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Newby Lake Fire Update7/31/2015

 Newby Lake Fire, northwest of Loomis Washington, was putting up some smoke again on Thursday.

According to Incident Commander Krissy Vance, there was active burning well within the fire perimeter on the west side of an unburned island of fuel.  The vegetation between that island and the fire perimeter has been burned and at this point the fire is not threatening to move beyond the burned area. 

Firefighters will continue to patrol the Newby Lake Fire.  The weather forecast is for even higher temperatures today, so increased fire activity and visible smoke are again likely.

With so many fire weakened snags between the fire perimeter and the unburned island, it is unsafe to send firefighters in to suppress fire burning well within its boundaries.

The National Forest area closure associated with the Newby Lake Fire has been lifted and replaced with a trail closure.  Trail 340, the Long Draw Trail is closed and a temporary re-route is available.  The detailed closure description and a map are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NewbyLakeWAFire or online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4355/ .

For more information, please call the Tonasket Ranger District at 509-486-2186.



Level 3 Evac for Holden & Lucerne7/31/2015

 Warmer and drier weather conditions over the past several days have led to increased fire behavior on the Wolverine Fire, burning 3 miles northwest of Lucerne.  The lightning-ignited fire started on June 29th and has rapidly grown to approximately 1526 acres.  Fire direction has changed and the perimeter is well established south of Wolverine Creek and is now moving toward Lucerne.  Between Wolverine and Riddle Creek drainages the fire and has reached the lakeshore, and within Riddle Creek the fire is actively backing downslope.

 

The fire has reached management action points put in place by fire staff and Level 3 evacuation notices were served July 30th to Lightning and Riddle Creek cabin owners.  A Level 3 evacuation will go in effect Saturday afternoon in Holden Village and Lucerne.  Although there is no immediate threat to Holden Village, there is concern that its single road access and evacuation route could be compromised if the fire should continue its momentum to the south.  Holden is home to approximately 350 residents and mine remediation workers and their safety is priority. 

 

The Pacific Crest Trail detour will remain open at this time; however there will be no bus transportation to Lucerne Landing and Holden Village is closed to public entry.  

 

High temperatures are expected throughout the weekend which may further increase fire activity.  Smoke is visible throughout the Lake Chelan corridor, including downtown and in Stehekin, but all businesses remain open and are welcoming visitors.  Boaters and Lady of the Lake passengers will be able to see active fire including individual and group tree torching. Please stay clear of firefighter activity and remain a safe distance away from the shoreline in the vicinity of the fire.  For further information on the Wolverine Fire please visit:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/



City of Chelan & HDCA Lease Finalized7/31/2015

Chelan City Council unanimously approved a lease agreement at their meeting last week that will have Historic Downtown Chelan Association moving into the old chamber building located on the corner of Johnson and Columbia.

 

 

City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says the decision did not come without plenty of discussion...

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 Schmidt says council members spoke up with questions and concerns pertaining to the contract...

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Health Report: Healthy Breakfast Choices7/31/2015
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WVC Offers HS Diploma For 21+ 7/31/2015

 Wenatchee Valley College Transitional Studies will begin offering students a new alternative to receive a secondary-level credential in the fall of 2015. Through High School 21+ (HS21+), students earn a high school diploma issued by WVC by completing credit requirements through adult basic education (ABE) classes.

 

HS21+ is a Washington State initiative offered at many technical and community colleges throughout the state in response to the 2014 revision of the GED® tests. Students who had not previously completed all tests under the old GED® format had to start over with the new series of tests. The tests also increased in cost and difficulty, and there are currently few ways to determine whether a student is prepared to successfully complete the tests.

 

“This creates a very vague pathway with little sense of progress for most students and a single pass/fail event as the only real measurement of success,” said Aaron Parrott, WVC Transitional Studies Director. “The sense of frustration is high, and it’s a huge challenge to motivate students to stay in the program.”

 

HS21+ is available for any student 21 years or older. Students who are near their 21st birthday may begin work now to start accruing credit. Students do not have to have prior high school credit; however, previous high school credit and learning or professional experience may be considered for high school credit.

 

To earn their diploma, students will need to earn credits in English, math, history, science, health, fitness, occupational education, art and electives. They will complete projects and assignments designed to prove competency in these required subjects. Many of the courses are self-paced, and there are a variety of ways for students to complete assignments and prove their abilities in each area. They may also work in pairs or with groups of other students who are seeking credit in similar subject areas.

 

In addition to earning credit toward a high school diploma, students will learn skills to prepare them for college-level courses and to enter the workforce.

 

HS21+ does not replace the GED® tests. For some students, the GED® may be a faster option to a high school equivalency; however, students with a GED® certificate may choose to complete HS21+ to obtain a high school diploma as well.

 

“If a student almost completed the GED® before the test system changed, this would be a great opportunity to come back without having to start over,” said Parrott. “Students will be able to track their progress toward their goals, and will have a much better sense of when they will earn their diplomas and complete the program. With the GED program, we can’t answer the very frequently asked question, ‘how long will it take me to finish?’ With High School 21+, we can make a complete academic plan for each student, with a realistic date for completion.”

 

To enroll in adult basic education classes, students must first attend an orientation that includes screening, testing, advising and registration. Orientations are available prior to the start of each quarter. Call WVC Transitional Studies at 509.682.6790 to reserve a space. Fall quarter 2015 begins Monday, Sept. 21.

 

Students will pay the adult basic education tuition rate of $25 and a $10 material fee.

 

The HS21+ program will be fully implemented on the Wenatchee and Omak campuses in winter quarter 2016.

 

For more information, visit www.wvc.edu/transition.

 



23-Year Old Man Killed In Tragic Accident7/31/2015

 On 07/30/15 at 12:19 PM RiverCom Dispatch received a call of an injury accident on the Eastmont Extension approximately 500 yards east of Hwy 2/97 near East Wenatchee.  Chelan County Deputies, WSP Troopers, and Douglas County Deputies responded to the scene.  The information we have at this time is that a motorcycle driven by 23 year old Brett B. Hendrick of East Wenatchee was E/B on the Eastmont Extension approximately 500 yards East of the intersection with Hwy. 2/97.  Witnesses said a W/B pickup truck crossed the double yellow line and hit the motorcycle head on.  The driver of the pickup continued on through the intersection where his vehicle had come to a stop due to damage from the accident.  The victim was transported to confluence hospital, but sadly passed away due to the traumatic nature of his injuries. The victim’s next of kin has been notified.  WSP collision technicians and DCSO Detectives and Deputies are working cooperatively on the investigation. The name of the driver of the pickup, who was not injured, will not be released until more facts are known about the collision.  The Eastmont Extension will be closed to traffic for several hours as officials complete their investigation. 

 

The driver of the pickup has been arrested by Douglas County Deputies for Hit and Run.  He was identified as 78 year old Joseph E. Strutzel of Monitor.  The ultimate charging decision will be made by the Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney.

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WSP Seeks Witnesses In Fatal Bike Wreck7/31/2015

 Witnesses sought in bicycle collision on Highway 2

 

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is seeking the opportunity to speak with anyone who may have information about a bicycle rider that was involved in a collision on Highway 2 at mile post 77. The collision occurred on July 27, 2015 at approximately 1 pm, 22 miles west of Leavenworth.  WSP is requesting information from anyone who may have observed the collision, any vehicles near the rider around the time of the collision, or events leading up to or following the collision. If you have information please call  WSP Detective Robert Schroeder at 509-925-2698



Beekeepers To Get Ag Tax Break7/30/2015

 Up until Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6057, the beekeeping industry in Washington state fell under the tax category of “service providers” – in this case transportation and pollination being the services provided. Well now, effective July 1 this year, beekeepers can get the same tax breaks as other agricultural producers.

Steve Sheppard is chair of Washington State University’s Department of Entomology and works closely with the region’s beekeepers.

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 Sheppard said the bill lets beekeepers know that they are essential cogs in agriculture – something they and other farmers have known for some time – and state lawmakers now understand that as well. This new legislation grants large-scale beekeepers tax breaks on earnings made from providing pollination services and from selling products such as honey and beeswax. They’ll also be exempt from paying sales taxes on production expenses such as bee feed and parasite treatments.

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 Now this new law doesn’t mean anyone with a hive can get beekeeping tax breaks. To qualify as an “eligible farmer,” beekeepers must register their hives with the state’s agriculture department and have gross sales of $10,000 dollars during a year for bee-produced products or bee pollination services.

As Sheppard said, crops in Washington that need bee pollination include everything from apples, cherries and pears, to canola and mint. And those crops have continued to increase over time, but the population of bees has not.  

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 And with amount of agricultural products in Washington that need such pollination, the demand for beekeeping services is very high. Sheppard estimates a total of 300,000 pollination sets are required just for tree fruits in our state. Now if that sounds like a lot, the California almond crop alone needs about 1.7 million colonies of bees and there’s only about 2.4 million managed colonies in the entire country.

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 In addition to high demand and a loss in bee populations, Sheppard said some of the other biggest challenges facing the beekeeping industry right now are:

Aging demographics –

Compounds that repel mites and other parasites 

And casting a shadow above all those issues is land use –

But, Sheppard said, there is a silver lining to the current bee industry outlook –  

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Sounds like the increasing buzz about beekeeping couldn’t come soon enough. 



PUD Helps Cities With Energy Upgrades7/30/2015

 Chelan County PUD has launched a pilot program with a focus on helping local cities, along with the county, to install upgrades at their facilities to help reduce energy costs.

Andrew Grassell, Energy Development & Conservation Group Manager, says the goal of the new program is to reduce energy costs for the local entities, as well as free up unused energy, which is then sold...

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 Grassell says several cities have taken advantage of the new program – even the City of Chelan has jumped on board with some projects...

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 If you would like more information on the new Energy Efficiency Upgrades program, visit the PUD website at www.chelanpud.org.



Wolverine Fire Flare Up Brings Smoke7/30/2015

You have probably noticed the smoke settling back in our valley over the past two days- and, according to National Forest Service officials, that smoke is from the Wolverine Fire, burning 3 miles northwest of Lucerne on the South shore of Lake Chelan.

 

Carly Reed is a new Public Information Officer for the Chelan Ranger District. She told KOZI News that the fire, which was sparked by lightning on June 29th, remains ZERO percent contained...

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 Reed says also burning in the district is the Blakenship fire , which was also lightning sparked- and has prompted some trail closures in that area...

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 Notice: Hikers and backpackers; be aware a Pacific Crest Trail closure and detour is in effect due to fire activity. Please check the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website prior to reaching the Glacier Peak Wilderness or call the Chelan Ranger District (509) 682-4900 for specific information.

 

Summary:

Lucerne Wash.--  Warmer  and drier weather conditions over the past two days have led to increased fire activity on the Wolverine Fire, burning 3 miles northwest of Lucerne.  The lightning-ignited fire started on June 29 and has grown to approximately 580 acres.  The fire is moving northwest, backing down toward the lakeshore on the ridge between Wolverine and Riddle Creek drainages.  There is also fire movement toward the north into Riddle Creek.  The fire is burning in extremely steep and rocky terrain that is unsafe for direct attack by firefighters . 

 

Additionally, use of air resources, such as helicopters to drop water on the fire, is tactically inefficient in this steep and rocky terrain.  Fire managers continue to monitor the fire and have developed management action points when the use of additional resources may prove successful.

 

One of the management action points includes structure protection on cabins at the mouth of Riddle Creek.  Because the Wolverine fire is progressing down toward the lakeshore, on Thursday fire crews will initiate structure protection on cabins in Riddle Creek on National Park Service land.  Work will include wrapping cabins in fireproof material and turning on pumps and sprinkler systems already in place around the cabins.

 

There is no threat to Lucerne or Holden Village at this time. Holden Village remains on a Level one evacuation notice. 

 

Temperatures are expected to increase throughout the weekend, which may further increase fire activity.  Smoke is visible but light throughout the Lake Chelan corridor, including downtown and in Stehekin, but all businesses remain open and are welcoming visitors.  Boaters and Lady of the Lake passengers will be able to see the fire and occasional tree torching from the lake.  Please stay clear of firefighter activity and remain a safe distance away from the shoreline in the vicinity of the fire.



Stolen Truck & Pursuit Ends With Arrest7/30/2015

 On July 29, 2015 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the arrest of Justin Dyal, a 22 year old Wenatchee resident, following a vehicle pursuit that started in the City of Wenatchee.

At 10:00 this morning Wenatchee Police Officers responded to Cashmere Valley Bank for a reported forgery in progress. A female at the location was attempting to cash a stolen check. When Officer’s arrived they observed a white Dodge truck that was abnormally parked in the parking lot. The Officer checked the vehicle’s registration and learned it was a stolen vehicle from Douglas County. The vehicle, a full sized Dodge truck, drove out of the parking lot leaving the female inside the bank. The Wenatchee Officer followed the truck out of the bank parking lot and a vehicle pursuit began a short time later. The truck led pursuing police vehicles southbound on Western Avenue onto #2 Canyon and continued up the dirt / primitive road. Because of the poor road condition the pursuing police vehicle’s, all of which were cars, discontinued the pursuit. Multiple Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area with their 4-wheel drive vehicles and began looking for the stolen Dodge truck. The truck was located unoccupied near a dead-end Forest Service road, but a motorcycle that had been in the rear of the truck was gone. Deputies followed the tire tracks of the motorcycle and learned a general direction of the fleeing motorcycle. Other Deputy’s positioned themselves up both Halverson Canyon and the Beehive drainage area off of Mission Creek Road. Because of the rugged terrain and multiple roads / trails Chelan County launched its helicopter to assist in the search. Around 12:00 a Deputy positioned on Halverson Canyon observed a motorcycle traveling down the dirt road near the top of the ridge. The rider turned the motorcycle off and remained near a cluster of trees. The helicopter was called into the area to provide aerial surveillance of the suspect. The helicopter coordinated efforts with the ground Deputies and were able to successfully apprehend the suspect.

They identified the suspect as Justin Dyal. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is working with Wenatchee Police Department on numerous crimes committed by Dyal to include the vehicle pursuit, possession of stolen property, fraud/forgery, and other charges.The stolen Dodge truck was returned to the registered owner.

