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6/11/2014 10:57:00 PM
Letters to the Editor

Comprehensive Plan and Interim Zoning, a great idea... not

As a small farmer living and working in Carlton I am writing to express my enthusiasm for the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Interim Zoning ordinance put forth by the county. As written the plan zones most of the lower Methow below Gold Creek as "Zone 1 Rural" allowing for a host of new land use activities on lots as small as 1 acre.
Some of the new opportunities our rural friends and families will be allowed to pursue in the lower Methow (and other areas of the county proposed for R-1 zoning) include, but are not limited to, aircraft sales and services as well as airstrips and hangers. Yes! No more excuses not to bid on those Boeing service contracts, just think of the jobs! If that's not your skill set how about a new parking garage? With the price of parking at SeaTac, a local park and fly could really be a gold mine, with jobs for unskilled teen labor as well. Still not feeling inspired? How about a new hospital? Now that we have all been forced to get insurance by Big Brother, why not take advantage of this situation with an urgent care clinic on French Creek? Or to appeal to the local fitness fanatics that just can't decide between mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, or any of those other boring ways to exercise, why not open an "exercise club" or "indoor swimming pool" both which would be allowed by the new zoning designation. And that's just a small sample of some of the new opportunities we'll have.
Now for those of you seeking to engage in agricultural pursuits in areas that fall under R-1, you may want to think again. As written the new Comp plan is unclear as to whether or not agricultural activities will even be allowed in these zones. And if I get my new water park approved on Gold Creek as a "swimming pool" I may need a little of that water you're using for those apple orchards or hay fields.

Eric Wittenbach
Carlton

A heartfelt thank-you

Dear friends,

If an accident can be called "lucky" then, we sure were!
On Monday, May 19, our boat flipped off our trailer on Wapato Lake Road with a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and fisherman inside and then - underneath it.
We were told Denika, the manager of Kamei Campground, placed the 911 call. That explains how you got there before we ever reached for our phones. Our first thought was laying in the road, in a puddle of blood, covered with a boat.
Our loved one is now home after your ambulance ride to Lake Chelan Hospital, ambulance ride to East Wenatchee Airport, flight to Harborview Hospital in Seattle, flight to Kaiser Hospital in Portland, transfer to convalescent center in Vancouver, transfer to Legacy Hospital in Vancouver and finally home yesterday!
As vacationers, fishermen, and tourists, we want to thank everyone who helped us at the traumatic accident scene, as well as during the rush and confusion of having to pack up and leave your lovely area sooner than expected.
We're sending a letter to the editor of the Lake Chelan Mirror and copies of this along to others who went out of their way to help in untold ways over the course of Monday and our early checkout Tuesday.
Thank you all very sincerely,

Donna Casper Carlson and Richard Robbins
Gresham, Ore.





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