Manson Apple Blossom Royalty Selection is Jan 24
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Selection for the Manson Apple Blossom Royalty will take place Saturday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the manson High School Gym.
The theme for this year's Apple Blossom Festival is "The First Harvest."
Here are this year's candidates:
Katelyn April Stocker - Katelyn April Stocker is the 18 year old daughter of Frank and Kathy Stocker. She has a younger sister, Kimberly.
Katelyn was on the honor roll. She played on the volleyball team and the golf team for Manson. She helped with the concessions, food drive, blood drive, and is a volunteer at the Habitat Thrift Store.
Since childhood, Katelyn’s interests and hobbies have been swimming, hiking, camping, golfing, traveling, sewing, singing, volleyball, and American Sign Language. Her after school activities include dance, gymnastics, karate, jump roping, and choir.
Katelyn says "I would really appreciate the opportunity to be on the Manson Apple Blossom Royalty because I would enjoy the new experiences and challenges. I could also be an example for people who are shy like me to show you can overcome personal obstacles. I hope to increase my own self confidence and learn how to enhance my own natural beauty."
Katelyn would like to attend college at George Fox University, WSU, or North West College of Art and Design. Her goal is to become a special effects artist, American Sign Language interpreter, or a vocal performer.
Katelyn's favorite TV shows are Psych and Quantum Leap and her favorite novels are Distant Waves and The Running Dream.
Aylee Willow Neff - Aylee Willow Neff is the eighteen year old daughter of Greg and Sue Neff. She has 3 older brothers: Aaron, Kyle, and Schuyler, and 2 older sisters: Megan and Keisha.
Aylee is a member of FFA, was a State Creed Speaker in 9th grade, was treasurer in 10th grade, and was president 11th and 12th grade. She has been a member of National Honor Society for 3 yrs.
Aylee was Class President in 10th grade. In her junior year she was both the “Washington Aerospace Scholar” and a“Joint Science Educational Project Semifinalist” as well as Chelan County Fair Ambassador.
Aylee has been on the High Honor Roll grades 9-12. She has participated in concert, marching and pep bands all throughout her high school career.
Aylee played basketball grades 9 and 10, volleyball grades 9-12, and track and field grades 9-12. She qualified for the State 2B track championship meet for the last three years.
Aylee enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at the community library, reading, baking, sewing, and drawing.
Aylee says "Becoming Manson Apple Blossom royalty stands for more than just a crown; it represents a desire to give back to the community I love and be a part of the community celebration that focuses on bringing people together. I firmly believe in those values at the festival."
Aylee's future plans are to attend the University of Washington to major in Biochemical Engineering.
Her favorite TV show is Bones and favorite book is Miss Rumphius.
Jana Russell - Jana Leigh Russell is the seventeen year-old daughter of Julie Russell. She has an older brother, Jesse, and his fiancé, Andrea Rainey, who are both attending the University of Washington.
Jana is a member of Honor Society, has been on the Knowledge Bowl state team her junior year, and in FFA for 4 years where she served as photographer, sentinel, treasurer, and state participant her junior year.
Jana was the treasurer for her junior class and currently her senior class, ASB representative/treasurer, and senior representative to the local association of student councils.
Jana played volleyball 4 years, was captain her senior year, has played basketball 4 years, and track 3 years. She was captain of the track team her junior year.
Jana is an avid reader, has been snowmobiling for 5 years, swims, babysits, and enjoys holiday baking.
Jana says " Along with serving and representing the Manson community, I want to be Apple Blossom Royalty to prove to myself, the community, and every shy little girl out there, that with a little hard work, dedication, and of course, a smile, dreams really can come true."
Future plans for Jana include attending a four-year university such as the University of Washington or Stanford. She wants to major in Biochemistry and then work at a cancer research center.
Jana's favorite TV shows are Glee and America's Got Talent and her favorite novels are the Harry Potter series.
Kristen Adrienne Gibson - Kristen Adrienne Gibson is the seventeen year-old daughter of Brock and Tanya Gibson. She has 2 older brothers, Adam and Bret.
Kristen has been on the high honor roll and earned Academic letters throughout her high school years.
She lettered in volleyball and softball, serving as captain of both teams, and received the Most Consistent Server her Junior year. She was voted “Most Inspirational Cheerleader” for the Basketball season her freshman year, and "Most Inspirational" in volleyball her senior year.
Kristen was a member of FFA as a Freshman, has been in Knowledge Bowl all 4 years, has been in the National Honor Society for 2 yrs, and FBLA for 2 yrs, where she currently serves as the Vice-President.
