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+ News for the week of November 23, 2014

Friday AM News 11/28/1411/28/2014
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Thursday AM News 11/27/1411/27/2014
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District VII Apple Judging11/26/2014

 The  top ten individuals from the District VII Apple Judging CDE held at the Manson Grange.   Dane Schwartz was 2nd,  Bobby Hanson 3rd, and Stephanie Olivera 4th from the Chelan FFA.


The top ten individuals from the District VII Apple Judging CDE held at the Manson Grange. Dane Schwartz was 2nd, Bobby Hanson 3rd, and Stephanie Olivera 4th from the Chelan FFA.

The Manson Grange was the location for the District VII Apple Evaluation CDE. Chapters from Tonasket, Okanogan, Manson, Mansfield, Eastmont, Wenatchee, Cashmere, and Chelan were represented. Members completed a pesticide applicators test, and practicums: Variety Identification, Entomology, Red Delicious Grading, Golden Delicious Grading, Tray Evaluation, Pressure Testing, Bloom Date Maturity Determination, and Blemish Identification. When all the points had been tallied, the Cashmere FFA came out the winner with Chelan second. This broke a 7 year run of the Chelan Chapter as District VII Apple Champions and winning the Lake Chelan Fieldman’s Trophy.

The Chelan Falls All Star team earned the second place banner and was made up Dane Schwartz who placed 2nd, Bobby Hanson who placed 3rd, Stephanie Olivera who placed 4th, Erick Straub, and Sarah Goyne. The Chelan Red team was Michael Tutino, Henry Suarez, Norma Cristobal, Simon Courtney, and Rhiannon Davis and placed 6th. The Chelan Fuji Team of Alex Gavin and Julia Horlebein placed 10th. The high four scores off of the team make up the team total.

The apple teams will travel to Kennewick for the Washington State FFA Apple Evaluation CDE on Wednesday December 3 held in conjunction with Washington State Horticulture Association Annual Meetings. Members will get the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and professionals and compete with FFA members from the other fruit growing regions of the state.


Wednesday AM News 11/26/1411/26/2014
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Methow Schools Closed Wednesday11/26/2014

The Methow Valley School District, including Liberty Bell High School,  Methow Valley Elementary and the Independent Learning Center,  will be closed Wednesday, November 26th due to weather conditions.

School well resume on Monday, December 1st.

Tom Venable

Superintendent, Methow Valley SD

Tuesday AM News 11/25/1411/25/2014

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North Cascades Highway Closed For Winter11/24/2014

The latest blast of wintery weather on State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, will keep it closed until next spring.

The Washington State Department of Transportation temporarily closed the highway at 9:30 Sunday morning, due to heavy snowfall and a snowslide in the Liberty Bell zone east of Washington Pass. An assessment by maintenance and avalanche technicians found more slides, WSDOT determined it could not safely keep the North Cascades Highway open.

Last year, WSDOT closed the North Cascades Highway for the season on Dec. 3. The 37-mile-long winter closure zone begins 14 miles east of Newhalem at milepost 134 on the west side of Rainy Pass (4,855 feet) and ends 22 miles west of Winthrop at milepost 171 below Washington Pass. Avalanches usually close the highway between Thanksgiving and the second week of December.

Last spring, the highway reopened May 8. It is typically reopened between late March and early May. The earliest opening ever was March 10, 2006.

+ News for the week of November 16, 2014

Flags Lowered to Half-Staff11/21/2014

Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, November 22, 2014, in memory of Washington State Representative Roger Freeman who passed away on October 29, 2014. The Governor’s Office has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, November 21, 2014. Flags should remain at half-staff until the end of the day on November 22 or first thing Monday morning, November 24, 2014.

Please notify your staff and all of your field offices and facilities around the state. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition. A celebration of life event in honor of Rep. Freeman’s life and service to the citizens of the state of Washington will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 1:00 pm at Our Savior’s Baptist Church, 701 S. 320th Street, Federal Way, Washington. Please call (360) 239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.

Pat & Mike's Accident11/20/2014


On Wedensday November 19 just before 11:00 PM, Rivercom communications received an alarm call from Pat and Mike’s store located at 53 South Lakeshore in Chelan. A responsible party arrived at the store and observed some major damage to the wall and believed someone crashed through the wall and then fled. It wasn’t until Deputies arrived did they discover a vehicle that had driven into the building, was in fact still inside inside the building. The vehicle, a black 2013 Ford Explorer was being driven by 23 year old Justyn Corter of Chelan. He was northbound on Hwy 97 and left the roadway at SR 971, just missing the guard rail and gas pumps of the store. The vehicle crashed through the wall and stopped deep inside the building causing a large amount of damage. Corter was transported to the Lake Chelan Community Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries. The owner of the store was notified and there was an attempt to tow the vehicle out of the store, but before they started, it was determined to be too dangerous, as the structural integrity of the building was compromised. It was decided to tow the vehicle out in the daylight after the building was shored up a bit to facilitate a safe removal of the vehicle.

