WSDOT will curb road construction to keep traffic moving over Memorial weekend

Using the Washington State Department of Transportation predicted travel volumes and online tools is the key to starting roadway travel for Memorial Day 2014.

With summer travel season getting underway and weather reports calling for just a few scattered rain showers, travel is expected to increase on typical holiday travel routes, including Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, US 2 over Stevens Pass, Interstate 5 through Thurston and Pierce counties and I-5 between Bellingham and the U.S./Canada Border.

In addition to the holiday weekend travel guide, real-time travel and traffic information are also available. These include:

  • Online tools that provide traffic camera images, ferry schedules and a map of highway incidents and closures.
  • The 511 travel information hotline. For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).
  • The WSDOT mobile appemail alerts and other tools, such asTwitter and Facebook.
  • Overhead and roadside electronic signs.
  • Highway advisory stations, 530 AM or 1610 AM.

Please remember to drive sober, safe and avoid distractions as any traffic collision or incident can result in additional traffic congestion.

To help ease traffic congestion, WSDOT and its contractors will suspend most state highway construction work at noon Friday, May 23, until Monday, May 26.

SR 520 weekend toll rates will apply Monday, May 26, due to the holiday. There is good news for Lake Washington boaters: the State Route 520 Floating Bridge and Landings Project contractor will open the east navigation channel underneath the existing SR 520 Bridge for holiday boat traffic from 9 a.m. Friday, May 23, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.

Travelers whose weekend plans include a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus should also make plans to avoid holiday delays:

  • Washington State Ferries expects heavy traffic Memorial Day weekend, and suggests that ferry riders consider traveling outside of peak times. Holiday schedules and other information can be found online or by calling 888-808-7977.
  • Amtrak Cascades offers 18 stops along the I-5 corridor. Amtrak Cascades trains often sell out during holidays so make reservations early. Plan to arrive one hour before the train leaves. Check online or call 800-USA-RAIL for more information.
  • WSDOT provides updates on state-operated airports. Check online or call 800-552-0666 for information.
  • Most public transit systems will follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-a-Ride service on Memorial Day.

Single lane closures to cause delays on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass

In preparation for major width and lane restrictions starting April 12, contractor crews will reduce Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to a single lane in each direction 24 hours a day next week.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close a lane in each direction from 7 a.m. Monday, April 7 through 9 a.m. Friday, April 11 between Gold Creek (milepost 56) and the Price Creek vicinity (milepost 61). Drivers should plan for added travel time and use the following resources to help plan their trips over I-90:

Users help Forest Service rethink its road system

Eberlien adds with the public’s help, the Forest Service can decide which roads to maintain or close. 

The goal is to balance public access to the backcountry with environmental protections, and make it all fit the constraints of the Forest Service budget and maintenance backlogs.

Every forest is making its own plan, and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie managers decided to partner with The Wilderness Society and the Washington Trails Association to get input. 

In turn, Kitty Craig, The Wilderness Society’s North Cascades program manager, says the organization has reached out to others – and ended up creating a process that other forests could use.

“We’ve developed this group of about 25 different organizations,” she explains, “from off-road vehicle users to bird-watchers and other recreation users, to come in and help open up their networks, to bring them into this process. And I think that’s certainly a model that can be developed in other places.”

Craig says engaging such a wide audience will also benefit forest managers in the longer term. 

The next public meeting is Wednesday evening at Everett Community College.

By: Chris Thomas

Time to trade those sunglasses and sandals for ice scrapers and chains

WSDOT asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most recent roadway information, winter-driving tips, car-preparation advice and information on the department’s winter driving Web page.

Here’s what drivers can do to prepare for wintry roadway conditions:

  • Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.
  • Download the WSDOT mobile app for smartphones.
  • Sign up for news and social media tools, such as Twitter at www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform.
  • Get your car ready and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily-traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.
  • Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirements. Mountain-pass traction and chain requirements are available on the WSDOT website, highway advisory signs and highway advisory radio.
  • Preset 530 AM and 1610 AM on your vehicle’s radio before traveling.

Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative traction devices that are acceptable when chains or traction tires are required.

Studded tires are legal for use only between Nov. 1 and March 31 in Washington state. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about tires that provide traction and are legal for year-round use.

The WSP also reminds all drivers and freight haulers that state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles more than 10,000 pounds (GVW) rating to carry sufficient tire chains between Nov. 1 and April 1, including some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles and trucks hauling trailers. Failing to carry chains could lead to a $124 fine for heavy-truck drivers.

When highway advisories call for chains, drivers who don’t chain up will face a $500 penalty. The WSP will have a special chain-emphasis patrol to ensure drivers are carrying the appropriate number of chains, including spares. 

Westport Winery Earns Gold, Double Bronze at Seattle Wine Awards

Westport Winery also earned recognition at the 2012 Riverside International Wine Competition in Temecula, California recently. The winery’s white Merlot, blueberry and huckleberry blend, True North, brought home a silver medal while their iconic Peaches on the Beaches brought home a bronze. This was the 31st year for this competition, judged over three days by a professional panel of 48 judges who evaluated more than 1,950 wines. True North benefits North Beach PAWS and Peaches benefits the Grays Harbor Breast Cancer Alliance.

Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.

The winery, bakery, gift shop and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. The winery’s restaurant has extended summer hours beginning Memorial weekend with lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.

2012 Seattle Wine Awards — Winners

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Prices listed are retail release price categories. Browse the 2012 results below or download the archived results from 2006-2011 in PDF format (at right).

