Sergio Valdez Arrested in Phoenix
- Written by Jason Mathews, Undersheriff, CCSO
On July 18, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports Sergio I. Valdes was located and arrested in Phoenix, Arizona.
On May 29, 2017, Valdes was involved in a physical altercation at Slide Waters in Chelan, Washington. When Valdes left the scene he took his two young children, a 6-month old and an 18-month old, and fled the area. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office notified our local community and sent out a nationwide alert attempting to locate Valdes and the two children. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit also worked with the National Center for missing and exploited children and Washington’s Most Wanted to try to locate Valdes and the children. All involved agencies were working diligently to locate Valdes.
On July 17, 2017 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office developed a possible location for Valdes in Phoenix, Arizona. Our Detective Unit notified the U.S. Marshal’s Service, specifically the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. The Pacific Northwest Offender Task Force than worked with another Marshal’s Task Force in Phoenix and were able to successfully locate and arrest Valdes. Both children were located in good health and were taken into protective custody. Our local Child Protective Services is working with the children’s mother and Phoenix agencies for the children’s safe return.
Arrangements are being made to transport Valdes back to Chelan County when he will be charged with Custodial Interference 1st degree, a felony, and other crimes. Valdes is also awaiting his sentencing in Douglas County for crimes he was convicted of prior to fleeing the Slide Waters incident.
Entiat Fatality - Driver Crossed Centerline
- Written by Sgt. Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 12th, 2017 at approximately 1604 hours, Chelan County Deputies responded to an injury collision at approximately milepost 4.5 on Entiat River Road in Entiat, WA. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Walter J Wilson of Entiat was travelling northbound and crossed over the centerline. It collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 48 year old Deborah Augustus of Entiat.
Ms. Augustus sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Wilson was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Vehicular Homicide
PAC meeting for the Pangborn Memorial Airport Master Plan - July 20
- Written by Bobbie Chatriand, Administrative Assistant, Pangborn Memorial Airport
The fourth Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for the Pangborn Memorial Airport Master Plan (Plan) will be held on July 20, 2017. The Plan serves as a roadmap for identifying the orderly development of Airport facility, equipment, and service needs necessary to meet existing and future Airport demands. The Plan will identify 20-year capital improvements as envisioned by the Airport, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance and that complement community interests.
PAC Meeting #4 will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Wild Rivers Inn / Sports Bar and Grill (560 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA). PAC Meeting #4 will focus on Airport Alternatives and the initial Project Implementation Plan.
Presentation information from PAC Meeting #4 will be posted to the Airport’s Master Plan web page following the meeting (https://www.flywenatchee.com/master-plan/). The Master Plan web page also includes links to the prior Plan documentation, including ‘draft’ working paper materials, announcements, and other information on how to provide public input.
Thousands of riders on the road for STP bike ride, July 15 and 16
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
OLYMPIA – Drivers should plan for extra travel time Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, as 10,000 cyclists ride western Washington’s state highways and local roads for the 2017 Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.
WSDOT asks motorists to observe the rules of the road for safe driving around people on bikes and prepare for travel delays during the popular fundraiser ride. As state driving laws periodically change, drivers may want to review the state driver’s guide and the driving among bicyclists section.
The STP route follows state highways and local roads in these areas:
- State Route 181 – West Valley Highway in Kent
- Puyallup area county roads and city streets
- SR 7 - near Spanaway
- SR 507 – Roy to Centralia
- SR 507 and 3rd Street – Yelm
- SR 507 and Mossman Street – Yelm
- Centralia and Chehalis city streets
- County roads from Napavine to Winlock to Vader
- SR 506 – Vader area
- Westside Highway (becomes SR 411) Vader to Castle Rock area
- SR 411 (also known as Westside Highway) - Castle Rock to Longview
- SR 432 - Longview Industrial area
- SR 433 - Crossing Lewis and Clark Bridge into Oregon
Based on previous STP rides, congestion and delays are expected:
- Early morning Saturday, July 15, on SR 7 in Pierce County
- Midmorning to afternoon, Saturday, July 15, on SR 507 in Thurston and Lewis counties
- Early Sunday, July 16, on SR 411 from Castle Rock to Kelso
- All day Sunday, July 16, near the SR 432 and SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge between Longview, Washington and Rainier, Oregon
To aid cyclists and drivers, STP organizers, WSDOT and law enforcement have worked together to direct traffic at the following locations:
Saturday, July 15
- SR 507 between Roy and Yelm (roving Washington State Patrol trooper)
- SR 507/ Third Street in Yelm (police officers directing traffic)
- SR 507/Mossman Street in Yelm (police officer directing traffic)
- SR 507/Tenino Trail crossing (police officers or certified flaggers directing traffic)
Sunday, July 16
- SR 411/Castle Rock area (flagger directing traffic at SR 411/ Public Highway 10)
- SR 411 between Castle Rock and Longview (roving WSP trooper)
- SR 411/Lexington/Riverside County Park area (police officers directing traffic at SR 411 and Riverside County Park)
- SR 432/433 in Longview at the Lewis and Clark Bridge (WSP, flaggers and motorcycle escort)
Drivers on SR 432 can expect delays of up to 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16. WSP and flaggers will stop southbound drivers on SR 433 so STP riders can cross the Lewis and Clark Bridge, escorted by Gold Wing motorcycle club members. Riders crossing the bridge on Saturday will not have a bridge escort and are expected to ride with traffic.