Alcohol and cell phone operation was a factor in the collision, which is still being investigated.

Wanapum Reservoir Begins Filling11/19/2014

After nearly 10 months of working around the clock to repair and strengthen Wanapum Dam’s spillway, Grant PUD will soon be able to raise the reservoir behind the dam.

Subject to the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the river level will begin to gradually fill sometime between November 24 and December 11 based on river flows and structural-integrity measurements. When complete, the river will be restored approximately 17 feet above current levels. This partial refill will take between six and 18 days to reach the target elevation. This increased reservoir level will allow fish ladders to resume normal operations and allow the utility greater flexibility in managing hydroelectric generation over the winter months.

While the reservoir increases, shoreline enforcement patrols will remain in effect and the Wanapum shoreline will remain closed. Once engineers, law enforcement and cultural resource workers have determined that it is safe to restore access to the shoreline, the utility will notify the public.

The repairs underway bring the spillway structure back into compression and allow the continued safe generation of renewable hydroelectricity. Repairs to the spillway will continue throughout the winter months. The utility expects to resume normal operations in time for the 2015 recreation season.

To date, 13 steel anchor tendons and four anchor bars have been installed, and 83 monitoring drains have been drilled in the spillway.

The collective contributions of tribes, agencies, upstream hydro operators, consultants and Grant PUD staff have led to this milestone.

“We didn’t ask for this to happen but I believe that we have had the right people on the job,” said Commission President Bob Bernd.

“These results are directly attributed to everyone coming together with a common goal and willingness to get things done. The fact that we are seeing the river level increase less than a year after we found an unprecedented fracture in our spillway is nothing short of incredible.”

Monday 11/17/14 Classroom Connection11/18/2014
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Health Report: The Perfect Breakfast Smoothie11/17/2014

 Sometimes the best breakfast is a mix of greens, fruit, and protien: a breakfast smoothie! Here are the benefits, and what to put in the blender. 

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Monday AM News 11/17/1411/17/2014
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Chelan Middle School Students of the Month11/17/2014

 Back Row:  Juan Uvalle, Alberto Mendivil, Gavynn Peterson, Andrea Villa, Eleno Rivera, Kaitlyn Cerenzia, Kyle Short, Diana Lopez

 Front Row: Brennan Moody, Yovanni Sanchez, Shaylnn Wells-Davis, Kaylin Boykin, Abilene Castillo, Katie Rainville, Bella Gatzemeier, Jessica Wiese

 Not Pictured: David Chaves and Mia Bordner

Students were selected for exhibiting the Pirate Practices of: Positive Attitude, Respect, Accountability, Safety, and Perseverance!


Monday 11/17/14 Classroom Connection11/17/2014
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+ News for the week of November 09, 2014

Burn Ban in Effect November 16th11/15/2014

The Department of Ecology is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, and ending at 10 a.m. Nov. 18. The burn ban includes Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Walla Walla counties.


Cool, stagnant air conditions are forecast in the region, putting the counties at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.


Under a Stage 1 ban all outdoor burning and use of uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited, including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Prohibited outdoor burning includes residential, agricultural and forest burning. Certified wood-burning devices and pellet stoves are allowed.


Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction.

Pateros Open House 11/1811/14/2014


WHEN: Tuesday, November 18th, 6-8PM

WHERE: Pateros School Library

WHY: Meet with committees within the group, meet a case manager, ask questions, learn ways abot retaining resources and supplies, volunteer, donate time, trades, or tools. 


Pateros: 923-1979

Twisp: 997-2050

Okanogan: 422-4041

Health Report: Ways to Boost Your Memory11/14/2014

We all wish for a better memory, and until doctors find the "magic pill" for memory retention, here are some ways to keep your noodle in tip top shape. 

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Friday AM News 11/14/1411/14/2014

 Road advisory, pass conditions, municipal meetings. 

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Friday 11/14/14 Classroom Connection11/14/2014
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Health Report: November is Diabetes Awareness Month11/13/2014

This month is Diabetes Awareness month, both Type 1 and Type 2. This health report explains what the difference is between the two, and how to avoid and cope with the lifestyle of both.

