The Columbia River Drug Task Force reports a joint operation with Homeland Security Investigations resulting in a search warrant service of a residence in the 900 block of Methow Street in Wenatchee, WA. This residence has been involved in numerous firearms, gang and narcotics investigations in the past. The residence is a known gang “hang out”.
The search warrant was served by the newly formed East Cascade SWAT Team in the early morning hours of June 30, 2022 resulting in two known gang members being arrested on Felony warrants. Jorge Verduzco Mendoza, a 24 year old male and his brother, Osvaldo Verduzco Mendoza, a 28 year old male were booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on their warrants.
Three handguns were seized during the course of the search warrant to include a stolen firearm from Ephrata, WA.
CRDTF expects to file more charges after the investigation is complete. CRDTF detectives are working with our federal counter parts with HSI and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) as part of the investigation.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 4th, 2022 a 44-year-old Vancouver, Washington man was killed in a climbing accident on the Icicle Buttress south of Leavenworth. The man’s climbing partner flagged down a USFS Officer who happened to be in the area to report the accident.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found the male deceased from what appeared to be injuries sustained from the fall. With the assistance of Chelan County Fire District 3 personnel, the climber was brought to the roadway.
The female told rescuers the two were climbing on the Buttress when a heavy rain storm moved in. She was lowered to the bottom of the pitch and the male climber was to follow. As she was descending the trail, she heard a noise and saw him fall. It is estimated he fell approximately 100 feet.
The name of the climber is not being released pending family notification.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Danger Tree Felling and Removal Project.
The project proposes to remove danger trees that may jeopardize public health and safety along up to 452 miles of National Forest System roads.
It is located within seven post-wildfire recovery areas (Diamond Creek, Mcleod, Cub Creek 2, Cedar Creek, Crescent Mountain, Twentyfive Mile, Schneider Springs and Jolly Mountain), on the Chelan, Cle Elum, Methow Valley, and Naches ranger districts and Chelan, Kittitas, Okanogan, and Yakima counties in Washington State.
More details on the proposed action are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=62402.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation would love to hear your thoughts on the proposed plan for electric vehicles in the state, including the location of future charging stations.
WSDOT is developing a statewide electric vehicle infrastructure plan by Aug. 1, 2022, to unlock federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds. Once the Federal Highway Administration approves the new Washington State Plan for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment in fall 2022, WSDOT could receive $71 million to act on the plan. The main purpose of the plan is to build out alternative fuel corridors in a way that links electric vehicle fast charging stations every 50 miles on major highways and within one mile of exit ramps.
People can add their picks for charging station locations by visiting the interactive map and can give their input through this online survey. WSDOT is seeking feedback from the wider community on the Washington State Plan for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment.
To meet the August deadline, comments and questions should be submitted by email to
MANSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 19
CHELAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Manson School District No.19, Chelan County, Washington (the “District”) will hold a special Board meeting on July 1, 2022, starting
at 12:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible, via Z OOM. To attend the Special Meeting remotely, please use the following
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82756609846 (with telephone access at (253) 215-8782; Meeting ID: 827 5660 9846).
A physical location for viewing and providing public comments will be available at: Manson School District Office, 315 S. Hill Street, Manson, WA.
The Special Meeting is called for the purpose of considering and acting upon the following items:
1. Conduct a public hearing for the purpose of receiving comments from the public on the proposed issuance of a non-voted limited general obligation bond of the District (the “Bond”).
2. Resolution No. 07-01-22A, which authorizes the District to issue, sell and deliver the Bond to pay or reimburse the District for costs to (i) reconstruct the elementary school parking lot and surrounding sidewalks, (ii) acquire personal property, including equipment and construction materials, and (iii) carry out other capital purposes.
3. Consent Agenda, which includes the surplus of certain items of personal property of the District.
Online open house available through Sept. 5
OLYMPIA – An online open house is now available for travelers, freight haulers, business owners and others to provide feedback on the future of safety rest areas across Washington state. Input will be used to make decisions about the program’s maintenance and operations and to update the Washington State Department of Transportation’s strategic plan for rest areas.
The online open house is available through 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and allows participants to learn more about the strategic plan process as well as leave comments or feedback.
