All candidates for the one Chelan County Commissioner and two State House of Representatives seats up for election this year have agreed to participate in a candidate forum that will take place at 7PM this Wednesday evening, July 18th, at the Ponderosa Community Clubhouse just south of Plain. This field of candidates will be narrowed to two for each position in the primary election in August so come hear these people to help you decide who can better serve us. Participating candidates are:

Bob Bugert- No party preference, Wenatchee
Lee Duncan- No party preference, Wenatchee • WENATCHEE, WA 9880
Zachary Miller- No party preference, Leavenworth
Robert Moelder- Independent, Cashmere
Shon D. Smith- Republican, Cashmere

Ann Diamond- Independent, Winthrop
Keith Goehner- Republican, Dryden
J.D. Greening- Republican, Waterville
C. Keiki Stacy Weigle- Democrat, Okanogan

Alan Fahnestock- No party preference, Winthrop
Valerie Sarratt- Democrat, Twisp
Mike Steele- Republican, Chelan (Incumbent)

The evening will be moderated by Jim Passage of Plain. Coffee and water will be provided.
To get there: From Plain Grocery drive South on Camp 12 Road 1.5 miles then turn right on Colt Road which is one-way going downhill. At the bottom of the hill turn right on Stirrup Street and continue two blocks to Morgan Street. Turn left on Morgan and then left again on Cayuse Street, passing the fire station on your left. The clubhouse and parking lot are on your left at the end of Cayuse Street.

Stray dog and lost kiteboard

 A very friendly dog with no collar (pictured) is wandering the state park. If this is yours or you know who it belongs to please contact the park office at 763-3101.

Also- a Slingshot kiteboard was lost on the lake Friday. It’s light blue on the top, red & black on the bottom. If it’s come your way please contact the owner Nels Riise at 206-859-3014.


 The Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary will accept yard sale donations again this Saturday, July 14th,  from 9AM to noon at the fire station in Plain but cannot accept further furniture donations until Friday, August 30th, the day before the sale. Storage containers are already nearly full so please delay bringing larger items until that date. Your donations are needed and appreciated but the storage space is just not there-  thank you for understanding.

  Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay will hold his regular monthly public meeting with constituents in Plain this Friday, July 13th. He will be accompanied by County Assessor Deanna Walter and Court Clerk Kim Morrison. All will be available to answer questions and provide information about their offices.

The meeting will begin at 9AM in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodge, the first building to the south of Plain Grocery.   These meetings have been well-attended, lively and interesting. Bring your questions or comments and join us on Friday!

 It’s that time again- Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary announces another Yard Sale donation Drop-Off Saturday!!!
On Saturday, July 14th, we will receive Yard Sale donations at our Beaver Valley Station next to the grade school (19015 Beaver Valley Road) from 9 AM to 12:00 noon. Auxiliary members will be on hand to receive your donation for the sale to be held Labor Day weekend. Due to many early donations,  storage space is nearly full so furniture items will not be accepted on this July 14th drop-off day but will be accepted again on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend sale.
As a reminder- regulations do not allow us to accept the following items; helmets, baby car seats, cribs and high chairs, undergarments, large TVs, used tires and rims, large appliances, used soiled mattresses, open toiletries, broken barbecues, propane tanks and used gas cans, open cans of paint and solvents or any potential toxic or flammable liquids or sprays. We appreciate all of the support with your donations, at the same time we need to let you know we do reserve the right not to accept items that hold no value and pose a harm to storing or selling.
Thank you for your support to our community and our Fire Department!!

Current fire danger level and restrictions

 There has been some confusing and incorrect information in the media as to the fire danger level and what is now allowed and what is not. To clarify that on this 4th of July:

The fire danger is now at HIGH. Under current restrictions small campfires are still permitted so long as they are in approved-type fire pits and only natural firewood is burned;  burning of treated wood, trash, building debris, yard waste and slash is not permitted. An approved-type fire pit is smaller than 36 inches diameter and goes all the way down into mineral soil. The area around the pit must be clear of combustible material. Please use common sense-  just because a campfire is not prohibited doesn’t mean it’s a smart thing to do with high wind conditions.


