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Bridgeport Superintendent Responds to Bond Failure4/24/2014
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04/24 Thursday School News4/24/2014
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04/23 Wednesday School News4/23/2014
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Arbor Day BBQ Thursday 04/244/23/2014
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Bridgeport School Bond Fails4/23/2014


Douglas County Auditor | Elections | April 22, 2014 Special Election

April 22, 2014 Special Election

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04/22 Tuesday School News4/22/2014
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Downtown Stoplight Project4/16/2014

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Crupina Eradication4/18/2014
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Ballots Due4/18/2014
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Car Prowls4/18/2014
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04/18 Friday School News4/18/2014
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04/17 Thursday School News4/17/2014
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04/16 Wednesday School News4/16/2014
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High Gas Prices4/15/2014
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04/15 Tuesday School News4/15/2014
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Wildfire Season Beings April 15th4/15/2014

Statewide fire prevention measures to protect life and property go into effect tomorrow (Tuesday April 15) and will remain in effect through mid-October.

Already the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has had 20 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by DNR.

The risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs with increasing frequency.

The good news is 94% of the nearly 800 wildfires that burned on DNR-protected lands last year were contained to less than 10 acres in size. The bad news is 70 percent of the wildfires on DNR-protected lands in 2013 were human-caused.

Dry and unhealthy forests continue to be a fire hazard and will for many years. It takes only one spark to start a fire that can have catastrophic results. Prevention of human-caused wildfires can reduce the risk of expensive, disruptive wildfires that damage habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife. These fires destroy homes and threaten the safety of the public and firefighters who protect forests and communities at risk.

Washington’s “summer fire rules” are in effect April 15 through October 15. These rules apply to the 13 million acres of private and state forestlands protected from wildfire by DNR.

These regulations affect loggers, firewood cutters, land clearers, road builders, bulldozer operators, off-road motorcyclists, and others. During fire season, people using motorized equipment in the woods must have approved spark arresters and follow fire safety precautions. In addition, those working in the woods must have fire prevention and extinguishing equipment in good working order at the job site and workers trained in proper use.

The rules are intended to prevent forest fires and to extinguish small fires before they spread. Those same rules restrict cigarette smoking in forested areas to roads, gravels pits, or other clearings. They also prohibit lighting fireworks on forestland.

Daily fire risk ratings available on DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov. Click on Fire Information to review regional precaution levels, a map of current shutdown zones, and a copy of DNR’s Industrial Fire Precaution Level Bulletin.


Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state's largest on-call fire department, with over 1,100 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed.

04/14 Monday School News4/14/2014
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River Level Fluctuations4/14/2014

Work at Rock Island Dam will mean River Level Fluctuations This Week


Adult Chinook salmon migration is expected to begin in the next few days at Rock Island Dam. In an effort to ensure safe passage of the returning salmon and steelhead  this season, Chelan County PUD has decided to add temporary extensions to the fish ladders to help fish with their upstream migration. Sections of 30-foot long denil fishways – that is, a ladder that has baffles which aid the fish through the fishway – will be installed at three of the seven fish ladder entrances. This modification was chosen because of its flexibility to accommodate a wide range of water level conditions. (Please see diagram and picture)

The ongoing work will mean that the Rock Island reservoir will continue to fluctuate to accommodate installation of the ladders. The majority of the work will be completed by the end of the wqeek and then river levels are expected to stabilize on the upstream side of the dam.


Chelan PUD wants to remind irrigators, boaters and other river users to be sure and check the Chelan County PUD website at chelanpud.org “Wanapum Response” to determine the Rock Island reservoir levels. This is particularly important for boaters using the only public boat ramp that remains open on the Rock Island reservoir – Wenatchee Confluence State Park – to make sure the river level will allow the boat ramp to be used.


Irrigators also should monitor their equipment as river levels can change quickly. Any irrigators with questions can contact Marcie Steinmetz at (509) 661-4186 or Marcie.steinmetz@chelanpud.org.


Check chelanpud.org under “Wanapum Drawdown Response” on the home page for updates on Chelan PUD’s response to the drawdown of the reservoir behind Grant PUD’s Wanapum Dam. Find us on Facebook.com/ChelanPUD and follow us on Twitter @ChelanPUD.

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Bike Rodeo4/11/2014
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Celebration of Jerry's Life Set for Saturday4/11/2014


Celebration of Jerry's Life Set for Saturday, April 12th - 11 AM At Chelan High Gym

Jerry Jr died with his immediate family at his side, Thursday afternoon, April 3rd, at Lake Chelan Community Hospital after a valiant 16 month fight against one of the worst categories of brain cancer.

