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Tonight's Battle for The Bronze Shoe May Hold a History Making Moment Too!
We grabbed the story from Bob Watson Jr's Facebook Page:
JOIN US WAS WE VIDEOCAST THE GAME TONIGHT LIVE AS WELL!


Two More Letters Concerning the Hospital Bond Proposition - 10-31-14
John and Dorothy O'Hara, and Laura Freeman


City of Chelan Special Meeting Nov 4
Budget workshop for a comprehensive review of all budget funds


Bike and Pedestrian Collision Risks Increase with Longer Hours of Dark
Single Lane Closures, Rolling Slowdowns Planned Next Week East of Snoqualmie Pass


Lady Goats Host Cashmere for Last Home Match
Richard Uhlhorn has the story


More Endorsements for the New Hospital
Pharmacist Christy Nielson and former Hospital Administrator Buck Frymier (1975-1983)


Hospital Letters from the Community 10-30-14
Linda Sydloski, Mary Landmann and Jane Jedwabny, RN


RV Park Fees to Increase - Shoreline Master Program Revised
And Pastor Paul Palumbo honored at city council meeting


Chelan High School ASB and Kind Club Halloween Food Drive
Part of the "Don’t Be Scared to Scare Hunger on Halloween!" program


Burglary/Assault in Entiat Yields Two Arrests
A baseball bat and a hatchet were involved in the two-part incident


More Hospital Letters - 10-29-14
Letters from John Allison, Kathy Stowe and Richard McKinnon


Don’t Be Scared to Scare Hunger on Halloween!
Chelan Middle School students will collect food for the Food Bank this Halloween


Chelan Fire and Rescue Fire Commissioner Special Meeting 10-29-14
Long Range Plan Review on the agenda


LCRD Special Board Meeting 11-7-14
Meeting date changed from Nov 11 to Nov 7


Have You Voted Yet in the Nov 4th General Election?
More than your 'hairdresser"knows in these modern days!


Why We Think The Goats Will Bring Home The "Bronze Shoe"
And more reflections on this annual competition


Chelan Hosts Cashmere This Friday Night - The Annual Battle for The Bronze Show
Dave Rogge reports


Hospital Bond Levy Letters - 3 More
Tom and Karen Anglin, Ed Rauvola and Susan McKinnon


More Endorsements - Listen to Why You Should Vote YES for the New Hospital
Adelina Velasco, Barbara L. Fehr, and Dr. Rob Manahan endorse the bond


What’s Happening with Soroptimist of Chelan?
Over $23,000 raised so far this year


Two More Letters Concerning the Hospital Bond Levy
Kyle J. Sparks and Kit & Mary Couchee


Rock Blasting-Related Closures Finished for the Year on Snoqualmie Pass
Drivers should still plan for delays due to 24 hour lane closures next week


City of Chelan AAU Youth Basketball Registration Deadline Nov 10
Coaches meeting Thursday, November 13


Three More Letters Concerning the Hospital Bond Levy
Jim and Kay Malvey, Pat Hautenne and John & Claudia Swenson









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About Letters To The Editor
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to publish responsible "Letters to The Editor" and "Op-Ed Positions" on this topic from members of the community with the hope that open, healthy dialogue will give voters the best information.

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page 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


Battle for the Bronze Shoe Has Some Great Historical Tie-In's Tonight !
Strictly Fun Oct 31, 2014 -
TONIGHT'S BATTLE FOR THE BRONZE SHOE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE HISTORY TOO!
The game, which will be Video-Cast LIVE on GoLakeChelan, has a historical story as we learn from Bob Watson, Jr (top left in photo) on his Facebook Page where he writes:
Tonight could be a huge night for the Jenkins Family. Have not heard anyone mention this, but back in 1978 Kenny Jenkins and crew brought the shoe back to CHS.

Kenny was the QB at the time. Tonight, some 36 years later, we have another Jenkins at the helm; Eli Jenkins. (top photo-right).

It would be so cool for my old class mate Ken and his son Eli to be able to share this special thing between them.

Good Luck Eli and Good Luck Goats.
Lets bring that shoe home. ~ Bob Watson, Jr

ADDING TO THE STORY - An Email today from Mark Lippincott ....
I just saw the new post you put up with reminder from Bub Watson about history of having father/son QB's in the Jenkins Fam.

Well guess what......I just happened to have the team photo from that year- It was my Junior year.

Some other players from that team who are still living in Chelan would be (and excuse me if I miss somebody) Mike Talley, Jeff LaPorte, Joe Harris, Rick Hanson, Mark Lippincott, Steve Shaw, Keith Jenkins and then Asst. Coach Brent Morrison
GoLakeChelan will be LIVE ON-LINE with tonight's game beginning at about 6:30pm with our Sportscaster Dave Rogge.

For those unable to attend - You can watch and listen LIVE ... and watch it again on Saturday in our archives.

CLICK HERE
Note: The STORY OF THE BRONZE SHOE SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN - AND WE LINK YOU TO THE HISTORY IN OUR EARLIER STORY / INTERVIEW ABOUT FORMER CHELAN COACH BILL LIPPINCOTT, AND HOW THIS TRADITION CAME ABOUT:
CLICK HERE & ENJOY THAT WE NEVER FORGET!

Posted by GoLakeChelan on Friday, October 31 @ 11:29:42 PDT

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Two More Letters Concerning the Hospital Bond Measure - 10-31-14
PHP-Nuke Oct 31, 2014
Below We Add 2 More 'Letters To GoLakeChelan' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure.
  • - John and Dorothy O'Hara
  • - Laura Freeman
From: John and Dorothy O'Hara
We have studied the arguments for and against proceeding with the LCCH decision to construct a new hospital and abandon the existing hospital and are strongly in favor of proceeding.

We urge a YES vote next Tuesday.

The basic flaw in the otherwise sound arguments for staying with the existing hospital, by renovating and expanding on the present site, is that this will not responsibly serve the needs of the future of the greater Chelan Valley community. A growing population and the continuing advancement of medical technology, both undeniable, cannot be served satisfactorily in the limited space of our present location.

As a result a failure to proceed now means that we will face the same questions in a few years but at a certainly much higher cost and possibly without the benefits of the new location.

John and Dorothy O'Hara
Chelan

From: Laura Freeman
This is in response to Linda Sydloski’s letter about the Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure. Ms. Sydloski related an outrageously expensive emergency room experience, and concluded that a new hospital should not be built because it will not include a clinic.

On its face, including clinic services in the new hospital building sounds like a good idea, especially since our local clinic just affiliated itself with the hospital. However, I think the current location of the clinic in downtown Chelan is ideal – and will be even more ideal when the hospital itself is located farther out of town.

Once the new hospital is built, on level ground with ample open space around it, perhaps they will consider the question of adding After-Hours-type clinic services.

I believe the issues Ms. Sydloski raised: having to visit a full-blown ER because the clinic was closed, and how much the visit cost her, are not relevant to the question at hand: should we build a new hospital, yes or no? The question is not, should we build a new hospital or remodel our existing one?

Either way the vote goes, the clinic will still have the power to expand its services, and maybe it should – she raises an excellent point.

Either way the vote goes, Ms. Sydloski still has access to the Health Care Exchange to research whether she might have better coverage options available to her. Unfortunately, ER costs are not up for a vote in this election.

I am sorry to hear Ms. Sydloski had such an unpleasant experience. I hope the clinic and ER take her story to heart and think about what they can do in the future to mitigate such events. But my mind is still made up: Vote YES for a new hospital! The benefits far outweigh the costs.