 



Helicopter Training In North Cascades7/30/2015

 The Aviation Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord wants to establish three off-base helicopter training areas in southwest Washington and one mountain training area within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The mountain training area would extend over an aerial space largely east of the Cascades from around Leavenworth up to the Canadian border. It would include seven landing sites in the North Cascades – one just west of Leavenworth, three south and one north of Lake Chelan, one east of Ross Lake and one north of Winthrop.

In their scoping document, the Army states training operations would be conducted using Black Hawk, Apache and Chinook helicopters so pilots can practice flyovers and high-altitude landings. The training areas would be available for use day and night, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the exception of Federal holidays. The helicopter unit would make up to 75 practice landings in a given month. Pilots could fly as low as 25 feet over obstacles in the North Cascades high-altitude training zone.

The Army says this training helps pilots prepare to operate in high-altitude areas such as Afghanistan. The scoping document goes on to state the purpose of the proposed action is for the Army to conduct the necessary type, level, and duration of aircraft movements through the National Airspace System, so aircrews can attain and maintain flying proficiency, learn how to cope with decreased aircraft performance, and be ready for immediate deployment world-wide. Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s high-altitude training is currently done in Colorado, but officials say trips to Colorado are expensive and the training sites there are often unavailable. According to the document, they want some locations closer to JBLM, and the proposed bases and flights are right in their back yard.

The document states importance of conducting High-Altitude Mountain Environmental Training in order to prepare Army aircrews. It says this training is critical to save the lives of aviators and the soldiers they transport. The need for well-prepared aviation brigades to conduct combat operations in Afghanistan led the US Army Forces Command to prioritize the development of standardized training for high-altitude mountainous conditions up to 14,000 feet.

In order to be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, the Army must complete an environmental assessment. They must also receive permission from the National Forest Service to use their lands and permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use their air.

Cathy Dowd is a public affairs officer with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  

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 So what sort of factors or priorities does the Forest Service look for with special use permit requests like these?

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 Joint Base Lewis-McChord is currently taking public comments on this scoping document until the end of the day today. The best way to do that is via email. Again here’s Dowd.

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For a copy of the scoping document or more information, visit http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/publicworks/sites/envir/eia_HTA.aspx or call JBLM at (253) 967-1110.

 

To submit comments, send an email to: 
usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dpw-eis@mail.mil 



Several New Alcohol & Marijuana Laws7/30/2015

Several new alcohol- and marijuana-related laws became effective last week. Among the new laws is a section of Senate Bill 5052, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, which changes the name of the former Liquor Control Board. Their new name is the Liquor and Cannabis Board, which, their spokesman Brian Smith said reflects the regulatory responsibilities the agency has had since the passage of Initiative 502. 

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The name change is the first for the agency since it was established by the Steele Act in 1934.

In addition to the name change, many other bills were passed that impact the business of marijuana, alcohol and tobacco in Washington.

Let’s start with House Bill 2136. This law, supported in part by local Representative Cary Condotta, makes reforms to several elements of the recreational marijuana market, foremost of which is the tax structure. 

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The other major marijuana legislation coming out of this year’s session is Senate Bill 5052. 5052 establishes new oversight for the formerly unregulated medical marijuana system and aligns it with the existing recreational system, Smith said. The bill also states post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries will now be considered qualifying conditions for patients hoping to receive a medical marijuana card.

Smith said the bill also tackles certain products and methods pot processors can use.  

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One controversial portion of 5052 is the medical marijuana database. Although it's voluntary, those who don't register won't benefit from the same tax breaks and wouldn't be able to possess or grow the same amount of marijuana. Another change limits the number of plants that can be grown in a household to 15.

When Initiative 502 was written in 2011 and 2012, it’s authors included a stipulation that some of the industry revenue would get set aside for research into the biological and societal effects of pot use. A clause of the new law Senate Bill 5121 authorizes the Liquor and Cannabis Board to offer licenses for research into marijuana through the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority.

Smith said the wording of 502 gives a wide berth for how that research funding is spent, and Evergreen State College and WSU already have projects underway.  

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A few other regulations that took effect last week include House Bill 2000, which authorizes the Governor to enter into agreements with federally recognized Indian tribes in the state concerning marijuana. Senate Bill 5292, which bans the purchase, sale and possession of powdered alcohol. And Senate Bill 5280, which allows grocery store licensees to fill/sell growlers of cider. House Bill 1276 takes effect in September and bans open containers of marijuana in vehicles.

With these new regulations and others, Smith said the Liquor and Cannabis Board sees the ever-changing pot industry, much like alterations to alcohol laws, getting smarter and safer.  

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After all, they are the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.  



Quick Update On A Few Fires 7/30/2015

 Firefighters are responding to a new fire northeast of Tonasket, Washington this afternoon and smoke from the Wolverine Fire, northwest of Lucerne Washington is visible to residents in the Twisp River drainage.

As of this morning’s report, Wolverine fire was 580 acres and there had been increased activity over the past two days.  That activity is putting smoke in the Twisp River area of the Methow Valley.

Incident 549 is a lightning caused fire, estimated to be about two-tenths of an acre, burning in the Marias Creek area.  Two engines, a helicopter and about 25 firefighters have been assigned to the fire.  It is burning in heavy timber.

Wildhorse Fire in the Mt. Hull area is still staffed and crews have been making good progress with mop-up.

“With temperatures beginning to climb again, vegetation will start drying out,” said Jill Vugteveen, Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Tonasket Ranger District.  “In addition to our patrols, reconnaissance flights and staffed lookouts, we rely on public reports of fires.  Those early reports improve effectiveness of initial attack, often reducing acres burned and keeping costs down.” 



Health Report: Tips For Fingernail Health7/30/2015
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Thursday AM News 07-30-157/30/2015

Thursday morning news with KOZI's Jay Witherbee-

 

* Officials await toxicology results before concluding investigation into drowning death of Manson woman

 

* Smoke in our valley comes from Wolverine Fire near Lucurne

 

* Liquor Control Board is now Liquor & Cannabis Board 

 

* Helicopter Training Could Bring 75 landings per month to our area

 

and more....  tune in!

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Carbon Reduction Regulatory Plan7/30/2015

 AWB Statement on Governor’s Announcement of Carbon Reduction Regulatory Plan

 

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business organization representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement from AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Gary Chandler regarding the Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that he has directed the state Department of Ecology to begin drafting a regulatory rule to cap carbon emissions:

 

"We share the governor’s goal of reducing emissions, but we disagree with his top-down government regulatory plan. We continue to believe a collaborative process that involves the business community is a better approach to reach our shared environmental goals.

 

“While not fully outlined yet, the governor’s plan also raises concerns that his approach will lead to employer uncertainty that will jeopardize the state’s ability to compete to attract and retain industries, like those in the vibrant advanced manufacturing sector, that are creating high-wage jobs in every corner of the state.”

 

Fast Facts:

 

·         Washington Department of Ecology:  In 1990, statewide greenhouse gas emissions were 88.4 Million Metric Tons (MMT).  In 2011, the latest data, statewide greenhouse gas emissions were 91.7, putting Washington state within less than 4 percent of meeting its 2020 statewide goal.

·         In 1990, Washington state’s carbon emissions were 16.97 MMT from the Industrial sector, but by 2011 carbon emissions were 13.38 MMT, a decrease of 21 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most current data.

 



Winthrop Marshal Resigns Leaves 1 Deputy7/29/2015
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Wednesday AM News 07-29-157/29/2015

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Search For Man In River Resumes Today7/29/2015

 A search resumes today for a Yakima man missing after diving into the waters near Vernita Bridge (Mattawa) yesterday afternoon, and now presumed drowned.

The man has been identified as Luis Alfredo Garcia Munoz, age 22, of Yakima. He reportedly dove into the water from shore in efforts to help 3 young swimmers caught in the current. After getting the first two swimmers back to shore, he then too became caught in the current. The third swimmer was able to return to shore safely.

Grant County Search and Rescue, Grant County PUD, MedStar, as well as Columbia Basin Dive Rescue from Tri Cities responded and aided in the search yesterday, and today recovery efforts continue with Benton County, Grant County, and Tri Cities Search and Rescue teams.

Sheriff Tom Jones said, “After his selfless act of courage to help the young swimmers, this is a tragic outcome that is heartbreaking to his family as well as first responders. We will pray for this young man and his family during this very difficult time and hope that the community does the same.”  



Manson Woman Found Drowned In Lake7/29/2015

 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on 07-28-15 around 8:40am Deputies responded to Manson Bay Marina for a body floating near a boat. Deputies arrived and talked to a family that was boarding their boat when they noticed a body floating between their boat and the dock. Chelan County Deputies, Manson Fire, and Lake Chelan EMS removed the female body from the water. She was immediately recognized as Catherine L. Maynard, 50 yoa, of Manson, WA.

 

Deputies reviewed surveillance video of the area and observed Maynard walking down the dock around 10:30pm, losing her balance and falling into the water. Maynard was alone at the time.

 

Maynard had been out boating with a friend that evening and fell asleep on the boat after the trip. When she awoke, she left the boat and that is when she lost her balance, fell into the water and drowned.

 

The incident is still being investigated and Detectives are waiting for the toxicology report to return.

 

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Search & Rescue Called Off In Grant Co7/29/2015

 A search for a Yakima man missing after diving into the waters near Vernita Bridge (Mattawa) earlier this afternoon, has been called off according to Grant County Sheriff’s Office. The search has been called off due to the swift current making efforts difficult. The search will continue tomorrow morning.

The man reportedly dove into the water from shore in efforts to help 3 juvenile swimmers caught in the current. After getting the first two juveniles back to shore, he then too became caught in the current. The third juvenile swimmer was able to return to shore safely.

Grant County Search and Rescue, Grant County PUD, MedStar, as well as Columbia Basin Dive Rescue from Tri Cities responded and aided in the search.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.  



Teens Intermediate Drivers License7/28/2015

 The bad news: Young, inexperienced teen drivers are involved in more serious crashes than other drivers. Many teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash at night, when using a cell phone or when carrying passengers.

The good news: Parents who insist their teen drivers follow the special conditions that come with a new license reduce the risk for their child. New tools are available that parents can use to make sure teens follow the law and drive safely.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in Washington. Between 2009 and 2013, 179 teens ages 15-19 died in car crashes. Of these teen deaths, 102 were drivers and the rest were passengers. The death rate for passengers and drivers in cars is ten times greater for teens (ages 15-19) than younger children (5.1 deaths per 100,000 people compared to 0.5 deaths per 100,000 people, respectively).

Many traffic-related deaths of teens under 18 are linked to violations of the Intermediate Driver’s Licensing (IDL) law. The IDL law has special provisions to keep teens safe, including restrictions on nighttime driving, limits on passengers, and “zero tolerance” policies which forbid all cell phone and alcohol use. These provisions have been shown to save the lives of teens. Public health and public safety experts urge parents and teens to adhere to these provisions every time they get in a car, and as closely as they followed the child passenger safety laws by buckling up every time.

King County Board of Health and King County Child Death Review member, Dr. Ben Danielson of Seattle Children’s Hospital noted, “It’s absolutely wonderful that parents of young children and infants are vigilant about car safety. Unfortunately, as time goes on, teens and their parents become more relaxed about car safety, sometimes violating the Intermediate Driver’s Licensing law. The results can be devastating.”

"Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens and 16-19-year-olds are at highest risk,” said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County. "Intermediate licensing of teens is an important and effective way to significantly reduce the risk of fatal crashes and preventable teen deaths"

“Some parents may not understand the risks for new drivers, or may be unclear what their role is as their child becomes old enough to drive or to ride with other young drivers,” explains Pat Kohler, Director of the Department of Licensing. “We want parents to know we’ve developed a parent guide to help them through this process.”

In May, the Department of Licensing partnered with the Safe Roads Alliance and State Farm Insurance to launch a new program that provides parents and guardians with a simple, easy-to-follow plan designed to help teens develop safe driving habits. The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program guide is packed with information and lessons on driving basics, parental pointers, and licensing qualifications that are helpful to parents of new drivers. 

The program is supplemented by the RoadReady mobile app, which can easily and accurately track the required supervised driving time of 50 hours. 

The free program guide is available at driver licensing offices around the state. It is also available on the DOL website and at www.WaDriveToZero.com. The RoadReady mobile app is available at the App Store on iTunes and Google Play. 

This effort is part of Washington’s Target Zero plan—to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.



Community Director Finally Appointed7/28/2015

Hank Lewis is Chelan County's new Community Development Director.

 

Chelan County Commissioners are celebrating after finally filling the Community Development Director position. The position has been vacant since October 2013 when Jeff Wilson left for another job. Assistant Director, David Grimes has been filling in, but did not want the job permanently.

 

The Commissioners attempted recruitment agencies twice- neither of which yielded a hire.

 

In March, Commissioners hosted a reception to present two finalists, one from Iowa and one from New Hampshire- but decided at their April 6th meeting not to hire either one.

 

Commissioner Doug England says it took them a while, but they wanted to make sure they found the right person…

 

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According to the Chelan County Commissioner’s position posting, the annual salary is $100,000.



Airport Petition Presented To Council7/28/2015

During the public comment portion of last week's Chelan City Council meeting, the council received some public comment, along with a petition surrounding the runway shift project at the Chelan Municipal Airport.

 

City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says John Ferrel, who is a resident near the airport, was on hand to discuss the petition, signed by several local pilots voicing their concerns.

 

Schmidt says city officials are glad to have the participation...

 

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Manson Expects New Water Tender Soon7/28/2015

Chelan County Fire District 5, in Manson, expected their new water tender nearly 3 months ago- but after a few little bumps in the road, the new firetruck is now set to arrive in the next few weeks.

 

Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, says his department has been very involved in the final stages of the tender’s production…

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One More Week To Get Ballots In7/28/2015

 One Week from today is the official Primary Election Day- when ballots are due back- either dropped into the ballot drop box, mailed, or dropped off at the Chelan County Auditor's Office in Wenatchee.

Here is Auditor, Skip Moore with some information on Tuesday's Primary Election...

 

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Health Report: Today Hepatitis Day7/28/2015
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Tuesday AM News 06-28-157/28/2015

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Bomb Reported In Soap Lake Driveway7/27/2015

 Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 19, 2015 at approximately 5:50pm, a homemade bomb was reported at a residence near the 200th block of Moses Lake Avenue (Lakeview area) of Soap Lake. The device, a metal can containing a suspicious “varnish” like liquid, was placed in a resident’s driveway with a tube of lipstick on top.