Kristen was ASB Secretary her senior year and Assistant Secretary during her junior year.
Kristen was chosen to attend the Washington State Legislative Conference in her junior year and the Washington Student Leaders Conference in her senior year. She also received Best of Show in the regional art show, for a sculpture she created with two partners.
Kristen has enjoyed skiing her whole life. She also enjoys volleyball, kayaking, hiking, Cross Fit, watching football, and spending time at her Grandma Hobbie's boat shop in the summer.
Kristen says. "There are not enough words to express the love I have for this community. I have deep roots here and I cannot imagine loving any town as much as I love Manson. To represent my community as Apple Blossom royalty and to be a role model for little girls, as past royalty were for me, would be the greatest honor and a dream come true."
Future plans for Kristen include attending the University of Washington to earn a degree in Communications and Business Administration. Her dream is to become a sideline reporter for the National Football League.
Her favorite TV show is Hart of Dixie and the Harry Potter series are her favorite novels.
Kendra Lynn Ellsworth - Kendra Lynn Ellsworth is the eighteen year old daughter of Mike and Diana Ellsworth. She has two older sisters, Sierra and Hailey.
Kendra is currently ASB Vice-President and previously served as Secretary and Assistant Secretary. She has attended Chewelah Peak Leadership Camp and was an ASB delegate to WASC. She has served as Class President for two years.
Kendra participated in Knowledge Bowl for two years, FFA for 4 years and was an officer for 3 of those years. She raised the Grand Champion Market Hog in 2013 as well as receiving a Reserve Champion ribbon for Showmanship.
Kendra lettered in varsity volleyball 3 years receiving the "Top Offensive Player" award and was chosen as the "First Team All -League". She has lettered in varsity basketball all 4 years, receiving the "Captains Award" and "Most Inspirational" award. Kendra has lettered in varsity softball for 2 years and received the "Team Captain" and "MVP" awards and was chosen as the "First Team All-League" last year.
Kendra enjoys fishing with her Dad, spending time with her family, and playing with their huge chocolate lab, Oakley. She also enjoys Cross Fit, scrapbooking, and trying new Pinterest projects. She loves to sing, but doesn't call it one of her talents.
Kendra says "Manson Apple Blossom is a wonderful tradition that I have always known I wanted to be a part of. It would be an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of the royalty that represents our community and shares with others the beauty of our small town."
The future plans for Kendra are to attend Central Washington University where she will major in Elementary Education.
Her favorite TV show is The Walking Dead, and favorite novels are the House of Nights Series.
Chelan County PUD To Control Beaver Activity In Parks
- Written by Suzanne Hartman, CCPUD
Critical habitat destroyed by beavers in Entiat and Wenatchee river front parks
WENATCHEE – Beavers are destroying newly planted trees and shrubs in Entiat Park (currently closed – except for the boat ramp area), as well as destroying important shoreline vegetation in Walla Walla Point, Confluence and Riverfront parks. As a result, the PUD is expanding its existing contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Nuisance Bird & Animal Control Services to trap, remove and destroy the beaver.
The PUD attempted to divert the beaver by putting cages and/or using sand-infused paint around the base of the trees in Entiat Park, but the beaver continued to destroy the trees and shrubs.
Under its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license, the PUD is responsible for providing for and maintaining critical river shoreline habitat. The beaver activity is in direct conflict with the PUD’s license requirements.
At this time of year, the only alternative is to remove and eliminate the beaver, since relocation wouldn’t be viable during the winter because the beaver would be unable to rebuild their dens. If the beaver remain a problem in the spring, the PUD will work with Okanogan County officials to relocate the beaver in an area where their dam-building could be a beneficial erosion control method in fire-destroyed areas.
USDA will put signs in the areas where active trapping is taking place so that the public will keep their pets out of danger. The trapping will cease when the vegetation destruction stops. The USDA will trap on PUD property only.
Snow Grooming Begins at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area
- Written by Robin DeMario, USFS
Chelan—Early season snow grooming operations have begun at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area on the Chelan Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Ski area personnel are working to establish a good snow base for future grooming operations. Skiers should expect typical early season conditions with varying snow depths, soft snow, and the possibility of bare spots as temperatures warm up later in the week.
Grooming will occur on an intermittent basis. Fees will not be charged over the Thanksgiving weekend due to the thin snow cover and variable ski conditions. Ski area personnel will continue to monitor ski conditions and determine when the fee season will begin.
In conjunction with the start of snow grooming at Echo Ridge, beginning today Purtteman Gulch Road No. 8010 will be closed to wheeled vehicles and snowmobiles to provide for Nordic grooming activities.
When fees are charged, ski passes are required for both ski and snowshoe trail use. Day passes are available on-site for $10 per adult, with no charge for skiers or snowshoers age 17 and under. Season passes are available for $70 at the Chelan Ranger District office.
All trailheads in the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area are plowed and open for parking. Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area is located 10 miles outside of the city of Chelan and is managed as a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and Lake Chelan Nordic Ski Club.
For current grooming information go online to www.lakecheleannordic.org or contact the Chelan Ranger District office at (509) 682-4900. The Chelan Ranger District office is located at 428 West Woodin Avenue in Chelan with office hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to an overpass struck on I-90 in Kittitas County
- Written by Trooper Darren Wright, WSP
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is seeking the opportunity to speak with anyone who may have information about an overpass that was struck by an oversize load on I-90 at milepost 63.
On November 25, 2014 just before 2 pm an unknown vehicle struck the underside of the Stampede Pass overpass and the large sign that was mounted to the side of the structure causing it and cement debris to fall to the roadway below.
WSP is requesting anyone who may have observed the collision, any oversize load vehicles in the area prior to the collision, or oversize loads travelling through Cle Elum or South Cle Elum shortly after 2 pm, to please call WSP Trooper Darren Wright at 509-679-6228.
Anton Jones Fishing Report 11-21-14
- Written by Anton Jones
|11/12/14 - Tasula and Len Berggren of Coquitlam, BC with their mornings catch of Lakers|
|11/15/14 - Repeat customer Dean Williams, Casey McAfee, Parker Williams and Miles Kendrick of Monroe, WA with their mornings catch of Lakers|
|11/15/14 our very own Jeff Witkowski with a nice holdover rainbow caught in Mill Bay on Lake Chelan.|
We troll for these mostly eating sized Lakers from 220 to 245 feet deep. Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph. Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan. Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish. These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp. This in turn makes the meat especially delectable. While we find those mysids in our Lakers all year, this late fall / early winter time really concentrates that feed in the lower basin to fatten up our fish.
Rainbow trout on Lake Chelan can be caught by a variety of methods. Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig. You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger. Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait.
Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout. WDFW planted approximately 16,000 fish that were 2.4 fish to the pound. Those are about 9” fish. So far, Roses hasn’t frozen over and shore anglers are limiting in less than an hour.
Your fishing tip of the week is to take a page out of the tournament anglers strategy book and prepare plans A, B, C and maybe even D to make efficient use of your precious “on the water” time. This could mean rigging trolling gear and lining up lures so that if plan A’s presentation you can work through your progressions without having to search and then tie knots with chilly fingers. If you are going to switch from still fishing to casting, have those rigs prepared and ready to put into action. This requires thinking ahead and preparing at home. Keeping your presentation in a prime location in an attractive way will make you more successful. It’s only logical.
I will dispense with normal format for my first post Veteran’s Day Report to share my thoughts and feelings before moving on in future reports. I believe the best thing that we can do to honor our war dead is live well and joyously. However, I think it is occasionally necessary to reflect and appreciate their sacrifices. My friend, Terry Gilden was killed in the Beirut Embassy bombing of 1983 by Hezbollah militants. The mission there was to bring the bloody civil war in Lebanon to an end. In 1993, my friend, Randy Shugart was killed by militants of a Somalian warlord. The mission there was to clear the way for food supplies to reach hundreds of thousands of starving civilians in rural Somalia. While critical thinking is necessary and skepticism can be useful, make no mistake. Flawed as we might be, we are the good guys because men like my friends answer the call and do their best to implement our national will. George Orwell said it best: “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Just reflect for a moment about the lifestyle we enjoy and give thanks for these men.
Investigation reveals Skagit River Bridge truck was two inches over-height
- Written by Lt. Shane Nelson, WSP
Trailer hit 11 sway braces on bridge, leading to collapse.
(Olympia) – Detectives from the Washington State Patrol have determined that the truck which struck the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was two inches over-height.
In a report released today, detectives found the truck was permitted to carry a load of no higher than 15-feet nine inches. After the collision, they noted the load measured 15-feet eleven inches. The over-height load struck eleven of the bridge’s sway braces as it crossed the structure.
The collision happened on May 23, 2013, shortly after 7:00 p.m. After the collapse, two vehicles fell into the river and the occupants had to be rescued by a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol unit. They suffered non-life threatening injuries and have recovered.
