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What Others Are Saying About Lake Chelan - New York Times
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Tumwater Fire FINAL Update 9-18-14
Crews are now being demobilized


Guild ''B'' Event is THIS SATURDAY - Get Your Tickets NOW!
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21 Year Old Chelan Man Booked for Residential Burglary
Dropped stolen wallet lead to previous victim and a description of the suspect


City Dedicates New Electric Car Charging Stations
Historic Chelan Downtown Association to seek new director


Four in Custody for Murder of 28 year old Pateros Man
Body was found in Columbia River but murder took place near Watson Draw Road


North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks Seek Public Review on Plan to Restore Fisher
Comment period ends October 15, 2014


FAA Funding Approved for Pangborn Memorial Airport Runway Extension Project
Grant Award for $9,500,057.00 to fund phase 2


Chelan PUD and Chelan Agree on Sale of PUD’s Downtown Property to the City
PUD commissioners deem property surplus to District needs


Tumwater Fire Update 9-17-14 – 8:15 a.m.
Fire west of Leavenworth calmed - mop up activities today


Fall Car Show Draws 80 Vehicles and Many Fans
Enjoy a video interview by Jerry Isenhart


Woodcutter Killed by Falling Tree While Trying to Save Dog
61 year old Oroville man died at scene


Diablo Lake 3-ft Draw-down Halts Boat Launch Activity
First 3 foot drop September 17


Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Trinidad Fire
Fire is threatening approximately 12 homes


Manson Parks Posts a Stellar Swimming Lesson Year
412 taught to swim


Auction on Sept. 20 to Bring Value for Chelan County PUD Surplus Property
Customers and community members can preview items and bid online


Fall Prescribed Burning Planned on the Tonasket Ranger District
Three primary projects: Mutton, Frosty and Lost


I-90 Closures Start at 6:30 p.m. Next Week
Days get shorter, rock blasting closures get earlier on Snoqualmie Pass


HydroFest Moves to Manson Bay
After 20 years, the Norm Evans Memorial Apple Cup Race moves


Two Events for the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament and a ZUMBATHON!


Chelan Fire & Rescue Response Quick with On-Site Staff
Offsite volunteers take up to 10 or 15 minutes to arrive at an event location


Girl's Night Out at the Vogue Sep 16
Local organizations team up to decorate bras for giant chandelier


TEE Time for September 11, 2014
44th Women’s Invitational Golf Tournament hosted 105 lady golfers


Washington State Dedicates Its First U.S. Bike Route
SR20 becomes part of a national biking system


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What Others Are Saying About Lake Chelan - New York Times
Strictly Fun Greg Kennedy - September 18, 2014
What Others Are Saying About Lake Chelan - New York Times
The New York Times has a great write-up about our area that is sure to spark interest across the east coast reader base. With plenty of photos and top-notch writing, it would be hard to get better press if you paid for it! Thank you New York Times!

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Tumwater Fire FINAL Update 9-18-14
USFS Robin DeMario, USFS - September 18, 2014
Tumwater Fire FINAL Update 9-18-14
The Tumwater Fire, burning in grass, brush and timber on extremely steep slopes since late Saturday, Sept. 13, remains at 25 acres and is 70 percent contained. The fire has been very visible due to its location just west of the town of Leavenworth.

Overnight, large logs and stumps continued to burn, visible as glowing spots on the hillside. Winds that had been forecast for Wednesday night did not occur, but they may happen this afternoon. Winds have the potential to cause fire weakened trees and snags to fall. There also is a possibility of showers this afternoon which may cause the extremely steep slopes to become even more treacherous for firefighters. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority, so firefighters will be especially watchful today.

Crews are being demobilized now that firefighters have been able to secure control lines around almost three quarters of the fire. Approximately 60 firefighters remain assigned to the fire.

Today, crews will continue to secure fire lines and mop up hotspots. Helicopters, now based at Pangborn Airport, are available as needed.

If all goes according to plans today, the Level 1 evacuation notification for Marson Road should be lifted by this evening. Management of the fire will be turned over to the local ranger district on Friday. All personnel involved with the Tumwater Fire want to thank the residents of Leavenworth for their support and cooperation during the duration of the fire.

It has been determined that this is a human-caused fire; the exact cause is under investigation.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, September 18 @ 12:05:47 PDT

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Guild ''B'' Event is THIS SATURDAY - Get Your Tickets NOW!
Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates Greg Kennedy - September 18, 2014
Guild "B" Event is THIS SATURDAY - Get Your Tickets NOW!
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DON'T MISS the Lake Chelan Home Tour this Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Online sales close at noon this Friday, the 19th. Enjoy the convenience of buying your tickets for this year's exceptional Lake Chelan Home Tour at www.lakechelancommunityhospital.com/home-tour_350.html.

Tickets may also be bought at the homes the day of the Tour and at the Art Show at Tsillan Cellars.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, September 18 @ 11:56:24 PDT

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21 Year Old Chelan Man Booked for Residential Burglary
Chelan County Sheriff Det. Josh Mathena, CCSO - September 18, 2014
21 Year Old Chelan Man Booked for Residential Burglary
Since the beginning of September, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has investigated seven (7) Burglaries and eleven (11) vehicle prowls in the Chelan area. Having only a few leads on a suspect or suspects responsible, Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl on September 15th at about midnight that just occurred on East Wapato Avenue. It was reported the suspect dropped numerous items, including a wallet with identification as he left the area. It was discovered the identification belonged to someone the deputies had contact with only 20 minutes prior to the report of the vehicle prowl. At that time, the subject was wearing an exact match of clothing described by the reporting party of the vehicle prowl. Deputies searched the area for this same individual and soon located him carrying two backpacks. While attempting to contact him, he quickly discarded the two backpacks and fled on foot. A short foot pursuit took place, but the Deputies were able to quickly catch the 21 year old Chelan man and take him into custody.