Richland Bomb Squad was called in for assessment of the scene and device. The device was then destroyed.

There are no suspects at this time, and it is not known if the device would have gone off.

Sheriff Tom Jones said, “Regardless of intent with this device, we take all reports like this very seriously. We want to thank the Richland Bomb Squad for their assistance and safe removal of this suspicious device.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160, or send information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.



Man Rescued Northwest of Lake Wenatchee7/27/2015

 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist an injured hiker near Thunder Basin (approximately 10 miles northwest of Lake Wenatchee). Jonathan S. Reiss (51 years of age) from Bellingham, WA was injured when he fell near the ridge line above Thunder Basin.

The initial 911 call was received from another member of Reiss’s climbing party Friday evening at 7:43pm by RIVERCOM dispatch. The reporting party advised that Reiss has suffered a severely sprained ankle and would not be able to hike out. Reiss’s climbing partners were able to move him off the ridge and down to Thunder Basin. The reporting party advised that Reiss was in his tent and had plenty of water and food to last several days.

On Saturday morning at 7:00am, a Chelan County Deputy and a medic with Cascade Medical Center were transported into the area by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office air support unit (Air 20). They arrived in the area and located Reiss at 8:30am. After being evaluated by the medic he was flown to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. Reiss was transported by friends to receive medical treatment for his injuries.



Public Poll: Permanent Fireworks Ban7/27/2015

It was almost exactly one month ago today, that Chelan County enacted an emergency ban on fireworks, ahead of the 4th of July holiday.

 

Now, a Fireworks Committee is bringing the topic back into the limelight by way of asking the public how they feel.

 

The committee asked the Wenatchee World to place a poll on their website, asking the public how they feel about a permanent fireworks ban.

 

Manson Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, says a permanent fireworks ban is something he has been pushing for several years...

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Baker adds that with summer conditions typically dry and dangerous in our region, risks are already high enough...

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KOZI has also posted a poll question regarding your opinion on a permanent fireworks ban, and we encourage you to visit both polls and make your voice heard.

 

 



New Headgates For Rocky Reach Dam7/27/2015

Consistent with the strategic plan decision to invest in assets, Chelan County PUD commissioners, last week, agreed to add $4 million to this year’s budget to make sure funds are available to buy a new set of “headgates” for Rocky Reach Dam.


 

Chelan County PUD Commissioner, Dennis Bolz, said the set of three gates will be used to control water flow in generating units and will improve efficiency and safety for needed maintenance and repair on generating units scheduled through 2020...

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During strategic planning, PUD customer-owners put a priority on investing in the District’s value-producing assets including its dams.

 

Bolz said detailed planning for repairs on the four largest units at Rocky Reach, plus the regular overhaul of one of the seven smaller units set for this fall, revealed the need for additional gates...

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Analysis shows payback on the investment of no more than 2 ½ years, given the cost of having a unit out of service and not being able to start repairs until work on another unit was finished and gates could be moved.

 

Commissioners took the first step last week, of revising the 2015 budget to buy the gates. Plans are to call for bids on Aug. 3, award the work in early October and receive the gates in April 2016.



Summer = Increased Rabies Risk7/27/2015

 Jim Day tells us what our risks really are for rabies....

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WVC Costumed Bicycle Ride Fundraiser7/27/2015

 Registration is underway for the inaugural Knight Fright Ride sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley College Alumni Association. The costume-themed ride takes place Oct. 10 and offers a pair of options for cyclists - a 10-mile course and a 40-mile course. Both routes begin and end at Saddle Rock Brewery in downtown Wenatchee. If you register before Aug. 17, the cost is $25 for the 10-mile ride or $40 for the 40-mile route. After Aug. 17, the registration fee increases by $5. There is an additional $5 fee if you register the day of the event. All WVC alumni receive a $5 discount. Riders will receive a water bottle and other prizes, including a single-beer discount at the post-race Saddle Rock beer garden. T-shirts will also be available for sale. All proceeds benefit the Wenatchee Valley College scholarship fund. To learn more, including registration information or how your business can be a Knight Fright Ride sponsor, contact WVC alumni relations coordinator Kacie Thrift at 682-6413.



Health Report: How To Care For Sore Gums7/27/2015
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Monday AM News 07-27-157/27/2015

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Farmers Help Contain Dyre Hill Fire7/24/2015

Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, said firefighters with help from private citizens averted what could have been another major fire in Douglas county yesterday after a fire erupted on Dyre Hill...

 

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Cigarette Starts Small Fire At Apartment7/24/2015

 Chelan Fire Chief, Tim Leomon, says a cigarette caused fire yesterday could have easily burned down an apratment complex...

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Sergeant Talks Bikes, Runners & Cars7/24/2015

Chelan County Sheriff Sergeant, Rob Huddleston, stopped in KOZI earlier this week to give us an update on last weekend's Chelan Man, as well as other law enforcement business.

 

ChelanMan is a multi-sport event that offers a variety of races that include a running portion, a bicycle race portion, and a swimming event.

 

Roughly 1,400 athletes competed- but Sergeant Huddleston says people were well behaved...

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Hudddleston also addressed the issue of bicycles, cars, and pedestrians along SR 150 between Manson and Chelan...

 

 



Health Report: More Nutritious Meals7/24/2015
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Friday AM News 07-24-157/24/2015

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Grant Co Seeks Armed & Dangerous Man7/24/2015

  Grant County deputies are asking the public for help finding a suspect in a July 19 gang-related drive-by shooting.

Carlos Eduardo Mendoza, age 21 of Beverly, is wanted for drive-by shooting and first degree assault. Bail amount is set at $100,000.

A 9-1-1 call around 7:45 p.m. Sunday said there had a been a drive-by shooting near 18334 Third Street Southwest in the small town of Beverly in southwest Grant County. The caller said a car was fleeing towards Mattawa. The victim was targeted by the shooter. Nobody was injured.

Mattawa Police began pursuing the car in Mattawa. The car stopped in the Riverview Trailer Park, 200 East Fourth Street, where the shooter jumped out of the car, ran on foot and escaped. Police identified the shooter as Mendoza. The driver of the car, 18-year-old Antonio Martinez of Mattawa, was arrested and jailed for suspicion of drive-by shooting and first degree assault. The gun was not found in the car.

Mendoza is 5’11”, weighs 150 lbs. and has brown eyes and black hair. He has several tattoos: a tattoo on his left hand, tattoos of red dots on each finger, a tattoo on his right forearm which says “Maria”, and a tattoo on his chest which says “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Mendoza is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160, or send information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous. 



Lions Club Is Turning 807/24/2015

 The Lake Chelan Lions Club has been a vital part of the valley since 1935 and will be celebrating their 80th year as of August 17th, 2015. Please join us August 6th for our regular meeting at the Apple Cup Café at noon for cake and celebration.

 

So what is a Lion? The symbol of the Lion stands for strength, courage, fidelity and vital action. Our purposes are many but include community service, children and youth programs, disaster relief, international relations programs and health programs. In 1925, the Board of Directors for the Lions International Club had Helen Keller attend a convention where she spoke to the Lions and challenged the group to be “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”. The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.

 

Locally, the Lake Chelan Lions raises funds for community service projects, scholarships, sight programs, fund the Guide Dog for the Blind-Pups 4 Partners club, and offers free health screening for the local school children in Manson, Chelan, and Pateros. We also take applications for eye exams and glasses for those who are in need.

If this sounds like a mission that you could share and contribute to, we encourage you to join us. The Lions meets every Thursday for lunch at the Apple Cup Café (conference room) at Noon. If you are interested in helping serve your community, stop by one of our meetings or talk to a Lion about joining.

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.



Shuttle Owner Arrested After Drop-Off7/24/2015

Local Real Adventours Owner and shuttle driver, Bill Anable, was arrested after he crashed into a building, apparently returning from dropping folks off from a shuttle ride. He was found to be under the influence and  in possession of a large amount of meth, as well as a 9 mm handgun. 

Here's what Deputy Peterson, who was first on the scene, has to say about the accident...

 

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Thursday AM News 06-23-157/23/2015

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Tonasket Area Fires Mostly Controlled7/23/2015

 Tonasket, WA— Most of the fires located since Sunday night’s lightning storm are controlled or in patrol status.  Wildhorse Fire in the Summit Lake area of Mt. Hull has been mapped at 162 acres and the Spur Fire, near Bonaparte Lake, is estimated to be less than four acres. 

Firefighters put in a lot of saw work to build fireline through the downed trees surrounding the Spur Fire.  They have contained the fire and will be working over the next few days to strengthen containment lines.  Helicopters working out of the Tonasket Airport continue to support the 80 firefighters assigned to the fire. To reduce drive time and increase efficiency, crews working on the Spur Fire are camping near the fire area, a practice referred to as “spiking out”.

Wildhorse Fire is 25% contained, there is a line around it and firefighters are working toward containment by mopping up hot spots.  The spread of the fire has mostly halted but there is fire right down to the line, and there have been a few spot fires on the north end, according to Nathan Goodrich, Incident Commander.

Crews on the Wildhorse fire are using 55 gallon blivets, which are basically bags of water that are flown in by helicopter, to aid in the mop-up effort.  Fuels and soil are extremely dry and water is necessary for effective mop-up.  There are 201 people assigned to the Wildhorse Fire, some of whom are supporting local initial attack efforts. 

In the midst of all this firefighting, restoration work continues on the Tonasket Ranger District.  Kaye Chester, Timber Stand Improvement Specialist, reported this morning that 220 acres of ladder fuel reduction was completed in the last eight days.  The work includes thinning and handpiling in the Bannon Mountain area. 

Maps, photos, and updates associated with the Newby Lake, Spur and Wildhorse fires are available on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/OkaWenNF or @OkaWenNF .



Four Killed In Davenport Wreck7/23/2015

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. – Washington State Patrol released the identities of those killed in a collision between a semi-truck and a car on Highway 2 Wednesday evening.

Jake B. Walter, 28, of Omak was driving a silver 1999 Chrysler 300 westbound on Highway 2 at around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday when WSP said he went left of the center line while on a curve in the highway. Officials said Walter hit a semi-truck traveling in the eastbound lane.

Officials said Walter died at the scene along with his passengers who included 68-year-old George S. Friedlander of Nespelem, 32-year-old Georgina R. Walter of Omak, and 5-month-old Logan L. Walter of Omak. WSP said all but the infant were properly restrained.

The driver of the semi-truck, 57-year-old Gerard F Kane of Clayton was injured in the crash.



National Night Out Is August 4th7/23/2015

 Why a National Night Out in Wenatchee?

The purpose of National Night Out, which is organized in conjunction with various Law Enforcement, Fire and Medical organizations nationwide, is to inform the public about various First Responders and community programs. Drug prevention initiatives, town watch organizations, or even tips on how to protect you home, are only a few of the educational highlights of a typical National Night Out gathering.
Today, National Night Out draws in over 37 million people from over ten thousand different communities across North America, and the event has changed in other ways, too.
Now, the focus of National Night Out is on bringing neighbors and communities together, with festivals, block parties, cookouts, parades, and various other similar events as common ways for communities to come together on National Night Out. To join in the fun call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jason Reinfeld at 667-6851 or surf around the Net for more information.
Meet the agencies and businesses in the community that help keep you safe at the 2015 National Night Out event. Learn what you can do to keep yourself, your family, and your friends and neighbors safe. Free food and beverages, music and prizes!
 
Tuesday, August 4th
6PM - 8PM
Memorial Park


Three Injured In Crash Near Quincy, 1 Arrest7/23/2015

 Three men injured, one seriously, after a one vehicle rollover collision on Adams Road last night at approximately 8:00pm.

Daniel Alcala, 20 of Quincy, was driving southbound on Adams Rd when he lost control of a 1990 Honda Civic near Rd 11 NW. After striking a dirt embankment, the vehicle spun, rolled and came to a rest on its top in a small drainage ditch.

Alcala waved down another passing motorist and requested help. He was transported by ambulance to Quincy Valley Hospital. He was treated and released for bumps and bruises.

Alcala's two passengers were able to crawl out of the vehicle. After refusing treatment, the first passenger, Wilmer Guerrero, 23 of Royal City, was picked up by friends and later transported to Quincy Valley Hospital by family. It was later reported that he had sustained a broken neck. The other passenger fled and his identity remains unknown at this time.

Alcohol and speed appear to be factors. Alcala was later booked into the Grant County Jail for Vehicular Assault.

It is unknown if the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.



City of Chelan & HDCA Lease Contract7/22/2015

On tomorrow's agenda, for the third consecutive meeting, is the Historic Downtown Chelan Association lease of the building formerly occupied by the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, on the corner of Johnson Ave. and Columbia Street.

Chelan Mayor, Bob Goedde, says under the current draft contract, rent would run $1,500/month...

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Councilmember, Mike Cooney, says he thought there would be more interest in the building after the chamber moved out...

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As part of finalizing the contract, Mayor Goedde says there could be some improvements to be made...

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Commissioner Explains Sanctuary Listing7/22/2015

It was about a year ago that Chelan County cut ties with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and their immigration detainees, also known as ICE holds.

 

The practice would keep people jailed, so immigration officials could seize them- aimed at finding and deporting illegal aliens with criminal records as part of the Obama Administration immigration policy.

 

Since ending the holds requests for ICE, Chelan County Commissioners have come across a report that lists Chelan County as a sanctuary county-- implying it is a safe haven for undocumented immigrants.

Commissioner Doug England says that is not the case....

 

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From 2012 through 2013- Chelan County Regional Justice Center received 418 inmate detainees from ICE- with a price tag of about $130/day per inmate.

 



Warm Water Affecting Fish Migration7/22/2015

 Summer temperatures remain high, and many are heading to the local rivers to cool down. In a typical year, incremental snow melt keeps our rivers somewhat chilly until August, but with the snow pack this year now depleted, some river temperatures are reaching into the 70s – great swimming for us, not so great for migrating salmon.

Travis Maitland, Wildlife Biologist for Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, says low levels in area rivers is nothing new, they've seen it before. But what makes this year different, is the unusually warm temperatures, which is proving life-changing for the fish...

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Experts say they saw the affect of the warmer temperatures on the spring Chinook run this year, which is now reaching its tail end.

But, they say, it's the sockeye salmon that is causing the most concern right now.

