dougcountysherlogoOn 11/17/2020 at approximately 9:32 PM Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to a reported robbery at 100 Rock Island Drive, which is the BJ’s gas station in Rock Island.

When deputies arrived they were told a single individual, armed with a handgun, entered the gas station and held the clerk and a customer at gunpoint demanding money. The suspect left the store with anti-freeze and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The investigation identified the suspect as Jesus Torres Jr., a 24-year-old male out of Royal City. Investigators learned Jesus had committed two separate robberies in Moses Lake earlier the same day.

Several hours after the robbery at BJ’s in Rock Island, Jesus led Grant County Deputies on a vehicle pursuit, which started in the Ephrata area. During the pursuit Jesus shot at the pursuing Deputies, leaving one Deputy injured with non-life threatening injuries. The pursuit subsequently ended with Jesus being placed in custody by Grant County Deputies.

Jesus is currently in custody and being held at the Grant County Jail pending charges in both Grant and Douglas County. Douglas County charges are Robbery in the first degree, attempted Robbery in the first degree, and felon in possession of firearms.

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoChief Rick Johnson reports on November 22nd, 2020 at approximately 3:53 pm, East Wenatchee officers responded to a Disturbance at 255 N Georgia Ave; Eastmont Community Park.

It was reported the victim had been threatened by someone with a knife at the Pump Track. One officer was in the immediate area and arrived within moments of being dispatched. The juvenile suspects fled from the officer on foot but were caught on 3rd St NE, outside the park.

The investigation showed there was an argument at the Pump Track involving an eleven and a thirteen-year-old male. The thirteen-year-old male suspect was not on a bike but was sitting on the Pump Track blocking the path of the kids using the track. After being asked to move there was an argument between the eleven-year-old victim and the thirteen-year-old suspect. During this argument the thirteen-year-old suspect pulled a knife from his pocket, held it out towards the victim and walked towards him. One witness estimated the suspect held the knife within two feet of the victim’s face.

The incident was captured on cell phone video and was shown to the officers during the investigation. The video confirmed what had been reported to the officers. The thirteen-year-old suspect was arrested and transported to Chelan County Juvenile Detention where he was booked for Assault in the 2nd Degree.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on November 21st, 2020 at approximately 6:45 am an injury collision was reported on Malaga Alcoa highway at the Appleyard.

Deputies responded along with Chelan County Fire District 1 and Ballard Ambulance. When responding units arrived they found the collision involved four total vehicles. The driver of a 2008 Subaru Impreza, a 26 year old Wenatchee male was in need of extrication and had serious injuries. Unfortunately, he died at the scene.

The collision is still under investigation with the assistance from Washington State Patrol, but according to witness statements it appears the Subaru Impreza was travelling north on Malaga Alcoa Highway. The vehicle travelled across the centerline and had a minor impact with a southbound Subaru Legacy wagon. The Impreza started to spin and impacted another southbound vehicle, a Nissan Murano. This impact was on the driver’s side door of the Subaru Impreza.

The driver of the Nissan Murano was transported to CWH with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth vehicle, a Honda Element was southbound behind the Nissan Murano and had a minor impact with one of the other vehicles while trying to avoid the collision. The driver of that vehicle was uninjured.

The identity of the 26 year old Wenatchee male is being withheld to allow time for the family to be notified.

wsdot logoPublic comment invited on the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, Nov. 17 through Dec. 16

OLYMPIA – More than 1,100 statewide transportation projects using $3.7 billion in federal funds are included in the draft 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, called STIP for short. This compilation of prioritized transportation improvement projects is now ready for public review and comment.

The Washington State Department of Transportation annually develops the STIP from local agency, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs. The draft 2021-2024 STIP is a 4-year program of multimodal transportation projects identified through state, metropolitan, regional, tribal, and local agency planning processes. Projects identified as using Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funds must be included in the STIP to authorize the expenditure of federal funds.

The comment period for the STIP is the final step of the community engagement process that began locally during development of the individual transportation improvement programs. WSDOT will accept comments until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. 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, fiscally constrained, prioritized multimodal transportation program of state, local, tribal, and public transportation (transit) projects. The STIP 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 2020-23 STIP can be viewed online and a similar, searchable database of the 2021-24 STIP will be created in January 2021, following FHWA and FTA approval.

How to comment

Written comments can be sent to: Nancy Huntley, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia WA 98504-7390, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by fax at 360-705-6822. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, any mailed or faxed comments will be reviewed weekly during the public comment period.

dougcountysherlogoOn 11-14-2020 at approximately 6:09 PM, Douglas County Deputies responded along with personnel from the Bridgeport Fire Department and Bridgeport Ambulance to an unknown injury accident in the 300 block of 17th Street, in Bridgeport.

Upon arrival, units located a single vehicle collision, with one passenger trapped inside of the vehicle, with life-threatening injuries.

The passenger, a 17 year-old female Bridgeport resident, was extricated by fire personnel and transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Hospital where she was subsequently pronounced deceased as a result of her injuries.

The driver, 35 year-old Bridgeport resident Christopher J. Williams, was contacted outside the vehicle and was also transported to Three Rivers Hospital for non-life threating injuries.

The preliminary investigation shows speed and intoxicants were contributing factors to the collision. Upon the completion of receiving medical treatment, Williams was booked into the Okanogan County Jail for vehicular homicide.

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Leavenworth, Wash. – November 3, 2020 – Donny Guerrero (left), Senior Community Engagement Specialist at Molina Healthcare of Washington, and Bob Mark, Program Manager at The Community Cupboard, smile with a $1,000 check Molina presented to the organization. Photo Credit: Molina Healthcare

 

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Twisp, Wash. – October 29, 2020 – Susan Gottula (left), Volunteer at The Cove, with Rick Lewis, Board Chairman, Suzanne Baldwin, Volunteer, and Glenn Schmekel, Executive Director after receiving a $1,000 donation from Molina Healthcare of Washington. Photo Credit: Molina Healthcare

 

Bothell, Wash., November 9, 2020 – Molina Healthcare of Washington (“Molina”) has committed more than $16 million to support communities that have been affected by the pandemic with its COVID-19 Community Response Plan. In North Central Washington, Molina has supported more than 25 providers, Tribal Nations, food banks, and community-based organizations over the past six months alone to enhance access to health care services, and to help stabilize key community providers and services throughout the region.

