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+ News for the week of November 22, 2015

Body Found Believed To Be Missing Hunter11/25/2015

  A body, believed to be that of missing man Thomas Steig, age 55, has been found. His body was discovered around 9:45am this morning, just south of last known cell phone tower coordinates near Crab Creek, west of Royal City. Steig was reported missing when he didn’t return from a one day hunt on November 20th.

While official cause of death has not been determined, it does appear that he fell. There is no indication of foul play. His body is now in the care of the Grant County Coroner’s Office pending an autopsy. His family has been notified.

Nearly 100 staff and volunteers from Fairchild AFB, Grant County Search and Rescue, Mounted Posse, Grant County Fire District 10 and 11, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spokane Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and numerous civilian volunteers have been on the ground, on horseback, ATV/ORV since Saturday. Civilian aircraft volunteered for the search as well as a helicopter from Spokane Sheriff’s Office, and a plane from Fairchild.

Sheriff Tom Jones said, "This is the saddest possible outcome for everyone involved in trying to bring Mr. Steig home to his family. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends for their heartbreaking loss.”  

Entiat River Road Opens After Slide11/25/2015

 Entiat River Road has reopened to the fire area closure gate at mile 31, after a rockslide blocked the roadway 25 miles north of the town of Entiat. The slide resulted from heavy rains that swept across Central Washington last week covering the road with large boulders, trees and mud.   


“Crews put in the extra effort to get the road cleared before the holiday weekend so people can access this area again,” said Acting Entiat District Ranger Randy Whitehall.

Before heading onto the National Forest remember to check weather forecasts, be prepared for winter weather conditions and carry emergency equipment in your vehicle.


For more information or current road conditions please contact the Entiat Ranger district at 509-784-4700. 


Do Co Deputies To Carry Guns Off-Duty11/25/2015

 Last week, King County Sheriff, John Urquhart, instructed off duty deputies to carry their guns, with extra magazines while off duty.


Yesterday, Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal publicly encouraged his deputies to do the same.


Sheriff Gjesdal, says several of the Douglas County Sheriff Deputies were already carrying their firearms while not on the clock, which has always been acceptable...

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 Will this trend of requesting deputies to carry their weapons while not on duty continue?


Sheriff Gjesdal says, it wouldn't surprise him at all...

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 If you have any questions or concerns, Sheriff Gjesdal welcomes your call at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office- 884-0941

Tips To Avoid Getting Overstuffed 11/25/2015
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Do's & Don't's For Fido's Thanksgiving11/25/2015

 No Turkey and gravy for Fido-  Jim has some ways to keep pets safe during the Thanksgiving Holiday

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Join Hundreds In Tomorrow's Turkey Run11/25/2015

 Tomorrow marks the 8th annual Turkey on the Run race put on by RunWenatchee and presented by Biosports Physical Therapy.


The event, says Steve Maher (MAYER), with RunWenatchee, will kick off tomorrow morning at 8:45...

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 Maher says the event is a fundraiser for the Women's Resource center of North Central Washington, which offers programs and services to low income homeless families and individuals in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Yakima and Okanogan Counties...

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 And, Maher adds, that there will some very special guests participating in tomorrow's Turkey on the Run...

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 Online registration for the event ends this morning at 9am- but, Maher says, you will have an opportunity to register at either of two registration packet pickups...

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South Lakeshore Tree Removal Next Week11/25/2015

 As a result of this summer’s 7,500 acre First Creek Fire, some trees remain standing that now pose a risk of falling on powerlines and/or roadway along South Lakeshore Road.  Chelan County Public Works, with the assistance of the Chelan County PUD, have identified approximately 30 trees in the County right-of-way along South Lakeshore and will begin removal of these trees beginning Monday, November 30, 2015.


This safety project is expected to take less than a week.  Travelers on South Lakeshore Road should expect one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic with some delays at work sites along the road.  Public Works thanks you for your patience and caution when traveling through work zones.


Fires Impact Grazing Needs In OK County11/25/2015

 Grazing permit holders met recently with Forest Service officials in Tonasket to discuss anticipated impacts from this year’s fires to grazing opportunities on National Forest Lands.

“It was tough news,” said Matt Reidy, District Ranger at Tonasket.  “We have more than 40 grazing allotments on the Tonasket District and this year’s fires directly impacted portions of eleven of them.  There were indirect impacts as well, with permittees needing to keep cattle longer in areas that hadn’t been burned.  The result is that some of the pastures will need to be rested for a year or two to recover.”

Nearly 86,000 acres of National Forest Land that that serves as grazing allotments burned on Tonasket Ranger District during 2015 and more than 31,000 acres of Methow Valley Ranger District’s allotments.  Impacts to each of the allotments vary depending on percent of acreage burned and the severity of the burns.  Over 30,000 of the acres burned in grazing allotments on the two Districts were at moderate to high severity based on satellite imagery. 

The Methow Valley Ranger District was already resting all, or portions of, six allotments impacted by last year’s Carlton Complex and will add more acres to the pastures being rested as a result of this year’s fires.  Having two consecutive years of large scale fires in Okanogan County will complicate finding alternative grazing opportunities for those permittees whose livestock graze on National Forest System Lands.

After a wildfire it may appear as if the flames have destroyed all vegetation but depending on burn intensity, extensive root systems can re-sprout if the surface is not compacted. Loss of vegetation not only affects its use for livestock feed and wildlife cover, but is one of the most important factors influencing soil erosion by wind and water. Vegetation helps control erosion by shielding the soil from the impact of raindrops and slowing the amount and velocity of runoff and impacts from wind.

“National Forest land that burned at a moderate or high intensity will take the longest to recover though,” said Reidy.  “Allowing grazing before the land has had a chance to recover will increase erosion and could lead to longer term damage.”

Other factors that affect recovery time after wildfire include types of plants and their adaptation to fire,  precipitation (before and after the fire), soil type, soil erosion from heavy runoff, previous history of grazing and fire, presence of weeds (competition), season of fire and current management.

To facilitate vegetation recovery, portions of each of the eleven grazing allotments will be ‘rested’, or kept from livestock grazing during the 2016 season and possibly the 2017 season depending on conditions.  The rest period will also allow riparian areas to recover and regain some stability.  Vegetation in riparian areas is important for stabilizing streambanks as well as providing stream shade and other benefits. Burned riparian areas are easily accessed and often the quickest place to have forage following a fire; they are vulnerable to livestock impacts during the first few years after wildfire until sufficient vegetation can re-establish itself in the uplands away from riparian areas.

Range specialists will closely monitor vegetation in both the rested and grazed pastures.  They will adjust management as needed.

Permittees, or those holding grazing permits, pay each year to have their livestock graze on National Forest Land.  In 1897, the newly formed Forest Service was authorized by Congress to regulate grazing and permit it as long as it did not injure forest growth and protected watersheds.  Current Forest Service objectives for the range management program are:

•              To manage range vegetation to protect basic soil and water resources, provide for ecological diversity, improve or maintain environmental quality, and meet public needs for interrelated resource uses.

•              To integrate management of range vegetation with other resource programs to achieve multiple use objectives contained in the Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

•              To provide for livestock forage, wildlife food and habitat, outdoor recreation, and other resource values dependent on range vegetation.

•              To contribute to the economic and social well-being of people by providing opportunities for economic diversity and by promoting stability for communities that depends on range resources for their livelihood.

