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+ News for the week of June 26, 2016

Fire Consumes Home & Starts Brush Fire6/27/2016
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Manson School Board Meets Tonight6/27/2016

 The Manson School Board will hold their first meeting since school ended for the 2015-16 school year.

 

Manson Superintendent, Matt Charlton, says the school board will begin turning their attention to the next school year, including the budget, at tonight's meeting...

 

 

 

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 Tonight's Manson School Board Meeting will be held at 6PM in the Manson Elementary Library.



Health Report: Signs Of Diabetes6/27/2016
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Local EMS Staff Honored At Awards Night6/27/2016

 Emergency Medical Services Providers from a variety of EMS agencies gathered in East Wenatchee at Douglas County Fire District 2 earlier this month, for the annual EMS awards presentation...

 

 

 

 

 

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 That's Ray Eickmeyer, Greater Wenatchee EMS Council Chair.

 

He says awards were handed out for various recognitions among all emergency service providers- including Don Dryer, an Emergency Technician with lake Chelan Community Hospital- who was selected as this year's Volunteer EMT of the Year...

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 Celeste Thomas, Marketing Coordination or Lake chelan Community Hospital, says she had the opportunity to visit with Don Dryer on what inspired him to become an EMT...

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 The other local award handed out at the recent EMS Awards night was Christina Eickmeyer, who received the EMS Educator of the year honors...

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 Celeste says that Christina, like Don Dryer, remembers what inspired her to become involved in Emergency Medical Service...

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I-90- Will See Many Construction Delays6/23/2016

 WSDOT says they have a pretty busy construction season underway. This weekend: LOTS OF DELAYS!  Listen to Jim's run-down...

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Saul Gallegos Memorial Run Is Saturday6/23/2016

 This Saturday will mark the 11th annual Saul Gallegos Memorial Run at Singleton Park in Manson.

 

Deputy Saul Gallegos was a Chelan County Sheriff's Office Deputy, shot and killed in the line of duty on June 26, 2003. Deputy Gallegos pulled over a man suspected of driving on a suspended license on State Route 150 in Manson when the suspect fled before engaging in a violent struggle that ultimately ended with Gallegos being shot twice.

 

The suspect was arrested three days later and eventually found guilty of aggravated first degree murder.

 

Chelan County Sergeant, Rob Huddleston says the Saul Gallegos Memorial Run was launched in 2006 as a way to help further the education for Saul's four sons. He says the event has grown to include several options for all walkers and runners...

 

 

 

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 If you would like to sign up to participate in Saturday's 11th annual Saul Gallegos Memorial Run, Huddleston says, there's still time to sign up...

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 Again, that website to register is saulmemorial.net, or Saturday morning at Singleton Park before the run begins.



Manson Fire To Consider 2 Annexations6/23/2016

 For the first time since the Manson Fire District was formed, in 1950, Fire Commissioners are considering 2 annexations into the fire district- and will be holding a public hearing to take public comment at their next meting.

 

Manson Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, says those annexations include parcels in the Emerson Acres and Santana Drive areas...

 

 

 

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 Annexation is a process by which a district expands its boundaries into areas not already incorporated.

 

Chief Baker says these annexations stem from legislation passed two years ago regarding the use of state mobilization. The district will, and does respond to fires in these areas...

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 Since this is the first time the Manson Fire district has had a request for annexation, Chief Baker says, there is a lot of learning taking place...

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 The public hearing for public comment on the requested annexations will be held at the next Manson Fire District Commissioner meeting- scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th at 4:30 PM at the Manson Fire Hall.



District 7 Seasonal Firefighters Ready 6/23/2016

 Chelan Fire District 7 Commissioners approved the launch of a Summer Seasonal Wildland Firefighter Program that added three full time seasonal firefighters through September.

 

Chelan Fire Chief, Tim Lemon, says those 3 firefighters have already responded to a fire in state mobilization mode- meaning available resources across the state are sent to fight a fire…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 As part of the Summer Seasonal Wildland Firefighter program- Chief Lemon says, some brush chipping as well as home and property assessments as we prepare for the upcoming wildfire season…

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 According to Chief Lemon, brush and small trees are what fuel fires into massive, devastating wildfires…

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Tossing Lit Cigs Could Cost You $10256/23/2016

 As conditions continue to dry out across the region, the danger of fires caused by individuals discarding lit tobacco products from their vehicles increases.