Catherine Willard, Senior Fisheries Biologist with Chelan County PUD, says sockeye are much more susceptible to damage from the warm water temperatures...

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The Fish and Wildlife Dept. is also tracking the mysterious deaths of many giant sturgeon in the Columbia river, mainly near the Tri-Cities, and one theory for the sturgeon deaths is that they are eating the diseased sockeye salmon. But it’s also likely the sturgeon are stressed by the combination of dramatically lower flows and high water temperatures.



New Generation Science Standards7/22/2015

GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS are a new set of standards that provide consistent science education through all grades, with an emphasis on engineering and technology.

 

State Superintendent, Randy Dorn, formally adopted the new science standards in 2013- making Washington the 8th state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

The transition and implementation process has begun in classrooms around the state, creating an overlap between the assessment of the 2009 standards and the implementation of the new science standards.

 

students in the classes of 2015 and beyond were still required by the legislature to pass the Biology EOC exam in order to meet graduation requirements- something that Lake Chelan School District Superintendent, Rob Manahan, says doesn't give some students a fair shot...

 

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Superintendent Manahan also voiced his hope that legislatures will take a closer look and get to the issue...

 

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Wednesday AM News 07-22-157/22/2015

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Two Small Fires Still Burning & Monitered7/22/2015

 The Chelan Ranger District fire staff continue to monitor two wildfires burning in steep terrain; the Blankenship Fire and the Wolverine Fire.

 

BLANKENSHIP FIRE—The Blankenship Fire is a small wildfire burning in a remote area of the Glacier Peak Wilderness.  The lightning caused fire started on July 14, 2015 and is burning in a high alpine forested environment in steep, rocky terrain that is inaccessible to firefighters. Current fire size is approximately 50 acres.

 

The Blankenship Fire is less than one mile west of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the South Fork Agnes Creek drainage and may back down to the trail.  The Pacific Crest Trail remains OPEN at this time.  For public safety, if the fire nears the PCT, a trail closure and reroute could be implemented on a small section of the PCT.  Over the past few days, the fire has produced areas of isolated torching and has crept to the east.    Due to its remote location the fire will continue to be monitored from the air.

 

WOLVERINE FIRE—Although smoke is increasingly visible in the afternoons; the Wolverine Fire is still hovering around 320 acres.  The lightning caused fire which started on June 29 continues to creep and smolder in the Riddle Creek and Wolverine Creek drainages.  In the afternoons, isolated torching has occurred with minimal growth in fire size.  Lucerne and Holden Village remain at a Level 1 evacuation notice, meaning residents should be aware there is danger in the area.  There is no immediate threat to Lucerne or Holden Village at this time.

 

Wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem and necessary to maintaining a healthy forest.  Smaller fires like Blankenship and Wolverine help slow larger fires by creating breaks in heavy fuels.  Mosaic landscapes with areas of lighter fuel are a natural defense against massive wildfires, which burn extremely hot and have a negative impact on forest ecosystems.  Periodic small natural fires are similar to prescribed fires in that they reduce the buildup of heavy fuels on the landscape and help create wildlife habitat.  



7 of Tonasket Area's 13 Fires Contained7/21/2015

 Tonasket Ranger District’s firefighters continue to respond to fires caused by Sunday night’s lightning.  Almost 150 lightning strikes blanketed the area east of Tonasket, within Okanogan County.  Firefighters have successfully contained seven of the fires reported yesterday and will keep them in patrol status.  Six of the fires detected yesterday remain staffed today.  Each of the 13 fires are small, most of them are less than one acre in size. 

In addition, firefighters responded to a fire in the Summit Lake area on Mt Hull. The Wildhorse Fire grew to about 185 acres yesterday.  Firefighters, supported by both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, were able to construct about 2,000 feet of fireline.  The fire was staffed overnight and more crews arrived to assist today. 

A total of six crews, four of them hotshot crews, are working on the Wildhorse Fire.   The fire is on National Forest Land and the north edge is about two miles inside the National Forest boundary.

Temperatures are down about ten degrees from yesterday and relative humidity levels are up about five percent.

New fires associated with the lightning storm continue to be reported today.  The Tonasket Ranger District brought in additional resources to assist in responding.

 



Pangborn: 1 More Flight Per Day To Seattle7/21/2015

 Pangborn Memorial Airport is celebrating a soon to be added fourth flight per day to Seattle on Alaska Airlines. The extra flight will be offered beginning in August and ensures passengers traveling from the Airport will have more flight options when booking their travel. To launch, Pangborn Memorial Airport is hosting a social media photo guessing contest where one lucky winner per week will win a $100 gift card on Alaska Airlines.

“We’re excited Alaska will be providing additional flight frequencies from Wenatchee and the contest is an enjoyable way to celebrate with our travelers,” said Airport Manager Trent Moyers. “It’s easy for everyone, from our dedicated business flyers to our vacation-bound leisure customers, to conveniently jump on a flight and connect to anywhere from the Pangborn Memorial Airport.”
Beginning Tuesday, July 21 at 8 a.m. PT and continuing every Tuesday through August 11, a photo of a location travelers are able to fly to on Alaska Airlines by connecting in Seattle will be posted on Pangborn Memorial Airport’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pangborn-Memorial-Airport/111051182306148).The public will be asked to enter the contest by adding their guesses for what city is displayed to the comment section. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT. the same day the photo is posted to be qualified. The photo’s identity will be revealed the Wednesday following the photo posting. Those participants who answered correctly will be entered into a random drawing for a $100 Alaska Airlines Gift Certificate courtesy of Pangborn Memorial Airport.
For official contest rules, please visit www.flywenatchee.com. Where will you go today? Fly Wenatchee.


The After-Life of Your Cast Ballot7/21/2015

Registered voters throughout Chelan County have likely received ballots for the August 4th Primary Election in the mail. In fact, if you haven't received your ballot by now, you are encouraged to contact the Chelan County Auditors Office for a replacement.

Those ballots are due no later than 8PM on Tuesday, August 4th- with three options for return. You can put a stamp on it and send it by mail, you can take it into the Chelan County Auditor's Office in Wenatchee, or you can drop it into a drop box, such as the one located behind City Hall in Chelan.

But, have you ever wondered what exactly happens to those ballots after you have cast your vote?

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says many people are under the impression that voters mark their ballots and election officials simply count them, but he says, the process is actually much more complicated than that...

 From there, Moore says, the opening process begins...

 Throughout the entire process, Moore says, is the integrity of the entire operation, for the sake of the voters...

 Your primary election ballots are due back into the Auditors Office, or postmarked no later than Tuesday, August 4th.



Help The Firefighters: Defensible Space7/21/2015

Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home's chance of surviving a wildfire. It's the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wild land area that surrounds it.

The space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire- either from direct flame contact, or radiant heat.

Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.

Chelan County Fire District 5 Chief, Arnold Baker, out of Manson, says that when it comes to defending the community, and your home, from wildfire, homeowners need to do their part...

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There are a number of things that can be done to help create a defensible space around your home- from landscaping techniques to researching how homes ignite.

You can learn more about those tips and more at the firewise website- but, Chief Baker says, even starting with some defensible space basics will help...

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 Baker admits that preparing for wildfire by way of creating a defensible space around your home is especially important with the conditions...

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 For more information on preparing your home for wildfire- and creating a defensible space around your home- visit the website at firewise.org.



Another Red Flag Warning- Ends Tonight7/21/2015

 URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE WA
458 AM PDT TUE JUL 21 2015

...BREEZY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR
EAST SLOPES OF THE CASCADES AND WESTERN COLUMBIA BASIN...

.BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP AGAIN TODAY FOR THE WIND PRONE
AREAS ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE CASCADES LIKE WENATCHEE...
CHELAN...ELLENSBURG...VANTAGE...AND THE WATERVILLE PLATEAU.
TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL BE A GOOD 5 TO 8 DEGREES COOLER...BUT
HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL REMAIN LOW REGION-WIDE.


Tonasket's Wildhorse Fire Started Yesterday7/21/2015

The Wildhorse Fire in the Mt Hull area is estimated to be about 120 acres, burning in timber on lands managed by the Tonasket Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.   The fire is west/northwest of Summit Lake. 

Three Crews are working the fire supported by air attack.  Wildhorse Fire is burning in timber and grass, in difficult rocky terrain.

Whistler Canyon Trail and those portions of the Pacific Northwest Trail on National Forest lands within Township 40N and Range 27 and 28E are closed for public and firefighter safety.

Wildhorse fire is one of 12 reported today on the Tonasket Ranger District.  All of the fires were small; mostly less than one acre and they were all east of the Okanogan River and north of Aeneas Valley.  Five of those 12 fires is contained.

To report a fire, please call 911.

 



Algea Bloom Toxins Better Than Feared7/21/2015

 First Algae Bloom Test Results Are In First test results from an algae bloom, reported at Hammond Pond in the Rock Island area, have come back at levels below those that would cause concern. The sample is positive for microcystin at 2 ug/L, while the State standard for concern is 6 ug/L. Eventually, the toxins break down in the water and are destroyed naturally. Algae Bloom Precautions If you observe a suspected algae bloom it is best to assume it is toxic and keep pets and people away from the water. In their toxic form, blue-green algae can cause illness in humans, pets, waterfowl, and other animals that come in contact with the algae. Toxic blooms can kill livestock and pets that drink the water. Signs of a toxic bloom may include: Dead fish, waterfowl, or other animals Sudden, unexplained sickness or death of a cat or dog, (especially if it has algae on its mouth, legs, or feet) Skin rashes on humans after being in the water Shoreline users and boaters should avoid contact with water whenever surface concentrations of algae are evident or when the water has an obvious green to bluegreen appearance.

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Walla Walla's Blue Creek Fire 750 Acres7/21/2015

 State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Blue Creek Fire ten miles east of Walla Walla.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 20, 2015, at 4:15 pm at the request of Walla Walla County Fire District #4.

 

The fire started today at approximately 12:27 pm, and the cause is under investigation.  The fire has grown to an estimated 750 acres; threating 50 homes and farm crops.  No structures have been lost at this time.  Level 1 and 3 evacuations have been ordered.

 

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered three wildland and two structural strike teams, three hand crews, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Blue Creek Fire.  Personnel from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

 

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.  More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at:  www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm



I-90 Fire Estimated at 900 Acres7/21/2015

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Interstate 90 Fire seven miles southwest of George in Grant County.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 19, 2015, at 6:15 pm at the request of Grant County Fire District #3.

 

The fire started yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:15 pm, and the cause is under investigation.  The fire has grown to an estimated 900 acres; threating Interstate 90 and fifty structures.  No homes or out buildings have been lost at this time and a Level 3 evacuation is in progress for multiple recreational sites along the river.

 

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered four strike teams, two helicopters, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Interstate 90 Fire.  Personnel from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

 

 

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.  More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at:  www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm



Tuesday AM News 06-21-157/21/2015

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Body Recovered From River Friday7/20/2015

 A body - believed to be that of 45 year old Jorge Anaya Rodriguez - was located Friday evening (July 17th) in the Columbia River near Wenatchee. Friends and family members of Rodriguez called RIVERCOM dispatch at 8:51pm to advise they had located the body in the river just south of the Apple Yard area which is south of the George Sellar Bridge. The body was retrieved from the river by 9:25pm and is with the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. The family of Rodriguez had been doing regular checks of the river by boat since he went missing on the afternoon of 07/11/2015 after jumping into the water from a boat to go swimming. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office spent several days last week looking for Rodriguez’s body using a boat, helicopter, underwater camera system, and rescue swimmers. Rodriguez had last been seen struggling in the water just south of the Confluence Wildlife Reserve.

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City of Chelan Meets This Thursday7/20/2015

 The Chelan City Council meets Thursday evening at 6PM at Chelan City Hall on Johnson Ave.

The council will be asked to formally adopt the 2nd quarter report as presented by City Finance Director, Cheryl Grant.

Mayor Bob Goedde believes that won't be a hard decision...

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 Mayor Goedde says the City of Chelan recieved a grant from Washington State to perform a study, which is now complete...

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 Joining Mayor Goedde in KOZI Studios last Friday, was councilmember, Mike Cooney, who agreed with the mayor that the $4 million pricetag to extend City of Chelan domestic water to the airport seems out of reach...

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 Tune in Friday morning, just after 8AM when we welcome Chelan City Administrator, Paul Schmidt into KOZI Studios for a recap of this Thursday's Chelan City Council meeting.



10k+ Acres Of Restoration Near Twisp7/20/2015

 More than 10,000 acres of forest restoration work will get underway following Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor Mike William’s decision to move forward with the South Summit II Project.  Work associated with the South Summit II project could begin as early as this fall. 

Project activities are designed to improve, maintain, and restore forest and fuels conditions, reduce fire hazard, manage the project area's road network, and to improve recreational opportunities.

Planned work includes managing vegetation and reducing fuels around Loup Loup summit, Finley Canyon, and the area south of Benson Creek, east of Twisp, Washington.  Road work, tree planting in the Finley Canyon area, limited prescribed burning, thinning, timber harvest, hazard tree removal in campgrounds and development of a new campground that accommodates horse use are all part of the project.

“We were close to a decision last year,” said Mike Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger “but a large portion of the project area burned during the Carlton fire.  As a result, specialists modified the original proposed action to match restoration activities with the needs brought on by the fire.”

About 70% of the 50,000 acre project area was burned during the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire.  Areas either untouched or lightly burned by the wildfire continue to be vulnerable to forest insects and diseases and stand replacement wildfire due to overcrowded stand conditions when compared to historic conditions.

Details about the project are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/projects/okawen/landmanagement/projects or by contacting Meg Trebon, Interdisciplinary Team Leader at 509-996-4032. 



Single Car Fatality Near Quincy Saturday7/20/2015

 Grant County Sheriff's Office reports that a 24-year-old California man was killed in a one vehicle rollover collision Saturday afternoon near Road U NW, just southwest of Quincy. The accident occurred approximately 3:20pm.

The man was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Rd U NW, and failed to negotiate a turn. The vehicle left the roadway, rolled 3 ½ times, and the man was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body is in the care of the Grant County Coroner's Office. His name is being withheld until his family is notified.

The man was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt. Speed and alcohol also appear to be factors in this collision. 



