East Wenatchee woman sets fire to her own house
On Tuesday September 17th Douglas County Sheriff’s office was requested by Douglas County Fire District 2 to respond to the 2700 block of Westview Drive in East Wenatchee reference a suspected arson.
A thorough investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Fire District 2 determined that Cora L. Herbert, a 49 year old female of East Wenatchee, intentionally set a fire inside her home and left.
The home was occupied by one other person who was able to exit the home without injury.
Cora L. Herbert was subsequently arrested for arson in the first degree domestic violence and booked into CCRJ without further incident.
Manson 5th Grade Student Cuts Ribbon on New ADA Access Ramp
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson 5th grade student Didier Chavez helped officially open a new ADA ramp at Manson Elementary. He was surrounded by his classmates and gave high fives as he drove down the ramp.
The project was funded by a grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) after Eric Sivertson, Operations Director for Manson School District wrote the $110,000 grant.
The project was completed by John Lodwig, Clearwater Construction.
Manson FFA brings home the ribbons at the 2019 Chelan County Fair
- Written by Katie Gosvener-FFA Reporter
This week 11 members of the Manson FFA attended the Chelan County Fair.. Some of the accomplishments as a group were FFA took first in garden judging, with Bryana Harris placing 1st overall followed by Jude Petersen 2nd, Reanna Mogan 3rd and Katie Gosvener 4th. The group also took second in poultry judging and third in livestock judging. Manson FFA earned a first place ribbon for barn decorations.
In swine FFA took 1 reserve grand champion, 3 call back ribbons, 17 blue first place ribbons, and 1 second place ribbon. In goats FFA took a reserve grand champion, 1 call back ribbon, 3 blue first place ribbons, and 1 red second place ribbon. In the FFA art and gardening entries they received 3 grand champion ribbons, 2 reserve grand champion ribbons, 6 first place ribbons, and 2 second place ribbons.
Freshman- Jude Petersen (pictured) received 1 reserve grand champion ribbon for fitting, showing, 2 call back ribbons, and 2 blue ribbons for his market hogs. He also received 8 blue ribbons 3 for woodworking, 1 for dried fruit, 1 for knitting, 1 for his metal art, and 2 for his art work.
Sophomores- Natalie Solorio got a blue ribbon and in fitting and showing. Katie Gosvener received a call back and blue ribbons for fitting and showing and market hog. She also received a reserve grand champion for her concord grapes, a first place ribbon for metal art, a first and second place ribbon for plants, and a second place ribbon for crafts. Lauren Soliday received blue ribbons in fitting and showing and for market hog. Paige Schoenwald received 2 red ribbons for her market hogs and 1 blue ribbon for fitting and showing.
Juniors- Zane Mericle got a blue ribbon for his market goat and a call back ribbon and a blue ribbon for fitting and showing. Gunnar Rasmussen (pictured) received blue ribbons for his market hog and for fitting and showing. He also received a grand champion ribbon for his metal art. Allison Adame got a red ribbon for her market hog and a blue ribbon for fitting and showing. Bryanna Harris received a reserve grand champion ribbon for her market goat, and blue ribbons for her market pig and for fitting and showing. She also received a grand champion for her painting, 2 blue ribbons for metal art and artwork, and a blue ribbon for tomatoes.
Seniors- Bryce LaMar received blue ribbons for his market hog and for fitting and showing. Raeauna Mogan received blue ribbon in market hogs and in fitting and showing. In the arts she received a reserve grand champion and a blue ribbon.
Man threatened with kitchen knife
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on September 13th, 2019 at approximately 8:00 pm a disturbance occurred at the Moonlight Motor Lodge on School Street in Wenatchee. An employee reported a 52 year old male motel guest was in the office with a knife threatening others. While Deputies were on the way to the location, the male was seen back at his room and then subsequently running south from the motel.
Deputies arrived on scene and were able to set up a perimeter in attempt to contain the suspect in the vicinity of the motel. Washington State Patrol assisted and a CCSO K9 unit was called out as well. The victim, a 39 year old Texas man said he went to speak with the suspect and he became extremely angry. The suspect grabbed a kitchen knife and chased after him threatening to kill him. He ran into the manager’s office to get away and to call for help. The suspect followed him in and continued threatening him. At one point the knife made contact with the victim’s shoulder but there were no injuries.
Deputies searched the area extensively and were eventually able to locate him back in the motel parking lot hiding in the back seat of his vehicle. It is believed the suspect circled back around at some point during the search. He was taken into custody without incident and booked Into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Assault 2nd Degree and Harassment – Threats to Kill.
It is unknown at this time what caused the disturbance.
