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+ News for the week of May 24, 2015

Last Days To Burn Yard Waste 5/28/2015

A county-wide ban on outdoor burning goes into effect Monday, June 1st, prohibiting the burning of yard waste and slash.


That means this weekend may be your last window of opportunity to rid of your yard waste. But, Chelan County Fire District 5 Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, urges everyone to make sure conditions are right- just because you can burn, doesn't mean you should...




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 Key points to remember for those who are not located in Urban Growth Areas:


~if smoke from your fire affects your neighbor, you must put out your fire

~no fires within 50 feet of structures

~you can only burn natural vegetation

~burn piles must be in no more than 4ft x 4ft in size, and only one pile at a time

~no burning after sunset

~burn barrels are illegal


For questions about the burn ban, contact a local fire department.

100 Deadliest Days For Teen Drivers5/28/2015

Now that Memorial weekend is behind us, teens will soon be out of school- many of whom will have keys in hand and looking forward to some summertime freedom. But, this also marks the start of the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers and passengers.


Jennifer Cook is the Senior Corporate Communications Manager for AAA of Washington. She told KOZI News that AAA just finished a study on teen drivers and people injured or killed in a crash with a teen driver...


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 So, what can we do about it? Cook says there is plenty of things parents can do to help...

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 You can visit the teed driving website at for more resources in how to help lower the number of teen driver related fatalities.

Aftermath Of Port Slowdown In Apple Piles5/28/2015

Apple producers throughout the state are dumping apples that can't be sold following the biggest apple crop in the state's history.


Jon Devaney, President of Washington State Tree Fruit Association, out of Yakima, says the apple dumping we are seeing now, is the price growers are paying for the ongoing port slow down that occurred last fall and winter...

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Devaney admits that the port slow down is not the only factor for increased apple dumping- it's really a combination of issues...
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Devaney says that although its a relief that labor disputes at Washington ports has been resolved- the 5 year contract is not a long term fix for growers...
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Though dumping apples is not new, this year's piles are more dramatic than ever before, and so are the financial hits.


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Boaters Stranded Overnight After Boat Sinks5/27/2015

Chelan County Sheriff Deputies rescued a pair of stranded boaters Monday morning, after the couple's boat sank in Safety Harbor- about 30 miles up lake on the northshore of Lake Chelan.


Chelan County Sheriff Deputy, Mike Simmons, says the call came in to dispatch shortly before 8 o'clock Monday morning, but the ordeal actually started Sunday evening...

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Deputy Simmons says the couple will be on their own when it comes to recovering their mostly submerged boat...
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 Deputy Simmons says nobody was injured in the incident and no charges will be filed.

Bridgeport To Enforce Code Compliance5/27/2015

The Bridgeport City Council will meet tonight for a regularly scheduled meeting- and, on the agenda is discussion of code compliance as the city attempts to clean up its image.


Bridgeport mayor, Jan Conklin, says the discussion is stemming from some recent complaints of un-sightly junk building up around certain homes within the city limits...

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 The Bridgeport City Council will discuss their next steps in code compliance at tonight's council meeting which will be held in Council Chambers at 7PM.

Duncan Fire Closure Open House In Entiat5/27/2015

 Entiat Ranger District will have an open house on the Duncan Fire Closure for mudslide threat .

The Open House will be held at the Entiat Grange Hall on Monday, June 1st 4:30PM-6:30PM


Here is Jim Day with more details...

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Wednesday AM News 05/27/155/27/2015
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Manson Sends 10 Athletes To State5/26/2015

The Manson Trojan track and field team qualified 10 athletes to state. The state meet will be held May 28-30 in Cheney, WA.

The details from the district meet in Ephrata.

1. Willy Picton won the district championship in the discus. He also placed 3rd in the shot put.

2. 5 school records were set at the meet, all by girls team members
Aylee Neff in the triple jump
Maddee Ward in the shot put
All 3 girls relay teams set school records (4x100, 4x200, and 4x400)

3. We qualified 10 athletes into the state meet. Here is the list and their events
Willy Picton - shot put and discus
Jana Russell - Javelin
Alyssa Hannah - 3200m
Raechel Vanderholm - discus and 4x400
Baylee Ward - 100m, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400
Aylee Neff - 4x100 and 4x200
Delacey Machus - 4x100, 4x200, 4x400
Daicy Leyva - 4x100, 4x200, 4x400
Maddee Ward - 4x100, 4x200, 4x400
Ana Garcia - 4x400

Memorial Day Recap With Sheriff Burnett5/26/2015
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Chelan Fire and Rescue New Fire Apparatus5/26/2015

The two new water tenders each carry 4,000 gallons of water with a 1000 GPM pump, built on six wheel drive Freightliner chassis. The two chassis were purchased used after a thorough evaluation and then custom tanks and pumps were installed.

Each complete apparatus cost around $150,000.00. Funds for these two apparatus came from bonds and the revenues that the district set aside from the general fund over the last few years.  One of the new apparatus will replace the Chelan Airport tender that went out of service last year. The other one will be assigned to Station 75, up lake on the South Shore.  The capabilities of these two tenders will help provide the water supply we need in areas that do not have fire hydrants. They are a great addition to our fleet said Fire Chief Lemon.



Tuesday AM News 05/26/155/26/2015
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Chelan 7 Bails From Parade For Brush Fire5/25/2015

While many of us were downtown Chelan Thursday night, enjoying the Memorial Day Parade, Chelan Firefighters were knocking down a brush fire up Washington Creek, north of the gun club.


Chelan Fire District 7 Lieutenant, Evan Woods, told KOZI crews were ready for the Memorial day parade when the call came in right at 7PM...

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Woods says in addition to the brush fire up Washington Creek last night, crews also provided mutual aid for a structure fire in Entiat.


District 8 Fire Chief, Mike Asher, out of Entiat, says his department responded to two fires last night: a structure fire as well as a brush fire.


He says the first of those calls came in just before 7:30 last night...

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Thursday's brush fire was reported 45 minutes after the structure fire.


For those details, we turn to Deputy Chief, Jim Brooks, who says he was at the scene of the structure fire when the brush fire call came in...

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There were no reported injuries from either of the Entiat fires.

Post Office Open After Car Drives In5/25/2015

Douglas County Deputies responded to an accident in Waterville Wednesday after Rivercom dispatch received a call stating there had been a collision at the Post Office.


Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, told KOZI that the call came in at about 3:40 Wednesday afternoon...

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 Sheriff Gjesdal says no charges are being considered at this time.

Burnett Honors Deputies On Memorial Wall5/25/2015

Sheriff Brian Burnett attended the 28th Annual law Enforcement Ceremony last week to help participate in the eulogy for a Chelan County Sheriff Deputy who died in the line of duty more than 100 years ago.


The ceremony was part of a memorial project that identifies Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty within the state but have not yet been honored or have had their name added to the memorial wall.


Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett says he was contacted by members of the board and told the story of the deputy...


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 Deputy James Bennett joins both Chelan County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Edie, who drowned while conducting a training dive in Lake Chelan in 1984-

and Deputy Saul Gallegos who was shot and killed after stopping a man suspected of driving on a suspended license in Manson in 2003, who both already had their names engraved on the memorial wall in Spokane.

+ News for the week of May 17, 2015

Friday AM News 05/22/155/22/2015
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Golf Course Road Sewer Update5/21/2015

City of Chelan, Golf Course Road Sewer Project schedule update:

 The contractor, Advantage Dirt Contractors Inc,  will be connecting to the existing sewer manhole at the bottom of Golf Course Road today, Thursday May 21.  The lower end of Golf Course Road will be closed during the workday, but will be opened up before the contractor leaves.  No See Um intersection will be open.

 There will be NO work on Friday May 22 through Tuesday May 26.  All roads will be open for travel.

 The contractor will return on Wed, May 27.  The lower end of Golf Course Road will again be closed while the contractor prepares the roadway for asphalt patching.  The lower end of Golf Course road will remain closed Wed night.

 On Thursday May 28, the paving contractor, hydroseeding contractor, and paint striping contractor are scheduled for their individual tasks.  Flagger controlled traffic control will again be used on SR150 (Manson Hwy) during the highway portion of the work.  No See Um intersection traffic will be briefly impacted during the asphalt patching process.  The lower end of Golf Course Road will be closed during this work.

 Barring any difficulties or schedule changes, this should complete the project.

 If you've further questions or comments please contact Public Works at 682-8030


Holiday Garbage Schedule5/21/2015



Zippy Disposal Customers

Regular routes and Pick-up on Monday Memorial Day 5/25

City of Chelan Garbage Customers

No Monday Garbage Pick-Up

5/25 Monday Routes will be picked up on Tuesday 5/26


City of Chelan To Take On Noise Ordinance5/20/2015

As we approach Memorial Day weekend and summer activity starts to pick up- the City of Chelan is revisiting its current noise ordinance.


Citizen complaints regarding noise has prompted the city council safety committee to take a harder look at the noise ordinance. An issue that City Administrator, Paul Schmidt says is tougher than it sounds...

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 Schmidt adds that the noise ordinance isn't the only subject the safety committee is reviewing- they will also be visiting the issue of bridge jumping...

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 The current ordinance pertaining to bridge jumping states that: No person shall jump, dive or in any similar manner enter the water of the Chelan River and/or Lake Chelan from any bridge.

Manson's Vivien Street Becomes A Path5/20/2015

Chelan County Commissioners finalized an agreement with two landowners living on an abandoned street that nobody knew belonged to the county until neighbors complained of someone pruning a willow tree that has been growing in the middle of the old road for decades.


Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England, says Vivien Street doesn't actually look like a street...

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England explains that commissioners discovered the existence of the road after a complaint about a tree came in...

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According to Chelan County Commissioner's agenda, the agreement was made with Brian and Cara Wright and Gunnar Ildhuso, who will in turn maintain the pathway.

Wednesday AM News 05/20/155/20/2015
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Auditor To Announce Special 3 Day Filing5/19/2015

The Chelan County Auditors Office will announce today, a special 3-day filing period in an attempt to fill the nearly 20 open offices left unfilled after last week's filing week.


Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says that 18 of the 88 open offices in the county were left without a candidate- most of which are for cemetery boards- which, he says, is not uncommon...

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 On the other end of the spectrum, for those open offices that drew 3 or more candidates- Moore explains that a primary election must take place...

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 Moore adds that overall, last week's open office filing week went as expected...

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AAA Predicts Memorial Day Travel5/19/2015

This Thursday is what AAA defines as the start of the Memorial Day holiday travel period- and experts are predicting 37.2 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend.

Jennifer Cook, Senior Manager for Communications with AAA Washington says that number is up from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year…

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 The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.

Cook says the numbers continue to point back to one huge contributing factor: gas prices…

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 AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by HIS Global insight and have been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades.

Simultaneous Search And Rescues5/19/2015

Chelan County North patrol Sergeant, Rob Huddleston, was supposed to have the day off on Friday, but instead coordinated two simultaneous Search and Rescue efforts.


Huddleston told KOZI News that the first of the two incidents began last Wednesday evening when a female called in that she was lost wile hiking the enchantment lakes out of Leavenworth…

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 By Friday morning, Huddleston says he was planning for two separate search and rescue operations…

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 Huddleston adds that injuries are the most common cause for Search and Rescue…

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 King County Sheriff’s office also responded on Friday, with a hoist capable helicopter, as well as a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and a Chelan Mountain Rescue Team.

Tuesday AM News 05/19/155/19/2015
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Monday AM News 05/18/155/18/2015
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+ News for the week of May 10, 2015

Chelan's New Wrestling Coach Resigns5/15/2015

The Chelan School District is in search of a new wrestling coach to replace first year coach, Martin Mitchell after he resigned at the School board meeting earlier this week.


School Superintendent, Rob Manahan said Mitchell resigned his position as wrestling coach during Wednesday's meeting...





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Manahan says that wasn't the only resignation the board received on Wednesday- Tom Robinson also put in his resignation... 

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 Robinson has been teaching at Chelan since 2007.

Investigation Into Union Valley Burglaries5/15/2015

Chelan County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a recent string of burglaries that have occurred in the Union Valley area.


Chelan County Sheriff Sergeant, Rob Huddleston says they typically see a higher number of burglary calls as people come back to their vacation homes and find they had been broken into- making it hard to pinpoint a time line of when the burglary occurred, but that is not the case up in Union Valley...

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Tune in on Tuesday mornings, when we have representatives from Chelan County Sheriff's Office in studio to share with us what has been going on with local law enforcement.

Entiat Park Opens After Year Long Overhaul5/15/2015

It's time to celebrate! After a year of closure and full renovation, the Entiat Park will open with a fresh look on May 22- and officials are holding an Open House this Saturday to kick off the opening.


Chelan County PUD Commissioner, Dennis Bolz, says Saturday's festivities will start at 8AM...



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The $7.3 million project to transform the outdated park was part of a promise Chelan County PUD made to the City through a license agreement when the utility district submerged its old town site with the construction of Rocky Reach Dam.

Bolz said the new park is long over-due...

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Saturday's Open House at the newly redeveloped Entiat Park will begin at 8AM.

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Thursday AM News 05/14/155/14/2015
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Click It Or Ticket Campaign Starts Soon5/13/2015

Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties are all participating in the statewide Click It Or Ticket campaign that will kick off on Monday, May 18. This year, law enforcement will be targeting motorists without a seat belt as well as children who are not properly restrained.


KOZI News caught up with Angie Ward, the Program Manager for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, and she said the campaign originally started back in 2001...

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Ward says this is a ticket campaign- if you get pulled over during the upcoming Click It Or Ticket Emphasis, don't expect to drive away with a warning...

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 In Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties, the Brewster, East Wenatchee, and Wenatchee Police Departments along with the Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan County Sheriff's Offices and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up for the extra patrols with the support of the Chelan-Douglas Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force.

Assessors Host 8 Meetings Around County5/13/2015

The Chelan County Assessor's Office is once again planning to host their annual community meetings throughout Chelan County- starting next week.

The meetings are an opportunity for Chelan County Assessor, Deanna Walter, and her staff, to explain how property taxes are calculated based on area market value.

The first of the 8 scheduled meetings will happen in Chelan on Tuesday, May 19th followed by one in Manson on Thursday, May 21st.

Walter told KOZI that she started hosting the meetings four years ago when the office shifted to a mass appraisal system...

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Chelan County Assessor's Community Meetings will be held at various venues:

All meetings begin at 7PM


Tuesday, May 19 at Chelan City Hall

Thursday, May 21 at Manson Grange Hall

Tuesday, May 26 at Cashmere Middle School

Wednesday, May 27 at Wenatchee Community Center

Tuesday, June 2 at Entiat Grange Hall

Wednesday, June 3 at Chelan County Fire District 1 in Wenatchee

Wednesday, June 24 at Chelan County Fire District 3 in Leavenworth

Thursday, June 25 at Chelan County Fire District 9 in Lake Wenatchee

Wenatchee Holds Armed Forces Celebration5/13/2015

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May- which happens to be this Saturday, May 16- and the American Red Cross serving the Greater Inland Northwest, along with several other partners, is hosting the 4th annual Armed Forces Day Celebration at Wenatchee Valley College.


Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the military.

Rick Isaacson is on the board of directors for the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of American Red Cross, and says Saturday's celebration will include various entertainment for the entire family...


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In addition to the American Red Cross, Saturday’s celebration is brought in part by VFW Post 3617 and Vet Serving Vets.

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Union Valley Brush Fire Chars An Acre5/12/2015

Chelan Fire & Rescue were called to a fire up Union Valley near Cagle Gulch shortly before 2 o' clock yesterday afternoon.


Chelan Fire Chief, Tim Lemon, says yesterday's fire was another controlled burn that got out of control...

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 Lemon says yesterday's fire makes about 2 dozen brush fires his crews have responded to this year- and about ¾ of those started as controlled burns.

Trojans Take On Goats For Spot To State5/12/2015

Manson Boys Soccer is celebrating a win on Saturday, after making it into the first round of district play-offs.


The Trojans took on Bridgeport Saturday afternoon, and came up with the win, earning a chance to play again this afternoon for a spot at the State Tournament.


Manson Head Coach, Phil Thomas, says the team is excited and ready to work to earn one of the spots to state after Saturday's big win...

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 Tonight's game starts at 4:30 at the Chelan High School Walmart fields.

The Chelan 1A State Soccer Tournament will be held in Sumner at Sunset Chev Stadium on Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30th.

Filing Week Is Here5/12/2015

It's day 2 of the 5 day filing week for residents and registered voters looking to run for public office. Those interested in serving through city, school or other board positions have until this Friday at 5pm to get their applications in for one of the dozens of offices open throughout the area.


Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says there are a whopping 86 offices open county wide...

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 Moore says that any offices that remain with no filers at the end of this filing week, will have an extended 3-day filing period.


Primary election is set for August 4th with the general Election on November 3rd.


In Chelan, Bob Goedde and Mike Cooney have both filed for the open Mayor's Seat, while Ben Higgins and Wendy Isenhart both put their name in the hat for their open council seats.


+ News for the week of May 03, 2015

Don't Park In Manson Parade Route5/8/2015

Here is your official warning from Chelan County Sheriff Sergeant, Rob Huddleston:


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Pair of 15 Year Old Boys Lost Overnight5/8/2015

The Wenatchee Sheriff's Office says two 15-year old boys from Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, spent Monday night in the foothills after heading out for a bike ride in the hills of west Wenatchee.


Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett, says the boys left for their ride at about 7PM Monday night...

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 Burnett says deputies drove roads all night, as well as volunteers. The Sheriff's Office helicopter was preparing to launch when the search-and-rescue team found the boys off Peavine Road, near the upper part of Number 2 Canyon.

Winthrop Drops Minimum Bid On Cop Car5/8/2015

The Winthrop Town Council met Wednesday, May 6- and was able to hammer out their entire meeting in a little more than 15 minutes.


Winthrop Mayor, Sue Langdalen, says there were four items on the Wednesday's agenda- three special event applications, and a reduction in the minimum bud on a surplus vehicle.


Langdalen told KOZI that the council put two surplus police vehicles up for surplus a month ago...

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 The Winthrop Town Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month- their next meeting will be Wednesday, May 20th at 7PM in the Winthrop Auditorium Hen House- the Barn Back Room.

WATV Loop Coming To Chelan District5/8/2015

The Chelan Ranger District is planning to open a loop for Wheeled All Terrain Vehicles- and is holding a meeting one week from today to tell you more about it.


Chelan District Ranger, Kari Grover-Wier, says the meeting is open to anyone interested in potential WATV routes…

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 Grover-Wier explains that this new WATV loop comes after legislation passed a law two years ago, giving more access to Washington’s rural roads…

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The WATV loop on the Chelan Ranger District meeting will be next Thursday, May 14 at 6PM at the Chelan County Fire District 7 Fire Station conference room. (DOL Website)

These are considered wheeled all-terrain vehicles, and must have a metal tag:

  • A motorized, non-highway vehicle with handle bars:

    • That is 50 inches or less in width.

    • Have a seat height of at least 20 inches.

    • Weighs less than 1,500 pounds.

