Manson Competes at State FBLA – Damon Smith heads to Nationals
- Written by Janice Stewart
Top Row (L-R) Advisor, Susan Sears, Ty Charlton, Damon Smith, Bo Charlton, Daicy Leyva, Veronica Lulo, Jasmine Pascasio , Karina Mendoza, Megan Clausen,. Bottom Row (L-R) Ramiro Lopez, Eduardo Escalera, Joe Stecker, Mason Walters, Spencer Ward, Alyssa La Mar
Damon Smith, Nationals Bound!
Manson FBLA students accompanied by their advisor/teacher, Susan Sears, attended and competed at the Washington State FBLA Leadership Conference April 19-22, 2017 in Spokane, Washington .
Students competed in the following team events: Alyssa La Mar and Megan Clausen in Website Design, Bo Charlton, Ty Charlton, and Joe Strecker in Business Ethics, Bo Charlton, Joe Strecker and Spencer Ward in Sports and Entertainment Management, Karina Mendoza and Jasmine Pascasio in Marketing. Students who competed in individual events are Veronica Lulo in Business Calculations, Ty Charlton in Introduction to Business, Mason Walters in Health Care Administration, Eduardo Escalera in Business Communication, Megan Clausen in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Damon Smith in Job Interview, Daicy Leyva in Client Services, Alyssa La Mar in Agribusiness, and Ramiro Lopez in Advertising.
Damon Smith earned second place in Job Interview and qualifies for FBLA National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, California in June. Students also attended Ted Talks and workshops to learn about different business topics.
Manson School Board Honors 2017 Blue and White Excellence Award Winners
- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson School District Board of Directors honored Kayla Helleson and Maria Verduzco, as the 2017 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its April board meeting held last night in the Manson Elementary Library. Each recipient received a plaque for their commitment to our schools and community. Kayla and Maria will also be honored at the Manson Chamber of Commerce’s Manson Night to Remember awards dinner held in October each year.
Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members. Award recipients were: elementary counselor, Kayla Helleson and elementary para-educator Maria Verduzco.
KAYLA HELLESON one student among those nominating Mrs. Helleson wanted to “Thank for teaching us to solve problems.” Several peers shared that Kayla is caring, passionate and goes above and beyond for students and their families. As stated by an elementary teacher, “she truly cares about our kids and will do whatever she can to help them.”
MARIA VERDUZCO, among those nominating Ms. Verduzco was a co-worker who shared, “She is a highly skilled and compassionate educator. She works with many of Manson’s highest need students and is able to support them with the love and care they deserve.”
As we honor our two Blue and White Award winners, the Manson School District will also be recognizing all of our staff during Staff Appreciation Week from May 1-5. Our staff is one of the best and what they accomplish on a daily basis is awesome.
Increased Slope Movement Detected on Whispering Ridge
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
WHISPERING RIDGE -- The Chelan County Sheriff's Office, as a precautionary measure, has advised two property owners in the Whispering Ridge slide area to leave their homes. The recommendation is based on the most current readings from surface monitoring points at the slide area, which continue to show increasing movement in the slope. Both homes are on Squilchuck Road southwest of Wenatchee, WA.
A geotechnical firm retained by Chelan County has been analyzing data for more than a year from 30 points of reference along the slope. The points were predetermined last year. Late Friday afternoon the geotechnical firm advised Chelan County that the measuring point data is showing increased movement within the Whispering Ridge slide area. This increased rate of movement could potentially cause the “toe,” or base of the slide, to inadvertently affect the flow of a tributary creek located within an adjacent canyon to the slide. That creek flows into Squilchuck Creek which is very the near the two residences contacted in the 5000 block of Squilchuck Road.
This information triggered the notification of the two property owners Friday evening. Those residents and the three other property owners in the 4900 – 5000 blocks of Squilchuck Road had received a general notification of increased slope movement from Chelan County Emergency Management and Chelan County Public Works earlier Friday afternoon.
