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City Council Awards Bid To Relieve Stench4/14/2015

The Chelan City Council awarded voted last Thursday night to award a nearly $227 thousand bid to Advantage Dirt Contractors for the State Route 150- No See-Um intersection sewer improvement project, which is expected to be completed by this June.

 

Construction, which is slated to begin in the coming weeks, may cause some single lane flagger controlled traffic, but will not likely require a detour.

 

Chelan City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says the council was very pleased with the bids they received for the project, which was bumped to the top of the priorities list as the problem grew worse...


 

 

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The project will follow along State Route 150 from the No See-Um intersection about 300 yards on the north side of the road.


Entiat Speed Limit To Change Soon4/14/2015

A new speed limit is set to go into effect through the City of Entiat as early as this week.

 

The change will have drivers slowing to 35 miles per hour through the heart of downtown- and will take place after the current sidewalk project on the north end of town is complete.

 

Entiat Mayor, Keith Vradenburg, explains what new signs are being installed...

 

 

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The $240 thousand sidewalk project includes a new sidewalk, curb, gutter and drainage system on the east of the highway from the Kiwanis Park ball field to Pine Meadows Road in downtown Entiat- completing a walking loop from the Columbia River Waterfront trail.

 

Work on the sidewalk project began on March 16- and should be completed this week. 



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Water Rate Increase Pays For Failing Tanks 4/13/2015

The Brewster City Council passed a resolution at their meeting last Wednesday that will increase water rates 18 percent for three years before dropping the increase to 8 percent for two more.

 

The increase comes after a recent rate and comparison study and recommendation from a consulting firm out of Redmond.

 

Brewster Mayor, Jan May, says the council reluctantly passed the water rate increase resolution...

 

 

 

 

 

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 All three Brewster water storage tanks are in need of replacement. Two of those have been in use since the 1940's while the main tank was built in 1974.

 

May said, it's the main tank that is in the worst shape...

 

 

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 The 18 percent increase is effective immediately and water customers will see the change on their April bill.



PUD Investigates Rocky Reach Incident4/13/2015

An internal investigation continues into an incident with a generating turbine at Rocky reach dam that resulted in an uncontrolled spin of one of the dams 11 generating units with several employees dangerously close.

The incident occurred in early February, and has been determined as failure to follow procedure, lack of training and human error as the causes.

Chelan County PUD General Manager, Steve Wright, told KOZI News that an internal investigation has been underway since the incident occurred...

 

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Officials Encourage Voters To Vote4/13/2015

If you live within a district with a measure on the Special Election ballot, you have likely received your ballot in the mail by now. And County Election Officials are encouraging you to fill it out and send it back.

 

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says those ballots must be postmakred by Tuesday April 28th...

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And, don't forget to sign it. Moore says every year his office comes across invalid ballots because of varying signature issues...
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 In Chelan County, three districts will receive ballots- voters in the City of Wenatchee, as well as Chelan County Fire District 1 will be asked if the City of Wenatchee should be annexed to and be part of Chelan County Fire District 1.

Voters in the Manson Parks & Recreation District will be asked to vote for or against imposing property tax levies of $.23 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for 3 years.

 

Voters in Okanogan County, within the Methow Valley School District, will see two propositions: a Capital Levy for Health, Safety and Educational improvements for $750 thousand each year for 6 years; and a Levy to purchase new school buses for $400 thousand for two years.

 

In Douglas County, voters in Ephrata, Quincy and Grand Coulee Dam School Districts will all have a replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy- while voters in Bridgeport School District will decide on a two year Capital Levy for $1.55 per $1000 assessed valued.



Brewster Council Full After Appointment4/13/2015

The Brewster City Council is full again, after a replacement council member was appointed at their meeting Wednesday evening.

 

Avis Erickson was chosen to fill the vacant seat, after newly appointed Mayor, Jan May vacated the position to step in as Mayor.

 

Mayor May explains how the shuffle transpired...

 

 

 

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 The Brewster Council interviewed three candidates before choosing Avis- who will now finish out the term, which expires in December of 2015.

 

In other business, Brewster City Council approved the increase to water rates- a story KOZI is putting together and will have for you on Monday. 