Thanks!

Laura Freeman
Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to publish responsible "Letters to The Editor" and "Op-Ed Positions" on this topic from members of the community with the hope that open, healthy dialogue will give voters the best information.

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page 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

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, October 31 @ 10:02:08 PDT

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City of Chelan Special Meeting Nov 4
City of Chelan Peri S. Gallucci - October 31, 2014
City of Chelan Special Meeting Nov 4
CITY OF CHELAN SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

Chelan City Council will meet in special session from 6:00 p.m. up to 8:00 p.m. on November 4, 2014, in Council Chambers, Chelan City Hall, 135 East Johnson Avenue in Chelan, Washington. The purpose of this special session is a budget workshop for a comprehensive review of all budget funds.

Peri S. Gallucci
Chelan City Clerk


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, October 31 @ 09:45:08 PDT

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Bike and Pedestrian Collision Risks Increase with Longer Hours of Dark
WSDOT Meagan Lott, WSDOT Communications - October 31, 2014
Bike and Pedestrian Collision Risks Increase with Longer Hours of Dark
The end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 2, signals more than turning back of the clocks; it’s also a time to use extra caution on our state’s roadways. Between October and January is when nearly half of Washington’s 60 bicycle and pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2013.

With fewer hours of daylight, increased fog and rainy weather, the Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists that these conditions can make visibility a challenge.

WSDOT offers these safety tips to help reduce the risk of collisions:

Pedestrians and Bicyclists
  • Be seen – Wear bright or reflective outerwear, carry a flashlight, add lights to your bike or helmet and cross at lighted intersections when possible.
  • Make eye contact – Know that the driver is aware of your presence so keep hats, hoods and umbrellas clear of your vision.
  • Walk and bike where it’s safest – Use sidewalks and bike lanes when they are available, and if not, walk at the edge of the road facing traffic, and ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Cross the roadway at intersections – Crossing in mid-block, or jaywalking, is a contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions. This applies in parking lots and garages.
Drivers
  • Stop for pedestrians – It’s the law. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether it’s an unmarked or marked crosswalk. It is also illegal to pass another vehicle stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk. Failure to yield to pedestrians is the leading motorist-contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions.
  • Put the phone down – Hand-held cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all Washington drivers and may result in a $124 fine for first offense.
  • Watch for pedestrians near schools, community centers, and recreation areas – Children aged 1 through 19 are most “at risk” to be involved in a pedestrian fatality. Senior adults (age 71 or more) make up the other high at-risk age group.
  • Drive the posted speed limit – If a driver hits a cyclist or pedestrian at 20 mph or less, there is an estimated 95 percent survival rate compared with much lower rates if the cyclist or pedestrian is struck by vehicles traveling at higher speeds. The extra minutes saved by speeding could cost a life.
WSDOT is working to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by strengthening and elevating bicycle and pedestrian planning, coordination and design solutions across all levels of the agency.

Single Lane Closures, Rolling Slowdowns Planned Next Week East of Snoqualmie Pass
Drivers traveling across Snoqualmie Pass may want to add some time to their commute next week due to delays associated with lane closures and rolling slowdowns.

On Monday, Nov. 3 and Tuesday, Nov. 4 crews will be reducing Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to a single lane in each direction between mileposts 56 to 61 during the day. Nighttime single lane closures are planned Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Nov. 7. Drivers will also experience minor delays due to rolling slowdowns during the day all week.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, October 31 @ 09:30:52 PDT

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Lady Goats Host Cashmere for Last Home Match
Sports With Rich Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - October 30, 2014
Lady Goats Host Cashmere for Last Home Match
By Richard Uhlhorn
The Lady Goats host Cashmere for their last home Volleyball League Match of the fall season. Come on out and help recognize the two seniors; Makenzie Harris and Johanna Fuller and watch some exciting volleyball.

For full coverage, click HERE.
Wilbur-Ellis is a proud sponsor of Chelan Sports on GLC


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, October 30 @ 13:18:52 PDT

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More Endorsements for the New Hospital
PHP-Nuke Greg Kennedy - October 30, 2014
The following is a paid commercial message from Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital
- "We are concerned citizens passionate about healthcare and the new hospital. We are paying for ads and signs through donations and fundraising."
Listen to Why You Should Vote YES for the New Hospital

Former Lake Chelan Community Hospital Administrator Buck Frymier (1975-1983) has a video presentation giving some history of the hospital and reasons why it is time for a new facility. Click Here for the video


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, October 30 @ 10:36:35 PDT

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Hospital Letters 10-30-14
PHP-Nuke Oct 30, 2014
Below We Add 3 More 'Letters To GoLakeChelan' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure.
  • - Linda Sydloski
  • - Mary Landmann
  • - Jane Jedwabny, RN
From: Linda Sydloski
I am writing to let you know a couple things I recently learned regarding the issue of "Protecting Our Hospital."

I am all in favor of saving our current facility and suggest that we go back to the original idea of a remodel to meet the current needs our of community.

On the suggestion of Kevin Abel, our current hospital administrator, after attending the meeting recently held at the clinic, I visited the hospital and reviewed the plan of remodeling the hospital drawn up for the first bond issue.

In that plan there is a clinic, there is no clinic in the new hospital plans. With the recent acquisition of the clinic doctors, it makes perfect sense to have our own clinic. It is my understanding that each clinic doctor received a substantial signing bonus and it appears nothing is different than pre acquisition. Why not get a little return on our investment.

Also, who currently owns the clinic building and is collecting the rent for that building?

In addition to the current services offered, add after hours and week-end services to cut down on the abuse of our current Emergency Room.

I speak to this issue from personal experience. Last summer I was stung four times by wasps and each episode brought more reaction. The last one being serious enough to need attention. I went to the ER, being it was a Sunday afternoon with no other local option.

I was treated with a shot and advised to contact my primary care giver and get a prescription for an Epi-pen.

The entire experience took about 5 minutes and I was happily on my way back to work, saved from a crisis.

I was not so happy a month later getting a bill for $1906.16.

I worked with Judy in the finance department to get a small reduction using my property tax credit. STILL left with a very hefty bill, over $1700.00, for a five minute visit that entailed nothing more than the doctor pinching my arm for the shot; no bed was used, no diagnostic services performed and no other personnel assisting. I assumed the room didn't even need cleaning since I did nothing more than sit on the chair provided.

I did a little research recently to see what the cost would have been to go to Wenatchee for the same service at an "After Hours" clinic. I was simply amazed to find that I could have taken four hours off work ($20 per hour) paid for gas for the 80 mile round trip ($25) the clinic fee ($150) and the shot itself ($225) Around $500, about a fourth of the cost of health care close to home, ABSURD!

Why wouldn't the hospital commissioners do what would best serve our community and include a clinic in their plans for the new hospital?

I have also been hearing what a BIG deal it is that there is no other access out of the current hospital campus. Has no one looked to see that there IS the start of another access east of the entrance to Heritage Heights that would come down to Nixon Street? Take a drive up there and see!

Let us be good stewards of what we already have here and improve what needs to be improved, find alternatives for the non-essential services offered currently and work together as a community as others have suggested.

Sincerely,

Linda Sydloski

From: Mary Landmann
In the 18 years since my now elderly parents moved to Lake Chelan, we have needed and used the services of the community hospital here. While the doctors, nurses and all of the staff have always been wonderful, extremely professional and incredibly competent, the actual building and surrounding area including parking leaves me shaking my head at the one place in the community that can’t exist in it’s current antiquated condition. The area has outgrown its present existence.