Numerous items discarded by the suspect are believed to be taken during this and potentially other vehicle prowls. Some of the items were discovered to be from at least one recent Burglary in the area. At the time of the arrest, he was booked into jail for Residential Burglary, Theft 3rd and Criminal Trespass. We anticipate additional Burglary and Theft charges to be added, but are looking for assistance from the public.

If you have been a recent victim of Burglary, Theft or Vehicle Prowling and live in the immediate Chelan area, and know of specific items taken during these crimes, please contact Chelan County Detective, Josh Mathena at (509)667-6842.

As a reminder to the people we serve, no matter where you live in the County, please remember to lock your vehicles and homes and keep valuables out of direct sight of people who may be walking by or in the area. Most criminals are opportunists, looking for easy targets. By being vigilant and taking these simple protective steps, people can better their odds at not becoming victims to theft and property crimes.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, September 18 @ 09:14:17 PDT

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City dedicates new electric car charging stations
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - September 17, 2014
Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart pushed for electric car charging stations behind City Hall.
Kurt Erleason, an electric car owner from Mansfield, addressed the City Council about the joys of owning an electric car. He drives a Nissan Leaf capable of traveling 80 miles before needing a charge.
City dedicates new electric car charging stations
Historic Chelan Downtown Association to seek new director

By Richard Uhlhorn
The Historic Chelan Downtown Association (HDCA) is once again without and executive director Darci Wert, who had been hired earlier in the year left the position and the board is back in the hunt for a new executive director. “She left at the end of August,” Libby Manthey told the council members. “We are in hopes of having a new director in place by mid November. That is the update I wanted to give you.”

Manthey, president of the HDCA, also reported that the board still had two open positions. During a telephone conversation, Manthey said the positions had nothing to do with Wert’s leaving, but had been open for four or five months. “It’s a lack of getting out and recruiting,” she said. “We are now going to be more pro-active.”

The HDCA is now 10 years old and is one of 13 Main Street Programs in the State.

Wendy Isenhart, Mayor Bob Goedde, Plug-in NCW’s Gary Taylor and Ron Johnson-Rodriguez and Kurt Erleason pose for a photo in front of the City’s new charging stations.
A close look at the new charging station.
Currently, the HDCA is working on a design for the Gateway to Riverwalk Park and on this year’s Holiday Lighting program.

Electric Charging Stations:

Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart was excited when the City Council dedicated the new Level II electric charging stations behind City Hall. Before the dedication ceremony outside, she introduced Kurt Erleason, a Mansfield resident who owns a Nissan Leaf electric car.

Erleason told the Council that he normally charges his car at home, but is excited that Chelan has these new charging stations. “I can drive for 80 miles on a charge,” he said. He described the importance of the Level II station which takes about 4 hours to completely charge up a car. A Level III charging station only takes 30 minutes.

Joining Erleason and Isenhart were Ron Johnson Rodriguez and Gary Taylor from Plug-In North Central Washington.

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular and with charging stations located around the State and United States, it is possible to drive almost anywhere with an electric car. The major problem is the length of time it takes to charge a battery pack. Super chargers take about 30 minutes, but Level II chargers like Chelan’s take three to four hours to charge a car.

For more information on the electric cars and North Central Washington’s efforts to make them more viable, check out www.pluginNCW.com.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 11:45:30 PDT

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Okanogan County Sheriff Report 9-16-14
PHP-Nuke Frank T. Rogers - September 17, 2014
Okanogan County Sheriff Report 9-16-14
From the desk of Sheriff Frank T. Rogers
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office
09-16-14 FOLLOW UP TO MURDER INVESTIGATION

The victim in the murder investigation has been identified as Jose L. Galeana-Palacios, 28 of Pateros. Galeana-Palacios’ body was located at the boat launch along Hwy 97 south of Pateros along the Columbia River. During the course of the investigation Galeana-Palacios has been contacted and did identify him for us. Galeana-Palacios has family living in Pateros and in California.

The four suspects in the case have been arrested and booked into the Okanogan County Jail for Murder in the 2nd Degree. The four suspects are:

Jose D. Jimenez-Hernandez, 42 of Pateros Oscar Perez-Torres, 37 of Pateros Ramon Arrellano-Lopez, 45 of Pateros Jaime M. Salazar-Gomez, 38 of Orondo Washington


The investigation shows that the five subjects had been partying near a pond on the property located at 270 Watson Draw Road. There is no motive in the case but a fight ensued at the scene and the four suspects beat Galeana-Palacios at the scene. They then transported his body to the boat launch and threw him into the Columbia River, where we found him. An autopsy has been scheduled for Galeana-Palacios to determine cause of death.

There is nothing in this case at this time to indicate that the incident was gang related or over drugs. The case is still under investigation.

Original story:

09-14-14 SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST FOUR FOR MURDER

On 09-14-14 at around 10:30 AM the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a subject had located a body at the boat launch approximately five miles south of Pateros on Hwy 97, just past Starr Road. When Deputies arrived they found the body of a Hispanic male who was partially in the water but lying on the shore.

From what we saw at the scene we believe it was a murder and the body of the victim had been transported to the river and dumped. The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab was called to the scene to assist Sheriff’s Office Detectives.

At around 4:50 PM Okanogan County Dispatch received a call from a subject at 270 Watson Draw in Pateros. The caller advised that his cousin was missing and he had not seen him since 09-13-14 at around 6:00 PM.

Deputies responded to 270 Watson Draw and while there discovered that the missing person was in fact the victim found in the river. Further investigation was done at the scene and it was determined that the murder had occurred at the 270 Watson Draw location. Several interviews were done last night and ending early this morning. From what the initial investigation shows is that the victim had been in a fight with four other individuals and was killed during the fight. The victim was then transported to the boat launch and dumped in the river.

Law Enforcement was on scene all night and into the early hours of this morning. The Crime Lab and Detectives will be back this morning to finishing processing the scene and the vehicle located at 270 Watson Draw. Four suspects were arrested early this morning and were transported to the Okanogan County Jail.

At this time we are not releasing the name of the victim until we have confirmed that family has been notified. We will also release the names of the suspects once they are booked into the County Jail.