    • Has 4 tires with diameters of 30 inches or less.

  • or

  • A utility-type vehicle designed for, and capable of, travel over designated roads that:

    • Has 4 or more low-pressure tires of 20 psi or less.

    • Is less than 74 inches wide.

    • Weighs less than 2,000 pounds.

    • Has a wheelbase of 110 inches or less.

    • Meets 1 or more of the following:

      • Is at least 50 inches wide.

      • Weighs at least 900 pounds.

      • Has a wheelbase of over 61 inches.


Friday AM News 05/08/155/8/2015
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Donors give $38,000 to purchase new unit 5/7/2015

LCCH Foundation recently donated $38,000 to fund the purchase of a new ultrasound unit at Lake Chelan Clinic. By providing access to ultrasound technology in a clinic setting, caregivers can offer better clinical screenings to patients. 

"We’re committed to ensuring that our community members receive excellent healthcare," said LCCH Foundation President Lester Cooper. “We’re excited to fund a gift that directly improves the quality of care for so many members of our community.”

 Approximately 6,000 patients use the clinic for their healthcare needs, which is operated by LCCH Hospital. While ultrasound units are commonly used to monitor fetal growth in pregnancies, they are also used to scan for abnormalities among a wide range of patients.

 “The new ultrasound unit is a great addition in our practice,” said Lake Chelan Clinic Physician Dr. Tobe Harberd. “It’s much easier to see what’s going on inside our patients.”

 One expecting mother—Sandra Villasano—agrees. “It’s pretty incredible to see my future babies so early in life. It’s reassuring to watch them move and see their hearts beat.” Villasano is expecting twins in October.

 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.


Man Poses As Teen Girl On Facebook Arrest5/7/2015

A 49 year old Wenatchee man was arrested last week after an investigation showed that he had solicited and traded nude photos of teen girls through a fake Facebook profile- claiming to be a teen girl.


Detective Darin Darnell, with the East Wenatchee Police Department said his department initially received a harassment report that a young lady was being harassed on-line by a Facebook Friend...

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 Darnell says that Sean Reilly, who is a Registered Level 1 Sex Offender, was in contact with more than 50 minors and obtained images from a majority of them...

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Darnell says that as Reilly's home was being searched in East Wenatchee, the home of a 17-year old boy in Chelan was also searched.


He says Reilly communicated with the boy under the Hannah Andrews identity and exchanged photos of nude teen girls.


The teen was not arressted but, Darnell says he may face charges in juvenile court.


Reilly is being held on $100,000 bail in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

Carlton Man Arrested Last Week For Arson5/7/2015

Keith Holbrook, formerly of Carlton, was arrested last week, accused of leaving gasoline-soaked taps, fuel-filled barrels and lit lanterns around his home as a wildfire raged nearby before taking matters into his own hands and burning his house down.


Holbrook and his wife, lost their home on July 21- days after hundreds of homes were lost in the Carlton Complex Fires.


Okanogan County Sheriff, Frank Rogers, said firefighters were called to the house days before it actually burned down...


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Court records also show that neighbors had reported seeing Holbrook driving away from his residence with his vehicle loaded with possessions before the fire started.'


Holbrook was released on $10,000 bail.

Manson Hwy Delays Coming Next Week5/7/2015

The City of Chelan will start a sewer project on Monday, May 11- that will occupy the west bound lane and affect traffic along State Route 150 between Manson and Chelan.


Dan Baker, with Chelan Public Works, says the project is a Golf Course Sewer Project...

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Starting Monday- drivers traveling between Manson and Chelan will see one-way flagger controlled traffic near No See-Um Intersection.


Work on the project will take place Monday through Thursday from 7AM until 5:30 PM.


Further updates will be announced as work progresses and traffic delays or detours are confirmed.

Thursday AM News 05/07/155/7/2015
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Deputy Talks Man Off Roof In Orondo5/6/2015

Douglas County Deputies responded early Monday morning to a disturbance in Orondo after a family member called to say a family member was in violation of a no contact order at the location.


Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, says the subject was acting in a bizarre manner and swinging a baseball bat around...

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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office had responded to the residence 17 times over the past year for various problems with this individual.

Kids Fishing Day At Chelan Golf Course5/6/2015

We are just 4 days away from the 38th annual Clark Kearney Memorial Fishing Party- set for this Sunday- on Mother's Day.

The event was originally started by Bud and Hope Clark, along with Ed Kearney and is now spearheaded by the Lake Chelan Sportsman Association.

Al Brooks, Spokesman for the Association, says the event is free- but adds that there are a few rules..

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 Brooks also told KOZI that the Lake Chelan Sportsman Association is bracing for the possibility of this being the last year for the annual event to be held at the golf course pond- and moved to a new location...


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 The Clark Kearney Memorial Fishing Party will be held this Sunday, May 10th starting at 1PM.


We are also hearing word that there are plenty of prizes to go around.

For more information contact Al Brooks at 670-2206.

Wednesday AM News 05/06/155/6/2015
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Shockers & Kernals Combine For Sports5/5/2015

After years of struggling to occasionally field a sports team due to low numbers of participants, the Mansfield School District Board of Directors asked Athletic Director, Ric Bayless, to find a school that would forge a long term connection- allowing a sports combination to begin as early as next school year. He turned to the Waterville School District, and are now knee deep in a proposal that will change the future of athletics for both the Waterville Shockers and the Mansfield Kernals.


Bayless says it has taken a committee made up of community members, staff, students and administration from both school districts- months to draft the current proposal...


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 Tabatha Mires, Waterville High School Principal, says the committee worked diligently- approaching the task of a sports combination proposal with a clear set of operating principals which in a nutshell is to offer more opportunities to students...

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 The process, Mires admits, has not been easy, and has had its share of criticism and concern from both communities- one of those being the cost...

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 Bayless says the expense will come at a greater jump for the Mansfield school district because they have been without most sports for several years...

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 The committee will continue to meet weekly, to review and adjust the athletic combination proposal before presenting it to both school boards on Wednesday, May 27 for their approval.

Winthrop Marshal Plans To Educate Cyclists5/5/2015

May is National Bike Month- and the Winthrop Marshal's Office is planning to focus on educating bicyclists on the laws.


After listening to complaints from motorists and town residents about bicyclists, the Winthrop Town Marshal addressed the issue at the last council meeting- with a plan on how to change the ongoing pattern.


Marshal Rikki Schwab says the recurring problem with bicyclists in Winthrop primarily happens at the same intersections...


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Marshal Schwab says her office does not want to alienate bicyclists- because that would have a negative affect on the town's business community, so their focus will be on education...

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 According to the Washington State Department of Transportation website,

A bicycle is a legal road vehicle, just like a car. This means that bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.

Currently there is no state law requiring helmet use.

When riding on a roadway, a cyclist who violates traffic laws may be ticketed.

Cyclists may ride side by side, but no more than two riders.

For night bicycle riding, a white front light- visible for 500 feet- and a red rear reflector are required.

Cyclists may choose to ride on the path, bike lane, shoulder, or travel lanes as suits their safety needs.


3 Rivers Hospital Seeks Staffing Firm For ER5/5/2015

The Three Rivers Hospital Board of Commissioners has authorized CEO Scott Graham to negotiate and sign a contract with a professional staffing firm to create better continuity of care in the emergency room.


Hospital Board Chair, Vicki Orford says the hospital had to make a change in order to keep up with demand...



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Orford says the board spent some time looking at several options before unanimously settling on contracting with Coast to Coast Staffing Solutions based out of Philadelphia...

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Orford says the hospital is familiar with Coast to Coast Staffing Solutions as they have worked with them for several years. The company has been providing physician coverage in the ER on an as-needed basis.


This transition will have Coast to Coast taking charge of staffing the Emergency Room full time beginning this summer.

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