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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are looking forward to a seamless transition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Comissioners Document

 

Sheriff Statement

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

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

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

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

manson schoolMarch 13, 2020

Manson Staff, Families and Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Matt Charlton, Superintendent
Manson School District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Chief’s Awards – Chief Donnell

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

This year we recognize the following members for their contributions:

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

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

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

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

2019 Commissioner’s Award – Commissioner Russ Jones

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

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

2019 Chief Timothy Lemon Memorial Award – Chief Asher

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

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

2019 Chief’s Company – Chief Donnell

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

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

CC sheriff logo 2018VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

NON-LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 Update English

COVID-19 Update Spanish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following PSA may contain opinions that do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. 

Local resident Dale England, is formally announcing his decision to run for Chelan County Commissioner District 3.

Dale is a 4th generation Lake Chelan Valley native who grew up working on the apple orchard where his mother was born. Dale’s father was seriously injured while fighting a fire outside of Wenatchee. This resulted in Dale and his siblings working all aspects of the orchard. Dale continues to work in the orchards today.

Dale had a 25-plus year career with Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. Dale was honored by his peers by being selected Deputy of the Year 3 times during his distinguished career.

Dale has successfully launched two businesses, Custom Orchard Fumigation and Lake Chelan Helicopters. As the owner of Lake Chelan Helicopters Dale has served both the farming and tourist industries throughout North Central Washington.

Dale’s service and volunteerism has spanned over 35 years. He has been awarded several Kiwanis awards including Citizen of the Year and Kiwanian of the Year. His dedication to the community is demonstrated by his involvement with Kiwanis and other local organizations.

Just ask local community members about Dale. They’ll tell you he is always one of the first to help and is always a very active part of our community. From our schools, churches, civic organizations and the community, Dale gives of his time and talents at every opportunity.

Dale has a unique background that allows him to balance the differing needs of Chelan County. His involvement in agriculture, tourism, and public service has taught him how to balance these key components in our community. Dale has a common sense approach to the issues important to Chelan County residents.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, March 12, 2020, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. February 13, 2020 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Sharkey & Shoreline Commercial Contract renewals
b. Willow erosion
c. Marina Wi-Fi
d. Website options
VIII. New Business
a. Yard waste solution
b. Leffler Field committee
c. Employee safety
d. Board packet format
e. Cal Ripken league
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: April 09, 2019 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

Four Manson High School students applied for and were selected to attend the 2020 Legislative Conference held in Olympia at the State Capitol earlier this month. Louis Sanchez, Parker Schoenwald, Zoe Thomas and Luca Westfall traveled with Board Members Aurora Flores, Greg Neff and Superintendent Charlton to the State Capitol.

The students appreciated meeting with Representative Keith Goehner and learning about the legislative process. They also received a tour of the Capitol and Temple of Justice. A hi-light of the trip was watching 18-year-old Louis Sanchez register to vote with the Secretary of State.

On March 3rd and 4th, Manson High School seniors participated in their annual mock interview program. 

Ten community members from the valley participated: Lake Chelan Community Hospital, Mountain View Lodge, Chelan County Sheriff Department, Chelan County P.U.D, Manson Fire District, Wapato Point Cellars and BBQ in the Vineyard, Manson School District and the Manson Parks Department. Members from each business interviewed seniors from the class of 2020.

The purpose of the mock interviews is to prepare students for real-world interviews, gain potential employment and to prepare for career pathways in their chosen field.  Students prepared cover letters, resumes and completed job applications for their preferred interviewer. 

After the seniors interviewed with the community, they then interviewed Manson freshmen. The freshman class of 2023 prepared mock interviews for Slidewaters.  All students completed resumes, cover letters and applications for the local water park. The participating seniors then interviewed the freshmen for the position as kitchen staff (the starting position for Slidewaters employees).  Prior to both the senior and freshmen interviews, there was a high level of anticipation and expectation of preparedness for all Manson students, all of whom did a great job. 

Manson High School is so thankful for our valley’s community members who pour time and support into our students.  Thank you so much for all who contributed to this beneficial and significant program. 

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On 3-3-20 at 11:58 Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a reported brush fire along Highway 97A in the area of Davis Canyon. 

On arrival, the fire was threatening two structures and being pushed up slope by 30 mph wind gusts. 

A second alarm was quickly requested and crews from Chelan County Fire District #8 (Entiat), U.S. Forest Service, and Department of Natural Resources arrived to assist. 

The mostly rocky terrain helped slow the fire which was contained at 1.5 acres. 

Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to remind all people doing controlled burns to monitor the wind conditions and to not burn on high wind days.

