LAKE CHELAN, WA (April 28, 2017) — The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual awards dinner at Rancho Grande on May 4th, 2017.
Chamber members and their guests are invited to attend this Cinco de Mayo celebration! Awards include Chamber Member of the Year, Business of the Year, New Business of the Year and many others. Over 20 businesses will receive coveted awards!
Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce office. Reserve tickets early, as they tend to sell out of this celebratory event!
Activities taking place:
EASTON – Work to repair deteriorated sections of Interstate 90 near Easton is still scheduled to take place Saturday. Next week construction-related delays continue east of Snoqualmie Pass. The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to remove and replace sections of deteriorating asphalt in the westbound lanes between Easton and the Cabin Creek area between mileposts 63 to 67. Drivers should plan for delays between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. This work is weather dependent and may need to be canceled and rescheduled.
Drivers will experience delays due to daytime rolling slowdowns and nighttime lane closures east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit to the Price Creek area between mileposts 57 to 62. The eastbound lanes near Cle Elum between mileposts 87 to 93 will be reduced to a single lane 24 hours a day Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5.
Bridge deck repairs start in various locations on Monday, May 1 and will cause delays for drivers during the day throughout the week due to lane closures in both directions near Easton between mileposts 75 to 76 and Ellensburg between mileposts 97 to 98.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
On 04/28/17 at approximately 8:54 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to 6608 Batterman Rd. to investigate an injury traffic accident. They found a single vehicle (2015 GMC Sierra) approximately 20 feet off off the road.
Investigation revealed the vehicle appeared to be traveling towards Rock Island on Batterman Rd. It crossed the centerline, went off the road, and struck and embankment. There was a single male driver.
Deputies started CPR and deployed their department issued AED. EMS and firefighters arrived and continued rescue efforts, but the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver was identified as 70 year old Kenneth R. Manke of East Wenatchee.
It is not known why the vehicle went off the road and the investigation is continuing.
The deceased was a loved and respected retired Wenatchee police officer. He will be missed and we send deepest condolences to his friends and family.
Diane Ellen “Hopkins” George passed away on April 26th. Diane was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, January 5th 1953. Parents are Gloria Hopkins (Monroe) and Lee Hopkins (Goldbar). She was raised in Seattle, Lynnwood and Monroe. A 1971 MHS graduate. Diane married the love of her life Paul George Jr. in March 1975. They raised their two sons, Brandon and Brian in Monroe before moving to Manson.
She was a six year survivor of stage four inflammatory breast cancer, a battle she won. In February 2016, the beast returned this time in the form of incurable brain cancer. She fought long and hard. Diane loved life, family, friends and the Mariners. She was outgoing and made friends with all. Diane was a co-founder of MHS Bearcat Pride, spent many hours of volunteer work. Her employment over the years were at Renaware, Avon, First Heritage Bank, Wyatt’s Jewelers and Allison’s (Manson).
Diane leaves behind both of her parents, husband, Paul George of 42 years, son Brandon (Michelle) Bothell, first grandchild due July 2017, and son Brian (Kirkland). Sisters Donna (Brett) Thomas, Debra (Gary) Kolrud, Jeri (Tom) Gibson, Marlies (Barry) Haight, Brother Mark (Georgia) Hopkins, best friend Laurie (Rick) Aschenbrenner, childhood friend Susan Fyall along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Please join the family to visit and remember Diane on May 20th. Open house and potluck at Donna’s home, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, open mic at 3:00 to share stories. 26227 Van Brocklin Rd, Monroe WA.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a Cashmere Middle School student was arrested for pointing what appeared to be a black pistol at another student in the hallway of the Middle School.
On April 26, 2017 shortly before 3:00pm the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy responded to Cashmere Middle School for a weapons violation. The investigation determined two students were bothering each other during a class session. One student asked the other student to move to the other side of the classroom. They continued to engage in bothering and annoying each other until the end of the school day. As the two students passed each other in the hallway one “shoulder bumped” the other. The student who delivered the shoulder bump continued to walk and was approximately 10 feet away when he heard the other student call out his name. The victim student alleged when he turned around the suspect student was pointing what he believed to be a black pistol at him. The victim student said he was fearful and ran away as he yelled, “He has a gun”. The suspect student fled down the hallway, went outside, and got onto a bus.
As the incident occurred a nearby teacher heard the yelling and statement about a gun. The teacher ran to the location and was provided the name of the suspect student and that he ran outside. As the teacher pursued he learned the suspect student got onto a bus. The teacher immediately boarded the bus, located the student, and removed the student from the bus. The suspect student immediately told the teacher he did not have a real pistol, but was in possession of an airsoft gun capable of shooting plastic pellets. It was later confirmed the displayed object, which was black in color with an orange tip, was indeed an airsoft gun with plastic pellets.
The suspect student was booked into Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center for harassment – threats to kill and possessing a dangerous weapon on school facilities.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is working in cooperation with the Cashmere School District to investigate this incident and we want to stress the Cashmere School District is taking this incident very seriously.
