Plan ahead now for Labor Day travel
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
Travelers on I-90 should plan for significant congestion Friday and Monday
OLYMPIA – Heading out for one last summer holiday weekend? Planning ahead could be the key to smooth sailing whether on land or sea.
Travelers can use the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic volume charts this holiday weekend to “know before they go” and help time their travel on key routes. In particular, this year, holiday congestion is expected on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass – especially westbound traffic.
Bridge deck repairs in the westbound lanes of I-90 between the summit of Snoqualmie Pass (milepost 52) and North Bend (milepost 34) will not be complete by Labor Day as initially hoped. This means only two of three lanes will be open for drivers heading westbound. The lane closures are needed because portions of the bridge decks have been removed and traffic can’t be shifted back on those decks until new concrete is placed and cured. Drivers will also encounter lane closures and traffic shifts through the Cle Elum area (milepost 86) due to work to replace old pavement with new concrete lanes.
During the holiday weekend:
- Eastbound travelers will experience delays on Friday, Sept. 1, and should consider traveling early in the day or late in the evening.
- Westbound travelers should expect major delays Monday, Sept. 4, near the detour. If possible, travelers may want to leave early or possibly extend their return trip into Tuesday, Sept. 5.
- The WSDOT I-90 travel charts do not reflect this construction work, but they can still be used as an overall guide to the times when the most congestion is expected.
Navigating congested areas
- Slow down: Please obey posted speed limits. Speed is reduced for everyone’s safety.
- Stay alert: Be especially aware of other vehicles and prepare for any sudden stops.
- Allow extra travel time: Drivers delayed by congestion sometimes try to compensate by driving faster once the congestion clears. Instead, allow extra travel time or consider adjusting travel schedules if possible.
Know before you go
- Check WSDOT’s mobile app, Twitterand Facebook accounts, and online tools for traffic information and ferry schedules.
- Call the 511 travel information For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).
- Pre-program vehicle radios to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
To ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the holiday weekend starting Friday, Sept. 1. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, the State Route 520 bridge toll will be on holiday rates, while the Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers.
Washington State Ferries passengers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands; Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia; and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry routes.
- Reservations can be made onlineor by calling 888-808-7977.
- Visit the schedules and best travel timeswebsite for more details.
Travelers planning to avoid highway congestion by traveling via train, personal aircraft or transit also should factor the holiday into their plans:
- Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Book nowor call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
- Aviators can get updates on state-operated airportsor by calling 800-552-0666.
- Most public transit systemswill follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on holidays.
Argument Becomes a Hit and Run
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On August 10th, 2017 at 6:53 PM deputies responded to a report of a hit and run vehicle/pedestrian accident at the 10 Blk. of Akron Ave. in Rock Island, WA.
The reporting party stated that the suspect had fled the scene. When deputies arrived a male was being treated by firefighters.
The investigation revealed that two males had gotten into an argument over accusations of theft. One male got into a car. The second male approached the vehicle and punched him in the face. The driver backed up violently. One of the tires caught the second male’s leg. He fell down and was run over. The driver fled the scene.
The injured male was transported the Confluence Hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
The driver was identified as 46 year old Gordon McVay of East Wenatchee. McVay contacted the Sheriff’s Office the next day and agreed to give a statement. He was subsequently arrested for Hit and Run. He was booked into the Chelan County Jail without incident.
Help wanted: State seeks volunteers to count people who bike and walk
- Written by Ann Briggs, WSDOT
Statewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 26-28
OLYMPIA – The number of people who choose to walk or ride bicycles as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington each year. Just how many? Here is an opportunity to help the state find out. Volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2016, volunteers tallied more than 78,000 people biking and walking in communities across Washington.
For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Thursday, Sept. 28.
“Data from this survey help state and local governments plan and evaluate improved connections for Washingtonians who walk and bike, in a similar way we plan for other modes of travel,” said Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Volunteers make the collection process possible – we couldn’t do this work without them.”
This volunteer effort makes sure that people who bike and walk are counted as essential users of the transportation system. Data collected during the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities.
In addition to the annual count, WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club, and local agencies are partnering to install permanent counters at locations around the state. To see data from both data collection programs, visit the WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal.
To sign-up to volunteer, visit bikepedcount.wsdot.wa.gov
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Skagit County, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.
WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.
Sip & Stroll Downtown Chelan Sept 23rd
- Written by Jessie Simmons, Executive Director, Historic Downtown Chelan Association
Photo by GoLakeChelan.Com
The Historic Downtown Chelan Association will host their 5th annual Sip & Stroll in downtown Chelan on September 23rd from 3pm-6pm. The annual Sip & Stroll is an opportunity to visit Historic Downtown Chelan on a beautiful fall day and stroll through local shops while enjoying locals tastes. This year, the event will host 9 local wineries, a local brewery and a local cider house. Sip & Stroll, which sold out last year, is the HDCA’s largest fundraising effort of the year and proceeds will help increase holiday lighting in downtown Chelan for 2017.
Tickets to the event cost $35 and include a souvenir wine glass. They are now available for purchase under Chelan events on Brownpapertickets.com or by calling HDCA at 509-682-4322.
Wenatchee River Floating Accident Leaves Man in Critical Condition
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 47 year old Wenatchee man is in critical condition Sunday morning after a rafting accident on the Wenatchee River Saturday evening.
Ronald Anderson was swept off an inflatable tube as he and other subjects were floating toward the Cottage Avenue Bridge at about 5:45pm. Some of the inflatable rafts and tubes deflated as they were caught in the strong water flow around the bridge pillars near the center of the river. Anderson was on a single tube which was tied to two other tubes and a raft. There were a total of five subjects in the group.
Anderson went under water after colliding with the raft in front of him as they struck a bridge pillar. Anderson was eventually rescued by other members of the group. He was lifted onto one of the remaining inflated tubes and floated to the shore as 911 was called by a resident in the area. Rescue breathing was initiated as they floated Anderson toward the shore. Two citizens who witnessed the incident ran to assist the subjects in keeping Anderson above water and began CPR.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies, Cashmere Fire & Aid and Ballard Medics all responded to the area and met the subjects along the shore in the 100 block of Riverfront Drive. Life-saving efforts continued until Anderson was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Two of the other four subjects involved in the incident received minor injuries.
Anderson was not wearing a personal floatation device. He remains in critical condition at Central Washington Hospital.
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.