Support the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation
- Written by Herb Sargo
R E M I N D E R
It's never too late if you haven't already helped!
BUCKNER HOMESTEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIPS 2019
Supporting the Orchard - it's Personal
Each time I sit down to find creative ways to encourage each of you to support the historic Buckner Orchard through donations, memberships, and volunteer work, I find it easy to list a variety of reasons why you should be a part of what we do.
In my reflections this year, I've come to the realization that support for the Orchard truly is personal.
For me, its easy; Harry Buckner was my grandfather and we lived in the Buzzard Cabin until I was six. I spent many summers there, including five summers during my college years working for theForest Service on trail crews and fire standby. During that same time, college friends and I would often spend our Christmas break in a wood stove-heated cabin with no insulation when temperatures dropped into the teens and below. Evenings were spent playing Yahtzee with Harry and Lena, once snowshoeing to the Buckner home through 18 inches of fresh snow. Today, retired, my wife, Christine, our two dogs, and I spend as much time as we can volunteering at the Orchard.
We all have our own experiences that make the Buckner Orchard meaningful and personal. Most are as simple as enjoying the location, the peace and tranquility, the history and beauty, or appreciating the wonderful Common Delicious apples.
Please join me today in supporting the Buckner Orchard, helping ensure that we and future generations have the opportunity to create our own personal experiences and memories!
PS - If you missed it, our 2018 Annual Report provides a great picture of what the Foundation does to support the Orchard.
RENEWAL - Your check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. As a renewal,
we will have your information on file. Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner. And,
your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.
NEW MEMBERSHIP - CLICK HERE to download a membership form to print and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831.
Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.
Individual - $25.00 Business - $75.00 Benefactor - $250.00 Sustainer - $1,000.00
Family - $50.00 Patron - $100.00 Steward - $500.00 Donation - $ _____
Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations may be for a specific purpose or as a non-specific donation to the Foundation.
Monday, May 13 - Annual Meeting, Manson
Thursday, June 13 - Orchard Work Party
Saturday, July 13 or 20 (TBD) - Orchard Work Party
Saturday, August 4 - Square Dance at the Orchard
Monday, August 6 - Summer Board Meeting
Friday, October 4 - Orchard Work Party
Valley Music Night
Saturday, October 5 - Harvest Fest at the Orchard
Sunday, October 6 - Poetry Night
WSDOT worker memorial week
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT Communications
Displays in Wenatchee, Ephrata & Okanogan honor North Central Region employees who died on the job
WENATCHEE – Each year WSDOT holds a ceremony to remember the 60 workers we’ve lost on the job since 1950, honor our workers injured on the job and remind everyone about the need for work zone safety awareness.
Last April in Olympia, we placed 60 orange traffic barrels on the Capital Campus along Capitol Way near the WSDOT Headquarters and the Capital Dome.
Each barrel represents one of the 60 WSDOT workers killed on the job since 1950.
The display raised awareness about work zone safety and reminded all travelers that our workers put their lives on the line every day.
This year all the regions are placing individual displays across the state starting Monday, April 8.
North Central Region has three outdoor displays in place through Friday, April 12:
- North Central Region Office, Euclid Ave., Wenatchee
- Area 2 Maintenance Office, SR 28, Ephrata
- Area 3 Maintenance Office, US 97, Okanogan
These displays include an orange Work Zone Safety Banner and four barrels to honor the four employees from our region who died on the job:
- Frank E. Potter, Dec. 1, 1950, North Central Region, Maintenance Laborer. Frank was killed on US 2 when a car skidded into him while trying to slow down in a work zone east of Leavenworth.
- Ray Wittig, Feb. 4, 1952, North Central Region, maintenance lead technician. Ray was killed on US 2 when he was buried in a snowslide while working in Tumwater Canyon, west of Leavenworth.
- Ray T. Collie, Feb. 28, 1970, North Central Region, maintenance technician. Ray died a week after being struck by a truck on US 2 just west of Stevens Pass in a work zone as he was setting cones.
- Gordon Burlingame, July 17, 1992, North Central Region, Avalanche Control Supervisor. “Gordie” was working alone dismantling a 22-foot high radio tower from the roof of a dormitory building at Berne Camp on Stevens Pass when it became unstable and fell on him.
