Chelan PUD Commissioners set new fees and charges for unauthorized power use

 

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Commissioners will review the application moratorium for bitcoin mining and similar data operations and take comment at a public hearing at 1 p.m. on May 14, at the Confluence Technology Center.

On Monday, Chelan County PUD Commissioners set new fees and charges for unauthorized cryptocurrency mining users, but will give amnesty to those operators who shut down and notify the PUD before May

The decision authorizes the fees and charges to be in effect immediately.

This action was taken as the PUD staff continues to find two to three unauthorized cryptocurrency mining operations a day. John Stoll, Customer Utilities Managing Director, reported to the Board that the staff discovered and shut off power to three unauthorized operations last week.

One was in a South Wenatchee commercial space; another in a west Wenatchee rental and a third, in the forest off Hwy.2.

This operation was near the Nason Creek Rest Area in an outbuilding connected to a remote home “by a bundle of extension cords.” It was a troubling find because of the high fire risk.

Unauthorized users face fees of up to $6,150 for an in-home mining operation and $11,400 for a mining operation in commercial or light industrial space Unauthorized operations will lose power immediately if it is determined that it is a safety hazard. The unauthorized users will be assessed all charges and potentially face prosecution for power theft.

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The Commissioners have extended an amnesty period for assessing fees until May 14 in cases where customers without authorized service, and no history of High Density Load (HDL) use or suspected use, stop mining immediately and notify the PUD prior to hearing from the utility.

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The new fees are:

For all unauthorized service

  • $1,400 – metering & monitoring
  • $2,000 – investigation & enforcement

 In addition, for unauthorized operations in homes

  • $1,000 – residential security deposit
  • $1,750  – residential equipment degradation

Or, in addition, for unauthorized operations in commercial and industrial spaces

  • $4,700 – Commercial equipment degradation (overhead service)
  • $8,000 – Commercial equipment  degradation (underground service)

Commissioners will review the application moratorium for bitcoin mining and similar data operations and take comment at a public hearing at 1 p.m. on May 14, at the Confluence Technology Center.

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Chelan Sports – Week 3

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Baseball v Nooksack Valley

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Coach Dana Papasedero’s report + notes and photos by Richard Uhlhorn

Game 1

The Goats Baseball team took the field for a home double header versus the Nooksack Pioneers on Saturday, riding a 4 game winning streak. The Goats extended that streak to five games, taking the first game by a score of 4 – 2. 

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Drake Bird came in to relieve Connor Wilson in game one to shut out the Nooksack Pioneers 4-2 on a great pitching effort by both Wilson and Bird.

Sophomore Connor Wilson started on the mound, throwing 5 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out 10 in the process. Freshman Drake Bird came in to relieve and closed the door on the Pioneers, securing the Goats 5th win in a row.

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Colt Corrigan rounds second base after hitting a homer to left field scoring two. 

Hitting stars of the game were Colt Corrigan, who belted a 2 run home run in the 4th inning, and Drake Bird who slashed a go ahead two run double in the sixth.

Rich’s game notes:

Corrigan’s home run scored Kenny Reeves who reached on a walk by the Nooksack pitcher.

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Connor Wilson had three hits in Game 2.

In the top of the 6th inning Nooksack scored a runner from second base on a single to right field to close the gap to 2-1. A fly ball to to center right threatened another score but a great throw from the field stopped the runner at third base.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Quinn Stamps singled to left field. Dillon McCardle in his first varsity start moved to second base and then Drake Bird hit his double to score Stamps and McCardle.

In the top of the seventh inning, Nooksack got their second run of the ball game on a passed ball at the plate, but Bird shut them out to end the game with Chelan winning 4-2.

Game 2 

In the second game, it appeared as though the Goats were going to coast to their 6th win in a row, but the scrappy Nooksack Valley Pioneers had different thoughts.

The Goats jumped out to an 8-2 lead, with Quinn Stamps getting his first start of the season on the mound. Stamps was sharp, cruising through 4 innings, allowing only two hits, and striking out 6. The Pioneers battled back, tying the game in the 6th to force extra innings, eventually defeating the Goats 11-10.

Connor Wilson lead the way on offense, collecting 3 hits in the game. Bryson Darlington, and Gage Estes added 2 hits apiece. 

Richs notes:

In the top of the first inning it was one, two, three out. In the bottom of the first, Connor Wilson scored on a single by Colt Corrigan. Bryson Darlington slammed a double, scoring Corrigan and Chelan was ahead by 3-0

 

Dillon McCardle had a single and a steal to second base in Game 2 that helped Chelan lead the game 7-1 in the fifth inning. Nooksack Valley
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Nooksack Valley was shut down in the top of the second inning also. In the bottom of the second, Dillon McCardle singled and then steals second base beating the ball in a nice slide. McCardle then scored on a fly ball to center field.

Chelan went up 5-0 on a double by Bryson Darlington with two out. Nooksack walked Breckin Spoorsen and Darlington steals third, scoring on a single to left field by Quinn Stamps that put Chelan up 6-0.

Nooksack scored a run in the top of the third inning and in the bottom of the third inning Connor Wilson singled and then stole second base, scoring from second on a single to left field by Drake Bird. Bird stole second base, Nooksack walked Cole Corrigan and Bryson Darlington hit a fly ball to right field ending the inning with Chelan in control 7-1.

From that point on Nooksack Valley battled back eventually tying the game and forcing extra innings, ending up with a 11-10 win breaking Chelan’s five game win streak.

Next up, a home game Tuesday vs Cashmere Bulldogs.   Game time 4:30 at Mountain Goat Field

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TRACK at Manson and Cashmere Invitational

Coach Erik Romero’s report:

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Freshman Matea Ivory is one of Chelan’s up and coming sprinters.
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I hope that you were all able to enjoy a good first weekend back from Spring Break. I know that we, as Chelan Track and Field, enjoyed a busy but fun Saturday. With our team being over 50 kids strong for the third year now, makes for a good problem. We  are trying to get kids the most and best opportunity to  compete and have fun. This was one of those weekends.

First, I would like to welcome our new assistant coach… Coach Robin Weathersby. He is a Chelan Grad and someone was is excited to help our student athletes become better not only in Track and Field but also in our school and community. He brings a lot of knowledge and looking to relate to our younger students as well. 