2012 Award-WInning Dessert, Sweet and Sparkling Wines

Fortified Dessert Wines

Open Category

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Brian Carter Cellars Opulento, Yakima Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Eleven Winery Sweet Sarah, Washington State
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Thurston Wolfe Touriga Port, Yakima Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Thurston Wolfe Sweet Rebecca, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2010 Upland Estates Winery Inception, Snipes Mountain
GOLD 2009 Walter Dacon Wines Vin a Dessert, Yakima Valley
SILVER N/V Gilstrap Brothers Vineyard Winery 45 Passion Syrah Dessert, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2006 Leone Italian Cellars Vin Dolce (Cabernet Franc), Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Martinez & Martinez Winery Selina Mechelle Orange Muscat, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2004 Vin Dolce (Port Grapes), Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Northwest Mountain Winery Dark Moon Rising, Columbia Valley
BRONZE NV VineHeart Syrah 92, Yakima Valley

Late Harvest Dessert Wine

Open Category

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Washington Hills Late Harvest Moscato, Washington State
GOLD 2010 Vortex Cellars Late Harvest Viognier, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2010 Alexander the Grape GOLDen Grape – Semillion Dessert Wine, Klipsun Vineyard
SILVER NV Eaglemount Winery Apple Mead, Washington State
BRONZE 2008 Chateau Ste Michelle Ethos Reserve Late Harvest White Riesling, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2011 Jones of Washington Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley
BRONZE NV Sky River Meadery Blackberry Honey Wine, Washington State

Sparkling Cider

Open Category

DOUBLE GOLD NV Eaglemount Winery Homestead Semi-Sweet, Washington State
DOUBLE GOLD NV Eaglemount Winery Homestead Dry, Washington State
SILVER NV Eaglemount Winery Perry, Washington State
BRONZE NV Eaglemount Winery Boot Brawl, Washington State

Fruit Wines

Open Category

GOLD 2010 Cranberry Road Winery Cranberry Wine, Washington State
GOLD 2010 Cranberry Road Winery Cranberry Cinnamon Wine, Washington State

Ice Wines

Open Category

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 College Cellars of Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, Center Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Kiona Vineyards & Winery Ice Wine / Chenin Blanc, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Smasne Cellars Ice Wine Muscat, Upland Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Upland Estates Winery Ampeli Ice, Snipes Mountain

Sparkling Wine

Open Category

DOUBLE GOLD NV Domaine Ste Michelle Brut, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD NV Domaine Ste Michelle Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Hard Row to Hoe Good in Bed – Blend, Lake Chelan
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Maury Island Winery Crémant de Maury, Puget Sound
DOUBLE GOLD NV Treveri Cellars Extra-Brut Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD NV Treveri Cellars Syrah Brut Sparkling, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Cairdeas Winery Sparkling Viognier, Rattlesnake Hills 

2012 Award-WInning White + Rosé Wines 
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Chardonnay

$20.00 – Under

DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Gordon Brothers Cellars Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Jones of Washington Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Northwest Wine Academy Chardonnay, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2010 Columbia Crest Winery Grand Estate Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Columbia Crest Winery H3 Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2009 Girly Girl Wines Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Waterbrook Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Buried Cane Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Dusted Valley Vintners Boomtown Chardonnay, Washington State
SILVER 2010 Impuls Cellars Impuls Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Three Rivers Winery Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 1805 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Apex Cellars Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Brown Box Wines Chardonnay, Washington State
BRONZE 2010 Cloudlift Cellars Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Mercer Estates Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Open Road Wine Co. Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2008 Orca Wines Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Page Cellars Chardonnay, Sundance
BRONZE 2010 Smasne Cellars Chardonnay, Upland Vineyard

Chardonnay

All Prices

DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Array Cellars Array Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2010 Goose Ridge Estate Winery Estate Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Le Chateau Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Pondera Chardonnay, Conner Lee Vineyard
BRONZE 2010 Cave B Estate Winery Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Sinclair Estate Vineyards Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 The Hogue Cellars Reserve Chardonnay, Sunnyside Vineyard
BRONZE 2010 Heaven’s Cave Three Friends Chardonnay, Cold Creek Vineyard
BRONZE 2010 Tenor Wines Tenor Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

White Proprietary Blend

$20.00 – Under

GOLD 2011 Coyote Canyon Winery Andrews White, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD NV Eye of the Needle Harvest White, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Harbinger Winery Le Petite Fleur, Washington State
GOLD 2010 Little Monsters Wine Mama’s Helper White Wine, Washington State
SILVER 2010 Brian Carter Cellars Oriana, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Le Chateau Castle White, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Michael Florentino Cellars Mistura Blanco, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2011 Pleasant Hill Cellars Constance’s Cuvée, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Vortex Cellars Cascade White, Washington State
BRONZE 2010 Coyote Canyon Winery Downtown White, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Holmes Harbor Cellars Catapult, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2011 Thurston Wolfe PGV, Washington State

White Proprietary Blend

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Mellisoni Vineyards 45 Degrees, Lake Chelan
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Smasne Cellars Rodert O. Smasne – Francis Reserve, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Hamilton Cellars White, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Hard Row to Hoe Nauti Buoy, Lake Chelan
SILVER 2010 Heaven’s Cave Papou White Wine, Destiny Ridge Vineyard
BRONZE 2010 Columbia Winery Stone Cutter’s Series Opal, Columbia Valley

White Varietal

$20.00 – Under

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Latah Creek Wine Cellars Moscato d’Latah, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2011 Kyra Wines Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Latah Creek Wine Cellars Muscat, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2011 Anelare Wines Ottimista Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2011 Convergence Zone Cellars Sunbreak Chenin Blanc, Upland Vineyard
SILVER 2011 L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Masquerade Wine Company Gewurtztraminer, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Smasne Cellars Aligote, Upland Vineyard
SILVER 2010 The Hogue Cellars Terrior Muscat Canello, Andrews & Rowell Vineyard

