manson schoolThe Manson School District Board of Directors is moving their regular scheduled January 24, 2022 meeting to January 31, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

Link will be available at www.manson.org.

dougcountysherlogoCase# 22D00219

On 1-14-2022, at approximately 9:46 PM, Douglas County Deputies received a request for a welfare check to be completed on Kevin S. James, a 56 year old Des Moines, WA resident. Mr. James was last reported to be on Spring Canyon Road in Orondo, WA and had not been heard from in over 24 hours.

Due to limited access, deputies utilized a track equipped UTV to access the area. As a result of the search, Mr. James was located deceased next to a snowmobile which was located off of the roadway.

A cause of death is still yet to be determined, however; based on initial findings it appears Mr. James suffered a medical incident and there was no evidence to suggest foul play.

dougcountysherlogoCase# 22D00227/22D00228-SCAM ALERT

On 1-15-2022, five reports were received by our office in regards to local area victims receiving phone calls from subjects posing as employees of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the victims were told they had warrants for their arrest and they needed to pay money to have the warrants cancelled. The other four victims reported being told they had court documents which they failed to complete and they needed to respond to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to provide signatures. One victim reported the phone call they received was from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office business phone line. The other four victims reported receiving their calls all from the same number using a (509) area code.

As a reminder, our office will not contact anyone by phone making these types of notifications and/or requests. Be aware of all the various types of telephone scams which are currently in circulation and do not disclose your personal information to anyone you do not know. Please continue to report all scam related incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

MCC logo 250Meeting Agenda for January 18, 2022

ZOOM @ 6:00 pm Meeting ID: 895 6602 3031

CALL TO ORDER Kari       TIME:___________


MEMBERS PRESENT ONLINE: Kari Sorensen | Cindy Smith | Gordon Lester | John Frolker

FLAG SALUTE

TREASURER’S REPORT Cindy

OLD BUSINESS

APPROVAL OF DECEMBER 16, 2021 MINUTES

NEW BUSINESS

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2022

RESIGNATION OF PAT HAUTENNE
Pat was appointed to the Council to fill a spot that was previously vacated by Elmira Forner. We appreciate the time and energy Pat brought to the council. He was always willing to go the extra mile to research issues and participate. We will miss having you with us, Pat!

Council members will need to appoint someone to fill out the remaining 2-year term that remains. We should appoint a successor at the next meeting.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE COUNCIL RECEIVES A REQUEST FOR COMMENT

COMMUNITY COUNCIL BYLAWS: DISCUSSION ON UPDATING

PUBLIC COMMENT

 MEETING ADJOURNED TIME: .

NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON ZOOM: FEBRUARY 15, 2022 @ 6 PM

wsdot logoPublic’s chance to weigh in on access to mobility for people with special transportation needs                                         

OLYMPIA – A group of transportation experts and providers, social services organizations, tribes, and other stakeholders have worked together to over the past three years to update the Human Services Transportation Plan. The draft plan now is ready for public review and feedback.

Every day, people across the state rely on human services transportation as their only means of travel between jobs, school, medical appointments, the grocery story, and much more. The Human Services Transportation Plan identifies gaps and barriers that create mobility challenges for people with special transportation needs and develops strategies to address those issues. This statewide plan will guide local and regional plans as well as future human services transportation investments in communities.

The public is encouraged to visit WSDOT’s online open house, where you can learn more about the plan and provide feedback. The online open house is available in English, Spanish and Russian languages for about two months beginning Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Additionally, WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division staff will host a virtual public meeting from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, for attendees to ask questions of the team who created the plan. Anyone interested in attending this meeting on Zoom must register in advance.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:00 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.

Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Appointments
Board Chairman
Board District Secretary
Badge Pinning:
Fire Chief Brandon Asher
Firefighter/EMT Brandon Fogelson
Promotion of Recruit Firefighter/LT Ron Simmons
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: November and December 2021
• Payroll: November 20, 2021 to December 20, 2021 / Paid 01-05-2022 for $168,413.58
• General Account Vouchers: 12-03-2021 Transaction 1473-1486 for $8,598.02; 12-07-2021 Transactions
1505-1527 for $29,908.28; 12-29-21 transactions 1538-1541 for $6,000.43; 12-31-2021 Transaction 1530-
1537 for $10,160.22.
• Capital Account Vouchers: 12-04-2021 Transactions 1487-1491 for $3,989.61;12-16-2021 Transactions
1528 for $790.91; 12-30-2021 Transactions 1529 for $1,238.20.
• Minutes: December 2, 15 and 21, 2021
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report (November and December 2021 Financials)
• December Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update /
Volunteer Recruitment
• End of Year Personnel Report
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)
Unfinished Business:
• Assistant Fire Chief Position – Update
• 2021/2022 Annexations – Update
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• Feasibility Study Letter – Chelan County Fire District 5 and Lake Chelan EMS Update
New Business:
• Out of State Travel – Chief Asher and Captain Rains (National Fire Academy training)
• Strategic Long-Range Planning – Set Meeting Date
• Short term Mechanic Services
• Entry Level Firefighter testing
• Apparatus Planning Team
Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection January 20, 2022 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner Jones / Chief Asher
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

early childhood center

The District is so excited to announce that construction has begun on the Early Childhood Learning Center.

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here.

Back in 2019 Manson voters approved a Capitol Levy Project to build the center and also revise the bus lanes and parking lot at the elementary school. Construction was set to begin in the summer of 2021. Construction prices forced the District to adjust plans and timelines.

The project is set to be complete in August of 2023.

The building will contain three classrooms designed to meet the needs of current early childhood education practices. Moving the Early Childhood Center out of the Elementary building will free-up space at the Elementary school for creative new programming.

The parking lot/bus lane revision will add 20 parking spaces while doubling the amount of cars in the pick-up and drop-off lanes. The parking/bus lane revision has a completion date of August of 2022.

If you have any questions about the project, please call the district office at 509-687-3140.

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will kick off 2022 at its meeting next week with briefings on the state’s Climate Commitment Act and current preparations underway to replace the Columbia River Interstate 5 bridge that connects Washington and Oregon. The Commission will also be briefed on the how tolled facilities are performing and will consider approving a planned toll rate adjustment for the State Route 99 Tunnel this year.

The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. Due to limitations related to COVID-19, this meeting will be virtual using Zoom. People interested in attending can register on the Commission’s website. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW.

Highlights of Wednesday’s presentations include:

  • Climate Change Blueprint: The 2021 Legislature passed the Climate Commitment Act that establishes a comprehensive program to reduce carbon pollution. The act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023, and a panel of state leaders will provide a briefing on implementation plans.
  • Approval request for planned SR 99 Tunnel toll rate adjustment: The Commission’s current toll regulation for the SR 99 tunnel includes planned toll rate increases of 3% every three years, starting in 2022. The planned rate increase for this year will take effect on July 1, 2022, pending Commission approval. 
  • Columbia River Bridge replacement project: The Commission will receive an update on the project’s progress including outreach efforts and next steps in the schedule.
  • I-405 / SR 167 Express Toll Lane Corridor Plans: Members will get an overview on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) efforts to develop operational plans for the expanded express toll lane corridor between Bellevue and Renton. 