Part of our team was able to stay home and compete in Manson for 3rd Annual Manson Invite. We were able to have most our kids compete in 3 or more events. Some stand outs were Lucy Bordner and Alliyah Villasenor. They both competed in and placed in the top 8 for the 100 meter dash. Lucy’s time was a personal best with a 13.98 and finishing 5th. Alliyah came in 8th with a time of 14.25. They also finished in the top 6 for the girls 200 meter dash. Lucy ran a season best of 30.13 finishing 4th and Alliyah came in with a time of 30.66 and came in 6th place. We also had a new comer to our Track team and threw well for us, that was Maritza Blanco and finished 5th in the Shot Put with a throw of 27 feet 10 inches. Aislinn Davis finished top 17th out of 30 throwers with a distance of 21 feet 7 inches. 

On the boys side we had some kids get a small taste of what an invite looks like. Jacob Bekel and JC Austin ran the 100 meter dash for us, with Jacob taking 11th and JC finishing 17th. We had Cameron Manda and Gauge Culver finish 6th and 7th for us in the 110 Meter High Hurdles. Cameron doubled back in the 300 meter low hurdles finishing 4th with a time of 48.07. We also had a four of our boys compete in the 4×100 meter relay and finished 5th.  The team of Mario Gonzalez, Gauge Culver, Cameron Manda and Julian Villasenor. We had a number of throwers compete in Manson and Caden Bryant was able to finish 5th for us in the Discus. He threw 90 feet and 3 inches. Skye Malone finished tied for 4th place in the High Jump. 

We had some great highlights from Manson, thank you to Coach Barnes, Coach Sargent and Coach Weathersby for helping our student athletes at Manson. 

At the Cashmere Invite, we had a lot to be excited about and a lot of growth as well. We had a few of our kids, not only compete very well, but we had some kids take first in some events. This was our first meet competing against teams from the West Side. Teams ranging from 2B level to 2A competition. 

On our boys side, we started out well with Christopher Knight who finished 5th in the 1500 meter run. Cashmere runs an Olympic style race and Chris ran well. His time of 4:31.97 is a great time after a long break. Javier Torres also ran well and was able to finish 12th with a time of 4:42.07.

Matt Smith was battling an elbow injury but was able to still throw 37 feet and 5 inches in the Shot Put. Finishing 10th out of 30 throwers and Alex Neri came in 16th with a throw of 34 feet and 6.5 inches. 

Alex Neri came back in the discus and was able to throw well in some rainy conditions. His distance of 98 feet and 8.50 inches secured him 8th out of 30 and Hunter Logan finished 12 with a close throw of 96 feet and 9 inches. 

Javier Pastor was able to clear 10 feet in a Loaded Pole Vault field and finished tied for 8th place. One of our highlights was on our boys side was Bert Mendivil. In a competitive Long Jump field he performed well and was able to place 1st overall. His jump of 19 feet 7.5 inches was close to his season best. He continues to put time in the off season and working toward reaching his season goal of jumping toward 21 feet. Christian Torres came close to finishing in the top 8. He placed 9th with a jump of 18 feet 1.75 inches. Bert also finished 6th in the Triple Jump with a jump of 37 feet 8 inches. Almost a foot off from his previous season best. He will be looking to reach better marks in the triple jump. 

On the girls side we had some marks and times. We had a number of girls place in the top 8 and also some first place finishes. 

Ava Dickes started our day off with her fast time this year in the 100 meter dash. She placed 3rd with a time of 12.85 and missing the top two places by .2 seconds. Molly Oswald, after a week off spending time with her family on a mission trip, she came back to run a Personal Best in the 100 meter dash. Her time of 13.51 placed her 8th place. 

200 meter dash was another highlight for us. Freshmen Matea Ivory placed and performed well. She ran a personal best of 27.77 seconds which placed her 4th overall. Molly Oswald followed up her 100 meter performance with a season best of 28.14 placing her6th overall. 

Ava Dickes has worked so hard to prepare for the 400 meter dash all off season and ran it for the first time this year. Her time of 1:01.03 not only gave her the first place overall but also gave our girls team 10 overall points. 

Elly Collins, also a freshman, had a great first Invite. She placed 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles, getting a season best of 16.93 with room for improvement. She also placed 5th in the High Jump with clearing a height of 4 feet 8 inches and barely missing 4 feet 10. She didn’t perform as well as she wanted too in the Pole Vault but she was able to finish 3rd clearing a height of 9 feet 6 inches. 

We had success in two of our girls relays. The team of Elly Collins, Ava Dickes, Matea Ivory and Molly Oswald performed well in the 4×100 relay. Their time of 51.68 was able to get them first place overall. Not bad for a team that only practiced for 20 minutes before the meet. They are looking forward to more meets and practice time to get better timing and handoffs. 

 Our girls 4×400 meter relay team placed 4th overall. The team of Rosa Lopez, Ava Dickes, Matea Ivory and Molly Oswald ran in a tough field and ran a time of 4:26.54… 

With a our girls team placing 5th among a field of over 20 teams. With our team now in the thick of our schedule. We look forward to a busy couple of weeks. Next Tuesday we go Tonasket, with a Saturday trip to Snohomish for the Nike Eason Invite on the 21st. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our kids and thank you for allowing me to coach and work with your kids. It is a busy but exciting time for Chelan Track and Field.

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SOFTBALL v Cascade Kodiaks

Coach April Slagle’s Report:

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Chelan’s Lady Goats struggle against Cascade.
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Pitchers Duel In Low-Scoring Affair,
Chelan Goats Varsity Falls To Cascade

Both teams were strong on the mound on Saturday, but Cascade was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Chelan Goats Varsity on Saturday. Taylor Sams started the game for Chelan Goats Varsity and recorded 18 outs.

A single by Lexie Gleasman in the seventh inning was a positive for Chelan Goats Varsity.

Sarah Paulson toed the rubber for Cascade. She allowed three hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out nine and walking zero.

Sams toed the rubber for Chelan Goats Varsity. She surrendered one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out two and walking one.

Jade HatherellAshley Oswald, and Gleasman each managed one hit to lead Chelan Goats VarsityChelan Goats Varsity didn’t commit a single error in the field. Taylor Boykin had six chances in the field, the most on the team.

Paulson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Cascade in hits. Cascade was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Andrea Sorensen had the most chances in the field with nine.

