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The Chelan Ranger District on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing fuels (vegetation) management treatments to reduce wildfire risk, protect communities, and improve firefighter safety and efficacy. The proposed Cooper Ridge Fuel Break project (the “project”) lies within Chelan and Okanogan counties, approximately 38 miles north of Wenatchee and 5 miles west of Highway 97 (T29N, R21E, S1-25; T29N, R22E, S5-9, 15-16, 20-22, 27-30, 33-35; T28N, R22E, S2, 5-6, 8, 11-13), Figure 1. The project is located on National Forest System land administered by the United States Forest Service.
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On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the Executive Flight Building, the Regional Sports Complex Steering Committee will meet with its consulting firm, BerryDunn, to receive an update on Phase I of the Regional Sports Complex Feasibility Study.
Phase I of the study is scheduled to be complete at the end of September and consists of an existing conditions survey, demographics, market analysis, and public input. Future phases include regional and local facility comparison, facility options (including programming and capital costs), site analysis, estimates of financial performance, economic impact, and funding options. The study area includes all of Chelan and Douglas counties.
Grants awarded to 92 programs across the state
OLYMPIA — July 20, 2023 — The outdoors is one our most powerful teachers and now more children will have access to its lessons.
The No Child Left Inside (NCLI) grant program, awarded by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), will provide more than $6.7 million for 92 projects dedicated to expanding outdoor recreation and education opportunities for underserved youth in Washington. NCLI also will leverage more than $6.8 million in matching resources from grant recipients, increasing the investment in youth education and wellbeing.
“The world comes to Washington to experience our natural wonders, but some who live and grow here face barriers to accessing these local treasures not far from home,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “The No Child Left Inside grant program is once again providing opportunities to under-served youth to have more young Washingtonians experience the outdoors, learn about the world around them and apply this understanding to improve themselves and their communities.”
These grants will support more than 47,000 kids, aged 5 to 18 and provide 1.8 million hours of vital time in nature. Of the children and teens who will benefit from this grant cycle:
“This program provides an invaluable resource to young people – access to nature,” Parks Director Diana Dupuis said. “We’re thrilled to be able to support formative outdoor experiences for more kids and in all corners of our state.”
NCLI continues to expand as more of Washington’s youth benefit from their experiences outside. This cycle, NCLI received the most grant applications in the program’s history, reviewing 174 submissions and $12.3 million in requests. This is the highest amount of funding requested and awarded in the program’s history. In the previous two biennia, the program received $4.5 million and $1.5 million, respectively.
“The NCLI grants are the most impactful education and recreation investments that the state makes,” Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, said. “They help increase access to adventure and learning for thousands of children every year, creating memories, skills, and knowledge that the kids will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
NCLI funding comes from the state general fund and was one of a dozen recommendations of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation in 2014. The task force was charged with finding ways to increase participation in outdoor recreation, which has significant social and economic benefits.
Many of the successful applicants already have begun their projects. Projects will wrap up in June 2025, with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office likely accepting new applications in August 2024.
Projects and more information:
Learn about the 2023 project grants awarded here.
Learn more about the No Child Left Inside grant program here.
See our previous story: 25-year-old Jesse Robert Cadenas is missing
On 7/12/23 at approximately 2:27pm, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious complaint along the riverbank of the Columbia River near Rock Island Dam. The complainant, a subject on a boat, touring the river, reported seeing what he believed to be a human body along the riverbank. Deputies responded to the area and located a confirmed deceased human body partially submerged in the water. Deputies with the assistance of Wenatchee Valley Fire Dept recovered the decedent and transferred care to the Douglas County Coroner.
On 7/18/23 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received notification from the Douglas County Coroner’s office, that they were able to positively identify the decedent as missing 25-year-old Rock Island resident, Jesse Robert Cadenas.
We appreciate all the assistance from the community and outside agencies in the search for Jesse Cadenas. We send our deepest condolences to Jesse’s family during this time.
On 06/20/23 at around 5:45 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to Rock Island WA, to a report of a missing person. Margaret Ann Tilley reported her 25-year-old autistic son, Jesse Robert Cadenas, was last seen at their home in Rock Island, on 06/19/23 at around 10 pm when she went to bed. The family noticed he was not at home at 8 am on 06/20/23. It is believed Jesse left on his charcoal gray GIANT mountain bicycle, however, he left his cell phone and wallet at home. Jesse has been described as verbal but reluctant to speak to strangers.
Since Jesse was reported missing the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and local Search and Rescue volunteers have conducted searches in the city of Rock Island and the surrounding areas. This includes utilizing FLIR thermal cameras, and drones, in vehicles and on foot. Additional searches were conducted along the Apple Capital Recreational Loop
Trail and the shoreline of the Columbia River with the Chelan County Marine Patrol.
The Chelan County PUD has reviewed their Loop Trail camera system and their parks employees have been provided flyers of Jesse. Local Rock Island residences and businesses have been checking their security camera systems for Jesse. LINK bus drivers have been provided flyers and are providing assistance. Detectives have also met with Jesse’s family to review any
information that can help find him.
While we continue to search for Jesse, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information about Jesse please contact RiverCom Dispatch at (509) 663-9911.
OLYMPIA – June 22, 2023 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) asks everyone who is planning a Fourth of July celebration at a park or on the beach to be safe and protect their friends, neighbors, public lands and wildlife.