“This pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the most basic human needs in every community, including access to food, housing, employment, health care, and so much more,” said Peter Adler, plan president of Molina Healthcare of Washington. “Molina is committed to enhancing our collaboration with providers and community partners to address these needs and to ensuring access to health care services before, during, and beyond this public health crisis.”

  • Primary Care Provider Stabilization Support - Molina’s commitment of over $10 million in additional financial support to primary care providers focuses on pediatric and safety net (including Federally Qualified Health Centers and tribal clinics) providers across the state. In the North Central region, Molina provided direct financial support to Cascade Medical Center, Chelan Community Hospital, Columbia Basin Health Association, Columbia Basin Hospital and Columbia Basin Family Medicine, Columbia Valley Community Health, Confluence Health, Coulee Community Hospital and Family Medicine, Family Health Centers, Mattawa Community Clinic, Mid-Valley Hospital, Moses Lake Community Health Center, Quincy Valley Medical Center, and Samaritan Hospital.

 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations - Molina is donating personal protective equipment and supplies to help protect front-line providers and community-based organizations as they provide care and services through the pandemic. Molina’s PPE donations include thousands of N95 and 3-ply masks, COVID-19 rapid antibody testing kits, face shields, gowns, digital forehead thermometers, nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. Molina has donated PPE to the following providers and groups in North Central Washington: Columbia Valley Community Health, Confluence Health – Wenatchee, Family Health Centers, Moses Lake Community Health Center, Samaritan Hospital, Summer Wood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, The Shove House at Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare, and Three Rivers Hospital.

 

  • Food Insecurity Response - Molina’s ongoing response to food insecurity includes providing temporary emergency in-home meals for Molina Medicaid and Medicare members who have been diagnosed or live with someone who has tested COVID-19 positive. Molina has also committed over $100,000 to more than 100 food banks and organizations throughout the state. In North Central Washington, Molina has contributed to Colville Confederated Tribes, Community Cupboard – Upper Valley Mend, Entiat Valley Food Pantry, Soap Lake Food Bank, The Cove, The Tonasket Food Bank, and Waterville Food Pantry. Additionally, Molina is donating nonperishable food items directly to the Okanogan communities impacted by recent wildfires.  

 

  • Behavioral Health Provider Support
    • Substance Use Disorder Provider Support - Molina is making an ongoing investment to increase access to substance use disorder (SUD) services. In 2020, Molina committed nearly $5 million in increased payments to SUD providers with an emphasis on inpatient residential SUD services, and medication assisted opioid treatment programs.  This ongoing investment will yield an increase of over $12 million annually thereafter.

 

  • Supporting Access to Care through Telehealth Support - To increase access to telehealth services, Molina is providing behavioral health provider organizations with technological support and financial and supply donations to facilitate access to resources, such as computers and cell phones. Molina is also offering cell phones and data plans to its Medicaid members who would not otherwise have the capabilities to contact their provider via virtual visits.

 

  • Wraparound with Intensive Services Provider Donations - Molina is providing additional support to Wraparound with Intense Services (WISe) providers who take care of children with intensive behavioral health needs by offering both PPE and financial contributions.  WISe providers are able to utilize Molina financial support payments to help families with food insecurity. North Central WISe provider recipients include: Catholic Charities of Central Washington, Children’s Home Society of Washington, Grant Integrated Services, Moses Lake Community Health Clinic, and Okanogan Behavioral Health.

About Molina Healthcare of Washington

Molina Healthcare of Washington has been providing government-funded care for low-income individuals for over 20 years. As of September 30, 2020, Molina serves over 947,000 members through Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Benefit Exchange programs across the state of Washington. Additionally, Molina Healthcare of Washington operates a primary care clinic in Everett (MyHealth Everett) and a mobile health unit (MyHealth Mobile) in the Spokane area. For more information, visit MolinaHealthcare.com and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting 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: October 2020
• Payroll: October 1 -31, 2020 for $200,275.51 paid 11-05-2020
• General Account Vouchers: #746724 – 746765 for $33,490.46
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17148 – 17152 for $1,747.19
• Bond Account Vouchers: #19017 for $300.00
• Minutes: October 21, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• 2021-2025 DRAFT Strategic Plan – Final DRAFT Review
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• CF&R and IAFF Local 4816 2021-2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement – Board Approval
• Firefighter/EMT Testing/Hiring – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
• 2021 Budget – Recommendation to Approve (New Business)
New Business:
• Resolution 2020-11 for 2021 Property Tax Levy and Certificate
• 2021 Contract for Legal Services – Update to Board
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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MOUNT RAINIER – The gates to State Routes 410 and 123 inside Mount Rainier National Park, including Chinook and Cayuse passes, are closed for the season after heavy snow and a forecast of more to come.

These routes closed temporarily Tuesday night, Nov. 10, due to deteriorating travel conditions and a 14-vehicle collision, which included commercial vehicles that are not allowed to travel through the park.

After an assessment of the roads and the upcoming forecast, Washington State Department of Transportation, in coordination with Mount Rainier National Park, made the decision to keep State Route 410/Chinook Pass and State Route 123/Cayuse Pass closed for the winter. For the safety of the crews, signs will be removed and facilities will be winterize before more heavy snowfall. Completing this work prevents sign damage and makes the spring reopening more manageable.

The roads inside the park typically close sometime in mid-November each year due to avalanche danger, poor road conditions, lack of emergency services in close proximity and limited snow storage.

Chinook Pass (elev. 5,430 feet) is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, 5 miles east of the summit. Cayuse Pass (elev. 4,675 feet) is closed within the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park between Crystal Mountain Boulevard and the park arch at milepost 2.5 at the southern park boundary.

Tools to keep travelers connected

Sign up for email alerts via “Mount Rainier Area State Highway News” newsletter. Additional information about Chinook and Cayuse passes is available on a combined webpage that features the status of closure and reopening efforts. Current weather and highway conditions are posted on the mountain passes webpage.

Visit the Mount Rainier National Park’s road status webpage and follow @MountRainierNPS on Twitter for updates about roads within Mount Rainier National Park.

waterbottleChad and Jeana Steiner, owners of Chelan Valley Farms, teamed up with Thrive and Wilbur Ellis to donate 300 water bottles to Manson Elementary School. 

Due to Covid-19, we had to shut-off our drinking fountains and now we rely on our water bottle filling stations.

Chad and Jeana Steiner saw a need and donated the 300 water bottles so that every student is able to stay hydrated while at school. 

We are so grateful to have a community support. 

