2020 CFR Seasonal Firefigh

Firefighter/EMT Stephanie Preheim and Firefighter/EMT Mitchell Matthews will be joining the Chelan Fire & Rescue Team as seasonal firefighters for the 2020 Fire Season.

The addition of these two seasonal employees will give our community the additional staffing needed to accommodate the seasonal call volume increase during our daily peak operating periods.

Both Stephanie and Mitch are active members within the Chelan Fire & Rescue organization and have been filling available stipend shifts working as a third firefighter over the past several months.

Stephanie and Mitchell also have their IFSAC Firefighter I/II and Hazmat Operations and Wildland Firefighter Type 1 or 2 certifications in addition to being credentialed Washington State Emergency Medical Technicians.  These are nationally recognized certifications which are added benefits to the organization and the community we serve.

The seasonal firefighter positions are being funded within our 2020 budget using funds that were allocated for our current firefighter stipend program.

The seasonal firefighters will start May 1st and complement our daily staffing working alongside our career and volunteer members in providing service to the community. Welcome Aboard Firefighters Preheim and Matthews!

cascadia logoFREE CHIPPING!

Spring is a great time to get work done around your property, including wildfire preparedness. Consider using our spring chipping program instead of burning debris piles.

Burning your piles can lead to air quality issues and is a safety concern if fires were to get out of control.

Registration is open for our chipping program until May 1 here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GKTNND9.

Chipping will take place in late May. You don’t need to leave your property, just stack your branches on the street or driveway and our contract chipping crew will take care of it!

Questions? Please contact Amanda Newell with Cascadia Conservation District: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

chelan county logoResolution 2020-42 has been signed by the Board of Chelan County Commissioners.  This latest resolution will allow pre-existing home sales to continue.

Read the resolution here.

chelan county logoThe Chelan County Board of Commissioners have released a new resolution in response to questions from citizens who stated they were not clear about declarations stated in Resolution 2020-38.

You can read the resolution here.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Summary of the April 9, 2020 Leadership Response Team Conference Call

Submitted by: Mark Donnell, Chelan Fire & Rescue

Kent Sisson, Chelan-Douglas Regional EOC: Kent restated continued frustration from inability to obtain PPE (personal protective equipment) through the State due to changing guidelines and lack of coordination. Chelan county did receive needed ventilators and were able to return 40 back to the state due to lower-than-expected patient counts. Kent stated that he believed our latest PPE order might bring in some needed PPE but that long-term care facilities have been moved into the Tier 1 category which will impact the EOC’s ability to distribute surgical masks which are in low supply numbers.

Kent stated that the Sheriff’s Office was working with property owners regarding the recent declaration from the Chelan County Commissioners regarding vacation rentals and using education strategies before implementing enforcement.

Kent reinforced the need for the community to keep our focus on social distancing and the need for all essential services to focus on those infection control measures as it appears to be having a positive effect in controlling this current outbreak.

Barry Kling, Chelan-Douglas Health District: Answered questions regarding the number of patients testing positive in the Chelan/Manson area and referred to current information posted on the Chelan-Douglas Health District website: https://cdhd.wa.gov/covid-19/#case-count.

Barry was also asked about the drive-through testing process in place at Confluence Health and whether or not patients tested were given instructions about self-isolation until test results were returned. He was able to get an answer from Confluence during the conference call and it was affirmed that patient instructions were being given for those being tested.

Barry also offered to work with Kristi Morris form Columbia Valley Community Health to reach out to the Okanogan County Health District to assist in infection control measures to packing facilities in Okanogan County.

Barry reiterated that even with all of the news coming from Washington State that we may be at or near the top of the infection curve, it is extremely important to keep our social distancing processes in place for our area, as the eastern part of the state is about 1 to 2 weeks behind the curve for the Puget Sound. We need to keep sending the message out to our community about staying home, maintaining social distancing, and practicing effective infection control as these things appear to be working.

Chris Foreman, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office: Reiterated that patrol officers are working more towards educating the public regarding essential businesses and the vacation rental declaration rather than enforcement. Chelan County Sheriff has a dedicated number 509-667-6985 for the community to report violators with one deputy assigned to this task

Kristi Morris, Columbia Valley Community Health: Stated that they currently have 5 patients who have tested positive and 9 patients with results pending.

Kari Grover-Weir, USFS: USFS is starting to staff up for the upcoming fire season while working within the confinements mandated with social distancing. Mike Asher (CCFD #8 – Entiat) inquired whether or not the USFS was moving towards an earlier implementation of the seasonal burn ban similar to those released today by DNR. No decision is in place at this time.

Mike Steele, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce: Gave updates from the business community in regards to unemployment benefits and the business community grant program. Currently over 200 businesses in Chelan County have applied with participation from business owners in the Chelan and Manson communities. Mike also stated that many in the business community are concerned about the recovery of business in our area and the possibility of what social distancing might need to be implemented when this current situation is over.