Squealing tires leads to arrest on multiple counts
On 09-14-19 at approximately 11:17 pm, several Deputies were in the 500 block of Valley Mall Parkway, when they heard a vehicle revving its engine and squealing the tires in the south end of the Wenatchee Valley Mall parking lot.
They observed the vehicle as it drove north through the mall at speeds estimated at 60 mph.
The Deputies quickly caught up to the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled and quickly ran into a tree on French Avenue just off the north Mall parking lot.
The deputies blocked the vehicle in and attempted to arrest the driver, however the driver continued to try to drive away by accelerating and spinning the tires.
One of the Deputies was able to gain compliance using his Taser.
Jeffrey J. Tyquiengco a 22 years of age male out of East Wenatchee, was arrested and booked into Chelan County Jail for Attempting to Elude a pursuing police vehicle, Driving under the influence of alcohol, Operating a vehicle with no ignition interlock device, Driving while license suspended/revoked in the 3rd degree and Resisting arrest, without further incident.
Jeffery was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Meeting Minutes 8-21-19
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners in Attendance: Russ Jones, Phil Moller and Jay Witherbee.
Staff in Attendance: Mark Donnell, Brandon Asher and Carol Kibler
Others in Attendance: see sign in sheet
Chairman Jones announced the Flag Salute and Call to Order at 3:00 p.m.
Approve Agenda: Commissioner Moller MOTIONED to APPROVE the agenda as submitted the MOTION CARRIED.
Public Comment: None
Consent Agenda: Commissioner Moller MOTIONED to APPROVE the consent agenda as submitted the MOTION CARRIED.
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: June and July 2019
• Payroll: $252,344.23 July 1-31, 2019 Paid: 08-05-2019
• Vouchers for July 1-31, 2019 General Account: Vouchers #870 – 876 for $5,416.41; Vouchers #18974 – 18992 for $6,595.31; Vouchers #915 – 931 for $7,920.69; Vouchers #19014 – 19023 for $7,964.76.
• Vouchers for July 1-31, 2019 Capital Account: Vouchers #877 for $5,096.22; Vouchers #932-935 for $49,664.08; Vouchers #17094 – 17096 for $3,276.87.
• Minutes: July 17 and July 23, 2019
Fire Chief Report:
Chief Donnell reported the budget is right on track. We will see an increase in wages due to overtime hours during the summer months to cover weekend shifts and this will decrease at the end of summer. Chief Lemon’s close out wages will not be reflected in the budget until August statements are balanced.
Chief Donnell reported he spoke with County Assessor Deanna Walters and we will have a decrease of $15,737.86 due to Campbell’s Resort negotiating their property tax rate. The funds will be refunded in 2020.
Emergency Response Report: Chief Donnell reported we responded to 117 calls for service during the month of July. The call volume is down this summer, we hope to get through fire season as we still have 4-6 weeks left. Year to date we will maintain the 900-incident call volume. Chief Donnell reviewed the breakdown. Chief Donnell reviewed the response times.
Chief Donnell reported he returned Sunday from the National Fire Academy. The class he attended last week was Executive Chief Officer. It was great training and he learned lots. Fire Chiefs from around the country attended the class. Chief Donnell found that all across the country fire departments are having the same issues as we are; funding, staffing, volunteer recruitment and retention are challenges all fire chiefs are trying to find improvements and lessen the impacts to their communities due to the challenges we are all facing.
Assistant Chief of Volunteer Services:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training:
Assistant Chief Asher reported the recruitment side of things, we continue to receive volunteer applicants: Meagan Zeman, Mitch Matthews, Entiat - Mike Meeks, Jake Lane and Orondo - Henry Foster.
Assistant Chief Asher reported he is in review of finding ways to keep new recruits engaged.
Assistant Chief Asher reported we will start advertising for new recruitment in October and the recruit class is schedule for January.
Assistant Chief Asher reported we had two volunteer recruits resign: Spenser Oberfelder and Megan Koster.
Assistant Chief Asher reported he gave an orientation presentation to station 72 volunteers regarding the volunteer stipend program.
Assistant Chief Asher reported the stipend coverage is at 54% coverage for the month of August and we have scheduled 53% coverage for September.
Assistant Chief Asher reported a grant funded drill; MCI Disaster Drill with a hazmat release is scheduled.
Assistant Chief Asher reported he has been working on boat training – had a few responses in the past few weeks.
Assistant Chief Asher reported he is drafting the ladder truck check off sheet, and training the crews and volunteers on the formal check offs.
Assistant Chief Asher reported Rope Rescue training is scheduled and we have 3 rope techs that will train in Wenatchee with Chelan County Fire District 1 technicians. The training will take place at the Wenatchee foot bridge.
