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US 97 Blewett Pass will be closed in both directions to ALL traffic from 9 PM Sunday, September 9th to 9 AM on Friday, September 14th to replace 3 culverts under the highway between MP 157.6 and MP 169.0.

blewett closure3Two box culverts will be installed about 1.5 miles and 4.5 miles north of the summit. As part of a separate contract, a third box culvert will be installed near the Swauk Creek campground.

The culvert replacements will all be done at the same time to minimize impacts to traffic and recreation. In addition to the full closure, the two projects may require intermittent weekday single lane closures throughout the month of September.

The current Mill culvert on Swauk Creek is a barrier to salmon and resident trout due to its size and orientation. The culverts on the north side of Blewett Pass need to be replaced because they are undersized and have a history of plugging with debris during storms, leading to washouts along the highway.

Closure Details
• Southern limit: MP 157.60, Between Mineral Springs and USFS #9714 – Iron Creek Rd
  o 8 miles north of US 97/SR 970 junction (Lauderdale Junction), 5 miles north of Liberty.
• Northern limit: MP 169.00, Just below Five Mile Creek Rd.
  o 5 miles north of Blewett Pass Summit, 9 miles south of Ingalls Creek Rd, 16 miles south of US 97/US 2 interchange (“Big Y”).
• Forest Service roads that have outlets within the work area will be barricaded at:
  o USFS 7320 – Old Blewett Rd at Swauk Meadow (MP 159.23)
  o USFS 9711 – Hurley Creek Rd at Swauk Meadow (MP 159.27)
  o USFS 7324 – Wenatchee Crest Trail at Summit trailhead (MP 163.92)
  o USFS 9716 – Swauk Discovery Trail at Summit trailhead (MP 163.89)

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For more information & updates go to https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/us97/blewett-pass/home

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett is saddened to report on July 25, 2018 at approximately 6:30pm the Chelan County Sheriff’s responded to a vehicle versus bicyclist collision on Icicle Road near the intersection with Prowell Street in Leavenworth.

The bicyclist was a 9 year old female who was struck by a passing vehicle.

A Chelan County Deputy, who was responding to a different non-emergent call for service, witnessed the collision and immediately requested medical aid and additional Deputies. The Deputy then began life saving measures until relieved by responding medical aid units. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful.

An investigation was conducted last night and will continue today with the assistance of the Washington State Patrol. This is clearly a tragic event with multiple families affected. The driver of the vehicle did not show any signs of impairment.

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Commissioners Workshop agenda:

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.

Agenda:

Flag Salute:

Open Workshop

Long Range Planning Discussion:

  • 2019 Staffing Model options.

Adjournment:

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed James (Jim) A. Restucci, Sunnyside, to fill an open seat on the seven-member Washington State Transportation Commission. The appointment is for a six-year term ending June 30, 2024.

Restucci is vice president, chief technology officer, and co-founder of Axcess Internet Services, Inc., a company providing internet services and managed information technology solutions since 2002.

“I am honored by the governor’s trust,” said Restucci. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the commission, WSTC staff, members of the state legislature, and city and county local appointed and elected officials, as well as citizens at large to provide a transportation plan that addresses the needs of all Washingtonians now and into the future.”

A member of the Sunnyside City Council since 2004, Restucci served as mayor of Sunnyside from 2010 to 2018, and was president of the Association of Washington Cities from 2016 to 2017.

While active in many community groups and organizations in the Yakima Valley, Restucci is focused on improving transportation in his community. Since 2010, he has served as chairman of the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, which serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for Yakima County. He has also served as a board member and president of “People for People,” a nonprofit organization that includes employment and training services, special needs transportation, and transportation for Medicaid services, in communities across eastern Washington. From 2012 to 2018, Restucci served on the National Association of Regional Councils Board of Directors, representing the regional and transportation interests of Councils of Government in Washington and Oregon on the national stage.

Restucci served in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1995, and in the Washington Army National Guard from 1995 to 2004. He is a recipient of the Washington State Guardsman's Medal. He also is a lifetime member of the Sunnyside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3482 and served as Senior Vice-Commander, Post Judge Advocate and Post surgeon. Restucci is a member of the AMVETS Post #73 and the American Legion Post #3733.

Restucci is married to DeLeesa Restucci and has two sons, Dylan and Alex.

The transportation commission is a seven-member body appointed by the governor and charged with setting toll rates, ferry fares, authoring the state’s 20-year transportation plan, and advising the governor and legislature on transportation policy and fiscal matters. For more information about the commission, visit: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/

wsdot logoLEAVENWORTH - US Highway 2 from Leavenworth west to the SR 207 junction at Coles Corner will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, July 25 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for culvert repair.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is removing and replacing a culvert under the roadway, which will also require the removal of pavement and excavation across both lanes. This work is to prevent future shoulder washouts during high runoff, which occurs more often after a mudslide changed the drainage patterns on the hillside in Tumwater Canyon.