This work is weather dependent
EASTON – A harsh winter and heavy traffic is causing a section of Interstate 90 near Easton to deteriorate quickly and an emergency repair is schedule for Saturday.
The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to remove and replace sections of deteriorating asphalt in the westbound lanes between Easton and the Cabin Creek area. Drivers should plan for delays between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
This work is weather dependent and may need to be canceled and rescheduled.
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:
· Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
· Visit the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
· Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
Manson FBLA students accompanied by their advisor/teacher, Susan Sears, attended and competed at the Washington State FBLA Leadership Conference April 19-22, 2017 in Spokane, Washington .
Students competed in the following team events: Alyssa La Mar and Megan Clausen in Website Design, Bo Charlton, Ty Charlton, and Joe Strecker in Business Ethics, Bo Charlton, Joe Strecker and Spencer Ward in Sports and Entertainment Management, Karina Mendoza and Jasmine Pascasio in Marketing. Students who competed in individual events are Veronica Lulo in Business Calculations, Ty Charlton in Introduction to Business, Mason Walters in Health Care Administration, Eduardo Escalera in Business Communication, Megan Clausen in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Damon Smith in Job Interview, Daicy Leyva in Client Services, Alyssa La Mar in Agribusiness, and Ramiro Lopez in Advertising.
Damon Smith earned second place in Job Interview and qualifies for FBLA National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, California in June. Students also attended Ted Talks and workshops to learn about different business topics.
The Manson School District Board of Directors honored Kayla Helleson and Maria Verduzco, as the 2017 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its April board meeting held last night in the Manson Elementary Library. Each recipient received a plaque for their commitment to our schools and community. Kayla and Maria will also be honored at the Manson Chamber of Commerce’s Manson Night to Remember awards dinner held in October each year.
Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members. Award recipients were: elementary counselor, Kayla Helleson and elementary para-educator Maria Verduzco.
KAYLA HELLESON one student among those nominating Mrs. Helleson wanted to “Thank for teaching us to solve problems.” Several peers shared that Kayla is caring, passionate and goes above and beyond for students and their families. As stated by an elementary teacher, “she truly cares about our kids and will do whatever she can to help them.”
MARIA VERDUZCO, among those nominating Ms. Verduzco was a co-worker who shared, “She is a highly skilled and compassionate educator. She works with many of Manson’s highest need students and is able to support them with the love and care they deserve.”
As we honor our two Blue and White Award winners, the Manson School District will also be recognizing all of our staff during Staff Appreciation Week from May 1-5. Our staff is one of the best and what they accomplish on a daily basis is awesome.
WHISPERING RIDGE -- The Chelan County Sheriff's Office, as a precautionary measure, has advised two property owners in the Whispering Ridge slide area to leave their homes. The recommendation is based on the most current readings from surface monitoring points at the slide area, which continue to show increasing movement in the slope. Both homes are on Squilchuck Road southwest of Wenatchee, WA.
A geotechnical firm retained by Chelan County has been analyzing data for more than a year from 30 points of reference along the slope. The points were predetermined last year. Late Friday afternoon the geotechnical firm advised Chelan County that the measuring point data is showing increased movement within the Whispering Ridge slide area. This increased rate of movement could potentially cause the “toe,” or base of the slide, to inadvertently affect the flow of a tributary creek located within an adjacent canyon to the slide. That creek flows into Squilchuck Creek which is very the near the two residences contacted in the 5000 block of Squilchuck Road.
This information triggered the notification of the two property owners Friday evening. Those residents and the three other property owners in the 4900 – 5000 blocks of Squilchuck Road had received a general notification of increased slope movement from Chelan County Emergency Management and Chelan County Public Works earlier Friday afternoon.
Surface monitoring point readings taken on March 30th (2017) show the landslide is moving again. The Whispering Ridge slope movement was first reported in March 2016. Initial notifications to property owners along the affected area of Whispering Ridge Drive and the five residences located below - on Squilchuck Road - occurred last spring.
The current monitoring point data indicates that movement has increased within the past couple of weeks. The geotechnical firm has stated that future readings will determine the rate at which the landslide is moving.
Monitoring points also show the roadway at Whispering Ridge Drive is moving at a much slower rate. The roadway remains open only to local traffic and is being monitored closely by Chelan County Public Works and the geotechnical firm to determine if restrictions are needed in the future.
On 04/14/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to two calls of gas thefts which occurred overnight.
One theft occurred at U-Haul located at 423 Rock Island Rd. The second occurred at the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board office located at 430 Rock Island Rd.
It is unknown how much gas was lost, but repairs for the damaged vehicles could be over $1,000. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is sharing information with the Wenatchee Police Department to determine if the thefts in the two jurisdictions might be related.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call 9-1-1. Anyone with information is asked to call RiverCom dispatch on their non-emergency line: 663-9911.