 

Washington State Public Information Officer, Trooper Brian Moore, says under Revised Code of Washington 7.80.120 – it is a class 1 civil infraction for a person to discard dangerous litter of any amount. The fine, he says, will run $1, 025...

 

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 It's not uncommon to see people throw lit cigarettes out their windows while driving down the road, and Trooper Moore warns, that could land you a pretty heavy fine...

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Health Report: Caring For Bruises6/23/2016
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Honor Roll Students- Chelan Middle School6/20/2016

 

CHELAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 2nd Semester


The following students earned a 4.0 grade-point average:


Eighth grade: Sarah Freeman, Caroline Kelly, Casey Simpson, Alfre Torres


Seventh grade: Drake Bird, Cash Corrigan, Mireya Garibay, Isabella Gatzemeier, Noah Hildreth, Hailee Huddleston, Michelle Hyde, Dillon McCardle, Kaitlyn Rainville, Elise Rothlisberger, Cory Schramm, Jesus Vazquez Rocha


Sixth grade: Angel Cortez, Amberly Guerrero, Teegan Silva


The following students earned a 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average:


Eighth grade: Connor Abel, Emilie Barnes, Amelia Bordner, Kaylin Boykin, Elizabeth Garcia, Leanna Garfoot, Kyle Jackson, Monroe Kenck, Macaela LaPorte, Jasmine Lopez, Nicole Manier, Alexander Marron Andrade, Emma McLaren, Laura Montoya Benitez, Maxwell Nimz, Molly Oswald, Elijah Phelps, Mercedes Reynolds, Ana Torres, Ella Tschetter, Tobin Wier, Melina Wyckoff, Seth Yorgason, Talitha Zelaya


Seventh grade: Quinton Baker, Gladiola Banuelos, Natalie Bishop, Chris Cannasso, Annie Chavez, Ellyn Collins, Xitlali Cruz, Caden Doggett, Sabriena Estes, Lana Fielding, Matea Ivory, Josef Keen, Madison Latter, Diana Lopez, Maria Magallon, Adrian Martinez, Holly Maxham, Daisy Monje, Miguel Neri Cazares, Sage Paddock Reid, Aiden Peterson, Ella Polley, Chase Rogge, Valeria Sanchez, Maddelyn Smith, Zachary Spence, Taryn Sweeney, Aitza Uvalle


Sixth grade: Jamie Bekel, Charles Bordner, Gage Burdick, Jagjot Dhaliwal, Lynda Dietrich, Maeve Earley, Jordyn Emery, Noemi Garcia Rosas, Joseph Gasper, Katelyn Gordon, Hannah Hawkins, Kya Holmes, Jacqueline Jimenez, Ethan Kehl, Deasel Kenck, Logan Lemings, Zion Lovell, Itzel Martinez, Quin McLaren, Catherine Mercado, Karen Munguia, Janely Munoz, Yuleymy Nunez, Mackenzie Rogge, Casandra Sanchez, Rocio Sevilla, Hunter Shumway, Reed Stamps, Ethan Strandberg, Ruby Wier, Alexis Williams


The following students earned a 3.0 to 3.49 grade-point average:


Eighth grade: Yulisa Avila, Jacqueline Benegas, Kaitlyn Cerenzia, Obed Diaz, Mason Dowd, Isabella Evans, Haylee Fry, Andrea Gavin, Audrey Gilleland, Danica Gordon, Julissa Guzman, Bailey Heimark, Abby Kelly, Christopher Knight, Alondra Lopez, Delia Lysiak, Melissa Mendoza, Elijah Morris, Odaliz Ordaz, Eleno Rivera, Cynthia Sanchez, Ashlyn Sanderson, Jazmin Santos, Nadia Van Wechel, Shaylyn Wells Davis, Steven Williams

Seventh grade: America Avila, Itzi Blanco, Abilene Castillo, Charlize Clementson, Ivan Duenas, Elaine Folsom, Edith Galvan, Gunner Gleasman, Jonathan Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Geovanna Granados, Johan Luna Munoz, Samara Mendoza, Lydia Montalvo Gomez, Jonathan Ramirez, Lizbeth Tapia, Jose Torres, Aliyah Villasenor, Hayley Watson


