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Singleton Park, located at the corner of Madeline and Hyacinth in Manson, is a hub for sports and play in the Lake Chelan Valley. Its ball fields are frequented throughout the year by athletes playing baseball and soccer, and children playing at the playground. While the fields have seen some upgrades, the playground is over 30 years old and safety concerns have become the driving force for some much-needed changes. After receiving a near-failing safety inspection just over a year ago, the Park District began brainstorming. The options quickly became clear- remove the playground entirely or replace it.

Play is crucial to a child’s development; it helps with balance, strength, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, social skills, learning and cognitive skills, as well as emotional and mental well-being. Simply put, play is the building block of strong people and a strong community. That being said, removing Singleton’s playground was not an option.

As the research began and progressed, the project transformed from a basic need to replace the play equipment. Quickly it grew into a desire to provide our community’s families not only with a place to play, but a place where people of all abilities can play side-by-side… an inclusive playground… a place of wonder! That’s when the community spirit really took over.

After receiving conceptual designs from various playground equipment manufacturers, a committee was formed to help with equipment selection. Committee members include Alicia Alexander, Rob Campbell, Johnny Morfin, Brian Patterson, Robin Pittman, Taylor Quigley, Ben Riippi, Bill Sharkey, Adelina Velasco, and Maria Zaragoza. Their goal was to review the proposed playground designs, make changes based on community need, and make a final recommendation to the Manson Parks Board of Commissioners.

On Thursday, December 12th, 2019, at the Manson Parks regular monthly Board meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved purchase of the proposed Burke playground equipment. The playground will feature a large structure designed for kids ages 5 to 12, a separate large structure for kids ages 2 to 5, a “Rev8” spinner, “Orb Rocker”, swing set, and several other items. The total for the equipment came to $133, 326.20.

Funding for the equipment was made possible by the following sponsors.

Thank you to:

• Tom & Meg Names Family Foundation
• Burke Move With Us Grant
• Lake Chelan Rotary
• Community Foundation of North Central Washington
• Lake Chelan Community Services Council
• Chelan-Douglas Developmental Disabilities Program
• Walmart
• Wenatchee Valley Medical Group
• Lake Chelan Boating Club
• Green Dot Sub Shop
• Lake Chelan Boating Club

The next step in the process includes selection of the ground surfacing material, which is a vital piece of the equation. It will likely be a combination of Engineered wood fiber (wood chips), and a soft composite rubber material called pour-in-place. Both meet the requirements for wheelchair accessibility and fall cushioning, as well as providing a tactile element to satisfy sensory needs. A concrete border and benches will be installed around the playground. Engineered wood fiber is expected to cost as much as $25,000, and the areas of pour-in-place could come in at $60,000. Supervised installation, where the manufacturer provides a trained specialist to lead community volunteers during the course of installation, is expect to be $12,000. Cost of the concrete border, benches, and ground work are yet to be determined.

Community support for this project has been incredible, but there are still opportunities to help!

Through December 31st, 2019, visit www.givencw.org to donate through CFNCW’s Give NCW campaign. After that, checks can be mailed to Manson Parks, PO Box 590, Manson WA 98831. Cash and credit card donations can also be accepted at our office on 142 Pedoi Street in Manson.

Volunteers will be needed for installation of the new equipment, ground work, and tear-down of the existing equipment. If you’d like to be a part of the fun, contact our office by calling 509-687-9635, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Installation of the equipment will begin in the spring, weather permitting.

WSDTlogo450Commission recommends a gradual approach to adoption; recommendations now move on to the legislature

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission adopted recommendations today, Tuesday, Dec. 17, on how Washington can begin a transition away from the state gas tax and toward a road usage charge system.

The commission based its recommendations on extensive research, statewide public engagement, as well detailed analysis of the participant feedback and system performance of the 12-month Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project. These recommendations, along with the Road Usage Charge Steering Committee’s final report, will be transmitted to the Washington State Legislature, Governor Jay Inslee and the Federal Highway Administration in January 2020.

At the core of these recommendations, the Legislature is encouraged to begin a slow and gradual transition away from the gas tax, starting with requiring vehicles in the state-owned fleet to pay a road usage charge in lieu of the gas tax. The commission also recommends applying a road usage charge to electric vehicle owners who pay no gas tax and hybrid vehicle owners who pay little gas tax. The recommendations include taking the time during this gradual transition period to conduct additional research, such as collaborating with other states on cross-border travel, reducing administrative and operational costs, and assessing compliance gaps and potential enforcement measures. The commission did not offer a timeline for a full transition of all vehicles in the state to a road usage charge, recommending that should not occur for at least 10 years and likely several decades as many cars continue to pay the gas tax.

“This is an important first step in ensuring future funding security for Washington’s aging roads and bridges,” said Jerry Litt, chair of the Washington State Transportation Commission. “Revenues from our state gas tax will begin to decline as vehicle fuel efficiency continues to increase. We are already struggling to ensure adequate funding to maintain our system of roads and bridges today. Thanks to the pilot project and years of research, we believe road usage charging is a promising and viable option for the Legislature to consider, and now is the time to begin a gradual but necessary transition away from relying on the consumption of fossil fuel to fund our roads.”

A 29-member Road Usage Charge Steering Committee has guided Washington’s assessment of road usage charging since 2012. The committee supported and advised development of the pilot test drive and prepared its final report on road usage charging in Washington earlier this year. Based upon the findings of the steering committee, the commission determined its final set of recommendations and their final report to be issued in January 2020 will detail the results of the seven-year-long assessment of road usage charging. It includes the 12-month-long test drive portion of the pilot project that included over 2,000 statewide drivers driving 15 million miles from February 2018 to January 2019.

“We appreciate the time and effort our pilot project participants dedicated, through reporting their miles driven, completing surveys, participating in focus groups, and sharing thoughtful questions and comments with us.” said Joe Tortorelli, chair of the Road Usage Charge Steering Committee and member of the Washington State Transportation Commission. “Feedback from participants and members of the general public helped inform the final report and recommendations. We look forward to sharing this report with the legislature early next year.”

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.

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will take action next week on policy recommendations to the Washington State Legislature on whether and when the state should consider implementing a Road Usage Charge (RUC) system as a possible replacement to the gas tax.

The commission meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, and at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 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 each day, including a public comment opportunity prior to commission action on its road usage charging recommendations.

The commission will take final action at 1 p.m. Tuesday on its findings and recommendations related to whether and when a RUC system could replace the gas tax to fund roads and bridges. A RUC is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of roads, as opposed to paying by the gallon of gas. Because gasoline is taxed by the gallon, 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 RUC to replace the gas tax.

The final RUC report will detail the results of a 7-year-long assessment of road usage charging and a pilot project that involved more than 2,000 drivers statewide in a live test of RUC. The commission will consider the work of the RUC steering committee, results and findings from the test-driving phase of the pilot project, input from the pilot participants, and input from the public, as they finalize recommendations and next steps. The commission will submit the report to the governor, Legislature and the Federal Highway Administration in January 2020.