White Varietal

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Coyote Canyon Winery Albarino, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2011 Lopez Island Vineyards Siegerrebe, Estate Puget Sound
GOLD 2011 Two Vintners Grenache Blanc, Boushey Vineyard

White Bordeaux Styles

All Prices

GOLD 2011 Distefano Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Ardenvoir Semillon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Bunchgrass Winery Whispering Owl, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Claar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, White Bluffs
SILVER 2011 College Cellars of Walla Walla Sauvignon Blanc, Stan Clarke Vineyard
SILVER 2011 Jones of Washington Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Washington Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Washington State
BRONZE 2011 Cadaretta SBS, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 L’Ecole No. 41 Semillon, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Woodinville Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley

Pinot Gris / Grigio

All Prices

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Alexandria Nicole Cellars A2 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Mellisoni Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Milbrant Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Jones of Washington Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Latah Creek Wine Cellars Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2010 Dusted Valley Vintners Boomtown Pinot Gris, Washington State
SILVER 2010 Girly Girl Wines Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Orca Wines Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Willow Crest Estate Winery Estate Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2008 Leone Italian Cellars Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley

Riesling

All Prices

DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Cave B Estate Winery Riesling , Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Jones of Washington Riesling, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Orca Wines Riesling, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Tapteil Vineyard Winery, Argus Bone Dry White Riesling, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2011 1805 Riesling, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Antolin Cellars Riesling, Glacier Estate
GOLD 2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling Estate, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Dunham Cellars Lewis Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Silver Lake Winery Roza Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills
GOLD 2010 Woodhouse Wine Estates Kennedy Shah Reserve Riesling, Dubrul Vineyard
SILVER 2010 Columbia Winery Cellarmaster’s Riesling, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Gilbert Cellars Estate Riesling, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Useless Bay Wines Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2011 Convergence Zone Cellars Dewpoint Riesling, Bacchus Vineyard
BRONZE 2010 Gamache Vintners Riesling, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Kiona Vineyards & Winery Dry Riesling Estate, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2010 Milbrant Vineyards Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2011 San Juan Vineyards Riesling, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2011 Snoqualmie Vineyards Winemaker’s Select Riesling, Columbia Valley

White Rhone Styles

All Prices

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Alexandria Nicole Cellars Shepherds Mark, Destiny Ridge Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Buried Cane Heartwood, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Cairdeas Winery Nellie Mae (Viognier/Roussanne), Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Cairdeas Winery Roussanne, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Coyote Canyon Winery Roussanne, Horse Heaven Hills
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 DeLille Cellars Doyenne Roussanne, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Hard Row to Hoe Roussanne/Viognier, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Northwest Wine Academ Roussanne, Horse Heaven Hills
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Red Sky Winery J & A’s Roussanne, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2010 Hard Row to Hoe Marsanne, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2009 Northwest Cellars Sonatina, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Waters Winery Prelude, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Chelan Estate Winery Roussanne / Viognier, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Smasne Cellars 1/2 Ass Limited Release #4, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Airfield Estates Winery Lightning, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2011 Pandora Cellars Marsanne, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2008 Kana Winery Masterpiece, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2010 Eleven Winery Roussanne, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2010 Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars Roussanne Viognier Blend, Columbia Valley

Viognier

$20.00 – Under

GOLD 2011 Jones of Washington Viognier, Wahluke Slope
GOLD 2010 Milbrant Vineyards The Estates Viognier, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2010 Antolin Cellars Viognier, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2009 Glen Fiona Winery Viognier, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2010 Martinez & Martinez Winery Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills
BRONZE 2010 Yakima Valley Vintners Class Project Viognier, Coyote Canyon

Viognier

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 William Church Winery Viognier, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Burnt Bridge Cellars Viognier, Les Collines Vineyard
GOLD 2010 Northwest Cellars Viognier, Snipes Mountain
SILVER 2009 àMaurice Cellars Viognier, Columbia Valley

Rosé Varietal

Open Category

DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Jones of Washington Rosé of Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Tefft Cellars Rosato d’Sangiovese, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2011 Coyote Canyon Winery Life is Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2011 Kaella Winery Rosé of Sangiovese, Ciel du Cheval
SILVER 2011 Cairdeas Winery Dulcetto Rosé, Wahluke Slope
SILVER 2011 CAVU Cellars Barbera Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2010 Martinez & Martinez Winery Cab Blanca Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2011 Palouse Winery Pearlescent, Rattlesnake Hills
SILVER 2011 Vortex Cellars Rosé of Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills
SILVER 2011 Waterbrook Sangiovese Rosé, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2011 Gilbert Cellars Rosé of Mourvedre, Columbia Valley

Rosé Blend

Open Category

DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Cave B Estate Winery, Saignee Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Michael Florentino Cellars Gecko Rosé, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Kestrel Vintners Rosé, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Ott & Murphy Wines Rosé of of Tempranillo & Grenache, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2011 Smasne Cellars Farm Girl Rosé, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2011 Wind Rosé Cellars Rosado, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2011 Dusted Valley Vintners Dusted Valley Ramblin’ Rosé, Walla Walla Valley
SILVER 2011 Hard Row to Hoe Dry Rosé, Lake Chelan

2012 Award-Winning Red Wines 
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Red Bordeaux

$20.00 – Under

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Columbia Crest Winery Grand Estates Armitage Red Blend, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Orca Wines Cabernet/Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack Red Wine, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 SuLei Cellars Roller Girl Jammer Red, Walla Walla
SILVER 2010 College Cellars of Walla Walla Presidents Blend, Walla Walla
SILVER 2009 Robert Karl Cellars Claret, Horse Heaven Hills
BRONZE 2009 Desert Wind Winery Ruah, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2009 Haystack Needle The Eye, Horse Heaven Hills
BRONZE 2008 Kyra Wines PSV Red, Purple Sage Vineyard

