The Manson High School shop students recently traveled to Tonasket to compete in a welding contest.
The students that competed from Manson were: Eric Luna, Jesus Estrda, Geovanni Morrales, Beren Soliday and Angel Romero.
Contestants had to do a t-weld along with a butt-weld on ¼" thick metal using a 6011 and 7014 rod.
Eric Luna tied for 1st, followed by Jesus Estrda and Geovanni Morrales tying for 3rd place,
Beren Soliday placed 4th with Angel Romero tying for 5th.
Overall, it was a great showing by the group of welders from Manson High School.
The next contest they will be competing in will be at Cashmere on Dec 14th.
Regular Board Meeting
December 8, 2022, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. November 10, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
b. November 17, 2023 Special Meeting Minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. New Business
a. 2023 Payroll Signature Form
b. Manson Bay Marina policy update
c. PUD projects agreement
d. Proposal from Buckingham family for the sale of property to MPRD
VIII. Old Business
i. Old Swim Hole development project
ii. Manson Bay Marina planning project
iii. Leffler Field soil remediation planning project
b. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: 4:10pm on January 12, 2023 at 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA, 98831 (unless otherwise posted).
Virtual meeting takes place Dec. 13 and 14
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will cover several topics at its Dec. 13 and 14 meeting, including statewide traffic safety challenges, a statewide road usage charge program, and approaches to addressing possible shortfalls in fuel funding at Washington State Ferries.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Dec. 13, and Wednesday, Dec. 14. This meeting will be virtual using Zoom. People interested in attending can register on the Commission’s website. TVW will broadcast the meeting live.
The commission will hear from the state Traffic Safety Commission on Tuesday, December 13 about alarming increases in fatalities and injuries on our roadways, suggesting the time has come for significant changes in how to address roadway safety. The Traffic Safety Commission will share current safety trends and possible needed policy changes.
Also on Tuesday, the commission will hold a work session on current research, testing and preparations for a road usage charge program in Washington state. This will include reviewing and selecting recommendations on how to advance a pay-per-mile system. The commission’s recommendations will be provided to the Legislature for consideration in the 2023 legislative session.
Some further highlights of the commission’s two-day meeting include:
The commission will take public comment at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Those wishing to speak can sign up during the meeting by posting their name in the Q&A box on-screen. Written comments can also be submitted via email at:
On 11/26/22 2 reports were received by our office in regards to local area victims receiving phone calls from subjects claiming to be Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the Warrants Department. These calls were an attempt to solicit money in the form of gift cards to avoid an arrest. The caller also attempted to solicit personal information. This is a scam.
We continue to ask citizens to be aware of all the various types of telephone scams which are currently in circulation and do not disclose your personal information, or pay money to anyone you do not know. Please continue to report all scam related incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
On behalf of the Columbia River Drug Task Force we want to make the public aware of different colored Fentanyl or what is considered “Rainbow” Fentanyl that has been confiscated by law enforcement in the Wenatchee Valley within the last month.
CRDTF detectives have seen pictures of this multi-colored Fentanyl on suspect’s phones who reside in the Wenatchee Valley. We want the public to be aware of this latest trend as the Fentanyl looks very similar to candy or children’s vitamins.
Also, there have been drug seizures in Washington State, specifically in Eastern Washington, of colored Fentanyl powder that looks similar to colored chalk. We believe it will only be a matter of time before this type of Fentanyl will also make its way into our community. We urge the public to talk with your children about the dangers of drugs, to include not ingesting any type of pill that is not prescribed by a Doctor, and not trying or experimenting with any pills or powder that are given to them by an acquaintance, friend, or family member.
Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous substance.
For more information on the dangers of Fentanyl and to learn more please visit the following website.
On 11-21-2022 at approximately 7:33 PM, Douglas County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near mile marker 8 on State Route 173 (Bridgeport Bar, WA).
While contacting the driver of the stopped vehicle, deputies observed a vehicle approaching them on the highway. The vehicle traveled over the fog line and struck the patrol car, causing significant damage to both vehicles. The deputies were able to move out of the way and were uninjured. After striking the patrol car, the suspect vehicle proceeded to travel southbound on SR 173 towards Bridgeport.
Deputies advised RiverCom Dispatch of the incident and provided a description of the suspect vehicle. Another Douglas County Deputy located the vehicle traveling southbound on SR 173. The vehicle was missing a front tire, which caused sparks to be emitted down the roadway.
The deputy was able to stop the vehicle near approximately mile marker 4 on SR 173. With the assistance of the Brewster Police Department, the driver identified as Hendrika Isensee a 76-year-old Bridgeport resident was detained, without further incident. Washington State Patrol responded, placed her under arrest for suspicion of DUI and Hit and Run, and booked her into the Okanogan County Jail.
