Free Diabetes Support Group Meetings Oct 28-29
Tuesday in Manson - Wednesday in Chelan

Wednesday October 22 is National Unity Day
Unite against bullying - wear Orange to show you care

Freaky Fall Festival in Stehekin October 25th
Halloween fun at the head of Lake Chelan

1st Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Acacia Event Center Nov 8-9
Prizes, music, fun - it all benefits Chelan Valley Hope

Photo Artist Lora Cleveland at Manson Community Library Through November
Local artist photographs scenes close to and far from home

City of Chelan Special Meeting October 21
Budget workshop to discuss Capital Fund purchases

Lake Chelan Valley Resident Bill Worth Says VOTE NO on LCCH Bond Levy
Another letter from our readers...

Sink or Swim - Cardboard Boats Test Student Designs
From scale models to full size ...

Buckner Orchard Harvest Fest 2014 Recap
The orchard has never looked better!

TEE Time for October 6, 2014
Last report for 2014 - changing of the guard

LCCH Foundation Receives Major Gift from Rio Tinto and Magnus Pacific
Two companies at work on the Holden Mine Cleanup give $20K to promote wellness in the Lake Chelan Valley

Blood Drive at Manson High October 22nd
From 2 - 6 p.m. Give to save lives!

Space Heater Safety Tips
Space heaters like their own space

The Boys & Their Toys or Mother Nature That Made The Noise Last Night?

Voter Interest in Hospital Bond Triggers New Letters & Op-Eds on GoLakeChelan

Chelan Chase Enjoyed 291 Participants ranging in age from 7 to 89!
We have the results ....

Chelan Middle School, Chelan Food Bank and HDCA Join in New Plan For Halloween Downtown

The Chase Is On - Saturday - Oct 18th
Drivers Advised to Be Alert - Lots of folks out and about!

Peter Rutherford, MD & CEO of Confluence Health Endorses Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Proposition

Washington State Poet Laureate Visiting Chelan Library Tuesday
Also special guest writer, Stehekin's David Kurth

City of Chelan Working on 2015 Budget
We list some important Public Hearings

Portside Luncheon Lays Out Economic Forecast for Region
A good look at how community leaders see the local future

Lake Chelan Hospital CEO Reaches Out To Community
Invitation to Public Information Meeting on Bond Issue Coming Up Next Monday

City Authorizes 9 Year Agreement with Regional Library
Highlight's from last week's City Council Meeting

Northshore Church Welcomes New Worthship/Youth Director
We give MATT CEIPLIS a Lake Chelan Welcome

CHS Five Star Club Thanks Community Restaurants
Gives Campbell's Top Honors!!

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Free Diabetes Support Group Meetings Oct 28-29
GLC Community News John Swenson - October 20, 2014
Free Diabetes Support Group Meetings Oct 28-29
Free Diabetes Support Group meetings are being offered for diabetic patients and their family members. They are being held on the 4th Tuesday (28th) and Wednesday (29th) of October.

The meetings will be presented by Claudia N. Swenson, Pharm.D., CDE (Certified Diabetic Educator), BC-ADM (Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Manager).

Tuesday - October 28th - North Shore Bible Church in Manson - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday - October 29th - Chelan Valley Hope in Chelan - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 12:20:57 PDT

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Wednesday October 22 is National Unity Day
Lake Chelan School District Sara Anderson - October 20, 2014
Click Here for the National Bullying Prevention Center website
Wednesday October 22 is National Unity Day
Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying!

“What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online—and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity.” --pacer.org

Students at MOE, CMS, and CHS will be doing activities to unite against bullying and we are encouraging all of our staff members to wear orange this Wednesday.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 12:03:22 PDT

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Freaky Fall Festival in Stehekin October 25th
Strictly Fun Herb Sargo - October 20, 2014
Freaky Fall Festival in Stehekin October 25th
Join the spooky fun in Stehekin on October 25th at the Fall Festival.

There will be games, food and fun and it all takes place in the Golden West Visitor Center at Stehekin.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Costumes are optional and so is bringing an hors d'oeuvre or dessert. Please spread the word. Hope to see you there!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 11:41:37 PDT

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1st Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Acacia Event Center Nov 8-9
Strictly Fun Shelly Ward - October 20, 2014
1st Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Acacia Event Center Nov 8-9
The 1st Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair will be held at the Acacia Event Center November 8th and 9th.

There will be wine tasting and pictures with Santa for "people and pets". There will also be a "Best Pie" contest with Blueberry Kari as one of the judges. The winner will take home the entry fee "pot" and win the "Acacia King/Queen of Pie 2014" title.

In addition, $5 Raffle tickets for a HUGE Christmas basket to benefit Chelan Valley Hope will be on sale.

There will be wine and spirits, fine chocolates, holiday goodies, and gift certificates for lots of great things. Let's just say the winner will be ready for Christmas entertaining and much more.

The drawing will be held November 29th at the Acacia Comedy Show with Star Comedian Brad Upton drawing the winner. Both events will benefit Chelan Valley Hope!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 11:31:27 PDT

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Photo Artist Lora Cleveland at Manson Community Library Through November
Strictly Fun Betty Pettit - October 20, 2014
Lora Parks Cleveland
Photo Artist Lora Cleveland at Manson Community Library Through November
Come enjoy the works of photo artist Lora Cleveland at the Manson Library. Her photos include some taken in faraway places and some taken very close to home.

Lora lives in Chelan and belongs to the Lake Chelan Art Alliance. Her work will be featured at the library through November.

Visit http://www.lpcleve.wix.com/loracleveland to learn more about this artist.

Manson Library is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5:30, Wednesdays from 10:30 to 5:30 and Thursdays from 12:30 to 6:30.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 11:12:00 PDT

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City of Chelan Special Meeting October 21
City of Chelan Peri S. Gallucci - October 20, 2014
City of Chelan Special Meeting October 21

Chelan City Council will meet in special session from 6:00 p.m. up to 8:00 p.m. on October 21, 2014, in Council Chambers, Chelan City Hall, 135 East Johnson Avenue in Chelan, Washington. The purpose of this special session is a budget workshop to discuss Capital Fund purchases in preparation for the 2015 Budget.

