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TODAY'S NEWS

School Bus Collision Near Orondo Leaves One Dead and 45 Injured
Tragedy at 8:11 a.m. Thursday morning


Wayne Kelly Memorial St. Patricks Day Top Dog Parade March 14
Get your green on and dude up yer dog too!


Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Asks For Help Identifying a Burglary Suspect
Any help from citizens is appreciated


Application for "Winery District" Development east of "The Lookout"
Plan includes 137 residential lots


Chelan Fire and Rescue Fire Commissioner Regular Meeting 3-12-15
St Paddy’s Day Parade on the agenda


Spring Forward! Daylight Savings Time Begins March 8th
An excellent time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors


Chelan wrestlers bring home three medals from state
“It was a good weekend,” said Chelan Wrestling Coach Martin Mitchell. “It was fun.”


WSDOT seeks comments on PCC rail system strategic plan
Draft plan details eastern Washington rail line’s infrastructure needs, contributions to state economy


Laser scanner helps WSP open roads quickly after major collisions
The Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives


Goats lose squeaker to end basketball season
A great season that culminated in the District Championship


Customers Invited to Review Proposed Strategic Plan
Top priority: investing in District’s valuable dams and keeping electric rates steady


Coach Hendricks hangs up high school coaching hat
It was the second longest running coaching job in Chelan High School history


Chelan 6th Grade Girls AAU Team Win at Deer Park Invitational
A great tournament for a group of hardworking kids


Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge Workshop March 5
Hospital physical therapists Jeff England and Linda Hollier will present tips on how to begin an exercise program safely


Shots Fired into Unoccupied Camper in Bridgeport
A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of shooter(s)


Third Grader’s at MOE Mastering Skills and Learning with Chromebooks
Students are learning about the cloud and cloud-based tools


Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico at the Tacoma Art Museum April 14
Private Tour Sponsored by Lake Chelan Artist Alliance


City beginning process for new tenant in Chamber building
New LED street lights under test at Emerson and Woodin Ave


Judge Allan has ordered the removal of the three fingers
This has been an ongoing issue for the past five years


Daniel Noonan at Chelan Library March 5
An informative educational session about the worldwide impacts of Hanford


Lookout Developer Arrested on Suspicion of Tree Salting
"The Lookout" has released a statement about the incident


Town Toyota Center moving into the black
Wenatchee Wild has signed a 10-year contract with the facility


Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge Weigh-in today Feb 27
At the hospital from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Wenatchee’S First-Ever Mule Deer Summit
It is mostly hikers, bikers and their pets that disturb pregnant does


Manson Apple Blossom Royalty to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at Manson Community Library
March 4th at 3:45 p.m.


Department of Ecology is working with Wine Industry to come up with a reasonable wastewater permit policy
Currently only the 13 largest wineries in the State have DOE permits


City of Chelan SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE Feb 28
Chelan City Council will meet in special session beginning at 8:30 a.m.


A Look at Winter Paragliding at Goat Peak
Stehekin's Bob Nielsen takes us on a flight


Hollingsworth selected to play in the WIBCA All-State Basketball showcase at Bellevue College in May
Hollingsworth has already accepted a scholarship to Cal Poly


PUD Update on Large Transformer Move
Move scheduled Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


This Weekend at the Vogue Feb 27-28
Music alway runs from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fri-Sat


Miss East Cascades Scholarship Pageant March 14
Accepting Applications for the Little Princesses


Will You Use That In A Sentence?
Manson 8th Grader and 4th Grader Win District Spelling Bee


Brays Landing Road Accident - Driver Identified
Vehicle was discovered in orchard - driver had left the scene


Manson Schools Seeking Nominees for 2014 Blue and White Awards
Awards are for those who have made a significant contribution to the lives of students and/or the greater Manson community


Port of Chelan County Meeting Agenda Feb 25
Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center Agreement on the agenda


Ken Barnes honored as ‘Middle School Coach of the Year’
Richard Uhlhorn has the full story!


Central Washington Home Care Services to provide local home health and hospice services in Chelan
Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Confluence Health enter into agreement


Congratulations to the Winner of Our $50 Gift Certificate to Maki Sushi!
Krystina Nelson and her son love tempura!


Mardi Gras Party at Lake Chelan Winery Saturday, February 28th
Live music by the Chargers!


Single-lane closures planned Wednesday on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass
Repairs to the roadway will cause delays


CMS Wrestling Coach is Washington State Middle School Coach of the Year
Congratulations to coach Ken Barnes!











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School Bus Collision Near Orondo Leaves One Dead and 45 Injured
News with Christine Eagar Christine Eagar - March 5, 2015
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School Bus Collision Near Orondo Leaves One Dead and 45 Injured
An Orondo school district bus collided with a box truck and a minivan this morning at 8:11 a.m. on Hwy 97 at milepost 219 just North of Orondo. The school bus was full of children, and 43 were taken to Confluence Health’s Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with non life-threatening injuries.

Two people in the box truck had to be cut out of the vehicle and were also taken to the hospital. The driver of the minivan died at the scene from injuries, according to Washington State Patrol.

Washington State Patrol is still investigating the crash and are not releasing the names of victims at this time.

From the Douglas County Sheriff:

On 03/05/15 at 8:11 AM a collision was reported on Hwy. 97 at MP 219 which is near the town of Orondo in Douglas County, WA. Early reports are that a Box truck, minivan, and school bus were involved in a head on collision. There was one fatality who was an adult riding in the minivan. The children from the bus were transported to Confluence Hospital in Wenatchee. Their condition is not known.

The most serious injuries were transported by ambulance. Less serious by school bus. The one fatality was transported to the morgue via a Sheriff’s Office pickup because there were no more ambulances available. The Washington State Patrol is the lead agency in the investigation. Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies are assisting.

The Sheriff’s Office offers sincere prayers for the families of those affected and gratitude to the Washington State Patrol for the expert investigation.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

From Chief Jim Oatly, Douglas County Fire District:

At 08:12 this morning Orondo Fire, Ballard Ambulance, Douglas County Sheriff and Washington State Patrol were called out to School bus – truck accident four miles north of Orondo on Highway 97. On arrival firefighters found a three vehicle accident with heavy damage. It appears a large delivery truck collided head on with a passenger car, then careened into a school bus striking it head on.