The closure will detour traffic to Chumstick Highway between SR 207 and Leavenworth. Vehicles over 10,000 GVW or longer than 32 feet will not be allowed on the detour and will need to use US 97 over Blewett Pass or I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Local deliveries will be allowed west of Plain.

douglas county logoOn 07-08-18 at approximately 9:42 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 1700 block of Foster Creek Avenue in Bridgeport.  The Deputy observed a vehicle parked with an unknown subject leaning into the rear driver’s side window.

Based on his observations and recent drug activity in the area, the Deputy parked his patrol vehicle around the corner and walked up to the vehicle.  When the Deputy contacted the vehicle, he could see drug paraphernalia on the front center console. 

The initial investigation led to the arrest of 22-year-old Martin Saucedo Espinoza of Mesa, WA for possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia.  Martin was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on those charges without incident. 

A continuation of the investigation resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old Christopher Rodriguez of Bridgeport, for possession of a controlled substance, on 7-17-18.  Christopher was booked into the Okanogan County Jail without incident.

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Nena Howell, a long-time community leader in Central Washington, officially took over the reins as Executive Director of Ohme Gardens on July 2, following in the steps of retiring director Mike Short.

The selection follows a regional search for a replacement for Short. Short has run Ohme Gardens on the hillsides north of Wenatchee, for 24 years, during which time he expertly attended to the stewardship and preservation of the unique gardens founded in 1929 by the Ohme family.

In announcing Howell’s hiring, Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay, District 1, said, “We’re excited to have Nena on board to lead the District’s outreach efforts to gather insight from our community members so we can start the process of creating a long-range comprehensive plan for capital projects, community programs, and fundraising efforts.”

“It’s time to revisit how we can better serve our community, connect with visitors to our region and coordinate all our efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of these iconic gardens for generations to come,” said Nena Howell.

Howell is a proven leader with extensive experience in the areas of general management, project planning, customer service, marketing and fundraising. Most recently Howell led the renovation of the 100-seat Canyon Wren Recital Hall and eight artist residences for Leavenworth non-profit, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, as well as planning and coordinating the organization’s major annual fundraising event. Howell is a graduate of Washington State University’s Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners program and has had a life-long love affair with gardening.

Ohme Gardens nine-acre wooded garden towers above Wenatchee, Wash., just minutes off Highway 2. Visitors escape the summer heat in this oasis of cool created by towering firs and lush plantings, relaxing and meandering along the mile-long native stone path winding past waterfalls and serenity pools. Ohme Gardens is also a popular wedding and private event location, as well as host to the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the GardensTM series. Fitness fans have long considered the Gardens a top workout spot thanks to its vertical, undulating terrain and walking paths.

Built in 1929 and operated privately by the Ohme family for over 60 years, Ohme Gardens is currently under the stewardship of Chelan County. Centered in the State of Washington, Ohme Gardens is located near other popular tourist destinations in Leavenworth (19 miles) and Lake Chelan (30 miles). Admission is free for children aged 5 years and younger. The Gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information please visit www.ohmegardens.com.

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Please support a favorite non-profit in our community -- Chelan Valley Hope.

Norm Manley will be MC at the Woodstock Anniversary #49, held at the Alpenhorn Café on August 25.

  • This is their major fundraiser that will assist with operating funds for CVH.
  • Entertainment provided by Waterdog, Brittany Jean and other local Musicians
  • There will be a costume contest with prizes.
  • There will be several raffles and a Silent Auction

You can support by being a 2018 sponsor. For $150 your logo will be featured, you will be recognized in media efforts and you will get two tickets to the show. For $250 you get the same plus two complimentary glasses of beer or wine. For $500 more of the same plus two commemorative Woodstock T-shirts.

You can also support Chelan Valley Hope with an In-Kind donation. For wineries your wine will be sold by the glass the night of the event. Other donations will be auctioned off on August 25. CVH is a 501-C3 non-profit, which means your gifts are tax deductible.

Thank you for your consideration.

Work zone safety affects every one of us and we continue to see crashes and near misses that put our workers and everyone else on the roadway in danger. Just a few weeks ago, a semi failed to notice flashing signs about a work zone in Eastern Washington and crashed into the back of one of our vehicles leaving the safety equipment a mangled mess – luckily no workers were seriously injured. Late last week we had two work zone incidents on the same project on the same day in Southwest Washington. These are just a couple of many examples I could share.

wsdot logoWSDOT has been sharing work zone safety messages for many years, This year we’ve partnered with the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association and the Association of General Contractors to reach a broader audience. As part of that effort, we’ve created a video to show just how quickly a moment’s inattention or distraction can have disastrous results. The video, featuring several of our own maintenance workers, is a scenario our workers and contractors see on a regular basis: https://youtu.be/H8SXTngGpZY. We’ve also shared the video on our social media channels – Twitter and Facebook.