The only fatality related to the collapse came on May 31, 2013, when WSP Trooper Sean O’Connell was killed while directing traffic at a detour around the scene.
Detectives also determined that the pole carried by a pilot car hit the bridge structure, which should have triggered a warning. However, the driver of an over-height load is the person legally responsible for safe transit, not the driver of any support vehicle or pilot car.
Driver William D.W. Scott of Alberta, Canada was cited by the State Patrol for Negligent Driving in the Second Degree which is a traffic infraction carrying a fine of $550.
The report states Scott should have moved into the center lane of the bridge, which would have accommodated even the over-height load. Investigators determined only four seconds passed between the time the pilot car’s pole hit the bridge and the truck’s load hit the first sway brace. The truck was following approximately 350 feet behind the pilot car.
The detective’s Report of Investigation is available here: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/_secured/cid_reports/skagit_case_summary_redacted.pdf
Manson Business Association News 11-14-14
- Written by Kim Ustanik
Good evening, past and present Manson Supporters!
During this past year, newsletters, communications and many other opportunities have continued to be a major part of Manson’s growth. These things were provided for those people and businesses who were members of the Manson Business Association. If you are one of the people or businesses that haven’t heard from us this year, you are the ones I’m looking for. I am taking a moment to send out one of our old fashioned eLetters to catch you up and ask for your support.
2014 brought great benefit to our little village of Manson; OUR contribution to the Lake Chelan valley, Chelan County and even more. Here is a short list:
- New President, Jeff Conwell of Green Dot Sub Shop, took office and I moved to Treasurer (whew!).
- Doc Hoyt of Doc House Coffee Co. and Lance Farrar of Troy’s Pizza continued with us on the BOD.
- Tom Addison of Orchard Wood Ovens stepped down to take care of his business and family. We wish him the very best!
- The Manson Business Association received its 501(c)6 IRS designation.
- Chelan County Commissioners
- The Annual Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Celebration at Manson Bay – another fabulous and proud show!
- The brand new Mountain View Summer Music Series held over 11 weeks in Leffler Field – it was amazing, with great community support, incredibly talented musicians, and brought a 67% “out of the area” participation on Sunday nights!
- The brand new Village of Lights– being set up AS WE SPEAK!
- And this contribution has grown for 2015!
- Leavenworth Chamber of Commercesupported us by contributing their old, but perfectly useable, Christmas lights for use in our “public” or “vacant” areas of Manson for our Village of Lights. Thank you, Leavenworth!
- The MBA membership grew tremendously!
- With our blessing (and we will certainly continue support!) the First Annual Manson Hydrofest took place.
- AND, we were blessed by a visit from the nationally acclaimed Travel Channel TV program, Hotel Impossible– JUST WAIT to see what gifts they left in their wake for ALL of us… there’s More To Manson; get ready to wave!
Let’s see... more?!?! Just wait for 2015, Team Manson!!! Already for 2015, the MBA has secured nearly $28,000.00 in grants to promote tourism in Manson and the Lake Chelan Valley. How will you be part of this???
For now, I would like to ask you to not only consider joining the Manson Business Association, but to do it. The membership meets only one time per month and, although we truly want to hear from all members, attendance is not a requirement.
This is an incredibly dedicated group of people who represent businesses, residents, community organizations and visitors who really care about what Manson’s contribution can be to sustainable business, providing jobs to locals (and those great kids coming out of MHS!), and enriching the quality of all our lives… by being MANSON. We are proud of who we are and think we have something to offer; we love our community and want to protect, preserve and share it!
If you know someone who you think might be interested in this information, please feel free to forward my message. If you have any questions or would like more information, I look forward to your reply email.
See you around town!
Manson Business Association
WSP unveils next-generation breath test instrument
- Written by Lt. Rob Sharpe, WSP
(Seattle)—The Washington State Patrol today unveiled the next-generation of breath testing instruments designed to help remove impaired drivers from the streets and highways we all share.
The Patrol has spent nearly four years making sure the Draeger Alcotest 9510 instruments would be ready to fit into an already effective program of DUI enforcement.
“This is another step in our agency’s long-standing effort to remove dangerously impaired drivers from our state’s highways,” said Chief John R. Batiste. “We’ve made great strides toward our goal of zero annual traffic fatalities, and this device will help move the needle even further.”
The Draeger instruments will replace the National Patent Analytical Systems DataMaster that has been in use since the 1980s. They are no longer being manufactured, and even getting parts has been difficult.
“The Draeger instrument will produce the same accurate results as our previous instrument, but with far less maintenance,” said Lt. Rob Sharpe, commander of the Patrol’s Impaired Driving Section. “They are also easier for officers to operate, and help speed the processing of DUI suspects.”