Peri S. Gallucci
Chelan City Clerk

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 10:56:11 PDT

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Valley Resident Bill Worth Asks Voters To VOTE NO on LCCH Bond Levy
PHP-Nuke Oct 20, 2014 - Letter to the Editor from Valley Resident Bill Worth

Lake Chelan Valley Resident, Bill Worth Encourages Voters to
VOTE NO on the Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Levy
Well it is crunch time, the ballots are at the post office and for the third time LCCH is pushing for a new hospital rather than renovating the existing building. Long term residents of the valley tell us newcomers that originally the hospital promised that they could add floors to the present building if they needed more room, knowledgeable architects have told the community that it is much more economical to maintain and expand the present building, but still the management of LCCH seems unable to change course.

This incredible tax supported advertising campaign that has a sign on every block, and a full court push on every available media far outshines the resistance from a few citizens using their own money, but twice before it has been defeated and hopefully this will be their last high priced push for something that is totally unneeded in the valley. Taxpayers have been told that there is no problem at the new site with a heavy concentration of lead arsenic, they have been told that a $300,000 house will only pay around $200 per year in new taxes. Well folks it is a 30 year bond, multiply your $200 and you get a $6000 bill when it is paid off, and if you use this present administrations reasoning, they will be looking for another new hospital to replace their 30 year old structure at that time.

If LCCH had spent the money that has been spent on these three campaigns on improving the present structure instead of defying the will of the voters of Chelan they would have a hospital to be proud of. If they would spend the money that they have hoarded for the new hospital building, and thin out the top heavy management we would have a first class facility, capable of handling the health needs of Chelan. Instead the empire builders have repeatedly pushed for something that duplicates poorly the first class operation in Wenatchee, Seattle, and Spokane.

Reject the Bond, for the third time, VOTE NO to the hospital bond.

Bill Worth
Lake Chelan Resident

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 Staff.All@GoLakeChelan.com 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 GoLakeChelan on Monday, October 20 @ 10:29:14 PDT

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Sink or Swim - Cardboard Boats Test Student Designs
Manson School District Janice Stewart - October 20, 2014
Sink or Swim - Cardboard Boats Test Student Designs
Manson high school students put their knowledge of boat building to the ultimate test this past Wednesday.

Over the past three weeks students have been studying boat building; how they are constructed, the parts of boats, what makes them float and why. They have used math skills in figuring displacement, volume, buoyancy, center of buoyancy, and draft of a boat.

Students had to produce sketches and designs of different types of boats and then work effectively as a group to built one or two prototypes from heavy construction paper. They then had to float them in a pool to see how they would react when weight is added in the form of golf balls.

After observing their successes and failures, students then went to full scale models in the form of cardboard and duct tape. It was a great learning experience for all students involved as well as the many parents and community members that attended and witnessed the show!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 10:10:13 PDT

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Buckner Orchard Harvest Fest 2014 Recap
Strictly Fun Herb Sargo - October 20, 2014
Click Here for the Buckner Orchard website
Buckner Orchard Harvest Fest 2014 Recap
Beautiful weather, a large apple crop, and plenty of great folks, food, and music highlighted this year's Harvest Fest!
Friday Orchard work party - 14 participants
Friday Night Stehekin Valley Music Program - 130 Attendees
Saturday Cider Pressing and Community Potluck - 220+ Participants
Sunday Poetry Night - 17 readers, reciters, and listeners

Friday Work Party - A very important part of what the Foundation does is to gather volunteers to help at the Orchard and Homestead. Winterizing this organic orchard is critical to the longevity and health of the trees. Controlling mice by removing grass and food, cleaning ditches, mowing and weed eating, along with setting up for the next day's festivities are only some of the many activities completed.

Friday Evening - Banjo, piano ragtime, solos, duets. and quartets with music from the 40's and 50's as well as other lively offerings from Stehekin's own Agnes on Fire, made for another enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Many thanks to all the musicians and singers, and especially to Mary Denmead, Mark Scherer, and Jo Reiter for their organization of this great event.

Saturday at the Orchard - A bumper apple crop coupled with our largest attendance ever made for a day filled with lots of apples, lots of cider, lots of people, and lots of food and music. We couldn't ask for more!

The Orchard has never looked better! The signature Common Delicious apples, along with the Rome Beauties, Winesaps, and Johnny's were large, juicy, and numerous.

Chili with all the fixings, a fine selection of salads, and a multitude of yummy desserts rewarded the pickers, pressers, and watchers, while enjoying the music of Agnes on Fire, our versatile and talented band of local musicians.

Sunday Evening Poetry Night - Reading from favorites, many of them reflections of the Stehekin Valley and the mountains that surround it, as well as original writings from those present, this relaxing evening brought Harvest Fest 2014 to a quiet close.

Many sincere thanks to Wilfred and Kathleen Woods and the Community Foundation of NCW for their continued and generous support of Harvest Fest.

NEXT YEAR - Harvest Fest 2015 will be held October 9 - 11.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 09:58:20 PDT

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TEE Time for October 6, 2014
Strictly Fun Alice Soma - October 20, 2014

TEE Time
with Alice Soma
TEE Time for October 6, 2014
Ladies play finalized a busy and fun season with an awards dinner organized by outgoing President Rhonda Vaglio. She thanked her outgoing officers and chairpersons, welcoming in the new officers: Pres. Patty Myers; VP Karen Holst; Sec. Janet Kophs; and returning Treas. Karen Erickson.
Captain of the Apple Valley team April Talley (north central Washington competitive league) announced that they won first place low net for the region. She was “really excited” and “proud of the girls.” Team members were Candace Farnsworth, Carol Ferguson, April Talley, Nancy Storaasli, Elona Teague, Barb Rayburn, and Kim Thiel (not pictured).
There were 44 birdies scored this season by 24 girls. Each received a birdie pin but the birdie winner of the season was Barb Rayburn. The ladies sunk eighty-six chip-ins this season but Judy Johanson scored the most, receiving a pin for this feat. Janet Kophs and Nancy Storaasli received hole-in-one pins for their accomplishments (many golfers golf a lifetime without a hole-in-one). Putting is the key to good golf and club champion Barb Rayburn demonstrated that by winning the low putts award. Judy Johanson logged the most rounds of golf for the year and the most improved player award went to Candace Farnsworth.

