- Written by Robin Pittman
Manson Parks is auctioning off the used playground from Singleton Park. The auction is an online event and will run for 1 week (ending 3/29/21 @ 3pm.)
Interested parties can visit www.galabids.com/mansonparksauction to register and bid.
All of the equipment can be seen online, or in person at Singleton Park.
Please spread the word if you’re able!
- Written by Brandon Asher, CCFD
On March 21, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. Chelan Fire and Rescue and Chelan County Fire District #5 were dispatched to a Brush Fire on Little Butte Ranch Rd.
Twenty mph wind gusts caused an ember from a smoldering burn pile to catch the nearby sage and grass on fire. A second alarm was called as the fire was spreading quickly in the thick pockets of sagebrush.
The erratic winds eventually shifted in the opposite direction helping crews to get around the head of the fire keeping it at about 3 acres in size.
This was the first significant brush fire for Chelan Fire and Rescue's new Brush 74 Heavy, which is a 6 wheel drive,1000 gallon brush truck with a high ground clearance allowing it to go over sagebrush and rougher terrain. This proved to be very helpful on this call.
- Written by Brandon Asher, CCFD
At approximately 1028 this morning Chelan Fire and Rescue with help from Chelan County Fire District 5 and Lake Chelan EMS responded to a Structure Fire at 114 E. Center St in the Lakeside area of Lake Chelan.
The first unit on scene reported a working structure fire in a small single-story home with flames out the rear of the house. Crews entered the structure and were able to quickly find the location of the fire for extinguishment. The single occupant of the home was able to make it out but did have a minor burn injury to one arm.
The fire appears to have started in the attic area before dropping down into the house. The home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
While on scene of the Structure Fire, Chelan Fire and Rescue was then dispatched for a reported Aircraft Emergency at Chelan Airport. Rivercom advised that there was an inbound plane with possible malfunctioning landing gear with three souls on board. Crews staged along the runway and the plane was able to make a successful landing without incident.
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT communications
Plan ahead to avoid fines, prevent road damage
OLYMPIA – With spring almost here drivers have just a few more weeks to remove studded tires from their vehicles.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day Wednesday, March 31. Starting at midnight on Thursday, April 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine.
Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded near the removal deadline, so please plan accordingly.
WSDOT is not extending the studded tire deadline this year, but crews continue to monitor roads, passes, and forecasts and will work to quickly clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.
Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal deadline. Other states may have later dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.
More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: February 2021
• Payroll: February 1 -28, 2021 for $120,384.12 paid 03-05-2021
• General Account Vouchers: #76964 – 747018 for $45,592.08
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17161-17164 for $2,530.16
• Minutes: February 17, 2021
Fire Chief Report:
• 2021 Budget & Financial Report
• February Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract – Update
• Station 75 Short Plat – Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations – Update
• Citizens Group Advisory Board - Update
• Thursday March 18th at 8:10 KOZI – Commissioner Moller and Chief Donnell or Chief Asher
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Retirement/Pension for Dan Nutley – Board Approval
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110 (1) ( g ) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.
- Written by Rich Magnussen, Emergency Management Specialist, CCSD
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 42-year-old male from Leavenworth was fatally injured in a parasailing accident Sunday morning approximately 5 miles northeast of Leavenworth.
On March 14, 2021 at approximately 10:16am, RIVERCOM dispatch received a 911 call from another parasailer reporting the accident. The caller advised that the accident had occurred approximately 1000 feet above Eagle Creek Rd near milepost 4. The accident location was very difficult to access and required responders from multiple agencies. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies, Chelan County Fire District #3, Chelan County Fire District #1 and Cascade Medical Center responded to the area.
CPR was administered by fellow parasailers until medics from Cascade Medical Center arrived on scene. Unfortunately, lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he died from his injuries. The victim was later transported out of the area by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.
The identity of the victim is being withheld to allow time for family members to be notified.
- Written by Mark R. Donnell, Fire Chief, CCFD
On 3/10/21 at 12:36 p.m. crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire with extension into the brush at 16005 South Lakeshore Road.
Crews arrived on scene at 12:55 to find a 12 x 12 metal shed, housing a tractor and jeep, fully involved with fire spread into approximately 1-1/2 acres of brush on the north slope of the property.
Crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue along with Chelan County Fire District #8 (Entiat) were able to quickly control the fire spread by 2 p.m. and had completed mop up of the fire by 3:20 p.m.
Cause of the fire is undetermined but is believed to have been started by one of the vehicles in the shed. There were no reported injuries or fire loss estimate.
Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind the public that we are already seeing an early start for our wildfire season and encourage everyone to be proactive in making your property Firewise safe.
For more information on how we can help you, please call 509-682-4476 or visit our website at www.chelan7.org.
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
Transportation Commission’s virtual meeting set for March 16 and 17
OLYMPIA – The relationship between green energy and transportation will be explored at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s March meeting. As the adoption of electric vehicles grows, centralizing EV charging within multimodal transportation hubs will be a dramatic, technology-driven transformation for transportation – and one that few state and local governments are prepared for.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Zoom Webinar. People interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.
Tuesday morning’s work session will explore the nexus between aviation, surface and marine transportation electrification, and the power to leverage public and private assets and financial resources. It will also explore electrification efforts throughout the Northwest and how to bring innovative technologies to communities of color.
During the work session, there will be two panels. The first panel will address SeaTac Airport as it evolves to becoming a multimodal hub for clean fuels, and statewide electric/autonomous flight. The second panel will address smart cities, smart fleets, and green community mobility. The work session will wrap up with a presentation from the Western Governors Association on efforts underway to electrify western highways.
Tuesday afternoon, the commission will be briefed on a number of reports recently issued by the Washington State Department of Transportation. Report topics will cover: electric aircraft deployment; commercial aviation long-term needs and recommendations; and Washington State Ferries’ performance reporting, and efforts to manage fuel costs.
Additionally, WSDOT Tolling staff will provide an overview of the traffic and revenue performance of Washington state toll facilities for October through December 2020 and will provide initial performance data for January through March 2021. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on toll facilities will also be discussed.
On Wednesday, the commission will learn about the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Equity Strategy, which aims to make equity central to all that it does as a regional planning organization. Also, on Wednesday, WSDOT staff will brief the commission on results of a study which looked at the feasibility of performance-based evaluations of transportation projects based upon policy goals established in current law.
The meeting will close with a discussion on the proposed schedule for making changes to current toll rates on various tolled facilities, by the end of this summer, including public outreach plans.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
March 11, 2021, 4:15pm
Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416
I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. February 11, 2021 regular meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Old Swim Hole
c. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. District IT support
Next regular meeting: April 8, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831 unless otherwise posted.