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The Chelan & Entiat Ranger Districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are seeking public input on the proposed 2014-15 Wildfire Restoration Project located in Chelan County. The project area covers approximately 3,200 acres within the 2014 Duncan, and the 2015 Wolverine and Black Canyon Wildfire areas. 

Project Description

The purpose of this Project is to plant conifers and speed recovery time for developing a forested landscape. Benefiting Resources include: Wildlife-Establish forested areas for species dependent on conifer habitat, Hydrology-Contribute to long term slope stability,   Recreation-Improve campsite screening and shading with fire resilient tree species.

 

Additional information is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51396">http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51396

or by contacting the project leader-Pete Wier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Comment

Your comments will aid the District team in identifying potential issues and concerns with this project proposal. Comments will be most useful if received by April 17, 2017.

1. Write a letter to the Forest Service and mail it to the project leader:

Pete Wier                                                 Or hand-deliver it to:

Chelan Ranger District                          Chelan Ranger District

428 West Woodin Ave                          428 West Woodin Ave                   

Chelan, WA 98816                                 Chelan, WA 98816

 

2. Send an e-mail to the Project Leader at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during regular office hours, 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Those submitting electronic copies must do so only to the e-mail address listed above, must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail. Message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above or in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of all individuals and the organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does no receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it it’s the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

chelan county logoThere have been recent reports that the Chelan County Regional Jail is refusing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Agents (ICE).

These reports are incorrect.

Chelan County has in the past and continues to honor ICE requests to notify their office in advance of the release of individuals deemed of interest to ICE.  What Chelan County cannot and will not do is to illegally hold prisoners past their scheduled release date.  To do so has been determined by Federal Courts to be illegal.  Chelan County expects to continue this practice of cooperation with ICE in a manner that fully complies with Federal Law.  

ChelanFireRescueLogo20003/21/2017 at 0824 hours, Chelan Fire and Rescue’s (CFR) Engine 71, 79, Rescue 71, Medic 3171, Tender 71 and Chief 702  responded to a commercial fire at 60 SR150, Zippy Disposal Service, for a fire in one of their shops.  

First unit arrived within two minutes from time of dispatch to find smoke coming from the building and the remains of a fire that had been knocked down by employees using portable fire extinguishers.  CFR crews finished extinguishing the fire and checked for possible extension.  

Damage was limited to a garbage container with minor heat and smoke damage to a wall and work bench area. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Value of the building is estimated at about $138,000.00. There was no structural damage and minimal damage to the contents.

CFR gives Zippy Disposal Service a big at-a-boy for having their extinguishers available and employees taking appropriate, safe action, to limit fire spread  by knocking the main body of the fire down.

This is a great example of why everyone should have fire extinguishers and have them serviced annually to make sure they are in good working order. Good Job to Zippy Disposal Service employees.

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On Friday I had the privilege of addressing third, forth, and fifth graders at Bridgeport Elementary School. We talked about the negative consequences of bullying and how it can play into the lives of those being bullied well into adulthood. The kids were very engaged and the staff was a great help. We ended class with a fun question and answer period and I passed out junior Deputy badges to kids who could recall points from my talk.

Very Respectfully,

Sherrif Harvey Gjesdal

buckner logoREMINDER: 2017 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The year has started slowly in regards to memberships for 2017.  We are taking this opportunity to remind you of this important contribution if you have not already renewed or acquired a 2017 membership.

Promoting the care and preservation of the Buckner homestead, orchard, and community atmosphere in perpetuity

We need you more than ever!

As indicated in our Annual Report for 2016, we were able to do many, many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering.  If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue, as well. 

In this uncertain time, it's still unknown just what specific impact continued federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard. We do know there will likely be a loss of time and/or resources available to the National Park Service this year, making our work all the more important.   The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!

Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support our work at the Homestead and Orchard. 

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

NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link http://bucknerhomestead.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Membership-form2015.pdf">(Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831. 

Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.

Individual  -  $25.00

Business -  $75.00

Benefactor - $250.00

Sustainer - $1,000.00

Family  -  $50.00

Patron  -  $100.00

Steward  -  $500.00

Donation  -  $  ___________    

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

Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead.   (Not sure how your contribution will be used?  Then, review our 2016 Financial Summary at the end of the (Annual Report.)   All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.