I have had the opportunity to talk with many of the medical staff here in Chelan who support the new hospital’s overall improvements 100%. The residence and future residence of the area will be the beneficiaries.

The Chamber of commerce calls this a growing, thriving, major destination resort with over 2 million visitors a year with a “superior hospital” ... that is a “vital key in a healthcare network” but the reality is a hospital building that is outdated in an area of town that is not conducive to growth. How can you expect to attract quality professionals to call this home without the quality facilities? The meager financial toll on the homeowners is minimal in the grand scale and the big picture.

We plan on retiring in the Chelan Valley soon and know for certain we will benefit from this.

I applaud the forward thinking members of this community that are planning for the future needs of the people in and around Lake Chelan. I have no statistics or facts to share that haven’t already been stated. I can only encourage the voters here to cast their ballots in favor of a competitive facility in a far superior location for the good of the future community’s needs.

Mary Landmann,
A future homeowner and taxpayer in the Chelan Valley.

From: Jane Jedwabny,RN
In partial response to Mr. Allison's letter I would like to respond to a piece of misinformation.

The chemical dependency unit (which does contribute considerably to the hospital's revenue) requires a great deal of immediate medical oversight and by law is required to have a physician in-house 24 hours a day. In addition, we daily utilize the services of the Lab, Physical therapy, the dining facilities, the Emergency Room (all new admissions get medical screenings by our ER providers) and the Pharmacy, not to mention House Keeping, Materials Management and Plant Engineering. We also run with full Nursing staff 24 hours per day. There is no possibility of sectioning off this unit.

If anyone in the community has questions regarding the role the chemical dependency unit plays within the hospital and within our community, I would be more than happy to answer questions.

Respectfully,

Jane Jedwabny,RN, Program Director
Sanctuary at the Lake
Lake Chelan Community Hospital
Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to publish responsible "Letters to The Editor" and "Op-Ed Positions" on this topic from members of the community with the hope that open, healthy dialogue will give voters the best information.

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page 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

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, October 30 @ 09:13:13 PDT

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RV Park Fees to Increase - Shoreline Master Program Revised
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - October 30, 2014
The Mayor and City Council recognized Pastor Paul Palumbo for his volunteer work for the Chelan Valley Food Bank and his founding of the Chelan Teen Center at its Council meeting on October 23, 2014.

Pastor Paul Palumbo.
Libby Manthey and Linda VanLunsen gave an update on the Historic Chelan Downtown Association and invited the public to the Vogue at 5:30 on Wednesday, October 29, to learn more about the Gateway Park plans, Holiday happenings and more.
Parks Director Charles Sablan requested passage of a new rate increase for the RV Park.
Planning Director Craig Gildroy presented changes and amendments in the Shoreline Management Program.
RV Park Fees to Increase
Shoreline Master Program Revised

By Richard Uhlhorn
“Are you going to give a preacher a chance to talk?” asked Pastor Paul Palumbo after being honored for his volunteer services from 1999 to 2014 with the Food Bank and Teen Center. “It’s a great honor, but a lot of credit needs to go to Frank Needles who got the Food Bank operating a year before I got here,” Palumbo told the Council. He thanked the City for its allowing the Food Bank to locate to the old Library building. “It says a lot about how the City is taking care of people,” said Palumbo.

Libby Manthey, president of the Historic Chelan Downtown Association, told the Council that the job description for hiring a new HCDA manager went out and it is posted on the HCDA’s website. “We are closing the request for interested individuals on Friday, November 7,” said Manthey. “Providing we have a good pool of applicants, we will be interviewing on November 17 and 18.”

Manthey invited the Council and public to a downtown meeting at the Vogue beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, to find out what the HCDA is doing in the downtown core. Those who attend will learn about the association’s Gateway Park Plans, all the Holiday happenings starting with Halloween on October 31.

Manthey also said the HCDA is hosting a fund raising “Sip & Stroll” wine walk from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. on November 15. This will include 10 tastes and appetizers. Ticket costs are $35 per individual and $60 per couple. It is a fundraiser for Winter Lighting and a new Christmas Tree for 2014.

Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart requested that the HCDA also fund raise for funds to purchase the old Library building. Linda VanLunsen, chairman of the Food Bank, told the Council that was in the works.

Lake Shore RV Park Fee increase:

Parks Director Charles Sablan told the Council that the Parks Department hadn’t raised the RV Park fees over the past three years, however, during the downturn and recession, the RV Park did raise its fees with no downturn in business during the peak season. “We have on average 260 (potential) guests requesting to be on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation,” said Sablan.

The RV Park prohibits dogs and fire pits because of management problems with those associated activities. “We are asking for a raise,” Sablan said. He did say he is cautious about raising fees during the shoulder season. “We want to keep moving the fees up until the waiting list begins to dwindle,” Sablan told the Council.

The City Council unanimously passed an average 11 percent rate increase during the peak summer months. Full month rental rates in the winter will go from $375 to $395 per month.

Shoreline Master Program

Planning Director Craig Gildroy informed the Council that the City had held an informal meeting with staff, consultants and the Department of Ecology (DOE) in September to review the City’s progress on the progress on the SMP.

The SMP was initially adopted by the County and Cities in 1975 for the purpose of coordinating planning attention at the critical land/water interface.

The SMP is a local plan which is recognized by the DOE. However, it is also subject to approval by the DOE before it can be implemented. City planning staff have incorporated into the SMP the lake’s unique conditions and planning aspirations.

“I don’t expect you to read the entire document,” Gildroy told the Council. He provided them with a summary of revisions and Lisa Grueter, the City’s consultant, gave a presentation of the changes.

Changes made included:
  • Standardized references to priority of native fish and wildlife habitat
  • Clarified when a cumulative effects analysis is needed for variances and Conditional Use Permits
  • Vegetation conservation and buffer information
  • Adapted the Appendix B Critical Areas regulations to recent DOE guidance for small cities which has reduced wetland requirement.
  • Prepared a mitigation appendix to assist landowners
  • Clarified the location of off-site public access when allowed, as well as how the fee-in-lieu of access should be equivalent to the cost of providing public access on the subject site and should serve populations impacted by the development
  • Clarified signage regulations to allow for “Light House.”
  • Referenced pre-application conferences per city code
After the presentation, Gildroy said he’d like to have more feedback from the Council before going back to the public.

Isenhart said, “I love that it is more user friendly.” Gildroy was asked when the deadline for completion was and he replied it is past the deadline, but that Ecology realizes it is a local plan and needs to protect the Lake water quality.

For more detailed information on the City’s Shoreline Management Program go the Chelan’s website and click on planning or call the Planning Department at 682-8017.

The next City Council meeting will be held on November 12, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, October 30 @ 08:45:32 PDT

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Don’t Be Scared to Scare Hunger on Halloween!
Strictly Fun Brisa Romero Montejano - October 30, 2014
Don’t Be Scared to Scare Hunger on Halloween!
The Chelan High School ASB and Kind Club are partnering up for a food drive to benefit the Lake Chelan Valley Food Bank.

They are working with the nationwide organization "We Scare Hunger".

On Friday, October 31st, everyone coming to the High School Senior Night and Homecoming Night football game vs Cashmere is encouraged to bring at least 2 nonperishable food items. Any person that brings at least 2 nonperishable food items will receive $1 off the admission price to the game.

It’s a great way to help others while coming to this great community wide event.

