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Supporting the Orchard - It Is Personal
 
A year ago, I shared my realization that support for the Buckner Orchard is truly personal.  For me, it was easy; Harry Buckner was my grandfather, we lived in the Buzzard Cabin until I was six, and the connections and personal experiences grew from there.
 
We all have our own experiences that make the Buckner Orchard meaningful and personal.  Most are as simple as enjoying the location, the peace and tranquility, the history and beauty, or appreciating the wonderful Common Delicious apples.
 
Below, Jim Trappe, Corvallis, OR, professor emeritus at Oregon State University, and a BHHF Board member, shares his own story of how, in 1947, a 15 year-old boy from Spokane came to call the Buckner Ranch his home.  Many of you know Jim; the mushroom guy, story teller extraordinaire, long-time "Orchard groupie," and friend.
 
Please join us today in supporting the Buckner Orchard, helping ensure that we and future generations, have the opportunity to create our own personal experiences and memories!  If you missed it, our 2020 ANNUAL REPORT provides a great picture of what the Foundation does to support the Orchard. (You'll find the needed membership information immediately following Jim's reflections.)
 
Herb Sargo
BHHF President
 
Why Supporting the Buckner Orchard is Personal to Me
Jim Trappe, February 2021
 

Like Herb, it’s easy for me to reflect on my time at the Buckner Ranch. Harry’s youngest daughter, Bucky, was a student at WSU at Pullman, and in 1947 Harry wrote to her to recruit 5 or 6 of her college chums to thin the heavy crop set of apples. My older sister agreed to come and asked if her little brother Jimmy could also come. I was 15, and Harry’s nephew, Bud Gills, also 15, was coming as well. Harry thought it would work well for us two boys to defend ourselves from all those college girls.

We boys stayed in the loft of the new shop by the Buzzard cabin. We all had a great time thinning apples and enjoying weekends exploring, swimming, goofing off, pestering the girls, and helping Herbie’s Dad build their new house down by the river. Bucky took us all to climb Mt. McGregor. I was a city boy (Spokane) and I loved it all. 

We were done thinning apples in early July, so we all prepared to leave. But I asked Harry if I could stay the rest of summer and work for room and board. That was fine for him, his wife Olive and my folks. My jobs were to keep the firewood boxes filled, milk the two cows, (Yes, Harry taught me how, including how to aim a teat to squirt a stream of milk to the barn cats who lapped it out of the air), turn the cows out pasture and bring them in for evening milking and feeding them some hay, helping Herb’s dad Tony to cut, haul and split firewood, take the red ford truck(now retired and siting in front of the house) to Maxwell’s hay field and load the cut hay to take back to the farm, and all kinds of other chores. Harry worked me hard, I thought too hard for just room and board, but a deal’s a deal and it was my idea, so I couldn’t complain. He and Olive were my “summer parents” and treated me so well!

Came the time to go back to Spokane for school (I had turned 16), I awaited Harry in the living room, packed and ready to be taken to the boat. Harry handed me a piece of paper:  a check for $500!!!!   I was puzzled, and he said “Well, Jim I intended to pay you and  you've  worked hard, but I didn’t tell you because you might go to the landing on weekends and splurge it all on Beryl’s hamburgers and Washington Nut pie. Instead, I want you to put it in the bank for college.” I was speechless! That was a fortune in 1946.

I worked all the next summer for Harry, Olive had died, so there was just the two of us in the house. Once in a while Herb’s parents,Tony and Irene, would visit friends for dinner, so I would toddler-sit little Herbie and his littler brother Chris.

While attending the University of Washington, I would often visit the Buckner Ranch during winter vacation.  Summers working trail crew or recreation guard at Stehekin kept me in Stehekin for more summers.   And, I’ve been coming back  several times a year ever since.  It’s my second home.

MEMBERSHIPS
 

RENEWAL - Your check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.  As a renewal, we will have your information on file.  Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner.   And, your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.

NEW MEMBERSHIP -  CLICK HERE to download a membership form to print and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.  Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.

Individual  -  $25.00      Business -  $75.00      Benefactor - $250.00        Sustainer - $1,000.00

Family  -  $50.00           Patron  -  $100.00       Steward  -  $500.00           Donation  -  $  _____

DONATIONS

Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations may be for a specific purpose or as a non-specific donation to the Foundation.

FBLA Regional Conference

1st Column– Luca Westfall, Katie Gosvener, Zoe Thomas, Givana Arellano
2nd Column – Bryanna Harris, Thea Batch, Lauren Soliday, Grant & Rex Torgesen
3rd Column – Isabelle Harris, Emely Valencia, Dawson Smith, Esmeralda Estrada

During the month of February, Manson High School FBLA attended the virtual North Central Region FBLA Winter Leadership Conference. The students have been preparing for individual and team competitions in a variety of business events. Nineteen students competed at the conference with students placing in twenty-six events. The following students placed at the conference and will have the opportunity to compete at the virtual Washington State FBLA Leadership Conference in April.

Rex Torgesen – 1st Accounting, 1st Introduction to Financial Math

Grant Torgesen – 1st Business Calculations

Emely Valencia – 2nd Business Communications

Giovanna Arellano – 5th Business Law, 5th Personal Finance

Luca Westfall – 1st Personal Finance, 6th Political Science

Cara Hutton – 1st Publication Design

Raven Pope – 3rd Business Law, 4th Client Services, 4th Job Interview

Esmeralda Estrada – 3rd Client Services

Natalie Sotelo-Solario – 2nd Client Services

Isabelle Harris – 1st Introduction to FBLA, 3rd Job Interview

Dawson Smith – 3rd Introduction to Public Speaking

Kate England – 3rd Marketing

Cara Hutton and Zoe Thomas – 2nd Business Journalism

Grant Torgesen and Jonathan Sarmiento – 1st Digital Video Production

Grant Torgesen and Rex Torgesen – 2nd Graphic Design

Katie Gosvener and Lauren Soliday – 4th Sports & Entertainment Management, 5th Marketing

Thea Batch and Paige Schoenwald – 1st Hospitality & Event Management

Katie Gosvener, Lauren Soliday and Emely Valencia – 3rd Management Decision Making

Thea Batch, Paige Schoenwald and Emely Valencia – 4th Marketing

manson trojans2021The Manson school district has a long history of partnering with our fans and our community. We are excited to announce that the Manson School District will allow limited fans for home games beginning on March 5th.   Student athletes will be allotted tickets prior to each home game to allow family members to attend.  The number of tickets issued will vary depending on the event size but will generally be 2 tickets per student athlete. Fans at games will follow strict protocols including proper mask wearing, social distancing and advanced screening. 