Jerry celebrated his 20th birthday at home in Chelan at Lake Chelan Community Hospital just days before, on March 28th, thanks to the incredible outpouring of support and facilitation of the Lake Chelan Community Hospital management and staff and Lake Chelan EMS, who all gave above and beyond, that Jerry could return home from Swedish Hospital where he had been since late February.

There is so much more that we want to say about this sad, sad loss, but we ask your understanding of the difficulty of even posting this story.

To be sure that Jerry's incredible extended family and friends can make plans to join us in a tribute and celebration of his life, we want everyone to know we have pinned down a date and time to celebrate and honor his 20 years.
Services will be Saturday, April 12th at 11 am at Chelan High School Gymnasium. We invite everyone to attend.

Judy Brezina Sentencing4/11/2014
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04/11 Friday School News4/11/2014
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Chelan Golf Update4/11/2014

Chelan Golf hosted Okanogan for their second league match of the season on a beautiful sunny spring day.  Okanogan was unable to field enough players for either a girls or boys team score, so both Chelan teams won by default.  Medalist honors for the boys went to Eli Christenson (Jr.) of Chelan who shot a 15 over par 87 to lead everyone, followed very closely by teammates Parker Nolen (Sr.) with an 89 and Elijah Larson (Jr.) with a 91.  The boys team improved their team score from Tuesday by 6 strokes.  On the girls side, medalist honors go to Casey Jackson (So.) who shot a 96 with teammate Quinn Cooper (Sr.) the second place finisher with a 101.

Chelan’s next match is next Tuesday (15th) here at our home course against Cascade of Leavenworth.





04/10 Thursday School News4/10/2014
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Northwest MedStar to Brewster4/10/2014


Northwest MedStar to Open Base in Brewster, Washington

New Base to Provide Critical Care Transport Services
for Okanogan, Douglas and Chelan Counties and Beyond


Spokane, Wash. - Northwest MedStar, the region’s critical care transport provider, is establishing an air medical base at Anderson Field Airport in Brewster, Washington. The full-time base will be opening in May, 2014. 

 “This is another opportunity for Northwest MedStar to collaborate with the local health care community throughout north central Washington,” said Eveline Bisson, program director for Northwest MedStar. “We look forward to providing more immediate critical care transport services to meet the needs of our shared patients.”


Northwest MedStar will position an EC-135 air medical helicopter and critical care flight crew at Anderson Field Airport. This will be Northwest MedStar’s sixth base.


“We’re very pleased to see Northwest MedStar come to our community,” stated Three Rivers Hospital CEO Bud Hufnagel. “This commitment will provide increased critical care access to the entire district and enhance our mutual objective of providing essential care to the communities we serve.”

 Collaboration with local emergency medical agencies continues. “We have worked closely with Northwest MedStar since their inception and value our partnership in patient care,” said Cindy Button, EMT-P, director of service for Aero Methow Rescue Service. “We are honored to work with MedStar’s professional, competent and reliable staff and welcome them to our county.”

 The announcement also received praise from Kevin Abel, Lake Chelan Community Hospital CEO, “We look forward to the opening of Northwest MedStar’s new base in north central Washington. Our patients have often benefited from Northwest MedStar’s critical care transport team. It’s been a privilege to work with their team for the past two decades, and we welcome the opportunity to continue and expand our partnership as we care for our patients.”

 Northwest MedStar is leasing land from the airport and purchasing a 3,600 sq ft hanger at the airport. Northwest MedStar will also be placing a 1,400 sq ft crew quarters near the hangar.  The local base will be home to 14 flight crew members, Metro Aviation pilots and a Metro Aviation mechanic. The investment of this additional base, including construction and medical equipment (not including the aircraft), is estimated at more than $575,000. Annual crew salaries and benefits are estimated at more than $1 million. 

With this announcement, Northwest MedStar operates six bases: Brewster, Spokane, Moses Lake, the TriCities and Palouse regions in Washington and a Missoula, Montana base that went operational on April 2, 2014.


LCCH Community Meetings4/9/2014
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Now that Chelan County PUD has achieved the financial targets set during strategic planning in 2010, commissioners are looking ahead to future measurements to make sure District finances remain sound through 2019 and beyond.   

Chief Financial/Risk Officer Kelly Boyd, Treasurer Debbie Litchfield and Mark O’Bryan,  strategic financial planning director,  talked with PUD commissioners Tuesday about revised targets for the key financial measurements of liquidity, rate of return, debt ratio and debt coverage.

The District accelerated debt reduction in 2013 by paying off $27 million more than the $41 million that was budgeted.  Plans are to reduce long-term debt by about $80 million this year. 

Chelan PUD Commissioner Norm Gutzwiler announced at tuesdays board meeting that he will not seek re-election for a third, six-year term on the PUD board.  Gutzwiler joined the board in 2003 and was re-elected to represent District 1 in 2008. He will complete his current term by serving through the end of the year.