Ballard ambulance and Chelan EMS then responded additional ambulances and personnel to the scene due to the number of injuries making this a mass casualty incident.

Orondo firefighters conducted two simulations extrications of the driver from the passenger car and the passenger from the redelivery truck. This process was hindered by the severe damage to the truck and diesel spilled on the roadway and under the delivery truck.

Heavily injured patients were transported by seven Ambulances to Confluence Health in Wenatchee. Children were staged at the offices of Auvil Fruit Company until two additional school buses arrived. The remaining patients were divided by the extent of their injures and transported by these school buses with EMS personnel on board.

There were a total of 56 patients transported to the hospital. The driver of the passenger car succumbed to their injuries at scene. The Orondo Fire Chaplin responded to the scene to assist families in dealing with the accident.

Jim Oatey

Chief

Douglas County Fire District 4, Orondo

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, March 05 @ 12:29:30 PST

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Chelan Lions and Kelly’s Ace Hardware sponsors the Wayne Kelly Memorial St. Patr
Strictly Fun Juli Straub, Lake Chelan Lions Club - March 5, 2015
Chelan Lions and Kelly’s Ace Hardware sponsors the Wayne Kelly Memorial St. Patricks Day Top Dog Parade
The Lake Chelan Lions Club invites all to join in the fun for this event. Be a spectator, a participant, and bring your Top Dog down for the contest. Dress up yourself and your pet, bring a vehicle, bicycle or a pogo stick, or just walk. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

Dog judging starts at 11 a.m. behind Well Fargo. Please keep your dog on a leash and in control at all times. Line up for the parade at 11:45 and the parade will start promptly at noon at the siren. The two blocks of Woodin Avenue, from the stoplight to Coldwell Banker, will be closed from 11:30-12:30 for the parade activities.

Kelly’s Hardware, Historic Downtown Chelan Association, Shot of Gratitude, The Vogue, Riverwalk Books and the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce have sponsored a talented bagpiper for the parade. You won’t want to miss the kilt-wearing locals and the Irish jigs on mainstreet in Chelan. The bagpiper will also visit SOG, The Vogue and Riverwalk Books for a mini concert after the parade so stay downtown and enjoy the day.

The Wayne Kelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Top Dog Parade is an annual event in honor of Pat Kelly’s dad who was co-owner of Kelly’s Hardware with his brother, Gene Kelly. Help us celebrate by bringing your dog, your family, or your homemade float to the parade.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, March 05 @ 12:08:19 PST

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Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Asks For Help Identifying a Burglary Suspect
Chelan County Sheriff CCSO Press Release - March 5, 2015
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Asks For Help Identifying a Burglary Suspect
Detectives are looking for help in identifying a burglary suspect from a burglary that took place around 5AM Wednesday, March 4th. If you have any information regarding the suspect, please contact Detective Files at 509-667-6844.

Detectives are unable to disclose the location of this burglary at this time, but any help from citizens is appreciated.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, March 05 @ 11:41:50 PST

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Application for ''Winery District'' Development east of ''The Lookout''
City of Chelan Greg Kennedy - March 5, 2015
Application for "Winery District" Development east of "The Lookout"
The City of Chelan has posted a "Notice Of Application Planned Development District And Major Subdivision" for a development east of "The Lookout" called the "Winery District".


NOTICE OF APPLICATION PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT and MAJOR SUBDIVISION (PDD2015-01 / SUB2015-01 / SEPA2015-01)

On February 2, 2015 the City of Chelan received applications for a Major Subdivision and Planned Development District for a project commonly named the “Winery District”. The application was deemed complete on March 2, 2015. The application and all supporting documents may be reviewed at City Hall, Department of Planning & Community Development, 135 E. Johnson Avenue, Chelan WA during regular business hours.

Project Description: The overall project is comprised of a 27.5 acre Planned Development District to establish specific design standards for roadways, open-spaces / on-site recreation, pedestrian paths and trails, building placement / design standards (i.e. setbacks, lot coverage, building height), and parking locations. A multi-phased major subdivision application is proposed to be processed concurrently with the Planned Development District application for creation of 137 residential lots. General and specific requirements of the Planned Development and phasing of the Major Subdivision are proposed to be established through a Development Agreement consistent with CMC Chapter 19.38.

Project Location: The project is commonly located east of the development known as “The Lookout” and legally described as Parcel A of City of Chelan Boundary Line Adjustment 2014-02CH (AFN 24001032) together with Lot 3 of Chelan County Short Plat 1592 (AFN 8806030024). Chelan County Assessor Parcel Numbers 272211420250 and 272211130300.

Project Applicant: Chelan Lookout LLC, 915 E Pine St. Ste 100, Seattle, WA 98122.

Environmental Review: The City of Chelan, as SEPA lead agency, has reviewed the proposed project for probable adverse environmental impacts and expects to issue a determination of non significance (DNS) with conditions. A copy of the threshold determination may be obtained upon request.

Comment Period: Agencies, tribes, and the public are encouraged to review and comment on the proposed project and its probable environmental impacts. Written comments must be submitted by Thursday, March 19, 2015 to: City of Chelan Department of Planning & Community Development – Attn: John Ajax P.O. Box 1669 Chelan, WA 98816

Public Hearing Date: To Be Determined. Any person has the right to comment on this application, receive notice of and provide written or oral testimony at any hearings, request a copy of the decision once made, and appeal rights.

Other required permits not included in the application to the extent known by the City of Chelan: Fill and Grade Permit, Construction Stormwater General Permit, Building Permits, and other State and Federal permits, if applicable.

