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Randi Burchett Joins North Cascades Bank
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Detour for SR 153 Reestablished for Bridge Repair
Same 13 mile detour that was in effect for August flood washouts


Listen to Why You Should Vote YES for the New Hospital
Adam Rynd, Concie Luna and Kyle Plew endorse the new hospital


Here's 4 More Letters on the Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Levy
Dr. Christy C Nielsen, Professionals Larry Hibbard & Robert Thompson, Manson Resident Troy Hawkins and reader Wendy Griffiths Redman all weigh in with thought provoking discussions.


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Chelan County PUD Commissioners Review Building Blocks of Next Year’s Budget
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Lake Chelan Hospital/Manson School Cross Country Fun Run
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Three More Voters Weigh In With Letters To The Editor On Hottest Topic Of The Day - Lake Chelan Hospital's $19 Million Bond Proposition on the Nov 4th Ballot
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Lake Chelan Valley Resident Bill Worth Says VOTE NO on LCCH Bond Levy
Another letter from our readers...


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

Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page will be moderated (that is approved before being published), and may be edited to fit our format, or returned with a request that they be shorter.

Letters need to be submitted by email to and must include the authors name, valid email and working phone number. We will call and verify the authenticity of the author before publishing. The authors phone number and email will not be published at the author's request, but will be available to readers who requests to know.

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


Randi Burchett Joins North Cascades Bank
PHP-Nuke North Cascades Bank - October 22, 2014
Randi Burchett
Randi Burchett Joins North Cascades Bank
Will serve as Real Estate Loan Officer

Randi Burchett has joined North Cascades Bank, Division of Glacier Bank, as a Real Estate Loan Officer working at the bank’s Chelan branch at 220 Johnson Avenue.

Burchett graduated from Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee and attended the University of Washington. She began her banking career with Seafirst Bank in Customer Service and Private Banking and then transitioned into lending at Washington Mutual. Over the years, she developed an expertise in residential and consumer lending, most recently working at Cashmere Valley Bank. “Randi is a great addition to our real estate lending group and to our team in Chelan. As real estate activity is picking up throughout the region, our timing couldn’t be better in bringing on a lender with Randi’s experience and excellent reputation,” said President Scott Anderson.

Burchett lives in Chelan with her husband and has two grown children. She is an avid golfer and her interests include traveling, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

North Cascades Bank is a division of Glacier Bank of Kalispell, Montana. Glacier Bank is a subsidiary of Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (GBCI), a regional bank holding company headquartered in Kalispell, Montana, operating thirteen bank divisions including North Cascades Bank. These bank divisions provide financial services to individuals and community based businesses throughout Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Additional information about the bank can be found at www.northcascadesbank.com.


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, October 22 @ 11:57:00 PDT

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Detour for SR 153 Reestablished for Bridge Repair
WSDOT Jeff Adamson, WSDOT Communications - October 22, 2014
Detour for SR 153 Reestablished for Bridge Repair
A routine WSDOT inspection of the Methow River Bridge on SR 153 at Carlton revealed a crack in a column requiring the bridge be closed immediately to traffic until repairs can be completed.

The same 13 mile detour that was in effect for August flood washouts between Carlton and Twisp on SR 153 that ended last week is being reestablished on Okanogan County’s Twisp-Carlton Rd.

WSDOT bridge engineers are now designing the repair, making a plan and arranging for steel sections and dowels that will be needed as well as crews to do the work. Repairs could perhaps be accomplished as soon as next week if material and personnel are available.

Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, October 22 @ 11:44:21 PDT

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Listen to Why You Should Vote YES for the New Hospital
PHP-Nuke Greg Kennedy - October 22, 2014
The following is a paid commercial message from Chelan Valley Citizens for a New Hospital
- "We are concerned citizens passionate about healthcare and the new hospital. We are paying for ads and signs through donations and fundraising."
Listen to Why You Should Vote YES for the New Hospital



Did you know the CEO of Confluence Health endorses the new hospital?

"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. 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
CEO Confluence Health, Wenatchee"


Posted by gregory_kennedy on Wednesday, October 22 @ 09:55:55 PDT

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Four More Letters from Readers Regarding the Hospital Bond Levy
PHP-Nuke Oct 21, 2014
Below We Add 4 More 'Letters To GoLakeChelan' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure

  • - From Dr. Christy C Nielsen, RPh, PharmD, CCI
  • - From Valley Residents Larry Hibbard & Robert Thompson
  • - From Reader Wendy Griffiths Redman
  • - From Manson Resident Troy Hawkins
  • From: Dr. Christy C Nielsen, RPh, PharmD, CCI
    Dear Friends:

    A strong local hospital is essential for the health and well being of all of us living and visiting the valley. My conclusion after working in this facility as the pharmacist since 2005 is that construction of a new hospital on a flat piece of ground with good access for staff, visitors and vendors is the most economically responsible choice versus renovation of the existing structure with its many inherent deficiencies. Suggestions by some of those who oppose the proposed bond to remedy these deficiencies, include expansion of the current building, purchase of land adjacent to the present facility, evicting residents of the housing located in the old 1948 hospital building, blasting, excavating and relocating bedrock from the cliff behind the facility, and topping it all off with a helicopter on the roof. The hospital has made an exhaustive study of the various scenarios that could be pursued to remedy the current situation, utilizing financial consultants, architects and engineers who are experienced in hospital construction. All indicators of cost effectiveness and future functionality point to the fact that the community would be best served, in the long run, by relocating and replacing the facility. Past elections on this issue have always resulted in a majority vote for the proposal, just missing the needed “super majority” of 60% by 1-4%. Clearly this does not indicate an out and out rejection by the community.