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$45,000 in Open Scholarships 4/9/2015

 

$45,000 in Scholarships Open at Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of NCW is seeking applications for four remaining scholarships worth up to $45,000. The deadline to apply the scholarships is June 1st.

Three of the scholarships available are for students seeking Nursing degrees and one will support a current agriculture student at Washington State University.

The Bolyard Family Nursing Scholarship awards $5,300 to one or more 2nd year nursing students at Wenatchee Valley College.

The Katie Moore Memorial Nursing Scholarship awards one $1,000 for a female who graduated from a Chelan, Douglas, Grant or Okanogan county high school and is a 3rd year nursing student in the nursing program at a 4-year college or university.

The Sybil Shearer Nursing Scholarship awards $27,750 to one or more students who are residents of the Lake Chelan or Manson School Districts and are enrolled full time in an accredited nursing program.

The Harry and Kathern Lovejoy Scholarship will distribute $11,000 to one or more students in their 3rd or 4th year at Washington State University and are majoring in students related to agriculture.

The Community Foundation of NCW manages over 90 scholarship funds established by generous donors who want to help young students achieve their dreams of going to college. Last year the foundation awarded $469,000 to students across the NCW region.

To learn more and apply, visit www.cfncw.org/scholarships.

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s mission is to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Established in 1986, the Community Foundation currently manages over $57 million in assets in nearly 400 individualized funds and to date has awarded over $30 million in local grants and scholarships.



Red Cross Seeks Hometown Heroes4/9/2015

The American Red Cross is preparing for their 6th annual Hometown Heroes Event and is asking for nominations.

 

Heroes must live in or have performed their heroic act or acts in either Chelan or Douglas County.

 

Regional Communications Director, Megan Snow, says the Hometown Heroes Program looks to salute ordinary people that have had an extraordinary impact through their service, dedication, knowledge and spirit...

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 Nomination Forms can be downloaded at the red cross web page atwww.redcross.org/wenatcheeheroes2015. If you have questions you can call the Red Cross Regional office at 509-663-3907.

 

The deadline to make your nomination is Friday, May 1st.



IRS Deadline Just Days Away4/9/2015
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Man Dies After Armed Robbery-Chase-Taze4/7/2015

A 28-year old Coulee Dam man died Saturday morning as he was being arrested after an armed robbery and police chase.

 

Okanogan County Sheriff, Frank Rogers, says the incident all began shortly before 10 am on Saturday when a United States Forest Service Officer was contacted by a hitchhiker who had just been robbed...

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The man who was arrested and died at the scene was identified as William Dick III.

Kyle Cate, 23, of Okanogan was booked into Okanogan County Jail on armed robbery, felony eluding, Driving while suspended, and an arrest warrant out of Lincoln County.

 

The 33-year old female passenger was not arrested.

 

An autopsy is scheduled for today.



Special Election Ballots Mailed Tomorrow 4/7/2015

Ballots for the April 28th Special Election will be mailed out to voters tomorrow, but each of the surrounding three counties in our area will have few items to vote on.

 

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says voters in the Manson Parks & Recreation District will see a levy proposition...

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 Moore explains that the State of Washington offers the opportunity to hold elections 4 times a year: February, April, August and November..

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Voters in Okanogan County, within the Methow Valley School District, will see two propositions: a Capital Levy for Health, Safety and Educational improvements for $750 thousand each year for 6 years; and a Levy to purchase new school buses for $400 thousand for two years.

 

In Douglas County, voters in Ephrata, Quincy and Grand Coulee Dam School Districts will all have a replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy- while voters in Bridgeport School District will decide on a two year Capital Levy for $1.55 per $1000 assessed valued.

 

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters tomorrow- and should be received no later than Monday, April 13.




Call Before Burning Yard Waste4/7/2015

This spring, state officials are recommending alternative options to burning yard debris.

 

While it is legal to burn some yard waste in certain areas, state forestry officials caution that debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires each year.

 

Outdoor burning is banned in all urban growth areas in the state of Washington- but if you live outside the urban growth boundary, yard waste such as leaves, grass, brush and trimmings is legal to burn.

 

Manson's Fire District 5 Fire Chief, Arnold Baker says in addition to following safety precautions for outdoor burning, you are also required to check with Department of Ecology for air quality on burn decision day...