Ecci scores (most improved from beginning of season to end) were Div. 1 Linda Hahn; Div. 2 Susie Clausen and Judy Johanson; and Div. 3 Mary Couchée. Fifteen ladies competed in both club tournaments (Apple Blossom net play) and Club Championship (best gross play). Apple Blossom winner April Talley took home a beautiful engraved crystal vase and Club Champion Barb Rayburn was awarded a unique golf trophy. Div. winners were awarded money prizes (Div. 1 Gail Peterson; Div. 2 Gail Bender; and Div. 3 Toni Berry). Low net winners Linda Hahn and Karen Holst also won money prizes.

Fore now,

Alice Soma

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 09:33:37 PDT

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LCCH Foundation Receives Major Gift from Rio Tinto and Magnus Pacific
Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates Katherine Jerald - October 20, 2014
(L-R) LCCH Foundation Director Katherine Jerald, Rio Tinto Holden Mine Cleanup Project Manager Dave Cline, Max, Magnus Pacific Regional Manager Robert Kirby, and LCCH Wellness Coordinator Agustin Benegas.
LCCH Foundation Receives Major Gift from Rio Tinto and Magnus Pacific
Two companies at work on the Holden Mine Cleanup give $20K to promote wellness in the Lake Chelan Valley
Rio Tinto and Magnus Pacific are encouraging Chelan Valley residents to live better by giving $20,000 to wellness initiatives funded by the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation. The contribution will allow the hospital to expand Club Max, a popular program that features a puppy mascot to engage children in an effort to fight obesity.

"We’re very pleased with the successes of Club Max. Rio Tinto is proud to be a part of this program," said Holden Mine Cleanup Project Manager Dave Cline.

The Holden Mine Cleanup Project is a $200+ million effort to remediate past environmental problems at the mine. The mine has been closed since the late 1950s and the cleanup is necessary to prevent future water and soil contamination. Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining groups, is managing and paying for the cleanup, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

“We’ve loved working in the Lake Chelan Valley. I’m honored to give back to the community,” said Magnus Pacific Regional Manager Robert Kirby. Magnus Pacific is a geotechnical/construction firm and the site’s largest contractor.

The contribution will be used to expand the scope of Club Max programs to educate and motivate children to make healthy decisions, specifically focusing on exercise and nutrition. Club Max works with children and parents through community and school events to educate and inspire children to eat well and exercise regularly.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm we’ve seen for Max,” said Lake Chelan Community Hospital RN Leah Thompson. “We’ve received feedback from parents, teachers and students asking for expanded offerings. This gift will help us respond to those requests and allow us to encourage more children to lead healthy lives.”

The Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation actively manages donor contributions, bequests, memorials, donor advised funds, endowments and an annual giving campaign. Each year the Foundation awards scholarships and assists the hospital to purchase necessary equipment to improve patient care.

The Foundation is incorporated and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible under IRS regulations. For additional information, contact Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation at 509-682-6125. Donations to the Foundation can be made at www.lcchfoundation.com or sent to PO Box 1911, Chelan, WA 98816.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 09:13:42 PDT

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Blood Drive at Manson High October 22nd
GLC Community News Sue Crinklaw - October 20, 2014
Blood Drive at Manson High October 22nd
The next Chelan/Manson Blood Drive will be held October 22 at Manson High School from 2 to 6 p.m.

Please call 1-800-733-2767 to sign up. The time is shorter at this drawing, so please try to make your reserved time.

Be a life saver!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 08:49:52 PDT

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Space Heater Safety Tips
Chelan Fire and Rescue Faye Barker - October 20, 2014
Space Heater Safety Tips
From your local fire district
  • Give the heater some space. Placing a combustible object too close to a heater is the leading cause of space heater fires. Allow at least three feet of open space on each side of the unit.
  • Use wall plug-ins. To prevent a fire, never plug a high-wattage space heater into an extension cord or multi-outlet strip.
  • Opt for quality. When shopping for a space heater, select a unit that has all the safety features and the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label of approval. Look for the cool-to-the-touch housings and automatic shut off features that turn the unit off if it’s tipped over or overheating. Some units will automatically shut off if their infrared sensors detect a person or object that is too close to the heater panel – making them desirable choices for households with kids or pets.
  • Never run a space heater in an unoccupied room. Always turn off a space heater when you leave the room, especially if young children or pets could come in contact with the device. Unplug the unit as an extra precaution.
  • Size matters. Before purchasing a space heater, check the label to see if it is the appropriate size for the area you want to heat.
  • Keep electric heaters away from dampness. Operating units in wet areas such as bathrooms can cause electric shock. If you need additional heat in a damp location, purchase a heater specifically designed for this purpose.
  • Safety first. Every room in which you plan to run a space heater should be outfitted with a smoke alarm. If you’re operating a gas space heater, also opt for a carbon monoxide alarm.
  • Carefully read the operating instructions and markings included with the heater before use.
  • Carefully inspect your heater and its electrical cord and plug before use. Never use a heater that is damaged.
  • Use your heater only as a supplementary source of heat. These devices are not intended to replace your home’s heating system.
  • Keep combustibles such as draperies, clothing and furniture at a safe distance – at least three feet away - from the heater.
  • Pay special attention to children if there is a heater in the room. Remind children not to poke their fingers or objects through the protective guard.
  • Avoid using an extension cord with your heater. If you must use an extension cord, it should have a rating 1.25 times the wattage rating of the heater. For example, you should use a cord rated at least 1,875 watts with a 1,500 watt heater.
  • Unplug your heater when not in use.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Monday, October 20 @ 07:59:06 PDT

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Small Earthquake Felt Near Chelan Late Sunday
Strictly Fun Oct 20, 2014
Was it the Boys and Their Toys ...
Or a Real Earth Quake ...

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Anyone who heard or felt most anything at about 10:15 PM Sunday evening probably knows more than we do. But we did hear a noise at our home near Peterson's Resort. And friends who live near the City Water Treatment Plant said they heard and felt something fairly strong. Folks near the Chelan Football Field reported the same ... and even someone near the Golf Course heard a boom.

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Posted by GoLakeChelan on Monday, October 20 @ 00:15:19 PDT

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Community Voices Speaking Out On The Upcoming Bond Levy
PHP-Nuke Oct 20, 2014
With interest in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Issue increasing as Election Day approaches on Nov 4th, GoLakeChelan has made the decision to once again 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 to preclude personal attacks and other inappropriate comments that are sometimes found on unmoderated forums.)

