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Today, Gov. Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 4. The governor says the fastest way to economic recovery is the recovery of our health. Stay home. Stay healthy. Save lives. The order continues to require everyone to stay at home unless they are pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment or going to work at an essential business. This is unprecedented times and the sacrifice residents have made are clear. But we will get through this together. #WeGotThisWA

All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains, and other things necessary for continued operations will continue to remain open. https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed

Employment Security phone lines continue to be overwhelmed. Keep trying or try filing online. https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/retroactive-payments

The order means that the eviction moratorium continues. If you are having problems with a landlord, let the state know: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx

Our team at our state Emergency Operations Center has processed thousands of inquiries looking to be an essential business. If you have more questions, let them know https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d4c155fa930f4b848f95774d610c9708

There are so many businesses and people staying home and we appreciate everyone’s help. But if you see a business willfully violating the order, report suspected violators at the link. Don’t call 911. https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/09349a1c56844b539fea1c2cabd16d56

Have questions? Visit http://coronavirus.wa.gov or call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

bball coach steveManson Athletic Program is excited to announce the hire of Steve Nygreen as the new Head Girls Basketball coach. 

“We are thrilled to have Steve onboard in this role and look forward to him building a strong foundation for our program.” stated Manson AD Eric Sivertson.  

Steve has taught in Manson for two years and has served as a middle school football coach and a high school assistant boys basketball coach.  Prior to landing in Manson Steve was the Head Girls Basketball coach in Chelan.

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On 4-2-20 at 1:42 pm Chelan Fire and Rescue assisted Chelan County Fire District #8 (Entiat) with a brush fire on the hill above the orchards off Chelan Butte Rd in Stayman Flats.

On arrival command reported a ¼ acre working brush fire with multiple orchard workers on scene attempting to extinguish.  The fire was being pushed by 10-15 mph winds.

Crews were able to quickly get the main body of fire under control.  Crews also caught one spot fire about 50 yards away that had started across the road and were able to catch it before it was out of reach.

Four apparatus from Entiat and three from Chelan responded with a total of ten firefighters.

The cause of the fire was an orchard burn that had spotted due to the sudden winds.

East Wenatchee, WA – Many people are curious about the positive COVID-19 cases confirmed so far in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Chelan-Douglas Health District was not releasing details on individual cases to protect patient confidentiality. Unfortunately, because we now have enough cases, we will release grouped information.

One caution. You may live in a town with no lab confirmed cases so far. That does not mean the virus is not there. Recent studies make it very clear that there are many mild or non-symptomatic cases, that is, people don’t know they have coronavirus, and that they can infect others. Most people who get this infection will recover and be fine, but the measures we take now will save the lives of vulnerable people. You must do the same things – stay home, wash hands, etc. – whether or not there happen to be known cases in your town. The infection is there, and there will be more. STAY HOME – STAY HEALTHY – STAY SAFE.

The following information represents confirmed cases in Chelan and Douglas Counties as of April 1, 2020:

Confirmed Cases by Age

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Confirmed Cases by Sex at Birth

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Confirmed Cases by City

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Statement on Deaths:

There have been two (2) deaths among those who have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Both were more than 80 years old and had coexisting medical conditions.

COVID-19 Resources:

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Chelan-Douglas Emergency Operation Center

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The body of 18-year-old Hannia “Paulina” Mosqueda Rodriguez of Waterville was discovered near Horse Lake Road on March 17th (see our previous story).

Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses incurred during this difficult time.

Please help by donating at: gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-paulina.

manson schoolThe Manson School Board is asking our community for nominations of Manson School District Staff Members who have made a significant contribution to the lives of students and/or the greater Manson community. Recipients of this year’s award will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500 from Aaron England of England Chiropractic. They will be recognized by the Manson Chamber of Commerce “A Night to Remember” held next fall.

Selection criteria is as follows: one certificated employee (grades P-12) and one support staff employee (secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, para-professionals, food services, coaches, etc.)

Nominations have been extended until April 23, 2020 at noon. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on April 27, 2020.

Nominations forms are available online by using the following link: https://forms.gle/bEhzz8SVLrjaiDJg6 (English) and https://forms.gle/JMciVt4WNCBqUvMVA Spanish .

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Chelan Fire & Rescue Firefighter/EMTs Troy Keene and Adam Jones were recently recognized for their 10 years of dedicated service to the community.

Adam and Troy are the only two members from the original group hired as fulltime firefighters for Chelan Fire & Rescue and are truly a decided asset for the community and the organization.

Please congratulate them on reaching this milestone anniversary.