Highlights of Thursday’s presentations include:

  • Governor’s Supplemental Transportation Budget: An overview will be provided of the Governor’s budget submitted to the Legislature in December.
  • 2022 Legislative Priorities: The Commission will hear from partner agencies from cities, counties, transit, and ports, to WSDOT and Washington State Ferries on each of their legislative priorities and top issues for the 2022 legislative session, which commenced Jan. 10.

The public can comment at noon Thursday, Jan. 20. People wishing to speak can sign up during the meeting by posting their name in the Q&A box on-screen. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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Regular Board Meeting
January 13, 2022, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Oaths of Office
IV. Board service commitment overview
V. Board Elections
VI. Agenda Additions and Deletions
VII. Public Comment
VIII. Approval of Minutes
a. December 09, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
IX. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
X. Old Business
a. Update ‘Board, Terms’: replacing “Four positions on the Board will be four (4) year terms and
one position will be a (2) year term” with “All positions will be four (4) year terms.” (Final
reading)
b. Old Swim Hole development
i. Approval of Pacific Engineering fee proposal
c. Director’s Report
XI. New Business
a. Annual housekeeping items
i. Regular meeting schedule
ii. Conflict of Interest policy & disclosure forms
iii. Payroll Voucher Authorization Form 2022
b. Notice of Voter’s Pamphlet fee
XII. Adjournment

Next Regular Meeting: February 10, 2022 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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On 1/8/22 at 11:32 pm, Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched for a reported fully-involved barn fire in the Swanson Gulch area.

Neighbors noticed the fire and alerted the homeowners who called 911.

Crews arrived to find a well-involved large shop with a full-size RV next to it.  The main fire building was quickly called a defensive fire and suppression efforts focused on protecting the RV from catching fire. 

Crews faced challenges with the fires remote location, snow conditions and lack of fire hydrants.

Crews from Chelan County Fire District #5 (Manson) and Douglas County Fire District #4 (Orondo) also assisted. In all, eleven firefighters responded and units were on scene till approximately 2:30 am.

Three goats that were in a pen attached to the structure were helped to safety by the homeowner. The shop was declared a total loss.

The fire is currently under investigation and appears to have been caused by an electrical issue.

Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to thank Manson and Orondo for their help in getting this fire under control.

Original tune stars local Leavenworth musicians

LEAVENWORTH, WA - Dec. 21, 2021 - The Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth, Wash., has just released a new Christmas carol of its own and it seems to be catching on.

“Merry Christmas from Leavenworth” has garnered tens of thousands of views and heartfelt comments on social media since it was first posted last week. The production, featuring nine local Leavenworth musicians, was filmed in various iconic locations around Leavenworth, and seeks to impart a message of peace and community. Incorporating instruments ranging from the banjo to saxophone to alphorn, it’s an unusually beautiful piece of music.

A project of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, the music video was created and produced by director Jamie Howell of Howell at the Moon Productions, with original music and lyrics from Leavenworth musician Eric Link.

“It’s hard to find a place with more Christmas spirit than Leavenworth,” said Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Troy Campbell. “And fortunately, we’re also blessed with the musical talent to back it up. There is real joy in this project and we couldn’t be more excited to share it.”

With 30,000 views on Facebook already, and thousands more on Instagram and YouTube, the sharing is going as planned.

The original song which was recorded in the Snowy Owl Theater at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth. The musicians involved all live and/or perform regularly in Leavenworth.

They are:
•Eric Link - vocals, acoustic guitar
•Beth Whitney - vocals, banjo
•Seth Garrido - vocals, saxophone
•Erin McNamee - vocals
•Corban Welter - mandolin
•Aaron Fishburn - bass
•Aaron Gibbs - percussion
•Todd Smith - piano
•Janet Mano - alphorn

Howell at the Moon Productions is known for the creation of Woody Goomsba, the sentient nutcracker character (and now Leavenworth mascot) who has garnered more than a million views online in his various commercials and music video entitled “Gitcha Goomsba Up!”

The production crew directed by Jamie Howell included Nick Dirk, director of photography; Shane Wilder, camera/drone operator; Eric Frank, sound mixing/editing; Arlene Kaufman, set decorator; and Rylan Browning, production assistant.

winterfest2022Looking for the perfect last-minute stocking stuffer? Purchase a Winterfest Button from the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and enjoy special offers, discounts, and events at businesses across the valley from January 14-23.

wsdot logoWSDOT releases its complete statewide Active Transportation Plan

OLYMPIA – A statewide strategy and needs assessment for people who bike, walk and roll in Washington is now available online. This comes just as Congress has enacted new federal initiatives – with programs in active transportation, safety and healthy streets – and the state is beginning to consider how new revenues from climate-related sources might be invested.

Gov. Jay Inslee noted that the plan addresses multiple challenges facing the state. “We need a greener future for our children and grandchildren and walking and cycling represent the cleanest and greenest modes of travel,” said Gov. Inslee. “We also need to make our system accessible for those people who can’t drive and who rely on walking or rolling to transit to get where they need to go—these multimodal journeys also contribute to our climate goals. I’m proud of our state for creating a bold plan to create safer and more accessible active transportation connections for all Washingtonians.”

The Washington State Department of Transportation completed its plan with a two-part process, releasing “Washington State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond – Part 1” in May 2021, then collecting public comment on two final chapters this fall and compiling both sections into the full plan. The plan serves as a compass for charting the way toward a truly multimodal transportation system.

“Active transportation plays an essential role in a fully multimodal transportation system,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “Almost 30 percent of the trips we take each day are less than a mile in length, yet we often drive because there is no safe alternative. We need to make it safer for people who are just trying to cross the street or ride their bike to school or work or to the store. With this plan, we’ve pointed the way to where and how we could invest in the system that works for everyone, no matter how they get around.”

Active Transportation Plan sets a course

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.
  • It provides new metrics for tracking and reporting progress that emphasize the importance of complete and accessible walk/bike facilities and connections to transit and other modes, particularly in overburdened communities.
  • It calculates the environmental, health and economic benefits to society when people shift trips from driving to walking or cycling.
  • For consideration of future investments, the plan lays out a rational approach to prioritizing safety and operational performance needs on state highways as part of the overall networks people use to reach their destinations.
  • It incorporates the Safe System Approach, which emphasizes using engineering approaches that acknowledge humans make mistakes and that crashes with greater impact force are more deadly, especially for vulnerable road users.

The plan notes that improvements for people walking, rolling or cycling provide more information to drivers as well. It provides examples such as pedestrian-scale lighting and crossing visibility so drivers can see and stop in time. It also includes designs that provide a “self-enforcing road” to help people drive at the appropriate speed for a place with a mix of destinations and people walking or cycling. Making a road safer for the most vulnerable users also makes it safer for everyone, including the people who drive there.

For active transportation news updates including grant opportunities, webinars, and activities of WSDOT and partners subscribe to the WSDOT Walk + Roll E-News.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021, starting at 10 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Public Announcement:

Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station located at 232 East Wapato Ave.

AGENDA: Open Public Special Meeting 10 a.m.

Unfinished Business: Assistant Fire Chief Position

Adjournment:

wsdot logoTravel charts, other tools helpful for winter weather and holiday traffic

OLYMPIA – Whether traveling by road, ferry, train, plane – or sleigh – the best way to ensure smooth trips during the upcoming holiday weekend is to plan ahead and be prepared.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan ahead for the busy holiday weekend. Staying informed throughout a trip also allows travelers to react and adjust for any winter weather, delays or other issues.

Before heading out the door, travelers should take advantage of WSDOT’s trip planning tools and advice:

  • Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers plan the best times to travel. (There are no charts for Interstate5 at the Canadian border this year because it only recently reopened and COVID-19 testing and vaccination entry requirements make it difficult to forecast travel patterns).
  • Check out the newly updated WSDOT travel map with options to view alerts, restrictions, weather stations and traffic cameras.
  • Look up real time travel data for a particular road or ferry route online using the new WSDOT website or track it on the WSDOT app.
  • Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
  • Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT mountain passes webpage, or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
  • Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and leave extra space between vehicles when driving on snow or ice. 

Changes this year

This winter, WSDOT is asking travelers to be especially prepared for winter travel as staffing challenges mean the agency may not be able to deliver the same level of service as in years past. Crews will absolutely still be out plowing roadways, but some roads highways may have snow or ice for longer periods. Some road or pass closures also may last longer, and some areas may not get plowed as often as in years past. Crews need the public to help in preventing avoidable closures by ensuring vehicles have proper equipment and that drivers follow chain requirements and are not going too fast for conditions.

WSDOT’s road work, as always, will be prioritized based on safety, resources and pre-existing plowing priority maps based on traffic volumes and/or critical roads.

Mountain passes

For those heading across state, pass conditions are available on the updated mountain passes page on the WSDOT website.

  • On I-90, Snoqualmie Pass travelers can receive text alerts for pass delays of 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe. This pass in particular sees heavy traffic on most holiday weekends.
  • State Route 123 Cayuse Pass, SR 410 Chinook Pass and SR 20 North Cascades Highway have all closed for the season and are not available for holiday travel. These passes close every winter due to avalanche danger, poor road conditions, lack of snow storage areas and no nearby emergency response services.

Tolls

In the Puget Sound area, the SR 520 bridge’s and SR 99 tunnel’s weekend rates will be in effect on the observed holiday Friday, Dec. 24. On the I-405 express toll lanes, travel will be free for everyone on Friday, Dec. 24, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27. Weekends are always free to travel in the express toll lanes.

Traveling by ferry

People riding a state ferry should regularly check online sailing schedules. Due to an ongoing staff shortage, several routes remain on one-boat service, with a second boat added daily as crewing availability allows.

  • With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, the Thursday and Friday before, and the Sunday following each holiday are expected to be the busiest. Delays are possible in both directions on several routes.
  • There will be a few schedule changes on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Holiday timetables and sailings are marked on the schedule page for each route.
  • Before heading to a terminal or boarding, customers are encouraged to sign up for ferry email alerts and check terminal conditions.
  • A face covering is required in all indoor areas of vessels and terminals in compliance with the governor’s “Washington Ready” proclamation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order for public transportation.

Other travel alternatives

Travelers planning a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans 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. There are no extra Christmas trains this year. Passengers departing or arriving in Tacoma are reminded to use the new Tacoma Dome Station at 422 E. 25th St. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit amtrakcascades.com/ for tickets and schedules or call 800–USA–RAIL. Transportation Security Administration regulations require all passengers to wear masks.
  • Information about traveling via state-operated airports is available online or call 800-552-0666.
  • Those who use public transit should check with their local provider for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, Dec. 14, after months of citizen suggestions and public input, the Washington State Transportation Commission voted 7-0 to select “Wishkah” as the name for the state’s next new 144-car hybrid-electric ferry, which will be under construction in 2022.

The name honors the river flowing south from the Olympic foothills into Grays Harbor, forming a saltwater estuary for shellfish, and serving as a vital link from forest to sea for the Lower Chehalis people and the communities it flows through. Before roads were built, the region was served by the steamer, “Wishkah Chief,” which carried passengers and cargo upriver to outfit the farms and logging camps.

Additionally, Wishkah Street is a segment of US 101 in Aberdeen. The name also has a link to the legendary grunge-rock band Nirvana which made an album titled, “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah.”

“It is a multi-faceted name that represents a geographic area in the state that does not have a ferry named for it.” said Commissioner Debbie Young, of San Juan County. 

Other finalist names were:

  • Stillaguamish, for the tribe that historically canoed the Stillaguamish River and Puget Sound near Camano Island, establishing a nautical culture.
  • Muckleshoot, for the Native people who inhabited the Duwamish and upper Puyallup river watersheds. Elliott Bay is one of the tribe’s usual and accustomed fishing areas.
  • Enie Marie, great-granddaughter of Chief Sealth, and also known as Mary Ann Talisa Seattle, who moved in both the Native and Euro-American social worlds.
  • Snoqualmie, for the tribe and valley in east King County, watered by Cascade mountain snowmelt, where historically people lived in longhouses along the Snoqualmie River and tributaries.
  • Stehekin, a Salish word meaning “the way through,” and a community on the north shore of Lake Chelan, accessible only by ferry or boat.

Wishkah was the most popular name in a Ferry Riders Opinion Group survey that resulted in more than 5,800 responses online, while Enie Marie ranked first among 1,784 emailed submissions to the commission. All 21 current ferries have names derived from Native American words or places.

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

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 3:00 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.
Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Oath of Office: Russ Jones
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: November 2021
• Payroll: October 26 to November 18, 2021 Payroll for $131,883.77 Paid 12-03-2021
• General Account Vouchers: 11-05-2021 for $3,975.47 #’s1346-1352; 11-12-2021 for $7,537.79 #’s 1370-1380; 11-19-2021 for $8,226.33 #’s 1409-1423.
• Capital Account Vouchers: 11-06-2021 For $17.02 #1353; 11-13-2021 for $2,276.74 #’s1381-1384; 11-20-2021 For $5,640.11 #’1424-1428.
• Minutes: November 10 and 17, 2021
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Donnell)
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report (November 2021 Financials if available)
• November Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
• End of Year Personnel Report
Firefighters Association Report (Dan Crandall)

Unfinished Business:
• Introduction of Lateral Firefighter new hire – Brandon Fogelson
• Fire Chief Contract – Board Approval
• 2022 Budget – Board Approval
• Assistant Fire Chief Position – Direction from Board
• 2021/2022 Annexations - Update
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• Feasibility Study Letter – Chelan County Fire District 5 and Lake Chelan EMS Update