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 request 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 publish no more than one letter per writer in 30 days, and retain the right to decline publishing a letter at our discretion.

Below are recent letters received by GoLakeChelan.

  • - Drs. Harbed, Hutton and Waszkewitz of the Lake Chelan Clinic.

  • - Lake Chelan Community Hospital Commissioner, Mary Signorelli.

  • - Lake Chelan Community Leader Mike Sherer.

  • Drs. Harbed, Hutton and Waszkewitz of the Lake Chelan Clinic write:

    Dear Lake Chelan Community,

    We are writing this as Concerned Citizens of the Lake Chelan Valley as well as practicing physicians.

    Between the three of us, we have all been through multiple bond votes and all of the meetings and discussions that are required before proceeding with something of this magnitude.

    Dr. Waszkewitz has been practicing at the Lake Chelan Ccommunity Hospital for over 25 years, Dr. Hutton for 12 years and Dr. Harberd for 5 years.

    We understand that you, as the taxpayer, are being asked to help fund this project. Therefore, we want to reassure you that this decision and the final plan is the result of many, many hours of discussion, research, expert opinion, and more. We also can assure you we have continually been consulted along the way and we all support this project 100%.

    It is clear that there are people out there telling you this is not the right thing to do. And, we would appreciate your trust- that those of us that use this facility, take care of patients under the current conditions, work more when physicians are hard to recruit- know, beyond a doubt that this is the right direction to take.

    Please VOTE YES

    Drs. Harbed, Hutton and Waszkewitz

    Mary Signorelli, Commissioner
    Lake Chelan Community Hospital District 2

    In reading the Op-ed piece in the Wenatchee World, 10/15/2014, submitted by Mr. Hibbard and Mr. Thompson, I was struck by a few observation:

  • - It is a relief to me that the Editors of the WW, had the good sense to place this article on the “OPINION” page, because that is exactly what it is.

  • After only 6 months of “investigation” the authors were able to prove the conclusions that they originally started out with: i.e. a replacement hospital is not needed. Never mind that the Administration and Commissioners have spent years working with “highly experienced architects and engineers who SPECIALIZE IN HEALTHCARE facility planning and design and that based on all of the evidence and counsel, it was determined that a total renovation of the current facility is not the solution and should not be pursued.

    Building a right-sized replacement facility has been determined as the best possible option to protect and preserve healthcare in the greater Lake Chelan valley.”

  • The current hospital was appraised by a reputable local Appraisal company for Two million dollars. The Twenty million dollar value that Mr. Hibbard and Mr. Thompson would have us believe the current hospital is worth is pure opinion or should I say speculation.

  • The existing hospital is structurally sound, I guess that is one point we can agree on. The approximate 40,000 sq feet of space inside the building is not going to get any bigger! No matter how many walls and doorways are torn down….the building will not get any bigger.

    As part of the LCCH Board it is our responsibility to do all that we can do to improve, protect and preserve local healthcare. Part of this is addressing the community’s medical aging building. “A healthcare facility directly impacts a community’s medical services, healthcare infrastructure and physician recruitment and retention.

    Without a replacement healthcare facility, there is not space to increase patient services necessary to stay financially stable. There is no room for additional staff, technology and equipment. This means we will, over time, need to reduce or eliminate services.”

  • Mr. Hibbard and Mr. Thompson would have us displace residence of Heritage Heights to the east of the existing hospital and the residence of the senior apartment building below the current hospital and buy up neighboring properties.

    This in their opinion would allow for the additional room and parking space. Gosh, how is that not going to cost more than a replacement hospital?

  • Communities do replace their hospitals for new ones, …the LCCH District did so in 1972 when we opened our current facility.
    Hospital #1 is now a senior apartment facility.
  • Heritage Heights has first right of refusal to purchase the current hospital if the proposal passes.

    The current hospital is appraised at Two million dollars and even if the authors are of the opinion that Heritage Heights will not grow. HH believes that with the growing elderly population and the loss of Regency Manor from our community, there may well be a need to expand. They (HH) are to be commended for taking the initiative and having the foresight to secure such an assurance. Unlike our investigators, we do not know what the future will bring, nor do we wish to mislead our community with opinions.

    I will be voting YES, to be responsible and to preserve and protect our healthcare system in the Lake Chelan Valley.

    Mary Signorelli, Commissioner
    Lake Chelan Community Hospital District 2

  • Community Member Mike Sherer writes....

    An ounce of prevention . . .

    Soon you will be asked to vote on the new Chelan Hospital bond issue. This article is not written to encourage any particular vote. Rather, I ask you to consider the big picture question of community priority.

    Is it better to invest in preventive medicine or corrective medicine? Is it better to avoid cancer-causing carcinogens or have cancer treatment facilities? Should we encourage a lifestyle of physical conditioning and proper diet or just treat terminal conditions of diabetes, heart disease, or stroke?

    An old saying is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” What is better for this community, a facility to prevent disease or one to treat terminal cases?

    ObamaCare is written to encourage preventive medicine. It is the government's new desire to encourage people to live a lifestyle that helps prevent acute medical problems, thus saving money. Avoiding a disease dodges costly treatment through medications, testing, and operations.

    Lifestyle choices often determine our medical destiny. Smoke cigarettes and your chances of lung cancer are significantly increased. Abuse of alcohol and drugs can destroy internal organ functioning. Overeating will generate excessive fat in the body and invites diabetes.

    Our community is about to consider investing in a new hospital to serve future generations of people who have sometimes exercised poor life choices resulting in the need for urgent medical care. But what if we invested in preventive medicine in order to avoid extensive and expensive hospital care? What could we do in our community to actually cause people to choose a different lifestyle and perhaps avoid high cost end of life medical care? If something could be identified, would the community invest in preventive medicine?

    Your hospital bond is for 19 million dollars. What if we spent less than half that amount for a facility for all generations that would encourage a life style to avoid many afflictions thus saving hospital time? Would that be a community priority too?

    For fifteen years there has been a move afoot to build a local recreation and community center that would include a broad spectrum of exercise and stress relief opportunities for the community. This center would provide real time instuction for young, old, parents, kids, handicapped, and disabled. Users could experience and adopt a lifestyle that would significantly enhance their individual health. Yes, we all will die; however, the quality of life while we live is often dependent on day-to-day life choices.

    Do we exercise, eat right, relieve stress, and lead our children into such a lifestyle? Are we motivated to join exercise classes, foster school teams, and exercise personal discipline to keep ourselves on a healthy path?

    Would you rather be a safe driver or just deal with the aftermath of wrecks? As you consider the hospital bond vote for a facility for terminal/critical conditions requiring state of the art equipment, please ask yourself how this intensive care could be reduced through a wise community investment in a Recreation and Community Center.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    Mike Sherer, Chelan
    NOTE: Hospital Commissioner Signorelli's letter (above) makes reference to an Op-Ed written by local residents Larry Hibbard and Robert Thompson and published in the Wenatchee World recently. Their letter gave readers a fairly strong appeal to turn down the Hospital Bond proposition on the ballot Nov 4th. GoLakeChelan has requested that the same op-ed be submitted for inclusion in our publication, and we expect to have an answer from Hibbard and Thompson in the next day or so.

    Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Sunday, October 19 @ 23:47:11 PDT

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    Chelan Chase 2014 Is In The Books - And We Peek at the Numbers
    Strictly Fun October 19, 2014
    Chelan Chase Brings Out All Ages For A Good Cause
    The reasons folks participate annually in the Chelan Chase are many, but one thing is certain ...they enjoy the event.
    Thanks to Soroptimist and one of the Chase Founders, Sandi Gruenberg, we've been delivered the results of Saturday's event.
    They come to us in two formats - so pick the one that suits you best:

    Chase Results as a PDF File


    Two hundred ninety-one participated in this years event. Shown above the top 20 finishers from all categories.

    Participants ranged from 7 to 89 years of age, as you will read in the XLS spreadsheet report available with the link below.

    Chelan Chase Results as XLS File

    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Sunday, October 19 @ 18:25:24 PDT

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    Downtown Chelan Has New Idea For Halloween!
    Strictly Fun October 19, 2014

    Who doesn’t love a little free candy on Halloween? More importantly, who doesn’t love to eat a square meal on a regular basis?

    This year, Chelan Middle School is participating in the national WE SCARE HUNGER campaign to raise awareness and collect non-perishable items for the local food bank.
    Across America, 36% of those helped by food banks are children. In the Chelan Valley, that percentage is higher, with 41% of those served in September being under the age of 18.

    “We exist because of the support of a vast number of people and organizations in the community,” says Kyle Sparks, the director of the Lake Chelan Community Food Bank. “We are delighted to hear CMS students are devoting a little bit of their Halloween celebration to helping their neighbors.”

    On Halloween evening, CMS students will trick-or-treat at downtown businesses just like every year, except they will collect non-perishable food items that have been donated by businesses and community members (along with a few pieces of candy, we’re sure!)

    How can you help?
    By dropping off a can or two at participating businesses, during the weeks prior to Halloween. Libbey Manthey of Riverwalk Books say “We’ve been hosting the downtown trick-or-treating for a couple of decades now. It’s one of the many ways businesses can support the community, and we are thrilled to be a part of this new addition to the Halloween festivities!”
    Look for a donation box at Riverwalk Books or your favorite downtown retailer.

    The kids won’t have to lug giant bags of heavy canned goods far; there will be clearly-marked vehicles parked in strategic locations around the downtown business area, with Food Bank volunteers there to personally thank each student for their participation.

    After trick-or-treating, Chelan Middle School students who collected items for the Food Bank are invited to the Community Gym for a “caramel apple bar.”

    Then they can go on to Halloween parties or the Homecoming game, satisfied that they have done something to bring comfort to their community on the Scariest Night of the Year.
    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.
    For more information on WE SCARE HUNGER, CLICK HERE

    For more information on the Lake Chelan Community Food Bank, contact Kyle Sparks at 509-433-7776.
    Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Sunday, October 19 @ 12:33:27 PDT

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    Chelan Chase Is Today (Saturday Oct 18th) Drivers Be Alert!
    Strictly Fun October 18, 2014
    The Chase is On
    The photos from the 2013 event show why we suggest

    In the past the number has been greater than 300 members of the community, young and old alike, turn out to take part.
    It all starts on the south side of the Old Chelan Bridge.


    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Friday, October 17 @ 23:20:04 PDT

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    Peter Rutherford, MD, CEO of Confluence Health Endorses Lake Chelan Hospital Bon
    PHP-Nuke Nov 17, 2014 -
    Peter Rutherford, MD & CEO of Confluence Health
    Endorses the Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Issue
    Click Here
    As a property owner in the Lake Chelan Hospital District and a member of the health care community of Chelan and Douglas counties, I am writing in support of the bond levy for development of a new Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH).

    The current LCCH was built in 1972, approximately 42 years ago, and there have been significant improvements in healthcare delivery during that time. As such, there are facility improvements needed in order to provide safe, high quality, cost-effective care.

    The era of hospital rooms with two patient beds is past, not only due to patient privacy needs, but also to reduce the risk of spreading contagious diseases in the hospital setting. As knowledge and personnel skills have increased over the last five decades, so have the equipment and computer infrastructure needs to provide the best care possible. This leads to an increased need for space to utilize the equipment appropriately.

    Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH) has worked with the physician community in Chelan, I think quite successfully, to provide a level of patient care and service that is safe, and effective, providing locally what care can be done well, and transferring to larger facilities including Wenatchee, what cannot be done well locally. This has resulted in an excellent working relationship between Confluence Health (CH) and LCCH.

    There has been a lot of discussion over the last few years as a result of changes in patient needs and payer expectations, including the government, about how much more cost-efficient health care must become, and I agree with that. No matter where the outcome of that discussion ends, it is clear that LCCH needs to be part of the healthcare system for the Chelan area, and needs a facility that is accessible and usable to all visitors and residents in the Chelan area who require acute, timely healthcare.

    The current hospital is not at the minimum level necessary for a highly-functioning, effective, and cost-efficient facility, and is not able to be modified to meet that requirement.

    I encourage your support of the Bond levy being proposed.

    Peter Rutherford, MD
    Wenatchee, WA

    Click Here for Previous Letters to the Editor & Op-Ed Comments on This Election Topic
    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Friday, October 17 @ 22:15:18 PDT

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    Washington State Poet Laureate Visiting October 21st
    Strictly Fun Oct 17, 2014
    A Fun Invitation From Friends of the Library!