Employees in work zones are husbands, fathers, brothers, wives, mothers, sisters, children and friends – and they all deserve to go home safe at the end of their day. Far too many of them have had close calls, serious injuries and deaths in our work zones. Our workers have had to literally run for their lives and/or jump over guardrails due to speeding, inattentive/distracted drivers, impairment, etc.
By the Numbers
- There’s a collision in a work zone every 5.4 minutes
- About 650 people are killed across the country each year in roadway work zones.
- Washington averages 768 roadway work zone injuries a year.
- In 2018:
- 1,498 reported collisions in a work zone or a related back-up.
- 615 reported injuries.
- 11 fatal crashes.
- Travelers are more at risk in work zones than the workers:
- In 2018:
- 94% of our work zone fatalities and injuries were drivers, passengers or pedestrians
Driving Distracted through work zones
Distracted/inattentive driving is now the leading cause of work zone crashes on state highways.
Last year 539 distracted/inattentive driver citations were issued for state work zone crashes.
Our crews say they regularly see drivers looking at phones or other devices and blowing past our signs to slow down or stop; putting everyone on the road at risk.
Those who are speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and now electronics (E-DUI) also find those citations are even more expensive as traffic fines are doubled in work zones.
- First E-DUI ticket - $136
- Second E-DUI ticket in 5 years - $234
- All E-DUI tickets are reported to insurance companies and can lead to higher rates.
- Other forms of distracted driving (not involving electronic devices) earn a $99 ticket
Work zone crashes are almost-always preventable.
The top three reasons for work zone collisions in 2018 were:
- distracted driving/inattention,
- following too closely,
- excessive speed.
We Need Help
Our crews work where traffic is speeding literally inches away and we need your help keeping both you and them safe:
- Slow Down -- drive the posted speeds, they’re there for your safety.
- Be Kind – our workers are helping to keep you safe and improve the roadways.
- Pay Attention -- both to workers directing you and surrounding traffic.
- Stay Calm -- expect delays, leave early or take an alternate route if possible; no meeting or appointment is worth risking someone’s life.
Both the national and our Washington state Work Zone Awareness events take place during April 8-12.
- The National Work Zone Awareness Week event is April 9, in Washington, DC.
- WSDOT’s Worker Memorial ceremony is April 10, in Olympia.
- April 10 is also national “Wear Orange for Safety Day”.
Three alarm brush fire at Purtteman Gulch Road
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, Chelan Fire and Rescue
On April 4th at 2:55pm Chelan Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported brush fire in the area of Chelan Ranch Road and Purtteman Gulch Road. Arriving crews found a fully engulfed chicken coop threatening adjacent structures with fire that had spread into approximately 2 acres of grass and brush behind the residence on Whitetail Lane. Chelan Fire & Rescue called for a second alarm with notification to CWICC due to the rapid fire spread that was driven by 10 mph winds. A third alarm was called when the fire threatened nearby structures and the eastern fire spread had moved towards Union Valley.
This early season fire was eventually brought under control by Chelan Fire & Rescue with mutual aid assistance from Chelan County Fire District 5 (Manson), Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat), Douglas County Fire District 4 (Orondo), US Forestry Service, Department of Natural Resources, and Chelan County Sheriff. Total size for this fire was estimated at 7.5 acres with the only structure loss being the chicken coop. Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind all Fire District residents that the 2019 fire season has started early and we expect a busier than normal fire season due to the low moisture snow pack and the drier than normal grass and shrubs.
Columbia River Drug Task Force seizes approximately two pounds of cocaine in Malaga
- Written by Jason Reinfeld, Chief of Special Operations, CCSO
The Columbia River Drug Task Force reports on April 3rd, 2019 related search warrants were served in the 800 block of Malaga Alcoa Highway and the 1500 block of Cashmere Street in Wenatchee. These search warrants were the result of investigations and controlled drug buys conducted by CRDTF detectives.
The Malaga Alcoa Highway location is approximately nine acres and had several structures on it believed to be occupied which made it a complex area to safely clear and search. It was determined the location would be cleared by SWAT prior to a search conducted by detectives. The Chelan County Regional SWAT team as well as Douglas County SRT were utilized for this beginning at approximately 6:30 am. The teams were also assisted by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Homeland Security, INET Drug Task Force from the Grant County area, and Chelan County Public Works.