Mike gave an update on residential construction being an essential service and what the definition and guidelines for this would look like. There are a number of municipalities and counties looking at reviewing this issue and making recommendations for changing the current designation.

Mike also recommended adding the CEO from Chelan Fruit to the Leadership Response Team as a resource for working with the growers in the area, for purposes of educating and enforcing social distancing and infection control measures to safeguard worker health.

Debbie Conwell, Manson Chamber of Commerce: Gave a brief update on the community support program for Manson.

Bob Goedde, City of Chelan: City of Chelan and its citizens must follow this directive the Chelan County Declaration on short term rentals as we are in Chelan County and fall under their jurisdiction on this issue. The city is also seeking clarification on owners of second homes and where to shelter in place. There have been concerns from the community that people who own second homes are travelling back and forth and not sheltering in place as is the intent of the current stay-at-home policy

Mike Asher, Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat): CCFD # 8 has sufficient stock of PPE to handle current call volumes. Is concerned about the impact that current social distancing will have on partner agencies’ ability to respond for a potential busier-than-normal fire season. Fire Chief Mark Donnell spoke to the conversation he had with Bob Plumb (Chelan County Fire Marshal) about the possibility of starting the burn ban earlier this year (May 1st). Mr. Plumb indicated that he was working with the county commissioners and fire chiefs in coordination with the County Director of Community Development to put this in place.

Brandon Asher, Chelan Fire & Rescue: Updated team on recently implemented infection control measures put in place at Station 71. PPE stock is sufficient although disposable gowns and surgical masks are at critical lows. EMS call numbers for March are down but CF&R has had 19 fire or fire-related events since March 1st. All predictions are that we will be experiencing a busier-than-normal fire season.

douglas county logoIn the interest of public safety, the Douglas County Treasurer has opted to maintain the April 30 deadline for property taxes and assessments.  In our largely rural county, many of our small hospital and fire districts, as well as other valuable districts that provide services to the public are often supported by property taxes alone. 

To respond to the economic impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Douglas County Treasurer is encouraging property owners who are financially able, to pay first half or full year property taxes early to fund essential services needed now and in the months to come.  However, the Treasurer’s Office understands that some taxpayers will be unable to make the April 30 deadline for their payments. 

The Treasurer will be offering two tax relief plans for homeowners and small business owners who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The first option is a grace period extension.  A taxpayer that enters into this plan will pay 50% of their first half tax and/or assessment(s) payment by April 30, with the remainder of the first half payment due on or before May 29 and will not be assessed interest or penalty.  The second option is an 8-payment plan.  The Treasurer office will assess the statutory monthly interest to the first half payment, but waive the state penalty.  The balance will be divided into eight (8) payments, with the final payment due November 30.  The second half tax due date of October 31 will remain unchanged. 

In the event the pandemic persists into late 2020, the Treasurer will consider offering similar plans for the second-half 2020 taxes and assessments. 

Applications for both plans are available on the Treasurer webpage at http://www.douglascountywa.net/elected-offices/treasurer or a paper or email copy can be obtained by contacting the Treasurer Office at (509) 745-8525.

You can also download the forms here:

COVID-19 8-Payment Plan Rev 04092020.pdf

COVID-19 Grace Period Extension Rev 04092020.pdf

ChelanFireRescueLogo200The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via google hangout. The public is welcome to listen to the open public meeting by calling #351-888-7591 no access code is needed.

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Flag Salute:

Regular Meeting Call to Order:

Approve Agenda:

Public Comment: No comments will be accepted at this meeting. If you have questions after the meeting please email Chief Mark Donnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 509-682-4476

Consent Agenda:

  • Revenue and Expenditure Report: February 2020 / March 2020

  • Payroll: $111,849.11 February 1-29, 2020 Paid: 03-05-2020 / $117,566.60 March 1-31 Paid: 04-05-2020

  • Vouchers for February 1-29, 2020 General Account: Vouchers #746238 - 746259 for $20,171.83; Vouchers 746260 – 746280 for $19,400.87; Vouchers 746282-746290 for $3,502.45.

  • Vouchers for March 1-31, 2020 General Account:

  • Vouchers for February 1-29, 2020 Capital Account: Vouchers 17106 - 17107 for $2,054.17; Vouchers 746281 for $2,235.97and Voucher 17108 for $53.18.