    Put this on your calendar!
    Tuesday, October 21 @ 7pm at the Chelan Library.

    Elizabeth Austen, the Washington State Poet Laureate is visiting Chelan to entertain and share poetry.

    She will also be highlighting Stehekin poet David Kurth as well. David will also be attending. As indicated on the poster, Ms Austen will be in Waterville the next day.

    Click On the poster to the left for more information too.
    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Friday, October 17 @ 21:04:04 PDT

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    City of Chelan Working on 2015 City Budget
    City of Chelan Nov 17, 2014
    The City of Chelan is busy preparing the 2015 budget.
    To that end, several public meetings are scheduled.
    Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. November13, 2014
    To consider 2015 property taxes and other revenue sources for the coming year

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Chelan, Washington, will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014, in City Council Chambers, 135 East Johnson Avenue in Chelan, to consider 2015 property taxes and other revenue sources for the coming year. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.


    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the 2015 Preliminary Budget for the Lake Chelan Airport, has been filed with the Airport Manager and presented to the City of Chelan and Port of Chelan County. The Airport Board and City Council will hold a joint meeting/public hearing to consider the Preliminary Budget at City Hall, 135 East Johnson Avenue in Chelan, at 6:00 p.m. on November 25, 2014 in Council Chambers. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment. The final budget will be adopted during the regular City Council meeting on December 11, 2014.

    Preliminary Budget for 2015 Available Nov 20th, 2014
    Public Hearing To Follow on Nov 25th

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the 2015 Preliminary Budget for the City of Chelan, Washington, has been filed with the City Council. Copies of the Preliminary Budget will be available to the public at City Hall, 135 East Johnson Avenue in Chelan, beginning November 20, 2014. A public hearing to consider the proposed final budget will be held at 6:00 p.m. on November 25, 2014 in Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment. The final budget will be adopted during the regular City Council meeting on December 11, 2014.

    Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Friday, October 17 @ 20:22:16 PDT

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    Portside Luncheon Lays Out Economic Forecast for Region
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    Portside Luncheon Lays Out Economic Forecast for Region

    Craig Larson , Business Development Director at the Port of Chelan County
    Paul Scdhmidt, Administrator - City of Chelan
    Rob Manahan, Supt of Schools, Lake Chelan School District
    Jon Eberle - Port District Realestate Consultant
    Mark Urdahl - Port District Administrator
    Michael Steele - Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce
    A large number of local business people attended the Port of Chelan County’s Port Side Luncheon at Campbell’s Resort to hear various organizations talk about current economic trends and projects that are affecting or will affect these trends.

    By Richard Uhlhorn

    This past Wednesday, the Port of Chelan County held a Port Side Luncheon at Campbell’s Resort to discuss economics and issues facing the Valley and Region. An estimated 35 business and residents attended the luncheon to hear from the Port, Chamber, City, Hospital, School and an Industrial Property Update which was all followed by an open discussion on economic development in the Valley.

    Craig Larsen, business development manager at the Port of Chelan County, opened the meeting and introduced Michael Steele, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Director, to talk about the Chamber’s new office/business center in the old Columbia Furniture Building on Woodin Avenue.

    Steele stated that two and one half years ago Chelan County PUD told the Chamber that at the conclusion of the current contract in 2015 they were not willing to renew that option. “Since that time, we have looked at several locations around the valley,” said Steele. This has included buildings in Lakeside and a location between Chelan and Manson. “It’s kind of exciting,” Steele told the luncheon crowd. “We secured a benefactor who agreed to buy the building and then build it out. This is a huge gift,” stated Steele. “It will be a benefit to our membership.”

    The Chamber’s current location is 800 square feet and the Columbia Furniture building is 8.000 square feet. “The main floor will be a dedicated visitor interpretive center with offices and a conference room,” Steele said. The downstairs will be made into what is called accelerator offices for new business that can’t find space to operate. “We hope that this will allow new businesses to get started and hopefully be able to move out eventually.”

    Steele said the move in date is just before Winterfest. “We want to be in and operating by then.”

    Steele also commented on tourism in 2014. “We are actually 14 percent ahead of lodging tax collections and sales tax revenues are up nine percent which has surpassed the 2008 boom,” said Steele. He also said that a number of travel writers are visiting the Valley this week from such publications as the New York Times (in the past month, the NYTs has already published two articles; one on Stehekin and one on Chelan), Forbes, Men’s Journal, the Huffington Post and several others.

    Larsen reported on the Pangborn Airport runway extension project that is being funded by the FAA (90%). He said that construction project will have to move the largest road (Grant Road) in the area. “We also purchased 17 parcels of land and were pleased that we didn’t have to use a condemnation process,” said Larsen. “It will attract a lot more types of aircraft,” said Larsen who added that they are discussing new scheduling options with Alaskan Air.

    Attorney Stan Morse asked how the construction project would impact Pangborn operations and Larsen stated that air operations would not be impacted at all. He was then asked about terminal expansion at which Larsen replied the Port is “thinking about it.” Port Director Mark Urdahl said that as the construction project gets closer to completion they would be looking at expansion. “We have a couple of years to work on it.”

    Art Campbell asked if LINK would be adding Pangborn to its route. Larsen replied that LINK Transit had tried it twice before but it hasn’t worked out. “I believe that Lake Chelan is ready to take off,” said Larsen. “Not just in Washington, but nationally and the world. These are people who are going to want to fly here, so some sort of shuttle service might work. It’s just a function of how to make it work.”

    Pangborn was up 4.3 percent last year and 7.7 percent this year. “We had a lot of people fly in for fire related work and had a lot of fire support aircraft,” Larsen stated. He reported that Executive Flight has suspended operations and its building is for sale.

    City Administrator Paul Schmidt told the attendees that he is pretty excited about the city and airport. “I am spending more time on the airport than I thought I would,” he said. “This area is on the cusp of becoming a big attraction for visitors. Chelan Airport is a part of that and we’ve made the investment to keep that trend going.”

    He explained that the Port and City are 50 percent partners in the airport and that they just extended their contract for another nine months to find tune the joint operating agreement. “That doesn’t have anything to do with marijuana,” quipped Schmidt who got a good laugh from the crowd.