While searching the property, Detectives located and seized approximately two pounds of cocaine, two firearms, packaging material for the distribution of cocaine, and over $80,000 in cash as suspected proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs. The property owner, 52 year old Cesar Mora Sr. of Wenatchee was arrested and booked into CCRJ for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine with Intent to Deliver and Alien in Possession of a Firearm. Also arrested for Alien in Possession of a Firearm was 54 year old Rene Rodriguez-Rodriguez.
Upon completion of the search warrant service on Malaga Alcoa Highway an element of the Chelan County Regional SWAT team was relocated to the 1500 block of Cashmere Street to assist Wenatchee Police Department with the service of the related Search Warrant. Fifty-five year old Jose Valadez of Wenatchee was arrested on existing probable cause for four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force works diligently to protect our community from illegal narcotics. We believe cases like this do make a significant impact on our community by removing a large amount of illegal drugs which would have been distributed throughout the community.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force is comprised of Detectives from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, and Washington State Patrol. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency also supplying a Sergeant and an Analyst.
North Cascades Highway spring clearing has begun
- Written by Jeff Adamson, WSDOT Communications
Lower snowpack, favorable weather could speed this year’s SR 20 opening
DIABLO – Forget about that groundhog. A sure sign of spring in the Pacific Northwest is the announcement that the clearing of 37 miles of State Route 20 connecting the Skagit and Methow valleys began yesterday, Monday, March 25.
Washington State Department of Transportation’s west side maintenance crew began clearing the scenic highway from Colonial Creek to the Ross Lake Overlook at Diablo Gate on Monday. From the east side, crews cleared from Early Winters up 7 miles to Silver Star Gate – and kept going. By mid-morning Tuesday, March 26, crews cleared one lane for an additional 7 miles to Lone Fir (campground).
The barricades will remain in place at Early Winters because crews will need to remove some trees that pose a danger to travelers before it’s safe to allow people beyond the gate.
The crews expect to meet between Rainy and Washington passes within four to six weeks. The work can take longer if there is late spring snow or move more quickly if warmer temperatures accelerate snowmelt.
Once crews clear the snow, they will make necessary repairs to the highway, including guardrails, signs, stripes and pavement patches. Only then can the gates open to travelers. The reopening will provide:
- Another route between western and eastern Washington for travelers.
- Access to more miles of US Bike Route 10.
- Access to hiking trailheads and campgrounds.
During an assessment trip on Monday, March 18, WSDOT avalanche and maintenance staff found 6 feet of snow at Rainy and Washington passes; that’s 4 feet less than last year.
Public access between the closure gates is allowed during the winter months but during the Monday through Thursday clearing process, that space is a legal work zone closed to the public due to the heavy equipment used in the clearing.
In spring 2018, crews needed seven weeks to clear the highway. Clearing started on March 26, and the highway reopened on May 11. The latest opening was in 1974 when the highway reopened on June 14. During the winter of 1976 to 1977, there wasn’t enough snow to ever close the highway.
Manson School Board selects 2019 Blue and White Excellence Award winners
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2019 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its March 25th board meeting.
Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members.
Award recipients were: High School teacher Susan Sears was the certificated winner and middle/high school attendance clerk Gabby Lopez was the classified winner.
Gabby Lopez MS/HS Clerk and Varsity Soccer Coach. His nominee noted “He is a humble person, pleasant and most importantly, he collaborates with whoever asks him for help.”
Both Gabby and Susan will be honored at the next School Board Meeting on April 29th and at the Chelan County Education Awards Banquet on April 23rd.
Manson FFA competes in leadership development event
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson FFA recently competed in the District #7 Employment Skills Leadership Development event.
Members that competed were: Teresa Venegas, Bryce LaMar and Blake Cochran.
In this event students had to complete a job application, cover letter, resume and a thank you note after the completion of a 20-minute job interview.
There was a total of 36 competitors in this year’s event.
CFR Long Range Planning meeting agenda 3-28-19
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, Chelan Fire and Rescue
CHELAN FIRE and RESCUE
Long Range Plan
03/28/2019 @ 11:00 a.m.