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Thursday AM News 11/13/1411/13/2014

 Municipal meetings, recreation opportunities in the Methow

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Thursday 11/13/14 Classroom Connection11/13/2014
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CMS/CHS building recycling/composting project11/12/2014

Chelan Middle/High School is collecting leaves for a new school lunch compost program. Residents may drop off leaves (bagged or not) behind the high school on the practice field. Follow the signs. Other yard waste (branches, grass) is not being accepted. Please contact school secretary Sharon Johnson at 682-4073 if you have any questions.  As part of the kickoff for theChelan Middle/High School composting Program, The Chelan Project has produced a short info video. See link, .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qsXw41c4lE  Student volunteers will be on hand at both breakfast and lunch to educate student/staff on the new system.   A big thanks to Jeremy Anhalt and his students for spearheading this entire program!

Health Report: How to Snack Healthy11/12/2014

Are you a snacker? Snacking is a great way to keep your energy up during the day. But instead of reaching for candy or cookies, here are some better ways to snack. 

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Wednesday AM News 11/12/1411/12/2014

Municipal meetings, sip 'n stroll, Chamber of Commerce Award dinner. 

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Wednesday 11/12/14 Classroom Connection11/12/2014
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Health Report: How to Cope with PTSD11/11/2014

 Do you think you, or someone you care about, is suffering from PTSD? Here are symptoms to watch for, and how to help yourself or the one you love. 

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Tuesday AM News 11/11/14 *Happy Veteran's Day!*11/11/2014

 Washington State's 125th birthday, municipal meetings, PUD's pay your bill by email service, Veteran's Day parade today. 

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Tuesday 11/11/14 Classroom Connection11/11/2014
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Health Report: Tips for People Who Sit at a Desk All Day11/10/2014

Does your job require you to sit at a desk all day? Here are some tips to keep you moving and healthy regardless of whether your job keeps you sedentary for most of the day or not.

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Monday AM News 11/10/1411/10/2014

 Municipal meetings this week, construction and road maintenance advisory, Veteran's Day tomorrow, Election results tight. 

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Chelan Goats Hold Rally for Former Teammate11/10/2014

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Monday 11/10/14 Classroom Connection11/10/2014
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11 members of the Chelan FFA traveled to the Volunteer11/7/2014


Chelan High School

Agriculture Education Department/Chelan FFA


7 Nov 2014

News Release


For Immediate Release—11 members of the Chelan FFA traveled to the Volunteer State of Tennessee and the Bluegrass State of Kentucky for the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville the last week of October.


Members were traveling back to the National Convention for 3 reasons—to compete in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event, to accept their 2 Star National Chapter Award, and to received their American FFA Degree. The Forestry Team earned the opportunity last May when they won the Washington State Forestry CDE. The team consisted of Bobby Hanson, Dane Schwartz, Javier Rivera, Apolinar Blanco, and Jake Straub. The chapter completed the National Chapter Application in April and was judged against all the other Gold Rated Chapters in the country. Four members submitted applications and qualified for the highest degree that the FFA can bestow, the American FFA Degree.


The American Degree recipients were Derek Ahl, Chad Miller, Lupe Villasenor, and Sean Hess. To qualify they had to complete a minimum of 360 hours of agriculture education instruction; been an FFA member for 3 years; earned or invested $7500 from their Supervised Agriculture Experience project; participated in at least 5 activities above the District Level; and completed 50 hours of community service.


Erick Straub and Josie Gallup accepted the 2 Star National Chapter Award on behalf of the Chelan Chapter. Only 10 percent of the FFA Chapters in each state are eligible to be Gold Rated Chapters. The Chelan chapter has consistently been a 2 or 3 Star Chapter throughout its history.


The Forestry CDE team completed a 50 question general forestry knowledge test, Forestry Equipment Identification, Hardwood Timber Cruising, Tree Identification, Compass and Pacing course, Individual Issues Presentations, and a Team Forestry Plot Volume Practicum. The team placed 17th and earned a silver rating with Apolinar Blanco and Dane Schwartz earning a Gold rating individually, Jake Straub was Silver, and Bobby Hanson was Bronze.


While traveling at the convention members, attended convention sessions, leadership workshops, the FFA Exposition and toured the area. Their education tours included the Nashville Zoo; The Hermitage—Andrew Jackson’s home and plantation; the Bellemeade Plantation and Civil War Battle site; the Country Music Hall of Fame; Music Row; the National Corvette Museum; Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum; and the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory and Museum.

The entire Chelan Chapter Delegation was featured on the RFD Convention Live Pre-session show on Friday, October 31 prior to session 5 of the convention. Members answered questions from RFD personality and former National FFA President Levy Randolf throughout the 30 minute pre-session show live on RFD-TV.


Updated Election Results “Sink” New Hospital Proposal11/7/2014


Updated Election Results “Sink” New Hospital Proposal

The "Estimated Ballots Left to Count" does not include ballots postmarked on or before Election Day that may continue to arrive through the mail or ballots with signature issues that must be corrected before they can be counted.

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Health Report: How to Prevent Heart Disease11/7/2014

 Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the U.S. every year, and is equally common in both men and women. Here are some tips for prevention and heart health.

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Friday AM News 11/7/1411/7/2014

 Stehekin renovations open house, free day in parks on Veteran's Day, Chamber of Commerce award dinners, hospital bond is close to call, final ballot counts this afternoon.

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Friday 11/07/14 Classroom Connection11/7/2014
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Thursday 11/06/14 Classroom Connection11/6/2014
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Wednesday 11/05/14 Classroom Connection11/5/2014
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Lake Chelan Home Watch Celebrates Grand Opening11/4/2014

***Lake Chelan Homes Now Safer***

Lake Chelan Home Watch Celebrates Grand Opening


Lake Chelan, WA (November 4, 2014)--The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce welcomed to the valley’s business community new business, Lake Chelan Home Watch, during a grand opening event last month.

Lake Chelan Home Watch, an accredited member of the National Home Watch Association, offers premier protection for your unattended home and other vacation assets. They will check, manage and maintain all aspects of your home to truly provide you with “Four Season Peace of Mind” so that potential damage does not turn into a likely disaster.

Founder and Owner Ron Trickett says, “Our Company prides itself on using the very best industry trained and certified professionals in our home watch process to provide superior service to our customers. As trusted advocates for our clients, we protect their privacy and confidentiality while maintaining constant communication accompanied with detailed reports. We believe your vacation home should be a pleasurable retreat you long to enjoy, not a burden you dread to maintain and repair during your precious time while here. We are excited to be able to offer our home watch and other concierge services here in the Lake Chelan Valley.”

Lake Chelan Home Watch will check your home on a schedule that works for you, while being on call 24 hours a day for emergencies such as storm damage and alarm call outs. Lake Chelan Home Watch is currently accepting new clients. Please call them to schedule a consultation. For more information visit lakechelanhomewatch.com or call (509) 393-3652. 

Chelan Burglary Suspect Arrested11/4/2014

On October 30, 2014, Chelan County Deputies responded to three separate reports of burglaries to area businesses in Chelan. There was only minimal damage to any of the three businesses, and it appears cash was the only item stolen. One of the business owners was able to retrieve surveillance video of the suspect, which showed the suspect as being a male in his late 30’s to early 40’s wearing loose clothing, thin beard, and had short wavy styled hair that appeared red. A separate business owner stated they had a male subject come into their store the night prior, asking where he could buy a certain type of computer. The subject was directed to the nearby Radio Shack. This male subject matched the description of the suspect in the surveillance video. Deputies were able to view surveillance video at Radio Shack as well and created a photograph of the suspect.

Deputies went to various Motels in the area and found one that said the male subject was staying with them. Once Deputies had the suspect’s name, they soon realized he had a Department of Corrections warrant and was from Alaska. The picture of the suspect the Sheriff’s Office had on file matched the picture in the surveillance video.

Deputies came back to the motel later and located the suspect, identified as 40 year old, Jeremy Keen who has a general delivery in Wenatchee and ties to Alaska. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the three businesses. Keen was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Burglary 2nd Degree, Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree and Theft 3rd Degree. Keen is potentially facing further charges as the investigation continues.

Health Report: How to Cope with Shorter Days11/4/2014

The days are getting shorter, and with darkness becoming more prominent than sunlight, people tend to struggle with depression during the winter months. Here is how to combat the "winter blues."

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Tuesday AM News 11/4/1411/4/2014

 ELECTION DAY, Public Hearing for Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest: Tonasket Ranger District. 

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Tuesday 11/04/14 Classroom Connection11/4/2014
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Health Report: People Crying Ebola...When it Isn't11/3/2014

Because of the huge outcry of the public and media, doctors are seeing waves of flu patients who are coming in to be tested for Ebola. Here is why that is unnecessary, and how to prevent getting sick at all this season.

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Monday AM News 11/3/1411/3/2014

 Burglary suspect arrested after suspicious acitivity at local businesses, election TOMORROW. 


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Monday 11/03/14 Classroom Connection11/3/2014
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