    Schmidt said the City is just finishing its Environmental Assessment and will be purchasing three properties so the runway can be shifted to the Northeast. “The existing runway doesn’t meet the FAA crash zone criteria.” The City is also exploring fire flow for the 38 hanger leases currently at the airport. “We would like to expand, but we can’t do that until we have fire hydrants. I look forward to the next several years,” said Schmidt who would like to see the airport develop to its highest use potential.

    Schmidt said that Chelan County is doing quite well with sales taxes from the Holden Rehabilitation Project. “It is a huge amount of economic activity and has not had much negative impact on the City as far as I know.”

    The Port of Chelan County used a $50,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to hire BergerABAM and its sub-consultants to analyze the health care infrastructure in Chelan. Aimee Pope, the Port’s Marketing & Communications Manager, stated that the Healthcare Industry Assessment for the Lake Chelan Valley looked at the overall economic impact of the industry.

    Each attendee received the draft report which should, according to Pope, be available on the Port’s website by Monday, October 20, after the Port Commission approves the document. (www.ccpd.com).

    Kevin Abel, Lake Chelan Community Hospital CEO, went through the report and explained that the hospital is also aligned with Columbia Valley Health, Spectrum Eye Care, Dr. Travers family practice and Confluence Health.

    “We have 230 employees and just added 25 more when we merged with the Lake Chelan Clinic,” said Abel. He talked about the rapidly changing regulatory environment in the health care industry and the quality of life for residents needing a healthcare facility.

    Abel stated that if the upcoming bond issue doesn’t pass, it won’t affect current operations at the hospital, but that overtime, it would affect the services it would be able to provide to the community.

    The Healthcare Industry Assessment found that the hospital is more than a healthcare facility. It states: “It is an important cog in the economic development engine of the Chelan Valley and North Central Washington, providing 580 direct, indirect and induced jobs resulting in $55.3 million per year of spending.”

    The report also concluded that the hospital contributes significantly to the quality of life of residents of the region by assuring immediate availability of quality healthcare; that the regulatory environment, growing costs and shifting consumer preferences makes quality healthcare in rural communities a nation-wide concern.

    If the bond issue passes, the new facility would create approximately 30 net new jobs with an additional payroll of $1.5 million and $6 million in local and regional spending.

    Abel said they can’t fill all the beds all the time, but that they like to achieve a 60 percent occupancy rate.

    John Eberle, a real estate consultant with the Port, talked about Apple Blossom Center and its inability to attract an industrial client. “There is still no demand for industrial tenants,” said Erberle. “There is a lot of demand for industrial property in Wenatchee, but you can’t find existing industrial space in the Wenatchee market. Chelan, Cashmere, Peshastin and Entiat have space, but potential businesses look at the entire package.”

    He stated that Apple Blossom Center has provided no demand except for Manson Growers who are in an existing building there.

    Jay Witherbee remarked that cost of living is an issue. Stan Morse suggested recruiting, or attempting to recruit medical industry to the Valley.

    School Superintendent Rob Manahan said that 77 percent of high school students graduate nationwide on average and that Chelan High School is graduating 98 percent of its seniors. “We have an amazing rigorous program.” He mentioned Running Start where students can earn their AA degree before graduation, the CTE Culinary Arts Program and other programs currently being offered. “We have an exceptional education system here.”

    This year, the system enrolled 54 new students, 20 of which are in Holden. “That’s the most kids we’ve ever had up there.” Manahan said that 80 percent of the graduates are going on to college and 20 percent are joining the military or workforce. “A student can graduate from Chelan with 45 college credits.

    Les Cooper, chairman of the Chelan Chamber board, said that Chelan’s fiber infrastructure had the potential to drive economic growth. He said that without well paying jobs to come back to, graduates from Chelan will go elsewhere for work after college. “It is something we need to think about.”

    Currently the only jobs that are readily available are service and agriculture jobs, but Cooper said a new hospital could be a cornerstone for students that wanted to come back to Chelan for a career.

    Mike Mackey, Port Commissioner, told the crowd that the Port is holding these types of meetings in all the communities and would be holding more in the future to keep the conversation going.

    Mackey said that since 1961, the Port of Chelan County has invested $1,536,529.56 into the local economy.

    Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Friday, October 17 @ 17:06:17 PDT

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    Lake Chelan Hospital CEO Reaches Out To Community
    Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates
    Oct 16, 2014 From Press Release
    Important Invitation from Kevin Abel, CEO of Lake Chelan Community Hospital
    Lake Chelan Community Hospital has worked for several years to develop a long-range comprehensive and feasible plan to improve and upgrade the community’s primary multi-purpose healthcare facility.

    Since January 2014, we have hosted and participated in many community forums to present the most current facts and information on the subject of a replacement healthcare facility.

    We’ve also provided information in as many outlets as possible, including print, radio and online through the HealthyLakeChelanValley.org website, to help break down the complexities about the broader subject of modern healthcare delivery.

    However, we recognize much misinformation still exists in our community, and we want to provide you with factual, timely and relevant information.

    If you have not attended an open community session, there is one left on the schedule set to be held on Monday, October 20th at 6:30pm at the Lake Chelan Clinic.

    You can also feel free to contact me at the hospital by phone at 682-3300, join me for a personal tour of the facility, visit the . HealthyLakeChelanValley.org or speak with one of the board members.

    Thank you and please know that no matter the outcome, we are committed to a Healthy Lake Chelan Valley.

    Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Thursday, October 16 @ 12:07:25 PDT

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    Highlights from Last Week's City Council Meeting
    City of Chelan Finance Director Cheryl Grant (center in photo) was recognized for her time and commitment for the betterment of Public Finance in the State by the Washington Financial Officers Association. Cheryl was honored by full Council at last meeting.

    Council Agrees to a New 9 Year Contract with NCW Regional Library
    Chelan City Council had three items on its agenda last Thursday, October 9; the North Central Regional Library District Agreement, the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney contracts renewal and the 2015 Legislative Priorities Resolution. Outside of the prosecuting attorney contract renewal, the library and legislative priorities are of interest to the public.

  • - Library agreement:

    With the current Maintenance & Use Agreement between the City and NCW Library District ending at the end of December 2014, City Administrator Paul Schmidt brought the issue to the Council for discussion and authorization to continue its agreement for the next nine years. There is a 90 termination clause in the agreement.

    The District is reimbursing the City for maintenance and use at $3.25/$3.50/$3.75 per square foot for each three years to 2023. In the first three years, the City will receive $23,838 annually.

