wsdot-logoThe Washington State Transportation Commission is releasing a statewide survey this week to find out what Washington state residents’ priorities are for future transportation investments and how they think those investments should be paid for. The survey will be conducted online through the commission’s Voice of Washington State (VOWS) survey program.

The program is part of an ongoing effort to bring the views and preferences of Washingtonians directly to the Governor and the State Legislature who face tough decisions on how growing transportation needs can be addressed in an environment of insufficient funding.

The VOWS survey program currently has more than 30,000 residents participating from across the state. The survey will be available for about two weeks, so time is limited to sign up and share your views. To join the program and receive the survey via email, sign up at the commission’s survey web site:

The survey seeks input on all things transportation:  highways, mass transit, freight and high-speed rail, ferries, bikes, pedestrians, aviation and more. It also asks for input on what the investment priorities should be and how we should pay for them.

To learn more about the WSTC or the Voice of Washington State (VOWS) survey program, visit:

manson_trojans_logoThe Lady Trojan volleyball team played two league games last week. On Tuesday, October 8, we hosted Liberty Bell Lady Mountain Lions and on Thursday, October 10, we traveled to Oroville and played the Lady Hornets- losing to both teams. 

In Tuesdays game against Liberty Bell, The Lady Trojans started strong, winning the first set 25-23, but could not keep the momentum on out side of the net and lost the next three sets with scores of 14-25, 17-25 and 26-28. 

Leading the team in serves were Kristen Gibson and Raechel Vanderholm, who both served 100%. Ruby Garcia served 13/14 and Baylee Ward served 17/18. Baylee Ward led the team with 5 kills while Ally Paige and Raechel Vanderholm added 4 each.  Kristen Gibson had 12 assists and Cynthia Espinoza had 16 digs. 

On Thursday, against Oroville, the Lady Trojans lost the first set 15-25 and came back to take the second set 26-24 before losing the last two 20-25 and 19-25.  Leading the team on stats were Ally Paige and Raechel Vanderholm with 5 kills each. Cynthia Espinoza served 100% and had 10 digs.  The two losses puts the Lady Trojan volleyball team league record at 0-4, with an overall record of 2-6. 

This week we host Bridgeport on Tuesday and travel to Pateros on Saturday, October 19.

"We are halfway through our season with a very young team. We plan to work hard to improve and expect to see some different outcomes as we play these teams for the second time this season."

"Our girls have already learned a lot about the sport of volleyball and what it takes to play together as a team, and how to be a good teammate both on the court and off. We are young and already have some big power hitters and some very consistent servers. When it all comes together, our win-loss record will improve dramatically."

manson_trojans_logoOct. 11, 2013

Lake Roosevelt       7    17    24    24
Manson                   7    19    19    25

After taking some pretty good lumps in our first 4 games of the season our young Trojan team stepped up and played for a very solid 4-quarters vs Lake Roosevelt.  Our goal all season has been to give 100% from snap to whistle on every play for 4 quarters, win the turnover battles, and to be competitive at every position.  I thought that we were very close to accomplishing those goals Friday night and fortunately the score reflected the team's efforts. 

I would have to hand out the game balls to two different groups on our team for Friday night.  Coach Bill Thompson's offensive line, anchored by junior center, Joe Toolson, did an amazing job opening up running lanes for running backs Mike Pittman and David Guillen, and giving our quarterback time to pass the ball.  I don't think that LR's defense touched our quarterback, Bo Charlton, all night.  The second game ball would have to go to Coach Constantino Montez's defense.  The tackling was led by junior LB Mike Pittman recording 7 solo tackles, 4 first hits, and 4 assists.  David Guillen, Alex Espinoza, Joe Toolson, and Julio Pena also recorded a large number of tackling statistics.  Besides holding Lake Roosevelt scoreless in the 4th quarter, the defense also forced and recovered a total of 3 fumbles throughout the game. 

We would like to thank all of the Manson fans and community members that came up and supported the team.  The support is always very much appreciated!  We are on the road next Friday traveling to White Swan for another league game, kickoff is at 7:00 PM. 

Coach Ward

Trojan Passing
QB Bo Charlton:  9/15, 202 yds, 2 TD's, 1 int.