  • Minutes: February 10 & 19, 2020 and March 23, 2020

Fire Chief Report:

  • 2020 Budget & Financial Report

  • Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction

Assistant Chief Report:

  • Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training

Firefighters Association Report:

Unfinished Business:

  • Long Range Planning

  • Seasonal Hires

New Business:

  • Resolution 2020-02 Surplus - Laptops

  • Resolution 2020-03 Delegating Authority to Declare an Emergency

  • Resolution 2020-04 Surplus – 1987 Ford Water Tender

  • Resolution 2020-06 Surplus Items Structure Helmets and Boots

  • Resolution 2020-07 Surplus 1992 Seagrave and 2000 Nav/IH

  • Incident 2020-129 Illegal Burning Billing

  • Incident 2020-186 Out of District Brush Fire Response Billing

Special Events:

Board for Volunteer Firefighters:

Public Comment: No comments will be accepted at this meeting. If you have questions after the meeting please email Chief Mark Donnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 509-682-4476

Commissioner Comments:

Executive Session:

Adjournment:

douglas county logoOn April 8, 2020 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution CE No. 20-26B & TLS 20-22B, Proclamation of Pre-existing Home Sales Agreements Proceed During the COVID-19 Stay Home Stay Healthy Governor Proclamation.

This proclamation allows pre-existing home sales that also have building permits in place to proceed to build completion as an essential activity under the Governor of the State of Washington’s guidance, subject to restrictions.  Both the purchase and sale agreement and the building permit must have issue dates on or before March 27, 2020.  The restrictions are as follows:

  • An affidavit stating there is an existing Purchase and Sale Agreement or Real Estate contract and previously approved building permit prior to March 27, 2020 must be provided.
  • An authorization letter will then be issued by the Douglas County Planning Department.
  • Property viewings, inspections, appraisals and final walk-throughs shall be arranged by appointment only, and be limited to two people at each occurrence.  Inspector may require additional measurers as required by the building inspector.
  • County authorization must be posted on site.
  • All persons on site must observe social distancing guidelines and applicable health and worker protection measures.
  • This proclamation may be rescinded or superseded any time at the direction of the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners.

 Full documents can be read here:

Douglas County Resolution CE No. 20-26B and TLS 20-22B

Chelan-Douglas Health District Letter of Support

Memorandum from Office of Gov. Jay Enslee

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On 4-7-20 at 5:41 PM, Chelan Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported brush fire in the area of 752 Swanson Gulch Road.

Arriving crews found an approximately ¼ acre wind driven brush fire that had moved into several large debris piles.

13 personnel from Chelan Fire & Rescue, working with several area residents, were able to get the fire under control within an hour and remained on scene to mop up until 1950.

The property owner was not burning at the time of this incident and the cause is still under investigation.

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind our community that we are already experiencing an unusually active fire season this year and to please use caution when burning.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – The arrival of spring typically means drivers in Washington have until March 31 to remove studded tires. However, this year the Washington State Department of Transportation is further extending the deadline to Friday, May 15, due to COVID-19 virus concerns and Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to help reduce the spread of the virus by limiting social interactions. This extends the previous April 30 deadline.

“Washington is experiencing some extraordinary challenges with COVID-19 right now and we recognize this is not a time for ‘business as usual,’” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Branch Manager James Morin. “People are dealing with a lot of concerns – and this further extension means getting tires changed by the end of April doesn’t need to be one of them.” 

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31. State law gives WSDOT authority to extend the deadline when circumstances call for it, most commonly when a forecast indicates widespread snow and ice. With most residents asked to stay home through Monday, May 4, removing studded tires before the previous deadline could be difficult for some.

Because the COVID-19 event is rapidly changing, WSDOT will re-evaluate the situation near the end of the new extension period. If no new extensions are granted at that time, the May 15 deadline means that starting at midnight on Saturday, May 16, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine.

WSDOT encourages drivers to remove studded tires prior to the deadline, if possible. Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded near the removal deadline, so please plan accordingly.

Crews continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts, and work to quickly clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.

Other states may have different studded tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.

More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.

This is a very important resoulution that affects those renting space to out of town visitors, campers and anyone staying in an RV or other vehicle that are non-residents of Chelan County.

A fine of $500 per day can be applied to owners, operators and managers of B&Bs, vacations rentals and campgrounds that are shown to be in violation of the order.

READ THE RESOLUTION HERE

Chelan Siren

Chelan Fire and Rescue is currently looking at reactivating the downtown “air raid” siren for larger, multi alarm incidents within the fire district.

Chelan Fire and Rescue runs over 900 calls a year and is a recognized as the 6th most high-risk area for large catastrophic fires in the state. As we have seen in the past, occasionally these fires can quickly overrun the capabilities of our limited local resources, especially with the right weather conditions. The majority of our calls are usually handled by the on-duty crews in combination with the volunteers at outlying stations. Those calls would NOT activate the siren. But due to the reduction of half of Chelan Fire and Rescue’s daily career staff coupled with a decrease in volunteers responding to calls we feel now is the time to research different ways to notify the community to prepare.

As more orchards are being torn out and more homes are moving deeper into the urban interface, we feel the Lake Chelan community as a whole, needs to be alerted. The community can share in their part of the response by looking up, looking for smoke, recognizing that there is a fire, and generally remaining vigilant to their surroundings. Fires that used to be slowed by green orchards and irrigation now have paths from the hills right into homes.