The districts in our area are committed to live streaming as many events as possible to ensure others can view and support our teams.  Manson home games can be seen by accessing mansontrojans.com.  All teams in our medical region are not allowing visiting fans. 

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn 2/22/2021, the East Wenatchee Police responded to a report of vehicle prowl in the 900 block of 11th Street NE. The victim’s purse had been stolen. The purse contained a credit card which had now been used at three businesses in East Wenatchee. The total amount for the items purchased with the stolen credit card was approximately $280. During their investigation, East Wenatchee Officers obtained video surveillance from two of the businesses where two different suspects were observed purchasing items with the stolen credit card. Images from these videos were placed on our social media.

On 2/26/2021, East Wenatchee Police Officers responded to a theft at the Buckle clothing store located inside of the Wenatchee Valley Mall. In this incident, a male suspect had walked out of the store with $720 worth of jeans. When store employees told the male to stop, he responded with “touch me and I’ll sue.” Employees followed the male to his vehicle and obtained photographs of the suspect vehicle before he departed.

On 2/27/2021, an East Wenatchee Police Officer was on an unrelated traffic stop in the Safeway parking lot when they observed the suspect vehicle involved in the Buckle theft. At this time, it had already been determined the individuals associated with this vehicle were also involved in thefts in Douglas County and the City of Wenatchee.

A female suspect involved in the credit card fraud from 2/22/2021 was seated in the suspect vehicle when officers made contact. The male suspect attempted to flee the area but was later located. The male suspect was identified using the video surveillance from 2/22/2021. He is also believed to be the male involved in the theft from the Buckle store.

The suspects were arrested without incident and vehicle was impounded until a search warrant could be obtained. On 03/1/2021, East Wenatchee Police Officers served a search warrant on the suspect vehicle. Evidence from 6 local cases and 2 out of the area vehicle prowls was located in the vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia to include syringes loaded with a liquid believed to be a narcotic drug. The suspects are believed to have ties to the Moses Lake area. This investigation is ongoing.

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2020 ANNUAL REPORT

A Different, but Productive Year!

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Annual Report in pdf format

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn Tuesday February 9, 2021 the East Wenatchee Police Department Investigative Unit received a phone call from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). ICAC reported they had been alerted to what was believed to be images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that were newly produced. Utilizing information provided by the ICAC, Detectives were able to identify the local IP Address being used along with the identification of the suspect.

Based off the information gathered by the East Wenatchee Police Department Investigative Unit, and the ICAC a search warrant was sought and granted for a residence in the 100 Block of North Kansas Ave, in East Wenatchee. In the morning hours on Friday February 19, 2021, the East Wenatchee Police Department served the search warrant on this residence. The suspect was home at the time of the search warrant and was taken into custody. A search of the residence was completed and multiple electronic items and devices capable of storing media were seized as evidence. The suspect was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center on fifteen counts of Possession of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct. This investigation is ongoing.

MCC logo 250MCC Meeting Agenda for February 16, 2021

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

* CALL TO ORDER Kari Sorensen

Members Present Online:
Kari Sorensen
Kathy Blum
Cindy SmithGordon Lester
Elmira Forner

* FLAG SALUTE Kari Sorensen

* TREASURER’S REPORT Cindy Smith

OLD BUSINESS

#1 APPROVAL OF JANUARY 19, 2921 MINUTES
#2 APPROVAL OF 2021 COMMUNITY COUNCIL BYLAWS
#3 MANSON TRIBUNE TO SHARE MCC INFORMATION

NEW BUSINESS

#1 NEW COUNCIL VOTE FOR TREASURER (sec/treas positions separated on 2021 By-Laws)
#2 ELMIRA’S EMAIL(S) TO COUNCIL
#3 EMS INFORMATION RE: COVID TESTING IN MANSON
#4 PUBLIC COMMENT

* MEETING ADJOURNED

NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON ZOOM: MARCH 16, 2021 @ 6 PM

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Washingtonians still have time to visit open house, webinar recordings

OLYMPIA – There’s still time for Washingtonians to weigh in and learn more about the state’s plan for walking, bicycling and other forms of active transportation. The Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to take comments on its draft of the new State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond, until Monday, Feb. 15.

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 new plan comes during a time when more people than ever are walking and bicycling – according to WSDOT’s multimodal transportation dashboard – both as alternatives to transit use and to maintain physical and mental health during the pandemic. At the same time, a preliminary assessment of crash statistics found that 2020 fatal crashes involving those vulnerable road users appear to be occurring at higher rates than the averages for 2010-2019.

“Highways in most places weren’t originally designed for people walking or cycling, so it’s no surprise we found a number of places with gaps,” said Barb Chamberlain, director of WSDOT’s active transportation division. “This analysis helps us understand how the use of state routes has changed as population centers have expanded, and why they may no longer have the most appropriate design or speed for the mix of uses and people there.”

The draft 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. An online open house and recorded webinar provide opportunities to learn more about the draft plan and to provide comments.

Active transportation plan online open house information

When:            Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, to Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

Where:           Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, plan information is available to view in an online open house.

Details:           A copy of the draft active transportation plan document is available in an accessible PDF, and a link to a feedback form to collect input from Washington residents is provided. Deadline for comments is Monday, Feb. 15. WSDOT staff held webinars to provide an overview of the plan; a link to an archive version with captioning and slides from that are also available in the online open house.

