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December 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM
The beleaguered city of Gold Bar is in trouble with the Washington State Auditor’s Office again for lax financial procedures and spending more than it brought in for three of the past four years. The city of 2,000 has only enough money in its emergency fund to cover 1.5 days of general-fund expenditures, and it owes its own water utility $80,000.
In its third straight negative annual audit, the auditor criticized the city for loose financial policies. According to the audit, the city’s travel policy doesn’t require receipts, it keeps its city credit cards in an unlocked safe “where all employees have access and can self-check-out by use of a logbook.” And city fuel cards are in envelopes with the PIN written on the outside. The city’s petty cash drawer is unlocked and, at the time of the audit, short $145.
There is no purchase-order process, and expenditures by the council are approved by a panel of one council member and two city residents who don’t consider the city’s current policies, the auditor wrote.
August 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m. | Rescuers have found the three experienced hikers and the dog who got lost after they went off-trail east of Gold Bar.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon that the hikers did not sustain any injuries but were being removed from the area by helicopter.
ORIGINAL POST | GOLD BAR, Snohomish County (AP) — The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says rescuers are searching for three experienced hikers who went off-trail east of Gold Bar.
Deputies say a woman called 911 late Sunday night to report that her 52-year-old husband, their son and one of his friends hadn’t returned home as scheduled.
Search and rescue personnel and volunteers, along with a sheriff’s office helicopter, headed out at about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Their vehicle was found at the Trout Creek Trail about two hours later.
The sheriff’s office says officials are working with a cell phone service provider to try to pinpoint their location.
In a separate incident Monday morning, Snohomish County rescue crews came to the aid to a woman in her 50s who injured her knee in a fall along the Pacific Crest Trail. The woman activated a personal locator beacon monitored by a private company because she knew she wouldn’t be able to hike out, and a sheriff’s office helicopter picked her up near Mica Lake.
June 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Update, 11:03 p.m.: Riley Cleveland is safe and headed home after Chelan County officials stopped his non-custodial mother west of Leavenworth, authorities said.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deputies took the mother into custody following the stop on U.S. 2 around mile post 92, said Trooper Darren Wright of the Washington State Patrol.
Update, 10:47 p.m.: The Amber Alert has ended, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Original post, 10:19 p.m.: Authorities have issued Amber Alert for Riley Cleveland, a 5-year-old Gold Bar boy who was apparently taken by a non-custodial parent.
The parent may be taking Cleveland to Montana in a silver 1996 Ford Taurus, with a Washington state license’s plate, ALK81114, officials said.
Cleveland was described a 3 foot 3 inches tall and 80 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde shaved hair.
The suspect, Noranda Youra Chenier, was described as a 34-year-old female with blue eyes and blonde hair.
November 20, 2012 at 7:06 AM
Who’s most prone to get the flu in our state: More than 8,700 Washington state workers were surveyed and janitors/cleaners and “secretaries” are most likely to exhibit flu-like symptoms, our news partner the Public Data Ferret is reporting. The scientific study comes from researchers at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the University of Washington. Who’s most likely not to get the flu? Truck drivers, technicians and construction laborers. (PC alert! The survey report actually uses the word “secretaries,” which we know isn’t exactly politically correct, so substitute it with administrative assistant, please.)
Are you dry yet? Rain records everywhere. How ’bout that 5 inches in recent days in Bremerton? It’s supposed to be rainy and a bit windy this afternoon, but nothing like the mess we saw yesterday, thank goodness. Thanksgiving is expected to be a lot drier than we’ve seen so far. Nice.
The saddest part of this whole ordeal is the news that a Seattle hunter died when a tree fell on his tent in Oregon. He was with family and friends when it happened, but the only one in the tent when that tree came crashing down, killing him instantly, according to Oregon Live.
When Washington’s small towns disappeared in times past, the loss of their financial base was often the reason. Timber towns, for example. Gold Bar was one of those timber towns that hung on when the timber trade faded away. Well, it’s on the brink of collapse now, and financial issues are to blame. Things are a bit messier, though. See our story by Emily Heffter for the details.
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May 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM
Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies confiscated an inert grenade from a student who planned to bring the device to Gold Bar Elementary School this morning.
Deputies were summoned just before 9 a.m. by school officials who had taken the grenade from a student, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The grenade was described as a “dummy inert” grenade and did not contain explosives.
It was turned over to the State Patrol Interagency Explosives Unit for disposal, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chaplik said the student purchased the realistic-looking grenade over the weekend at some sort of show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The child, whose age and grade were not disclosed, reportedly intended to bring the device the school to show friends or for show and tell, Chaplik said.
However, a school bus driver saw the grenade in the student’s hand while en route to school and contacted the school’s principal, he said. The driver stopped at a location off school grounds and students were evacuated from the bus. The grenade was then taken from the child, he said.
Chaplik said the district is weighing the appropriate discipline. He said the school principal and the district’s resource officer — a Snohomish County deputy — went to the child’s home today and “walked away feeling there was no mal-intent, no effort to scare anyone or hurt anyone.”
November 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM
More than a dozen people have been arrested in a suspected cockfighting operation in Gold Bar, KING-TV reported.
Seventeen people were arrested and several dozen roosters were found after Monroe Police executed a search warrant on Pine Road in Gold Bar.
November 4, 2011 at 11:45 AM
A 40-year-old Gold Bar man has been arrested after a dispute among neighbors erupted into a stabbing last night, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a stabbing at 9:14 p.m. in the 16400 block of May Creek Road in Gold Bar. Two neighbors, who had been drinking, became involved in an altercation, and one neighbor stabbed the other in the back with a knife, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The stabbing victim, a 58-year-old man, was taken to Providence Hospital’s Colby campus in Everett, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.
The suspect was treated for a minor injury to his hand before he was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of assault and burglary.
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