SPORTS: Chelan sending three to Mat Classic

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Mat Classic is the largest high school sporting event to take place at one time. Every classification is on the floor at the Tacoma Dome at the same time and the dome is packed with family and wrestling fans. For the high school wrestler, qualifying for this Championship is a highlight of their high school wrestling career.

You can call it the dance… but in  reality it’s a classic… Mat Classic. It is the one wrestling venue where every wrestler in the State of Washington wants to be on February 16 and 17. Mat Classic… the largest single high school championship in the United States. It is where the best of the best of high school wrestlers have qualified to compete. Every classification from 1B to 4A is represented and all are wrestling at the same time to a stadium packed crowd in the Tacoma Dome. Exciting… yes. Daunting… you had better believe it.

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Wrestling is a team and individual sport. During the wrestling season, the team works to win tournaments and Chelan did very well this year winning the Caribou Trail League and District Titles but, in the end it comes down to the individual wrestler. This year, out of 12 who attempted to make it to the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament in the Tacoma Dome, only three qualified.

Chelan, who has had a phenomenal wrestling season in the Caribou Trail League and at a number of state wide invitationals this year has three young men who will realize their dream of leaving it all on the mat at the Mat Classic this coming Friday and Saturday.

Chelan took 12 hopefuls to the Regionals qualifiers in Medical Lake this past Saturday and only three qualified to step on a mat in the Tacoma Dome and wrestle for the WIAA 1A State Championship.

Erik Alcala (152 lbs), Braden Williams (160 lbs) and Skyler Gordon (182 lbs) will face the best in their weight classes that the state has produced this year. Four other Chelan wrestlers will travel with the team as alternates including Jaiden Buyas, Javier Pastor, Johnny Ayala, and Bryan Mendoza.

“Everyone who showed up at the Regionals had a chance to make it through,” said Coach Jeffrey Chambers. “Even though it was a tough outing, as coaches, we are super proud of the fight in our young men.”

The preliminary matches at Mat Classic will take place on Friday afternoon and evening. The WIAA brackets are not up yet, but All Things Lake Chelan will post it as soon as it is up. You can follow the matches throughout the tournament as the WIAA updates the wins and losses as they occur.

Good luck to the three young wrestlers hitting the mat on Friday.

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Echo Valley’ s annual Play Day a success

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Issabelle Harris carves a line in the Intermediate race
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A young lady enjoys the rush and excitement of the tubing hill at Echo Valley

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The kids were all smiling and having a great time racing down the slalom ski course set up at Echo Valley for the annual Play Day activities which included racing for all ages, a scavenger hunt and an obstacle course for the under 9 group.

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A group of the young racers at Echo Valley’s Play Day.

A lot of volunteers make this event successful every year. Ann Congdon, Tom Allen, Eric Page, John Page, Eric and Krystina Nelson, Lucas Green and the board members of the Lake Chelan Ski Club.

The skies were blue, the weather crisp, but the snow at Echo is beginning to disappear. “I wasn’t even sure we would be able to open today,” said John Page. Fortunately, the weather turned cold and the hill was groomed enough to make for some excellent corn snow for the events.

The Poma Hill was closed, but Rope Tow 1, 2 and 3 were all operational. The Tubing Hill was busy and has plenty of snow to keep it operating for another week or two.

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The views from Echo Ridge are always stunning. This is of Glacier Peak from the upper parking lot at the Ridge.

Up at Echo Ridge, it was pretty quiet. “I think a lot of people stayed away because of the harder, faster snow,” said Bruce Willett, Chelan Ranger District. But he added that the groomer had made the skiing conditions really good. “I’m hoping for more snow,” he added. Echo Ridge has a good base. The long term weather outlook is for milder, wetter conditions which would be good for both Echo Valley and Echo Ridge.