    I am keenly aware, as an employee of the hospital that my opinion may be dismissed out of hand as biased, but I am also a citizen and a voter. Yes, I confess - I do have a bias – I have a professional bias, (a.k.a. knowledge) and a professional obligation to insure that the pharmacy services under my direction meet the basic standards of care that are expected of any hospital pharmacy. During my tenure I have been fortunate to implement technologies that are now considered basic equipment used in a hospital pharmacy department. That said, the facility is now confronting significant barriers to optimizing the medication distribution system due to space not being available to accommodate needed additional equipment in the five patient care areas. More significant is that the infrastructure required for compounding sterile products (e.g. IV solutions) does not meet minimum standards that are currently under regulatory review by the Pharmacy Commission. Needed infrastructure includes a purpose built clean room and ante room with strict requirements for flooring, wall treatments, venting and filtering requiring at least 100 square feet of space – which is not absolutely NOT available in the current structure. These technologies are not luxury items or nice to have, but are considered the standard of care to insure basic patient safety and security in medication usage – in any hospital. Retrofitting the current building with updated technologies will be difficult and costly, especially if patient care activities will need to continue at the same time. My department is not unique in this respect.

    This video outlines some of the issues confronted by other departments:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7zB9AaH1_A

    Some opponents have suggested that we are trying to compete with or duplicate services available in Wenatchee, Seattle or Spokane. However, most health care is not delivered by specialists, but by primary care providers – i.e. your local family doctor. Primary care practitioners utilize many tools to provide the care that each of us need to remain healthy, to treat us when we are ill or injured, and to assist us in accessing specialty care when it is needed. One of those necessary tools utilized by primary care is a local hospital that supports many types of activities within the scope of primary care practice model which includes, but is not limited to emergency care, inpatient care, detox-rehab program, mental health care, observation, labor and delivery, diagnostic procedures, radiology, laboratory services, as well as surgery. It’s the diversity of the types of care activities housed within the hospital building that make up the whole that has created the financial viability of LCCH. Physicians need adequate workspaces in the ER, OR and private patient rooms to maximize the use of their particular skills. Nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, medical technologists, radiology technicians, OR technicians, sterile processing technicians, anesthetists, and pharmacists also need adequate workspaces to support their activities, needed equipment and provide a decent experience for patients. Studies have shown that hospitals in rural communities are a major economic driver. Why send health care dollars away, when they can be spent here, supporting our local economy?

    Communities in our area DO replace inadequate hospital structures. For example, in 2010 Grand Coulee, built a new facility. That facility was built on the same piece of land as the old structure, which was flat and spacious, on the existing parking lot, followed by demolition of the old building and restoration of parking when the new building was opened. On the other hand, Pullman chose to relocate and rebuild the hospital, moving it away from a tight location on campus. I have had direct personal involvement with both communities as a health care practitioner, working in both of the original Pullman and Grand Coulee facilities. I was involved in the planning and decision making for the pharmacy in the replacement hospital in Grand Coulee.

    To recap, because there seems to be continued misrepresentation and misinformation around the proposal: the bond levy to the voters will raise $19,000,000 over 30 years with an additional $12,000,000 raised on the hospital’s debt carrying capacity. The sum of $31,000,000 dollars includes the total costs of planning, construction and equipping the new facility, including a 10% buffer for any cost over-runs. This amount was arrived at after much investigation and careful deliberation with financial, architectural and engineering experts. Concerns have been raised about potential contamination at the proposed site. A thorough assessment was done prior to the land purchase and was noted to be comparable to the land where Walmart, ball-fields, and a housing development currently exist in the same vicinity. Any costs associated with remediation have already been included in the proposed plan. Finally, the land, purchased in 2009 for $4,000,000, is already paid for. Keep in mind that no new large parcels of flat land with good access close to town are being created. Responsible, caring communities make sensible decisions based on careful consideration of all factors to achieve the best possible outcome in the long run – the best solution for one community might not be the best solution for another. This isn’t a case of “wanting a new hospital for the sake of having something new”, but a wise investment in the preservation of viable health care in our local area. I believe the strongest choice is to VOTE YES for a replacement hospital for our community.

