There will be a spaghetti feed and silent auction to benefit the Chiwawa Valley 4H kids,  5pm  this Saturday at the Rec Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road.

Kids under 12 $5, adults $10.

Dock adrift in lake

We’ve been advised by two North Shore residents that there is a dock with a ramp on it adrift in the middle of the lake just East of Crescent Beach.  This  photo was later provided with the inforation that it is now secured to the beach in the vicinity of the 17200 block of North Shore Drive. If you had a dock moored for the winter at the end of the lake or have one otherwise susceptible to breaking loose from it’s moorings you might want to check on it.

Shrub-Steppe Poetry Submissions – Due Now!

If you’re a writer interested in getting your work published, the time to act is now as the Shrub-Steppe Poetry Journal is accepting Spring 2020 submissions.

Submissions are being accept through March 15th. They must be your own original, unpublished work in English.

You must be a resident of Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton or Klickitat County.

Publication of your work or receipt of your donation entitles you to a complimentary copy of the Journal.

They are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Submit 1 to 3 poems today!  For more information and how to submit; visit Shrub-Steppe Poetry Journal submission page.



Made possible by a grant from ArtsWA 


 Chelan County Commissioner Bob Bugert will hold his monthly public meeting with constituents in Plain on Friday, February 14th. The meeting begins at 9AM in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodge which is the first building South of Plain Grocery. Bring your questions or comments on road maintenance, short-term rentals, building permits or any other County issue and come on down…………….

 Here’s a great local opportunity: Local resident Keith Fast is a 24 year veteran of the information technology business, specializing in securing data systems for small and mid-sized businesses. In November he conducted an evening of instruction for some local folks in basic protection of information and systems from the cyber criminals that seek to separate peoples private information, financial data and assets from them. The information was well received and Keith has agreed to do another session on the evening of February 18th. He’ll discuss steps you can take to secure your online identity, accounts, email and computer systems and point you toward building your own online security strategy. Questions about your specific concerns or problems will be welcome.

This presentation is presented by Keith at no charge and he’s not selling anything- he’s just one of us that has a lot of information very useful to many of us that he’s willing to share. Jimi and I attended his presentation in November and we’ve changed a lot of things in our own online and data storage practices.

The presentation on February 18th will be at the Ponderosa Community Club at 6:00 PM. Due to limited seating and anticipated high interest in this event please rsvp to by February 12th.

PUD warns of possible extended outages

 The following alert was issued February 4th by Chelan County PUD:

Significant storm damage to Puget Sound Energy (PSE) transmission lines this winter, west of Stevens Pass, could impact customers in the Upper Wenatchee Valley.

The PSE transmission lines – not expected to be fully repaired until late February – provide a back-up energy source if Chelan County PUD lines in the Upper Wenatchee Valley experience an outage. Without the back-up source from PSE, if outages occur it could take longer to restore electric service in several areas including Coles Corner, Plain, Lake Wenatchee and up the highway to Stevens Pass. The PUD appreciates customers’ patience as PSE makes system repairs.

In July 2019, Wenatchee Valley residents Gordon Congdon, Paul Hessburg, Gary Womeldorff, and Andy Dappen spent 23 days canoeing the Hood River, a river flowing northeasterly from the lakes of Nunavut in northern Canada to the Arctic Sound. On Wed., Feb. 12, 7-8:30pm, come hear tales of their trip in WRI’s Red Barn, 347 Division St. in Leavenworth.

The combination of abundant wildlife, challenging whitewater, extreme remoteness, and rugged landscape make Hood River one of the premier northern rivers to canoe. Yet, the many portages around un-runnable rapids and waterfalls makes it a physically demanding trip; only a few groups paddle it each year.

Part discussion, part slideshow set to ballad poetry written by Hessburg during the journey, this presentation captures the essence and magnitude of the adventure, while also addressing the scope and importance of what is being lost in the vanishing Arctic.

Doors open at 6:30pm for community social and no-host refreshments, presentation begins at 7:00pm.

You can find all event details here.

A group comprised of the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council, city of Leavenworth, Chelan County, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Link Transit have for 18 months been studying how to improve traffic flow and decrease congestion along US 2 between Coles Corner and Cashmere. The conclusions and possible solutions offered by that group will be discussed in a public meeting at Cascade High School in Leavenworth from 5:30  to 7:30 PM on February 13th.

A list of possible solutions has been compiled and can be viewed at

Compete or volunteer at this year’s Nordic Cup

Saturday, February 8th is the Washington Nordic Cup (WNC) at the Plain Valley Trails. The Washington Nordic Cup (WNC) is a fun and youth-focused cross-country ski race series open to skiers ages 6 – 19. The race starting at 9:30am with race number pick-up. Races will be a mix of traditional diagonal stride in the tracks and skate technique.

Schedule of Events
9:30-10:30AM – Race Number Pick-up
11AM – 6K Race
11:30AM – 2K Race
Noon:  1K Race
12:15PM – Lollipop Race
Awards to follow

Volunteers are needed for teams ranging from Welcome team to snack team. Can’t be present on race day, you can still help by donating fruit, cookies, granola bars etc. You can drop these off at Plain Hardware February 5th -7th.

Sign up today to compete or volunteer!

Beware snow-laden roofs and trees…….

 With the recent heavy snowfalls followed by rain and warm weather, beware of leaving yourself at risk of injury or death from snow coming off roofs. A local-area lady died last week when knocked down and covered by heavy snow coming off the roof of her home. Several years ago a local man died under similar circumstances when snow shed off trees covered and suffocated him. These were fit, outdoor-savvy people unable to extricate themselves from heavy snow coming down on them unexpectedly. Please warn your families and kids about the peril of lingering below snow-laden roofs or trees.

Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue levy renewal

 Ballots are now arriving in local mail boxes which have one issue only for your consideration- renewal of the Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue operating levy.
In 2005 area voters approved a $0.82 per thousand operating levy to insure the sustained providing of services by Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue. Over the ensuing years, that mil rate has deteriorated to $0.54. At the same time, general operating costs to the fire department, as in our own homes, have escalated significantly.

Lake Wenatchee Info supports the approval of this renewal to the original levy threshold of 0.82. Two specific factors in particular compel our support of the restoration of this levy rate: 1) Response time to medical aid calls and 2) insurability of our homes. In short, approximately 60% of the nearly 300 calls responded to by LWFR in 2019 were emergency aid calls. The 10-12 minute EMT-staffed ambulance response time we have here because of the LWFR partnership with Cascade Medical is remarkable for a rural area like this and must be maintained, the alternative being a 35-45 minute response from Leavenworth. The improved insurance rating recently achieved by LWFR helps us all with continued insurability and lessened premiums. A demonstrated capability of delivering adequate fire response is the only way to retain that insurance rating.

Lake Wenatchee Info rarely publishes editorial pieces; this is an exception in a community-based, non-partisan ballot issue. We hope you will join us in voting your support of this levy renewal. Respectful opinions submitted supporting or contrary to our opinion will be published either here or on the Facebook page of Lake Wenatchee Info.

Community Comments always welcome on our Facebook Page Lake Wenatchee Info.