Work day poster June 2021

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Public Announcement:

The Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners will all be in attendance for the monthly Community Connection on KOZI Radio,  Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 8:10 a.m.  

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On June 11, 2021 at 11:10 p.m., crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire at an apartment complex located at 509 E. Gibson Avenue.

First arriving crew reported heavy smoke coming from front of the lower level apartment and quickly made entry.  Crews encountered heavy smoke and heat and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

The entry crew then initiated a search of the premise and located a patient inside the back bedroom.  The patient was brought outside to EMS personnel who initiated patient care and transport to Lake Chelan Hospital.  The patient was subsequently airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where her condition is unknown at this time.

Second alarm resources from Manson, Entiat, Orondo, and Wenatchee were called due to the size of the apartment complex and the possibility of fire extension beyond the unit involved.  Crews on scene were able to contain the fire to the single unit which sustained considerable heat and smoke damage.  The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

The ability to have three firefighters on the initial response to this fire made the difference in rescuing the patient and keeping the fire loss contained to the unit of origin.

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoUpdate: 06-10-2021 - SEE OUR PREVIOUS STORY FROM JUNE 8, 2021

On 06-07-2021 an East Wenatchee juvenile male was taken into custody. This male was booked into Chelan County Juvenile Detention for complicity to Robbery 1st Degree. This charge stems from a previously unreported incident which appears related to the Shooting call on 06-05-2021.

Through extensive investigation East Wenatchee Detectives and the Wenatchee Police Pro-Act Unit developed probable cause for an adult male for 3 counts of attempted murder in the 2nd degree, and felon in possession of a firearm. On 06-08-2021 the Wenatchee Police Pro-Act Unit located this adult male at a residence on in the 800 block Cashmere Street, in Wenatchee. After a brief foot pursuit the male was taken into custody.

This investigation is ongoing.

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OLYMPIA – Community leaders and local officials from across the Wenatchee Valley will meet virtually with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes. 

The meeting will take place starting Tuesday, June 15, from 1-5 p.m., and reconvene on Wednesday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Zoom Webinar. People interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.

On Tuesday, the Chelan-Douglas Regional Transportation Council will brief the commission on the region’s transportation needs, which vary between the urban and rural areas. Representatives from the cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee will discuss their transportation investments and funding needs that will support the growing regional economy. The commission will be briefed on how Wenatchee’s award winning, nationally recognized “Complete Streets” program addresses equity.  County leaders will discuss with the commission the importance of the transportation system to the economic vitality of the area, including the effects of commercial air service expansion.

During Wednesday’s session, the commission will learn about the Douglas County Public Utility District’s renewable hydrogen production facility pilot project. Northern Fruit, a local business, will share with the commission its planned electrification of their truck fleet. A multijurisdictional panel will provide information on the efforts to complete the Apple Capital Loop project, which when done, will complete the transportation backbone of the Wenatchee urban area. Additionally, the area’s transit system will be highlighted with a focus on their current fixed route services, as well as innovative special needs transportation programs that are being explored in an effort to reduce costs, while increasing access.

Questions or comments from the public can be submitted during the virtual meeting by using the “Q&A” function found on-screen. As time allows, questions will be addressed during the meeting. Written comments can also be submitted via email until 4 p.m. the day before the meeting. Comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written comments received after this deadline will be provided to commissioners after the meeting.

The commission also is holding a special meeting 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 15, to propose new ferry fares and to discuss toll rate increases on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the State Route 99 tunnel and the SR 520 bridge.  All presentations will be available on the commission’s website.

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

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn 6-5-21 at about 1330 hours EWPD Officers were dispatched to a reported Weapons Violation/Shooting near the intersection of 9th ST NE and N Baker Ave. One group of individuals had arrived at a residence near this location to confront another group. During the confrontation firearms were displayed and then several shots were fired. One victim was shot in the leg and was transported to CWH via private vehicle immediately after being shot.

The individual who was shot (24-year-old man from East Wenatchee) was discharged from CWH about three hours later. This incident appears to be related to an unreported incident from several days prior. It also appears to be gang related.

Numerous search warrants have already been served as the investigation is active and ongoing.

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Regular Board Meeting
June 10, 2021, 4:15pm

In person: Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831

(All persons in attendance must wear a mask covering both nose and mouth, and must adhere to the 6’ social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC. When attendance exceeds 17 persons, additional attendees will need to attend via phone.)

Phone-in: (425) 436-6260 Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. May 13, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Old Swim Hole
i. Swim area boundary modification
ii. Emergency erosion repair
b. Singleton playground name
c. Bennet right-of-way maintenance
d. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Farmer’s Market
VIII. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: July 8, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports On May 25th, 2021 a burglary was reported in the 3200 block of Rivers Edge Place in Wenatchee. The reporting party stated they believed their home was broken into sometime prior to noon that day. Several items were taken from the residence including a laptop, tablet, clothing, and firearm. The suspect also left behind articles of wet clothing.

