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Earn Your Turns Program: Mission Ridge Ski Team Seeks Volunteers

Here’s an announcement from a fellow Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce member:

The Mission Ridge Ski Team needs your help!  We need volunteers to help with our races for the upcoming 2012-2013 Race Season.  As part of our Earn Your Turns program volunteers get a free basic season pass to Mission Ridge and in return those volunteers commit to helping the Mission Ridge Ski Team with 10 of the 15 days of racing that the team will be hosting at the mountain this season, primarily as gate judges and/or course crew workers.  *Gate judges keep a scorecard and list which skiers, if any, don’t negotiate the course correctly (we provide training for both positions).  MRST will be holding a training clinic at their offices on Saturday, December 8thfrom 4pm – 5pm.

For more information or to sign up for our Earn Your Turns Program contact Kari Johnson at 509.433.8217 or email her at kari@mrst.us.  *Participants must be able to negotiate all groomed runs at Mission Ridge to be eligible for the EYT Program.
AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection also performs blower door and duct blaster testing for new construction projects.

Wenatchee Complex Wildfire Update

Fire Update – September 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m. PT

“A public meeting was held last night in Wenatchee. Fire officials briefed more than 100 citizens on the status of the fire.  Yesterday, the First Creek Fire broke through the containment lines on Slide Peak. National Guard helicopters provided numerous water bucket drops in assistance to the Vale Hot Shot crew, who were then able to reestablish the line. The Guard helicopters also helped put out a spot fire nearby.  A combination of factors continue to challenge firefighters: heavy smoky conditions can keep aircraft on the ground, dangerous burning and or standing dead trees, called snags, can fall on firefighters, steep terrain, rolling logs and extremely dry vegetation all contribute to the. Fire fighting dangers.  Today, a high pressure system will move in from the coast and cause an inversion. This creates a “dome cap” which will hold smoke in the communities and valleys surrounding the fires. Light winds in the fire area will be terrain driven (3-6 mph). Temperatures in the valleys will be 70-80 degrees with relative humidities in the mid teens to twenty percent.  More than 300 firefighters have moved to a base camp at Entiat City Park, Entiat, WA. This move will reduce the drive times to fire lines on the First Creek, Byrd and Klone fires.  A swing shift, from 11 am to 11 pm, has been added to assist burn out operations and then hold and monitor the fire into the evening.  The Canyon Fire, directly west of Wenatchee, continues burning in shrubs and grass. Today firefighters will start mop up around structures in Number 2 Canyon on the southern flank. Fire line construction and mop up continue to the north of Horse Lake Mountain. Additional line construction will be completed on the west to tie the fire together to the Number 2 Canyon. The Canyon Fire is approximately 8,277 acres. No structures have been lost. This fire is 25% contained. Up-to-date information on evacuations can be heard on local media in Wenatchee or by checking www.inciweb.org/incident/3258.

The Byrd Canyon Fire, located just north of Entiat, Washington, is 13,960 acres in size. The fire, which is burning in grass and shrub land, is being patrolled and mopped up. High fire traffic and smoky conditions around this fire make this a hazardous driving area. This fire is 45% contained.

The Peavine Canyon Fire, located southwest of Wenatchee in upper Mission Creek/Devils Gulch, is burning in shrub and pine forest. It is 5,255 acres in size. A burnout operation, along Forest Service Road (FSR) 9712 south to Mission Peak, is scheduled for today. Crews will begin mop up after this occurs. An additional burnout is scheduled along the Peavine Canyon control line. This fire is 10% contained.

The Poison Canyon Fire, located south of Cashmere, is burning in shrub and pine. It is approximately 3,478 acres. Hand and dozer lines were put in the area where the fire spotted near Canyon and Mission Roads to prevent the fire from moving into Tripp Canyon and west toward Camas Land. Crews on the southern end of the fire are preparing for a burnout operation. Along other perimeters crews will utilize the road and ridgelines for indirect fire line. Structures protection is in place. This fire is 10% contained.

The First Creek Fire, located 10 miles west of Lake Chelan, is 1,200 acres. It is burning in very difficult and steep terrain. Operations for today are to hold and improve lines and burn out where necessary. Scouting and construction of contingency lines and structure protection is also planned in First Creek and Granite Falls Creek.  A Level 3 evacuation remains in place for First Creek and Granite Falls Creek. This fire is 10% contained.

The Pyramid (377 acres) and Klone Fires, (570 acres) north of Entiat are burning in timber that was severely impacted by disease and insects. Crews on the Klone fire will continue to work with local resource advisors to minimize impact on sensitive and/or threatened resources in the area. Firefighters are protecting thirty seven recreation cabins by clearing vegetation, wrapping fire protective material around the base of the cabins and installing sprinklers on or near the cabins. Fireline improvements along Entiat Road, County Road 19 will continue.

The Bassalt Fire, 70 acres: and Sears Fire, 40 acres, pose no immediate danger to structures.  The Cashmere Mountain Fire, (300 acres), is in an old fire-burned area. It does not pose a danger to structures at the present time.  Fires within the Yakima Complex, in Kittitas County south and west of the Wenatchee Complex, continue to actively burn, with evacuations on going. The Yakima Complex has been divided in two and is now being managed by two Washington State Incident Management Teams.  The Incident Management Team continues to have initial attack responsibility for all wildland fires within Chelan County. Resources will be mobilized when there is a new start.  The area is extremely dry and conditions are right for rapid fire growth on existing fires and new fire starts. All outdoor burning is restricted and campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds on federal lands. All outdoor burning, including campfires, is banned in all counties east of the Cascades through midnight, September 18. Hunters and recreationists are asked to be aware of and conform to fire restrictions that are in place.

