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03/05 Wednesday KOZI News Bites 3/5/2014



Chelan County PUD has stopped generating power at Rock Island Dam in response to drawdown by Grant County PUD at its Wanapam Dam. The Wanapum reservoir has reached a level of 545 feet above sea level, or approximately 26 feet below normal.   As the Columbia River continues to be lowered below Rock Island Dam, Chelan PUD is taking steps to protect its generating equipment and to safely operate its generators within design criteria during the Wanapum drawdown. The river flow will be managed by spilling water through the spillways at Rock Island.  Rock Island Dam has a generating capacity of 629 megawatts. Chelan PUD will be able to meet customer electricity needs with Rocky Reach generating units and, if necessary, through purchasing on the energy markets.  All units at Rocky Reach Dam are currently available for power generation, with the exception of the one large unit, C-10, that is under repair.

Engineering analysis by the PUD has determined Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams are stable and meet Federal requirements for safety.

Chelan County PUD reminds the public that river conditions can change quickly.  Please avoid the river banks and newly exposed areas of the river bed.  These areas can be hazardous due to slippery rocks and thick mud.  Safety for the public and our employees is our priority concern.




Wednesday afternoon a Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy on Hwy. 28 near Palisades Rd. observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and making dangerous passes.  When the Deputy tried to stop the vehicle, it sped away at a high rate of speed.  The Deputy pursued with lights and siren.  During the pursuit, the vehicle reached speeds of 120 mph.  The pursuit continued towards crescent bar.  The car had been reported stolen out of Spokane County. .  Units from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, WSP, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and East Wenatchee Police Department searched for the vehicle.  Just east of East Wenatchee, a WPS Trooper saw the vehicle coming towards him.  When the trooper began to turn to stop him, the vehicle swerved towards the patrol car as if to intentionally collide with it.  An East Wenatchee Police Officer was finally able to use the front of his patrol car to force the suspect vehicle off the road in the parking lot of Walker’s Furniture in East Wenatchee.  Even after stopping, the suspect backed up and ran into the EWPD car.  The suspect was taken into custody and identified as 29 year old Nicholas C. Flatt of Spokane.  He was arrested for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felony Eluding, and Reckless Driving.  

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal