On 11-21-2022 at approximately 7:33 PM, Douglas County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near mile marker 8 on State Route 173 (Bridgeport Bar, WA).
While contacting the driver of the stopped vehicle, deputies observed a vehicle approaching them on the highway. The vehicle traveled over the fog line and struck the patrol car, causing significant damage to both vehicles. The deputies were able to move out of the way and were uninjured. After striking the patrol car, the suspect vehicle proceeded to travel southbound on SR 173 towards Bridgeport.
Deputies advised RiverCom Dispatch of the incident and provided a description of the suspect vehicle. Another Douglas County Deputy located the vehicle traveling southbound on SR 173. The vehicle was missing a front tire, which caused sparks to be emitted down the roadway.
The deputy was able to stop the vehicle near approximately mile marker 4 on SR 173. With the assistance of the Brewster Police Department, the driver identified as Hendrika Isensee a 76-year-old Bridgeport resident was detained, without further incident. Washington State Patrol responded, placed her under arrest for suspicion of DUI and Hit and Run, and booked her into the Okanogan County Jail.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
Harvest Fest has come and gone and the trees at the Buckner Orchard are still loaded with an overabundance of our historic Common Delicious and Rome Beauties.
As many of you know, it has been a long, late season everywhere for fruit ripening and harvesting, including at the Orchard. Persistent Harvest Fest participants were able to find near-ripe fruit to pick and press, but the majority of trees are still slowly beginning to bear truly ripe fruit.
Ripening is a function of starches changing to sugar, a change brought on by cooler weather. As nice as the weather has been here in the Valley, it just hasn't been cool enough, soon enough, for our apples to ripen in a timely fashion. As a result, the trees slowly continue to believe they have all the time in the world!
The good news is cooler weather is forecast and on the way, along with an abundance of apples much more suited for picking and pressing and all the good things we do with them.
We need you to pick, pick, pick and press, press, press as if your entire food supply for the winter was dependent upon it!
1. We have a great supply of free boxes of all sizes for your use. Take what you need, then one more to help move the harvest along. You won't regret it!
2. The cider press will remain out and available until all the apples are gone, or mid-November, which ever comes first. (Sadly, we are down to a single press. The other, the older of the two, has a stripped screw, the essential part used for actually pressing the apple pulp. The part is now on its way to be rebuilt. Does anyone have one to loan or donate? Let us know.)
3. Only the press and cleaning materials are available, so bring what you need for making cider. You know the drill.
4. Please, please, please remember to close all gates and keep the pressing area clean.
Q. So, what happens to the unpicked apples?
A. The apples are stripped from the trees, then picked up and hauled away, fed to pigs, used for compost, or just dumped somewhere appropriate. This is very time consuming.
WHY? This is a task necessitated by both rodents and bears. Mice are surprisingly destructive of the wintering trees; remember this is an organic orchard, free of pesticides and the like. Additionally, the electric bear fence must come down before snow fall, making the apples easy picking for our furry friends, and their doing so is very destructive of the trees.
On the other hand, your picking is far gentler and more appropriate, so help us out if you can!
On the afternoon of September 30, 2022 the Douglas County Commissioners received a request from Deputy Chief Blanchard, Fire Marshall for Douglas County Fire District No. 2, to extend the Douglas County burn ban until October 15th, 2022. The cited concerns include the current fire weather condition and recommendations from the Regional Fire Defense Board.
In response to this request and the concerns raised by Deputy Chief Blanchard, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners has moved to extend the burn ban within Douglas County until October 15th, 2022
Statewide effort encourages people to use a litter bag and talk to their family and friends about littering
OLYMPIA – More than 75% of Washington residents choose to not litter and about 26% of litterers would be motivated to stop if a friend, family member, or passenger asked them to refrain, according to 2021 research commissioned by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). These numbers sound promising, but the truth is that more than 18 million pounds of litter accumulate annually on Washington’s roads, parks and recreation areas.
Preliminary results from a 2022 statewide litter study show 24,001 litter items per mile on Washington’s urban interstate highways. Plastic food wrappers, snack bags and cigarette butts are some of the most commonly found items. In Ecology’s 2021 research, people also identified not having a car trash bag as the top reason that they litter.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Ecology together spend more than $9 million annually on cleanup efforts – pickup crews and volunteers collected 357 tons of garbage in July alone. Unfortunately, this is only a small fraction of what is tossed on the road, and millions of pounds of waste gets left behind.
“Litter adds up when we don’t make simple choices to properly dispose of garbage. It damages our environment, hurts wildlife, and threatens public health, safety and our economy,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Ultimately, our success is determined by people choosing to not litter.”
Ecology’s "Simple As That" campaign is designed to help prevent litter by changing the behaviors that cause it. The campaign gives people simple tips to avoid littering and motivates them to talk to their friends and family about living litter free. It encourages Washingtonians to:
As a part of the campaign, Ecology is running statewide advertising in English and Spanish and partnering with Fred Meyer stores to give away free car litter bags to shoppers across the state. In addition, it is distributing a Litter Prevention Toolkit to allied government agencies, jurisdictions and nonprofit organizations to help reach Washington residents.
“Litter is a big problem with simple solutions. Small actions like keeping a litter bag in your car to collect garbage can make a huge difference,” said Amber Smith, statewide litter prevention coordinator at Ecology. “It’s critical for us to stop litter at its source. When you take care of your trash the right way, you help create a litter free Washington and set a good example for others. We need everyone to do their part.”
This effort is a part of Ecology’s ongoing We Keep Washington Litter Free campaign in partnership with WSDOT, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The campaign focuses on different littering behaviors through several sub-campaigns, including the significant safety and environmental impacts of unsecured vehicle loads.
From January through July 2022, 816 tons of litter and debris were removed from Washington roadsides. This work was done by WSDOT’s maintenance crews, Ecology’s Youth and Adult Corps, Department of Corrections crews and WSDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. Of the 357 tons of litter collected in July, 36 tons were cleaned by Adopt-a-Highway volunteers.