Sixth grade: Aiden Avery, Deisy Avila, Amairany Bravo, Bethzabel Bravo, Mason Davis, Julissa Diaz Magana, Mallory Dundas, Ella Ediger, Dylan Enriquez, Yesenia Ferra, Aliyah Finch, Edgar Gutierrez, Nathan Harding, Madison Harmon, Morgyn Harrison, Daniela Hernandez, Levi Jeffries, Zoe Knappert, Noah Loew, Nadia Montoya Benitez, Wilson Mutter, Holden Nichols, David Payan, Mia Rodman, Erick Rodriguez Murillo, Neida Vargas, Valeria Venegas, Orlando Villa Garcia, Cash Walsh, Soren Yorgason




 



+ News for the week of June 12, 2016

Appeals Court Says Three Fingers Will Stay6/15/2016

 The infamous 3 finger land fills on the south shore of Lake Chelan, are here to stay- at least for the time being.

 

On Tuesday, a state appeals court in Spokane, overturned last years ruling by Chelan County Superior Court Judge, Leslie Allen, that the 3 fingers must be removed.

 

The 3 fingers are owned by Good Fellow Brothers Incorporated. They were constructed in the early 60's as part of a road widening project on Highway 97A.

 

A fourth landfill, adjacent to the original 3 fingers, constructed by a separate property owner, was removed by court order in the late 60's.

 

Those four landfills are credited with prompting the Shoreline Management Act, which was passed by the Washington State Legislature in 1971. The Shoreline Management Act states that permitted uses on the shorelines of the state shall be designed and conducted in a manner to minimize any interference with the public's use of the water.

 

In 2010 the grassroots Chelan Basin Conservancy Group, took legal action after Goodfellow Brothers announced plans to develop the three fingers.

 

Through their attorney, David Mann, of Seattle, they claimed the development would unreasonably interfere with access to the beach and navigable waters.

 

In 2014,Chelan County Superior Court Judge, Leslie Allen, ruled that the 3 fingers were in violation of state statute as a public nuisance.

 

The following year, in 2015, she ordered prompt removal of the three fingers. Goodfellow Brothers Incorporated appealed her decision.

 

Most cases appealed from superior courts, go directly to the court of appeals, it is a non discretionary appellate court, it must accept all appeals filed.

 

The court of appeals has authority to reverse, remand, modify or affirm the decision of the lower court.

 

In Tuesday's written ruling, the Spokane based Division 3 Court of Appeals stated that the Shoreline Management Act includes a savings clause that grandfathers in per-existing landfills against claims for violation of the public rights of navigation.

 

The case is now remanded back to Superior Court Judge, Leslie Allen, for a new ruling.

 

A spokesperson for Goodfellow Brothers Incorporated, said the appeals court decision will probably lead to dismissal of the 2010 lawsuit brought by the Chelan Basin Conservancy Group. But they do have the right to ask the Court of Appeals to reconsider their decision, or seek review by the Washington State Supreme Court.

 

The Chelan Basin Conservancy Group is a tenacious grassroots group, and it's unlikely they are going to go away quietly.

 

Goodfellow Brothers Incorporated is a storied, multi-generational, international development company and it's highly unlikely they will ever give up the fight.

 



Free Brush Chipping Extended6/15/2016

 Last weekend's pilot run of a free brush chipping and dumping event proved to be a success. So successful, in fact, that the City of Chelan will host another round this weekend as they continue in their quest to de-fuel the valley as we head into the heart of wildfire season.

 

Funding for last weekend's chipping was made by Department of Natural Resources, as well as the City of Chelan.

This upcoming weekend, chipping will be paid for by Chelan County and Department of Ecology.

 

Amanda Levesque (levesk) is an Education and Outreach Specialist and Firewise Program Manager for Cascadia Conservation District. She says they were pleased with the number of private landowners who participated in last weekend's chipping event...

 

 

 

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 Levesque says Cascadia's role in this extended 2-weekend Free chipping event, is primarily focused on Firewise and helping communities prepare for the wildfire season.