Great items to donate:

Cereal • Granola Bars • Flour • Canned Fish & Meat • Canned or Dried Beans • Dinner Mixes & Kits • Baking Mixes • Canned Fruit & Vegetables • Rice • 100% Fruit Juice • Canned Soup & Stew • Canned or Powdered Milk • Pasta & Tomato Sauce • Peanut Butter • Baby Products (formula, diapers, baby food)

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, October 30 @ 08:24:18 PDT

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Two Arrested for Burglary/Assault in Entiat
Chelan County Sheriff Undersheriff John Wisemore, CCSO - October 30, 2014
Two Arrested for Burglary/Assault in Entiat
On October 28 at about 11:40 AM, Chelan County Deputies responded to a report of an assault in progress in the 14000 block of 97A in Entiat which involved a baseball bat and a hatchet. The victim told Rivercom Dispatch the suspects, 30 year old Elias Manjares of Rock Island and 22 year old Aaron Daniel of Chelan had assaulted him with the hatchet, left for a short time and then returned and entered his home and assaulted him with a baseball bat.

When Deputies and EMS arrived, they discovered the victim had a split upper lip and abrasions across his back from being struck with a baseball bat. He was treated at the scene by medical personnel. The victim stated he was awakened by the two subjects hitting the outside of his trailer. Manjares was using a hatchet. He yelled at Manjares to stop, but he refused. The victim exited his home and was able to take control of the hatchet, but Manjares punched the victim in the mouth, splitting his upper lip. The victim was able to retreat back into his residence and the suspects left.

A short time later, the suspects returned to the victim’s residence armed with a baseball bat and entered his home without permission.

The victim and Manjares physically struggled and more punches were exchanged as Daniel repeatedly struck the victim in the back with the baseball bat four to five times.

The victim was able to subdue Manjares to the floor with one hand and take the baseball bat from Daniel with the other. Once the victim had the baseball bat, Manjares and Daniel fled the home to a neighboring residence, where they were later contacted and arrested. All subjects knew each other, but it is unclear as to what preceded the incident to cause the assault.

Manjares was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Burglary 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree. Daniel was booked for Burglary 1st Degree.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, October 30 @ 08:08:52 PDT

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More Hospital Letters - 10-29-14
PHP-Nuke Oct 29, 2014
Below We Add 3 More 'Letters To GoLakeChelan' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure.
  • - John Allison
  • - Kathy Stowe
  • - Richard McKinnon, Chelan
From: John Allison
1) It is unfortunate that Mr. Abel has taken the "gun to the head of the tax payer" stance, i.e. if you don't give us $19,000,000, then this is the end and we'll just start cutting services. His position that the current hospital is only worth $2,000,000 is only correct if the question is for some other use. It is a specialty structure and would not make a good pizza parlor. I'm sure that it is insured for a figure equal to or greater than the $20,000,000 quoted by others. A replacement facility with the same number of beds is being offered to us at $31,000,000. The existing building will out live any of us or our kids.

2) The hospital board also seems to have abandoned any sense of community responsibility. Instead of acquiring an option on a new site, they spent $4,000,000 of taxpayer money without approval to build anything there.

3) Somebody hired the Port District to write an economic study, but it looks like they also gave them the conclusions that they should reach. As one example: the report suggests that the $31,000,000 construction cost will be a windfall for the community in terms of jobs, and material purchases. In fact, a prime contractor must name all of his subs immediately after bid acceptance, and very likely, all will be from out of the area. Few local contractors are equipped or bondable for a project of this size. Chelan will benefit from the lunches they buy locally. Virtually all of the materials, fixtures, and special equipment will be sourced outside the area.

4) The cost of the bonds does not end with the annual payment of property taxes. The apple warehouses within the district will pay millions of dollars of additional taxes over the 30 year life of the bonds and every penny will be collected from their grower members.

All private businesses are affected the same way. Taxes are one of the expenses they must offset with revenue. Every taxpayer will pay some of that tax with every purchase they make in the district for the next 30 years, or the owners will join the ranks of those that have already made the decision to close their doors. Seniors living on fixed income are also disproportionately burdened.

5) Farmers are particularly hit hard by tax increases. They are at the bottom of the food chain, and have no one to pass the expenses to. Many, many local farmers have property taxes (based on highest and best use) in the tens of thousands of dollars per year. The proposed levy will add tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of liability to their balance sheets over the next 30 years. Almost no current growers will live to see these paid off (average age more than 60), but they will pass to their heirs or successors and affect the potential price of their farms, and the income of hopeful young new orchardists. Do you wonder why there is so much vacant land in the valley???

I am not anti-hospital, but I don't believe that the proposed abandonment of a $20,000,000 asset is the best solution. Two options to consider:

a) The "mental health/substance rehab." unit of the hospital contributes substantially to the hospital census, but requires minimal direct medical service. Regency Manor, which is said to be closing, would be an ideal annex for this needed and profitable service.

b) Many of the 250+ employees of the hospital do not deal directly with patients and could have offices anywhere they could connect to a computer. Again, Regency Manor or other off-site facilities would work.

c) Many of the patients of the hospital come for walk-in services such as physical therapy, and office consultations with specialists. Again, a non-connected facility would be fine. Wenatchee Valley Clinic has a number of un-connected buildings.

I have only scratched the surface of possible solutions that would give the valley quality care at much less tax burden. Troy Hawkins in his recent letter proposed a community committee open to all. I second that recommendation.

Respectfully,
John Allison

From: Kathy Stowe
The sign says, “save the hospital”. That’s right—save the hospital and don’t build another one. Period.

Kathy Stowe

From: Richard McKinnon, Chelan
A WIN-WIN FOR CHELAN COMMUNITY

The Chelan Valley Citizens' Committee for a New Hospital is asking for your YES vote on the Hospital Bond which will be on the Nov. 4th ballot. It is a "Win-Win" for the Chelan Valley. The first "Win" has been well defined by the local medical people for the need to replace a 40 year-old building that no longer meets the needs of our community. It doesn't meet today's hospital requirements for space and new technologies, plus needed updates to replace old systems are not cost effective.

The second "Win" is to maintain and increase the financial strength of the community. A new hospital will attract more doctors and medical related employees to the area who will spend money locally. That means the sales tax revenue from our local businesses will go up. Those employees will also need houses which will increase the assessed property value in our area. With a top-line medical service, people will be more interested in retiring here.

The Hospital Bond WILL REDUCE the percentage each individual pays toward his total property tax bill. It won't increase our property tax very much, and it will be paid off with "10-cent-dollars".

History has taught us that a community can not operate in neutral. It must continue to grow or it will decline. We must do everything we can to make sure that this community continues to grow. A sure step would be to invest in our infrastructure, a new hospital, which will insure a bigger sales tax income and a larger assessed tax base.

We moved back to Chelan nine years ago, leaving a community that was taxing us to death without serving its people. We have seen the effects of a "do-nothing" community and we do not want it to happen here. Please vote YES on the Hospital Bond and be rewarded with a growing, vibrant community.

Richard McKinnon
Chelan
Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to publish responsible "Letters to The Editor" and "Op-Ed Positions" on this topic from members of the community with the hope that open, healthy dialogue will give voters the best information.

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page 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

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, October 29 @ 08:37:40 PDT

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Don’t Be Scared to Scare Hunger on Halloween!
GLC Community News Brad Wilson - October 29, 2014
Click Here for the Free the Children website
Don’t Be Scared to Scare Hunger on Halloween!
There are just a few days before Halloween. While you’re making finishing touches to Junior’s costume and fervently hoping it doesn’t rain, don’t forget to pick a couple of extra non-perishable food items and bring them down to participating merchants along Woodin Avenue and Emerson Street.