•              To provide expertise on range ecology, botany, and management of grazing animals.

For more information about the grazing program on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, please contact Matt Reidy, Tonasket District Ranger, at 509-486-2186 or Dean McFetridge, Range Program Manager for the Methow Valley Ranger District at 509-996-4000.

Chelan City Council Meets Tonight11/24/2015

 The Chelan City Council will meet this evening- because their regular meeting day- Thursday- falls on Thanksgiving.

As part of today's consent agenda is the Lord Acres Sewer system design consultant selection.

Chelan Mayor, Bob Goedde, says the city continues to look at ways to keep up with the area’s growth…

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 That Dietrich project Mayor Goedde was speaking of is a planned RV Park.


Goedde says up for approval is the selection of RH2 Engineering, out of Bothell, who specializes in water resource and municipal engineering, who will look at the current septic issues and options to relieve those…

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 Tonight's meeting will be held at Council Chambers at Chelan City Hall- at 6PM.

Chelan Community After The Fire Meeting11/24/2015

 Tonight, Cascadia Conservation District will host a community meeting for those who live within or adjacent to the burned area and may be affected by flooding, erosion, and noxious weeks and are interested in fire recovery efforts.


Amanda Levesque, with Cascadia Conservation District, says tonight's meeting will be the only one in the Chelan area- and shares more about what those attending can expect...

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 Patrick Haggarty, with Cascadia Conservation District, says their mission is to coordinate assistance from all available sources, public and private, local, state and federal, in an effort to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resource concerns.


With that in the forefront- it was a no brainer to put tonight's meeting together...

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 If you have questions about tonight's meeting, you can contact the Cascadia Conservation District at 509-436-1601.


The meeting will be held 6:30-8:30 PM tonight in the upstairs meeting room at the Chelan Fire Station on Wapato.


You are also invited to check out their Post Fire Recovery Resources Page on their website:



Manson's School Shooting Practice Drill11/24/2015

 Earlier this month, Manson School District orchestrated an emergency exercise- and it was more than just your typical fire drill.


The district regularly participates in some form of practice drill- and, Manson Superintendent, Matt Charlton, says this time, the drill was a very serious scenario…

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 Charlton says the drill sparked an ongoing conversation and because of that, it was a successful drill…

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Rock/Mud Slide Covers Entiat River Road11/23/2015

 Recent heavy rains in Central Washington caused a massive rockslide across Entiat River Road 25 miles north of the town of Entiat. The slide occurred approximately a quarter mile past the school bus turn-around and Sno-Park. “The roadway is covered with a wall of large boulders, trees and mud five feet deep, then there is a 20-30 foot space where water washed over the road and deposited sediment, then another five foot wall of debris on the other side,” said Entiat Ranger District Recreation Manager Jon Meier.


“We hope to begin moving debris and reopen the road within the next two weeks,” said Acting Entiat District Ranger Randy Whitehall. Due to the slide, there is no access to Entiat from Chelan via Forest Service Road 5900 also known as Shady Pass Road.  The portion of the road from Chelan remains open. Signs have been posted at the bottom of Shady Pass Road warning recreationists about limited access. 

+ News for the week of November 15, 2015

Officers Shoot Themselves Face Discipline11/20/2015

 The Lewiston Police chief says two officers will be disciplined after they were injured when one accidentally fired his gun in the department’s basement.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Chief Christopher Ankeny says the officers violated the department’s firearms safety procedures by failing to use an indoor bullet trap while unloading their weapons. But he refused to offer details about the discipline or release the names of the officers involved.

The gunshot injured the hands of both officers after a training session for the force’s SWAT team on Oct. 21.

The bullet trap is a small metal box designed to contain a bullet during an accidental discharge. A department news release says that the investigation revealed that it’s common practice for officers not to use the trap.


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WSDOT's Winter Driving Reminders11/20/2015

 With the holidays and winter fast approaching, we want to remind drivers to be prepared for snow and ice before the first storm hits. Even mild winters can have sudden, severe storms so it’s always better to be plan ahead and “know before you go.”

We have several tools to help with winter conditions and to allow you to make safe travel choices: 

We expect heavier than normal traffic starting Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday for the Thanksgiving weekend, as well as Friday and Sunday afternoon and evening, so leave extra, drive safely and keep warm. 

For more information about winter driving and holiday traffic, visit our blog.

Bellevue Man's Doritos Commercial Top 50 11/20/2015

 How This Commercial Shot in Bellevue Could Crash the Super Bowl


BELLEVUE, Wash. – Locals are feverishly viewing and voting for Kirkland filmmaker Doug Stapleton’s 30-second Doritos commercial in hopes that it will win the contest to Crash the Super Bowl in 2016. The commercial, called “Afternoon Tea” was recently accepted and is currently already among the highest rated videos on the contest website: 


In its tenth and final year, Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest incentivizes independent filmmakers like Stapleton to compete for the chance for their commercial to air to millions of Super Bowl viewers. The winner also receives one million big ones. Stapleton said his wife encouraged him to “go for it” after batting around the concept for a few years. The scene takes place inside a retirement community and shatters stereotypes by revealing seniors’ wild and crazy side – while eating Doritos, of course.


Stapleton along with producer Lois Greenberg, filmed their commercial at Pacific Regent in Bellevue this past October after the community’s national management company, Watermark Retirement Communities, viewed the storyboard and agreed that the humorous scene was fun and in keeping with the company’s mission to help people thrive. Using local professional actors, the shoot took two days, captivating actual residents and their family members who got a kick out of watching the shoot, particularly the scenes involving a shirtless male dancer.


Since the Kirkland Reporter published this 2012 piece about Doug Stapleton, Doug and his wife had a baby and he went back into corporate sales to support the family. However, his creative juices continue to flow. Public votes for “Afternoon Tea” can help this lifelong Kirklander Crash the Super Bowl and hit the jackpot. From a pool of up to 50 semifinalists, three finalists will be named, and official voting will begin on January 5th, 2016 to name a winner.  View it, rate it and share it!



FS Says Expect The Unexpected 11/20/2015

 Recent rains and the freeze-thaw cycle have created hazardous conditions on some national forest roads and trails on the Entiat, Wenatchee River, Cle Elum, and Methow Valley ranger districts.  Rocks, mud, trees and other debris have impacted different areas of the national forest.


Recreationists visiting campgrounds or trails located near streams, or driving forest roads need to be cautious and alert for high and fast running water, woody debris or log jams, and fallen trees. 


Water across roadways could indicate a blocked culvert and increased potential for a road washout.  Visitors are discouraged from walking or driving across sections of roadway that may have standing or flowing water or debris flows.  Do not attempt to go around barricades.  Be alert! 


In addition, in areas where there have been recent large fires people should be extra cautious because this may be the first major runoff the fire area has experienced and slopes could still be unstable.  


Forest Service employees will be checking forest roads and recreation areas for damage, unplugging culverts and removing trees from roadways.


Before leaving home, the public is urged to check weather forecasts and contact local ranger stations to learn current road and trail conditions for the area where they will be recreating.  Also, carry a map of the area and think about alternate exit routes in case the main route becomes inaccessible or blocked.


Kittitas Commissioner Now Wildfire Liason11/20/2015

 Kittitas County Commissioner Gary Berndt has been appointed to serve in the newly-created role of Wildland Fire Liaison to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. 


An east Cascades community leader and wildland firefighting veteran, Berndt hopes to use his blend of experience to help limit the impact of wildfire on Washington’s communities.


“The challenge of fighting wildfires is becoming more important to our communities,” Berndt said. “Our situation is changing in Washington. We need to identify the best ways to use local equipment, firefighters and access roads in ways that will maximize protection of our homes, land and lives.”


As Wildland Fire Liaison, Berndt will be responsible for helping Washington communities identify and best use their firefighting assets to quickly respond to fires. Berndt will also advise state and federal wildfire fighting leaders about concerns of residents and landowners in fire-affected communities.


Washington is fortunate to have someone of Gary’s extraordinary experience in this important position,” Commissioner Goldmark said. “As a firefighter and an elected leader, Gary has the knowledge to help us face the challenge of wildfire in local communities.”


Berndt has served on the Kittitas County Commission since 2013. He was mayor of Cle Elum from 1988 through 2004, and a member of the city council for 10 years prior to that. Berndt worked for the Washington Department of Natural Resources for 39 years, retiring in 2011 as assistant region manager for resource protection in the agency’s southeast region. In that time he also served important roles in wildfire fighting, leading incident management teams and teaching emergency managers techniques for protecting communities.


Position created by Legislature
The Wildland Fire Liaison was created by the 2015 Legislature with a goal of improving wildfire response. House Bill 2093 was unanimously passed by both chambers and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.



Part of Berndt’s duties as liaison will include guiding a Wildland Fire Advisory Committee made up of elected officials, private landowners and emergency managers that will work with Commissioner Goldmark to strengthen Washington’s wildfire response. 

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3 People File Lawsuit With State For Fire11/20/2015

 Three people whose homes and acres of property were destroyed during the worst wildfire in Washington State history are blaming the Department of Natural Resources for their losses.


They all live near Carlton, and filed a lawsuit in Okanogan Superior Court this week naming the State of Washington DNR as defendant.


Representing the group is attorney Alex Thomason, who explains the lawsuit...

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 Thomason says, in response, the State DNR says they are protected by the Public Duty Doctrine Defense, which he explains...

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 Thomason says he hopes to accomplish two things with this lawsuit...

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 Thomason is asking for the case to be tried before a jury.


Tuesday Will Be A CCD After Fires Meeting 11/20/2015

 Cascadia Conservation District is hosting an After The Fires Community Meeting on Tuesday, November 24th.

The meeting will be 6:30-8:30 pm at the Chelan Fire Station at 232 East Wapato.


Jason Simms, with the Conservation District, says this will be the only meeting in the immediate area this fall that will address natural resource related issues- and says anyone who is a homeowner or community member who lives in or around the burned area is encouraged to come...

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 Cascadia Conservation District is one of 45 districts throughout the state- all of which, Simms says, are grant funded and non regulatory...

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 That After The Fires Community Meeting will be next Tuesday, November 24th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Chelan Fire Station on Wapato in Chelan.

AAA Predicts Thanksgiving Travel11/20/2015

 The American Automobile Association has released their forecast for next week's Thanksgiving Holiday travel- and, AAA Spokesperson, Jennifer Cook, says they predict travel to be up slightly this year...

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 Cook attributes the slight increase in Thanksgiving travel to the economy...

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 For those of you who are traveling this holiday- Cook shares some travel tips...

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 Real time traffic and cross state pass conditions are available by calling DOT's information line – 511.

Frying A Turkey Tips From Chelan 711/19/2015

 If you are using a turkey fryer to cook your Thanksgiving turkey in this year, below are some safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration. 
• Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
• An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
• Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
• Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
• The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

Forest Service Job Open House Tonight11/19/2015

 TODAY is the US Forest Service's Open House for potential employment.


In Omak at Wenatchee Valley College Omak campus


Here's Jim Dai with more...


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Parks Board Discussing Waterfront Plans11/19/2015

 The Manson Parks and Recreation District has scheduled a special meeting for this afternoon to further discuss the downtown waterfront master plan.


Manson Parks Director, Wai Petersen, said today’s meeting comes 2 weeks after a public forum on the topic and one week after the board’s regular meeting, when the waterfront master plan was, again, the primary theme…

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 As for the project timeline?

Petersen says it’s a little early in the process to pinpoint a timeline…

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 Today’s Manson Parks Board Special Meeting will be held at 4pm at the parks office board room at 142 Pedoi St. in Manson.

Storm Causes Some, But Little, Damage11/19/2015

 As parts of our state continue to clean up the mess from Tuesday's massive storm that swept through the state, knocking out power in both the western part of the state as well as the Spokane area- here in our region, we should be feeling pretty lucky.


We heard yesterday from Chief Lemon, who said our area held together pretty well after Tuesday's storm. Today we hear from Chelan County Sergeant, Rob Huddleston, who echos that sentiment...

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 Sergeant Huddleston says one of the biggest weather related issues we had here in the Chelan area, was the motor vehicle accidents- starting with one on Highway 97A just north of Les Schwab...

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 Overall, Huddleston says, the damage wasn't as bad as they expected...

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Chelan FFA Wins Several Awards11/18/2015


The Chelan FFA took to the road once again traveling to Moses Lake to compete in the Washington State FFA Tractor Operators Career Development and the State Potato Grading CDE. This trip came on a successful trip to the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville Kentucky where both the members and chapters were recognized for their efforts. The Chapter received a 2 Star National Chapter Award, and 4 members received their American FFA Degree. In addition, the attending members ran the Washington State FFA booth in the Hall of States competition and earned the 14th spot in the nation.

The State Tractor team of Michael Tutino, Jake Horlebien, and Luke Gleasman did very well. They completed a written tractor operation and safety test, identified tractor parts and then each drove a course where they had to negotiate a serpentine course through cones going both forwards and backwards with a trailer and all under two and a half minutes. When all the runs had been made and the points tallied. The team earned a fourth place plaque, and Michael Tutino was the ninth place individual.

The State Potato Grading CDE has students identify common potato blemishes, grade potatoes based on USDA Standards, evaluate seed potatoes, and give a set of oral reasons The team Sarah Goyne, Stephanie Olivera, Dane Schwartz, and Dianna Sanchez earned the eighth place plaque. Members are now preparing for their run through the Apple CDE season and will wrap up the fall CDE season at the Washington State Apple CDE in Yakima on December 9th.


Photo Caption: The Chelan FFA Tractor CDE Team earned the fourth place plaque at the Washington State Tractor CDE in Moses Lake on November 13th. (L to R) Jake Horlebien, Luke Gleasman , and Micheal Tutino who was the 9th place individual.


Bridgeport Man Arrested For Death Threats11/18/2015

 A 48-year old Bridgeport man is in jail today- after making death threats to a pair of women in Bridgeport.


Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, says the incident began shortly after noon on Monday when deputies were dispatched to a threat complaint near Bridgeport Bar...

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 Samuel Cuevas Jr, of Bridgeport was transported to the Okanogan County jail and booked for felony harassment and resisting arrest.

Citizenship Celebration Tonight In Manson11/18/2015

 Manson will hold its first ever Naturalization Citizenship Ceremony this evening- honoring 10 candidates who have been taking classes since spring to become US citizens.


Adelina Velasco is the Parent Involvement Coordinator for the Manson School District.


She says after hearing from several parents in the community who were interested in taking citizenship classes closer to home- she enlisted the help from Manson School Superintendent, Matt Charlton, who, she says, went above and beyond simply giving the approval to facilitate those classes...

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 Adelina says going through this process hits a personal cord with her...

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 The event is open to the community-


Adelina adds that anyone who would like to attend, is invited...

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 That Naturalization Citizenship Ceremony will be held tonight at 6PM at Manson High School in the Commons.

Helicopter Lease Opportunity For Chelan 711/18/2015

 Chelan County Fire District 7 Commissioners have asked Fire Administrators to look in to the cost of a potential lease options for a helicopter owned by Fire District 1.


Fire Chief, Tim lemon, says the helicopter is used for firefighting- and could often be available quicker than State Level help…

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 Lemon admits that $1500 an hour is a rather large chunk of change- but, he says, it’s cheaper than owning one…

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Make Reservations For Hotel Hell In Chelan11/17/2015


The show is returning to FOX for its third season, and one of the hotels that restaurant and hotel expert Gordon Ramsay and his team will be visiting is Lakeview Hotel in Chelan, WA. 

The show will be in town taping this week – Nov. 20-24, and they are currently taking reservations for dinner and hotel guests. Interested guests should apply for a reservation through for further information and instructions. Please note, all hotel and dinner guests will have to pay for their own stay.

Jon Wyss Testifying For Policy Change11/17/2015

 Jon Wyss, chairman of the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group and government affairs director for Gebbers Farms, has been invited to testify before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, November 17. The committee is considering changes to federal wildfire land management strategies to reduce the severity and impact of wildfires. Wyss has previously worked with the Washington Congressional delegation to keep attention on the wildfire situation in Washington and recommend policy changes. 

“Part of the mission of the OCLTRG is to work closely with elected officials to inform policy changes from lessons learned as a result of our last two summers of historic wildfires,” Wyss said. “I’m honored to have an opportunity to testify before the entire Senate Committee on policy changes the OCLTRG believes would improve future wildfire management and safety.”

While Wyss’s written testimony is nine pages long, he released a copy of his verbal remarks, summarizing them. An excerpt follows:

After back-to-back fires many are saying Log It, Graze It, or Watch it burn. With that said, we don’t want to promote unabated logging and landscape alterations. Common ground can be found on these issues. 

A local rancher and forester told me:

“We must remember fire is good for the environment when it can burn along the ground and in a controlled manner.  Fire is not good when it races through the untreated corridors of riparian area that have been untouched for 30 years or more.  These untreated forests and untreated riparian areas have built up fuel loads that lead to bad fire.

These conditions can be changed with proper management that isn’t paralyzed by incessant threats and appeals.  It is not a zero-sum game where it all has to burn in a devastating and expensive way to hit the reset button,”

What lessons can and have we learned from these fires? 

Lesson one:  It all starts right here! Right here is what decides it all.

This committee hearing and the comments from those testifying will decide where we go in the future. It starts right here with you, the elected officials, who have oversight and can propose legislation to ensure these types of fire do not happen again. It starts from the agencies wanting to make the changes that are needed and being bold in the choices they make to ensure this never happens again.

For example, on a fire this summer near me, a state-contracted CAT was being used to build a fire suppression line through state and private lands.  When the CAT and driver reached Forest Service grounds, they were stopped, ceasing fire suppression activities because the CAT did not have the federal certifications and inspections.

Lesson two:  For the first time in decades, Washington put out a call for volunteers to come and help fight the fires. With those volunteers came heavy equipment and people.  The problem was that we did not have enough trained fire bosses and fire managers to lead the volunteers.

Lesson three: Land is precious.

We can all agree is that the land is precious. We have learned over the years that it is that it is expensive to manage the lands, but even more so to repair the lands devastated by fire. 

It is time that we end fire borrowing and put that money back into the proper management of lands to keep our riparian areas healthier, our forests healthier, and our natural resource economy vibrant in the local communities.

Lesson four: What are the cascading impacts of wildfire on our communities?

Twenty percent of the managed timberlands on the Colville Reservation burned during the 2015 firestorms. Timber revenues make up approximately 20-25% of the annual operating budget for the Colville Tribe. That could be upwards of $1 billion of timber. The Spokane Tribe estimated that the Carpenter Road Fire in Stevens County impacted $1 million dollars of their timber, once again hitting another tribe’s budget significantly.  

Lesson five: "Citizens of this great nation are owners in the lands.” It ought to mean something.

After the Carlton Complex Fires, the Washington State House and Senate passed House Bill 2093 unanimously.

Passage of this bill was important as on August 14, 2015 a lighting storm started the Paradise Fire directly inside the center of the Carlton Complex fire--known as the “donut hole.” The Paradise fire was threatening over 22,000 acres of which more than half was Forest Service land just north of Brewster, WA.

Gebbers Farms mobilized the necessary equipment to surround the fire and contain it from spreading, utilizing the new law. What could have been another fire that burned over 22,000 acres, was limited to 2.7 acres and out within hours.

The 2014 Carlton Complex Fire was contained within Okanogan County, which has a total population just over 39,0000 and had over $100 million dollars in damages. A year later, the 2015 firestorms burned nearly 2% of our state in one month. Additionally 9 million acres burned across the country. It’s time ownership of public lands means something again.

The full testimony is available on Google Drive here.

To learn more, or to contribute to recovery, visit All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law through the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. 

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Commissioners Attend WSAC Conference11/17/2015

 Today, Chelan County Commissioners will join other commissioners from across the state at the annual County Leaders Conference.


The 3-day conference is led by Washington State Association of Counties.


Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England, says that in addition to the workshops, meetings and exhibits- the annual event also serves as an opportunity to interact with other commissioners…

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 That County Leaders Conference begins today and runs through Thursday.


And, as an interesting side note: There are 39 counties in Washington state- most of which will be represented at this conference.

SR 150 Roundabout Coming In 201711/17/2015

 The Chelan City Council hosted Washington State Department of Transportation last week- and heard a presentation on where they are sitting with the $6.5 million roundabout project for the State Route 150, No-See-Um intersection.


The presentation started with some specific details that answered questions from past meetings between DOT officials and the citizens of the Chelan area.


Chelan City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, shares some of those details...

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 Schmidt says DOT officials also addressed concerns regarding the impact roundabout construction would have on traffic- which is slated to last a full 7 to 8 months...

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 Washington State Department of Transportation hopes to have the final design ready this time next year- with construction to begin in early 2017.


Schmidt says the roundabout is a for sure thing...

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 The roundabout construction is planned to be finished by November 2017.

$314 K Approved For Post Wolverine Fire11/17/2015

 Wenatchee, WA – Funding was approved this week for emergency post-fire projects recommended by the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.


The team’s report and recommendations were approved, along with its funding request of $314,100 for public safety and emergency treatments to reduce post-fire hazards resulting from the Wolverine Fire. Planned projects include improve road and trail drainage, trailhead safety, remove and store a bridge, install two gates, install booms on Lake Chelan, sanitize and protect toilets and cap wells, continue with agency coordination, cooperate on the installation of an ALERT warning system and install rain gauges. Work will begin as early as next week. 


The BAER team assessed the burned areas on Forest Service lands and identified immediate threats and emergency actions to reduce post-fire risks to people, property, and cultural and natural resources. Risk-reduction measures will focus on the hazards of flooding, erosion and sedimentation, debris-laden flows, and the spread of invasive plants. Hazards posed by falling trees and rocks, reduced water quality, and mudslides are included in the team’s report.


The BAER team’s soil burn severity maps and reports for National Forest lands are available at online. The BAER team uses the maps to identify potential immediate threats to human life, health and safety, property, and natural and cultural resources on National Forest System lands.


Soil burn severity refers to effects of fire on soil characteristics. These include the depth of char (a downward heat pulse into the soil), loss of organic matter through consumption of duff, litter, and fine roots, altered surface color, damage to soil structure, and reduced infiltration. Burn severity can vary across the fire area depending on topography, weather conditions, fuel types, and rate of fire spread. When organic materials on the ground and within the soil structure burn hot and slow, they form a layer on the surface and within the soil, reducing the ability of water to move downward into the soil and resulting in an increase in surface runoff.

Highway 20 Closed For Season11/17/2015

TWISP – The weekend blast of wintery weather on State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, will keep it closed until next spring.

The Washington State Department of Transportation temporarily closed the highway at 10 a.m. Thursday morning Nov. 12, due to heavy snowfall and a forecast for heavy rain, providing a rising potential for avalanches. After today's assessment by maintenance and avalanche technicians WSDOT determined it could not safely keep the North Cascades Highway open.

"Avalanche chutes are full and icy, and we'd be putting the public and our crews at risk if we tried to keep the road open any longer," said Twisp Maintenance Supervisor Don Becker.

On Monday WSDOT avalanche and maintenance technicians needed a plow truck to reach Washington Pass. They encountered four avalanches that blocked lanes, two feet of new snow with a layer of ice on top in the chutes and at the summit. The forecast calls for up to four feet of new snow by Wednesday. The determination to make the closure permanent was made as those conditions create an environment which is unsafe for travelers and our crews.

Last year, WSDOT closed the North Cascades Highway for the season on Nov. 24. The 37-mile-long winter closure zone begins 14 miles east of Newhalem at milepost 134 on the west side of Rainy Pass (4,855 feet) and ends 22 miles west of Winthrop at milepost 171 below Washington Pass. Avalanches usually close the highway between Thanksgiving and the second week of December. The earliest closure recorded was November 2, 2005. Due to drought and little snow, the highway never closed in 1976.

Severe Winter Weather Expected In Forests11/16/2015

 Winter weather is forecasted for forest areas and communities in the greater Wenatchee Valley this week. Mountain temperatures are expected to plummet and heavy rain, snow and high winds are expected, especially in the Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth areas. Are you prepared?


The Wenatchee River Ranger District wants to make sure that forest visitors are prepared for potentially severe winter weather.  Some impacts are already being felt in the White River drainage and reports of trees down and poor road conditions are being assessed today by resource specialists for several of the major drainages on the District.


Heavy rains have saturated soils in the forest and with high winds predicted, trees are easily uprooted.  The wet conditions can turn a hard-packed road or trail into a sloppy and muddy mess. If you encounter these types of situations it is best to change your plans and either find another route or post-pone your outing. Not only will you avoid being stuck, but you can stop resource damage to routes.


If traveling in the forest, please make sure you are properly equipped with the proper tires for the conditions, emergency supplies for you, your vehicle and passengers, carry a shovel and think ahead about how you would manage if trees fell across the road you were traveling on. The best way to be prepared is to think ahead about what you would do in a potential emergency situation and have proper equipment and supplies with you.


Some good websites for information are:







Remember, road and trail conditions change quickly so check for any closures before you go.  For more information on current District conditions, please call 509.548.2550.



Grant County Seeks Help Finding Suspects11/16/2015

 NEAR WARDEN~~Two men, one armed with a knife and the other a gun, reportedly robbed a man at a dairy near Warden early this morning. The suspects made away with approximately $300 cash and the victim’s cell phone. The victim was not injured and the suspects are still at large.

At approximately 2:00am this morning, GCSO deputies responded to a report of a robbery at a dairy in rural Grant County south of Warden, WA. The victim told deputies that while he was working, two men, both wearing dark clothing, masks, and gloves, came up behind him and one suspect, armed with a gun, pressed it into the victim’s back. The victim then said the other suspect, armed with a knife, held it to the victim’s neck while they walked out to his vehicle where the victim retrieved his wallet containing $300. The suspect with the gun stayed in the dairy looking for other employees.

Prior to leaving, the suspects demanded and threw the victim’s car keys to prevent him from following them. Along with the cash, the suspects also took the victim’s cell phone. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction on foot.

Deputies canvassed the area, but did not discover any physical evidence.

One of the suspects is described as a 6'2" Hispanic male and the other was only described as a shorter Hispanic male.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160, or send information to Reference case number 15GS13990. Tipsters can remain anonymous. 

Stehekin's Coon Lake Is Now Howard Lake11/16/2015

 The US Board on Geographic Names, officially renamed Stehekin’s Coon Lake and Coon Creek to Howard Lake and Howard Lake yesterday.


The name change stems from a petition filed by Seattle resident, Jonathon Rosenblum- who claimed the terms racist.


The name change to Howard Lake is to honor a minor, Wilson Howard, who staked claims in the area about 125 years ago.


Denise Shultz, with North Cascades National Park, says the original petition came nearly 9 years ago…

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 Shultz says now, the Park will begin the name change transition…

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 Because of the weather in the mountains, Shultz says the signs may not be replaced until next spring.

Manson Holds Citizenship Ceremony11/16/2015

 The US Citizenship and Immigration Services, along with Manson School District, will host a naturalization ceremony on Wednesday- the first ever in Manson.

Manson Superintendent, Matt Charlton, says the 20 citizenship candidates will officially become US citizens after months of preparation..

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 To be eligible to apply for citizenship through naturalization, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a lawful permanent physical residence for 5 years, have good moral character, know basic knowledge of English and of US government and history and be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.

Each individual must also take the English and civics test and go through a US Citizenship Interview with Immigration Services.


Charlton says the 20 soon-to-be citizens, have met all the requirements...

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 That Naturalization Citizenship ceremony will be held at 6pm on Wednesday at Manson High School.

DCSO Presents Budget Requests11/16/2015

 Douglas County Sheriff's Office added new tasers and another patrol car to its wish list for next year.


The request was made as part of the Sheriff's proposed budget for 2016 during recent budget hearings.


The hearings are part of the budget process where the Douglas County Commissioners listen to the various department heads propose what they plan to spend for tne next fiscal year.


But, Sheriff Harvey Gesdal says budgets are still in the hearing phase and have yet to be approved...

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 Sheriff Gjesdal says that as far as staffing is concerned for the Sheriff's Office, it's starting to look better than it once did...

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Low Interest Disaster Loans From SBA11/16/2015

 The US Small Business Administration announced that low interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by the summer wildfires.


Michael Flores is a public information officer for the Small Business Administration, Disaster Relief, and he says this news follows the emergency declaration...

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 Flores tells KOZI that there are a few options to apply for the low interest federal disaster loans...

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Flores adds that if you were affected by the disasters in Chelan, you should apply...

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 As with most applications, Flores says, there are critical deadline dates depending on what type of damage you suffered...

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 For more information, or to apply for a Small Business Administration low interest Disaster Loan, visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers at Okanogan Bingo Casino Administration Building in Okanogan, or the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Building at 216 E Woodin Avenue in Chelan.


You can also call 1-800-659-2955 or visit their website at SBA. GOV and click on the disaster assistance link.

Raeauna Mogan Is Peace Poster Winner11/16/2015

 The Lake Chelan Lions Club has sponsored a Peace Poster Contest at both Chelan and Manson School. Students ages 11-13 were asked to create a poster with the theme of “Share Peace”.

Raeauna Mogan, a student at Manson School- Options Program, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Lake Chelan Lions Club. Also selected as 1st Runner up winners from each school—Zoe Thomas of Manson and Janely Munoz of Chelan. They did a wonderful job and have a future as artists.

Raeauna’s poster was among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 28th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Lake Chelan Lions Club Vice President & Peace Poster committee chair Juli Straub said, she was impressed by creativity of the students at both Chelan and Manson schools. “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions”, commented Straub.

Mogan’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner. There will be 23 merit award winners selected as well as one grand prize winner. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners receive a $500 cash award. “Our club is cheering for Raeauna as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Straub said.

Thanks to the dedication of their teachers, Dane Johnson at Manson and Marile Kunkel at Chelan. They helped students prepare their posters for judging.

Lions club International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.36 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world. For information, contact Chuck Robinson @ 679-4550 or Juli Straub @ 679-2059. To find out what’s new, please “Like us” on Facebook/Lake Chelan Lions.


WSP Warns About Agency Phone Scams 11/16/2015

   Over the past 4 months, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received numerous phone calls from the public indicating they have been contacted by our agency soliciting donations. Based on the information received from the public, the phone calls have been from individuals attempting to scam the public for money.

The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association (WSPTA) is one of many police unions or associations contacting the public soliciting donations. The telemarketing company used by the WSPTA does not employ hard sell tactics nor will they ask for credit card numbers or personal financial information over the phone. You will never receive a call from a trooper soliciting donations.

The WSP wants to warn the public to be leery of any calls from anyone soliciting money for the agency or asking for credit card numbers or personal financial information over the phone. If you suspect it is scam, hang up and contact one of the local WSP district offices.

For more information on legitimate solicitors in Washington State follow the link to the Secretary of States website. Secretary of State

+ News for the week of November 08, 2015

Chelan Council: Packed Agenda Tonight11/12/2015

 The agenda for tonight's Chelan City Council meeting is chalk full of business- with the makings, as City Administrator, Paul Schmidt says, of a 2-hour event.


Schmidt says the council will handle a lot of business tonight...

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 If the council agrees with the proposed Parks Director job description, Schmidt will draft a recruitment brochure and hopes to have that out soon...

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 Council will also hold a required public hearing on the tax levy for the 2016 budget year.


Schmidt says preliminary figures don't show much of a change...

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 All of that, of course, will be part of the regularly scheduled Chelan Council meeting, which starts at 6PM in council chambers at Chelan City Hall.


Before the meeting begins, the Washington State Department of Transportation will host an open house on the roundabout slated for the State Route 150 – No-See-Um intersection. That open house begins at 3 this afternoon.

Edith Remembered: Jay's Tribute To Edith11/12/2015
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Woman Jumps Off 85ft Bridge In Bridgeport11/12/2015

  Douglas County Deputies and Brewster police officers responded to a call on the bridge which crosses the Columbia river just below Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport, WA.  A 34 year old Bridgeport woman was seen walking down Hwy 17 removing articles of clothing.  According to witnesses, she walked to about mid span on the bridge, removed the rest of her clothes and jumped into the river.  Fortunately, two fishermen had just launched their boat and saw her in the water.  They were able to get her safely in the boat and transport her to the Marina Park boat launch.   Deputies met them there and provided blankets to help warm the woman who, despite being in the water for only about five minutes, was becoming hypothermic.  She was transported the Three Rivers Hospital for treatment and mental health evaluation.  The water temperature was about 57 degrees and the Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant at the scene estimated that woman fell about 85 feet into the water. 

Cannon Shells Found: Practice Rounds11/12/2015

 Douglas County Deputies responded to a complaint of a possibly live artillery shell at a residence in the 20 Blk. of S. Garden in Rock Island.  The complainant reported that her boyfriend had brought the shell home from his place of employment which was metal salvage company.  Deputies arrived on the scene to find the 19 inch long projectile in a boat near the house.  The owner said he had struck the shell against a cement block several times to knock dirt and debris off before he became concerned it might be a live round and placed it in the boat.  The Deputy learned there was a second similar shell, also from the salvage business, at residence located in the 300 Blk. of River Park Avenue in Wenatchee.  The Deputy notified Wenatchee PD who sent and officer to the residence.  The shell was found lying in the grass at the corner of the house.  Army EOD specialists arrived and determined the artillery shells were from a 105 mm Howitzer cannon.  They were unable to tell of the shells were live or not and determined it would be safest to destroy them with their own charge.  The shells were transported to a Douglas County rock quarry authorized for explosives use.  The EOD vehicle with police escort used a route where there was little chance of traffic and safely moved the shells to the rock quarry.  The Shells were exploded and found to be inert practice rounds.  Douglas County Deputies and TLS staff, Wenatchee PD officers, and Army EOD specialists worked together seamlessly to safely manage a potentially dangerous situation.  Good work to all. 

Manson To Host Family Feud With Parents11/11/2015

 Tomorrow will be the first Manson Inc event of the school year- and Manson School Superintendent, Matt Charlton, says it will be a good one.


Tomorrow's event, he says, will include a game of Family Feud and volleyball-- but first- dinner will be served...

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 Charlton explains that the school hosts several Manson Inc night's throughout the school year as a parent and student resource on a wide range of topics...

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 Tomorrow's Manson Inc night will begin with dinner at 6pm in the high school commons. All Manson parents and their children are invited to attend.

DC Deputy Saves Life With In-Car AED11/11/2015

 Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States.

An estimated 890 deaths from sudden cardiac arrest occur outside the emergency room or hospital each day.

It was stats like those that prompted a Douglas County Sheriff Deputy to launch a program less than a year ago, to put an AED device in every patrol car.

An AED is an automated External Defibrillator. It's a computerized medical device that analyzes a person's heart rhythm, determines weather a shock is needed, and delivers a defibrillating shock if necessary.


And, according to Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, that's exactly what happened a few weeks ago, after his office was able to raise enough funds to outfit all but 6 patrol cars with the device...

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 With that lifesaving even, Sheriff Gjesdal says, there is renewed energy to help grow the AED Program in Douglas County...

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 Most cardiac arrests are caused by ventricular fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in which the heart flutters or quivers instead of pumping.

The only recognized treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is early defibrillator, which shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm so that it can pump blood. The survival rate is reduced by approximately 10% for each minute that defribillation is delayed.

If you would like to donate to the AED Program fund with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, contact the Sheriff's Office at 509-884-0941

Council To Consider Code Revisions11/11/2015

 The Chelan City Council will have a full agenda when they meet for their regularly scheduled council meeting on Thursday- starting with an open house on the Department of Transportation roundabout planned for the intersection of SR 150 and No-See-Um Road.

That open house will run from 3pm until 5:45 on Thursday, before the council meeting starts at 6 that evening.

Chelan City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says when the actual council meeting begins, there will be a number of code enforcement revisions that city officials have been working on for more than a year.


The first of those, he says, is on the city's business licenses...

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 Also, as part of the code enforcement revisions, Schmidt says, will be the fire hazard weed abatement code...

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 Thursday's agenda-packed Chelan City Council meeting will start at 6PM in Council chambers at Chelan City Hall- with the open house starting at 3pm on the WSDOT roundabout planned for the SR 150/ No-See-Um intersection. That open house will also be held in council chambers at City Hall- located on Johnson Ave.

Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony11/11/2015

 Today is Veterans Day with citizens and organizations alike celebrating.


In addition to serving local vets breakfast yesterday, students at Manson High School are also participating in a program called Socks of Love- Manson High School Principal, Don Vanderholm shares more on that program...

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 There will also be several opportunities to celebrate Veterans Day today:


There is the annual veterans day parade in downtown Chelan- which starts at 11:00am.

Brian Thompson with VFW Post 6853, stopped in the KOZI studio to tell us more about that parade- including the new route- which will start at the Chase Bank, at the intersection of Johnson and Columbia....

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 Manson will also be holding a Veterans day celebration this morning- starting at 11AM at the American Legion Park in Manson- Norm Manly says the event is a combined effort...

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BAER Approves Post Fire Project Funding11/11/2015

 Just last week, funding was approved for emergency post fire projects, as recommended by the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response team.


Carly Reed, spokesperson for Chelan and Entiat Ranger Districts, says the team's report and recommendations were approved last week, along with its funding request of $269 thousand...

 Reed said the BAER team was here last month to survey land and pinpoint the biggest potential threats on national forest lands to public health and safety as well as property...

 Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England- says they are pleased to have the report available, but are concerned for the potential flooding...

 Carly Reed shares more with us on those warning systems...

 The map is available to view at


Project work is expected to begin as early as this week.

Questions/Comments on Senior Living11/9/2015

KOZI would like to ask you for your comments, concerns and questions pertaining to the Senior Living Initiatives for the Lake Chelan Valley.  Are there enough services, what services are needed, what would you like to see available to senior citizens in the future?  Representative would like to hear from you and will try to answer questions Thursday during their interviews at 10am on KOZI.  If you’d like ask a question or have a concern, Call KOZI at 682-4033 or email your questions/comments to

SR 150 Roundabout Open House11/9/2015

 The Chelan City Council will have a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 6pm in Council Chambers.


Chelan City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says before that meeting on Thursday, the City will host an open house on the roundabout scheduled to be constructed at the intersection of State Route 150 and No-see-Um Road.


Schmidt says that open house will take place at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon…

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 Schmidt says that in addition to the open house- the Department of Transportation will also be giving a presentation to the council…

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 Thursday’s Open House will begin at 3PM, followed by the Chelan City Council meeting at 6pm. Both will take place in council Chambers at Chelan City Hall on Johnson Ave.

Douglas Co Records Dept. Has Many Duties11/9/2015

 Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Records Division is a force of 4 staff members.


Those four staff members, says records supervisor with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Ronda Pickering, have a host of responsibilities…

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 The records Department, Pickering adds, are also responsible for entering all warrants and protection orders into state and national database…

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 Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, says there’s more…

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 Pickering says the number of those public records requests is hitting a peak…

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Local Economist Gives September Numbers11/9/2015

 Don Meseck, regional labor economist for North Central Washington has the latest unemployment statistics for Chelan and Douglas County for the month of September.


He says the unemployment rate continues to drop- sitting at 4.2 percent for the month of September…

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 And yet, the rate of growth, Meseck says, is significantly slowing down…

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 Meseck also shares more on leisure and hospitality – which took a hit widely attributed to the summer’s wildfires…

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 And, of course, Meseck also had something to say regarding the Alcoa announcement last week that they will curtail the Wenatchee Works Smelter…

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+ News for the week of November 01, 2015

New Life For Manson Public Access Areas11/6/2015

 Some Manson neighbors have entered into a contract with Chelan County Commissioners, to maintian a county public access area to Lake Chelan.


In fact, Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England says, those neighbors have already constructed a trail for the public's use.


But, that public access is just one of many that, over the years, have become overgrown and forgotten about-- until recently.


Several months ago, England says, Manson Community Council asked County Commissioners to identify and survey several public access areas in Manson- 

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Manson Parks Director, WaiTim Petersen, says Commissioners attended a parks board meeting in August to discuss the potential of having the Parks Department maintain those pubic access areas, and several citizens were on hand to voice their concerns...

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 Petersen said that since that August meeting- nothing more has been decided...

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 Manson Parks Department meets again next Thursday, November 12th at 4PM at their Board room on Pedoi.


Manson Chamber Hosts Emergency Fair11/6/2015

 The Manson Chamber of Commerce has spent the past several months preparing to prepare the community with an Emergency Preparedness Fair – being held Saturday at North Shore Bible Church.


Chamber President, Jeff Conwell, says the idea comes after fires swept through the valley in August- striking a cord that maybe, the community could be better prepared for emergencies...

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 Chamber officials met with schools, fire officials, law enforecemet, reclamation officials, hospital personnel and others.


Conwell says they have compiled a large amount of informaion that they will be sharing with the community Saturday's Emergency Preparedness Fair...

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 Conwell says there is something there for everyone- with such an abundance of information.

For instance, he says, did you know that North Shore Bible Church is a designated FEMA site?...

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Saturday's Manson Chamber of Commerce Emergency Preparedness Fair will run from 1PM until 3PM at North Shore Bible Church in Manson.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Army Helicopter Training Still On Table11/6/2015

 Back in August we reported on a proposal by the US Army to conduct high-elevation flight training above the Cascade Mountains, with some proposed sites near Leavenworth and Lake Chelan.


There has been a fair amount of criticism from local residents who feel the tranquility of the area's wilderness would be compromised.


After 90 days of taking public comment on it's plans to use parts of the North Cascades for Army helicopter training, Joint Base Lewis-Mchord will study the results and issue a final Environmental Assessment.


KOZI News Contributor, Chris Thomas has that update...

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Trails Alliance Hosts Hike & Social11/6/2015

 A group of Chelan Valley residents recently formed the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance with a mission of planning, building, promoting and enjoying trails in the Lake Chelan Valley.

To commemorate the founding of Lake Chelan Trails Alliance, the public is invited to take part in a fun family afternoon hike and evening social today.


Guy Evans is president of the alliance, and tells us more about today's event...

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 The Lake Chelan Trails Alliance envisions a trail network stretching from the Columbia River, through the City of Chelan, and up both the south and north shores to Slid Ridge and the Manson Basin.


Building upon previous planning efforts, the Alliance endeavors to bring public and private stakeholders together to begin a multi decade effort of trail creation.


Initial successes towards this end will be discussed during this evening social.


To join today's hike up the butte, meet at the Park and Ride in Lakeside across from Living Stone Church at 2PM.


Following that hike will be their social event starting at 5PM and will be held at the new Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce building at 216 East Woodin.

Public Hearing On County Marijuana Regs11/6/2015

 Chelan County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday – asking for citizens to weigh in on the current moratorium on marijuana in Chelan County.


The moratorium put a halt on new grow operations, as well as retail stores.


