Vacation rentals/short term rentals have become a controversial issue in Chelan County. The County Commissioners have for several months been contemplating how to proceed with a review of this issue. Owners of the rental properties assert their right to do so while neighborhood residents cite disruption to long-tranquil neighborhoods. The Commissioners will hear a presentation by a company presumably offering some solution to the issue during  their regular meeting at 10:30 A M on Tuesday, January 15th in the Commissioners meeting room at 400 Douglas Street in Wenatchee. The meeting and presentation is open to the public. The presenting company has a website you can visit at 

The annual Lake Wenatchee Rec Club “Poker Run” will be held Saturday January 19th. This event is an opportunity for our community to enjoy snowmobiling, have fun with friends, family and to meet new people.

Event Details (Open to the public, no preregistration required)
Time 8-9:45 a.m. check in (last rider must leave clubhouse by 10 a.m.) All riders MUST be back by 3 p.m. for prizes
Cost $5 per hand (can purchase multiple hands) Cash or check only
Food Lunch available for purchase starting at noon

This year, net proceeds from the event (donation jar will also be available) will go to support the family of Christine Humphreys who tragically lost her life when their home was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve.

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LWFR welcomes new Assistant Chief

 David Walker has been appointed Assistant Chief of Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, replacing AC Bill Moffat who has retired from the position. He was sworn in to his new position on January 8th by LWFR Commissioner Rollie Schmitten. Walker began his fire career as a sixteen year old working on and around fire apparatus as an Explorer Scout in Bellevue. He went on to become a volunteer firefighter in Redmond until being hired as a full time firefighter in the City of Kirkland.  During his career there as a firefighter and EMT, he advanced to serve as Fire Marshal and Operations Battalion Chief. In those positions he was responsible for fire investigations, records management, national and regional deployments, apparatus design and purchasing and fire station construction. During those years he resided in Skagit County and served there also as both a fire commissioner and Fire Marshal of Skagit County, as president of  the Skagit County EMS council and interim director and commissioner of their hospital district. He has extensive training from the National Fire Academy in fire investigation, arson prevention and control, fire service finance and executive development. Dave retired in October 2018 and with his wife Katie and sons Elijah and Forrrest moved to the home they loved in the Butcher Creek area.  Welcome, Dave and family!

As a community we are devistated by the house fire that took the life of Christine Humphreys and the loss of everything at the family home  on Christmas Eve. The Humphrey family has been a well known and respected part of our community since the 1920’s. During this time of loss, we as a community are coming together to help Christine’s husband John and her son Will deal with this tragedy.  Since their home was totally destroyed in the fire, they are staying in Leavenworth at the Evergreen Inn and are in need of clothing and replacement of all the necessities lost in the fire.  They also find themselves in an immediate financial crisis.

If you would like to help, we suggest winter clothing and gift cards for food and other items. LakeWenatcheeinfo is also coordinating a fundraiser which is available HERE.

Sympathy cards would be greatly appreciated and may be sent to:
John Humphreys
c/o Alpine Tracts Community Club
22516 Alpine Drive
Leavenworth, WA 98826

For questions please contact Bill Freist president of the Alpine Tracts Homeowners Assoc. He is in constant contact with John who called yesterday and asked for help trying to retrieve heirlooms from the fire site this weekend.

Thank you all and God Bless the firefighters that were on this call!
With much gratitude and kindness,

Bill and Yvonne Freist
Board President, Alpine Tracts
206 619 2655

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Cascade Medical will ask voters to renew a levy that has supported ambulance service and emergency medical response in the Upper Valley for 30 years. This IS a renewal that will continue existing services, not a new levy. Ballots for the Feb. 12 election will be mailed on Jan. 24. Cascade partners with Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue to provide emergency medical services in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain/Highway 2 area. In 2018 LWFR responded to 185 medical emergency calls in our area- that’s 66% of all call responded to by LWFR. The partnership with Cascade has cut response times by half and the number of EMT-trained volunteers in the LWFR area has doubled. Part of the EMS levy — about $90,000 — covers staffing costs for the ambulance located in the Lake Wenatchee area, operated by Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue.
The measure is a 6-year renewal at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation — same as the levy that passed with 82 percent approval in 2012. If approved, the levy would continue to cost property owners about $125 a year for a home assessed at $250,000. The measure needs a simple majority to pass.
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 Newly installed County Commissioner Bob Bugert will continue the 2nd Friday public meetings with constituents that Commissioner Kevin Overbay has been holding in Plain.  The meeting this month will be held at this Friday, January 11th, in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodging, the  building immediately South of Plain Grocery. The meeting begins at 9AM and coffee/snacks will be served. These meetings have been well attended and lively so bring your questions/comments for the Commissioner and come on down…………………

At his recent monthly meeting with constituents in Plain, County Commissioner Kevin Overbay made us aware of a significant loss of revenue to Chelan County that could be going toward road maintenance and other services in our part of the County. The loss of revenue results from the zip code we use when purchasing merchandise on-line from Amazon or any other vendor. The sales tax that is collected on those sales is returned to local governments based solely upon the zip code of the address to which the merchandise is shipped.  Thus, using only the five-digit 98826, which is the zip code for Leavenworth, tax dollars collected on that sale are routed to the City of Leavenworth government, not to the Chelan County government who provides our services in the unincorporated areas of the County. Look at your recent purchase receipts- if the sales tax charged is 8.2 percent, that is going to Chelan County but if the tax is 8.4 percent that is all going to the City of Leavenworth. Examining our own recent purchase receipts confirmed that using the 5-digit zip code 98826 the tax proceeds have indeed all been going to the City of Leavenworth. Obviously, this is a substantial amount of money being denied the County. To remedy this diversion of your tax dollars to an entity that does not serve you, it’s necessary when making on-line purchases to use the additional four digits that comprise the complete 9-digit zip code of your address. On the South Shore of Lake Wenatchee that is 98826-8725 but all areas/neighborhoods are different. To determine your complete nine-digit zip code go to and enter your address. This is important and easily done- please do what you can to insure that your tax dollars go to the government entity that provides your services. Facebook

Cougar on Brae Burn Road

Check out the video below that Jenifer Olson captured when she spotted this good sized cat on Christmas Day at 3pm on Brae Bern Road, behind old Parkside Grocery.



911 lines not working; use 509-663-9911

9PM Thursday, Dec 27th:

Emergency 911 lines are not working, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday night. Calls for help should go to RiverCom’s business line: 509-663-9911.
The downed lines reportedly affect all 911 lines statewide, including landlines & cell phones, according to a post at about 8:45 p.m. on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

UPDATE:  8:55 am Friday, Dec 28:  911 service was restored briefly during the night but went down again in the early morning hours. Callers are advised to continue using  509-663-9911 to report emergencies until the 911 system is fully restored to service.

UPDATE: 11:45 am Friday, Dec 28: 911 system at this time is up and functioning normally but if problems arise or with questions call 509-663-9911

XC Trails Open

Most of the Lake Wenatchee XC Trails are open,  current grooming status can be checked under Reports / Cross Country Ski Trails  The grooming reports will be updated daily.

Rob Whitten and the Plain Hardware team have the Plain Trails open too,  Grooming reports can be found here.


As you begin your Christmas and New Years holidays, just a word of CAUTION. The weather in our area and specifically at Fish Lake has been unseasonably warm. We have no ice on the lake and what you see in our live webcam is really wet slush left over from the 3 feet of snow we have received. At my dock, there is 1/2 inch of slush and then just water. So, as you plan your annual fishing trip be sure to evaluate the conditions. Facebook Comments