Winter is out; summer construction is in on I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
Drivers need to plan for delays, slow down and pay attention through work zones
HYAK – It’s been a very long winter on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, but now it’s time for drivers to switch gears from driving in winter conditions, to driving through construction work zones.
A number of road-improvement projects will cause delays for drivers this spring and summer while the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews add lanes, build and repair bridges and fix cracked sections of pavement between North Bend and Ellensburg.
“This year there will be multiple projects along I-90, which means drivers need to be prepared for slow downs and plan for a longer trip,” said Todd Trepanier, WSDOT regional administrator. “Please stay attentive and be patient while driving between North Bend and Ellensburg.”
Next week crews will resume work on the I-90 Snoqulamie Pass East project that builds a wider, safer and more reliable stretch of I-90 from Hyak to Keechelus Dam and from Keechelus Dam to the Stampede Pass interchange. Later this summer, crews will resume blasting along the rock slopes east of Snoqualmie Pass. Drivers need to plan for hour-long closures, during the week starting an hour before sunset.
Crews will also resume work next week to replace deteriorating sections of the westbound lanes between Cle Elum and the Elk Heights area. As part of the work, the westbound Indian John Rest Area will need to be closed periodically during the week starting in late May and continuing throughout the summer.
In May, crews will start replacing deteriorating sections of concrete pavement panels in the eastbound lanes and repairing bridge decks in the westbound lanes between North Bend and the Snoqualmie Pass summit. Drivers will experience delays as traffic is detoured around the work zone. Crews will also be making repairs to bridge decks between Easton and Ellensburg.
WSDOT has a wide variety of resources to help drivers plan their trips across I-90 this summer. Drivers can find information on multiple websites, including the What’s Happening on I-90, Snoqualmie Mountain Pass and Traffic Alerts pages. Drivers can also follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass and @wsdot_east or sign up for email updates or subscribe to our text message alerts by sending the phrase “WSDOT Snoqualmie” to the number 468311.
Chelan Fire & Rescue to Host a SAFETY DAY
- Written by FF/EMT Steve Saugen, CFR
Enjoy a free lunch and fun for the entire family
Chelan, WA. March 24, 2017 - On April 15, 2017, Chelan Fire & Rescue, in conjunction with Chelan’s celebration of Earth Day, will host a Safety Day at the Station 71/Headquarters, located at 232 E. Wapato Avenue in downtown Chelan. This family fun event will run from 10 AM – 4 PM. Community members are invited to come and enjoy touring the fire station, learn ways to stay safe, enjoy a free lunch that will begin at 12-noon.
With the community celebrating Earth Day firefighters want to do their part by hosting this event that is designed to help members of the community learn more about what they can do to keep their homes and family safe. Visitors will be able to see fire engines and equipment up close and visit directly with firefighters about the important and life saving work they do.
Information on Firewise (wildfire prevention), car seats, smoke alarms and more will be available. Special guests from Chelan Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Life Flight and Rivercom 9-1-1 will also be available to provide information about the invaluable work they do and the role they play in an emergency situation. The community will also have the opportunity to learn what they can do to help in an emergency and how to quickly access these services.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring the entire family.
Manson School District's Tom Alexander to Retire
- Written by Janice Stewart
How do you properly thank someone who has given their entire working life to an organization? Manson School District will be faced with answering this question in June as Mr. Tom Alexander will be retiring at the end of the school year after 38 years of teaching and coaching all with Manson School District.
Mr. “A”, as he is referred to, has taught over 50 different subjects to Manson students at almost every grade level in his years with the district including: PE, Health, Science, Social Studies, Math and Language Arts covering just about every subject that can be taught.
Not only has Tom taught these many subjects, but he has done so while serving as athletic director (20 years), coaching multiple sports such as baseball (24 years), football (18 years), girls and boys basketball (14 years) and cross county (3 years) at both the middle and high school level. Mr. A even refereed all the middle school home games for all sports for over ten years.
Tom has touched over 1,000 lives in his tenure with the Manson School District and left lasting impressions on many students and athletes. He has served as a mentor to dozens of educators and worked with countless parents and community members to provide that “extra” support a child might need. For many years Mr. A was the first to arrive at school and the last to lock up the gate after a late game or event.