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On March 30th at 4:13 PM crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported illegal burn in the 400 block of Tennant Lane off Washington Creek. 

Arriving crews found an unattended 10’ X 50’burn pile that had reignited due to windy conditions that was slowly spreading. 

Crews were able to quickly control and extinguish the fire in an hour. 

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone to please call Chelan Fire & Rescue at (509)682-4476 or check the Department of Ecology website for daily updated burning information. 

dougcountysherlogoDouglas County officially combined with the Chelan-Douglas Health District, Chelan County, City of Wenatchee, and City of East Wenatchee to form a Unified Emergency Operations Center in response to the COVID-19 Virus.

Unification of response efforts will result in increased efficiency and resource availability during this situation.

All official emergency response information regarding COVID-19 will be coming from this newly formed group.

More information and all future communication can be found at www.cdeoc.org.

colville 12 tribes logoOMAK, WASH. April 1, 2020— Following guidance from the Colville Business Council, 12 Tribes Casinos has extended closures for all three casino properties- 12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak, 12 Tribes Mill Bay Casino in Manson, and 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino in Coulee Dam.

The closure has been in effect since March 17, 2020 and will last through April 30, 2020, in accordance with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.

“These measures are necessary to ensure the safety of our patrons, employees, and communities, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 to allow everyone to resume their normal lives as soon as possible,” said Colville Tribal Federal Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Kary Nichols.

Updates will be made available on 12 Tribes Colville Casino’s website at www.colvillecasinos.com/covid-19-prevention.

douglascountysheriff148On March 31, 2020 at approximately 5:33 PM a Douglas County Deputy heard a broadcast from Rivercom with an attempt to locate for a subject with a confirmed Department of Correction’s felony warrant for escape.

The subject with the warrant was Victor J. Stevenson, a 31 year-of-age male out of Wenatchee.

The Deputy, familiar with Stevenson from prior contacts, went to the 400 block of Parkway in Rock Island to attempt to locate. The Deputy saw Stevenson enter a motor home in the 400 block of Parkway, but was told he was not there when he tried to make contact.

With the assistance of Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee P.D and Wenatchee P.D. units, the area was secured and a search warrant was obtained. Utilizing phone conversations, Stevenson ultimately surrendered without incident before the search warrant was served.

Stevenson was booked into CCRJ on his felony warrant.

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The Chelan-Douglas Regional EOC reports that the Washington National Guard will be deploying to communities around the state to assist with food distribution at local food banks.

Starting tomorrow, April 2nd, the National Guard will be sending 10 guardsmen to Wenatchee to assist with food distribution at the Town Toyota Center. The National Guard will be assisting our local food banks, churches and community groups as they combine resources to better serve our community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The request for the National Guard was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The National Guard will only be assisting with food distribution. They will not be utilized in any law enforcement capacity or to enforce any restrictions put in place by Governor Inslee.

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Regular Board Meeting
April 9, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Minutes
a. March 12, 2020 regular meeting minutes
III. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
IV. New Business
a. Resolution 2020-05 approving Director to submit RCO grant application for Leffler Field acquisition
b. Resolution 2020-06 approving Director to submit RCO grant application for Old Swim Hole
c. Resolution 2020-07 approving Director to submit RCO grant application for Manson Bay Marina
V. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is May 14, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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Yakima, WA— March 27, 2020 — This week has proven to be a most challenging of time for the country, state, and now -- the building industry.

On Wednesday evening, Gov. Jay Inslee issued clarification on construction in which he significantly narrowed the original order which allowed for “housing construction.” His new order does allow for continued construction, under limited circumstances:
a) Construction related to essential activities as described in the order;
b) To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing; or
c) To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures.

To that end, it is permissible for workers who are building, construction superintendents, tradesmen, or tradeswomen, or other trades including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, laborers, sheet metal, iron workers, masonry, pipe trades, fabricators, heavy equipment and crane operators, finishers, exterminators, pesticide applicators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC technicians, painting, moving and relocation services, forestry and arborists, and other service providers to provide services consistent with this guidance. All construction activity must meet social distancing and appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding.

(Gov. Inslee’s March 25, 2020 Memo: Construction Guidance – Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25)

Contractors are required by local 2 jurisdictions to have strict safety plans, various licenses and certifications that ensure safety not only for their crews, but for the safety and well-being of homeowners.

Residents and community members may continue to see construction still occurring, but must understand that CWHBA is not providing direct or legal interpretation of the order, enforcing or enquiring regarding specific job sites, and trusts that builders are moving in a direction that is safe and in compliance with the order.

Visit CWHBA.org for more information to stay informed.

