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Local resident Dale England, is formally announcing his decision to run for Chelan County Commissioner District 3.

Dale is a 4th generation Lake Chelan Valley native who grew up working on the apple orchard where his mother was born. Dale’s father was seriously injured while fighting a fire outside of Wenatchee. This resulted in Dale and his siblings working all aspects of the orchard. Dale continues to work in the orchards today.

Dale had a 25-plus year career with Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. Dale was honored by his peers by being selected Deputy of the Year 3 times during his distinguished career.

Dale has successfully launched two businesses, Custom Orchard Fumigation and Lake Chelan Helicopters. As the owner of Lake Chelan Helicopters Dale has served both the farming and tourist industries throughout North Central Washington.

Dale’s service and volunteerism has spanned over 35 years. He has been awarded several Kiwanis awards including Citizen of the Year and Kiwanian of the Year. His dedication to the community is demonstrated by his involvement with Kiwanis and other local organizations.

Just ask local community members about Dale. They’ll tell you he is always one of the first to help and is always a very active part of our community. From our schools, churches, civic organizations and the community, Dale gives of his time and talents at every opportunity.

Dale has a unique background that allows him to balance the differing needs of Chelan County. His involvement in agriculture, tourism, and public service has taught him how to balance these key components in our community. Dale has a common sense approach to the issues important to Chelan County residents.

dougcountysherlogoOn January 4, 2020 at approximately 9:29 PM a Douglas County Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a passenger car near BJ’s in Rock Island. The vehicle failed to yield and fled.

The pursuing Deputy discontinued the pursuit due to the immediate safety concerns. Shortly after, a second Deputy who was in the area observed the same vehicle driving at a high rate of speed. The Deputy observed the vehicle fail to stop at Rock Island Drive and State Route 28 and continued eastbound on SR28. The Deputy pursued the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle lost control at approximately milepost 12 on SR28 while it was passing another vehicle on the roadway. The suspect vehicle spun and struck the guardrail. The vehicle regained control and continued.

At approximately milepost 15, the vehicle lost control again and struck an occupied parked car on the shoulder of the roadway. The Deputies secured the occupants of the suspect vehicle. None of the involved persons sustained major injuries.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was identified as Jessica H. Fisk a 22-year-old female out of Cashmere. Jessica Fisk was booked into CCRJ for attempting to elude a police vehicle, hit and run collision, reckless endangerment, suspended driver’s license and two outstanding arrest warrants.

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The Manson Community’s long running effort to secure a parcel of land, commonly known as Leffler Field, for public use is a step closer to occurring. The five acre (4.97) parcel is located in the center of downtown Manson.

On November 26, a vacant land purchase and sale agreement was completed between the Estate of Edna R. Leffler and two buyers, the Manson Park and Recreation District and the Manson School District. The purchase price is $1.3 million. The agreement includes grant funding awarded to Manson Park and Recreation from both Chelan County and The State of Washington. Chelan County has designated $500,000 in funding from their Rural Counties Economic Fund. The Washington State Legislature has appropriated $250,000 towards the acquisition from its 2019-20 Capital Budget. The remaining $550,000 will be financed by Manson School District.

December Opportunities for the Manson community to give input to both Boards on the purchase.

·        December 12 at 5:00PM at the Manson Parks Building: a joint meeting of the Manson Park and Recreation Board and the Manson School Board will be held with an opportunity for public comment.

·        December 19th at 5:00PM in the Manson Elementary Library: the Manson School Board will offer a second opportunity for public comment at their regular December board meeting.

·        Written comments may be shared by:

o   Mail

§  Must include a full name and phone number to verify authenticity ·        Manson Park and Recreation District – PO Box 590, Manson, WA 98831

·        Manson School District – PO Box A, Manson, WA 98831

o   Email

§  Must include a full name and phone number to verify authenticity  

·        Manson Parks and Recreation District  – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A Great Way to support the Orchard!
 
Looking for a special gift to commemorate a memory or loved one, a stocking-stuffer, or to create a sense of caring and nurturing in a young person? Consider giving an adopted tree at the Buckner Orchard for 2020.
 
If the Buckner Orchard is going to continue as the treasure we know it to be, it must have caretakers now, as well as long into the future. What better way to ensure that future than by giving a child a gift of a tree!
 
The response of children who received trees is touching. They picked out their trees, wanting "to grow up" with a younger tree, pulling weeds, placing mouse guards, and running water to "their tree". They have become attached to "their" tree and now have a wonderful opportunity to care and help nurture a living thing for many years to come.
 
TREES ARE NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN!. Maybe you know someone who doesn't get to Stehekin often enough, who has a special memory of the Orchard, or you just want to support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Orchard? The adoption of trees also raises awareness of the Orchard and its care. 
 