    Sincerely, Dr. Christy C Nielsen, RPh, PharmD, CCI




    Valley residents Larry Hibbard & Robert Thompson have been some of the most outspoken critics of the proposed Proposition 1 Bond Levy. The two have submitted their Op-Ed as it appeared a few days ago in the Wenatchee World.

    A strong local hospital providing essential emergency care and basic hospital services is important for the health and well being of all of us living in the Chelan Valley. Unfortunately, the maintenance and repair of our hospital has been largely neglected in recent years as the Hospital Commissioners focused on rationalizing a new hospital. In the last five years over $7 million, including $4.1 million for land, has been spent on “future hospital construction” (from annual audit reports). Now the Hospital Commissioners are asking us to approve a $19 million, 30 year bond issue for a new hospital and abandon our existing hospital because the hospital needs repairs.

    During the last six months we have spent many hours with Kevin Abel, the hospital CEO, and others asking questions, learning more about our hospital, reviewing studies, looking at plans and analyzing reports. Additionally, Larry worked for the hospital as an architect for more than 15 years, including the time 15,200 sq ft of new space was added to our hospital. We have found a serious lack of substantive information that would justify building a new hospital.

    Our conclusion, following our investigation, is that the construction of a new Chelan hospital is not in the best interest of quality health care in the valley and is not economically responsible. Our best health care option is to remodel and expand our existing hospital. Our hospital has been neglected but it can be fixed at less cost than a new hospital. Moreover, the current hospital building has a value of over $20 million if used as a hospital but has negative value if abandoned. And the building cannot be used cost effectively as a retirement home. We have based our conclusions on the following:

  • 1. There are no structural problems with the building. While the original concrete framed building is 42 years old, a third of the hospital space, 15,195 square feet, is less than 20 years old and is in fine shape. Structurally sound hospitals are not abandoned; they are continually renovated because reuse is the most economical option.
  • 2. The third floor has few, if any, code issues and would require only minimal renovation. The third floor was constructed less than 20 years ago with steel framing and met all codes current at that time.
  • Communities Don't Abandon Their Hospitals, They Renew Them

  • 3. The infrastructure, technology, and “code issues,” can easily be addressed in a remodel. Single pane windows are replaced with energy efficient glazing. Doorways are widened. Bathrooms are enlarged for accessibility. Technology access is provided. And HVAC systems are upgraded. None of these issues require a new building.
  • 4. There are good options for expansion. The hospital owns the hillside behind and the building below. Adjacent property can most likely be purchased if needed. And the existing concrete and steel building can easily accommodate additional floors front and back.
  • 5. The proposed new hospital will not increase the number of certified beds in the hospital or add new hospital services. (per letter from hospital administrator dated 9/29/2014) A renovation/addition of our existing hospital can accommodate all of the patients and programs proposed for the new hospital at much less cost.
  • 6. The full cost of a new hospital will be close to $40,000,000. The $31 million LCCH cost is only the construction budget and some furnishings. In addition, the land cost $4.1 million (that was purchased with out any public discussion or voter support), approximately $3 million has been spent to date on planning and promotion, with an additional $4-6 million likely needed for equipment and furnishings, moving costs, soil mitigation and decommissioning.
  • 7. Renovating the existing hospital will not require abandoning a $20+ million special purpose building. The hospital commissioners have no viable plan for reuse of the existing hospital, which is valued at $20+ million as a hospital. Heritage Heights has been given first refusal, but it is highly unlikely they can justify tripling the size of their facilities or justify renovation costs for senior housing that for them would be much higher than constructing new. Hospitals are specific purpose buildings with complex and expensive infrastructure that are not suitable for other uses. This is why hospitals are not abandoned, but are continually renovated.
  • 8. A renovation/addition to the existing hospital would cost much less than a new hospital and eliminate the need for a $19 million taxpayer bond issue. A renovation/addition of our critical care hospital can be completed in the range of $17 to 20 million. To pay for the renovation we could use the $5 million the hospital has in reserve, the sale of the $4.1 million site purchased in 2009, and the sale of $10 million non-voted hospital bonds proposed for the new hospital.
  • 9. There are many examples of successful hospital renovations, including the Leavenworth, Omak, Ritzville, and Prosser hospitals in our area. Communities don’t abandon their hospitals, they renew them.

    We will be voting NO, to be financially responsible and to Save Our Hospital.

    Sincerely,

    Larry Hibbard

    Robert Thompson
  • Larry Hibbard is a professional architect who lives in Manson.
    Robert Thompson was 22 years, Chief Budget and Finance Officer for the University of Washington, followed by 14 years at Georgia Institute of Technology as Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance, with retirement in 2008. Thompson lives in Chelan.



    Letter to the Editor
    Submitted by Wendy Griffiths Redman

    Dear Friends…

    I couldn't imagine there would be people writing in this forum urging people to oppose the bond measure for the replacement hospital….but it’s true. There aren't many, but there are a few. I’ve read a letter from a man who used to be an architect for the hospital who no longer has a contract and a former CEO of the hospital who was fired by the Hospital Commissioners (unfairly he says, but we have to wait and buy his book)? I don’t know either of these gentlemen, nor do I know the people who have written in to endorse their comments. But to be honest, neither of these gentlemen seem like unbiased observers, I've also read letters from doctors and employees of the hospital and to be honest again, they probably aren't unbiased either.