2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, May 15   Annual Meeting 

7 PM,

Reclamation District Office, Manson

 

Thursday, June 15    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM,

Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

 

Saturday, July 15    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM

Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

 

Saturday, August 12  Square Dance at the Orchard

Old Packing Shed 7 PM,

Stehekin

 

Monday, August 14  Summer Board Meeting

Bakery Gazebo, 8 AM

Stehekin

 

HARVEST FEST 2017

Friday, October 6   

Orchard Work Party

Buckner Orchard, 9 AM


Valley Music Program

Stehekin School, 7 PM

Stehekin

 

Saturday, October 7   Harvest Fest
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

10 AM, picking and pressing

1 PM  potluck and music

 

Sunday, October 8   Poetry Night

 7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1,

Stehekin

 

Web site:  bucknerhomestead.org

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington, and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

wash traf safePassenger ferry service, transportation planning efforts and road usage charges to be discussed

OLYMPIA – Developments in passenger ferry service and long-range transportation plan updates are among the topics before the State Transportation Commission next week in Olympia.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21 and 22, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, and at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Tuesday morning the Washington State Department of Transportation will report on progress for construction and planning to complete expansion of the State Route 520 corridor from Lake Washington to Interstate 5. The commission will then discuss recruitment and public outreach strategies to enroll 2,000 volunteers for a pilot project that begins later this year to evaluate how a road usage charge might work. In light of the growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, the pilot project will let Washington drivers test the concept of road usage charging as a potential replacement to the gas tax and shape how it could work.

Afternoon briefings include updates on the transportation plan for the Central Puget Sound region and WSDOT’s implementation plan for WTP 2035, the state’s long-range transportation plan. The Puget Sound Regional Council’s update to its Transportation 2040 plan does not anticipate significant changes to the current plan but will address climate change, financial strategies and performance measures. A presentation on the Main Street Program will highlight how 34 cities in the state participate in a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts. Active transportation is a common element in Main Street success, helping to leveraging local historic, cultural and architectural resources for downtown economic vitality.

The meeting continues Wednesday morning with presentations on the past and future of passenger ferry service in Puget Sound, in particular Kitsap Transit’s offering of new passenger ferry service from Bremerton to Seattle, starting in July. Other topics on Wednesday address the freight-and-goods movement research underway at the University of Washington Supply Chain and Transportation Logistics Center, and a proposal under legislative consideration to study the feasibility of ultra high-speed rail transportation between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, B.C.

 

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

manson schoolOn Monday, February 27th, Manson’s Knowledge Bowl team battled against a very tough pool of 2B competition at the North Central Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament at Wenatchee High School.

The Manson team competed against four other 2B schools: Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Soap Lake, and Waterville. All of the schools were fighting for one of the four spots that would guarantee a berth to the 35th Annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament on Saturday, March 18th at Arlington High School.

Manson fought hard coming out on top for the first two oral rounds of their competition. By the end of the night, Manson (63 points) edged past the juggernaut Soap Lake (57 points) to take 3rd place. Liberty Bell took top honors, finishing the night with 109 points. 2nd place went to Tonasket with 93 points, Soap Lake took 4th, and Waterville finished the night with a 5th place finish and earned 28 points.

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The six team members representing the Manson High School Knowledge Bowl team at State are: Tristan Picton (captain), Adeleine Torgesen, Spencer Ward, Alyssa LaMar, Cody Amsden, and Tyler Charlton.

MtViewLodge300Good Afternoon, Friends of Mountain View Lodge!

You know, I’ve been hearing a lot of comments, both pro and con for the upcoming hospital bond.  Just when I think I’ve got it down… I realize I have another question.  You, too?  And it’s REALLY important that we vote.

Well, we’d like to invite you to join us here at the Lodge on Wednesday, March 15th, from 6-8pm.  Join us for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a light snack and some enlightening conversation.  Community members from Citizens for a New Hospital will be on hand to share important information about the upcoming hospital bond, and provide an opportunity for you (and me!) to ask questions.

Gerry and I are very pleased to host this event for our Lake Chelan Valley friends and neighbors!  We really hope you’ll join us!

If you are unable to make OUR conversation, please reply to this email and I’ll fill you in on others.  Oh!  And, please, invite your friends.  It’s really important that we make INFORMED choices.   And in America, we do that by voting.  😊

With great respect,

Kim and Gerry Ustanik 

On Friday February 24th the Manson FFA participated in National FFA week. The students participated in a kiss the goat charity.

Manson Teachers would volunteer themselves to have a jar with their name and face on it, and through the week if a student wanted them to kiss a goat they donated money.

At the end of it all the winners were Mrs. Koth and Mrs. Carlton, all the money that was raised went to Esteban Escoto who is battling cancer.

Manson FFA raised a total of one hundred and ninety dollars in total thank you for all of your support and to the students that donated.

