Website Brings People Together to Help with Fire Issues
And offers space for your organization

Fire UpLake Showing Containment in Sight
Stehekin Landing and Surrounds Fully Functioning

More Official: 300 Homes Lost in Okanogan Co Fire
Sheriff Rogers issues important report

The Men Responsible for Rodeo Suspense
Mel Layton and Mark McMillan of Layton and McMillan Rodeos

Benefits for Workers and Businesses Impacted by the Eastern Washington Wildfires
Anyone who is out of work due to the disaster may apply for unemployment benefits

Rock Blasting, Single Lane Closures Planned Next Week Over Snoqualmie Pass
Close at 8 p.m. each night for about an hour

TEE Time 7-24-14
A full house of eighty players

Lions Club Announces New Executive Board Officers
Lion of the Year award given to Mike Cushing

Campfire Ban Lifted
Campfires OK on NPS managed lands and campgrounds

Rodeo Proceeds Help FFA
Local FFA produces the Lake Chelan Rodeo

No Remaining Threat to Manson and Chelan from Carlton Complex Fire
The Chelan Ranger District has opened the Echo Ridge recreation area

Representative Hawkins Hears Priority Issues in Chelan
Funding for local projects and our unique lake make the list

Lake Chelan Jr. Rodeo July 26th and 27th
Over 200 cowboys and cowgirls from 2 to 18

Manson School District Receives Excellent Audit Report
The District qualifies as a “low-risk” auditee

Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital 7-24-14
The first of weekly "Letters to the Editor" about the hospital levy

Lake Chelan Rotary Donates $10,000 to Victims of the Carlton Complex Fires
To the Fire Relief fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Dale England Morning Flyover 7-23-14
Storm clouds carried promise of rain Wednesday morning

Good Counsel for Carlton Complex Volunteers
With so many wanting to help- here's a man who can help you figure out your best fit.

Carlton Complex Now at 250,000 Acres
2856 Fire Fighters On The Scene
Here's the 10 PM Wed Nite InciWeb Report

Apparently Cavalier Joe Harris Signs Good Contract
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Here's a Story About a Story About A Story
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Give Naked Launches Give #95
More Help for Fire Victims

Benefit Concert Tonight MOVED INDOORS TO PAC
Proceeds to Carlton Complex Families

Heavy Rain / Hail Hit Winthrop This Afternoon. Unbelievable!
Flash Flood Warnings Are Real!

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Website Brings People Together to Help with Fire Issues
GLC Community News Greg Kennedy - July 26, 2014
Click Here for the LocalHeros.org website
Website Brings People Together to Help with Fire Issues
A website has been set up as a central hub to bring together those that need help and those that are offering help in the wake of the fires that have caused so much disruption and loss.

LocalHeros.org has information and resources that can reunite pets and their owners, many ways to donate your time and money, deal with employment issues, find services and more.

There is also plenty of space to have your organization's information posted. You are encouraged to use this resource as a one-stop location for all things related to the fires.

From the website:

ORGANIZERS - There are many groups, individuals and organizations that have figured out ways to support and help people and families in the aftermath of the Carlton Complex Wild Fire. This site is a place to let people know what you are doing, and how you would like help or support.

HEROS - Many people want to help and are not sure how. Look through “Ways to Help”, find something that calls to you and make contact with people or group. It can be small, big or in-between. There are many ways to be a Local Hero!

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Saturday, July 26 @ 10:44:23 PDT

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Stehekin Landing & Business Returning To Normal
PHP-Nuke Jul;y 25, 2014
Good News from the Lone Mountain Fire - 6 miles up Boulder Creek, above Stehekin
The lightning caused fire of July 14th, has shown little if any growth in the past day as cooler temps and effective fire fighting have both been working together.

Click on the map below for more details:



Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Friday, July 25 @ 17:12:35 PDT

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Okanogan County Sheriff Issues Important Message to Fire Victims
PHP-Nuke Frank T. Rogers - Jul 25, 2014
Okanogan County Sheriff Says 300 Homes Lost in Fire
This number developed by County Assessor Team at completion of in-the-field assessment tour.
From the desk of Sheriff Frank T. Rogers
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office

Members of the EOC and Okanogan County Assessor’s Office have been out checking the burn areas and today were able to finish up the area that has been destroyed by the fire. The count today on homes lost is now 300.

The Okanogan County Emergency Operations Center asked for state assistance on Tuesday, 07-22-14, for additional staffing. The crew arrived on Wednesday the 23rd and has been running non-stop since putting in 16+ hours a day with little time for rest. We are very grateful for their expertise and assistance.

The Okanogan County PUD has done an excellent job getting power restored to the cities of Pateros and Twisp today; well ahead of the most optimistic projections.

The National Guard is assisting the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office with patrols in the affected fire areas. They are currently working with my Deputies patrolling the burned out areas to check on those in the area. They have food and water with them and will stopping for those who need assistance.

We are still experiencing intermittent phone services both cellular and conventional landline but it is slowly beginning to improve.

Please be aware that at times like this there are those who prey on the victims with diverse fraud schemes. More information can be found at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, CLICK HERE

We will be regularly updating the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Facebook site with more information as it becomes available. Please to to that site to see what is currently happening and if you feel you need additional information please contact me.

As far as Donations are concerned if you are in need of anything please do not hesitate to contact the Okanogan County EOC. No more clothing is needed at this time due to an overwhelming support, both from the local community and nationwide. We are still in need of Headlamps, Flashlights and the batteries to operate them, work gloves, work boots, portable camp type stoves, small generators and extension cords.

