In August 2017 the Chelan County Commissioners adopted a resolution amending our county code that placed severe constrictions on outdoor growing of marijuana in Chelan County. Many were relieved in their belief that this signaled the end of controversy over the  marijuana growing operation on Beaver Valley Road in Plain, about ¼ mile North of Plain Hardware. Apparently that is not so. The issue has again come alive with the application of the owner of that site to the state to renew his Tier 3 growing license at that location and to expand the license to include processing of marijuana at the location. The state Liquor and Cannabis Control Board gives no import to County Code provisions that would disallow operations at this site, to public safety concerns or to numerous objections by citizens to the licensing of marijuana operations at the site. The existing growing permit was renewed by the state 11-20-2018. It is uncertain if the license will again be actually used, if growing will resume at the location or if, now,  processing might take place there. One thing is certain- the time for public input on this application is short so it’s imperative that the community make their feelings known on the possibility that a marijuana growing/processing operation in “downtown” Plain could once again be a reality. Comments one way or the other on the license renewal must be submitted by December 17th and, along with your other comments, should note that the existing license has not been used by the holder in over one year. The comments must include the name of the applicant Alto Buddha, the license number 419833, and the location of the operation at 18800 Beaver Valley Road, Leavenworth, WA. They should be sent to the Liquor/Cannabis Control Board and our County Commissioners at:


Informal Community Discussion on Facebook

LWFR Auxiliary does it again…………….

 The 2018 version of Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Auxiliary’s annual pancake breakfast, bazaar, basket raffle and Santa house was another success, building on the great tradition of many years. Nearly 350 breakfasts were served, 55 kids visited Santa and about $8,400 raised to provide equipment and training materials to firefighters. Thanks to the community for making this another great event!  Pictured: Plain resident Lele visits Santa, Mrs Klaus, the Elf and their helper Pam Mullens. Some comments were heard that Santa and his entourage had a strong resemblance to Jim Passage, Marci Scott and Jerry Jennings.

LWFR Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, Dec 1st

 The Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary will hold it’s annual pancake breakfast, bazaar, basket raffle and Santa visit this Saturday at the Rec Club at the airstrip. Breakfast will be served 8AM to 11:30; adults $5 and youth under 12 $3.  Santa will arrive via a very special sleigh at 9AM and the basket raffle drawings will begin at 11:30 AM. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at Plain Grocery.

First snow of the year….

 The first snow accumulation of the year began the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, continued intermittently through the night and at 8:30 AM on Friday is still snowing and 33 degrees. This is pretty heavy and wet stuff so it can be slick underfoot or on the roads. Due to warm temps and melting only about 1/2 inch has accumulated on the ground. Snow reports of local snowfall on the South Shore of Lake Wenatchee, beginning today and updated in most cases on a daily basis, can be seen on this website by clicking on Reports, then under Daily Snowfall clicking on Lake Wenatchee.

LWFR Annual Christmas Fundraiser

An open letter to the Plain Community

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As we near the beginning of the Thanksgiving Holiday season, we wanted to give a special and well deserved thanks to the volunteer firefighters at Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue. We are so blessed to have such a well-trained and responsive group to help us as our community continues to grow.

After the thrill of driving large trucks and responding to fires sets in, the real work begins. At any time, day or night regardless of weather conditions or what they were doing, this dedicated group of just over 30 of your neighbors responds to help others in need. Many of the responses are helping a person experiencing a potentially life changing event; some involve traumatic life or death situations. The lives they tried their hardest to save, but couldn’t stay with them forever. But service to their community is their creed and they are always ready to lend a helping hand someone in need. In their free time, these same volunteers help to promote a safer environment by conducting an annual safety fair, providing fire prevention training at local schools, sponsoring a Halloween Trunk or Treat, installing smoke alarms, and helping at numerous other community events.

Leading this group is our visionary Fire Chief. He has continually lead the charge to improve every aspect of his department. Guided by Chief Lamar, LWFR transitioned from a rural district that responded primarily to fires to a multi-purpose fire and rescue organization with training, certifications, procedures, and apparatus comparable to the best districts in the northwest. Rather than just manage the status quo, Chief Lamar and his team (including all of the officers and volunteers) have continuously upgraded and strengthened every aspect of the district.

Please take a minute when you see these volunteers and their families; stop and thank them for their service. Their dedication and sacrifices to improve our well-being are one of the keys that make our Plain community truly unique.

With warm regards,

Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Commissioners

Salute to Veterans

 Mick Lamar, George Hiteshew and Mike Bunney of Plain carried on their annual tradition of honoring veterans in Plain on Veterans Day, November 11th. They were joined in the salute by Grahame and Barbara Watson of Plain that decorated their home with banners and flags to mark the day. Thank you Mick, George and Mike and the Watsons for honoring those who gave so much for our country.

Success on Nason Ridge!

Almost six square miles above Lake Wenatchee has been protected for conservation – all because of the support of Land Trust members and the Lake Wenatchee community. This is good news for our land and water, as well as hikers, bikers, skiers and equestrians. Through the generous support of more then 425 donors,  we just reached our fundraising goal of $1 million in private donations. Western Rivers Conservancy now holds the land as interim owner, allowing for public use and enjoyment of the property while they identify a long-term steward of the land.

In the future, this land will be managed for long-term health rather than short-term profits. You can feel good knowing that you left a legacy for future generations at Nason Ridge.

A HUGE thank you to the Nason Ridge volunteer fundraising team: Ray Aspiri, co-chair Rob Shurtleff, co-chair Jeff Thiel, and hard working members, Mary Gallagher Tim Gallagher Bill Miller Eric Prestbo Chris Stahler

Endorsers: Paul & Dodie Gray, Rick Halstead, John Hempelmann, Ralph Munro, Kahler Glen Community Association, Rob McKenna, NCW Audubon, Doug & Lois Pendleton, Sam Reed, Dave Saugen at Tall Timber Ranch, Slade Gorton, Rollie & Barbara Schmitten, Rob Whitten at Plain Hardware, and George & Jimi Wilson

If you haven’t had a chance to make your donation yet,  contributions are still be accepted at:


Meet with Commissioner Overbay this Friday

 County Commissioner Kevin Overbay will hold his monthly public meeting with constituents this Friday, November 2nd, in Plain. This is a schedule adjustment from his usual second-Friday day up here due to other County committments.  The meeting will be held  at 9AM this Friday, Nov 2nd,  in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodge which is  the building immediately south of Plain Grocery. These meetings have been well-attended, lively and informative  so bring your questions or comments on County issues and be part of this.

Trunk or Treat Halloween night in Plain

Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue partners up with Plain Grocery, Plain Hardware and the Old Mill Cafe again to bring Trunk or Treat night back to Plain. Families area encouraged to decorate their vehicles in an appropriate Halloween theme and join in the fun. The event runs from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Halloween night (Wednesday, Oct 31st) in the parking lots of the three merchants in Plain. Come on down!! This is a fun evening…………