We’ve coordinated the release of the video with one of our largest construction related closures of the summer – “Revive I-5” – last week so that drivers understand how important work zones are for the safety of our workers and how impactful their driving decisions can be to themselves and all of our employees.

We’re asking all drivers to follow these four guidelines when they’re near a work zone:

  • Slow Down – drive the posted speeds, they’re there for your safety
  • Be Kind – the workers are helping to improve the roadway for all drivers
  • Pay Attention – to workers directing you and surrounding traffic; do not use phones or other devices while driving
  • Stay Calm – expect delays, leave early and take alternate routes if possible; no meeting or appointment is work risking lives

douglas county logoOn 07/11/18, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested 35-year-old Elaine A. Hurd, of Wenatchee for Manslaughter in the 2nd degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the 4th degree following an extensive investigation into Hurd’s two-year-old son’s death.

The investigation revealed Hurd failed to obtain necessary medical treatment for her son for a broken arm and blunt force trauma to his head, which resulted in the boy’s death.

Hurd was booked into Chelan County Regional Jail without incident.  

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a climber was injured today while ascending the southwest face of Mount Stuart approximately 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth. Michael Getlin (34 yoa) of Lake Oswego, Oregon was injured when a loose rock fell on his foot, resulting in a severely fractured foot.

At approximately 08:40am, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a 911 call from Getlin’s wife, she advised that they were attempting to climb Mount Stuart via the “Alpine Ridge Route” when a large rock came loose and landed on her husband’s foot. She advised that his foot was severely fractured and he was unable to walk. Due to the severity of the injury and the location on the mountain a hoist capable helicopter was requested through Washington State Emergency Management.

A rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded to the scene and at 11:52am the crew successfully hoisted both subjects off the mountain. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

douglas county logoThere is a fast moving brush fire on Highway 28 near milepost 21.

Level 3 evacuations have been issued for Mansfield Road and Level 2 evacuations have been issued for all of Cresent Bar.

AlertSense notifications have been activated. Please avoid the area due to fire danger, evacuations, and emergency vehicles.

Information on Red Cross shelter for effected residents will be available soon.

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EAST WENATCHEE, WA, July 10, 2018 – Pangborn Memorial Airport is proud to announce it has been awarded a federal Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) Grant of $750,000 to support its effort to land nonstop service to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Department of Transportation awarded the grant to match the incredible community support for the new service. So far, more than 90 pledgers have committed more than $400,000 in matching funds. That local funding was a key reason the Department of Transportation joined the effort with its award.

“The broad based regional support for this new service was critical to securing this grant and bodes well for successful service to San Francisco, enhancing the economy and quality of life in central Washington,” stated Rory Turner, President of the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board and the Port of Chelan County Commission.

“This Grant award validates our effort, and strategy, in the recruitment of additional airline service for all of Central Washington,” said Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport. “Now the hard work begins, as we make the business case to prospective airlines, working to convince them Wenatchee is the best place for their limited aircraft.”
Pangborn received strong support from Federal elected officials including Senators Cantwell and Murray and Congressmen Reichert and Newhouse.

The Air Service Investment Program supported by this grant award is designed to share the financial risk of launching new service with the airline. The funding also demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service.
An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. That risk is mitigated by the grant and the contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals in four counties in north central Washington, as well as from several companies in California.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, July 12, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. June 14, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Comprehensive Plan follow-up
b. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
c. Director’s Report
VIII. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: August 9, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

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On July 6th 2018 at approximately 1219 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a body was recovered in the Wenatchee River, near the 4700 block of Old Monitor Road, in Monitor, WA. The body was first observed tangled in some brush by a rafter as they passed through the area. The rafter reported the sighting through Rivercom but had left the area prior to the arrival of emergency responders.    

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived in the area and located the deceased body in the river 15-20 feet from shore snagged on submerged logs.   The body was recovered and turned over to the Chelan County Coroner.   Further investigation is required for identification purposes and the potential cause of death.

CC sheriff logo 2018On July 5th 2018 at approximately 1800 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an accident involving a train versus pedestrian on the railroad tracks in the area of Goodwin Road and Ruby Street in Cashmere, WA. The reporting party, Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad (BNSF), told Rivercom the accident occurred near train track milepost 1662.5.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office arrived in the area along with multiple Chelan County Fire Department units and Ballard Ambulance. The victim was located underneath a train car approximately 250 feet west of the front engine. Ballard Ambulance Paramedics confirmed the victim was deceased.

The train had been eastbound at approximately 25 miles per hour when they observed a male approximately 200-300 feet in front of the train. The male was walking away from them in the middle of the tracks. The investigation indicates the male was wearing headphones and walking eastbound, the same direction the train was travelling. The train operators activated the horn multiple times but the male did not respond.

The deceased has been identified as 32 year old Mario Villalobos Subias, a resident of Mexico.   Family has been notified.  

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On July 5th at around 1825 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of West Woodin Avenue and East Center Street in the city limits of Chelan.  The Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chelan Fire, and Chelan EMS responded. 

Upon arrival there were 3 pedestrians injured and the causing driver was trapped upside down in her vehicle.  Lake Chelan EMS transported the 3 pedestrians and the driver to Lake Chelan Hospital.  The most serious injury was a head injury to an adult female who was ultimately airlifted to Harborview Hospital. 

Witnesses at the scene said the driver of a white SUV turned into the driveway at 2208 West Woodin Avenue and drove at a high rate of speed through the patio area of the business and struck 3 pedestrians who were in the patio area. The vehicle continued to accelerate driving over the embankment, across the top of an unoccupied parked vehicle, flipping and coming to rest upside down against a parked vehicle.  Two of the three vehicles were totaled to include the causing vehicle.    

Early indications are a medical condition may have been a contributing factor, the investigation is ongoing.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 9:00 A.M.

232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

 Flag Salute:

Open Workshop

 Long Range Planning Discussion:

  • · Standards of coverage – expectations of response times and type of work performed to all calls.
  • · Emergency Response Services
  • · 2019 Staffing Model options.
  • · Programing
  • · Capital purchases
    • o Facilities
    • o Apparatus replacement
    • o Equipment replacement
  • · Consider future Fire Levy Lid Lift  

 

Adjournment:

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Proposed 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: April 2018
  • · Payroll: $176,666.00 for June 1-30, 2018 Paid: 07-05-2018
  • · Vouchers for June General Account: Vouchers #18100 – 18117 for $13,417.46; Vouchers #18118 – 18141 for $13,347.64; Vouchers #18142 – 18152 for $13,076.89; Vouchers #18153 – 18165 for $8,085.96.
  • · Vouchers for June Capital Account: Vouchers #17056 for $318.60; Vouchers #17057 for $337.75; Vouchers #17058 – 17059 for $2,846.08.
  • · Minutes: June 13 & 20, 2018

Fire Chief Report:

  • · 2018 Budget / Emergency Response Report / Facilities/Apparatus/Equipment
  • · Deputy Chief Operations Report: Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education / Career Staff
  • · Assistance Chief of Volunteer Services: Volunteer Recruitment and Training / Volunteer Staff / Explores/Junior Firefighters

Firefighters Association Report:

Unfinished Business:

  • · Annexation Issues
  • · LCCH EMS Interagency Agreement with CFR

New Business:

  • · United States Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME case.

Special Event:

  • · Washington Fire Commissioners Conference 10-24, 26, 27-2018, Yakima Convention Center

Commissioner Comments: No action to be taken.

Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Contract, and wage benefit negotiations.

Adjournment:

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Phase 1 and 2 of rehabilitation project completed on time

WINTHROP – Methow Valley State Airport has a brand new runway after a 45-day temporary closure to rehabilitate the 22-year-old pavement. On May 14, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation began the four Phased $5 million project to replace the pavement and maintain this crucial infrastructure.

Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop is the largest of 16 WSDOT-managed airports, serving aircraft weighing up to 30,000 pounds.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 were completed on time (within the first 45 days).The runway opens in time to avoid interfering with the expected fire season operations of the United States Forest Service (USFS), conducted by North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB).

Although the runway is scheduled to be open for public use by 8 p.m. on July 3, the west side taxiway connector and transient parking ramp will remain closed into August in order to complete Phase 3 for additional sub-grade and pavement overlay upgrades. Phase 3 is scheduled to be complete in August.

Limited space is being made available for transient (visiting) aircraft with prior permission in the Rams Head hangar development on the east side of the airport. Pilots are advised to check NOTAM’s and contact the airport manager for prior permission to access limited parking.

Wenatchee general contractor, Selland Construction, worked on Phases 1-2 and continues to complete Phase 3 of the project. Phase 4 to expand the west general aviation aircraft parking apron to the south was rebid in June. Timing of construction is unknown at this time.

Construction costs are split between the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and WSDOT Aviation. The FAA is supporting 90 percent and WSDOT Aviation is supporting 10 percent of the total cost. 