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Halloween processional will cause traffic delays on the Old Bridge and Woodin Avenue

LAKE CHELAN, WA (October 29, 2020) This year, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association (HDCA) invites you to drive through a ghostly downtown Chelan to receive Halloween goody bags on Saturday, October 31 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Drivers who do not plan to participate in the event should expect traffic delays on the Old Bridge and Woodin Avenue. It is recommended that drivers avoid the area during the event hours if possible. Parking will be restricted on Woodin Ave between Columbia and Sanders streets starting at 4 p.m. in preparation for the event.

If you plan to participate in the drive-thru trick-or-treat event, vehicles will stage in the high school parking lot. Enter the parking lot from S Farnham St and await instructions from volunteers. See map for details.

We look forward to seeing all of you ghouls, ghosts and goblins this Saturday in historic downtown Chelan!

Drive-thru Trick-or-Treat Route
Vehicles will stage in the high school parking lot and proceed to Woodin Avenue to cross the old bridge and enter downtown. Spooky décor and haunted characters await as you drive through historic downtown. You will have the opportunity to enter the “Car-stume” Contest if you wish, and then will receive your Trick-or-Treat goody bags at the end of the processional.

Car-stume Contest Details
The HDCA will host a “Car-stume” Contest this year with $250 in Chamber Bucks for the family with the most creative costume for their car and passengers! One $250 gift certificate will be given to the most creative Halloween costume and one $250 gift certificate for the most creative Dia de los Muertos costume.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Decorate your car and/or dress up your passengers in Halloween or Dia de los Muertos attire!
  • Come up with a creative Team Name for online voting.
  • Enter the staging area at the High School and follow the route into downtown.
  • Fill out a "Car-stume” Contest entry form that volunteers will hand out at the beginning of the processional.
  • “Say Cheese!” at the intersection of Woodin Avenue and Emerson Street, where we’ll take your photo for online voting.

The community will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite Car-stumes online. LakeChelanNow will stream the processional on Facebook Live so the community can view the fun from anywhere.

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Studded tires allowed in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31; stud-free winter tire alternatives are legal year-round

 OLYMPIA – With some early storms already here and full-fledged winter fast approaching, now is the time for travelers to make sure they’re prepared for winter driving.

 The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter weather. Drivers can check out 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 roadway information before heading out.

 “Our crews work hard to keep roads clear, but we need the public’s help as well,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “Most pass closures are due to preventable spin outs or crashes from vehicles driven too fast or not having proper equipment. This year COVID-19 protocols could mean slightly longer road or pass closures, as well as more chain requirements during major storms, so we need everyone to be prepared and stay informed to help keep traffic moving.”

 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, that doesn’t excuse travelers from state traction device laws. 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. 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 legal for use in Washington state only 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.

WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about their 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.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Virtual Open Public Meeting for discussion on the Proposed 2021 Budget.  This meeting will be held:

Chelan Fire & Rescue Proposed 2021 Budget Virtual Public Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2020

6:00 PM via Zoom Meetings (link for this meeting to follow.)

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the proposed 2021 Budget and gather input from the community served by the Fire District.  This meeting will help the Board of Commissioner in determining the best service model for the community as well as the funding needed to maintain this service for 2021 and beyond.

Please find below links to the 2021 DRAFT Budget Proposal along the 2020-2026 Budget Worksheets, Apparatus Replacement Schedule and Capital Replacement Schedule that we are using as we work through our 2021 Budget process.  The revenue figures listed in the 2021 DRAFT Budget Proposal and on the 2020-2026 are the current numbers given to us by the Chelan County Assessor’s Office for 2021 and are what we can expect for revenue coming into the district for maintaining our operations.  Explanations for the attached worksheets are as follow:

  1. The 2021 with 2022 DRAFT Budget Proposal is our proposed operating budget for 2021 with explanations of the revenue and expense categories.  Each expense category will list our 2020 Budget amounts as well as the anticipated 2022 Budget amounts.
  2. The 2020-2026 Budget Worksheets are used as a forecasting tool showing our estimated revenues and expenses for a 5 year period.  This worksheet allows us to make our best guess at what our future revenues will be and what our future operating costs will look like.  The information in these worksheets includes our estimated capital expenses as listed on the attached Capital Replacement Schedule but does not include any Apparatus Replacement expenses.
  3. The Apparatus and Capital Replacement Schedules are forecasting tools that allow us to determine the money we need to set aside (transfer to our Capital Reserve Investment account) in order replace apparatus and equipment or take care of necessary repairs or replacement of hard assets.
  4. One item to note, budgeting and forecasting is a dynamic process and will be updated as we work through the 2021 Budget process.

 

2021 DRAFT Budget Proposal

2020-2026 Budget Worksheets

Apparatus Replacement Schedule

Capital Replacement Schedule

CC sheriff logo 2018LAKE WENATCHEE - Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 73-year old lost hunter was located by search teams in the Meadow Creek area of western Chelan County early Sunday morning after an extensive search which began late Saturday evening..

RIVERCOM Dispatch received the initial call concerning the missing hunter at 9:31pm Saturday evening from family members. David Sargent of Marysville, WA had planned to hike a loop off of the USFS 6306 Road at about 5:00pm. He was to meet up with the two other hunters in his party prior to darkness. When Sargent did not return, the two family members searched for Sargent having very intermittent radio contact with him. Sargent told them he was lost on a brushed in primitive road. He did not have a pack with him which meant no light or other or survival gear.

Search teams including Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Chelan County Volunteer Search & Rescue began focusing on several spur forest service spur roads off of the main 6306 road. At one point, a LWF&R team was able to reestablish family radio communication with Sargent, however he was unable to describe his location to the rescuers. He stated he was tired and suffering from low blood sugar complications. At approximately 1:30am, Sargent was asked to fire a round from his rifle so his position could be triangulated. That procedure allowed SAR coordinators to refocus searches into smaller, more targeted search areas on the 6306-430 and 6306-400 spur roads.

At 2:24am, Sargent was located on an overgrown portion of the USFS 6306-400 (spur) road by a SAR deputy. Sargent was hypothermic, soaking wet from rain and suffering from low blood sugar. A search team on all-terrain vehicles - including a medic - responded to assist in getting Sargent back to search base. He was reunited with family and transported by ambulance to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth for treatment. He is in fair and stable condition.

Sheriff’s Office SAR coordinators would like to remind hunters to always carry the ten essentials of survival while hiking (especially: water, food, light, a map, shelter, fire starter, navigation tools, extra clothing and prescribed medications).