 

In fact, she explains, Cascadia is currently hosting a Firewise Challenge...

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 And you, too can help prepare the community for the next wildfire. You are asked to remove any fuels- brush, shrubs plants or trees that could act as a fuel source in a fire event- and take that to this weekend's Free brush chipping at the Chelan Transfer Station.

 

Levesque says there is a definite increase in awareness and understanding with the Firewise Program- specifically after the past two summers...

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 Again, the second weekend of free brush chipping will be this coming Friday, June 17 – 10 AM until 5PM and Saturday, June 18 - 9AM until 4PM.




Local Officials Attend Cascadia Rising Drill6/15/2016

 While last week's “Cascadia Rising” drill simulating a 9-point-oh earthquake and subsequent tsunami was based on the westside and had agencies along the I-5 corridor participating, they weren't the only ones involved. Among those helping out were a group from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, including Sergeant Rod Huddleston:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 “Long-line” work involves transporting equipment and supplies via helicopter using a hoist and a cargo net. Sometimes those supplies weren't adequately secured – such as the load of nails Huddleston said fell out because the lid on the Rubbermaid box they were in snapped off, which rerquired about a half-hour of picking up nails off the ground. But Huddleston says even that exercise proved useful:


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 Now, after last week's drill, does Huddleston think Chelan County is well-prepared for an earthquake or similar emergency?

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 Last week's drill involved not only state, but federal officials, as well as provincial emergency agencies from British Columbia.



Health Report: Being Kind Is Healthy6/15/2016
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Manson 2016 Class Is Small But Mighty6/14/2016

 Manson's class of 2016 has proven that numbers aren't everything. This small class of graduates showed their stuff at both Senior Awards night and in the commencement exercises this past week.   

 

Thirty-one students took in more than 1 million dollars in scholarships and financial awards. Valedictorian Delacey Machus received State honors ranking in the top 10% of all Washington graduates. Jared Lamar was honored to receive Manson's prestigious Mel Steele award. The class was treated with a visit by Congressman Dave Reichert who spoke at graduation.

 

Manson High School would like to thank parents, community, and businesses for all of their fantastic support of this year’s class. Together we said goodbye and good luck to a great group of seniors.

 



ATV Wreck In Manson Sends 2 To Hospital6/14/2016

 Manson EMS & Fire personnel responded to a report of an ATV accident Saturday night, that ended with one patient being airlifted by Med Star with leg and back injuries.

 

Manson Fire Chief, Arnold Baker, says the accident occurred up Grade Creek Road, shortly after 8:30 PM on Saturday...

 

 

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 The two injured were on an ATV, heading up Grade Creek Road when they hit a pothole, and rolled the ATV they were on.

 

Chief Baker says the response by Manson Fire and EMS crews was as good as it gets...

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 Chelan County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident, but says alcohol was not a factor.




Chelan 7 Looks At Purchasing Fire Engine6/14/2016

 Chelan County Fire District 7 Commissioners authorized Chief Tim Lemon to move forward on the potential purchase of a structural attack engine to replace a truck with a blown engine.

 

The fire truck purchase authorization, Commissioner Tom Peters says, is not for a new fire truck- just new to them...

 

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 Chief Lemon says the apparatus committee has been working hard and ave found the right truck- ad are now working on securing the right price...

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 After offering the old fire truck as surplus, with no interest, Chief Lemon says they may have found a new home for the old truck...

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Future Of Public Access Areas In Discussion6/14/2016

 Chelan County Commissioners continue their discussion on the next steps on county road right of ways that lead to lake Chelan.

 

Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England says the right of ways under discussion or those located in unincorporated areas of the county- adding that state law prohibits them from abandoning those right of ways...

 

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 Commissioner England says that the primary hang-up is safety and nuisance to those living in the areas of these public access areas...

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A Few Flag Etiquette Tips On Flag Day6/14/2016
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Health Report: Secondary Drowning6/14/2016
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Public Hearing On Transportation Plan 6/13/2016

 Chelan City Council will hold their regularly scheduled council meeting tomorrow evening, with what Mayor Mike Cooney calls a good amount of business on the agenda.

 

Mayor Cooney says that tomorrow's meeting will kick off with 2 presentations...

 

 

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 Also on the City Council agenda is a public hearing.

