35 Year Old Cold Case Turns Up Person of Interest
- Written by Sheriff Brian Burnett
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on March 3, 2017 detectives arrested 60 year old Bernard Swaim in connection with the 1982 disappearance of Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith. Bernard Swaim is currently a resident of Sultan, Washington. Mr. Swaim was charged with First Degree Murder.
On July 18, 1982 30 year old Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith was reported as a missing person by family members. Mr. Smith was last seen at his home on or about July 12, 1982. Mr. Smith’s car, a 1966 Pontiac Tempest was found abandoned several days after the report of his disappearance, on Dead Man’s Hill road near Dryden, in Chelan County. The initial investigation concluded in 1982 and Mr. Smith has never been located.
In late 2016 Mr. Smith’s disappearance was assigned to detectives for further investigation. Through interviews with multiple people including Mr. Smith’s family members and witnesses, detectives identified Bernard Swaim as a person of interest in Mr. Smith’s disappearance.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Stephen E. Smith please call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 509-667-6842 and leave your contact information and a detective will return your call.
You can also go online to our web page, http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff and use the submit a crime tip tab or message us on Facebook.
Manson High School Hosts Knowledge Bowl
- Written by Janice Stewart
On February 13th, Manson High School hosted the 7th match of the North Central Washington Knowledge Bowl Tournaments.
There were eight high schools with a total thirty-three teams vying for top spots in the competition. It was by far the largest tournament of the season.
In addition to the Manson Knowledge Bowl team, there were teams from: Okanogan, Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Cascade, Omak, Chelan, and Waterville. The competition was fierce and fun.
The questions were unbelievably challenging from various academic disciplines (e.g. “The Delian Amphictyony was centered on what Aegean Island?” Answer: Delos or “What kind of plain results in the penultimate stage of fluvial erosion?” Answer: peneplain).
With over 160 people participating in different roles (i.e. readers, participants, coaches, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and supportive parents.), it was a great success.
The Manson Knowledge team took 10th place in a tournament that featured past State contenders.
The Manson Knowledge Bowl team wants to thank the administration, faculty, staff, and community for all their help in making this tournament a memorable experience for all.
2017 Manson School District Spelling Bee
- Written by Janice Stewart
Our 2017 District Spelling Champion is Grant Torgesen, 8th grade, and the runner up is his sister, Afton Torgesen, 4th grade.
Grant's Championship word was "tenaciously".
Twelve students spelled off with each other to a packed house. The 2017 district bee was one of the longest spelling rounds Manson ever experienced. The final four students lasted 17 rounds of spelling with two students left in round 18.
Afton spelled out on the word "patronymic" and Grant went on to win the Championship round by spelling "tenaciously".
Our two spellers will now move on to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 16th. Congratulations to all those who participated in the District Spelling Bee.
Summer Blossom Whitebark Pine Restoration Project
- Written by Kari Grover Wier, USFS
Dear Interested Party:
The Chelan Ranger District is seeking public input on the proposed Summer Blossom Whitebark Pine Restoration Project located in Chelan County, approximately 34 miles north, northwest of the town of Chelan, WA. The project area covers approximately 1,576 acres primarily in the Falls Creek sub-watershed.
How to Comment
Your comments will aid the District team in identifying potential issues and concerns with this project proposal. Comments will be most useful if received by March 30, 2017.
- Write a letter to the Forest Service and mail it to the project leader:
Pete Wier Or hand-deliver it to:
Chelan Ranger District Chelan Ranger District
428 West Woodin Ave 428 West Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816 Chelan, WA 98816
Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during regular office hours, 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Those submitting electronic copies must do so only to the e-mail address listed above, must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail. Message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above or in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of all individuals and the organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does no receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it it’s the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.
Stay Connected to this Project via the Web
To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goals of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (project updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by e-mail. This new system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online. To subscribe or manage your subscription please follow the link below. https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new">https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new
If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail, unless you request hard copies.
Only those who subscribe to the mailing list, submit comments, or notify the Forest that they would like to remain on the mailing list for this project will receive future correspondences on this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning this project will not be possible.
For further information on the project, please contact Pete Wier at (509) 682-4943.
Manson School District Thankful for Community Support
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson School District’s Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy appears to have been approved by voters with a 68.5% approval rate (50% required).
“On behalf of the Manson School Board I would like to thank the Manson Community for their overwhelming support of the recent replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy. The additional funds from the levy will allow us to enrich many student programs, continue timely maintenance of school facilities and retain and attract quality staff. It is clear to our board, staff, and students that the Manson Community is a critical supporter of our mission to provide students with an exceptional education.”