Game 2: 13-3, Cascade won

 Chelan Goats Varsity Stymied By Cascade, Lose 13-3

In the first inning, Chelan Goats Varsity got their offense started when Lexie Gleasman tripled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

Cascade pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third Truh Merriman tripled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, Kalja Lovelady doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run, and Colby West grounded out, scoring one run.

Cascade scored six runs in the fifth inning. Cascade big bats were led by Madison HardySarah PaulsonMadi Schietelbein, and Merriman, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

Paulson led things off on the rubber for Cascade. She went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out ten.

Taylor Sams started the game for Chelan Goats Varsity. She surrendered 12 runs on 19 hits over four and a third innings, striking out two and walking one. Leanna Garfoot threw one and one-third innings out of the bullpen.

Taylor Boykin led Chelan Goats Varsity with three hits in three at bats.

Cascade collected 23 hits on the day. Kayla BittleMerrimanAndrea SorensenPaulsonWestRylee JacobionSchietelbein, and Lovelady each had multiple hits for Cascade. Cascade didn’t commit a single error in the field. Sorensen had ten chances in the field, the most on the team

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Manson baseball takes the sting out of Hornets
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Senior Marcus Bernardo closed out Manson’s Thursday game against the
Oroville Hornets in the Trojans 16 – 4 victory.

Manson Trojan Baseball League Single-Header vs. Oroville Thursday, April 12th. Manson 16 Oroville 4

The Trojans welcomed the Hornets of Oroville to Singleton Park in Manson for a league single-header on Thursday.

Junior Jose Pascasio climbed the hill for the start and his receiver was freshman Caden Beazley. Pascasio pitched well and threw 2 2/3 innings, giving up 0 runs on 0 hits, using 38 pitches, striking out 4 and walking 0.

The Trojans used 3 different relievers: Eighth grader Alex Solorio who went 1 1/3 innings, and gave up only 1 hit using 17 pitches. Freshman Ryan Gildersleeve tossed 1/3 inning using 24 pitches giving up 2 hits and recording 1 strikeout. And Senior Marcus Bernardo rounded out the relievers completing the game with a 2/3 inning stint, recording 2 strikeouts and giving up 2 hits.

Offensively the Trojans exploded for 16 runs on 10 hits and were in control the entire game. The Trojans were lead again by the hot hitting Avery Thompson who went 3/4 with a triple and just missed a home run with a wood bat.

Thompson, Marcus Bernardo, and Caden Beazley all had 2 RBI’s. Victor Calderon knocked his first hit of the season and Eight grader Conner Clausen pounced on the first pitch of his only at bat and pounded his first career hit as a Trojan.

Trojans with hits were Avery Thompson (3, 3B), Jose Pascasio, Marcus Bernardo (2), Jake Lodwig, Victor Calderon, Caden Beasley, Conner Clausen. The Trojans played outstanding defense and recorded only 1 error. The game’s web gem was turned in by Jose Pascasio at shortstop when he tracked down a tough fly ball into shallow left field and made an impressive sliding catch on his knees.

Pitch counts: Jose Pascasio: 38 Alex Solorio: 17 Ryan Gildersleeve: 24 Marcus Bernardo: 14 The Trojans overall record is 5-3 The Trojan’s next game is a league double-header at Liberty Bell on Saturday, April 14th with a special start time of 1:00 pm. GO TROJANS!!!

 

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CTL GOLF – Chelan v Cascade

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Sophomore  Kaylin Boykin is playing some great golf and posted a 111 just three strokes behind teammate Katie Rainville who shot a 108.

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On a sunny but blustery day, Chelan hosted Cascade in what was billed (by me anyhow) as one of our best challenges for league, Chelan shellacked the Kodiaks with the Chelan boys taking team honors 372 to Cascade’s 427, and the Chelan girls once again taking team honors with no team score from Cascade.  Medalist for the boys was Chelan’s Corbin Morley (senior), coming back from a poor showing on Tuesday to finish today with a decisive 82 (42/40).  The next nearest score was from his fellow teammate Miles Grossberg (freshman) who finished with an 88 (44/44).

For the girls, Chelan freshman Katie Rainville continued to show improvement, lowering her best from Tuesday to a 108 (53/55) to again take the girls’ medalist honors.  Close on her heels was Chelan sophomore Kaylin Boykin with a 111.

Once again, I’m just happy to see continued improvement from many of our players as we progress through the season.  We are essentially half done with our season now, and will now be going to away matches with each of the league opponents following our Gamble Sands Invitational that we host next week (boys on Wed., Apr. 18, and girls on Thurs., Apr. 19).

 

CHELAN TENNIS – Chelan v Omak

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Emma McLaren continues to tear up the opponnets on the tennis court as
Chelan’s No. 1 Singles Player.

Boys:  Chelan 3, Omak 2

#1 Singles:  Micah Larson (C) def Chase Grillo 6-0, 6-2
#2 Singles:  Alex Gavin (C) def Adam Hendrick 6-0, 6-1 <Alex has had a great week of singles, both in practice and in today’s match>
#3 Singles:  Joshua Lester (O) def Tyler Higgins 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) <Despite the loss, Tyler played some of his best tennis ever in the 2nd set>
#1 Doubles:  Wyatt Habich/Tobin Wier (C) def Braeden O’Dell/Alex Thornton 6-4, 6-2 <This was a quality win for Wyatt and Tobin over a veteran doubles team>
#2 Doubles:  Simon McCune/Javier Ramirez (O) def Eli Phelps/Steven Williams 7-6, 6-2

The Chelan boys even up their CTL record at 1-1, and improve to 5-2 overall.

 Girls:  Chelan 5, Omak 0
#1 Singles:  Emma McLaren def Lupita Moriel 6-2, 6-0
#2 Singles:  Abby Martin def Emily Little 6-2, 6-1
#3 Singles:  Sydney Hawkins def Samantha Vedders 6-1, 6-1
#1 Doubles:  Sierra Rothlisberger/Madeline Peebles def Jennifer O’Dell/Sydney Hack 6-4, 6-3
#2 Doubles:  Elle Rothlisberger/Katelyn Deal def Sofia Fletcher/Emma Wilson 6-4, 6-1

The Chelan girls stay undefeated at 6-0, and 2-0 in the CTL.

