wsdot logo greenOnline 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

Where:           Engage.wsdot.wa.gov/safety-rest-areas/

Details:           The online open house is available to access 24/7, whenever best fits individual      schedules. The open house includes:    

  • Strategic plan information
  • Understanding the Safety Rest Area Program
  • Timeline and next steps

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.

wsdot logoWSDOT tools available for best times to travel on key routes

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:  

  • Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather, ferry schedules and a real-time travel map.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as several Twitter accounts and the agency Facebook page.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Have a backup outdoor destination if your first choice is full. If parking lots are full, find an alternative site and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
  • Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.
  • Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.

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.

Snoqualmie Pass

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."

Tolling

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.

Ferry travel

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.

  • All riders should double check the sailing schedules as some routes are operating on timetables that are different than prior to the pandemic.
  • Visit the Washington State Ferries website for more details on vehicle reservations, rider alerts, checking terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates.
  • The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing face masks on indoor transit, but they are no longer required.

Trains, airports and transit

Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Trains are running between Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. Buses are operating for travel between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Masks are encouraged, but not required on all trains and buses. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800-USA-RAIL for tickets.
  • For information about traveling via state-sponsored airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/travel/aviation/airports-list or call 360-788-7437.
  • Check with your local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.

 methow glider

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.

CRDTF logoThe 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.

buckner work party 2022

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Last night, June 10, 2022 at 23:02 Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a drowning near the “Old Chelan Bridge”.

Initial dispatch reported two individuals in the water, one of which made it to shore and the other was reported missing.

Upon arrival, Chelan Fire and Rescue Swimmers along with the help of Chelan County Sheriffs located the missing individual holding onto one of the bridge pillars in the water. The individual was in distress and losing his grip on the bridge pillar.

One Rescue Swimmer entered the water retrieving the male subject bringing him to shore.

One patient was transported by Chelan EMS and one patient went POV. Both patients were treated for a near drowning event.

manson schoolMANSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC NOTICE

REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATE CHANGE

The Manson School District Board of Directors is moving their regular scheduled of June 20, 2022 meeting to June 21, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Manson Elementary School Library.

Agenda will be posted June 14, 2022 on our website at www.manson.org.

wsdot logoThe March 2022 edition of WSDOT’s quarterly performance report (Gray Notebook 85) is now available online. While numerous performance measures are reported throughout the Gray Notebook, highlights from this issue include:

  • WSDOT's Electronic Screening System helped the trucking industry avoid 230,000 travel hours and $28.9 million in operating costs in 2021
  • Amtrak Cascades had a 46% increase in ridership to 251,000 passengers in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020
  • WSDOT and partners recorded a minimum of 8,683 animal crossings in the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area in 2020 and 2021
  • WSDOT began monitoring nine new wetland and stream mitigation sites on 32.7 acres in 2021
  • WSDOT’s and Washington State Ferries' combined agency-wide recordable incident rate increased 29.5% in 2021
  • In the first quarter of 2022, WSDOT Incident Response teams provided an estimated $21.3 million in economic benefit by reducing the effects of incidents on drivers
  • Washington State Ferries completed 27,955 (98.8%) of its 28,306 regularly scheduled trips in the third quarter of FY2022
  • WSDOT advertised 58 of 143 Pre-existing Funds projects during the third quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium

Gray Notebook editions can accessed at the Gray Notebook archive page.

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The meeting will be held in person at Manson Parks’ Bumgarner Meeting Room, and via Zoom.  The meeting information is as follows:

In person:

6/9/22 at 4:10pm

142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831

Zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/99851997378?pwd=ZDcyS3FPd2dSd0Y4SGI5YWRoVGlEZz09

Meeting ID: 998 5199 7378

Passcode: 209828

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Next Regular Meeting: July 14, 2022 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

Regular Board Meeting

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. May 12, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
b. May 26, 2022 Special Meeting Minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Updates:
i. Marina Policy Committee
1. Discuss and vote on proposed changes
ii. Old Swim Hole development project
iii. Manson Bay Marina planning project
iv. Leffler Field soil remediation planning project
b. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Proposed pickleball court improvement project funding
b. Introduction to pickleball classes
c. Fall youth soccer
IX. Adjournment
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ncw crime unit logoThe North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU) was activated On June 4th, 2022 at the request of the Wenatchee Police Department.  The Unit responded to the 200 Block of South Western Avenue in Wenatchee, Washington to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting.  Wenatchee Police department was the involved agency in the shooting.

At approximately 3:45 pm Wenatchee Police Officers responded to the 400 block of Castle View Place in Wenatchee for a burglary in progress.  The subject fled on foot prior to the Officer’s arrival.  A subject matching the description was reported in the 200 block of South Western soon after.  Officers made contact with the subject, ultimately resulting in the application of deadly force.  Medical aid was performed by officers but the subject was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the early stages of the investigation, it was determined a male subject was armed with a knife when officers contacted him. Two different less lethal options were deployed prior to the application of deadly force.

To help further the investigation, the SIU is requesting citizens who have video of the incident or events that led up to it contact investigators through the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Tip Line. The tip line is at 509-667-6845. Please leave a message and an NCW SIU investigator will contact you.

The name of the subject will be withheld until next of kin can be notified.