A multi-agency coordination event occurred between Federal, State, County and City organizations in Grant County, Douglas County and Chelan County over the course of nine days in June. During this event, and through coordinated efforts, law enforcement officers arrested 62 Violent Offenders and others with warrants for their arrest.

hopscothJoseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced today that the United States Marshals Service coordinated a federal, state and local law enforcement operation, called “Operation Hopscotch,” that resulted in the arrests of sixty-two violent offenders in Grant, Chelan and Douglas Counties over the course of ten days.  The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Lake Police Department, Wenatchee Police Department and East Wenatchee Police Department partnered in Operation Hopscotch to locate and arrest sex offenders and other violent offenders with outstanding active arrest warrants.  Operation Hopscotch also led to the apprehension of fugitives based on arrest warrants issued from California and Idaho, as well as the arrests of offenders located in Arizona and Texas.  During the operation, law enforcement officers seized approximately 180 grams of methamphetamine and $2,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency.

Craig Thayer, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “The United States Marshals Service is very appreciative of the partnerships we have with the city, county, state, and other federal law enforcement agencies that worked diligently to make this warrant operation a tremendous success.  “Sixty -Two” violent offenders with active warrants were arrested and taken to jail.  Our communities are safer as a result of these cooperative efforts that help to hold these violent offenders accountable to the justice system.”

Harrington stated, “On behalf of the citizens of the Eastern District of Washington: Well Done!”

The U.S. Marshals Service led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (“PNVOTF”) is comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.  The PNVOTF in Eastern Washington is comprised of full-time members from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Kennewick Police Department, Washington State Department of Corrections, and U.S. Border Patrol with part-time officers from agencies throughout the district.  The mission of the PNVOTF is to locate, arrest and bring to justice the most egregious federal, state, and local violent offenders.

douglascountysheriff148The Douglas County Commissioners have appointed Undersheriff Kevin Morris as acting Sheriff following Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal’s early retirement. 

After over 11 years of outstanding service, Sheriff Gjesdal has chosen not to complete the remainder of his third term in office.  Effective 12:01 pm on July 1, 2018, Undersheriff Morris will serve as acting Sheriff pending the appointment of a Sheriff by the Commissioners. 

As required by state law, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee nominates candidates for appointment to the Commissioners.  The Republican Central Committee held interviews with interested persons on June 23, 2018. 

The Douglas County Commissioners are expected to make a selection to fill the remainder Sheriff Gjesdal’s unexpired term by resolution on Monday, July 9th at 9:00am after they receive nominations from the Republican Central Committee.

douglascountysheriff148On 06/23/18 at approximately 11:07 PM Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to Lake Chelan Hospital to investigate a stabbing. 

The victim, a 20 year old Orondo man was being treated for a stab wound to his pelvis. 

The investigation revealed that at approximately 8:00 PM that evening, the victim was at a worker’s cabin in the 30 block of Nollmmeyer Rd. near Orondo.  He observed the suspect, 31 year old Ismael Gonzalez-Diaz of Orondo, fighting with several other males.  When the victim tried to intervene, Gonzalez-Diaz stabbed him in the pelvis, then left the scene.  A witness confirmed the victim’s account of the assault.

The suspect was located in an orchard approximately 1/2 mile from the scene of the attack.  It appeared he was very intoxicated.  The knife used in the attack and a fraudulent social security card was found in the vehicle. 

Gonzalez-Diaz was arrested without incident and booked into the Chelan County jail for assault 1st degree.

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The Manson School Board has approved the hiring of Mr. Shawn Thurman to fill the position of Manson High School Principal. Don Vanderholm served as Manson High School Principal for eleven years prior to accepting the Lind/Ritzville Superintendent position for the 2018-19 school year.

Mr. Thurman comes to Manson from the Yakima School District with 20 years of experience.  He began his educational career as a para-educator for two years at Sunnyside School District where he then became a teacher and taught for six years. He received his administrative certification in 2012 and has worked as a curriculum and assessment coordinator, special programs director and assistant middle school principal. He currently serves as Yakima School District’s Title One Chief Officer.

Shawn, his wife Kristy, son Scott and daughter Jessica are excited to join Manson School District and the Manson Community.

manson schoolThe Manson School District will be hosting a surplus sale from 9:00 to 2:00 on Friday, July 31, 2018 at 1210 Totem Pole Road, Manson, WA.

Items for sale include: cabinetry, textbooks, technology equipment, lockers, commercial oven and other miscellaneous items.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Call for Bids

The Manson School District hereby calls for bids on two Blue Bird school buses: a 1985 diesel Type D, 72 passenger and a 1999 diesel conventional 19 passenger/wheelchair.

Specifications and Vender Bid Proposal forms are available from the Manson School District Office at 135 S. Hill St, Manson, WA (509) 687-3140 or at www.manson.org.