Junior Rodeo This Weekend Is FREE7/20/2015

 The Chelan Rustlers invite you to include the Lake Chelan Jr. Rodeo in your plans for the weekend of July 25th and 26th . Come and see over 200 cowboys and cowgirls from 2 to 18 years old competing in 47 different events. Performances start each day at 10:00 AM and admission is free. The Chelan FFA Alumni is running the cookshack and will have breakfast fired up each morning at 7:00 and good food all throughout the performances.

 

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

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



Chelan FFA Alumni Produce Rodeo7/20/2015

 The Chelan FFA Alumni produces the Lake Chelan Rodeo and all the proceeds go to support the activities and members of the Chelan FFA Chapter. The Chelan FFA Chapter is one of the 9 charter members of the Washington State FFA Association and have been around since the spring of 1930. In that time the Chelan FFA has become one of the premier chapters in the state. With the support of the Chelan FFA Alumni, the 108 members of the Chelan FFA have been able to do many good things.

The Chelan FFA lives the FFA Mission Statement—to develop student potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. In recent years, Chelan FFA members have won 11 State Career Development Events including Horse Evaluation, Apple Judging, and Forestry. This past spring they won the “Hall of Chapters” program and will represent the Washington State FFA Association at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY designing and operating the Washington booth in the “National Hall of States”.

When it comes to leadership skills, Chelan FFA members stand out. 12 of the last 14 District VII FFA Presidents have come from the Chelan chapter. They have had 4 Washington State FFA Officers in the last 8 years including 3 State Presidents. Members have been featured on RFD-TV and have been invited to the White House as President’s Champions of Change. In the FFA members learn to be public speakers, work as members of a team, and how to make quick decisions and then back them up.

Chelan FFA members are also dedicated to the community. Chapter members log over 2000 hours a year of community service working on their own projects and in cooperation with local service groups. They have blue jackets and gold standards.

The Chelan FFA Alumni was founded in 1981 by a group of local farmers and FFA parents to support the efforts of the Chelan FFA chapter and its members and have been connected to the Lake Chelan Rodeo since that time. Walt Pierson was the FFA Advisor back then and was also a former Washington Rodeo Association (WRA) champion calf roper and steer wrestler. Rod Cool the current advisor also a rodeo competitor has brought that same energy to the Lake Chelan Rodeo, as well. The Chelan FFA Alumni is proud to bring you the 2015 edition of the Lake Chelan Rodeo, Our greatest show on dirt in the prettiest place on earth.  



Douglas Co Marine Patrols Going Strong7/20/2015

With summer now in full swing, like many other agencies across the state, Douglas County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol continues to see an increase in boaters on the water.

Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, says his deputies on the water primarily focus on boaters safety...

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 Gjesdal says, that for Douglas County, the primary marine patrol takes place on the Columbia River...

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 For a complete list of Washington State boating laws and regulations, or to learn more about acquiring your boaters card, visit the state's website at boat.wa.gov.



Do Co Deputies Make Child Assault Arrest7/20/2015

 Douglas County Sheriff Detectives arrested 36-year old Erick Lewis, of East Wenatchee,

on child molestation and burglary charges on Thursday afternoon.


 

Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, says when his office receives reports of possible child abuse, detectives work hard to put the abuser behind bars...

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 Erick Lewis was booked into Chelan County Jail for Burglary in the 1stdegree and 1st degree child molestation.




Health Report: How To Reduce Knee Pain7/20/2015
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Monday AM News 07-20-157/20/2015

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+ News for the week of July 12, 2015

Sheriff's Update On Douglas County Fire 7/17/2015

 News from the fire line:

 

The Rd 5 NE and A NE fire is now 60% contained.  They have a large helitanker doing water drops on hot spots.  There is a lot of mop up going on at this point.  The operations commander is guardedly optimistic.  Heat and high winds are always a risk.  Most local fire teams have returned to their stations.

 

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

 

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This morning I drove out to the fire scene at Rd. 5 NE and Rd A NE and talked two several firefighters.  This is the best information I have at this time:

 

The fire started at approximately on 07/15/15 at approximately 6:00 PM.  It has burned approximately 2,500 acres of range land and approximately 150 acres of wheat.  The fire burned a swath about a mile wide and 5 miles long running east and west between Rd. A. NE and the edge of Moses Coulee.  Firefighters from Douglas County, Chelan County, and the Bureau of Land Management have been working the blaze.  There was one helicopter on scene to offer air support.  Local crews may be released soon and incident command will be turned over the BLM.  Last night Deputies delivered three level I evacuation notices to farm houses in the area.  Several of the firefighters I talked to had been working through the night and said the blaze was most active prior to 3:00 AM when it finally became less aggressive.  No property damage or injuries have been reported.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal



Naches Increases Campfire Patrols7/17/2015

 Naches Ranger District increases fire patrols

 

Fire danger has continued to increase on the Naches Ranger District since campfires were prohibited on July 9th.  As part of a wildfire prevention effort, the Forest Service will conduct extended campfire patrols through late evening hours.  Patrol groups will issue notices of violation that range from a minimum of $225 to $500 and a mandatory appearance before a judge. 

         Charcoal briquette barbeques, Tiki torches, and other devices that use solid fuel, or produce a hot coal or hot ash are prohibited on the National Forest.  Pressurized gas or propane devices that are self-contained within a metal or glass enclosure as part of the device that can be immediately extinguished by turning off a valve are allowed.  When using approved devices, ensure all flammable material is cleared from the area, including pine needles, leaves, or low overhanging branches.

         Individuals that cause a wildfire can be subject to a citation and a fine up to $5,000 and/or one year in jail.  People can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars and more. 

With no major weather event forecasted to bring significant moisture during the summer season, campfire closures are expected to remain in effect through the summer. “We appreciate the majority of forest users who have been compliant with campfire restrictions,” said Jeff Dimke District Fire Management Officer.  “We are asking that people continue to be vigilant throughout the season as conditions remain dry.”

Please contact the Naches Ranger Station for more information on conditions as the season progresses.

               

 What to do if you smell smoke or see a fire:

·         If a fire is burning or there is smoke present, call 9-1-1 or 1-800-826-3383 (Central Washington Interagency Coordination Center)

·         Report the exact location of the fire and, if known, what is burning.

 

 

 



Ballots Should Arrive Today7/17/2015

Ballots should be arriving in the mailboxes of registered voters today or at the latest, tomorrow- as part of the August 4, 2015 Primary Election.

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says if you don't have those ballots by this weekend, give him a call…

 

 

 

 

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 Running for those offices are:

 

+ PORT COMMISSIONER DIST 3
Nonpartisan Office,   6-year term
 
 
 
 
 
 
+ CITY OF LEAVENWORTH
Nonpartisan Office,   4-year term
 
 
 
 
 
 
+ CASCADE SCHOOL DIST NO 228
+ HOSPITAL DIST NO 2 LAKE CHELAN
Nonpartisan Office,   6-year term
 
 
 
 
 
 


Health Report:A Few Nutritious Foods7/17/2015
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Grant County SO PIO's Get Recognized7/16/2015

 Sheriff's Office Public Infomation Officer's (PIO) Kyle Foreman and Sharon Palmerton received the Sheriff's Recognition Coin for Outstanding Service. On Tuesday, Sheriff Tom Jones presented the coins to both Foreman and Palmerton during a law enforcement roundtable meeting. Over the past 2 month, the PIO's have been extremely busy handling media inquiries on multiple large scale events such as the Monument Hills Fire, Beesley Hill Fire, the man hunt for David Santos and the most recent drownings on Banks and Park Lake. The role of the public information Officer is to gather information from current events and relay that information through media outlets to reach the public. The Sheriff's PIO's work very well with other PIO's across the state and have a great relationship with all media outlets. "I believe that I have the two best PIO's in the state. And both of these talented individuals are volunteers", said Sheriff Tom Jones. "They do absolutely incredible work and it was a well earned award".



Health Report: Do You Have Pet Allergies?7/16/2015
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Drowning Victim Still In Columbia River7/16/2015

There is still no sign of the Wenatchee man, who jumped into the Columbia River, near the Confluence Wildlife Reserve over the weekend, and is presumed drowned.

 

Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett, says they have reached the point in the search that there isn't much left they can do...

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 69-year-old Craig E. Plummer, of Ephrata, went missing Friday while swimming with relatives. His body was recovered around noon Monday.

Grant County authorities also recovered the body of a 34-year-old man reported missing in Park Lake. Robert S. Reddoch of Olympia, Washington, had been reported missing Saturday after jumping out of a moving boat. He was found Sunday.



Thursday AM News 07-16-157/16/2015

 Here is this morning's news with Jay Witherbee---

 

 

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Third Washington Plane Crash This Week7/16/2015

Officials confirmed a plane crash just south of the Canadian border in Laurier injured one person Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports, the pilot was the sole occupant of the plane and was taken to a Canadian hospital by a Canadian ambulance. Ferry County Sheriff's Office said the pilot took off in Nelson, Wash. and was headed to Vancouver B.C. Joint Fire District Ferry County #3 and Stevens County #8 responded to the scene.

Deputies said the pilot reported experiencing problems with the engine and overshot the runway when attempting to land.

Officials could not confirm the extent of the pilot's injuries.



Wreckage/Bodies Found In North Cascades7/15/2015

 Skagit County Sheriff's Office search crews found what is believed to be the airplane wreckage and bodies of Leland Bowman and his wife Sharon, of Marion, Montana- although authorities say they have not yet made positive identification of the pair.

Autumn Veatch was found along Highway 20 on Tuesday after surviving the crash and two days hiking in rugged terrain to safety.

The wreckage was found in the Rainy Pass area- 1 mile north of the highway.

The sheriff's office reports that the wreckage was still smoldering and flaring up when searchers arrived and firefighters were called in to tackle the small brush fire caused from the crash.

KOZI will remain in contact with authorities and will keep you updated as we learn more.



WATV Routes On Chelan Ranger District7/15/2015

The Chelan Ranger District officially opened a loop for Wheeled All Terrain Vehicles on June 29th- as part of a statewide attempt to increase routes throughout the national forest.

 

WATV's are designed or modified for on-road use by the addition of safety equipment to meet the specific definitions as described by the Washington State Department of Licensing. WATV's have limits on width, seat height, weight, tire pressure, and more. WATV's have license plates and drivers must hold a valid driver's license and comply with all applicable rules of the road.

 

Chelan District Ranger, Kari Grover-Wier, says the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest recently opened several roads- including one on the Chelan Ranger District...

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

For a map of roads open to WATV on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website at

 

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Douglas County Complex 90% Contained7/15/2015

 NEWS FROM THE FIRELINE: Crews will continue today strengthening and mopping up on the south fire. Firefighters have completed mop up work on the north fire and will continue to patrol and monitor the fire perimeter. Firefighting personnel have started to be released from the fire to return to their home units. The type 3 incident management team will be preparing to transition the fire back to the local agencies tomorrow morning.

The Douglas County Complex fires started Friday July 10, 2015 at approximately 6:00 PM, east of Waterville, WA. The five lightening sparked fires merged into two large fires. Both fires are being managed as the Douglas County Complex.

There have been no reports of structures lost or injuries at this time. All evacuation orders have been lifted. Firefighters and the incident management team would like to thank everyone affected by the fire for their understanding and cooperation.

Incident website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4388

CONTAINMENT: 90%
SIZE: 22,212 acres (acreage increased due to more accurate mapping)
LOCATION: North fire 17 miles northeast of Waterville, WA and south fire 10 miles southeast of Waterville, WA
VEGETATION TYPE AND TERRAIN: Brush, grass and sage.
WEATHER: Temp 84 degrees, 18% humidity with west winds 4-8 mph becoming 10-14 mph with gusts to around 25 mph after 1:00 PM.
PERSONNEL: 198
RESOURCES: Aircraft, engines, dozers, water tenders and hand crews along with a Type 3 incident management team. 
AGENCIES & COOPERATORS INVOLVED: Douglas County Fire Districts 1 & 8, Grant County Fire District 13, Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Land Management, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Emergency Management.



Plane Wreckage Found, Not Yet Identified7/15/2015

 Search crews will attmept to make their way to a crash site, beleived to be that of the missing Lynden bound plane.

Autumn Veatch, the lone survivor of the crash, directed crews to the general area of the wreckage after she walked out of the mountains two days after the crash that reportedly killed her step-grandparents.

Autumn was released from Three Rivers Hospital last night and received a police escort home.

Here's is the full story, including the 911 call - details from Okanogan County Sheriff, Frank Rogers, and WSDOT spokeswoman on the wreckage and plans to identify and retrieve the occupants as well as the wreckage itself.

 

 

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Grant County Inmate Who Died Identified7/14/2015

  A 50-year-old Moses Lake man who was an inmate at the Grant County jail died after he apparently hanged himself in his cell.

David B. Grande [pronounced GRAHN-DAY] was found in his single-occupancy cell around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday by a corrections deputy who was conducting routine security checks. Jail staff and medics performed CPR, but Grande was pronounced dead shortly after he was found. Grant County detectives are investigating. Grande's family have been notified.

Corrections deputies conduct routine checks of all jail inmates every 60 minutes.

Grande’s body is in the care of the Grant County Coroner’s Office, whose staff will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death. 



Search For Missing Plane Continues Today7/14/2015

 OLYMPIA – A helicopter crew and volunteer fixed-wing planes will continue the search for a missing plane near Omak, Washington this morning in rugged, mountainous terrain.

The plane, with three occupants including the owner/pilot, left Montana about 1 p.m. Saturday bound for Lynden, Washington. The plane did not arrive in Lynden as scheduled Saturday afternoon.

One of the three occupants, Autumn Veatch, 16, of Bellingham, Washington, walked out of the woods Monday, July 13, and called authorities saying the plane had crashed. The search for the other two occupants – her step-grandparents Leland (62) and Sharon (63) Bowman – and their plane continues.

Helicopters can be used to hover above search areas to allow for visual search of the ground and some crews also can rappel down to a potential crash site.

A MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island helped with the search Monday night. Today, a helicopter crew from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the search and others may be called in as needed.

Crews in both the helicopter and fixed-wing planes will focus on the area near the Easy Pass trail near Mazama in the Methow Valley, based on the route Veatch said she took from the plane.


Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol and the American Red Cross as well as personnel from the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, NAS Whidbey Island and Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office are assisting WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services with the search. An incident command has been set up in Bellingham, near the airport.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. New developments also will be posted on the WSDOT blog about this search.