 

 

 

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 Not sure if you are in an Urban Growth Area? Visit the KOZI website and click on this story for maps that outline the designated Urban Growth Areas.

 

For Burn Decision from the Department of Ecology call 1-800-406-5322- choose option 1, then choose the county.

 

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Bud Hover To Step Down From WSDA4/7/2015

 Director Bud Hover announced today he is leaving the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to return to his farm in Okanogan County and spend more time with his wife and family. In his resignation letter to Governor Jay Inslee, Director Hover wrote:

“I believe we have made great strides in the past two years in advancing new and innovative solutions to help solve some of the pressing issues facing agriculture today as well as making great strides in improving efficiency in the Department of Agriculture,” adding, “However, after many hours of discussion with my wife, Tonya, and considering the needs of her aging father, we have decided that it is time to return to the farm and the Methow Valley.”

Governor Jay Inslee thanked Hover for his work at the agency. 

“As a farmer himself, Bud has been a tireless advocate for the average farmer, making sure their concerns were heard at the highest levels of government. He provided key leadership in implementing a state of the art Animal Disease Traceability program that will better protect the state’s vital livestock industry and provided important guidance in the difficult situation we faced with issues at our ports.”

Director Hover was appointed to lead WSDA on April 1, 2013. He will continue to serve through the current Legislative Session, scheduled to conclude April 26, to ensure a smooth transition.



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WVC Students Vote On Athletic Building4/3/2015

Students at Wenatchee Valley College will decide this spring whether or not to fund a new athletic facility.

 

The proposed recreation center would come with a price tag in the $6 million range and does not fall under state funding options- leaving the loan on the shoulders of the students.

 

Wenatchee Valley College President, Dr. Jim Richardson, says there are two major issues with the current athletic facilities. The aging building was built in the 1970's, and there is not sufficient space for the needs of students...

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The proposed building is a 20 thousand square foot fully heated and air conditioned facility with three courts – two of which would be reserved for intramural sports, and would be built on what is currently a parking lot. It would also offer batting cages, dance studio, restrooms and an equipment checkout area.




Water Right Holders Warned Of Restrictions4/3/2015

Water Right holders in the Wenatchee River basin who are subject to regulation based on minimum in stream flows were sent a letter this week warning of the high likelihood of early water use restrictions during the 2015 irrigation season.

 

A water right is a legal authorization to use a predefined quantity of public water for a designated purpose. The purpose must qualify as a beneficial non-wasteful use, such as irrigation, domestic water supply or power generation.

 

Communications Manager for the Department of Ecology, Joye Redfield-Wilder, told KOZI news that regulating water use to those water right users is not a new concept, however restrictions will likely come much earlier than usual...

 


 

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 According to the letter, dated for March 30, 2015- The Department of Ecology will operate a toll-free River Flow Information Line with a recorded message stating whether water users may withdraw or divert water under their water right.

 

Both the natural environment and our community water supplies rely on healthy stream flows, yet many streams around the state are projected to be below critical levels.

Redfield-Wilder says the Wenatchee River is predicted to be 55 percent of the annual average for the upcoming irrigation season...

 

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Opening Days For Fishing And More4/3/2015
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Native Plants Sale In Okanogan April 11th4/3/2015

The Okanogan Conservation District will be holding their annual native plant sale next Saturday, April 11th from 9am-noon in downtown Okanogan.

 

Kirsten Cook, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Conservation District, says they will have many plant species available for purchase...

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Okanogan County Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions about plants and planting, and there will be an information booth on noxious weeds.

 

The Native Plant Sale will be in downtown Okanogan at the corner of Rose St and 2nd Avenue on Saturday April 11th from 9am-noon.

 

If you have any questions, call the Okanogan Conservation District at 509-422-0855.



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Carlton Complex Recovery Group Details4/3/2015

The Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG) is helping residents recover from last year’s devastating wildfires. To donate, please mail your check to:

P.O. Box 655, Pateros, WA 98846 or call 509-733-0318 to donate by credit card. 



Still No Arrest In KOZI Bomb Threat4/2/2015

No arrests have been made after a bomb threat to the KOZI Studio was made 12 days ago.