Also on Tuesday, the commission will receive an update on current traffic and revenue data for all tolled facilities, including the State Route 99 tunnel. Commission staff will present an overview of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge loan report, which the commission will submit to the Legislature in January, indicating the amount of loan needed to avoid a toll rate increase next year. The commission also will discuss the work plan and schedule for a legislatively directed study it will conduct to assess the possibility of discounted tolls and other programs to assist low-income drivers.

Commissioners also will hear the findings and recommendations from the lead consultant who conducted an analysis of congestion pricing in downtown Seattle. Congestion pricing is a charge drivers pay when they enter the most congested areas at the busiest times. Commissioned by the transportation network company Uber, the study considered whether charging all drivers could be an alternative to direct taxes or licensing limitations imposed on transportation network companies.

Tuesday afternoon the commission will continue its ongoing examination of the policy issues related to vehicle automation. John Niles, co-author of a book on autonomous vehicles, will discuss the potential effects on communities and public safety of shifting 50 percent or more of today’s privately owned and human-operated vehicles to automated vehicles.

On Wednesday, the commission will take action to adopt its annual report to the Legislature, which includes a number of recommendations on transportation policy and funding. Commissioners also will hear briefings on policy topics including, development of Vision 2050, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s newest long-range plan; an update to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s state plan for passenger and freight rail; and, a study underway by WSDOT’s aviation division to evaluate the potential for using electric aircraft in passenger air service.

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

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Manson School District was the lucky recipient of the “Change for Charities” program sponsored through 12 Tribes Colville Casinos.

ASB President Parker Schoenwald, Superintendent Matt Charlton and Middle/High School Principal Heather Ireland were presented with a check from Tony Posey, General Manager of Mill Bay Casino in the amount of $2,658.71.

This donation will be used with the intention to help students to participate in extra-curricular, clubs, field trips/camps etc. where fees or equipment might prevent them from doing so. These funds will be available for student’s kindergarten through 12th grade.

Thank you Mill Bay Casino!

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The Manson Community’s long running effort to secure a parcel of land, commonly known as Leffler Field, for public use is a step closer to occurring. The five acre (4.97) parcel is located in the center of downtown Manson.

On November 26, a vacant land purchase and sale agreement was completed between the Estate of Edna R. Leffler and two buyers, the Manson Park and Recreation District and the Manson School District. The purchase price is $1.3 million. The agreement includes grant funding awarded to Manson Park and Recreation from both Chelan County and The State of Washington. Chelan County has designated $500,000 in funding from their Rural Counties Economic Fund. The Washington State Legislature has appropriated $250,000 towards the acquisition from its 2019-20 Capital Budget. The remaining $550,000 will be financed by Manson School District.

December Opportunities for the Manson community to give input to both Boards on the purchase.

·        December 12 at 5:00PM at the Manson Parks Building: a joint meeting of the Manson Park and Recreation Board and the Manson School Board will be held with an opportunity for public comment.

·        December 19th at 5:00PM in the Manson Elementary Library: the Manson School Board will offer a second opportunity for public comment at their regular December board meeting.

·        Written comments may be shared by:

o   Mail

§  Must include a full name and phone number to verify authenticity ·        Manson Park and Recreation District – PO Box 590, Manson, WA 98831

·        Manson School District – PO Box A, Manson, WA 98831

o   Email

§  Must include a full name and phone number to verify authenticity  

·        Manson Parks and Recreation District  – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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reopen the highway to bicycles, vehicles next spring

DIABLO – A snowy forecast means State Route 20 North Cascades Highway will close for the season at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. This is the latest road closure date in more than a decade.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews close this stretch of SR 20 every year once snow fills the avalanche chutes that line the highway, which poses a safety risk to travelers and road crews.

Road closure points

The closure points are at milepost 134/Ross Dam Trailhead and at milepost 177/Silver Star Gate. When significant snow begins to fall, WSDOT crews will move the western closure point back to milepost 130/Colonial Creek Campground and the eastern closure point to milepost 168/Early Winters Campground. These weather-dependent changes usually happen in January. Signs along SR 20 are posted in advance of the closure point and updates on the WSDOT website will reflect where the road is closed.

Winter recreation on SR 20

Hikers, skiers, snowmobilers and other recreationalists can access the closed portion of highway during the winter season. Users should park in designated parking areas to allow plow drivers the space they need to clear snow around the closed stretch’s access gates.

WSDOT closes this stretch of highway due to avalanche risk, so anyone using this area should check forecasts and be aware of quickly changing conditions in the mountains. Travelers can also check conditions with North Cascades National Park before trips to this area.

Spring reopening

In late winter/spring 2020, WSDOT avalanche and maintenance crews, including Mazama the Avalanche Rescue Goat, will assess conditions and begin clearing work to reopen this cross-state route through the Cascade Mountains.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, December 12, 2019, 4:10pm
I. Call to order
II. Flag salute
III. Agenda additions and deletions
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. November 14, 2019 regular meeting minutes
b. December 3, 2019 special meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Singleton Park playground renovation
i. Authorize purchase of playground equipment
b. 2020 Budget
i. Wages and benefits
c. Concession permit request
d. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Winter marine sewage pump-out
b. Marina policy update: “out day” options
c. Old Mill policy update: detached trailers
VIII. 5:00pm: Joint Board meeting with Manson School District Board
a. Leffler Field acquisition
i. Public Comment
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: January 9, 2019 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Flag Salute:

Regular Meeting Call to Order:

Oath of Office: Karyl Oules

Approve Agenda:

Public Comment:

Consent Agenda:

  • Revenue and Expenditure Report: October 2019 Revenue & Expenditure Report

  • Payroll: $117,931.44 November 1-30, 2019 Paid: 12-05-2019

  • Vouchers for November 1-30, 2019 General Account: Vouchers #19222 – 19236 for $6,770.58; Vouchers #19238 – 19251 for $9,638.71; Vouchers #746099 – 746110 for $4,311.78; Vouchers #746111 – 746117 for $10,974.81.

  • Vouchers for November 1-30, 2019 Capital Account: Vouchers #19237 for $5,069.17; Voucher #17104 - 17105 for $5,682.39.

  • Minutes: November 20, 2019

Fire Chief Report:

  • 2019 Budget / Emergency Response Report /Operations/ Community Risk Reduction

Assistant Chief Report:

  • Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training

Firefighters Association Report:

Unfinished Business:

  • Professional Service Contract for Legal Services

New Business:

Special Events:

  • 12-17-2019 Holiday Gathering – Layla’s 1800-2100

Board for Volunteer Firefighters

Public Comment:

Commissioner Comments:

Executive Session:

Adjournment:

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, December 3, 2019, 4:10pm

I. Call to order
II. Flag salute
III. Approval of Resolution 2019-04, authorizing an increase in the regular 2020 property tax levy
IV. Leffler property earnest money agreement

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A Great Way to support the Orchard!
 