Please do not send cash intended for fire victims to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office; those donations can be made to the Okanogan County Community Action Council, http://www.occac.com/ , the Red Cross, http://www.redcross.org/ or any number of other worthy organizations. If donations are for the care of displaced animals or for emergency management expenses those can be made to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

If you are in need of Hay or pet food for displaced animals you can get those supplies at the Agriplex at the Okanogan County Fair Grounds from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily.

This is one of the main points I would like to get out:
Us at the Okanogan County EOC (Emergency Operations Center) are asking that any victim from this fire to please contact us at the EOC. If you have anything damage or destroyed by the fire, including homes, property, animals, livestock, irrigated land, etc. Please contact us at the EOC so that we can assist you in the recovery process as fast as we can. We have additional resources coming to the EOC next week which will be working to identify and assist fire victims. Please call us.

The call center is staffed from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. The phone numbers to call are 509-422-2408, 509-422-2420, 509-422-2422 and 509-422-2428. If the numbers are busy please keep trying.

Frank T. Rogers

Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Friday, July 25 @ 16:01:33 PDT

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The Men Responsible for Rodeo Suspense
FFA Rod Cool - July 25, 2014
The Men Responsible for Rodeo Suspense
After the Grand Entry has left the arena, The Anthem played, the Cowboy’s Prayer said, and that first chute cracks at the Lake Chelan Rodeo 2014, the men responsible for the keeping you on the edge of your seat are Mel Layton and Mark McMillan. Eighteen years ago they formed Layton and McMillan Rodeos. They provide the stock for 15 to 18 rodeos a year all over the Northwest. Each partner brings something special to the table.

Mel Layton makes his home in Elk, Washington with his wife Susie.. Bulls have been a passion of his since he was a young man. Mel competed in the bull riding for a number of years and now, to stay involved in the sport, he has been buying and raising bucking bulls of his own. Bucking the bulls on Thursday nights at his home helps Mel weed out the bulls that don’t buck and keep only the ones with potential. Mel has received many awards from the Pro-West for bucking bull of the year over the last 18 years. His bull Mo Bandy took home bucking bull of the year in the Pro-West for 2013. Mel also has many bulls that he has sent up to the PBR ranks that have made it to the PBR finals in Las Vegas. When Mel Layton brings bulls to a rodeo you can be sure that you will be getting some of the best in the northwest. Mel’s passion shines through.

Mark McMillan, his wife Lynette, and their 9 children, Caleb, Riley, Hanna, Nick, Davey, Josh, Zane, Josie and Landon; reside in Soap Lake, Washington where they raise bucking horses. Mark came through the ranks of rodeo riding bucking horses. Now he is focusing his attention on raising them. He started out buying saddle horses that were bucking people off and now has 40 brood mares raising his future bucking horses. His whole family is involved in the operation and all take pride in the horses and how they buck. They recently earned Pro-West Saddle Bronc of Year for 2013, Miss Adrian. They strive to have a nice set of bareback horses and broncs that the cowboys like to ride and please the crowd as well. The McMillan’s pride and love of their bucking horses can be seen in the way the horses look and perform.

When you bring Layton and McMillan together, you are getting the best of both worlds—Rank Bulls and Outstanding Bucking Horses. . Rodeo is their passion and well has their livelihood and they want to do everything they can to ensure the future of the sport. They will give you their best every time — Guaranteed.

Learn more at the rodeo Facebook page .

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, July 25 @ 12:07:38 PDT

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Benefits for Workers and Businesses Impacted by the Eastern Washington Wildfires
PHP-Nuke WSHA Communications - July 24, 2014
Click Here for the Employment Security Department's Help Fire Victims webpage
Benefits for Workers and Businesses Impacted by the Eastern Washington Wildfires
The Washington State Employment Security Department has created a web page with information about unemployment benefits for workers and businesses affected by Eastern Washington wildfires.

For workers:
Anyone who is out of work due to the disaster may apply for unemployment benefits, even if they’re not sure they qualify. Individuals may apply online at esd.wa.gov or by phone (800-318-6022). ESD will waive work search requirements for up to four weeks for new and current claimants impacted by the wildfires.

For employers:
Quarterly state unemployment tax reports and payments are due by July 31, but if your business is impacted by wildfires in Eastern Washington, you may request assistance. Business owners in Eastern Washington who fear they will miss the deadline due to the state of emergency may request a late payment penalty waiver by contacting their local tax account management center at 855-TAX-WAGE (855-829-9243) and selecting option 2.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, July 25 @ 11:37:54 PDT

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Rock Blasting, Single Lane Closures Planned Next Week Over Snoqualmie Pass
WSDOT Meagan Lott, WSDOT communications - July 25, 2014
Rock Blasting, Single Lane Closures Planned Next Week Over Snoqualmie Pass
Drivers planning trips over Snoqualmie Pass next week need to plan for added travel due to single lane closures and nightly rock blasting closures.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close Interstate 90 for rock blasting at 8 p.m. each night for about an hour Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31. Westbound traffic will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and eastbound traffic will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Intermittent rolling slowdowns are planned Monday through Friday during day about four miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit (milepost 56) around Keechelus Lake (milepost 61).