Surface monitoring point readings taken on March 30th (2017) show the landslide is moving again. The Whispering Ridge slope movement was first reported in March 2016. Initial notifications to property owners along the affected area of Whispering Ridge Drive and the five residences located below - on Squilchuck Road - occurred last spring.
The current monitoring point data indicates that movement has increased within the past couple of weeks. The geotechnical firm has stated that future readings will determine the rate at which the landslide is moving.
Monitoring points also show the roadway at Whispering Ridge Drive is moving at a much slower rate. The roadway remains open only to local traffic and is being monitored closely by Chelan County Public Works and the geotechnical firm to determine if restrictions are needed in the future.
Gas Thefts Caused Damage to Vehicles
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 04/14/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to two calls of gas thefts which occurred overnight.
One theft occurred at U-Haul located at 423 Rock Island Rd. The second occurred at the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board office located at 430 Rock Island Rd.
It is unknown how much gas was lost, but repairs for the damaged vehicles could be over $1,000. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is sharing information with the Wenatchee Police Department to determine if the thefts in the two jurisdictions might be related.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call 9-1-1. Anyone with information is asked to call RiverCom dispatch on their non-emergency line: 663-9911.
Construction-related delays resume on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass next week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
HYAK – Construction-related delays return to Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass starting next week. Drivers need to plan for added travel time.
On Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 20 drivers will experience delays associated with intermittent rolling slowdowns during the day just east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit along Keechelus Lake. Drivers will also see delays in both directions due to single lane closures near Cle Elum.
The RV dumpsite located at the eastbound Indian John Rest Area will be closed to traffic on Monday, April 17 until Thursday, April 20 for maintenance repairs. The rest area will remain open.
Maintenance work along the shoulders on I-90 could cause minor delays for drivers during the day on Thursday, April 20 at the westbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 110, the eastbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 106 and the westbound and eastbound I-90 off ramp at Exit 101.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
- Sign up for email updates
- Receive text message alerts about closures and delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie"
- Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
- Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
- Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
- Download WSDOT’s free smartphone app to check statewide pass conditions.
Burglary at Lone Pine
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 04/11/17 at approximately 5:30 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a burglary report at the Lone Pine Market located at 23041 Hwy. 97.
Unknown suspects had entered the store and stole a cash register containing $250 in cash. They also took a box which held $150 in nickels. In addition, the thieves entered an outbuilding and stole another cash register.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Winter is out; summer construction is in on I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
Drivers need to plan for delays, slow down and pay attention through work zones
HYAK – It’s been a very long winter on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, but now it’s time for drivers to switch gears from driving in winter conditions, to driving through construction work zones.
A number of road-improvement projects will cause delays for drivers this spring and summer while the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews add lanes, build and repair bridges and fix cracked sections of pavement between North Bend and Ellensburg.
“This year there will be multiple projects along I-90, which means drivers need to be prepared for slow downs and plan for a longer trip,” said Todd Trepanier, WSDOT regional administrator. “Please stay attentive and be patient while driving between North Bend and Ellensburg.”
Next week crews will resume work on the I-90 Snoqulamie Pass East project that builds a wider, safer and more reliable stretch of I-90 from Hyak to Keechelus Dam and from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. Later this summer, crews will resume blasting along the rock slopes east of Snoqualmie Pass. Drivers need to plan for hour-long closures, during the week starting an hour before sunset.
Crews will also resume work next week to replace deteriorating sections of the westbound lanes between Cle Elum and the Elk Heights area. As part of the work, the westbound Indian John Rest Area will need to be closed periodically during the week starting in late May and continuing throughout the summer.
In May, crews will start replacing deteriorating sections of concrete pavement panels in the eastbound lanes and repairing bridge decks in the westbound lanes between North Bend and the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Drivers will experience delays as traffic is detoured around the work zone. Crews will also be making repairs to bridge decks between Easton and Ellensburg.
WSDOT has a wide variety of resources to help drivers plan their trips across I-90 this summer. Drivers can find information on multiple websites, including the What’s Happening on I-90, Snoqualmie Mountain Pass and Traffic Alerts pages. Drivers can also follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass and @wsdot_east or sign up for email updates or subscribe to our text message alerts by sending the phrase “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to the number 468311.