The plan's materials can be made available in an alternate format by emailing WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling toll free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711. (More on Title VI and ADA)

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

The draft plan is Part 1 of a two-part plan. Part 1 covers:

  • The purpose and need of the statewide active transportation plan.
  • Benefits of active transportation.
  • The current state of active transportation in Washington.
  • Concerns and priorities gathered through public engagement.
  • Broad cost estimates for changes to state right of way and local systems to improve conditions for active transportation.

Part 2 of the plan will come out in 2021 and cover relevant policy topics, performance measures associated with the plan’s goals, and next steps in developing an implementation and action plan. WSDOT staff will use comments received on Part 1, as well as past community and partner input, to help identify policy topics in Part 2.

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

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 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: January 2021
• Payroll: January 1 -31, 2021 for $126,824.64 paid 01-05-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #746899 – 746951 for $33,429.64
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17160 and 746913 - 746917 for $8,570.58
• Minutes: January 20, 2021
Fire Chief Report:
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
• Citizens Group Advisory Board - proposal
New Business:
• Resolution 2021-01 – Surplus Physical Fitness Items
Special Events:
• Thursday Feb 18th at 8:10 KOZI – Commissioner Oules and Chief Donnell or Chief Asher
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1) ( c ) To consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale. 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:

 more to manson logoThe Manson Chamber of Commerce has set up the "Sleigh of Love" in downtown Manson next to Troy's Pizza.

Norm Manly has volunteered his time on Thursday through Saturday, February 11-13 to take photos of you and your sweetheart.

Norm plans to be available from 12:00 to 2:00 each day. Photos will be uploaded to the Manson Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page so you can share your love with the world!

If you do not want your photo on the Internet, Norm will be happy to take a photo with your camera.

One more option is to take a photo and email it to Norm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will upload it for you. If you are willing, share your names and where you are from.

The sleigh will be disinfected between photos.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, February 11, 2021, 4:15pm

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

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. January 14, 2021 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. Resolutions 2021-01 and 2021-02 (Levy 2022-2024)
b. Resolution 2021-03 (Superseded Resolution 04-04)
c. Old Mill vehicle parking permits
d. Old Mill Commercial insurance requirements
e. Summer park security
f. Old Swim Hole
g. Poker Run park usage request
IX. Adjournment
Next regular meeting: March 11, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831 unless otherwise posted.

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In these chaotic times, it’s not difficult to see the bad in things. Here in our small community, it is also not difficult to see the good. Inspiring acts of kindness and generosity are happening all around us. The Singleton Park Playground Renovation Project in Manson is a perfect example, showing that the power of community is alive and well in the Lake Chelan Valley.

Several years ago, Manson Parks identified the need to replace the aging playground equipment at Singleton Park. In 2019, the project gained momentum, and in 2020, it went from a dream to a reality.

The new equipment was ordered in January of 2020, manufactured, and then delivered in April. Due to the heavy pandemic restrictions in place, installation of the equipment was delayed. In September, with a safety plan in place, a group of dedicated volunteers installed the equipment. If current COVID restrictions loosen, the new playground is scheduled to open in the spring of this year. For now, it remains closed as we await warmer weather so work can resume. The next steps of the project are adding several benches, signs, completing the concrete sidewalk, and adding safety surfacing.

The playground, even in its unfinished state, is a place of wonder! It exceeds all expectations and is exactly what our children deserve: a place where people of all abilities can play side-by-side. It is the first inclusive playground in our valley, and it truly couldn’t come at a better time.

Manson Parks would like to recognize and give thanks to following supporters, who truly believe in the importance of play and physical activity. A huge “Thank You!” goes out to our financial donors:

THE TOM & MEG NAMES FAMILY FOUNDATION, Burke Move With Us Grant, Manson Kiwanis, Lake Chelan Rotary, Mountain View Lodge, The Community Foundation of North Central Washington and Give NCW! Campaign supporters, Chelan-Douglas Developmental Disabilities Program, Wenatchee Valley Medical/ Confluence Health, Community Support Committee, Lake Chelan Community Service Council, Lake Chelan Lions Club, Chelan Walmart Lake Chelan Building Supply, Manson Red Apple Market, Cashmere Valley Bank, Karl and Cathy Blum, Sue and Roger Baker, Betty Bordner, Chelan Sand & Gravel, Chelan Concrete, Dave’s Apple Barrel, David & Cindy Sneesby, Green Dot Sub Shop, Viki Downey, and Felix & Krystin Guerra.

And to those who selflessly volunteered their time and energy:

BRIAN PATTERSON, Randy Doull, Don Christenson, Tom Tochterman, Ty Witt, Barry Leahey, Karen Pembroke, Kirk & Mary McGovern, Robert & Karen Takagi, Steve Clark, Roger & Sue Baker, Rick Auger, Adelina Grajeda, Alicia Alexander, Johnny Morfin, Nick Pittman, Harold & Sherry Pittman, Ben Riippi, Maria Zaragoza, Alaric Pratt, Sara Jones, Taylor Quigley, Travis Schoenwald, Bill Sharkey, Fred Barkley, Gregg Neff, Larry Lesmeister, Loa Servis, Honorina De Jesus, Evelyn De Jesus, Bill Jarr, Lester Cooper, Dale England, and Robert Campbell.

Manson Parks could not be more grateful to the people mentioned above. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for coming together to bring some good news to our valley in these unprecedented times. This valley is truly is unlike any other. It’s the people who make this place we call “home” so special. For those of you who have not been able to help with the project, we hope to see your smiling face at the playground once it opens. The laughter and memories soon to be created at Singleton Park are what this is all about. The magic doesn’t end here, it’s only just beginning!

manson schoolThe Manson School Board is asking our community for nominations of Manson School District Staff Members who have made a significant contribution to the lives of students and/or the greater Manson community. Recipients of this year’s award will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500 from Aaron England of England Chiropractic. Honorees are also recognized by the North Central Education Service District of Wenatchee and the Manson Chamber of Commerce.

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

Nominations will be accepted until March 25, 2021 at noon. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on March 29, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

Nominations forms are available online at the school district website www.manson.org, in both English and Spanish. If you should have any questions, please call the Manson School District office at 687-3140.

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Earlier this month, Manson Middle and High Schools both received recognition from the State Board of Education, the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the 2018-2019 school year.