Chelan Fire and Rescue is looking at activating the siren only on 2nd alarm or greater fires. By activating the siren on 2nd and 3rd alarm fires it serves many purposes. It lets the community know that all five stations and all firefighters are being requested for a fire in the district. It lets business owners who employ our volunteer members know that there is a significant fire event locally in hopes that they may be able to release them to respond to the call. It lets you the citizens know there is a chance that if you call 911, your emergency may have a slight delay as incident commanders decide what to break free from the major incident or who to call to assist you. It lets you also know that there will soon be apparatus and personnel from all over Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties potentially coming through town to assist. It creates community situational awareness that is vital to the safety of all as conditions can change in a matter of minutes. We will do our part in getting up to date factual information out to all media platforms as the situation allows.

Chelan Fire and Rescue is not alone in this endeavor. The Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee areas are also in the process of researching the reactivation of their siren system. Chelan Fire and Rescue hopes that we won’t have to activate it at all this summer but we also recognize the challenges that we are facing regarding our response capabilities. Now with the COVID-19 situation we could potentially have even fewer firefighters locally and statewide to respond. Chelan Fire and Rescue is here to answer questions and looking for input from the community in regard to this. You can contact Assistant Chief Brandon Asher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Station 71 at (509)682-4476.

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Today, Gov. Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 4. The governor says the fastest way to economic recovery is the recovery of our health. Stay home. Stay healthy. Save lives. The order continues to require everyone to stay at home unless they are pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment or going to work at an essential business. This is unprecedented times and the sacrifice residents have made are clear. But we will get through this together. #WeGotThisWA

All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains, and other things necessary for continued operations will continue to remain open. https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed

Employment Security phone lines continue to be overwhelmed. Keep trying or try filing online. https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/retroactive-payments

The order means that the eviction moratorium continues. If you are having problems with a landlord, let the state know: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx

Our team at our state Emergency Operations Center has processed thousands of inquiries looking to be an essential business. If you have more questions, let them know https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d4c155fa930f4b848f95774d610c9708

There are so many businesses and people staying home and we appreciate everyone’s help. But if you see a business willfully violating the order, report suspected violators at the link. Don’t call 911. https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/09349a1c56844b539fea1c2cabd16d56

Have questions? Visit http://coronavirus.wa.gov or call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

bball coach steveManson Athletic Program is excited to announce the hire of Steve Nygreen as the new Head Girls Basketball coach. 

“We are thrilled to have Steve onboard in this role and look forward to him building a strong foundation for our program.” stated Manson AD Eric Sivertson.  

Steve has taught in Manson for two years and has served as a middle school football coach and a high school assistant boys basketball coach.  Prior to landing in Manson Steve was the Head Girls Basketball coach in Chelan.

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On 4-2-20 at 1:42 pm Chelan Fire and Rescue assisted Chelan County Fire District #8 (Entiat) with a brush fire on the hill above the orchards off Chelan Butte Rd in Stayman Flats.

On arrival command reported a ¼ acre working brush fire with multiple orchard workers on scene attempting to extinguish.  The fire was being pushed by 10-15 mph winds.

Crews were able to quickly get the main body of fire under control.  Crews also caught one spot fire about 50 yards away that had started across the road and were able to catch it before it was out of reach.

Four apparatus from Entiat and three from Chelan responded with a total of ten firefighters.

The cause of the fire was an orchard burn that had spotted due to the sudden winds.

East Wenatchee, WA – Many people are curious about the positive COVID-19 cases confirmed so far in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Chelan-Douglas Health District was not releasing details on individual cases to protect patient confidentiality. Unfortunately, because we now have enough cases, we will release grouped information.

One caution. You may live in a town with no lab confirmed cases so far. That does not mean the virus is not there. Recent studies make it very clear that there are many mild or non-symptomatic cases, that is, people don’t know they have coronavirus, and that they can infect others. Most people who get this infection will recover and be fine, but the measures we take now will save the lives of vulnerable people. You must do the same things – stay home, wash hands, etc. – whether or not there happen to be known cases in your town. The infection is there, and there will be more. STAY HOME – STAY HEALTHY – STAY SAFE.

The following information represents confirmed cases in Chelan and Douglas Counties as of April 1, 2020:

Confirmed Cases by Age

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Confirmed Cases by Sex at Birth

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Confirmed Cases by City

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Statement on Deaths:

There have been two (2) deaths among those who have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Both were more than 80 years old and had coexisting medical conditions.

COVID-19 Resources:

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Chelan-Douglas Emergency Operation Center

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The body of 18-year-old Hannia “Paulina” Mosqueda Rodriguez of Waterville was discovered near Horse Lake Road on March 17th (see our previous story).

Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses incurred during this difficult time.

Please help by donating at: gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-paulina.

manson schoolThe Manson School Board is asking our community for nominations of Manson School District Staff Members who have made a significant contribution to the lives of students and/or the greater Manson community. Recipients of this year’s award will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500 from Aaron England of England Chiropractic. They will be recognized by the Manson Chamber of Commerce “A Night to Remember” held next fall.

Selection criteria is as follows: one certificated employee (grades P-12) and one support staff employee (secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, para-professionals, food services, coaches, etc.)

Nominations have been extended until April 23, 2020 at noon. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on April 27, 2020.

Nominations forms are available online by using the following link: https://forms.gle/bEhzz8SVLrjaiDJg6 (English) and https://forms.gle/JMciVt4WNCBqUvMVA Spanish .

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Chelan Fire & Rescue Firefighter/EMTs Troy Keene and Adam Jones were recently recognized for their 10 years of dedicated service to the community.

Adam and Troy are the only two members from the original group hired as fulltime firefighters for Chelan Fire & Rescue and are truly a decided asset for the community and the organization.

Please congratulate them on reaching this milestone anniversary.

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On March 30th at 4:13 PM crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported illegal burn in the 400 block of Tennant Lane off Washington Creek. 

Arriving crews found an unattended 10’ X 50’burn pile that had reignited due to windy conditions that was slowly spreading. 

Crews were able to quickly control and extinguish the fire in an hour. 

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone to please call Chelan Fire & Rescue at (509)682-4476 or check the Department of Ecology website for daily updated burning information. 

dougcountysherlogoDouglas County officially combined with the Chelan-Douglas Health District, Chelan County, City of Wenatchee, and City of East Wenatchee to form a Unified Emergency Operations Center in response to the COVID-19 Virus.

Unification of response efforts will result in increased efficiency and resource availability during this situation.

All official emergency response information regarding COVID-19 will be coming from this newly formed group.

More information and all future communication can be found at www.cdeoc.org.

colville 12 tribes logoOMAK, WASH. April 1, 2020— Following guidance from the Colville Business Council, 12 Tribes Casinos has extended closures for all three casino properties- 12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak, 12 Tribes Mill Bay Casino in Manson, and 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino in Coulee Dam.

The closure has been in effect since March 17, 2020 and will last through April 30, 2020, in accordance with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.

“These measures are necessary to ensure the safety of our patrons, employees, and communities, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 to allow everyone to resume their normal lives as soon as possible,” said Colville Tribal Federal Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Kary Nichols.

Updates will be made available on 12 Tribes Colville Casino’s website at www.colvillecasinos.com/covid-19-prevention.

douglascountysheriff148On March 31, 2020 at approximately 5:33 PM a Douglas County Deputy heard a broadcast from Rivercom with an attempt to locate for a subject with a confirmed Department of Correction’s felony warrant for escape.

The subject with the warrant was Victor J. Stevenson, a 31 year-of-age male out of Wenatchee.

The Deputy, familiar with Stevenson from prior contacts, went to the 400 block of Parkway in Rock Island to attempt to locate. The Deputy saw Stevenson enter a motor home in the 400 block of Parkway, but was told he was not there when he tried to make contact.

With the assistance of Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee P.D and Wenatchee P.D. units, the area was secured and a search warrant was obtained. Utilizing phone conversations, Stevenson ultimately surrendered without incident before the search warrant was served.

Stevenson was booked into CCRJ on his felony warrant.

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The Chelan-Douglas Regional EOC reports that the Washington National Guard will be deploying to communities around the state to assist with food distribution at local food banks.

Starting tomorrow, April 2nd, the National Guard will be sending 10 guardsmen to Wenatchee to assist with food distribution at the Town Toyota Center. The National Guard will be assisting our local food banks, churches and community groups as they combine resources to better serve our community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The request for the National Guard was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The National Guard will only be assisting with food distribution. They will not be utilized in any law enforcement capacity or to enforce any restrictions put in place by Governor Inslee.

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Regular Board Meeting
April 9, 2020, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Minutes
a. March 12, 2020 regular meeting minutes
III. Financial Review
a. Review monthly financial report
b. Review and approve monthly voucher
IV. New Business
a. Resolution 2020-05 approving Director to submit RCO grant application for Leffler Field acquisition
b. Resolution 2020-06 approving Director to submit RCO grant application for Old Swim Hole
c. Resolution 2020-07 approving Director to submit RCO grant application for Manson Bay Marina
V. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is May 14, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

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Yakima, WA— March 27, 2020 — This week has proven to be a most challenging of time for the country, state, and now -- the building industry.

On Wednesday evening, Gov. Jay Inslee issued clarification on construction in which he significantly narrowed the original order which allowed for “housing construction.” His new order does allow for continued construction, under limited circumstances:
a) Construction related to essential activities as described in the order;
b) To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing; or
c) To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures.