Chelan Fire & Rescue to Host a SAFETY DAY
- Written by FF/EMT Steve Saugen, CFR
Enjoy a free lunch and fun for the entire family
Chelan, WA. March 24, 2017 - On April 15, 2017, Chelan Fire & Rescue, in conjunction with Chelan’s celebration of Earth Day, will host a Safety Day at the Station 71/Headquarters, located at 232 E. Wapato Avenue in downtown Chelan. This family fun event will run from 10 AM – 4 PM. Community members are invited to come and enjoy touring the fire station, learn ways to stay safe, enjoy a free lunch that will begin at 12-noon.
With the community celebrating Earth Day firefighters want to do their part by hosting this event that is designed to help members of the community learn more about what they can do to keep their homes and family safe. Visitors will be able to see fire engines and equipment up close and visit directly with firefighters about the important and life saving work they do.
Information on Firewise (wildfire prevention), car seats, smoke alarms and more will be available. Special guests from Chelan Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Life Flight and Rivercom 9-1-1 will also be available to provide information about the invaluable work they do and the role they play in an emergency situation. The community will also have the opportunity to learn what they can do to help in an emergency and how to quickly access these services.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring the entire family.
Manson School District's Tom Alexander to Retire
- Written by Janice Stewart
How do you properly thank someone who has given their entire working life to an organization? Manson School District will be faced with answering this question in June as Mr. Tom Alexander will be retiring at the end of the school year after 38 years of teaching and coaching all with Manson School District.
Mr. “A”, as he is referred to, has taught over 50 different subjects to Manson students at almost every grade level in his years with the district including: PE, Health, Science, Social Studies, Math and Language Arts covering just about every subject that can be taught.
Not only has Tom taught these many subjects, but he has done so while serving as athletic director (20 years), coaching multiple sports such as baseball (24 years), football (18 years), girls and boys basketball (14 years) and cross county (3 years) at both the middle and high school level. Mr. A even refereed all the middle school home games for all sports for over ten years.
Tom has touched over 1,000 lives in his tenure with the Manson School District and left lasting impressions on many students and athletes. He has served as a mentor to dozens of educators and worked with countless parents and community members to provide that “extra” support a child might need. For many years Mr. A was the first to arrive at school and the last to lock up the gate after a late game or event.
Mason high school teacher Brad Soliday shared, “Tom’s loyalty and devotion to Manson’s school and community has been extraordinary. I can’t imagine that if you could add up the hours this man has spent working for students and athletes in Manson, over 38 years, anyone could rival his accumulated devotion. He has truly been a pillar of our school. I could not have asked for a better colleague or friend for the past 22 years. Thanks Tom.
As his longtime friend/co-worker and co-coach remarked… “Tom has been such a positive influence on hundreds or even thousands of students in the past 38 years. He has the ability to bring out the best in all students and athletes and the example he sets has helped shape the character of all the lives he touches. I have been lucky enough to share Tom’s journey at Manson High School for 37 years and he has also affected my life and my family in so many positive ways. I have been blessed to share many laughs and tears along the way. He is a brother to me and I am so thankful to be his friend. Joe Teague (Retired Manson Counselor/Coach)
Congratulations on your retirement Tom and best of luck on your next adventure!
Nighttime westbound lane closures on Snoqualmie Pass to cause delays for drivers this week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
Crews working to improve nighttime visibility
HYAK – Efforts to improve visibility on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass continue this week as crews work to install solar-powered LED lane markers, which will require nighttime closures of the westbound lanes this week.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of I-90 at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, April 5 until 5 a.m. Thursday morning, April 6 and again at 10 p.m. Thursday night, April 6 until 5 a.m. Friday morning, April 7. Westbound traffic will be stopped at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass Interchange and will reopen every two hours to clear traffic. Eastbound traffic will not be impacted. Follow @SnoqualmiePass on Twitter and check the mountain passes web page for updates.