-Submitted by: Damon Smith

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coachward350Manson, Washington. – March 6, 2017 – After six seasons as Manson High School’s Varsity Head Football Coach, Scott Ward has made the decision to resign from his coaching position. Ward shared his appreciation for Manson High School athletics with our great student-athletes, parents and community. Ward had a successful tenure as Head Coach. In 2011 he lead the team to a league championship and in each of the last two season the team qualified for the district playoffs.

“Scott loves to teach the game and to develop players. I was impressed with his ability to see potential in kids and develop it.” – Eric Sivertson, Athletic Director

Beyond serving as the Varsity Head Football Coach, Scott was an assistant football coach for three years and a basketball assistant for two years.

Manson High School begin its search for a new Head Coach immediately. A committee will review applicants and help to find a coach that can build on the foundation developed by Coach Ward.

ssheriffsmSheriff Burnett reports on March 5, 2017 Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detective made a second arrest related to the 1982 disappearance of Stephen Smith. Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Dawn M. Soles, a 57 year old Leavenworth resident, for 1st degree Murder.

Prior to the July, 1982 disappearance of Mr. Smith, Ms. Soles and Mr. Smith were married. During their marriage they had a child. Ms. Soles and Mr. Smith ultimately divorced prior to Mr. Smith’s disappearance. As a part of their divorce Mr. Smith was granted full custody and Ms. Soles was granted supervised visitation only. Ms. Soles later married Bernard Swaim and they moved to Western Washington. On or just before July 12, 1982 Ms. Soles and Mr. Swaim traveled from Western Washington to Cashmere with a plan and intent to murder Mr. Smith. The investigation showed Ms. Soles and Mr. Swaim planned to get Mr. Smith intoxicated to the point he passed out, and then Mr. Swaim would murder Mr. Smith.

 Utilizing old investigative interviews, creating additional leads, and conducting new interviews the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were able to piece together critical evidence to establish probable cause to arrest Bernard Swaim and Dawn Soles for the 1982 murder of Mr. Smith.

The Detectives are still conducting follow up interviews and trying to gather more information related the details of Mr. Smith’s disappearance and locating his remains.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, March 9th, 2017, 4:00pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. February 8th, 2017 Special Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront: Design Firm Selection
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
VIII. New Business
a. Director position
b. Resolution 2017-01 (Surplus)
c. Job Descriptions
d. Willow Point Irrigation Line Replacement
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: April 13th, 2017 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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PLAY BALL!

Manson Parks has just opened registration for AAU Baseball and Softball.

This program is for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Forms can be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or online at www.mansonparks.com.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.

THE LAST DAY FOR SIGN-UPS WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH.

The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. to accommodate working parents.

Registration Fee is $15.00 for instructional T-Ball age children and $20.00 for all others.

If you do not have a current AAU card, it will be an additional $14.00.

Late sign ups will not get a uniform.

SwaimSheriff Brian Burnett reports on March 3, 2017 detectives arrested 60 year old Bernard Swaim in connection with the 1982 disappearance of Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith. Bernard Swaim is currently a resident of Sultan, Washington. Mr. Swaim was charged with First Degree Murder.

s smith300On July 18, 1982 30 year old Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith was reported as a missing person by family members. Mr. Smith was last seen at his home on or about July 12, 1982. Mr. Smith’s car, a 1966 Pontiac Tempest was found abandoned several days after the report of his disappearance, on Dead Man’s Hill road near Dryden, in Chelan County. The initial investigation concluded in 1982 and Mr. Smith has never been located.

In late 2016 Mr. Smith’s disappearance was assigned to detectives for further investigation. Through interviews with multiple people including Mr. Smith’s family members and witnesses, detectives identified Bernard Swaim as a person of interest in Mr. Smith’s disappearance.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Stephen E. Smith please call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 509-667-6842 and leave your contact information and a detective will return your call.

You can also go online to our web page, http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff and use the submit a crime tip tab or message us on Facebook.

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On February 13th, Manson High School hosted the 7th match of the North Central Washington Knowledge Bowl Tournaments.  

There were eight high schools with a total thirty-three teams vying for top spots in the competition.  It was by far the largest tournament of the season.

In addition to the Manson Knowledge Bowl team, there were teams from: Okanogan, Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Cascade, Omak, Chelan, and Waterville.  The competition was fierce and fun. 

The questions were unbelievably challenging from various academic disciplines (e.g. “The Delian Amphictyony was centered on what Aegean Island?” Answer: Delos or “What kind of plain results in the penultimate stage of fluvial erosion?” Answer: peneplain).

With over 160 people participating in different roles (i.e. readers, participants, coaches, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and supportive parents.), it was a great success. 