On 11-01-22, Matthew D. Hendricks, a 29 year old resident of East Wenatchee, was observed by CRDTF Detectives in Rock Island, WA. Hendricks had a DOC Escape warrant out for his arrest at the time. CRDTF Detectives had gathered intelligence from numerous sources that Hendricks was dealing Fentanyl pills. Hendricks drove his motorcycle from Rock Island to a body shop in the 400 block of Rock Island Road. He was contacted by Detectives once he arrived at the location. When contacted, Hendricks fled into the nearby body shop and hid behind a vehicle inside the shop. Hendricks was arrested and found in possession of nearly 1000 Fentanyl pills and close to an ounce of methamphetamine. Hendricks had over $2500 cash on his person. Hendricks was arrested and a search warrant on his phone was served which revealed evidence of drug dealing. Hendricks’ cash and motorcycle were seized. Hendricks was arrested for possession with intent to deliver Methamphetamine and Fentanyl as well as Resisting Arrest.
On 11-09-22, CRDTF Detectives had been surveilling Casey C. McKinstry, a 32 year old resident of Rock Island, due to information gathered that McKinstry was dealing Fentanyl. Detectives interrupted a drug deal after seeing a hand to hand transaction at the Evergreen Smoke Shop parking lot. McKinstry was arrested for possession with intent to deliver Fentanyl, Heroin and Methamphetamine. The buyer, Christopher R. Dexter, a 30 year old resident of East Wenatchee, was also arrested for leaving two young children unattended in his running vehicle while he was purchasing drugs from McKinstry. Child Protective Services was called and notified of the situation and the children were placed in temporary protective custody. Both subjects admitted a drug deal was occurring when the CRDTF Detectives contacted them. McKinstry had approximately $4800 cash, approximately 400 fentanyl pills, about a gram of heroin, and about gram of methamphetamine in his possession. The cash and McKinstry’s vehicle were seized. McKinstry was out on bail at the time of his arrest and has a pending case out of Douglas County for firearms possession and possession w/intent. McKinstry was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. It should be noted that under the current state law for drug possession that CRDTF Detectives only course of action is to issue Dexter a drug referral for his part in the drug transaction.
Both subjects are currently housed at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force is committed to targeting Fentanyl drug dealers in the Wenatchee Valley. There have been too many lives lost and countless lives affected by this poison being distributed in our community. CRDTF is committed to working with our Federal partners as well as the Chelan and Douglas Prosecutor’s office to hold these drug dealers accountable to the highest extent of the law.
Public can weigh in on possible ferry fuel surcharge via online forum
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission is seeking public input on the possibility of applying a ferry fuel surcharge to ferry fares in the future, to help cover growing fuel costs for the state ferry system.
The ferry fuel surcharge has been a possible funding tool available to the state since 2011 in the event fuel budgets fall short. However, due to more stable fuel costs in years past, the surcharge has never been activated by the commission.
Under the current regulation, the ferry fuel surcharge could be activated upon Commission approval. If activated, the surcharge would be added to the fare and could be in an amount from 2.5% to 10% of the fare, depending on the funding gap the surcharge is addressing.
The public can now weigh in on whether a fuel surcharge should be added to ferry fares and how it could be applied. The commission is hosting an online public input forum through Wednesday, Nov. 30. All input gathered will be shared with commission members at their virtual meeting scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14 and will help inform discussions around future ferry fuel funding needs during the upcoming 2023 Legislative session.
In addition to providing comments via the online forum, public comment on a possible ferry fuel surcharge can also be offered in the following ways:
For more information about the commission, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
Special Board Meeting
November 17, 2022, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Manson Bay Marina: approval of permitting documents
IV. Leffler Field Integrated Planning Project: selection of consultant
Next Regular Meeting: December 8, 2022, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831 unless otherwise posted.
The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and consult the agency’s popular holiday travel charts to determine best times to travel, including times to avoid if possible. The Interstate 5 Canadian border forecast is not included due to unreliable pandemic travel data the last several years. Travel charts are based on 2019 pre-pandemic volumes.
The agency provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:
Ready for winter
The safety of the traveling public and the movement of goods across our transportation system remain the agency’s top priority this winter. WSDOT crews are prepped for winter weather – including pre-treating and plowing. Travelers can help by being prepared for winter weather driving conditions. People can sign up for area-specific communication about road closures or scheduled maintenance activities including areas close to home or areas they’ll be traveling to for the holiday.
WSDOT encourages holiday travelers to work together to keep everyone safe, including those traveling by foot, bike, wheelchair or other modes.
“This time of year, many people are eager to see their loved ones and often make long trips, sometimes on roads they aren’t familiar with,” said WSDOT Active Transportation Director Barb Chamberlain. “When you increase your following distance and stop proactively for someone using a crosswalk or bike lane, you’re helping someone else make it home to their loved ones. Over 25% of the people who live in Washington aren’t drivers and they’re trying to get somewhere too.”
Weather conditions over mountain passes can change rapidly so it’s important for travelers to plan ahead and follow posted chain requirements. It’s often drivers who travel too fast, without traction tires or chains or under the influence that close a pass for everyone. No construction is planned on I-90 for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Wednesday and Thursday and westbound on Friday and Saturday (see charts for more detail). Text message alerts about significant delays are available by texting the words “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to 468311.
In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Thursday, Nov. 24, on the State Route 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The I-405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Thursday holiday. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and temporary account payment options on the Good To Go! visitors page.
People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound (or onto an island) Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 23-24, then eastbound (or off an island), Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.