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Chelan County is pleased to announce the appointment of James (Jim) Brown as our new Community Development Director.

Jim comes to Chelan County after serving 28 years with Washington State Fish and Wildlife the last 7 of which he has served as the Director for the North Central Region.

He has extensive leadership experience that will serve the County well. In his tenure with WDFW, he has overseen the implementation of agency policy initiatives and programs, providing policy direction to the approximately 150 staff in the region.

The Commissioners chose Jim Brown to succeed former Director David Kuhl who left the County at the end of February. We selected Jim due to his ability to work with a wide variety of interests and to resolve difficult issues in a professional and objective way.

The Commissioners are pleased to welcome Jim Brown to the Chelan County team. He will start on April 23rd.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on March 24th, 2020 at approximately 0720 hours an employee from Selland Construction reported batteries from their heavy equipment had been stolen overnight. At the time of the theft the equipment was parked on Raven Wing Ranch Property, 5814 Colockum Rd, Malaga WA. A week prior to this theft, five heavy equipment batteries had been stolen from this same location.

The first theft was not reported to CCSO and the batteries were replaced by the victim.

When the employee arrived on March 24th, they discovered nine heavy equipment batteries had been stolen overnight. The approximate value of all the batteries stolen in the past week is $2,720. The combined weight of all the stolen batteries is approximately 1,034 pounds.

On the evening of March 24th, one of our Deputies located a classified advertisement on the Wenatchee “Buy/Sell/Trade” Facebook page. A Facebook user had posted an advertisement on March 24th for two heavy equipment batteries. The advertised batteries were the same type and model as the stolen batteries. They were described as “Very nice batteries. In great shape. Will test as if new. Great deal on some practically new batteries.

An Undercover Detective responded to the advertisement via Facebook Messenger. The suspect responded and advised the Detective he actually had four batteries available for sale. The suspect sent our Detective additional photographs of the batteries. In the photographs distinguishing markings matching the stolen batteries could be observed. The suspect agreed to meet with the Undercover Detective in Wenatchee to sell him four batteries.

On March 24th at approximately 2230 hours, the suspect met up with Undercover Detectives from the Columbia River Drug Task Force. The suspect sold the Detectives the four heavy equipment batteries for $200, and advised them he had 3 more heavy equipment batteries to sell them the following day. The suspect, a 28 year old male from the Malaga area, was arrested without incident. The suspect was identified as Wade Hawkins. Search warrants were obtained for the vehicle he was driving and his residence.

On March 25th at approximately 0120 hours a search warrant was served on Hawkins’ residence. Two batteries matching the description of the stolen batteries were located at the residence. A third battery matching the description of the stolen batteries was located in the trunk of Hawkins’ vehicle when it was searched.

In all, Selland Construction had fourteen heavy equipment batteries stolen. Seven of the batteries were recovered. Evidence showing three of the batteries were likely sold as scrap was recovered. Four of the stolen batteries remain unaccounted for at this time. Hawkins was arrested for trafficking stolen property 1st degree, possessing stolen property 2nd degree, vehicle prowl 2nd degree, and criminal trespass 2nd degree.

This was a coordinated effort from your Chelan County Sheriff’s Office among numerous deputies on three different patrol squads, and the Chelan County Regional Drug Task Force. The reality is those committing theft and other serious crimes are not taking any time off during this crisis, but your deputies will continue to work to keep our valley safe and secure.

CC sheriff logo 2018Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide Executive “Stay at Home Order”.

This order was put in place to protect the “whole community” of our State from the very contagious COVID-19 virus.

Anyone employed in essential services involving operation of critical infrastructure sectors and continuity of operations is allowed to continue to work.

Those persons who are not part of the essential services groups defined below should stay at home and only travel to grocery stores, doctor appointments, pharmacies and other locations offering essential services until the order is lifted.

People should continue to refrain from participating in any public gatherings and maintain social distancing of six feet or more throughout the duration of the order.

Law enforcement's primary role is to help educate people about how to comply with orders to stay at home. We are not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket or establish checkpoints for compliance. Rumors of strict law enforcement or "martial law" are not true.

Here are communication messages that may help you answer questions from your communities:

• We view our role more as one of education. Educating residents on how to keep themselves safe, how to keep their families safe and most importantly, to keep the rest of the community safe, especially our vulnerable populations.

• We understand some people need to carry out essential services such as:

 1. Safety and security

 2. Food, water, shelter

 3. Health and medical

 4. Energy (power and fuel)

 5. Communications

 6. Transportation

For information on the definition of essential critical infrastructure workers please, go to:https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6817901-FINAL-WA-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure.html

• Our communities have shown they understand the severity of the situation and are doing all they can already to keep themselves, their families and neighbors safe and healthy.