Applicable Policies, and Requirements: The following development regulations will be used for project mitigation and consistency: City of Chelan Comprehensive Plan, City of Chelan Municipal Code, City of Chelan Development Standards, International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC), Applicable State and Federal regulations

Required Studies: Traffic Impact Assessment, Geologic Hazard Assessment, Market Analysis, Preliminary storm water analysis.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, March 05 @ 08:38:34 PST

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Chelan Fire and Rescue Fire Commissioner Regular Meeting 3-12-15
Chelan Fire and Rescue Carol Kibler - March 5, 2015
Chelan Fire and Rescue Fire Commissioner Regular Meeting 3-12-15
AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Regular Meeting Call to order
* Flag Salute
Approve Agenda
Public Comment
Consent Agenda
* Revenue Report and Expenditure Report: February 2014
* Payroll: February 2015 $94,872.43
* Vouchers for General Account:
  Voucher #215001 through #215008 for $2,347.94;
  Voucher #215017 through #215037 for $15,442.25;
  Voucher #215038 through #215051 for $5,992.59;
  Voucher #215052 through #215059 for $1,217.77.
* Vouchers for Capital Account:
  Voucher #2012015 through #2012017 for $3,877.09;
  Vouchers #2012018 through #2012019 for $51,515.48;
  Vouchers #2012020 through #2012022 for $15,119.03.
* Minutes: February 11, 2015
Fire Chief Report
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention Activities
* Public Education
* Training (Capt. Moore)
Firefighters Association Report
Unfinished Business
* 2015 Budget Amendment.
* 2015 Goal/Objectives by Quarterly Priority.
New Business:
* LCCH Interlocal Agreement for Mechanic Services
* Old Tender 74 Surplus Sale
* Resolution 2015- 01, Surplus 1987 Seagraves Engine
* Budget Process Revision Recommendation
* Volunteer Survey
Special Event:
* 03/14/2015 St Paddy’s Day Parade,
Executive Session:
* RCW 42.30.110(1)(b) to consider the selection of a site
  or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase
Adjournment:


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, March 05 @ 08:15:55 PST

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Spring Forward! Daylight Savings Time Begins March 8th
Strictly Fun Christine Eagar - March 4, 2015
Spring Forward! Daylight Savings Time Begins March 8th
Don't forget to Spring Forward!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Remember to move your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 a.m.

This is an excellent time of year to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, March 04 @ 13:12:53 PST

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Chelan wrestlers bring home three medals from state
Sports With Rich Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - March 4, 2015
This group of Chelan varsity wrestlers gained a lot of experience at the Mat Classic held in the Tacoma Dome. Coach Martin Mitchell was very happy with their performance in this state’s largest venue for wrestling. CLICK FOR THE FULL STORY
Chelan wrestlers bring home three medals from state

By Richard Uhlhorn
“It was a good weekend,” said Chelan Wrestling Coach Martin Mitchell. “It was fun.”

The weekend he’s referring to is the Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome. This year five Chelan wrestlers qualified for the big show. The wrestlers included: Ivan Reyes (126 lbs.); Jairo De La Cruz (145 lbs.); Julian Buyas (145 lbs.); Ty Schwartz (152 lbs.); and Carlos Montes (285 lbs.)

CLICK HERE for the rest of the story!


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, March 04 @ 10:24:33 PST

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WSDOT seeks comments on PCC rail system strategic plan
WSDOT Chris Herman, WSDOT freight rail policy and program manager, WSDOT - March 4, 2015
Click Here for the PCC Rail System Strategic Plan survey
WSDOT seeks comments on PCC rail system strategic plan
Draft plan details eastern Washington rail line’s infrastructure needs, contributions to state economy

As part of ongoing efforts to support Washington state farmers, state officials seek public input on a plan for prioritized improvements to the Palouse and Coulee City (PCC) Rail system in eastern Washington. Once finalized, the plan will be used to help develop future funding, policy and planning goals.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the PCC Rail Authority developed the draft of the PCC Rail System Strategic Plan, which highlights the benefits of the rail system and lists recommended maintenance and repair projects and polices to boost farm-to-market rail transportation. Rail authority members include representatives from four counties in eastern Washington.

WSDOT held public meetings in Spokane, Ephrata and Clarkston last fall to gather input and identify needs. The agency will accept written comments on the draft plan until Thursday, April 2. Comment forms are available online and may be submitted through the link or emailed to . Completed forms may also be mailed to WSDOT Freight Systems Division, PO Box 47342, Olympia, WA 98504-7342.

The public also can comment at two meetings, both held March 18 at the Lincoln County Courthouse (lower level), 406 Sinclair Street, Davenport WA:
  • PCC Rail System Strategic Plan Open House, 10 a.m. to noon
  • PCC Rail Authority Meeting, 1 to 3 p.m.
The plan indicates that private and public investments in the rail system have not kept pace with preservation and maintenance needs. Trains now must run at slower speeds in some areas due to rail conditions. The strategic plan includes a list of capital-project priorities, including several that use lowest-cost options to maximize investments.

The 297-mile PCC rail line consists of three branch lines that carry freight through Spokane, Lincoln, Grant and Whitman counties. Shippers distribute commodities across the rail system to and from hubs of cross-country railroads. The PCC rail system carried 20 percent of state-grown wheat in 2013, saving 37,000 truckload trips on Washington state roadways.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, March 04 @ 10:17:36 PST

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Laser scanner helps WSP open roads quickly after major collisions
Washington State Patrol Robert Calkins, WSP - March 4, 2015
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Laser scanner helps WSP open roads quickly after major collisions
The newest edition of the Washington State Patrol’s Good to Know video series features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an incident, ensuring driver and officer safety

The Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. It scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes, such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

To learn more about how the Trimble is making lives easier for drivers and troopers, check out this edition of our Good to Know Series by clicking on the video.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, March 04 @ 10:03:00 PST

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Goats lose squeaker to end basketball season
Sports With Rich Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - March 4, 2015
Hank gets a block in the first quarter.
Luke Gleasman goes up strong.
Kyle James in traffic for a tough left handed layup.
Congratulations to the Chelan Cheer Squad for a great year.
Goats lose squeaker to end basketball season

By Richard Uhlhorn
“I’m proud of our guys and their never say die attitude we have displayed all year,” said Coach Joe Harris after Chelan’s 41-39 loss to Naches Valley.

“We had a tough night shooting all around, but we showed some real grit fighting back from 15 points down,” added Harris.

As has happened before, some missed free throws cost the Goats the win towards the end, but as a team the Goats ended up shooting only .318 for the game on field goals and .300 on 3-point attempts.

