The Chelan County Commissioners will most likely vote this Tuesday, August 22nd, on whether to adopt the proposed restrictions on growing marijuana in the county. This meeting will be held at 10:15a.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room at 400 Douglas Street in Wenatchee. There will be no public testimony but it would be wonderful to have a good turnout of friendly faces to show support for our Commissioners. There was standing room only at the last meeting with only a handful there in support of the Regulations, Early arrival is suggested as the room was filled early at the last meeting when the vote was anticipated but then delayed.
The Moonlight Music Fest in Plain is this Saturday evening, August 19th! The family-oriented event begins at 6:30 PM at it’s new location across the road from the Old Mill restaurant in Plain so bring your chairs and let Velvet Elvis and country artist Dylan Jakobsen entertain you until 9:30 PM. Parking will be along State Haul road adjacent to the restaurant. Admission is free but this event is to support Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue so the boot will be passed for donations. The 59’er Diners’s Joe Cannata will be your emcee and tail twister and is always good for a laugh.
Food will be available on site or nearby with some of the proceeds again going to benefit the firefighters. The Beaver Valley School students will sell cookies, the local 4-H members will have hot dogs, chips and bottled water and the Old Mill will have spaghetti available outside the restaurant.
The Plain Cellars winery on State Haul Road will hold a pre-event beginning at 4:30 PM with food and wine available for purchase- this event also benefitting LWFR. This has always been a truly fun community event so come on out and be part of it.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued and is in effect from 4pm to 2am Saturday for Chelan County due to wind and low relative humidity. West winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph expected. Relative humidity will be 15 to 22 percent. Breezy and locally windy conditions combined with low relative humidity may lead to rapid fire spread with any new or existing fires.
Trash bins have been dumped over on both the West and East ends of North Shore the last couple of days, so it time to re-post the following Bear Proof Trash Locks, design by Tim Beard on North Shore. Bears have tested this trash can security system multiple times and failed to open the lid. Parts are available at Plain Hardware. Clasps open easily for homeowners and trash collectors. Here is a close up of the assembled lid lock:
In 2007, with state funding grants, Chelan County began the process of reviewing/updating the current Shoreline Master Plan that was implemented in 1975. An integral part of that process is reviewing the Shoreline Environmental Designation category of the shoreline of water bodies in Chelan County. The Chelan County Department of Community Development hosted a public meeting in the Commissioners chambers on July 26th to review segments of the draft revision of the Shoreline Master Plan, specifically the proposed Shoreline Environmental Designation categories assigned to some of our area water bodies. (Comments at our FB Page)
The North Shore of Lake Wenatchee is currently (in the 1975 SMP) designated Rural and under the proposed revision ( Draft SMP) that would change to Urban; The South Shore is currently Conservancy with possible change to Urban as far West as Camp Zanika and Natural further west (there is a request to change the USFS leased lands to Urban). The Cove Resort area of Fish Lake is currently Conservancy (with a request to change to Rural), and the North Shore residential area of Fish Lake is currently Natural and proposed to retain a ‘natural’ designation (with a request to change to ‘rural’). Most of Brae Burn residential lots are currently Conservancy with a proposed to change to Rural.
WDFW would like to remind anglers that the Wenatchee River from the Icicle Road Bridge in Leavenworth to Lake Wenatchee is closed to fishing. On Wednesday night, WDFW Police officers cited two, poachers, not anglers, for fishing closed waters and attempting to snag salmon in Plain. The gear in their possession was common snagging gear. Penalties for fishing closed waters, snagging, and possessing protected species of fish ranges from several hundred dollars in fines, the forfeiture of the fishing gear, and possible jail time. Please help protect future fishing generations. To report poaching activity to include fishing closed waters please call the Washington State Patrol Wenatchee office at 509-860-8090 and follow the prompts to contact a Fish and Wildlife Police Officer.