• When officers and deputies encounter people not complying with an order, we will remind them, as appropriate, of the recommendation and restrictions.

• No law enforcement agencies have any desire to make any arrests or take anybody to jail for violations.

• Rumors of individuals or businesses needing "passes" or "licenses" to conduct essential services are not true.

Rest assured we will continue to serve you every minute of every day and we will always enforce the laws that keep people safe.

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The Fire Districts are very busy.

Please do not add to the work they are doing. If you need to burn natural debris on your property, remember that last year’s grass is very flammable.

Please burn responsibly.

Here are some simple guidelines to follow:

No burning if the wind speeds exceed 10 mph. (Less is better)

Attended recreational campfires are allowed at private residences and hosted campgrounds in approved campfire rings or pits and at dispersed camping sites. The campfire area must be clear of combustible material 36 inches in diameter around the campfire. Have a shovel and water readily available on site to suppress the fire.

Outside of UGA: Debris burning of natural vegetation is allowed on your property. No garbage or building debris. Maximum pile size is 4X4-feet in diameter. A 10-foot diameter area clear of flammable material around the pile is required. Water and a shovel must be readily available on site to suppress the fire.

Debris burning restrictions within the Urban Growth Area (UGA) are still applicable. Burning of yard waste in Urban Growth Areas is prohibited.

No Household trash or garbage shall be burned outdoors at residences at any time. If your property is not in an Urban Growth Area only natural vegetation can be burned.

Burn barrels are illegal and are not permitted.

Always have at least one person attending the burn pile and provide them with a means to control the fire or put out spot fires. (Hand tools and water.)

If you have an orchard. Agricultural Operations Do Not need a permit from Ecology to burn their prunings or fire-blight if they are just limbs and a few whole trees. If the orchard is tearing out whole blocks or acreage then they need an agricultural pile burn permit from Ecology.

It is advised to have outdoor burning complete before the end of May.

Burn regulations will engage June 1st.

CC sheriff logo 2018Previous article from March 18, 2020: Human remains found in ravine near Horselake Road

On March 23rd, 2020 a medical examination was completed on the human remains found near Horselake Road last week. The body, discovered on March 17th, 2020 has now been positively identified as 18 year old Hannia “Paulina” Mosqueda Rodriguez of Waterville. She was originally reported missing to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in October of 2019.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Mosqueda Rodriguez are suspicious in nature and are being investigated by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Wenatchee Police Department.

If you have any information regarding this incident please call the CCSO Detective Tip-Line at 509-667-6845.

chelan douglas health distrEast Wenatchee, WA – CDHD was notified on March 24, 2020, by Confluence Health of the first death of a Health District resident as a result of COVID-19, and two (2) additional lab-confirmed positive test results.

The Health District’s total number of lab-confirmed positive cases is now twelve (12), ten (10) of whom are Chelan County residents and two (2) Douglas County residents

The Central Washington Hospital patient who passed away was a 91-year-old patient with multiple pre-existing health conditions. It is important to note that everyone is at risk for COVID-19 – not just the elderly.

Please continue practice all the possible measures in order to avoid infection or spread of this disease.COVID-19.

chelan county logoDue to many of the offices limiting in-person contact the County will now go to a single point entry for both the Law and Justice Building as well as the Courthouse. Public Restrooms in County buildings will have rotating closures due to increased sanitizing efforts.

Both the Treasurer’s Office and the Noxious Weed Department will go to close to in-person interaction as of Monday, March 23rd. Please check our website www.co.chelan.wa.us to get up-to-date contact information for our offices.

Current face-to-face closures include:

Sheriff’s Office

Human Resources

Public Works

District Court Probation

Auditor’s Office

Starting Monday March 23rd

Chelan County Assessor

Chelan County Community Development

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ChelanFireRescueLogo200The Special Meeting scheduled for 03-23-2020 starting at 9:00 a.m. has been cancelled.

The regular meeting scheduled for 03-23-2020 starting at 1:00 p.m. is still in effect.

Agenda 03-23-2020 Regular Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Due to the COVID19 restrictions set upon all social distancing the board is conducting the meeting via phone conference. 

The public will have access to listen in.

Access codes are as follows:

Conference Call Dial-in: 1-623-600-3762

Conference Code:  284213

Call to Order at 1:00 p.m.:   Commissioner Moller, Chair

New Business:

  • Resolution 2020-05 Continuation of Government in the event of a disaster 

Adjournment:

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – The arrival of spring typically means drivers in Washington have until March 31 to remove studded tires. However, this year the Washington State Department of Transportation is extending the deadline to Thursday, April 30, due to COVID-19 virus concerns and in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s guidance to help reduce the spread of the virus by limiting social interactions.