Looking for a special gift to commemorate a memory or loved one, a stocking-stuffer, or to create a sense of caring and nurturing in a young person? Consider giving an adopted tree at the Buckner Orchard for 2020.
 
If the Buckner Orchard is going to continue as the treasure we know it to be, it must have caretakers now, as well as long into the future. What better way to ensure that future than by giving a child a gift of a tree!
 
The response of children who received trees is touching. They picked out their trees, wanting "to grow up" with a younger tree, pulling weeds, placing mouse guards, and running water to "their tree". They have become attached to "their" tree and now have a wonderful opportunity to care and help nurture a living thing for many years to come.
 
TREES ARE NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN!. Maybe you know someone who doesn't get to Stehekin often enough, who has a special memory of the Orchard, or you just want to support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Orchard? The adoption of trees also raises awareness of the Orchard and its care. 
 
Adopt-A-Tree is one way in which you can support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Buckner Orchard.  With your support much can be done to protect and conserve the heritage of this national treasure, and to continue its place as an important part of the Stehekin Community.
 
Adopt a tree for yourself and be a part of the Buckner Orchard!
 
Adopt-A-Tree funds are used exclusively to support the care and maintenance of the Buckner Orchard and are tax deductible.
 
HOW TO ADOPT A TREE
Step 1. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure a certificate arrives in time, providing the first and last name of the person the gift is being given to, as well as the address to which you would like it sent.  Be sure to include your e-mail address; this saves the Foundation both time and money in getting the receipt to you.
 
A personal message may be included on the certificate, such as, With love and fond memories, from Aunt Cinda and Uncle Jim.  You choose the one-line wording.
 
Step  2. Mail a check (@$25.00 per tree) to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation,  PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Because some may be given as Christmas gifts, a certificate will be mailed immediately, trusting that the appropriate payment will be forthcoming.
 
Certificates can also be sent to you in PDF format via e-mail, ready to print from your computer, name of the recipient included.  Let us know your preference.
 
RENEWALS
This is also a great time to renew trees adopted during previous years. Please let us know if a new certificate is needed and follow the directions above.
 
Adopt-A-Tree is one of three means by which the Foundation raises funds to support the Orchard and Homestead. The other two are memberships and donations. Please help us today and give a gift of love and caring.
 
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The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,
and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS
(Tax ID #452913458)

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Lake Chelan Tourist Center presents its Second Annual "Lake Chelan Christmas" with The Gothard Sisters Celtic Christmas on Friday December 13th 2019 and Geoffrey Castle's Celtic Christmas on Friday December 20th 2019.

His Second Year in the Lake Chelan Valley, legendary electric violinist Geoffrey Castle brings the Christmas magic with this dazzling concert, featuring the Seattle Irish Dance Company, The Geoffrey Castle Celtic Band, and known Irish troublemaker and Tenor, Dan Connolly. This year's special guests, Seattle Opera’s own Pamela Cassela-Nim & Veronica Nim, and even a visit all the way from the North Pole by the Chief Elf himself and his wife - Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus.

Now in its 14th year, Geoffrey Castle's Celtic Christmas Celebration has become a Northwest Holiday Tradition, bringing communities together to celebrate the magic and mystery of the season, with an Irish flair for fun!

Geoffrey Castle is a living legend on the electric six-string violin. His performance history includes playing music with members of supergroups like Heart, Queen, Journey, Bad Company, YES, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Blues Traveler, the Pogues, and the Neville Brothers, while releasing 12 albums on his own independent label and touring and performing all over the world.

The Seattle Irish Dancers are the only professional performance Irish Dance Company in the Pacific Northwest. They've performed with musicians from around the world - Gaelic Storm, The Chieftains, and Celtica Pipes Rock - to name just a few. They perform often with Geoffrey Castle and are excited to come back to the Lake Chelan Valley.

This year Lake Chelan Christmas™ adds a second Concert, The Gothard Sisters Celtic Christmas. Christmas with the Gothard Sisters is a special holiday program featuring Celtic tunes and songs as well as the sisters' joyful and sincere arrangements of Christmas carols old and new. This familyfriendly show includes sibling harmony, Irish step dancing, the sisters' signature humor and heart, and even a Christmas Eve disaster story.

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic musical group of three sisters who play contemporary Celtic music. Through 10 years performing, touring and writing music together, the optimistic style of their music and performances continue to resonate with their fans, building a loyal international following. Their latest all-original album release, Midnight Sun, reached #6 on the Billboard World Music charts as the highest ranking debut on the chart, and the Gothard Sisters have performed in venues large and small all over the country, including a concert at the Kennedy Center's Millennium stage in Washington DC, performances with Disney Cruise line in Europe, a 21-city concert tour of Japan in 2019, music festivals and performing arts venues nationwide. Blending Celtic, folk, classical, world and northwest musical influences, the Gothard Sisters bring songs to life with violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bodhran, djembe, octave violin, whistle and vocal harmonies, creating music that is "vivid, inspirational and captivating." (Tim Carroll, Folk Words Review 2018)

Writing and recording near their home in the Pacific Northwest between touring nationally, the band has released 7 albums and has performed over 1,000 live shows over the course of their career These productions are brought to the Lake Chelan Valley by the Lake Chelan Tourist Center in is efforts of creating Family Friendly Community Events & Entertainment. This Year Lake Chelan Christmas™ is part of the CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON™ Concert Series providing Christmas Concerts in Lake Chelan, Leavenworth, Ellensburg, Moses Lake and Omak. Pre-Concert and Intermission Entertainment provided by the Official CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON™ Celtic Bagpiper David Wilkie.

Proceeds from these Concerts benefit various Lake Chelan Community Events & Student Programs and the CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON™ Scholarship Fund, now benefiting Chelan High School Graduates.

CHELAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (PAC)

215 Webster Ave Chelan WA 98816

DATES / TIMES:

THE GOTHARD SISTERS CELTIC CHRISTMAS / DECEMBER 13th 2019 / FRIDAY NIGHT (7pm - 9pm)

GEOFFREY CASTLES CELTIC CHRISTMAS / DECEMBER 20th 2019 / FRIDAY NIGHT (7pm - 9pm)

Box Office Opens at 5:00pm

Doors Open at 6:00pm

Refreshments available for purchase before the Concert and during Intermission as a Fundraiser for the Chelan High School Drama Department.