 

That hearing, Mayor Coney says, is in regards to the city's Six Year Transportation Plan...

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 Once a project makes its way to that Six Year Transportation Plan, Mayor Cooney explains, it opens the door to potential funding...

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 Mayor Cooney adds that there will also be several ordinances the council be taking action on...

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 Tomorrow night's Chelan City Council meeting starts at 6PM in council chambers at Chelan City Hall on Johnson.

 

Tune in Wednesday morning, shortly after 8AM when we will have city officials in studio to recap that meeting.




Chelan County SAR Busy Start To Season6/13/2016

 Search and Rescue operations in Chelan County so far this year have already exceeded the total from last year, said officials with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Rich Magnussen, Director of Chelan County Emergency Management, says rescuers have been called out almost every weekend this spring...

 

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 Magnussen says the weather is likely a factor, but also inexperienced climbers heading into challenging terrain, such as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness...

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 Magnussen said one of the most important things to bring with you is simply some common sense. But in addition to that, the right equipment and extra clothing is always a good idea...

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Log Boom Installed on Lake Chelan6/13/2016

Chelan - On June 8 and 9, 2016, a log boom was installed at Railroad Creek, near Lucerne on Lake Chelan. The log boom was recommended by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) report as an action item following the 2015 Wolverine Fire. BAER is a federal program that identifies and addresses the need for post-wildfire rehabilitation of the landscape.

 

The objective of the floating log boom is to minimize potential boat navigation hazards by collecting and trapping woody debris. Logs and debris movement is a natural process after wildfires, especially in steep drainages with moderate and high burn severity, like Railroad Creek.

 

Part of the Wolverine burned area is located on steep slopes above and adjacent to Lake Chelan. There is potential for debris from the fire area to be delivered to Lake Chelan via Railroad Creek. 

 

The 1,200-foot log boom is made of durable, polyethylene floating sections, each approximately 10 feet long. The boom extends from the community dock at Lucerne downlake to just below Driftwood Bay at the Lake Chelan Boat Club.  The log boom will remain in place for up to 3 years.

 

The boom works by collecting and trapping floating debris within the boom. Once the boom is full the debris will be removed by an excavator on a barge and transported to the lakeshore near Prince Creek. Log booms have been placed in Lake Chelan in past years after wildfires.

 

“We understand the hazards that floating debris pose to boat navigation on Lake Chelan. While debris movement from streams to the lake is a natural and annual process, burned areas can produce high amounts of woody debris,” stated Chelan District Ranger Kari Grover Wier.

 

As a reminder, national forest land in the Lucerne and Domke Lake areas remains closed to the public due to post-fire hazards, this includes the trails to Domke Lake and the road to Holden Village. The area around Holden Village remains closed to the public due to mine remediation and post-fire hazards. 

 

For more information, call the Chelan Ranger District office at 509-682-4900 or click here for Railroad Creek/Domke Lake closure information.



Today's Morning News- Monday, June 136/13/2016

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Health Report: More On Heart Burn6/13/2016
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+ News for the week of June 05, 2016

There's More To The Bus Accident Story...6/10/2016

 Turns out there is a little more to the story than we thought regarding the Chelan school bus that was involved in an accident Wednesday morning. There was one additional Chelan school student involved, and he wasn't on the bus.

 

Washington State Patrol Trooper, Brian Moore, has the details...

 

 

 

 

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 That accident occurred about 8:45 Wednesday morning on State Route 150, just east of the city limits of Chelan. The driver of the pickup truck that crossed the center line was identified as 21-year old Kayla Rose Jones, of Waterville...

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 Kayla Jones appeared before a judge yesterday and was released from Chelan County Regional Justice Center after posting bail.

 

Chelan Fire Chief, Tim Lemon, says Wednesday's emergency response was textbook...

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 The Chelan school bus driver is 60-year-old Dan Budnick, who lives in Manson.

 

Thank you, Dan.



Mark Donnell Is New Assistant Fire Chief6/10/2016

Chelan County Fire District 7 will have an Assistant Fire Chief for thee first time in several years, after commissioners offered the position to Mark Donnell, who lives in the union valley area of Chelan...