    My advice to anyone who wants to know how to vote on this bond initiative is to talk to someone who has recently been a patient or had a family member as a patient. The modest, but vital, services provided to our community by LCCH are a blessing for those of us who have been in either situation. Better yet, go yourself and take a look. The inadequate space for essential services will be apparent immediately. The staff doesn't make excuses for the lack of space — they make do and they do it with genuine commitment to patient comfort. It doesn't take an engineering degree to figure out that the options for remodel and/or renovation are seriously limited — despite the former CEO suggesting that it would be no problem to just remove the mountain behind the hospital to secure additional space!

    Architects generally think anything is possible, and of course that’s true if money is no limitation. But the people paying the bills look to experienced contractors for advice on major construction projects. I spent my professional career involved in the construction and renovation of dozens of public facilities and I believe the decision to abandon a facility and move to new construction is one that should be done only after careful consideration of all other financially viable options. The concept of throwing good money after bad is something that happens frequently when institutions attempt to take the repair and/or renovation option on the grand scale that would be required at Lake Chelan Community Hospital. Sometimes it makes sense — this is not one of those times.

    I urge you to talk with people who have recent patient experience at LCCH or visit the the facility yourself and use your own common sense about what option is best for the long term interests of our community. Pretend that you are responsible for the expenditure of funds to provide a hospital facility to meet the basic and emergency needs for yourself and your loved ones. What decision would you make in that case?

    Sincerely,

    Wendy Griffiths Redman


    Manson resident and voter Troy Hawwkins writes why he is encouraging voters to Vote No:

    Letter to the Editor
    Submitted by Trow Hawkins

    Dear Chelan Valley,

    As a resident of Manson for the last 11 years, which still only qualifies me as a new comer and outsider, I would like to address the hospital bond issue. Of course, all of us want the best health care we can get. The question is how to obtain it with economic smarts. The current hospital is old. It does need updating and perhaps it needs to be scrapped altogether. The question should be how we can get the best healthcare at the best price. With that in mind, there are issues that I don't think many people have looked at from a money standpoint.

    In 2008 the hospital decided to purchase land, over the objection of many in this valley, for a new hospital facility. The land was purchased for over 4 million dollars before a public vote on the approx. 30 million bond. The bond failed. The money spent on the land, plus money spent on 3 bond requests, plus the time value of money over the last 7 years would give the hospital about 10 million dollars in its bank account. This is more that half the amount of money they are asking the voters for in the upcoming bond issue. Was this good business?

    Opponents and supporters of the bond may not have a full understanding of how this process will work. A 19 million bond will actually cost about 55 million dollars over the 30 year life of the bond. When you couple that amount with the 12 million that the hospital says it has in grants, gifts and savings accounts, the real cost of the new hospital will be near the 80 million dollar mark. In 30 years, we will probably be in the same boat, with an outdated hospital in need of upgrades and new equipment. The new bond that the hospital is asking for is going to be underwritten by DA Davidson, the same underwriter used by the Town Toyota Center. That makes me very nervous.

    There are a lot of smart business people in this valley who would probably be willing to form a community board that can work with the hospital administration to help plan and spend money to upgrade or build a new facility in a more prudent manner than spending at least 80 million for it. I always cringe when I see fire districts, schools and hospitals asking for money and the biggest public supporters are employees or are affiliated financially in some way with the organization wanting more money. If Microsoft wanted more money and they could get it by asking for taxpayers to float a bond for them ..... every Microsoft employee would have a sign in their yard supporting the bond. The Dr's of the clinic who wrote a letter supporting the bond issue "100%" should recuse themselves from this discussion. They recently sold their clinic to the hospital. Way too many conflicts of interest for my liking. When public entities ask for money and have to go get other public entities to publicly support them, like school districts supporting a hospital request for more public money, it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. Public entities always want more money, just like private citizens do! Private citizens have to earn their money while public entities can take it out of their neighbors pockets with a vote!

    Certainly if a new hospital is needed, it can be built in stages. It would cost taxpayers substantially less money and it could actually allow for better, more expensive equipment to be located in the hospital, all at a reduced cost to taxpayers. Spending millions of dollars on interest payments through DA Davidson municipal bonds isn't as good of an idea as putting the money directly into the facility. There are a whole lot of options for getting the best value for our healthcare dollar that don't entail spending more that 80 million on a hospital facility over 30 years. By the way, I am not counting the value of the money that was used to buy land for the new facility. Total costs could and probably will exceed 100 million for 30 years for having a new hospital in Chelan. We can do better as citizens, and the hospital board and administrators ought to listen to the business people of the valley regarding options that are fiscally smart and healthcare wise. Up to this point they have been unwilling to listen to alternative ideas from unaffiliated business people in this valley.

