sheriffSheriff Brian Burnett reports on November 3, 2021 at approximately 6:30 PM RiverCOM 911 Dispatch Center received reports of gunshots fired near the 200 block of Boodry Street in Wenatchee.

Upon arrival the deputies were told by witnesses that a male pointed and fired a gun at an individual on scene. The bullet missed the victim and he was able to run to safety. Evidence collected at the scene confirmed that at least one shot was fired and corroborated witness statements.

Through the witness statements, Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies, Detectives, along with the Wenatchee Police Department were able to identify the suspect. Due to the seriousness of the crime the Regional SWAT team was activated. A short time later the suspect was taken into custody at his residence. Chelan County Detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and a vehicle. During the search they located a pistol and three pistol magazines that matched the caliber of pistol used at the crime scene.

The suspect was booked into CCRJ on charges of Assault 1st degree.

This investigation is still ongoing and we do not believe there is any current threat to the public reference this incident.

sheriffWENATCHEE -- The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has finalized contracts with the four schools that utilize school resource officers via its office.

The contracts begin Nov. 1 with the Cashmere and Cascade school districts and Dec. 1 with the Chelan and Manson school districts. Chelan County commissioners signed the contracts on Tuesday, Nov. 2., for Cashmere, Cascade and Chelan. Manson has given a verbal agreement as the County is just waiting to approve their signed copy.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett said that after discussion with the Sheriff’s Association and the school districts, the officers will meet the requirements of the school districts, which include a COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption from the individual school district.

“We needed some time to work through this issue on our end, which included finding a solution that the Sheriff’s Association, the officers and the schools could accept,” Burnett said. “We feel comfortable moving forward.”

The Sheriff’s Office in early September put the annual contracts on hold following the governor’s announcement a month earlier that all school employees and on-site contractors and volunteers would be required to receive a COVID vaccination or apply for an exemption.

At the time, Sheriff Burnett expressed concern about the mandate violating people’s rights as well as a need to discuss the state mandate with union representatives.

“Personally, I have not asked any of my deputies or staff if they are or aren’t vaccinated,” Burnett said. “I have maintained the decision is a personal one, and I will not ask such a private question.”

Under the new contracts, one school resource officer will serve both the Cashmere and Cascade school districts and another will serve the Chelan and Manson school districts. The contracts call for the splitting of the cost of resource officers between the school districts and Sheriff’s Office, with the schools paying about 75 percent of the officers’ salaries, or about $87,400.

A former school resource officer himself, Sheriff Burnett said he understands the importance of having a law enforcement presence in the school districts. When he took office in 2011, he brought back the program to the county and has maintained it ever since.

“I’m happy to see we could come to an agreement and continue building upon our relationship with the school districts,” Burnett said. “School resource officers are positive, dependable role models for our children. They are an open line of communication between the Sheriff’s Office and our schools.”

manson schoolAll local veterans are cordially invited to attend a light breakfast in their honor on Friday, November 10, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Manson High School in the student center.

Manson High School students will be serving cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit and coffee.

A video prepared by Manson elementary students will be shared, honoring all those who have served.

dougcountysherlogoOn October 28, 2021 at approximately 2:52 PM, Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to 15th Street and Douglas Avenue in Bridgeport for a report of a male subject who had been shot.

When Deputies arrived they found a 25 year old male, of Bridgeport, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Deputies provided medical assistance until the Ambulance arrived and transported him to the Hospital.

Due to the proximity of the incident to the school, Deputies requested the schools “Lock down”.

After Deputies determined the area was safe, the School released the students.

The incident is under an active investigation.

I would like to thank the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Fish and Game, and Brewster Police Department for their response and assistance.

It is believed this is an isolated incident and there is no immediate community risk.

Sheriff Kevin W. Morris

manson schoolManson School District
Special Board Meeting
Friday, Oct 29, 2021
4:00 p.m. - Via ZOOM



President Bloch will call for a motion to amend the one-item agenda or approve as presented.

A. Board Resolution 10/29/21A

* Recommended Action: Move to approve Board Resolution 10/29/21 Award Contract for Elementary Parking Lot Rennovation, as attached hereto, and made a part of the record.


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OLYMPIA – Six possible names are being considered for Washington state’s next new ferry and the public is being asked to help decide. The Washington State Transportation Commission has legal authority for naming state highways, bridges and ferries in Washington and is putting forth the names for further consideration and public input. The selected name will be given to the state’s next new ferry, which will be a 144-car, hybrid-electric Olympic Class ferry.

The commission received 19 eligible name proposals that met its naming guidelines and requirements. After further review and consideration, the pool was reduced to six finalists which will advance for public input.  The six names are:

  • Wishkah
  • Stillaguamish
  • Snoqualmie
  • Enie Marie
  • Stehekin
  • Muckleshoot

The commission’s process for gathering public input on the pool of six names includes the following:

  • The list of names is posted on the commission’s website and the public can provide comment online until Tuesday, Nov. 30.
  • Washington State Ferries and members representing each Ferry Advisory Committee for all ferry-served communities will review the list of names and provide input.
  • Members of the 20,000-plus Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) survey panel will be asked via an online survey to consider all six names and indicate their preference. Anyone can become a member of the commission’s FROG survey panel; joining is fast and easy.