Chelan Middle School is participating in the national WE SCARE HUNGER campaign to collect items for the local food bank. On Friday evening, CMS students will trick-or-treat at downtown businesses just like every year, except that instead of candy, they will collect food for the food bank.

Please help make sure there’s enough for all the students who participate to collect something! A partial list of merchants who have “We Scare Hunger” collection boxes includes: Wheatland Bank, Sojourners, Novedades Lupita, Memories by the Lake, Main Street Gallery, Studio 57, Edward Jones and Riverwalk Books. Thanks to them for taking the lead in this campaign!

While canned goods are always useful to the food bank, remember kids will be picking up these items and carrying them to collection vehicles at strategic locations. Think light! (But healthy and filling too!)

Kids who participate will get a hand-stamp at the collection vehicle, which will in turn get them a caramel apple up at the Community Gym. Much as we want to fight hunger in our community, don’t you want to be sure every kid who deserves one gets his or her apple-a-day that day?

Don’t forget: next time you come to downtown, bring something from the pantry to fill up the donation box at one of the many participating downtown businesses. The CMS ASB appreciates your support!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, October 29 @ 08:14:04 PDT

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Chelan Fire and Rescue Fire Commissioner Special Meeting 10-29-14
Chelan Fire and Rescue Carol Kibler - October 29, 2014
Chelan Fire and Rescue Fire Commissioner Special Meeting 10-29-14
AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Special Meeting
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Call to order at 9:00 a.m.
Business:
* Long Range Plan – Review
Opening Remarks
Review of Available Revenues
Review of Capital Expense Priorities
Adjust Capital Expense Priorities
Closing Comments
Annual Review and Adjustment of Capital Items
Adjournment:


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, October 29 @ 08:02:52 PDT

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LCRD Special Board Meeting 11-7-14
PHP-Nuke Jennifer Collins - October 29, 2014
LCRD Special Board Meeting 11-7-14
PUBLIC NOTICE

Lake Chelan Reclamation District

Board Meeting Change

The Board of Directors of the Lake Chelan Reclamation District have announced that the regular scheduled November Board of Directors meeting has been changed from Tuesday, November 11th to Friday, November 7th at 8:00 a.m. at the District office.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, October 29 @ 07:56:06 PDT

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Have You Voted Yet? ~ More Than Your Hair Dresser Knows !
Strictly Fun
Election Day ~ Tues, Nov 4th
HAVE YOU VOTED YET?
More Than Your Hairdresser Knows
In today's world of ballots by mail, chances are your neighbors will know within a day or two after you drop your signed ballot off at the Post Office or one of the several community pick-up boxes that Chelan County Election Officials use to collect ballots without voters requiring to use a stamp.

We checked in with the Chelan County Auditor's Office this week to see what we could learn about expected Voter Turnout in Chelan County, and in doing so we learned even more.


Years ago, when General Elections days fell on the first Tuesday of November, the polls opened at 7 AM and closed at 8 PM, and most voters (except absentee) had to show up at their neighborhood polling place to cast their ballot. Needless to say, the dynamics of an election were really a lot different.

TODAY - THERE IS NO SINGLE ELECTION DAY
It's more accurately called an Election Period which begins when the Ballots go out in the mail ... and concludes at 8 PM on what we still call 'election day."

And back then when that's how we voted, it was nearly impossible to know who showed up to vote or who didn't, until days after election day, when all the "Voter Registration Books" were returned to the Courthouse, and available for public inspection.

Today, in an on-line world of technology, and election ballots being mailed to voters a month ahead of election day, all one has to do to see if your neighbor has returned their ballot is CLICK HERE, and scan down the"Ballots Returned" list.

Director of Elections for Chelan County, Nissa Burger told us that she's expecting about 75% of registered voters in Chelan County will return their ballots in this 2014 General Election.
Numerically, that means her agency is expecting to see about 29,829 ballots will be returned to the Chelan County Auditor's Office before the election is over.

Ms Burger said that given Chelan County is a Vote By Mail county, about 1/3 of the total ballots come back within the first week of first being mailed, another third show up then through election day, and a last third arrive from the evening of Election Day, when picked up at the Voting Boxes around the county or by US Mail, as mailed in by voters.

In today's world of technology, the Elections Office in Chelan County opens the ballots upon receipt, logs them in by registered voter name, but does not read the actual voting information on the ballots until after the polls close Election Day. Shortly after the polls close on Election Day, the ballots are inserted in a computer data reader and it doesn't take but a few minutes and the preliminary totals are available on-line. Of course those numbers don't reflect the total ballots as about 1/3 are still to arrive from ballot boxes across the County or by US Mail. So another count will take place on the following Thursday, (Nov 6th in this case)late in the day, after election officials process those arriving by US Mail.

Ms Burger said that voter interest in the Chelan PUD Commission races, Chelan County Commissioner races, and the Chelan Hospital District Bond means we will likely see voter turnout near 75%.

We did a little math on the online numbers and determined that 18% of the voters in Chelan County Hospital Dist 2 have sent their ballots in already (That is 1021 of 5566 registered voters in the District precincts that incorporate the district.)
That 18% number is slightly higher than the county-wide 15.6% of the ballots returned County Wide. ( 6205 returned of 39,772 ballots mailed out.)

Ms Burger says normal voting behavior runs about: 1/3rd within a week of mailing the ballots . 1/3rd between the end of 1st week after ballots go out and election day and the final 1/3 show up between election day - and the end of the week of election day.

She predicts a 75% voter turnout - or 29.836 ballots cast in Chelan County.

Readers are encouraged to check the auditors Elections Web-Page and spend some time / do the math / and you can learn and calculate a lot about the issues on the ballot this fall.

PS: - We found Nissa Burger, Director of Elections for Chelan County, very smart about the laws and the work she supervises, and extremely helpful. And only a phone call away at 509-667-6806.


Posted by GoLakeChelan on Wednesday, October 29 @ 06:07:58 PDT

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Reflecting on The Bronze Shoe & Bill Lippincott
Comments & Opinions By Jerry Isenhart October 27, 2014
This Friday at Sargent Field in Chelan, history may be made again - as the Chelan Goats meet the Cashmere Bulldogs for an annual football tradition, "The Battle of the Bronze Shoe".

And if you ask Goat fans, they think Chelan has a good shot at winning this year.

As we understand it, with Cashmere's loss to Cascade last Friday night, the Goats won't have a post season opportunity to go to state.... so Friday night's Homecoming Game with Cashmere has more incentive than ever.

And the way the Chelan Goats have come on in the 2nd half of the season, Chelan fans are thinking this just may be the year for the Goats to "Bring Home the Shoe."

The history of this tradition and the last time Chelan beat Cashmere was in 2010 -- as shown in the headline and link below.

The game, now more than ever, is played in memory of one of Chelan's finest Coaches, Friend and Sportscaster, Bill Lippincott. (Bill passed away in 2012, but his legend lives on!)


CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY AND GREAT INTERVIEW WITH DENNIS RAHM


Posted by GoLakeChelan on Monday, October 27 @ 13:39:36 PDT

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Chelan Host Cashmere Friday & the Battle of the Shoe /
Chelan_Goats Oct 27, 2014
Chelan Goats Whomp Omak - Play Cashmere Friday
It's the Annual Battle of the Shoe
Ahead of last week's trip to Omak, GoLake Chelan's Dave Rogge interviewed 3 key figures from the Goat Football Team.
Click on the photo below.......