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Manson Parks has opened registration for AAU baseball, softball, and tee ball. AAU is open to kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Registration forms are distributed through the Manson School District, or through the Park office at 142 Pedoi Street in Manson.

Forms are due to the Park office by 5pm on March 11th.

Online registration is not offered this season.

Please call 509-687-9635 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners changed the regular meeting in March to Monday, March 23, 2020.

The meeting will open at 1:00 p.m. located at the fire station 232 East Wapato Avenue, Chelan WA 98816.

Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners scheduled a Long-Range Planning meeting Monday, March 23, 2020.

The meeting will open at 9:00 a.m. located at the fire station 232 East Wapato Avenue, Chelan WA 98816.

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On March 3 and 4 Manson High School seniors and ten Chelan Valley businesses will participate in the 12th Annual Mock Interview program in the old gym at Manson High School. The Mock Interview program has proven successful over the years providing students important life skills.  Not only do they learn the art of interviewing, they also learn how to write cover letters, resumes, thank you letters and networking; all important life skills.

Over the past few months students have been educated on several life skills that will give them a definite advantage when they hit the job market. Lead teacher Jen Koth schooled students on how to write a cover letter and resume that will lead to an interview. Students learned the importance of first-impressions and the art of networking. And to bring it all together they learned how to interview.

Learning to interview well is not a skill just to find a job but rather a skill that can be used throughout one’s entire life. Students learn that being prepared is the key to a successful interview. Many of the students at this year’s mock interviews will be offered summer jobs and several students will follow up with perspective employers.

This week Mrs.Koth contacted Mock Interview participating employers with the following information:

“Students are in preparation for the March 3rd and 4th mock interview’s at MHS.  Students are currently putting their final touches on their resume, cover letters and applications which I will mail to you early this week.  When you receive the packet, please peruse them prior to the interview as the written piece should be part of the interview overall.

Please arrive at the main office and check in with Mr. Little, our secretary, at 8am.  You will then be led to the old gym where light refreshments and further instructions await.  Again, depending on your interviewing strategies, each student takes about 15-20 minutes.”

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Flag Salute:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: December 2019 and January 2020
• Payroll: $115,184.73 January 1-31, 2020 Paid: 02-05-2020
• Vouchers for January 1-31, 2020 General Account: Vouchers #746188 - 746221 for $37,560.35; Vouchers
• Vouchers for January 1-31, 2020 Capital Account: Vouchers #746187 for $296.57.
• Minutes: January 15, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget – January. 2019 End of Year Financials
• Emergency Response Report /Operations/ Community Risk Reduction
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
New Business:
• Approval for Out of State Travel – Lt. Sherman to Water Rescue Instructor Course (Bangor, Maine)
• Resolution 20-001, Single Source Approval
• Seasonal Firefighter/EMT Proposal
Special Events:
• Thursday, February 20, 2020 – KOZI Interview (Chief Donnell, Commissioner Moller)
• Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Annual Banquet – Larc Hill / 6-9
• Monday, March 23, 2020 – LRP meeting – Station 71 / 9-12
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• 2019 Pension/Disability
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – Topics related to the future of the transportation system are on the Washington State Transportation Commission’s meeting agenda for next week. Discussions will include recent federal guidance on the advancement of autonomous vehicles, capabilities of our electrical grid to accommodate continued growth in electric vehicles, addressing future funding needs, and possible ways to simplify ferry fares in the future.

The transportation commission will hold its monthly meeting starting at 9 a.m. both Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at the end of each day.

On Wednesday, staff from the Utilities and Transportation Commission will present information on the ability of the electrical grid to handle the growing number of electric vehicles in Washington state, considering future levels of electric vehicle adoption.

Staff from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Innovative Partnerships Program will update the commission on a transit-oriented development project at the Kingsgate Park and Ride lot. WSDOT is partnering with Sound Transit, King County Metro, and the City of Kirkland to better utilize the existing park and ride lot to accommodate additional parking, housing and commercial development, while enhancing transit access.

Wednesday afternoon, the commission will take up a request from residents and organizations from Klickitat County to name US 97 through their county the “World War II Veterans Memorial Highway.”

The Office of the State Treasurer will provide a report on State Route 520 toll rate performance. Each year, the State Treasurer assesses the current SR 520 toll rates to ensure they will meet financing requirements. In addition, staff will brief the commission on the State Treasurer’s recent assessment of the state’s debt load, its value and its costs.

Next, the commission will receive a briefing on new guidance and standards recently issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation on automated vehicle operations and technologies. This briefing will contrast the federal approach to autonomous vehicle development and guidance with the approach taken in Europe and elsewhere. 

