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 and George Hiteshew of Plain carried on their annual tradition of honoring veterans in Plain on Veterans Day, November 11th. They were joined in their salute by Mike Bunney, who departed before the photo was taken, and 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…………

Road Alert: Chumstick Highway, Oct. 30

A Chelan County contractor on Tuesday, Oct. 30, begins replacing center pavement markers along Chumstick Highway.

The three-day project will create some minor traffic delays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists are advised that traffic will be at one lane, with flaggers and a pilot car directing vehicles. Please avoid the area if you can.

The contractor, Pavement Surface Control of the Tri-Cities, will begin at the northern end of Chumstick Highway (near Highway 207) and work its way south toward Leavenworth. The contractor will replace the reflective pavement markers that are in the center of the roadway. The project costs about $30,000 and is being paid for with county funds.

Jill FitzSimmons
Public Information Officer
Chelan County Public Works Department
Office: 509-667-6415
Fax: 509-667-6250

Celebrate Recovery

What is Celebrate Recovery?
If you are looking for a way to live a more peaceful life and freedom from your hurts, hang-ups and habits, come join a bunch of imperfect people who gather to learn and help each other in the struggles of today’s world. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from issues that are controlling your life. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. Celebrate Recovery is one of Plain Community Church’s ministries that reaches out to Plain, Lake Wenatchee and the surrounding Upper Valley.?
For questions contact Barb Williams 206-914-5776 or email at

Free firewood

Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort has recently had a number of large trees taken out and the wood from them is available, free for the taking. It has been bucked up into 12 to 15 inch rounds and is in the overflow parking area across the road from the driving range at Kahler Glen.

Forest Stewardship University

Is your forest healthy? How do you know? When harvesting timber, what is your fair share? Is a handshake good enough? How do you enhance wildlife habitat and protect your land from wildfire? How do you harvest timber sustainably without trashing your land? The Coached Planning Shortcourse will help you answer these questions.
Beginning October 31 through January 9, an outstanding series of weekly classes will be conducted for owners of small-scale family forests (typically 5-500 acres). You can simultaneously become eligible for cost-share assistance to implement practices (such as thinning, pruning, slash disposal, reforestation, and wildlife habitat improvement) be considered for reduced property taxes, and become a certified forest. This award-winning program is known as the Coached Planning Shortcourse, and is conducted by WSU Extension and the WA Dept. of Natural Resources.

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The Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group (CCFEG) will begin a five-year pilot project on the Upper Chiwawa River beginning in October 2018.

The Chiwawa River, along with most rivers in the Pacific Northwest, has seen dramatic declines of native salmon and trout over the past 150 years. It’s estimated (based on early salmon cannery records) that the Columbia River and its tributaries receive less than 10% of historical numbers of adult salmon and steelhead. As a result of these concerning declines, Upper Columbia Spring Chinook, Summer Steelhead, and Bull Trout have been placed on the Endangered Species Act. CCFEG and our partners are working to reverse these downward trends by improving stream habitat.
Healthy salmon streams need

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 Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay will hold his regular monthly public meeting with constituents in Plain this Friday, October 12th. 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 on county issues and join us on Friday!