The investigation is still on going at this time.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 11:25:30 PDT

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North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks Seek Public Review on Plan to Re
National Park Service Elly Boerke, Environmental Protection Specialist, NPS - September 17, 2014
Click Here for the Fisher Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment webpage at nps.gov
North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks Seek Public Review on Plan to Restore Fisher
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on a proposal to restore the fisher (Pekania pennanti) to Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks. The recently completed Fisher Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades National Park Service Complex (Fisher EA) proposes the reintroduction of 80 fishers into the southwestern Cascades, including Mount Rainier National Park, over the course of two years. Similar efforts in the northwestern Cascades, including North Cascades National Park Complex, would follow a successful release to the south.

The fisher is a medium-sized carnivore in the weasel family that is native to the north and south Cascades of Washington State. Considered absent from Washington by the mid-1990s, Washington State formally listed the fisher as endangered in 1998. Since the fisher is not expected to return to the Cascades on its own, Washington State has determined that fisher reintroduction is necessary in both the southwestern and northwestern Cascades to restore this species to its historical range in the state. Fishers would likely be brought in from central British Columbia and monitoring would follow each reintroduction effort for at least three years.

The NPS is seeking public review and comment on the Fisher EA through October 15, 2014. To see the full plan and provide comments, go to www.parkplanning.nps.gov/RestoreFisher. Limited physical copies are also available at several public libraries throughout the region including Bellingham, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Buckley, Eatonville, Chelan, East Wenatchee, and Yakima Valley and by request at .

During the comment period, you may also submit comments through the regular mail or by hand delivery directly to: Superintendent’s Office, ATTN: Fisher EA, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.

All comments on the Fisher EA are welcome, particularly those that assess the adequacy of the document in disclosing and evaluating the effects on the environment. These comments are most useful if they are as specific as possible and do the following:
  • Discuss a particular plan element or alternative
  • Identify incomplete or incorrect information
  • Offer reasons why a particular alternative or plan element would or would not work
  • Offer a reasonable, new plan element or completely new alternative that could help accomplish the stated goals
  • Point out discrepancies between legal mandates and proposals
  • Highlight deficiencies in the analysis of environmental consequences
  • Provide information on how you use the park and how particular proposals in the planning document would affect that use.
The NPS and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be holding public open houses to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Fisher EA and provide verbal or written comments. Details on the location, date, and time of these meetings is available on the project website at: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/RestoreFisher.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 11:06:22 PDT

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FAA Funding Approved for Pangborn Memorial Airport Runway Extension Project
PHP-Nuke Craig Larsen, Port of Chelan County Business Development Director, POCC - September 18, 2014
FAA Funding Approved for Pangborn Memorial Airport Runway Extension Project
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a Notice of Grant Award for $9,500,057.00 to fund phase 2 of the 3 phase project to extend the main runway at Pangborn Memorial Airport. Total cost of the Runway Extension Project could reach $30 million, with $27 Million provided by FAA funds and $3 million in local funds provided by The Port of Chelan County ($2.1 million) and the Port of Douglas County ($900,000). “We are grateful to our Congressional delegation and the FAA for their continued support of the Runway Extension Project.” stated Craig Larsen, Business Development Director for the Port of Chelan County.

The current length of usable runway is 5,700 feet. Extending the runway to 7,000 feet will minimize flight restrictions current aircraft encounter, provide additional safety margins, as well as allow Pangborn Airport to recruit additional service carriers that fly regional jets. “Extending the runway is a critical capital improvement to maintain and expand commercial airline service to residents and businesses of North Central Washington.” stated Mr. Larsen. Phase 2 is currently out to bid, and bidding information can be found at www.PortofChelanCounty.com.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 10:52:21 PDT

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Chelan PUD and Chelan Agree on Sale of PUD’s Downtown Property to the City
Chelan County PUD Kimberlee Craig, CCPUD - September 17, 2014
The City of Chelan to own building and parking lot previously occupied by the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce.
Chelan PUD and Chelan Agree on Sale of PUD’s Downtown Property to the City
PUD commissioners deem property surplus to District needs – accept city’s offer of $800,000 on terms

Following a public hearing Monday, Chelan County PUD commissioners declared .68 acres of land in downtown Chelan, and a building on it, surplus to District needs and approved its sale to the city for the appraised value of $800,000.

The property is on the southeast corner of Johnson Avenue and Columbia Street and includes public parking, restrooms and the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce office.

Board members voted 3-2 on the sale. All endorsed the sale, but they differed on the terms. Commissioners Ann Congdon, Dennis Bolz and Randy Smith voted for terms that included a $200,000 payment from the city at closing, three more annual payments of $200,000, plus 3-percent interest.

Commissioner Smith said extending terms to the city was a win for both entities. With a 3-percent interest rate, the PUD will receive more from accepting the terms over three years than it does from the current interest rate on its investments, he said. For Chelan, it eases the burden for the cash-strapped city of immediate payment in full.

Smith said extending the terms is part of being a good neighbor and reflects the District’s focus on its customers.

Commissioners Carnan Bergren and Norm Gutzwiler favored a cash sale. Gutzwiler said the city included both options in its purchase offer, showing it was prepared to complete the sale for cash.

“I’d like to see this get back in the city’s hands as soon as possible with no strings attached so they can move forward and do what they want to do with it. And, cash is the best way to do that,” Gutzwiler said.

The sale concludes several years of talks between the PUD and the city about the property and provides ongoing public value for residents who also are PUD customer-owners, said Steve Currit, who oversees District real estate as director of Shared Services.

Chelan PUD purchased the property being surplused in the 1950s and ‘60s for its Chelan office and service center, but those plans changed.

The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce has been involved with the property since 1974 and has its office there, along with public restrooms and parking.

In 1976, federal regulators added it as a recreation site under the District’s license to operate the Lake Chelan Hydro Project. The property was never fully used as planned, Currit said. Federal regulators lifted the recreation requirement in 2013 at the PUD’s request.