Recognition methods rely on multiple measures from the Washington School Improvement Framework. Follow this link to learn more about the methods and metrics https://www.sbe.wa.gov/2018-19-school-recognition-methodology

Manson Middle School was recognized for their overall GROWTH and for CLOSING GAPS. Manson High School was recognized for their overall GROWTH. Principal, Dr. Ireland, shared this recognition with the school board who are so proud Manson’s teachers. She stated that “it is the hard work, dedication, and support of our staff, students, parents, and community that have made these recognitions possible. We look forward to continue growth and learning for all students whom we serve.”

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Manson senior running back Caden Beazley has verbally committed to play football at Eastern Oregon University (EOU) in the fall of 2021.

After visiting the University in January, Caden felt that EOU was a great fit academically as well as on the football field.

Caden was a standout athlete for the Manson Trojans as a junior compiling 1348 yards rushing, 285 yards receiving and scoring 17 touchdowns.

Beazley has worked diligently in the weight room and on the field in preparation for his senior year.

The current regional plan would allow for his last year of high school football to begin on February 17th.

Caden was considering offers to play at multiple universities and is excited to continue his playing career at EOU!

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on January 23rd, 2021 a 19 year old East Wenatchee male was taken into custody by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for multiple domestic violence crimes against his 20 year old ex-girlfriend in Chelan County. The crimes included Assault 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Kidnapping 1st Degree, and Harassment – Threats to Kill.

The crimes were believed to have been committed throughout the evening of January 21st into the morning of January 22nd, 2021. It is believed the victim was held against her will and was assaulted multiple times in the Wenatchee area and during a drive to and from Ellensburg.

This incident is still under investigation by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office does not release the names of suspects until they have been formally charged.

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On Jan. 15 at 8:56 pm, Chelan Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a possible commercial structure fire in at Campbell’s Resort. 

Callers on site reported that fire alarms were going off with smoke in the Riverside Room and that all occupants were out of the building.

The first arriving unit was on scene by 8:01 pm and begin to investigate the source, finding an exhaust fan in the lower level bathroom had caught fire. 

During the investigation crews noted heat extension with more smoke and upgraded the call to a second alarm commercial fire, summoning additional resources from CCFD #5 (Manson, CCFD #8 (Entiat), DCFD #4 (Orondo) and CCFD # 1 (Wenatchee.) 

Fire personnel on scene were eventually able to completely extinguish the fire that had travelled through the floorspace between the upper and lower levels.  Crews completed the overhaul and investigation at 10:46 pm with the cause determined to be electrical wiring to the exhaust fan. 

Damage estimate is undetermined at this time.  There were no fire personnel or citizen injuries reported. 

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on January 13th, 2021 the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force out of Yakima and Spokane with assistance from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia River Drug Task Force, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife apprehended the second Okanogan County escapee, Christopher Lee Whitman.

U.S. Marshals received information Mr. Whitman was staying in an abandoned trailer off of Tarpiscan road south of Malaga. Further investigation led the Task Force to believe the trailer was approximately 1.5 miles south of the end of the pavement on Tarpiscan road. They were able to conduct surveillance on the trailer and a plan was developed to place resources in the area. WDFW Officers transported a team to the area by boat on the Columbia River and a team went in on the ground as well with CCSO K9 Asa.

At approximately 2:30 PM Mr. Whitman was seen walking away from his trailer. The ground team was positioned to where they were able to intercept him and take him into custody. He has been booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. 

The other escapee, Christian White was apprehended in the Portland area on Tuesday.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – The Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission released its Phase I report that includes several recommendations, including a preliminary list of six airport sites with potential for expansion. The report also includes a proposal to meet near-term aviation demand at two or more existing airports while the work to locate a new airport continues and a proposal to extend the CACC’s final recommendation deadline to 2024.

The six preliminary airport sites are Arlington Municipal Airport, Bremerton National Airport, Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport), Sanderson Field Airport (Shelton), Tacoma Narrows Airport (Gig Harbor), and Ed Carlson Memorial Field (South Lewis County Airport). These airports could meet some of the demand for air passenger service, air cargo operations and/or general aviation.

“The list of six potential sites should only be considered preliminary because it only includes existing airports at this time,” said David Fleckenstein, CACC chair. “Additional work needs to be done to identify potential sites that may be more appropriate for a major airport. The work of the CACC was greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which constrained opportunities for community engagement.”

A critical next step for CACC is to engage the public to collect input about Washington’s future air transportation demand. The CACC has heard many concerns about noise and the effects on the environment and society. Future work will provide an opportunity to consider measures to reduce both noise and harmful emissions from aircraft. Some of those measures may include the potential use of Community Benefits Agreements at select airports.

The CACC’s next upcoming virtual webinar will be in February and next official meeting in the spring. The website will be updated as soon as the dates are confirmed.

The report was requested by the Washington state Legislature in Substitute Senate Bill 5370 to meet Washington’s aviation capacity needs.

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – The effect lower traffic volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had on tolled facilities, and potential toll rate changes in 2021 will be discussed at next week’s Washington State Transportation Commission meeting. Also, transportation organizations and agencies representing cities, counties, ports, transit, and the state will discuss their priorities for the 2021 legislative session and the year ahead.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Wednesday, Jan. 20. 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 register on the commission’s website.  The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.

On Tuesday, staff will give an update of the Interstate 405 express toll lanes / State Route 167 high-occupancy toll lanes Low-Income Tolling Study. The study assesses the effects of tolling on low-income drivers of the I-405 express toll lanes / SR 167 HOT lanes and will identify possible approaches to mitigate impacts. The project team will present an assessment of proposed low-income toll program options and the commission will select which options will advance for further evaluation. A final report of findings and recommendations is due to the Legislature by June 30, 2021.

Next, the commission will hear from the Washington State Association of Counties on its 2020 Revenue Study, which includes recommendations on alterations to transportation funding and revenues. In addition, Joint Transportation Committee staff will brief the commission on its report to the Legislature on a options for funding transportation programs, projects, and services over the next ten years, including a timeline for legislative action on funding identified shortfalls.

