interlocal Agreement with the City of Entiat for matching grant funding. The Amendment reallocates the funds between the grants, but does not change the total amount of contribution by the Port of Chelan County.

Port of Chelan County 2013 and 2014 Budgets on File for Review
The Port of Chelan County Commissioners placed the 2013 Supplemental and the 2014 Draft Budgets on file for public inspection and review. A public hearing on these budgets will be held during a Special Meeting at 9:00 am on November 25, 2013 at the Port of Chelan County Office located at 238 Olds Station Road, Suite A, Wenatchee, WA.

Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market 2013 Review
Penny Bickford, President of the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, presented a summary of the successes at Pybus Public Market. In the 2013 summer season, the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market had increased revenues of about 16% over 2012 numbers. Some of those increases are attributed to the Point of Sale system allowing vendors to take credit cards and Electronic Benefits Transfers (EBT). Ms. Bickford stated, “One vendor sold a craft for over $100, and may have lost that sale if not for the Point of Sale system.” The card reader devices were a requirement in the HUD Grant portion of the Pybus Market Project.

Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center Receives Variance
Gerry Pless, Project Architect from TCF Architecture, presented the construction plans for an Automotive Shop for the Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center. Mr. Pless described the creative designs to accommodate the square footage needed for the facility while trying to meet the Covenants, Codes and Restrictions (CC&R’s) the Port of Chelan County has in place for Olds Station Business Park. The Port of Chelan County Commissioners commended all the partners in creative designs to honor the intent of the CC&R’s. The Commission granted the requested variances which will help meet the educational needs and requirements.

pangbornsmPangborn Memorial Airport (PMA)

Contracts for Technology Services and Accounting Approved for Pangborn Memorial Airport
The Port of Chelan County Commissioners, acting as the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board, approved a one year extension of the existing two year Personal Services Contract with Firefly Technologies for Technology Services provided to Pangborn Memorial Airport. Also approved was the selection of Cordell Neher & Co. for Accounting Services to Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Pangborn Memorial Airport 2013 and 2014 Budgets on File for Review
The Port of Chelan County Commissioners, acting as the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board, placed the 2013 Supplemental and the 2014 Draft Budgets on file for public inspection and review. A public hearing on these budgets will be held during a Special Meeting at 9:00 am on November 25, 2013 at the Port of Chelan County Office located at 238 Olds Station Road, Suite A, Wenatchee, WA.

PMA Runway Extension Progress
The Port of Chelan County Commission, acting as the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board,
approved the demolition of structures at 3245 & 3247 Airway St SE. These properties were purchased as
part of the Runway Extension Project. The demolition and removal of the residences is expected to be
complete by the end of November.