“Washington is experiencing some extraordinary challenges with COVID-19 right now and we recognize this is not a time for ‘business as usual,’” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Branch Manager James Morin. “People are dealing with a lot of concerns – trying to get tires changed by the end of the month doesn’t need to be one of them.” 

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31. State law gives WSDOT authority to extend the deadline when circumstances call for it, most commonly when a forecast indicates widespread snow and ice. Currently many employers, including tire removal services, are sending employees home to help stop the spread of the virus, so people’s ability to meet the deadline could be difficult.

Because the COVID-19 event is rapidly changing, WSDOT will re-evaluate the situation near the end of the extension period. If no new extensions are granted at that time, the April 30 deadline means that starting at midnight on Friday, May 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine.

WSDOT encourages drivers to remove studded tires prior to the deadline, if possible. Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded near the removal deadline, so please plan accordingly.

Crews continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts, and work to quickly clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.

Other states may have different studded tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.

More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.

Food- Childcare and more (PDF)

Lunch Delivery Locations and Times (PDF)

Manson Food Delivery

douglas county logoOn March 17, 2020 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners have passed Resolution No. CE 20-14, Emergency Proclamation, in response to the potential COVID-19 situation in Douglas County.

On March 17, 2020 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners have passed Resolution No. CE 20-14, Emergency Proclamation, in response to the potential COVID-19 situation in Douglas County.The health, safety, and welfare of our community is Douglas County’s top priority. This resolution will allow efficient response to any COVID-19 threats as they emerge and will further ensure the ability to prepare for any developments in the coming weeks and months. This situation remains fluid and changes may occur rapidly.

To further the recommendations issued by the Chelan Douglas Health District, Centers for Disease Control, and the State of Washington, the Douglas County Commissioners have signed Resolution No. CE 20-16, restricting public access to all Douglas County facilities, effective March 19, 2020. Public access will be limited to Court hearings/other court dates or by appointment with other County offices. Douglas County is committed to providing public services and will continue to operate via email, phone, and other electronic means during this time. Attached is a resource sheet with information regarding whom to contact to discuss scheduling of appointments to meet in-person with County staff.

Douglas County is not closing or slowing any government processes. These operational changes will only serve to protect the community and those who serve it. We believe that instituting precautionary measures will strengthen our ability to add value to our constituents. All departments are fully staffed to respond to inquiries via telephone, email, or other portals available.

Additionally, per Resolution CE 20-15, all Board of Commissioner’s meeting sessions will be moved temporarily from the Courthouse in Waterville and will now be held at the Public Services Building, 140 19th NW, East Wenatchee WA. This change will take place effective immediately and will remain in place for the duration of the emergency.

The County has undertaken a number of proactive measures in response to COVID-19. Facilities maintenance has instituted increased building protocols, physical contact has been curtailed, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) have been provided, and mail handling has been altered.

For additional information regarding COVID-19 and resources available to the community, please see the following sources:

 The Chelan Douglas Health District: https://cdhd.wa.gov/

 The Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 For information regarding disaster relief for businesses - Small Business Administration https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

 For tax relief information: https://dor.wa.gov/about/2019-novel-coronavirus-outbreak-covid-19-update

 Department of Education: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus;

 Information about Health Care Coverage for impacted workers: https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/Homepage.html & https://www.hca.wa.gov/health-care-services-supports/apple-health-medicaid-coverage;

 Information for impacted workers and employers - Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus

Additional documents:

Resolution No. CE 20-14B

Resolution No. CE 20-16

 

chelan county logoChelan County is operating under its various departmental emergency plans. We are encouraging the use of our on-line resources rather than in-person services. Several of our offices are closed to face-to-face interaction.

Before venturing out to a County Office, please check our website www.co.chelan.wa.us to see if the service you desire is being affected.

Though an office may be closed to face-to-face contact services are available by phone or email. Contact information is available through our website.

Current face-to-face closures include:

Sheriff’s Office

Human Resources

Public Works

District Court Probation

Starting Monday March 23rd

Chelan County Assessor

Chelan County Community Development

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on March 17th, 2020 at approximately 9:30 human remains were discovered in a ravine off of Horselake Road. A group was walking in the area when one of their dogs discovered part of the remains. They reported the discovery and Deputies responded. Soon after, the remainder of the body was located.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded to the scene to begin the investigation. Washington State Patrol’s Crime Scene Response Team were called in to assist and were processing the scene into the evening.

