Stage 1 burn ban starts Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan counties
- Written by Washington State DOE
A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.
The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because stagnant conditions are predicted to return in these counties after a brief break, putting the communities at risk for unhealthy levels of air pollution. In the first half of this week monitors showed elevated levels of air pollutants. Fine particles from wood smoke can easily get into people’s lungs causing heart and breathing problems.
Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Cleaner burning certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices are allowed.
Call 866-211-6284 if you think someone is illegally burning or you are impacted by smoke.
Up-to-date burn ban information is available at www.waburnbans.net.
Just like any good recipe, early prep is key for Thanksgiving weekend traffic
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT Communications
Leave early, use tools for smoother holiday and Apple Cup travel
OLYMPIA – While making plans for the big holiday feast, be sure to add travel prep to the Thanksgiving to-do list.
The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for smoother travel during the busy holiday weekend.
The agency also provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:
- Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.
- Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.
- Visit WSDOT’s online traveler information about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
- Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
- Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
- Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
- Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
- Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and leave extra space between vehicles when driving on snow or ice.
Apple Cup travel
Those traveling to the Friday, Nov. 23, Apple Cup football game in Pullman should prepare for possible winter weather on passes and allow extra travel time. A detour on State Route 26 near Othello – the main route to Pullman from the west side of the state – will continue for the holiday weekend to allow concrete to cure. The detour adds 15 minutes to the normal drive, but travelers should prepare for delays during heavy holiday or game-day traffic. Westbound traffic on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass both Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, is likely to be heavier than normal with both game and holiday travelers, so please allow extra time or alter travel plans if possible.
- SR 123 Cayuse Pass and SR 410 Chinook Pass remain open as of Nov. 15, but check the winter closure webpage for updates before traveling because conditions could cause the passes to close before the holiday.
- SR 20 North Cascades Highway also remains open as of Nov. 15 and details about the road status and winter closure also are available online.
- On Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass travelers can receive text alerts for pass delays of 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.
In the Puget Sound area, the SR 520 bridge will have weekend toll rates on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, returning to weekday rates on Friday, Nov. 23. On the I-405 express toll lanes, travel is free for all on the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to normal toll and HOV requirements from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Weekends are always free to travel in the express toll lanes. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.
Other travel alternatives
Travelers planning a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should make plans to avoid holiday delays:
- Please plan ahead for heavy holiday ferry traffic and consider purchasing tickets online to save time. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 21, and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 23. Reservations are recommended on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, British Columbia and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. Some ferry routes run on Saturday schedules on the holiday; check ferry schedules online or call 888-808-7977 for details.
- Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. There are no extra Thanksgiving trains this year. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations and trains fill up quickly during holidays. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
- Information about traveling via state-operated airports is available on line or call 800-552-0666.
- Check with local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.
Aurora Flores Elected To Serve as President Of Washington State School Directors’ Association
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District is proud to announce that Manson School Board member Aurora Flores will be sworn in as President of the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) at its annual conference in Spokane on November 17, 2018. Manson High School’s Jazz Kats will perform at the swearing in ceremony.
Mrs. Flores is one of three Manson School Board Members who have served as WSSDA President. Ed Armbruster served one term in 1972 and Esther Stefaniw served two terms from 1991-93. WSSDA is an organization that represents 1,447 school board members across the state, the highest group of elected officials in Washington.
Mrs. Flores has worked as a paraeducator, community liaison, a banking operations officer, a school district finance manager and an auditor for the state. Currently, Aurora is an academic counselor for the Omak School District in the WAVA program. She holds an AA in Business Administration from Reedley Community College and a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from California State University and a M.ED in ESA Counseling from Heritage University. She is currently completing doctoral work at Grand Canyon University. In 2015 she was appointed by Governor Inslee to serve on the Professional Educator Standards Board.
Mrs. Flores is very involved in her community as well. She has chaired Manson Apple Blossom, is a member of Business and Professional Women, is a past member of the Washington State School Director’s Multi-Cultural Advocacy Team and is currently serving on the Lake Chelan Hospital Foundation
Aurora and her husband Balentin moved to Manson in 1987. They raised four children in the valley all whom attended Manson Schools.
Gabe and his wife Sandra own and operate Valley Fitness in Chelan;
Ann Marie is a teacher in the Manson Schools and her husband Andy is a surveyor for Pinnacle Surveying;
Jaime manages a construction company, Property Solutions and his wife Kristy works for McLean Real Estate;
Valerie works for Lacy Kane and Kube – Attorneys in Wenatchee
Tree removal to close westbound I-90 near Cle Elum next week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT Communications
CLE ELUM – Maintenance crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Cle Elum to remove trees next week.
The westbound lanes of I-90 will be closed at Exit 84 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 to remove several trees in the area. Traffic will be detoured around the closure using Exit 85.
Drivers should plan for added travel time. This work is weather dependent and subject to change.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
- Sign up for email updates and text message alerts.
- Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
- Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
- Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
SR 26 bridge project’s closure & detour is extended
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT Communications
Deck replacement work east of Othello will remain in place at least through Thanksgiving and Apple Cup game
OTHELLO – Work to replace the State Route 26 bridge deck over the BNSF right-of-way east of Othello has taken longer than expected, so the closure now could last into December.
The 32-mile detour around the closure using state routes 17, 260, and US 395 remains in place. It adds an extra 14 miles to the trip compared to the usual 17.5 mile drive through the now-closed portion of SR 26.
Contractor crews from N.A. Degerstrom Inc., working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, had hoped to complete the work in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and annual Apple Cup football game. However, protecting the railroad tracks under the bridge during demolition work took longer than anticipated, delaying the concrete pour.
Contractor crews had hoped to finish this $1.2 million project by Nov. 21, but the new concrete bridge deck will not cure in time for that. The remaining work may require the closure to extend into December.
“Safety for travelers and workers is WSDOT’s first priority and requires the additional time for this project,” said project engineer Dan Lewis. “At the same time, the simple detour has proven capable of safely accommodating high traffic volumes without significant delays.”
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 11-8-18
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, November 8, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. October 11, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Willow Point Park policy update
b. Singleton playground renovation
c. Annual Report: review ‘Goals and Objectives’ for 2019
d. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Newsletter survey responses
b. Resolution 2018-05 (Authorization for 2019 tax levy increase)
c. Resolution 2018-06 (adoption of credit card policy)
d. 2019 preliminary budget
Next Regular Meeting: December 13, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831
AAU Basketball signups end November 9th
- Written by Robin Pittman
Manson Parks would like to announce that registration is now open for this year’s AAU basketball season.
This program is for Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Forms will be sent home with Manson Elementary students. They can also be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com).
Office hours are Monday through Friday 10am - 2pm.
The LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE November 9, 2018.
The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 9th to accommodate working parents.
The total cost to play is $29.00, or $15.00 if the athlete has a current AAU card.
Veterans Breakfast at Manson High School Nov. 9th
- Written by Janice Stewart
All local veterans are cordially invited to attend a breakfast in their honor on Friday, November 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Manson High School.
Students will be preparing and serving pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee.
Please join us as we honor those who have served.
Start preparing for winter driving before snow and ice arrive
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Studded tires allowed in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31
OLYMPIA – The falling leaves and colder weather can mean only one thing – snow and ice are just around the corner. With the changing seasons, now is the perfect time for travelers to shift their focus towards winter driving.
The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles well before the threat of snow and ice kicks into high gear. Drivers can check out WSDOT's winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks travelers to always "know before you go" and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.
“Our crews are ready for winter and work hard to keep roads clear of snow and ice,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “But we also need the public’s help in being prepared for winter weather. Most of the pass closures we see are due to spin outs or crashes from a vehicle traveling too fast or not having proper winter driving equipment.”
To check conditions and prepare for adverse weather:
- Download the WSDOT mobile app.
- Follow WSDOT's regional and pass accounts on Twitter, the agency's Facebook site and online travel alerts.
- Sign up for email and/or text updates about road conditions – including Snoqualmie Pass delay text alerts.
- Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide (pdf 1.83 mb).
- Get your vehicle ready (pdf 2 mb) and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
- Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirements for mountain passes, which are also available on highway-advisory signs and highway-advisory radio and by calling 511.
- Preset your radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for WSDOT's traffic-information stations.
Alternatives to chains
Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain models – but that doesn’t exempt travelers from state laws about extra traction devices. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices (pdf 133 kb) that meet state chains and traction tires requirements. All travelers are reminded to carry chains whenever crossing mountain passes to be prepared for changing weather conditions and potentially avoid a costly ticket. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.
By law, studded tires are legal for use in Washington state only from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states.
WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about stud-free, winter tread traction tires. These type of tires are different than all-season tires, are legal year-round and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. More information about studded-tire restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.
5 arrested in drug house sting
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfield, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on October 25th, 2018 at approximately 1:45 PM the Columbia River Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 200 block of North Chelan Avenue in Wenatchee.
CRDTF received several recent complaints of suspected drug activity in the residence. Through investigation, they were able to develop probable cause for the arrest of two 28 year old Wenatchee male residents for unlawful possession of a firearm. The task force obtained a search warrant for the residence and for the arrest of the two subjects.
Due to the possibility of firearms in the residence and the potential number of occupants, it was determined the Chelan County Regional SWAT Team would be used initially to serve the warrant. The two subjects named on the warrant were arrested and the residence was cleared without incident. Three other occupants of the residence were taken into custody on arrest warrants as well.
Chelan Avenue was closed from Fifth Street to Second Street for approximately one hour while the residence was cleared and neighboring businesses were asked to shelter in place.
Washington State Department of Corrections Officers, Wenatchee Police Department, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and City of Wenatchee Public Works assisted with this operation.
The Chelan County Regional SWAT Team is comprised of Officers and Deputies from the Wenatchee Police Department and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The Columbia River Drug Task Force is comprised of Detectives from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, and Washington State Patrol.