Chelan Mayor Bob Goedde and City Administrator Paul Schmidt attended the hearing and thanked PUD commissioners for extending the terms.

“We do appreciate your consideration of our offer,” Schmidt said. “It means a great deal to our community.”

In other business Monday, commissioners:
  • Continued the District’s membership in the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEAA) for five years as a cost-effective way to help Chelan PUD achieve its energy conservation targets through incentives and other programs. The investment of up to $330,000 a year for 2015-19 is forecast to bring energy savings of about 1.71 average megawatts. That’s enough electricity to serve about 580 Chelan County homes. NEAA works to increase energy efficiency through market changes in the Pacific Northwest by working with agencies, manufacturers and utilities on innovation and adoption of energy-saving products, services and practices.
  • Discussed approaches for working with customers interested in generating their own power with equipment at or near their homes or businesses. Andrew Wendell, Customer Service director, said the goal is to support the choices customers make on distributed energy efforts. Commissioners will talk more about future steps and developing guiding principles for responding to distributed generation issues that arise.
  • Drew the name of Wenatchee High School senior Alexis Heuchert as Chelan PUD’s entry for the $1,000 Walkley Scholarship given each year by the Washington PUDs Association to the child of a PUD employee. She is the daughter of Chelan PUD employee Michael Wilson and his wife, Amy.
  • Were invited to PUD-supported community events including this coming weekend’s Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, hardhat tours of the Chelan powerhouse on Oct. 18 and the Fall Roundup at Rocky Reach Dam on Oct. 26. Communications Manager Suzanne Hartman said ReDiscover Your PUD tours and activities have been very popular, especially the River Ramble that brought more than 1,100 people to Rocky Reach Sept. 5-6. PUD employees also hosted a booth at last weekend’s Fiestas Mexicanas.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 10:43:10 PDT

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Tumwater Fire Update 9-17-14 – 8:15 a.m.
USFS Robin DeMario, USFS - September 17, 2014
Tumwater Fire Update 9-17-14 – 8:15 a.m.
Fire behavior was a bit more active Tuesday night on the 25-acre Tumwater Fire burning just west of the town of Leavenworth. Overnight, there was torching of single trees, some falling snags and a few more glowing spots visible on the hillside. Fire activity died down considerably though after 1 a.m. due to cooler temperatures and increased relative humidity.

The 2-acre burnout on the lower portion of the east flank of the fire did not occur on Tuesday, instead firefighters ignited small pockets of unburned fuels adjacent to the fire line in the upper eastern flank to strengthen the control lines. The fire is 70 percent contained.

Today, mop up will continue on the southern and western sides of the fire, and crews will assess whether additional ignition of unburned fuels adjacent to fire lines is necessary. If burnout occurs, more smoke will be visible on the eastern flank of the fire.

Late Tuesday afternoon, a firefighter was injured when he was grazed by a burning log rolling down the hill. He was taken to Cascade Medical Center where it was determined that he sustained minor second degree burns to his shoulder and back. He is back at the fire today on light duty.

Rolling debris, such as rocks and burning logs, continue to be concerns and safety issues for firefighters working in the very steep and rugged terrain. The spread of the fire has predominately been due to rolling burning debris.

Today, approximately 100 firefighters, two helicopters, three fire engines, and a water truck are assigned to the fire.

The fire is being managed under unified command with support from Rural County Fire District No. 3, US Forest Service and Chelan County Sheriffs.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 10:24:55 PDT

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Fall Car Show Draws 80 Vehicles and Many Fans
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - September 17, 2014
There were a number of beautiful cars at this year’s Fall Car Show, but this 1953 Jaguar 120 XK was a beautiful example that marquee and was being admired by many car enthusiasts that ventured down to the care show.
Fall Car Show Draws 80 Vehicles and Many Fans

By Richard Uhlhorn
We had 157 at the barbeque on Friday night,” said Leo Miller, this year’s organizer of the Fall Car Show. “We have 80 cars here today. So we are up about 10 from last year,” he added.

Click Here for a gallery of Car Show photos
It was a warm, windless day and many visitors and locals came to Riverwalk Park to enjoy the classics to newer cars on display.

My favorite was the racing Austin Healey and the 1953 Jaguar 120 XK. There were a number of nice hot rods and muscle cars also on display this weekend, many of which were Buicks.

Chelan was busy all weekend long. Larry Lehmbecker said that Vin du Lac was slammed all weekend. “We were even busy today, and it’s Sunday,” said Lehmbecker. He also feels that the economy is beginning to loosen up for consumers. “People are finally spending money again,” he stated.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 09:56:10 PDT

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Woodcutter Killed by Falling Tree While Trying to Save Dog
PHP-Nuke Frank T. Rogers - September 17, 2014
Okanogan County Sheriff Report 9-15-14
From the desk of Sheriff Frank T. Rogers
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office
09-12-14 WOODCUTTER KILLED BY TREE

On 09-12-14 at around 2:50 p.m. Okanogan County Sheriff Deputy Josh Petker and emergency personnel responded to 506 Forest Service 3525 Road in reference to a subject that had a tree fall on him.

When Deputy Petker arrived he found that Jerry L. Rounds, 61 of Oroville was still alive but in bad shape. It appears that Rounds was in the woods with another subject cutting down trees. Apparently Rounds friend was cutting the tree down and Rounds was putting a wedge in so that the tree would fall up hill.

According to Rounds friend, as the tree began to fall Rounds reached in and pulled the wedge out. Rounds’ dog then ran to where the tree was falling. Rounds ran for the dog and as the tree fell it missed the dog but landed on Rounds.

Round’s friend ran to call for help and when Deputy Petker arrived, Rounds was still alive. Rounds then stopped breathing so Deputy Petker began CPR on Rounds until the ambulance arrived. When the ambulance arrived they tried to revive Rounds but were unsuccessful. Rounds died at the scene from the injuries he received.