ORDER TICKETS BY PHONE

CALL ETIX # 1-800-514-3849

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT:

Damascus Rose Floral

311 E Woodin Ave

Chelan WA

LODGING & VIP TICKET PACKAGES

Lakeside Lodge & Suites – Chelan TEL (509) 740-3372

Full Details and Online Tickets at:

www.ChristmasInWashington.com

CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON INFO LINE

Tel (509) 682-9150

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Photo L-R Blake Cochran, Teresa Venegas, Delia Lysiak, Cody Fitzpatrick, Bryanna Harris (in front) Zane Mericle, Ryan Gildersleeve, Gunnar Rasmussen, Michah Petersen, Raeauna Mogan

The Manson Grange was the site of the District #7 FFA Apple Judging Career Development Event (CDE). There were over 88 contestants from 19 area schools. The contest was put on by Marty Cochran with help from Nathan Coggins, Travis Schoenwald, Devon Griffith, and Carol Peters. Each

Each contestant had to figure Fruit Maturity days from full bloom, take a 25-question test from the pesticide applicators handbook, identify 20 different insects, judge trays of golden and red delicious, show the proper way to pressure test apples, identify 25 varieties of apples and pears, grade 25 different red delicious and golden delicious apples, and identify 50 different blemishes.

Manson FFA had 11 members competing, they were led by Cody Fitzpatrick who came in first place, followed by Blake Cochran in 11th. Additional members were Teresa Venegas, Delia Lysiak, Bryanna Harris, Raeauna Mogan, Zane Mericle, Micah Petersen, Gunnar Rasmussen, Sam Richmond, and Ryan Gildersleeve. Manson first team placed 5th just missing a trophy by 10 points, Manson second team ended up in placing 8th. Individual members now have their sights set on bringing home some hardware at the state contest to be held in Wenatchee on Dec 11th.

A big “THANK YOU” to Manson Growers for suppling us with all the apples for this year’s contest.

SHOP HAT

The Manson FFA apple judging team along with the shop team travelled to Tonasket to compete against other schools in two fields.

The shop team of Zane Mericle, Micah Petersen, Gunnar Rasmussen, competed in various arc and gas welding competitions.

Micah Petersen and Gunnar Rasmussen took the top two spots in the best bead competition with Micah first place and Gunnar coming in second.

The 12-man Apple Judging team practiced Variety Id, Entomology, Blemish Identification, date and maturity, and grading of apples.

Manson will host the next competition on November 19 at the Manson Grange.

Manson shop students will be host their next contest on Dec 18th.

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Enjoy the magic of the holidays November 29 – December 24

LAKE CHELAN, WA (November 22, 2019) – The Historic Downtown Chelan Association will again host Small Town Christmas, kicking off November 29th and running through December 24, 2019. Small Town Christmas is a month long holiday celebration taking place in the quaint downtown of Chelan, Washington.

Set among the twinkling lights of downtown and the snow-capped buttes of Lake Chelan, Small Town Christmas is reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell postcard scene. The charming downtown will host an incredible line up of family friendly events, unique shopping experiences, and an auction gala that gives back to the youth in our community. The month-long lineup includes:

o Kick off the holiday season in Historic Downtown Chelan for Hot Friday, November 29th! Stroll throughtown to the sounds of holiday music as you take in the stunning window displays, find that unique treasure in one of our charming boutiques, grab an early mimosa, and save with some incredible deals.

o Meet Santa Claus on the Old Bridge, November 29th and escort him to the town Christmas tree during the Parade of Lights. Santa will lead the crowd in a few Christmas carols and count down the lighting of the tree.

o After the town Christmas tree has been lit, make your way to Riverwalk Park for the Fireworks Finale, roast marshmallows, grab a cup of cider and take in the stunning lake setting!

o Don’t miss the opportunity to get fancy and bid on beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths at The Festival of Trees Auction & Dinner Gala on December 7, 2019. Proceeds benefit the Historic Downtown Chelan Association and Thrive Lake Chelan, an organization supporting and empowering the youth in the Lake Chelan Valley.

Event highlights include:November 29-30

 Hot Friday Specials

 Parade of Lights

 Christmas Carols @ the Christmas Tree

 Tree Lighting in Downtown Chelan

 Fireworks & Bonfires

 Small Business Saturday

 Breakfast with Santa

 L-Bow the Elf Performance

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs

 Holiday Matinee at the Historic Ruby Theatre

December 1-7

 Holiday Concert at the Tree by Chelan High School

 Festival of Trees Preview

 Graham Cracker Cottages at The Vogue

 Roaming One Man Band

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs

 Holiday Matinee at the Historic Ruby Theatre

 Festival of Trees Gala & Auction

December 8-14

 Holiday Crafts & Cookie Decorating at St. Andrews Church

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs Kids Crafts at Woven Threads

 Find Santa Downtown for a Candy Cane

 Holiday Matinee at the Historic Ruby Theatre

December 15-22

 Santa at Frenchie’s Flutes & Fleurs

 Holiday Matinee at Chelan Public Library

 Find Santa Downtown for a Candy Cane

Tickets for the Breakfast with Santa and Festival of Trees Gala are limited and available online for purchase – make sure to purchase early!

Small Town Christmas would not be possible without the help of our sponsors – Windermere Lake Chelan, Coldwell Banker, the Kelly Allen Agency and KOZI.

wsdot logoHoliday travel prep is just as important as planning the big meal

OLYMPIA – Just like shopping, prepping the turkey and checking kick-off times before a big holiday gathering, the key to smooth Thanksgiving travel is planning ahead. Being prepared to call an audible for any delays doesn’t hurt either.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan ahead for the busy holiday weekend. Staying informed also lets travelers react to any delays or other issues and still make it to the feast on time.

The agency provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:

·         Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.

·         Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.

·         Visit WSDOT’s online traveler information about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.

·         Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.

·         Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.

·         Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.

·         Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT mountain passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.

·         Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and leave extra space between vehicles when driving on snow or ice.

Apple Cup travel

Those traveling to the Friday, Nov. 29, Apple Cup football game in Seattle should prepare for possible winter weather on passes and allow extra time if traveling Thursday evening and Friday morning as people make their way to the 1 p.m. game.

Mountain passes

·         State Route 123 Cayuse Pass and SR 410 Chinook Pass close for the season at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, and will not be available for holiday travel. These passes close every winter due to avalanche danger, poor road conditions, lack of snow storage and no emergency response services within close proximity.

·         SR 20 North Cascades Highway remains open as of Wednesday, Nov. 20. Details about the road status and winter closure are available online and travelers should check that the pass is still open before heading out.

·         On Interstate 90, Snoqualmie Pass travelers can receive text alerts for pass delays of 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.

Tolls

In the Puget Sound area, the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel will have weekend toll rates on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, returning to weekday rates on Friday, Nov. 29. On the I-405 express toll lanes, travel is free for everyone on the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Weekends are always free to travel in the express toll lanes. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads on the Good To Go! visitors page.

