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.
Body of glissading victim recovered
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Updated Release 06/25/2017
On Sunday June 25, 2017 at approximately 11:30am, a team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) members and a Chelan County SAR Deputy recovered the body of Benjamin Gore (19yoa) from Aasgard Pass. Gore disappeared into a crevasse on June 4th while glissading down Aasgard Pass. Initial attempts to locate Gore were unsuccessful due to the snow depth and fast running water. The body has been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and the family has been notified.
Overdue Hiker Found Deceased on Chelan Butte
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
On Thursday June 22, 2017 at approximately 1230hrs, RIVERCOM dispatch received a report of an overdue person in the Chelan area. The caller advised that her son was camping somewhere in the Chelan area and they hadn’t heard from him in two days. The caller also advised that the subject’s two dogs had been located by a hiker on the north side of Chelan Butte but her son was not with them.
The subject was identified as Johnathan M. Taylor (31yoa) of Mount Vernon, WA.
A Chelan County Deputy responded to Chelan Butte and located the subject’s vehicle abandoned at the top of Chelan Butte. Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate Taylor. A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was called in to assist in the search but was also unable to locate Taylor.
On Friday morning, Chelan County Search and Rescue deputies and members of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue began an extensive ground search of the area. At approximately 1430hrs, searchers located Taylor deceased at the bottom of a steep embankment on the south side of Chelan Butte. It is not known what caused Taylor to fall.
Next of kin has been notified.
Possible Drowning in "Three Fingers" Area of Lake Chelan
- Written by Jan Brincat, Assistant to Sheriff Brian Burnett, CCSD
On 6/20/17 at approximately 3:22 pm Chelan County Marine Deputies responded to calls of a possible drowning in the area known as “Three Fingers” on Lake Chelan, within the Chelan City limits. Upon further investigation it was learned that a group had rented a boat and were swimming off the back of the boat towards the middle of the lake in approximately 30-40 feet of water.
While swimming one individual from the group started experiencing difficulties. Others from the group attempted to throw him a personal flotation device but were unsuccessful before the he sank beneath the surface. The group of friends was unable to locate the distressed swimmer.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded with multiple vessels along with the aid of rescue swimmers from Chelan Fire, but were unable to locate the missing swimmer who has been identified as 23 year old Donghoon Lee of Seattle. Donghoon was on break from attending the University of Washington on a Student Visa from South Korea. Rescue workers continued to work into the evening but were unsuccessful in locating Donghoon who is presumed to have drowned.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office staff were able to work with staff from the South Korean Consulate and make the emergency notification to Donghoon’ s family.
Search and recovery efforts are scheduled to continue at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 21. Equipment and personnel include three vessels from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, two divers from Chelan County, and seven to eight volunteer divers from Steven’s County along with underwater camera equipment from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would use this time as a reminder to stay educated on water safety in order for everyone to have a safe and healthy summer while visiting Chelan County.