To that end, it is permissible for workers who are building, construction superintendents, tradesmen, or tradeswomen, or other trades including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, laborers, sheet metal, iron workers, masonry, pipe trades, fabricators, heavy equipment and crane operators, finishers, exterminators, pesticide applicators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC technicians, painting, moving and relocation services, forestry and arborists, and other service providers to provide services consistent with this guidance. All construction activity must meet social distancing and appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding.

(Gov. Inslee’s March 25, 2020 Memo: Construction Guidance – Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25)

Contractors are required by local 2 jurisdictions to have strict safety plans, various licenses and certifications that ensure safety not only for their crews, but for the safety and well-being of homeowners.

Residents and community members may continue to see construction still occurring, but must understand that CWHBA is not providing direct or legal interpretation of the order, enforcing or enquiring regarding specific job sites, and trusts that builders are moving in a direction that is safe and in compliance with the order.

Visit CWHBA.org for more information to stay informed.

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Chelan County is pleased to announce the appointment of James (Jim) Brown as our new Community Development Director.

Jim comes to Chelan County after serving 28 years with Washington State Fish and Wildlife the last 7 of which he has served as the Director for the North Central Region.

He has extensive leadership experience that will serve the County well. In his tenure with WDFW, he has overseen the implementation of agency policy initiatives and programs, providing policy direction to the approximately 150 staff in the region.

The Commissioners chose Jim Brown to succeed former Director David Kuhl who left the County at the end of February. We selected Jim due to his ability to work with a wide variety of interests and to resolve difficult issues in a professional and objective way.

The Commissioners are pleased to welcome Jim Brown to the Chelan County team. He will start on April 23rd.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on March 24th, 2020 at approximately 0720 hours an employee from Selland Construction reported batteries from their heavy equipment had been stolen overnight. At the time of the theft the equipment was parked on Raven Wing Ranch Property, 5814 Colockum Rd, Malaga WA. A week prior to this theft, five heavy equipment batteries had been stolen from this same location.

The first theft was not reported to CCSO and the batteries were replaced by the victim.

When the employee arrived on March 24th, they discovered nine heavy equipment batteries had been stolen overnight. The approximate value of all the batteries stolen in the past week is $2,720. The combined weight of all the stolen batteries is approximately 1,034 pounds.

On the evening of March 24th, one of our Deputies located a classified advertisement on the Wenatchee “Buy/Sell/Trade” Facebook page. A Facebook user had posted an advertisement on March 24th for two heavy equipment batteries. The advertised batteries were the same type and model as the stolen batteries. They were described as “Very nice batteries. In great shape. Will test as if new. Great deal on some practically new batteries.

An Undercover Detective responded to the advertisement via Facebook Messenger. The suspect responded and advised the Detective he actually had four batteries available for sale. The suspect sent our Detective additional photographs of the batteries. In the photographs distinguishing markings matching the stolen batteries could be observed. The suspect agreed to meet with the Undercover Detective in Wenatchee to sell him four batteries.

On March 24th at approximately 2230 hours, the suspect met up with Undercover Detectives from the Columbia River Drug Task Force. The suspect sold the Detectives the four heavy equipment batteries for $200, and advised them he had 3 more heavy equipment batteries to sell them the following day. The suspect, a 28 year old male from the Malaga area, was arrested without incident. The suspect was identified as Wade Hawkins. Search warrants were obtained for the vehicle he was driving and his residence.

On March 25th at approximately 0120 hours a search warrant was served on Hawkins’ residence. Two batteries matching the description of the stolen batteries were located at the residence. A third battery matching the description of the stolen batteries was located in the trunk of Hawkins’ vehicle when it was searched.

In all, Selland Construction had fourteen heavy equipment batteries stolen. Seven of the batteries were recovered. Evidence showing three of the batteries were likely sold as scrap was recovered. Four of the stolen batteries remain unaccounted for at this time. Hawkins was arrested for trafficking stolen property 1st degree, possessing stolen property 2nd degree, vehicle prowl 2nd degree, and criminal trespass 2nd degree.

This was a coordinated effort from your Chelan County Sheriff’s Office among numerous deputies on three different patrol squads, and the Chelan County Regional Drug Task Force. The reality is those committing theft and other serious crimes are not taking any time off during this crisis, but your deputies will continue to work to keep our valley safe and secure.

CC sheriff logo 2018Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide Executive “Stay at Home Order”.

This order was put in place to protect the “whole community” of our State from the very contagious COVID-19 virus.

Anyone employed in essential services involving operation of critical infrastructure sectors and continuity of operations is allowed to continue to work.

Those persons who are not part of the essential services groups defined below should stay at home and only travel to grocery stores, doctor appointments, pharmacies and other locations offering essential services until the order is lifted.