“This outreach will inform our strategic plan, which shapes the overall operations of our 47 safety rest areas,” said Safety Rest Area Planning Manager Angela Vigil. “It’s an important conversation as we work with our regional maintenance crews, agency leaders and partners on priorities and establish a clearer vision for the future of this program for all travelers.”
The public will have the opportunity to comment on safety, facility conditions, freight parking, site operations, traveler needs, WSDOT’s free coffee program and funding challenges. The agency will begin writing the draft strategic plan this fall, which also will be available for public review and comment. The plan is expected to be finalized in spring 2023.
Online open house information
When: June 27 to Sept. 5
Details: The online open house is available to access 24/7, whenever best fits individual schedules. The open house includes:
Free, temporary internet access is available at several sites across the state for those who do not have broadband service. A list of sites can be found online at: www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/
About WSDOT’s Safety Rest Area Program:
WSDOT owns and operates 47 safety rest areas statewide. While services at each site vary, most offer general visitor information, electric vehicle charging stations, a place for travelers to rest (8 hours for vehicles and 11 for freight haulers in accordance with federal law), picnic areas, restrooms, drinking water, RV dumping stations, vending machines, and free coffee as part of WSDOT’s free coffee program by local volunteer groups.
OLYMPIA – With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.
The closure of the U.S.-Canadian border the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unreliable travel data and wait times for travelers. For this reason, WSDOT will not produce travel charts for the border crossing this year. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination remains a requirement for entry into Canada.
WSDOT encourages travelers to “know before they go,” and follow these tips whether traveling across town or the beautiful Evergreen State:
Highway construction paused
Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Friday, July 1 – to ease congestion. However, Revive I-5 work which requires multiple lane closures in downtown Seattle will take place beginning 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 1 through 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 4. Please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place. And please give any emergency repair crews plenty of space to work safely.
No construction or lane closures are planned on I-90 from Friday, July 1, until Tuesday, July 5. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect eastbound delays beginning on Thursday, June 30, then westbound Tuesday, July 5 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."
In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, on the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The I-405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the weekend and Monday holiday.
People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1, then eastbound, Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.
Trains, airports and transit
Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:
At 3:39 this afternoon, Chelan Fire and Rescue, Lake Chelan EMS, and Chelan County Sheriffs responded to a report of a glider plane crash approximately 200 yds off shore from the 25 Mile Creek State Park area.
Chelan County Sheriffs Marine 1 with Chelan EMS Medics and Chelan Fire and Rescue’s Boat 71 with Rescue Swimmers responded on the water while other resources drove to the 25 Mile Creek State Park.
Upon arrival, one of the reporting parties stated that the glider and patient had just been towed to a house up lake.
The pilot of the glider had left the Methow Valley area when he lost air flying over Lake Chelan. The glider had a hard landing on the water and the pilot was able to free himself from the cockpit.
A quick-thinking witness jumped into his canoe and was able to paddle out to the pilot who was sitting on top of the cockpit in choppy water safely rescuing him.
The pilot suffered no injuries but was extremely cold due to the still frigid water temperatures.
The glider was towed to the State Park where it will be broken down for transport and removal from the water.
Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to commend the quick actions of the witnesses in getting the pilot safely to the shore.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force reports a joint operation with Homeland Security Investigations, started in March of 2022, has resulted in disrupting and dismantling a drug trafficking organization in the Wenatchee Valley that has ties to Arizona.
Three suspects have been arrested so far in the investigation. Tyson Horner, a 27 year old resident of Wenatchee , Nabiel Akhdary, a 44 year old resident of Phoenix, AZ and Brandon Lux, a 35 year old resident of Yakima have been arrested in connection of seizures of close to 10,000 Fentanyl pills, 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 2 pistols, and over $16,000 in cash.
At least 3 other suspects involved in the drug trafficking organization are in the process of being tracked down for charges related to possession for illegal narcotics with the intent to deliver.
Horner and Akhdary were Federally indicted in US District Court, Eastern District of Washington in Spokane, WA for Fentanyl distribution charges. Akhdary and Lux were both in possession of a loaded pistol when they were arrested and both subjects are convicted felons.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force works closely with our Federal partners, with Homeland Security Investigations, and both local and federal prosecutors to investigate, arrest, and convict Fentanyl
dealers in the Wenatchee Valley. As Fentanyl overdoses continue to climb both loc ally and nationally, CRDTF, our local prosecutor’s offices, and our local HSI office are committed to holding these drug dealers accountable.