Naches Valley held Hank Hollingsworth to only 3-points before he fouled out of the game. Randy Dietrich, who covered the game for GLC said, “Hank missed a lot of easy shots tonight. He was also in foul trouble early and sat out most of the third quarter.”

Senior Kyle James once again had an impressive game with a team high 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ivan Rodriguez also had a double digit game adding 11. Rodriguez finished his season off with 6-rebounds, 4-assists, 2-blocks and 3-steals. Mason McClellan also finished the season strong with 7-points on the evening. Three point sharp shooter, Sophomore Zach Phelps was off his shooting game making only 1 of 5 three point attempts.

With the season over, GLC would like to congratulate the Chelan Goats and Coach Harris for a great season that culminated in the District Championship and a shot at going to the State Tournament.
OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE    Date: Feb 27 2015

VISITOR
Naches Valley               Total FG --3PT--          --Rebound--
No. Player Name             FG  FGA  FG  FGA  FT  FTA OFF DEF TOT  F  TP  A  TO  BLK STL
 5  Garett Upton..........g  4  12    2   6    0   0    0   8   8  3  10  2   1   1   1
20  Jarek Barbee...........  2   4    0   2    0   0    0   2   2  2   4  1   0   0   0
22  James Stillwaugh......f  3   6    2   5    0   1    0   3   3  3   8  1   3   0   0
12  Kam Williams..........f  3   7    2   5    0   0    1   2   3  1   8  1   1   0   0
 3  Jace Simmons...........  0   0    0   0    0   0    0   0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0
11  Jacob Forbes..........g  1   5    0   0    3   6    1   4   5  4   5  3   2   1   0
32  Jeb Callaghan.........c  3   7    0   0    0   0    1   1   2  2   6  3   2   0   1
    Naches Valley.......... 16  41    6  18    3   7    3  20  23 15  41 11   9   2   2

TOTAL  FG%: 1st half 9-19(.474)   2nd half 7-22(.318)   Game 16-41(.390)
 3-Pt  FG%: 1st half 3-8(.375)    2nd half 3-10(.300)   Game 6-18(.333)
       FT%:                                             Game 3-7(.429)

HOME
Chelan Boys                 Total FG --3PT--          --Rebound--
No. Player Name             FG  FGA  FG  FGA  FT  FTA OFF DEF TOT  F  TP  A  TO  BLK STL
10  Ivan Rodriguez........g  3   9    0   0    5   8    1   5   6  3  11  4   5   2   3
22  Mason McClellan........  2   4    2   4    1   4    2   0   2  0   7  0   1   0   2
30  Hank Hollingsworth....f  1   5    0   0    1   4    2   5   7  5   3  0   2   2   0
14  Kyle James............f  6  14    0   1    1   3    2   6   8  4  13  1   1   0   0
12  Zach Phelps...........g  1   5    1   5    0   0    0   1   1  0   3  0   0   0   1
42  Bryce Robison..........  0   0    0   0    0   0    0   0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0
24  Eli Jenkins............  0   0    0   0    0   0    0   0   0  1   0  0   0   0   0
32  Luke Gleasman.........c  1   5    0   0    0   0    1   2   3  2   2  0   0   0   0
13  Donny Watson...........  0   2    0   0    0   0    0   0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0
    Chelan Boys............ 14  44    3  10    8  19    8  19  27 15  39  5   9   4   6

TOTAL  FG%: 1st half 5-17(.294)   2nd half 9-27(.333)   Game 14-44(.318)
 3-Pt  FG%: 1st half 1-4(.250)    2nd half 2-6(.333)    Game 3-10(.300)
       FT%:                                             Game 8-19(.421)

Score by Period     1   2   3   4    Final 
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Naches Valley       10  13  11  7     41 
Chelan Boys         6   9   12  12    39 
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Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, March 04 @ 09:38:32 PST

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Customers Invited to Review Proposed Strategic Plan
Chelan County PUD Kimberlee Craig, CCPUD - March 3, 2015
Customers Invited to Review Proposed Strategic Plan
Top priority: investing in District’s valuable dams and keeping electric rates steady

Chelan County PUD commissioners Monday invited customer-owners to review the draft strategic plan and send their comments in by March 23 on the utility’s proposal for helping improve the quality of life in Chelan County for 2015-2019 and beyond. The board will take comment at the March 16 meeting.

After hearing from the District’s Strategy Partners and customers-owners, and responding to the input, board members aim to approve the PUD’s next strategic plan in early April.

The draft strategic plan focuses on investing for the long term in PUD assets, paying down debt and keeping rates low and stable.

The plan targets paying down debt by more than $350 million through 2019 as well as meeting other financial targets.

As those goals are accomplished, and if net revenue continues to be positive, the plan outlines a potential new “public power benefit.” Funds for the benefit would be calculated each year. Board members endorsed the cautious approach of “crawl before we walk and walk before we run” for initiating spending under a public power benefit program.

The commissioners agreed the best way to provide public power benefits to all customer-owners is through low rates and high reliability.

Beyond that, possible public power benefit spending would be based on customer responses received from the Owners Guide survey. Six Topic Teams made 20 recommendations that were then ranked by customer-owners. The rankings indicated preferences for:
  • Parks and recreation spending including possible waiver of day use fees for Chelan County residents at PUD-built state parks; and development of a splash-pad feature in a District park;
  • Expanding the fiber system to reach 85 percent to 90 percent of PUD electric customers;
  • Infusing capital into water and wastewater systems to make them more financially sustainable;
  • Support for electric vehicle charging stations;
  • Support for economic development including an analysis tool to evaluate the impact of new electric loads due to new or expanding business.
The proposed strategic plan also lays out stewardship objectives for serving customer-owners and managing the core businesses. They are: Commit to the highest level of customer-owner satisfaction; invest to create long-term value for customer-owners; protect and enhance natural resources impacted by operations; ensure financial stability; make continuous improvement in efficient, effective, compliant and risk-assessed operations; enhance PUD staff skills; and focus on our values in relationships with customers, stakeholders and each other.

Customers can find details in the proposed strategic plan at ourpublicpower.org starting on Wednesday. Comments can be submitted on the website, at , by mail or dropped off at PUD offices.