Following are the results of Saturday’s races:

ROPE 1 – INTERMEDIATE RESULTS:

  • 1st – Luke Hefley – combined runs 57.20 seconds
  • 2nd – Kole nelson – 63.30 seconds
  • 3rd – Hannah Lyman -64.11 seconds
  • 4th – Austin Pratt – 64.31 seconds
  • 5th – Raden Rogge – 64.79 seconds
  • 6th – Bailey Morrison – 65.42 seconds
  • 7th – Lily Peterson – 66.70 seconds
  • 8th – Colin Morrison – 71.25 seconds
  • DQs – Raven Pope and Isabelle Harris

ROPE 1 – ADVANCED RESULTS:

  • 1st – Nate Peterson – combined runs – 51.53 seconds
  • 2nd – Grace Peterson – 53.35 seconds
  • 3rd – George Wakeling – 53.87 seconds
  • 4th – Olivia Nelson – 55.38 seconds
  • 5th – Carter Lyman – 60.62 seconds

ROPE 2 – BEGINNER (under 9) RESULTS:

  • 1ST – Hunter Lyman – combined runs -21.39 seconds
  • 2nd – Finn Nelson – 21.67 seconds
  • 3rd – Wyatt Page – 24.97 seconds
  • 4th – Yui Hatanaka – 27.99 seconds
  • 5th – Ryoma Hatanaka – 80.89 seconds

Chelan explores solutions to affordable housing crisis

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by Richard Uhlhorn

Can’t afford to live in the Lake Chelan Valley? Need an affordable home? An affordable rental unit? It’s an issue facing the entire valley and the City of Chelan hopes to change the lack of affordable housing.

Over the next 20 years, the City of Chelan will need to find an additional 720 housing units to fill the expected growth. This would fulfill the need for all types of housing needs including seasonal.

On Tuesday afternoon, February 6, the City held a workshop in Council Chambers to explore how the City can create affordable housing for its growing senior population and the service and hospitality industry.

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City Council, the Mayor, and Staff held a workshop to explore ideas on solving the affordable housing crisis in Chelan on Tuesday, February 6.

Mayor Mike Cooney is serious about pushing for solutions to the housing crisis. He told the group that businesses in the downtown core are having a hard time hiring people because of the lack of housing. “Pretty soon, they won’t have any employees,” said Cooney.

Councilman Tim Hollingsworth remarked that young people can’t afford to move to Chelan. Many of the hospitality and service workers are commuting from outside the area.

Planning Director Craig Gildroy told the group that “We need to provide all housing types for all income levels.” He gave a presentation that included a toolbox for building affordable housing in Chelan. “We’ve never had anyone take us up on that,” said Gildroy.

The department’s toolbox includes:

  • No Density Limitations
  • Expanded downtown zones in 2017
  • Permit outright for attached and detached ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
  • Multi-Family units
  • Cottage Housing
  • Single Family, Duplex & Triplex Standards

It was brought out in the meeting that many homeowners in the City might not know about the opportunities available to build an ADU on their property. For example, a home owner might have a garage that could be turned into a small apartment for extra income and that is allowed under current regulations for a permit fee from the Planning Department.

Erin McCardle remarked that it is hard to move forward. “I want to make sure we look at solutions that impact the most people,” she said.

Hollingsworth added that there is a general lack of lower priced smaller homes or rentals in the City. “The focus has been on accommodating the higher end market and we’ve been kinda successful at that.” He mentioned the Lookout and Legacy Ridge as examples. “We need to focus on the lower end.”

One of the major problems facing the Council and City is the current one size fits all fees for water and sewer hookups. An 800 sq. ft. housing unit costs the same as a 4,000 sq. ft. residential unit. If a builder wants to build a 10 unit apartment house, he is looking at a huge number in his building costs.

Mayor Cooney stated that this meeting was the time to discuss those fees and how the Council might change them to help developers build lower cost units. Hollingsworth added that this was the stuff the City can do to attract lower affordable housing development by subsidizing the lower end. “We need to make those fees more equitable.”

Serando Robledo told the Council that they need to be very careful that any affordable housing that is constructed doesn’t become a short term rental. Hollingsworth added that this would be a code enforcement issue and a part of the qualification for lower fee structures.

Mayor Cooney moved the discussion along by telling the Council that since the Town Hall meeting, the City has been offered land and asked if the Council is willing to reduce or waive fees to get affordable housing in the City. “People are making offers to the City,” he said.

The question was who would pick up the slack of waiving or reducing fees. Cooney said it would be picked up on the higher end of the market. Dobbs added, “We would get more for larger homes.” Cooney added that a number of developers have said they are not building in Chelan because the fees are too high.

Ty Witt asked what the City was allowed to do and said, “I think it’s time to act on that.”

Hollingsworth suggested inviting some contractors in and have them discuss what would be practical to build smaller affordable units.

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Since the Mayor’s Town Hall meeting in January, developers and land owners have stepped forward to help and a number of trades, land offers and donations are being made to help with the affordable housing crisis.