Early on May 26th, the burglary victim reported receiving pings from their stolen tablet in the north Wenatchee area. As Detectives investigated this, they began to link the burglary to a subject who had fled on foot the day prior after a fire started near a homeless encampment along the Wenatchee River. This was in the vicinity of the burglary. The wet clothing left at the burglary matched what the subject was wearing when contacted by law enforcement.

Through interviews, they were able to determine he was associated with a Red Jeep Cherokee. CCSO Deputies and Detectives followed up on several Pings throughout the morning and eventually located the red Jeep parked on North Wenatchee Avenue near Walnut Avenue. Along with Wenatchee Police Department, they took the suspect, a 32 year old Wenatchee man into custody at approximately 11:00 am today. He was located with some of the stolen property from the burglary.

After interviews with Wenatchee Police Officers who transported him, the suspect was booked into CCRJC for Burglary 1st Degree, Theft of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree.

colville 12 tribes logoColville Gaming LLC, Forest Products, LLC, and CTFC Administration lifts COVID-19 restrictions for team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated with a valid vaccination card.

OMAK, WASH. MAY 24, 2021— In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colville Tribe’s Health Director Guidance, the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation (CTFC), consisting of Colville Gaming LLC, Forest Products, LLC, and the CTFC Administration are open without COVID-19 restrictions, with the exception of the following requirements;

• Screening: Team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated, with a valid vaccination card, are exempt from the daily screening requirements. Team members and patrons who have not been fully vaccinated, without a valid vaccination card, must continue with daily screening routines.

• Mask Mandate: Team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated, with a valid vaccination card, are exempt from the mask mandate. Team members and patrons who have not been fully vaccinated, without a valid vaccination card, must continue to wear masks at all times while on CTFC facilities.

• Social Distancing: Team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated, with a valid vaccination card, are exempt from current social distancing policies. Team members and patrons who have not been fully vaccinated, without a valid vaccination card, must continue to social distance at all times while on CTFC facilities.

Team members who have symptoms at screening will not be admitted to the facilities and will be referred to contact tracing and COVID-19 testing as previously required. Team members who have been referred for testing will not be allowed to return to work until they are released by their health care provider.

Team members should contact benefits immediately if symptoms are present to determine if Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave can be granted.

Team members should still not report to work sick.

“Our team members and patrons have been diligent in following the safety standards CTFC has put in place for the last year,” said Kary Nichols, CTFC Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that we will continue to be the right place for the right time.”

CTFC appreciates the efforts from team members to get vaccinated, and continues to encourage team members to get vaccinated with their local healthcare providers.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Public Announcement:

Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the fire station located at 232 East Wapato Ave.

AGENDA:

Roll Call:

Call to order:

Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110 (1) ( g ) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Adjournment:

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MOUNT RAINIERState Route 410/Chinook Pass and State Route 123/Cayuse Pass through Mount Rainier National Park will reopen for the season by 8 a.m. Friday, May 28, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews are in the final stages of clearing both roadways. When the gates open, park visitors can travel SR 410/Chinook Pass (elev. 5,430 feet) between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. SR 123/Cayuse Pass (elev. 4,675 feet) will also open within the park boundaries between Stevens Canyon Road and the SR 410 junction.

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National park crews have been hard at work clearing a robust winter snowpack. The park’s Carbon River, Longmire, and Paradise areas are all open, as is the road from Packwood to the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead. Visitors should expect delays of up to 20 minutes along SR 123 due to ongoing paving work. The entrance to the Ohanapecosh Campground will reopen on Saturday, May 29. The road to Sunrise is estimated to reopen July 2. Mount Rainer National Park road access updates are provided on the park’s website.

Winter closures

Cayuse and Chinook passes close each winter due to high avalanche risk, poor road conditions, lack of snow storage and no emergency response services within close proximity. Both highways closed to vehicle traffic for the season on Nov. 12, 2020. WSDOT and the National Park Service collaborate each spring to reopen the highways. This process has been a shared responsibility for decades. A history of Cayuse Pass and Chinook Pass opening and closing dates is available on the WSDOT website.

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Board of Directors (Left to Right): Commissioner Mark Spurgeon, Commissioner Donn Etherington, Commissioner Rory Turner, Commissioner Alan Loebsack, Commissioner JC Baldwin, and Commissioner Jim Huffman.

The Washington Public Ports Association has selected the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority as the Port of the Year for 2021. Kathy Pittis, President of the Washington Public Ports Association said, “while there were many deserving Ports, the political courage and leadership of the Port Commissioners from Chelan and Douglas Counties in forming a Regional Port was worthy of being chosen Port of the Year.”

Regional Port Board Chairman Alan Loebsack commented, “There are 75 Ports in the state of Washington and this award is highly coveted as an endorsement from your peers that your Port does outstanding work. We are humbled that we were selected.”

The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority was formed in June 2019. It is a first in the state of Washington that two county-wide port districts functionally consolidated into one regional port. Geographically, it encompasses 4,843 square miles, making it the largest in the state. The Regional Port serves a population of 120,000 citizens with a combined assessed value of $16.5 billion.

Rory Turner, Regional Board member commented, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the Regional Port Staff. Since day one, staff has rallied behind the concept and value of a Regional Port. They have worked as an effective team and are facilitating regional economic development projects that are making a difference.”