The Manson Knowledge team took 10th place in a tournament that featured past State contenders. 

The Manson Knowledge Bowl team wants to thank the administration, faculty, staff, and community for all their help in making this tournament a memorable experience for all. 

Knowledge Bowl Team

Spellingbee Champions 2017Our 2017  District Spelling Champion is Grant Torgesen, 8th grade, and the runner up is his sister, Afton Torgesen, 4th grade.  

Grant's Championship word was "tenaciously".  

Twelve students spelled off with each other to a packed house.  The 2017 district bee was one of the longest spelling rounds Manson ever experienced.  The final four students lasted 17 rounds of spelling with two students left in round 18.  

Afton spelled out on the word "patronymic" and Grant went on to win the Championship round by spelling "tenaciously".  

Our two spellers will now move on to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 16th.  Congratulations to all those who participated in the District Spelling Bee. 

usfsDear Interested Party:

The Chelan Ranger District is seeking public input on the proposed Summer Blossom Whitebark Pine Restoration Project located in Chelan County, approximately 34 miles north, northwest of the town of Chelan, WA. The project area covers approximately 1,576 acres primarily in the Falls Creek sub-watershed. 

Project Description

The purpose of this Project is to maintain, restore, and enhance whitebark pine habitat within the high elevation areas surrounding Summer Blossom and South Navarre and to restore/maintain the Summer Blossom meadow. To achieve the project’s objectives, non-commercial thinning, pruning, handpiling, and prescribed burning would be implemented across approximately 1,576 acres.  Additional information is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51128">http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51128 or by contacting the project leader-Pete Wier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Comment

Your comments will aid the District team in identifying potential issues and concerns with this project proposal. Comments will be most useful if received by March 30, 2017.

 

  1. Write a letter to the Forest Service and mail it to the project leader:

Pete Wier                                                 Or hand-deliver it to:

Chelan Ranger District                         Chelan Ranger District

428 West Woodin Ave                          428 West Woodin Ave                   

Chelan, WA 98816                                Chelan, WA 98816

 

  1. Send an e-mail to the Project Leader at:               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during regular office hours, 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Those submitting electronic copies must do so only to the e-mail address listed above, must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail. Message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above or in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of all individuals and the organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does no receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it it’s the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

 

For further information regarding this project contact Pete Wier, Silviculturist 509-682-4943, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 428 West Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816.

 

Stay Connected to this Project via the Web

To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goals of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (project updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by e-mail.  This new system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online.  To subscribe or manage your subscription please follow the link below. https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new">https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new

If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription.  Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail, unless you request hard copies.

Only those who subscribe to the mailing list, submit comments, or notify the Forest that they would like to remain on the mailing list for this project will receive future correspondences on this project.  Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning this project will not be possible.

For further information on the project, please contact Pete Wier at (509) 682-4943.

manson schoolManson School District’s Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy appears to have been approved by voters with a 68.5% approval rate (50% required).

“On behalf of the Manson School Board I would like to thank the Manson Community for their overwhelming support of the recent replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy.  The additional funds from the levy will allow us to enrich many student programs, continue timely maintenance of school facilities and retain and attract quality staff.  It is clear to our board, staff, and students that the Manson Community is a critical supporter of our mission to provide students with an exceptional education.”

                                                                   Paul Willard, School Board President

“We are very appreciative of Manson’s investment in our schools. We understand our community entrusts us with two of their most valuable assets...their children and their money. We accept this obligation and will continue working to strengthen our partnership with parents and the community to offer every student the opportunity to live a productive and fulfilling life.”

                                                                   Matt Charlton, Superintendent

FFA 2 22 17 1Manson FFA will be celebrating National FFA week on Feb 18-25. National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA.

More than half a million members will participate in FFA activities throughout the week. There will be a variety of events that allow members to communicate with others about what FFA is all about and ignite a passion for agriculture!

This year’s theme is “Transform”. Why Transform? Because the future of agriculture is strong and as the population continues to grow, so does the need for a healthy and abundant food supply. By working together in this small community of Manson, we can transform the message of agriculture!

Together, Manson’s FFA members can continue to educate others on the importance of agriculture. Giving back to others and serving the community has always been important to FFA members. Throughout the year, members transform their passion for service in their community by giving back in a variety of ways. Here are a list of our daily events through the week.

Tuesday 21st - Green hand day

Wednesday 22nd - FFA t-shirts

Thursday 23rd - Barbeque

Friday 24th - Kiss a goat for charity

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buckner logoBuckner Orchard 2017 Membership Drive

We need you more than ever!