 

 

 

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 That's Chelan County Fire 7 Commissioner Tom Peters. He says Mark came out on top among a large number of quality applicants...

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 Commissioners agreed to reinstate the Assistant Chief position, after its elimination following the 2013 resignation of Rusty Stamps.

 

The addition, Fire Chief Tim Lemon says, will fill a void that will be a much needed weight lifted...

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 And, Chief Lemon adds, Mark brings a load of expertise that will benefit the district into the future...

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 Mark Donnell will officially begin his position as the Assistant Fire Chief of Chelan County District 7 on July 1.

 



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Health Report: Mosquito Bite Risks6/10/2016
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Today's Morning News- Thursday June 96/9/2016

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More Charges For Driver Who Struck Bus6/9/2016

 An end of the year field trip came to an abrupt halt Wednesday morning when a Chelan school bus loaded with 4th graders had an encounter with an impaired driver...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 That's Chelan School District Superintendent, Rob Manahan...

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 Though the head-on collision was averted, the bus did suffer a direct side impact. That collision triggered a multi-agency response, focusing primarily on student safety...

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 According to a Washington State Patrol report, the accident occurred at 8:42 AM Wednesday morning, 2 miles east of Chelan on State Route 150- just past the Chelan Fruit warehouses.

 

The school bus, driven by Daniel Budnick, of Manson, was eastbound towards Chelan Falls when a westbound Chevrolet pickup driven by 21-year old Kayla Rose Jones, of Waterville, crossed the center-line forcing the school bus onto the eastbound shoulder before striking the left side of the bus. Both vehicles came to a rest on opposing shoulders of the roadway.

 

According to Lake Chelan Community Hospital Chief of Operations, Brad Hankins, what followed next was well rehearsed and well orchestrated...

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 The one hitch in Wednesday's emergency response was in the community hospital's parking lot...

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 The Washington State Patrol accident report lists the cause of the accident as “driver fell asleep.”

The driver of the pick up truck that struck the school bus, 21 year-old, Kayla Jones, was transported by law enforcement vehicle to Lake Chelan Community Hospital for a toxicology level blood draw before being being arrested for DUI- driving under the influence. She was then transported and booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center in Wenatchee.

 

In addition to being charged with a DUI, Jones was booked for violating Revised Code of Washington, RCW, 66.44.270.1, which makes it unlawful for any person to sell, give or otherwise supply liquor to any person under the age of 21 year- or permit any person under that age to consume liquor on his or her premises.

Kayla Jones will appear before a judge today.

The state is asking for $1000 bail for DUI and $500 for supplying liquor and/or a premises to consume liquor to a minor.



Health Report: Rattlesnake Bites6/9/2016
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Missing Aasgard Hiker Identified6/8/2016

 On June 5 shortly before 10:00pm Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a group of individuals were glissading down the snow on Aasgard Pass. One of the subjects, who was in front of the others, slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current water flow is heavy and leads underneath the snow. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Navy, who provide a helicopter with FLIR capabilities to search for the individual. The Navy searched without success and then returned to their base. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit is currently inserting ground rescue members in an attempt to locate the individual.

The Sheriff’s Office only has a first name of the missing subject, which has not been verified. The only confirmed information we currently have is the missing subject is a male and approximately 24 years of age. The group had just met each other the previous day.

“Glissading” is described as sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe.

Additional information will be released as it is gathered.

 

 

Update 6/6/16 at 1300 hours

As of 1:00 p.m. today Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit has suspended their search efforts to locate the missing hiker. Ground units located the waterfall hole were the missing hiker entered. Search crews entered approximately 40 feet into the hole, but the missing hiker was not located. The area searched is filled with fast moving water and is covered by several feet of snow and ice. Search crews could not check beyond the 40 feet because of the hazardous conditions and safety concerns. Ground crews believe the hiker was swept a lengthy distance downstream from the location he entered. The stream ultimately enters into Colchuck Lake.

Chelan County Search and Rescue crews and Chelan County Detectives are still trying to identify the missing hiker. We currently do not have any updated information on his identity.