Adopt-A-Tree is one way in which you can support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Buckner Orchard.  With your support much can be done to protect and conserve the heritage of this national treasure, and to continue its place as an important part of the Stehekin Community.
 
Adopt a tree for yourself and be a part of the Buckner Orchard!
 
Adopt-A-Tree funds are used exclusively to support the care and maintenance of the Buckner Orchard and are tax deductible.
 
HOW TO ADOPT A TREE
Step 1. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure a certificate arrives in time, providing the first and last name of the person the gift is being given to, as well as the address to which you would like it sent.  Be sure to include your e-mail address; this saves the Foundation both time and money in getting the receipt to you.
 
A personal message may be included on the certificate, such as, With love and fond memories, from Aunt Cinda and Uncle Jim.  You choose the one-line wording.
 
Step  2. Mail a check (@$25.00 per tree) to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation,  PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Because some may be given as Christmas gifts, a certificate will be mailed immediately, trusting that the appropriate payment will be forthcoming.
 
Certificates can also be sent to you in PDF format via e-mail, ready to print from your computer, name of the recipient included.  Let us know your preference.
 
RENEWALS
This is also a great time to renew trees adopted during previous years. Please let us know if a new certificate is needed and follow the directions above.
 
Adopt-A-Tree is one of three means by which the Foundation raises funds to support the Orchard and Homestead. The other two are memberships and donations. Please help us today and give a gift of love and caring.
 
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The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,
and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS
(Tax ID #452913458)

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Enjoy the magic of the holidays November 29 – December 24

LAKE CHELAN, WA (November 22, 2019) – The Historic Downtown Chelan Association will again host Small Town Christmas, kicking off November 29th and running through December 24, 2019. Small Town Christmas is a month long holiday celebration taking place in the quaint downtown of Chelan, Washington.

Set among the twinkling lights of downtown and the snow-capped buttes of Lake Chelan, Small Town Christmas is reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell postcard scene. The charming downtown will host an incredible line up of family friendly events, unique shopping experiences, and an auction gala that gives back to the youth in our community. The month-long lineup includes:

o Kick off the holiday season in Historic Downtown Chelan for Hot Friday, November 29th! Stroll throughtown to the sounds of holiday music as you take in the stunning window displays, find that unique treasure in one of our charming boutiques, grab an early mimosa, and save with some incredible deals.

o Meet Santa Claus on the Old Bridge, November 29th and escort him to the town Christmas tree during the Parade of Lights. Santa will lead the crowd in a few Christmas carols and count down the lighting of the tree.

o After the town Christmas tree has been lit, make your way to Riverwalk Park for the Fireworks Finale, roast marshmallows, grab a cup of cider and take in the stunning lake setting!

o Don’t miss the opportunity to get fancy and bid on beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths at The Festival of Trees Auction & Dinner Gala on December 7, 2019. Proceeds benefit the Historic Downtown Chelan Association and Thrive Lake Chelan, an organization supporting and empowering the youth in the Lake Chelan Valley.

Event highlights include:November 29-30

 Hot Friday Specials

 Parade of Lights

 Christmas Carols @ the Christmas Tree

 Tree Lighting in Downtown Chelan

 Fireworks & Bonfires

 Small Business Saturday

 Breakfast with Santa

 L-Bow the Elf Performance

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs

 Holiday Matinee at the Historic Ruby Theatre

December 1-7

 Holiday Concert at the Tree by Chelan High School

 Festival of Trees Preview

 Graham Cracker Cottages at The Vogue

 Roaming One Man Band

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs

 Holiday Matinee at the Historic Ruby Theatre

 Festival of Trees Gala & Auction

December 8-14

 Holiday Crafts & Cookie Decorating at St. Andrews Church

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs Kids Crafts at Woven Threads

 Find Santa Downtown for a Candy Cane

 Holiday Matinee at the Historic Ruby Theatre

December 15-22

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs

 Holiday Matinee at Chelan Public Library

 Find Santa Downtown for a Candy Cane

Tickets for the Breakfast with Santa and Festival of Trees Gala are limited and available online for purchase – make sure to purchase early!

Small Town Christmas would not be possible without the help of our sponsors – Windermere Lake Chelan, Coldwell Banker, the Kelly Allen Agency and KOZI.

dougcountysherlogoOn 11-17-19 at approximately 3:46 AM, Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 10 Block of 24th Street NE, East Wenatchee.

When units arrived, the Deputy attempted to contact a vehicle in the driveway of the location. The driver of vehicle, later identified as Brian S. Hamilton, a 35-year-old male out of East Wenatchee, sped away turning towards the deputy. To avoid being struck by the vehicle, the deputy had to push away from the vehicle. The deputy did not sustain any apparent injuries.