The commission’s afternoon session will focus on the state’s tolled facility performance. The Office of the State Treasurer will provide financial updates on toll facilities, including results of financial models for the SR 520 Bridge and SR 99 Tunnel. Commission staff will provide an update on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge financial status. Washington State Department of Transportation staff will provide an update on changes to toll facility and toll system shared costs. WSDOT will also provide a draft work plan and timeline to support the WSTC’s rate setting process anticipated for SR 520 and SR 99 this year.

On Wednesday, commissioners will hear from various state and local agencies and organizations on priorities for and expectations of the 2021 legislative session.  The commission is tasked with providing transportation policy recommendations to the Legislature and Governor, and these briefings keep the commission apprised of emerging priorities for all levels of government with transportation responsibilities.

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/

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

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Short survey to capture desires of local community on downtown improvements.

LAKE CHELAN, WA (January 13, 2021) — Chelan’s downtown core is due for some updates. The Historic Chelan Downtown Association wants to improve the experience for residents, visitors, and businesses; and is looking to the community to help provide direction. Have your voice heard by filling out a short survey either online at www.historicchelan.org or by scanning the QR code with your phone.QR Code

Community input from this survey will guide long-term improvement projects and shape the future of the city’s core, while being mindful of current hardships. This effort is designed to enhance the downtown experience for all, improve function, and sustain local economic vitality.

El centro de la ciudad de Chelan debe recibir algunas actualizaciones. La Asociación Histórica del Centro de Chelan quiere mejorar la experiencia de los residentes, visitantes y negocios, y espera que la comunidad ayude a proporcionar orientación.

Haga que se escuche su voz completando una breve encuesta en línea en www.historicchelan.org o escaneando el código QR con su teléfono.

Los aportes de la comunidad de esta encuesta guiarán los proyectos de mejora a largo plazo y darán forma al futuro del centro de la ciudad, sin dejar de tener en cuenta las dificultades actuales. Este esfuerzo está diseñado para mejorar la experiencia del centro para todos, mejorar la función y mantener la vitalidad económica local.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 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: December 2020
• Payroll: December 1-31, 2020 for $123,535.99 paid 01-05-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #746823 – 746877 for $31,192.09
• Capital Account Vouchers: #746858 - 746864 for $12,078.16
• Minutes: December 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:
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
New Business:
• Badge pinning – FF/EMT Brittany Adkison
• 2020 Budget ending funds transfer – Chief Donnell
• 2021 Budget - Update Chief Donnell
• Community Advisory Group – Chief Donnell
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Voucher – Recruit Firefighter
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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An increase in people looking for winter recreation has led to a dangerous increase in vehicles parking alongside a highway and sledding on interchanges right next to the road.

Winter's here and outdoor activity is a good option during a pandemic – so we know why so many people are flocking to the mountains right now. But we're also seeing some serious safety and access issues with travelers parking and walking along roadways near crowded areas.

Winter activities aren't new, but we're seeing much higher numbers as people seek out new outdoor activities or just a chance to get out of their house. Those higher numbers mean more crowding at popular recreation areas and this poses serious safety concerns. It also is preventing our crews from clearing some roadways and passes. With several more months of winter ahead of us, we're asking all travelers to help us keep everyone along our roadways, exit ramps and interchanges safe.

Highway shoulders are not parking lots – or walkways
On multiple mountain pass roadways, ramps and interchanges across the state, we're seeing vehicles parking along shoulders when parking lots or other areas fill up. This also means people walking along the highway, often carrying bulky gear that obstructs their view of vehicles around them, or wearing snow gear that may affect their mobility.  This is a tragedy waiting to happen – just as it was this summer when we saw similar practices. Now, however, we have lower visibility and snowy/icy roads in play as well – and we've already seen close calls in areas.

In the past few weeks, we also saw people using highway interchanges as sledding hills very close to active traffic and areas where crews are clearing snow. Again, this poses serious dangers, including the chance a sledder will shoot out into open traffic. Interchanges and other highway right of ways are not designed for pedestrian use or recreation and they're simply not safe for those activities – even if covered in snow.

Vehicles parking along the shoulder also slow down traffic and increase the risk of crashes as passing vehicles have to maneuver through the now-narrowed area. That's the last thing we need during busy travel times or winter weather.

Help keep our snowplows moving
In addition to the safety factor, vehicles parking along shoulders at interchanges and other areas are also causing problems for our plows and the crews working hard to keep the roadways open.

On Snoqualmie Pass, plows couldn't make it into storage areas for additional salt and supplies recently due to vehicles parked on shoulders and blocking access. In some cases, there also wasn't enough room to turn around a plow to do their return runs, or barely enough space for large plows to move through roadways that people decided to turn into parking lots. Our partners at the Washington State Patrol ticketed some of those vehicles, but they don't have the staffing for such widescale parking enforcement.

During heavy storms these delays could lead to more road closure as crews aren't able to keep roadways treated or cleared. It can also affect emergency crews being able to reach crash sites. We hope everyone keeps that in mind when looking for safe, legal parking options.

So, what can you do to help lower these risks?

  • Plan your trips ahead of time – and have a Plan B if your first choice is full. Simply driving until you see snow isn't always safe, especially if there is no designated parking area. Some areas also may not be developed due to avalanche or other risks that aren't immediately apparent.
  • Find safe places to recreate. State parks as well as local parks can be a good option to explore the outdoors – check state park sites and safety tips online. If visiting ski areas, check ahead to see if they have limits or new safety procedures due to the pandemic.
  • Check conditions and know your limits. Heavy snow can increase avalanche dangers. Check the Northwest Avalanche Center for forecasts and alerts and be sure to carry safety supplies with you. If you're not used to outdoor snow activities, research risks and needed skills, or consider a less risky alternative.
  • Do not park or walk along highway shoulders. Hate to sound like a broken record here, but this is not safe for you or passing motorists.
  • Pack extra supplies. Whether it's due to a road closure, vehicle trouble or other issue, it's always a good idea to have extra food, warm clothing and other supplies during winter travel. Not sure what you need? Check out our online winter supplies list for suggestions.