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Topics include Road Usage Charging, COVID-19 impacts, and tolling

OLYMPIA – Planning for future transportation needs is the focus of the Washington State Transportation Commission’s October meeting. Topics to be covered include updates on tolling performance and the state transportation revenue forecast, next steps for the Road Usage Charge assessment, and a continuation of the commission’s year-long series on “The Future of Transportation Post COVID-19.” 

The commission meeting begins at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Wednesday, Oct. 21. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using GoToWebinar. People interested in attending can find registration instructions on the commission’s website.  The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.

On Tuesday, the Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup will provide an update on its progress and give a preview of pending recommendations, which will be submitted to the commission at its December meeting. The AV workgroup is charged with identifying policy and regulatory changes to better to accommodate AVs on our public roadways.

An update on the Interstate 405/State Route 167 express toll lanes Low-Income Tolling Study also will be given. The study is assessing the effects of tolling on low-income drivers of the I-405/SR 167 express toll lanes and recommends possible approaches to mitigate impacts. The project team will present proposed criteria for selection of possible low-income toll program options for further assessment and will provide an overview of a survey to be conducted of low-income drivers who use either corridor.

As part of the commission’s on-going work related to the statewide 20-year transportation plan “Washington Transportation Plan 2040 and Beyond,” Washington State Department of Transportation staff will provide a briefing on the development of the department’s Highway System Plan. The Highway System Plan is a component of the 20-year plan and serves as the basis for the six-year capital highway program and WSDOT’s two-year budget request to the State Legislature.

Tuesday afternoon, staff from WSDOT and the Office of the State Treasurer will provide an update on the performance of the state’s tolled facilities. They will highlight the effects the COVID-19 pandemic is having on traffic volumes and revenues for each tolled facility and discuss possible approaches to addressing toll revenue shortfalls. Staff will also provide a briefing on the September 2020 state transportation revenue forecast, addressing the current financial status of state transportation funding, and providing insight into what the future may hold for state transportation revenues and toll rates.

Tuesday’s meeting concludes with a briefing on the next phase of work for the Road Usage Charge assessment. A RUC is being assessed as a possible replacement to the gas tax. The commission has conducted several years of research and a year-long pilot project with 2,000 drivers from across the state. In January 2020, the commission made recommendations to the Legislature for implementing a small RUC program statewide. An overview of the next phase of research will be provided. This research is fully funded with a grant from the Federal Highways Administration. 

The focus of Wednesday’s meeting is on the commission’s year-long series: “The Future of Transportation Post-COVID-19.” A panel of experts and industry leaders will speak to several topics, including:

  • New considerations and approaches for future transportation infrastructure investments
  • A proposal on the development of the “Cascadia Innovation Corridor” running from Vancouver, B.C., to Portland, Oregon
  • New approaches to promoting changes in travel behavior, equitable mobility, and employer participation
  • The challenges and impacts of the pandemic on businesses statewide and implications going forward

Written public comment will be accepted 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. Questions can also be asked during the meeting by using the “question” box found on-screen during the meeting, and as time allows, will be addressed during the meeting.

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

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting 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: September 2020
• Payroll: September 1 -30, 2020 for $181,744.98 paid 10-05-2020
• General Account Vouchers: #746675 – 746711 for $58,234.02
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17142 – 17147 for $11,824.39
• Minutes: September 16, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• 2021-2025 DRAFT Strategic Plan – Update
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract - Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• IAFF Local 4816 Labor Agreement Negotiations – Update
• Firefighter/EMT Testing/Hiring – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
New Business:
• Resolution 2020-10 Canceling Outstanding Warrants
• 2021 Budget Proposal: Schedule Public Meeting via Zoom
• Extension of Seasonal Firefighter Employment through December
• Firefighter/EMT Testing/Hiring
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Invoices
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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Regular Board Meeting
October 8, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. September 10, 2020 regular meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Old Mill launch permit requirements for commercial contracts
VIII. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is November 12, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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Manson Middle/High School Principal, Dr. Heather Ireland announced today that Grant Torgesen has been names a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

''Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. ''These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.

We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

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Up to $5,000 is available for Chelan and Douglas county businesses with 20 employees or less to assist COVID-related response and recovery.

(September 15, 2020/East Wenatchee) – The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority is accepting applications for emergency grants up to $5,000 each for businesses with 20 employees or less in Chelan and Douglas counties. Grant money can be used to assist with a variety of expenses related to impacts from COVID-19.

To learn more and apply, visit our COVID-19 Small Business Resources page to find more information and applications in English and Spanish.

“To date the Regional Port has distributed over $2.2 million dollars in federal, state, and local funding to more than 400 small businesses located in Chelan and Douglas counties,” stated Regional Port Board President Rory Turner. “We have seven programs still accepting applications with an additional $1.6 million available for local businesses impacted by COVID-19.”

Grant funds include new state funding of $945,000 available to businesses in Chelan and Douglas counties. These funds come from the state’s Working Washington Small Business program that uses federal Coronavirus Assistance, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to help with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts across Washington State.

“The length and depth of the pandemic have hit small, main street businesses hard,” said Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “In particular, restaurants, hotels and other service industries have not seen the expected number of customers. Small businesses need these resources to stay open as we respond to the public health crisis and help get people back to work.”

This year has truly been filled with opportunities that have and continue to allow us to grow, adapt, and overcome. The Chelan Valley continues to put students first in supporting student endeavors and education, both in a classroom setting and out. Thirty-seven 4-H and FFA students between Manson and Chelan will be selling their sheep, goat, and pigs through the 2020 Chelan County Virtual Livestock sale, which runs September 14th through 17th. These student projects would not be possible without the continued support our community has provided over the years.

That being said, the Okanogan County Fair auction has been extended due to the fires. As a result, both Chelan and Okanogan County Fair auctions will run through Thursday, September 17th. There are many ways to support these students: bidding on animals, providing add-on support, or simply sharing this to others who may wish to help out. The link to both auctions is https://soldbybestbid.hibid.com/, while fair websites are https://www.chelancountyfair.com/ and https://okanogancounty.org/fair/. At this time, any questions, etc. may be best answered by reaching out to the specific fair or an advisor. 

If I have missed any Manson students, I sincerely apologize. Please feel free to reach out so we can make sure they also are highlighted for their hard work and dedication to being some of the best young people this world could hope for.

Thank you again for being the best support system these young entrepreneurs could ask for!