Rounds family has been notified of his death.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 09:25:06 PDT

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Diablo Lake 3-ft Drawdown Halts Boat Launch Activity
National Park Service Roy Zipp, Environmental Protection Specialist - September 17, 2014
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Diablo Lake 3-ft Drawdown Halts Boat Launch Activity
Diablo Lake will be drawn down a total of three vertical feet on September 17 and again on October 1-15, 2014. Boats with trailers will be unable to launch or retrieve during these times. Kayaks, canoes, and other hand-launch vessels will still have access to the lake.

The drawdown on September 17 is to provide a ‘dress rehearsal’ for transformer replacement at Ross Powerhouse, which is scheduled for the fall of 2015. The new transformers cannot be transported across the top of Diablo Dam due to their size and weight. A barge will be utilized to access the shoreline near Colonial Creek Campground to transport them on Diablo Lake to the Ross Powerhouse.

The October drawdown is to accommodate permanent facility reconstruction on the rockslide project (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ross_rockslide) near the Ross Powerhouse. The rockslide occurred in March 2010 and damaged docks, launch ramps, and access to the lake. The work, scheduled to be completed in 2015, will include reconstruction of the access road to Ross Powerhouse and installation of a barge landing and boat ramp.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, September 17 @ 09:12:52 PDT

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Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Trinidad Fire
Washington State Patrol Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson - September 14, 2014
Trinidad, WA
Fire Mobilization Authorized for the Trinidad Fire
State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Trinidad Fire in Grant County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources September 13, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. at the request of Grant County Fire District #3.

The cause is unknown at this time. The fire is approximately 1500 acres and is threatening approximately 12 homes, dry land wheat, and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land. No evacuations are in place at this time.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau are ordering a type 3 incident management team and four wildland task forces to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Trinidad Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions. More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm .

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Sunday, September 14 @ 09:24:23 PDT

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Manson Parks Posts a Stellar Swimming Lesson Year
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - September 13, 2014
The Manson Parks Board consisting of Rob Campbell (right), Travis Schoenwald, Sara Cushing, Marylene Rios and Randy Reed heard a report from Viki Downey, swim instructor and lifeguard at the Manson Bay Swim Area about the successful swim lesson program this past summer.
Manson Parks Posts a Stellar Swimming Lesson Year
412 taught to swim

By Richard Uhlhorn
“We had a very successful swim lesson year,” Viki Downey reported to the Manson Parks and Recreation Board on Thursday, September 11. “We graduated four adults and 408 children.” She stated that Manson turned away no one and the lessons are free.

Downey relies on donations to the Lake Chelan Swim Foundation and it has been able to fund the free lessons. “Most who can pay, pay and the money goes into the foundation,” she said. She also receives sponsorship funding from the Chelan Rotary, Kiwanis, a bank and the Lions Club. “We are able to operate in the black,” she said.

Downey said she is still awed at the parents that would let their child who can’t swim go into water 11 feet deep. “They tell me their child can swim well. They can’t swim two feet,” as she demonstrated a feeble dog paddle these parents apparently call swimming.

She offers all kids from the Lake Chelan Valley swim lessons because learning how to swim when you live on a lake is extremely important. “I’m trying to connect with kids in Chelan Falls. We’ve had enough (swimming) tragedies there.”

Chelan Parks has helped and Viki stated that the Lake Chelan Community Hospital is working hard to get a program started. “It would be nice to have swimming lessons taught in Chelan and at State Park too,” she said.

The other issue that Manson Bay Park faced this year was a wedding which was approved because it was supposed to be a small affair. What it turned out to be was a wedding with 157 guests. “We really need a policy governing these types of events,” said Downey.

In other business:

Singleton Park is getting dugouts on the baseball field. These are being sponsored by Lake Chelan Building Supply. However, the Parks Department has been asked to spend about $5,600 on dugouts for the softball field. The School District is putting in approximately $7,600.

Boardmember Travis Schoenwald stated that dugouts were needed for the softball field because of Title 9 requirements. Boardmember Randy Reed said it was sad the school couldn’t come up with the entire amount, but admitted that AAU also uses the fields. The board unanimously approved the expenditure of $5,600.

The board was asked if the Marine Patrol boat could be moved from the public dock to leave room for the people who want to eat lunch or shop. “It’s never even moved all summer.”

The other issue was what is considered overnight moorage. Some boaters come in during the evening hours and don’t leave until early in the morning after the bars close. This has created problems where a slip is reserved and someone uses it illegally for hours.

The board decided that a $100 ticket would make people rethink their moorage options. They tabled the issue until next month when it will be discussed at length.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, September 13 @ 12:36:59 PDT

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Auction on Sept. 20 to Bring Value for Chelan County PUD Surplus Property
Chelan County PUD Kimberlee Craig, CCPUD - September 3, 2014
Click Here for the PUD Auction webpage at Yarbro.com
Auction on Sept. 20 to Bring Value for Chelan County PUD Surplus Property
Customers and community members can preview items and bid online

Chelan County PUD is among the public agencies sending vehicles and equipment declared surplus to an auction on Sept. 20 hosted by Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers of Moses Lake.

The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Chelan County Public Works Shop at 210 Easy St., just north of Wenatchee.

Vehicles, equipment and miscellaneous items from Chelan PUD will be up for bid. Photos and a list of items up for auction are posted on the Yarbro website.

The items will be available for preview from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19, at the county shop on Easy Street.

Pre-bidding at www.yarbro.com has started and live online bidding will be available the day of the auction.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, September 13 @ 09:01:28 PDT

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Fall Prescribed Burning Planned on the Tonasket Ranger District
USFS Shannon O’Brien, Public Affairs Specialist, USFS - September 13, 2014
Fall Prescribed Burning Planned on the Tonasket Ranger District
Depending on conditions, Fuels Specialists on the Tonasket Ranger District could begin their fall prescribed burning program as early as next week; with underburns planned northwest of Conconully as well as east and southeast of Tonasket, Washington.