In other business Monday, commissioners:
  • Heard from Scott Buehn, senior resource coordinator, that snowpack in the mountains above Lake Chelan is at 63 percent of average and Canadian snowpack in the mountains that feed the Columbia River is 90 percent of average. The March 1 forecast for Lake Chelan runoff is 70 percent of average. The regional forecast for Columbia River flows is 85 percent of average. Buehn said this is an unusual year, with heavy November precipitation in rain rather than in snow, leading to the lake being 5 to 6 feet higher now than average. With that, he expects operations to meet all lake level targets.
  • Were briefed on how the District has handled applications for electric service for large commercial and industrial use. Andrew Wendell, Customer Service director, also outlined the timeline for developing new policies and procedures leading up to a July 6 hearing. That’s when commissioners will once again review the moratorium on accepting applications for new electric service of 1 average megawatt or more.
  • Were invited to the first ever Mule Deer Summit at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Pybus Market in Wenatchee. Chelan PUD, Chelan Douglas Land Trust and Washington Fish and Wildlife Department want people to know more about mule deer habitat, how people can avoid disturbing the deer and why it’s important to protect the deer.
  • Received an update on the move of Chelan PUD’s newest and biggest transformer to the Rocky Reach Switchyard. The 312,000-pound unit arrived at Rock Island Dam by rail last week. A 200-foot trailer, pushed and pulled by a truck on each end, moved the transformer up the highway this past Friday. Contractors will install it to replace two smaller, aging units. After connections and inspections by PUD crews, plans are to energize the transformer in May.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Tuesday, March 03 @ 08:28:54 PST

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Coach Hendricks hangs up high school coaching hat
Sports With Rich Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - March 3, 2015
Coach Hendricks celebrating an important point.
Coach Hendricks in the timeout huddle driving home a point.
Coach Hendricks and her 2010 State Championship Team. (Photo by Tracy Williams)
Coach Hendricks hangs up high school coaching hat

By Richard Uhlhorn
It was the second longest running coaching job in Chelan High School history. After 22 long years on the bench coaching the Lady Goats varsity volleyball team, first as an assistant under Sue Cullen and then as the head coach, the highly successful and respected Donene Hendricks has hung up her high school coaching hat.

“It’s funny,” said Hendricks. “I’ve been year to year for quite a while now.” She has three boys in three different grades from middle school to high school and with boys sport schedules so different than girls schedules, Hendricks made her decision last week to quit coaching and support the boys athletic efforts with her husband Brian. “We have a couple of years left with the boys.”

Coach Hendricks.
Hendricks has been a major coaching force in the world of high school volleyball. In the last 22 years, Hendricks has had 12 state volleyball appearances leading the Lady Goats to five state championship games and winning the State Title for Chelan in 2010. She has nine league championships, seven district championships and three regional championships on her resume.

In addition to a successful coaching career, Hendricks has had 11 of her volleyball players go on to play college ball … most recently WSU Senior Jaicee Harris who became the fourth Cougar to ever reach 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills as an outside hitter. Recently, Hendricks had the honor of presenting one of her past players with a plaque at the first annual “Hall of Fame” induction in February. Coco Poirier, whose Mother Connie assisted Hendricks for 16 years, was inducted with four other notable Chelan athletes and teams.

Connie Poirier said, “Donene was awesome to all girls, whether or not they were the best players on the team.” Poirier said the Hendricks was a stabilizing source for Coco. “Coco had seven different basketball coaches and only one volleyball coach.”

Hendricks who started coaching as an assistant coach to Sue Cullen in 1992 said that one of her most exciting years was 2001. “That was a big year. I was very nervous about taking a team to the State championships in Yakima.”

She got over that in 2002 when she coached the first team to play in the State Championship. “We got into the big dance that year.” Four more times she took the Lady Goats to the big dance culminating in a State Championship in 2010. “That was a big dream for me and the players. The reality is … a State Championship is really hard to come by.”

Over the years, Hendricks forged a number of relationships with other coaches, teams and organizers. “She was very well known and very well liked,” said Poirier. “Teams like Kings and Colville all respected her and her program.”

The hardest thing about retiring from the high school job is the relationships she was able to build each year. She also said there is an atmosphere in the high school setting that she will miss.

Hendricks may no longer be the high school coach, but she is going to continue coaching. “To not be able to coach would be like removing my arm,” she said. “I am just changing my venue.”

Hendricks is joining the Club volleyball movement with Desiree Phelps, the director of the Kahiau Volleyball Club that is coaching a 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under teams. “We might add an 18 and under later,” said Hendricks. “I will still get to coach Chelan kids and help building into the Chelan High School program.”

Coaching Club ball will also give Hendricks the opportunity to spend more time with her family. “It’s not an everyday practice deal,” said Hendricks. “It runs from December to April and will give me the time I need to watch my boys in sports.”

Chelan High School will miss her dedication and skill on the volleyball court. Rob Rainville, Athletic Director, said, “We will miss her. I just hope we can find another coach to fill her shoes.”


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Tuesday, March 03 @ 08:21:12 PST

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Chelan 6th grade girls AAU team
GLC Sports Rob Huddleston - March 2, 2015
Top row - Mia Bordner,Elle Rothlisberger, Hayley Watson, Katie Rainville, Xitlali Cruz
Bottom row - Matea Ivory, Hailee Huddleston, Bella Gatzemeier
Chelan 6th Grade Girls AAU Team Win at Deer Park Invitational
The Chelan 6th grade girls AAU team traveled to Deer Park, WA this past weekend and played in the Deer Park Invitational. The girls opened the tournament with a 2 point loss to a strong Kettle Falls team. They then beat host Deer Park to finish play on Saturday. Sunday morning.

They were victorious over Newport, which placed them into the championship game against Kettle Falls. After opening the game with a large deficit, the girls picked up the defense and cut the lead to 7 points at the half. With strong defense in the 4th quarter, the girls took the lead for a short time.

