From Cascade Medical Center Nov 16th: Cascade Medical will not be able to perform COVID “travel testing”, or pre-emptive testing prior to a holiday event. We will be able to test you if you are symptomatic OR have had a high-risk exposure. Why? Click the link to find out more.


Thank you, Veterans………

 Mick Lamar of Plain continued his annual Veterans Day roadside salute to veterans this year. Thank you, Veterans, and thank you, Mick!

Heavy snow in forecast Thursday-Saturday


* WHAT...Heavy snow possible for The Cascade Crest including
  Highway 2 between Coles Corner and Stevens Pass. Total snow
  accumulations of 1 to 3 feet will be possible through this time.
  Winds could gust as high as 40 mph south of Lake Chelan Friday

* WHERE...Mazama, Stehekin, Stevens Pass, Plain, and Holden

* WHEN...From Thursday afternoon through late Friday night.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible including
  over Stevens Pass along Highway 2. The hazardous conditions
  could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could
  cause tree damage.

US Highway 2 traffic advisory………..

The Chelan County Public Utilities District has announced a maintenance project at the fishway at Tumwater Dam will require intermittent, one-lane closures of eastbound Highway 2 starting in late November.

The PUD is also planning an 8-hour, one-lane closure of eastbound Highway 2 in mid-December, depending on weather conditions and river flows.

Chelan PUD will temporarily divert the river to allow crews to reinforce and stabilize the entrance of the fishway with concrete. Fish passage will be maintained during most of the $370,000 project. The viewing platform will be closed to the public.

The work is expected to continue through January 2021. If weather or river flows delay the project this fall, the work may last into February or March 2021.

Tumwater Dam was originally constructed at the turn of the century to provide clean energy for trains travelling through the long tunnel at Stevens Pass. Chelan PUD acquired the dam in the 1950s and rebuilt the fishway in its current configuration in the late 1980s.

The fishway at Tumwater Dam is instrumental in helping Chelan PUD  collect adult fish to meet its hatchery obligations under its Habitat Conservation Plans for Rocky Reach and Rock Island hydro projects. It is also an important site for fish study for several agencies, including Yakama Nation Fisheries, state Fish and Wildlife and Grant PUD.

The Chelan County Board of Commissioners’ third work session  on Short Term Vacation Rental regulation code drafting is scheduled for 1:00 PM today,  November 10th.  The Commissioners will continue their discussion of the draft STR regulation proposal submitted to them by the Planning Commission. It is not anticipated that comment will be taken from the public during this meeting.

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Chelan County Commissioner Bob Bugert will meet virtually with Lake Wenatchee/Plain area constituents in his monthly Coffee With Bob session this Friday, November 13,, at 9AM.  He plans to have as his guest Mike Kaputa, Director of the Chelan County Department of Natural Resources. These sessions have been well attended and lively so tune in with your questions or comments on any current Chelan County issues. This seems to work best with participants joining without their video operating and keeping microphones muted until you wish to speak.  Join us!!

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Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue was unable to sponsor Trunk or Treat this Halloween due to Covid-19 restrictions but Plain Hardware and Plain Grocery are making their parking lots available for folks that want to continue that tradition.

The Chelan County Board of Commissioners’ workshop on Short Term (Vacation) Rental code drafting is scheduled for October 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM for the Board’s consideration of the Planning Commission’s recommended code. The link for that Zoom meeting is below. Or you can use the link to go to the Board’s webpage and get to it there. If you have any questions, please call the Board of Commissioners office at (509)667-6215.
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Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns by calling:  509-667-6215

First snow of the year…………

 The first snow of the year has arrived. In the 24 hours beginning Friday morning we’ve received 4.5 inches of heavy, wet snow on the South Shore of Lake Wenatchee.  With the current temps it will probably hang around for a couple days but with warming temps beginning Monday will go away.

To track the annual snowfall at the lake click on Reports at the top of this page, then under Daily Snowfall click on Lake Wenatchee which will take you to the Lake Wenatchee Snowfall Report.   You can see daily snow reports once the snow season starts and historic Snowfall Totals.

Plain XC Passes on Sale

It is snowing in Plain! Conveniently, Oct 31st is the deadline for purchasing early season discounted Plain Cross Country ski passes. Stop by the store, or go online to Plain Skiing Passes

Assessors 2020 property valuations…………..

 The annual property valuations from the County Assessor arrived two weeks ago.   After talking with a few neighbors and confirming that their hefty increases were consistent with ours I emailed County Assessor Deanna Walter to confirm  that the valuations were valid and not the result of a data input error or other glitch. She promptly replied that the valuations as sent are valid.

I’ve spent the last couple weeks collecting data from several areas-  in some identifiable neighborhoods the valuation changes seem quite consistent and in others they’re all over the place. If there are errors here please bear in mind that I have the data only as provided me by some owners so this is not a professional or scientific sampling and the data is only as good as the senders math or mine.

                                                                                                            LAND                    STRUCTURES

Lake Wenatchee South Shore Waterfront                                             0                             +75%-77%        
Lake Wenatchee North Shore Waterfront                                   +49%                           -1%                 
Lake Wenatchee South Shore non-waterfront                           +25%                          +11%-25%
Lake Wenatchee North Shore non-water front                          +25%+                        +5-+25% 
South Shore Summer homes on USFS land                                n/a                          +200%

Note:  There were some properties that reported changes that appear to deviate from their neighborhood pattern; One non-waterfront property on North Shore Drive reported -18 on land value.  I did receive some data from other areas like Chiwawa Pines and River Road but not enough to see patterns there.

I’ve also been collecting data on property sales that are apparently the driving factor in the Assessors valuation formula. It’s difficult to format this data so will just summarize each neighborhood. These are all the sales I’ve found for years 2019 and 2020:
Lake Wenatchee South Shore Waterfront:     Three sales; $590,000, $825,000 and $150,000 (land only)
Lake Wenatchee South Shore non-Waterfront;  13 sales; three lots with structures sold for $125,000 to                                                                                                     $350,000; ten land-only sales were from $35,000                                                                                                    to $170,000.
 Lake Wenatchee North Shore Waterfront:       One home sale at $422,282, one land-only sale at                                                                                                      $500,000
 Lake Wenatchee North Shore non-Waterfront:       Three home sales at $510,000, $300,000 and                                                                                                            $614,000
I’ll invoke a disclaimer here for sales I might have missed but do take a look yourself at the sales as reported on the Assessors website. To do this:    Go to
                                                                Click on Interactive Map
                                                                Click on Continue on the GIS disclaimer screen
                                                                On the map screen scroll to the Northwest to Lake Wenatchee 
                                                                Click on Layer List logo on left margin of screen
                                                                Click boxes for 2019 Sales, 2020 Sales and Roads
                                                                Click on + and scroll to the area you wish to check for sales. Text
                                                                will appear on the screen for sales and the land parcel will be                                                                                highlighted.
                                                                Click on that text and a text box will come up from where you can go                                                                    to more information for each sold property.
Two of our South Shore attorney residents discussed the valuations situation with tax specialists in their firms who advised that proceeding with individual appeals is preferable to trying any kind of collective or group appeal. 
APPEALS OF VALUATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATIION PRIOR TO 11-2-2020.  To FILE APPEALS go to the Board of Equalization web page at , read that page then click on Download Board of Equalization Appeals Bracket.  Instructions are provided on the BOE webpage for submission of the appeal either in hard copy or electronically.