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting 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: August 2020
• Payroll: August 1 -31, 2020 for $132,713.57 paid 09-05-2020
• General Account Vouchers: #746624 – 746658 for $21,372.32
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17132 – 17140 for $38,540.10
• Minutes: August 19, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• 2021-2025 DRAFT Strategic Plan – Update
• August 26th SWOT Analysis – Request to Board
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract - Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• IAFF Local 4816 Labor Agreement Negotiations – Update
• EF Recovery Services - Update
New Business:
• 2021 Budget Proposal and Meeting Schedule
• Extension of Seasonal Firefighter Employment
• Firefighter/EMT Testing/Hiring
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Invoices
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) The Board will enter into executive session to review the performance of a public employee. This executive session will be held via conference call.
Adjournment:

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Regular Board Meeting
September 10, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. August 13, 2020 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Request for steps into Singleton Park from Vista Del Lago
b. Resolution 2020-08 (surplus of old Singleton Park playground equipment)
IX. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is October 8, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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Plan ahead, use WSDOT tools to stay in the know before and during trips

OLYMPIA – Whether taking in the great outdoors or staying close to home, the last holiday weekend of the summer typically brings additional traffic, so planning ahead and allowing extra travel time is crucial as Labor Day approaches.

For those who are traveling, consulting the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Labor Day weekend traffic volume charts can help determine best times to travel on key routes. (Due to closure of the US-Canadian border to non-essential travel, there will not be travel charts for the border crossing.)

While some traffic volumes have dipped due to the pandemic, traffic to popular outdoor areas can still be heavy. If possible, altering travel to less busy times can improve individual trips and help keep all traffic flowing more freely. Staying close to home, limiting non-essential travel and having a backup plan if your location is already crowded also will help reduce travel stress as well as slow the spread of COVID-19.

Know before you go

Those venturing out on land or sea can use several WSDOT tools to keep updated throughout the trip:

  • Check WSDOT’s mobile appFacebook page, multiple Twitter accounts and online toolsfor traffic information and ferry schedules. (When driving, have a passenger check online updates or pull over to safe place before using electronic devices.)
  • Call the 511 travel information hotline. For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).
  • Pre-program vehicle radios to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry extra water, snacks and other supplies in case you’re delayed along the way.

Statewide construction halted, but expect holiday travel delays -- especially on passes

To ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the weekend, starting Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7, though some larger construction zones and detours may remain in place. Traffic is always heavy over Interstate 90’s Snoqualmie Pass on summer weekends, so travelers should allow extra travel time or consider traveling during non-peak times, typically early in the day or later in the evening.

Tolling

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, Sept. 7, on the State Route 520 bridge and the SR 99 tunnel. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Travelers can learn about toll roads and rental car tips on the Good to Go! 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 due to the pandemic. Some routes are operating on reduced sailing schedules. A face covering and proper physical distancing are required for all walk-on passengers.

Other travel considerations

Travelers planning to avoid highway congestion by traveling via train, personal aircraft or transit also should factor the holiday into their plans and check ahead to see if there are any COVID-19 restrictions or requirements:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station 30 minutes before departure. Book now or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
  • Check the status of state-operated airports online or by calling 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.

The Manson School District is off to a great start.

Staff are on-site delivering engaging lessons via Zoom and our new, easy to use, learning platforms.

Students in the elementary are also receiving one on one conferences with their new teachers.  They are learning about their new classroom and practicing with the technology that has been checked out to them.

Thank you to all of our families for sticking with us and helping us make this a stellar year for the students of Manson.

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Stuti Dahal, senior at Auburn Mountainview High School, Auburn, Wash. Stuti was born in Nepal and moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. She is the recipient of two Museum 2020 scholarships: for flight training and post-secondary education. Photo by The Museum of Flight.

 

Scholarships distributed annually and made possible through donor-funded endowments and funds

SEATTLE, Aug. 21, 2020—The Museum of Flight’s Boeing Academy for STEM Learning awarded $217,000 in scholarships to 14 Washington state high school students for post-secondary education and flight training during a virtual ceremony held on August 5. The ceremony was emceed by outgoing Vice President of Education, Reba Gilman and featured keynote speaker, astronaut and former Museum of Flight President, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar. The fourteen recipients represent a racial and economic diversity of male and female students with dreams of STEM and aerospace careers.

The 2020 scholarships include one post-secondary scholarship of up to $29,500 per year for four years for the recipient to pursue a STEM degree that is directly connected to aviation and aerospace; five $12,000 awards, each to be put toward earning a Private Pilot license; one $10,000 award to be put toward earning a Private Pilot license; three awards of up to $6,000 each to be put toward earning a Private Pilot solo endorsement, with the potential of additional funding for earn a Private Pilot license; two awards to one recipient that include an award of $3000 toward flight training or post-secondary education, and an award of $1500 toward post-secondary education; two awards of $1500 toward post-secondary education; and one award of $2500 toward post-secondary education.

The Museum’s annual scholarships are made possible through generous endowments and funds established by the Estate of Frank “Sam” and Betty Houston; Jim and Sue Johnson; Alaska Airlines; Benjamin L. Ellison; Bill Ayer; Stephen and Hazel Eastman and their family members; and Chris and Leon Knopp in honor of their father, Stuart D. Knopp.

THE AWARDS
2020 Frank “Sam” and Betty Houston Post-Secondary STEM Education Scholarship Recipient | Up to $29,500 per year for four years of post-secondary education:

Rafael Urrea, a graduate of Raisbeck Aviation High School, Tukwila, Wash. Urrea has also participated in the Museum’s Aeronautical Science Pathway (ASP) Program for two years, earning 60 free college credits and 6 high school credits. “The most beneficial part of my learning experience at The Museum of Flight has been the incredible opportunities I have had to immerse myself in the world of aviation.”

2020 Frank “Sam” and Betty Houston Post-Secondary Flight Training Scholarship Recipients | Up to $12,000 each toward earning a Private Pilot license:

Kelly Scott, a sophomore at Columbia High School, Burbank, Wash. Scott participated in the Museum’s Private Pilot Ground School during the summer of 2019. “I live in rural Eastern Washington, my school is small, and none of my classmates share my aviation interests. At Private Pilot Ground School, I found students who share my enthusiasm.”

William Fleshman, a junior at Bonney Lake High School, Bonney Lake, Wash. Fleshman has already begun Private Pilot training, and currently participates in the Museum’s ASP program. “I am honored to be able to include this experience and accomplishment on my resume and also get a head start into the aviation industry.”