Units pursued the vehicle approximately one block where it came to a stop in a church parking lot. Mr. Hamilton refused to comply with units, when contacted. Spike stripes were placed by the tires of the vehicle, to prevent escape.

At one point, Mr. Hamilton armed himself with a sword, while in the vehicle. After over an hour Mr. Hamilton exited the vehicle, but continued to not comply. With the aid of a TASER device, Mr. Hamilton was taken into custody without further incident.

Mr. Hamilton was booked in the Chelan County Jail for Assault-First Degree, Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order, and Driving While License Suspended-Third Degree.

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On November 2nd at approximately 7:36 AM Rivercom dispatched a Deputy to a report of a stolen vehicle, later identified as a Palisades School bus, which was left abandoned on the side of Palisades Road in the 1400 block. It was also discovered a maintenance building by the Palisades school was entered and a window was broken.

The suspects stole an air compressor, power tools, yard tools and some fuel from a barrel on site. From video footage recovered from the bus, the two individuals responsible for the stolen bus are Devon R. Taylor, a 27-year-old male out of East Wenatchee, who is currently in custody and Jordan S. McCullough-Cheney, a 19-year-old male, out of Wenatchee, who is still at large.

If you have knowledge of Jordan S. McCullough-Cheney’s whereabouts please contact Rivercom dispatch at 509-663-9911.

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On November 3rd, 2019 at approximately 6:39 PM Deputies responded to a Harass/Threats complaint in the 200 block of West Maple Street, Waterville. Deputies received information a firearm may be involved with the threats.

While enroute, Rivercom received multiple calls reporting possible gunshots from the same general area. One person who reported the possible gunshots saw a male without a shirt, carrying a rifle. The male with the gun was gone when Deputies arrived in the area.

After interviewing the people involved, it was learned Dylan L. O’Gara Smith a 21-year-old male out of Waterville, called a 15-year-old Waterville resident and threatened to hurt him over a past incident. Deputies located Dylan at his residence, in his shop and arrested him without incident. The shotgun used in the threats was recovered.

Dylan was transported and booked into Chelan County Jail for Assault in the 1st degree, Felony Harassment – Threats to kill, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Reckless Endangerment and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes.

dougcountysherlogoOn November 3rd, 2019 at approximately 7:37 PM Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Officers responded to Badger Mountain Road near the Waterville Ski hill reference a stolen vehicle, out of the East Wenatchee area. The stolen vehicle was reported to be southbound on Badger Mountain Road.

The vehicle fled when the Deputy and Officers attempted to stop it. The pursuit continued south on Badger Mountain road for approximately 7 miles at speeds of over 90 mph, before spike strips were successfully deployed near Canyon Hills Drive and Badger Mountain Road. The driver, later identified as Devin R. Taylor a 27 year old male out of East Wenatchee and the passenger fled on foot.

After a short foot chase Devon was caught. Douglas County Deputies, East Wenatchee Officers, Wenatchee Officers and Chelan County Deputies attempted to locate the passenger without success.

Devin was transported and booked into the Chelan County Jail for Felony Elude, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Driving While License Suspended in the Third degree and two outstanding arrest warrants for Assault Fourth Domestic Violence, without further incident.

dougcountysherlogoOn October 31st, 2019 at approximately 12:00 PM, Douglas County Detectives arrested and booked Howard A. Lane, a 66 year old male out of Waterville, into Chelan County Jail for Acts Prohibited in Voting Center-Prohibited Practices, without incident.

This arrest is reference to the powder substance located in an election ballot envelope discovered during the election ballot processing. Due to the stage of the processing Detectives were able to determine which envelope the substance came from. The envelope belonged to Mr. Lane.

The envelope still had some of the substance inside. The substance was tested and found to be non-toxic, however it is not known exactly what the substance is.

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Construction of the Douglas County Law and Justice Center has been completed and as such the departments previously housed at the 2nd Street location will be relocated to 100 19thSt, NW effective November 5th.  Effected departments are the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County District Court (East Wenatchee), and Probation Services.  Please note that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Services will be closed to the public November 1 and November 4 and the Douglas County District Court (East Wenatchee) will be closed October 31, November 1, and November 4.  All offices will be open for business on November 5, 2019.

This new 17,898 square foot facility will provide greatly improved public access, upgraded IT capabilities, and will serve to create a more unified service center as it is collocated with the existing Douglas County Public Services Building.  Douglas County was able to significantly reduce the long-term cost of the Law and Justice Center though responsible budgeting practices, such as cash payment for much on the construction and achieving a credit rating upgrade.

To mark the momentous accomplishment, Douglas County will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with a self-guided tour of the facility to follow.  The ceremony will be held on November 4, 2019 at 2 pm.  Light refreshments will be provided.