Trojan Receiving
Alex Espinoza:  4 rec, 76 yards
Mike Pittman: 2 rec, 67 yds, 1 TD
Bridger Machus: 2 rec, 50 yds, 1 TD
Jorge Juarez: 1 rec, 9 yds

Trojan Rushing
Mike Pittman:  14 carries for 96 yds and 1 TD
David Guillen:  17 carries for 91 yds and 1 TD
Bridger Machus: 1 carry for 10 yds
Christian Lopez:  1 carry for 1 yard

Lake Roosevelt Standout:
Josiah Desautel rushed for 146 yards on 11 attempts.

waspcar-rescue300Ellensburg—Washington State Patrol Trooper Jay Farmer, with the help of passing motorist Jim Kocker, swam approximately 50 feet out into a pond to save a trapped driver in a submerged car. The vehicle had left the roadway crashing through a fence coming to rest in the pond with only the roof visible. The driver was unable to exit the vehicle on his own because he was unconscious.

Kocker swam out to the vehicle prior to Trooper Farmer’s arrival but, he was unable to get into the vehicle as the doors were locked and windows up.  Kocker felt he had to fight off the onset of Hypothermia prior to going back for a second time with Trooper Farmer to rescue the driver. Trooper Farmer brought his expandable baton to break the window. In a team effort, the pair was able to break a window, make entry into the vehicle and unbuckle the driver. The driver was removed from the vehicle and brought to the shore by Trooper Farmer and Kocker to a waiting ambulance. The driver was transported to Kittitas Valley Healthcare to be evaluated.

Had it not been for the heroic actions of Trooper Farmer and Good Samaritan Jim Kocker, the driver could have surely perished. While many other drivers had stopped, Jim Kocker, a former lifeguard sprung into action prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.  Kocker again risked his life, going back for a second time to effect a rescue with Trooper Farmer.

When asked about rescuing the driver, Trooper Farmer stated “Any Trooper would have done the same. It’s what we do.”

sheriffsmUpdate as of October 11, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.

The investigation into the Officer involved shooting on October 5 by a Wenatchee Police Officer is nearing its completion. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have completed all interviews and evidence has been processed. At this point, all indications appear that the shooting and use of lethal force was justified. At the final completion of the investigation by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, which is still several days away, the case will ultimately be turned over to the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for their review.

According to Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins, the officers involved in this incident are; Officer Jordan Orrell, is a six year veteran of the department currently assigned to the Columbia River Drug Task Force. Officer Orrell was working on patrol at the time of the incident.

Officer Justin Kissel, is a twelve and a half year veteran of the department and a former custody officer with the Chelan County Regional Jail. Officer Kissel is a Firearms Training Officer, SWAT Team Leader and a Combat First Aid Trainer.

The officers were in the process of arresting Jeffrey Sutherland on a felony warrant and attempting to restrain him to apply handcuffs, when he pulled the .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and fired at Officer Orrell. Officer Kissel returned fire fatally injuring Sutherland. Officer Orrell did not use his firearm.

Chief Robbins states, “While this is a tragic loss of life and our condolences go out to Sutherland’s family, police work is dangerous, and when it is necessary for officers to protect their lives, or the lives of others, they are trained to take the necessary amount of force to stop the threat”.


Update as of October 8, 2013 at 8;45 A.M.

Investigators are releasing the name of the suspect in Saturday’s shooting. He is identified as 24 year old Jeffery A. Sutherland of Wenatchee. No further information into the investigation is available at this time, but we will make updates as the investigation allows.


Update as of October 7, 2013 at 3:00 P.M.

Investigators in the Officer involved shooting are still not releasing the names of either the suspect or the Officer’s involved. The original Felony warrant on the suspect was out of King County Sheriff’s Office and was for Theft of a Firearm. The firearm used by the suspect was a .380 Semi-automatic and was not the firearm associated with the theft. Additional information will be provided as appropriate so as not to hinder the investigation. It is confirmed that only one Officer returned fire during the shooting. To clarify in the original media release, when stated that “Officers returned fire……” it was simply to advise there was in fact a return of fire from Police. It was unclear at the time whether one or both Officers actually returned fire, but now we know, only one returned fire.


Wenatchee Police Department

Officer Involved Shooting

On Saturday, October 05, 2013 at about 2:00 P.M., Wenatchee Police Officers responded to a residence in the 800 Block of Kittitas Street to arrest a 24 year old male with a felony warrant. Officers were at the home a short time earlier on a medical assist and had left the residence when they were informed of the warrant. When Officers contacted the male inside the residence to take him into custody, he fired a gun at the Officers. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The Officers began administering medical assistance on the suspect immediately and requested an ambulance. Paramedics arrived a short time later, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful and the suspect died at the scene. Neither of the two Officers were injured during the shooting. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are investigating the shooting. The investigation is still in its preliminary stage and there will be more information after the investigation is complete. Names are not being released at this time.