The Lookout has offered three acres and expertise that could accommodate 20 homes in the $150,000 to $180,000 range, but have said it wouldn’t happen under the current rate structure I the City.

Other offers that have come into the City include 20 acres of surplus land east of the City; two developers willing to make donations; continuing discussions with Weidner for 240 market rate units; negotiations for  potential land purchase for affordable housing.

Cooney asked each Council member to write out a summary of the meeting so the City staff can see where they would like to go.

He then opened the meeting up for public comment and Kevin Sanford who teaches Current World Problems and construction at Manson High School told the Council that his students had conducted research into the problem and came up with similar results that the City has. “It is a problem in the entire world,” said Sandford.

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Kevin Sandford, a teacher at Manson High School has a construction class that is learning a trade and building small 150 to 180 sq. ft. tiny homes in hopes of helping alleviate the affordable housing crisis in the Valley. 

Sandford’s construction class in Manson came up with a solution and are building 180 sq. ft. micro homes on trailers. They are fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and living space. “They are learning a trade and they are excited about doing it. My dream is that local vendors will buy into the idea,” he said. The units would cost $10,000 for a single person.

Hollingsworth asked if something like this could be permitted in the City. Sarah Schrock, the City’s new Project Planner, stated that anything build offsite would have to be approved by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

John Olson asked the Council to please read his research on how Bend, Oregon is treating Short Term Rentals. Bend is charging a fee to owners of STRs and the money goes into a pot to help build affordable housing.

Sherri Schneir, Columbia Valley Housing Authority, told the Council that the City needs long term rentals. “Maybe more than home ownership,” she added.

Old Mill Bay launch to be closed from April 2 to May 18

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The south portion of the Old Mill Bay boat launch parking lot will be repaved and reconstructed this coming spring.

Chelan PUD is closing Old Mill Bay Boat Launch from April 2 to May 18 to rebuild the south half of the parking lot.

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Chelan PUD has worked with other entities to ensure that boat launching for access to Lake Chelan are available during the Old Mill Bay reconstruction work

The PUD has worked with other entities to ensure that alternate boat launch sites are available for the boating public. These include Manson Bay, Lake Shore Marina in Chelan, and the Chelan Riverwalk Boat Launch.

The parking lot work includes new asphalt, storm drainage system inspection, all new concrete curbing and new striping. Eighteen maple trees will be removed and another variety will be planted that is better suited to the conditions.

The $280,000 project is designed and materials have been ordered. The contractor is Central Washington Asphalt of Moses Lake.

The PUD had looked at keeping the launch open during the project, but determined that it would be safer, faster and more cost-efficient to close the launch.

The parking lot was originally constructed in 1986 and has required constant maintenance and repairs because of aging materials. The north half of the lot was rebuilt in 2016 and this will complete the work to improve safety, durability and access to the lake.

If you have any questions regarding this project, you can contact PUD Construction Manager Tyler Sellers at tyler.sellers@chelanpud.org or by phone at 509.661.4525. For more information, visit chelanpud.org/OldMill.

Chelan High School inducts four into its Hall of Fame

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SPORTS

Last Thursday evening prior to Chelan’s basketball games against Cashmere, the school inducted four individuals and teams to its Hall of Fame.

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Jim Talley and family gathered at Center Court in the Chelan gymnasium to be inducted into the Chelan Hall of Fame.

Jim Talley, a 1951 graduate of Chelan, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for playing on an undefeated football team and as a three year starter on the Chelan Basketball Team that took fifth place in the State in 1949, third in 1950 and winning the State Championship in 1951. Jim was also one of Chelan’s baseball pitchers, winning 49 games and losing only seven.

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Baseball Coach Dave Cullen and members of his State Championship Baseball team were inducted into the Chelan Hall of Fame.

Baseball Coach Dave Cullen and his 1999 baseball team, the Bad News Bears, won the first State Baseball Championship in Chelan High School History, beating Lake Roosevelt 14-10 to advance to take on Number 1 ranked Brewster, handing the Bears their first loss of the season, 2-0. This advanced the Chelan team to the State playoffs where they won their first game against Columbia-White Salmon 6-4 which advanced the team to the State Championship Game against Friday Harbor, beating them in a thriller, 7-6 and capturing Chelan’s first State Championship Title in baseball.

