VANCOUVER - On Sunday evening, May 14, around 9 p.m. a landslide caused significant damage to the upper portion of State Route 504 at milepost 49, leading up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory north of Mount St. Helens. The event followed a recent warming trend and significant snowmelt.
The slide washed out an 85-foot bridge, damaged the roadway, and severed power to Johnston Ridge Observatory. No one was injured because of the incident and twelve members of the public who were stranded overnight at Johnston Ridge Observatory were safely flown out the following morning.
In coordination with federal agencies, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the highway to all travelers. Travel along SR 504 remains open with multiple scenic viewpoints up to milepost 43 near the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.
There is currently no access to Coldwater Lake, the Hummocks Trail, and the Johnston Ridge Observatory. For safety, WSDOT and federal agencies strongly encourage people not to venture beyond the highway closure location due to the severity of the unstable hillside.
The USDA Forest Service is in the process of exploring alternative options for visitors who would like to visit the north side of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument this summer and develop a plan to manage the influx of visitors in a safe manner. Several other visitor centers located along SR 504 remain open to the public, including scenic viewpoints where visitors can see Mount St. Helens and learn about the history, eruption, and recovery of the volcano. As the snow melts and forest service roads open for the season, additional sites on the Monument and surrounding communities will begin to open for visitors to explore.
WSDOT and federal agencies are working together to assess the slide area and develop next steps. Due to continued landslide instability, data collection is being conducted from the air.
WSDOT is scheduled to conduct a fixed wing aircraft LIDAR (Laser Imaging, Detection and Ranging) flight over the area on Friday, May 19 to gather preliminary data, weather permitting. This is an important step in collecting data to help inform when on-site access, cleanup and work can begin. It is too soon to tell when crews may be able to access the slide from the ground or when the highway may reopen.
A National Incident Management Organization team arrived on Friday, May 19 to support coordination across agencies.
Updates will be available on the following:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Information
Washington State Department of Transportation Information
OLYMPIA – On Friday, May 19, WSDOT will deactivate the 511 phone number which provides automated statewide travel information. As announced last month, the number is being discontinued due to declining call volumes, the advancement of new technology and the cost to operate and maintain the system.
At the height of the program, 511 received more than 2.2 million calls a year. However, since 2009, call volumes have decreased 89%. The program also costs more than $150,000 a year to operate and requires staff time to update the travel information and maintain signs. Once discontinued, these resources will be reallocated to more efficient and emerging information technologies to better serve Washington travelers.
There are many resources available for timely and accurate travel information, including the WSDOT app, statewide travel maps, Twitter accounts, Facebook account, electronic highway variable message signs and highway advisory radio stations – as well as several third-party mapping apps for smartphones. Travelers without access to these technologies can call local WSDOT offices for assistance.
Additional information regarding the deactivation of 511 was provided in an April 24 online blog post announcing 511 will be discontinued.
OLYMPIA – With warm weather arriving in the Pacific Northwest that means Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and people should make plans now for a busy travel weekend – whether by road, rail, plane or ferry.
Memorial Day weekend is often the unofficial start of summer and means increased travel and congestion on most major routes, so travelers are encouraged to pack their patience. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s travel charts are available to help people plan ahead and make the most out of their weekend, whatever their travel plans may entail.
Travel charts for the Interstate 5 US-Canadian border are returning this year after a pause for several years due to pandemic-related uncertainty about travel times. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is no longer a requirement for entry into Canada. Please note that average traffic volumes for I-5 represent 2019 pre-COVID pandemic volumes on routes for Olympia to Tacoma and Bellingham to the border. Average traffic volumes for both the I-90 and US 2 routes represent 2022 volumes as traffic has largely returned to pre-COVID volumes for those routes. The representations for all three routes are illustrated in the travel charts.
WSDOT encourages travelers to “know before they go,” and follow these tips whether traveling across town or statewide:
Weekend traffic is expected to begin as soon as Friday morning, May 26, on key routes, including I-5 and I-90 and on Thursday, May 25, for ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. Crashes or emergency work can add to delays during high congestion periods.
Highway construction paused
Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – from Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29 – to ease congestion. 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, May 26, until Tuesday, May 30. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect eastbound delays beginning on Friday, May 26, and westbound Monday, May 29 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."
Both State Route 123/Cayuse Pass and SR 410 Chinook Pass remain closed due to adverse road and weather conditions. A reopening date has not been determined, although crews typically reopen both routes each year around the Memorial Day weekend. Travelers can check the Chinook Pass and Cayuse Pass online reports for updates on the reopening status.
In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect Friday through Monday, May 26-29, 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 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 through Saturday, May 25-27, and eastbound, Saturday through Monday, May 27-29. Customers 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:
The Manson School District is in the process of hiring a new superintendent. Our consulting firm would like to get your feedback by completing a three-question survey to assist in the process.
The consulting firm will also hold two public forums on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm and again on Friday, May 19th at 3:30 pm in the elementary library. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us as we begin the is very important process.
If you have any questions, please contact the district office at 509-687-3140.
Go here to take the survey: Manson School District seeks new Superintendent
The 103rd year of Manson Apple Blossom will begin with the crowning Pageant on Friday night, May 12th. This will take place at the Manson High School at 6:30 pm.
