- Written by Josh Verellen, AFMO Fuels
Wenatchee, Washington--(March 26, 2021)--This spring, firefighters across Central Washington will once again be putting good fire to work to help restore watersheds and better protect nearby communities. Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for restoring public lands and the communities who depend on them.
“As snow melts and access opens to burn units, we will be taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to start prescribed burning where we can safely do so. No one knows what the fire season may bring, so it is important for us to be proactive when we have these springtime burning opportunities,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Rob Allen.
Just over 9,500 acres of prescribed burning is planned this spring, but not all planned acres may be completed if conditions are not favorable. Conditions include correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture, and ventilation for smoke. When these criteria are met, firefighters implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets forest health and public safety goals including air quality.
“These prescribed fire projects reduce the amount of burnable fuels in the forest, improve forest health, and help lower the risk of future high-intensity wildfires that are more likely to bring dense smoke and impact access to and use of the forest,” Allen said.
Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke during burning operations. Even though smoke from prescribed fire is usually light and doesn’t last long, it is important that smoke-sensitive individuals plan ahead and be prepared. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit wasmoke.blogspot.com or airnow.gov/fires.
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2021 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its March board meeting. Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community mem-bers. Award recipients were: High school teacher Sarah Wiggum, School Nurse, Michelle Rogge and Par-ent Involvement/Post Secondary Coordinator, Adelina Grageda.
The Manson School District Board of Directors will officially recognize the award winners at the April 26, 2021 board meeting. The recipients will also be recognized by the North Central Educational Service. District.
England Chiropractic will be donating $500 to each recipient of the 2021 Blue and White Award to use in their professional work. Manson School District would like to thank Aaron for his generous donation and ongoing support of Manson Schools.
A big congratulations to other nominees: Samantha Lovelace, Diana Soliday, Wendy Schramm, Carman, Fretwell, Katie Plummer, Lauren Johnson, Alicia Alexander, Rosie Rodriguez, Maria Verduzco, Heidi Griffith, Alejandro Grajeda, Betty Urbanczyk, Angel Gosvener and Janine Sanborn.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the fire station 232 East Wapato.
The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782
Call to order:
• Discussion on recommendations of Citizens Advisory Group
- Written by Wayne E. Harris, D-ABMDI, Chelan County Coroner
On Friday, March 19th, at around 3:00 p.m. on the vacation rental property of The Lookout in Chelan, excavation work was being done, and the individual operating the excavator unearthed a human skull. As he briefly looked around, he also found an upper arm (humerus), shin bone (tibia), lower jaw (mandible), and some small rib fragments.
The operation was stopped and he called RiverCom to report the find. Detectives were notified, and they in turn notified the Coroner’s Office. The two entities met at the site of the find in an attempt to ascertain what was found.
Looking at the skull and corresponding with Dr. Kathy Taylor, the state forensic anthropologist, it was immediately determined that the remains belonged to a Native American. She immediately notified Dr. Guy Tasa, the state physical anthropologist with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. He contacted the Coroner’s office and obtained as much information as available about the situation. He began writing letters to the local tribes, notifying them of the find and coordinating a time when the departments would all meet back at the site and determine what the next steps would be.
On Monday, March 23rd, Dr. Tasa, a representative from the Colville Tribe and the Coroner met at the site and discussed the situation. Dr. Tasa and his assistant walked the area and were able to locate several other skeletal pieces to include a rib, an ankle bone, a finger bone, and the sacrum and tailbone (coccyx). These additional bones were collected, and the bones found Friday were turned over to Dr. Tasa.
Managers for The Lookout were also onsite, and they were given the legal requirements of the next steps. The site will be further investigated by an archeologist after proper permits are obtained. The process will continue to include the Colville Tribe representatives and may take up to 60 days.
When the investigation is completed, all of the skeletal remains will be placed in a cedar box and interred at the small cemetery on property that belongs to the Wapato Tribe, near the Mill Bay Casino.
The public are strongly advised to stay out of the area as it is an active Native American excavation site, and law enforcement will periodically drive through the area. Any remains or Native American artifacts found are to be turned over to local law enforcement, the Coroner, or the proper representative from the Colville tribe.
- Written by Cheryl Nelson, Member Services Director, CWHBA
Grab your clubs and spend a day on the course during this FUN MEMBER OUTING. It's a wonderful opportunity for members to get together for a little friendly competition, promote your company’s products & services, and build new relationships.
Central Washington Home Builders Golf Classic
Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST
Bear Mountain Ranch Golf Course
1050 Bear Mountain Ranch Rd
Chelan, WA 98816
Thursday, April 29th
9am - shotgun start followed by lunch and awards.
Team & Single player cost includes: Greens Fee | Cart Rental | Pre-game Snacks | Boxed Lunch & Drink Ticket
$25 CADDY PACK per person
Caddy Pack includes: mulligan | chipping contest card | sponsor goodies
- Written by Robin Pittman
Manson Parks is auctioning off the used playground from Singleton Park. The auction is an online event and will run for 1 week (ending 3/29/21 @ 3pm.)
Interested parties can visit www.galabids.com/mansonparksauction to register and bid.
All of the equipment can be seen online, or in person at Singleton Park.
Please spread the word if you’re able!
- Written by Brandon Asher, CCFD
On March 21, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. Chelan Fire and Rescue and Chelan County Fire District #5 were dispatched to a Brush Fire on Little Butte Ranch Rd.
Twenty mph wind gusts caused an ember from a smoldering burn pile to catch the nearby sage and grass on fire. A second alarm was called as the fire was spreading quickly in the thick pockets of sagebrush.
The erratic winds eventually shifted in the opposite direction helping crews to get around the head of the fire keeping it at about 3 acres in size.
This was the first significant brush fire for Chelan Fire and Rescue's new Brush 74 Heavy, which is a 6 wheel drive,1000 gallon brush truck with a high ground clearance allowing it to go over sagebrush and rougher terrain. This proved to be very helpful on this call.
- Written by Brandon Asher, CCFD
At approximately 1028 this morning Chelan Fire and Rescue with help from Chelan County Fire District 5 and Lake Chelan EMS responded to a Structure Fire at 114 E. Center St in the Lakeside area of Lake Chelan.
The first unit on scene reported a working structure fire in a small single-story home with flames out the rear of the house. Crews entered the structure and were able to quickly find the location of the fire for extinguishment. The single occupant of the home was able to make it out but did have a minor burn injury to one arm.
The fire appears to have started in the attic area before dropping down into the house. The home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
While on scene of the Structure Fire, Chelan Fire and Rescue was then dispatched for a reported Aircraft Emergency at Chelan Airport. Rivercom advised that there was an inbound plane with possible malfunctioning landing gear with three souls on board. Crews staged along the runway and the plane was able to make a successful landing without incident.