In early 2019 both Ports endorsed the formation of a citizen’s advisory panel to look into governance issues, specifically as it related to Pangborn Memorial Airport, which is jointly owned by both Ports. The citizen’s panel and the Port Commissioners soon thereafter endorsed a regional governance model, not only for the airport, but also for the Ports’ economic development efforts in North Central Washington.

Regional Board member Mark Spurgeon stated, “Thank you to WPPA for recognizing the Chelan Douglas Regional Port as Port of the Year. While it has been a lot of hard work, forming a Regional Port was in the best interest of the citizens we serve. I would also like to acknowledge Lisa Parks, the former Executive Director of the Port of Douglas County. Her leadership along with the current CEO Jim Kuntz helped make it happen.”

One of the Regional Port’s early successes was focused on helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 business uncertainty. The Regional Port was the lead entity in facilitating federal, state, and local funds to help small businesses. In Chelan and Douglas Counties, $4.2 million dollars were awarded to 727 small businesses – approximately 21% of the businesses in the two-county region. The average grant award was $5,847.

To learn more about current economic development projects taking place within the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority, please visit: www.cdrpa.org.

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Use WSDOT tools, plan ahead for holiday weekend traffic

OLYMPIA – With Memorial Day serving as the unofficial kick-off for summer travel, anyone hitting the roads during the holiday weekend should plan ahead and prepare for additional traffic – especially during peak travel times.

For those who are traveling, consulting the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Memorial Day weekend traffic volume charts can help determine best times to travel on key routes. Due to the closure of the US-Canadian border to non-essential travel, there will not be travel charts for the border crossing. Travelers should also check ahead for any COVID-19 safety requirements at their destinations or stops along the way.

Given an expected increase in traffic this holiday, travelers should be sure to keep vehicles at least a quarter full of fuel throughout travel. The state Department of Commerce says there is no fuel shortage like recently seen on the East Coast, but with many people still driving rather than flying, there could be local delays in fuel deliveries during heavy travel weekends this summer. Downloading an app that identifies nearby gas stations may be helpful if traveling in a different part of the state, as will buying only the fuel you need to leave enough for everyone else.

By following these steps, travelers can “know before they go” and plan ahead, whether they’re just traveling across town or across the state:

  • Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.
  • Have a backup outdoor location if your first choice is full and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
  • Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.
  • Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.

Highway construction paused

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 31 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place. And please give any emergency repair crews plenty of space to work safely.

Snoqualmie Pass

No lane closures or other construction is planned on Interstate 90 from Friday, May 28, until to Tuesday, June 1. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, May 28, and westbound Monday, May 31 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."

Chinook and Cayuse passes

Both Chinook Pass, State Route 410, and Cayuse Pass, SR 123, are expected to be open in time for the Memorial Day weekend, but it depends on progress clearing deep snow. Exact dates and other details are still being finalized. Check the Chinook and Cayuse passes webpage for updates as the holiday approaches to be sure they’re open before heading out. Both these passes close each winter due to weather and hazardous conditions.

Tolling

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, May 31, on the State Route 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short-term account payment options on the Good To Go! visitors page visitors page.

Ferry travel People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits and plan to remain in their vehicle throughout the sailing as much as possible to allow walk-on passengers more room to physically distance. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, May 27-28, and eastbound, Monday, May 31. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.

  • All riders should double check the sailing schedules as some routes are operating on timetables that are different than prior to the pandemic.
  • Visit the Washington State Ferries website for more details on vehicle reservations, ferry email alerts, checking terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates.
  • In compliance with federal Transportation Security Administration regulations, face masks are required in both indoor and outdoor areas of terminals and vessels if outside a vehicle. To maintain physical distancing standards, reduced occupancy in terminals and on sailings for walk-on passengers will be enforced.

Trains, airports and transit

Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and TSA regulations require all passengers to wear masks. Visit amtrakcascades.com/or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
  • For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or call 800-552-0666.
  • Check with your local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn 05-14-2021 at approximately 2300 hours, East Wenatchee Police Officers responded to reports of hearing a gun shot and finding a male unresponsive in the parking lot between Cedars Inn and The Clearwater.  Callers reported the male had been shot and was bleeding heavily. 

At approximately 2302 hours, officers arrived on scene within 1 minute of the call and located the unresponsive male.  The male did have a gunshot wound to the leg and was bleeding heavily.  Officers performed lifesaving measures with the application of tourniquets and direct pressure. The scene was secured, and EMS arrived to transport the male.

After the initial investigation, it was discovered the male had accidentally discharged the firearm, striking himself in the leg.  A firearm was located at the scene. 

After emergency surgery, the male subject is listed in stable condition and recovering in the ICU.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
 
May's upcoming meeting (on Tuesday) will be focused on Short Term Rental issues. There will be a question and answer period where community questions will be welcome for Commissioner Tiffany Gering & Sheriff Brian Burnett.
 