Assistant Chief Asher reported that in November we are hosting a Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations. This training will help in making a scene flow smoothly, target audience is our LT’s and we are offering the training to other departments for those officers who would run an incident.
Firefighters Association Report:
President Dan Crandall reported a beginning balance of $17,428.00 and ending of $17,735.00 the parade truck will need waxing, we have scheduled a session and will need volunteers to help.
President Dan Crandall reported Sup-Cup by Windermere was a success. Our Rescue boat participated; Jim Belch and Judy Johnson manned the boat. Thank you and great job!
President Dan Crandall reported people could see the boat and appreciates the protection given for the people who participated.
President Dan Crandall reported the Fire Light Gala is scheduled for October 19, 2019, Saturday at Sorrento’s Restaurant the Association and Auxiliary are getting out and receiving auction items for the silent auction.
President Dan Crandall reported the Association will do a fund raiser introducing a 2020 calendar with firefighters and their pet(s). The hope is this will have lots of interest.
President Dan Crandall reported on donations: Long time residences of Chelan recently move to Twisp and lost the home to fire. The Association donated $500 and a gift card of $500.
President Dan Crandall reported “Back to School Fair” was a success giving out fire prevention safety tips and supplies, thank you to those who participated.
President Dan Crandall reported the Association donated $500 to Manson Swim Program, which will give free swimming lesson to people who live in the community.
• New Hire – Probationary Firefighter: Chief Donnell reported a conditional offer was given to Samantha Rains and she is scheduled to start September 5, 2019 pending physical exam.
• Annexation: Chief Donnell reported the process is moving along smoothly, annexation notice signs have been posted and the public hearing is scheduled for the next Commissioner meeting in September. If all goes well, and the commissioners approve the annexation resolution, we will submit to County Assessor the properties to be annexed into the district with taxes collected in 2020.
• Billing for Illegal fire responses: Chief Donnell reported the other fire departments do not bill for illegal fire responses. They rely on the County Sherriff or Department of Ecology to enforce and ticket.
• Chief Donnell will approach NCWFCC to find out if any of the fire chiefs are interested in reviewing the billing of illegal burns as a regional effort.
Chief Donnell reported that the SCBA grant amendment for the compressor and items was rejected due to leaving 7,082 on the table not spent. Chief Donnell reported we have items related to the grant that we can add to the amendment and spend the remaining $7,082.00.
• Resolution 2019-04 Surplus Items: Chief Donnell identified the items.
• Commissioner Witherbee MOTIONED to APPROVE the Resolution 2019-04 as submitted, second by Commissioner Moller.
• 2020 Budget: Chief Donnell reported he has tasked staff to review the budget and plan for 2020 budget period. Chief Donnell will start to forward 2020 budget information to the commissioners for review. The 2020 budget and resolutions will need to be approved by the November meeting.
• Emergency Response Report: Chief Donnell reported data is only as good as the input. Chief Donnell would like the commissioners to consider what type of data they would like to review. Chief Donnell will draft an emergency response report data report of information that is critical to our needs for the board to review at the next meeting.
• NCWFFCA Mutual Aid Agreement: Chief Donnell reported the agreement addition include t-cards, all agencies have agreed we will need signatures to approve it.
Chairman Jones announced Mark Donnell is officially the Interim Fire Chief as of August 1, 2019.
September 5-8 is the Sailing Regatta
September 7 – Manson Swim is coordinating an Event
September 11 - 911 memorial in Cashmere
September is emergency preparedness month
September 21 – Safety Fair – Station 71 from 10-2
Board for Volunteer Firefighters: nothing
Thank you to Commissioner Witherbee for donating fitness equipment to the fire department.
Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.
Executive Session: None
Adjournment: There was no more business before the board the meeting closed at 4:10 p.m.
Chelan County Fire District 7
Board of Commissioners:
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Meeting Agenda 9-18-19
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, Chelan Fire and Rescue
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Public Hearing Call to Order – Annexation
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: August 2019
• Payroll: $113,693.70 August 1-31, 2019 Paid: 09-05-2019
• Vouchers for August 1-31, 2019 General Account: Vouchers #19036 – 19039 for $725.35; Vouchers #19040 – 19049 for $33,097.77; Vouchers #19050 – 19063 for $8443.86; Vouchers #19067 – 19078 for $4,450.51; Vouchers #19091 – 19098 for $7,944.26.
• Vouchers for August 1-31, 2019 Capital Account: Vouchers #19064 - 19066 for $2121.99; Voucher #17097 for $8,340.16; Vouchers #19099 – 19100 for $1,863.64.