Traveling by ferry

Please plan ahead for heavy holiday ferry traffic and consider purchasing tickets online or walking onto ferries if possible to save time. The longest lines are expected westbound the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27 and on Thanksgiving morning. Eastbound, the longest lines are expected Thanksgiving afternoon and Friday morning, Nov. 29. Those driving onto ferries can sign up for vehicle wait time alerts and check terminal conditions online. Some ferry routes run on Saturday schedules on the holiday; check ferry schedules online or call 888-808-7977 for details.

Space is limited on the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry route on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, Nov. 28, due to tidal current cancellations of several evening sailings.

Canadian service is suspended through Sunday, Dec. 8, due to required maintenance on the vessels certified to run international service.

Other travel alternatives

Travelers planning a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans to avoid holiday delays:

·         Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. There are no extra Thanksgiving trains this year. Oregon’s trains will run on their weekend schedule Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 1. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/  for reservation and schedule details or call 800–USA–RAIL.

·         Information about traveling via state-operated airports is available on line or call 800-552-0666.

·         Check with local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.

wsdot logoWSDOT hosts virtual events Nov. 26 and Dec. 11; online open house through Dec. 15

OLYMPIA – People who live in Washington have an opportunity to help create a vision for a transportation system that supports all modes of travel – including walking, biking and rolling. The Washington State Department of Transportation is updating the state active transportation plan, which serves as the needs assessment for accessible pedestrian and bicyclist connections, and public input is needed.

An online open house is available now through Sunday, Dec. 15, at http://bit.ly/WSDOT-ATP-Online-Open-House with a questionnaire to collect input from Washington residents.

WSDOT will also host virtual events during which staff will share information on the safety, mobility and accessibility issues the plan is intended to address. Those who are interested can register at http://bit.ly/WSDOT-ATP-Virtual2019. Participants will be able to submit questions and comments using the chat function in the presentation software. These will be recorded and available online after the presentations.

Virtual events

  • 12 – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26
  • 7 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11

Washingtonians are invited to sign up for the plan’s email newsletter to receive future event announcements:  http://bit.ly/WSDOT-2019-ATP.

Community events open to the public that WSDOT staff are attending are listed on the Community Events and E-News page of the online open house. This list is updated as new events are added.

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WSDOT seeks input on the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program from Nov. 18 to Dec. 17

 OLYMPIA – Each year, the Washington State Department of Transportation develops the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program from local agency, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs. This compilation of prioritized transportation improvement projects is now ready for review and public comment.

The draft 2020-2023 STIP is a four-year program of multimodal transportation projects identified through state, metropolitan, regional, tribal and local agency planning processes. Projects identified as using Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funds must be included in the STIP in order to authorize the expenditure of federal funds. More than 1,200 statewide transportation improvement projects using $3.4 billion in federal funds are included in the 2020-23 STIP.

The comment period is the final step of the community engagement process that began locally during development of the individual transportation improvement programs. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. WSDOT will send any comments it receives to the local agency, metropolitan or regional planning organization for their consideration.

About the STIP

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

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

The current 2019-22 STIP can be viewed online and a similar, searchable database of the 2020-23 STIP will be created in January 2020, following FHWA and FTA approval.

How to comment

Written comments can be sent to: Nancy Huntley, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by fax at 360-705-6822.

dougcountysherlogoOn 11-17-19 at approximately 3:46 AM, Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 10 Block of 24th Street NE, East Wenatchee.

When units arrived, the Deputy attempted to contact a vehicle in the driveway of the location. The driver of vehicle, later identified as Brian S. Hamilton, a 35-year-old male out of East Wenatchee, sped away turning towards the deputy. To avoid being struck by the vehicle, the deputy had to push away from the vehicle. The deputy did not sustain any apparent injuries.

Units pursued the vehicle approximately one block where it came to a stop in a church parking lot. Mr. Hamilton refused to comply with units, when contacted. Spike stripes were placed by the tires of the vehicle, to prevent escape.

At one point, Mr. Hamilton armed himself with a sword, while in the vehicle. After over an hour Mr. Hamilton exited the vehicle, but continued to not comply. With the aid of a TASER device, Mr. Hamilton was taken into custody without further incident.

Mr. Hamilton was booked in the Chelan County Jail for Assault-First Degree, Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order, and Driving While License Suspended-Third Degree.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, November 14, 2019, 4:10pm
I. Call to order
II. Flag salute
III. Agenda additions and deletions
IV. Public comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. October 10, 2019 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Singleton Park playground renovation
b. Shoreline erosion
c. Director’s Report
VIII. New
a. 2020 preliminary budget
b. 2020 value & levy estimate
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: December 12, 2019 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

Many activities were held at Manson elementary, middle and high schools on Friday, November 8th!

The day got off to a great start by honoring our veterans with a special breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs and a perfect cup of coffee all prepared and served by Manson high school students. Assemblies were also held at both schools where many veterans were in attendance. Students had an opportunity to thank each Veteran with a hand shake and a hello!

During this month of honoring our Veterans, a school-wide Penny War was also going on to benefit our friends at the Tatley Outpost build 3 tiny homes on their Veteran run farm. The class that earned the most gets to take a field trip to the farm, do some yoga therapy, do some work and help with the tiny home project. A total of $2,125.17 was collected by all our students. As a nice surprise, local business “Chelan Fresh” also donated $1,000 to Tatley Outpost making the total donation of $3,135.17.

Thank you for your service Veterans!

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a Seattle man was rescued on Tuesday evening (11/05/2019) after suffering a significant fall on Sunday while descending Cannon Mountain. Ryan Cairnes - 36 years of age – suffered serious injuries in the fall, but eventually made his way to a trail on Tuesday evening where rescuers located him. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where he is in stable condition with fractures to his neck, right knee, scapula and also rib injuries.

The initial call to the Sheriff’s Office reporting Cairnes as a potentially overdue climber was made on Monday at about 2:00pm by his mother in Pennsylvania. She advised that they had last heard from Cairnes at 4:05pm on Sunday – via text - while he was near the summit of Cannon Mountain which is approximately nine miles southwest of Leavenworth, WA. Family believed Cairnes had planned to be out Sunday evening, but was not certain of his itinerary and had little additional information. A search and rescue deputy with the Sheriff’s Office located Cairnes’ vehicle parked at the Stuart Lake Trailhead on Monday at 3:45pm.

On Tuesday morning, when it was determined Cairnes had not returned to his vehicle, nor made any attempts to contact family or friends, a search was initiated via air and ground assets. A Sheriff’s Office helicopter began flying a search area above Cannon Mountain and eventually located what were believed to be human tracks in the snow descending the west side of the mountain. The aircraft encountered 40-knot winds during the initial search. As the winds subsided, a team of two Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel were inserted to a point at which they could reach the summit and begin following the tracks down the west aspect of the mountain. By 4:45pm the team could not see a continuation of the tracks as they descended the slope around the 6,000 foot elevation. Darkness set in and the search team began making their way back to the Stuart Lake Trail. As the mountain rescue members were working their way down to the trailhead, they located Cairnes on the trail. He was conscious and alert with significant injuries from the fall he suffered on Sunday. A rescue team with a wheeled litter was requested and Cairnes was taken to the trailhead where a Cascade Medical Center ambulance was staged. Cairnes was transported to the hospital in Wenatchee.