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Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have changed the May regular meeting start time to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 5:30 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or
dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: April 2021
• Payroll: April 1 -30, 2021 for $122,123.06 paid 05-05-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #428-433 for $5067.73/ 434-446 for $8,033.76 / 447-464 for $10,199.28 / 485-495 for 6,537.75 / 504-513 for $13,742.21
• Capital Account Vouchers: #501-503 for $4,170.97 / 484 for $393.47
• Minutes: April 21, 2021 and May 12, 2021
Fire Chief Report:
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report
• April Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
• Citizens Group Advisory Board - Update
New Business:
• 2021 Levy Lid Lift
• Documents for Disposal
• Marine 71 Staffing for Summer Season
• Billing for Marine 71 Responses
Special Events:
• Thursday May 20th at 8:10 KOZI – Commissioner Oules and Chief Donnell or Chief Asher
• Station 73 Open House, Saturday, June 12th, 1000-1200 @ ST-73
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110 (1) ( g ) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.
Adjournment:

WSDTlogo450Transportation Commission’s virtual meeting set for May 18 and 19

OLYMPIA – Current research on road usage charging as a means of transportation revenue and the next steps in the ferry fare setting process are among the topics the Washington State Transportation Commission will cover at its virtual meeting next week.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, May 18, and Wednesday, May 19.  Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Zoom Webinar. People interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.

Tuesday morning, project staff will update the commission on the latest activities of the Forward Drive road usage charge research project. The presentation focuses on two areas of the research: the equity analysis effort assessing effects RUC may have on underserved communities; and the financial modeling work, which aims to measure the long-term sustainability of RUC as a revenue source considering various factors. 

Following, the Autonomous Vehicle Work Group will brief the commission on possible topics and areas of focus the group could undertake during the remaining three years it has to complete its work.

Tuesday afternoon, the commission will hear updates on the performance of the Interstate 405/State Route 167 express toll lanes. The commission will also receive an update on its I-405/SR 167 ETL Low-Income Tolling Study, which is assessing the effects of tolling on low-income drivers. Staff will brief the commission on the analysis of two low-income discount options and will discuss elements of the draft final report of findings and recommendations, which are due to the Legislature on June 30, 2021. 

Other agenda items include the performance of the SR 99 tunnel, as well as finalizing next steps for toll rate changes on the SR 520 bridge, SR 99 tunnel, and Tacoma Narrows Bridge. In addition, Washington State Ferries will give the commission an overview of its 2021-23 budget and fare revenue target. The commission will review possible fare changes to meet the Legislature’s revenue expectations, based on the final 2021-23 transportation budget passed by the Legislature, and will go over the next steps in the ferry fare-setting process over the coming months. That process includes opportunities for the public to provide input between late-May and early-July. The commission is expected to release its proposed ferry fare changes at its June 15 meeting and its proposed toll rate changes at its July 20 meeting.

The meeting continues on Wednesday with a briefing on ways to address equity in transportation policies and projects such as the upcoming Washington Transportation Plan update. This presentation will cover ways that governments can engage all people in making transportation decisions and measure progress toward a future where all people have access to transportation, allowing them to meet their daily needs. The commission will learn about existing data sources that can shed light on how transportation, housing, health, and the economy interact to create differences in opportunities and resources for Washington’s residents and workers.

Also Wednesday morning, the commission will take action on a legislative request for the naming of State Route 165 as “The Glacier Highway.” The highway is located in Pierce County near Mount Rainier and passes through the communities of Wilkeson and Carbonado.

Questions or comments from the public can be submitted during the virtual meeting by using the “Q&A” function found on-screen. As time allows, questions will be addressed during the meeting. Written comments can also be submitted via email until 4 p.m. the day before the meeting. Comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written comments received after this deadline will be provided to commissioners after the meeting.

All presentations will be available on the commission’s website. For more information about the commission and complete meeting agendas, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/meetings

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

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoEAST WENATCHEE, WA – At 8:14am, the East Wenatchee Police Department received a call that a 13 year old, male, Eastmont Junior High School student had posted a video containing a firearm on social media, the previous day, and then posted an alarming comment on his initial post. A second comment was then made indicating that he wasn’t serious in his first comment.

East Wenatchee Police Officers responded immediately to the student’s home and made contact with the student and then his parents. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the call and responded to Eastmont Junior High School. The student was located without incident. The East Wenatchee Police Department is working with the Eastmont School District and no criminal charges were filed at this time.

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Regular Board Meeting
May 13, 2021, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. April 8, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Old Swim Hole update
i. Swim area boundary modification
b. Levy
c. Summer park security
d. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Campground Host concessions
b. Bennet right-of-way maintenance
c. Hybrid meetings
VIII. Adjournment

Next Regular Meeting: June 10, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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Local real estate man Russ McClellan has amassed a collection of podcasts on YouTube that cover a wide range of subjects from real estate to general wisdom.

Take a look and listen at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC-h8-6txrD7rZ9VWi2iH3Q/videos

 

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Public Announcement:

Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the fire station located at 232 East Wapato Ave.

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station.

The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516

Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

AGENDA

Roll Call:

Call to order:

Flag Salute:

Business:

  • Discussion and motion for levy lid lift.

Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110 (1) ( g ) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Adjournment:

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2021 ANNUAL MEETING
via Zoom

Topic: BHHF ANNUAL MEETING
Time: May 10, 2021 06:45 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75094100391?pwd=OVd1ajA2V2NxR0Z3dFMxY3I3UWpzUT09

Meeting ID: 750 9410 0391
Passcode: 14BAgK

6:45 - Access to meeting begins
7:00 - Meeting is called to order

This will be a very brief meeting, 10-15 minutes, with only two items on the agenda, pre-filed motions, and limited discussion. Many members, especially those in Stehekin, have limited broadband; and a brief meeting may allow more to participate. If you are concerned about broadband usage, you should wait until close to 7 PM to access the meeting.

Election of Officers and Board Members
Adoption of 2021 Budget

AGENDA

I. Call to Order by the President 7 PM

II. Election of Board Members and Officers

MOTION 1-2021

(Moved by Cinda Gilbert, seconded by JoAnne Reiter)

Elect Foundation Officers to one-year Terms

· Herb Sargo - President

· Christy Libbey - Treasurer

· Laura Reiter - Secretary

MOTION 2-2021
(Moved by Danita Breeze, seconded by Adrienne Carpenter)

Elect acting board members to completion of those terms

Board members Christy Libbey, for one year remaining on three-year term, and
Board Members for two years remaining on 3-year terms

· Brun Garfoot - Greater Lake Chelan Representative A

· Laura Reiter - Greater Lake Chelan Representative B

· Jim Trappe - Position #8

MOTION 3-2021

(Moved by JoAnn Reiter, seconded by Christine Sargo)

Re-elect Board Members whose three-year terms are expiring

· Dick Bingham - Stehekin Community Representative A

· Bob Nielsen - Stehekin Representative B

· Doug England - Apple Industry Representative

With the above actions, the Foundation Board will be fully elected, with staggered terms on track.

MOTION 4-2021
(Moved by Christy Libbey, seconded by Laura Reiter)

Approve the 2021 Annual Budget as presented (Attached)
The attached PDF is two pages, so scroll down to the second page for the current budget status and the breakout of funds budgeted for projects. The draft revenues and expenditures are in the green column to the right in the document. The current budget status is there, as well.

Please address all questions regarding the elections and the budget to this e-mail address prior to the meeting.

See you Monday, with the hope that a year from now we will be meeting in-person, greeting and getting to know each other, as well as having a greater opportunity to discuss the Buckner Orchard and our work there.

Herb Sargo
President

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Visit our web site: bucknerhomestead.org

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WSDOT releases its statewide Active Transportation Plan – Part 1, starts work on Part 2

OLYMPIA – Just in time for National Bike Month, Washington is rolling out its statewide strategy and needs assessment for people who bike, walk and roll. The Washington State Department of Transportation released its new Washington State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond – Part 1, now available online. The plan serves as a compass for charting new territory, where active transportation connections are incomplete or nonexistent, to create a path for others to use in the future.

Every Washingtonian uses active transportation connections at some point in a trip, whether crossing the street from their parking spot to their destination, walking to a bus stop or bicycling to school or work. The plan assesses the needs for accessible pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, highlights safety concerns and provides the first-ever examination of state right of way and its suitability for active transportation.

More people than ever are walking and bicycling – according to WSDOT’s multimodal transportation dashboard – both as alternatives to transit use and to maintain physical and mental health during the pandemic. At the same time, vulnerable road users – people who walk, bike or roll – now make up about 21 percent of all traffic deaths, far out of proportion to the fatality rates for other modes of travel.

“Whether you drive, bike, walk, or roll, the state’s highway rights of way serve as the backbone of our transportation system,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “In the engagement for this plan, we heard very clearly that state routes need to connect people, not separate them. With this plan, we have new understanding to help us work with our partners to create complete, safer, and more accessible networks for each and every one of us, regardless of how we get around.”

Active transportation plan highlights

The plan addresses the steadily increasing fatalities of vulnerable road users and identifies driving speed and roadway crossings as top factors. It also:

  • Examines the effects of past infrastructure decisions on safety and mobility, particularly in places where those decisions affected transportation access and health.
  • Provides a first-ever needs assessment of the state system for active transportation use and estimates the cost of improvements in population centers.
  • Describes the concept of a statewide bikeways and trails network.
  • Offers using “level of traffic stress” as a data-based evaluation tool for state right of way and population centers when analyzing the effects of land-use change. Level of stress is a method to describe roadway characteristics that can be objectively measured and that affect people’s ability to use active transportation. 

WSDOT released the draft of the plan’s Part 1 in December 2020 and received more than 630 responses during the 8-week-comment period. Those comments will help WSDOT identify policy topics in Part 2 of the plan, scheduled for release in 2021. In addition to relevant policy topics, Part 2 will include performance measures associated with the plan’s goals and next steps in developing an implementation and action plan.

To receive future updates specifically for the plan subscribe to the ATP E-News. For active transportation news updates including grant opportunities, webinars, and activities of WSDOT and partners subscribe to the WSDOT Walk + Roll E-News.