As indicated in our Annual Report for 2016, we were able to do many, many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering.  If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue, as well. 

In this uncertain time, it's still unknown just what specific impact continued federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard. We do know there will likely be a loss of time and/or resources available to the National Park Service this year, making our work all the more important.   The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!

Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support our work at the Homestead and Orchard. 

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

NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link (Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.  Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.

Individual  -  $25.00  Business -  $75.00  Benefactor - $250.00  Sustainer - $1,000.00  Family  -  $50.00  Patron  -   $100.00  Steward  -  $500.00  Donation  -  $  ___________    

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

Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead.   (Not sure how your contribution will be used?  Then, review our 2016 Financial Summary at the end of the Annual Report.)   All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.

2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, May 15   Annual Meeting 

 7 PM,

Reclamation District Office

Manson

 

Thursday, June 15    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM,

 Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

 

Saturday, July 15    Orchard Work Party

8:30 AM

 Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

 

Saturday, August 12  Square Dance at the Orchard

Old Packing Shed 7 PM,

Stehekin

 

Monday, August 14  Summer Board Meeting

Bakery Gazebo, 8 AM

Stehekin

 

HARVEST FEST 2017

Friday, October 6   

Orchard Work Party

Buckner Orchard, 9 AM


  Valley Music Program

Stehekin School, 7 PM

Stehekin

 

Saturday, October 7   Harvest Fest
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin

10 AM, picking and pressing

1 PM  potluck and music

 

Sunday, October 8   Poetry Night

 7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1,

Stehekin

 

 

Web site:  bucknerhomestead.org

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington, and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

Drivers should prepare for delays east of Snoqualmie Pass due to daytime lane closures and full nighttime closures

HYAK – Drivers should prepare for delays east of Snoqualmie Pass next week due to single-lane daytime closures and full nighttime closures of Interstate 90.

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24 the Washington State Department of Transportation will have single-lane closures in both directions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. just east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit. WSDOT will also close I-90 at night. The westbound lanes will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass interchange and the eastbound lanes will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at milepost 56 near the Gold Creek area. WSDOT will reopen the lanes during the nighttime closure every two hours to clear out traffic.
In an effort to improve visibility and safety at night on I-90, crews are installing additional reflectors along barriers and installing LED lane markers where possible.

Crews are also removing built-up snow in the lanes along Keechelus Lake and cleaning the road dirt off the side panels to improve reflectivity. A reduced speed of 45-miles per hour at night will assist drivers navigating through the eastbound lanes east of the summit; the temporary speed reduction will be in effect until visibility along the lake improves.

Follow @SnoqualmiePass on Twitter and check the mountain passes http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/snoqualmie/default.aspx web page for updates.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/05/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a head on injury accident on Badger Mountain Rd. at MP 3.

Investigation revealed that a S/B Dodge Durango was coming down the hill. It was snowing and the roads were icy. The driver said she was applying her brakes when her vehicle started to slide and ran into a vehicle, a Subaru Tribeca, which was coming up the hill.

The Durango was occupied only by the driver, a 29 year old East Wenatchee woman. The Subaru was carrying a family of five: a 36 year old male, a 33 year old female, a 9 year old female, a 4 year old male, and a two year old male.

The family and the driver of the Durango were all transported to Confluence Hospital.   None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

Both vehicles were so damaged they had to be towed.

manson schoolThe following is the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of this publication:

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Dear Manson Community Members:

The Manson School Board is asking you to please support our REPLACEMENT Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy.  This support provides critical funding for student programs, maintenance of our community’s school facilities, and quality staff members working with our children.  Local M & O levy funding comprises 14% of our total funding.

We are a fiscally conservative board and work hard to insure public funds are used responsibly to provide students with an exceptional education.

We are very thankful for your previous support and ask that you vote in support of this levy once again.  

Manson School District Board of Directors

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The Manson Trojans Basketball Team ended their regular season on Friday, February 3 placing fourth in the CWB League with a record of 14-6.

The team begins its post-season journey this Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the high school gym. They will be competing against Soap Lake.

If the Trojans win on Wednesday (GO Trojans) they are guaranteed two more league games and a spot in districts.

As this is a league playoff game family passes will not be accepted at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students with ASB cards.

Please come out and support your Manson Trojans!!!!

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Special Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, February 8th, 2017, 4:30pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. January 12th, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront: Design Firm Selection
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
VIII. New Business
a. Director position
b. Park maintenance vehicle
c. 2017 Budget
d. Full Time Employee Holidays
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: March 9th, 2017 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

sheriffsmOn January 28, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports at approximately 0900 hours a local Wenatchee resident, while boating on the Columbia River, located a human body in the shallow water near the shoreline adjacent to BNSF Appleyard. The Chelan County Detective Unit, Chelan County Coroner’s Office and Chelan County Marine Patrol Unit responded to recover the deceased.