William Esposito, a homeschooled senior residing in Everett, Wash. Esposito has participated in the Museum’s Western Aerospace Scholars Sophomore program and is currently enrolled in the Museum’s ASP program. “The most beneficial part of my Museum experiences has been further development of my work ethic, holding myself accountable, being professional, and working effectively on a team.”

Steven Rosengren, a senior at Kentridge High School, Kent, Wash. Employed as lifeguard during the summer, Rosengren has participated in the Museum’s ASP program. “Book learning and study are essential, but being able to apply classroom content to an actual aircraft was, for me, priceless.”

Roman Thomas, a freshman at Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma, Wash. Thomas is a violinist in the school’s chamber orchestra, and a member of the Model United Nations Program. “Each day I was greeted by an enthusiastic staff of aviation professionals who truly wanted to help me succeed and achieve my goal of becoming a pilot.”

2020 Alaska Airlines Flight Training Scholarship | Up to $10,000 toward earning a Private Pilot License:

Francesca Keel, a junior at Meadowdale High School, Edmonds, Wash. Keel is enrolled in the Museum’s ASP program, and has her sights on becoming a U.S. Air Force pilot. “For eight years, our family was separated from my dad while he worked for Boeing in Seattle. Being in ASP has reinforced a relationship with my dad due to our mutual interest in aviation.”

2020 Benjamin L. Ellison Future Pilot Scholarship Recipients | Up to $6,000 each toward solo, with the potential for additional funding to earn a Private Pilot license:

Samantha Schrama, a senior at Auburn Mountainview High School, Auburn, Wash. Schrama is enrolled in the Museum’s ASP program, and works weekends to help finance her flight training in pursuit of a career in aviation. “When I joined the Aeronautical Science Pathway I was introduced to a network of inspirational women who were pilots in command of an aircraft. That’s when I knew it was something I wanted to accomplish.”

Stephen Green, a senior at Rogers High School, Puyallup, Wash. Green participated in the Museum’s ASP program, and recently earned a Private Pilot license. “Through this course I have learned more about aviation than ever before. This course has given me so many opportunities that have changed my life.”

Tricia Kimball, a senior at Federal Way High School, Federal Way, Wash. Kimball is enrolled in the Museum’s ASP program and will attend the University of Washington this fall. “I know that I am fully prepared to realize my dream of becoming an Air Force Pilot.”

2020 Aeronautical Science Pathway Scholarship Recipient | $3,000 toward flight training or post-secondary education and
2020 Stephen and Hazel Eastman Memorial Scholarship Recipient | $1,500 toward post-secondary education: 

Stuti Dahal, senior at Auburn Mountainview High School, Auburn, Wash. Stuti was born in Nepal and moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. “Someone told me that one cannot dream of something that one cannot see. I never dreamt of becoming a pilot in Nepal because I had no source of a dream. This changed when we moved to the USA. I saw female pilots which gave me a source to dream.”

2020 Stephen and Hazel Eastman Memorial Scholarship Recipient | $1,500 toward post-secondary education:

Nicholas Petregal-Lemay, a senior at Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, Wash. Petregal-Lemay has participated in the Museum’s Aerospace Camp Experience, Private Pilot Ground School, and Western Aerospace Scholars Sophomore and Junior programs. “Although I did not have the opportunity to attend a “STEM” high school, I could still prepare for and ultimately obtain a career in the aerospace industry.”

2020 Stuart Knopp Memorial Scholarship Recipients | $2,500 toward post-secondary education:

Devin Graves, a senior at Mount Rainier High School, Des Moines, Wash. Graves attended the Museum’s Aerospace Camp Experience for eight summers, then became a volunteer in the Counselor Apprenticeship Program for two years, and finally worked as a counselor for one year. He also participated in Private Pilot Ground School. “The Museum of Flight is such an essential part of my life and passion for aviation that I consider it a home away from home.”

Atharva Kashyap, a senior at Interlake High School, Bellevue, Wash. Kashyap was born in India and moved to the United States in 2015. He has participated in multiple education programs at The Museum of Flight, including Private Pilot Ground School and Western Aerospace Scholars Sophomore and Junior programs. “Being involved in Museum of Flight programs has introduced me to professionals who are engaged in the aerospace field, thus introducing me to the various career options that this field has to offer. Their experiences gave me a line of sight to career and education options that I can explore.”

The Museum of Flight’s Boeing Academy for STEM Learning
All education programs at The Museum of Flight operate under the umbrella of
The Boeing Academy for STEM Learning, which was created in 2015 through a major investment by The Boeing Company and Mr. and Mrs. William E. Boeing, Jr. From pre-kindergarten to college prep and career readiness programs, the Academy provides unparalleled learning opportunities for students to explore and prepare for education and career pathways in flight, engineering, and space.  

The Academy strives to accelerate opportunities for all youth, with particular focus on under-resourced and underrepresented populations, by connecting them to fulfilling, in-demand STEM careers. The Academy operates in partnership with schools, community-based organizations, government, business and industry to ensure that the next generation of workers are ready to lead and innovate. The Academy awarded over $314,000 in student scholarships in 2019.

wsdot logoLA PUSH – Rescuers were able to successfully locate the pilot of small airplane that crashed in difficult terrain near La Push thanks to quick teamwork by several agencies.

At 1 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Emergency Services received a report of a downed Cessna 150 aircraft after neighbors called 911 to report a possible airplane crash.

WSDOT obtained a good radar track from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center that helped searchers locate the aircraft in a hilly and heavily forested area on the east side of La Push.

Darkness hampered ground search efforts, but after sunrise, a rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island joined the mission and located the pilot who was alive and in critical condition.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will be doing a full investigation.

Crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue and Chelan County FD#8 (Entiat) worked the scene on a 3-4 acre brush fire along Hwy 97A.

Crews were able to get this fire contained quickly.

Traffic was delayed while fire fighting efforts were underway.

buckner logoThe 2020 Harvest Fest at the Buckner Orchard in Stehekin is canceled.  Additionally, the appearance of The Kevin Jones Band at the Orchard in September, likewise, will not occur.
 
As with many other events, restrictions relative to the pandemic prevent an event such as Harvest Fest from happening.  Phase 4, which would be a return to normal, would need to be in place for these events to occur.  Currently, Chelan County is in Phase 1.5, with little hope of advancing as all counties are now indefinitely frozen in their current phases. 
 
A modified or lesser form of Harvest Fest has been suggested, but again, the number restrictions alone rule this out.  Nothing, though, precludes community members or visitors from having their own picnic and picking, at any time, at the Orchard, as long as they comply with ​Washington State's Phase​ restrictions in place at that time.
 