Daytime and nighttime lane closures in both directions could cause delays for drivers between Denny Creek (milepost 47) and the Price Creek vicinity (milepost 62 to 65) Monday through Friday. Intermittent ramp closures at the Cabin Creek and Stampede Pass interchanges will occur nightly from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, July 25 @ 11:19:41 PDT

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TEE Time 7-24-14
Strictly Fun Alice Soma - July 25, 2014

TEE Time
with Alice Soma
TEE Time for July 24, 2014
The purpose of the Ladies Division Member Guest Tournament is to play golf with a good friend, make new friends, intoduce people to our beautiful golf course, and to enjoy a beautiful day in sunny Chelan. There were many new faces participating this year and there were many who traveled a good distance to participate and play with a friend. “The spirit of the game” was alive and well this past Thursday as all enjoyed a delicious oriental buffet lunch prepared by the City Course Grill (thanks Nicole Province and staff) and laughter reverberated around the course and in the clubhouse. Despite the strong wind and cooler than usual AM, the day was enjoyed by the full house of eighty players.

Although the purpose is not competition, we still have friendly competition with small prizes. Playing the Chapman format (alternaig shots) with a partner, Kelli Bowers and guest Robin Cole won 1st low gross and Kim Thiel and guest Jody Smith took 2nd. The low net winners were Barb Rayburn and guest Janet DeChand. Jean Nickle and guest Donna Becker placed 2nd. High team score went to Kathy Cary and Carl Palmbush Booby prize).

Co-chairs Susie Clausen and Toni Berry thank all who contributed to the successful member-guest tournament
Individual prizes were awarded as well. “Hit the Spot” took place on hole #2 (ball must land on the green and stay there). There was only one winner on this hole and that was Barb Rayburn. KP (closest to) on #7 winners were guest Barb Trimberger and Member Candace Farnsworth. Long drives were landed by Linda Kennedy for 1st division; Sherry Ochsner Div. 2; and Mary Divine in Div. 3. Member long drives were landed by Kelli Bowers, Div. 1; Gail Bender, Div. 2; and Liz Eberling, Div. 3. The honey pot winners were 1st Donna Jones; 2nd Carol Ferguson; and 3rd Jodi Smith.

Toni Berry and Susie Clausen ran a fun and organized tournament on a shoestring budget. Toni made the tee prizes herself (creative greeting cards), flowers were arranged and donated by members, and breakfast was provided by the members. Toni and Susie want to thank the members who contributed and also to those who helped set up and run the tournament. They are Karen Holst, Karen Collins, Olivia Moug, Rhonda Vaglio, Alice Soma, Jane Storms, Micki Morris, Bernie Langton, Carol Ferguson, Mary Couchée, Joni Dedo, Linda Parker, Shirley Stanifer, Susie Martin, Karen Erickson, Rhonda Vaglio, Judy Johanson, April Tachell, Barb Rayburn, Corky Sessous, Stacey McDonald, Sharron Ward, Sandy McDonald, Linda Reister, and Carolyn Tobey.

Special thanks to Pro Mark Lawrance for Scorecards & Scoring assistance; to Pro Jim Oscarson for putting up with us; Greens Superintendent Jerod Finch for the beautiful shape of the course; and to Nicole Province and staff of the City Course Grill for the wonderful lunch.

Play next week, July 31, returns to regular play. We will compete in Criss Cross (best gross score of 9 consecutive holes between front or back less ½ handicap. Check-in is at 7:30 AM for the 8:00 start. Sign-up begins for the club championship competition.

Fore now,

Alice Soma

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, July 25 @ 11:12:26 PDT

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Lions Club Announces New Executive Board Officers
GLC Community News Juli Straub - July 25, 2014
The Lake Chelan Lions Club announces the 2014 -15 Board Officers. L-R: John Page, Richard McKinnon, Chuck Robinson, Mike Cushing, Roger Erickson, Juli Straub, and Ted Cummings.
Lions Club Announces New Executive Board Officers
The Lake Chelan Lions Club announced their new executive board officers. President-Mike Cushing, Vice President- Chuck Robinson, 2nd VP-Juli Straub, Treasurer- John Page, Secretary-Richard McKinnon, Board members- Roger Erickson and Ted Cummings.

The Lion of the Year award was given to Mike Cushing for his dedication to the club’s growth in membership and service to Lake Chelan Valley.

The Lake Chelan Lions Club has been a vital part of the valley since 1935. The purpose of this longstanding group is to serve our community. Through many fundraising projects, the Lake Chelan Lions has donated funds, goods, and time to numerous organizations and individuals. Lions sponsor the Harvey Cooper Scholarships, the Echo Valley Ski Club, Christmas Tree sales, Sight and hearing needs in the NC Washington, and much more. The Lions also are responsible for raising the American flags in the downtown Chelan for patriotic holidays.

The group meets every Thursday for lunch at the Apple Cup Café (conference room) at Noon. If you are interested in helping to serve your community, stop by one of our meetings or talk to a Lion about joining. For information, contact Mike Cushing at 888-8184 or Richard McKinnon at 682-5395. Like us on Facebook/Lake Chelan Lions.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, July 25 @ 10:35:05 PDT

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Campfire Ban Lifted
National Park Service Ken Hires, NPS - July 25, 2014
Campfire Ban Lifted
With cooling and wetter weather in the area, the campfire ban on NPS managed lands and campgrounds in the Stehekin vicinity has been lifted.

If weather and fuel conditions return to critical levels, the ban may be re-instituted.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, July 25 @ 10:17:00 PDT

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Rodeo Proceeds Help FFA
FFA Rod Cool - July 25, 2014
Rodeo Proceeds Help FFA
The Chelan FFA Alumni produces the Lake Chelan Rodeo and all the proceeds go to support the activities and members of the Chelan FFA Chapter. The Chelan FFA Chapter is one of the 9 charter members of the Washington State FFA Association and have been around since the spring of 1930. In that time the Chelan FFA has become one of the premier chapters in the state. With the support of the Chelan FFA Alumni, the 124 members of the Chelan FFA have been able to do many good things.

