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

CDLT Protects More of the White River

Chelan Douglas Land Trust recently closed the purchase of 40 acres on the lower White River. The White River runs from glacial headwaters to Lake Wenatchee, which then flows into the Wenatchee River and joins the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Endangered salmon and one of the largest remaining runs of sockeye make their way from the ocean to the White River’s miles of cold clean waters to spawn, and the young rear there before heading out to the ocean.


The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Forest Service now own most of the floodplain and riverfront in the lower five miles of the White River. This 40-acre parcel on the riverbank was one of the very few unprotected properties left, and its protection is key to the future restoration of a river oxbow. An oxbow is a former main channel of the river that has become disconnected from the main stream – sometimes naturally and sometimes by human alteration of the terrain.  With this acquisition, CDLT is one step closer to reconnecting the oxbow to provide off-channel habitat that is in short supply on the lower White. With this addition, CDLT’s White River Preserve permanently protects 683 acres and over 5.5 miles of  riverfront and provides improved public access to the river. [continue reading…]

 Folks living in our area have been enduring with increasing frustration the challenge of getting to or through Leavenworth on weekends or busy summer days. The Washington DOT and other area traffic entities are at last taking note of that and beginning a study on traffic movement on US 2 between Coles Corner and Cashmere. Details of this process are available on the DOT website at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/planning/studies/us2/upper-wenatchee-valley/home Comments can be submitted on-line prior to July 31 by going to http://bit.ly/yourthoughtsUS2

For Wenatchee World subscribers there is a story on this issue in todays edition online.

 As part of their overall efforts to lessen fire risks and develop fire hardening plans throughout the county, the Chelan PUD is looking at the Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas. They have heard there may be increased support in our area for the PUD to revisit plans to upgrade equipment, poles and lines due to recent fires as well as ice storms in the area. The PUD knows that customers value reliable service, and they are looking for ways to maintain strong levels of reliability. Potential projects includes hardening existing lines, relocating lines that are in high fire risk areas and possibly building a section of line to connect the system. All of these measures would increase reliability for the area and reduce the impact of wildfire to PUD equipment.
The PUD will be holding public meetings in Plain and Leavenworth next week to further that process. You are encouraged to be part of this process to let the PUD hear your thoughts on their service and proposed upgrades to service in the Plain/Lake Wenatchee area. The meetings will be:

Wednesday, July 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Beaver Valley Lodge (the first building immediately South of Plain Grocery)
18630 Beaver Valley Road, Plain

Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. – Noon
Leavenworth PUD Office
222 Chumstick Highway, Leavenworth

More information contact Teka Sellers at teka.sellars@chelanpud.org or (509) 661-4294

Prayer service tonight for Erin Hagedorn

 A prayer service in support of the family of Erin Hagedorn of Plain will be held tonight, Tuesday, July 9th, at the Plain Community Church at 7:00 PM. Erin was lost to us during a recent family trip.

Short-term rentals/vacation rentals have become a very controversial issue in our area and a plan to codify/standardize operating standards for that industry are currently being considered by the County.

A draft version of the proposed code development for short term rentals/vacation rentals is now available for public viewing on the Chelan County website at https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/files/community-development/documents/apps_form/Additional/PDF%20Draf%20Code.pdf

Several workshops have taken place for the County Commissioners and Planning Commission to review, educate themselves, ask questions and provide direction as to the next steps in the process of management of short term rentals. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on at 7:00 PM on July 24, 2019, at a location yet to be determined.

Comments from the public on this topic may be submitted to Lynn Machado at Lynn.Machado@co.chelan.wa.us Be sure to put STR Public Comment in the subject line of your email. Pending Planning Commission approval, it is anticipated that the County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on this issue some time in August.

Fireworks prohibited in Chelan County

As we approach the Fourth of July be reminded that Chelan County Code prohibits the discharge of fireworks in Chelan County including firecrackers, snakes, sparklers and all aerial fireworks.  The code provision is enforced by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department. Discharge of fireworks is also prohibited anywhere on National Forest lands.