The Chelan County Coroner’s Office, Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Crowe, identified the body as 32-year old Rudy Hernandez from Monitor. Hernandez’s family was notified by the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office as soon as the identification was made. On January 29, 2017 an autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled a suicide by drowning.

Hernandez was originally reported as missing in November, 2016. The Sheriff’s Office launched a search that included flying the Wenatchee River by helicopter, the Swift Water Rescue team was deployed and checked a portion of the Wenatchee River to the Sleepy Hollow bridge, a ground search along the banks of the river, and Chelan County Detectives wrote search warrants for social media websites trying to gain any information they could on Hernandez.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/26/16 at 11:14 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of found explosives at the 300 Blk. of Higgins Loop Rd. near Orondo.  The owners of the orchard had been cleaning a shop area when they located a spool of detonation cord, 30 sticks of high explosive dynamite, and a box of electric blasting caps.  The Washington State Patrol Bomb squad was called to the scene and safely disposed of the explosives.

The owners were unaware the explosives were in their shop.  The items had probably been placed there a generation ago by a past family member.  This is not uncommon in agricultural communities.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/25/17 at approximately 1549 hrs. Douglas County Deputies were asked by DOC community corrections officers to assist them in locating a person with a felony warrant.  They had information the subject was hiding in a house at the 400 Blk. of Rock Island Rd.  He was suspected to be armed. 

Deputies went to the residence and knocked on the door.  There was no answer.   The owner of the residence arrived and gave the deputies permission to search her house for the suspect.  She said there may be persons in her house with arrest warrants. 

While inside the house, Deputies encountered several locked doors, which were easily opened.  Four persons were located hiding in various places throughout the house.  All were confrontational and uncooperative. 

Two subjects were arrested for warrants, 29 year old Jose Garcia-Guizar of East Wenatchee (malicious mischief) and 39 year old Preston Norgar of East Wenatchee (making a false statement to a law enforcement officer).  Both were transported to the Chelan County Jail without incident or injury. 

Heroin was located inside the house and its ownership is still under investigation. A small amount of heroin was found inside the house, and it’s ownership is still under investigation.

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Manson High School FBLA attended the North Central Region FBLA Winter Leadership Conference in Wenatchee on January 21, 2017. The students have been preparing for individual and team competitions in a variety of business events. The conference also offered business workshops. The following students placed at the conference and will compete at the Washington State FBLA Leadership Conference in April. There are 25 FBLA members and 19 competed at the conference.   Of those 19 students 12 are headed to state they are as follows:

  • Alyssa La Mar – Agribusiness 2nd place
  • Megan Clausen – FBLA Principles and Procedures 5th place
  • Ty Charlton – Introduction to Business 1st place
  • Jasmine Pascasio and Karina Mendoza – Marketing 2nd place
  • Bo Charlton, Joe Strecker, Spencer Ward - Sports & Entertainment Management 2nd place
  • Alyssa La Mar and Megan Clausen – Website Design 3rd place
  • Alyssa La Mar – Emerging Business Issues 4th place
  • Analexis Manjares – Client Service 4th place
  • Daicy Leyva – Client Service 2nd place
  • Damon Smith – Job Interview 5th place
  • Bo Charlton, Ty Charlton and Joe Strecker – Business Ethics 4th place

On 01/23/17  at approximately 11:48 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on McNeil Canyon Rd. at MP 4 near Chelan.   A fully loaded fuel truck was driving down the steep grade in icy conditions.  The driver lost control in the ice and snow and sideways into the ditch.  There were no injuries and no fuel spills.  A second tank truck had to be called to empty the stuck vehicle before it could be towed out.  McNeil Canyon Rd. was blocked for several hours.

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On January 19, 2017 Sheriff Burnett reports the fourth at large Othello robbery suspect turned himself into Adams County Jail. The fourth suspect has been identified as 38 year-old Samuel Draper of Entiat, Washington.

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On January 18, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the arrest of three Chelan County residents who were suspects in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred in Othello, Washington.

On January 2, 2017 a home invasion robbery was reported in Othello. The suspects allegedly threatened the occupants of the home with a firearm and physically assaulted one or more of the occupants.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office investigators identified four suspects, all of whom were from the Chelan & Douglas County area.

