Two Climbers Rescued at Mount Stewart
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports two climbers were rescued from Mount Stuart in Chelan County Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. One of the subjects suffered life threatening injuries Sunday when a boulder he was leaning against broke free while ascending the West Ridge route of the mountain at approximately 8,500 feet. Tim Pate (64yoa) of Camas, WA fell nearly 50 feet after the large rock dislodged and he careened over a ledge. Pate was found to be unresponsive when his climbing partner -Jim Schiller (59yoa) – of Happy Valley, Oregon - traversed down the slope to his location. Schiller called 911 at 6:48pm to report the incident and requested a rescue.
Due to Pate’s reported unresponsive state on the mountain, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter from Naval Air Base Whidbey Island. A Sheriff’s Office SAR coordinator was able to communicate directly with Schiller via text messaging. Coordinates were obtained for the incident location on the southwest aspect of the mountain. Pate remained unconscious throughout the rescue response. The Navy Blackhawk helicopter was over the scene by 8:45pm and successfully hoisted Pate into the aircraft which was staffed by a Navy medic. Pate was determined to be in very critical condition and was expedited to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Schiller was left on the mountain hoping to descend Monday. Sheriff’s Office SAR personnel received a phone call from Schiller early Monday morning. He was requesting assistance descending the slope. Schiller advised he was exhausted and felt he was unable to safely make trek by himself.
Initially, SAR coordinators planned to insert Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel below Schiller’s location via the Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The team would have had to ascend nearly 1,000 feet to reach him and then make a decision to ascend or descend the mountain with Schiller. At 1:00pm on Monday it was determined that the Whidbey Island Naval flight crew would be available to respond back to Mount Stuart to extract Schiller via hoist. A Sheriff’s Office deputy who had already been inserted below Schiller’s position would also be hoisted into the aircraft.
Both subjects were successfully removed from the mountain by 3:00pm and transported to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee. Schiller is in good condition. He stated that Pate was the more experienced climber during their attempt to summit Mount Stuart. Schiller said he was not comfortable descending the mountain by himself after Pate’s accident. The two climbers began their ascent of the mountain on Sunday morning after camping near Ingall’s Lake on Saturday night.
Pate remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. He suffered head, neck, back, and abdominal injuries from the fall.
Assault in Orondo 8-7-17
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 08/07/17 at approximately 9:00 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault call in Orondo.
A Deputy located the suspect in a fruit warehouse. He fled as the Deputy attempted to talk to him and ran into a nearby house. Another Deputy attempted speak to the suspect through a window. The suspect put his fist through the window and sprayed the Deputy with shards of glass. He then went to a door and kicked it hard enough that it broke the door frame.
Deputies de-escalated the suspect and he finally came out. He was arrested for malicious mischief. The victim of the assault was not injured and declined to cooperate with charging. The Deputy was treated for minor injuries to his face.
Between Friday the 4th and Monday the 7th, Douglas County had five fires. The Hayes fire, two wheat field fires, near Waterville, a small brush fire near LMoine, and a structure fire that destroyed a small bunk house near the Hayes fire. There were no injuries. Please be careful during this extreme heat.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 8-10-17
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, August 10th, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. July 13, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Park Improvements
i. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s Report
d. Manson Bay Park Policy
VIII. New Business
a. Old Mill repaving
Next Regular Meeting: September 14th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building
Buckner Square Dance at the Orchard Aug 12
- Written by Herb Sargo
Smoke in Manson Reaching Unhealthy Levels
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Wildfires from Canada are bringing smoke into Washington State and a high concentration into Central Washington.
Yesterday Manson reached unhealthy levels of PM2.5, Particulate Matter with a size less than 2.5 microns, and the trend of unhealthy levels of smoke are expected to continue throughout next week.
Residents are urged to stay inside and limit outdoor activity. The reading at the Woodin Avenue air quality monitoring station read 175 ppm (parts per million) at 7 AM Saturday morning. A reading above 150 is considered unhealthy.
Bridgeport-Mansfield Fire Update 8-5-17
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Friday, August 4, 2017 6:40 PM
The fire has gone to state mobilization. That means that assets from around the state can be brought in to fight the fire.
Friday, August 4 - Update-1815 hrs.