Earlier this spring, the Forestry Career Development Event team won the State CDE and will represent the Chelan Chapter and Washington State in the National Forestry CDE in Louisville, Kentucky in October. Members have to complete a series of team and individual practicum areas including hardwood timber cruising, forest business management, tree identification, chainsaw identification and trouble shooting, wood products identification, compass and pacing, legal description, forestry issues presentation, and a forestry general knowledge test. The team members are Bobby Hanson, Apolinar Blanco, Dane Schwartz, Jake Straub, and Javier Rivera.

Apolinar Blanco was elected to serve as the 2014-2015 Washington State FFA President. In his year of service, he will represent the Washington FFA Association on the FFA Board of Directors, FFA Foundation Board of Directors, as a voting delegate at the National FFA Convention, perform over 70 Chapter visits to schools around the state, travel to Washington DC for the State Presidents Conference, facilitate and present at the District Officer Training, as well as, the Blue and Gold Leadership Tour. In addition, he will help plan and produce the Washington State FFA convention. Attend fairs around the state and serve as an ambassador for the Washington State Agriculture Industry. His election made him the fourth state FFA officer from Chelan in the past 8 years and third serving as Washington State President in that same time period.

Jesus Rodriguez, a 2014 graduate of Chelan High School, and Chelan FFA member was chosen as a “White House Champion of Change for the Future of Agriculture” he just returned from serving on discussion panel at the White House concerning the future of agriculture and overcoming barriers for young people to enter the production side of the agriculture industry.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Friday, July 25 @ 10:11:24 PDT

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No Remaining Threat to Manson and Chelan from Carlton Complex Fire
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - July 24, 2014
This map shows the extent of work along the southern edge of the Carlton Complex fire.
Over 500 firefighters and support crews are camped out at Chelan Falls Park
Firefighters from the Carson City Fire Department check out fire clothing at the Coaxsher manufacturing plant located in Chelan Falls. Kyle, one of the owners of the company said they decided they might as well put a display out on the loading dock since 500 firefighters are camping at the park.
No Remaining Threat to Manson and Chelan from Carlton Complex Fire

The Chelan Ranger District has opened the Echo Ridge recreation area … everything else on the forest north of Chelan/Manson remains closed to the public

By Richard Uhlhorn
The good news from the Carlton Complex South Zone on Thursday, July 24 is that there is no threat from fire activity to the cities of Pateros, Brewster, Chelan or Manson.

Over Wednesday night, the fire had minimal activity because of precipitation over the past several days. However, the wind accompanying the rain blew ash and dust despite the moisture. Firefighters continued to mop up in Black Canyon, extinguishing hot spots in the fire’s interior.

Thursday is a transiting day. Winds will pick up during the day to 25-35 mph on the ridgelines, blowing from the west/northwest. The Methow Valley will have gusts up to 30 mph. As the fine dead fuels dry out, the potential for increased fire activity ramps up. Firefighters will be on the lookout for rolling material and falling snags in steep drainages.

On Thursday, crews continued to hold the fire from further progress to the west. They pushed north towards Libby Creek as they continue to construct a fireline along the edge of the fire and mop up in Black Canyon and Squaw Creek.

A helicopter is being used over Black Canyon in order to determine the location and intensity of hot spots. The Washington National Guard is assisting the firefighting efforts in air support, logistics and communications.

Locally, there are many residents and others who have been affected by the fire, either through the loss of their home or living quarters, using the Chelan Public Library to access the Internet and/or charge their cell phones. “We have seen a major increase in library activity,” said Chelan Librarian Gloria Groves. “Many are just coming in to find a relaxing place to do their business.”

Paul Willard, Resource Manager at the Chelan Ranger District, said on Wednesday evening that Echo Ridge Recreation Area would be opened to mountain bikes and hiking on Thursday. A call to the Ranger District this afternoon has confirmed that decision. The receptionist said that Echo Ridge, and only Echo Ridge, is open to Forest Users. “Everything else from Antoine Creek south is still closed,” she said.

More information on the Carlton Complex Fire progress will be forthcoming as soon as GoLakeChelan gets it.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, July 24 @ 15:48:55 PDT

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Representative Hawkins Hears Priority Issues in Chelan
News With Richard Uhlhorn Richard Uhlhorn - July 24, 2014
Representative Brad Hawkins visited with City Council representatives to go over the 2014 Legislative Priority issues. File Photo by Richard Uhlhorn.
Representative Hawkins Hears Priority Issues in Chelan
By Richard Uhlhorn
Representative Brad Hawkins visited with members of the Chelan City Council on Wednesday morning, July 23, to discuss legislative issues of interest and to answer questions. Present at the meeting were Paul Schmidt, Councilmen Michael Steele, Mike Cooney, Ben Higgins, Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart and past council member Stan Morse.

Prior to addressing Council legislative priorities, Representative Hawkins made several important announcements concerning the Carlton Complex Fire. He said he’d had the opportunity to fly with Governor Inslee over the fire and to visit Pateros and Alta Lake. “I know that Pateros is in a different County, but it is obvious that Chelan is connected to that community,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins announced that President Obama has declared the fire areas in Washington State federal disaster emergencies. “This set things up for federal reimbursements.” Hawkins added that he wasn’t sure what role the State will take, but that there was a lot of damage to the Alta Lake State Park and public infrastructure. “My challenge is the long term economic impact.” He mentioned the 1994 Tyee Complex, but added that while we are accustomed to wildfires, we are not accustomed to the loss of structures. “Fortunately those people are finding help from this community.”