Also on Wednesday, the commission will hear an overview of the Joint Transportation Committee’s study assessing statewide transportation funding needs and priorities, and identifying ways in which to address them. The final report of findings and recommendations are due to the state legislature by Dec. 31, 2020.

On Thursday, Washington State Ferries will brief the commission on its fare simplification study. The study assessed the existing fare structure and its evolution over time, and identified the opportunities and challenges for simplifying the fare structure. WSF also will discuss its initial work investigating a low-income fare pilot as authorized by the commission last year. If funded by the Legislature, this pilot would test a special passenger fare for low-income customers, for up to three years.

Also Thursday, the commission will receive an update on the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) survey panel made up of nearly 25,000 ferry riders. This briefing will provide an overview of upcoming  surveys and  focus areas for  2020 . Each year, the commission surveys ferry riders to better inform WSF level of service, operational, pricing, planning, and investment decisions. People interested in joining the FROG can sign up at: ferryridersopiniongroup.com

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

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The Manson Trojans have qualified for post season play.

They will face the Oroville Hornets Wednesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Manson High School.

Come support your Trojans!!!

No passes accepted. $7 adults/ $5 for students with ASB card. No free admittance

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, February 13, 2020, 4:10pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. January 9, 2020 regular meeting minutes
b. January 23, 2020 special meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Commercial vendors
i. Sharkey and Shoreline contracts
ii. The Galley
1. Commercial Vendor application
2. Moorage at Manson Bay Marina
b. Manson Bay Marina policy update: ‘out day’ options
c. 2020 Goals and Objectives
d. Comprehensive Plan update for 2020
e. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Leffler Field
i. Pirate Carnival
b. Equipment: diesel tractor mower
c. Pacific Engineering contract amendment
d. Marina
i. WiFi
ii. Dock cleats
IX. Adjournment
Next regular meeting: March 12, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

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The 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. The Manson School Board hopes to receive nominations from parents, students, former students, and community members who have been involved in our schools.

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, 2020 at noon. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on March 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

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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Monday, February 10, 2020 / 9-13:00

Long Range Planning Meeting Agenda

 

Review of Mission Statement

Review of Multi-year budget forecasting

2020 Organizational Goals:

  1. Training:

    1. Continue to improve quality and delivery of training program to meet standards and requirements for operational readiness.

    2. Regional approach to coordinating delivery of training

    3. Regional training facility

    4. Special programs:

      1. Rescue Swimmer

      2. Rope Rescue (Low Angle)

      3. Marine Operations

  1. Community Relations :

    1. Review of current programs and effectiveness

    2. Future outreach and education

  1. Staffing:

    1. Review of current staffing

    2. Staffing options for 2020 and beyond

    3. Volunteer/Reserve Recruitment and Retention

  1. Apparatus Replacement:

    1. Review of current fleet

    2. Recommendations for surplus/replacement

    3. Long range apparatus replacement plan

  1. Facilities

    1. Review of current facilities

    2. Long range capital improvement plan

    3. Regional approach to facilities sharing

  1. Measurable Goals:

    1. Turnout Time – 2 minutes

    2. Effective Work Force for Critical Tasks (SOG 010)

    3. Fire Loss ($) versus Pre-fire Valuation

    4. Fiscal Responsibility to Manage Budget

    5. Maintain clean annual audits

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Friday, January 24

All day: Find Tsilly

3pm-5pm: Live Ice Carving

5pm-8pm: Apple Bin Train Rides

5pm-10pm: Local Brewers + Distillers Night (21+)

7:30pm: Jim Basnight on the Deschutes Brewery Main Stage

Saturday, January 25

All day: Find Tsilly

10am: Wally Peterson Memorial Snowmobile Drag Races

12pm-4pm: Ice Tower Carving + Wish Papers

12pm-4pm: Mystery Mitten Walk

12:30pm: Family Magic Show

1pm-2pm: 2nd Annual Viki Downey Polar Bear Swim & Bonfire

2pm: Family Magic Show

3pm-6pm: Apple Bin Train Rides

3pm-10pm: Alefest (21+)

4pm: Glenn Snyder on the Deschutes Brewery Main Stage

6:30pm: Lighting of the Ice Tower

7pm: Kevin Jones Band on the Deschutes Brewery Main Stage

7:45pm: Gary Knowlton Memorial Water Lantern

Sunday, January 26

All day: Find Tsilly

10am-12pm: Battle of the Bloody Mary (21+)

You can purchase tickets online until midnight tonight here. See you this weekend!