Cancellation of Harvest Fest will not affect the annual harvesting of apples at the Orchard, and it is highly likely that cider making by the community will resume as it has in the past, or in some similar form.  A plan for safe health-related practices for picking and pressing in 2020 is being developed and will ​be shared with the community.  There is a heavy crop and human harvesting is very necessary to preclude damage by bear and elk once the electric fences are removed prior to snow fall.
 
The event cancellations are made now so as to allow adequate time to change reservations at businesses and cabins in the Valley, should visitors choose to do so.  Most of these businesses have 30-day cancellation policies, with various caveats.  Timing of the cancellation will also allow these businesses more time to re-book any vacated rooms and cabins.
 
Though we are very disappointed at having to cancel this annual celebration, we encourage everyone to individually jump in to help harvest and enjoy this year's bumper crop at the Historic Buckner Orchard!

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports two overdue hikers in the Alpine Wilderness were located Monday evening near Earle Lake.

The two female hikers from Snohomish, WA were originally reported overdue by family on Saturday evening just after 9:00pm. Hope Ryan (21yoa) and Kristen Jost (23yoa) had planned to through-hike the “Enchantments” from the Stuart Lake Trailhead to the Snow Lakes Trailhead from 6:30am to 8:00pm Saturday. When Ryan and Jost did not arrive out by late Sunday morning, Sheriff’s Office SAR coordinators inserted a Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue (CCVSAR) team on the Snow Lakes Trail. That team contacted dozens of hikers on the trail, but the vast majority had not seen the overdue subjects. Sunday evening, a local couple who had hiked out of the Enchantments via a route passing by Earle Lake – 2 ½ miles north of the main trail system – told SAR coordinators they had seen two female hikers matching Ryan and Jost’s description near Earle Lake at around noon on Sunday.

On Monday, an additional five search teams consisting of CCVSAR and Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel were deployed on the trail system with a plan to focus on the Earle Lake basin and surrounding area. Snohomish County’s SNOHAWK-10 helicopter was requested to assist in inserting a team above the lake while also assisting in an aerial search. At 8:22pm, the SNOHAWK-10 crew located Ryan and Jost near Earle Lake. They were loaded into the aircraft and flown out to the SAR coordination base at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Both were found to be in good physical condition after spending three days in the wilderness with very limited supplies.

Ryan and Jost told SAR coordinators they mistakenly turned to the north off of the main Snow Lakes Trail while in the core of the Enchantments. They eventually realized they were lost by late Saturday around dusk. Ryan and Jost decided to remain in the Earle Lake area hoping for rescue. They rationed their limited food supplies and had some extra clothing to stay warm.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting 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: July 2020
• Payroll: July 1 -31, 2020 for $132,804.25 paid 08-05-2020
• General Account Vouchers: #746543 – 746608 for $52,758.72
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17118 – 17131 for $30,565.75
• Minutes: July 15, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• 2020-2025 Strategic Plan - DRAFT
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract - Update
• Station 75 Short Plat - Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations
• T-73 Surplus Purchase Agreement (Board Approval)
New Business:
• EF Recovery Services Contract (Update SOG 015)
• 2021 Budget Process
• IAFF Local 4816 Labor Agreement Negotiations (Update only)
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Invoices
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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The pictures above are of “Perc 30” pills that have been seized by local Law Enforcement.

Over the last 3 months the Columbia River Drug Task Force has seen an increase in Fentanyl in the Wenatchee Valley. Specifically, Fentanyl disguised as prescription medication in pill form. The pills are small, round, blueish in color, and imprinted with an “M” on one side and a “30” on the opposite side. They are being referred to as “Perc 30’s” and trying to be passed as a Percocet pill. Percocet is a brand name for a pain killer of oxycodone and acetaminophen. “Perc 30’s” are being produced with a binding agent and fentanyl, in make shift labs that do not have the ability to control the amount of fentanyl in each pill. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine.

The Valley has seen an increase in overdose reports leading to near death experiences or even death. The law enforcement community has also suffered unintended exposure to the drug leading to medical treatment. It has been explained that the amount of Fentanyl equal to the size of a sugar packet has the potential for over 500 lethal doses.

Information about Fentanyl can be found at https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/fentanyl 

You can submit tips on these pills or any other drug activity at the following link on the Chelan County Sheriff’s web page: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff/forms/submit-a-tip

sheriffOn May 18, 2020 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported domestic violence incident in the Leavenworth area. Based on the investigation a 69 year old (male) Leavenworth resident was arrested on a mandatory domestic violence assault charge. The subject was walking under his own power and very coherent with no visible signs of injuries, although it was noted he was highly intoxicated. At no point during the investigation or arrest of the subject was police use of force applied. A portion of the incident investigation was recorded on patrol vehicle dash cameras and most, if not all was audio recorded by recorders worn by Chelan County Deputies.

The subject was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on the State mandated assault charge. He was placed into a holding cell by himself. During a regular hourly check, jail staff found him on the floor unable to move his legs but still coherent. Most of the subject’s movements within the jail were video recorded.

The subject was transported to Central Washington Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center. That subject recently passed away while in the care of Harborview Medical Center.

On June 24, 2020, prior to the subject’s death the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Chelan County Regional Justice Center contacted the Columbia Basin Investigative Team (CBIT) to provide an independent review of the investigation and the injuries of the subject. In addition to the independent review by CBIT, a non-law enforcement community member from Chelan County was assigned to the investigative team for transparency and oversight.

CBIT’s investigation is still ongoing and will be made available once it has been completed. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Chelan County Regional Justice Center will not be able to provide further comment until CBIT’s investigation has concluded.

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On 8/12/20 at 2:04 am, crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue responded to a reported structure fire in the 400 block of Wyoming St. in Chelsn Falls.

First units on scene found a 10 x 30 mobile home fully involved with potential exposures nearby. Occupant had safely evacuated the home.

Chelan Fire & Rescue crews were able to extinguish the fire by 02:59 and remained on scene to complete overhaul.

Chelan Fire & Rescue reported no injuries, structure and contents were a total loss. Investigation of this fire is ongoing; cause is undetermined at this time.

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Manson Schools plan to start the school year with remote learning.  Read More by clicking above.