Red Bordeaux

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Amelia Wynn Winery Cuvée, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 CAVU Cellars Horizon Red, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Cloudlift Cellars Ascent, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Davenport Cellars R.H.D., Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Foundry Vineyards Fire Red, Walla Walla 
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Lopez Island Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot, Yakima Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Otis Kenyon Matchless Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Steppe Cellars Artemisia, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Blooms Melange, Washington State
GOLD 2009 Cloudlift Cellars Halcyon, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Gingko Forest Wildwood Blend, Wahluke Slope
GOLD 2008 Lodmell Cellars Sublime Red Blend, Lodmell & Dwelly Jones Vineyards
SILVER 2009 Cloudlift Cellars Panorama, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Columbia Crest Winery Walter Clore Private Reserve Red, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Coyote Canyon Winery H/H Estates Reserve Bozark Red, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2007 Eaglemount Winery Raptor Reserve, Washington State
SILVER 2009 Nota Bene Cellars Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain
SILVER 2008 Pleasant Hill Cellars Ultimo, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Pondera Consensio, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Rolling Bay Winery Cuvée Aldaro, Snipes Mountain
BRONZE 2009 Cloudlift Cellars Cloud 2, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2007 Cougar Crest Winery Anniversary Cuvee, Walla Walla AVA, Cougar Hills Vineyard
BRONZE 2008 Distefano Winery Domenica, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Falling Rain Cellars Mischief, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2007 Hamilton Cellars Bona Vita, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Plumb Cellars Damn Straight, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Rock Meadow Cellars Satisfaction, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Saviah Cellars Une Vallée Red Wine, Walla Walla

Red Bordeaux

$35.01 – Over

DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Brian Carter Cellars Solesce, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Cadaretta Springboard, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Cave B Estate Winery Cuvée du Soleil, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Col Solare Red Wine, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Fidelitas Optu Red Wine, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Hightower Cellars Red Wine, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 L’Ecole No. 41 Apogee, Pepper Bridge Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Market Vineyards Basis Points Red Wine, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Tenor Wines Tenor “1:1″, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Tero Estates “Windrow”, Windrow Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2006 Woodhouse Wine Estates Darighe, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Woodinville Wine Cellars Indomitable, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve, Walla Walla
GOLD 2009 DeLille Cellars DeLille Cellars D2, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Foundry Vineyards Artisan Blend, Walla Walla
GOLD 2009 Matthews Estate Matthews “Claret”, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Obelisco Estate Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Obelisco Estate Electrum, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Pepper Bridge Winery Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla
GOLD 2009 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Red Wine, Walla Walla
GOLD 2007 Tamarack Cellars Sagemoore Reserve, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Terra Blanca Winery ONYX, Red Mountain
GOLD 2008 Upland Estates Winery Teunis, Snipes Mountain
SILVER 2008 Brian Carter Cellars Trentenaire, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Chateau Ste Michelle Meritage Artist Series, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Elsom Cellars Isabella Red, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Mackey Vineyards RAC, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Rockwell Brown Wines Rockwell Brown, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2008 Chateau Rollat Edouard, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2009 Maryhill Winery Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2007 Smasne Cellars Konner Ray Red, Horse Heaven Hills
BRONZE 2010 Waters Winery Cappella, Walla Walla Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

$20.00 – Under

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Girly Girl Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Milbrant Vineyards Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Sovereign Cellars Sovereign Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 1805 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Columbia Crest Winery Grand Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Columbia Crest Winery H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2010 Desert Wind Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope
GOLD 2008 Hyatt Vineyards Roza Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills
GOLD 2009 Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope
GOLD 2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Brown Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State
SILVER 2009 Dusted Valley Vintners Boomtown Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State
SILVER 2009 Maryhill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Orca Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2007 Preston Premium Wines Preston Cabernet Sauvignon, Preston Vineyards
SILVER 2008 Yakima Valley Vintners Cap N Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 San Juan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
BRONZE 2008 Terra Blanca Winery Arch Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

Cabernet Sauvignon

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Dineen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Five Star Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 JB Neufeld Artz Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 JB Neufeld Dubrul Cabernet Sauvignon, Dubrul Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Market Vineyards Arbitrage Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Michael Florentino Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Otis Kenyon Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Plumb Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Terra Blanca Winery Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Upland Estates Winery Old Vine Cabernet, Snipes Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 William Church Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Alexandria Nicole Cellars “Alderdale” Cabernet Sauvignon, Destiny Ridge Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Coyote Canyon Winery H/H Estates Big John Cabernet Reserve, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2008 Davenport Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
GOLD 2008 Don Carlo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon XIV, Walla Walla
GOLD 2009 Eight Bells Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2009 Mackey Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Madsen Family Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2009 Milbrant Vineyards The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope
GOLD 2009 Nota Bene Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Conner Lee, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Tertulia Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Phinney Hill Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Va Piano Vineyards Bruno’s Blend Red, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Antolin Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Elephant Mountain
SILVER 2009 CAVU Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
SILVER 2010 Cedar River Cellars Ava’s Crush Cabernet Sauvignon, RSH
SILVER 2008 Claar Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, White Bluffs
SILVER 2008 DaMa Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 DaMa Wines Cowgirl Cab, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Daven Lore Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2008 Dumas Station Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
SILVER 2009 Dusted Valley Vintners Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
SILVER 2009 Elevation Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Frenchman’s Gulch Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2009 Gordon Brothers Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Hightower Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2005 Kiona Vineyards & Winery Estate Reserve Cabernet, Red Mountain
SILVER 2009 Madsen Family Cellars Othello, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2007 Masquerade Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Mercer Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Northwest Totem Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2008 Robert Karl Cellars Gunselman Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2009 Rock Meadow Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Saviah Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
SILVER 2007 Skylite Cellars Skylite Cellars Cabernet, Walla Walla
SILVER 2008 Skylite Cellars Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
SILVER 2008 Wedge Mountain Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
SILVER 2008 Zerba Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, Destiny Ridge Vineyard
BRONZE 2008 Eaglemount Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2008 Gamache Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Twin Cedars Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills
BRONZE 2010 Useless Bay Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

