buckner logoThe 2020 Harvest Fest at the Buckner Orchard in Stehekin is canceled.  Additionally, the appearance of The Kevin Jones Band at the Orchard in September, likewise, will not occur.
As with many other events, restrictions relative to the pandemic prevent an event such as Harvest Fest from happening.  Phase 4, which would be a return to normal, would need to be in place for these events to occur.  Currently, Chelan County is in Phase 1.5, with little hope of advancing as all counties are now indefinitely frozen in their current phases. 
A modified or lesser form of Harvest Fest has been suggested, but again, the number restrictions alone rule this out.  Nothing, though, precludes community members or visitors from having their own picnic and picking, at any time, at the Orchard, as long as they comply with ​Washington State's Phase​ restrictions in place at that time.
Cancellation of Harvest Fest will not affect the annual harvesting of apples at the Orchard, and it is highly likely that cider making by the community will resume as it has in the past, or in some similar form.  A plan for safe health-related practices for picking and pressing in 2020 is being developed and will ​be shared with the community.  There is a heavy crop and human harvesting is very necessary to preclude damage by bear and elk once the electric fences are removed prior to snow fall.
The event cancellations are made now so as to allow adequate time to change reservations at businesses and cabins in the Valley, should visitors choose to do so.  Most of these businesses have 30-day cancellation policies, with various caveats.  Timing of the cancellation will also allow these businesses more time to re-book any vacated rooms and cabins.
Though we are very disappointed at having to cancel this annual celebration, we encourage everyone to individually jump in to help harvest and enjoy this year's bumper crop at the Historic Buckner Orchard!


Sheriff Brian Burnett reports two overdue hikers in the Alpine Wilderness were located Monday evening near Earle Lake.

The two female hikers from Snohomish, WA were originally reported overdue by family on Saturday evening just after 9:00pm. Hope Ryan (21yoa) and Kristen Jost (23yoa) had planned to through-hike the “Enchantments” from the Stuart Lake Trailhead to the Snow Lakes Trailhead from 6:30am to 8:00pm Saturday. When Ryan and Jost did not arrive out by late Sunday morning, Sheriff’s Office SAR coordinators inserted a Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue (CCVSAR) team on the Snow Lakes Trail. That team contacted dozens of hikers on the trail, but the vast majority had not seen the overdue subjects. Sunday evening, a local couple who had hiked out of the Enchantments via a route passing by Earle Lake – 2 ½ miles north of the main trail system – told SAR coordinators they had seen two female hikers matching Ryan and Jost’s description near Earle Lake at around noon on Sunday.

On Monday, an additional five search teams consisting of CCVSAR and Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel were deployed on the trail system with a plan to focus on the Earle Lake basin and surrounding area. Snohomish County’s SNOHAWK-10 helicopter was requested to assist in inserting a team above the lake while also assisting in an aerial search. At 8:22pm, the SNOHAWK-10 crew located Ryan and Jost near Earle Lake. They were loaded into the aircraft and flown out to the SAR coordination base at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Both were found to be in good physical condition after spending three days in the wilderness with very limited supplies.

Ryan and Jost told SAR coordinators they mistakenly turned to the north off of the main Snow Lakes Trail while in the core of the Enchantments. They eventually realized they were lost by late Saturday around dusk. Ryan and Jost decided to remain in the Earle Lake area hoping for rescue. They rationed their limited food supplies and had some extra clothing to stay warm.

Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: July 2020
• Payroll: July 1 -31, 2020 for $132,804.25 paid 08-05-2020
• General Account Vouchers: #746543 – 746608 for $52,758.72
• Capital Account Vouchers: #17118 – 17131 for $30,565.75
• Minutes: July 15, 2020
Fire Chief Report:
• 2020 Budget & Financial Report
• Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Chief Report:
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
• 2020-2025 Strategic Plan - DRAFT
• City of Chelan Fire Protection Services Contract - Update
• Station 75 Short Plat - Update
• 2020-2021 Annexations
• T-73 Surplus Purchase Agreement (Board Approval)
New Business:
• EF Recovery Services Contract (Update SOG 015)
• 2021 Budget Process
• IAFF Local 4816 Labor Agreement Negotiations (Update only)
Special Events:
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
• Invoices
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:


The pictures above are of “Perc 30” pills that have been seized by local Law Enforcement.

Over the last 3 months the Columbia River Drug Task Force has seen an increase in Fentanyl in the Wenatchee Valley. Specifically, Fentanyl disguised as prescription medication in pill form. The pills are small, round, blueish in color, and imprinted with an “M” on one side and a “30” on the opposite side. They are being referred to as “Perc 30’s” and trying to be passed as a Percocet pill. Percocet is a brand name for a pain killer of oxycodone and acetaminophen. “Perc 30’s” are being produced with a binding agent and fentanyl, in make shift labs that do not have the ability to control the amount of fentanyl in each pill. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine.