A man whose car was stolen was amazed to find it 12 days later parked in his regular spot at the Bremerton restaurant where he works, three miles from where it vanished.

David Nicholson says it was a "one-in-a-million" chance that the thief parked in his spot.

The Kitsap Sun reports that the Port Orchard man had climbed into his Honda Prelude before he remembered the car had been stolen last month and called 911.

Kitsap County sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson deputies arrested a man suspected of taking the car.

Nicholson says the car had its ignition punched and other damage but he's got it back.




A Northwest Pipeline official says a pressure vessel rupture caused the March 31 natural gas explosion that injured five people and forced an evacuation at Plymouth in Eastern Washington.

Northwest Pipeline Vice President Ed Brewer told a community meeting Tuesday night in Plymouth the company is still investigating what caused the rupture.

KEPR reports people at the meeting questioned the evacuation procedure and one man suggested installing a siren in town for a warning.

The explosion threw a piece of shrapnel that left a big gash in the side of a liquefied natural gas storage tank at the Williams Northwest Pipeline storage facility, which is across the Columbia River from Umatilla, Ore.

The facility supplies gas during times of high demand to customers in Washington and Oregon.




Commissioners received an update from General Manager Steve Wright on the Salmon Passage Forum hosted with Grant County PUD on Monday. Representatives from 15 state, federal and Canadian agencies and tribes came to see the work being done to make sure there is safe passage for the record number of adults expected to migrate up the Columbia River this spring despite the impacts on river levels from the spillway fracture at Wanapum Dam.  Attendees toured Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams and heard their plans to trap spring Chinook at Priest Rapids and truck them upriver while modifications are made to the fish ladders at Wanapum Dam. They also toured Chelan PUD’s Rock Island Dam to see the work being done to extend three fish ladder entrances to make them accessible during varying water levels and flows. A roundtable discussion to share information and concerns followed the tours. Wright said the forum was valuable in “building relationships with people we will be working with extensively over the next few months.” There is a need for great communication, he added, which will be aided by the relationships forged Monday. “In that regard, the day was really a great success,” Wright said.

04/09 Wednesday School News4/9/2014
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04/08 Tuesday School News4/9/2014
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Bradley Street Update4/4/2014
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LCCH Receives Grant4/4/2014
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Local Medal Of Honor Winners4/4/2014
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2014 Shop Mom And Pop Winners4/4/2014

2014 Best Mom & Pop Customer Service: Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso

2014 Best Mom & Pop Business of the Year: Kelly's Hardware

2014 People's Choice Award: The Vogue

2014 Best Shopping Experience: Culinary Apple

Local Help Sent to Oso Mudslide4/3/2014
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UPDATED: URM Robbery4/3/2014
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CCSO Seeking Help: URM Robbery4/2/2014
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Buckner Homestead and Orchard Newsletter4/2/2014

Spring has officially arrived and activity at the Buckner Homestead and Orchard is increasing at a rapid pace.  It was late and snowy winter in Stehekin, and as of Tuesday, there was still a covering of snow on the ground at the Orchard. 
It should be noted that the traditional Buckner Family date for all snow to be gone at the Orchard is April 6.  We'll see.
In no particular order, here are current items relative to the Homestead and Orchard.

Board Meeting
Just reminder that our Annual Meeting is in Manson, on Monday, May 12, 7 PM at the Reclamation District office.  This is our most important meeting of the year, where we determine our priorities and projects for the year, elect officers, and set the budget.  More to follow.
Interpretive Initiatives
The collaborative BHHF - NPS interpretative group will be meeting the second week in April to continue its work on planning and recommending changes and improvements to interpretation at the Orchard.  The meeting will be in Stehekin, and the group members are Wendy Garfoot, Laurie Thompson, Vicki Gempko, Mark Scherer, Ken Hires, and Herb Sargo.  All suggestions on your part are most welcome! 
Working with the Buckner Family and the National Park Service, we are moving forward with a number of small interpretive projects that were instigated last year.  Replacement of the dinner-emergency bell, the weather station, the Flag Garden flag pole, and providing the Buzzard Cabin with replicas of the original art work by the Buckner Family that once hung there are all intended to enhance the experience and memories of being at the Homestead. 
And, approval has been received to move one of the Buckner Walk guide booklet boxes to a more easily-found location near the Buzzard Cabin bench.  Complimenting this move, will be, at some point, the addition of newly-printed and updated guided tour booklets, with new Buckner Family information, the addition of a section on the forty years of residence by the Garfoot Family, and contact information for the Foundation, and more.
Buckner House
Very good news here!  A small NPS restoration team will begin work in mid-April on a multi-year project renovating the Buckner House, with a goal of eventual occupancy.
This year's work will focus on stabilizing and rebuilding the house foundation where appropriate, replacing some of the structural support beams, and re-grading the ground around the foundation so as to move drainage away from the house.  Over the years, soil has accumulated there, holding and directing water toward the structure, rather than a way from it.  It is anticipated that a NPS family will be housed here, as the Garfoot's were for many years.
Replacement of the outdoor watering system that was intended for the fall of 2013 is now scheduled for completion this year, as well.
Financial Review
The audit, or financial review, committee of BHHF,  two board members and treasurer Cinda Gilbert, is in the process of finalizing plans to meet and review the Foundation's financial practices and reporting.  Clarity, transparency, timeliness, and conformity to our policies and good practice are among the things they will be reviewing, with findings and recommendations intended for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
The 2014 membership drive is off to a good start!  Its never to late to help support the Homestead and Orchard with a membership, a general donation or donation for a specific project, or a memoriam gift honoring a friend or loved one. (membership form)
Activity at the Orchard
Laurie, our chief orchardist, is back at work pruning, and the really, really good news is that there was no elk damage this winter!  A year ago, we were mourning the heavy damage to 40 seventeen year-old trees which, without bridge grafting last spring, would have died.  As it is, we still lost 3-4 trees.  So, this is truly good news.
Elk at the river - 2014
Volunteers prepped the orchard for pruning by stamping snow around the trees with snow shoes and removing heavy snow from the branches after the late-winter heavy snow fall.
Winter volunteers on snowshoes - 2014