Bids should be emailed to Operations Manager, Eric Sivertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 17, 2018 and will be opened at 4pm.

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UPDATE 06/25/2018

The name of the climber who died after a fall near the top of Mount Stuart Sunday morning is Varun Sadavarte 32-years of age from Seattle, WA. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has had contact with Sadavarte’s family.

Original story

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a climber fell several hundred feet while descending Mount Stuart just before noon Sunday. The 32-year old male Seattle resident was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.

A 911 cellular call to the KITTCOM dispatch center was received from the subject’s climbing partner at 11:47am reporting the fall. That call was relayed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The incident location was determined to be on the southeast aspect of Mount Stuart just below the false summit – east of the true summit.

Due to the high elevation (8,900 ft), search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter via State Emergency Management. Naval Airbase Whidbey Island accepted the mission and a Navy Blackhawk helicopter crew responded. The aircraft was over the scene by 2:40pm, and it was confirmed that the climber was deceased. The body was hoisted from the scene and transported to SAR staging at the fish hatchery in Leavenworth. The Navy crew returned to the mountain to hoist out the climbing partner of the victim who stated he was not comfortable descending the mountain after witnessing the accident.

The climbing partner informed SAR coordinators that his friend had successfully summitted Mount Stuart earlier in the morning and descended to the false summit before noon. Just as they began to descend toward the Cascadian Couloir, the victim lost his footing and slid several hundred feet down a steep slope landing in rocks. Other climbers in the area eventually scrambled down to the area of the fallen climber advising he was unresponsive.

The name of the deceased climber is being withheld at this time pending notification to next of kin out of state.

douglascountysheriff148On 06/21/18 at 8:29 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol E/B on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 4 when he observed an approaching vehicle failing to dim his headlights.  He turned around to stop the vehicle, but another W/B vehicle had gotten in between the violator and the deputy’s patrol car.

Rather than pull over for the patrol car, which now had its lights and siren activated, the second vehicle, a green 1996 Nissan Pathfinder, sped up.  It turned onto S. Mary Ave.  Deputy made the decision to stop the Pathfinder for the more serious violation of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

The Pathfinder continued to accelerate running through stop signs and reaching speeds up to 80 MPH.  The driver finally pulled over on Parkway Drive in Rock Island.  He shut off the car and placed his hands out the window.

He was identified as 33 year old Joshua J. Clark of Cashmere.  He was found to have a DOC warrant for Escape from Community Custody and felony warrants out of Chelan County for Possessing Methamphetamine and Heroine with Intent to Deliver and Escape 1st degree. 

He was arrested and booked at the Chelan County Jail without further incident.  He was also booked for the additional Douglas County charges of Felony Eluding and driving with a suspended license.

The deputies did a very good job managing this incident and capturing the suspect without injury.

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Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year

Chelan, WA - The Pirates are coming to Lake Chelan again. This 4th of July kicks off the 2018 Lake Chelan Pirate Fest, an annual family friendly community event started in 2012, the 200 year Anniversary of the arrival of Captain Chelan and the Lake Chelan Pirates. 

“Two hundred years ago, a Scotsmen, born in Fort Augustus, took a treasure chest from the Fort where his father was a soldier, and it was assumed that the chest was filled with gold and other riches, and set out to sea on a long journey. However its true contents were discovered by the Captain and crew during a mysterious and violent storm off the coast of Washington in 1812. Somehow the ship was transported to what is now known as Lake Chelan. (Excerpts from “Lake Chelan Pirates”)

That was the beginning of the legend. Two hundred years later, just as legend had it, the Pirates and Captain Chelan returned to Lake Chelan. Now the Lake Chelan Pirates return every year.” 

This year there are Pirate activities throughout the summer. The second Annual 4th of July Pirate Fun Run starts the fun. On the morning of 4th of July, Runners starting at the Chelan Senior Center at 534 E Trow Ave., Chelan, will have the choice of two courses: either 2 or 4 Kilometers. Runners will receive Pirate T-shirts and upon completion will get Pirate Treasure, a Pirate Medal. Water and snacks will be available to Runners. Prizes for Best Dressed Pirate Runners.

The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest - Pirate Fun Run is sponsored by Swire Coca-Cola, Safeway of Chelan, Deepwater Amphitheater, Mill Bay Casino, Confluence Health, Lake Chelan Online Network, LakeChelanMap.com, Lake Chelan Pie Company, Subway of Chelan, Liberty Orchards, Treetop and Crunch Pak. 