 

The threat was called in shortly after 8:30 on the morning of Saturday, March 21st to Rivercom Dispatch. The caller claimed multiple explosives were placed throughout the KOZI building and would detonate in 2 hours, prompting an evacuation of the entire block surrounding the studio while deputies searched the building.

 

Chief of Patrol, Dave Helvey, told KOZI News about the initial response to that threat...

 

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 No explosives or suspicious items were found in the search, and Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett, says the investigation is ongoing...


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 KOZI will continue to follow the investigation and bring you the latest details as they are confirmed.



Parking Issues On Chelan City Radar4/2/2015

The Chelan City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday, and spent a fair amount of the nearly 2-hour meeting discussing parking issues at Lakeside Park.

 

In the end, council approved an agreement to have a parking study done.

 

City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says the $10 thousand study will bring back several alternatives for council consideration...

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Mayor, Bob Goedde, says council spent a fair amount of time discussing concerns regarding Lakeside Park...
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 In other business, the Chelan City Council heard the annual report from Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett- and approved the Emergency Management Services Agreement with Chelan County. We will take a deeper look at that agreement tomorrow.



Twisp Seeks Grant For Street Planning4/2/2015

The Twisp Town Council approved seeking a grant through the Community Development Block Grant Program that would aid in a transportation plan for the town of about 930 residents.

 

The Grant Program has six grant platforms aimed at improving the econimic, social and physical environment of rural cities and counties to enhance the quality of life.

 

Town Clerk and Treasurer, Jackie Moriarty, says the town of Twisp will be seeking a “Planning-Only” Grant that will allow them to look at and plan for potential projects pertaining to transportation...

 

 

 

 

 

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The Twisp Town Council meets the 2nd and 4th of each month, making their next meeting Tuesday, April 14th at 7pm.




Tomorrow Is Opening Day For N.Cascades4/2/2015

In one of the fastest reopening efforts in the North Cascades Highway's 42-year history, Washington State Department of Transportation crews expect to swing open the winter closure gates to traffic at 10 am tomorrow.

Crews began the clearing process on State Route 20, also known as North Cascades Highway, just three weeks ago, on March 16th.

 

Last year, it took crews nearly six weeks to clear the highway, opening it on May 8.

 

Jeff Adamson said this year, crews have crews were able to beat their original estimate of 4 weeks to clear the scenic highway...

 

 

 

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The mid morning 10Am reopening allows the crew time to sweep the entire 37-mile winter closure zone for sand, rocks and debris, clear any snow from below avalanche chutes, and apply sand or deicer as needed.

 

Adamson says they have travelers waiting at the gates every year...

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 On the east side of the highway, Granny Winthrop, from Sheri's Sweet Shoppe will be handing out goodies to waiting travelers.



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N Cascades Hwy To Open Friday4/1/2015

Crews say they remain on track to open the North Cascades Highway this week.

 

According to Washington State Department of Transportation Spokesman, Jeff Adamson, the plan is to open the gates at 10 AM on Friday...

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Unusually warm winter temperatures left the mountain snowpack level well below normal- aiding in the earliest opening since 2005, when the pass opened on March 10th- but was forced to be closed again on March 26th after a snowstorm hit.

 

Opening dates through the years have varied from as late as June 14th, in 1974, to much a earlier date of March 22nd in 2001.

 

One thing that has remained consistent through the years, says Adamson, is the cinnamon rolls that Tootsie Clark delivers to the west side gate each year on opening day...

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Chelan School Calendars Adopted4/1/2015

The Chelan School Board approved school calendars for the next two years at their meeting last week- after hearing recommendations from the calendar committee and reviewing staff and community survey results.

Calendars for the 2015/2016 school year as well as 2016/2017 were adopted- both calendars were option B from the choices offered to the staff and community to vote on and give feedback.

Chelan School Superintendent, Rob Manahan, said the biggest change is the date for the the first day of school...

 

 

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 Manahan admits the district received several questions and comments from the community survey, most of those pertained to the late start every Monday...

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If you would like to see the adopted calendars for the Lake Chelan School District, visit their website at www.chelanschools.org.



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Small Brush Fire Sparks Preparation Talks3/31/2015

Manson Fire District 5 responded to a call of a brush fire at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon on Lakeshore Drive.

According to Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, the fire had grown to about 50 feet by 50 feet when the call came in...