Paul Willard, School Board President
“We are very appreciative of Manson’s investment in our schools. We understand our community entrusts us with two of their most valuable assets...their children and their money. We accept this obligation and will continue working to strengthen our partnership with parents and the community to offer every student the opportunity to live a productive and fulfilling life.”
Matt Charlton, Superintendent
Manson FFA Transforms
- Written by Damon Smith
Manson FFA will be celebrating National FFA week on Feb 18-25. National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA.
More than half a million members will participate in FFA activities throughout the week. There will be a variety of events that allow members to communicate with others about what FFA is all about and ignite a passion for agriculture!
This year’s theme is “Transform”. Why Transform? Because the future of agriculture is strong and as the population continues to grow, so does the need for a healthy and abundant food supply. By working together in this small community of Manson, we can transform the message of agriculture!
Together, Manson’s FFA members can continue to educate others on the importance of agriculture. Giving back to others and serving the community has always been important to FFA members. Throughout the year, members transform their passion for service in their community by giving back in a variety of ways. Here are a list of our daily events through the week.
Tuesday 21st - Green hand day
Wednesday 22nd - FFA t-shirts
Thursday 23rd - Barbeque
Friday 24th - Kiss a goat for charity
Buckner Orchard 2017 Membership Drive
- Written by Herb Sargo
Buckner Orchard 2017 Membership Drive
We need you more than ever!
As indicated in our Annual Report for 2016, we were able to do many, many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering. If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue, as well.
In this uncertain time, it's still unknown just what specific impact continued federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard. We do know there will likely be a loss of time and/or resources available to the National Park Service this year, making our work all the more important. The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!
Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support our work at the Homestead and Orchard.
RENEWAL - Your check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. As a renewal, we will have your information on file. Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner.
NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link (Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.
Individual - $25.00 Business - $75.00 Benefactor - $250.00 Sustainer - $1,000.00 Family - $50.00 Patron - $100.00 Steward - $500.00 Donation - $ ___________
DONATIONS - Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations may be for a specific purpose or as a non-specific donation to the Foundation.
Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead. (Not sure how your contribution will be used? Then, review our 2016 Financial Summary at the end of the Annual Report.) All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.
2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Monday, May 15 Annual Meeting
Reclamation District Office
Thursday, June 15 Orchard Work Party
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin
Saturday, July 15 Orchard Work Party
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin
Saturday, August 12 Square Dance at the Orchard
Old Packing Shed 7 PM,
Monday, August 14 Summer Board Meeting
Bakery Gazebo, 8 AM
HARVEST FEST 2017
Friday, October 6
Orchard Work Party
Buckner Orchard, 9 AM
Valley Music Program
Stehekin School, 7 PM
Saturday, October 7 Harvest Fest
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin
10 AM, picking and pressing
1 PM potluck and music
Sunday, October 8 Poetry Night
7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1,
Web site: bucknerhomestead.org
The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington, and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)
WSDOT Crews Working to Improve Nighttime Visibility
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
Drivers should prepare for delays east of Snoqualmie Pass due to daytime lane closures and full nighttime closures
HYAK – Drivers should prepare for delays east of Snoqualmie Pass next week due to single-lane daytime closures and full nighttime closures of Interstate 90.
Starting Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24 the Washington State Department of Transportation will have single-lane closures in both directions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. just east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit. WSDOT will also close I-90 at night. The westbound lanes will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass interchange and the eastbound lanes will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at milepost 56 near the Gold Creek area. WSDOT will reopen the lanes during the nighttime closure every two hours to clear out traffic.
In an effort to improve visibility and safety at night on I-90, crews are installing additional reflectors along barriers and installing LED lane markers where possible.
Crews are also removing built-up snow in the lanes along Keechelus Lake and cleaning the road dirt off the side panels to improve reflectivity. A reduced speed of 45-miles per hour at night will assist drivers navigating through the eastbound lanes east of the summit; the temporary speed reduction will be in effect until visibility along the lake improves.
Follow @SnoqualmiePass on Twitter and check the mountain passes http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/snoqualmie/default.aspx web page for updates.
Icy Conditions Implicit in Head-On Collision on Badger Mountain Road
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 02/05/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a head on injury accident on Badger Mountain Rd. at MP 3.
Investigation revealed that a S/B Dodge Durango was coming down the hill. It was snowing and the roads were icy. The driver said she was applying her brakes when her vehicle started to slide and ran into a vehicle, a Subaru Tribeca, which was coming up the hill.
The Durango was occupied only by the driver, a 29 year old East Wenatchee woman. The Subaru was carrying a family of five: a 36 year old male, a 33 year old female, a 9 year old female, a 4 year old male, and a two year old male.
The family and the driver of the Durango were all transported to Confluence Hospital. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.
Both vehicles were so damaged they had to be towed.