Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project

What is this project?
The Forest Service is in the earliest stages of collaborative planning for restoration work across nearly 75,000 acres in the Upper Wenatchee area near Plain, WA. The primary focus of the project is to restore forest health and resiliency by reestablishing forest structure, returning fire to the landscape, improving wildlife habitat, and improving watershed function.

The planning process is anticipated to last 2 ½ years, more than doubling the current pace of environmental analysis work. Formal planning will start in the spring of 2019 and continue through 2020.

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A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM this Saturday, February 23rd, for Roy B. “Byron” Dickinson who passed away at his home on Lake Wenatchee on January 29th.  The service will be held at the Pine River Ranch at 19668 SR 207.  In lieu of  flowers the family requests memorials in his honor be directed to Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue at 21696 Lake Wenatchee Highway, Leavenworth, WA 98826.

Byron was born on the north shore of Lake Wenatchee  where his parents had homesteaded and the entire Dickinson family has been an integral part of the history and business community of this area for these many years. Byron served his community and his nation honorably as a military officer and an always-involved citizen. A founder of the present Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, he bought the first fire engine in the area to protect his own property. He served as a commissioner of the fire district from it’s founding to the recent past. His knowledge of the history of the area was a resource that has served us all well. He was a giant among men in this area; his legacy will endure and his absence will be felt for a very long time.

Action Requested- Nason Ridge Legislation

Important legislation is getting hearings in both the House and the Senate this week.  House Bill HB-1946, and Senate Bill SB-5873 provide funding for creation of a number of community forests across the state.  Nason Ridge is the top ranked proposal to receive funding from this program.  Long term ownership of the Nason Ridge property will be determined and funded thru the process this legislation enables.  This is a bi-partisan, statewide effort with sponsors from both parties and from both sides of the state.

We encourage you to communicate to appropriate legislative committees, follow these links: Senate Natural Resources, and House Rural Development  and your local District legislators.   We believe this proposed legislation offers tremendous potential to provide for  local governance of the 3700 acre property on Nason Ridge recently acquired by Western rivers Conservancy through the action of the community and Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.

The clock is running on this legislation moving forward this session so please make your support known without delay.

George and Rob

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Squirrel Run, NEW XC Trail from See and Ski

 Rick and crew at the State Park have been grooming the Squirrel Run trail from the See and Ski Parking area.  The trail starts in the back right hand corner of the parking lot and parallels Chiwawa Loop Road for 1.75 miles.  At roughly 1.5 miles the trail splits into a half mile loop.  If you think of the loop as a clock, there is a connector trail at 3, where you can cross the road and join the See and Ski trail.

The section closest to the parking area climbs 200′,  if conditions are icy, go up this hill, and return along the See and Ski trail by the river.   For current trail grooming conditions check the updated status here.

One Mile down the trail there is a sign for the Flying Squirrel trail.  This un-groomed trail goes up left to the top of Loop Hill.

Cascade Medical EMS levy passes………….

 Nearly 80 percent of voters in the Upper Valley supported a Cascade Medical levy renewal that will ensure continued emergency medical services for the next six years. “We are grateful for our community’s continued support of and trust in the emergency medical services Cascade Medical provides,” CEO Diane Blake said. “A very deep thank you to the voters in our hospital district.”
For 30 years, the levy has been a vital part of funding ambulance service and the emergency department for the 1,200 square-mile hospital district. The district includes Dryden, Peshastin, Leavenworth and Plain. Approximately $90,000 of the levy provides staffing for the ambulance operated by Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue. Since LWFR partnered with Cascade Medical in 2016, the response times in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area have been reduced by half and the number of EMT’s there doubled. The Cascade emergency room had in excess of 3200 visits in 2017 with more than half 0f those patients being local residents.

Of the 2,492 ballots counted on Feb. 12, 1,991 voters approved the measure. With 300 ballots left to count, Chelan County will announce an updated tally on Feb. 15 and certify the final results on Feb. 22. When the levy renews in 2020, the terms will be the same as the measure that passed in 2012 with 82 percent approval — 50 cents per thousand of assessed property valuation for six years. For more information, visit our EMS Levy website.