2014 Calendar
May 12th
Annual Meeting, Manson, Lake Chelan Reclamation District Board Room, 7 PM, Monday evening
June 28th
Orchard work party, Stehekin, 8:30 AM, Saturday
July 14th
Summer Board Meeting, Stehekin Bakery gazebo, Monday 8 AM
July 15th
Orchard work party, Stehekin, Tuesday, 8:30 AM
October 3
Fall Work Party, Stehekin, Homestead and Orchard 8:30 AM
October 3
Harvest Fest Kickoff program, Stehekin, Friday evening
October 4
Harvest Fest at the Orchard, Stehekin, 10 AM, Saturday
October 5
Poetry Night, Stehekin, 7 PM Sunday Evening

04/01 Tuesday KOZI News Bites4/1/2014


Oregon officials are backing off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at medical marijuana stores.

In a new set of rules released Monday, the Oregon Health Authority will only ban marijuana-laced products that are made or packaged in ways that might appeal to children. That means nothing brightly colored or formed in the shape of animals, toys or candies.

The rules also require marijuana products to be sold in child-proof containers free of cartoons or bright colors.

Previous versions of the rules would have banned drug-laced sweets all together because they could be attractive to young people. But dispensary advocates said patients who take the drug orally need the sweetened pot products.




Grant County authorities are searching a canal south of Coulee City for the body of an Ephrata man who presumably died in a crash into the water while he was out fishing with his three sons.

Witnesses reported seeing Scott Kolves get out of his pickup truck with his three sons Sunday afternoon as it flipped in the fast-moving water.

Nearby fishermen pulled his 10- and 12-year-old sons out of the water. The body of 8-year-old Korey Kolves was found about an hour later five miles downstream and he could not be revived.




A former Microsoft employee accused of stealing trade secrets from the company and leaking them to a blogger has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

Seattlepi.com reports that prosecutors and Alex Kibkalo have agreed to recommend a sentence of three months in federal detention. Sentencing is set July 1.

Kibkalo pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Seattle to theft of trade secrets. He agreed to pay Microsoft $22,500, although it was unclear how he owed the money.

Prosecutors had accused the Russian national and former seven-year Microsoft employee of stealing information related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft's "Activation Server Software Development Kit," and giving that information to a tech blogger in France.

UPDATED: Chelan Hospital Clinic Merger4/1/2014
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The Recreation Report3/31/2014
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Brad Hawkins Legislation3/31/2014
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We are excited to announce that Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH) and Lake Chelan Clinic are planning to merge into one organization under Lake Chelan Community Hospital, said Kevin Abel, LCCH CEO.

The tentative date for the change is later this summer and is pending final approval by both the owners of Lake Chelan Clinic and the Board at LCCH. 

Clinic and hospital consolidations have been occurring throughout the nation over the last several years, with a recent local example of Central Washington Hospital and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center merging to become Confluence Health, said Abel.  

Advantages to merging include consolidating family practice and specialty physicians, obtaining Provider Based Rural Health Clinic designation, sharing overhead costs such as insurance, physician recruitment  and coordinated patient quality programs. 

For more information, call Abel at 509-682-8503.




Midnight tonight is the deadline for drivers to remove studded tires.

Drivers with studded tires after Monday could get a $124 ticket.

The Transportation Department wants studded tires off the road because they cause highway ruts and damage bridge decks.