County Commissioner, Keith Goehner, says the state recently loosened their regulations regarding the number of retail marijuana licenses that will be allowed- prompting the 6-month moratorium.


Tuesdays' Public Hearing will serve as an opportunity for people to share their thoughts on the moratorium and county regulations...

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 Tuesday's Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 10th at 10:30 AM at the Chelan County Board of Commissioner’s Chambers at 400 Douglas Street Suite 201 in Wenatchee.


More Ballots To Count For Chelan Auditor11/5/2015

 Although election results will not be finalized and certified until November 24th, citizens will see a more accurate picture of those races, when the remaining ballots are counted.


Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says those numbers will be posted on the website by Friday at 4PM....

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 But, Moore says, even with the 4600 ballots still being counted- outcomes on the measures and races are not likely to change...

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 Many of you, like us here at KOZI, may be wondering what took so long to get the results for Chelan County races. That, Moore explains, was because it's a new system...

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 With the remaining ballots considered, Moore says the voter turnout for Chelan County will total to be just more than 41%, a much lower number than expected...

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Meet CCSO Detective Carlos Rodriguez11/5/2015

 Meet Chelan County Sheriff Detective, Carlos Rodriguez.


He is a 1995 graduate from Manson High School, and now has 10 years in with the Chelan County Sheriff's Office...

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 Detective Rodriguez says a big part of overseeing the Registered Sex Offender Program- is keeping up with who, and where of the current 173 active registered offenders...

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 Rodriguez says when it comes to the registered sex offender program, the biggest misconception from the community is in regards to where the individual is allowed to live...

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 To learn more about the Sex Offender Program, visit the website at WWW. CO. CHELAN. WA. US / SHERIFF

Early Learning opportunities11/4/2015


The Lake Chelan School District will be conducting a Community Needs Assessment of Early Learning opportunities, services and needs within the Chelan Community. The needs assessment will begin early November and be completed by the middle of December.


The purpose of this work is to help the Lake Chelan School District identify ways it can support, enhance, partner with providers and help provide services for all families in regard to early learning, ages birth to five. It is the desire of the district to help all children in our community receive quality early learning opportunities and be ready for kindergarten. We hope to build stronger partnerships with daycares, pre-schools and families throughout our community.


Because we recognize that child care and early learning education impacts not just parents, but employers, and the community as a whole, the community assessment process will include an extensive list of groups in which to gather input from. This will include an all-community forum, parents of birth to five-year-olds focus groups, employer focus groups, interviews with community leaders, provider focus groups, and surveys of parents and providers. Details are posted on our district website, facebook page, and at area bulletin boards or below.


Please take the time to complete the community survey by clicking on the link below:


If you are a preschool or childcare provider, please click on the link below to complete the provider survey:


The district will then synthesize this information to share with the community during our re-visioning process to take place in February 2016 and then develop an action plan to move forward.


We are excited to begin this process and hope members in our community will participate in focus group meeting and help our entire early learning community become stronger, healthier and gain a strong foundation for their schooling and the rest of their lives.


The All-Community Forum will be Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 5pm in the Performing Arts Center.  Dinner and daycare will be provided.  Please RSVP with Georgia Mashayekh at or 509-682-3515.


Other focus groups will meet:

Thursday 11/5 from 7am – 8:30 am – Employer Focus Group – District Boardroom (303 E Johnson)

Monday 11/16 from 9 am – 11 am - Parent Focus Group - District Boardroom (303 E Johnson)

Monday 11/16 from 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Parent Focus Group – Chelan Fruit

Tuesday 11/17 from 3 pm – 5 pm - Parent Focus Group – in the District Boardroom (303 E Johnson)

Tuesday 11/17 from 5 pm – 7 pm – Provider Focus Group – in Special Programs Building (324 E Johnson)


For more information, please contact Rob Manahan @ 509-682-3515 or Kelly Kronbauer @ 509-682-7744


Drowsy Driving- A Common Occurance11/4/2015
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Health Report: Are Your Eyes Dry?11/4/2015
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Fires & Firefighting Poetry Reading at WVC 11/2/2015



Kevin Goodan and Kimberly Burwick present firefighting poems at WVC Nov. 19

Poets Kevin Goodan and Kimberly Burwick will give a reading that focuses on wildfires and firefighting on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in The Grove Recital Hall at Wenatchee Valley College. The reading is free and open to the public.


“We know that language, especially poetry, can help us better understand and heal from traumatic events,” said Derek Sheffield, WVC English faculty and Visiting Writers Series coordinator. “During this past fire season, many people lost their homes as wildfires burned thousands of acres and set new records in our state. After working for ten years as a wildland firefighter, Kevin Goodan wrote a series of poems in response to burned landscapes as captured in wet-plate collodion photographs by Adam Ottavi. Kevin will share these poems with us as we attempt to heal and understand.”


Kimberly Burwick will read from her book, Good Night Brother.


Goodan was born in western Montana and worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His first poetry collection, In the Ghost-House Acquainted, won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award in 2005. His other collections include Winter Tenor (2009) and Upper Level Disturbances (2012). He lives in Joel, Idaho, and is an associate professor at Lewis-Clark State College.


To view Adam Ottavi’s photographs and Goodan’s poetry, visit the website at


Burwick was raised in Massachusetts and now lives in Moscow, Idaho. She teaches at Washington State University and in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. She is the author of Horses in the Cathedral (Anhinga Press, 2010) and Has No Kinsmen (Red Hen Press, 2006). Her poems have appeared in Fence, Kalliope, Barrow Street, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika and The Literary Review.


The WVC Visiting Writers Series brings professional writers to WVC to give students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to engage with some of the most talented writers in the U.S. Through the visits, college and community members learn new ways to think and talk about writing, in the classroom and in their own practice.


The reading is sponsored by the WVC Transfer English division.


Chelan Braces For Flooding/Runoff Issues11/2/2015

 The City of Chelan hosted a public forum last Wednesday, to discuss potential flooding following the summer’s area wildfires.


City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, told KOZI that the forum lasted about 2 hours- that started with an in-depth update on flood hazard control work from Chelan County Public Works…

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 The second portion of the public forum, Schmidt says, served as a listening session…

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Chelan School Plans For February Levy11/2/2015

 While the General Election is less than a week away- with ballot due back in 4 day- the Chelan School District is already turning their focus ahead to the Special Election in February.


That’s when the school district will run a replacement Maintenance and Operation Levy- according to Superintendent, Rob Manahan.


He says the board has already gathered staff feedback and is now planning to hold a community meeting for more input…

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 One of those areas of investment discussed, Manahan says, was the state adopted Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium, or S-BAC Tests…

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 In addition to direction for spending, the school district will also seek input from the community on the levy dollar amount and the length of the levy…

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 Manahan expects to set a date for sometime in November.

Manson Fire Chief On Vision 20/2011/2/2015

 Manson’s Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, recently returned from a trip to Nashville, where he learned more about a new movement called Vision 20/20.


Chief Baker says this Vision 20/20 effort follows in line with his community education and smoke alarm installation program…

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 Baker says, it is no longer considered “Fire Prevention”- but Community Risk Reduction- and is a much bigger picture…

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 Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ is designed to unite the fire service and many others in a collaborative effort to reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss. It invites fire departments, safety advocates, community groups, schools and others to rally behind a common and compelling theme.