JV wins for Chelan:
Bella Gatzemeier/Nadia VanWechel 8-3
Cailee Parham/Isa Evans 8-2
Lana Fielding/Madison Latter 8-7
Emmalee and Elaine Folsom 8-1

Next up:  Chelan begins a stretch of four straight matches at home vs Cashmere on Tue Apr 17

City moves towards 12 month moratorium on Cryptocurrency mining

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CITY OF CHELAN
SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

Chelan City Council will meet in special session beginning at 9:00 a.m. on April 14, 2018 in Council Chambers at 135 E Johnson Avenue in Chelan, Washington.  The purpose of this retreat is to discuss strategic planning. No action will be taken.  Please note, the retreat is for Councilmembers and public input will only be taken up on Council’s approval.

by Richard Uhlhorn 

City Planner Craig Gildroy brought forth a Cryptocurrency Mining Interim Zoning Control to the City Council on Tuesday, April 10, while the planning department prepares an actual ordinance to continue the City’s moratorium for 12 months.

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Planning Director Craig Gildroy brought the Council a draft ordinance on the City’s Cryptocurrency Mining moratorium which generated an interesting discussion.

Cryptocurrency mining has become a major concern with many small communities in Chelan County and Mayor Cooney commented at the end of the public hearing that all five mayors have said their cities are imposing a moratorium against mining also.

Councilmember Kelly Allen proposed imposing a moratorium on February 13 so the City can develop a work plan for HDL (high density loads) and cryptocurrency mining issues. The plan is to develop this work plan later in the year during the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process.

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Erin McCardle was concerned that the draft ordinance didn’t have a
business model regarding the local economy

During the hearing, Councilmember Erin McCardle asked Craig why there wasn’t any mention of economic or lack of economic benefits to the City in the draft ordinance. “There is nothing about a business model that contributes back to the local economy,” she said. Gildroy said he would take a closer look at the language.

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Ray Dobbs is concerned that there isn’t enough notification to the community on this issue and wants to see more.

Councilman Ray Dobbs asked if anyone had signed up to speak at the hearing. “My concern is that I don’t think we have followed the processes. I’m uncomfortable with it. Who knows about this public hearing and how did people find out about it.”

Gildroy replied that it was on the City Council agenda. “I just like to follow state law on these matters,” said Gildroy. Dobbs asked about public notices processes on land use issues and Gildroy stated that those were under a different law and would require public notice.

Dobbs was not happy about the lack of public notification on this issue. “I want to be very open about this,” said Dobbs. McCardle stated that there has been a lot of talk about the moratorium on the street and Tim Hollingsworth said, “If people were concerned that we passed a moratorium, then they would presumably be looking for a public hearing.”

Dobbs reiterated his concern and said he wants to let people know the City is talking about the issue. “I just want to be very open about it.”

Gildroy said that cryptocurrency mining has to be listed as permitted us in the City Code and that it is not. The ordinance will continue on to the Planning Commission and a public hearing will be held before coming back to the City Council for adoption.

IN OTHER BUSINESS:

CONSENT AGENDA:

The City Council will entertain Chelan Fruit’s 60% annexation petition at its April 24 City Council meeting.

The Council approved the Mayor’s appointment of Jane Lloyd to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Until the term expires on December 31, 2019. Mayor Cooney thanked the board members who were present the meeting. The Parks Board is currently made up with Garth Donald, Larry Bradley, Megan Ohms and Tara Lautiki.

Mayor Cooney appointed Guy Evans to the Planning Commission and this was approved unanimously by the Council.

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Mayor Cooney made a special presentation on Earth Day from the visitor’s lectern.

Mayor Cooney made a special presentation from the Visitor’s lectern proclaiming April 22, 2018 to be the 47th annual Earth Day in the City of Chelan. He recognized Randy and Anne Brooks contribution for their efforts in organizing this year’s 29th annual Earth Day celebration in River Walk Park on Saturday, April 21. “The City is using better fertilizer at the golf course, dealing with water runoff and starting an at home recycling operation,” said Cooney.

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Anne Brooks encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy Earth Day on April 21.

During Council Comments, Mayor Cooney invited Anne Brooks an opportunity to say something about the upcoming Earth Day celebration. Brooks said, “We have some awesome things happening this year.”

The Mayor and Council also proclaimed April 26 as Arbor Day in Chelan and told those in the chambers that Chelan is working tirelessly on clean air, clean water and endangered species.

MOTION CONSIDERATIONS:

The Council unanimously approved the revisions to the Chelan Municipal Code – Chapter 8.20 –Garbage/Refuse Ordinance No.218-1537.

Mayor Cooney stated after the vote that “We all feel the pain of throwing glass into the garbage.” He said discussions and remedies to the glass issue are ongoing. “We are not resting.” Assistant Public Works Director Jake Youngren told the Council that Public Works staff would be at Earth Day with the new recycle bins and information booth on what is recyclable.

The Council unanimously authorized the Mayor to sign and execute a PSA with Forte Architects to redesign the site layout and new shop building.

The Council unanimously agreed to authorize the Mayor to finalize and execute the Assignment of Copyright and License of the City’s Logo to the Washington State Apple Commission.

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City Attorney Quinn Batjer explained the Washington Apple Commission infringement and copyright issue with the City’s Logo and
how the issue could be resolved.

City Attorney Quinn Batjer told the Council that the Apple Commission is very protective of their logo and feels that the City’s logo infringes on their intellectual property. “They are very protective of their logo.” The Apple Commission has had similar issues with the City of Wenatchee and others.

The Apple Commission will grant the City exclusive and perpetual license for the use of the City’s logo on all media and other uses in association with the operation or promotion of the City.

Mayor Cooney reminded everyone that the second Town Hall has been moved to the Senior Center and will take place on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 6 p.m. The topic is Water Quality.

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Tim Hollingsworth wants the Chelan River free of rafting recreational boaters and more enforcement on the lake.

Councilman Tim Hollingsworth said he would like to see the buoy lines out from Spader Bay to calm that area down during the heavy boating season and to stop the wave action. He also would like to see some action taken on the activity in the Chelan River. “I see paddle boarder and kayakers using the river,” he said. He doesn’t feel boats need to anchor up in the river. “They have 5o some miles to boat in,” said Hollingsworth. He is also concerned about the short term boat rentals and said the agreement between the renter and recreational rental companies is cumbersome.