The fire has split with one leg moving south towards Hwy. 172 and is currently at about Rd. 18 NE. The other leg is moving east. My information is that the fire burning on the north side of Hwy. 17 has been largely contained with firefighters keeping a close eye to make sure is does not jump the road. There have been no more level III evacuations. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has moved its mobile command post north to help facilitate a unified incident command. The command post allows for better communications in remote areas. Douglas County has also dispatched a grader to help cut fire lines.
The Red Cross is setting up shelter at Bridgeport High School. It will take approximately three hours for them to be fully operational.
Level III evacuation notices are being issued for homes east of Rd. "K" NE and south of Hwy. 17. The fire is still being pushed by strong wind.
in Douglas County
Today at 1:00 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a brush fire burning on both sides of Hwy. 17 Between Hays Rd. and Rd. “K” NE. He reported the fire was being pushed by strong winds. A level I evacuation notice has been issued for a three mile radius around the fire. I have no additional details at this time. More to follow.
Chelan Fire 5 Commissioners Workshop 8-5-17
- Written by Patty McClellan Administrative Assistant Chelan County Fire District 5
Chelan County Fire Protection District No. 5
250 West Manson Blvd.
Manson, WA 98831
Saturday, August 5, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m.
* Call to Order
* Flag Salute
* 2018 Projects & Plans:
* Truck Replacement
* Budget Impact of Projects & Plans
* EF Recovery
Transportation commission sets new ferry fares, makes changes to original proposal
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
SEATTLE – After hearing from ferry riders during local community meetings, reviewing hundreds of emails, and gathering input from key stakeholder groups, the Washington State Transportation Commission took final action today (Wednesday, July 26) on ferry fare increases that will be implemented over the next two years. The commission made changes to its original proposal in response to public input, which resulted in benefits to passengers and bicyclists.
The commission is required to ensure ferry fares generate $381 million in operating revenue between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, as required in the recently passed two-year state transportation budget for Washington State Ferry operations. The commission’s fare proposal accomplished that but increases to passenger fares and bicycles with trailers generated the most concern from the public. In response to those concerns, the commission reduced the passenger fare increase in 2017 from 2.5 percent, to 2.1percent. It also applied a fare increase to bikes towing a kayak or canoe; this does not change the fare for bicyclists towing other types of trailers.
The final ferry fare adjustments adopted by the commission will take effect as follows:
- October 1, 2017
- 2.9 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
- 0.8 percent to 1.8 percent fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer), depending on vehicle size
- 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
- Passengers who bring bicycles towing kayaks or canoes will pay the motorcycle/ stowage fare. All other bicyclists towing items other than a kayak or canoe would continue to pay the same fare as today (bicycle surcharge plus the passenger fare).
- October 1, 2018
- 2.5 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
- No fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer)
- 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
- School Group passengers fare will increase from $1 per group for a one-way trip to $5 per group for a one-way trip
For more information on the commission, and its ferry fare proposal and fare setting process, please visit the transportation commission’s web site: www.wstc.wa.gov
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Regular Meeting 8-9-17
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: June 2017
* Payroll: $136,566.46 July 2017 Paid 08-05-2017
* Vouchers for July General Account:
Vouchers #828 through #834 for $1,762.71;
Voucher #837 through #853 for $8,240.42;
Voucher #869 through #878 for $1,796.87;
Vouchers #890 through #896 for $4,297.60.
* Vouchers for July Capital Account:
Vouchers #854 for $300.00.
* Minutes: July 12 and 20, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention
* Training – Chief Mark Donnell
* Public Education
Firefighters Association Report:
* Marine Fire Response Up-date
* Resolution 2017-02 Surplus Achilles Boat
Executive Session: None
East Wenatchee Man Arrested for Firing at Passing Cars
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 07/23/17 at approximately 1:30 PM RiverCom dispatch received a report of a male firing a shotgun toward the reporting party’s home and passing cars in the 10 Blk of N Nevada Ave near East Wenatchee, WA.
Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers responded and surrounded the residence. While waiting for additional personnel and the Sheriff’s Office armored car to arrive, the suspect came out the front door unarmed and surrendered.
He was identified as 35 year old Salvador Garcia Martinez, who lived at the residence. Investigation revealed that Martinez had fired at several parked and moving cars. Four cars were damaged and a 19 year old East Wenatchee man received a minor injury when a shotgun pellet became imbedded in his cheek.
The state crime scene team was invited to help process the scene. Shotgun pellets and plastic shotgun shell wadding was found in neighbors yards and even in some yard sale items that had been displayed in a front yard.
Martinez was booked for four counts of Assault 2nd Degree and three counts of Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.