During an interview with Cairnes at the hospital on Wednesday morning, he told a Sheriff’s Office search and rescue coordinator that he believed he was going to die as he began sliding and tumbling down the mountain on Sunday afternoon. Cairnes stated he began descending the mountain summit (8,500ft elevation) shortly after sending the text to his mother in Pennsylvania on Sunday at 4:00pm. He was not having any issues during the descent until he encountered a boulder field around the 5,500 foot elevation level and was forced to alter his course to continue the decline. Cairnes said that while in a couloir, he “slipped” on what he believes was ice and began sliding uncontrollably down slope bouncing off of boulders and over ledges. Cairnes believes he slid and fell nearly 400 feet down the slope prior to coming to rest near the base of the mountain sustaining the many injuries to his body. Cairnes was wearing a climbing helmet and backpack with overnight and survival gear which he credits with cushioning some of the impacts. The backpack stayed intact during the fall and he was able to utilize his sleeping bag to stay warm through Sunday night. Cairnes did not have an emergency beacon or any cellular service to call for assistance and realizes now that he had not been specific with anyone concerning his climbing itinerary.

Due to his injuries, Cairnes made the decision to remain in place on Monday and only maneuvered himself over to a waterfall so he would have drinking water. His hope was that someone had called to report him as overdue (which did not occur until Monday afternoon).

Cairnes decided that on Tuesday morning he would begin trying to hike his way out to the west toward the Stuart Lake Trail. The injuries to his neck, scapula and ribs prevented him from carrying his backpack. He found a branch to use as a walking stick to support his very injured right knee and decided to only carry his water bottle, helmet and sleeping bag. Cairnes said he spent nearly all of Tuesday working his way to the west where he knew the trail existed. He observed the Sheriff’s Office helicopter flying in the area, but was not able to make himself visible to the crew. Cairnes entered into a forested area prior to nightfall and eventually made it down to the Stuart Lake Trail at nearly the same time the mountain rescue members were hiking back toward the trailhead (6:05pm).

Cairnes stressed that he feels lucky to be alive and appreciates the efforts of Chelan County Mountain Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office.

dougcountysherlogoCase# 19D06280

On November 2nd at approximately 7:36 AM Rivercom dispatched a Deputy to a report of a stolen vehicle, later identified as a Palisades School bus, which was left abandoned on the side of Palisades Road in the 1400 block. It was also discovered a maintenance building by the Palisades school was entered and a window was broken.

The suspects stole an air compressor, power tools, yard tools and some fuel from a barrel on site. From video footage recovered from the bus, the two individuals responsible for the stolen bus are Devon R. Taylor, a 27-year-old male out of East Wenatchee, who is currently in custody and Jordan S. McCullough-Cheney, a 19-year-old male, out of Wenatchee, who is still at large.

If you have knowledge of Jordan S. McCullough-Cheney’s whereabouts please contact Rivercom dispatch at 509-663-9911.

Case# 19D06317

On November 3rd, 2019 at approximately 6:39 PM Deputies responded to a Harass/Threats complaint in the 200 block of West Maple Street, Waterville. Deputies received information a firearm may be involved with the threats.

While enroute, Rivercom received multiple calls reporting possible gunshots from the same general area. One person who reported the possible gunshots saw a male without a shirt, carrying a rifle. The male with the gun was gone when Deputies arrived in the area.

After interviewing the people involved, it was learned Dylan L. O’Gara Smith a 21-year-old male out of Waterville, called a 15-year-old Waterville resident and threatened to hurt him over a past incident. Deputies located Dylan at his residence, in his shop and arrested him without incident. The shotgun used in the threats was recovered.

Dylan was transported and booked into Chelan County Jail for Assault in the 1st degree, Felony Harassment – Threats to kill, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Reckless Endangerment and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports a 60-year-old Dallas, Texas resident – Robert Jake Colburn - was killed in a climbing accident while descending Aasgard Pass approximately 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

On October 31, 2019 at approximately 11:00pm, RIVERCOM Dispatch received a 911 call from Colburn’s son, he advised that his dad had not returned to camp after climbing Aasgard Pass. Colburn was last seen around 3:00pm as he was descending Aasgard on his way back to camp.

This morning a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter inserted a team of four Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) personnel into the area. At approximately 1:30pm Colburn was located at approximately the 7,300-elevation level on Aasgard Pass, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue personnel reported that it appeared Colburn had slipped and fallen several hundred feet. The victim was hoisted from the scene and transported to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

Also assisting in the rescue were members of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue.

dougcountysherlogoOn November 3rd, 2019 at approximately 7:37 PM Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Officers responded to Badger Mountain Road near the Waterville Ski hill reference a stolen vehicle, out of the East Wenatchee area. The stolen vehicle was reported to be southbound on Badger Mountain Road.

The vehicle fled when the Deputy and Officers attempted to stop it. The pursuit continued south on Badger Mountain road for approximately 7 miles at speeds of over 90 mph, before spike strips were successfully deployed near Canyon Hills Drive and Badger Mountain Road. The driver, later identified as Devin R. Taylor a 27 year old male out of East Wenatchee and the passenger fled on foot.

After a short foot chase Devon was caught. Douglas County Deputies, East Wenatchee Officers, Wenatchee Officers and Chelan County Deputies attempted to locate the passenger without success.

Devin was transported and booked into the Chelan County Jail for Felony Elude, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Driving While License Suspended in the Third degree and two outstanding arrest warrants for Assault Fourth Domestic Violence, without further incident.

dougcountysherlogoOn October 31st, 2019 at approximately 12:00 PM, Douglas County Detectives arrested and booked Howard A. Lane, a 66 year old male out of Waterville, into Chelan County Jail for Acts Prohibited in Voting Center-Prohibited Practices, without incident.

This arrest is reference to the powder substance located in an election ballot envelope discovered during the election ballot processing. Due to the stage of the processing Detectives were able to determine which envelope the substance came from. The envelope belonged to Mr. Lane.

The envelope still had some of the substance inside. The substance was tested and found to be non-toxic, however it is not known exactly what the substance is.

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

OLYMPIA – With winter fast approaching, now is the time for travelers to make sure they’re prepared for driving in inclement weather.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles before traveling on snow and ice. Drivers can check out WSDOT's winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks travelers to always "know before you go" and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.

“Our crews are ready for winter and work hard to keep roads clear, but as last winter showed, any part of the state can experience severe weather and we need the public’s help as well,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “Most pass closures are due to spin outs or crashes from vehicles traveling too fast or not having proper winter equipment. Preparing early and staying informed about conditions and restrictions can help keep traffic moving during storms.”