The commission will consider the input gathered from these outreach efforts in making a final name decision at its Tuesday, Dec. 14, meeting.

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OLYMPIA – With winter just around the corner, now is the best time to make plans and prepare for winter driving.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to get themselves and their vehicles ready for winter weather well before they head out. Drivers can visit WSDOT's winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks travelers to always "know before you go" and get the most up-to-date transportation information both while planning trips and during travel.

“Our crews work hard to keep roads clear, but we also need the public’s help to keep traffic moving during winter weather,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “Most pass closures are due to preventable spin outs or crashes with vehicles going too fast or not having proper winter equipment.

“This winter, being prepared and staying informed will be even more important because staffing shortages will affect our ability to clear roadways and passes as quickly as in years past,” Morin added.

WSDOT crews are already planning for winter storms, but ongoing staffing challenges mean that some areas may not see the traditional 24-hour service, some roadways will not be plowed as often, and compact snow and ice will remain on roadways longer than a typical winter. This will be especially true during large or long-lasting storms. WSDOT determines its storm response based on safety, available resources and pre-set priority plow maps for highest volume and/or critical roadways. Travelers should be sure to check conditions before and during travel and always have proper winter weather supplies before heading out.

To check conditions and prepare for winter weather:

Alternatives to chains Although some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain models, the state’s traction device laws still apply to all vehicles. These requirements exist to help keep all traffic moving safely during extreme winter conditions.

The Washington State Patrol provides an online list of state-approved alternative traction devices on its vehicle equipment webpage under “traction tires.” These approved alternatives meet state traction tire requirements and can be used instead of chains when chains are required. Not every alternative on the market has been approved by WSP, so please check the website before making purchases. All travelers are reminded to prepare for changing weather conditions and avoid a costly ticket by carrying chains or approved alternatives whenever crossing mountain passes. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.

Studded tires By law, studded tires are only legal for use in Washington state from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states, and no personal exemptions or waivers exist to allow for earlier use of studded tires.

WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned roadways (asphalt and concrete roadway damage combined) each year. WSDOT encourages motorists to visit a tire dealer to learn more about their winter tire options, including stud-free, winter tread traction tires. This type of tire is different than an all-season tire, is legal year-round and does not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. More information about studded-tire restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.


The Chelan Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners will be holding two public meetings to garner input from the public and discuss the Proposed 2022 Budget.

These meetings will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, November 10th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Chelan Fire & Rescue Station 71 located at 232 E. Wapato Avenue in Chelan. 

These are open public meeting and we welcome your input either in person or via Zoom.

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We look forward to hearing from the community on the future of emergency service for Chelan.


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Last night at 10:25 p.m. crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 524 N. Markeson Street in Chelan.

First arriving crew was on scene at 22:28 and reported heavy flames and smoke coming from the rear of the structure and initiated a defensive fire attack.  

Residents of the house reported that 5 people were living there with 4 of those people in the residence at the time of the fire.  All were able to escape without injury.  Residents also reported that 2 dogs were also in the house and that one did not get out. 

Second alarm resources from Manson, Orondo, and Wenatchee were dispatched due to the number of exposures nearby and the difficulty in controlling this fire. 

Fire was contained at 12:49 a.m. and crews remained on scene to monitor the structure throughout the night. 

Residents of the structure were put in contact with Red Cross for shelter and assistance. 

A total of 11 apparatus and 24 personnel were on scene with no reported injuries. 

There is no estimate of total fire loss at this time and the cause of this fire is currently under investigation.


OLYMPIA – Emerging technologies that reduce carbon, reduce the amount of time to get goods to consumers and move agricultural goods to market more efficiently will be explored at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s October meeting. Commissioners also will discuss their next round of recommendations to the state Legislature about steps needed to prepare for autonomous vehicles operating on public roadways.

The two-day meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Wednesday, Oct. 20. 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

Tuesday morning kicks off with a work session co-sponsored by the ACES Northwest Network, and the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region. The ACES Northwest Network is focused on developing and promoting autonomous-connected-electric-shared mobility technologies. A panel of policy and industry leaders will explore a number of topics including: trucking and rail automation, including how electrification is revolutionizing logistics; advanced air mobility, focusing on what’s taking flight in our state; and getting perspectives on agricultural automation.

Tuesday afternoon, the commission will hear from a panel representing transit, counties, cities, ports, and the private sector on how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact transportation and operations. 

With the significant growth in home delivery of goods, increasing the demand being placed on city streets and neighborhoods, the commission will hear from the University of Washington’s Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center about how this growth has accelerated a paradigm shift in freight movement. They will also brief the commission about their efforts to engage private sector industries in researching and the pilot testing of low-emission, last-mile delivery solutions in the Puget Sound. 

On Wednesday, the commission will receive an update on the 2021 work of the Autonomous Vehicle Work Group and determine their next round of recommendations to the Legislature.  The work group is charged with identifying policy and regulatory needs to accommodate autonomous vehicles on our public roadways. An overview of the work group’s efforts and explorations in 2021 will be covered and the commission’s report of findings and recommendations to the Legislature will be discussed. 

Public comment will be taken on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 11:25 a.m. People wishing to provide comments can sign up by posting their name in the Q&A box that can be found on-screen during the virtual meeting. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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