Mason high school teacher Brad Soliday shared, “Tom’s loyalty and devotion to Manson’s school and community has been extraordinary. I can’t imagine that if you could add up the hours this man has spent working for students and athletes in Manson, over 38 years, anyone could rival his accumulated devotion. He has truly been a pillar of our school. I could not have asked for a better colleague or friend for the past 22 years. Thanks Tom.
As his longtime friend/co-worker and co-coach remarked… “Tom has been such a positive influence on hundreds or even thousands of students in the past 38 years. He has the ability to bring out the best in all students and athletes and the example he sets has helped shape the character of all the lives he touches. I have been lucky enough to share Tom’s journey at Manson High School for 37 years and he has also affected my life and my family in so many positive ways. I have been blessed to share many laughs and tears along the way. He is a brother to me and I am so thankful to be his friend. Joe Teague (Retired Manson Counselor/Coach)
Congratulations on your retirement Tom and best of luck on your next adventure!
Nighttime westbound lane closures on Snoqualmie Pass to cause delays for drivers this week
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
Crews working to improve nighttime visibility
HYAK – Efforts to improve visibility on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass continue this week as crews work to install solar-powered LED lane markers, which will require nighttime closures of the westbound lanes this week.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of I-90 at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, April 5 until 5 a.m. Thursday morning, April 6 and again at 10 p.m. Thursday night, April 6 until 5 a.m. Friday morning, April 7. Westbound traffic will be stopped at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass Interchange and will reopen every two hours to clear traffic. Eastbound traffic will not be impacted. Follow @SnoqualmiePass on Twitter and check the mountain passes web page for updates.
Pilot and passenger airlifted out of crash site in Olympic National Park
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
OLYMPIA – Two individuals were rescued from a downed aircraft in the Olympic National Park this evening near Mt Jupiter and have been airlifted for medical treatment.
The Cirrus SR22 aircraft went down in the snow covered wilderness and search and rescue officials were alerted at 3:48 p.m. Sunday, April 2, when the plane's Emergency Locator Transmitter activated.
The signal was detected by satellites and the distress message was forwarded to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tydall Air Force Base in Florida, who alerted the Washington State Department of Transportation. The occupants of the aircraft were also able to alert overflying commercial aircraft on the emergency frequency.
Search and Rescue personnel from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue were able to locate the wreckage with the help of a search aircraft from Washington Air Search and Rescue, who tracked the distress beacon's signal. The Navy crew then lowered rescuers to the ground to locate, access and hoist the downed flyers up and onto the rescue helicopter and transport them to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Exact details about their injuries are not available at this time, but they were described as minor and not believed to be life threatening.
At this time we still do not have the names of the pilot and passenger or know what the purpose of the flight. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are already mobilized and will begin their investigation to try and determine what caused the plane to go down.
Garage-A-Rama Shopping Extravaganza April 15th
- Written by Jessie Simmons, Executive Director, Historic Downtown Chelan Association
HDCA Announces April 15th Promotion
March 27, 2017, Chelan, Washington - The Historic Downtown Chelan Association (HDCA) will hold its annual Garage-A-Rama promotional event on April 15th, coinciding with Chelan’s annual Earth Day Fair. From 9:00am to 4:00pm participating merchants will move their top specials to tents on the corner of Woodin and Columbia. Shoppers can come downtown to take advantage of great deals before or after enjoying all the Earth Day Fair activities!
Garage-A-Rama is the public’s opportunity to scoop up new merchandise at garage sale prices! There’ll be something for everyone and something for every budget. Merchants will be offering a great mix of bargain-priced merchandise, including clothing, gifts, décor, kitchen items, electronics and more. Each merchant is slashing prices only for Garage-A-Rama. Bargain hunters won’t want to miss this event!
About HDCA: The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is dedicated to developing and promoting Chelan’s historic downtown core by creating an inviting and economically vibrant community center while emphasizing enhancement and preservation of the town’s historic features. For more information about HDCA, please visit www.historicchelan.org or phone the HDCA office at 509.682.4322.
Juvenile Burgulars Caught in the Act
- Written by Jason Mathews, Undersheriff, CCSO
On March 30, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports two juvenile males were arrested in connection with a residential burglary and theft from an Eagle Rock residence.
On March 25, 2017 shortly after 11:00am Chelan County Deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress at a residence on Anna Lane in the Eagle Rock development. The victim homeowners returned home from a morning outing and found a vehicle parked in their driveway. They then observed two male juveniles fleeing from their residence. One of the homeowners was able to subdue one suspect and ordered him to lay on the ground until Deputies arrived. The second suspect fled the scene on foot, but returned later and turned himself over to the victim homeowners, and then Deputies when they arrived. It was later determined the suspects were brothers and an acquaintance of a male juvenile who lived at the victim residence.