We know many Washingtonians enjoy outdoor winter activities and we want everyone – members of the public as well as our crews – to be safe when they do so. Please keep these tips in mind to help ensure all of your outdoor adventures are safe and fun.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200On Jan 8, 2021 at 00:15 am, Chelan Fire & Rescue personnel were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 84 Shadow Lane, located near the Chelan airport. 

First arriving apparatus found a 40 X 10 shop/storage shed fully engulfed in flames with spread to another outbuilding and stock pens along with possible exposure to a residence. 

A second alarm was called at 00:47 requesting neighboring fire agencies for additional manpower needed to safely control the spread of the fire.

Fire was contained and controlled at 01:34 with crews remaining on scene until 02:39 with no reported injuries.  

Estimated fire loss and cause of the fire are still under investigation at his time but it is believed to have been started by a heat lamp in a stock pen. 

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind our community that when using heat lamps and devices during the winter months to please take all necessary precautions to avoid any possibility of fire.

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn January 4th at approximately 10:19 PM, East Wenatchee Police responded to a report of an armed robbery.

The incident occurred on the sidewalk outside of 245 5th St NE. The female victim was confronted by a male suspect immediately after exiting a vehicle. It was reported the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim’s head, pulled her hair, and shoved her to the ground, before taking her cell phone which she was holding in her hand. There was a second occupant in the victim’s vehicle who witnessed the incident.

The suspect was last seen running eastbound on 5th St NE. He was described as approximately 5’6” tall with a medium to “chubby” build. He was wearing black clothing with a black face mask, and a hoodie style sweatshirt.

Responding officers and deputies set up a perimeter and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded with a K9 unit for a track of the suspect. The suspect was not located.

This investigation is on-going, and we are asking the public for assistance. If anyone has security cameras in the area of this incident, please contact the East Wenatchee Police at 884-9511 or River Com at 663-9911.

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoSee our previous story from 1/1/21

The individual reported to have jumped from the Foot Bridge on December 30th at approximately 3:18 AM, has been identified as Harley Dylan Quint. His family has been notified.

Quint is a 21-year-old male, with ties to Chelan and Douglas counties. At the time of the incident Quint was reported to be residing in Grant County.

Despite the efforts from both Chelan and Douglas County Marine Patrols, Quint has not been recovered.

wsdot logoWINTHROP – This Wednesday the east side closure point on SR 20 North Cascades Highway will move from Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 to Early Winters at milepost 177.

The change in closure point is due to increasing winter conditions and allows maintenance crews to focus snow and ice control elsewhere.  The road will be gated, and a snow berm will be constructed at the closure point.  Recreationalists should plan accordingly, as vehicles will not be able to access the highway past the closure point beginning Wednesday morning.

Updates will be shared on the travel alert page, and on Twitter @WSDOT_East.

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn December 30th at approximately 3:18 AM East Wenatchee Police responded to a report of a man threatening to jump from the Foot Bridge into the river. A family member had received a phone call from the individual advising of his intent. Officers from both East Wenatchee and Wenatchee arrived within minutes but did not locate anyone on the bridge or in the water.

River Com assisted by attempting a ping locate on the cell phone reported to belong to the individual. Results showed the cell phone’s last known location to be in the area of the Foot Bridge. Video surveillance obtained from Chelan County PUD appears to confirm the individual did jump from the Foot Bridge into the river at approximately 3:15 AM.

Shortly after daylight members from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, Douglas County Fire District 2, and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, launched watercraft and assisted with a search. Unfortunately, the individual had not be located by the time of this media release. The identity of the individual is being withheld until all family has been notified.

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A detailed examination was performed by the coroner's office on the evening of Tuesday, 12/29/20. The subject's fingerprints were obtained to assist in positive identification. On Wednesday, 12/30/20, Coroner Wayne Harris learned the fingerprints belonged to 60 year old Terry Lee Ray of Wenatchee, WA. Coroner Harris learned that Mr. Ray moved out of the Christopher House in mid-November, stating he was going to live in Cashmere. His body had been in the water for an estimated 2 weeks and autopsy results show cause of death as fresh water drowning. At this time there is no evidence of foul play.

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on December 27th, 2020 at approximately 3:30PM residents of Monitor, WA were walking in the area of the Monitor County Park day use area. Their attention was drawn to something laying on a rock bar approximately 150 feet offshore from the day use area river bank. Upon closer inspection they discovered a human body and contacted Rivercom.

Detectives and Coroner Wayne Harris responded along with specially trained water rescue/recovery deputies. The body was brought to shore and briefly examined. The person was a male who does not fit the description of any current missing subjects from Chelan County.

A detailed examination will be performed by the coroner's office. More details will be released at that time in order to gain the publics’ assistance in identifying the man.

wsdot logoRetiring Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf sets off series of transitions

OLYMPIA – Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar announced today, Wednesday, Dec. 30, the appointments of several key positions in his agency’s executive leadership team. The upcoming retirement of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s second in command, Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf, set these changes in motion, which include new appointments for Assistant Secretary of Washington State Ferries Amy Scarton; Assistant Secretary of Urban Mobility & Access Patty Rubstello; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Mega Programs Julie Meredith.

“I thank Keith for all his hard work and tremendous leadership, and I wish him the very best in his hard-earned retirement. I am pleased that WSDOT will continue to be in good hands with Amy, Patty and Julie in these roles,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.

“Keith has dedicated 43 years of public service to transportation for WSDOT and the people of Washington state, and we have all benefitted from his contributions,” said Millar. “I am fortunate to have a deep bench of highly qualified and experienced individuals on my leadership team who can step up and take on the challenges of these roles.”

Amy Scarton, currently the head of Washington State Ferries will serve as WSDOT’s deputy secretary. Scarton was appointed to the helm of WSF in 2017 and is credited with the completion of the first ferries long range plan in more than a decade. Working to reduce transportation emissions, she initiated a program to electrify the state ferry fleet and convert some of the largest ferries to hybrid power. Scarton also shepherded the first new ferry terminal to open in 40 years at Mukilteo.