$35.01 – Over

DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Cougar Crest Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Cougar Hills Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 DeLille Cellars Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Fidelitas Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Laurelhurst Cellars Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Obelisco Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Tenor Wines Tenor Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Tero Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Windrow Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Waters Winery 21 Grams, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Bunchgrass Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
GOLD 2009 Maryhill Winery Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Native Sun Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Obelisco Estate Electrum, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Pepper Bridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
GOLD 2008 Smasne Cellars Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Upland Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Walla Walla Vintners Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon, Sagemoor Farms
GOLD 2009 Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla
GOLD 2009 Woodward Canyon “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State
SILVER 2009 Anelare Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Camaraderie Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Chateau Rollat, Walla Walla
SILVER 2007 Dunham Cellars Lewis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Eagle Harbor Wine Co. Eagle Harbor Wine Co. “Raptor” Cabernet, Walla Walla
SILVER 2009 Foundry Vineyards Artisan CS, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Kestrel Vintners Old Vine Cabernet, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2008 Kontos Cellars Caimbry, Pepper Bridge Vineyard
SILVER 2007 Page Cellars Preface, Red Mountain
SILVER 2008 Red Sky Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Va Piano Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Cave B Estate Winery XXIV Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Corvus Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2008 Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XIV, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2007 Gibbons Lane Donedei Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 L’Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
BRONZE 2009 Martinez & Martinez Winery Dominio de Martinez, Horse Heaven Hills
BRONZE 2008 Nodland Cellars Private Reserve Cabernet, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Tapteil Vineyard Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2007 Woodhouse Wine Estates Kennedy Shah Reserve, Rattlesnake Hills

Merlot

$20.00 – Under

GOLD 2010 1805 Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Columbia Crest Winery Grand Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Dusted Valley Vintners Boomtown Merlot, Washington State
GOLD 2008 Hyatt Vineyards Roza Ridge Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills
GOLD 2009 Maryhill Winery Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2007 Preston Premium Wines Merlot, Preston Vineyards
SILVER 2009 Brown Box Wines Merlot, Washington State
SILVER 2009 Columbia Crest Winery H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2009 Girly Girl Wines Merlot, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Kyra Wines Merlot, Wahluke Slope
SILVER 2009 Milbrant Vineyards Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Orca Wines Merlot, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Wedge Mountain Winery Merlot, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 Desert Wind Winery Merlot, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2008 Eye of the Needle Merlot, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Felicity Wines Merlot, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2008 Jones of Washington Merlot, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2009 Northwest Wine Academy Merlot, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2008 Terra Blanca Winery Arch Terrace Merlot, Red Mountain

Merlot

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Gifford Hirlinger Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Hamilton Cellars Merlot, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Mercer Estates Merlot, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Portteus Winery Reserve Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Robert Karl Cellars Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Rock Meadow Cellars Merlot, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Ward Johnson Winery Merlot, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Alexandria Nicole Cellars “Gravity” Merlot, Destiny Ridge Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2009 Fidelitas Columbia Valley Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Gamache Vintners Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2007 Page Cellars Merlot, Red Mountain
GOLD 2008 Tamarack Cellars Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Two Vintners Merlot, Pepper Bridge Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Walla Walla Vintners Merlot, Walla Walla
SILVER 2009 37 Cellars Merlot, Pepper Bridge, Mirage, & Bacchus
SILVER 2007 Cougar Crest Winery Merlot, Cougar Hills Vineyard
SILVER 2009 Kiona Vineyards & Winery Estate Merlot Reserve, Red Mountain
SILVER 2008 Market Vineyards Benchmark Merlot, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Maryhill Winery Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2007 Skylite Cellars Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley
SILVER 2008 Tertulia Cellars Merlot, Pepper Bridge Vineyard
SILVER 2008 Zerba Cellars Merlot, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2008 Don Carlo Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2008 Gordon Brothers Cellars Merlot, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Heaven’s Cave Inspiration Merlot, Alder Ridge Vineyard
BRONZE 2009 Kiona Vineyards & Winery Merlot, Columbia Valley

Merlot

$35.01 – Over

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Mackey Vineyards Merlot, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Northstar Winery Merlot, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot, Walla Walla
GOLD 2008 Camaraderie Cellars Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Cave B Estate Winery XXIV Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2007 Dunham Cellars Lewis Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Northstar Winery Merlot, Walla Walla Valley
SILVER 2008 Long Shadows Vintners Pedestal, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 OS Winery The Tusk, Elephant Mountain
SILVER 2009 Palouse Winery Merlot (Mystique), Rattlesnake Hills

Pinot Noir

All Prices

DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Kyra Wines Pinot Noir, Washington State
GOLD 2010 Airfield Estates Winery Pinot Noir, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2009 San Juan Vineyards Pinot Noir, Puget Sound
BRONZE 2009 Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars Estate Series Clone 667 Pinot, WA State
BRONZE 2010 Portteus Winery Pinot Noir, Rattlesnake Hills