Hawkins mentioned that FEMA would be bringing in temporary housing units. Stan Morse remarked that the State should create a Response Index. “We knew what the humidity and temperatures was. A Response Index would heighten that ability to respond.”

Response to Pateros and Alta Lake was too little and too late … a story that will emerge as the public begins to speak out about the firestorm they faced that night.

Hawkins said that everyone was scrambling to restore power to the communities affected. “Everyone will try to pull what lessons are learned from this fire. It was fortunate how everybody got out. That was remarkable. It is an emotional toll. Lives could have been lost.”

Councilman Ben Higgins asked what the housing schedule is. Councilwoman Wendy Isenhart remarked that RV’s could be brought in. Higgins added that Chelan wouldn’t really have a housing rental market until September.

Councilman Mike Cooney said it was important that people know that business is still going on. “We need to let people know that the town is still open for business.” Hawkins stated that the Sheriff’s Department had conducted a meeting as to whether or not shut down Chelanman last weekend.

City priorities:

Moving on to the City’s priorities, Cooney stated that the City would like to see liquor revenues that have been diverted to the State to come back to the City. “We are still taxed with the law enforcement part of that. Some think we have endless money … we don’t’ and we need to offset the costs.” Hawkins replied that was good to know.

Hawkins stated that the Washington State Supreme Court had crossed the line to being an activist court. The Supreme Court had ordered the State to find education funds and the State Legislature had to divert funds from the Public Works Trust Fund to balance the budget. “It was an infrastructure versus education clash,” said Hawkins.

Isenhart said, “That (Public Trust Fund money) wasn’t State money. That was money that did not belong to the State.” Hawkins replied that he hopes it can be restored. However, he also stated that State money was also a part of the Public Trust Fund. “It is repaid in full.”

Paul Schmidt stated that a portion of water/sewer/garbage charges goes into excise taxes.

Councilman Michael Steele brought up the Woodin Avenue Bridge and transportation issues facing the City. “We run the risk of hurting commerce, specifically in our area.” Hawkins remarked that the No-See-Um Intersection is on the list. Schmidt stated that while the bridge is a federally classified route. “If we want to improve (Woodin Avenue Bridge) int the way it should be, we need to raise taxes and borrow money at higher interest rates.”

Isenhart also brought up the issue of the tax (9/10ths of one percent for economic development) paid to the State that comes back to the County. “We do not see a penny back from the County. It is being absorbed into their budget.”

Schmidt added that the 9/10ths is supposed to be used to help create jobs and the City of Chelan contributes an estimated $130,000 to $135,000 each year to that program. “We need to have that discussion with the County.” Isenhart stated that the RCW requires the County to return that money. Hawkins said, “I appreciate you mentioning that.”

The Woodin Avenue Bridge can be restored to its original state with approximately $480,000 but the community wants to spend $2.5 million to widen sidewalks and make the bridge safer for pedestrians. Hawkins told those present that he had walked across the bridge when vacationing here and that if the Public Trust Fund is restored, Chelan is high on the list to get money. “There might also be some opportunities in the State’s Capital Budget for direct appropriation.”

Schmidt told Hawkins that the City feels the State is no longer in partnership with them. He then mentioned that our area has huge amounts of federal and state property that is all exempt from taxation.

Hawkins said that he understands how eastern Washington relies on State funding for many projects and that he gets frustrated with large cities that use the Public Works Assistance Fund for low interest loan projects when they can actually afford to go out and bond their projects.

Schmidt said that of the seven funding sources available, the Public Works Assistance Fund is a useful tool for small cities.

Hawkins remarked that he feels the State needs to balance its budget without raising taxes. “How do you do all that without creating collateral damage?” he said.

Steele brought up the issue of raising the minimum wage and the affect that would have on small businesses in Chelan. “There is a real concern there for the business community.” Hawkins replied that we have to remember that Washington State already has the highest minimum wage law in the United States. Steele said that if the minimum wage were to be raised to $15 an hour a hotel room would cost $900 a night.

Schmidt brought up the issue of prevailing wages and how that affects city budgets.

Isenhart wants Hawkins to fight allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from gaining control over all state waters. “They can’t even do the work they already have,” she said. “They make it incredibly difficult to do anything.”

The meeting allowed Hawkins to get a sense of priority issues the City feels are important in the next legislative session. Following is the list that Hawkins took back to his office:
  1. Support funding for the Woodin Avenue Bridge Project (this is a top City priority).
  2. Support transportation construction funding for the ‘No See Um’ Intersection.
  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. Keep funding for critical infrastructure programs like the Public Works Trust Fund and don’t divert capital investment dollars to the general fund.
  6. Fund and clarify new City responsibilities from marijuana regulation.
  7. Preserve current local revenue authorities like local business licensing taxes and seek to develop new options.
  8. Collaborate with the state to increase multi-modal transportation funding and expand sustainable revenue options.
  9. Authorize tax increment financing and fine-tune other tools that help foster job creation and retention in cities.
  10. Allow cities to be more flexible and responsive to fiscal challenges, such as managing personnel costs.
  11. Fund critical mandates like municipal storm water and refrain from adding any new unfunded or underfunded mandates. Support.
  12. Strengthen public records access by curbing abusive requests.
  13. Support increased state financial and other assistance to replace and upgrade aging infrastructure and fund new infrastructure to ensure public health and safety.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, July 24 @ 12:37:00 PDT