The Valley has seen an increase in overdose reports leading to near death experiences or even death. The law enforcement community has also suffered unintended exposure to the drug leading to medical treatment. It has been explained that the amount of Fentanyl equal to the size of a sugar packet has the potential for over 500 lethal doses.

Information about Fentanyl can be found at https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/fentanyl 

You can submit tips on these pills or any other drug activity at the following link on the Chelan County Sheriff’s web page: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff/forms/submit-a-tip

sheriffOn May 18, 2020 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported domestic violence incident in the Leavenworth area. Based on the investigation a 69 year old (male) Leavenworth resident was arrested on a mandatory domestic violence assault charge. The subject was walking under his own power and very coherent with no visible signs of injuries, although it was noted he was highly intoxicated. At no point during the investigation or arrest of the subject was police use of force applied. A portion of the incident investigation was recorded on patrol vehicle dash cameras and most, if not all was audio recorded by recorders worn by Chelan County Deputies.

The subject was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on the State mandated assault charge. He was placed into a holding cell by himself. During a regular hourly check, jail staff found him on the floor unable to move his legs but still coherent. Most of the subject’s movements within the jail were video recorded.

The subject was transported to Central Washington Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center. That subject recently passed away while in the care of Harborview Medical Center.

On June 24, 2020, prior to the subject’s death the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Chelan County Regional Justice Center contacted the Columbia Basin Investigative Team (CBIT) to provide an independent review of the investigation and the injuries of the subject. In addition to the independent review by CBIT, a non-law enforcement community member from Chelan County was assigned to the investigative team for transparency and oversight.

CBIT’s investigation is still ongoing and will be made available once it has been completed. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Chelan County Regional Justice Center will not be able to provide further comment until CBIT’s investigation has concluded.

chelan falls fire

On 8/12/20 at 2:04 am, crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue responded to a reported structure fire in the 400 block of Wyoming St. in Chelsn Falls.

First units on scene found a 10 x 30 mobile home fully involved with potential exposures nearby. Occupant had safely evacuated the home.

Chelan Fire & Rescue crews were able to extinguish the fire by 02:59 and remained on scene to complete overhaul.

Chelan Fire & Rescue reported no injuries, structure and contents were a total loss. Investigation of this fire is ongoing; cause is undetermined at this time.

school start 2020

Manson Schools plan to start the school year with remote learning.  Read More by clicking above.

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Regular Board Meeting
August 13, 2020, 4:15pm

Phone-in meeting: 1-425-436-6260
Access code: 8182416

I. Call to Order
II. Additions and deletions
III. Public comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
 a. July 09, 2020 regular meeting minutes
V. Financial Review
 a. Review monthly financial report
 b. Review and approve monthly voucher
VI. New Business
 a. Director’s report
VII. Adjournment

Next regular meeting is September 10, 2020 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.

chelan county logoResolution 2020-77 was passed by the Chelan County Commissioners that the designation of the Fire Hazard Level will be VERY HIGH in the Fire Districts and unincorporated areas of Chelan County beginning on Monday July 27, 2020.

To limit the number of human caused fires, no outdoor fires and/or outdoor open flame devices, except as allowed by written permit or approval from the appropriate fire protection agency are allowed. Permits are not required for use of the following:
(1) commercially made listed/labeled barbeque devices located and used at a residence; and
(2) stoves or fireplace fires completely contained within a residence.

Remember that Fireworks are prohibited throughout Chelan County.

As of Monday June 1, 2020, open burning was closed. This includes natural vegetation and yard debris. This restriction remains in place until October 1, 2020

No Household trash or garbage shall be burned outdoors at residences at any time.

Burn barrels are illegal and are not permitted.

dougcountysherlogoOn 7-21-2020 at approximately 8:19 PM, Douglas County Deputies responded along with personnel from Douglas County Fire District #3, United States Bureau of Reclamation Fire Department (Grand Coulee Dam), Grand Coulee Police and Grand Coulee Ambulance, to an injury accident.

The collision was located at approximately mile marker 0.7 on Pendell Road, a primitive road off of Crown Point Vista Road in rural Douglas County.

Upon arrival units located a single vehicle which had a rolled approximately 200 yards off the roadway. As a result of the collision the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 63 year-old Grand Coulee resident Maureen K. Horrobin, was found deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation shows speed was a contributing factor to the collision.