 

 

Update 6/7/16 at 1100 hours

The active search for the missing hiker on Aasgard Pass has been suspended for now. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit will monitor the weather conditions and snowpack levels with the intention to resume an organized recovery effort in the future.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing hiker as a 24 year old male from the Seattle area. The release of his name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

 

 

Update 6/8/16 at 1015 hours

Sheriff Burnett has identified the missing Aasgard hiker as 24 year old Qi He. Mr. He is a Chinese citizen who was living and working as a Student/Intern in the Seattle area. With assistance from local Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents, the Chinese Embassy and Mr. He’s employer, his family was notified of the incident.



Today's Morning News- Wed. June 86/8/2016

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Leaving Pets In Hot Cars Could Cost You6/7/2016

In 2015, the Washington Senate unanimously passed a bill that makes leaving a pet locked in a car under dangerous conditions a civil offense – and Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is appealing to the public to please leave your pets at home during these hot days of summer.

 

Sergeant Jody White, Director of Field Operations for Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control, says dogs typically want to go with you when you leave, but when it's hot out- it's not a good idea...

 

 

 

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 White adds that when you do leave your dog at home and they are outside, there are a few things you must do to keep them safe in the summer heat...

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 White explains that dogs, in general, are intolerant of too much heat- making it crucial that you are aware of signs of heat stress...

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 In the bill, passed last year- people who leave an unattended animal in a car or other enclosed space, where it may be harmed by heat, cold or lack of water or fresh air are subject to a $135 fine.

 

You can also be charged with animal cruelty, which is a felony offense.

 

The bill also authorizes animal control officers and police to break in and rescue confined animals and clears them of liability for incidental property damage.



Free Brush Dumping For Chelan Residents6/7/2016

 In anticipation of the upcoming wildfire season, the City of Chelan is working to get rid of as many wildfire fuels as possible.

 

And, is asking for residents to do the same.

 

Chelan Mayor, Mike Cooney, says this weekend, for the first time- the City will be hosting a free brush dumping...

 

 

 

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 Mayor Cooney says the free dumping event will take place this Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11- at the Chelan Transfer Station...

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 For more information on the City of Chelan's Brush Abatement Program scheduled for this weekend – you can call the City of Chelan at 682-4037 – or Chelan County Fire District 7 – Chelan Fire and Rescue at 682-4476.

 

Hours of operation for the Chelan Transfer Station this weekend: Friday- 10 AM to 5PM and Saturday - 9 AM to 4PM.



Sat. / Sun. No Fishing Licenses Required6/7/2016

 This weekend is FREE fishing in Washington - no license neccessary! 

 

Jim Dai has more on that: 

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Today's Morning News - Tuesday, June 76/7/2016

 Listen to this morning's news with Jay Witherbee - 

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Health Report: Heat Exhaustion6/7/2016
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Search Called Off For Missing Man6/6/2016

 Update 6/6/18 at 1300 hours

As of 1:00 p.m. today Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit has suspended their search efforts to locate the missing hiker. Ground units located the waterfall hole were the missing hiker entered. Search crews entered approximately 40 feet into the hole, but the missing hiker was not located. The area searched is filled with fast moving water and is covered by several feet of snow and ice. Search crews could not check beyond the 40 feet because of the hazardous conditions and safety concerns. Ground crews believe the hiker was swept a lengthy distance downstream from the location he entered. The stream ultimately enters into Colchuck Lake

 

 

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On June 5 shortly before 10:00pm Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a group of individuals were glissading down the snow on Aasgard Pass. One of the subjects, who was in front of the others, slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current water flow is heavy and leads underneath the snow. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Navy, who provide a helicopter with FLIR capabilities to search for the individual. The Navy searched without success and then returned to their base. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit is currently inserting ground rescue members in an attempt to locate the individual.

The Sheriff’s Office only has a first name of the missing subject, which has not been verified. The only confirmed information we currently have is the missing subject is a male and approximately 24 years of age. The group had just met each other the previous day.

“Glissading” is described as sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe.

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Search & Rescue Looking For Missing Man6/6/2016

 On June 5 shortly before 10:00pm Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a group of individuals were glissading down the snow on Asgaard Pass. One of the subjects, who was in front of the others, slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current water flow is heavy and leads underneath the snow. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Navy, who provide a helicopter with FLIR capabilities to search for the individual. The Navy searched without success and then returned to their base. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit is currently inserting ground rescue members in an attempt to locate the individual.

