While mountain biking near Fish Lake I came upon a small 2′ x 2′ smoldering fire in the middle of one of the old logging roads.  The embers were 3 or 4 inches deep and the fire was quite hot.  This was not a camp fire, but likely an accidental start from a vehicle.  There was fresh cut branches from firewood gathering adjacent to the fire.  Please keep all motorized vehicles on the pavement until the hot weather passes.   As Micahel from Lake Wenatchee Fire remarked,  We got Lucky,  this easily could have been 5 acres before it was spotted and been a much bigger problem.

 The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms, which is in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 3 PM PDT Saturday. A Series of Weather Disturbances will Move Across Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Friday Into Saturday. These Disturbances will Have the Potential to Bring Widespread Thunderstorms with Abundant Lightning, Which Could Lead to New
Fire Starts. Thunderstorms Initially May Produce Little to No Rainfall, but will Transition to Become Significantly Wetter Late Friday Into Saturday.

Thunderstorms: Widespread Thunderstorms with Abundant Lightning
will be Possible.    Outflow winds: Gusty and Erratic winds will be Possible With Thunderstorms.  New Fire Starts are Possible from Lightning Strikes.

Please use discretion when lighting any fire during these conditions, even in legal campfire pits. Windy/hot/low humidity  conditions can easily cause a campfire to start spot fires. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s smart………..

 County Commissioner Bob Bugert will hold his monthly meeting with constituents in Plain at 9AM this Friday, August 9th,  in the conference room at Beaver Valley Lodge; this is the first building immediately South of Plain Grocery.

Topics likely to be discussed are short-term rentals and the Nason Ridge Community Forest project. Bring your questions or comments on these or other county issues . Coffee and light refreshments will  be served.

 The annual Moonlight Music Fest is Saturday, August 17th.  This summer concert has been running for over ten years now. Originally in the Plain Hardware parking lot, it became a fundraiser for the local volunteer fire department, with donations raised going to buy equipment and provide necessary training.

The success of the concert soon saw it outgrow its home, and the music was moved across the street to the woods and fields in the heart of Plain. The new venue allowed space for more than just music. Soon, food and a car show were added, featuring classic and contemporary vehicles and bringing enthusiasts from around Washington.

This year the program is moving to an earlier time frame, taking advantage of beautiful summer weather here in Plain. Running from 2-7pm, the concert will feature two bands, The 509s and Mugsy’s Groove. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Car show participants can still show up the day of the festivities and look for the sign to their special entrance.

Despite its growth and success, the concert continues to be very much a local affair of friends, families, neighbors, and guests coming together at a beautiful location in the mountains, on a summer weekend to celebrate a community.

Stop in. Bring a chair, Dance!

David Walker
Assistant Fire Chief
Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue

Deadhorse Tunnel River Restoration

The Kahler Glen Women’s Golf League held their annual Swing for Smiles Charity Golf Tournament last week. 100% of the proceeds went to the Upper Valley MEND Dental Program. This small group of 22 women raised over $10,600.00 for the one day event, surpassing last years total by $2600.00. The tournament had 80 female golfers participating from both the East and West sides supporting this very worthy local cause. They would like to thank all the businesses in the Leavenworth area who donated items or sponsored a hole, especially Horan Estate Winery, Kahler Glen golf course, The WildFlour restaurant at Kahler Glen,  Delta Dental of Washington, Plain Cellars & The Squirrel Tree.

 All spring and summer, reports have been coming in to WDFW of bears getting into garbage around Lake Wenatchee and Plain. This is NOT a bear problem, this is a human problem. As long as this community’s garbage problem persists, these bear conflicts will continue happening. Two bears have already been captured and relocated from the area around Lake Wenatchee, and more continue to find garbage food sources.

Bears become an issue when humans provide them with a food source. State law makes it illegal to negligently attract bears, and with the long history of bears getting into garbage in this community, leaving out trash all week is negligent. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will look to ticket those who continue to leave garbage out prior to trash day.

Many residents have tried to secure their garbage cans with a few clips, however, a few clips on a plastic can has been easy for the bears to figure out. In many cases, the “fix” may have caused more harm than good, with people leaving a barely secured can out all week. The best solution to this is to keep your garbage can inside, secure from bears, until the morning of trash day. Getting a bear resistant can from waste management is a good start, but no can is completely bear proof so leaving garbage out all week is still asking for trouble. In rare cases where cans must be left out more than a day, consider spraying them down with a cleaner or taste deterrent.

Do your part to ensure you are not contributing to the problem. Other attractants may include pet food, chickens and chicken feed, bird feeders including humming bird feeders, squirrel feeders, grills/smokers, compost piles and unfenced gardens. As a community we need to work to minimize and secure attractants. If we don’t minimize and secure attractants, we are instead contributing to a situation where conflict with bears is increased, as well as the likelihood that those bears will be killed. When it comes to garbage, a fed bear is a dead bear.

If you need to report a bear sighting or issue, call the WDFW Wenatchee District Office at 509-662-0452.

In the event of an emergency wildlife issue call 911.

Officer Eric Boyd, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Law Enforcement Program
3860 Chelan Highway North, Wenatchee, WA 98801
509-860-8600      ? Eric.Boyd@dfw.wa.gov
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 If you missed the PUD drop-in information session on proposed upgrades to the power grid in our area held in Plain this week,  a similar opportunity is offered in Leavenworth next week.

Chelan County PUD Informational Drop-In Session on potential Upper Valley electrical system improvements:

When:       Saturday, July 27; 10am-Noon
Where:      Leavenworth PUD Office
222 Chumstick Highway, Leavenworth

· Fire risk assessments
· Condition of existing PUD transmission
· Potential areas for system improvements
· Other considerations –resilience, reliability and public safety

If you can’t join us, please visit the PUD info website at:  http://chelanpud.org/UVTransmission

  Planning Commission Meeting – July 24, 2019

When:                         Wednesday, July 24, 2019 07:00 PM

Where:                        Confluence Technology Center, 285                                                         Technology Center Way,  Wenatchee                                                        ( Olds Station area of  Wenatchee)

Event Coordinator:  509-667-6225
Event Details:            Planning Commission Agenda  

Comments will be taken from the public with each speaker limited to two minutes


 The Chelan PUD will host a public meeting in Plain this afternoon to discuss possible upgrades to the grid providing power to our area. This would include means of providing redundancy in the system to assure continuation of service  through periods such as the ice storm of 2012.

The meeting will be held today, Wednesday, July 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in the conference room at Beaver Valley Lodge. This is the first building immediately South of Plain Grocery.

Rivercom 911 Sales Tax Renewal

 Approval of this levy renewal is important to continuation of emergency services in our area, Folks. Please read this and support renewal of the levy.

Ballots arrive this next week to voters in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Voters will be asked to approve the continuation/renewal of the Rivercom 911 Emergency Communication Systems and Facilities tax which is a 1/10th of 1% sales tax levy that anyone who pays sales tax in both Counties (Including visitors) It directly supports Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue and all other fire departments in Chelan/Douglas County by providing funding to maintain firefighter’s radios, replace and maintain mountain top repeater systems and 911 dispatch consoles as well as keeps our dispatch service fees affordable. It has had a meaningful impact on our 911 system and improved our ability to respond to emergencies. For additional information please visit rivercom911.org or