New Business:

Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection December 16, 2021 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner Moller/Chief Donnell

Board for Volunteer Firefighters:

Public Comment:

Commissioner Comments:

Executive Session:

Adjournment:

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Regular Board Meeting
December 9, 2021, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. District Signature Form 2022
VI. Approval of Minutes
a. November 12, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
VII. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VIII. Old Business
a. Marina Planning Project updates
i. Contract approval
b. Board Bylaws:
i. Change ‘Officers, Terms’: eliminating “The chairman term limit is three years.” (Final
reading)
ii. Update ‘Board, Terms’: replacing “Four positions on the Board will be four (4) year terms
and one position will be a (2) year term” with “All positions will be four (4) year terms.”
(2nd reading)
c. Director’s Report
IX. New Business
a. Selection of Old Swim Hole consultant
b. 2022 Goals and Objectives
X. Adjournment

Next Regular Meeting: January 13, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise
posted.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA –After months of outreach and public input, the state’s next new ferry will be named at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week. Topics to be covered at the meeting include a report on initial findings of the commission’s ongoing road usage charge research program, an overview of tolling and ferry service performance, and efforts to increase transportation equity and access.

The two-day meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Dec. 14, and Wednesday, Dec. 15. 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.

Highlights of Tuesday’s presentations include:

  • The future of transit service: A briefing will be provided by Pantonium, a company that has created an artificially intelligent route-optimization software, enabling urban transit services to be more responsive to real-time demands. 
  • Road Usage Charging (RUC) in Washington and Oregon: Initial findings from the commission’s 2021 RUC research will be reviewed in advance of reporting to the Washington State Legislature. Oregon Department of Transportation staff will provide an update on its RUC program operations and review what future changes might be coming.
  • Equity in transportation: Staff will present findings of a University of Washington study on paratransit service during the COVID-19 Pandemic and lessons learned for future application. Disability Rights Washington will share its “Mobility Bill of Rights” and Washington State Department of Transportation staff will provide a briefing on its American Disabilities Act annual report.

On Tuesday, the Commission is expected to take action on two items:

  • Naming Washington state’s next new ferry: With the process for building the state’s next new ferry underway – a hybrid-electric Olympic Class 144-car ferry – the commission initiated its process for naming this ferry in July 2021. After months of gathering name proposals and seeking public input on the eligible finalists, the commission will take action to select the new ferry’s name.
  • Naming the Tacoma rail station: WSDOT is requesting the commission officially name the rail station in Tacoma the “Tacoma Dome Station.”  This station not only serves passenger rail service, but also serves as a mass transit hub connecting various transit providers in one location.

Highlights of Wednesday’s presentations include:

  • The latest on tolling: Staff will give updates on performance of all tolled facilities over the last year; a WSDOT assessment of timing and financing approaches for the construction of an expanded express toll lane system on Interstate 405/State Route 167; and an overview of tolling civil penalties and the toll forgiveness program.
  • Washington State Ferries Service and Performance Update: A review of WSF’s recently released workforce plan, setting forth a path to address crewing shortages in the near-, mid-, and long-term; and an overview of the most recent forecast for WSF’s future financial performance, considering ongoing service challenges.

Public comment will be taken on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 11:40 a.m. People wishing to provide comments can sign up during the virtual meeting by posting their name in the Q&A box that can be found on-screen. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot visit: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/.

Single Tree 2020SAMPLE
A Great Way to support the Orchard!
 
Looking for a special gift to commemorate a memory or loved one, a stocking-stuffer, or to create a sense of caring and nurturing in a young person? Consider giving an adopted tree at the Buckner Orchard for 2022.
(On-line giving now available!)
 
If the Buckner Orchard is going to continue as the treasure we know it to be, it must have caretakers now, as well as long into the future. What better way to ensure that future than by giving a child a gift of a tree!
 
The response of children who received trees is touching. They picked out their trees, wanting "to grow up" with a younger tree, pulling weeds, placing mouse guards, and running water to "their tree". They have become attached to "their" tree and now have a wonderful opportunity to care and help nurture a living thing for many years to come.
 
TREES ARE NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN!. Maybe you know someone who doesn't get to Stehekin often enough, someone who has a special memory of the Orchard, or you just want to support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Orchard? The adoption of trees also raises awareness of the Orchard and its care. 
 
Adopt-A-Tree is one way in which you can support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Buckner Orchard.  With your support much can be done to protect and conserve the heritage of this national treasure, and to continue its place as an important part of the Stehekin Community.
 
Adopt a tree for yourself and be a part of the Buckner Orchard!
 
Adopt-A-Tree funds are used exclusively to support the care and maintenance of the Buckner Orchard and are tax deductible.
 
HOW TO ADOPT A TREE
Step 1. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure a certificate arrives in time, providing the first and last name of the person the gift is being given to, as well as the address to which you would like it sent.  Be sure to include your e-mail address; this saves the Foundation both time and money in getting the receipt to you.  (See example above)
 
A personal message may be included on the certificate, such as, With love and fond memories, from Aunt Cinda and Uncle Jim.  You choose the one or two-line wording.
 
Step  2. Using the provided link,  https://bhhf.betterworld.org/campaigns/adopt-tree , easily chose the number of trees to be adopted, provide the necessary information, and pay for your adoptions.
 
If you prefer to not use the on-line payment option, mail a check (@$25.00 per tree) to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation,  PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Because some may be given as Christmas gifts, a certificate will be mailed immediately, trusting that the appropriate payment will be forthcoming.
 
Certificates can also be sent to you in PDF format via e-mail, ready to print from your computer, name of the recipient included.  Let us know your preference.
 
RENEWALS
This is also a great time to renew trees adopted during previous years. Please let us know if a new certificate is needed and follow the directions above.
 
Adopt-A-Tree is one of three means by which the Foundation raises funds to support the Orchard and Homestead. The other two are Memberships and Donations. Please help us today and give a gift of love and caring.  How our funds are used and the work we do can be reviewed in our most recent Annual Report, http://bucknerhomestead.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/BHHF-2020-ANNUAL-REPORTFinal-1.pdf
 
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ChelanFireRescueLogo200Public Announcement:

Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called for a Special Meeting Thursday December 2, 2021.

AGENDA:

Roll Call:

Call to Order at 10:00 a.m.

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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The Manson FFA along with Manson Growers recently hosted the district 7 FFA Apple judging contest.

There were a total of 10 teams competing. The individuals had to Identify 20 bugs that deal with apple production, place two trays of golden and Red delicious apples, be able to identify varieties of apples, grade 25 red and golden delicious apples, identify defects that are associated with apples, properly pressure test apples and figure bloom date in front of the judges.

Manson had 10 individuals participate: Bryce Mogan, Katie Gosvener, Joe Mogan, Devan Regan, Bere Soliday, Lydia Cameron, Tanner Schoenwald, Jesus Estrada, Paige Schoenwald, and Raven Pope.

The Manson blue team placed 5th with the grey team placing 6th overall.