 

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 And, although the firefight for yesterday's brush fire was short and sweet, it does bring prevention and preparation to the forefront as we head into what is being slated as a severe fire season.

 

Chief Baker says District 5 is preparing for what he already sees is a dry fire season...

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 Gary Marshall, a Spokesman for Firewise Community Programs, says there are ways to make your home safer from wildfire by creating a defensible space around your home...

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 For more tips on how to prepare your home for the upcoming fire season, visit www.firewise.org.



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Knapps Tunnel Closed 9-2 Tuesday3/30/2015

Knapps Tunnel will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday) from 9am until 2 pm for some maintenance work.

 

Washington State Department of Transportation Spokesman, Jeff Adamson says you will have to take the scenic route during those hours.

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Remove Your Studs- Deadline Is Tomorrow3/30/2015

If you have been procrastinating on removing your studded tires, time is running out!

 

Jeff Adamson, Spokesman for Washington State Department of Transportation, says tomorrow is the last day to use studs...

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 Adamson admits that although the department of transportation has put some effort into outlawing studs completely- he says some people have very convincing reasons to use them...

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 As you may know- some years the Department of Transportation will extend the deadline for studs removal due to weather- that is not the case this year. Tomorrow will be the final day to keep those studs on your tires without the chance of receiving a citation.



Voter Registration Deadlines 3/30/2015

Chelan County Auditors Office must receive your voter registration today, if you chose the mail-in method.

 

However, there is still time to register to vote either in person, or online.

 

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says registering to vote in the state of Washington is pretty easy...

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 Voter Registration deadlines for the upcoming April 28th Special Election are:

 

Mail-In-- Today Online—Friday, April 17 walk-in--- Monday, April 20th

 

For more information on registering to vote, visit www.co.chelan.wa.us.



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WSP Switches To Hydrogen Fuel Cells3/27/2015

 "Envronmental friendly" isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of law enforcement, but the Washington State Patrol is changing that.

WSP's Electronic Services Division has replaced tradional lead-acid batteries with hydrogen fuel cells at 15 of the agency's network radio towers across the state.

 

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NCWAR Gathers $179K For Fire Victims3/27/2015

The North Central Washington Association of REALTORS announced yesterday that they have received two grants totaling $150,000 that they will use to assist victims of the Carlton Complex Fire.

The Carlton Complex Fire impacted hundreds of homeowners who are now seeking an opportunity to rebuild their dream of home ownership.

Communications Director for North Central Washington Association of Realtors, Paul Mares, says the wildfires had such a huge impact on the community, the association just had to do something...

 

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 Those who lost their primary residence to the Carlton Complex fire are eligible to apply for the grant. Applications are available on the North Central Washington Association of Realtors website at www.ncwar.comand must be submitted by June 30th, 2015.



Manson Parks Hosts Geo Cache Hunt3/27/2015

Manson Parks & Recreation District is getting into the game of Geo Caching next week- with their version of the treasure hunting sport where people use GPS units to find caches that have been hidden.

 

The Geo Cache Treasure Hunt will begin Monday, March 30th and participants have until Saturday April 4th to submit their findings.

 

Wai Petersen, Director of Manson Parks, says it all starts by visiting their website at mansonparks.com and downloading the scorecard..

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Manson Parks & Recreation District operates 7 parks: Old Mill Park, Singleton Park, Manson Bay Park, Manson Bay Marina, Old Swim Hole, Willow Point Park and Wapato Lake Campground.

For more information on Manson parks & Recreation Geo Cache Treasure Hunt, visit www.mansonparks.com.




Still Time To Register For Special Election3/27/2015

With the upcoming Special Election just around the corner, it's time to turn our attention to registeration.

 

If you are not yet registered, there are several ways to get that done- you can mail in your application, that deadline is Monday.

 

But, don't let the mail-in deadline slow you down-- there are other ways to get registered to vote.

 

Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore, says registering to vote in the state of Washington is pretty easy...

 

 

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 Voter Registration deadlines for the upcoming April 28th Special Election are:

 

Mail-In-- Monday, March 30 Online—Friday, April 17 walk-in--- Monday, April 20th

 

For more information on registering to vote, visit www.co.chelan.wa.us.