The next City Council meeting will be held on April 24 beginning at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Goats strong against 2A Blaine in non-league action at Mt. Goat Field

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Connor Wilson had a great day on the mound against 2A Blaine as the Chelan Goats rallied in the third inning and ended up with a 7-4 victory. Wilson threw 86 pitches and didn’t allow any earned runs in the win. 

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by Richard Uhlhorn

It’s spring, and that means it’s baseball season. If you enjoy the game, you should get off the couch and come out to Mt. Goat Field and watch this young Goat baseball team play.

The team is proving that they are here to play baseball. Offensively they are hitting the ball and defensively, their heads are into the game.

On Tuesday, the team hosted 2A Blaine and came away with a commanding 7-4 victory after allowing four runs in the first and second inning.

The Chelan Goats went to work at the plate in the bottom of the second inning to score a run and continued their hitting streak in the bottom of the third inning to put a go ahead run across the plate.

The Goats bats were hot on Tuesday afternoon as the
Goats came away victorious over Blaine in non-league action

Coach Dana Papadsedero commented, “It was a good day for the Goats as our bats continued to stay hot.” The team pounded out 13 hits with Connor Wilson, Colt Corrigan, Bryson Darlington and Kenny Reeves each getting two hits in the game.pa

In the fourth inning, Connor Wilson, who was on the mound for the entire game, had some great back up from the defense which included a nice double play to put Blaine back on the field and out of the batter’s box.

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Third Baseman Colt Corrigan fields a hot grounder to throw out another Blaine hitter in Chelan’s 7-4 win on Tuesday.

Chelan added a run in the bottom of the fourth to go up 6-4 and then added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead 7-4.

In the top of the seventh inning, Wilson closed out the game with a great pitching effort. Wilson threw a 3-hit game to earn the win and didn’t allow any earned runs on 86 pitches.

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Third baseman Colt Corrigan and Pitcher Connor Wilson discuss Wilson’s next batter on the mound during Tuesday’s game against Blaine

Colt Corrigan caught several line drives at third effecting a nice double play from one of those line drives.

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Kenny Reeves (No. 11) was one of four Goats who had two hits during the game against Blaine. Corrigan, Wison and Bryson Darlington also had two hits apiece.

The Goats are out of town on Tuesday in non-league action against Warden, but will return to Chelan on Saturday, April 14 for a double header against Nooksack Valley. The first game is at 11 a.m. followed by a nightcap at 1 p.m.

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In between the double header, the Chelan Athletic Booster Club will be barbequing burgers, hotdogs and chicken burgers with all the trimmings at a great price point. So come out and enjoy the games and lunch.

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Fire District meeting draws small crowd

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Karyl Oules, Nancy Bolomey and Karl Jonasson have filed to fill the vacant fire commission seat. Chelan Fire Commissioners Russ Jones and Phil Moller will appoint a candidate to fill that spot at the commission’s regular meeting on May 14.

by Richard Uhlhorn

Chelan Fire & Rescue held a public meeting on Wednesday evening, April 4, at the Performing Arts Center to help explain why they want a Yes Vote on Proposition 1 on April 24.

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The PAC was nearly empty for Chelan Fire & Rescue’s Public Meeting on its upcoming Proposition 1 Vote to raise its tax rate.

The meeting was not well attended. An estimated 25 residents of the 125 square mile Fire District attended along with staff and volunteer firefighters.

The District is requesting a new tax rate of $1.32 or an increase of 40 cents per $1000 of assessed valuation. The current tax rate is 92 cents per $1000 of assessed value and if the new rate is passed by the voters in the District, it will raise an additional $864,000 bringing the total annual revenue of the District to approximately $2,856,993. Currently the District is operating on an annual budget of $1,992,993.

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Fire Commissioner Russ Jones explained the District’s current taxing situation and the fact that Proposition 1 is asking for a new tax rate in the District that will raise an additional $864,000 in its annual revenue.

Fire Commissioner Russ Jones explained that the current law allows the District to only raise its rate by one percent per year and with inflation at 3.7 percent, the lines eventually cross. “We can’t keep up with the growth,” said Jones.

The one percent rate is a function of the Eyman Initiative which limits annual revenue growth to 1% regardless of inflationand the increase in the total tax valuation of all property within the District.

The request for the lid lift is asking the voters in the District to disregard the 1% on annual increases and raise the total tax revenue by an agreed amount… in this case an additional 40 cents per $1000 of assessed value.

Jones said the increase would help save career staff, six of whom are currently being paid under a FEMA grant from the Government. This grant ends at the end of 2018. If the levy lid lift fails, these six career firefighters will be out of a job at Chelan 7.

Jones also told those in attendance that if the levy lid lift fails, it could impact their homeowners insurance rates. Ratings outside the City limits improved on April 1 and for a lot of people, that could decrease their insurance rates Jones said.

Commissioner Jones admitted that this is a pretty rough atmosphere for taxing districts to be asking for more money!

Jones admitted that it is a pretty rough atmosphere for taxing districts, particularly because of the McCleary Decision which is impacting many resident’s property taxes. “Why do we need all these firefighters,” asked Jones. “In reality, Chelan has a unique problem here.” He stated that according to the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, the population of Chelan swells to 50,000 people in the summer. “Not all of them are rocket scientists,” he quipped.

The Levy Lid lift would raise $660,000 to retain the six career positions, add another $150,000 to help maintain and replace aging equipment and put $50,000 into the revenue stream to help support the District’s volunteer program of which there are 30 new volunteers currently going through training now.

“A lot of people ask why the tourists can’t pay,” said Jones. “We are looking into that.”

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Chief Tim Lemon remarked that the District is always trying to be cost efficient.

Chief Tim Lemon remarked that Chelan Fire and Rescue has been built into a professional organization. “The biggest challenge we have is having the right resources,” said Lemon “We have 30 people in training, but the fulltime employees are our mid management team. They work to help train the volunteers. Volunteers all have families, jobs and hobbies. We are always competing for that time. They play a valuable role.”

Lemon said the District is always trying to reduce response time and be as cost efficient as possible. “We are a transparent agency,” said Lemon. “If you have questions, come in and ask them.”

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Lt. Shawn Sherman gave a power point presentation on the District’s services.

Lt. Shawn Sherman presented a power point presentation of the District’s capabilities which included its water rescue team of PADI trained divers who had six in water rescue operations in 2017. The District also has a trained group of firefighters in rope rescue work to help rescue victims over embankments and other areas where rope rescue is needed.

However, Sherman said that the majority of time is responding to EMS calls. Asked why fire trucks are dispatched to every call, Sherman stated that Dispatch never has all the details and its never known if they will be needed, even in cases that don’t necessarily require their presence.

This past year, the District responded to two structure fires, 13 cooking fires, 15+ brush fires and a number of other fires no one ever hears about. Calls were up approximately 13.5 percent in 2017.

“Standards don’t get any easier,” stated Sherman. “Our regulations are always changing.”

If the levy passes, the District will be able to retain six career firefighters which will ensure that four personnel are on duty at all times. If it fails, staff will be reduced to two firefighters on duty and volunteers will be relied on to meet the demand for service. This will potentially result in longer response times.

The vote on Proposition 1 is due on April 24. If you need more information, visit Facebook.com/citizensforchelan7 or call the District at 682-4476.

PUD commission moves to enforce moratorium on bitcoin mining

  • PUD BOARD ACTS TO HALT UNAUTHORIZED BITCOIN MINING
    Commissioners direct staff to shut down rogue operations
    that risk fire & equipment damage

     WENATCHEE, WA – Chelan PUD commissioners Monday directed staff to take all necessary steps to enforce the moratorium on unauthorized cryptocurrency operations including imposing available fees and penalties and considering new ones, disconnecting service and reporting unauthorized loads to law enforcement as power theft and to fire officials to protect public safety.

     “Not only are we concerned, we’re incensed that individuals are putting people at risk,” said Commissioner Steve McKenna. “We’re not going to tolerate it. This is a strong message, and I want to make that very clear.”

     His comments came after hearing of unauthorized cryptocurrency mining discovered last week in a Wenatchee apartment, a Malaga home and Chelan mini-storage units. Each operation was using enough power to create fire risks for neighbors and damage grid equipment not sized for the load. PUD crews disconnected power for the unauthorized services. (Discussion starts at 01:00 on the meeting audio.)

     Board President Dennis Bolz said these actions will not be tolerated. “This has to end,” Bolz said.

     Commissioner Garry Arseneault said heightened enforcement is aimed at, “scoundrels,” who are deliberating thwarting PUD regulations. “I want to take one step back and say that users of power that have legitimate requests, and have been properly sized for the use of that power, that’s not the kind of entity we’re discussing today.

     “What we’re discussing is a person who is purposely trying to slip around the end and use power in a way that a facility was not designed for and doing so in a manner where there’s been no request for service to meet that kind of demand.” He added, “I see yet, once again, a reason to support the installation of automated meters to be able to confront these scoundrels before they do burn an apartment building down and perhaps kill a family or children in the process.”

     PUD commissioners underscored their concern about safety risks from rogue operations in ratifying the March 19 moratorium. Commissioners will review the moratorium and take comment at a public hearing at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 14.

     John Stoll, Customer Utilities managing director, said those examples show the need for additional fees to cover the District’s costs to investigate and monitor rogue cryptocurrency operations and to recover the cost of damage to grid equipment not designed for high density loads (HDL).

     Stoll said staff reviewing meter readings saw power use at the Wenatchee apartment jump 20-fold in a month. Use went from a typical 500 kilowatt hours (kwH) to 11,000-plus kwH, far above what residential wiring is designed to carry. When PUD staff checked the location, they could see open windows and a balcony door open to the chilly spring air likely keeping the cryptocurrency mining equipment cool. Investigation showed no one living in the apartment.

     In Malaga, PUD staff notified the homeowner his mining operation was unauthorized. He talked with staff about options for legal service, but continued to mine without following through until crews disconnected service. In Chelan, an approved operator went beyond the allowed power amount without notifying the PUD as required.

     Lindsey Mohns, Customer Utilities business manager, and Catherine Melton, business analyst, reviewed proposed additional fees for investigation and enforcement of the HDL rate for unauthorized operations and for the loss of useful life for overtaxed equipment. The fees could total about $5,000 for unauthorized operations in residential areas and $7,000 to $10,000 in commercial space. Staff will ask for action on the new fees at the April 16 board meeting.

     Commissioners also heard from Nick Martini of Half Moon Bay, Calif., a potential cryptocurrency operator, who asked board members to consider flexibility in allowing some applications to move forward when operators seek to meet all requirements and work with the PUD in developing the industry.

Sports… Week 2 – 3.26-3-31

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Compiled by Richard Uhlhorn

Chelan hosts first and only home track meet

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Coach Erik Romero reports:

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Thank you to everyone that showed their support for our Chelan Track Student Athletes this past Thursday. The weather kept up enough for us to host a great night of competition. It started out as a warm early afternoon with some wind coming in after about 5:30 pm.

This was our Senior Night, even though it was early in the year, we held since we only have one meet a year at our facility. We had 9 seniors and I am happy for all of their accomplishments. The Seniors are as follow

Javier Pastor, Hunter Lehmbecker, Matt Smith, Javier Torres, Caleb Dodge, Jacob Bekel, Braden Williams, Olivia Nygreem and Ava Dickes. 

They have all done a lot for our program and school community.

 Boys Results:

 Three boys in the 110 High Hurdles; Antonio Cazarez, Cameron Manda and Guage Culver. Toni got 4th, Cameron was 3rd and Gauge was 5th. Their times were Manda – 20.84, Toni – 21.06, Culver – 23.31.

 Skyler Gordon ran a 12.5 in the 100 meter dash.

 Antonio Cazarez was 3rd for us in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.75. 

We had two Chelan athletes place 2nd and 3rd in the Pole Vault. Braden Williams and Javier Pastor. Williams cleared 10 Feet and Pastor cleared 9 ft 6 inches.

Matt Smith got 2nd in two events, the Javelin and  Shot Put. His  throws measured, 127 ft 9 inches in the javelin and 35 feet 5 inches in the Shot.

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In the discus, our boys performed very well. We had the top 4 spots. Starting with Kevin Cazarez, Alex Neri, Hunter Logan and Caden Bryant. Their throws were as follows; Cazarez – 109 feet 10 inches, Neri – 99 feet 8 inches, Logan – 92 feet 5 inhces and Bryant with 91 feet 5 inches. 

We didn’t have a number of our kids do their main events this past Thursday. We wanted to make sure that we honored our Senior Boys and had a good time as well. With that being said, I look forward watching our boys continue to get better and perform better each time out. 