Chelan Goats defeat Omak Pioneers 47-0.
'Eli Jenkins continued his outstanding play this week against the Pioneers. Goats strong running tailback Julian Buyas had a big night scoring two touchdowns on the ground while collecting 28 yards on 3 carries.

Mason McClellan had another big game with 80 yds. on 11 carries and Eli Jenkins added 61yds. on 8 carries. But high man for the game was Juan Garcia who rushed for 93 yds. on 10 carries. High man receiving passes from Eli Jenkins was Collin Hendricks with 5 catches for 96 yds.

Last Friday was only the second game for Sophomore Collin Hendricks who has been dealing with an injury all season. Although the Goats lost a tough one to Cascade 22-20 last weekend, they have now put together 5 really complete games and continue to show improvement from week to week.

Coach Domser has told us during several interviews that the guys just needed to finish the games and get better each week and they have continued to get better.

This coming Friday, October 31st, the Goats host the Cashmere Bulldogs for the "Battle of The Bronze Shoe." This will also be Goats Homecoming so we hope you will come out or watch for us on Go Lake Chelan.
Posted by GoLakeChelan on Monday, October 27 @ 12:01:37 PDT

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Hospital Bond Levy Letters - 3 More
PHP-Nuke Oct 27, 2014
Below We Add 3 More 'Letters To GoLakeChelan' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure. We have received only "YES" letters since yesterday.
  • - Tom and Karen Anglin, Chelan
  • - Ed Rauvola, Chelan
  • - Susan McKinnon, Chelan
From: Tom and Karen Anglin, Chelan
I attended the last community meeting concerning the upcoming hospital vote at the Lake Chelan Clinic. I found it disappointing that there was personal attacks against Kevin Abel the LCCH CEO. He was called arrogant by an attendee for purchasing the land for the new hospital without a vote of the people. I've also seen him called reckless for this purchase in other forums.

Kevin Abel did not make this purchase on his own. The ELECTED hospital board of commissioners made the decision to purchase the property. The citizens can vote the commissioners out of office if they don't like their decisions.

I think the commissioners made a very wise decision in purchasing the property. These types of purchases have been made by many other hospitals and municipalities. It's called prudent long range planning. In our case to purchase the property when property values are down and the desirable piece of property is available, which may not be the case later on when a bond issue is passed.

I think Kevin Abel is doing a great job in looking out for the citizens of Chelan and their interests. I also have the upmost confidence in the hospital commissioners and how they are representing us.

Bond prices are at record lows right now. This is the time to VOTE YES on the vote for the new hospital.

Tom and Karen Anglin
Chelan

From: Ed Rauvola, Chelan
Thank you for being here for me Lake Chelan Community Hospital.

When we built our home, one of the considerations was to locate on the South Shore close to Navarre Coulee Road in order to be closer access to Wenatchee. Wenatchee is not only where we raised our children, but where they currently live. Also, we had the tendency to maintain our health care in Wenatchee as well. Since living here full time for the past 15 years, we have gradually switched virtually all of our needs including health care to Chelan. Convenience was the primary motivator at first, but home town service won us over.

Last spring, a chronic knee ailment prompted me to return to Wenatchee to an orthopedist. I was told it was arthritic, they drained off fluid, and shot it with cortisone. Since I work 11 hour days on my feet as a pharmacist, the problem resurfaced. After hearing reports of a fantastic orthopedist working at Lake Chelan Hospital, I made an appointment with Dr. Joshua Schkrohowsky. He assured me that surgery was a last option. The first thing he tried was physical therapy including an insole that corrected the weight distribution on my knee. It was amazing how supporting my fallen arches fixed the problem.

Later this summer, I flared up an old shoulder injury. Thirty years ago when I had a Wenatchee orthopedic surgeon fix it, I was told it was just a temporary fix, and that I would have to have a new joint put in within 10 years. Again, I contacted the Hospital for an appointment. Dr. Schkrohowsky assured me that surgery was a last option. Again, he sent me to Lake Chelan Community Hospital Physical Therapy. Therapist, Rod Mortensen assessed the shoulder, then put me on exercises to rebuild muscles which had degenerated from years of favoring them. The shoulder is now tighter and feeling better than it had for many years.

What was the cost of all this you ask? The Hospital billing department was patient with me to accumulate the individual service date billings until my insurance had finalized paying their share. The remaining accumulated copays totaled over $340. By bringing in my itemized tax return showing how much I had paid in tax for Hospital and EMS, they subtracted this amount from the bill (allowed once a year per taxpayer). Another discount for paying in full made my final bill $40. I was totally amazed.

When I sold my Wenatchee business and moved to Lake Chelan, I wanted to help contribute to improving health care quality in our area. To accomplish this, I volunteered for a position on the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation Board. As I learned more about the Hospital, I humbly realized the extent of expertise in place. Almost every year, the Hospital wins awards for being on the fore-front of technology with programs such as Telestroke (alliance with Swedish Hospital), Telecardiology (alliance with Confluence Cardiology), and now Teleneurology Peripherals (expanding the Telestroke program). Very impressive also, is the Hospital Financial program, which keeps the budget in the “black” while most other rural hospitals are declining.

Whether we agree with it or not, Healthcare Reform is creating environments in which hospitals are the hub of health care. Evidence of this is shown by hospitals and clinics merging all around the country, as well as here in Chelan. Having a strong hospital will be more important than ever. Please support the Hospital with your vote.

Ed Rauvola, Chelan

From: Susan McKinnon, Chelan
PAYING IT FORWARD

Looking back over the time-line for hospital construction in Chelan, it's evident that the citizens of several generations were concerned about healthcare for residents of the area.

Prior to 1948 when the first hospital was built, medical care was limited to what doctors in Chelan could offer, and people were sent to Wenatchee hospitals for major concerns. This was the norm for people in other surrounding small towns. Women having babies went to Wenatchee for what was then an inconvenient ten-day stay. Babies in the 30's - 40's were not born in their home towns.

Chelan citizens of the 40's generation realized the need to support and raise funding for a local hospital, the one completed in 1948. That hospital served the community until the 60's generation "paid-it-forward" in 1969 and supported the construction of the next hospital built in 1972. In the 90s, the next generation "paid-it-forward" with an outpouring of community financial support for a third floor addition completed in 1994.

The hospital is now 42 years old, outdated, with no more area to expand and improve the facility. When critical systems for heating and air-conditioning, electrical and plumbing, and the one elevator need repair, parts are scarce or no longer available. Updating the heating/air-conditioning system could require closing the hospital while that's done. Overcrowding is obvious in critical departments such as the emergency room, pharmacy, lab, and radiology.

We are out of compliance in several areas. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act requires wheelchair and walker access into bathrooms. Our hospital does not have the required single-patient rooms for patient/family privacy and critical infection prevention.

The land is available for a new hospital. It will allow future expansion for additional departments with new equipment and technologies. A modern hospital will attract new doctors. Passage of the Hospital Bond on the November ballot is cost-effective. Property tax increase will be relatively small -- $9.33/month or $112.00/year on a $300,000 home. Now it is time for the present generation to plan for the future and "pay-it-forward" to provide for the needs of the next generation. Vote YES on the Hospital Bond.

Susan McKinnon, Chelan
Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to publish responsible "Letters to The Editor" and "Op-Ed Positions" on this topic from members of the community with the hope that open, healthy dialogue will give voters the best information.