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Regular Board Meeting
August 13, 2020, 4:15pm

Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Additions and deletions
III. Public comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
 a. July 09, 2020 regular meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
 a. Review monthly financial report
 b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VI. New Business
 a. Director’s report
VII. Adjournment

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

chelan county logoResolution 2020-77 was passed by the Chelan County Commissioners that the designation of the Fire Hazard Level will be VERY HIGH in the Fire Districts and unincorporated areas of Chelan County beginning on Monday July 27, 2020.

To limit the number of human caused fires, no outdoor fires and/or outdoor open flame devices, except as allowed by written permit or approval from the appropriate fire protection agency are allowed. Permits are not required for use of the following:
(1) commercially made listed/labeled barbeque devices located and used at a residence; and
(2) stoves or fireplace fires completely contained within a residence.

Remember that Fireworks are prohibited throughout Chelan County.

As of Monday June 1, 2020, open burning was closed. This includes natural vegetation and yard debris. This restriction remains in place until October 1, 2020

No Household trash or garbage shall be burned outdoors at residences at any time.

Burn barrels are illegal and are not permitted.

dougcountysherlogoOn 7-21-2020 at approximately 8:19 PM, Douglas County Deputies responded along with personnel from Douglas County Fire District #3, United States Bureau of Reclamation Fire Department (Grand Coulee Dam), Grand Coulee Police and Grand Coulee Ambulance, to an injury accident.

The collision was located at approximately mile marker 0.7 on Pendell Road, a primitive road off of Crown Point Vista Road in rural Douglas County.

Upon arrival units located a single vehicle which had a rolled approximately 200 yards off the roadway. As a result of the collision the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 63 year-old Grand Coulee resident Maureen K. Horrobin, was found deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation shows speed was a contributing factor to the collision.

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On 7/22/20 at 6:33pm, Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a report of a fast-moving brush fire in the area of Chelan Falls.

The first arriving units found a 20X20 foot brush fire on the bank of the Powerhouse park. Crews were able to knock the fire down quickly and effectively with hand lines and contain the fire from further spread.

Additional units were used to assist with mop-up.

Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to remind the public that we are in high fire danger for the foreseeable future. Please remain vigilant to your surroundings and be extra cautions when dealing with any sources of heat.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

BOARD WORKING SESSION

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1-4p.m.Via ZOOM

The Manson School District Board of Directors will be hold a board working session on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 1-4p.m. via ZOOM.

Topics of discussion to include equity, back to school, and school budget.

No action to be taken.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Joyous Van Meter, Chelan-Douglas Health District: 1045 total cases, 627 for Chelan county, 259 cases in last 14 days. Hospitalizations are also up, 23 total Covid patients in county hospitals. Continuing education and outreach to the community emphasis on mask wearing. Question regarding asymptomatic patients and exposure, exposure of 5-9 days. Question regarding spike in positive cases likely due to prevalence and re-opening.

Ray Eickmeyer, LCCH EMS: Hospital is using its surge beds now, getting busier with patient admission. Hoping to implement more in-home monitoring of patients with Wanda Healthcare and the Community Paramedicine Program starting in August.

Debbie Conwell, Manson Chamber of Commerce: Knows that some business owners received warnings about outside concerts. Stated some businesses had higher than normal July 4th weekend business volumes.

Jim Colbert, Chelan Fruit: Reported no positive cases in workforce with 7-10 days of cherry packing season left.

Chief Mark Donnell, CF&R (Chelan): All personnel are healthy, PPE levels are at adequate levels.

Updates from Members not Present:

Kari Grover-Weir, USFS:
Please share this update from the Chelan and Entiat RDs:
• One of our Engine crews (4 firefighters) on assignment in Arizona has tested positive for COVID-19. One of the crew members reported a loss of taste, so they all got tested.  Currently, the whole crew is in isolation in AZ, for the 10 days of isolation after a positive test before they travel home. All of the crew members are currently asymptomatic including the one that first reported a loss of taste.  The engine crew has been doing daily screenings and none of them ever registered a fever or had any other significant symptoms.  Some symptoms could have been missed due to allergies and acclimating to a higher elevation and hotter climate while performing firefighter duties.  The health department in Arizona is in contact with the Chelan-Douglas health district here.  It is difficult to determine if the crew was exposed in WA, on their route to AZ or in AZ.  They have been very careful.
• We continue to monitor our employees, and test when needed.  We have not yet had any positive COVID cases locally, but have had several employees tested.
• Following our national guidance and as COVID cases continue to rise, we will not be opening our offices to visitors yet.  However, we are still available M-F by phone 509-682-4900 to answer questions or arrange for the purchase of permits and passes.
• No wildfires on National Forest land in the last two weeks, but our crews worked on the Road 11 fire in Mansfield and the Sunset Fire in Wenatchee, as well as other fires when assistance was needed.
• We are updating our fire information list and will be doing more virtual fire information if/when we have local wildfires. this will be a frequent (likely daily) email with the fire information report that you typically see posted around town during fire season.  If you would like to be on the contact/email list for fire information this summer, please send Kari an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Most of you are probably already on our list, but go ahead and send Kari an email to be sure.  We are asking for folks to post and share the fire information when you receive it.
• Recreation use on the national forest continues to be way more than normal.  Our employees are saying “it’s like 4th of July every weekend”.  Lots of garbage being left both in campgrounds and out in the woods, some places worse than others.   Some abandoned campfires as well.
• Campfire restrictions are considered every week based on forest conditions and will likely be put in place soon.
• We still have a mask-donned Smokey in front of the Chelan Ranger Station to encourage mask wearing, though we keep having to replace the mask as it gets removed – hopefully someone just needs a mask! : )
• Thanks to each of you for all the work you are doing for our community. Please reach out to Kari if you have any questions regarding the Forest Service.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via Google Hangout. The public is welcome to listen to the open public meeting by calling #351-888-7591 no access code is needed.

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Flag Salute:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment: Public comments will be accepted at this meeting. If you wish to comment during the public comment please email Chief Mark Donnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 509-682-4476. Chelan Fire & Rescue will require a written statement for the record of all public comments made.
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: June 2020
• Payroll: June 1 -30, 2020 for $130,718.51
• General Account Vouchers: #746459 – 746530 for $40,045.04
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17112 – 17117 for $77,435.30
• Bond Account Voucher: #19016 for $15,200 (interest pymt)
• Minutes: June 17, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• Long Range Planning (Meeting to be scheduled for July)
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract
• Station 75 Short Plat
• 2019 Annexations (Revised Resolution and Legal Descriptions)
New Business:
• 2020-09 Resolution for Surplus Apparatus – 1992 Seagrave (E-74) and 2011 Ford (B-72)
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment: