- Written by Chief Dave Helvey, CCSO
The victim of yesterday’s accident in the Wenatchee River near Dryden has been identified as 53 year old Keith M. Thomas of Shelton. Mr. Thomas and a teenage girl were in a commercial raft operated by Orion River Rafting of Leavenworth when the accident occurred. An autopsy has been scheduled.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a fatality this afternoon on the Wenatchee River near Dryden.
A commercial raft occupied by an adult male in his 50’s, a teenage girl, and the operator flipped over near Dryden at approximately 2:00 p.m. Both the male and female were ejected from the raft.
The female was able to climb back into the raft the male was not. A safety kayaker accompanying the raft attempted to assist the male to shore. Rescuer’s performed CPR on the male for over 30 minutes but were unable to revive him.
Both the male and female were wearing wet suits and personal flotation devices.
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
HYAK – The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 7 p.m. for about an hour Thursday, May 5. During rock blasting closures eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass interchange.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
- Sign up for email updates.
- 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.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: March 2016
* Payroll: $82,176.99 March 2016 Paid 04-05-2016
* Vouchers for General Account: Voucher #157 through #164 for $5,177.91; Voucher #165 through #178 for $6,331.44; Voucher #190 through #203 for $11,914.22; Vouchers #228 through #236 for $2897.65.
* Vouchers for Capital Account: Voucher #179 through #178 for $168.79; Voucher #204 and 205 for $937.51; Voucher #206 through 208 for $2,124.00.
* Minutes: March 9, 2016
Fire Chief Report:
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention/Public Education
* Priorities and Objectives
* Budget Expense
Firefighters Association Report:
* Community Communications Brochure
* Surplus Engine 79 (95502C) / Oregon Fire Service Museum Letter
* Ladder Truck Grant - Update
* Summer Seasonal Firefighter
* 05/26/2016 Central Washington Large Fire Pre-Season Meeting Commissioner Jones will attend the one at Okanogan County Fairgrounds
* 05/26/16 Fire & Safety Expo 10 am – 3 pm – Station 73
* 06/02/2016 Central Washington Large Fire Pre-Season Meeting Chairman Peters will attend the one in Cle Elm at the Putman Event Center.
* 06/03/2016, Gordon Graham Seminar Community Gym all three Commissioner will be attending.
* 06/04/2016, Washington Fire Commissioner seminar at Campbell’s Resort all three Commissioners will be attending.
* 06/04/2016 Annual Pancake Feed – Station 71
* 06/06/16 and 06/07/16 NFPA Home Ignition Zone Training – Station 71
- Written by Janalyn Brincat
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Saturday April 30th, shortly after 7:30 pm, Chelan County Deputies responded to a Wenatchee area home for a reported shooting. The reporting party said she and her brother were in the backyard at a neighboring house and her brother was struck in the face with debris from the gunshot. She also described several people fleeing a neighboring residence in a passenger vehicle.
Upon arrival Deputies located two victims at the neighboring residence. The two victims, both adult males, were attending a party and were sitting in the backyard when both were struck by pellets from a shotgun. One victim was taken to Central Washington Hospital where he was treated and released for pellet wounds to his face. The second victim was not transported and received a minor injury to his arm from being struck by shotgun pellets.
With help from Wenatchee Police Department, Deputies attempted to call out anyone inside the residence where the shotgun blast originated. No one responded. Not knowing whether someone inside the residence was injured, and as a community care taking function, Deputies and Officers entered into the residence. They did not locate any additional victims, but did discover a 20 gauge shotgun inside the residence and evidence of a shotgun blast traveling from the inside to the outside of the residence. The shotgun blast created a golf ball sized hole in the exterior of the residence in the direction of the neighboring property and Prom party.
Deputies contacted another neighbor who stated she was the caretaker of the abandoned residence. She attempted to remove some people who were no longer meeting their rental agreement requirements. There was an argument over property left inside the residence, and the caretaker stated one of the subjects broke into the abandoned residence, so she went to confront them with a shotgun. While inside the residence, she stated one of the subjects made an aggressive move towards her, so she fired one round from the shotgun. This was the one round that struck the two victims at the neighboring residence. The subjects the caretaker was talking to fled the scene prior to Deputies arrival and have not been located.
Chenoa Prather, a 33 year old female from Wenatchee, who identified herself as the caretaker, was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for two counts of Reckless Endangerment for firing the one shotgun round and striking the unintended victims next door.
The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate the subject that fled.
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT
Crews expect to open the highway in time for fishing season
WINTHROP – Crews expect to swing open the winter closure gates to State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, at 11 a.m. Friday, April 22. That is a week earlier than predicted when the clearing work began on St. Patrick’s Day.