Important information on short-term rentals

  Vacation rentals have become a significant presence in our area neighborhoods in recent years. We’ve just been made aware today of legislation pending in Olympia that if passed would impose operating requirements on the operators of those short-term rentals now so prevalent in our community. The short version of House Bill HB-1798 (the corresponding Senate Bill number is SB-5870) is that the legislation would require vacation rental enterprises to:

Obtain a business license from the Washington Department of Revenue

Remit all local, state and federal taxes including occupancy, sales, lodging taxes and other applicable  taxes and fees

Provide guests with emergency contact information for police, fire and medical emergencies and post floor plans of fire exits, escape routes from the building and contact  information for the operator.

Maintain $1,000,000 in liability insurance coverage

Comply with all provisions of the Revised Code of Washington and state building codes regarding installation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The entire text of the proposed legislation can be viewed at: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1798.pdf  

Time is very short to make your opinions on this legislation known: It’s important that you submit your thinking on this issue to the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Business AND your 12 District legislators without delay. The Committee will take public testimony on the bill on Tuesday, February 12th, and vote on it the next day so only a few days remain to make your feelings on this legislation known to them.

To email your comments to the Committee go to:  https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1798

To send your comments to Representatives Goehner and Steele and Senator Hawkins of our 12th District email them at:
Representative Keith Goehner:                 keith.goehner@leg.wa.gov
Representative Mike Steele                        mike.steele@leg.wa.gov
Senator Brad Hawkins                                 brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov


Spring chipping program announced

Connie was the former teacher at the Winton School and is my youngest sister. It hurts to tell you all that Connie died at 4:38 pm today (Feb. 8th, 2019).

For two weeks we’ve hoped and prayed that excellent medical care, together with her strong will, would successfully bring her out of the coma. That was not to be. Her body was exhausted by years of MS, recent major surgery to repair a broken femur and, most recently, a prolonged series of seizures.
My sister Noni McNinch posted daily updates to a Caring Bridge site during Connie’s final hospitalization. That site is linked to Connie’s FB page and will remain active for some time.

Connie’s husband John and all her family will miss her greatly. She was a force of nature, a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, auntie and friend.

In the next few weeks, we will announce the date and other details for Connie’s memorial.
You are welcome to contact me through FB: Nancy Schwarzkopf Jarmin or at Njarmin@yahoo.com

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  As reported several days ago, County Commissioner Bob Bugert will have a public meeting with constituents this Friday at 9AM in the conference room at Beaver Valley Lodge, the first building South of Plain Grocery. This week he will be accompanied by Chelan County Fire Marsal Bob Plumb. Commissioner Bugert will also discuss the Upper White Pine project of the county Department of Natural Resources  and the Code of The West propagated by the County in 2002.  A short video of the White Pine Project can be seen at  https://vimeo.com/314631282/1e3a793dfc  and the Code of the West read in its entirety at https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/files/board-of-commissioners/documents/code_of_the_west.pdf  

Bring your questions and comments and be part of this!! Coffee and light refreshments  will be served.

Ice Rink Opening, Volunteers Needed

The weather has not been kind to the skating rink so far this winter, but with a stretch of cold dry weather in the forecast, we are looking forward to some skating. The rink has been recently flooded multiple times, so the ice is in good shape with a base of 14″. There is currently about 2″ of new snow on the ice that should be cleared before further flooding / grooming. Volunteers are needed to man the snow blowers, and to assist in continued flooding / grooming in the next couple of days. Please contact Gary Schuster if you are available to help.

Current rink conditions are updated on the Lake Wenatchee Info site under the Reports menu > Kahler Glen Ice Rink.

Thank You to Gary and the volunteers for laboring to provide this fun community resource.

Lost & Found – Class Ring

The attached class ring carrying the name “David” and “Central High School” was found in the North Shore Drive area near Telemark lane. We thought we would try to get the word out as it might be special to someone. If it’s yours, please contact me at cscmaly@comcast.net

Thanks Shelley

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