People should continue to refrain from participating in any public gatherings and maintain social distancing of six feet or more throughout the duration of the order.

Law enforcement's primary role is to help educate people about how to comply with orders to stay at home. We are not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket or establish checkpoints for compliance. Rumors of strict law enforcement or "martial law" are not true.

Here are communication messages that may help you answer questions from your communities:

• We view our role more as one of education. Educating residents on how to keep themselves safe, how to keep their families safe and most importantly, to keep the rest of the community safe, especially our vulnerable populations.

• We understand some people need to carry out essential services such as:

 1. Safety and security

 2. Food, water, shelter

 3. Health and medical

 4. Energy (power and fuel)

 5. Communications

 6. Transportation

For information on the definition of essential critical infrastructure workers please, go to:https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6817901-FINAL-WA-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure.html

• Our communities have shown they understand the severity of the situation and are doing all they can already to keep themselves, their families and neighbors safe and healthy.

• When officers and deputies encounter people not complying with an order, we will remind them, as appropriate, of the recommendation and restrictions.

• No law enforcement agencies have any desire to make any arrests or take anybody to jail for violations.

• Rumors of individuals or businesses needing "passes" or "licenses" to conduct essential services are not true.

Rest assured we will continue to serve you every minute of every day and we will always enforce the laws that keep people safe.

chelan county logoOpen Burning

The Fire Districts are very busy.

Please do not add to the work they are doing. If you need to burn natural debris on your property, remember that last year’s grass is very flammable.

Please burn responsibly.

Here are some simple guidelines to follow:

No burning if the wind speeds exceed 10 mph. (Less is better)

Attended recreational campfires are allowed at private residences and hosted campgrounds in approved campfire rings or pits and at dispersed camping sites. The campfire area must be clear of combustible material 36 inches in diameter around the campfire. Have a shovel and water readily available on site to suppress the fire.

Outside of UGA: Debris burning of natural vegetation is allowed on your property. No garbage or building debris. Maximum pile size is 4X4-feet in diameter. A 10-foot diameter area clear of flammable material around the pile is required. Water and a shovel must be readily available on site to suppress the fire.

Debris burning restrictions within the Urban Growth Area (UGA) are still applicable. Burning of yard waste in Urban Growth Areas is prohibited.

No Household trash or garbage shall be burned outdoors at residences at any time. If your property is not in an Urban Growth Area only natural vegetation can be burned.

Burn barrels are illegal and are not permitted.

Always have at least one person attending the burn pile and provide them with a means to control the fire or put out spot fires. (Hand tools and water.)

If you have an orchard. Agricultural Operations Do Not need a permit from Ecology to burn their prunings or fire-blight if they are just limbs and a few whole trees. If the orchard is tearing out whole blocks or acreage then they need an agricultural pile burn permit from Ecology.

It is advised to have outdoor burning complete before the end of May.

Burn regulations will engage June 1st.

CC sheriff logo 2018Previous article from March 18, 2020: Human remains found in ravine near Horselake Road

On March 23rd, 2020 a medical examination was completed on the human remains found near Horselake Road last week. The body, discovered on March 17th, 2020 has now been positively identified as 18 year old Hannia “Paulina” Mosqueda Rodriguez of Waterville. She was originally reported missing to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in October of 2019.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Mosqueda Rodriguez are suspicious in nature and are being investigated by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Wenatchee Police Department.

If you have any information regarding this incident please call the CCSO Detective Tip-Line at 509-667-6845.

chelan douglas health distrEast Wenatchee, WA – CDHD was notified on March 24, 2020, by Confluence Health of the first death of a Health District resident as a result of COVID-19, and two (2) additional lab-confirmed positive test results.

The Health District’s total number of lab-confirmed positive cases is now twelve (12), ten (10) of whom are Chelan County residents and two (2) Douglas County residents

The Central Washington Hospital patient who passed away was a 91-year-old patient with multiple pre-existing health conditions. It is important to note that everyone is at risk for COVID-19 – not just the elderly.

Please continue practice all the possible measures in order to avoid infection or spread of this disease.COVID-19.

chelan county logoDue to many of the offices limiting in-person contact the County will now go to a single point entry for both the Law and Justice Building as well as the Courthouse. Public Restrooms in County buildings will have rotating closures due to increased sanitizing efforts.

Both the Treasurer’s Office and the Noxious Weed Department will go to close to in-person interaction as of Monday, March 23rd. Please check our website www.co.chelan.wa.us to get up-to-date contact information for our offices.

Current face-to-face closures include:

Sheriff’s Office

Human Resources

Public Works

District Court Probation

Auditor’s Office

Starting Monday March 23rd

Chelan County Assessor

Chelan County Community Development

Noxious Weed

ChelanFireRescueLogo200The Special Meeting scheduled for 03-23-2020 starting at 9:00 a.m. has been cancelled.