Syrah

$20.00 – Under

DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Blooms Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 College Cellars of Walla Walla Syrah, Sagemoor Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Duck Pond Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Maryhill Winery Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Purple Star Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Terra Blanca Winery Arch Terrace Syrah , Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Thurston Wolfe Syrah, Washington State
GOLD 2008 Dusted Valley Vintners Boomtown Syrah, Washington State
GOLD 2009 Gilstrap Brothers Vineyard Winery 45 Magic Syrah, Wahluke Slope
GOLD 2010 Naches Heights Vineyard Syrah, Naches Heights
GOLD 2009 Rock Meadow Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Dusty Cellars Winery Syrah, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2009 Jones of Washington Syrah, Wahluke Slope
SILVER 2009 Hogue Cellars Genesis Syrah, Columbia Valley
BRONZE NV Eye of the Needle Syrah, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Felicity Wines Syrah, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2008 Glen Fiona Winery Syrah, Columbia Valley

Syrah

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Basel Cellars Estate Winery Pheasant Run Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Bergevin Lane Vineyards She Devil Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Cedar River Cellars Bella Bella Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 DaMa Wines Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Eight Bells Syrah, Yakima Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Five Star Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Harbinger Winery Syrah, Vintners Pick, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Pleasant Hill Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Robert Karl Cellars Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Smasne Cellars Blk #3 Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Stottle Winery Syrah, Elerding Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Tapteil Vineyard Winery Syrah, Yakima Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Upland Estates Winery Syrah, Snipes Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 William Church Winery Syrah, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Syrah – Ambassador, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Gordon Brothers Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Laurelhurst Cellars Syrah, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Mackey Vineyards Syrah, Walla Walla
GOLD 2009 Tapteil Vineyard Winery Syrah , Yakima Valley
GOLD 2009 Yakima Valley Vintners Dean’s List Syrah, Coyote Canyon
SILVER 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Shiraz, Northridge
SILVER 2009 Amavi Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla
SILVER 2009 Antolin Cellars Syrah, Elephant Mountain
SILVER 2009 Aspenwood Cellars Signature Series Syrah, Elephant Mountain
SILVER 2008 Frenchman’s Gulch Syrah, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2007 Gamache Vintners Syrah Columbia Valley, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Liberty Lake Wine Cellars Syrah, Red Mountain
SILVER 2007 Masquerade Wine Company Syrah, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Pandora Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Saviah Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla
SILVER 2009 Woodinville Wine Cellars Syrah, Stillwater Creek
BRONZE 2009 Airfield Estates Winery Reserve Syrah, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2008 Almquist Family Vintners Syrah, Milbrandt
BRONZE 2008 Cadaretta Syrah, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Cave B Estate Winery Syrah, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Celaeno Winery Both Barrels Syrah, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2009 Claar Cellars Claar Cellars Syrah, White Bluffs
BRONZE 2007 Cougar Crest Winery Estate Syrah, Cougar Hills Vineyard
BRONZE 2009 Duck Pond Cellars Syrah Single Vineyard, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2008 Dunham Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Goedhart Family Goedhart Family Syrah, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2010 Icon Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2007 Mellisoni Vineyards Syrah, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2008 Mount Baker Vineyards Syrah Reserve, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2009 Obelisco Estate Estate Syrah, Les Gosses Vineyard
BRONZE 2009 Palouse Winery Aha Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills
BRONZE 2009 Rolling Bay Winery Syrah, Snipes Mountain
BRONZE 2008 Tertulia Cellars Syrah, Patina Vineyard Vineyard
BRONZE 2008 Walter Dacon Wines C’est Syrah Belle, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2007 Woodhouse Wine Estates Kennedy Shah Reserve Shah, Rattlesnake Hills

Syrah

$35.01 – Over

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Bergevin Lane Vineyards Princess Syrah, Walla Walla Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Dunham Cellars Lewis Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2007 McCrea Cellars Syrah, Ciel du Cheval
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Sleight of Hand Cellars Levitation, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2007 Terra Blanca Winery Signature Series Block 8 Syrah, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Walter Dacon Wines Appanage, Yakima Valley
GOLD 2009 Anelare Wines Syrah, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 DeLille Cellars Doyenne Grand Ciel Syrah, Red Mountain
GOLD 2009 Dusted Valley Vintners Rachis Syrah, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 L’Ecole No. 41 Estate Syrah, Seven Hills Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Matthews Estate Matthews Syrah, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2008 Walter Dacon Wines C’est Syrah Beaux, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Hollywood Hill Vineyards Syrah, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2009 Dusted Valley Vintners Tall Tales Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Red Varietal

$20.00 – Under

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Desert Wind Winery Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Liberty Lake Wine Cellars Tempranillo, Red Mountain
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Thurston Wolfe Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2009 Hyatt Vineyards Petit Verdot Roza Ridge, Rattlesnake Hills
GOLD 2008 Kana Winery Tempranillo, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Kyra Wines Dolcetto, Wahluke Slope
SILVER 2009 Maryhill Winery Barbera, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Wind Rose Cellars Dolcetto, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Kiona Vineyards & Winery Lemberger, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2009 Trio Vintners Zinfandel, Yakima Valley
BRONZE 2009 Whidbey Island Winery Lemberger, Yakima Valley