At the end of the 4th quarter they found themselves tied with 6 seconds left in the game. A free throw put the girls ahead for good as time expired. It was a great tournament for a group of hardworking kids.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, March 02 @ 18:22:35 PST

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Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge Workshop March 5
Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates Christine Eagar - March 2, 2015
Click Here for the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Physical Therapy page
Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge Workshop March 5
The first workshop in the Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge is this Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Hospital physical therapists Jeff England and Linda Hollier will present tips on how to begin an exercise program safely. Workshop will held at Lake Chelan Community Hospital. All welcome. Weigh in for challenge participants is from 5:30 - 6 p.m. Email to RSVP.

The rehab department at Chelan's hospital has four physical therapists and one occupational therapist who offer a full range of therapy services. They offer:
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Children, Adult & Seniors
  • Work, Sports & Injury Rehabilitation
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Balance & Falls Prevention
  • Off-site Aquatic Therapy
  • Functional Movement & Gait Analysis
  • Orthotic Therapy
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Less travel: close to school and work
Call 682-8523 to schedule an appointment.

http://lakechelancommunityhospital.com/physical-therapy_362.html

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, March 02 @ 14:36:13 PST

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Shots Fired into Unoccupied Camper in Bridgeport
Douglas County Sheriff Report Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal, DCSD - March 2, 2014
Shots Fired into Unoccupied Camper in Bridgeport
From the desk of Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
On 03/02/15 at approximately 3:45 AM RiverCom dispatch received a call from a person claiming that someone was beating on the door of his residence in the 2000 Block of Foster Creek Ave. in Bridgeport, WA. The caller then stated the noise was not knocking, but gunfire.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene. The suspect(s) were gone, but they found that a pickup camper which had been parked at the edge of the property had nine bullet holes in it. Deputies recovered five pistol shell casings on the south side of the property near the camper. They also found eight bullets lodged in the camper. The camper was unoccupied and no one was injured.

There is no suspect or vehicle information at this time. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for any information which may help identify the suspect(s). A reward is offered for information leading to their arrest.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, March 02 @ 14:20:44 PST

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Third Grader’s at MOE Mastering Skills and Learning with Chromebooks
Lake Chelan School District Christine Eagar - March 2, 2015
Third Grader’s at MOE Mastering Skills and Learning with Chromebooks
Chelan School District Superintendent Dr. Rob Manahan was visiting classes at Morgen Owings Elementary (MOE) and noticed great things happening in Ashley Leneway’s third grade class. Her class has been using Samsung Chromebooks for learning skills in both language arts and math.

This is Leneway’s second year teaching at MOE. She was teaching in Quincy just prior and had written a grant that funded 10 Chromebooks, which she was able to bring with her to Chelan. Last year her class size included 19 students so they were able to team up in pairs for practice and learning. This year’s class increased to 26 students so she wrote another grant through the Donors Choose program for 10 additional Chromebooks. Donors Choose is a nonprofit organization that allows community donors to contribute toward educational projects. This grant was funded in early October 2014. Now the students have closer to a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks per student.

Leneway says, “What’s great about the Chromebooks is there is no maintenance to them.”

She describes them as durable, as they do get dropped from time to time. Using the Chromebooks allows Leneway to provide a technology-enhanced curriculum, which includes practice skills and test-taking for reading and math. While the kids are doing classwork on the Chromebooks, she finds that they’re interacting, learning to collaborate, and having great conversations about math, literacy and other topics that interest them. Every program used in the classroom provides data folders and reports for Leneway, so she can track each student’s progress.

Leneway says, “Every kid is getting what he or she needs at their own level, so it doesn’t matter if they’re reading at a first grade level or an eighth grade level, there are tools on the computers that they can use to practice at that level.”

The class is using Microsoft Office 365. The students are learning about the cloud and cloud-based tools, along with Word and PowerPoint. The students are also able to access the tools and programs that they are using in class at home from Mrs. Lenaway’s website. The students have been communicating with Mrs. Leneway from home using email. This has given her the opportunity to help instruct them in the proper use of email, basic language skills and practices.

The students are also beginning to use Excel in a data and graphing unit for math practice. This program is something they will use more frequently this year. The other programs used in the classroom allow them to learn skills such as: reading and comprehension with both fiction and non-fiction, spelling, vocabulary, literacy, math, and geometry. Several of the programs are game-based, which encourages the students to keep practicing. They are also getting some experience with Dot and Dash, a program that helps students learn basic programming and coding to move small robots.

A number of Mrs. Leneway’s third grade students attended the Chelan School District meeting on February 24th to demonstrate their skills on the Chromebooks.
  • Peyton Bodle demonstrated Reflex Math, a math fact fluency program.
  • Rylee Hendricks demonstrated Office 365, One Drive and PowerPoint.
  • Kaden Eygabroad demonstrated Office 365, One Drive and PowerPoint.
  • Kyle Rynd demonstrated Prodigy, a game based learning environment for learning math.
  • Braden Vincent demonstrated Office 365, One Drive and PowerPoint.
Supporting technology-based learning continues to be a goal of the Chelan School District. The students in attendance not only demonstrated their skills, but also demonstrated great enthusiasm for what they’re learning and achieving.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, March 02 @ 11:01:30 PST

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Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico at the Tacoma Art Museum
Strictly Fun Carol Jenkins, President Lake Chelan Artist Alliance - February 27, 2015
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Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico at the Tacoma Art Museum
Private Tour Sponsored by Lake Chelan Artist Alliance

The Lake Chelan Artist Alliance is organizing a tour of "Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico" at the Tacoma Art Museum on April 14th.

Reservations are required by April 7th. Tour will be limited to 30. Cost includes admission to other exhibits in the museum. You provide your own transportation.

Lunch is at 12 p.m. - Tour starts at 1 p.m. Cost is $28 - Credit cards accepted.

For more information contact Marilyn Grover at 801-550-3882 and check the website at www.tacomaartmuseum.org/exhibit/okeeffe

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, February 28 @ 00:37:39 PST

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City beginning process for new tenant in Chamber building
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - February 27, 2015
Councilman Guy Harper remarked that the moisture level in the mountains is lower than last year and that Chelan needs to begin preparation for a hot and dry summer that could lead to devastating wildfires.
City Attorney Alan Galbraith told the Council that Judge Allan approved the City’s request for Summary Judgement against the Freedom Foundation.
City beginning process for new tenant in Chamber building

By Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan City Council approved a two year concession agreement with Rock Star Concessions for the City’s Golf Course Grill concession. Nicole Province took over the concession late last year when Jim Rogers passed away. She is pleased with the business. “We had a great year and it was a great learning process for everybody,” said Province.