To check conditions and prepare for winter weather:

Alternatives to chains
Although some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain models, that doesn’t excuse travelers from state traction device laws. These requirements exist to help keep all traffic moving safely during extreme winter conditions.

The Washington State Patrol provides an online list of approved, alternative-traction devices that meet state traction requirements. All travelers are reminded to carry chains or approved alternatives whenever crossing mountain passes to be prepared for changing weather conditions and avoid a costly ticket. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.

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

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

AAU 2019

Manson Parks would like to announce that registration is now open for this year’s AAU basketball season.

This program is for Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Forms will be sent home through the Manson School District. They can also be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or online at www.mansonparks.com.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 10am - 2pm.

The LAST DAY FOR SIGN-UPS WILL BE November 8, 2019. The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 8th to accommodate working parents.

The total cost to play is $34.00, or $20.00 if the athlete already has a current AAU card.

For more information please call our office at 509-687-9635 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Construction of the Douglas County Law and Justice Center has been completed and as such the departments previously housed at the 2nd Street location will be relocated to 100 19thSt, NW effective November 5th.  Effected departments are the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County District Court (East Wenatchee), and Probation Services.  Please note that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Services will be closed to the public November 1 and November 4 and the Douglas County District Court (East Wenatchee) will be closed October 31, November 1, and November 4.  All offices will be open for business on November 5, 2019.

This new 17,898 square foot facility will provide greatly improved public access, upgraded IT capabilities, and will serve to create a more unified service center as it is collocated with the existing Douglas County Public Services Building.  Douglas County was able to significantly reduce the long-term cost of the Law and Justice Center though responsible budgeting practices, such as cash payment for much on the construction and achieving a credit rating upgrade.

To mark the momentous accomplishment, Douglas County will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with a self-guided tour of the facility to follow.  The ceremony will be held on November 4, 2019 at 2 pm.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

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HARVEST FEST

The 11th annual Harvest Fest was one of the best ever! Sunny weather, a great crop in a beautiful setting , and a record turnout made for a great day of picking, pressing, and potluck on Saturday. 240 people of all ages came and went during the day, arriving early and leaving late into the afternoon.

Though Valley Music Night was cancelled due to the cosmic convergence of most of the musicians being unavailable, Poetry Night on Sunday evening was a relaxing and enjoyable evening of 25 folks sharing, listening, and reading a variety of poetry.

Harvest Fest photos can be accessed without signing in and without downloading by clicking HERE.

Many thanks to all of you who contributed to the setup, cleanup, and all the many things that need to be done; it was a team effort!

RAFFLE WINNERS AND DONORS

A part of Harvest Fest for the past three or four years, the raffle has become a favorite. Great donors with great prizes have made this a important source of revenue and fun for Harvest Fest. Many sincere thanks to all who contributed!

Custom-knit stocking cap (Nancy Barnhart),
Winner -Patsy Martin, Burlington
3-book autographed set of writings and essays (Anna Maria Spagna),
Winner - Crystal Austin, Chelan
Moon over McGregor photo (Mike Barhnart),
Winner -Terry Lloyd, Chelan
Custom-knit mittens (Bob Nielsen),
Winner - Matt Kaemingk, Texas
One-hour massage (Wendy Garfoot),
Winner -John Newhoff, Seattle
2-book autographed books of poetry (David Kurth),
Winner - Jake Johnston, Chelan
4-CD set of original music (Trapper Robbins),
Winner - Danita Breeze, Manson
3 autographed copies The Stehekin We Remember (Buckner Sisters),
Winners - Mile Miles, Stehekin; Jamie Richard, Kennewick; and Tarra Cunningham
2 Hydrangea wreaths (Kathleen Nerenberg, Holden Village),
Winner - Amber A. and Christina Theubet
$25 Bakery Gift Certificate (Stehekin Pastry Company),
Winner - JoAnne Reiter, Walla Walla
Quilted Wall Hanging (Jean Vavrek),
Winner -Kitty Griffith, Manson
Lake Sunset Photo (Crystal Austin),
Winner - Lisa Bingham Cochrane, Portland
Autographed copy At Home in the Woods - A Family History (Mike Barnhart),
Winner - Laura Corkern, Stehekin
Quilted Wall Hanging (Little Sisters Quilts, Adrienne Carpenter),
Winner - Liz Hambleton
Dinner for Two (Stehekin Valley Ranch),
Winner - Vani Schubert, Seattle
2 RT Commuter Tickets on Lady Cat (Lake Chelan Boat Co./Discover Lake Chelan)
Winner - Patsy Martin, Burlington
11-Ticket Commuter Pass on Lady II (Lake Chelan Boat Co./Discover Lake Chelan)
Winner - Brian Hendricks, Chelan

 2020 EVENTS - Mark your calendars!

Square Dance at the Orchard August 1, 2020
Harvest Fest 2020, October 2-4, 2020

ADOPT-A-TREE

In addition to memberships, donations, and volunteering; Adopt-A-Tree is another way to support our work and events at the historic Buckner Orchard. Trees can be adopted as gifts, in memory of, dedicated to, or just for yourself for $25 a tree. Certificates are available upon request.

Simply send your check for the number of trees to BHHF at PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Be sure to enclose your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt your donation. You can also check the Adopt-A-Tree part of our web site, Adopt-A-Tree.

 

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Call to order:

Flag Salute:

Unfinished Business:

• Long Range Plan – Review
• Issues Facing the Fire District
• Organizational Objectives
• 2020 Budget

Adjournment:

thankyouflag300All local veterans are cordially invited to attend a breakfast in their honor on Friday, November 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Manson High School in the student center.

Students will be preparing and serving pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee.

Please join us as we honor those who have served.

manson schoolThe Manson School District in coordination with the Chelan Co. Sheriff and Chelan County Fire District #5 will be conducting an emergency exercise. The purpose of the drill is to help prepare for possible emergency situations.

The exercise will occur on Friday, November 1, 2019. We are not sharing the exact nature of the incident so as to better prepare our students and staff for a real emergency should one occur.
brightarrow logoThe district will be using its BrightArrow messaging system to communicate with parents prior to the drill and during the drill.

Each message you receive will begin with the words “THIS IS A DRILL” as to alert you that this this is only a drill.

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact the district office at (509) 687-3140

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – At its October meeting, the Washington State Transportation Commission will take action on policy recommendations to the legislature on testing and deploying autonomous vehicles. The commission also will begin drafting its final report to the legislature assessing whether the state should consider implementing a Road Usage Charge system as a possible replacement to the gas tax.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The commission meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so at public comment times at the end of each day.

On Tuesday morning, the commission will receive a briefing on a study of city transportation needs completed earlier this year for the Joint Transportation Committee. The study concluded that city transportation investments fall short by half of what is needed. In addition to the report’s findings and recommendations, commissioners will hear the reaction from two of the case study cities.  

