US 2 closure and detour planned July 25 for culvert replacement in Tumwater Canyon
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
LEAVENWORTH - US Highway 2 from Leavenworth west to the SR 207 junction at Coles Corner will be closed to traffic on Wednesday, July 25 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for culvert repair.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is removing and replacing a culvert under the roadway, which will also require the removal of pavement and excavation across both lanes. This work is to prevent future shoulder washouts during high runoff, which occurs more often after a mudslide changed the drainage patterns on the hillside in Tumwater Canyon.
The closure will detour traffic to Chumstick Highway between SR 207 and Leavenworth. Vehicles over 10,000 GVW or longer than 32 feet will not be allowed on the detour and will need to use US 97 over Blewett Pass or I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Local deliveries will be allowed west of Plain.
One drug arrest leads to another
On 07-08-18 at approximately 9:42 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 1700 block of Foster Creek Avenue in Bridgeport. The Deputy observed a vehicle parked with an unknown subject leaning into the rear driver’s side window.
Based on his observations and recent drug activity in the area, the Deputy parked his patrol vehicle around the corner and walked up to the vehicle. When the Deputy contacted the vehicle, he could see drug paraphernalia on the front center console.
The initial investigation led to the arrest of 22-year-old Martin Saucedo Espinoza of Mesa, WA for possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia. Martin was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on those charges without incident.
A continuation of the investigation resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old Christopher Rodriguez of Bridgeport, for possession of a controlled substance, on 7-17-18. Christopher was booked into the Okanogan County Jail without incident.
New Ohme Gardens Director appointed
- Written by Jacinda Rublaitus, Clerk of the Board, Chelan County Commissioners
Nena Howell, a long-time community leader in Central Washington, officially took over the reins as Executive Director of Ohme Gardens on July 2, following in the steps of retiring director Mike Short.
The selection follows a regional search for a replacement for Short. Short has run Ohme Gardens on the hillsides north of Wenatchee, for 24 years, during which time he expertly attended to the stewardship and preservation of the unique gardens founded in 1929 by the Ohme family.
In announcing Howell’s hiring, Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay, District 1, said, “We’re excited to have Nena on board to lead the District’s outreach efforts to gather insight from our community members so we can start the process of creating a long-range comprehensive plan for capital projects, community programs, and fundraising efforts.”
“It’s time to revisit how we can better serve our community, connect with visitors to our region and coordinate all our efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of these iconic gardens for generations to come,” said Nena Howell.
Howell is a proven leader with extensive experience in the areas of general management, project planning, customer service, marketing and fundraising. Most recently Howell led the renovation of the 100-seat Canyon Wren Recital Hall and eight artist residences for Leavenworth non-profit, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, as well as planning and coordinating the organization’s major annual fundraising event. Howell is a graduate of Washington State University’s Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners program and has had a life-long love affair with gardening.
Ohme Gardens nine-acre wooded garden towers above Wenatchee, Wash., just minutes off Highway 2. Visitors escape the summer heat in this oasis of cool created by towering firs and lush plantings, relaxing and meandering along the mile-long native stone path winding past waterfalls and serenity pools. Ohme Gardens is also a popular wedding and private event location, as well as host to the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the GardensTM series. Fitness fans have long considered the Gardens a top workout spot thanks to its vertical, undulating terrain and walking paths.
Built in 1929 and operated privately by the Ohme family for over 60 years, Ohme Gardens is currently under the stewardship of Chelan County. Centered in the State of Washington, Ohme Gardens is located near other popular tourist destinations in Leavenworth (19 miles) and Lake Chelan (30 miles). Admission is free for children aged 5 years and younger. The Gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information please visit www.ohmegardens.com.
Chelan Valley Hope fundraiser August 25th at the Alpenhorn
- Written by Norm Manley
Please support a favorite non-profit in our community -- Chelan Valley Hope.
Norm Manley will be MC at the Woodstock Anniversary #49, held at the Alpenhorn Café on August 25.
- This is their major fundraiser that will assist with operating funds for CVH.
- Entertainment provided by Waterdog, Brittany Jean and other local Musicians
- There will be a costume contest with prizes.
- There will be several raffles and a Silent Auction
You can support by being a 2018 sponsor. For $150 your logo will be featured, you will be recognized in media efforts and you will get two tickets to the show. For $250 you get the same plus two complimentary glasses of beer or wine. For $500 more of the same plus two commemorative Woodstock T-shirts.
You can also support Chelan Valley Hope with an In-Kind donation. For wineries your wine will be sold by the glass the night of the event. Other donations will be auctioned off on August 25. CVH is a 501-C3 non-profit, which means your gifts are tax deductible.
Thank you for your consideration.