 Girls Results:

Senior Girls – Ava Dickes and Olivia Nygreen

 We started off with a 1st place finish from Freshman Elly Collins in the 100 meter hurdles. Her time was 17.10 in her first official HS track meet. She also placed 2nd in the Pole Vault clearing 10 feet and only missing 1st place by a few misses. 

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 Molly Oswald finished 2nd for us in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.62 and Matea Ivory came in 6th with a time of 13.72.

We also performed well in the 1600 meter run. We had three girls get 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. Ashyln Sanderson. Olivia Nygreen and Geo Granados. Their times were 6:33.3, Nygreen – 6:39.36 and Grandados – 6:42.02

We also had 3 girls place in the top 5 of in the 400. Mireya Garibay, Emilie Barnes and Ella Polley. Garibay – 71.74 2nd, Barnes – 72.29 3rd, and Polley – 75.45 5th.

Same goes for the girls 800. We had 4 girls place in the top 5.

With enough girls, we were able to put together two 4×100 relay teams and we finished 2nd and 3rd. It was fun to watch a number of girls compete on the dirt track.

Same as the boys, we held back some of the girls and had some fun before we got to Spring Break. Thank you again for taking the time to come to our meet and watch our kids compete. I hope that you get the opportunity to come and watch at other meets as well.

We look forward to Spring Break, a time to reflect and get energized, before we start the stretch run of SCHOOL and Regular Season for Track. We have a busy schedule coming up. We have three invitationals over three weekends and with two track meets per week; It will make for a busy month of April. That is also what makes it fun. 

I hope to see you all at the Brewster Relays on the Tuesday when we get back from Break. April 11th and 4:00 pm.

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Baseball:

Coach Dana Papasedero reports:

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 Chelan baseball team took the field on Saturday after a long week of spirited practice to earn two lopsided wins versus a dedicated and committed Omak Pioneer baseball team.

 The Chelan bats were alive all day, rapping out 31 hits in the CTL double header. Game one featured three hits apiece for Colt Corrigan, Quinn Stamps and Drake Bird, plus a long home run by Breckin Sporseen.  All other starters contributed at least one hit each in the offensive hit parade. On the mound, Connor Wilson and Drake Bird combined to allow only one hit and one run to earn the game one victory.

 In game two, the Chelan bats continued to be hot, with Colt Corrigan belting a home run, and Breckin Sporseen adding his second home run for the day.  Kenny Reeves, Gage Estes, Bryson Darlington each added two hits apiece in the offensive outpouring.

 Sam Austin earned the win on the mound, going the distance, allowing only two hits and one run.

 Next up:  Friday, 4:30 at home, a non league game against a strong 2A opponent from Blaine Washington.

 

Softball:

Chelan Goats Varsity Beats Omak By 21 Runs (Game 1)

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Chelan Goats Varsity coasted to an easy victory over Omak 23-2 on Saturday.

Chelan Goats Varsity got things started in the first inning, scoring one run when Taylor Boykin singled.

Taylor Sams got the win for Chelan Goats Varsity. She went five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out five.

J Utt took the loss for Omak. She went four innings, allowing 23 runs on 18 hits and striking out three.

Chelan Goats Varsity totaled 18 hits in the game. SamsSierra ShivelyAshley OswaldCasey SimpsonLexie Gleasman, and Boykin all managed multiple hits for ChelanSams led Chelan Goats Varsity with four hits in four at bats. Chelan tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Shively led the way with three.

Omak totaled eight hits. C KeatonT George, and J Abrahamson all had multiple hits for Omak.

Chelan Goats Varsity Grabs Lead In Fifth Inning To Defeat Omak (game 2)

 Chelan Goats Varsity nabbed the lead late in the game in a 7-4 victory over Omak on Saturday. The game was tied at two with Chelan batting in the bottom of the fifth when Leanna Garfoot doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.

Chelan opened up an early lead in the first inning when Jade Hatherell grounded out, scoring one run.

After Omak scored one run in the top of the sixth, Chelan Goats Varsity answered with one of their own.

Garfoot led things off on the rubber for Chelan. She allowed 16 hits and four runs over six innings, striking out one and walking zero.

C Keaton started the game for Omak. She lasted six innings, allowing four hits and seven runs while striking out one and walking one.

GarfootHatherellNayeli Zavala, and Lexie Gleasman all had one hit to lead Chelan Goats Varsity.

Chelan Goats tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Taylor Boykin led the way with three.

Omak totaled 16 hits. J UttJ AbrahamsonM Nicholai, and M Clark all had multiple hits for Omak.

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CHELAN OPENS GOLF SEASON AGAINST OMAK

It was a pretty spring day for the Chelan Goats who hosted the Omak Pioneers at the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course.

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Chelan hosted Omak today for our first league match of the season. Weather turned out great for March, and the predicted winds stayed fairly calm with just a few breezes throughout the match.
With very little “course-time” under their belts, Chelan’s boys turned in some great scores for this early season match. Leading the way with honors were co-medalists Miles Grossberg (Chelan, freshman) with a 48-38 for an 86, and also with an 86 was Corbin Morley (Chelan, senior) with 47-39. The team score for the boys was a 386 (Omak did not have enough boys for a team score).

For the girls, Chelan senior Emily Christenson took medalist honors with a 53-56 for a 109. She continues to improve each time out; the other Chelan girls struggled a bit, but nothing unexpected for this early in the season. The Chelan girls had a team score of 483 (Omak did not post a girls’ team score).
This Thursday takes us to a nonleague matchup with Quincy on their home course of Colockum Ridge GC, then a break from the action for Easter/spring break.

 

Environmental Science students help Lake Chelan Research Institute conduct invasive species survey on Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan Water Quality will be the topic of the next Town Hall Meeting in Chelan. It will be held on April 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the City of Chelan Council Chambers. The community is invited to become involved and enter the dialogue.

by Richard Uhlhorn

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Phil Long, director of the Lake Chelan Research Institute explains the protocol of conducting an abundance survey on the shores of Lake Chelan to students in the Environmental Sciences Class at Chelan High School 

“It’s an opportunity for them to practice science like real scientists do,” remarked April Slagle, Chelan High School’s environmental science teacher. Her class gathered along the shoreline of Lake Chelan on Tuesday morning to help Phil Long, director of the Lake Chelan Research Institute, conduct an abundance survey of Asian clams, an invasive species that seems to be increasing.