Grant Co Jail Inmate Found Dead This AM7/14/2015

 ***This is early and preliminary information which is subject to change

EPHRATA, Wash. (14JULY2015) - The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a jail inmate which was discovered during a routine cell check just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday July 14. Preliminary evidence indicates the inmate committed suicide.

Investigators have completed their on scene investigation. We are awaiting the confirmation that the inmate’s family has been notified. Once that is confirmed, we will be releasing additional information.



Autumn's Amazing Story of Survival7/14/2015

 An amazing story of survival- 

 

Autumn Veatch went from a 16-year old high school girl to a celebrated miracle after she survived a plane crash and walked two days to find help.

 

Now, many Washington residents recognize her name- and will be talking about her story of survival, strength and character for quite some time.

 

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says this incident ranks at the top of his list as Sheriff.

 

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Health Report: Cleft Palate Awareness7/14/2015

 July is Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip Awareness Month---

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Activity At Old Dock To Remove Debris7/14/2015

 City officials say activity at the old Howe Sound Mining Dock near the Lake Chelan Boat Company, is to remove a dangerous portion of the dock that is causing significant amounts of debris. 

Paul Schmidt says the entire dock will not be removed until fall.

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Douglas County Complex 80% Contained7/14/2015

 

All Evacuation Orders Have Been Lifted

Incident: Douglas County Complex Wildfire
Released: 17 hrs. ago

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office acting upon the recommendation of Douglas County Complex incident commander has ordered all previous evacuation orders lifted. The firefighters and incident management team would like to thank everyone affected by this fire for their cooperation and understanding.

ncident Overview

Firefighters continue the tough task of finishing line construction and strengthening fire lines around the south fire today. Firefighters have completed mop up work on the north fire and will continue to patrol and monitor the fire perimeter. Firefighting personnel have started to be released from the fire to return to their home units.

All evacuation orders have been lifted. Firefighters and the incident management team would like to thank everyone affected by the fire for their understanding and cooperation. Due to current and expected fire behavior the decision was made yesterday afternoon not to transition to the Central Oregon type 2 incident management team. Northeast Washington type 3 incident management team will remain in command.

 

 

The Douglas County Complex fires started Friday July 10, 2015 at approximately 6:00 PM, east of Waterville, WA. The five lightening sparked fires merged into two large fires. One fire is burning approximately 17 miles northeast of Waterville near Jamieson Lake. The other fire is burning approximately 10 miles southeast of Waterville. Both fires are being managed as the Douglas County Complex. There have been no reports of structures lost or injuries at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Information

Current as of 7/13/2015, 9:01:41 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening
Date of Origin Friday July 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 17 miles NE of Waterville, WA and 10 miles SE of Waterville, WA
Incident Commander Eric Riener, IC3, Type 3 IMT

Current Situation

Total Personnel 276
Size 22,212 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 80%
Fuels Involved

Brush, grass and sage

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Primary Election Ballots Mailed Tomorrow7/14/2015

The Chelan County Auditor’s Office will be sending out more than 20,000 ballots to county voters tomorrow, kicking off the August 4th primary elections.

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says voters should expect to see ballots arriving this week…

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 Says when two or more people file for the same office in a non-partisan race, a primary election is required…

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 Moore adds that once your ballot has been voted, you may turn it in one of three ways: drop it off at his office, put a stamp on it and mail it, or put it in the drop box…

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 Running for those offices are:

 

+ PORT COMMISSIONER DIST 3
Nonpartisan Office,   6-year term
 
 
 
 
 
 
+ CITY OF LEAVENWORTH
Nonpartisan Office,   4-year term
 
 
 
 
 
 
+ CASCADE SCHOOL DIST NO 228
+ HOSPITAL DIST NO 2 LAKE CHELAN
Nonpartisan Office,   6-year term
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sheriff Gjesdal Retires From Coast Guard7/14/2015

Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal made his announcement on Friday that he is retiring.

 

But not from his Douglas County Sheriff position.

 

Sheriff Gjesdal told KOZI News that he will retire from the United States Coast Guard after 26-years of service as both active and reserve duty...

 

 

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 Congratulations, Sheriff Gjesdal, on your retirement from the United States Coast Guard, and thank you for your service.



Tuesday AM News 06-14-157/14/2015

Here is today's news with Jay Witherbee

 

 

 

 

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Navy Helicopter Search For Missing Plane7/13/2015

 Naval helicopter crews continue to search an area near Omak for a private, Montana plane that went missing Saturday. Fixed wing search planes will resume their search Tuesday morning if nothing new has been found.

The plane, with three occupants including the owner/pilot, left Montana about 1 p.m. Saturday bound for Lynden, Washington. The plane did not arrive in Lynden as scheduled Saturday afternoon.

All three occupants are family members: plane owner/pilot Leland Bowman, (62) and his wife Sharon (63), of Marion, Montana, and their step-granddaughter Autumn Veatch (16) of Bellingham, Washington. The Okanogan Sheriff’s Office and Civil Air Patrol confirmed late Monday afternoon that Veatch had survived and called authorities. The search continues for the aircraft and the Bowmans.

Fixed wing plane searches are set to resume Tuesday morning as light and weather allows. Air crews search listening for emergency locator beacon signals as well as conducting visual searches. 

Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol and Washington Air Search and Rescue as well as the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and Naval Air Base out of Whidbey Island are assisting WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services with the search.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. Any late night developments will be posted on the WSDOT blog about this search.



Banks Lake Drowning Victim Recovered7/13/2015

The body of Craig Plummer, the 69-year-old Ephrata man who went missing in Banks Lake, near Coulee City, on Friday and was presumed drowned, was recovered around noon today by Grant County Sheriff’s Marine Unit deputies.

His body is now in the care of the Grant County Coroner’s Office. His family has been notified.

“Craig was a great man who dedicated a full life to his family and played a huge role in the Ephrata community,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “He will be greatly missed and I will continue to pray for his family.” 



Latest on Douglas County Complex Fire7/13/2015

 Overnight firefighters did excellent work keeping the fire with in the established perimeter while continuing to strengthen fire lines. Today crews will continue to reinforce and maintain fire lines. Aircraft will be over the fire today assisting ground crews with cooling interior hot spots and other fire suppression efforts. Firefighters will also be assessing rehabilitation needs around the fire perimeter. A level 3 evacuation order remains in place for approximately 30 residents on North Palisades Road. All other previous evacuations orders remain at level 1.

The Douglas County Complex fires started Friday July 10, 2015 at approximately 6:00 PM, east of Waterville, WA. The five lightening sparked fires merged into two large fires. One fire is burning approximately 17 miles northeast of Waterville near Jamieson Lake. The other fire is burning approximately 10 miles southeast of Waterville. Both fires are being managed as the Douglas County Complex.

Evacuation orders are being managed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. There have been no reports of structures lost or injuries at this time. Red Cross at Ephrata High School is now closed due to lack of activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Information

Current as of 7/13/2015, 11:13:25 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening
Date of Origin Friday July 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 17 miles NE of Waterville, WA and 10 miles SE of Waterville, WA
Incident Commander Eric Riener, IC3, Type 3 IMT

Current Situation

Total Personnel 300
Size 22,212 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 55%
Fuels Involved

Brush, grass and sage

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Monday AM News 07-13-157/13/2015

 Today's news with Jay WItherbee---

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Search for Man in River Continues7/13/2015

 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 45 year old male is presumed drowned in the Columbia River Saturday afternoon near Wenatchee. Sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters, park rangers, and citizens responded when the 911 call was received at the RIVERCOM dispatch center at 3:27pm. The caller was a person on a boat advising a male adult was in the river and could not swim. Initial reports from family members of the victim at Confluence State Park directed responders to a location north of the Odabashian Bridge. That information was deemed incorrect, and the location changed to the middle of the Columbia River east of the Confluence Wildlife Reserve.

Jorge Anaya Rodriguez of Wenatchee had been in the boat with friends and family when he told them he was going to take a swim in the river. Rodriguez removed his shirt and personal floatation device prior to jumping into the water. Wearing only pair of long pants, Rodriguez began asking for help shortly after entering the water. He disappeared below the water’s surface before a rope could be thrown out to him. One of the subjects in the boat jumped into the river attempting to locate Rodriguez, but was unsuccessful.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office marine vessel staffed with deputies and firefighters responded to the area of the river where Rodriguez was last seen. Private vessels, volunteers, and EMS units assisted in searching the river and shoreline. The search of the river continued for over three hours, but Rodriguez has not been located.

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Health Report: Remedies For Sunburn7/13/2015

 Here are some remedies for that sunburn!

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New Information On Search For Suspect7/13/2015

 Investigators involved in the search for David Santos today are releasing the following information.

PART 1: DISPOSITION OF THREE VEHICLES ASSOCIATED WITH SANTOS

Investigators are analyzing three vehicles associated with Santos during high-speed pursuits on June 30 and July 3, and a vehicle stolen on July 4. All of the vehicles listed below are now in secured evidence storage. All three vehicles have been processed for evidence by the Columbia Basin Investigative Team and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.

* Vehicle #1: 2000 Dodge Durango, used by Santos on June 30 to flee law enforcement. Santos is alleged to have fired a rifle at pursuing police from this vehicle. This vehicle was recovered July 4 in an orchard near Road 25-Southwest near Mattawa.

* Vehicle #2: 2000 Ford Expedition, used by Santos to flee from law enforcement on July 3, 2015. It has been confirmed and can now be disclosed that Santos was in possession of a live hand grenade which was found on the ground next to the Expedition after Santos fled on foot. That grenade was rendered safe by the Richland Police Bomb Squad then seized as evidence and analyzed. A 7.62mm cartridge was found at the scene near the Expedition after it had crashed into an orchard at the end of the July 3 pursuit.

* Vehicle #3: 1997 Toyota Tercel. It was stolen around 11:00 a.m. July 4 from a home near Road P-SW west of Royal City. That vehicle was recovered around 8:00 p.m. July 4 near Mattawa. When it was recovered, the muzzle of an assault rifle (later determined to be an SKS-type rifle) was visible inside the car, leading investigators to believe the vehicle theft and rifle are associated with David Santos.

It is unknown what, if any, vehicle Santos may be using now.

Santos is facing the following charges:

* Possession of prohibited explosive device (hand grenade),

* 2 counts of first-degree assault (against law enforcement officer),

* 2 counts of attempting to elude a police vehicle.

Anyone with information on Santos is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160, or send info to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Santos is armed and dangerous. Citizens should not approach or try to apprehend him. Citizens should call the police instead.

PART 2: RELATED OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

The investigation into the July 3 officer involved shooting near Royal City continues.

The Moses Lake Police Department has released the names of their two officers involved in the July 3 officer involved shooting incident which happened after the Ford Expedition crashed into an orchard near Royal City.

* Officer Kyle McCain, a 10 year officer with the MLPD, with three years as a member of the Tactical Response Team.

* Officer Adam Munro, a five year officer with the MLPD, with one year as a member of the Tactical Response Team.

The name of the Othello police officer has not been released. 



+ News for the week of July 05, 2015

Search For Small Plane To Continue Mon7/12/2015

 Sunday’s aerial search for a small, private plane that never reached its Lynden, Washington destination has ended for the night but will resume Monday morning.

 

The plane, with three occupants including the owner/pilot, left Montana  about 4 p.m. Saturday and was due in Lynden, Washington at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard time. The plane did not arrive and the Federal Aviation Administration and family members notified authorities.

 

All three occupants are family members: plane owner/pilot Leland Bowman, (62) and his wife Sharon (63), of Marion, Montana, and their step-granddaughter Autumn Veatch (16) of Bellingham, Washington. The family has provided a photo of Leland and Sharon Bowman and the plane.

 

The last cell phone signal from one of the plane’s occupants was detected at about 11:30 p.m. in an area near Omak. Those cell signals are helping to develop search areas. The search is centering south of Mount Baker, along the intended flight plan. The plane is described as a white and red Beech 35 aircraft.

 

Air crews searched the area listening for emergency locator beacon signals as well as conducting visual searches. Emergency beacons are required on all planes. Ground search crews are on standby and will be sent in if something is detected from the air. The first day’s search ended Sunday at about 8 p.m. due to lack of light. Crews at the command base in Bellingham will continue working through the night on planning and logistics. Aerial searches are set to resume at 8 a.m.

 

The first search planes left Spokane at 6 a.m. Sunday, followed by others from western Washington at 9 a.m. Law enforcement also checked all airports along the flight plan early Sunday morning, but did not locate the plane.

 

Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol and Washington Air Search and Rescue as well as the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center are assisting WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services with the search. An incident command has been set up in Bellingham, near the airport.

 

More information will be provided as it becomes available.



Missing Plane Last Cell Contact Was Omak7/12/2015

 Crews are searching for a small, private plane that never reached its planned destination Saturday, July 11.

The plane, with three occupants including the owner/pilot, left Calisto, Montana (in the western part of the state) about 4 p.m. Saturday and was due in Lynden, Washington at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard time. The plane did not arrive and the Federal Aviation Administration and family members notified authorities.

All three occupants are family members: plane owner/pilot Leland Bowman, (62) and his wife Sharon (63), of Mar, Montana, and their step-granddaughter Autumn Veatch, 16, of Bellingham, Washington.

The last cell phone signal from one of the plane’s occupants was detected at about 11:30  p.m. in an area near Omak. The search is centering south of Mount Baker, along the intended flight plan. The plane is described as a white and red Beech 35 aircraft.

Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol and Washington Air Search and Rescue and the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center are assisting WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services with the search. An incident command has been set up in Bellingham, near the airport.

The search is still in its initial stages. More information will be provided as it becomes available.



2nd Drowning In Grant County In 2 Days7/12/2015

 Grant County Sheriff’s Office confirms that the body of a 34 year old man reported missing yesterday on Park Lake (SR17 North near mile 92) has been found. The man went missing yesterday at approximately 6:30pm after reportedly jumping out of a moving boat. GCSO’s Marine Unit responded and tried to locate the man last night and resumed the search again this morning.

 
The Grant County Coroner’s Office has been notified. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notifications to his family.
 
Park Lake has been reopened to motorized vessels.
 
Meanwhile, officials continue their efforts today to try and find a man who is went missing and is presumed to have drowned in Banks Lake on Friday, near Coulee City. The missing man has been identified as Craig E. Plummer, age 69 of Ephrata. Plummer went missing while swimming from a boat with relatives.
 