Red Varietal

$20.01 – $35.00

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Cave B Estate Winery Tempranillo, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Gifford Hirlinger Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Harbinger Winery Barbera, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Icon Cellars Mourvedre, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Latah Creek Wine Cellars Monarch Petite Sirah #2, Zephyr Ridge
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Le Chateau Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Michael Florentino Cellars Mourvedre, Yakima Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Michael Florentino Cellars Counoise, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Milbrant Vineyards Tempranillo – The Estates, Wahluke Slope
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Milbrant Vineyards Grenache – The Estates, Wahluke Slope
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Smasne Cellars Petit Verdot, Phinney Hill Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Mourvedre, Northridge
GOLD 2009 Coyote Canyon Mourvedre – H/H Estates Robert Andrews, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2009 Mercer Estates Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2009 Morrison Lane Cinsault, Morrison Lane
GOLD 2009 Omnivore Cellars Tempranillo, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Ott & Murphy Wines Tempranillo, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Pleasant Hill Cellars Tempranillo, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Dolcetto, Purple Sage Vineyard
SILVER 2009 Cave B Estate Winery Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 CAVU Cellars Barbera, Horse Heaven Hills
SILVER 2009 Harbinger Winery Tempranillo – Bolero, Rattlesnake Hills
SILVER 2010 Icon Cellars Tempranillo, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2008 Saviah Cellars Petit Verdot, Walla Walla
SILVER 2009 Siren Song Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope
SILVER 2009 Smasne Cellars Grenache, Upland Vineyard
SILVER 2009 Tefft Cellars Tempranillo, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2008 Tertulia Cellars Tempranillo, Les Collines Vineyard
SILVER 2009 Trio Vintners Mourvedre, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2009 Trio Vintners Grenache, Yakima Valley
SILVER 2009 Wind Rose Cellars Barbera, Red Mountain
BRONZE 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Nebbiolo, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2009 Almquist Family Vintners Garnacha, Northridge
BRONZE 2009 Camaraderie Cellars Tempranillo, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Cougar Crest Winery Tempranillo, Cougar Hills Vineyard
BRONZE 2008 Gifford Hirlinger Tempranillo – Estate, Walla Walla Valley
BRONZE 2010 Open Road Wine Co. Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope
BRONZE 2009 Ott & Murphy Wines Grenache, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Stottle Winery Tempranillo, Elerding Vineyard
BRONZE 2008 Stottle Winery Barbera, Sagemoor Farms
BRONZE 2009 Upland Estates Winery Tempranillo, Snipes Mountain

Red Varietal

$35.01 – Over

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Dusted Valley Vintners Petite Sirah, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Palouse Winery Petite Sirah – Black Pearl, Rattlesnake Hills
GOLD 2009 37 Cellars Petit Verdot, Dionysus Vineyard
GOLD 2009 Native Sun Petit Verdot, Red Mountain
GOLD 2008 Northwest Cellars Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills
GOLD 2007 Stottle Winery Nebbiolo, Elerding Vineyard
GOLD 2008 Tero Estates Petit Verdot, Les Collines Vineyard
SILVER 2009 Heaven’s Cave Two Degrees Barbera, Alder Ridge Vineyard
SILVER 2009 Holmes Harbor Cellars Petit Verdot, Walla Walla

Red Proprietary Blends

$20.00 – Under

DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Gingko Forest Gingko Red, Wahluke Slope
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Goose Ridge Estate Winery g 3 Red Blend, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Maryhill Winery Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Rock Meadow Cellars Rockin’ Red, Columbia Valley
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Sovereign Cellars Finnigan’s Daughter Claret, Red Mountain
GOLD 2008 Covington Cellars Rough House, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Duck Pond Cellars Red Blend, Wahluke Slope
GOLD 2010 Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Magnificent Wine Co. House Wine Red, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2009 Milbrant Vineyards Brothers’ Blend, Columbia Valley
GOLD 2010 Porteus Winery Purple Haze, Rattlesnake Hills
GOLD 2009 Thurston Wolfe Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red, Washington State
SILVER NV Impuls Cellars Impuls 71 Lot 2, Columbia Valley
SILVER NV Latah Creek Wine Cellars Monarch Red, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2010 Porteus Winery Rattlesnake Red, Rattlesnake Hills
SILVER NV Steppe Cellars Big Sage Red – Cuvee 4, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Waterbrook Mélange Noir, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 William Church Winery Bishop’s Blend, Columbia Valley
SILVER 2009 Yakima Valley Vintners Campus Blend Red Wine, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Ash Hallow Headless Red – Estate Blend, Ash Hallow Vineyard
BRONZE 2009 Basel Cellars Estate Winery Claret, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2009 Brian Carter Cellars Abracadabra, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars Savant, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2010 College Cellars of Walla Walla Scholarship Red, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2009 Dusty Cellars Winery Spartan, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Eye of the Needle Little Italy Red, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Gifford Hirlinger Stateline Red, Walla Walla Valley
BRONZE 2009 Hyatt Vineyards Roadside Market Red, Rattlesnake Hills
BRONZE 2007 Kitske Cellars Janaina Sensacao, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2007 Locati Cellars Innovation, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Michael Florentino Cellars Gecko Chameleon Red, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2009 Plumb Cellars Plumb Crazy, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008 Skylite Cellars Skylite Cellars Soiree, Walla Walla
BRONZE 2008 Smasne Cellars Country Lane, Columbia Valley
BRONZE 2008

Elk Foundation Grants Fund Research and Habitat Work in State

RMEF grants will help fund the following 2012 projects in Washington, listed by county:

Asotin County—Prescribe burn 4,200 acres to rejuvenate decadent grasses for foraging elk and deer in the Wenatchee Creek area of Umatilla National Forest (also affects Garfield County); treat 200 acres of noxious weeds in the Blue Mountains Wildlife Area complex (also affects Garfield and Columbia counties); treat 816 acres of noxious weeds on public and private tracts across the county. 

Columbia County—Improve public-land forage for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer by treating noxious weeds on 1,100 acres in the North Touchet River drainage of the Blue Mountains; treat weeds and seed native grasses on 1,950 acres in the Starvout Ridge area near North Patit Creek and Mahloney Mountain. 

Grays Harbor County—Thin forest canopy to improve forage for Roosevelt’s elk in the West Fork Humptulips area of Olympic National Forest. 