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OLYMPIA – This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week and we’re asking media and the public to wear orange on Wednesday, April 28, to honor the hard-working crews making our transportation infrastructure safe for all travelers.

The week honors all those lost and injured in work zone crashes and also reminds everyone about the need to be safe around work zones. Nationally, an average of 842 people are killed in work zone crashes every year. In 2020, Washington had seven fatality crashes in work zone on state roadways. Since 1950, WSDOT has had 60 workers killed on the job, the vast majority in work zone crashes. State statistics show that 94.4 percent of people killed in work zone crashes are travelers, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to be alert and extra cautious in and near work zones.

As part of the national week of events, Wednesday, April 28, is “Go Orange Day,” which asks everyone to wear orange to raise safety awareness and show support for workers. Participants can also share photos of their orange attire with #Orange4Safety and #NWZAW hashtags to amplify their message.

WSDOT works hard with training and equipment to keep our workers and everyone on the road safe, but we need the public’s help as well. Anytime you’re in or approaching a work zone please remember to:

  • Slow down – drive the posted speeds, they’re there for your safety
  • Be kind – our workers are out there helping to keep you safe and improve the roadways
  • Pay attention – both to workers directing you and surrounding traffic; put down your phone when behind the wheel
  • Stay calm – expect delays, leave early or take an alternate route if possible; no meeting or appointment is worth risking someone’s life

The 101st Manson Apple Blossom Festival is set for the second weekend in May, the 7th and 8th, just two weeks away. Visit  www.moretomanson to find accommodations and other useful information. Town will fill up for this event. This is a great weekend to visit Manson with spring in full bloom.Manson Apple Blossom Schedule of events:

FRIDAY – May 7

Crowning of Apple Blossom Royalty starts at 6:00 pm at North Shore Bible Church. We will crown the 2020 and 2021 Royalty. The event is outside under a tent. The Manson High School Jazz Band will play music. A box dinner is available. https://fb.me/e/3oUYDMZVT

SATURDAY – May 8

The Manson Apple Blossom Pancake Breakfast is a great way to start your morning. Pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee and juice will be served at North Shore Bible Church from 6:30 to 10. https://fb.me/e/1vnPOUDpj

The Manson Apple Blossom Quilt Show will be held inside the North Shore Bible Church’s gym starting at 7:00 am and ends at 2:00. We ask you to wear a mask and practice social distancing at the event. Entry fee is $3.00 or just show your Apple Blossom button. https://fb.me/e/F3WHV96Z

The Manson Apple Blossom 5K/2K Fun Run. You can pre-register online for $20 or 7:30 am race day for $25. Race gets underway at 8:30 in front of the Manson Business Center. https://fb.me/e/3t4tExWUN

Manson Apple Blossom Parade. Listen for the Manson Fire station siren at 11:00 am that signifies the Apple Blossom Parade is getting underway. The American Legion and VFW will lead the parade followed by our first responders; be sure to give them a big hand! Parade starts at the Lake Chelan Building Supply and ends at Manson Bay Park. Get there early and stake out your seat. Be sure to stay in town after the parade and enjoy our many businesses. https://fb.me/e/1Dgct5Bjc

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The next Manson Community Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm via Zoom.
 
The same Zoom link will be used each time.
 
MCC meets regularly every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm.
 
Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031
 
 
This Zoom link is also found on our MCC Facebook page.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:30 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: March 2021
• Payroll: March 1 -31, 2021 for $137,579.22 paid 04-05-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #201403056 – 201403099 for $27,846.05
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17165-17168 for $13,631.31
• Minutes: March 17, 2021
Fire Chief Report:
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report
• March Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
• Citizens Group Advisory Board - Update
New Business:
• SOG 124 Policy on Federal Grants
Special Events:
• Thursday April 22nd at 8:10 KOZI – Commissioner Jones and Chief Donnell or Chief Asher
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110 (1) ( g ) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.
Adjournment:

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Manson Bay Park Lifeguards (left to right) Hugo Lopez, George Benson, and Dawson Smith

The April 27th Special Election Ballot features a request from Manson Park & Recreation District to renew the current Maintenance and Operations levy. Parks and facilities currently benefiting from these funds include Manson Bay Park, Manson Bay Marina, Singleton Park, Willow Point Park, Old Swim Hole, Leffler Field, Wapato Lake Campground, and Old Mill Boat Launch.

The current levy- at a rate of $0.23 or less per $1000 of assessed property value- was approved by voters back in 2018 with a 70% approval rating. 60% ‘YES’ is required to pass. This levy helps fund the standard maintenance and operations for our parks and programs. Here are some examples of where your dollars are spent:

• Lifeguard program
• AAU
• Utilities
• Turf maintenance
• Employee wages and benefits
• Equipment repair, maintenance, and purchases
• Litter and trash removal
• Professional services (including design, engineering, permitting, grant funding, etc.)
• Supplies (office equipment, restroom supplies, irrigation repair parts, etc.)