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Lake Chelan Junior Rodeo July 26 - 27
FFA Rod Cool - July 24, 2014
Lake Chelan Jr. Rodeo July 26th and 27th
The Chelan Rustlers invite you to include the Lake Chelan Jr. Rodeo in your plans for the weekend of July 26th and 27th. Come and see over 200 cowboys and cowgirls from 2 to 18 years old competing in 47 different events. Performances start each day at 10:00 AM and admission is free. The Chelan FFA Alumni is running the cookshack and will have breakfast fired up each morning at 7:30 and good food all throughout the performances. “Out of the Chute” Ministries will hold cowboy church on Sunday morning at 8:30 in the big tent and all are welcome to attend.

Rodeo fans will enjoy mutton busting, bull riding, bronc riding, bareback riding, cow riding, steer riding, and calf riding at the rough stock end of the arena. Timed events include barrel racing, pole bending, California Stake Race, goat flanking, goat tail untying, goat tying, calf roping, team roping, chute dogging, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, team roping, and dummy roping for the little people. There will be vendor booths on the grounds with leather work, tack, and western accessories. The rodeo is sanctioned by the Caribou Trail Jr. Rodeo Association and Eastern Washington Jr. Rodeo Association.

Plan on coming for a couple hours and stay all day. We look forward to bringing you this opportunity to see the next generation of rodeo champions as they hone their skills in the Rustler’s Arena. There is nothing cuter than a 3 year old barrel racer and you will be amazed at the skills that these competitors have developed at such a young age. So cowboy up and y’all come.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, July 24 @ 10:52:44 PDT

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Manson School District Receives Excellent Audit Report
Manson School District Janice Stewart - July 24, 2014
Manson School District Receives Excellent Audit Report
Manson School District Board President Jama England, Superintendent Matt Charlton and Business Manager Scott Renick met recently with representatives from the Washington State Auditor’s office to review results of an audit performed by the agency.

The auditors shared the results of the extensive audit of compliance and internal controls over federal grant programs.

Report Hi-lights:
  • Unmodified Opinion – financial statements presented fairly in all material respects
  • No material misstatements
  • No significant deficiencies in internal controls
  • No instances of noncompliance
  • No exit items, management letters or findings
  • The District qualifies as a “low-risk” auditee
Manson School District takes very seriously its responsibility to properly account for public funding. The policies the School Board has adopted and the procedures the administrators and employees utilize are in place to guide all District business.

Manson School District’s next audit will occur in the spring of 2015.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, July 24 @ 10:38:41 PDT

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Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital 7-24-14
GLC Community News Greg Kennedy - July 24, 2014
Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital 7-24-14
"Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital" have committed to writing one letter per week leading up to the November levy vote. These letters to the editor are the opinions of the submitting parties.
When we moved here full time in 2009, our intention was to be in the Lake Chelan Valley for the rest of our lives. It had been our plan & goal for over 30 years.

There were a number of reasons why we decided to make Chelan our permanent year around home. The quality of life and the natural beauty of the area are a given. Another is, if you have an inclination to help others, there are numerous opportunities to get involved. If your pursuit is the outdoors, the four seasons offer opportunities to enjoy all aspects.

Anywhere you decide to make your permanent residence requires certain needs. The most important of which is access to health care. Health care, to us, consists of health care professionals and state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics.

We have very good health care professionals in the Lake Chelan Valley. What we do not have is an adequate hospital to serve the residents of the area. If we are going to attract additional health care professionals to the valley, which will be needed as the population of the area grows, we need a facility that can grow along with the area.

The existing hospital cannot be expanded to accommodate the area’s projected growth. We need a facility that is up to date with the latest technology, allows patient privacy and the capability to expand the facility. Our current hospital lacks these essential needs.

Nothing is more important than our health care. Kathi’s mother, Lois, recently spent 2 months at Lake Chelan Community Hospital recovering from a broken leg. Overall, her experience with the health care professionals was excellent. We became aware of the hospital’s limitations due to her cramped room conditions, lack of privacy and constant movement between rooms to accommodate other patients needs.

Passing the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Bond Levy will provide a new hospital which meets the essential needs of all hospital patients. We hope the community will feel as we do and vote “YES” on November 4th.

Kathi & Jan Fedor


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, July 24 @ 10:29:54 PDT

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Lake Chelan Rotary Donates $10,000 to Victims of the Carlton Complex Fires
GLC Community News Thomas C. Warren - July 24, 2014
Lake Chelan Rotary Donates $10,000 to Victims of the Carlton Complex Fires
The Lake Chelan Rotary Club, at a special Board meeting on Tuesday, July 22, donated $10,000 of club reserves to the victims of the devastating fires in Central Washington. The donation was made to the Fire Relief fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington (www.cfncw.org/firerelieffund). Rotary President Jeff Fehr said “we are all impacted by the terrible fire tragedies affecting our neighbors to the North, and we wanted to step up and help out. We raise money from our activities just so we can help out when the need is there. Lake Chelan Rotary is the nearest Rotary club to Pateros, Brewster, and the Methow Valley and we want to do all we can to help.”