Manson high individual was Bryce Mogan placing 11th.

Manson Growers donated all the apples and the contest was set-up by field men Marty Cochran, and Nathan Coggins.

Community volunteers Blake Cochran, Teresa Venegas, Devon Griffith, Travis Schoenwald and Mike Ansolabehere were on hand to help.

The state contest will be held in Yakima on December 8, 2021.

dougcountysherlogoOn November 17, 2021 at approximately 10:00 am Douglas County deputies were advised of an individual firing a handgun in a trailer park located in the 900 block of Maple Street, Bridgeport.

Prior to law enforcement arrival the individual was seen leaving the area in a passenger vehicle.

After initial investigation and search, deputies identified the individual shooting as Guadalupe C. Martinez, a 21 year old male of Bridgeport.

Guadalupe was arrested and booked without incident on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

BUCKNER HOMESTEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION FALL UPDATE

In this Issue

Priority Projects
On the Bright Side
The Kiosk
Harvest Fest
Small Projects
Work Parties
An Unusual Orchard Visitor


Priority Projects lag far behind, particularly on the NPS end. The departure of key maintenance staff in early June, with replacement not yet occurring, coupled with pandemic related issues, resulted in approved projects like the rehabilitation of the fuel platform and garden fence not even getting off the ground. The good news, though, is prep work has begun in the past few weeks on the garden fence rehab in 2022.

On the bright side, the Buckner House cabinetry, funded by the Foundation ($3,500) and facilitated by NPS, is completed and looks amazing.

The John Deere riding mower donated to NPS by the Foundation,($2,085.42) and below budget, has been a huge asset this summer. Acquired in March, the mower has 95+ hours of mowing in the Orchard and other areas, making weed, fertilizer, and water management easier and more efficient. And, the Orchard looks great! Kudos's to Laurie and Nicole!

The Kiosk, a major interpretative and electrical project begun in 2019, then stalled for various reasons, is near completion. Budgeted at a cost of $11,000 by BHHF, it should be very close to, if not under budget. NPS interpretative information is scheduled for installation in May of 2022, if not sooner.

Music at the Orchard, in lieu of the Square Dance, made good use of the generator-free power! Thank you Agnes on Fire for making this happen. Attendance, 252!

Harvest Fest, in its limited format, was a success; with visitors and local residents providing a steady stream of pickers and pressers throughout the three days we provided all the materials for picking and making cider.

Those who chose to social distance were able to easily do so, a major goal for a far less formal Harvest Fest. We even tried some new things that will continue in future years. Placing boxes and picking bags under a canopy near the packing shed for nearly two weeks expedited picking, distancing, and distribution. About 125 empty cardboard boxes were used during that time, and picking bags were far easier to find and use.

Using cleaning materials acquired in 2020, no costs were incurred for Harvest Fest 2021. On the other hand, the second year without a raffle resulted in loss of income it generates.

Other small projects were completed utilizing volunteers, NPS and donated materials during the third quarter, and with no additional cost to the Foundation.

* Metal culvert ends were capped with wood as an aesthetic improvement.
* 28 wooden ditch gate boxes were constructed. (Thank you Phil Russell and Herb Sargo) Boxes may be installed in November.
*Lights and standards at the packing shed were upgraded significantly (Thank you Tom Courtney-welding, Phil and Libby Gans-poles, and Herb Sargo-tires and pipe)

Three Work Parties totaling 108 volunteer hours, were held June 17, July 17, and October 1. Unlike most years, thinning was not a major chore. Cleaning the main ditch along Buckner Lane and improving the path tread were a nice change for a warm July day. At the same time, others were literally painting a slurry of diatomaceous earth on tree trunks for ant control. Fuel reduction, nail pickup, picking apples, winterizing and more provided a variety of interesting tasks.

A Unusual Visitor joined the Canada Geese at the Orchard early this fall. An immature Greater White Fronted Goose was seen frequently with the Canada's at the Orchard, and was immediately noticeable by its smaller size and more aggressive feeding.

Not uncommon in migration east and west of the mountains, Greater White-Fronted Geese are usually in large flocks; so it is unusual that the goose was here alone and here in the Stehekin Valley. Interestingly, the bird was gone from the Orchard for a four-day period of time in late September, and a single immature GWFG was photographed at high alpine Cutthroat Lake during that time period. The same bird? Likely.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, +Washington, and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

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Please be prepared for winter weather this Thanksgiving weekend

OLYMPIA – Whether heading across the state or just across town this Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a good chance of encountering extra traffic and congestion. Which is why holiday travel prep is so important.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for the busy holiday weekend. Staying informed throughout a trip also allows travelers to react to any winter weather, delays or other issues without missing the holiday feast or a big game.

The agency provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:

  • Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers plan the best times to travel. (There are no charts for I-5 at the Canadian border this year because it only recently reopened and COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements make it difficult to forecast travel patterns).
  • Check out the newly updated WSDOT travel map with options to view alerts, restrictions, weather stations and traffic cameras.
  • Look up real time travel data for a particular road or ferry route online using the new WSDOT website or track it on the WSDOT app.
  • Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
  • Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT mountain passes webpage or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
  • Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and leave extra space between vehicles when driving on snow or ice.

Changes this winter

This year, WSDOT is asking travelers to be especially prepared for winter travel as staffing challenges mean the agency may not be able to deliver the same level of service as in years past. Crews will absolutely still be out plowing roadways, but some roads may have snow or ice on them longer, some road or pass closures may last longer and some areas may not get plowed as often as in years past. Crews need the public’s help in preventing avoidable closures by ensuring vehicles have proper equipment and drivers are not going too fast for conditions.

WSDOT’s road work, as always, will be prioritized based on safety, resources and pre-existing plowing priority maps based on volume and/or critical roads.

Apple Cup travel

Those traveling to the Friday, Nov. 26, Apple Cup football game in Seattle should prepare for possible winter weather on passes and allow extra time on Thursday evening or Friday morning as people make their way to the 5 p.m. game.

Mountain passes

Track the conditions of any mountain pass using the updated mountain passes page on the WSDOT website.

  • State Route 123 Cayuse Pass, SR 410 Chinook Pass and SR 20 North Cascades Highway have all closed for the season and are not available for holiday travel. These passes close every winter due to avalanche danger, poor road conditions, lack of snow storage and no nearby emergency response services.
  • On Interstate 90, Snoqualmie Pass travelers can receive text alerts for pass delays of 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe. This pass in particular sees heavy traffic on most holiday weekends.

Tolls

In the Puget Sound area, the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel will have weekend toll rates on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, returning to weekday rates on Friday, Nov. 26. On the I-405 express toll lanes, travel is free for everyone on the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Weekends are always free to travel in the express toll lanes.

Traveling by ferry

People riding a state ferry should keep updated with the latest sailing schedules online as additional sailings may be added at a moment’s notice if there is adequate crewing.

  • Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound (or onto an island) Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24, through Thursday morning, Nov. 25, then eastbound (or off island) Thursday afternoon through Friday, Nov. 26. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.
  • There will be a few schedule changes on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. Holiday timetables and sailings are marked on the schedule page for each route.
  • Before heading to a terminal or boarding, customers are encouraged to sign up for ferry email alerts and check terminal conditions.
  • A face covering is required in all indoor areas of vessels and terminals in compliance with the governor’s “Washington Ready” proclamation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order for public transportation.

Other travel alternatives

Travelers planning a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans 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. There are no extra Thanksgiving trains this year. Passengers departing or arriving in Tacoma are reminded to use the new Tacoma Dome Station at 422 E. 25th All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ for tickets and schedules or call 800–USA–RAIL. Transportation Security Administration regulations require all passengers to wear masks.
  • Information about traveling via state-operated airports is available online or call 800-552-0666.
  • Check with 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.

wsdot logoWSDOT invites comments from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15 on the draft 2022-2025 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

OLYMPIA – A compilation of prioritized transportation improvements projects is now ready for public review and comment. More than 1,300 statewide transportation improvement projects using $4.5 billion in federal funds are included in the 2022-2025 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP for short.

The draft 2022-2025 STIP is a four-year program of multimodal transportation projects that have been identified through state, metropolitan, regional, tribal and local agency planning processes.

The STIP is developed annually by the Washington State Department of Transportation.  Projects that use Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funds must be included in the STIP to authorize using the federal funds.

The comment period for the STIP is the final step of the community engagement process that began locally during development of individual transportation improvement programs. WSDOT will accept comments until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. Any comments received by WSDOT will be sent to the local agency, metropolitan or regional planning organization for their consideration.

About the STIP

The STIP is a four-year, prioritized multimodal transportation program of state, local, tribal and public transportation projects. The program includes highways, streets, roads, railroads, transit-hubs, park-and-ride lots, bridges, sidewalks, bike lanes, ferry terminals, trails and safety projects.

The collaborative effort between WSDOT, local agencies, metropolitan and regional planning organizations ensures projects are consistent with local, regional and state long-range plans. Some county projects are not included in the draft STIP because state law requires counties to complete their transportation improvement programs by the end of the year; those projects are amended into the final STIP in January.

The current 2021-24 STIP can be viewed online and a similar, searchable database of the 2022-25 STIP will be created in January 2022, following FHWA and FTA approval.

How to comment

Written comments can be sent to: Nancy Huntley or Steve Ahlsten, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia WA 98504-7390, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot visit: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 3:00 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.

Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:

Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: August 2021, September 2021 and October 2021
• Payroll: 10-05-2021 $153,981.91 and 11-05-2021 $158,749.75
• General Account Vouchers: 09-02-2021 Transactions #1058 to 1080 for $13,157.65 / 09-10-2021 Transactions #1091 to 1103 for $8,139.99 / 09-17-2021 Transactions #1106 to 1125 for $9,275.14 / 09-24-
2021 Transactions #1149 to 1162 for $6,905.37. 10-01-2021 Transactions #1163-1171 for $4,934.23 / 10-15-21 Transactions #1245-1264 for $10,860.88 / 10-22-21 Transactions #1271-1280 for $10,152.78 / 10-29-21 Transactions 1303-1312 for $8,873.06.
• Capital Account Vouchers: 09-01-2021 Transactions #1051 to 1057 For $71,244.61 / 09-16-2021 Transactions #1104-1105 for $4,678.49 / 09-23-2021 Transaction #1148 for $2,415.09. 10-02-21 Transactions #1172-1175 for $4,314.40 / 10-16-21 Transactions #1265-1270 for $9,178.27 / 10-23-21 Transactions #1281 for $178.70 / 10-30-21 transactions #1313-1314 for $61,438.69.
• Minutes: September 15, 2021 / October 13, 2021

Fire Chief Report: (Report to be presented by Chief Asher)
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report (August, September, & October 2021 Financials)
• September/October Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training

Firefighters Association Report:

Unfinished Business:
• 2022 Budget
• Chief Succession Plan - Update
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update

New Business:
• Recognition – Volunteer Lieutenant Promotions and Member Service Awards (Chief Asher)
• Assistant Chief Hiring Process/Acting Assistant Chief
• SOG 124 Federal Grants – Approval by Board
• Resolution 2021-05 - Cancelled Warrants
• Resolution 2021-06 – Petty Cash Revolving Account
• Resolution 2021-07 – Property Tax Levy and Certification
• Resolution 2021-08 – Surplus Structural & Wildland PPE
• Out of state travel – Ladder 71 to Appleton, Wisconsin (October 15-18) and Fleet Manager to Appleton,
Wisconsin (December 6th-10th.)

Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection November 18, 2021 @ 8:25 a.m. – ALL 3 Commissioners to attend
• Holiday Social – Layla’s Tuesday November 30, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m.

Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Pension Retirement certifications – Johnny Synder

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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OLYMPIA – Visitors to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website will notice a big difference in the site’s appearance today. The agency debuted an all-new website design yesterday, Sunday, Nov. 7, the first major overhaul in more than 15 years.

Although the name has stayed the same, www.wsdot.wa.gov is totally redesigned to focus on the needs of its 75,000 daily visitors. About 90 percent of the people who come to the website are looking for travel information, and more than 60 percent use a mobile device to access it. The new site is mobile and user-friendly with improvements for accessibility to serve everyone, on any device.

“Digital tools are more important than ever, and people have expectations for being able to find the information they need to complete a task quickly and easily,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “We have worked hard to ensure our website meets those expectations and we’re excited to share this new cleaner, less cluttered and easier to use tool.”

Features of wsdot.wa.gov

The redesigned website prioritizes travel information and a key feature is the new Travel Center. No matter how one travels, information about road and traffic, ferry, weather, tolling, train, airport, bicycle and walking is available all in one place. The Travel Center allows customers to view information as a list or on a map. 

The new site also organizes content for:

  • Those who work for or want to work for WSDOT.
  • People who are looking for rules, regulations and policy.
  • Those interested in knowing how and where transportation dollars are being spent.
  • People who want information about the agency itself.

User tested

WSDOT’s new website is a user-centered design, based on how customers organize content to make it easier for them to find. More than 20,000 website users, both internal and external, were engaged in the development of the website design. Usability tests were conducted throughout the redesign project, including website users who depend on assistive devices, to help WSDOT refine the site to better meet customer needs.

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Regular Board Meeting
November 12, 2021, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. October 14, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. 2022 Budget
b. Marina Policy Committee Update
i. Online reservation system
c. Leffler Field soil remediation update
i. Letter of Support
d. Board Bylaws change: eliminating “The chairman term limit is three years.” (second reading)
e. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Metal detecting Policy
b. 2022 Levy Resolution and Certification forms
IX. Adjournment

Next Regular Meeting: December, 9 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, (unless otherwise posted}

ChelanFireRescueLogo200PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

The Chelan Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners will be holding two public meetings to garner input from the public and discuss the Proposed 2022 Budget.