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page 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

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 27 @ 09:19:43 PDT

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More Endorsements - Listen to Why You Should Vote YES for the New Hospital
PHP-Nuke Greg Kennedy - October 26, 2014
The following is a paid commercial message from Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital
- "We are concerned citizens passionate about healthcare and the new hospital. We are paying for ads and signs through donations and fundraising."
Listen to Why You Should Vote YES for the New Hospital
Resources for new hospital information at HealthyLakeChelanValley.org

In order to help citizens make their decision, we have posted several documents at HealthyLakeChelanValley.org. These include the current facility’s Physical Condition Summary, CDi Engineers evaluation of of HVAC, Fire Protection and Plumbing systems, appraisal, soil evaluation, statement of net position (which notes cumulative value of land, building, equipment, etc…), and the Port of Chelan’s Healthcare Industry Assessment about the hospital’s economic impact on community.

There is also a question and answer section on the website addressing some common cencerns of those wanting to make an informed decision: healthylakechelanvalley.org/news-events/questions-and-answers.

There is a Facebook page with more information at: https://www.facebook.com/ChelanValleyCitizensForNewHospital.
The Chelan Valley Citizens for a new hospital encourages everyone to “Vote Yes” for the new Hospital!

There are a number of people in the valley who would have us believe that the new hospital is going to cost a lot more than the $19 million dollars that is being requested with the Bond Levy. It is true that there is a cost of borrowing money but a failure to take into account the “time value of money is irresponsible. A dollar in your pocket today will certainly not have the same value in 30 years. It is difficult to imagine what a dollar today will be worth in 2044. There is no better time to borrow the needed money. We need to borrow now while interest rates are low.

Have you ever thought about how much of the $19 million dollars the Lake Chelan Hospital District’s permanent residents are really going to pay for the new hospital? The fact is – it is a lot less than $19 million in 2014 dollars. The new hospital will be paid for using Property Tax dollars. Who pays property taxes? The answer is all of the homeowners in the Lake Chelan Valley, even second homeowners that do not vote in our district. Homeowners who cannot vote in this election pay more than 50% of the property taxes paid in the Lake Chelan Hospital District. Why not let all of those individuals who own property, pay property tax, and do not live in the hospital district pay for 50% of a new hospital. This sounds like a good idea to us!

There is another group of people who would have us spend money remodeling the existing hospital and suggest this would be a less expensive alternative. It is interesting to note that when a proposal to remodel the existing hospital came before the voters a few years ago it had a cost associated with it that was more than the proposed 2014 Bond Levy. This proposal was voted down. Now we are being led to believe we can remodel for less money by the same individuals who were involved in developing the cost of the last remodel proposal. What happened? Was there no inflation, was the last remodel proposal grossly inflated or the present suggestion grossly underestimated? The fact is, if we were to remodel the hospital it would require a Bond Levy and would have similar tax implications as the proposed Bond Levy. I doubt this would gain favor with the people who do not want any tax increases. If history can be our guide, a remodel of the hospital would cost more than what is being proposed for the new hospital. Why remodel the existing hospital – it just does not make sense.

Some have suggested we need more study. This is generally the mantra of those who are resistant to change and do not understand the long-range economic impact that a new hospital will have on the community. They fail to appreciate the need for encouraging managed growth, encouraging new doctors and other professionals to relocate to the valley, and the need to create an environment that will give our young people the opportunity to return to the valley and enjoy well paying jobs after they have finished their college and university educations. In the past we have been limited to advice from people who have local knowledge but limited experience in understanding what is needed in a rural hospital environment. This time around the hospital administration, hospital commissioners and the Port of Chelan have sought the advice of many professionals who know what is needed and know how to design Rural Critical Access Hospital. The time for more study is over!

What is being proposed is what we need now and for the future, for an aging population, for our youth and for everyone in the Hospital District. “Vote Yes for a New Hospital” on November 4, 2014.

Lester Cooper
Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Sunday, October 26 @ 11:17:12 PDT

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What’s Happening with Soroptimist of Chelan?
Strictly Fun Tammy Koch - October 26, 2014
(L-R) Teresa Petersen, Wendy Ross, Kathy Jacobs, Laurel Gunsaulus.
What’s Happening with Soroptimist of Chelan?
On October 18 the Soroptimist’s held their annual Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk. There were 340 participants and the running total so far is $23793.00.

There are so many to thank that helped make this event happen. Please go to our website to see many of those special contributors from the area.

As the checks continue to roll in, we will be announcing the totals until December 31, our cutoff date. Meanwhile, thank you Chelan Dance Fitness for holding your Zumbathon in September and collecting over $900 in donations for the Chelan Chase.

For Soroptimist’s around the world October is not only breast cancer month but also Domestic Violence Awareness month and we would like to announce our #PurpleYourPet campaign! PetBox will donate a portion of their sales to Soroptimist programs that support survivors of domestic violence, you can help too by going to getpetbox.com/purple.
Front Row – Jillian Foster, Anita Rutter, Wendy Ross, Marilyn Raines, Brooc Barb, Renee Hartman
Just behind Front Row – Cindy Engstrom, Mandy Rediske
Middle Row – Laurel Gunsaulus, Cory Colbert, Anna Bossler, Carole Peters, Brenda Bain, Donna Clark, Marilyn Connelly, Jane Jedwadny, Kathy Hevly
Top Row – Elena Payne, Lydia Amaya, Kathy Jacobs, Meg Raines

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Sunday, October 26 @ 10:06:13 PDT

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http://www.golakechelan.com/?name=News&file=article&sid=17299


Two More Letters Concerning the Hospital Bond Levy
PHP-Nuke Oct 25, 2014
Below We Add 2 More 'Letters To GoLakeChelan' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure
  • - Kyle J. Sparks, Chelan
  • - Kit & Mary Couchee, Chelan Volunteers since 2004
From: Kyle J. Sparks, Chelan
In considering the cost to my own family of the proposed Lake Chelan Community Hospital levy of $0.37 per $1,000 of assessed value, I found the cost to be quite nominal compared to previous offers to voters for a replacement LCCH facility. I believe that each person considering this issue will find the cost to be quite minor, and that the returns for a level access year-round, single-story facility with full access for all mobility, as well as modernization of infection control spaces and medical technology far outweigh personal costs.

To help illustrate this, I have included a calculator that anyone reading this letter can use to see their cost per year and per month (based on current assessment), should the levy be passed by the voters -- us.



I have opposed the previous offers by LCCH, but find this current proposal to be a good answer to the concerns we voiced over the previous two proposals. On the previous proposals, the community asked for reduced cost to tax payers, reduced cost on the new facility and better use of the proposed space. LCCH has answered: they have shouldered more of the costs themselves, reduced the overall cost in the process, and the proposed facility is designed for efficient use and growth without wasted space or space with ambiguous intended use. These are all positive changes from the previous proposals, and this proposal deserves our support.

And it won't break anyone's bank on top of it all ...

Kyle J. Sparks
Chelan

From: Kit & Mary Couchee
Vote YES for our Hospital!

Why do the signs say, “PROTECT OUR HOSPITAL”? The word PROTECT got your attention, didn’t it? It is true, that if we don’t pass the levy for the new hospital building now the costs will continue to escalate while we live on the edge of being shut down for non-compliance to updated laws and best practice.

What is the hospital levy going to cost you? $.37 per $1,000 assessed value.
$100,000 assessed value the additional tax will be $ 37.
$300,000 assessed value the additional tax will be $111.
$1,000,000 assessed value the additional tax will be $370.