Call to order:
Studded tire removal deadline is March 31st
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT Communications
Plan ahead to avoid fines, prevent road damage
OLYMPIA – With a record-setting winter finally in the history books, the arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until Sunday, March 31, to remove studded tires.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day March 31. Starting at midnight on Monday, April 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine.
Studded tires also damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded near the removal deadline, so please plan accordingly.
WSDOT will not extend the studded tire deadline this year, but crews continue to monitor roads, passes, and forecasts and work to quickly clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.
Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal deadline. Other states may have later dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.
More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.
Washington becomes the first state to embed an artist in a statewide agency
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT Communications
With today’s announcement that Kelly Gregory and Mary Welcome have been selected to serve as artists-in-residence with WSDOT for a year, Washington becomes the first state to embed an artist in a statewide agency.
March 22, 2019 — Artist team Kelly Gregory and Mary Welcome will spend a year working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as artists-in-residence to bring a creative approach and help develop new ways to achieve agency goals through a first-of-its-kind program created by ArtPlace America and Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America.
Recognized as a tool for pioneering innovative and creative solutions, artist-in-residence programs have been piloted across the nation in municipal governmental agencies, but WSDOT will be the first statewide agency to pilot such a program at the state level. These two artists will help find creative ways to advance WSDOT’s strategic plan goals of inclusion, practical solutions and workforce development.
“The quality and quantity of applications we received for the artist-in-residence position impressed our selection committee, and we’re thrilled to have selected the team of Kelly Gregory and Mary Welcome,” said Ben Stone, Smart Growth America’s director of arts & culture. “Their collaborative approach, insatiable curiosity, and experience with design, planning, community engagement, and Washington state make them ideal artists-in-residence. I can’t wait to share their work with other states who are in the process of considering setting up their own similar programs.”
“We’re excited to work with Kelly and Mary to find innovative ways to better engage the communities we serve and deliver the best possible transportation projects,” said Roger Millar, WSDOT’s secretary of transportation. “They have experience with both rural and urban communities that will help us foster deeper community engagement, build relationships with underrepresented communities, and bring creativity to design challenges.”
“This opportunity stood out because it brings together so many of the issues we care about: transportation, infrastructure, community, the rural-urban continuum, and the role of civic service in stewarding the commons,” Gregory and Welcome said. “As artists and activists, we have a history of working in collaboration with non-arts communities and building relational bridges between fun and function. We really believe in the power of artists to bring fresh perspectives and strengthen community connections.”
About the two artists
Mary Welcome, of Palouse, Washington, is a multidisciplinary cultural worker collaborating with complex and often under-represented rural communities, with projects rooted in community engagement and the development of intersectional programming to address hyper-local issues of equity, cultural advocacy, inclusivity, visibility, and imagination. She collaborates to build cooperative environments that encourage civic engagement, radical education, and community progress.
Kelly Gregory is an itinerant social architect based on the Pacific coast. Her practice is rooted in socially-engaged work: affordable housing projects, exhibitions, reimagining spaces of incarceration, democratic public space, and in-depth community-driven research. Her projects fold current communities and future solutions into functional, beautiful spaces for collaboration and engagement. As a team, with a multi-disciplinary backgrounds in arts, outreach, architecture, and activism, they listen with communities and imagine new solutions in collaboration with neighbors.
For more information about the team, read a Q&A between the artists and Transportation for America on the organization’s website.
What will these artists do?
The residency, based in Olympia, will run for one year with both artists making rotations as a team through several WSDOT core divisions to gain knowledge on the agency’s operations, priorities and challenges. The artist team will then propose projects to address WSDOT’s overarching goals. Their work may address some or all of the following topics: improving community engagement, supporting alternatives to single occupancy vehicle transport, creating healthier communities and enhancing safety and equity. After four months of rotations, eight months will be devoted to the artists’ project(s) development and production.
The artists will begin the residency in July 2019.
More details about the program
Several organizations collaborated on the artist-in-residence program. ArtPlace America is providing a $125,000 grant for the program, including a $40,000 stipend split between the two artists and $25,000 for a final project(s) the artists and staff develop. Transportation for America will administer both the funds and the overall program, including providing staff and consulting assistance. The State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) will also provide staff support. Both T4A and SSTI are programs of Smart Growth America. WSDOT is not providing funding for the program, but will supply in-kind contributions consisting of work space for the selected artists and staff time for agency workers to collaborate on the new program.