Saturday is full of festivities, starting with the Pancake Breakfast from 6:30am-10am at the Manson Grange Hall, followed by the Manson Apple Blossom Fun Run at 8:30am.
The Grand Parade begins at 11am along Wapato Way. This is a favorite of locals and visitors to line the streets and watch this amazing parade come through town! If you cannot make it to the parade in person, listen in live on KOZI Radio.
Quilt Show: 8:30am to 3pm at the Manson Grange Hall.
Apple Blossom Fun Run 8:30am
The Art Show, featuring community and student art, will be displayed at Radiance Winery.
For the past royalty, they will have a Royalty Tea from 1:30pm-3pm at the Manson Grange Hall.
Finishing off with the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, starting roughly around 1pm after the parade.
Regular Board Meeting
May 11, 2023, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
1. Call to Order
2. Flag Salute
3. Agenda Additions and Deletions
4. Public Comment
5. Approval of Minutes
a. April 13, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes
6. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
7. New Business
8. 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 June 8, 2023 at 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA, 98831 (unless otherwise posted).
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on May 4th, 2023 at approximately 4:15 pm an overturned raft was reported on the Wenatchee River near Dryden, WA. It was reported four subjects were floating downstream separated from the raft. At the same time a separate report was made that CPR was in progress for a male who had flipped out of a raft.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Fire Personnel from Chelan County Fire Districts 6 and 3, and Ambulance Crews Cascade Medical Center responded to the scene.
It was determined both incidents were related. A raft with seven occupants had overturned near Shark’s Tooth, a location on the Wenatchee River near Dryden. Some of the occupants noticed one, a 46-year-old Cashmere man was not doing well, they swam him to shore and he was not responsive. They began performing CPR on him on the shore.
When fire and medic crews arrived at approximately 4:25 pm, they continued CPR until 5:18 pm when he was pronounced dead.
The other rescuers stationed along the river in several locations until it was confirmed the remainder of the raft occupants made it out of the water, all in the Dryden area.
The water flow in the Wenatchee River is at or near record levels. The Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to use caution when near any rivers and always use a personal flotation device. The rivers are expected to be extremely dangerous throughout the next several days.
BUCKNER HOMESTEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION
2023 ANNUAL MEETING
Monday, May 8, 7:05 PM
Topic: Buckner Orchard 2023 Annual Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 715 3223 6429
7:00 PM - Access to meeting begins
7:05 PM - Meeting is called to order
This will be a very brief meeting, 30 minutes, with only three items on the agenda, all pre-filed motions, and limited discussion. Many members, especially those in Stehekin, have limited broadband; and a brief meeting may allow more to participate. If you are concerned about broadband usage, you should wait until close to 7 PM to access the meeting.
· Election of Officers and Board Members
· Adoption of 2023 Budget
· Approval of 2022 Annual Meeting Summary
I. Call to Order by the President 7:05 PM
II. Election of Board Members and Officers
MOTION 1-2023 (Moved by Adele Bingham, seconded by Christine Sargo - pre-filed)
Re-Elect the following board members to three-year terms
Brun Garfoot – (Chelan, WA) Greater Lake Chelan Community Rep.
Jim Trappe – (Corvalis, OR) Position #8
Laura Reiter – (Walla Walla, WA) Greater Lake Chelan Community Rep
MOTION 2-2023 (Moved by Cinda Gilbert, seconded by Danita Breeze - pre-filed)
Elect Foundation Officers to one-year Terms
Herb Sargo – (Sedro-Woolley/Stehekin) – President
Christy Libbey – (Manson/Stehekin) – Treasurer
Laura Reiter – (Walla Walla) - Secretary
III. Approval of 2023-2024 Budget
MOTION 3-2023 (Moved by Christy Libbey, seconded by Laura Reiter - pre-filed)
Approve the 2023 Annual Budget as presented.
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IV. Approval of 2022 Annual Meeting Summary
MOTION 3-2023 (Moved by Laura Reiter, seconded by Christy Libby - pre-filed)
Move to approve the 2021 Annual Meeting Summary & voting addendum as printed
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MEETING ADJOURNMENT by 7:40 PM
(1) If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to run for a Foundation office, please reply to the message prior to the meeting.
(2) If you would like further information regarding the work of the Foundation, our 2022 Annual Report is linked immediately below.
Draft 2022-2023 Budget
2022 Annual Meeting Summary
OLD MILL PARK MANSON DAY USE DOCK STAKEHOLDER MEETING AGENDA
LOCATION: Old Mill Park – Day Use Dock
DATE/TIME: April 25th 2023 at 3:00 pm
• Parks Manager – Ryan Baker (Project Sponsor)
• Project Manager – John Goodwill (509-661-4022)
• Engineer – Aaron Johnston (Pacific Engineering and Design)
• Outreach performed in 2017 for boat launch and day use dock
• Construction in 2020 to replace boat launch floats and breakwater hardware
• Evaluation of day use dock
• Status of existing facilities
• Day Use Dock Pre-Design Report
o Purpose of analysis
o Existing structure
o Structural evaluation
o Structural recommendations
o Cost Estimates
SCOPE OF WORK
• Selection of preferred option
• Pump-out facility
• Grant funding