This morning, the Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue group and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers will be conducting an evidence search in the area coordinated by CCSO Detectives.

The identity and gender has not been confirmed yet. An autopsy will be conducted by the end of this week

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The Chelan County Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director for the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

Chief Christopher Sharp has been selected to succeed Interim Director Bill Larson. Chief Sharp will officially take over the Director position on April 1, 2020.

Having served Chelan County citizens for 20 years, first as a Corrections Officer, then promoting to Corporal, Sergeant and finally Chief in January 2019, Sharp has all of the skills needed to successfully move into his new role. He possesses strong skills in communication, organizational development and leadership.

We are looking forward to a seamless transition.

colville 12 tribes logoOMAK, WASH. MARCH 17, 2020 - After much consideration and out of concern for the safety and health of customers, employees and the community, 12 Tribes Colville Casinos has made the necessary decision to temporarily close all three casino properties (12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak, 12 Tribes Mill Bay Casino in Manson, and 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino in Coulee Dam).

The closure will take effect at 5PM on March 17, 2020 and will last through April 1, 2020, in accordance with the guidance and practice of the State of Washington.

“The Colville Tribal Federal Corporation’s primary mission is to serve and enrich our communities,” said Colville Tribal Federal Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Kary Nichols. “The health and wellbeing of our team members and our patrons, as well as the larger communities in which we work, is paramount to that mission.”

12 Tribes Colville Casinos have followed guidelines set by the CDC and local health authorities amid concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and have worked with Tribal health authorities to take appropriate action regarding the spread of COVID-19.

“Despite dedicating additional resources for sanitation efforts and limiting certain aspects of our operations, it is apparent that the correct response to this public health crisis is to do our part in slowing its progression,” said Nichols.

Updates will be made available on 12 Tribes Colville Casino’s website at www.colvillecasinos.com.

CC sheriff logo 2018In response to the state and local declarations involving the COVID-19 virus, effective March 18, 2020, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office public reception areas will be closed, and non-commissioned staff reduced, in order to do our part in reducing the spread of the virus and limit the possibility of exposure to Sheriff’s Office support staff.

Chelan County Emergency Management has enacted the Emergency Operation Center and we are currently staffing this operation with non-essential support staff, which has an effect on our daily operations.
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• To report a crime call RiverCom dispatch, for emergencies, 9-1-1, for non-emergencies, the 24-hour non-emergency number: 509-663-9911.

• If you are registering as a sex offender, or need to exchange your transient sex offender logs, call 509-667-6875, during business hours.

• Public Disclosure Requests can be submitted by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• All other public in-person services are suspended due to the emergency declarations as we will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. These precautionary measures will be revaluated in approximately 30 days.

• If you need to contact the Sheriff’s Office directly, please call 509-667-6875 and for the Chelan substation 682-2588 during normal business hours of 9AM-5PM.

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented and challenging time.

Chelan County now has two confirmed cases of the COVID 19 virus.

This morning the Chelan County Board of Commissioners have taken the step of signing an Emergency Declaration Resolution in regards to the COVID 19 virus.  Precautionary measures put in place by the Governor and the Federal Government have impacted our community.  By signing this resolution local businesses and non-profits will now have access to potential State and Federal assistance.

We encourage our Chelan County residents to remain cautious and aware and to do everything possible to help one another during this difficult time.

Below are documents released by Chelan County Board of Commissioners and the Chelan County Sheriff's office.

 

Comissioners Document

 

Sheriff Statement

wsdot logoAs state and national efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 continue, the Washington State Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending the Free Coffee Volunteer Program at safety rest areas, beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. Statewide, 37 of our 47 safety rest areas offer the Free Coffee Program. This is a continuation of efforts to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing, minimizing touch points and limiting close personal contact.

Visitors to the Evergreen State have been receiving free coffee via the popular volunteer-run stations for more than 20 years. The program benefits drivers and allows groups to collect donations for non-profits.

It is important to note, that all of the state’s 47 rest areas remain open. WSDOT has implemented additional precautions to disinfect rest areas including more frequent cleaning of touch points, and refilling of soap and hand sanitizer.

WSDOT’s top priority is the safety of our staff and the traveling public.

manson schoolMarch 13, 2020

Manson Staff, Families and Community,

We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. At 1:35 p.m. today, Governor Inslee issued an executive order closing all schools until at least April 24. All Manson School District schools will close to students, effective Tuesday, March 17. Monday, March 16 is the last day of school, including athletics, activities and clubs. School offices will remain open through Friday, March 20 so families can pick up their student’s medication.