Road work zone safety saves lives
- Written by Lars Erickson, Communications Director, WSDOT
Work zone safety affects every one of us and we continue to see crashes and near misses that put our workers and everyone else on the roadway in danger. Just a few weeks ago, a semi failed to notice flashing signs about a work zone in Eastern Washington and crashed into the back of one of our vehicles leaving the safety equipment a mangled mess – luckily no workers were seriously injured. Late last week we had two work zone incidents on the same project on the same day in Southwest Washington. These are just a couple of many examples I could share.
WSDOT has been sharing work zone safety messages for many years, This year we’ve partnered with the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association and the Association of General Contractors to reach a broader audience. As part of that effort, we’ve created a video to show just how quickly a moment’s inattention or distraction can have disastrous results. The video, featuring several of our own maintenance workers, is a scenario our workers and contractors see on a regular basis: https://youtu.be/H8SXTngGpZY. We’ve also shared the video on our social media channels – Twitter and Facebook.
We’ve coordinated the release of the video with one of our largest construction related closures of the summer – “Revive I-5” – last week so that drivers understand how important work zones are for the safety of our workers and how impactful their driving decisions can be to themselves and all of our employees.
We’re asking all drivers to follow these four guidelines when they’re near a work zone:
- Slow Down – drive the posted speeds, they’re there for your safety
- Be Kind – the workers are helping to improve the roadway for all drivers
- Pay Attention – to workers directing you and surrounding traffic; do not use phones or other devices while driving
- Stay Calm – expect delays, leave early and take alternate routes if possible; no meeting or appointment is work risking lives
Mother arrested for manslaughter in son's death
On 07/11/18, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested 35-year-old Elaine A. Hurd, of Wenatchee for Manslaughter in the 2nd degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the 4th degree following an extensive investigation into Hurd’s two-year-old son’s death.
The investigation revealed Hurd failed to obtain necessary medical treatment for her son for a broken arm and blunt force trauma to his head, which resulted in the boy’s death.
Hurd was booked into Chelan County Regional Jail without incident.
Climber injury on Mount Stewart requires helicopter rescue
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a climber was injured today while ascending the southwest face of Mount Stuart approximately 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth. Michael Getlin (34 yoa) of Lake Oswego, Oregon was injured when a loose rock fell on his foot, resulting in a severely fractured foot.
At approximately 08:40am, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a 911 call from Getlin’s wife, she advised that they were attempting to climb Mount Stuart via the “Alpine Ridge Route” when a large rock came loose and landed on her husband’s foot. She advised that his foot was severely fractured and he was unable to walk. Due to the severity of the injury and the location on the mountain a hoist capable helicopter was requested through Washington State Emergency Management.
A rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded to the scene and at 11:52am the crew successfully hoisted both subjects off the mountain. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Fast moving brushfire on Hwy 28
- Written by Jordyn Giulio, Douglas County Records and Risk Manager
There is a fast moving brush fire on Highway 28 near milepost 21.
Level 3 evacuations have been issued for Mansfield Road and Level 2 evacuations have been issued for all of Cresent Bar.
AlertSense notifications have been activated. Please avoid the area due to fire danger, evacuations, and emergency vehicles.
Information on Red Cross shelter for effected residents will be available soon.
Destination San Francisco Bay Area receives $750,000 grant
- Written by Trent Moyers, Airport Director
EAST WENATCHEE, WA, July 10, 2018 – Pangborn Memorial Airport is proud to announce it has been awarded a federal Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) Grant of $750,000 to support its effort to land nonstop service to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Department of Transportation awarded the grant to match the incredible community support for the new service. So far, more than 90 pledgers have committed more than $400,000 in matching funds. That local funding was a key reason the Department of Transportation joined the effort with its award.
“The broad based regional support for this new service was critical to securing this grant and bodes well for successful service to San Francisco, enhancing the economy and quality of life in central Washington,” stated Rory Turner, President of the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board and the Port of Chelan County Commission.
“This Grant award validates our effort, and strategy, in the recruitment of additional airline service for all of Central Washington,” said Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport. “Now the hard work begins, as we make the business case to prospective airlines, working to convince them Wenatchee is the best place for their limited aircraft.”
Pangborn received strong support from Federal elected officials including Senators Cantwell and Murray and Congressmen Reichert and Newhouse.
The Air Service Investment Program supported by this grant award is designed to share the financial risk of launching new service with the airline. The funding also demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service.
An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. That risk is mitigated by the grant and the contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals in four counties in north central Washington, as well as from several companies in California.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 7-12-18
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi Street, Bumgarner Building, July 12, 2018, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. June 14, 2018 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Comprehensive Plan follow-up
b. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
c. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: August 9, 2018 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831