Washington State Department of Transportation crews began clearing the North Cascades Highway five weeks ago on March 17.
The mid-morning reopening allows the crew time to sweep the entire 37-mile winter closure zone for sand, rocks and debris, clear any snow from below avalanche chutes, and apply sand or deicer as needed.
By Wednesday the crews had cleared the last seven miles of highway separating at the end of week 4. Warm temperatures sped the clearing and allowed for successful avalanche control to clear the chutes that still held snow so the highway can be safely opened.
“We all live up here and know it’s important for local businesses to have the highway open for the lowland fishing season and ‘49er Days Festival in Winthrop,” said Don Becker, WSDOT maintenance supervisor.
Last year it took crews only three weeks and it opened April 3. There was only one year, 1977, when the highway never closed, due to a drought. The earliest opening was March 10, 2005.
For more information, including a history of opening and closing dates, maps, photos and progress reports on the 2016 opening, visit the North Cascades web page:
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT communications
Meetings scheduled in Ritzville, Moses Lake later this month
OLYMPIA –A request to increase speed limits on a roughly 100-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Washington is being considered and the Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for comments from interested citizens.
The proposed speed limit increase would be from the current 70 miles per hour to 75. The affected area is from the town of George, east to the western border of the Spokane County line.
A bill passed in the 2015 Legislature allows the Secretary of Transportation to increase the speed limit on any highway to a maximum 75 mph. Lawmakers in eastern Washington have asked Acting Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar to consider such an increase on I-90. If an increase was approved, the limit would remain 60 mph for vehicles over 10,000 pounds or vehicles pulling trailers.
Since August, WSDOT has worked with the state Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Patrol to evaluate the I-90 request. The evaluation process included:
- gathering information from other states that have raised speed limits
- developing criteria to evaluate where and how speed limits might be raised
- assessing the effects of an increase and identifying any needed highway feature modifications
- examining how decisions about speed limit increases can take into account vehicle crash history, societal costs due to crashes, fuel costs and benefits associated with travel time savings.
Two meetings are scheduled later this month to provide information about the speed limit increase request and to take public comments. Comments can also be provided online.
4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19
Best Western Plus Bronco Inn, 105 W. Galbreath Way.
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 20 – as part of a presentation to the Washington Transportation Commission
Moses Lake Civic Center, Council Chambers, 401 S. Balsam Street
Based on the results of the analysis, public comments and consultation with traffic safety partners, WSDOT will make a decision whether to raise the speed limit for this section of I-90. The decision is expected in May. If the limit is increased, it would become effective once new speed limit signs are posted.
- Written by Wai Peterson
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, April 14th, 2016, 4:00pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Deletions and Additions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of the March 10th, 2016 Regular Meeting
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront Master Plan
ii. Willow Point
iii. Project Priorities
VIII. New Business
a. Resolution 2016-02
b. Old Mill Annual Passes
c. Link Agreement
Next Regular Meeting: May 12th, 2016 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Recruit firefighters completed the weekend firefighter fundamentals class this weekend where they learned about breathing apparatus, basic hose handling, and basic ladder operations. Recruit classes will continue over the next two months covering a variety of firefighting subjects.
Great job to all the recruits and a special thanks to our instructors, officers and driver/operators. Captain Lee Jones, Lt. Hal Jones , FF/EMT Justin Thorpe, FF Jon Mendoza, D/O Brian Thompson.
Pictured above from left to right: Back row Thomas Ramella, Tim McCord, DO Brain Thompson, Lt. Hal Jones, FF Jon Mendoza, Andy Gavin, Karl Koester, Lt. Eric Sanderson
Front lower row: Patrick Micheal, Steve Garvich, Kevin Cox, Alexander Volfe, FF Justin Thorpe.
Not in the picture: Ben Laughlin, Vladimir Stepanov, Seth Williams, Capt. Lee Jones.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to a reported house fire at 926 Renn Terrance Drive in Chelan on 04/09/2016 around 0142 hours. Command 701, Engine 71, 73, Tender 71, Ladder71 responded on the first alarm, Command 5, Engine 52, Support 71 responded on the 2nd alarm. Engine 74, 72 moved up to the City of Chelan to provide coverage.
Engine 71 arrived to an exterior wall fire that had moved into the kitchen area of the residence with extension to the near-by brush and neighbors fence. Engine 71’s crew made an aggressive exterior attack knocking down the exterior fire and transitioning to the interior of the house knocking down the fire in the kitchen.
Fire was brought under control within 25 minute from the time it was reported. Chelan County Sheriff Deputies and Lake Chelan EMS units responded in support of the fire operations.
Fire is currently under investigation and appears to be a possible electrical/mechanical failure.