She said at the end of the year they had no money in the bank but had made the investment in the business. “We’ve got a better handle on golf tournaments and what people want,” she said.

The Council unanimously approved the two year concession agreement. Both the City and Rock Star have 90 cancellation agreements.

City Administrator Paul Schmidt provided the Council with a draft proposal to find a tenant for the Chamber of Commerce Building that is becoming available around April 15.

The proposal is for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years at a proposed $1,500 per month plus the 12.8 Leasehold tax which would bring the rent to $1,692.00. “There is nothing magical about the proposal,” said Schmidt

The only glitch would be if a non-conforming use were suggested. “If it was something totally different, they would have to come see Craig in the Planning Department.” He also said he is still working on the utilities, but is looking at charging a tenant the base rate. “We are trying to take it straight on and straight up.

He expects to have the RFP out on March 4 and would bring something back by the April 9 meeting. “We already have three applications and all are different.” The City will not share anything about the potential tenants until March 27. The City would also negotiate how many parking slots would go with the building.

Councilman Cameron Morehouse asked if the proposal for tenants was wide open for any type of business. Schmidt replied that it is the sole determination of the Council on what happens.

Council unanimously passed the request for proposals. The City would like to finalize a lease agreement by May 1, 2015.

Council Comments:

Cameron Morehouse complained about the DOE’s proposed tax for trains transporting oil. He also felt that the illegal alien issue needs to be addressed because the government is creating a special category of citizens. He mentioned the Net Neutrality act that was passed by the FCC and complained that it is another government bureaucracy that will cost consumers more money.

Guy Harper said he attended a meeting of law enforcement and Chelan County Emergency Management people. “They were all talking about the low level of moisture,” Harper said. “It is way worse this year than last year and we need to start thinking about it right now.” He said the irrigation districts in Leavenworth are concerned they won’t even have enough water to irrigate this year.

Mike Cooney publicly congratulated Coach Joe Harris for taking the Goats into the State Playoffs and mentioned that Hank Hollingsworth was voted MVP of the League.

Ben Higgins told Council members that there was still time to sign up and weigh in for the Wellness Program. He said that 110 people had already signed up on Thursday.

Mayor Bob Goedde said he attended the FFA Greenhand initiation at the high school on Wednesday evening.

The new LED street light is located at the intersection of Emerson and Woodin. “We thought we would see how it works.”

Goedde attended an Association of Washington Cities Board Meeting and said he had an opportunity to talk to legislators and that Representative Condotta is trying to get funding for infrastructure. “They say they are not going to raise taxes, but let us do that and that bothers me,” he said

Paul Schmidt said the City would begin to swap out the regular street lights for the LED lights soon. He also said they are working on a Law Enforcement Appreciation night on March 26 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. That will be the evening when the public can come in and thank our law enforcement deputies for the work they do. Schmidt said that the Sheriff will present the annual report at the Council meeting that night.

Schmidt said the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will present an annual report at the April 9th City Council meeting.

The golf course will open next week on March 6 with the driving range opening on March 2.

City Attorney Alan Galbraith told the Council that Judge Allan granted the City its request for a summary judgment against the Freedom Foundation and denied their requests. He will now prepare an order at which time the Freedom Foundation will have 30 days to appeal. Judge Allan also squashed the Foundations depositions.

The next City Council meeting is on March 12.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, February 28 @ 00:14:31 PST

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Judge Allan has ordered the removal of the three fingers
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - February 27, 2015
The Three Fingers have been ordered removed by Judge Lesley Allan.
Judge Allan has ordered the removal of the three fingers

By Richard Uhlhorn
Tammy Hauge called late this afternoon and told GLC that Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan has ordered the removal of the Three Fingers on the south side of Lake Chelan between the City and Lakeside.

“We will have to wait and see what they do,” said Hauge. “Right now we’ve won at this.”

This has been an ongoing issue for the past five years with arguments on both sides of why they should be removed and why they should remain.

GoLakeChelan will have a full report next week.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, February 27 @ 23:59:27 PST

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Daniel Noonan at Chelan Library March 5
GLC Community News Jennifer Oatey, Librarian - February 27, 2015
Daniel Noonan
Daniel Noonan at Chelan Library March 5
The Chelan Public Library presents Daniel Noonan - " The History of Hanford Through Arts & Science" on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Daniel will present a unique and informative educational session about the worldwide impacts of Hanford. Noonan is from the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

AND ... NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE LIBRARY:

Atomic Footprints - A collaborative art & science poster series in collaboration with Michael Noonan's presentation!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, February 27 @ 23:43:07 PST

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Lookout Developer Arrested on Suspicion of Tree Salting
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - February 27, 2015
Location of "The Lookout" development in reference to Chelan.
Lookout Developer Arrested on Suspicion of Tree Salting

By Richard Uhlhorn
Developer George ‘Ted’ Schroth of Clyde Hill, WA near Bellevue was arrested by Chelan County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Wednesday, February 25, on suspicion of salting 123 poplar trees that line the edge of The Lookout development.

The trees, which are on land owned by Mark McNaughton (Whiskey Ranch), were planted a number of years ago when Darren Talley was developing the property as Granite Ridge. The trees now block views up-lake for many lots at The Lookout.

The trees were found to be salted several months ago. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident and had found enough evidence to arrest Schroth on suspicion of first-degree malicious mischief for salting the trees. A man who looked like Schroth is seen on store video purchasing a large amount of salt from the Chelan Wal-Mart, the day prior to reported salting incident.

The Lookout has released the following statement about the incident:

The Lookout team and its contractors were shocked and saddened to hear of the arrest of its principal, Ted Schroth. We are committed to creating a neighborhood of exceptional quality and design in collaboration with owners, neighbors, contractors, and valley residents. The success of our communities on the Washington and Oregon coasts speaks to this commitment.