What do you get for your additional tax dollars? A new hospital building that will be ADA compliant without expensive retrofits, space and capabilities for high-tech medical equipment, and patient privacy. We, the voters, voted down remodels of the old hospital two times, leading the current administration to study and determine it saves us more tax dollars to build new rather than bandage old.

What do you get when you pay taxes to support the hospital? You still (means you get this now) are eligible for an annual discount for the actual amount of taxes you paid, up to $500 per calendar year after your insurance payment. Simply bring a copy of your tax statement on your primary residence showing the tax for Lake Chelan Community Hospital. Your hospital out of pocket bill will be reduced by the hospital tax amount up to $500 a year.

Kit & Mary Couchee
Chelan Volunteers since 2004
Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to publish responsible "Letters to The Editor" and "Op-Ed Positions" on this topic from members of the community with the hope that open, healthy dialogue will give voters the best information.

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page 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

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, October 25 @ 11:22:51 PDT

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Rock Blasting-Related Closures Finished for the Year on Snoqualmie Pass
WSDOT Meagan Lott, WSDOT Communications - October 25, 2014
Rock Blasting-Related Closures Finished for the Year on Snoqualmie Pass
Drivers should plan for delays due to 24 hour lane closures next week

Drivers traveling across Interstate 90 will be happy to hear rock blasting-related closures on Snoqualmie Pass are finished for the year. However, drivers still need to plan for added travel time next week due to lane closures.

Starting Monday morning, Oct. 27 through Saturday morning, Nov. 1 contractor crews close a lane in each direction on I-90 between mileposts 56 to 61. These lane closures will be in effect 24 hours a day. Drivers may also experience delays due to daytime rolling slowdowns through the same location.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, October 25 @ 11:04:59 PDT

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City of Chelan AAU Youth Basketball Registration Deadline Nov 10
City of Chelan Greg Kennedy - October 25, 2014
City of Chelan AAU Youth Basketball Registration Deadline Nov 10
The City of Chelan Parks & Recreation department is now accepting Registrations for AAU Youth Basketball grades K through 6th. Registration Deadline is Monday, November 10th.

Registration Fees:
  • Boys & Girls Grades K through 2 – CO-ED $25
  • Boys & Girls Grades 3 through 6 – $35
There is an additional cost of $17 for those that do not have a current AAU card. Current AAU cards have an expiration date of 8/31/2015.

Registration forms must be turned into the Park & Recreation Office

There is a coaches meeting on Thursday, November 13th, 7:00 pm, at MOE in Room 201.

First Practice is November 17th – First Game is December 13th – Last Game is January 31st.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, October 25 @ 10:55:03 PDT

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Three More Letters Concerning the Hospital Bond Levy
PHP-Nuke Oct 24, 2014
Below We Add 3 More 'Letters To GoLakeChelan' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure
  • - Jim and Kay Malvey, Chelan
  • - Pat Hautenne, Manson
  • - John & Claudia Swenson, Chelan
From: Jim and Kay Malvey, Chelan
Why We Support a New Hospital

We have read with interest the letters and flyers regarding the need of a new hospital to serve the medical needs of the people living and visiting the Lake Chelan Valley.

The hospital is a critical institution in the overall quality of life in our community.

Over the years our family has experienced first hand the services at our local hospital. Family members have had surgeries, childbirth, physical therapy, routine lab and radiology screenings as well as a life saving revival after an allergic reaction to a yellow jacket sting. All of these experiences were administered by positive, caring and competent professionals.

After reviewing all points for and against a new hospital it is clear to us that a new hospital will optimize the quality of care for patients because of better access, improved building efficiency, advanced equipment, more space and a safer environment for patients and staff.

Jim and Kay Malvey
Chelan, WA

From: Pat Hautenne, Manson
I asked the Hospital CEO last Monday night , why bonds? [He replied] They did not want to borrow from the US Government (Did not say why).

Section 242 provides for affordable financing for Hospitals. Instead of bonds, borrow the money from HUD. That will help all the retired property owners on fixed incomes.

Tom Jensen, former CEO of Grand Coulee Hospital and now CEO of Harbor Community Hospital, used HUD to help build their Critical Access Hospital. There are better ways than bonds. Read below:
"Can LCCH Afford to Build without Taxpayer Assistance?

HUD 242 funding . Section 242 of the National Housing Act provides mortgage insurance for acute care hospital facilities ranging from large teaching institutions to small rural critical access hospitals.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) helps hospitals access affordable financing for capital projects. Uses may include new construction, refinancing, and modernization, remodeling, equipment, and expansion.

Tom Jensen, former CEO of Grand Coulee Hospital and now CEO of Harbor Community Hospital obtained creative funding from this program to build their Critical Access Hospital. The information was shared with the LCCH Hospital Commissioners during my tenure, but they wanted nothing to do with anything but voter-issued Bonds.
Please Vote No,

Pat Hautenne, Manson

From: John Swenson & Claudia Swenson, Chelan
We have been involved in hospital-based care as a hospital pharmacy administrator and clinical pharmacist for over 40 years in the Seattle/Tacoma area as well as most recently at Central Washington Hospital. We are very aware of the diagnostic, surgical and medication therapies that make a difference in that first critical hour or two after an acute major event (i.e. heart attack, stroke, etc).

The abilities of local physicians supported by EMS and a level 4 hospital emergency department can make the difference in surviving and thriving, or not, when these events strike. A new hospital with appropriate departmental space to accommodate new technology, new patient safety requirements and private rooms makes medical and patient care sense. At Central Washington Hospital, we saw firsthand the improvements in patient care, documentation of care, privacy and opportunities for family support when a new facility, including private rooms, was made available for all patients.

We are proud of this community and want it to thrive. A new, excellent critical access hospital in Chelan will allow us to retain current medical personnel and attract new providers. Being able to train medical and other health care provider students in our community requires an up to date hospital. Training programs expose students to our attractive community and aid in recruitment. For us, excellent local hospital-based care makes medical, quality of life and economic sense and a new hospital is the foundation of this focus.

We encourage one and all to vote YES for the new hospital.

John Swenson, BPharm, MS, FASHP
Claudia Swenson, PharmD, FASHP
Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to publish responsible "Letters to The Editor" and "Op-Ed Positions" on this topic from members of the community with the hope that open, healthy dialogue will give voters the best information.

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page 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

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, October 24 @ 11:41:19 PDT

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Garage Fire in the Brays Landing Area of Orondo
PHP-Nuke Chief Jim Oatey, OFR - October 24, 2014
Garage Fire in the Brays Landing Area of Orondo
At 11:30 PM Orondo Fire and Chelan Fire 7 responded to the report of a garage fire in the Brays Landing area of Orondo, one mile north of Daroga Park. On arrival a two car garage occupied by two vehicles was found fully engulfed in flames. The fire had spread to the adjacent dwelling 20 feet from the garage.

Initial fire attack was on the dwelling fire, extinguishing fire to the siding, soffits and extension into the attic. A second crew applied water to the garage fire. The fire took 20 minutes to contain and an additional two hours to mop up.

The dwelling suffered $30,000 in damages with the garage and vehicles being a total loss of approximately $75,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but most likely emanated from a vehicle that was parked in the garage just prior to the discovery of the fire. The home’s resident relayed that he looked outside ten minutes after arriving home and parking his car to find his garage fully involved in fire.

The family of six was able to escape without injury and is staying with family. There were no firefighter injuries.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, October 24 @ 10:56:39 PDT

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Wednesday, October 15
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