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Phil Long helps a student look for live Asian clams.

“We want the number of live clams,” Long told the students before they descended onto the shoreline. The abundance survey is the beginning of a baseline study to see if these clams are increasing. “We will come back next year to the same location and do another survey. We know it’s increasing.” The question is how much and the baseline will help determine what is happening in the lake.

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The students found lots of Asian clams on the shoreline.

Many people who have lived here for years do not remember seeing this many clams on the lakeshore. Is it a concern… maybe. Long says that Lake Tahoe has a major infestation of Asian clams. “They are thick on the bottom,” said Long. “These are trends that we need to follow.”

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Long helps a student with GPS data entries that will give coordinates for the next team that samples the shoreline for Asian clams.

Long is the developer and director of the Lake Chelan Research Institute which has been formed to study the lake, create scientific baselines to monitor changes and to keep the public aware of those changes.

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Phil Long addressed City Council on Tuesday, March 27 about the need to do a Risk Assessment on Lake Chelan. He talked about the Whatcom County Boat Inspection Program that has inspected over 12,000 vessels for invasive species since the program’s inception in 2012.

Long was at Chelan City Council on Tuesday, March 27, and addressed the Council about Whatcom Boat Inspection Program that was launched in 2012 to prevent the introduction of Zebra and Quagga mussels, and other aquatic invasive species to Whatcom County waters.

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Tegan Ward, Director of the Whatcom County Boat Inspection Program presented their program to the Chelan County Watershed Planning Unit on Wednesday, March 21 at its quarterly meeting in Chelan. 

The program which runs approximately $450,000 a year has been effective in keeping invasive species out of the County’s drinking water. At the quarterly meeting of the Chelan County Watershed Planning Unit on March 21, Teagan Ward, the director of the Whatcom County program made a presentation to the unit.

“We were concerned about what can be transported in the early stages by boats and trailers visiting our area,” she said. Adult mussels can live out of water for up to 30 days and Whatcom County’s program protects 95,000 people who depend on the lake’s water for domestic use.

In 2012, Whatcom County had four inspectors and that has grown to eight. In 2013 they made it mandatory that each vessel was permitted. In 2017 the program conducted 12,000 inspections. The annual inspection permit is $50 which helps fund the program and allows unlimited inspections throughout the year. Penalties for not being inspected can run $250 to $1,000. Three day permits to use the waters cost $20 and non-motorized vessels are $10.

The inspection process includes a complete flushing and high pressure water wash of each vessel with 120 degree water. Water in bilges are reclaimed so insure that no invasive species gets into the lake. “We have done over 40,000 inspections since starting the program,” she said. The program began in Whatcom County with only $35,000 and has reached the half million mark through grants and permit fees.

Ward told the Watershed Unit that education is a huge part of the program now. They also work with the Seaplane Association to make sure any seaplanes using the lake are clean.

NOTE: To date, the State of Washington has been successful in keeping Zebra and Quagga mussels from entering its water bodies. However, the Asian clam, Eurasian watermilfoil, New Zealand mudsnail, Purple loosestrife, and Brazilian eiodea are all present in Lake Chelan.

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The Chelan County Watershed Planning Unit meets in Chelan on a quarterly basis to discuss a variety of topics concerning lake quality, water rights and other issues concerning the lake. 

With 728 water bodies in 45 states, the danger of an invasive species being introduced to our lake is very high. Once introduced the problem can literally cost millions to rectify.

“It’s a fabulous program,” Long said at the City Council meeting. “We need a risk assessment for Lake Chelan. We still don’t have a boat launch to boat launch inspection program.” Long told the Council that the Valley does not want Zebra mussels in the lake.

“It’s a complicated story. We are looking at what’s needed for a risk assessment.”

More information will be forthcoming at the next Town Hall Meeting. The topic is Lake Chelan Water Quality and will include presentations from Chelan County Resources and the Lake Chelan Research Institute. The meeting will take place in City Council Chambers on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 6 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to get involved and enter into the dialogue.

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Fire District 7 seeks replacement for Peters

Chelan County Fire District # 7 is seeking a new commissioner to replace Tom Peters who abruptly resigned several weeks ago. The following press release outlines the necessary steps to follow if you are interested in serving the community through the fire department.

232 E. Wapato, PO Box 1317 Chelan, WA 98816
PH: 509-682-4476, Fax: 509-682-3297
http://www.chelan7.com
Date: March 22, 2018
To: For Immediate Release to the News Media.

For more information, contact Carol Kibler, Administrative Office Manager 509-682-4476.

“Chelan Fire and Rescue seeks applications for Board of Fire Commissioner Vacancy”
The recent resignation of a Board member from Positon 2 on the Board of Fire Commissioners has created a vacancy on the three-member Board. To fill the vacancy, the Board of Fire Commissioners is soliciting applications from individuals who would be interested in being appointed to fill the vacancy.

When a vacancy occurs on a Board of Fire Commissioners, State law provides that it can be filled by appointment of the Board. The chosen appointee then serves for the rest of the vacated Board members term. In this case, the term of the vacant seat lasts until November 26, 2019. The chosen appointee would be eligible to stand for election in November 2019.

The Board of Fire Commissioners is a non-partisan, part-time legislative body. Chelan Fire and Rescue was formed in 1926. Board meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month with some exceptions. There may be special meetings occasionally to attend during the month as well.

By State Law, the chosen candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a registered Washington State voter, and have resided within the fire district limits of Chelan Fire and Rescue for at least one year. The appointee also must be at least 18 years of age.
The appointed Commissioner would have the same level of duty and privilege as all other Commissioners. Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners are compensated $114.00 a meeting during the length of their service.

To be considered, applicants are asked to submit an application and a Declaration of Eligibility. A resume and a cover letter detailing the applicant’s previous and current involvement in the Chelan community.

Application materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday April 6, 2018 to the Administrative Office Manager at 232 E Wapato Avenue, Chelan, Washington 98816. Applicant’s information will be forwarded to the Chelan County Elections Department for verification of eligibility before an application will be forwarded to the Board of Fire Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners will review all qualified applicants and an appointment will be made at the May 9, 2018 regular meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners. The selected appointee is anticipated to begin his/her term in May 9, 2018.

For further information, please contact Administrative Office Manager Carol Kibler at 509-682-4476.