We will await the outcome of the ongoing investigation and reserve specific comment until its completion. We are steadfast in our support of Ted and his family.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, February 27 @ 23:17:09 PST

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Town Toyota Center moving into the black
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - February 27, 2015
Mark Miller, general manager of the Town Toyota Center presented City Council with an annual report from 2014 and expectations going into 2015.
Town Toyota Center moving into the black

By Richard Uhlhorn
Mark Miller, general manger at the Town Toyota Center, gave Chelan City Council a report on the center’s long road out of financial trouble at the Council meeting last Thursday, February 26. “I am very happy to report that since the taxation measure passed 18 months ago it is doing what it was intended to do… paying for the construction bond,” said Miller. “I see a gradual gain to where we are at this point.”

Miller told the Council that the Center would be putting $300,000 into a reserve fund which could be used in the future for capital improvements or maintenance and operations, but not operations.

Last year Town Toyota Center had an attendance of 255,000 people at a variety of different events from hockey to music. “These are very positive numbers,” said Miller. “It is a touch below where we were in 2013. Our hockey games are down 270 people per game.” However, with 75,000 in the metro area, he feels these are positive numbers.

The Town Toyota Center provided a $7.2 million economic impact on the Wenatchee area in 2014.

Wenatchee Wild has signed a 10-year contract with the facility and they have 28 home games. Asked if they will ever get into the Canadian Hockey League, Miller replied that they are currently in the Texas Division, but that there is some talk about joining the North American League. “The British Hockey League would accept us at a drop of the hat,” said Miller.

Miller stated that the 2015 budget is set at $3 million in expenses based on revenues of only $2.8 million dollars. “We are looking at some operational loss in 2015.

The Center also offers public skating and several events have raised over $30,000 for the foundation which helps 1,400 kids learn to skate and to play hockey.

Coming up on March 1 is the Wenatchee Wild against the Amarillo Bulls. Other events scheduled are the KPQ Home & Garden Show & Spring Expo from March 13 to 15, Wenatchee Wild vs. the Lone Star Brahmas on the 20th and 21st, and Wenatchee Wild vs. the Topeka RoadRunners.

Also on the schedule later in the spring are Travis Tritt on April 16, G.S. Long’s Hell on Hooves Roughstock Rodeo on May 8 and 9, and JSL’s Touch a Truck on May 9.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, February 27 @ 23:03:42 PST

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Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge Weigh-in today Feb 27
Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates Celeste Thomas - February 27, 2015
Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge Weigh-in today Feb 27
It's not too late to join the 100-day Healthy Lake Chelan Challenge Weigh-in today at hospital from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. First class next Thursday at 6 p.m.

Pre-register at link below or just drop by during weigh-in. Call 682-8525 for more information.

Pre-register at lakechelanhospital.com.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, February 27 @ 12:28:31 PST

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Wenatchee’S First-Ever Mule Deer Summit
Chelan County PUD Kimberlee Craig, CCPUD - February 27, 2015
Rocky Mountain Mule Deer - Odocoileus Hemionus Hemionus
Wenatchee’S First-Ever Mule Deer Summit
Learn why resource agencies are actively protecting mule deer habitat

Hundreds of deer (Rocky Mountain mule deer - Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) call the Wenatchee Foothills area home, especially during the winter months when snow blankets the high country and covers their typical plant diet. Generally, having the mule deer in the lower foothill area works fine for the deer and humans. However, as the weather starts getting nicer in late winter and early spring, conflicts occur. You can learn more about mule deer at the upcoming summit.

Thursday, March 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Pybus Market


Every year, Chelan County PUD and the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust close their properties in the Sage Hills area to protect the migrating mule deer. This is a favorite range area for the deer during the winter months because there still are grasses and low brush for them to feed on when snow covers the upper grazing areas. Even though the winter closure is well-publicized throughout the Wenatchee Valley and signs are posted on all accessible trailheads, people still are venturing out onto the properties.

While some may think that it is hunters who are violating the no-access rule from Dec. 1 – April 1, in fact, it is typically hikers, runners and mountain bikers – and their pets – that create the problem for the mule deer. The does become pregnant in November. When the warmer weather and days with longer hours of daylight start to happen in March, many local residents want to get out and explore after months of being inside during the darker, drearier winter days. Although visitors to the Sage Hills may not intend to disturb the deer, they do. Deer will keep a safe distance from humans, and for the doe, running away from human interaction can put stress on her and her unborn fawn. Most deer lose between 20 and 30 percent of their body fat during the winter, so energy stores are low.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Chelan County PUD and the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife want people to know more about mule deer habitat, how people can avoid disturbing the deer, and why it’s important to protect the deer. Bring your family and friends to find out more, Thursday, March 5 @ 6:30 p.m., Pybus Market.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, February 27 @ 08:18:16 PST

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Manson Apple Blossom Royalty to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at Manson Communit
GLC Community News Cindy Simmons - February 27, 2015
Our 2015 Manson Apple Blossom Royalty will be at the Manson Community Library March 4th. Photo by Nancy Miller.
Manson Apple Blossom Royalty to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at Manson Community Library
Join Queen Kendra Ellsworth and Princesses Aylee Neff and Kristine Gibson on Wednesday, March 4th as they celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday!

The Royalty will be reading from some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books during the library's regular story time, which starts at 3:45 p.m. Those attending will be able to make a “Cat in the Hat” hat and enjoy birthday cake also!

The Manson Library is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information you may call 687-3420.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, February 27 @ 08:04:04 PST

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Beautiful Weather


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We are grateful for our amazing, wonderful parents...our heroes.


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On this Valentine's weekend, I'm especially grateful for all my loved ones, especially my husband who is my best friend and partner in everything!


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GoLakeChelan may publish from time to time, Letters To The Editor, on topics we find of general public interest.

Our goal will be to provide healthy dialogue on topics of community value.

Letters published will be moderated (that is approved before being published), and may be edited to fit our format, or returned with a request that they be shorter.

Letters need to be submitted by email to and must include the authors name, valid email and working phone number. We will call and verify the authenticity of the author before publishing.

The authors phone number and email will not be published at the author's request, but will be available to readers who requests to know.

We ask that submissions be civil and concise and respectful of those with differing opinions. Our goal is to provide for responsible dialogue on this important community issue. We will only publish one letter per writer, and retain the right to decline publishing a letter at our discretion

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