We know some families will want to keep their children home on Monday March 16, however we encourage students to attend as we’ll be preparing them for some aspects of the distance learning that will follow in the coming weeks. Staff will also be prepared to support students who have questions or are experiencing anxiety with these dramatic events.

The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people and we understand that extended school closure will create hardship. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers. Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day.

Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.

Our school district staff are committed to helping our community’s families through this challenging time. Even as I type we are developing plans and thinking how we can help families with issues like food, childcare and of course continuing educational programs for of our children. As these plans are developed we will share how they will be implemented. Our goal is to begin at least some of this support by March 23rd. If we can begin sooner, we will.

The Manson School District will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via text messages, website and social media channels. Another update will be provided on Monday, March 16th. We are so grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. Please contact your child’s school or the Manson School District Office if you have any additional questions.

Thank you,

Matt Charlton, Superintendent
Manson School District

douglas county logoDouglas County places the highest importance on the health, safety, and wellbeing on the public and its employees. In respect to the advice issued today by the Chelan Douglas Health Department directing the cancellation of events of 20 or more people, the North Central Washington Fair is canceling the permits for the Friends of the Fair Crab Feed fundraiser. The fundraiser has been postponed until deemed safe by the local health authorities.

The Friends of the Fair will be working with ticket holders to keep them apprised of any updates and to notify them of the future event date once determined.
We appreciate the support and understanding of the community as we work to ensure the safety of the County.

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – State and regional plans to address future transportation needs are the focus of the State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia. The meeting includes briefings on three regional long-range plans, development of the state’s Active Transportation Plan, status of the Highway System Plan update, and planning efforts underway to bring High Speed Rail to Washington.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at the end of each day.

The emphasis on long-range transportation planning at this meeting reflects the commission’s commitment to on-going implementation of WTP 2040 and Beyond, the statewide transportation plan, which the commission adopted in December 2018. The plan set the stage for identifying projects, investment strategies, and responsibilities for tackling critical needs statewide. It provides guidance for local and state plans to work in concert to keep Washington moving. This agenda looks in depth at how WTP 2040 and Beyond has influenced regional and state plans, including those from Thurston County Regional Planning Council, Island County Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

On Tuesday morning, the commission will hear an update on the state’s toll facilities, including the State Route 99 tunnel performance, and traffic and revenue updates for all tolled facilities. Later, the co-author of Pricing Roads, Advancing Equity, will talk about how several North American cities, including Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco and Los Angeles, are exploring downtown congestion pricing as a way to solve several urban transportation problems at once, including the opportunity to improve transportation options in places that have been underserved.

Tuesday afternoon, the Washington State Department of Transportation will brief the commission on how the agency’s collaborative approach with Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations provides an opportunity to rethink how to prioritize, program and fund investments in the transportation system. Presentations also will be given by WSDOT staff on development of an Active Transportation plan and the process being used for the Highway System Plan update.

Wednesday morning WSDOT staff will provide an overview of the work to date by the states of Oregon and Washington, the province of British Columbia, and multiple other private and public partners to examine the options for regional High Speed Rail.

Finally, Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar will present a state and national perspective on Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT). An integrated way to improve safety, mobility, and operations efficiency, CAT enables all modes of transportation to work together through interdependent vehicle and systems automation and information exchange.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/

2019 Chief’s Awards – Chief Donnell

The 2019 Chief Award recognize members of Chelan Fire & Rescue who have significantly contributed to our mission of protecting lives and property through emergency response, training, and education.

This year we recognize the following members for their contributions:

Firefighter Laura Cross - As one of our newest members of Chelan Fire & Rescue this individual taken the personal commitment to be the best that they can be by stepping up as a firefighter on South Lakeshore. She has continually sought out additional training, started to master operation of apparatus assigned to ST-75, and has helped out at many of our social events making a positive impact within our community.

Firefighter Chrys Fine - Chrys has done a tremendous job as “Sparky” in promoting fire safety and education throughout the county. She has made a tremendous effort in getting Sparky into as many events as possible through out the year and is always a hit with kids and other mascots.

Lieutenant Taylor Rains – Lieutenant Rains has been at the helm of our public education program for the past year and has made a tremendous effort in keeping us connected to the community. As the junior Lieutenant in our organization he has been an ardent supporter of training for career and volunteer members alike and daily demonstrates the spirit of our mission.

Chelan Firefighters Association & Auxiliary – The Firefighters Association and Auxiliary have been the benevolent arm of Chelan Fire & Rescue and our huge supporter to our community in their time of need. Under the guidance of Dan Crandall and Anne Brautovich-Clark, the Association and Auxiliary have successfully raised significant funds that directly benefit the Fire District and members of our community. This organization truly represents the heart and spirit of the fire service.