• Minutes: August 21, 2019
Fire Chief Report:
• 2019 Budget / Emergency Response Report /Operations/ Community Risk Reduction
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
• New Hire – Probationary Firefighter
• Resolution 2019-05 - Annexation
• Proposed 2020 Budget – Long Range Plan
• Fire Chief Contract
• NCWFCA Mutual Aid Agreement
• Illegal Burns – Billing for Services
• Douglas County Fire District 15 – Mutual Aid Agreement
09-21-2019 Safety Fair 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Station 71
09-25-2019 North Central Washington Fire Chiefs and Commissioners Association – Dinner Station 71 6:00 p.m.
Board for Volunteer Firefighters
Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 9-12-19
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, September 12, 2019, 4:10pm
I. Call to order
II. Flag salute
III. Agenda additions and deletions
IV. Public comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. August 8, 2019 regular meeting minutes
b. August 22, 2019 special meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Leffler Field
b. Singleton Park playground renovation
c. Shoreline erosion
d. 2016-2018 Audit
e. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: October 10, 2019 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831
West Coast transportation commissions gather in Wash. to discuss rural transportation issues, Sept. 16-17
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director, WSDOT
STEVENSON, Wash. – Transportation challenges unique to rural areas will be highlighted in a meeting between the transportation commissions from Washington state, Oregon and California this month in Stevenson, Washington. Presenters from the three states will lead discussions on rural freight-movement challenges; the connection between reliable rural access, jobs and economic growth; emergency access and enabling response; and road usage charging efforts in all three states.
The tri-state meeting is from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 16, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Skamania Lodge, 1131 Skamania Lodge Dr., Stevenson. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commissions may do so during the public comment period at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Following opening remarks from each state’s commission chair, Monday’s meeting kicks off with a panel discussion of the complex supply chains involving trucks, trains, barges and planes that move rural freight from farm to markets across the country and the world. Another panel will focus on reliable transportation access in rural areas. Panelists will discuss how highways, public transportation, rural airports and trails all uniquely contribute to sustainable economic development and opportunity.
On Monday afternoon, commissioners from the three states will tour the regional area on both sides of the Columbia River, and make stops at a few businesses to hear first-hand the transportation challenges they face in moving product and conducting business in a rural setting. The commissioners will also get a briefing on the Hood River Bridge and will view a bicycle-pedestrian facility on Oregon’s Historic Columbia River Highway.
During Tuesday’s meeting, each state will share how it responds to natural disasters – from wildfires to seismic events – and the role transportation agencies and infrastructure plays in response and recovery. Panelists will include an Okanogan County commissioner who has worked on partnerships and planning to better respond to region-wide wildfires, and the mayor of Paradise, California, the town in the Sierra foothills ravaged by fire last fall.
Other meeting topics include a briefing from the administrators of the Federal Highway Administration in each state, and the latest work by each state to address declining revenue from the gas tax as cars and trucks become more fuel-efficient. The three West Coast states lead the nation in developing a road usage charge as an alternative funding source to replace the gas tax.
Since 2009, the Washington State Transportation Commission has met periodically with its colleagues in California and/or Oregon to share strategies for addressing common issues and to identify opportunities for collaboration. During their 2018 meeting, the three state bodies focused on technology and transportation.
The meeting will be webcast live on tvw.org.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
Suspect jumps from moving car while evading law enforcement
- Written by Undersheriff Tyler I. Caille, DCSO
On 8/29/19 at approximately 4:08 AM, Douglas County Deputies responded to a reported Trespass complaint in the area of the 2700 block of Westview Drive, East Wenatchee.
Upon arrival, Deputies located a 31-year-old male from East Wenatchee whom they have had prior contacts with, sitting in a vehicle. Upon contact, he displayed a knife towards Deputies and was observed to have visible blood on his clothing. The subject refused to exit the vehicle for Deputies.
Deputies attempted to negotiate with him for several hours to have him safely exit the vehicle for evaluation by medical personnel. As negotiation attempts failed, he subsequently sped from the location in the vehicle and proceeded southbound on N. Baker Avenue with speeds estimated in excess of 80 mph.
Deputies followed and observed him slow the vehicle and jump from it while traveling in the 2200 block of N. Baker Avenue. The vehicle continued to travel southbound on N. Baker Avenue, until it went off the roadway and crashed in the 2100 block.
He was contacted by Deputies, and refused to follow verbal commands given to him. A Taser was applied to him and he was safely taken into custody.
He was transported to Central Washington Hospital for medical treatment involving self-inflicted stab wounds.
Deputies determined this was an isolated incident and there is no further public safety risk. Criminal charges are pending for the subject.