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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.

Energy Code and Green Homes: Blower Door Tests

Washington is just one of many states that have adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) that raises the standard for construction design in residential and commercial structures.  This blower door testing ensures that homes are efficiently sealed.

“The new national energy code includes mandatory blower-door testing for building air leakage (less than <3.0 ACH at 50 pascals), which will measure how well contractors have sealed up penetrations between the outdoors and indoor conditioned space. This testing will be required for all projects permitted after the new code goes into effect. Some states have made modifications to the adopted code, such as Illinois which has changed the ACH rate to 5.0 ACH @ 50.  View our archived July 12 webinar to learn more about IL Energy Code changes.”

AMS Inspection performs blower door tests throughout King, Snohomish, Chelan and Douglas Counties.  We’ve worked with developers such as Quadrant Homes and Seattle-Pacific Homes.

Source:  2012 IECC Energy Code vs Green Home Certifications, Jason La Fleur, LEED AP on July 9, 2012

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.

Walk for Carol Kavanaugh, Douglas Co. Commissioner Candidate, in Apple Blossom Festival Classy Chassis Parade May 4th

JOIN FRIENDS & FAMILY IN SUPPORT OF

“I am a mom, a property owner, a business owner, and a long-time volunteer in our communities. I will work to create an inviting Douglas County.”  – Carol Kavanaugh

IN A CLASSY CHASSIS SORT OF WAY!

On Friday, May 4th, join Carol Kavanaugh and her supporters as they walk in the Classy Chassis Parade! This will be a FUN and interactive way to show your support and say hi to all your friends along the way!

NOT A DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT?

If you do business in or have friends or family that live in Douglas county, you need to support Carol Kavanaugh!  We need good, strong, healthy leaders that are there to support the ideas and concerns of the people. Her goal is to create a “County of Opportunity” and address “excessive and unnecessary regulation”.

Parade starts at 6:30 but they’ll be there an hour early!  Meet at the merry-go-round at the Eastmont Park at 5:30 to get T-shirts and cars are available at the end of the parade route to shuttle people back to their cars at the park .

Carol Kavanaugh is currently the President-Elect for the North Central Washington Association of Realtors.  In a recent press release from the NCWAR President, Paul Mares said, “Carol is extremely well versed in issues that affect housing, jobs, the economy, the rising cost of living and many others. It has been an honor to work with Carol, she is an extremely well-rounded candidate and will work tirelessly to represent Douglas County and help develop a stable future for its residents and the valley.” 

Carol has lived in the Wenatchee Valley for over 35 years and is presently with John L. Scott in Wenatchee and has been a real estate professional for 9 years.

Blower Door Tests for Seattle, Wenatchee & Chelan County

A new Washington State building code requires all new construction homes to pass a blower door test ensuring that the home does not exceed the maximum allowable air leakage rate.  The blower door test verifies that the new home is sealed tightly and will perform efficiently.  If a new home is not properly sealed during construction it will be costly down the road to fix the home’s air leakage problems.  Watch this video from WSU Extension Energy Experts to learn more.

Air Sealing, Chapter 4: Measuring Building Tightness from Energy Experts on Vimeo.

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 contractors in new construction projects.

Leavenworth Home Inspection: Huge Wasp Nest!

This is just about one of the scariest things a home inspector can find in a small attic…a huge wasp nest!  Anyone thinking about booking a home maintenance inspection?

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AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

Wenatchee Home Inspection Photo: Rats!

Crawl spaces are a popular destination for rodents and pests.  It’s important to keep your crawl space completely sealed to avoid unwanted house guests.

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AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

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