    A NO vote will force both sides into discussions that should have taken place already.
    Do we need upgrades to our healthcare in this valley? Probably so.
    Do we need to throw millions of dollars away in interest payments to bond holders rather than putting all of our money to work right here in the valley. No we don't.

    Vote No on the bond and then immediately start planning on how to get the healthcare we need at a price we can afford. It can be done and everyone will be better off!

    Regards,

    Troy Hawkins

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

    Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page will be moderated (that is approved before being published), and may be edited to fit our format, or returned with a request that they be shorter.

    Letters need to be submitted by email to and must include the authors name, valid email and working phone number. We will call and verify the authenticity of the author before publishing. The authors phone number and email will not be published at the author's request, but will be available to readers who requests to know.

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

    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Tuesday, October 21 @ 22:38:24 PDT

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    Concern Over Pending Rain Causes Officials To Issue Special Warning
    PHP-Nuke Oct 21, 2014 - From Press Release

    Officials Issue Weather Warnings For Our Region Due To Impending Rain
    The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management is asking the public to remain attentive during the extended rainfall event predicted for the remainder of this week.

    Citizens residing within, or adjacent to wildfire burn scar areas caused by either the 2013 or 2014 summer fires are asked to be especially vigilant.

    Heavy or extended rainfall over a burn scar can cause debris flows and mud slides which may create a public safety hazard.

    Anyone who observes a hazard or potential hazard during the extended rainfall is encouraged to contact the Emergency Management Office at 509-667-6863 or RIVERCOM dispatch at 509-663-9911.


    HYDROLOGIC STATEMENT
    National Weather Service Spokane, WA
    1111 AM PDT TUE OCT 21 2014
    ...Significant incoming moisture from the Pacific will bring a steady rain to the Cascades which will potentially affect creeks streams and rivers...

    The steeper slopes burned this past summer in Chelan and Okanogan counties could experience some mud slides due to the upcoming period of steady rainfall. Large flash floods or debris flows are not expected since rain intensity will be low throughout the event.

    If you notice creeks that are backing up behind plugged culverts or debris dams and are coming out of their banks...please call your local emergency management officials or the National Weather Service so an alert message can be widely distributed.

    Another round of rain is anticipated toward the beginning of next week which may affect the Cascade area as well.

    Citizens may monitor current water levels on the this web-site: CLICK HERE

    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Tuesday, October 21 @ 21:07:52 PDT

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    Open House at Forest Service in Tonasket
    USFS Shannon O’Brien, Public Affairs Specialist, USFS - October 21, 2014
    Open House at Forest Service in Tonasket
    Tonasket Ranger District will host an open house from 5:00-7:00 on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

    The purpose of the Open House is twofold. First, it will be an opportunity to learn more about a proposal for restoration work in the Bonaparte Mountain area. The Open House will also serve as an opportunity to meet Matt Reidy, the new Tonasket District Ranger.

    The proposal for the Light Restoration project includes approximately 8,600 acres of land in the Upper Bonaparte watershed, north of Highway 20. So far, the proposal includes restoration work to promote ponderosa pine, western larch, aspen, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine and subalpine fir while maintaining Large Tree and Old Forest stands and reducing canopy density. It also includes ladder fuel reduction. A road analysis for the project area will include identification of unneeded roads, which may be closed or obliterated, and inadequate culverts that would be repaired as funding allows. Activities to protect riparian areas are also being considered.

    Matt Reidy, who started as Tonasket’s District Ranger on October 20, will be on hand to meet with visitors and discuss Forest management. He hails from New Mexico, where he has been District Ranger on the Mount Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. Matt succeeds Dale Olson who left in late April for a District Ranger Position in Montana.

    For more information about the Open House, the Light Restoration Project, or to schedule a meeting with the new District Ranger, please call 509-486-2186.


    Posted by gregory_kennedy on Tuesday, October 21 @ 11:30:45 PDT

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    Chelan County PUD Commissioners Review Building Blocks of Next Year’s Budget
    Chelan County PUD Kimberlee Craig, CCPUD - October 21, 2014
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    Chelan County PUD Commissioners Review Building Blocks of Next Year’s Budget
    Key assumptions include no increase in electric rates and need to create value for customer-owners

    Chelan County PUD commissioners and staff Monday reviewed the key assumptions for writing the District’s 2015 budget, including the expectation that proposed projects and staffing will create long-term value for the District’s customer-owners.

    Mark O’Bryan , strategic financial planning director, said items in next year’s budget will align with the five-year business plans, meet or exceed compliance, regulatory and safety requirements and include a look at the scope of projects to confirm the best value for the PUD and its customers.