One suspect, 29 year-old Zane Grissom, was arrested near Entiat on January 6, 2017 by members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force, Wenatchee Police Department, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Arrest warrants were issued by Adams County Superior Court for the remaining three suspects on January 11, 2017. The same day, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received information that two of the remaining suspects, 37 year-old Kevin Bradley and 29 year-old Jennifer Ramsey, had been staying in Leavenworth area motels. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating Bradley and Ramsey’s whereabouts.

On January 14, detectives received information that Bradley and Ramsey were in Cashmere. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies located both suspects in Cashmere and arrested them without incident. Ramsey also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest issued by the Washington Department of Corrections. The fourth suspect remains at large.

This is a great example of multiple agencies working in collaboration to investigate a crime, aggressively pursue the suspects, and make the arrests without incident.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/15/17 at approximately 6:18PM a Douglas County Deputy responded to a report a one car injury accident on Rd. 4 NE near Coulee City. 

When the Deputy arrived, he learned that a female passenger in the vehicle had already been transported to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata.  It appeared the vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Avalon, had crossed the centerline and onto the opposite shoulder of the road.  The wheels got caught in heavy snow and the vehicle rolled over. 

Investigation revealed that the male driver, 28 year old Michael Landin, of Coulee City was showing clear signs of intoxication.  He was arrested for Vehicular Assault and transported to the Okanogan County Jail. 

The passenger had lacerations on her head that did not appear to be life threatening.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – Today, Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Amy Scarton as assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division.

She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including, guiding the ferries management team and all ferries employees to meet safety, operational and budgetary goals; and collaborating effectively with community and labor partners as well as other WSDOT divisions.

“I am very pleased Amy will be leading our strong team at Washington State Ferries,” said Secretary of Transportation Millar.  “Amy’s national experience managing programs and projects across all transportation modes, combined with the top-notch crews, will help ensure the ferry division remains on course.”

Scarton currently serves as the WSDOT assistant secretary for Community and Economic Development. She is replacing Lynne Griffith, who is retiring on Jan., 31. Amy has worked in the transportation industry both in Washington State and Washington DC.  Highlights of her background include: senior roles in both the Obama and Bush administrations at U.S. Department of Transportation; legal counsel to former Chairman James Oberstar of the U.S. House of Representatives Highway and Transit Subcommittee; and managing the WSDOT offices that support the agencies’ rail, freight, aviation, local programs, planning, and public transportation activities.

“I’m excited to join the crew of Washington State Ferries,” said Scarton. “First, I want to acknowledge Lynne Griffith and all WSF crewmembers. They have done remarkable work, from reducing missed sailings to saving the lives of dozens of people every year.  I know there will be challenges ahead, and we will keep our focus on maintaining our strong safety record and improving service reliability.”

“As a lifelong user of our iconic ferry system, I know how critical it is to keep the vessels running on time and the challenges of maintaining the fleet,” said Governor Inslee. “I thank Lynne for her capable leadership and helping lead important improvements at WSF, and I am pleased someone with Amy Scarton’s experience can take the helm at ferries and build on the team’s recent successes.”

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24 million people a year through the most majestic scenery in the world.

sheriffsmCHELAN COUNTY- The National Weather Service is forecasting warmer temperatures and possible rain next week – weather conditions that may lead to the formation of hazardous ice jams and flooding along the county’s rivers and streams.

Ice jams are formed as a result of long cold spells that cause portions of rivers and streams to freeze. Fluctuations in temperatures or water levels can break the ice into chunks, which then can jam at obstructions, including bridges or culverts, as they move downstream. Such jams dam water flows, potentially resulting in flooding upstream. If a jam releases suddenly, it then may cause a surge of flooding downstream.

After several weeks of below-freezing temperatures, some areas of Chelan County are expected next week to see temperatures as high as 40 degrees as well as rain showers. Chelan County officials warn residents living close to rivers and streams to have an emergency plan in place in case of potential flooding. In flooding situations, people may become isolated or have to evacuate their homes quickly.

Citizens are asked to consider the following list of dos and don’ts:

DO:

  •    Be prepared before a flood. Have on hand extra food and water as well as an emergency kit that includes a battery-powered radio, flashlight, candles and waterproof matches.
  •    Monitor your property near your home to determine if water accumulations are rising.
  •    If you use a private bridge to access your property, watch for debris and ice buildup at the bridge. If you own a private bridge, you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of that structure.
  •    Have a copy of your flood insurance policy handy (if applicable) in case you need to contact your insurance company.
  •    Call your local officials with any questions or to notify them of any hazards you observe. Chelan County Public Works can be reached at 667-6415. In an emergency situation, call 911.