Wenatchee Man Presumed Drowned In River7/12/2015

 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 45 year old male is presumed drowned in the Columbia River Saturday afternoon near Wenatchee. Sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters, park rangers, and citizens responded when the 911 call was received at the RIVERCOM dispatch center at 3:27pm. The caller was a person on a boat advising a male adult was in the river and could not swim. Initial reports from family members of the victim at Confluence State Park directed responders to a location north of the Odabashian Bridge. That information was deemed incorrect, and the location changed to the middle of the Columbia River east of the Confluence Wildlife Reserve.

Jorge Anaya Rodriguez of Wenatchee had been in the boat with friends and family when he told them he was going to take a swim in the river. Rodriguez removed his shirt and personal floatation device prior to jumping into the water. Wearing only pair of long pants, Rodriguez began asking for help shortly after entering the water. He disappeared below the water’s surface before a rope could be thrown out to him. One of the subjects in the boat jumped into the river attempting to locate Rodriguez, but was unsuccessful.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office marine vessel staffed with deputies and firefighters responded to the area of the river where Rodriguez was last seen. Private vessels, volunteers, and EMS units assisted in searching the river and shoreline. The search of the river continued for over three hours, but Rodriguez has not been located.



Banks Lake Drowning Victim Identified7/11/2015

 

Near COULEE CITY, Wash. (11JULY2015) – Officials continued efforts this morning to find a man who is went missing and is presumed to have drowned in Banks Lake on Friday.

The missing man has been identified as Craig E. Plummer, age 69 of Ephrata. Plummer went missing while swimming from a boat with relatives. The rest of the swimming party were not injured and made it back to safety.

Starting at 5 a.m. Saturday morning, Grant County Sheriff’s Marine Unit deputies and Search and Rescue divers were back on the scene continuing to search, but they did not find Plummer’s body today. Resources are developing the plan for future search efforts.

“I’m very sorry to hear this terrible news, and I will be praying for Craig and his family,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. 



Rimrock Meadows Level 1 Evacuation7/11/2015

 

Alert: LEVEL ONE NOTICE – RIMROCK MEADOWS COMMUNITY – WILDFIRE. THIS MEANS BE AWARE AND BE READY TO EVACUATE IF CONDITIONS CHANGE.

Dear Nixle User,

WILDFIRE BURNING WEST OF RIMROCK MEADOWS, WHICH IS 17 MILES NORTHWEST OF EPHRATA IN DOUGLAS COUNTY. FIRE RESOURCES ARE ON THE SCENE. REMAIN AWARE OF POSSIBLE EVACUATIONS IF YOU LIVE IN THE AREA. MONITOR LOCAL MEDIA AND FACEBOOK.COM/GRANTCOSHERIFF FOR UPDATES.

 

 

 

Alert Details
Severity:
Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Urgency:
Expected - Responsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour)
Certainty:
Observed - Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Category:
Fire suppression and rescue
Event Description:
Wildfire

 

 



Douglas County Complex Fire 9,600 Acres7/11/2015

 State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Douglas County Complex Fire – 2 fires: Jameson Lake Fire, 8 miles ESE of Waterville, and Pine Canyon Fire, 14 miles SE of Mansfield, in Douglas County.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 10, 2015, at 11:15 pm at the request of Douglas County Fire District 1 and District 8.

 

The fire started at approximately 6:15 pm on July 10, 2015.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The fire has grown to an estimated 9,600 acres and is threatening homes and standing wheat fields.  Level 1 evacuation orders are in place for the threatened residences.

 

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 3 hand crews, 7 task forces, 2 rotors, and 1 bulldozer to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Douglas County Complex Fire.  Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

 

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.  More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at:  www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm



Search For Missing Man In Banks Lake7/10/2015

 Advisory: Recovery operation will continue Saturday for man missing in Banks Lake

 

Near COULEE CITY, Wash. (10JULY2015) – Efforts have been suspended tonight and will resume tomorrow morning to find the body of a man who went missing in Banks Lake this afternoon.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit deputies and Washington State Parks Rangers had been on the scene since around 5:30 p.m. trying to find the man who went missing while swimming. His family has been notified and we will not be releasing the victim’s identity tonight while his family is notifying loved ones of the situation.

We will provide updates on the search throughout the weekend.

                                    



Senior Citizen Tax Exemption Program7/10/2015

 The Governor has recently signed SSB 5186 changing the income threshold for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption program.  Previously the income limit was $35,000; it has been increased to $40,000.  There are 3 exemption levels within the program, all of which are exempt from all voted-in levies. If you are already enrolled in this program, you need to do nothing.  Our office has adjusted your property to the new exemption level based on the new income schedule. If you think you may now qualify for an exemption with the new income threshold ($40,000), you will need to bring in your income tax information for 2015 (in early 2016) for a reduction in your 2016 taxes. This change is not retroactive.  New applicants to the program will qualify for 2016 tax reductions, and forward. Please call Chad Daggett in our office, 667-6364, for additional information. -

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Here's the Latest on the Wolverine Fire7/10/2015

 Potential thunderstorms are moving into the area this afternoon bringing with it the potential for dry lightning strikes. Fire managers continue to monitor for additional new fire starts and will use crews assigned to the Wolverine Fire to assist the Chelan District with initial attack should more lightning ignitions occur.

 

Thursday brought increased humidity to the Wolverine Fire, and fire activity was light. Fuel reduction and fireline construction along Holden Road (FR 8301) to milepost 5 is essentially complete. Today crews are conducting final cleanup of the lines and roadsides. They staged fire hose and pumps along the road, in the event that the fire should move south and threaten the road. Crews are continuing to clear fuel and install sprinkler systems around structures at Lucerne, Lightning Creek and Riddle Creek. Fire resistant wrap has been delivered to these sites, and will be used to wrap structures if needed.

 

A Level 2 evacuation notice for Holden Village and Lucerne is still in effect. This notice means “be ready”. Although Holden itself is not threatened, there is concern that its single road access could be compromised if the fire should move to the south.

 

Refrigerator Harbor Campground at Lucerne remains open to the public as does the Pacific Crest Trail, which passes west of Holden.

 

 

Basic Information

Current as of 7/9/2015, 2:38:50 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Monday June 29th, 2015 approx. 06:00 AM
Location 3 miles NW of Lucerne, WA
Incident Commander John Thornburg IMT3
Incident Description Remote, Extremely Steep Area

Current Situation

Total Personnel 117
Size 317 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to prep the line on FS 8301 and structure protection. Potential firing ops if trigger points are hit. Crews actively engaged at this time.

Projected Incident Activity

Expect to grow in size tomorrow due to wind and low fuel moisture.

Remarks

Fire is proving to be a logistical challenge due to the remote location and accessible only by boat and helicopter. Level 2 precautionary evacuation levels for Holden Village and Lucerne are in place.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Red Flag for winds and low RH



Proposed Transfer Station In Entiat7/10/2015

A recent proposal by Waste Management to leas land in Entiat's coming waterfront commercial district to transfer waste, has many locals up in arms.

 

Entiat Mayor, Kieth Vradenberg explains the proposed plan that would essentially designate a transfer station in the City of Entiat...

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 Vradenburg adds that there has been a lot of local opposition to the proposed site- but adds that they are a long way from finalization...

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 Petitions have been started, and more than 300 signatures have been collected- in an attempt to stop the waste management lease in Entiat.



OK County Dispatch Is Team of Year7/10/2015

The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office 911 Dispatch Center traveled to a conference in Kennewick last week, and were recognized by the Washington chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials AND National Emergency Member Association as the Team of the Year for Washington State.

 

Mike Worden, Chief Deputy of Special Operations and Communications for the Dispatch Center, says the team was awarded the honor for their 

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 Congratulations to the 2014 Team of the Year- the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office 911 Dispatch Center.



Health Report: Kids & Drinking Water7/10/2015

 Do your kids drink enough water? 

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Group of 6 To Present Info On Krygyzstan7/10/2015

 

You are invited to an open house featuring a local group who recently returned from a cultural and economic visit to the fascinating country of Krygyzstan. Whether you have heard about Krygyzstan before, or this is your first exposure, you now have a great opportunity to see the photos and hear about the experiences of the group.

 

Tuesday, July 21st at 5PM at the Chelan County PUD Headquarters auditorium in Wenatchee.

 

The six delegates will present photos and information about their 10 day visit to this former Soviet satellite central Asian country. Come learn about this amazing country, which is so similar to North Central Washington, or to become part of a continuing local group to promote the relationship between our two democracies.

 

Who are the 6 delegates? Randy Smith, Jim Koempel, Tom Warren, Ron Skagen, Doug England and Josh Jorgenson.



Chelan City Council Meets Tonight7/9/2015

 Chelan City Council meets tonight at 6- with a relatively light agenda. City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says the council will be looking at three items:

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Stronger Than Fire Pateros Celebration7/9/2015

The Cartlon Complex Long Term Recovery Group is organizing events aimed to acknowledge the one year anniversary of the largest wildfire in Washington’s history.

 

The evening of July 17 is the date when 3 fires converged and became the Carlton Complex Fire- destroying hundreds of homes, and 400 square miles.

 

The anniversary events, titled STRONGER THAN FIRE, will serve as a way to thank the individuals who have contributed to the recovery, a time to update the community and to celebrate how far they've come in the past year.

Leslee Goodman, a spokesman for the recovery group, says the festivities will kick off next Tuesday...

 

 

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 For a complete list of next week's STRONGER THAN FIRE, Cartlon Complex 1-year anniversary events, and for links to register for the parade, purchase the Wildfire song, and for the online giving campaign, visit the KOZI Website at KOZI.COM and click the Carlton Complex Anniversary link.



Link First To Operate Electric Trolleys7/9/2015

Beginning  July 6, Link Transit operates three high-frequency, fare-free routes operating between Wenatchee Valley College and East Wenatchee.

Now Link has had a couple electric trolleys in service for several months now, taking over for diesel busses on these downtown loop routes. Eric West, Link’s Communications Director, said Current Routes A, B and C will all operate every 15 minutes Monday through Friday using either propane or electric-battery powered vehicles.

Current Route A is the present Route 19, operating between Columbia Station and East Wenatchee. This route will operate every 15 minutes on Saturday as well.

Current Route C is the present Route 9, operating between Columbia Station and Valley North Center.

Current Route B is a new route beginning service today. This will operate from Columbia Station, serving Worthenn Street, Riverside Drive to Ninth Street, Piere Street to Fifth Street, to Wenatchee Valley College and back.

These three Current routes will all use either electric or propane powered buses, so there are very low, if any emissions. On a monthly basis, a Link bus uses 429 gallons of diesel fuel. At $3.19 per gallon, that's $1,370 per month. One of the Current electric trolleys costs about 3.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, for a total cost of $78 dollars a month.

West said this is done to help reduce the use of fossil fuels, keep the air in our valley clean and promote the health of our citizens and communities.

West said getting these electric busses on the road has been filled with fits and starts and tribulations, but he’s glad to finally have the programming running in full. He said he thinks riders appreciate the lack of fare for these routes through the downtown core.

 

West said ridership with Link has gone up every month for the last two years, with the electric trolley routes nearly full every day they run.

For more information on the Current routes and schedules, go to linktransit.com and click on current routes.

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Celebrate Opening of Rocky Reach Trail7/9/2015
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Thursday AM News 07-09-157/9/2015

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NCWAR Announces New 2015 VP7/9/2015

 The North Central Washington Association of REALTORS® (“NCWAR”) is proud to announce

Erin Davidson with Premier One Properties has joined the Board of Directors as the 2015 Vice
President. “If you had asked me two years ago if I was thinking to join the Board of Directors, I would
have told you no,” said Davidson. “After being introduced to the complex and vibrant environment of
local and state REALTOR® leadership, I discovered it was a great fit for me and I look forward to
contributing to NCWAR’s future efforts.”
Davidson serves as the primary political contact for State Representative Cary Condotta,
establishing both herself and NCWAR as a resource on policy and political matters affecting the real
estate industry. She also serves as a State Director with the Washington Association of REALTORS®
(“WAR”), serving as a voting member of their Board of Directors, representing ideas from NCWAR’s
local membership and contributing to the success of REALTOR® policies, procedures and methods of
operation to ensure a bright future for REALTOR® members statewide.
“We are excited to welcome Erin into a leadership role on our Board of Directors,” said Jerry
Paine, 2015 NCWAR President. “Her enthusiasm and work ethic make her a valuable addition to our
work on behalf of our members, the real estate industry, and private property ownership.” Davidson
was elected to her current position by vote of NCWAR’s Board of Directors at their meeting on
Thursday July 2nd, 2015.
NCWAR, founded in 1920, is a vital, energetic and progressive non-profit organization which
prides itself on improving the integrity and professionalism of its members. Dedicated to the highest
standard of ethics in the real estate industry, NCWAR services include referring community residents to
available REALTORS® in Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties, providing access to continuing
education and current market information to REALTOR® members, promoting fundraising and
volunteerism for local charities, and serving as an informational resource for REALTORS®, their clients
and the public.


Health Report: TipsTo Keep Cool At Night7/9/2015
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Firefighters Respond to Fire in Methow7/9/2015

 Four smokejumpers responded today to a small fire at the head of War Creek on the Methow Valley Ranger District.  The fire was about one tenth of an acre, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness.  It was first detected during today’s reconnaissance flight.

 

“It is common for Fire managers to request reconnaissance flights following lightning storms like the one we had last night,” said Matt Desimone, Fire Management Officer for the Methow Valley Ranger District.  “Along with our staffed lookouts, reports from the public and patrols, recon flights are an important tool in meeting our objective to catch fires early, while they’re small.”

Each time there is a new fire in designated Wilderness areas, decision makers must determine whether suppression or management is the best approach.  The decision is based on what is sometimes referred to as a “go/no-go” analysis.  Land managers weigh the likelihood of meeting land management objectives against the location of the fire and its proximity to homes or other values at risk.  They factor in things like projected fire behavior, current fire severity level and number of weeks left in fire season.  The outcome of this analysis is a decision about whether to suppress the fire or use it to meet resource objectives.

Suppression was the determined course of action Action 396 and the Newby Lake Fire, two recent fires in designated Wilderness areas. 