The Sheriff’s Office only has a first name of the missing subject, which has not been verified. The only confirmed information we currently have is the missing subject is a male and approximately 24 years of age. The group had just met each other the previous day.

“Glissading” is described as sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe.

Additional information will be released as it is gathered.



Chelan Deputy Recovering From Wreck6/6/2016

 A Chelan County Sheriff's deputy escaped serious injury early Saturday morning when he wrecked his car on State Route 150 between Chelan and Manson while responding to an emergency...

 

 

 

 

 

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 That's Rick Johnson, Chief of Patrol for Chelan County Sheriff's Office.

 

According to a Washington State Patrol report- 37 year old Chelan Coutny Sheriff Deputy, Nigel Hunter was westbound on State Route 150, approaching Winesap Avenue with the vehicle lights and siren activated when he lost control.

 

Investigators say Hunter left the roadway to the right, struck a light standard, rolled and then came to a stop on the westbound shoulder.

 

The state report says Deputy Hunter was transported by EMS to Lake Chelan Community Hospital...

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 Rick Jonson, with the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, says the Washington State Patrol will be conducting the accident investigation...

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 The accident occurred just before 1:30 Saturday morning between Chelan and Manson near the Lake Chelan Winery.

 

The Washington State Patrol report lists the cause of the accident as under investigation with charges also under investigation.




Lawsuit Against City of Chelan Dismissed6/6/2016

 A lawsuit was filed by Whiskey Ranch LLC back on March 26th- against the City of Chelan and Chelan Lookout.

 

That lawsuit was essentially appealing a land use decision by the City of Chelan regarding the recently approved Winery District Preliminary Plat brought forth by Chelan Lookout.

 

Last week, the City received word that the lawsuit has been dismissed.

 

Chelan City Administrator, Paul Schmidt tells us more about the lawsuit...

 

 

 

 

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 Schmidt adds, the recent dismissal of the Whiskey Ranch lawsuit against the city, is a sure sign the City of Chelan Planning Department did their job, dotted their I's and crossed their T's...

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 With the dismissal of the lawsuit- the Lookout's Winery District's proposal will move forward.

 

This isn't the first time Whiskey Ranch and The Lookout have been involved in court--- 6 months ago, the developer from the Lookout, Ted Schroth, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second degree malicious mischief for salting 123 poplar trees at Whiskey Ranch in October 2014.




CCSO High Angle Rope Rescue Team6/6/2016

 The Chelan County Sheriff's Office High Angle Rope Rescue Team is a specialty team within the Search and Rescue program and conducts rescues and recoveries in high angle, which is a 60-90 degree slope, and steep angle, which is a 30-60 degree slope.

 

Chelan County Sheriffs Sergeant, Jason Reinfeld, heads up the High Angle Rope Rescue Team, and tells us more about that program...

 

 

 

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 And, he says, the High Angle Rope Rescue Team has been off to a very busy start...

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 Sergeant Reinfeld says the High Angle Rope Rescue Team is made up of very skilled climbers who have become passionate about rope rescues...

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 As far as recreational climbers go- Reinfeld says inexperience is not always the contributing factor to a rescue mission....

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 Interested in learning more, or becoming part of the Chelan County Sheriff's Office High Angle Rope Rescue Team?

 

Visit their website at www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff

 

We will also have that link on our website- KOZI.COM



Chelan County PUD Talks Dam Safety6/6/2016

 Memorial day weekend is typically considered the unofficial start of our summer- and with temperatures expected in the 90's and above this weekend, we will likely be plenty of boaters out on our waterways, both Lake Chelan and the Columbia River.

 

Kirby Rinehart, Operations Superintendent for both the Chelan and Rocky Reach Dams. He says Safety is a top priority every day for the PUD- and jumps at the opportunity to also educate the public on what the hazards are for boaters at those facilities...

 

 

 

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 Rinehart adds, that the PUD takes public safety seriously and has implemented measures to see to it that the public is safe...

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 Rinehart knows that part of the safety issue- is because people just want a better look at the dams...

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 For more boating safety tips around our local dams- or to make a reservation for a t our through the local dams, visit the pud website at CHELANPUD.ORG.



Health Report: Looking For Sunburn Relief?6/6/2016
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