DON’T:

  •    Do NOT walk or attempt to drive through a flooded area. Water and ice levels may be misleading due to snow accumulations. Follow the rule: Turn Around! Don’t Drown!
  •    Take precautions to protect your home but do NOT try to remove ice from the river or alter river or stream flows. Attempting to alter water flows may inadvertently damage neighboring homes and property downstream.

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On 01/10/17 at 11:46 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to Badger Mtn. Rd. approximately 3 miles north of Fancher Hts. to investigate an injury accident.   Fire and EMS were also dispatched.  Investigation revealed that the driver of a N/B 2008 Nissan pickup crossed the center line and hit a S/B 1992 Ford pickup head on.  Both drivers were injured and transported to Confluence Hospital.  Their condition is unknown.  Traffic was blocked for about an hour until a county snow plow arrived and cleared a shoulder so vehicles could pass.

Douglas County has about 1,600 miles of county roads and 6 state highways.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to use care and stay alert for danger as they travel our roadways.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

manson schoolThe Manson School Board has passed a resolution placing a levy proposition on the February 14th 2017 Chelan County special election ballot. If approved, the levy would replace an expiring Maintenance and Operations (M & O) Levy passed by voters in February 2015.

The proposed levy is for 2 years 2018 & 2019 (Manson has historically run 2 year levies).

The current voter approved amount scheduled to be collected this year (2017) is $1,246,364. The proposed amounts are:                    2018     $1,333,609        2019       $1,426,962

Manson’s M & O levy funding is approximately 14% of the district’s total funding and pays for:

  • Maintenance of school facilities, including custodial staff, equipment, supplies and all utility expenses.
  • Instructional programs/technology:

o      College and advance placement courses in the high school

o      Preschool for all 4 year olds

o      High school internships program

o      Support of the arts (music, drama, art)

o      Vocational classes (shop, ag classes, business, technology)

o      Technology support

o      Replacement of computers/devices

  • Beyond the School Day Programs

o      After school enrichment and academic intervention classes

o      Middle/High school athletics (coaches, referees, travel, uniforms, equipment)

o      Clubs (pep band, FBLA, FFA, Knowledge Bowl).

  • Food Service (supplements inadequate state funding)

An informational meeting for the public will be held at Manson High School on February 8th at 6:30PM and additional informational meetings can be scheduled (687-3140). Information is also available on the district website at www.manson.org including an individual tax calculator where taxpayers can determine their estimated local school tax using their property assessed value amounts.

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manson trojans logoManson will host Oroville this Saturday, January 7th.   Games times have been changed as follows:

1:00 p.m. – Boys Junior Varsity
2:30 p.m. – Girls Varsity
4:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity

douglascountysheriff148On 12/29/16 at approximately 4:17 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call of a gunshot injury by the River near Rock Island. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a male with a gunshot wound to his right leg. The injury appeared severe so a Deputy quickly applied first aid in the form of a tourniquet above the injury. The victim was a 14 year old male from Cashmere.  

An ambulance arrived and transported the victim to Confluence Hospital. The investigation revealed that the 14 year old victim and his 17 year old friend had been hunting near the river. The victim had shot a duck.   He handed his 12 gauge shotgun with the safety off to his friend and went to retrieve his catch. The friend was holding the shotguns by their slings. As he walked toward the river, a branch snagged the trigger and the shotgun went off. The shot hit the victim’s right calf. Evidence and witnesses statements indicated that the incident was an accident.

I am grateful for the quick first aid work by the Deputies and quick response by ambulance personnel. I am also relieved the young victim was not hurt worse. Hunting is a wholesome sport, but one can never be too vigilant about safety.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is coordinating a search for a missing private airplane near the northern Hood Canal area of Dabob Bay.

The plane left Seattle’s Boeing Field headed for Port Angeles just after 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, and lost contact with air traffic control about 6:44 p.m. near the Dabob Bay area, east of Quilcene. The Federal Aviation Administration then contacted WSDOT.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office started a ground search and a U.S. Navy helicopter crew searched from the air Thursday night until visibility became too low to safely continue. The ground search continues and a fixed air Civil Air Patrol plane will launch at daybreak. The WSDOT Air Support Team also has been dispatched to track the airplane’s emergency locator signal.

At this time details about the plane and pilot, and any occupants onboard, are not being released. Updates on the search will be posted on the WSDOT blog.

WSDOT, by statue (RCW 47.68.380) is charged with the coordination and management of aerial search and rescue within the state. The agency works in conjunction with volunteer search and rescue groups, law enforcement and other agencies, such as the U.S. Navy, in carrying out such searches.