“It’s early in the season,” said District Ranger Mike Liu.  “Action 396 was burning in an area with continuous fuels down to the Twisp River where there are many values at risk.  Conditions are dry and there are still several weeks left in the fire season.”

Suppression for Wilderness fires is done using minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST).  Firefighters use chainsaws and hand tools, they can pump water and air support is available.

“While the Forest Service is proud of its high success rate for keeping fires small, firefighter and public safety always come first,” said Liu.

To report a fire, please call 911.  For more information, please contact the Methow Valley Ranger District at 509-996-4000.

 



Grant Co Investigates Deaths at Gorge7/9/2015

 A Grant County Sheriff’s detective is investigating the deaths of two men who attended the 2015 Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater near George, Wash. 


• Beau B. Brooks, 22 of Portland, Ore., died June 28 at Confluence Health-Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Wash. The detective has met with Brooks’ family and is interviewing Brooks’ friends who also attended Paradiso. The Chelan County Coroner will determine cause and manner of Brooks’ death.

• Vivek Pandher, 22 of Vancouver, B.C., died July 5 at Vancouver General Hospital. He had been found unresponsive at Paradiso, was hospitalized and was transferred to Vancouver on June 30. The detective will be interview others who may have attended Paradiso with Pandher. The Vancouver Metro Coroner will determine cause and manner of Pandher’s death.

Three persons who fell ill at Paradiso were treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being transferred there from local hospitals. They have all been treated and released. Their names were not released to detectives.  



Health Report: Children and Medication7/8/2015

 Have questions about giving medications to children? Here's today's Health Report on KOZI...

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Gas Consumption is WAY Up7/8/2015

 Gas Consumption is at the highest in more than 8 years...

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Local Air Quality From Fire In Canada7/8/2015

Okanogan County Public Health officials say current fires in Okanogan County, combined with fires as far away as Canada, are causing air quality problems in the area and are warning individuals who are most sensitive to take precautions.

 

Jacqueline Bellinger, an Environmental Health Specialist with Okanogan County, says officials are expecting the air quality to continue to be an issue...

 

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 For real time air quality, visit the KOZI website at KOZI.COM for a link to the Department of Ecology's Air Quality Map.

 
HERE"S THE LINK: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/


PUD Extends Moratorium On Large Loads7/8/2015

Chelan County PUD Commissioners extended a moratorium for new large load electric service during their meeting on Monday.

 

A moratorium was originally placed in December of 2014, and the latest action extends that moratorium until another hearing in December of this year.

 

PUD Officials explained that the new and growing electric load uses power at a rate up to 100 times greater than typical Chelan County businesses. Staff has found that energy use intensity is a characteristic of data processing operations such as bit coin miners.

 

Commissioner president, An Congdon, says the board is discussing a recipe to figure rates for those customers...

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 Congdon says PUD Commissioners will consider higher start-up fees for new high-intensity users ...

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 Chelan County PUD Commissioners now have until December to come up with a plan, something Congdon says she is confident will happen...

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 The moratorium does not affect normal load growth, such as requests to serve new subdivisions, stores, schools, medium-sized fruit warehouses or manufacturing firms. 



Wednesday AM News 07-08-157/8/2015

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Suspect Remains On Loose In Grant Co7/8/2015

 Here are some recent photos of David Santos, wanted for first degree assault against law enforcement officers. Santos has twice fired at officers during the past week. He is armed and dangerous. He was last seen in the Royal City, Washington area on July 3, 2015. 


If you have information on his whereabouts, call 509-762-1160 or send info to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov.

 

Here's the original story:


- About 70 officers from local, state and federal law enforcement continue the manhunt this evening for a man who has twice fired upon law enforcement officers this week.

David Santos is believed to be cornered in a large apple orchard near Road 11-Southwest and Road P-Southwest, about eight miles west of Royal City, Wash.

Tuesday evening, Santos fired a shot at a Royal City police officer who had responded to a complaint of domestic violence. Santos evaded pursuing officers that night, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This morning, a task force including local and federal officers developed information on Santos' whereabouts, and around 1:30 p.m. attempted a traffic stop on a car with Santos inside. That traffic stop happened on State Route 243 South at Beverly Burke Road in southwest Grant County. Santos fled in the vehicle and officers pursued the car for about seven miles when Santos stopped at an apple orchard at Roads P and 11-Southwest.

Santos got out of the vehicle and fired at officers. Three officers returned fire. None of the officers were hit, and it's not known if Santos was hit. Santos then ran into the orchard. Other officers on the ground and in the air spotted Santos both on foot and driving stolen ATVs while fleeing.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, the one-mile-square orchard is surrounded by officers, and Santos is believed hiding in the orchard. Citizens in a five miles radius of Road 11-SW and Road P-SW are asked to lock doors and windows, remain alert and to call 911 immediately if they see Santos or if they spot any suspicious activity.

The police officers who returned fire on Santos are part of the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team. Two of the officers are from Moses Lake Police Department, one officer is from the Othello Police Department. As is normal procedure when officers fire their weapons, the shooting is being investigated by the Columbia Basin Investigative Team, which includes detectives from the Grant County Sheriff's Office, Moses Lake Police Department, Ephrata Police Department, Adams County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol.

 



Campfires Are Not Allowed In Forest7/8/2015

 

Wenatchee, WAEffective July 9, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or briquette fire will be prohibited across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest including all campgrounds and designated wilderness areas.

These restrictions prohibit wood and charcoal briquette fires; however, the use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is allowed. 

Initial campfire restrictions on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest were implemented June 12. As assessments of fire and fuel conditions have indicated an increase in fire danger, restrictions have been expanded over time to the current complete ban on campfires.

Fuel conditions are approaching extreme values and there are a number of large fires in the region,” said Deputy Fire Staff for Operations Matt Castle.  “We want to minimize the chance of new fire starts in order to keep the public safe. This also puts us in line with other jurisdictions in the area that have already banned campfires.”

Please contact ranger district offices for more information, and please observe all burning and campfire restrictions.

 

        What to do if you smell smoke or see a fire:

·         If a fire is burning or there is smoke present, call 9-1-1 or 1-800-826-3383 (Central Washington Interagency Coordination Center)

·         Report the exact location of the fire and, if known, what is burning.

 


 

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Grants Provide Head Start In Bridgeport7/8/2015

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start has selected two Yakima County agencies to provide Head Start services for children and their families in central Washington. The competitive grants awarded total more than $62.7 million for the service areas during the next five years.

 

The Yakima-based Educational Service District 105 will be expanding into the Head Start arena after being selected to oversee Head Start operations in the Upper Yakima Valley, Bridgeport, and East Wenatchee/Wenatchee. The total grants for ESD 105 for the five years are more than $38 million. ESD 105 will receive $4,853,344 for each of the next five years to oversee Head Start and Early Head Start for children 5 years old and under in Yakima. ESD 105 will receive another $2,754,010 for each of the next five years to provide Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs at sites that serve Yakima, East Wenatchee/Wenatchee, and Bridgeport.

For ESD 105, the federal awards will mark the regional service agency’s return to Head Start for the first time in more than 30 years. ESD 105 briefly oversaw Head Start in south central Washington beginning in 1979, before transferring the program to Enterprise for Progress In the Community (EPIC). Community Development Institute (CDI), a Denver-based Head Start contractor, has been managing EPIC’s former Head Start responsibilities since June of 2013, after EPIC relinquished its federal grant to provide Head Start services. On August 31, CDI will conclude its operations at the sites that were previously served by EPIC, and ESD 105 will formally assume its new administrative and financial roles involving Head Start on September 1.

 

Through a competitive bid process, EPIC has been selected as the subcontractor that will directly provide ESD 105’s Head Start services in the Yakima, East Wenatchee/Wenatchee, and Bridgeport areas. ESD 105 will also be working with the Wenatchee-based ESD 171, which assists school districts in the north central region of the state, for the Head Start programs offered at East Wenatchee and Bridgeport.

 

In terms of programs alone, there’s documentation that EPIC has had a solid program model for Head Start,” said Myers. “EPIC is also a renowned leader in family engagement and has achieved demonstrated success in its Head Start programming. Combining this with the work in early learning that we’ve been doing at ESD 105, we’re really excited about having EPIC be part of what our new Head Start programs will be developing for children during their transition into elementary school.”

 

Myers added: “This is a great opportunity that will allow us to serve children in the Upper Yakima Valley and in North Central Washington from predominantly economically disadvantaged families. The high quality and comprehensive child development services in our Head Start classrooms will be focused on kindergarten readiness through enhanced developmental skills. Specifically, these includeliteracy, math, science, health and nutrition, physical development, and social-emotional preparedness.”

 

Head Start will be the latest addition to the ESD 105’s portfolio of regional and statewide leadership in promoting quality early learning programs. During the past decade, ESD 105 has helped implement programs between school districts and early learning partners to align preschool-3rd grade curriculum, coordinated some of the first field testing for the state’s Quality Rating Improvement System, and served as the fiscal agent to launch the Gates Foundation-funded Ready By Five program in Yakima. ESD 105 also currently operates ECEAP programs with Yakima area partners, and assists schools as the south central region’s instructional lead for the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).

 

Added Myers: “We look forward to the expanded partnership activities between ESD 105 and Inspire Development Centers through the Head Start work both of our organizations will be engaged in to benefit children and families. Quality early learning experiences are a gift for life.” Nationally, the Head Start program is observing its 50th anniversary this year, having officially started on May 18, 1965. Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The program's services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children's physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. For more about the national Head Start Program, go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs.

Grant at a Glance: ESD 105’s Migrant and Seasonal Head Start grant

Project period: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2020

Total award: $2,754,010 annually ($13,770,050 for the entire 5-year period)

Service area: Yakima, Bridgeport, and East Wenatchee

Migrant Head Start slots:

  • Yakima Castlevale location = 120 total slots for April-October sessions

  • Bridgeport location = 80 total slots for April-October sessions

  • East Wenatchee location = 64 total slots for April-October sessions



New Officers & Lion of the Year Award7/8/2015

NEW BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
LAKE CHELAN LIONS CLUB

 

At the Annual Membership dinner on June 20th held at the Echo Valley Ski Lodge, members were recognized and newly elected officers were sworn in for the 2015-16 year. The Lake Chelan Lions Club announced their new executive board officers. President-Chuck Robinson, Vice President- Juli Straub, 2nd VP-John Page, Treasurer- Mike Cushing, Secretary-Richard McKinnon, Tail Twister- Bruce Lenz, Lion Tamer- Keith Carpenter, and Board members- John Wager, Roger Erickson, Jerry Bragg, and Ted Cummings. The outgoing President, Mike Cushing, was recognized for his dedication to the club over the last year. The Lion of the Year award was presented to Juli Straub in recognition for outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism in the Lake Chelan Valley. .

 

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

 

The group meets every Thursday for lunch at the Apple Cup Café (conference room) at Noon. If you are interested in helping serve your community, stop by one of our meetings or talk to a Lion about joining. 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.

 

 



Lucerne's Wolverine Fire at 400 Acres7/7/2015

The Wolverine Fire, located about 3 miles northwest of Lucerne, has grown to 400 acres in size, and remains at 0% containment.

 

For precautionary reasons, a Level 2 Evacuation notice was issued for Holden Village and Lucerne last Thursday, and remains in place. The evacuation is primarily due to the single road access into Holden Village from Lucerne and potential impacts to the evacuation route from the fire.

 

Level 2 evacuation indicates there is a significant risk to your area and a mandatory evacuation notice may be issued at any time. Residents should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Fire Information Officer for the Wolverine Fire, Susan Peterson, says the fire, which was originally sparked by lightning, continues to grow...

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Peterson says the weather forecast for this week is a good-new, bad-news scenario...
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 The Wolverine Fire, near Lucerne, has approximately 117 personnel with 2- 20 person hotshot crews and two 20-person initial attack crews and 2 light helicopters.

 

KOZI will continue to follow this fire and will bring you updates as we receive and confirm them.



Methow Lost Driveway Project Starts7/7/2015

A nearly &$1 million contract was recently awarded by the Forest Service in order to thin hazardous fuels from 18 units in the upper Methow Valley as part of a project called the Lost Driveway Project.

Crews will thin trees up to 8 inches in diameter to reduce the likelihood of crown fires developing. The thinned trees will be bucked into 4-foot lengths, hand piles and eventually burned.

Meg Trebon, Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Methow Valley Ranger District, says the project entails acreage that is immediately adjacent to private properties...

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 Trebon says that although the Lost Driveway project is just officially getting underway, it's been on the back burner waiting for the funding to pan out...

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 Meg says crews will abide by various restrictions in completing the work, due to excessively dry conditions, a partial saw shutdown is already in place this summer, requiting all chainsaw operations to be paused from 1PM to 8Pm daily. Additional restrictions could be imposed depending on fire hazard levels. She says there are also some sensitive and endangered nesting birds that will affect work...

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For more information on the Lost Driveway Project in the upper Methow Valley, call the Methow Valley Ranger District at 509-996-4032.



Tuesday AM News 07-07-157/7/2015

Today's morning news with Jay Witherbee-- Tune in for the most up to date information at KOZI FM:  100.9 * 103.1 * 93.5

 

 

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Wolverine Fire 0% Contained7/6/2015

The lightning ignited Wolverine Fire, which started one week ago today, is burning in timber in extremely steep and rocky terrain in the Wolverine Creek drainage, about 3 miles northwest of Lucerne.

 

Susan Peterson, Fire Information Officer for the fire, says the fire was more active yesterday, as fuels continue to dry and admits that the size of the fire is somewhat of a guess…

 

 

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 Peterson says weather forecasters predict hot and dry conditions to remain…

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 That fire- is called the Twenty One Mile Grade fire, and began on July 1st. It is 20% contained and is said to be human caused.

The Sleepy Hollow fire is now 98% contained- it burned 2,950 acres and destroyed 29 residences, 1 outbuilding and 3 commercial businesses. 4 minor injuries were also reported on the fire.




Complete Campfire Ban on Forest Lands7/6/2015

Last week, Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest officials changed from campfire restrictions to a complete campfire ban on forest lands in Chelan and Kittitas Counties.

Spokeswoman for the Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest, Robin DeMario, says it’s normal for the Forest Service to gradually increase campfire restrictions and bans…

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 DeMario points out that the forest service relies heavily on compliance…

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 The complete campfire ban went into effect last Thursday, July 2nd.



Monday AM News 07-06-157/6/2015

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