2019 Commissioner’s Award – Commissioner Russ Jones

The 2019 Commissioner’s Award recognizes a member of Chelan Fire & Rescue or a member of the community or community group or business that has significantly contributed to the Fire District’s mission of protecting lives and property.

The 2019 Commissioner’s Award goes to Chrys “Sparky” Fine

2019 Chief Timothy Lemon Memorial Award – Chief Asher

The 2019 Chief Timothy Lemon Memorial Award recognizes the member of Chelan Fire & Rescue who displays the spirit of commitment, compassion, and courage in their daily contributions for the organization. This award was created in memory of Fire Chief Tim Lemon who saw the best in every member, was always there to listen to your story, held us steady throughout his span as Fire Chief, and would always greet you with big hug.

The 2019 Chief Timothy Lemon memorial Award goes to Support Services Robert Takagi.

2019 Chief’s Company – Chief Donnell

The 2019 Chief’s Company Award recognizes members of the organization based upon not only their merits and skills during emergency responses but their contributions to the organization and community as well. This year’s awards recognizes members who held strong through a year of many challenges facing many obstacles and receiving many accolades along the way. These members held steadfast to the Mission of protecting the lives and property of our community through emergency response, training, and education. They contributed their time, energy, and resources unselfishly to keep the community safe throughout the year, at times, leaving those that support them all alone. I cannot thank these members enough for the support that they have given of themselves for this organization and I am eternally grateful for the support that they have given to me this past year.

The 2019 Chief’s Company Award goes to the Membership of Chelan Fire & Rescue for all of your hard work and dedication for the past year.

CC sheriff logo 2018VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

NON-LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT

POSITION: Special Investigations Unit – Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative

DETAILS: The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is accepting application packets from citizens interested in serving on the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) as a Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative. The SIU is comprised of law enforcement investigators and command staff from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol. The purpose of the SIU is to investigate officer-involved uses of force that result in great bodily harm or death. The involved agency is removed from the investigative process.

RESPONSIBLITIES: The Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative does not serve as an investigator, but rather assists with the review of independent investigative team member qualifications, selection of team members, and assessing potential conflicts of interest.

A complete list of duties is contained in chapter 139-12 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). This volunteer position is designed to enhance community trust and increase transparency at all stages of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) independent investigation.

REQUIREMENTS: Legal resident of Chelan County.
***City of Wenatchee residents interested should apply through the City of Wenatchee ***

HOW TO APPLY: Please go to https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/news/article/siu-non-law-enforcement-community-representative- to download an application.

Complete applications may be emailed to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or mailed to:

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Jan Brincat
Law & Justice Building
401 Washington Street #1
Wenatchee, WA 98801

1st Review Date: 9:00 A.M., Monday, April 6, 2020. Open until filled.

manson schoolClick below for PDF document with coronavirus updates from Manson School District:

COVID-19 Update English

COVID-19 Update Spanish

bleed

Manson School District hosted several staff from Chelan and Orondo School District to participate in a course that teaches immediate responders to administer lifesaving treatment to themselves or to others that have sustained life threatening injuries. The training provided instruction and practice on life threatening bleeding scenarios and the strategies and tools used to save lives.

Instructors Jennifer Foreman and Shaun Kelly from Combat First Aid (https://www.combatfirstaid.com/) provided this high quality instruction

colville 12 tribes logoOmak, WA. March 9, 2020 - The 12 Tribes Colville Casinos Executive Team met to discuss measures to protect patrons and employees at 12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak, 12 Tribes Mill Bay Casino in Manson, and 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino in Coulee Dam.

Safety measures include a deep cleaning of all three casinos effective immediately, and until further notice. During the cleaning, the casinos will close. The schedule for each site is;

 • 12 Tribes Resort Casino:
     o Monday & Thursday, 4AM-8AM
     o Room Service, the Sweet Shop, and Tin Biscuits will be available at 8AM
     o Hotel reservations are still being accepted and rooms are deep cleaned after each guest.
  • 12 Tribes Mill Bay Casino:
     o Tuesday & Wednesday, 4AM-8AM
  • 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino:
     o Monday & Thursday, 5AM-8AM

“Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of those in our community,” said Chief Executive Officer Kary Nichols. “We feel the best way to keep our employees, guests, and community members safe is to execute these preventative measures.”

Other preventative measures include adding more locations for hand sanitizers and providing employees and guests with personal protective equipment as needed.

“We thank you all for your patience and understanding as we do our part to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Nichols.