Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club Ride

 

This Saturday, January 25th is the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club Snowmobile Ride at the Fish Lake SnoPark.   Riders will meet at 9 am at the SnoPark, The Rec club will be serving hot dog lunch and beverage to riders later in the day, look for the LWRC tent at the SnoPark entrance.   Come to ride and meet other community members.  Not a member yet, no worries as they will be accepting membership there.

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 Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue held it’s annual appreciation banquet Wednesday evening, January 15th at Pine River Ranch.  In 2019 LWFR responded to nearly 300 calls, approximately 60% of those  being medical emergency calls.  The year’s activity and accomplishments were reviewed and awards presented for outstanding dedication and performance by firefighters, EMT’s and Auxiliary members. Firefighters Mike Pirotto was honored as Firefighter of the Year and Firefighter Deb Wadkins as EMT of the year. The LWFR Auxiliary presented a check to the Firefighters Association that represented the proceeds of the annual yard sale and Christmas pancake breakfast. Those funds are used largely for the purchase of equipment and training materials. Pictured: Chief Lamar with Firefighters Deb Wadkins and Mike Pirotto.

Steves Pass re-opened Thursday, Jan 16th

After being closed since Sunday, Stevens Pass is now open for travel in both directions.

Temperature:
27ºF / -2ºC as of 5:09 PM, Jan 16, 2020
Elevation:
4061 ft / 1238 m
Restrictions Eastbound:
Chains required on all vehicles except all wheel drive, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Chains required on all vehicles except all wheel drive, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Compact snow and ice on the roadway
Weather:
Overcast skies

Thursday, Jan 16th:  6:15 AM  Per the DOT website at https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/stevens/ Stevens Pass remains closed both directions West of the summit with time of re-opening unknown. Check the above link for updates……..

The road IS open for travel between from Leavenworth/Coles Corner to the Stevens Pass ski area.

Temperature:
13ºF / -10ºC as of 5:42 AM, Jan 16, 2020
Elevation:
4061 ft / 1238 m
Restrictions Eastbound:
Pass Closed

Restrictions Westbound:
Pass Closed

Conditions:
US 2 west of Stevens Pass is closed from mp 46 at Money Creek to mp 64 at the summit. US 2 east of the summit is open with Chains Required on All Vehicles Except All-Wheel-Drive – Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.
Weather:  Snowing

 

 Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue responds to all fire and emergency medical incidents over a 100 square mile area including Plain, Chiwawa Pines, Lake Wenatchee, Fish Lake, White River, Nason Creek, Ponderosa, River Road and US2 from Coles Corner to Stevens Pass. In 2019 LWFR responded to over 300 call for service for the first time. All this is done with 26 volunteer firefighters and EMT’s. Partnering with Cascade Medical to station and staff an ambulance in the Lake Wenatchee area has brought emergency response times in the area to enviable levels. With a rapidly growing population of retirement age residents and increased sport activity this is a huge benefit.
In 2005 voters approved an operating levy measure for LWFR of 82 cents per $1,000. In the ensuing years that rate has deteriorated to .54 cents. During the same period, operating expenses of the District for equipment, required training, protective gear for firefighters and general operating expenses have understandably escalated. New training and equipment compliance requirements imposed on the department without funding for them has increased the already challenging burden of fully funding operations. A recent rating review by the Washington Rating Bureau produced a report of favorable response capability which will assure continued home insurance availability at reasonable rates for  homes in the area. That favorable rating cannot be maintained without investment in the acquisition and maintenance of equipment, the training of firefighters and EMT’s and the maintenance of fleet vehicles. That is what operating levies do.

A proposal to refresh the levy rate to the original .82 will be on the ballot in Chelan County on February 11th, with ballots being mailed on January 24th.  This levy renewal provides current operating revenue only, it does not fund any future expansion related to the recent acquisition of land adjacent to the Plain fire station.

A public meeting to provide information and answer questions on this levy will be held at 9:30 AM this Saturday, January 11th, at the Rec Club at the airstrip. Please come and be part of this process.