The regular meeting scheduled for 03-23-2020 starting at 1:00 p.m. is still in effect.

Agenda 03-23-2020 Regular Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Due to the COVID19 restrictions set upon all social distancing the board is conducting the meeting via phone conference. 

The public will have access to listen in.

Access codes are as follows:

Conference Call Dial-in: 1-623-600-3762

Conference Code:  284213

Call to Order at 1:00 p.m.:   Commissioner Moller, Chair

New Business:

  • Resolution 2020-05 Continuation of Government in the event of a disaster 

Adjournment:

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – The arrival of spring typically means drivers in Washington have until March 31 to remove studded tires. However, this year the Washington State Department of Transportation is extending the deadline to Thursday, April 30, due to COVID-19 virus concerns and in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s guidance to help reduce the spread of the virus by limiting social interactions.

“Washington is experiencing some extraordinary challenges with COVID-19 right now and we recognize this is not a time for ‘business as usual,’” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Branch Manager James Morin. “People are dealing with a lot of concerns – trying to get tires changed by the end of the month doesn’t need to be one of them.” 

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31. State law gives WSDOT authority to extend the deadline when circumstances call for it, most commonly when a forecast indicates widespread snow and ice. Currently many employers, including tire removal services, are sending employees home to help stop the spread of the virus, so people’s ability to meet the deadline could be difficult.

Because the COVID-19 event is rapidly changing, WSDOT will re-evaluate the situation near the end of the extension period. If no new extensions are granted at that time, the April 30 deadline means that starting at midnight on Friday, May 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine.

WSDOT encourages drivers to remove studded tires prior to the deadline, if possible. Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded near the removal deadline, so please plan accordingly.

Crews continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts, and work to quickly clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.

Other states may have different studded tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.

More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.

Food- Childcare and more (PDF)

Lunch Delivery Locations and Times (PDF)

Manson Food Delivery

douglas county logoOn March 17, 2020 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners have passed Resolution No. CE 20-14, Emergency Proclamation, in response to the potential COVID-19 situation in Douglas County.

On March 17, 2020 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners have passed Resolution No. CE 20-14, Emergency Proclamation, in response to the potential COVID-19 situation in Douglas County.The health, safety, and welfare of our community is Douglas County’s top priority. This resolution will allow efficient response to any COVID-19 threats as they emerge and will further ensure the ability to prepare for any developments in the coming weeks and months. This situation remains fluid and changes may occur rapidly.

To further the recommendations issued by the Chelan Douglas Health District, Centers for Disease Control, and the State of Washington, the Douglas County Commissioners have signed Resolution No. CE 20-16, restricting public access to all Douglas County facilities, effective March 19, 2020. Public access will be limited to Court hearings/other court dates or by appointment with other County offices. Douglas County is committed to providing public services and will continue to operate via email, phone, and other electronic means during this time. Attached is a resource sheet with information regarding whom to contact to discuss scheduling of appointments to meet in-person with County staff.

Douglas County is not closing or slowing any government processes. These operational changes will only serve to protect the community and those who serve it. We believe that instituting precautionary measures will strengthen our ability to add value to our constituents. All departments are fully staffed to respond to inquiries via telephone, email, or other portals available.

Additionally, per Resolution CE 20-15, all Board of Commissioner’s meeting sessions will be moved temporarily from the Courthouse in Waterville and will now be held at the Public Services Building, 140 19th NW, East Wenatchee WA. This change will take place effective immediately and will remain in place for the duration of the emergency.

The County has undertaken a number of proactive measures in response to COVID-19. Facilities maintenance has instituted increased building protocols, physical contact has been curtailed, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) have been provided, and mail handling has been altered.

For additional information regarding COVID-19 and resources available to the community, please see the following sources:

 The Chelan Douglas Health District: https://cdhd.wa.gov/

 The Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 For information regarding disaster relief for businesses - Small Business Administration https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

 For tax relief information: https://dor.wa.gov/about/2019-novel-coronavirus-outbreak-covid-19-update

 Department of Education: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus;

 Information about Health Care Coverage for impacted workers: https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/Homepage.html & https://www.hca.wa.gov/health-care-services-supports/apple-health-medicaid-coverage;

 Information for impacted workers and employers - Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus

Additional documents:

Resolution No. CE 20-14B

Resolution No. CE 20-16

 

chelan county logoChelan County is operating under its various departmental emergency plans. We are encouraging the use of our on-line resources rather than in-person services. Several of our offices are closed to face-to-face interaction.

Before venturing out to a County Office, please check our website www.co.chelan.wa.us to see if the service you desire is being affected.

Though an office may be closed to face-to-face contact services are available by phone or email. Contact information is available through our website.

Current face-to-face closures include:

Sheriff’s Office

Human Resources

Public Works

District Court Probation

Starting Monday March 23rd

Chelan County Assessor

Chelan County Community Development

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

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

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

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