The requested rate for this levy remains the same as it has for many years. In 2015, Manson Parks reduced the previous amount to $0.23 or less per $1000 of assessed property value. What this means is that someone with property valued at $100,000 could expect to pay, at most, $23.00 each year for the next 3 years. In 2020, the actual rate collected was only $0.155 per $1000. The collected rate is determined by the anticipated needs of the district in conjunction with property assessments. Due to the minimum wage increase, an increase in park usage, and aging infrastructure, we do anticipate higher costs than we experienced in 2020. Rising property values also impact the collection amount. You can use your property tax assessment to better estimate what this may mean for you and your family.

The District gets a large majority of its funding through this levy, park fees, and grants. Grants tend to fund larger expenses, such as the State and County grants used to purchase Leffler Field. Revenue generated by user fees, as well as the levy, help to fund park programs and maintenance expenses as previously mentioned.

Our Board of Commissioners would like to thank Manson residents for their continued support of your parks. They are proud to serve the community of Manson, and encourage you to make your voice heard by voting by April 27th. Any questions or comments can be directed to Robin Pittman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 509-687-9635.

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Special Board Meeting for a One Item Agenda

Friday, April 16, 2021 6:00 p.m.
Via ZOOM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89658764568

TENTATIVE WORKING AGENDA

I. CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER/FLAG SALUTE
II. ADOPTION OF MEETING AGENDA President Bloch will call for a motion to amend the agenda or approve as presented.
III. SPRING REOPENING PLAN
  Recommended Action: Move to approve the Spring Reopening Plan, as attached hereto, and made a part of the record.
  The board will review the reopening plan submitted by Superintendent Walker.
IV. ADJOURNMENT

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On 4/8/21 at 4 p.m. crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a brush fire in the area of 1200 Little Butte Ranch Road.

Crews arrived to find an approximately 1-2 acre fire burning in grass and light brush, being driven by wind uphill in a draw. A second alarm was immediately called bringing additional resources from CCFD #5 – Manson, CCFD #8 – Entiat, DCFD #4 – Orondo, DNR, USFS, and BLM.

With the continued fire spread, additional resources from CCFD #1 – Wenatchee, DCFD #2 – E. Wenatchee, and CCFD #6 – Monitor/Peshastin/Dryden were dispatched.

Fire was eventually contained at 5:50 p.m. and crews had fire controlled by 6:50 p.m.

A total of 25 personnel responded to this incident with no injuries reported. Size of the fire is estimated to be approximately 9 acres and cause was due to property owner burning brush and vegetation cleared to provide a defensible space which the wind had carried into the surrounding area. 

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind our community that even under the best burning situations our wildland interface areas are dry and primed for fire.

For information on outdoor burning please contact us at 509-682-4476 or visit our website: www.chelan7.com.

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Regular Board Meeting
April 8, 2021, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416
I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. March 11, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Old Swim Hole
i. Updates
ii. Approval for Engineering Services
b. Levy
c. District IT Support
d. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Newsletter
b. Approval for purchase of diesel tractor
c. Campground Host concessions
VIII. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: May 13, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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I am proud to announce the start of the annual Central Washington Congressional Art Competition!

This is an excellent opportunity to recognize young artists across the nation, and I encourage every high school student in our district with an interest in painting, sketching, photography, or a variety of other art techniques to enter. Year after year, I am impressed by the talents of Central Washington’s young people, and I know this year will be the same.

All entries must be submitted to one of my District offices by April 30.

The winning entry will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, and the runner up pieces will hang in each of my district offices.

If you know a high school student in Washington’s 4th Congressional District who may be interested, I encourage you to share this opportunity with them. Please feel free to reach out to my office for more details at (202) 225-5816.

Find more rules, regulations, and how to submit your artwork to the Central Washington Congressional Art Competition on my website.

Sincerely,

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Wenatchee, Washington--(March 26, 2021)--This spring, firefighters across Central Washington will once again be putting good fire to work to help restore watersheds and better protect nearby communities. Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for restoring public lands and the communities who depend on them.

“As snow melts and access opens to burn units, we will be taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to start prescribed burning where we can safely do so. No one knows what the fire season may bring, so it is important for us to be proactive when we have these springtime burning opportunities,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Rob Allen.

Just over 9,500 acres of prescribed burning is planned this spring, but not all planned acres may be completed if conditions are not favorable. Conditions include correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture, and ventilation for smoke. When these criteria are met, firefighters implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets forest health and public safety goals including air quality.

“These prescribed fire projects reduce the amount of burnable fuels in the forest, improve forest health, and help lower the risk of future high-intensity wildfires that are more likely to bring dense smoke and impact access to and use of the forest,” Allen said.

Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke during burning operations. Even though smoke from prescribed fire is usually light and doesn’t last long, it is important that smoke-sensitive individuals plan ahead and be prepared. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit wasmoke.blogspot.com or airnow.gov/fires.

The Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2021 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its March board meeting. Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community mem-bers. Award recipients were: High school teacher Sarah Wiggum, School Nurse, Michelle Rogge and Par-ent Involvement/Post Secondary Coordinator, Adelina Grageda.

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Sarah Wiggum
 
“Sarah has a way of making everyone around her feel loved. She has a way of being positive and motivates students to be their best.” “She has student’s best interests at heart, and builds them up not only academically but emotionally and physically.”