Parks sees a dramatic increase in visitation during Independence Day celebrations, particularly on its beaches. The increase in traffic also increases the amount of trash left behind. Last year, volunteers collected more than 35,000 pounds of garbage from ocean beaches during Parks’ annual July 5 beach cleanup. That’s equivalent to the combined weight of four adult orca whales.
To reduce the amount of trash left behind, it is important that visitors plan ahead, follow all beach safety rules and pack out everything they pack in. Any litter left behind on the beach threatens the safety and future of beach wildlife and can be unsafe for people and pets.
Consuming or getting entangled in pieces of trash can disrupt an animal’s ability to hunt, escape predators or provide for their young. Trash also threatens the safety of pets who are at risk of hurting themselves or ingesting it. High tides the night of July 4 to the morning of July 5 can cause litter to wash out into the ocean, harming marine animals as well.
Given the threat that trash poses to everyone on the beach, it is crucial for everyone to do their part and pick up all their trash.
Parks beach safety rules
Fireworks are illegal on all state park lands, including the beaches in front of state parks. Discharging fireworks on state park lands can result in a $99 ticket.
Although it is legal to drive onto some areas of the beach, where allowed, all rules of the road apply. Due to increased traffic and people on the beach during holiday weekends, drivers are encouraged to be hyper-vigilant, drive slowly and watch out for children and pets.
Visitors should be mindful and stay out of areas on the beach designated to protect wildlife and marine habitat. Additionally, campfires must be at least 100 feet from the dunes, no more than four feet in diameter and no more than four feet high. No fires are allowed on any shellfish beds.
July 4 & 5 beach cleanup
In partnership with Washington CoastSavers, Parks puts on three beach cleanup volunteer events a year, including a cleanup on July 4 and 5. Visit CoastSavers.org to view a list of participating beaches and where to check in on the day of the event. Pre-registration is not necessary – just show up and help.
Volunteers should dress for variable weather conditions, wear sturdy footwear and pack a lunch with plenty of water. Upon check-in, participants will receive supplies to help them pick up debris; however, volunteers are encouraged to bring reusable gloves. The check-in station also serves as the dumpster location for marine debris after collection.
Honoring fallen CCSO Deputy Saul Gallegos with the 18th and final Memorial Run.
June 26th 2003 at 1813 hours, an unidentified voice transmitted across Deputy Gallegos’ radio, “Officer Down.” A witness watched Deputy Gallegos physically struggle with a suspect who he had stopped for driving with a suspended license. The suspect was able to disarm Deputy Gallegos and end his life. The suspect then left the scene, armed with his handgun, fleeing to avoid capture. The witness went to help Saul and used his radio to expedite resources.
What transpired over the next 4 days would be one of the largest manhunts Chelan County has ever seen.
Saul had joined the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office on January 1st, 2003 after serving the citizens of the City of Chelan for over 8 years. He was a decorated Officer with the City of Chelan as he had been honored with Officer of the Year, promoted to Patrol Corporal, recognized as Citizen of the Year, received a Life Saving award, and accumulated multiple Letters of Commendation. Saul also received multiple Army Achievement Awards as he served his country as an Army Reserve for 6 years.
It was an easy transition for Saul to start with the Sheriff’s Office as he was stationed in the Chelan area. Saul had already established himself as an extremely competent Law Enforcement Official and established a family in the community.
Saul talked about his family with pride. He was the Father of 4 young boys and the husband to a wonderful wife. He talked about the challenges of raising 4 kids, but was excited to share stories about them. Saul started to remodel his home shortly after transferring to the Sheriff’s Office – it was a job he would not finish.
The night of his death, the surrounding Law Enforcement Community began searching for the suspect. Outside agencies flooded the region with help. The local community had heard of the horrific news and tips started to pour into dispatch. The suspect had been identified quickly and a multi-agency task force was closing in on him. On June 30th, the search led to Connell, WA where the suspect was taken into custody.
After an incredible memorial service at Chelan High School, that included more than 1,600 officers from around the world, Saul was transported back home to Mexico and laid to rest. The suspect would later be sentenced to life in prison. There was a huge void within the Chelan community knowing that Saul’s wife was left raising 4 young boys. While the family was grieving the loss of her husband out of the country, a community effort started at the Gallegos house. With the help of the Lake Chelan Building Supply, a full addition and remodel took place at the family home. For the next few months, hours of volunteer help constructed more bedrooms, bathrooms, a family room, and finished the remodel that Saul had started. It was amazing to watch the community support the Gallegos Family.
When the family returned home, the community stood outside the newly remodeled house to welcome them home. In 2005 members of the Sheriff’s Office, with the help of the community, started the Saul Gallegos Memorial Run. The intent was to raise money for a college fund for Saul’s children and to remember what a great person, husband, and father that Saul was. This year, 2023, marks the last year of the run. Saul’s children continue to lead very successful lives, lives that would make Saul extremely proud of the person each of them has become.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is honored to have had Saul serve in his capacity as a Sheriff’s Deputy and we are very grateful for the sacrifices and support his family has made throughout their lives. In honor of Saul, CCSO retired his radio number, K20, to forever hold his place with the Office.
In order to honor Saul, we invite and encourage the community to sign up, donate, and participate in celebrating and honoring Saul at the final Deputy Saul Gallegos Memorial Run. The run will be held on Saturday June 24, 2023 at 8 am at Singleton Park in Manson, WA.