    Among the key assumptions are no change in retail electric, water and wastewater rates or wholesale fiber rates. Plans are to pay down another $122.6 million in long-term debt. Other factors are:
    • Limited additional impacts from the Wanapum Dam drawdown
    • Some improvement in power market prices
    • Continued low interest rates on investments
    • Continued regulatory requirement increases
    Some of the major projects forecast for next year are refurbishing two generating units at Rock Island Dam, camping upgrades at Lincoln Rock State Park, the fiber network BPON to GPON upgrade, a new substation in Cashmere and repairs to the first of the four large units at Rocky Reach Dam.

    Commissioners will start review of the proposed 2015 budget at a 1 p.m. hearing on Nov. 3 during the next regular board meeting. Discussions will continue on Nov. 17 with a second hearing. Staff plans to ask for board approval of the budget on Dec. 1.

    Customer-owners and community members are invited to join the discussion by emailing comments to .

    In other business Monday, commissioners:
    • Reviewed the next steps in strategic planning. The goal is to have the new plan in place by March 30, 2015, said George Velazquez, strategic project manager. Topic teams have evaluated more than 1,100 ideas from customer-owners and employees to develop sets of options. Commissioners emphasized the need for topic team members to be neutral in presenting the options. A guide summarizing the options is being written to share them with the community. Commissioners will preview the guide on Nov. 3. Details on the timeline for gathering community feedback will be posted on www.ourpublicpower.org.

    Posted by gregory_kennedy on Tuesday, October 21 @ 11:24:47 PDT

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    Drivers May Begin Using Studded Tires in November
    WSDOT Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT Communications - October 21, 2014
    Drivers May Begin Using Studded Tires in November
    Winter’s on its way; make sure you and your vehicle are prepared

    Winter will be here before you know it, so now’s the time to make sure you—and your vehicle—are ready for snow and ice.

    The keys to emerging from the winter-driving season unscathed: slow down and plan ahead. There are no major storms on the immediate horizon, but Washington State Department of Transportation officials say drivers still need to be ready.

    “Prepare your car and prepare yourself for winter conditions,” said Monty Mills, WSDOT’s snow-and-ice program manager. “When the temperature drops, drivers all over the state need to be ready. We’ll be working to keep the highways open, but we’ll need drivers’ help.”

    WSDOT asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most up-to-date roadway information and winter-driving tips on the agency’s winter driving Web page.

    Here’s what drivers can do to prepare for icy and snowy roads:
    • Download the WSDOT mobile app for smartphones.
    • Sign up for email updates or follow any of WSDOT’s regional accounts on Twitter.
    • Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.
    • Get your car ready and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
    • Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirements for mountain passes, which are also available on highway-advisory signs and highway-advisory radio.
    • Preset 530 AM and 1610 AM, WSDOT’s traffic-information stations, on your vehicle’s radio.
    Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices that are acceptable when chains or traction tires are required.

    Studded tires are legal for use only between Nov. 1 and March 31 in Washington state. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about traction tires that are legal for year-round use. More information about studded-tired restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.

    Posted by gregory_kennedy on Tuesday, October 21 @ 11:04:14 PDT

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    Halloween Safety Tips from Chelan Fire and Rescue
    Chelan Fire and Rescue Faye Barker - October 21, 2014
    Halloween Safety Tips from Chelan Fire and Rescue
    Halloween is a celebration of fun, fright and candy! To help you stay safe during the goulish season, Chelan Fire and Rescue has put together some Halloween safety tips.
    • When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
    • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
    • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
    • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
    • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
    • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
    • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
    • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
    Have a safe and fun Halloween!

    Posted by gregory_kennedy on Tuesday, October 21 @ 10:32:04 PDT

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    Lake Chelan Hospital/Manson School Cross Country Fun Run
    Lake Chelan Hospital News Updates Celeste Thomas - October 21, 2014
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    Lake Chelan Hospital/Manson School Cross Country Fun Run
    On September 27 the Lake Chelan Community Hospital partnered with Manson School Cross Country to put on a Family Fun Run with Max in conjunction with the first annual Trojan Cross Country Invitational.

    160 people of all ages participated in the fun run held at the old golf course in Manson, next to Mill Bay Casino. About 300 people participated in all during the full day of running events.
    RESULTS
    
    2.5 k (girls)              2.5K (boys)          
    1st. Aleasha England       1st. Maddoc Fich     
    2nd. Kate England          2nd. Jamison England 
    3rd. Christine Zandell     3rd. Malachi Sanchez 
                                                    
    5k (girls)                 5k (boys)            
    1st. Hadley Blasey         1st. Jairo de la Cruz
    2nd. Emily Alejo           2nd. Nathan Murillo  
    3rd. Lisa England          3rd. Phil Thomas
    


    Posted by gregory_kennedy on Tuesday, October 21 @ 10:17:57 PDT

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    More Lake Chelan Voters Weigh In On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Proposition
    PHP-Nuke Oct 20, 2014
    Below We Add 3 More 'Letters To The Editor' On The Lake Chelan Hospital Bond Measure

  • - From Manson Resident Pat Hautenne
  • - From Chelan Resident Brent Morrison
  • - From Chelan Resident Lisa Garvich
  • By Pat Hautenne

    Dear Friends,

    An earlier letter on GoLakeChelan by Hospital Commissioner Mary Signorelli made reference to an opinion written by Manson resident and Professional Architect, Larry Hibbard. Mr Hibbard's letter was emailed to many in the valley, including myself.
    To assist those who may not have received or read Mr Hibbard's thinking on this topic, I have ask, and been given his permission, to submit it here. Larry Hibbard writes:
    Dear Friends,

    A strong local hospital is essential for the health and well being of all of us living and visiting the valley. We are fortunate that after many years of financial difficulties our hospital is now operating on a strong financial base. It has been operating in the black with $500,000 to $1,000,000 annual profits.