In addition the Lake Chelan Rotary Club has committed through their Community Pride and Small Project committees of their club to begin such community projects that become available to begin the restoration of the communities that have been hit by the fire devastation. These future efforts will be funded by donations to the Lake Chelan Rotary Community & International Fund which is a 501(c)(3) charity managed by the club. Anyone wishing to donate to this unique effort can send checks to the Fund made out to LC Rotary Community & International Fund at P.O. Box 601, Chelan, WA 98816. Any questions about the Fund, or requests for community projects can be directed to Jeff Fehr at 888-0856 or 679-6560.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, July 24 @ 09:57:28 PDT

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Dale England Morning Flyover 7-23-14
PHP-Nuke Greg Kennedy - July 24, 2014
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Dale England Morning Flyover 7-23-14
Dale England of Lake Chelan Helicopters sends us these photos of a Wednesday morning flight showing some storm activity brewing in the fire areas.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Thursday, July 24 @ 09:41:10 PDT

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Strictly Fun July 23, 2014 ~
By Chaplain Darren Crutchfield
North Central Washington Chaplain Foundation
Chelan County Sheriff Office Chaplain

Helpful Thoughts and Understanding
I would like to ENCOURAGE all people who are wanting to help with the Carlton Complex fire disaster to be wise in your donations, man power and resources. There are already many agencies and groups in place, each having their own unique talents, abilities and purpose in the recovery/rebuilding process.

BEFORE you send truck loads of items and food and people to a location. Send a scout team to assess, connect and integrate into what is ALREADY happening in many of these towns and communities.

There are many places where a coordinated plan is already in place with Emergency Response Teams, Red Cross, Church groups, Chaplains and local community leaders and entities who have a well thought out game plan for the immediate and long term needs of their community.

I would encourage you to plug into the programs, talk with the community leaders, and find out what specific needs are still not being met FIRST. We've had well intentioned teams of people, truckload of items just show up on site and start doing their own agenda, which causes confusion, doubles up what may be already covered, which is a waste of resources, and often hurts the local communities rather than helps.

The community leaders KNOW their people, they know who needs what, they know who has been affected the most. Use their counsel, insight and discernment as your efforts/resources integrate into the collaborative effort in place.

These distribution centers and donation sites are targeted by scammers and thieves who have NOT lost their homes, but are simply there to "get anything they can for free" and who often turn around and sell the items for selfish gain. They often prey upon the naïve donors, painting false stories of why they are there.

PLEASE partner WITH agencies, organizations and community leaders who are already actively working these areas before just showing up with truck loads of stuff to give away.

That we would work together, for the benefit of those truly impacted by this disaster, and rebuild with wisdom, love and compassion!

By His Grace We Serve,
Chaplain Darren Crutchfield
North Central Washington Chaplain Foundation
Chelan County Sheriff Office Chaplain

Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, July 23 @ 23:58:38 PDT

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Joe Harris Reportedly Signs Lucrative Contract
Strictly Fun July 23, 2014
Apparently Cavalier Joe Harris Signs Lucrative Contract
Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, July 23 @ 22:07:13 PDT

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Here's a Story About a Story About a Story: Common Element Photographer Sy Stepa
Strictly Fun July 23. 2014
Photographer Sy Stepanov Drone Skills Drawing Huge Media Attention
And Drone User & Manufacturer Attention Too

Click Here for The Story
The CHELAN HD Video Productions by Photographer Sy Stepanov that was featured on GoLakeChelan earlier this week quickly went viral, and was seen on every major TV network and on hundreds of web-sites across the nation.

Now with a 2nd Video out ... Stepanov's skills are being recognized in some interesting places....
Like the University of Washington's KUOW Radio Channel / Web-Site

For those who haven't seen Video-II

Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, July 23 @ 21:48:40 PDT

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Give Naked Announces Give #94
PHP-Nuke July 23, 2014 - CherylAnn Crego
Give Naked Announces Give #94
(To help victims of the Carlton Complex Fire)
Local charity, Give Naked, has set up a Give accepting donations for those who have experienced loss due to the fires raging across North Central Washington.

As always, 100% of the donations they receive will go directly to those in need.

Chelan Valley Hope will distribute funds from this Give. CVH is Give Naked’s umbrella organization. They have an effective system in place for screening and monitoring recipients in order to make sure that the funds are efficiently distributed.

Fire victims can begin the process of receiving help from this fund by contacting Chelan Valley Hope at
509-888-2114 or

About Give Naked

The mission of Give Naked is to inspire people to give a little bit, as often as they can, to those in need. Donors can contribute to specific Gives by visiting the website and clicking the donate button. 100% of all public donations go directly to people in need.* Give Naked also welcomes donations to the administrative fund to ensure that they can cover expenses like insurance, bookkeeping, etc. while maintaining the 100% model. *PayPal takes a small percentage from each online donation.

Learn even more about Give Naked


info@givenaked.org 509-387-5563
CherylAnn Crego

Give Naked.
PO Box 405
Chelan, WA 98816

Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, July 23 @ 16:54:58 PDT

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Olivia De La Cruz & Others In Benefit Concert Moved to PAC
Strictly Fun July 23, 2014

Join the community for Rain Down Hope Benefit Concert tonight.

Today, afternoon and evening in Chelan, there is a benefit concert to raise money to give to the victims.

Location: PAC at Chelan High School

Featuring artists Olivia De La Cruz, Michael Carlos, Indigo Rose and Waterdog.