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Deputies Fight Discipline In Open Meeting3/26/2015

Three Chelan County Sheriff Deputies argued before Chelan County Commissioners on Monday- saying they were wrongly disciplined after one of them fired his service firearm into a swimming pool at a party last summer.

The discipline stems from a party on June 23rd at the home of a reserve deputy in Cashmere, who was celebrating his graduation from reserve deputy training.

According to statements made during the stage 2 Grievance Hearing before Commissioners, Deputy Lee Risdon fired several rounds from Deputy Carl Mohn's service weapon into an empty swimming pool to show what would happen when a gun was fired underwater.

The bullets traveled a few feet in the water before sinking to the bottom.

During the hearing, Undersheriff John Wisemore said the three deputies violated alcohol and firearms and ethics policies.

Risdon, a deputy since 2006 was issued a letter of reprimand, given a one-day suspension without pay and had his membership in the SWAT team and his position as reserve coordinator revoked. Mohns, a deputy since 2004 was issued a letter of reprimand and given a one-day suspension without pay. And the third deputy, Dan McCue, a deputy since 2005, was issued a letter of reprimand.

Sheriff Brian Burnett says Chelan County Deputies take an oath and are held to a higher standard...

 

 

 

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 County Commissioners now have 14 days from the day of the hearing to decide if they will overturn the decision.



Manson Fire Chief Wants To Fix Addresses3/26/2015

Chelan County Fire District 5 officials are seeking a $150,000 Fire Prevention and Safety grant to help pay for readdressing Manson parcels.

 

Currently, address numbers don't match up with emergency dispatch or GPS systems, making it hard to find locations. This problem is not unique to Manson, but, according to Manson Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, Manson is at the bottom of the pack...

 

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 Baker says that the National Standard has left at least 2 thousand parcels in Manson out of the system, which creates problems for the Manson Fire Department....

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 Baker knows that the idea of readdressing Manson is not very popular, but adds that it is all in the name of public safety…

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 This will be the second attempt at grant funding for the purpose of readdressing Manson.



Distraction Factor In Most Teen Crashes3/26/2015

The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious of a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Safety.

 

The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate to severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates on police reports.

 

AAA Spokesperson, Jennifer Cook, told KOZI News that researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders...

 

 

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 Cook adds that Washington State's Graduated Driver Licensing law, along with a critical role that parents play, will help prevent distracted driving...

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 In Washington State alone, there were 60 deaths resulting from crashes involving a teen driver in 2013.



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Removal Of Studded Tires Deadline Coming3/25/2015

The shining sun isn't the only sign that winter is over-- it's also officially time to get those winter tires off.

The deadline to remove studded tires is next Tuesday-- March 31st.

And with all this mild weather, Department of transportation officials say, there will not be an extension this, as we have seen in past years.

North Central Region Communications Director for Washington State Department of Transportation, Jeff Adamson, says studded tires have metal cleats in the tread to help promote traction on snow and ice, but use of studs in the summer, when roads are bare is costly...


 

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 Adamson adds that because of the damage the studs cause, the Department of Transportation spent many years trying to convince legislatures to pass a bill to outlaw studs entirely...

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 And, for those who are considering keeping their studs on despite next Tuesday's deadline, Adamson has this analogy...

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 The fine for studded tires after Tuesday, March 31 is $124.



Manson Parks District Puts Levy On Ballot3/25/2015

Ballots for the April 28th Special Election will be mailed out to voters in two weeks, but each of the surrounding three counties in our area will have few items to vote on.

Chelan County voters in the Manson Parks & Recreation District will see a levy that would impose regular property tax levies of 23 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value for three years.

The board of commissioners for the Parks District approved the levy, which is essentially a replacement levy.

Wai Petersen, Manson Parks Director, says the district relies heavily on the funding from these tax dollars...

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 Voters in Okanogan County, within the Methow Valley School District, will see two propositions: a Capital Levy for Health, Safety and Educational improvements for $750 thousand each year for 6 years; and a Levy to purchase new school buses for $400 thousand for two years.

In Douglas County, voters in Ephrata, Quincy and Grand Coulee Dam School Districts will all have a replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy- while voters in Bridgeport School District will decide on a two year Capital Levy for $1.55 per $1000 assessed value.

