- Written by Mark R. Donnell, Fire Chief, CCFD
On June 11, 2021 at 11:10 p.m., crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported structure fire at an apartment complex located at 509 E. Gibson Avenue.
First arriving crew reported heavy smoke coming from front of the lower level apartment and quickly made entry. Crews encountered heavy smoke and heat and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
The entry crew then initiated a search of the premise and located a patient inside the back bedroom. The patient was brought outside to EMS personnel who initiated patient care and transport to Lake Chelan Hospital. The patient was subsequently airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where her condition is unknown at this time.
Second alarm resources from Manson, Entiat, Orondo, and Wenatchee were called due to the size of the apartment complex and the possibility of fire extension beyond the unit involved. Crews on scene were able to contain the fire to the single unit which sustained considerable heat and smoke damage. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.
The ability to have three firefighters on the initial response to this fire made the difference in rescuing the patient and keeping the fire loss contained to the unit of origin.
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, EWPD
Update: 06-10-2021 - SEE OUR PREVIOUS STORY FROM JUNE 8, 2021
On 06-07-2021 an East Wenatchee juvenile male was taken into custody. This male was booked into Chelan County Juvenile Detention for complicity to Robbery 1st Degree. This charge stems from a previously unreported incident which appears related to the Shooting call on 06-05-2021.
Through extensive investigation East Wenatchee Detectives and the Wenatchee Police Pro-Act Unit developed probable cause for an adult male for 3 counts of attempted murder in the 2nd degree, and felon in possession of a firearm. On 06-08-2021 the Wenatchee Police Pro-Act Unit located this adult male at a residence on in the 800 block Cashmere Street, in Wenatchee. After a brief foot pursuit the male was taken into custody.
This investigation is ongoing.
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
WSTC hosts virtual community meeting
OLYMPIA – Community leaders and local officials from across the Wenatchee Valley will meet virtually with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges, and successes.
The meeting will take place starting Tuesday, June 15, from 1-5 p.m., and reconvene on Wednesday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Zoom Webinar. People interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.
On Tuesday, the Chelan-Douglas Regional Transportation Council will brief the commission on the region’s transportation needs, which vary between the urban and rural areas. Representatives from the cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee will discuss their transportation investments and funding needs that will support the growing regional economy. The commission will be briefed on how Wenatchee’s award winning, nationally recognized “Complete Streets” program addresses equity. County leaders will discuss with the commission the importance of the transportation system to the economic vitality of the area, including the effects of commercial air service expansion.
During Wednesday’s session, the commission will learn about the Douglas County Public Utility District’s renewable hydrogen production facility pilot project. Northern Fruit, a local business, will share with the commission its planned electrification of their truck fleet. A multijurisdictional panel will provide information on the efforts to complete the Apple Capital Loop project, which when done, will complete the transportation backbone of the Wenatchee urban area. Additionally, the area’s transit system will be highlighted with a focus on their current fixed route services, as well as innovative special needs transportation programs that are being explored in an effort to reduce costs, while increasing access.
The commission also is holding a special meeting 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 15, to propose new ferry fares and to discuss toll rate increases on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the State Route 99 tunnel and the SR 520 bridge. All presentations will be available on the commission’s website.
For more information about the commission and complete meeting agendas, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/
- Written by Chief Rick Johnson, EWPD
On 6-5-21 at about 1330 hours EWPD Officers were dispatched to a reported Weapons Violation/Shooting near the intersection of 9th ST NE and N Baker Ave. One group of individuals had arrived at a residence near this location to confront another group. During the confrontation firearms were displayed and then several shots were fired. One victim was shot in the leg and was transported to CWH via private vehicle immediately after being shot.
The individual who was shot (24-year-old man from East Wenatchee) was discharged from CWH about three hours later. This incident appears to be related to an unreported incident from several days prior. It also appears to be gang related.
Numerous search warrants have already been served as the investigation is active and ongoing.
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
June 10, 2021, 4:15pm
In person: Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
(All persons in attendance must wear a mask covering both nose and mouth, and must adhere to the 6’ social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC. When attendance exceeds 17 persons, additional attendees will need to attend via phone.)
Phone-in: (425) 436-6260 Access code: 8182416
I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Additions and Deletions
III. Public Comment
IV. Approval of Minutes
a. May 13, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
V. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VI. Old Business
a. Old Swim Hole
i. Swim area boundary modification
ii. Emergency erosion repair
b. Singleton playground name
c. Bennet right-of-way maintenance
d. Director’s Report
VII. New Business
a. Farmer’s Market
Next Regular Meeting: July 8, 2021 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfald, CCSD
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports On May 25th, 2021 a burglary was reported in the 3200 block of Rivers Edge Place in Wenatchee. The reporting party stated they believed their home was broken into sometime prior to noon that day. Several items were taken from the residence including a laptop, tablet, clothing, and firearm. The suspect also left behind articles of wet clothing.
Early on May 26th, the burglary victim reported receiving pings from their stolen tablet in the north Wenatchee area. As Detectives investigated this, they began to link the burglary to a subject who had fled on foot the day prior after a fire started near a homeless encampment along the Wenatchee River. This was in the vicinity of the burglary. The wet clothing left at the burglary matched what the subject was wearing when contacted by law enforcement.
Through interviews, they were able to determine he was associated with a Red Jeep Cherokee. CCSO Deputies and Detectives followed up on several Pings throughout the morning and eventually located the red Jeep parked on North Wenatchee Avenue near Walnut Avenue. Along with Wenatchee Police Department, they took the suspect, a 32 year old Wenatchee man into custody at approximately 11:00 am today. He was located with some of the stolen property from the burglary.