Bring your families, bring money, and we will be collecting donation items. Dollars collected will be given to Chelan Valley Hope through GiveNaked.org, which will put funds directly into the hands of those affected

Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, July 23 @ 16:02:51 PDT

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Hail & Rain Hits The Methow - Flash Flood Warnings Remain
Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, July 23 @ 15:25:11 PDT

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Photographers Blog Shares Amazing Fire Story
PHP-Nuke July 23, 2014
Here's an incredible collection of photos of the Carlton Complex along with an extremely well written narrative. ~ Enjoy

We are Kristin & Emily. . .mother & daughter. . .best friends & business partners.... (Click Here to Continue) ....
Posted by Jerry_Isenhart on Wednesday, July 23 @ 10:51:19 PDT

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Defensible Spaces, a Key Concern
Washington State Patrol Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis - July 23, 2014
Click Here for the FireWise.org website
Defensible Spaces, a Key Concern
In these extremely challenging weather conditions, State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy is urging residents to inspect and maintain the defensible space around their homes. Defensible space can dramatically increase your home’s chances of surviving a disastrous wildfire, and can be accomplished through careful planning and vegetation management.

Two zones make up the required 100 feet of defensible space:

Zone 1—Extends 30 feet out from buildings, decks, and other structures. Clearing this area requires the greatest reduction in flammable vegetation, and consists of removing dead plants, grasses, weeds, and any pine needles or dry leaves that may be accumulated on your home’s roof, rain gutters, or around and under decks. Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs that are located near windows. Keep trees trimmed and remove any dead tree limbs that hang over your roof, keeping branches 10 feet away from your chimney. Relocate exposed woodpiles outside of Zone 1 unless they are covered in a fire resistant material. And lastly, create a separation between trees, shrubs, and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, swing sets, etc.

Zone 2—Extends 30 to 100 feet from buildings and other structures. The fuel reduction zone in the remaining 70 feet (or to property line) will depend on the steepness of your property and the vegetation. Create horizontal and vertical spacing between plants to prevent fire from spreading. Large trees do not have to be cut down or removed as long as the plants beneath them are removed, eliminating a vertical “fire ladder.” An important reminder when clearing vegetation, use care when operating equipment such as lawnmowers, as one small spark may start a fire; a string trimmer is the safest choice.

“Wildfire dangers have increased statewide, making the need for fire safety a key concern. Flying embers can destroy homes up to a mile ahead of a wildfire,” cautions Duffy. For that reason, creating and maintaining a defensible space of 100 feet around your home is essential for limiting the amount of flammable vegetation and materials that may surround your home.

To learn more about the Firewise principles included in this press release, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise website at www.firewise.org or the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Ready, Set, Go! website at wildlandfiresrsg.org.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, July 23 @ 08:17:05 PDT

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Other Recent Articles

Wednesday, July 23
· Rains Today May Set Stage For Flash Flooding in Our Area
Tuesday, July 22
· Fire Fighters Take Advantage of Cool Weather
· Carlton Complex : Where to Go for Help
· Lone Mountain Fire Update July 22
· Carlton Complex East Zone Update 7/22/14 7:45 a.m.
· Chelan County PUD Seeking Ideas for the Next Generation of Public Power
· Carlton Complex Fire Update 7-22-14 Noon
· Guild
· Tsillan Cellars Carlton Complex Fire Relief Concert July 26th
· National Night Out Brings Law Enforcement and Public Together
· Special Opportunity to Go Behind the Scenes at Rocky Reach Dam
· Buckner Orchard Square Dance August 9th
· Fragnito Metals Steps Up to Help With Metals Destroyed By Fires
· A Look at Pateros, Alta Lake and Black Canyon
Monday, July 21
· Relief Funds and Donation Accounts at North Cascades Bank
· City of Chelan Special Meeting July 23
· Monday morning flight up Antoine and Alta Lake
· New Update op Carlton Complex: Not Growing Larger
· New Information in the Search for Bill Fitzpatrick
· Cooler Weather May Be Big Factor In Fighting Biggest Fire Complex in US Today
· More Photos from the Chiliwist, Pateros and Alta Lake
· Carlton Complex Fire Now Biggest in Nation
Sunday, July 20
· Carlton Complex Fire Now Approaching 240,000 Acres
· Chelan to Africa Benefit at Benson Winery Aug 2nd
· Gebbers Farms Update 7-19-14
· Access to Forest Service Land North East of Lake Chelan Closed Due to Fire Activ
· Mountain View Summer Music Series Tickets at Manson Red Apple
Saturday, July 19
· Dale England Alta Lake Flyover 7-19-14
· Gebbers Farms Reports Cherry Crop Not Damaged by Fires
· North Cascades Bank Branches Open in Twisp/Okanogan
· Rodeo Finale Results in Record Donation to Andrew York Memorial Scholarship
· The Carlton Complex Fire From a Spreadsheet
· More Video of Carlton Complex Destruction
Friday, July 18
· Photographer Sy Stepanov Shares His Latest from Okanogan County
· An Aerial Look at Lower Okanogan County
· King 5 Coverage Includes Large Photo Library
· Video of Pateros-Brewster-Methow Fire from the Air
· A Place to Donate for Pateros Relief
· Fires, Dust Force Road Closures - US97, US2, I90
· Douglas County Sheriff Report 7-17-14
· Repairs to Close Three Sections of Chelan Riverwalk Trail July 22, 23
· TEE Time 7-17-14
· What Role Will Weather Play In Fire Fighting For Next Few Days?
· Waiting Until Morning To Sort It Out
· Thursday Evening-Friday Morning A True Nightmare
Thursday, July 17
· Lower Okanogan County Under 'Fire'
· Tough Burn Bans in Effect for Chelan County
· Paraglider fatality on Chelan Butte
· Free Pet Boarding for Homeowners at Evacuation Level 3
· Have You Seen This Towable?

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