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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Wednesday, Jan. 20. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using GoToWebinar. People interested in attending can register on the commission’s website.  The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at

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

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

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

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

Written public comment will be accepted via email until 4 p.m. the day before the meeting. Comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written comments received after this deadline will be provided to commissioners after the meeting. Questions can also be asked during the meeting by using the “question” box found on-screen during the meeting, and as time allows, will be addressed during the meeting.

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

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: December 2020
• Payroll: December 1-31, 2020 for $123,535.99 paid 01-05-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #746823 – 746877 for $31,192.09
• Capital Account Vouchers: #746858 - 746864 for $12,078.16
• Minutes: December 16, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
New Business:
• Badge pinning – FF/EMT Brittany Adkison
• 2020 Budget ending funds transfer – Chief Donnell
• 2021 Budget - Update Chief Donnell
• Community Advisory Group – Chief Donnell
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Voucher – Recruit Firefighter
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoSee our previous story from 1/1/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original story 12/30/2020

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

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

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

wsdot logoRetiring Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf sets off series of transitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Online open house, webinars scheduled to provide overview

OLYMPIA – Every Washingtonian uses active transportation connections at some point in a trip, whether crossing the street from their parking spot to their destination, walking to a bus stop or bicycling to school or work. That is why the Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for comments on its draft of the new State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond.

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

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

The draft plan assesses the needs for accessible pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, highlights safety concerns and provides the first-ever examination of state right of way and its suitability for active transportation. An online open house and a series of webinars will provide opportunities to learn more about the draft plan and to provide comments.

Active transportation plan online open house information

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

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

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

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

Active transportation plan overview webinars

Participants must register to view one of the three webinars:

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

Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state. To find the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot visit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: November 2020
• Payroll: November 1 -30, 2020 for $118,579.88 paid 12-04-2020
• General Account Vouchers: #746777 – 746830 for $34,710.25
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17153 - 17159 for $49,122.28
• Minutes: November 9 and 18, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• 2021-2025 DRAFT Strategic Plan – Presentation for Approval by Board
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• CF&R and IAFF Local 4816 2021-2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement – Board Approval
• Firefighter/EMT Testing/Hiring – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
• 2021 Budget – Board Approval
New Business:
• 2021-2026 Budget – Presentation to Board
• Resolution 2020-10 – Radio/Pager Surplus – Board Approval
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Regular Board Meeting
December 10, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416
I. Call to Order
II. Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. District Signature Form 2021
V. Approval of Minutes
a. November 12, 2020 regular meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Approval of 2021 Budget
c. April Special Election Levy for 2022-2024
d. Old Mill commercial policy
VIII. New Business
a. Wapato Lake Campground policy
b. Manson Bay Marina policy
c. Old Mill parking permits for locals?
d. Winter newsletter approval
IX. Adjournment
Next regular meeting is January 14, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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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 suppbuckner logoort 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.
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.
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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On November 27, at high noon, seven members of the Manson American Legion, Post 108 gathered at the home of Leonard Carlson on Summit Boulevard, where he has lived since 2004 to honor, say goodbye and wish him a Happy 90th Birthday. The honor guard marched down the driveway and ending up on the front porch where they sang Happy Birthday. Leonard moves to the Kenmore Retreat Home on November 28 to be closer to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Joining the American Legion Honor Guard were Clyde McCullough, Brian Strausbaugh, Norm Manly, Carole Hanson, Craig Pittson (Santa), Jim Young and Allen Carnahan. Leonard has been part of the American Legions since 2015 and has been an active member in Manson, Post 108 helping serve our community. 

Leonard was born on December 7, 1930 in Astoria, Oregon and has one younger brother, Larry. He spent his youth southeast of Astoria, up the road from his grandfather's family farm on Tucker Creek, which runs into Youngs River before it enters the Columbia. Leonard says "I could hear the ocean from where I grew up!" 

He joined the Air Force after graduating Astoria High School in 1948, and became a Staff Sergeant at age 19. He was based at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska, the home of the Headquarters, Alaskan Air Command and Alaskan NORAD Region. 

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Leonard attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation Leonard was immediately hired by the Boeing Company where he enjoyed a very successful 40-year career, retiring in 1992. 

Leonard and his wife, Frances, also from Astoria, were married for 60 years. Unfortunately, Frances passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 13, 2013. Their family includes two sons, David and Michael with seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. What are Leonard hobbies, books, books and more books; salmon fishing; world travel, and as for joy, besides family, his 30 years as a gentleman farmer on seven acres bordered by the Snoqualmie River near Fall City, Washington. Most recently spending six years perched atop Summit Boulevard, watching morning sunrises and evening sunsets reflected gloriously by the azure waters of Lake Chelan, with neighbors and visiting friends. A place he daily greeted, "it’s another day in Paradise." 

Post 108 Vice Commander, Brian Strausbaugh says, “We are really going to miss Len. We wish him the very best with this new adventure in his life.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The comment period for the STIP is the final step of the community engagement process that began locally during development of the individual transportation improvement programs. WSDOT will accept comments until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Any comments received by WSDOT will be sent to the local agency, metropolitan or regional planning organization for their consideration.

About the STIP

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

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

The current 2020-23 STIP can be viewed online and a similar, searchable database of the 2021-24 STIP will be created in January 2021, following FHWA and FTA approval.

How to comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

About Molina Healthcare of Washington

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

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

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tools to keep travelers connected

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

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

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

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

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

We are so grateful to have a community support. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s how to participate:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 To check conditions and prepare for winter weather:

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

The Washington State Patrol provides an online list of state-approved alternative traction devices on its vehicle equipment webpage under “traction tires” These approved alternatives meet state traction tire requirements. All travelers are reminded to prepare for changing weather conditions and avoid a costly ticket by carrying chains or approved alternatives whenever crossing mountain passes. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.

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

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

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

Chelan Fire & Rescue Proposed 2021 Budget Virtual Public Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2020

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

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

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

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


2021 DRAFT Budget Proposal

2020-2026 Budget Worksheets

Apparatus Replacement Schedule

Capital Replacement Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written public comment will be accepted via email until 4 p.m. the day before the meeting. Comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written comments received after this deadline will be provided to commissioners after the meeting. Questions can also be asked during the meeting by using the “question” box found on-screen during the meeting, and as time allows, will be addressed during the meeting.

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


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

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

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

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

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

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