Have a fun and safe 4th of July!




Candidate forum scheduled here July 18th

With the large number of candidates competing for the vacant Chelan County Commissioner seat and the two State House of Representatives seats up for election, many folks are looking to find out more about each of the candidates in order to determine who they wish to support or vote for. A group of Lake Wenatchee area residents are organizing to host a non-partisan forum for all candidates running for the open Chelan County Commissioner seat and the two State Legislature District 12 positions that will be on the ballot for the primary election in August. The event will be held at the Ponderosa Community Clubhouse at 7:00 PM the evening of July 18th and will be moderated by local resident Jim Passage.
The following candidates have been invited to attend. Many have already accepted and a list of confirmed participating candidates will be provided prior to the event:

Chelan County Commissioner position:
Bob Bugert; Non-partisan, Wenatchee
Shon Smith; Republican; Cashmere
Zachary Miller; Independent; Lake Wenatchee
Lee Duncan; Independent; Malaga
Robert Moelder; Independent; Cashmere

State Representative; District 12; Position 1
Keith Goehner; Republican, Dryden
Ann Diamond; Independent, Winthrop
C. Keiki Stacy Weigle; Democrat, Okanogan
I.D. Greening; Republican, Waterville

State Representative; District 12; Position 2
Valerie Savage; Democrat, Twisp
Alan Fahnestock; Independent, Winthrop
Mike Steele; Republican, Chelan (Incumbent)

To avoid having the same questions asked several different ways from the floor during the event, the organizers are requesting that people anticipating attending the event submit questions for the candidates in advance. Those questions will be reduced into four or five major focused questions to be asked of the candidates in rotating order. Candidates will be encouraged to remain after the structured question/answer session to mingle with attendees and answer individual questions.

PLEASE WRITE UP your questions, stipulating whether the question should be put to the County Commissioner candidates, the State House of Representatives position 1 candidates or the State House of Representatives position 2 candidates, and submit them to either Jerry Jennings email: or George Wilson email: by July 14th. Thank you and please plan on being part of this event.

Jerry Jennings
George Wilson
Jim Passage

Got a beaver problem? We may have a solution! Trout Unlimited is leading the Wenatchee Beaver Project. Our crew offers beaver management assistance, including a free beaver trapping service when on site management is not possible. Nuisance beaver will be relocated to suitable sites on public lands where they will improve fish habitat and conserve water. For more information or to request assistance please contact Cody Gillin at (509) 679-1960 or

Cody Gillin | Project Manager
Trout Unlimited-Washington Water Project
103 Palouse Street #14, Wenatchee, WA 98801
509.888.0970 office | 509.679.1960 cell |

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Fireworks are prohibited in Chelan County

As we approach the Fourth of July be mindful that per Chelan County Commissioners resolution 2016-59,  Chapter 7.44  of the Chelan County Code prohibits the discharge of fireworks in Chelan County,  including Snakes and Sparklers.  The code provision is enforced by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department. Discharge of fireworks is also prohibited anywhere on National Forest lands.


At their regular meeting on June 25th the Cascade School District approved a resolution declaring 5.5 acres of land behind the Beaver Valley School in Plain as excess and not necessary to support the K-12 programs of the school district. This does not mean the land is for sale at this time or if the school district does decide to sell that Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue would be selected as the buyer. The fire district has expressed interest in the property which is adjacent to the existing fire station for possible future expansion in order to be prepared to meet the need for fire and emergency medical services for the growing population of the area.

A new face at Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue


Kim Wiley has joined Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue as the Administrative Coordinator. Kim and her husband Dave are long-time Plain residents and Kim is familiar to many from her time at Plain Hardware. Welcome to LWFR, Kim!