“Shorter daylight hours and cool evening temperatures together are a major factor in our decision to get started on fall prescribed burning,” said Shawn Plank Assistant Fire Management Officer for Fuels on the Tonasket Ranger District. “The three primary projects on deck for underburning this fall are Mutton, Frosty and Lost.

Mutton project is about six miles northwest of Conconully, Washington and includes up to 1200 acres of landscape underburning. The Lost project, 23 miles southeast of Tonasket, near Lyman Lake, includes about 300 additional acres of underburning if weather, fuel moistures, and smoke dispersions remain favorable. Frosty project is 850 acres, about 20 miles east of Tonasket, Washington. It includes burning fuels left behind from thinning projects as well as landscape underburning.

“Predicted weather, forest fuel moistures, favorable wind directions and speeds, along with other prescribed burning in the area are all considerations when determining whether to begin a prescribed burn.” said Plank.

Underburns are ground fires; they consume debris left behind from hazardous fuels reduction work. Prescribed fire is used to consume forest debris, competing vegetation, and ladder fuels. This fall’s underburns are designed to reduce fuel accumulations, limit the potential for large fire growth by removing increase ladder fuels, and return more historic fire return intervals onto the landscape. All of these factors work together; helping fire suppression efforts on the private and public land adjacent to the national forest.

Later in the fall, crews will work on pile burning. There are piles in North flank project area, south of Havillah, as well as piles in the Frosty, and Bannon areas east and southeast of Tonasket.

As part of the comprehensive Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration Strategy, Tonasket Ranger District is working to reduce risk of catastrophic fire potential by lowering forest fuel accumulations using commercial and pre-commercial thinning combined with the reintroduction of fire back into the ecosystem. Additional benefits of prescribed burning include habitat restoration, maintenance of species diversity, stimulation of forage for browsing species, and the cyclic return of nutrients to the soil.

“We understand that this summer’s wildfires will have raised the sensitivity to prescribed burning this fall and encourage individuals who have concerns to call us to discuss how prescribed burning fits into our fuels program,” said Plank.

To get involved with prescribed fire planning efforts, please contact Shawn Plank, Tonasket Ranger District. To speak with a prescribed fire specialist or obtain updates during the burn season, please call the District’s prescribed burning information line at 509-486-5150. Ignition updates are also sent out on twitter at www.twitter.com/OkaWenNF.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources regulates smoke management and must approve smoke for all controlled burns on national forests within the state. Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. fire specialists closely coordinate with the state’s air quality managers.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, September 13 @ 08:50:07 PDT

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I-90 Closures Start at 6:30 p.m. Next Week
WSDOT Summer Derrey, WSDOT communications - September 13, 2014
I-90 Closures Start at 6:30 p.m. Next Week
Days get shorter, rock blasting closures get earlier on Snoqualmie Pass

As the days get shorter, closures on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass start getting earlier so crews have enough daylight to conduct rock blasting operations.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 6:30 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 18. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Intermittent rolling slowdowns could cause 20 minute delays Monday through Friday during the day from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). Drivers will also experience nighttime delays due to a single lane closure through the same location.

Drivers may experience minor delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. near Vantage (milepost 137) on Monday, Sept. 15. Crews will be closing a single lane westbound to make repairs to the Vantage Bridge. Crews will also be making repairs to the Denny Creek Bridge (milepost 50) on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 18. Drivers may experience minor delays between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. due to a single lane closure westbound.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, September 13 @ 08:40:02 PDT

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HydroFest Moves to Manson Bay
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - September 12, 2014
John Walcker has been the organizer of HydroFest for the past 20 years with the help of the Evans Brothers and others.
HydroFest Moves to Manson Bay
After 20 years, the Norm Evans Memorial Apple Cup Race moves

By Richard Uhlhorn
After 20 years of roaring engines, fast boats and exciting hydroplane racing, Chelan has lost the Lake Chelan HydroFest (Norm Evans Memorial Apple Cup) to Manson.

The change of venue happened for several reasons. Lack of financial support from the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and Campbell’s renovation of its beach area on the west end of its property where the large crane used to lift the bigger hydros into the water were prime reasons for the move.

The community of Manson is excited to have such a major event come to town. So excited that many of the businesses have stepped up with monetary sponsorships to help defray the costs of putting on the event. “We have 28 sponsors,” said Julie Porter. Most of these local sponsors have put up $250 to help defray costs.

The races, featuring eight classes of racing boats and hydroplanes will take place in Manson Bay on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21. Pedoi Street will be closed off and used as the pit area.

John Walcker, organizer of the 20 year old event, said that they will be using quads to move the smaller boats to the water. Two cranes will be used on the west side of the Parks office to lift the large Grand Prix hydros and the 5-litre Hydros into the water.

This event is likely to be a big economic boost to the Manson area businesses; however, Walcker doesn’t see Chelan being hurt that much by the move. “A lot of people are staying at Wapato Point,” said Walcker.

Sponsors include Leo Miller, Cascade Weed as starting sponsors, Tin Lilly, Sunny FM and another 20 or so. “We’ve had great support from the local business community,” said Walcker. “Manson is the way Chelan used to be… trying to extend their season with an event that is not wine related.”

Lake Chelan Hydro Fest was started in 1994 by the Lake Chelan Recreation Association as one more event to help extend the tourism season. The Recreation Association had already developed the Lake Chelan Slam ‘n Jam in 1994, Winter Fest in 1991, the Lake Chelan Mountain Bike Festival in 1991.

The Recreation Association recognized the need to extend the season and over the years these events including HydroFest have generated millions of additional dollars into the business community of Chelan.

Manson will now be the major beneficiary of the Lake Chelan Hydro Fest. “It will still be good for Chelan this year,” said Walcker, “but it will really be good for Manson.”
Grand Prix hydroplanes will hit upwards of 160 miles per hour in Manson Bay during the upcoming Lake Chelan HydroFest.
Eight different classes of racing boats and hydros will take to the water on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21 in Manson.
Crowds of racing fans like these will line the shores of Manson Bay instead of Don Morse Memorial Park this year.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, September 12 @ 11:42:08 PDT

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Two Events for the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates Greg Kennedy - September 12, 2014
Two Events for the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Sign up for the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

Soroptimist International of Chelan and the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course are planning a fun golf tourney and the proceeds go to the Chelan Chase 5k run for breast cancer!