These meetings will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, November 10th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Chelan Fire & Rescue Station 71 located at 232 E. Wapato Avenue in Chelan. 

These are open public meeting and we welcome your input either in person or via Zoom.

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sheriffSheriff Brian Burnett reports on November 3, 2021 at approximately 6:30 PM RiverCOM 911 Dispatch Center received reports of gunshots fired near the 200 block of Boodry Street in Wenatchee.

Upon arrival the deputies were told by witnesses that a male pointed and fired a gun at an individual on scene. The bullet missed the victim and he was able to run to safety. Evidence collected at the scene confirmed that at least one shot was fired and corroborated witness statements.

Through the witness statements, Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies, Detectives, along with the Wenatchee Police Department were able to identify the suspect. Due to the seriousness of the crime the Regional SWAT team was activated. A short time later the suspect was taken into custody at his residence. Chelan County Detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and a vehicle. During the search they located a pistol and three pistol magazines that matched the caliber of pistol used at the crime scene.

The suspect was booked into CCRJ on charges of Assault 1st degree.

This investigation is still ongoing and we do not believe there is any current threat to the public reference this incident.

sheriffWENATCHEE -- The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has finalized contracts with the four schools that utilize school resource officers via its office.

The contracts begin Nov. 1 with the Cashmere and Cascade school districts and Dec. 1 with the Chelan and Manson school districts. Chelan County commissioners signed the contracts on Tuesday, Nov. 2., for Cashmere, Cascade and Chelan. Manson has given a verbal agreement as the County is just waiting to approve their signed copy.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett said that after discussion with the Sheriff’s Association and the school districts, the officers will meet the requirements of the school districts, which include a COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption from the individual school district.

“We needed some time to work through this issue on our end, which included finding a solution that the Sheriff’s Association, the officers and the schools could accept,” Burnett said. “We feel comfortable moving forward.”

The Sheriff’s Office in early September put the annual contracts on hold following the governor’s announcement a month earlier that all school employees and on-site contractors and volunteers would be required to receive a COVID vaccination or apply for an exemption.

At the time, Sheriff Burnett expressed concern about the mandate violating people’s rights as well as a need to discuss the state mandate with union representatives.

“Personally, I have not asked any of my deputies or staff if they are or aren’t vaccinated,” Burnett said. “I have maintained the decision is a personal one, and I will not ask such a private question.”

Under the new contracts, one school resource officer will serve both the Cashmere and Cascade school districts and another will serve the Chelan and Manson school districts. The contracts call for the splitting of the cost of resource officers between the school districts and Sheriff’s Office, with the schools paying about 75 percent of the officers’ salaries, or about $87,400.

A former school resource officer himself, Sheriff Burnett said he understands the importance of having a law enforcement presence in the school districts. When he took office in 2011, he brought back the program to the county and has maintained it ever since.

“I’m happy to see we could come to an agreement and continue building upon our relationship with the school districts,” Burnett said. “School resource officers are positive, dependable role models for our children. They are an open line of communication between the Sheriff’s Office and our schools.”

manson schoolAll local veterans are cordially invited to attend a light breakfast in their honor on Friday, November 10, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Manson High School in the student center.

Manson High School students will be serving cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit and coffee.

A video prepared by Manson elementary students will be shared, honoring all those who have served.

dougcountysherlogoOn October 28, 2021 at approximately 2:52 PM, Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to 15th Street and Douglas Avenue in Bridgeport for a report of a male subject who had been shot.

When Deputies arrived they found a 25 year old male, of Bridgeport, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Deputies provided medical assistance until the Ambulance arrived and transported him to the Hospital.

Due to the proximity of the incident to the school, Deputies requested the schools “Lock down”.

After Deputies determined the area was safe, the School released the students.

The incident is under an active investigation.

I would like to thank the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Fish and Game, and Brewster Police Department for their response and assistance.

It is believed this is an isolated incident and there is no immediate community risk.

Sheriff Kevin W. Morris

manson schoolManson School District
Special Board Meeting
Friday, Oct 29, 2021
4:00 p.m. - Via ZOOM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81757917222

TENTATIVE WORKING AGENDA

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER/FLAG SALUTE

II. ADOPTION OF MEETING AGENDA
President Bloch will call for a motion to amend the one-item agenda or approve as presented.

III. BUSINESS AND FINANCE
A. Board Resolution 10/29/21A

* Recommended Action: Move to approve Board Resolution 10/29/21 Award Contract for Elementary Parking Lot Rennovation, as attached hereto, and made a part of the record.

IV. ADJOURNMENT

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OLYMPIA – Six possible names are being considered for Washington state’s next new ferry and the public is being asked to help decide. The Washington State Transportation Commission has legal authority for naming state highways, bridges and ferries in Washington and is putting forth the names for further consideration and public input. The selected name will be given to the state’s next new ferry, which will be a 144-car, hybrid-electric Olympic Class ferry.

The commission received 19 eligible name proposals that met its naming guidelines and requirements. After further review and consideration, the pool was reduced to six finalists which will advance for public input.  The six names are:

  • Wishkah
  • Stillaguamish
  • Snoqualmie
  • Enie Marie
  • Stehekin
  • Muckleshoot

The commission’s process for gathering public input on the pool of six names includes the following:

  • The list of names is posted on the commission’s website and the public can provide comment online until Tuesday, Nov. 30.
  • Washington State Ferries and members representing each Ferry Advisory Committee for all ferry-served communities will review the list of names and provide input.
  • Members of the 20,000-plus Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) survey panel will be asked via an online survey to consider all six names and indicate their preference. Anyone can become a member of the commission’s FROG survey panel; joining is fast and easy.

The commission will consider the input gathered from these outreach efforts in making a final name decision at its Tuesday, Dec. 14, meeting.

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot visit: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/.

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OLYMPIA – With winter just around the corner, now is the best time to make plans and prepare for winter driving.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to get themselves and their vehicles ready for winter weather well before they head out. Drivers can visit WSDOT's winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks travelers to always "know before you go" and get the most up-to-date transportation information both while planning trips and during travel.

“Our crews work hard to keep roads clear, but we also need the public’s help to keep traffic moving during winter weather,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “Most pass closures are due to preventable spin outs or crashes with vehicles going too fast or not having proper winter equipment.

“This winter, being prepared and staying informed will be even more important because staffing shortages will affect our ability to clear roadways and passes as quickly as in years past,” Morin added.

WSDOT crews are already planning for winter storms, but ongoing staffing challenges mean that some areas may not see the traditional 24-hour service, some roadways will not be plowed as often, and compact snow and ice will remain on roadways longer than a typical winter. This will be especially true during large or long-lasting storms. WSDOT determines its storm response based on safety, available resources and pre-set priority plow maps for highest volume and/or critical roadways. Travelers should be sure to check conditions before and during travel and always have proper winter weather supplies before heading out.