The remainder of Tuesday’s agenda is devoted to the topic of exploring a potential replacement to the gas tax to fund roads and bridges. Because gasoline is taxed by the gallon, as vehicles become more fuel efficient or switch to electric power, gas tax revenue will decline. 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 (RUC) is a per mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads, as opposed to paying by the gallon of gas.

The commission, with the assistance of a stakeholder steering committee, has determined that road usage charging is feasible and that over time it can generate more revenue than the gas tax, as cars become more fuel efficient. To test how such a system could work in Washington and evaluate different ways of recording and reporting mileage, more than 2,000 Washington drivers participated in a year-long Washington Road Usage Charge pilot project. With the conclusion of the pilot, the commission is now ready to report on its findings, including the RUC experience of other states. 

Oregon, the first state in the country to implement a RUC, now has several hundred vehicles paying by the mile for using its roads. Oregon Department of Transportation staff will brief the commission about legislation enacted in Oregon earlier this year to stabilize and expand its road usage charge program.

Then, the commission will consider the work of its road usage charge steering committee, results and findings from the test-driving phase of the Washington RUC pilot project, and reactions of pilot participants, as it drafts its report recommending next steps. Commissioners will identify preliminary findings and recommendations for the 2020 legislature, and provide direction regarding the RUC Assessment Final Report. They also will discuss a proposal on gathering public input in November on the preliminary recommendations.

On Wednesday, the commission will act on several policy recommendations forwarded to it from a broad-based Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Work Group that includes members from the private sector, state and local government, and the legislature. Established in 2018, the legislature created the AV Work Group to enable Washington state to address the public policy issues raised by emerging AV technology in an informed, thorough, and deliberate manner. The briefing and discussion led by the work group chair and its subcommittees will frame the commission’s report to the Legislature and Governor on testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles in our state.

The commission also will hear a brief update on preparations for tolling the State Route 99 tunnel and receive a report on a recent study of the Interstate 405 express toll lanes by the Washington State Transportation Center. Using data from each trip made on the I-405 express toll lanes during operating hours, demographic data on census block groups, and lane speed, volume, and travel time data, the study reveals insights into how the express toll lanes are used, the benefits they provide to the region, and how these benefits are distributed among different groups of noncommercial users.

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

ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 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: September 2019
• Payroll: $143,597.96 September 1-30, 2019 Paid: 10-05-2019
• Vouchers for September 1-30, 2019 General Account: Vouchers #19101 – 19108 for $1,807.45; Vouchers #19110 – 19117 for $,.29; Vouchers #19118 – 19136 for $9,002.64.
• Vouchers for September 1-30, 2019 Capital Account: Vouchers #17098,17099 and 19105 for $5,126.93; Voucher #19109 for $1,732.28.
• Minutes: September 18, 2019
Fire Chief Report:
• 2019 Budget / Emergency Response Report /Operations/ Community Risk Reduction
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• Badge Pinning
• Proposed 2020 Budget – schedule Budget workshop
New Business:
• Resolution 2019-06 Surplus Items; Bunker Gear and MSA items
Special Event:
10-19-2019 Firelight Gala – Sorento’s Restaurant
10-21&22, 2019 Washington State Fire Marshal Conference – Campbells Resort
10-23-26, 2019 Washington State Commissioners Association Conference – Tulalip Resort Casino
10-31-2019 Halloween – Station 71 Event
Board for Volunteer Firefighters
• Invoice - Pension
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

wsdot logoWSDOT accepting public input Oct. 7 - 18

OLYMPIA – Those who are interested in how the Washington State Department of Transportation handles stormwater runoff from highways and other paved surfaces have an opportunity to comment on a new Stormwater Management Program plan. WSDOT will consider online and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. comments on the plan starting today, Oct. 7, to Friday, Oct. 18.

WSDOT is responsible for managing stormwater from highways, rest areas, park-and-ride lots, ferry terminals and maintenance facilities in urban areas throughout the state. In spring 2019, the state Department of Ecology issued WSDOT a permit that regulates stormwater from these paved surfaces. As part of that permit, WSDOT is required to submit to Ecology a stormwater management plan by Oct. 31, describing how the agency will implement the permit’s requirements.

Any comments WSDOT receives by Oct. 18 will be considered before finalizing the plan this year. WSDOT will consider comments received after the deadline in next year’s plan update.

Managing stormwater from highways and other paved surfaces is important to traveler safety and for water quality in streams and underground water supplies. Untreated, stormwater can carry pollutants downstream and can cause flooding and erosion that might lead to roadway damage.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, October 10, 2019, 4:10pm
I. Call to order
II. Flag salute
III. Agenda additions and deletions
IV. Public comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. September 12, 2019 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Leffler Field
b. Singleton Park playground renovation
c. Shoreline erosion
d. Director’s Report
VIII. New
a. 2020 preliminary budget
b. 2019 Fall newsletter
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: November 14, 2019 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on September 23rd and 24th, several thefts, burglaries and car prowls were reported in the Chelan area. The combined property taken in these multiple crimes was over $5,000.00.

Surveillance cameras at one of the burglary sites captured a suspicious vehicle. This vehicle was later seen driving in Chelan, was stopped, and some of the stolen property was seen in the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger from the vehicle were arrested.

A search warrant was subsequently served on the vehicle, and the stolen property was returned to the owners. Other items were recovered from the vehicle, but the owners have not yet been identified.

The suspects have been charged with Burglary 2nd Degree; Theft 2nd Degree; Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin; Possession of Burglary Tools, and Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree.

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teacher with kidsARLINGTON, Va. – September 26, 2019. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards unveiled today a program that recognizes school districts across the country that work hard to promote student learning through accomplished teaching. The National Board Accomplished Districts program will initially honor 81 districts in which at least 20% of its teachers have achieved National Board certification, encouraging teachers to be their best and effectively driving student learning. The 81 Accomplished Districts come from ten states including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington.

Manson Schools are proud to be among the top districts nationwide being recognized as National Board Accomplished Districts. We know that teachers drive student learning. One of the ways we work to assure students have access to the best teachers is to encourage teachers to become National Board certified.

“High quality teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student learning. The districts that measured up to be included in the National Board Accomplished District program understand the value of accomplished teaching and support teachers to be their best. We encourage state and district leaders to support National Board certification because NBCTs have a measurable impact on student learning – and what parent anywhere doesn’t want the best possible teacher for their children?” said Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher and the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

“Manson School District is proud of all of our professional staff. We are happy to highlight our exceptional group of Nationally Board Certified teachers who have earned this additional rigorous credential.”

Congratulations to our 2018-19 Nationally Board Certified Teachers:

Amy Anderson, Philip Fournier, Jay Fox, Anita Johanson, Steven Nygreen, Andrea Olson-Whitney, Brandy Samson, Susan Sears, Kathryn Sperling, Heather Teague, Cassandra Williams and Keitlyn Watson.

Currently, one additional teacher is working on her certification

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org):