This fun filled day begins on Sunday, October 19th with tee off at 9:00 a.m. For reservations and more details call Mark at 509-682-8026.

Prizes and a great time! What else can you ask for?

Please check out the website for more information about the race and sponsorship opportunities: www.ChelanChase.com
Chelan Dance Fitness is having a ZUMBATHON! Check out the details on www.ChelanChase.com .

What a great time this will be on September 21st 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Darnell's Resort. $20 or get your friends and family to pledge $30 or more and you can shake your Zumba for FREE!

Sign up today by contacting them at 320-634-6851 or more info at www.ChelanDanceFitness.com.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, September 12 @ 11:04:11 PDT

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Chelan Fire & Rescue Response Quick with On-Site Staff
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - September 12, 2014
Captain Moore reported on the District’s training for the month of August.
Chief Lemon reported on a variety of issues regarding the District.
Chelan Fire & Rescue Response Quick with On-Site Staff
Offsite volunteers take up to 10 or 15 minutes to arrive at an event location

By Richard Uhlhorn
Fire Chief Tim Lemon reported at the Wednesday Fire Commission meeting that response time to various emergencies or events have become quicker with staff and volunteers manning the different fire stations.

Last month (August 16), the on-duty reponse from Station 73 in Union Valley to a brushfire was quick and positive. “We were able to put four bodies on that fire immediately which helped to contain it quickly.” The fight was also helped by two helicopters from the Carlton Complex. “I think they dropped five gallons of water on every foot of that fire.”

Chelan Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 918 Park View Drive on Tuesday, September 2, at 4:55 p.m. “We were on the road in two minutes and on the scene in six minutes,” said Lemon. “I was very pleased with that operation. It was over in 20 minutes.” It took the first 0f-site volunteer 10 to 15 minutes to arrive at the scene. “It pays to have staff and volunteers at the station.”

Lemon stated that the owner’s house sustained damage, but would be able to be rebuilt. “If it had burned for another 10 minutes before we got there, the entire upstairs would have been destroyed.”

Chelan Fire & Rescue also responded to a garage fire in Orondo. “Chief Jim Oatey from Douglas County was first on scene,” said Lemon. By the time Chelan arrived, Oatey had used up the 300 gallons of water in his brush truck. “It was another 15 or so minutes before more support arrived but we were able to keep it contained instead of becoming a big brush fire.”

Another example of quick action too place this past week when it was reported that a car was underwater out by Rocky Point. “We were on scene in six minutes and had a rescue swimmer in the water two minutes after that,” said Lemon. Fortunately the car, which was 10 feet out and 10 feet underwater was empty. “We turned it over to the Sheriff’s Department.”

The District is getting new Local Tac Repeater on Green Knob in Manson that will give Chelan, Manson and the EMS crews an operational channel up-lake. “This will increase our communication capabilities,” said Lemon. The Districts and EMS are partnering with Nextel on a tower they are installing. It was reported that if power was knocked out, the repeater’s battery would operate for 27 hours.

Education was also discussed at the meeting. “We’ve been invited to participate in the Chelan AFTERS program with 4th and 5th graders,” explained Lemon. They will also be working with the middle school kids on the Explorer program.

The new water tender that was due at the first of October has been delayed by several weeks due to an employee change at the fabrication shop.”We expect to take delivery sometime around mid-October,” said Lemon.

Captain Moore reported that training slowed down during August when volunteers and staff went on vacation and emergency events took precedence. They were still able to log 351 hours and are way ahead of last year. “All in all we are looking good on our hours,” said Moore.

In October, the District will have training in Traffic Management. In November, a Leadership II program will take place and in December, a Leadership III training program will take place.

This coming Tuesday, September 16, the next water tender chassis will be inspected and driven before making a decision to purchasel

The commissioners agreed to sign a Business Association Agreement with the hospital and Lake Chelan Clinic. “These are just upgraded agreements from what we have had in the past,” said Chief Lemon.

Fire District meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall. The public is invited to attend.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, September 12 @ 10:07:11 PDT

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Girls Night Out at the Vogue Sep 16
Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates Celeste Thomas - September 12, 2014
Bra Chandelier at Pybus Market from 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Drive
Girl's Night Out at the Vogue Sep 16
Local organizations team up to decorate bras for giant chandelier and raise awareness of breast cancer
Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH) will partner with The Wellness Place in Wenatchee, Soroptimists of Chelan and Chelan Chase for a special Girls Night Out at The Vogue September 16 at 6 PM to raise awareness of breast cancer. Girls Night Out participants will have the opportunity to decorate bras that will be part of a giant chandelier hanging in Wenatchee’s Pybus Market during the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The market’s 2nd annual bra chandelier hanging ceremony will be Oct. 4 from 4-6 PM at Wenatchee’s Pybus Market.

The hospital’s wellness team asks that ladies bring used bras to the Girls Night Out event next week. Decorating materials will be provided. Sue Young, LCCH radiology manager, will give a short presentation about mammogram services at the hospital, and participants will be able to register for the October 18 Chelan Chase 5K Walk and Run. The Chelan Chase donates a percentage of its proceeds to the LCCH mammography department to provide screening mammograms and its reading services at no personal cost to all individuals who are uninsured or under-insured.

“We are pleased to partner with other organizations to offer this exciting wellness event,” said Agustin Benegas, LCCH Wellness Coordinator. “Thank you to the Vogue for agreeing to host this Girls Night Out.” Refreshments will be served, and wine will be available for purchase. Please RSVP to or call Agustin at 682-8525 for more information.
Girls Night Out is a free monthly wellness event especially for women. October’s activity will be a showing of the film Happy at The Ruby Theater on October. 7. That movie, focusing on positive mental health and sponsored by the LCCH Foundation, will be open to all community members. It promises to lift your spirits, so ladies, bring your families with you!