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Stephanie Parsley and her parents were honored in Center Court at last Thursday’s basketball game when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Stephanie Parsley was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her Golf history in Chelan and at WSU. Stephanie took fourth place in the 1A State Golf Championship in her Freshman year, 2nd place as a Sophomore in the 2A Championships and then won it all in her Junior and Senior years. Stephanie went on to play golf at Washington State University where she lettered in all four years. Over her college career, Stephanie played in 37 event and was on the first WSU team to attend the Division 1 NCCA National Women’s Golf Championships in 2003. In her career at college, she had 2 top 10 finishes and 7 top 25 finishes and was an All-Pac Academic Honorable Mention.

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Phil Cullen was inducted into the Chelan Hall of Fame on Thursday evening.

Phil Cullen graduated in 1998 and helped lead the Chelan Goats to the 1998 State Basketball Championship. After graduation, Phil attended the University of Utah where he played for four years. He was also drafted by the Seattle Mariners as a pitcher and played for them in the minor leagues for three years. He holds a degree in civil and environmental engineering and a masters in leadership. Phil was an assistant coach for three years for the Grand Canyon University Basketball team before being recruited to by the University of Utah as their Director of Player Development and Camps for three years. He then became the Director of the Ute’s basketball program. Phil is currently in his second year as the Director of Basketball Strategy for the San Antonio Spurs.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding past Chelan athletes.

Senior students and parents honored

It was Senior night for winter athletes, band members and cheerleaders in Chelan on Thursday night prior to the Chelan Goat basketball games against the Cashmere Bulldogs.

Cashmere always draws a major crowd of basketball fans from both Chelan and Cashmere and last night was no exception. The high school gymnasium was packed to the gills for the games and recognition of this year’s seniors and their parents who have participated in the Winter activities.

PEP BAND:

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Seniors include Scott Abel and his parents, Kevin and Christine Able; Corey Arevalo and his parents, Alfonso & Araceli Gonzales; Jacob Bekel and his mom, Kelli Bekel; Jacob Bell and his guardians, Christine & Kevin Abel; Malin Kraus and his mom, Kristin Kraus; Hunter Lehmbecker and his parents, Charise Turner & Donald Lehmbecker; Logan Manier and his parents, Jeff & Patricia Mainer; Corbin Morley and his parents, Kim and Cory Morley; Javier Pator and his parents, Javier & Elia Pastor; Marian Robledo and her parents, Servando and Linda Robledo; and Jonathan Zelaya and his parents, Hever & sara Zelaya.

BASKETBALL:

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Senior Ashley Oswald and her parents, Eric & Fran Oswald and sister, Molly; Jose Torres and mom, Maria Mendoza; Santago Jimenez and parents, Artemio & Olivia Jimenez and Miguel Rojas and parents, Rosa & Efran Ramirez.

CHEERLEADERS:

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Taylor Sams and mom, Sherry Erickson and sister Ashley Sams.

Congratulations to all of this seniors for you steadfast and dedicated service to your school.

Special City Workshop to explore Affordable Housing issues and recycling

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Tuesday, February 6 beginning
at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers

SPECIAL WORKSHOP

The City of Chelan City Council, Department Heads, Administrator and Mayor Cooney will meet in a special session on Tuesday, February 6, in Council Chambers beginning at 4 p.m. for a workshop on upcoming City Council topics and issues.

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Mike Jackson – City of Chelan Administrator

Administrator Mike Jackson told the Council at its last Council meeting on January 23 that he would consider a motion consideration on the proposed curbside recycling program. “I would like to bring forward a request to purchase recycling containers,” said Jackson. These containers will include residential (64 gallon) and commercial (96 gallon) containers. The recycle program, which Jackson would like to see rolled out around the April Earth Day event is expected to help reduce sanitation costs to the City. Action is expected on this issue.

Another topic of great interest to residents in Chelan is Affordable Housing. One of the great problems voiced by many developers at the recent Town Hall meeting was the cost of hooking up water and sewer. According to developers and builders, the cost is a killer to any project looking to be affordable. The workshop will explore the possibility of lowering those costs if a developer and/or builder is building affordable housing.

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Mayor Mike Cooney is pushing for solutions to the Affordable Housing Crisis

Other issues may or may not be discussed depending on time constraints.

While the public is welcome at all City Council meetings, public input at the workshop will only be taken up on Council approval.

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