May 7, 2014- News Briefs

Gjesdal announces re-election bid

EAST WENATCHEE — Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal has announced that he will seek a third term this year.

Filing week is next week for the Nov. 4 general election.

Gjesdal, who has been sheriff for eight years, said he has a total 29 years in law enforcement and is a veteran of two wars.

“As sheriff, my team and I have had success at solving major crimes, improving public outreach, improving our forensic technology, enhancing our special operations capabilities (such as SWAT and marine patrol), records management, emergency management, and inter-agency cooperation,” he wrote in a letter to constituents. “My hope for the future is to increase our line staff to include an additional detective to help manage major crimes and child abuse cases, and a uniformed deputy as a resource for schools.”

Prescribed burns begin in Methow Valley

WINTHROP — Weather dried up long enough Friday and Saturday for the Methow Valley Ranger District to begin prescribed burning treatments.

“The burns successfully reduced slash from harvest and stand-improvement thinning and also treated accumulations of natural fuels,” Assistant Fire Management Officer Meg Trebon said Monday. “(Sunday’s) rain wetted the burn units in the Twisp/Winthrop vicinity; this helps reduce further smoldering and will also keep us from further ignitions in these areas for about a week as we wait for conditions to dry.”

A Methow-area treatment is planned next, she said.

Motorists can expect lane shifts

OMAK — Motorists can expect lane shifts, shoulder closures and pedestrian detours through Thursday as part of the state Highway 215/state Highway 155 paving project.

Crews are upgrading sidewalks, installing street light foundations and repairing minor drainage issues along curb lines in Omak and Okanogan as part of a $3.2 million project.

Repaving the road will come later. The project should be done in early September, the state officials said.

Highway 20 to close for ’49ers parade

WINTHROP — The state Department of Transportation is temporarily closing state Highway 20 through the downtown area from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday for the ‘49er Days parade.

A detour will be available.

In Grand Coulee, state Highway 155 will also be closed for an hour at 11 a.m. for the Colorama Parade on Main Street. Drivers should expect to take a mile-long detour.

Bridgeport planning board meets

BRIDGEPORT — The Planning Commission will meet at 7 tonight, Wednesday, at City Hall, 1206 Columbia Ave.

Agenda items include a continued public hearing regarding a proposed rezone from multi-family residential to single-family residential near Berryman Park; discussion of the comprehensive plan amendment process; and commission training.

Border Patrol Station plans open house

OROVILLE — An open house is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the new U.S. Border Patrol Station, 21 Shirley Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors will be given a guided tour of the facility, Agent David J. “Mac” McElheran said.


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