This Pirate Fest is produced by the Lake Chelan Tourist Center, a Washington State non-profit. Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year. The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest is a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event, The 1st Seafair Community Event outside of the Puget Sound Area in its 69 year history. Additional pirate activities throughout the summer are listed at www.LakeChelanPirateFest.com

Admission: Adults: $35, Kids: (18 & Under) $25 (Includes T-shirts & Medals / while supplies last)

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Douglas County is moving forward with the construction of a new Law and Justice Facility to house the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, District Court, Juvenile Probation, IT infrastructure, and future Coroner.  This 17,898 square foot facility will be located north of the evidence storage building, directly adjacent to the Public Services Building on 19th Street in East Wenatchee.  Construction is estimated to be completed by late spring of 2019. Establishing a campus environment for County services will be convenient for citizens while establishing a more coordinated effort between departments.  To ensure public interfacing services are reliable and to enhance stability, Douglas County Information Services infrastructure will be housed in the new Law and Justice Facility. 

Extensive repairs are necessary in the current facility on 2nd Street, such as replacement of the roof, HVAC system, and carpeting, as well as employee safety upgrades.  Anticipated cost for repairs, upgrades, and remodel exceed one million dollars. 

Douglas County will be able to finance the Law and Justice Facility project through existing revenue streams.  Douglas County’s conservative budget management practices and use of cash reserves will pay for half of the estimated 8 million dollar project. Current Expense Funds have been earmarked for the Law and Justice Facility and will not affect funding for other projects.  Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) revenue, along with money previously spent to rent evidence storage space, will also be used. The County will bond for the remaining balance.  The current building on 2nd Street will be sold following completion of the Law and Justice Facility. The proceeds will then be used to buy down the bonds for an early call to save on interest cost.

The new Law and Justice Facility will serve to create a collaborative, cooperative, and effective campus for both the public and employees of Douglas County.  In relocating and by taking steps towards streamlining, modernizing, and enhancing operations, Douglas County will ensure it is able to provide citizens with the highest quality service for the next 50 years.

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The suspect on the fatal collision on June 17th, 2018 in Manson has been identified as Giovanni Reyes of Manson. Mr. Reyes had initially returned to the scene prior to law enforcement arrival to check on the victim, identified as Andrew Murphy of Seattle. Mr. Reyes told Deputies on scene he had been driving through the area when he found Mr. Murphy on the roadway so he stopped to help. Mr. Reyes’ vehicle did not have visible damage on the front end. It had sustained damage underneath during the collision. Parts were located on the roadway from the undercarriage of the suspect vehicle. Mr. Reyes did not tell responders he was the driver who struck the Mr. Murphy and was allowed to leave the scene after speaking with Deputies.

Detectives were able to locate him and his vehicle Sunday afternoon due to the parts at the collision scene. The parts had identifying numbers that led to the vehicle model and approximate model year. RiverCom assisted in tracking down local owners of similar vehicles and Deputies and Detectives started contacting them. They were able to locate Mr. Reyes and the vehicle which had damage underneath consistent with the collision. Mr. Reyes was interviewed and placed under arrest for Hit and Run Resulting in Death.

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Update June, 17th, 2018 7:08 PM.

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports during the afternoon of June 17th, 2018, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to locate the vehicle and driver from the fatal collision earlier this morning in Manson, WA.

Detectives interviewed the driver, a 21 year old Manson man. He was later booked into CCRJC for Hit and Run Resulting in Death. Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still investigating this incident.

ORIGINAL STORY

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 17th, 2018 at approximately 0249 hours an injured male subject was reported laying in the roadway in the 500 block of Manson Blvd. Aid crews arrived and it was determined the male was deceased at approximately 0300 hours.

Deputies who arrived on scene located vehicle debris on the roadway in the vicinity and it appeared the male had been struck by a vehicle. There were no witness to the collision and the vehicle was no longer on scene.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 2004 to 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown color. The vehicle most likely has significant damage on the front left.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol Detectives are continuing the investigation of this incident. If you have information on the vehicle, please contact RiverCom at 509-663-9911.

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Commissioner Workshop

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Station 71 – 232 East Wapato, Chelan  

Agenda

Flag Salute

Open workshop

Long Range Plan Discussion

Adjournment  

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Airport Governing Board Regular Meeting Agenda
238 Olds Station Road, Suite A, Wenatchee, WA 98801
June 19th, 2018
1:30 PM

I. CONSENT AGENDA – Minutes of the April 24th Airport Governing Board Meeting
II. ACTION ITEM – Approval of the Updated Storm Water Agreement with Douglas County
III. APPROACH LIGHTING SYSTEM PRESENTATION
IV. 10-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN PRESENTATION
V. AIRPORT DIRECTOR’S REPORT
VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION: An Executive Session may be called during the meeting. The purpose must be announced and is limited by RCW 42.30.110. Examples include: (1) to discuss with legal counsel litigation, potential litigation and/or legal risks (RCW 42.30.110(1)(i)); (2) to consider the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase when public knowledge regarding such consideration would cause a likelihood of increased price (RCW 42.30.110(1)(b)); and (3) to consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease when public knowledge regarding such consideration would cause a likelihood of decreased price (final action selling or leasing public property shall be taken in a meeting open to the public)(RCW 42.30.110(1)(c)).
VII. ADJOURN

douglascountysheriff148On 06/12/18 at approximately 6:31 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to Brays Landing Road and Nollmeyer Road, near Orondo for a report of an injury accident.

