- Written by Mark R. Donnell, Fire Chief, CCFD
On Saturday, 5/23/20 at 2:18 PM, Chelan Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a brush fire at 644 Union Valley Road.
Units enroute reported a large smoke column and immediately called for second alarm resources.
On scene fire crews reported an approximately 1-acre fire rapidly moving uphill in medium fuels of brush and grass.
Due to topography and lack of access, fire crews were unable to access the fire with apparatus and attempted control with hand teams.
Third alarm resources were dispatched which brought mutual aid units from Manson (CCFD #5), Orondo (DCFD #4), Pateros (OKDFD #15), and the DNR as well as helicopter resources. A total of 60 firefighting personnel were able to contain the fire at 6:59 PM and the scene was turned over to Entiat Hotshots and DNR for mop up.
The final estimate on the size of the fire was approximately 30 acres with no personnel injured and no structures lost.
The cause of this fire was determined to be from controlled burning that had jumped the burn due to wind.
- Written by Herb Sargo
- The NPS North Cascades Complex is currently closed, and reopening is unknown as to when or to what degree. (The Buckner Orchard is a National Park Service Property.)
- Chelan County is currently in Phase I of reopening and could possibly move to Phase II in June.
- Phase Four is necessary for events of this size (>50 people) to occur, and its questionable we will be there by August 1.
- Our special use permit for the event, if we're not at Phase Four, will be canceled.
- Our insurance coverage for the event, which WILL NOT cover anything Covid-1 related.
- Square dancing is literally the antithesis of social distancing.
- Cancellation should be made in a timely fashion so as to allow the band and others adequate time to cancel reservations at Stehekin lodgings and rentals, should they choose to do so.
- Appropriate timing of the cancellation will allow Stehekin businesses more time to re-book the vacated rooms.
- Organizational liability is of concern.
- Written by Sarah Deenik, Communications Coordinator/Finance Specialist, CDRPA
The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority (CDRPA) is proud to launch two new business support initiatives. The programs will assist small businesses in Chelan and Douglas counties navigate the business downturn associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. The Regional Port is allocating $100,000 for a Rent Participation Fund, and an additional $100,000 for a Getting Ready to Reopen Fund.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying business shutdowns have dramatically impacted many small businesses in our region. The Regional Port is committed to providing meaningful financial support to businesses as they safely reopen their doors,” stated CDRPA Board President Rory Turner. The Rent Participation Fund will provide up to $1,000 per qualifying business to help them pay rent. The business, landlord, and Port will each pay/contribute one third of rent under the program. Rent due for June 2020 and subsequent months is eligible.
The Getting Ready to Reopen Fund will provide up to $1,000 per qualifying business to reimburse the costs they incur to reopen their business or change operating procedures to follow proper health protocols related to COVID-19. Qualifying expenses include purchase of masks, gloves, thermometers, wash stations, sanitation supplies and equipment, signage, installation of plexiglass shields, marketing, and advertising expenses.
About the CDRPA: The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority is the first of its kind in Washington by functionally consolidating two county-wide port districts into one operating entity. With the mission to “Work Together to Enhance the Economic Vitality of North Central Washington”, the CDRPA acts as the principal economic development agency for Chelan & Douglas Counties. For more information, please visit www.cdrpa.org or follow us on Facebook.
Both programs are limited to companies located in Chelan or Douglas counties with ten or fewer full-time employees who have not received any Federal, State, or local grant funding for COVID-19 business impacts. Each program will end once all funds are expended, or December 31, 2020, whichever occurs first. More information and applications for both programs can be found at https://www.cdrpa.org/covid19-small-business-support-initiative.
- Written by Janice Stewart
Aaron England, Manson community member and local chiropractor to donate $500 to each recipient of the Manson School District Blue and White Excellence in Education award winners for a total of $2000. Steve Nygreen, Cassie Williams, Kate Sorenson and Maria Zaragoza will receive these funds to support their work with kids.
Thank you to England Chiropractic for your continued support of Manson School District students and staff. Local businesses like England Chiropractic help make Manson a great place to work and learn.
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson Seniors have completed their culminating senior presentations that are now posted on YouTube.
Please join us as we celebrate a unique, group of individuals who have shown so much PRIDE, PASSION and GRIT, especially these last few months of their high school career.
Seniors were tasked to prepare a video presentation of their high school highlights, achievements, internships, post high school pathways, community service and gratitude.
Congratulations class of 2020; we are so very proud of you and how you have represented the Manson community!
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District Board of Directors is excited to announce that Yvonne Walker will be our new Superintendent.
Her last seventeen years have been spent in the Arlington School District where her experience in a variety of roles has been exemplary.
She is a self-described lifelong learner and a collaborative leader who will focus her attention on continuing the many areas of success that makes Manson an outstanding School District.
Her husband Nick, son and daughter are excited to become involved in the many community activities that Manson offers.
Current Superintendent, Matt Charlton will provide guidance to ensure a seamless transition for our new superintendent.
- Written by Mark Donnell, Chelan Fire & Rescue
Kent Sisson, Chelan-Douglas Regional EOC: Still working on contracting additional farm worker housing due to influx of workers into the community. PPE is still an issue, more non-Tier 1 agencies (dentists, agricultural workers) being added to Regional EOC resource increasing demand for PPE. Doesn’t see any availability for Tier 2-4 agencies in the near future.