The Incident Management Team would like to express appreciation to the community for your support and help in our efforts to suppress these fires. It is vital that the community cooperate with evacuations, road closures, and avoiding areas of high traffic for fire suppression.”

View entire press release update here.

AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection performs blower door tests for new construction projects.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Recreation Update

AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth and operating from Seattle to Wenatchee, Chelan and Methow Valley.  The following information was provided by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office on October 26, 2011.

Take a look at the recent Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Recreation Report.  Fall is moving fast into winter.  The Forest Service wants to remind people to be mindful of unpredictable weather, driving conditions, hunting seasons, Fall hiking, wood-cutting season and prescribed burning. 

” • Weather—Weather is an unpredictable factor for those recreating in or visiting the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Being prepared for unpredictable conditions is the key to enjoying a visit to the national forest. Always carry emergency equipment and extra food and clothing, and be aware of what might be encountered when recreating in the forest. Plan ahead, obtain up-to-date information, and have alternate plans in mind in case something “unpredictable” occurs.

 • Snow—Be prepared for snow in the higher elevation areas of the forest. • Driving Conditions—Forest users need to keep in mind that roads are beginning to become quite wet and muddy from the recent rains and snows at higher elevations, and that traveling on these roads right now can cause a lot of damage, not only to roadbeds but to the surrounding forest areas. Forest travelers need to use good judgment and caution when traveling forest roads during the fall and winter.

• Hunting Seasons—A number of hunting seasons are occurring right now, so forest visitors need to make their presence known. It is a good idea to wear bright, vivid colors, especially hunter orange when recreating in the forest during hunting seasons. Sing, talk, whistle a tune, do anything to let hunters know you are in the area.

• Fall Colors—Many people will be out in the woods looking at the fall colors and possibly not paying as much attention to their driving as they should. Be a defensive driver. Where possible, pull off the road to look at the fall colors.

• Woodcutting Season—Woodcutters are out in the woods getting their winter supply of firewood. Please drive slowly, a pickup truck fully loaded with wood handles differently than it does when empty. Especially keep this in mind when the roads are wet and slippery. Hunters need to be aware that any wood they collect for use in warming fires needs to be left in the woods; they cannot take it home with them unless they have a valid woodcutting permit.

• Prescribed Burning—A number of pile burning projects are underway in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be visible in different areas of the forest.”

Read the full report:  full_rec_report_2011-10-25___Fall_transition_time

Leavenworth Food Drive Oct. 22nd

“Make A Difference Day” is Oct. 22nd.  The North Central Washington Association of Realtors is sponsoring a food drive in the following locations.  The donations collected in Leavenworth will be given to the UV MEND Community Cupboard.  If you’re not available on Oct. 22nd, contact a local real estate office.  Many of them are currently accepting food donations and will store them until then.

  • Grocery Outlet ,Wenatchee 9 AM-2 PM
  • Food Pavilion, E. Wenatchee 9 AM-1:30 PM
  • Martin’s Market, Cashmere 9 AM-2 PM
  • Dan’s Food Market, Leavenworth 9 AM-2 PM

2011 Tour of Homes : Wenatchee, Chelan, Malaga & Peshastin

The North Central Home Builders Association’s annual Tour Of Homes is coming up on Sept. 22-25th.  Most homes are in the Wenatchee area but you’ll find one in Lake Chelan, Malaga and Peshastin.  For complete details about the tour, directions, coupons and more visit their website.  As members of NCHBA we are proud to be a part of this great event!  In Leavenworth pick up coupons at Marson & Marson Lumber or Dan’s Food Market.

Leavenworth’s Tumwater Canyon Fire Grows to 200 Acres

The Tumwater Canyon wildfire started on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, just 6 miles west of Leavenworth, Washington.  The fire grew to 200 acres by Thursday evening with over 100 people working it.  Read the complete press releases from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Public Affairs.

Press Release August 17th

Press Release August 18th

I have home inspections scheduled in Bothell, Snoqualmie, Leavenworth and Issaquah this weekend so like other drivers I’ll be using the Chumstick Highway alternate route or I-90.

Improper aluminum wiring ‘sparks’ interest in a hot water heater repair.

How hot is too hot?  We recently observed this hot water heater on a Leavenworth home inspection in the upper Wenatchee Valley.  Aluminum branch circuit wiring was used to supply the hot water heater’s energy.  Improper installation caused a potential dangerous situation.  The unions between the aluminum and copper wire created galvanic corrosion which can weaken the terminal at the switch, receptacle or union.  As the branch circuit is energized the aluminum and copper wires expand and contract at different rates causing the terminal termination at the switch, receptacle or union to loosen.  The loose connections can allow arcing and pitting, creating a hazard for shock or fire, and eventually causing the circuit to fail.  To learn more information about aluminum wiring read my earlier blog entry.

And the hot water heater was still being used, but not anymore!  Based on our inspection they hired a professional electrician to fix the improper installation.  Do you want to know how your home is performing?  An AMS Home Inspection can indentify potentially dangerous conditions.  Call today for more information on home inspections in Leavenworth, Chelan, Seattle, Wenatchee and surrounding areas.