After interviews with Wenatchee Police Officers who transported him, the suspect was booked into CCRJC for Burglary 1st Degree, Theft of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree.
- Written by Jonnie Crossland, Communications Coordinator, CTFC
Colville Gaming LLC, Forest Products, LLC, and CTFC Administration lifts COVID-19 restrictions for team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated with a valid vaccination card.
OMAK, WASH. MAY 24, 2021— In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colville Tribe’s Health Director Guidance, the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation (CTFC), consisting of Colville Gaming LLC, Forest Products, LLC, and the CTFC Administration are open without COVID-19 restrictions, with the exception of the following requirements;
• Screening: Team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated, with a valid vaccination card, are exempt from the daily screening requirements. Team members and patrons who have not been fully vaccinated, without a valid vaccination card, must continue with daily screening routines.
• Mask Mandate: Team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated, with a valid vaccination card, are exempt from the mask mandate. Team members and patrons who have not been fully vaccinated, without a valid vaccination card, must continue to wear masks at all times while on CTFC facilities.
• Social Distancing: Team members and patrons who have been fully vaccinated, with a valid vaccination card, are exempt from current social distancing policies. Team members and patrons who have not been fully vaccinated, without a valid vaccination card, must continue to social distance at all times while on CTFC facilities.
Team members who have symptoms at screening will not be admitted to the facilities and will be referred to contact tracing and COVID-19 testing as previously required. Team members who have been referred for testing will not be allowed to return to work until they are released by their health care provider.
Team members should contact benefits immediately if symptoms are present to determine if Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave can be granted.
Team members should still not report to work sick.
“Our team members and patrons have been diligent in following the safety standards CTFC has put in place for the last year,” said Kary Nichols, CTFC Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that we will continue to be the right place for the right time.”
CTFC appreciates the efforts from team members to get vaccinated, and continues to encourage team members to get vaccinated with their local healthcare providers.
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Administrative Office Manager, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the fire station located at 232 East Wapato Ave.
Call to order:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110 (1) ( g ) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT communications
MOUNT RAINIER – State Route 410/Chinook Pass and State Route 123/Cayuse Pass through Mount Rainier National Park will reopen for the season by 8 a.m. Friday, May 28, in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews are in the final stages of clearing both roadways. When the gates open, park visitors can travel SR 410/Chinook Pass (elev. 5,430 feet) between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. SR 123/Cayuse Pass (elev. 4,675 feet) will also open within the park boundaries between Stevens Canyon Road and the SR 410 junction.
Mount Rainier National Park
National park crews have been hard at work clearing a robust winter snowpack. The park’s Carbon River, Longmire, and Paradise areas are all open, as is the road from Packwood to the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead. Visitors should expect delays of up to 20 minutes along SR 123 due to ongoing paving work. The entrance to the Ohanapecosh Campground will reopen on Saturday, May 29. The road to Sunrise is estimated to reopen July 2. Mount Rainer National Park road access updates are provided on the park’s website.
Cayuse and Chinook passes close each winter due to high avalanche risk, poor road conditions, lack of snow storage and no emergency response services within close proximity. Both highways closed to vehicle traffic for the season on Nov. 12, 2020. WSDOT and the National Park Service collaborate each spring to reopen the highways. This process has been a shared responsibility for decades. A history of Cayuse Pass and Chinook Pass opening and closing dates is available on the WSDOT website.
- Written by Sarah Deenik, CDRPA
Board of Directors (Left to Right): Commissioner Mark Spurgeon, Commissioner Donn Etherington, Commissioner Rory Turner, Commissioner Alan Loebsack, Commissioner JC Baldwin, and Commissioner Jim Huffman.
The Washington Public Ports Association has selected the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority as the Port of the Year for 2021. Kathy Pittis, President of the Washington Public Ports Association said, “while there were many deserving Ports, the political courage and leadership of the Port Commissioners from Chelan and Douglas Counties in forming a Regional Port was worthy of being chosen Port of the Year.”
Regional Port Board Chairman Alan Loebsack commented, “There are 75 Ports in the state of Washington and this award is highly coveted as an endorsement from your peers that your Port does outstanding work. We are humbled that we were selected.”
The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority was formed in June 2019. It is a first in the state of Washington that two county-wide port districts functionally consolidated into one regional port. Geographically, it encompasses 4,843 square miles, making it the largest in the state. The Regional Port serves a population of 120,000 citizens with a combined assessed value of $16.5 billion.
Rory Turner, Regional Board member commented, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the Regional Port Staff. Since day one, staff has rallied behind the concept and value of a Regional Port. They have worked as an effective team and are facilitating regional economic development projects that are making a difference.”
In early 2019 both Ports endorsed the formation of a citizen’s advisory panel to look into governance issues, specifically as it related to Pangborn Memorial Airport, which is jointly owned by both Ports. The citizen’s panel and the Port Commissioners soon thereafter endorsed a regional governance model, not only for the airport, but also for the Ports’ economic development efforts in North Central Washington.
Regional Board member Mark Spurgeon stated, “Thank you to WPPA for recognizing the Chelan Douglas Regional Port as Port of the Year. While it has been a lot of hard work, forming a Regional Port was in the best interest of the citizens we serve. I would also like to acknowledge Lisa Parks, the former Executive Director of the Port of Douglas County. Her leadership along with the current CEO Jim Kuntz helped make it happen.”
One of the Regional Port’s early successes was focused on helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 business uncertainty. The Regional Port was the lead entity in facilitating federal, state, and local funds to help small businesses. In Chelan and Douglas Counties, $4.2 million dollars were awarded to 727 small businesses – approximately 21% of the businesses in the two-county region. The average grant award was $5,847.
To learn more about current economic development projects taking place within the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority, please visit: www.cdrpa.org.