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Special Board Meeting

142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, January 23, 2020, 4:00pm

I. Call to Order

II. Flag Salute

III. Leffler Field financing

IV. Adjournment

The American Legion was founded in 1919 on four pillars: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children and Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens.

On January 13 the Manson American Legion, Post 108 made special presentations of two 4x6 foot American flags, one for Manson High and the second Manson Elementary, addressing two of the four pillars. Post 108 was recognized in 2019 by the Manson Chamber of Commerce with a Community Recognition Award for their assistance in the Lake Chelan Valley, helping youth and programs in our community.

Commander Clyde McCullough represented Post 108 at Manson Elementary School. Receiving the flag were Elementary Principal Ben Riippi with a group of elementary students.

Vice Commander Brian Strausbaugh and Post Service Officer Norm Manly took the lead at the High School. Manson High Senior Class President Parker Schoenwald, Manson Schools Superintendent, Matt Charlton and Principal Dr. Heather Ireland received the flag, representing all students, staff and teachers.

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The Washington State Legislature will ultimately decide if a road usage charge will be implemented in Washington

OLYMPIA – People who are interested in how a Road Usage Charge might work in Washington can now download the full report from the Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project website. On Jan. 13, the Washington State Transportation Commission transmitted their final report to the governor, state Legislature and Federal Highway Administration on how Washington can begin a transition away from the state gas tax and toward a road usage charge system.

In collaboration with the Washington Road Usage Charge Steering Committee, the WSTC’S report includes analysis and findings of the legal, fiscal, operational, and policy impacts of a road usage charge and provides recommendations and options on how RUC could be implemented in Washington.

The state legislature will ultimately decide if a road usage charge will be implemented in Washington. Should the Legislature move forward with a road usage charge, it must consider several key topics, all of which the commission’s final report addressed. Those include how to: gradually transition to a RUC system, determine what vehicles should be subject to paying a RUC, determine the per-mile rate policy, set forth the allowable use of RUC revenue, and determine details around how a RUC program would be implemented.

“We thank the steering committee and volunteer pilot project participants for contributing to years of research and analysis on this innovative transportation funding policy,” said Jerry Litt, chair of the Washington State Transportation Commission. “We believe road usage charging is a promising and viable option for Washington, and we look forward to having the Legislature consider a gradual but necessary transition away from relying on the consumption of fossil fuel to fund our roads.”

The 29-member Road Usage Charge Steering Committee has guided Washington’s assessment of road usage charging since 2012. The committee supported and advised on the development of the RUC pilot project and submitted its final report on its road usage charging findings to the commission in October 2019. Based upon the findings of the steering committee, the commission determined its final set of recommendations and their final report, which details the results of the 7-year-long assessment of road usage charging. It includes the 12-month-long test drive portion of the pilot project that involved more than 2,000 statewide drivers who logged 15 million miles from February 2018 to January 2019.

As vehicles become more fuel-efficient or switch to electric power, gas tax revenue is expected to decline by as much as 45 percent by 2035. In 2012, the Legislature directed the commission to assess the potential of a road usage charge to replace the gas tax. A road usage charge is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads, as opposed to paying by the gallon of gas.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on January 11th, 2020 at approximately 2:05 am, a female called RiverCom dispatch from the 400 block of Pioneer Avenue in Cashmere, WA. The caller, a 70 year old Cashmere woman later identified as Anita Jones said she had just killed her mother.

Deputies responded to the scene and detained Jones without incident. She was transported to the Chelan County Sheriff’s office where she was interviewed by detectives. Jones has been booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Murder 1st Degree.

Jones is believed to have acted alone and there is no threat to the public.

Detectives are currently on scene in Cashmere continuing the investigation.

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Manson High School is launching a coed high school tennis team in the spring of 2020.  In the fall of 2019 the district met with parents, students and community members to determine the viability of a tennis program and found strong interest from all parties. “At least 20 students have indicated strong interest in the program” said Athletic Director Eric Sivertson.   The district is very excited to partner with Harmony Meadows as our home court. 

The next step in launching the program is hiring a Head Coach.  In discussing the program in the community we have identified a number of individuals willing to help with the program or even be assistant coaches, but at this time we have not found our Head Coach. We are looking for an energetic leader that can help us recruit student athletes into the program and can also teach the fundamentals of tennis.  If interested, please complete an application packet at www.manson.org

If you have questions about the position contact Eric Sivertson at 509-687-3140 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Manson High School Post-Secondary Coordinator Addie Grageda could not be more proud of the Internship Program she leads.

Ms. Grageda recently learned her efforts to renew and expand a grant from a private non-profit foundation, The Discuren Foundation, has been awarded.