Patty Rubstello will serve as the new assistant secretary of WSF. Rubstello created and led the Office of Urban Mobility & Access, which brings together tolling, regional transit coordination, and the management of mobility divisions to enhance operational and planning coordination in the greater Puget Sound area. With 30 years at WSDOT, Rubstello has experience in design, construction, planning and traffic operations, and in 2015 served as the agency’s assistant secretary for Tolling.

Julie Meredith will serve as the assistant secretary of Urban Mobility & Access, while also continuing to oversee the more than $6 billion investments in the Puget Sound area “mega” programs (Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement, State Route 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV, Interstate 405/SR 167 and Puget Sound Gateway). Meredith has more than 30 years at WSDOT and highlights of her career include the successful delivery of the SR 520 bridge, world’s longest floating bridge; and overseeing the opening and multi-jurisdictional coordination of the State Route 99 tunnel.

To ensure a smooth hand-off of duties and continued delivery of transportation programs, these transitions will begin in January.

CC sheriff logo 2018On Saturday night,12/26/20,at aprx 2315 hours, a Wenatchee area resident who was in Leavenworth with a group of cars and several subjects all from Wenatchee, reported an adult male in one of their cars had been shot in the side/abdomen with an unknown firearm from an unknown person/direction. The victim was inside one of their vehicles near the City of Leavenworth DOT parking lot.

Deputies, WSP, and East Wenatchee PD responded. The victim was transferred to an ambulance and transported to CWH Wenatchee with a serious gunshot wound.

Prior to police arriving, a small blue car was seen leaving the area on EB SR2 at a high rate of speed, away from Leavenworth towards Wenatchee. Officers were unable to locate that vehicle.

After leaving with the victim, the ambulance was on SR2 EB near Dryden, when the same small blue car approached the ambulance, began flashing its lights at the ambulance, and keeping pace in excess of 70 MPH. The ambulance radioed for assistance from law enforcement.

Deputies advised the ambulance to pull over near the Pinnacles once they caught up. Deputies stopped the blue car, and learned from the driver of the small blue car (an adult male from Wenatchee) that the victim had been shot while in his vehicle. A bullet hole was observed in the RR 1/4 panel.

All subjects from both vehicles were interviewed. The small blue car was impounded for a search warrant, and the investigation continues. Victim was admitted to CWH Wenatchee with a serious gunshot wound to his right side. The Sheriff’s Office believes this was a targeted, and not a random incident.

CC sheriff logo 2018On Sunday, 12/27/20, at aprx 1530 hours, residents of Monitor, WA were walking in the area of the Monitor County Park day use area. Their attention was drawn to large birds feeding on something laying on a rock bar aprx 150 feet offshore from the day use area river bank.

Upon closer inspection, they discovered the birds were feeding from a human body so they called Rivercom. Deputies soon arrived and confirmed it was human.

Detectives and Coroner Wayne Harris responded along with specially trained water rescue/recovery deputies. The body was brought to shore and briefly examined. The person was a male who does not fit the description of any current missing subject from Chelan County.

A detailed examination will be performed by the coroner's office. More details will be released at that time in order to gain the publics' assistance in identifying the man.

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Online open house, webinars scheduled to provide overview

OLYMPIA – 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. That is why the Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for comments on its draft of the new State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond.

The new plan comes during a time when more people than ever are walking and bicycling – according to WSDOT’s multimodal transportation dashboard – both as alternatives to transit use and to maintain physical and mental health during the pandemic. At the same time, a preliminary assessment of crash statistics found that 2020 fatal crashes involving those vulnerable road users appear to be occurring at higher rates than the averages for 2010-2019.

“Highways in most places weren’t originally designed for people walking or cycling, so it’s no surprise we found a number of places with gaps,” said Barb Chamberlain, director of WSDOT’s active transportation division “This analysis helps us understand how the use of state routes has changed as population centers have expanded, and why they may no longer be safe for the mix of uses and people there.”

The draft 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. An online open house and a series of webinars will provide opportunities to learn more about the draft plan and to provide comments.

Active transportation plan online open house information

When:            Friday, Dec. 18, to Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

Where:           Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, plan information is available to view in an online open house.

Details:           A copy of the draft active transportation plan document is available in an accessible PDF, and a link to a feedback form to collect input from Washington residents is provided. Deadline for comments is Monday, Feb. 15.

WSDOT will also host virtual events with staff providing an orientation to the draft plan document. Slides will be presented with real-time closed captioning and descriptions of visual content. Participants will be able to submit questions and comments using the chat function in the presentation software. These webinars will be recorded and available online after they’re completed.

Active transportation plan overview webinars

Participants must register to view one of the three webinars:

  • Webinar 1: 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
  • Webinar 2: Noon 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
  • Webinar 3: 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 (subject to cancellation based on registration numbers)

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/.

The draft plan is Part 1 of a two-part plan. Part 1 covers:

  • The purpose and need of the statewide active transportation plan.
  • Benefits of active transportation.
  • The current state of active transportation in Washington.
  • Concerns and priorities gathered through public engagement.
  • Broad cost estimates for changes to state right of way and local systems to improve conditions for active transportation.

Part 2 of the plan will come out in 2021 and cover relevant policy topics, performance measures associated with the plan’s goals, and next steps in developing an implementation and action plan. WSDOT staff will use comments received on Part 1, as well as past community and partner input, to help identify policy topics in Part 2.

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

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn December 13th at approximately 8:53 AM RiverCom dispatch advised Douglas County Fire District #2 of a fire on the porch of a residence at 953 S.E. Tedford in East Wenatchee. The resident had been alerted by individuals who had observed the fire when passing by in their vehicle.

Fire damage was to the front porch of the residence and gasoline had been poured on a vehicle parked in front of the residence. More evidence of arson was located at the scene. The investigation is ongoing with staff from Douglas County Fire District #2, and the East Wenatchee Police Department.

We are asking for assistance from the public. If anyone observed a potential suspect(s) walking in the 900 block of S.E. Tedford, or in the 800 – 1000 block of Grant Road before 9:00 AM on Sunday December 13th, please call the East Wenatchee Police Department at (509) 884-9511 or RiverCom Dispatch at (509) 663-9911.