The biggest difference from previous generations of breath testing devices is that the Draegers utilize a dry gas standard instead of a liquid solution to verify that the instrument is working properly. For years, liquid solutions have had to be mixed locally by scientists, monitored for temperature, and checked regularly by technicians. The Draeger’s dry gas contains a known concentration of alcohol, allowing the instrument to verify that a suspect’s breath alcohol is being measured accurately and reliably.
The Patrol received legislative approval in 2010 to switch to the dry gas and work began immediately so that the new instruments would fit into our state’s DUI program. The Patrol now believes the instruments are ready to win the confidence of judges and juries who will rely on them in court.
“The Draegers would have been fine right out of the box for simply testing breath alcohol levels,” Sharpe said. “We wanted to make them fit into our state’s DUI enforcement program so that officers can produce better reports, faster, and get back into service.”
One challenge in reducing impaired driving fatalities is the time it takes to process a DUI arrest. If that time can be shortened, police officers can get back on the road and spot additional impaired drivers.
As a result, a great deal of effort went into the user interface. For example, developers added drop-down menus that officers will be familiar with from using Microsoft Windows. In Washington, breath testing instruments also contain the state’s database of licensed drinking establishments, so troopers can include that information in their DUI report.
Ease of maintenance is also a big plus with the Draegers.
“If the device detects a problem, it shuts itself down and sends an e-mail to our office,” Sharpe said. “The test can’t proceed, and a technician can be dispatched to fix the problem.”
Technicians will also no longer need to make as many routine visits simply to check the status of the liquid solution used by the older instruments. When a Draeger unit’s tank of dry gas starts to run low, it sends an e-mail alert.
The Patrol expects to begin deploying the new Draeger instruments in time for the December holiday season. The first instruments will be deployed in Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish counties. The Patrol owns and maintains all the state’s breath testing instruments used by police for DUI enforcement.
In 2013, 440 people were killed in traffic collisions. Of those deaths, 188 involved a driver who was impaired. Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan is called “Target Zero,” and aims to completely eliminate all traffic fatalities by the year 2030.
Amber Alert Leads to Child’S Safe Recovery
- Written by Lieutenant Ron Mead, WSP
Suspect arrested minutes after issuance of Wireless Emergency Alert
Officials from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) were celebrating the quick recovery of an abducted and endangered child as a result of this morning’s AMBER Alert and applauding the public involvement that proved crucial to the child’s safe recovery.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office initiated the AMBER Alert for 18-month old Mason A. Wilhelm, which was issued at 10:23 a.m. The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system was then activated, which was sent at 10:41 a.m. An alert motorist, receiving the WEA on their phone, called 9-1-1 at 10:42 a.m., reporting they were following the vehicle. Deputies then stopped the suspect vehicle at 10:49 a.m. and the child was safety recovered.
The AMBER Alert program is a critical tool that has aided in the safe recovery of over 700 abducted children nationwide since its inception. “The public may often be our best resource in locating these abducted children and the quick dissemination of this critical information using the WEA system enhances getting these alerts out to the public. As demonstrated with this morning’s quick and safe recovery, a mere 8 minutes passed from the WEA being seen by a motorist and the child’s safe recovery,” said Lieutenant Ron Mead of the Washington State Patrol. “The system works and this recovery demonstrates the value of the AMBER Alert program and the invaluable role of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system in alerting the public”, added Mead.
Additional information on the circumstances surrounding the child’s abduction and recovery are available from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional information on the Wireless Emergency Alert system can be found at http://www.fema.gov/wireless-emergency-alerts.
State Patrol Detectives Seek Witnesses to Fatality Collision
- Written by Trooper Darren Wright, WSP
At the request of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) has assumed primary investigative responsibility for the fatal traffic collision involving an on-duty Grant County Sheriff’s deputy and a Jeep Cherokee. The crash occurred at approximately 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the intersection of Dodson Road and Road 5 NW. The deputy was traveling south on Dodson in a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he collided with the eastbound 1996 Jeep. The driver of the Jeep suffered fatal trauma and the deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The MAIT is a specialty unit in the State Patrol that responds to collisions statewide from their office in Monroe. The unit is staffed with collision reconstruction detectives and will be investigating the crash event using the human, vehicle, environment (HVE) model to determine the causal factors.
As part of the investigation, detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen any events leading up to or the actual crash. If you have any information or know someone who does, please contact Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Ed Collins at (360) 805-1195.