 

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A local community member stated, “ Addie continues to shine a light on student needs in both the schools and community spheres. She is an advocate, friend and constant support for students and has an unwavering love for seeing our youth succeed.”

 

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“Michelle has been such an asset to the district for the past 9 years. During these past 10 months with the COVID-19 world wide pandemic, she has educated herself on the many aspects surrounding COVID-19 and has been able to work on strategies to get our students back in school while using mitigation procedures to keep students and staff safe.”

 

The Manson School District Board of Directors will officially recognize the award winners at the April 26, 2021 board meeting. The recipients will also be recognized by the North Central Educational Service. District.

England Chiropractic will be donating $500 to each recipient of the 2021 Blue and White Award to use in their professional work. Manson School District would like to thank Aaron for his generous donation and ongoing support of Manson Schools.

A big congratulations to other nominees: Samantha Lovelace, Diana Soliday, Wendy Schramm, Carman, Fretwell, Katie Plummer, Lauren Johnson, Alicia Alexander, Rosie Rodriguez, Maria Verduzco, Heidi Griffith, Alejandro Grajeda, Betty Urbanczyk, Angel Gosvener and Janine Sanborn.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the fire station 232 East Wapato.

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

AGENDA

Roll Call:

Call to order:

Flag Salute:

Business:
• Discussion on recommendations of Citizens Advisory Group

Adjournment:

wayne harris coroner chelanOn Friday, March 19th, at around 3:00 p.m. on the vacation rental property of The Lookout in Chelan, excavation work was being done, and the individual operating the excavator unearthed a human skull. As he briefly looked around, he also found an upper arm (humerus), shin bone (tibia), lower jaw (mandible), and some small rib fragments.

The operation was stopped and he called RiverCom to report the find. Detectives were notified, and they in turn notified the Coroner’s Office. The two entities met at the site of the find in an attempt to ascertain what was found.

Looking at the skull and corresponding with Dr. Kathy Taylor, the state forensic anthropologist, it was immediately determined that the remains belonged to a Native American. She immediately notified Dr. Guy Tasa, the state physical anthropologist with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. He contacted the Coroner’s office and obtained as much information as available about the situation. He began writing letters to the local tribes, notifying them of the find and coordinating a time when the departments would all meet back at the site and determine what the next steps would be.

On Monday, March 23rd, Dr. Tasa, a representative from the Colville Tribe and the Coroner met at the site and discussed the situation. Dr. Tasa and his assistant walked the area and were able to locate several other skeletal pieces to include a rib, an ankle bone, a finger bone, and the sacrum and tailbone (coccyx). These additional bones were collected, and the bones found Friday were turned over to Dr. Tasa.

Managers for The Lookout were also onsite, and they were given the legal requirements of the next steps. The site will be further investigated by an archeologist after proper permits are obtained. The process will continue to include the Colville Tribe representatives and may take up to 60 days.

When the investigation is completed, all of the skeletal remains will be placed in a cedar box and interred at the small cemetery on property that belongs to the Wapato Tribe, near the Mill Bay Casino.

The public are strongly advised to stay out of the area as it is an active Native American excavation site, and law enforcement will periodically drive through the area. Any remains or Native American artifacts found are to be turned over to local law enforcement, the Coroner, or the proper representative from the Colville tribe.

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Grab your clubs and spend a day on the course during this FUN MEMBER OUTING. It's a wonderful opportunity for members to get together for a little friendly competition, promote your company’s products & services, and build new relationships.

Central Washington Home Builders Golf Classic

Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

Bear Mountain Ranch Golf Course
1050 Bear Mountain Ranch Rd
Chelan, WA 98816

Thursday, April 29th

9am - shotgun start followed by lunch and awards.  

$500/team 

Team & Single player cost includes: Greens Fee | Cart Rental | Pre-game Snacks | Boxed Lunch & Drink Ticket

$25 CADDY PACK per person

Caddy Pack includes: mulligan | chipping contest card | sponsor goodies

playground auction

Manson Parks is auctioning off the used playground from Singleton Park. The auction is an online event and will run for 1 week (ending 3/29/21 @ 3pm.)

Interested parties can visit www.galabids.com/mansonparksauction to register and bid.

All of the equipment can be seen online, or in person at Singleton Park.

Any questions can be directed to us at 509-687-9635, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please spread the word if you’re able!

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On March 21, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. Chelan Fire and Rescue and Chelan County Fire District #5 were dispatched to a Brush Fire on Little Butte Ranch Rd. 

Twenty mph wind gusts caused an ember from a smoldering burn pile to catch the nearby sage and grass on fire.  A second alarm was called as the fire was spreading quickly in the thick pockets of sagebrush. 

The erratic winds eventually shifted in the opposite direction helping crews to get around the head of the fire keeping it at about 3 acres in size. 

This was the first significant brush fire for Chelan Fire and Rescue's new Brush 74 Heavy, which is a 6 wheel drive,1000 gallon brush truck with a high ground clearance allowing it to go over sagebrush and rougher terrain. This proved to be very helpful on this call. 

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