Major bicycle events like the STP are part of Washington’s outdoor recreation economy. A 2014 study found that bicycling contributes over $3.1 billion per year in direct expenditures in Washington state. In 2016, Congress passed a law to track outdoor recreation as a specific element of GDP, reflecting its role in the national economy.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Regular Meeting 7-12-17
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to order:
Call to Order Regular Meeting:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: May 2017
* Payroll: $143,619.01 June 2017 Paid 07-05-2017
* Vouchers for June General Account:
Vouchers #706 through #727 for $10,098.94;
Voucher #658 through #664 for $1,853.73;
Voucher #676 through #689 for $3,017.40;
Voucher #740 through #753 for $10,625.28;
Vouchers #755 through #761 for $2,128.53.
* Vouchers for June Capital Account:
Vouchers #627 for $6,071.03;
Voucher #665 for $8,370.98;
Vouchers #762 through #757 for $3,885.33.
* Minutes: June 14, 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
* Long Range Planning / Fire Levy
* Consultant – District Evaluation
* Marine 71 Surplus
* District Computer System
* Chelan Co FD 7 Post 57 – Bank Account
* Evaporation cooler for Station 74
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and/or Negotiations.
Board for Volunteers:
* Accident Injury Report
Body of Missing Swimmer Recovered from Lake Chelan
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
July 5, 2017 - At approximately 12:45pm a body believed to be that of 23-year-old Donghoon Lee of Seattle was recovered from Lake Chelan.
A boater in the area observed the body and called 911. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and Chelan County Fire District #7 personnel responded to the area and recovered the body.
The body has been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office.
The South Korean Consulate has notified Lee’s family.
Lee disappeared on June 20th while swimming with friends in Lake Chelan.
Ultralight Aircraft Downed Near Windsor Hill
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
UPDATE: The pilots were found deceased at the scene of the crash. They were identified as 48 year old Eric Sarchet of Everett, WA and 70 year old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point, OR. Next of kin have been notified. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.
On 07/01/17 at 1930 hours the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue aircraft which had left the Chelan airport at 0630 hrs. It was thought the aircraft, with two occupants on board, was heading towards north Douglas County or Okanogan County.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deployed it’s helicopter to search for the aircraft with no success. CCSO renewed its search on 07/02/17 using coordinates from one of the occupants last cell phone signals. At approximately 1030 hrs. CCSO located the wreckage on Windsor Hill about one mile downstream from Wells Dam in Douglas County.
At the time of this report, Douglas County deputies are attempting to reach the wreckage, but the terrain is extremely treacherous. The aircraft is a Northwing ultra-light tandem (two seat) model with a 80 hp engine (northwing.com).
The Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices are working closely to get to the scene to determine the fate of the pilots. The names of the pilots are not being disclosed at this time.
Apple Thinners Needed at Buckner Orchard in Stehekin
- Written by Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation
The Trees are Loaded!
After a long and snowy winter, the Orchard has burst forth in an incredible bloom and a heavy set of fruit!
Warm apple pies, an abundance of applesauce, amazing cider, and the tantalizing taste of the historic Common Delicious, Rome Beauties, and Winesaps will be greatly limited if we don't do our work now.
To ensure an abundant and quality crop, apples must be thinned in June and July. This labor-intensive work involves removing an excess of apples, breaking up clusters, spacing, and eliminating already damaged young apples. (See Field Notes below) The Buckner Orchard is naturally organic and sprays are not used for this purpose as with commercial orchards elsewhere.
With an overabundant set and our June work party limited by weather and other factors, it is important to get out there now, while the apples remain small. Those trees within the two fenced areas are in need of thinning; those not fenced will be stripped of all apples, as they are each year, so as to prevent bear damage to the historic trees.
- Experienced Thinners - If you have thinned at the Orchard previously, you know what to do, and can do so at your convenience. Remember to leave the stems!
- Novice Thinners - Laurie will be returning to the Orchard on July 1. Check in with her as to the how and where.
Your help is needed if we are to enjoy the "fruits of our labor" in the fall!
Benefits - There are a number of benefits to thinning apples.
- Once you thin the apples, the remaining fruit have more space to grow, so you get bigger apples. And, with smaller apples, the core is a larger proportion of the apple.
- More space leads to more air circulation and sunlight, which in turn leads to better fruit flavor and color.
- A common reason for fruit rot on the tree is because the fruits are touching each other closely. The decay occurs where they touch, because the skin couldn't breathe. Thinning reduces the chances of this occurring.
- Less chance of damage to the tree due to overburdened, broken limbs.
- Since the tree can now support the smaller number of fruits, it is not overburdened with supplying nutrition to the fruits.
- An over-production of apples one year can negatively impact the production of fruit the following year in some varieties.
How to Thin - Clicking on the Common Delicious photo below, you can view a very good, short video on how to thin. Though the video does focus on a specific variety of apple, the principles are the same.
Man Booked for 1st Degree Murder in Manson
- Written by Sheriff Brian Burnett
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 30th, 2017 at approximately 1754 hours, deputies responded to a death investigation on Harris Avenue in Manson. Deputies arrived and located 56 year old Maria Ocampo, a Manson resident deceased. A male subject who was on scene identified as 25 year old Rafael Ocampo from Manson was detained and interviewed. He was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail for the charge of Murder in the 1st Degree and for violating a no contact order.
Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit are at the address processing the scene. The investigation is on going and more information will be released at a later date. Per Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Crowe, an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday July 5th in the afternoon.
Lightning strikes start multiple fires in Palisades area
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/26/17 at approximately 2:52 PM Douglas County Firefighters responded to a fire burning approximately six miles north of Hwy. 28 on Palisades Road.
Responders found that approximately five fires were started from lightning strikes. Terrain made them difficult if not impossible to access.
Douglas County Deputies and auxiliary members served Level I evacuation notices to about 25 homes. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office mobile command post remains staffed and on scene.
The fire has been burning between MP 4 and MP 8 on Palisades Rd. The size of the fire has not been speculated on as of yet.
There have not been any reports of injury or property damage up to this point. Wind has made fighting the fires difficult.