When the deputies arrived they learned there was a single vehicle driven by, Jesus Severiano-Soto a 25 year old Orondo man. Jesus was unconscious and receiving aid.   The investigation established speed as the contributing cause of the collision and alcohol was involved.

Jesus was transported to Central Washington Hospital, where he was cited for DUI.

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The Manson High School FFA held their annual Awards Banquet. Apart from beautiful banners and a wonderful dinner prepared by the Manson High School kitchen staff, new officers were also signed into office. The new Manson FFA Officers for 2018-2019 are: President Blake Cochran, Vice-President Payton Stevens, Secretary Bryce La Mar,Treasurer Henry Armstrong, Sentinel Cole Cochran and Reporter Bryanna Harris. This year we had four Green Hands added to the team. Cody Fitzpatrick, Bryanna Harris, Gunner Rasmussen and Ricardo Escoto with Bryanna Harris awarded as Greenhand of the Year.

We are very thankful to our honorary Chapter Farmers this year, which consisted of Matt and Shelly Charlton, Brett and Bev La Mar, Chad and Kelly Gosvener, Travis and Megan Schoenwald and Mary Amsden.

We would also like to give a very big thanks and all our appreciation to Jennifer Harris, Don and Teena Vanderholm, Dan and Janet Krumm, Adam and Cindy Rasmussen, Travis and Megan Schoenwald, Mary Amsden, Craig and Annette Stevens and Bev and Brett LaMar.

Overall it was a wonderful year full of lots of great memories and we can’t wait for the next one.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, June 14, 2018, 4:10pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. May 10, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
b. June 1, 2018 Special Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
i. Executive Session (Acquisition of real estate)
b. Director’s Report
VIII. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: July 12, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831

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USTA PNW/RecTennis is excited to be offering programming in Manson in partnership with Harmony Meadows. Friends and Family evening classes are great for the whole family or groups of friends.

To register for any program, folks can visit https://rectennis.com/locate-a-program/. Enter our 98831 zip code and the Harmony Meadows programs will appear.

Harmony Meadows Tennis & Events Center

4848 Green Ave.
Manson, WA 98831

(509) 687-3066

Friends and Family: The perfect unique activity for your next date night, family game night, or happy hour with your friends. RecTennis provides the necessary tennis equipment and offers groups a chance to learn and play tennis in a fun, engaging atmosphere. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 6+ and adults! Cost is $25 for up to four people for 1.5 hours.

Summer Camps: Summer camps are a great way for kids to smash summer boredom and stay active. RecTennis summer camps teach basic tennis skills and also help kids develop life lessons and skills they can use off the court. Select camps include other activities such as frisbee, other sports and arts + crafts. Summer camps are offered in Manson from June 18 to August 24. Ages 5-14 can participate. Cost is $39 dollars per week for 1.5 hour camps and $99 dollars per week for 4 hour camps.

About RecTennis: As part of USTA PNW, RecTennis has made tennis and life skills programs accessible for communities across the Pacific Northwest regardless of age, skill level, and socio-economic background. Our 300 community partnerships, spanning public parks, parks and rec departments, and other community outlets, provide the space. RecTennis provides the rest: USTA-approved tennis activities, educational curricula that meets state and federal standards, and free equipment.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at approximately 0559 hours an injury accident was reported on Malaga Alcoa Highway at approximately milepost 8.

A full-size pickup was travelling northbound towards Wenatchee carrying six 18–20 year old passengers. Four of the occupants were in the cab of the pickup and two were in the bed. The vehicle left the roadway, drove down an embankment, and struck two orchard trees. The occupants in the bed of the pickup were thrown from the vehicle and sustained injuries.

A 19 year old East Wenatchee female was transported by ambulance to the CWH emergency room with a possible arm injury. An 18 year old East Wenatchee male was transported to CWH with serious injuries. His current medical status is unknown. The other vehicle occupants were not transported and did not sustain anything more than minor injuries.

A Deputy who responded to the scene contacted the driver. The driver showed no signs of drug or alcohol impairment. It is believed this group was returning to the valley from a senior camp out in the Colockum area.