 County Commissioner Bob Bugert will hold his monthly public meeting with constituents in Plain this Friday, January 10th, at 9AM in the conference room at Beaver Valley Lodge. This is the building immediately South of Plain Grocery. Bob Will be accompanied this week by Dave Kuhl, Director of Chelan County Community Development, and Steve Keane, the chair of the Peshastin Community Council where an Urban Growth Area has been created to address issues such as development on Port of Chelan County properties and short-term/vacation rentals.

These meeting have been well attended and lively so bring your questions or comments on road maintenance, rentals, building permits or ?? and come on down. Coffee will be served.

Storm and travel warnings issued for US2

 The Weather Service has issued storm warnings for US2 from Coles Corner to Stevens Pass effective 10AM today (Sunday) to 4PM Monday. Particularly difficult to impossible driving conditions for Monday are stressed. If you must travel over Stevens Pass see the Storm Warnings at https://www.lakewenatcheeinfo.com/weather-forecast-and-current/#Lake-Wen-Forecast

Skate Rink at Kahler Glen OPEN

The skating rink at Kahler Glen is open!  Skates are available to borrow.  Donations to offset the costs are collected at the Skate shed.  The rink is maintained and organized by Gary Schuster.  If you would like to help the effort to remove snow, or with the nightly flooding to supply fresh smooth ice each day drop Gary an email.  Rink conditions can be found under the Reports Menu on the Lake Wenatchee Info home page.

Parking is available in the lot next to the driving range while you are skating.

Fireworks prohibited except New Years Eve hours

 Per the Chelan County Code, fireworks are prohibited County-wide in unincorporated Chelan County with the exception of from 6PM on December 31st to 1:00 AM January 1st when common fireworks may be used.

Common fireworks are fireworks designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion. Effective June 22, 1988, the term includes gound and hand-held sparkling devices, including items commonly known as dipped sticks, sparklers, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, fitter sparklers and smoke devices;  the term does not include fireworks commonly known as firecrackers, salutes, chasers, skyrockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerials, spinners, Roman candles, mines shells and Class C explosives classified as common fireworks by the U.S. Department of Transportation, unless such Class C explosives are approved by the fire chief or his designee.

Any device that leaves the ground is prohibited.

 Fire threatened communities can become Fire Adapted Communities.

In 2018, The U.S. Forest Service report “Exposure of human communities to wildfire in the Pacific Northwest,” carried out by the Montana fire assessment firm Pyrologix, listed the Leavenworth zip code (Plain/Lake Wenatchee) as the #1 Wildland Urban Interface risk in Washington State. In 2019, we were again identified as one of 6 communities in the nation to be “The next Paradise.” Referring to the tragic fire that destroyed the town of Paradise California. If you don’t know about the events in Paradise California or our similarities to that community…
Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities would like to make you aware of a movie available on Netflix. “Fire in Paradise.” It is probably a film every person in our community should see.
A link to the trailer is located here. https://youtu.be/5KNAl23NwME

While we share a common risk, we don’t necessarily have to share the same fate as Paradise (California). Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities (LWFAC) believes there are many educational and practical steps we can all take to substantially reduce the risk of wildfire in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee area.

Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities, in conjunction with local and regional partners, are working to address our resiliency and our ability to respond proactively to wildfire.

In 2019 LWFAC helped:

Bring local Firewise communities together.
Ensured three local wildland firefighters were on duty at the height of the fire season.
Chipped 40.1 tons of residential brush debris.
Assisted Firewise property cleanup programs locally.
Made and delivered 89 address signs. (Over 1000 total to date)
Installed 36 smoke detectors.
Interacted with USFS and WA DNR partners, advocating for resources and action in our region.
Published an evacuation map and resource booklet for visitors and residents.
Conducted 811 home evaluations
Assisted with a vulnerable person’s registry to aid in their evacuation.
Acquired funding to improve GIS mapping and data collection.

In 2020 we will be looking for additional community leaders to join the LWFAC board, facilitate programs, and join in advocacy. If you are interested, please contact David Walker or one of our existing board members. LWFAC is hosted by Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue. A special thank you to residents Rex Lund and Jimi Wilson for their dedication and service to this community and its safety.

David Walker
LWFAC Board Chair
www.LWFAC.org
LWFAC Mission Statement:
“To protect life, property, and the environment while providing education and outreach to build a community, culture, and landscape resilient to wildfire.”

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