The mission of The Wellness Place is to provide support for cancer patients and survivors in North Central Washington. As an outreach program of Confluence Health, Wellness Place offers resources for cancer patients and their families from initial diagnosis through every stage of treatment. Wellness Place also supports those suffering from other chronic illnesses through support services and the S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) fall prevention exercise program.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, September 12 @ 09:41:11 PDT

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TEE Time for September 11, 2014
Strictly Fun Alice Soma - September 12, 2014


TEE Time
with Alice Soma
TEE Time for September 11, 2014
The 44th Women’s Invitational Golf Tournament hosted 105 lady golfers on a sunny but chilly Thursday. The hard work of Chair Monica Hopkins paid off as the players competed in a fun day of golf; ate a wonderful lunch (thank you Nicole); won creative drawing prizes; and produced some outstanding results for Chelan. Of the possible places to win, Chelan ladies grabbed 46%. Considering that over fifteen clubs were represented, Chelan excelled.

Div. 1 winners were April Talley (1st low gross); Candace Farnsworth (3rd low gross); Corky Sessous (1st low net); and Gail Peterson (3rd low net). April Tachell won 1st low gross and Maggie Stalcup 2nd in Div. 2. Div. 3 winners were Mary Jo DuRuz (1st low gross); Toni Berry (3rd low gross); Susie Clausen (1st low net); and Joan Pierce (2nd low net). Div. 4 winners were Rhonda Vaglio (2nd low gross); Pat Lorentson (3rd low gross); Karen Erickson (1st low net); and Susie Martin (3rd low net).

The team competition was Best Ball Foursome. Div. 1 team with Corky Sessous and April Tachell won Div. 1; Roxanne Emerson and team won Div. 2; Gail Bender and Toni Berry and team won Div. 3; and Karen Erickson and team won Div. 4. Chelan also captured some individual events awards: Karen Holst (accuracy drive); April Tachell and Toni Berry (long drives); Susan Martin, Susie Martin, and Patty Myers (closest to the pin). The Honey Pot is also a KP (closest to the pin) but it involves winning the pot. Linda Parker won 1st and April Tally took 3rd.

The Ladies Division Invitational is truly a complicated event. We want to thank the twenty men who helped load and ferry the women; the organized breakfast crew who fed us so well; the area businesses and merchants who sponsored a hole or donated goods/services; the Chelan Golf Course pros and staff who ran such a smooth tournament; the grounds crew for such a manicured course; and the members who worked behind the scenes to make the Women’s Invitational such a success.

Play of the day September 18 will be Medal Play (low net and gross of the field and low net by division). Check-in is 8:30 AM for the 9:00 tee time.

Fore now,

Alice Soma


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, September 12 @ 09:01:06 PDT

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Washington State Dedicates Its First U.S. Bike Route
WSDOT Paula Reeves, WSDOT - September 12, 2014
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Washington State Dedicates Its First U.S. Bike Route
WSDOT and Washington Bikes to host celebration in Anacortes, Sept. 14
Washingtonians are invited to join officials in Anacortes this Sunday, Sept. 14, to celebrate and dedicate Washington’s first segment of a new national bike route system.

Washington’s U.S. Bike Route 10 spans 416 miles across northern Washington on State Route 20 through Skagit, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties. It is the first bicycle route to receive designation in the northwest and the contiguous west coast states. With the assistance of the national organization, the Adventure Cycling Association, the USBR 10 interstate route will eventually connect all the northern tier states, linking Washington state to Maine.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington Bikes are celebrating the dedication as part of an event beginning 10 a.m. at 8th and Commercial in downtown Anacortes. The event includes a number of activities such as a bike ride, vintage bike show, formal ribbon cutting, biking demonstrations, bike repair station, live music, information displays and a bike parts swap meet. The ribbon cutting will be held at 1 p.m. with remarks from local, state and elected officials.

“As someone who enjoys bicycle touring throughout the state, I’m especially pleased to see Washington’s communities support a system that encourages clean, healthy and sustainable transportation while building on its bicycle tourism industry,” said Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

Bicycle tourism generates an estimated $160 million for bicycle retail stores in Washington, according to the League of American Bicyclists. The Outdoor Industry Association says Washingtonians spend as much as $650 million annually on bike travel.

“Designating the route helps drivers and bicyclists alike by increasing awareness of bikes on the road along a popular corridor,” said Barb Chamberlain, executive director of Washington Bikes. “Those bicyclists represent business coming to small towns that welcome those wallets on wheels.”

Formal designation of USBR 10 was made possible through partnerships and collaboration with Washington Bikes and cities and towns, national park and tribal communities along the route: Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, Mazama, Winthrop, Twisp, Okanogan, Omak, Riverside, Tonasket, Republic, Kettle Falls, Colville and Newport.

Dedication events will be held Sept. 20 in Colville and Sept. 22 in Newport.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, September 12 @ 08:55:23 PDT

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''Submit a Tip'' Online at Chelan County Sheriff Website
Chelan County Sheriff UnderSheriff John Wisemore - September 12, 2014
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"Submit a Tip" Online at Chelan County Sheriff Website
Sheriff Brian Burnett is excited to announce a new featured addition to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Website. We now offer an anonymous way to submit crime tips. Every citizen can access this feature by simply clicking on the following link: http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/so/crimetip-form.asp. Here you will find an electronic form for submitting information regarding suspicious, nuisance and criminal activity directly to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. You may include your contact information if you are requesting or requiring further information.

The “Submit a tip” is not meant to take the place of reporting crimes in progress or situations that require emergency services. If you need to report an emergency situation, please remember to dial 9-1-1 from your phone immediately.

All tips are received by a Sheriff’s Office employee and distributed to the proper Unit/Division based on the type of crime being reported.

Also as a reminder, the Sheriff’s Office has a newly created Facebook page, only a few weeks old, which can be accessed from the main webpage.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, September 12 @ 08:29:29 PDT

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