Manson School District will receive $177,000 in funds over the next three years to provide valuable opportunities to high school students. The funding will also expand the program and allow middle school students to participate in training and career activities.

Addie shared “one of my favorite things is hearing the senior students speak of their internships experiences at their senior presentations and tell their families, friends and teachers how it has helped them discover a career path they would like to pursue, as well as given them an opportunity to meet someone in our community that has motivated them to follow their dreams.”

These programs would not be possible without the support of individuals, businesses and agencies in our Valley. The partnership in providing authentic career experiences to students and future employees to businesses is truly a “win-win.”

JAVESJaves Escalera, Director of Marketing at Coldwell Banker LCP shared “As an alum from Manson High School (class of 2014), I can first-hand say that it would have improved my awareness of the career path that I wanted to take if I had the opportunity to have had an internship. It’s easy to get the education you need, but it’s equally important to understand what you’re working towards. And that’s what internships are, the application of everything you’ve learned in a hands-on setting.”

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on January 6, 2020 shortly after 7:00 a.m., a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in an injury collision in the 17000 block of Highway US 97A just North of Entiat.

A vehicle traveling southbound lost control and crossed over the center line colliding with the northbound Sheriff’s Office vehicle. The driver and two passengers from the southbound vehicle were transported to Central Washington Hospital with potentially serious injuries.

The involved Deputy was transported by a Supervisor to Central Washington Hospital and released with minor injuries.

The Washington State Patrol is handling the collision investigation and it appears that weather and road conditions may have been a contributing factor.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office encourages motorists traveling in winter weather to exercise all precautions while traveling in winter weather conditions.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Flag Salute:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: November 2019 Revenue & Expenditure Report
• Payroll: $119,375.96 December 1-31, 2019 Paid: 01-03-2020
• Vouchers for December 1-31, 2019 General Account: Vouchers #746134 – 746141 for $1,602.56; Vouchers #746142 – 746155 for $11,698.66; Vouchers #746156 – 746166 for $4,677.58; Vouchers #746180 – 746186 for $4,316.44.
• Vouchers for December 1-31, 2019 Capital Account: Vouchers #746133 for $48,422.73.
• Minutes: December 11, 2019
Fire Chief Report:
• 2019 Budget / Emergency Response Report-Yr End /Operations/ Community Risk Reduction
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• Long Range Plan – Set meeting date/time
New Business:
Special Events:
• January 17-26 Winterfest
• January 28th – WFC and WFCA Legislative Day (Olympia)
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, January 9, 2020, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Election of officers
IV. Conflict of Interest documents
V. Payroll and Voucher Authorization Form
VI. Board member orientation
VII. Agenda Additions and Deletions
VIII. Public Comment
IX. Approval of Minutes
a. December 12, 2019 Regular meeting minutes
b. December 12, 2019 Joint Board Meeting minutes
c. December 23, 2019 Special Meeting minutes
X. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
XI. Old Business
a. Commercial vendors
i. Sharkey and Shoreline contracts
ii. The Galley
1. Commercial Vendor application
2. Moorage at Manson Bay Marina
b. Old Mill policy update: detached trailers
c. Manson Bay Marina policy update: ‘out day’ options
d. 2020 Goals and Objectives
e. Director’s Report
XII. New Business
a. Leffler Field acquisition
i. Interlocal Agreement
ii. Vote on joint purchase of property with Manson School District
XIII. Adjournment
Next regular meeting: February 13, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

dougcountysherlogoOn January 4, 2020 at approximately 9:29 PM a Douglas County Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a passenger car near BJ’s in Rock Island. The vehicle failed to yield and fled.

The pursuing Deputy discontinued the pursuit due to the immediate safety concerns. Shortly after, a second Deputy who was in the area observed the same vehicle driving at a high rate of speed. The Deputy observed the vehicle fail to stop at Rock Island Drive and State Route 28 and continued eastbound on SR28. The Deputy pursued the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle lost control at approximately milepost 12 on SR28 while it was passing another vehicle on the roadway. The suspect vehicle spun and struck the guardrail. The vehicle regained control and continued.

At approximately milepost 15, the vehicle lost control again and struck an occupied parked car on the shoulder of the roadway. The Deputies secured the occupants of the suspect vehicle. None of the involved persons sustained major injuries.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was identified as Jessica H. Fisk a 22-year-old female out of Cashmere. Jessica Fisk was booked into CCRJ for attempting to elude a police vehicle, hit and run collision, reckless endangerment, suspended driver’s license and two outstanding arrest warrants.