To check conditions and prepare for winter weather:

Alternatives to chains Although some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain models, the state’s traction device laws still apply to all vehicles. These requirements exist to help keep all traffic moving safely during extreme winter conditions.

The Washington State Patrol provides an online list of state-approved alternative traction devices on its vehicle equipment webpage under “traction tires.” These approved alternatives meet state traction tire requirements and can be used instead of chains when chains are required. Not every alternative on the market has been approved by WSP, so please check the website before making purchases. All travelers are reminded to prepare for changing weather conditions and avoid a costly ticket by carrying chains or approved alternatives whenever crossing mountain passes. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.

Studded tires By law, studded tires are only legal for use in Washington state from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states, and no personal exemptions or waivers exist to allow for earlier use of studded tires.

WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned roadways (asphalt and concrete roadway damage combined) each year. WSDOT encourages motorists to visit a tire dealer to learn more about their winter tire options, including stud-free, winter tread traction tires. This type of tire is different than an all-season tire, is legal year-round and does not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. More information about studded-tire restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

The Chelan Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners will be holding two public meetings to garner input from the public and discuss the Proposed 2022 Budget.

These meetings will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, November 10th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Chelan Fire & Rescue Station 71 located at 232 E. Wapato Avenue in Chelan. 

These are open public meeting and we welcome your input either in person or via Zoom.

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We look forward to hearing from the community on the future of emergency service for Chelan.

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Last night at 10:25 p.m. crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 524 N. Markeson Street in Chelan.

First arriving crew was on scene at 22:28 and reported heavy flames and smoke coming from the rear of the structure and initiated a defensive fire attack.  

Residents of the house reported that 5 people were living there with 4 of those people in the residence at the time of the fire.  All were able to escape without injury.  Residents also reported that 2 dogs were also in the house and that one did not get out. 

Second alarm resources from Manson, Orondo, and Wenatchee were dispatched due to the number of exposures nearby and the difficulty in controlling this fire. 

Fire was contained at 12:49 a.m. and crews remained on scene to monitor the structure throughout the night. 

Residents of the structure were put in contact with Red Cross for shelter and assistance. 

A total of 11 apparatus and 24 personnel were on scene with no reported injuries. 

There is no estimate of total fire loss at this time and the cause of this fire is currently under investigation.

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OLYMPIA – Emerging technologies that reduce carbon, reduce the amount of time to get goods to consumers and move agricultural goods to market more efficiently will be explored at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s October meeting. Commissioners also will discuss their next round of recommendations to the state Legislature about steps needed to prepare for autonomous vehicles operating on public roadways.

The two-day meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Wednesday, Oct. 20. 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: www.wstc.wa.gov/agendas/2021/10/07/meeting-agenda-october-19-20-2021/. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.

Tuesday morning kicks off with a work session co-sponsored by the ACES Northwest Network, and the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region. The ACES Northwest Network is focused on developing and promoting autonomous-connected-electric-shared mobility technologies. A panel of policy and industry leaders will explore a number of topics including: trucking and rail automation, including how electrification is revolutionizing logistics; advanced air mobility, focusing on what’s taking flight in our state; and getting perspectives on agricultural automation.

Tuesday afternoon, the commission will hear from a panel representing transit, counties, cities, ports, and the private sector on how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact transportation and operations. 

With the significant growth in home delivery of goods, increasing the demand being placed on city streets and neighborhoods, the commission will hear from the University of Washington’s Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center about how this growth has accelerated a paradigm shift in freight movement. They will also brief the commission about their efforts to engage private sector industries in researching and the pilot testing of low-emission, last-mile delivery solutions in the Puget Sound. 

On Wednesday, the commission will receive an update on the 2021 work of the Autonomous Vehicle Work Group and determine their next round of recommendations to the Legislature.  The work group is charged with identifying policy and regulatory needs to accommodate autonomous vehicles on our public roadways. An overview of the work group’s efforts and explorations in 2021 will be covered and the commission’s report of findings and recommendations to the Legislature will be discussed. 

Public comment will be taken on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 11:25 a.m. People wishing to provide comments can sign up by posting their name in the Q&A box that can be found on-screen during the virtual meeting. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot visit: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/.

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WASHINGTON-BASED organic farm Diamondback Acres is taking strides to cut plastic pollution by moving to compostable packaging.

Diamondback Acres in Lake Chelan, Washington, has been farming organic produce since 1991. Bill and Angell Clark, the farm’s owners, have put sustainability at the heart of the business for more than 30 years. They distribute produce direct to consumers online at chelanbeauty.com to minimise emissions through transport.

The Clarks focus on quality over quantity, and the farm is set in 200 acres of land producing the highest quality organic apples, cherries, and blueberries on the market.

In a bid to combat plastic waste, Diamondback Acres has partnered with TIPA Compostable Packaging to package its organic cherries in TIPA’s certified home-compostable zipper bags.

By moving to compostable zipper bags the farm has reduced its use of plastic by 3000 pounds in the first year.

TIPA’s compostable zipper bags perform like conventional plastic but can be disposed of using existing composting infrastructure including home compost bins, leaving no waste behind.

Not only does compostable packaging reduce plastic pollution, it also helps maintain farm-to-table freshness and is proven to increase the shelf-life of fresh produce by up to two times. This helps to minimise food waste – a major contributor to carbon emissions.

Washington state has committed to reducing its plastic footprint, banning single-use plastic bags effective on October 1 2021. The state signed the 2021 Plastics Law in May this year to be phased in over the coming decade aimed at reducing single-use plastic.

Bill and Angell Clark say their goal is to set an example for grocery giants to follow in their eco-friendly footsteps.

Bill Clark, Diamondback Acres owner said: “For almost 30 years we have worked hard to produce the finest organic produce, passionately believing in the practice for the environment, the soil, our workers and ultimately the consumer.”

“We’re extremely excited to be working with TIPA to supply our cherries in its compostable zipper bags, allowing us to help reduce plastic and food waste. We strongly believe that if smaller companies make these small changes, we can make huge strides to protect the planet and encourage the bigger producers to do the same.”

Michael Waas, Vice President of North America at TIPA, said: “We are delighted to be helping Diamondback Acres continue their drive for sustainability by supplying them with compostable bags for their cherries. The farm is an example of a small business showing how to lead on sustainability, and we are excited to help them take this further with our packaging solutions.”

About TIPA®

Inspired by nature, TIPA®'s compostable packaging solutions are designed to break down within months under compost conditions just like any organic matter.

TIPA® packaging provides solutions for the food and fashion industries, and is built to fit existing machinery and supply chains.

The company’s packaging solutions are currently being implemented worldwide by leading global brands in Europe, Australia, and the US.

For more Information: www.tipa-corp.com 

About Diamondback Acres

Bill and Angell Clark started their farm in 1991.

The family later launched Chelan Beauty®, a farmer-owned company and brand name for their farm and store.

Diamondback Acres believes that organic farming should come before popularity or profitability. The farm cultivates organic produce such as apples, cherries and blueberries.

For more information: https://chelanbeauty.com/