We are also requesting residents who reside in these areas and have security cameras please check their footage for any potential evidence.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, December 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: November 2020
• Payroll: November 1 -30, 2020 for $118,579.88 paid 12-04-2020
• General Account Vouchers: #746777 – 746830 for $34,710.25
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17153 - 17159 for $49,122.28
• Minutes: November 9 and 18, 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 – Presentation for Approval by Board
• 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 – Board Approval
New Business:
• 2021-2026 Budget – Presentation to Board
• Resolution 2020-10 – Radio/Pager Surplus – Board Approval
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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Study focuses on next steps in governance models, funding and outreach

OLYMPIA – A new report, the 2020 Framework for the Future, sets forth a roadmap for continued work in a post-COVID-19 future to bring ultra-high-speed ground transportation to the Pacific Northwest.

The report builds on previous studies conducted over the past three years and details next steps on governance, strategic outreach and funding and financing. It was released Tuesday, Dec. 8, and submitted to the executive and legislative branches of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. 

Offering travel time of less than an hour between each major city – at speeds of up to 250 mph (402 km/hour) and 20 to 30 trips per day – the new system would link the metropolitan areas of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia while also offering connections to stations in between and beyond. Uniting this megaregion could transform the Pacific Northwest by improving overall mobility, boosting economic growth and significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 6 million metric tons (tonnes).

The 2020 report focuses on three areas crucial to future decision making. It offers direction on creating a coordinating entity to advance the project beyond the initial concept phase and outlines a more formal governing model for the future. It also emphasizes the importance of robust engagement with communities, elected officials, state and national officials, business and labor leaders and advocacy organizations. Finally, it sets forth several funding and financing scenarios that include possible federal, state and private investments.

Earlier studies estimated that the ultra-high-speed system could generate $355 billion in economic growth and more than 200,000 family-wage jobs. Construction costs were estimated to be between $24 and $42 billion and revenues are expected to cover project costs by 2055. (All dollar figures are US currency). Using high-speed rail, magnetic levitation or hyperloop technology, the system would be stand-alone, rather than sharing or relying on existing infrastructure. It would include some elevated tracks and tunnels, with no at-grade crossings with roads. The exact route and type of technology has not been determined and requires more analysis.  

The 2020 ultra-high-speed study was led by the Washington State Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Province of British Columbia and Microsoft, which all shared equally in the costs.

“We are living in unprecedented times that call on us to envision our future in new ways. Transformative infrastructure projects like this one could help us rebuild our economy in the short term and provide us with a strong competitive advantage in the future,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Imagine fast, frequent and reliable travel with the potential for zero emissions and the opportunity to better compete in a global economy. It could transform the Pacific Northwest.”

“This study is another important step toward better, faster ways for people to get where they need to go throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said British Columbia Premier John Horgan. “Improving connections through ultra-high-speed rail is good news for people on both sides of the border as B.C. moves forward with Washington and Oregon on a path to building a stronger post-COVID19 regional economy that works for everyone.”

“Bringing high-speed rail to the Pacific Northwest would bolster our economies, while contributing to our efforts to combat climate change,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “This study affirms that a regional high-speed rail system would yield an equitable and modern transportation infrastructure that benefits people, the environment, and the economy. This type of bold investment would help position our region for the future.”

“High-speed rail will shrink travel times throughout the Cascadia Corridor, providing a strong transportation core for our region,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “This report provides a valuable roadmap for making this international project a reality.”

An advisory committee, representing public, private and nonprofit sectors from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, provided input during the year-long analysis. The study was completed by consultant WSP USA along with IMG Rebel and EnviroIssues.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200On 12/7/20, at 3:18 PM, Chelan Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the Lakeview area. 

First arriving units found a single story structure with moderate smoke coming from the ceiling vents and eaves and initiated fire attack.  The fire was located in the kitchen area and quickly extinguished. 

Crews remained on scene for overhaul to make certain fire spread was contained. 

Renters were not home at the time of this incident and the residence and contents were heavily damaged due to fire, smoke, and water. 

Cause investigation is currently concentrated on a possible stove malfunction with damage estimates unknown at this time.

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn December 6th at approximately 2:20 AM, a nightshift officer observed a vehicle parked at the 7-11 Store on 9th St NE. A check of the Colorado license plate on the front of the vehicle showed “No License Record”. The officer checked the license plate more than once and confirmed there was no license record for it. During this time the driver of the vehicle got into the vehicle and drove onto Valley Mall Parkway. When the officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in a parking lot off Valley Mall Parkway the driver attempted to flee in the vehicle. The driver drove the vehicle onto a curb and the vehicle became high centered. The driver got out of the vehicle and fled on foot towards SR 28. Responding units were unable to locate the driver at this time. There were two other occupants in the vehicle. One occupant had an arrest warrant from Colorado. A check of the vehicle’s VIN showed it to be a stolen vehicle from the state of Colorado. The vehicle is a black, 2005, Toyota, RAV 4. The vehicle was impounded for a search warrant.

Through their investigation officers identified the driver as KC Hatley, a 20-year-old male with ties to Grand Junction, Colorado and Omak, Washington. At approximately 2 PM on December 6th, deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office located Hately outside the BJ’s Shell near Lincoln Rock. Hately was arrested and later booked for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapon, and fail to stop/obey law enforcement. Hately had an arrest warrant for burglary from Colorado as well. Hately may be facing narcotics related charges pending some material testing results from the state crime lab.

When the search warrant was executed on the vehicle officers located drug paraphernalia including loaded syringes, license plates from another vehicle, shot gun shells, the stock of a shotgun, and numerous shaved car keys. Shaved keys are altered car keys commonly used in vehicle theft.

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Regular Board Meeting
December 10, 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. District Signature Form 2021
V. Approval of Minutes
a. November 12, 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
b. Approval of 2021 Budget
c. April Special Election Levy for 2022-2024
d. Old Mill commercial policy
VIII. New Business
a. Wapato Lake Campground policy
b. Manson Bay Marina policy
c. Old Mill parking permits for locals?
d. Winter newsletter approval
IX. Adjournment
Next regular meeting is January 14, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.