Joyous Van Meter, Chelan-Douglas Health District: 291 total positive cases in Chelan-Douglas county with highest weekly increase this past week. Scattered clusters of positive cases. Chelan-Douglas Health District proposal for 1.5 submitted to the State and denied because we are not eligible for moving into this phase. Explained case tracing. Answered question regarding increase in positive cases due to either increase in test kits and/or more symptomatic patients.
Sgt. Chris Foreman, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office: Continuing to move towards staffing for Memorial Day Weekend. Has obtained one sign for public awareness. Anticipating normal daytime call/responses but more “home-based” calls at night due to the closing of bars/restaurants.
Laura Schmidt & Kristi Morris, PA-C, Columbia Valley Community Health: Nothing new to report this week.
Kari Grover-Weir, USFS: Forestry service bringing summer personnel on board, working on cleaning and infection control procedures. Day use site will be open for Memorial Weekend, campgrounds are closed until June 1.
Debbie Conwell, Manson Chamber of Commerce: Nothing new to report this week.
Jim Colbert, Chelan Fruit: 1st week without a positive case in Chelan Fruit. Working on OHSA and DOH worker housing rules and implementation into workforce community.
Mayor Bob Goedde, Mayor of City Chelan: Working towards safely getting business community open and encouraging infection control practices with visitors and community. Concerns with potential influx of visitors
Wade Farris, City of Chelan: City Parks remain open through Memorial Day Weekend with additional security added to safely keep the parks open and during closure periods. Statement will be forthcoming from City in next couple of days.
Chief Arnold Baker, CCFD #5 (Manson): Nothing new to report this week.
Chief Mark Donnell, CF&R (Chelan): 2 members needing testing: 1 negative, 1 waiting results. Making preparations for Memorial Day Weekend.
Updates from Members Not in Attendance:
Mike Steele, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce:
Together Lake Chelan Signs are now available for pick up
The Chelan and Douglas County Commissioners, State Delegation, Regional Chambers and Downtown Associations have all sent a letter to the Governor to move into Phase 2 immediately. We learned this morning that the request for a variance was denied by the Sec. of Health.
The Chamber will be releasing guidelines on how to safely re-open businesses in the valley by the end of this week
The Port Authority for Chelan and Douglas County have just announced a series of grants for business in the two-county area to apply for. The total amount for the grants are up to $1000 per business with all grants not to exceed $200k.
Roundtable: Mayor recommended a mask design contest for Chelan to increase mask use. Media agreed to post on their respective platforms to get the contest rolling.
Conference Call ended at 1348
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Below are links to letters addressed to Governor Jay Inslee's office regarding moving forward with a partial or full implementation of the Phase II plan for opening the economy in Chelan and Douglas counties.
In the Chelan-Douglas COVID-19 Modified Phase II Proposal, a lengthy case is laid out describing current levels of readiness in the health system and willingness of local businesses to carefully open with safety as a major concern.
The Chelan County Commissioners have also made a similar request:
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Friday, May 15th, 2020 the body of Jed Thorp was located in the Wenatchee River near milepost 7 on Chiwawa Loop Road.
Mr. Thorp was reported missing to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, May 11th after wandering from his campsite Sunday evening. He had been camping with family over the weekend. Family members searched for him Monday until approximately 2:00 PM when they called for assistance.
A search was initiated by CCSO Deputies as well as Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue personnel. The search was suspended at dark.
On Tuesday the river was searched by Chelan County Swift Water Rescue personnel. This was followed up on Wednesday by a large search group who searched the area between Chiwawa Loop Road and the Wenatchee River.
On Friday, May 15th, a CCSO helicopter was deployed to search the river due to improved weather conditions. At about 3:00 PM approximately 1 mile downstream from the campsite a suspicious object was seen. Swiftwater and Marine patrol members responded and recovered Mr. Thorp’s body.
The circumstances surrounding Mr. Thorp’s death are under investigation.
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
OLYMPIA – As people have stayed home in efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, traffic volumes have dropped significantly on highways and ferries. During an online virtual meeting, the Washington State Transportation Commission will hear about traffic impacts from the virus across the world, in other states, and in Washington.
The meeting starts 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 19. Due to the governor’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order issued on March 23, this meeting will be conducted using GoToWebinar. People interested in attending can find participation instructions and a link on the commission website to register.
The commission will hear from INRIX staff, who will share data on worldwide, national, and Washington state’s traffic demand changes and trends due to the COVID-19 virus. A Kirkland-based company, INRIX analyzes traffic data from road sensors and vehicles.
Staff from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Toll Division and the Office of the State Treasurer will report on reductions in traffic volumes on the state’s toll facilities, as well as how reduced traffic has affected toll revenues and plans to assess implications of the revenue loss.
Commission staff will update commissioners on the progress of a legislatively directed study to assess the effects of tolling on low-income drivers of the Interstate 405 and State Route 167 express toll lanes, and determine possible approaches to mitigating such impacts.
Traffic volume on Washington State Ferries also has dropped significantly due to the COVID-19 virus. WSF staff will brief the commission on service changes made to maintain safe and efficient ferry service and will provide preliminary estimates of how reduced traffic has affected WSF revenues. Commissioners also will hear an update on the 2020 Ferry Riders’ Opinion Group survey schedule.
All presentations will be available on the commission’s website before the meeting. For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/