Pangborn Memorial Airport sets all-time record for passengers in July
- Written by Bobbie Chatriand, Administrative Assistant, Pangborn Memorial Airport
Strong customer demand and the addition of a fourth daily flight led to an all-time monthly record of 12,597 commercial passengers traveling though Pangborn in July, 2018. This represents an increase in passengers of 22.7% over July of 2017.
The total number of passengers traveling through Pangborn is up nearly 7% for the first seven months of 2018 versus the same time period last year. In addition to the extra flight for the summer, Alaska also extended its "Wines Fly Free" program to Pangborn earlier this year.
Port of Chelan County Commissioner Rory Turner reacted to the good news saying, “Continued strong passenger growth lays a great foundation for Pangborn to attract new air service to additional destinations.”
Port of Douglas County Commissioner Alan Loebsack commented that “having a thriving airport is good for families and businesses throughout the region.”
Meth bust in Orondo nets drugs, firearms, cash
- Written by Sgt. Rob Huddleston, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 23rd 2018, the Columbia River Drug Task Force with the assistance of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT), Chelan County Regional Swat Team, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office K9, and Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office K9, concluded a narcotics investigation with the execution of a search warrant at 11 Charlotte Lane in Orondo, WA.
The search of the residence produced 2 illegally owned firearms and ammunition, an illegally owned silencer for a firearm, and 204.4 grams of methamphetamine. The Task Force seized 3 vehicles and $9,486.00 in cash.
Sara E. Mitchell (34) and Marco Palacios-Mora (31) were taken into custody for multiple counts of drug and gun related offenses.
Columbia River Drug Task Force Detectives used hours of surveillance, controlled buys, and information from multiple sources to build this case.
Climber injury on Liberty Bell Mountain
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an injured climber was rescued after suffering a fall on Liberty Bell Mountain Tuesday morning (08/28/2018). Benjamin Antonio (67yoa) of Yakima, WA was injured when a hand hold broke loose as he was climbing the Beckey’s Notch route along the northeast aspect of the mountain - approx. 7,000ft elevation.
According to a witness, Antonio’s rope system held, but he dropped about 10 – 15 feet before slamming into the side of the mountain causing hip and back injuries. Antonio’s climbing partner was eventually able to lower him to an area where he could be stabilized.
A climber in the area, activated a SPOT satellite beacon which initiated the notification to the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center (IERCC) in Texas, and eventually to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit. Due to the texting capability of the satellite device, SAR coordinators were able to obtain information on Antonio’s injuries and position on the mountain.
A request was made through State Emergency Management for a hoist capable helicopter to respond to the incident and Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel were put on standby. The first helicopter deployed to Liberty Bell Mountain was unable to conduct the rescues, so SAR coordinators contacted Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for a rescue response. NAS Whidbey launched a Blackhawk helicopter to the scene by 4:15pm and inserted a medic to Antonio’s location. The helicopter crew had to refuel prior to conducting a successful hoist extraction of Antonio from the mountain around 7:00pm. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA for treatment. As of Tuesday evening, his condition was stable.
Manson School Open House, Community Potluck and a Movie August 27th
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson School District is holding Open House Monday, August 27 from 5:30-6:30 in each building followed by a Community Dessert Potluck!
BBQ hot dogs provided…just bring a dessert!
Stay for the our annual Movie on the Big Screen beginning at 8pm (or dusk) on the football field!
Celebration of Life service for Fernanda Galvan Thursday Aug 23
- Written by Janice Stewart
A “Celebration of Life” service will be held for Fernanda Galvan this Thursday Aug 23 at 4:00PM in the Manson High School Gym followed by a potluck in the Commons.
Counseling support for staff, students and families will be available on Friday August 24 from 12-2pm at the elementary school in the cafeteria. For more information, please contact the school district office at 687-3140.
AAU Soccer signups now through September 12th
- Written by Monica Barker, Secretary, Manson Parks
Manson Parks would like to announce that registration is now open for this year’s AAU soccer season.
This program is for Pre - K through 6th grade.
Forms will be sent home with Manson Elementary students. They can also be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com).
Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.
The LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE September 12, 2017. The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 12th to accommodate working parents.
The total cost to play is $29.00.
Counting on volunteers to tally people who walk and bike
- Written by Ed Spilker, WSDOT Active Transportation Division
Statewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 25-27
OLYMPIA – Each year, the number of people who choose to walk, ride bicycles or take other active travel means as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington. How do we know? Volunteers annually count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles at selected locations during a three-day survey. For those who would like to help, volunteer registration is now open for this year’s survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Volunteers are vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. For the 2017 count, volunteers tallied more than 63,500 people biking and walking in communities across Washington. In 2017, the number of people who walked, biked or used other active modes increased 4 percent over the 2016 count, when evaluating comparable sites.
For this 11th annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 25, through Thursday, Sept. 27.
“This volunteer effort makes sure that people who bike and walk are counted as essential users of the transportation system,” said WSDOT Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Each year that volunteers make the collection process possible, we get a more robust picture of the growth in active transportation.”
"We're excited to once again work with the Washington State Department of Transportation to ensure that biking and walking counts across Washington state,” said Richard Smith, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, “This is possible only because of the hundreds of volunteers who care about safer biking and walking."
Data collected during the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. The data also helps agencies understand how and where to address active transportation options for people who don’t have the income to choose other transportation alternatives. For these people, walking and biking might be their only mode, or part of a multimodal trip to access transit.
As WSDOT embarks on an update to the statewide active transportation plan, this effort will shape the vision of a future with a complete, comfortable network for all ages and abilities.
In addition to the annual count, WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club, and local agencies are partnering to install permanent counters at locations around the state. To see counts from both data collection programs, visit the WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal.
To sign-up to volunteer, visit bikepedcount.wsdot.wa.gov
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including: Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.
WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.
Stay inside or wear a mask - air quality is very unhealthy
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Smoke from recent and ongoing fires have affected the entire state and are concentrated in the Lake Chelan area.
When air quality particulates exceed 200ppm (parts per million) the pollution rating goes to Very Unhealthy.
|201-300||Very Unhealthy||Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.||
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
The trend is expected to continue so please heed the warnings and take appropriate precautions.
Sheriff seeking suspect in attempted robbery/assault
- Written by Undersheriff Jason Mathews, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett would like the public notified about an attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on Sunday, August 5th at shortly before 10:00pm.
The incident occurred near the intersection of South Wenatchee Avenue and the Malaga-Alcoa Highway, south of Boodry Street.
The two victims were working on their disabled vehicle at that location when they were contacted by a lone male subject. The male suspect grabbed one of the victims from behind, placed a knife to their throat and demanded money. After not getting any money the suspect released the one victim and then struck the other victim in the face with an unknown weapon, possibly the knife handle. The male suspect fled the location on foot.
A Sheriff Office canine capable of tracking criminal suspects was called in to assist, but was unsuccessful.
Both victims were treated and released from the Central Washington Hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office is actively working on identifying the suspect, but anyone with possible information is encouraged to call our tip line at 509-667-6845. The victim’s description of the suspect is as follows:
5’ 10” tall
Medium to thin build
Shoulder length dark hair
4” – 6” full beard
Tattoo on right side of the neck
Wearing a long sleeve jacket and long pants
Tattered appearance, possibly from living outdoors
Buck Mountain hiking fatality
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Update August 7th, 2018
The autopsy for Mr. James Rothwell who fell while climbing Buck Mountain in Chelan County was completed today. He died as a result of Blunt Force Trauma to the Head and Trunk. Manner of death has been ruled an accident.
He was wearing a helmet but the force to his head from the fall was too much for the helmet to absorb the energy and he had severe trauma to his brain.
Update August 6th, 2018 2020 hours
The two remaining hikers have made their way out of the mountains. After speaking with them it was determined they were traversing a steep face when the victim lost his footing. He fell approximately 50 feet. They hiked down to him and rendered aid. He survived for a short period of time before he succumbed to his injuries. The victim has now been identified as a 44 year old male from the Seattle area. Initially it was believed he was from New York but he has lived in the Seattle area for several years. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 4th, 2018 at 2:34 PM CCSO was advised of an emergency beacon activation in the area of Buck Mountain, a remote area approximately 17 miles north of Lake Wenatchee. After obtaining the coordinates from AFRCC (Armed Forces Rescue Coordination Center) it was determined the beacon was staying in one location. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office AIR10 helicopter was deployed and located a group of three near the coordinates at approximately 6:45 PM. They were at about 6750 feet in elevation. One of the three subjects was laying down and wrapped in an emergency blanket. There was no suitable landing zone nearby so a request was made through state emergency management for a hoist capable helicopter.
King County Sheriff’s Office accepted the misson. They arrived on scene at approximately 10:00 PM but had to abort the mission due to weather. A call was plced back into state emergency management requesting a helicopter from NAS Whidbey Island. The Navy crew accepted the mission and arrived in the area at approximately 12:40 AM on August 5th. They were able to hoist the patient, a 44 year old male out of New York on board the helicopter. He was deceased due to unknown injuries. Due to low fuel in the helicopter he was transported to Boeing Field in Seattle.
The remaining two hikers were uninjured and remained on scene to hike out in day light. At this time it is unknown how the injuries were caused.