    It is unfortunate that during the last 15 to 20 years there has been minimal maintenance, only hasty repairs, and no long range planning for the future of our existing hospital facility. Instead, our hospital commissioners have focused on getting a new hospital.

    In the process they have spent several million dollars of our money on plans and PR for a new facility, while neglecting the solid building we have with its wonderful views of the valley. The Commissioners are again asking us to approve a very large 30 year bond issue for a new hospital.

    During the last six months I have spent hours with Kevin Abel, the hospital CEO asking questions, learning more about hospitals, reviewing studies, looking at plans and analyzing reports. I worked for the hospital as an architect for more than 15 years during which time 15,200 sq ft of new space were added to our hospital. I know the facility well. But the process of getting current and accurate information about the needs and decisions surrounding a new hospital has been quite difficult and revealing.

    My conclusion, following my investigation, is that the construction of a new hospital is not in the best interest of quality health care in the valley and is not economically responsible. I have also concluded that there is a very viable option, which has not been seriously considered, that can provide us with a hospital that can offer as good or better medical services as a new hospital while costing much less than a new hospital. We can demonstrate responsible stewardship of our resources by taking care of what we have and not throwing away a solid, functional building.

    Our best option is to remodel and expand our existing hospital. Our hospital has been neglected and it has problems, but the problems can be fixed. Our present operating hospital has a value of well over $20,000,000. An appraisal done for the hospital shows its value to be $2,100,000 (very optimistic) if we abandon it. If the building can not be sold and needs to be demolished, it would be of negative value. Our community cannot afford to throw away $20,000,000. I have based my opinion on the following:

    The “bones” and most systems in our hospital are in good shape. There are no structural problems with the building. It is the only fully non-combustible rated building in the valley.

    While the original concrete building is 42 years old, a third of the hospital space, is less than 20 years old and is in good shape. Study after study have shown that structurally sound buildings can be renovated for significantly less money than building new, especially when the building’s function is not changed. Structurally sound hospitals are not abandoned; they are renovated because reuse is most economical.

    The “code issues” of accessibility and energy can easily be addressed in a remodel. These items can easily be fixed as part of a remodel

    The whole third floor, the most recent addition to the hospital, is less than 20 years old. The third floor has few, if any code issues and would require only minimal renovation.

    The present hospital site is tight, but there are options for expansion. The hospital owns the hillside behind and the building below. Adjacent property to the west can most likely be purchased.

    The proposed new hospital will not increase the number of certified beds in the hospital or add new hospital services. (per letter from hospital administrator dated 9/29/2014) If administrative and clinical functions are moved into a new addition, their space in the hospital, including old patient rooms that are now being used for other functions can again be used for patient rooms providing more options for room options without having to build new patient rooms from scratch that are very expensive . Administrative space can be constructed at less than one third the cost of hospital patient care areas, if they are separated from the patient areas.

    The full cost of a new hospital will be close to $40,000,000. The $31,000,000 cost given by the hospital supporters does not include the $4,100,000 cost of the land (that was purchased with out any public discussion or voter support), soil mitigation or the cost of decommissioning the existing hospital. The amount budgeted for moving and start-up is $3-5 million less than similar hospitals have experienced. There are internal reports that anticipate the total cost of a new hospital to be $38,000,000 - $40,000,000. The cost of the new hospital will be similar to that of Wenatchee’s Toyota Center.

    Renovation of the existing hospital will not require abandoning a very valuable and solid 43,600 sq ft community resource. The hospital commissioners have no viable plan for reuse of the existing hospital. Heritage Heights has been given first refusal, but it is highly unlikely that they can justify tripling the size of their facilities or justify renovation costs that for them would be much higher than constructing new. The hospital building does not lend itself to senior housing because the large amount of interior area is not suitable for living space, as well numerous other reasons. Hospitals are specific purpose buildings with complex and expensive infrastructure that do not lend themselves to other uses. This is why hospitals are not abandoned, they are renovated and expanded when expansion is justified. Abandoning the hospital is both irresponsible and overly expensive.

    While economic development is not part of the hospital’s mission, studies have also shown that the local economic benefit of a remodel compared to new construction is considerably greater because remodels are more labor intensive, a local benefit, and use less money on materials which are imported.

    A renovation/addition to the existing hospital would cost much less and may be able to be done without an additional burden to the valley of a $19 million, 30-year, bond issue. A renovation/addition can be completed in the range of $17 to 20 million if keeping the basic program to that of a critical care hospital. (This is a whole discussion in itself that I would be willing to discuss further and to show how I have calculated the costs) To pay for the renovation we could use the $5,000,000 or so that the hospital has in reserve, the sale of the $4,100,000 contaminated site they recently purchased, and the sale of $10,000,000 in non-voted bonds as the Commission is proposing for the new hospital.

    In the costly community survey commissioned by the hospital earlier this year 11% of the respondents worked for the hospital. Even with this bias, it did not show that residents saw anything particularly bad about the hospital except its parking and waiting room. Patient care and hospital services were generally rated lower than facility concerns.

    Abandoning the hospital for a new hospital puts another community resource in possible jeopardy. Heritage Heights shares an access with the hospital and its residents depend on the convenience and support of the hospital adjacent to it. Heritage Heights has been given first option if the hospital is abandoned, but the hospital is neither economically nor functionally adaptable for senior housing.

    There are hundreds of examples of successful hospital renovations, including the Leavenworth, Ritzville, and Prosser hospitals in our area. Communities don’t abandon their hospitals. Responsible, caring communities maintain and take care of their community resources and build from them. Some people in this community might have the money to pay for a new hospital, for the sake of having something new. But a majority of people in our valley can not afford the additional cost when there is no apparent difference in the resulting quality of health care.

    I will be voting NO, to Save our Hospital.

    Sincerely,
    Larry Hibbard
    Thank you for reading Larry Hibbards thoughts.
    I respect his professional knowledge and he convinces me that the new facility near Wal Mart is not the best solution to guaranteeing long range quality healthcare that we can all afford. I encourage you to Vote No on this proposition, Nov 4th

    Sincerely,
    Pat Hautenne




    Lake Chelan resident and voter Brent Morrison writes:

    Those opposing the Bond Measure have made mention of
  • - New Property Acquisition,
  • - New Access Routes, etc.,
  • - In addition to the cost of remodeling the existing facility.

    I think that it would only be fair, for comparison purposes, for those folks to itemize out those additional costs.

    Brent Morrison


  • Lake Chelan resident and voter Lisa Garvich writes why she strongly supports the new hospital proposal:

    Letter to the Editor
    Submitted by Lisa Garvich

    Just over a year ago my husband had a stroke, it was totally unexpected.
    He is the picture of good health, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, not overweight, active and an advocate for healthy eating.
    Yet it happened to him… and lucky for us all of the services he needed were right here.

    Time is not on your side when a stroke occurs, things need to happen quickly and it was critical that he get treatment immediately to reduce the damage.

    The Lake Chelan EMS and Fire & Rescue teams were impeccable, working hand-in-hand to care for him and get him to the hospital quickly. Once at the hospital he received the highest level of care by qualified doctors, nurses and physical therapists.
    We credit his recovery to the care he received here in Chelan.

    No one knows when they will get sick or have a medical emergency but there is comfort in knowing when you or someone close to you needs it; it’s right here.
    But this is not the only reason I’m voting yes.

    A YES vote will:
    1)- Provide an updated hospital that will keep this community vital and provide continued local health care and treatment, education and better overall health opportunities for all of us.
    2)- Provide a new building that will enhance efficiency and patient care, not to mention help to meet ADA compliant regulations and other federal standards for hospitals, such as patient privacy.
    3)- Build a new facility that will continue to provide needed jobs right here in our community.
    4)- Allow us to keep our round-the clock urgent and emergency care (i.e. can’t have an ER without inpatient beds under Medicare rules and to be cost effective).
    5)- May very well help to keep us from losing medical clinics associated with the hospital, specialist practices and other treatment services like physical and occupational therapy, having these close to home is so important to everyone.
    6)- Continue to provide us with the opportunity to participate in classes and wellness programs close to home and take a real proactive approach to keeping ourselves and family members healthy.
    7)- Save money on expensive maintenance and repairs, that doesn’t really fix the problems, create the needed space or bring our hospital into the 21st century.

    Join me in Voting Yes for so many good reasons!

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

    Unlike our earlier Facebook Forum (which we terminated) letters published on our home page will be moderated (that is approved before being published), and may be edited to fit our format, or returned with a request that they be shorter.

    Letters need to be submitted by email to and must include the authors name, valid email and working phone number. We will call and verify the authenticity of the author before publishing. The authors phone number and email will not be published at the author's request, but will be available to readers who requests to know.

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

    Posted by GoLakeChelan on Monday, October 20 @ 23:05:12 PDT

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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
    CITY OF CHELAN SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

    Chelan City Council will meet in special session from 6:00 p.m. up to 8:00 p.m. on 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!
    BY THE NUMBERS
    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

    THE EVENTS
    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.

    THANK YOU!
    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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