Through the investigation Deputies learned the suspects entered into the residence by prying off a window screen and opening a sliding window. Once inside the residence the two juvenile suspects ransacked the residence and left it in complete disarray with clothes and other items strewn throughout the residence.
The suspect vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway was secured in preparation for a search warrant. A search warrant was authorized and stolen items located inside included electronics (Xbox game, Surface pro, Asus Laptop, and other electronics), men’s and women’s clothing, alcohol, an Amazon Echo, four bank access debit/credit cards and other items. The replacement value of the stolen items was less than $5000.
The two juveniles were booked into Chelan County Juvenile Justice Center for Residential burglary, Theft 2nd degree, possession of a legend drug without a prescription, malicious mischief 3rd degree, and minor in possession of alcohol.
Manson Easter Egg Hunts Scheduled for April 15
- Written by Robin Pittman
You and your family are invited to the annual Manson Parks egg hunt! Bring your basket and join us for a morning of fun and excitement!
April 15, 2017
10:00am at Singleton Park
10:10am at Singleton Park Playground
10:45am at Manson Bay Park
Chelan Presents New Spring Event: Unwind+Explore April 28-30th
- Written by Jessie Simmons, Executive Director, Historic Downtown Chelan Association
Presented by Spirals, Historic Downtown Chelan Association and GoLakeChelan
Spring is a time for renewal, and there’s no better place to blossom than under the sun and along the shores of beautiful Lake Chelan! Spirals, GoLakeChelan and Historic Downtown Chelan are excited to present Unwind+Explore, a weekend of experiencing joy, well-being and personal empowerment! The event will be held April 28-30th throughout the valley.
Unwind+Explore will bring together 34 facilitators to lead more than 60 discounted sessions focusing on wellness and personal-growth. “The weekend will include everything from Yoga to Hiking to Meditation to Angel Card readings and a lot more in between,” says Historic Downtown Chelan Executive Director Jessie Simmons. “It’s a great chance to try something new or deepen your already established practice.”
With such a wide range of sessions, Unwind+Explore will be a unique opportunity for people to come to Chelan and create a personalized weekend based on their interests. The event aims to provide sessions at a reduced cost to allow people to try many new things without spending big bucks. “Throughout the valley, we have people who deeply care about sharing what has enriched their lives. If someone wants to explore a different path for their well-being, joy, and personal empowerment, there is an amazing number of options,” says event organizer and local author Jeanne McElvaney. “Then you add spring sunshine, the lake and the wonderful selection of restaurants, lodgings and shops and it feels like everything comes together to make Chelan the perfect place for this kind of retreat.”
Local lodging and restaurants will also be offering specials to participants throughout the weekend. Event sponsors include author Jeanne McElvaney, Spirals, GoLakeChelan, Historic Downtown Chelan Association, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Fox and Quail, Chelan House B&B and Sage Vacation Rentals. For more information or to register for the weekend, go to www.GoLakeChelan.com.
Ranger Districts Seek Input on Wildfire Restoration Project
- Written by Kari Grover Wier, USFS
The Chelan & Entiat Ranger Districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are seeking public input on the proposed 2014-15 Wildfire Restoration Project located in Chelan County. The project area covers approximately 3,200 acres within the 2014 Duncan, and the 2015 Wolverine and Black Canyon Wildfire areas.
The purpose of this Project is to plant conifers and speed recovery time for developing a forested landscape. Benefiting Resources include: Wildlife-Establish forested areas for species dependent on conifer habitat, Hydrology-Contribute to long term slope stability, Recreation-Improve campsite screening and shading with fire resilient tree species.
How to Comment
Your comments will aid the District team in identifying potential issues and concerns with this project proposal. Comments will be most useful if received by April 17, 2017.
1. Write a letter to the Forest Service and mail it to the project leader:
Pete Wier Or hand-deliver it to:
Chelan Ranger District Chelan Ranger District
428 West Woodin Ave 428 West Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816 Chelan, WA 98816
Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during regular office hours, 7:45AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Those submitting electronic copies must do so only to the e-mail address listed above, must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail. Message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above or in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected. It is the responsibility of all individuals and the organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does no receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it it’s the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.