Ballots for the April 28 Special Election will be mailed out on Wednesday, April 8th.

 



Wednesday AM News 03/25/153/25/2015

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Chelan Council To Host Cop Appreciation3/24/2015

The Chelan City Council will meet this Thursday, March 26 for a regularly scheduled meeting- with a packed agenda.

City Administrator, Paul Schmidt, says the council will have a fair amount of business to take care of during their meeting, but before that happens, they will be hosting a Law Enforcement Appreciation Open House...

 

 

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 That Law Enforcement Appreciation Open House will begin at 5.

Schmidt says after the Open House and presentation, the council will dive in to what he refers to as “the bread and butter,” starting with a budget amendment...

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 The Chelan City Council will meet this Thursday, March 26th at 6PM with the Law Enforcement Appreciation Open House to begin at 5PM- you are invited and encouraged to attend both.



Omak Student Wins Regional Spelling Bee3/24/2015

The Washington Apple Education Foundation sponsored and organized the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee last Thursday, for their fourth consecutive year.

 

The format ws the traditional spelldown with each student receiving one word per round- those who spelled their words correctly continued on to the next round.

 

Jeniffer Witherbee, Executive Director for Washington Apple Education Foundation says this year's winner, Ashley Blakemore -an eigtht grader from Omak- is familiar with the Regional Spelling Bee- in fact, she earned a 3rd place finish last year as a 7th grader...

 


 

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 Ashley will receive a six day trip to Washington DC to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a one-year subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica's online Edition, and a copy of Webster's Third International Dictionary from Merriam-Webster.

 

The second place winner was Leo Chen – a fifth grader from Oroville Middle School, and third place was Annelise Schmidt- an eighth grader from Foothills Middle School.

 

The winning word? CONVECTIVE



Local Red Cross Merges W/ Spokane 3/24/2015

In an national push to ward off a projected deficit, the American Red Cross Organization has merged and consolidated many chapters throughout the country- including right here in our region.

The Apple Valley Red Cross was merged in with the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter, based out of Spokane- which now covers a footprint that includes 17 counties in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

Director of the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter, Megan Snow, says the process began nationwide last fall...

 

 

 

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And, although covering 17 counties may sound overwhelming, Snow says the Red Cross will continue to respond vigorously, providing aid with the help of community volunteers...
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 When asked about the Carlton Complex Fire, Snow says it left a lasting impression on just how much volunteers can do...

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 Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit the website atwww.redcross.org



Monday AM News 03/23/153/23/2015

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North Cascades Hwy Clearing Underway3/23/2015

State transportation crews began clearing snow from North Cascades Highway one week ago today- and remain optimistic that the scenic highway could be reopened in three weeks, or less.

A stretch of the highway, spanning through 4 counties, including Chelan and Okanogan Counties, has been closed for winter since November 24 because of snow and avalanche danger.

The highway is nearly 5,500 feet in elevation at its highest point and typically opens between late March and early May.

The winter closure runs between Diablo and Mazama, and the annual snow clearing effort takes two state Department of Transportation crews- one working from the west, and the other from the east.

The west side work will begin today.

Work on the east side began last Monday, and Communications Consultant for Washington State Department of Transportation, Jeff Adamson, says crews ran into a little glitch in the first week- but they remain ahead of schedule...

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 Adamson says the snow blowers used are specially made for this particular job…

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As the clearing moves into avalanche zones, an avalanche crew will join the efforts to monitor the stability of the slopes above the crew down to the highway. 



It's Official- There's A Boys & Girls Club3/23/2015

The new Boys & Girls Club in Brewster is set to open its doors for the first time after school today.

The club will run out of the Columbia Cove Recreation Center and will serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Kendal Leaver, Programs Director for the Brewster Club, says today's opening has been highly anticipated...

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The push to start a Boys & Girls Club began several years ago by a group of community members, spearheaded by Jon Wyss, who saw the need for additional after school programs for kids in the area and began raising fundraising.

Wyss says that he realized a Boys & Girls Club was possible because of the overwhelming financial support he was seeing for other programs in the region...

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 And, Wyss adds, the support for the club has been huge...

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 The new Boys & Girls Club in Brewster is the first in Eastern Washington, and plans to serve kids from surrounding communities.



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