    The agreement’s intent is to help defray Library maintenance costs which are, with utilities, around $27,000 each year.

    Dan Howard, head librarian of the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) was on hand to explain the reimbursement agreement and to answer any questions from the Council before they voted to renew or not to renew the agreement.

    “It’s a straight up agreement,” said Schmidt, who said there was not a lot of negotiating room within the agreement. Schmidt told the Council that the agreement does not cover all the City’s cost of the new building. “It does not cover major issues,” he stated.

    Dan Howard, the executive director for NCRL told the Council that NCRL is a rural district. “You’ve been a great partner,” said Howard. “You were on your own until the 80s.” He explained that NCRL started paying for square footage occupied by a library in 1992. “It’s been a great partnership and I hope you go for another nine years,” Howard told the Council.

    NCRL is the largest library system in the State with facilities in five counties and 29 communities. “We have $10 million in revenue each year.”

    Councilman Michael Steele asked about renegotiating the contract and Howard replied that it is very difficult to negotiate. “We would have to negotiate with all 29 libraries. We are not required to reimburse you… it is all volunteer. We try to come up with an amount that is sustainable,” explained Howard.

    Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart told Howard that the new library was a huge asset to the community but that there was a whooshing sound of money going out. Howard replied that NCRL only wants facilities that want to be within the system. “We have spent more on Chelan than any other library in the system,” he said. In Chelan, according NCRL spent $100,000 on the new facility on furniture, books and new (increased) staff.”

    Councilman Mike Cooney said food and drink is prohibited in the new facility. “Is there other things we can do to reduce the costs,” he asked. He also commented on the fact that when he visits the library, it seems to be more of a daycare than a library. Howard replied that it was important to have a strong librarian to keep the library quiet and not let kids run free. “We are in the process of hiring a new librarian. We are currently interviewing and we need a strong person,” he said. “The library is supposed to be a quiet sanctuary.”

    Cooney said it would be nice if they could hire a bilingual librarian. Howard replied that the system selects material for the entire area and relies on local libraries to help them.

    Schmidt told the Council that he is looking at the contract, “in its totality. I think we need to gather up the 29 entities and have a discussion,” stated Schmidt. “It would give us a concerted approach.”

    The Council voted to extend the contract for another nine years.

    Legislative Priorities:

    On the legislative front, Schmidt presented the Council with a revised list of the City’s priority issues to take up with the State Legislature. “What do you want to convey to our representatives,” asked Schmidt. The list was changed some since the last time the Council looked at it, but the number one issue remained full restoration of the Public Works Trust Fund Program.

  • - 1.Support the full restoration of the Public Works Trust Fund Program.
    This would allow the City to secure low interest loans for priority projects like the Woodin Avenue Bridge restoration and expansion project.
  • 2.Support transportation construction funding for the “No-See-Um” Intersection Improvement Project.
    This would be an approximate $5 million dollar project to construct a traffic circle just west of the No-See-Um intersection. The current intersection would be moved to the traffic circle.
  • 3.Encourage the Department of Ecology to recognize Lake Chelan as a unique body of water where usual shoreline regulations do not pertain or adeptly apply to deep water lakes.

  • 4.Restore diverted liquor revenue and retain existing state-shared city revenues during these fiscally challenging times.

  • 5.Fund and clarify new city responsibilities from marijuana regulation.

  • 6.Support law and justice reforms to restore drug enforcement procedures that have been eroded by the Courts.

  • 7.Reform and simplify lodging tax financial reporting requirements.

  • 8.Preserve current local revenue authorities like local business licensing taxes and seek to develop new options.

  • 9.Collaborate with the state to increase multi-modal transportation funding and expand sustainable revenue options.

  • 10.Authorized tax increment financing and fine-tune other tools that help foster job creation and retention in cities.

  • 11.Allow cities to be more flexible and responsive to fiscal challenges, such as managing personnel costs.

  • 12.Strengthen public records access by curbing abusive requests.

  • 13.Refrain from adding any new unfunded or underfunded mandates or adding additional educational or notification requirements solely to local government entities.

    Prosecuting Attorney Contract.

    Schmidt talked with Chelan County Prosecutor Mr. Shay and told the council that they handled 173 misdemeanor cases from September 2012 to August 2013. “It costs us $255 per case to prosecute,” said Schmidt “They only prosecute misdemeanor cases.”

    Mayor Goedde said they should look at alternatives to sending these cases to court and jail to save money.

    Council unanimously approved the 2015-2016 contract with the prosecuting attorney for $44,100 per year.

    The next City Council meeting will be held on October 23 beginning at 6 p.m. The Public is encouraged to attend.

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    Northshore Church Welcomes New Worship/Youth Pastor
    Strictly Fun October 15, 2014 - NSBC by Norm Manly
    New Worthship/Youth Director

    North Shore Bible Church in Manson, Washington is pleased to announce the addition of Matt Ceiplis to our staff. Matt was hired October 1st and will serve as Worship/Youth Director.

    Matt was born in San Diego. At the age of nine the family moved to Salem, Oregon where his father was employed as a school teacher. Matt graduated from Salem Academy in 2010 with plans of becoming a veterinarian. During his first year at a local community college, he was called by our Lord to become a Worship Pastor. He enrolled at Corban, a gospel driven University in Salem. Matt graduated this year with a degree in Worship Arts and a minor in Biblical Studies. 2014 was a busy year as Matt married on July 26th to his wife Lynsey. She is a nurse and actively volunteers on the worship team and the youth program.

    For the past year Efren Alejo has served as the Worship/Youth Director on a part time basis. Efren will remain on staff assisting Matt with his duties. Matt plays the guitar and has an excellent voice. Efren will join him on the piano along with the rest of the Worship Team. It’s going to be fun and exciting to watch our Worship Ministry mature and grow.

    Efren will work with high school students in Youth Ministries and Matt will work with the middle school students. Currently youth night is Thursdays starting at 6:30 and open to Middle Schoolers and High School students. The evening begins with an open gym followed by worship, a short message, group time getting to know each other and God on a more personal level. Matt and Efren are working on the development of special events for youth in our area.

    North Shore Bible Church has one service on Sundays during the winter months starting at 9:30. We encourage you to come by for a visit and see if North Shore is a good fit for your family. You can find more information on our website >br>


    Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, October 15 @ 23:52:43 PDT

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