King County—Research Snoqualmie Valley elk herd composition, habitat use and movement patterns using GPS collars to identify highway crossings and improve management plans. 

Lewis County—Remove encroaching conifers to improve 290 acres of forage for elk and other wildlife in the Huckleberry Planning Area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 

Okanogan County—Provide sponsorship for Bonaparte Lake 2012 Youth Fishing Derby to introduce students to outdoor recreation and conservation.

Pend Oreille County—Prescribe burn 200 acres to rejuvenate forage for elk in the upper Middle Fork of Calispel Creek area of Colville National Forest; prescribe burn 90 acres in the Lost Creek area of Colville National Forest. 

Statewide—In coordination with state wildlife agencies in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, research effects of habitat, weather, predators and other factors affecting elk recruitment and future management models; provide sponsorship for the Washington State 2012 Youth Conservation Camp held in San Juan County to introduce students to outdoor recreation and conservation. 

Stevens County—Prescribe burn 753 acres of elk winter range in the Hope Mountain area of Colville National Forest. 

Yakima County—Thin trees and create forest openings across 123 acres, plus treat 300 acres of noxious weeds, to improve forage for elk in Oak Creek Wildlife Area. 

Projects are selected for grants using science-based criteria and a committee of RMEF volunteers and staff along with representatives from partnering agencies and universities. RMEF staff and volunteers select education projects to receive grants.

Partners for 2012 projects in Washington include the Bureau of Land Management, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies, tribes, organizations, corporations and landowners. 

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
RMEF is leading a conservation initiative that has protected or enhanced habitat on over 6 million acres—an area larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

Hoquiam Preps for Bluegrass Festival

Hoquiam Wa Loggers Playday

The bands this year are:

Down the Road is a trio of bluegrass and American roots music musicians from the western Cascade foothill towns of North Bend and Snoqualmie, east of Seattle, Washington. Featuring husband/wife duo Cathi and Gary Davidson on guitars and vocals and John Tubbs on mandolin and vocals, the trio blends signature duet and trio harmony singing, a little yodeling, and clean, tasteful guitar-mandolin interplay to add a fresh, honest, straight-ahead voice to the world of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music.

Not Easily Broken is a family bluegrass band from the Hess family. The family lives in Woodinville, WA, a suburb of Seattle. They are beginning their third year of performing music together. The band enjoys playing traditional bluegrass, gospel bluegrass and newgrass music with some folk, country, and Johnny Cash mixed in. Band members are parents, Ben and Sally, and children, Clayton (16 years), Clark (15 years), Camden (13 years), Caleb (11 years), Kelli (8 years), and Katie (3 years). Their enjoyment of each other and music is evident in each song they play together.

Mission Mountain Trio with Steve and Jane McMahon are well known throughout the State for their gospel and bluegrass music. They play bass and banjo and have been involved with music for most of their lives. They are known as “The Gospel Band” by their peers and put on a great show for the audience. Joining them this year is Sue Thompson who has a great lead/harmony voice and plays guitar and fiddle…Mission Mountain Trio are back by popular demand and will leave a lasting impression on their listeners!

Black River consists of five great Bluegrass musicians; Ron Stanley ~ Vocals and Dobro, Libby Bigler ~ Vocals and Guitar, Jim Bolden ~ Banjo, Marv Sobolesky ~ Guitar, and Joan Smith ~ Vocals and Bass. All of these musicians have either played or participated in some kind of music since early childhood. Combined they have over 200 years of musical experience!

Ron Stanley and Jim Little will treat you to some great Bluegrass music with their playing and singing. Ron Stanley does Vocals, Dobro, Guitar and Weissenborn. He grew up in a musical household, majored in music at school and has played a variety of musical styles. Introduced to Bluegrass in the 1960s, he has performed and recorded with numerous Bluegrass bands of the Western states over the years, as well as doing solo and performing duo shows and festivals with Jim Little. Jim Little is on Vocals and Guitar. Over the years, Jim has also played a variety of styles including folk, rock n roll and of course Bluegrass. He, too, found Bluegrass music in the 60’s and has performed at various venues. Ron and Jim offer a mix of duets, instrumentals, Gospel and songs the audience will recognize and some that may be new to them. All will have Bluegrass as the foundation for their music while offering a unique style at the same time.

Marilyn Kay and Company will be playing on Saturday at the festival. They are an exciting new-timey band featuring outstanding vocal harmonies and exceptional instrumentals, playing a refreshing mix of original compositions, traditional bluegrass and country classics! They seamlessly unite tradition with modern sensibilities through the honesty and charm of Marilyn Kay’s original compositions, chilling harmonies, tight instrumentation and an innovative approach to acoustic music. The band offers a healthy recipe for a toe-tapping heck of a good time at any of their performances.

WSDOT Works to Preserve 100 Year Old Bridge

This week by the numbers (project dollars in millions)

Individual highway projects

State

Local

Total

Notes

Total funds

$340

$152

$492

 

Obligated funds*

$222.6 (65%)

$134.8 (89%)

$357.4 (73%)

All funds must be obligated by March 1, 2010

Projects certified

37 (100%)

153 (100%)

190 (100%)

 

Projects obligated

36 (97%)

141 (93%)

177 (93%)

FHWA has obligated some or all funds for the projects

Project delivery to date

Operationally complete

10 (27%)

28 (18%)

38 (20%)

Three state projects were completed this month

Awarded

28 (76%)

132 (86%)

160 (84%)

One local project was awarded
this week

Advertised

31 (84%)

137 (90%)

168 (88%)

No new project advertisements this week

Certified, awaiting advertisment

6 (16%)

16 (10%)

22 (12%)

These projects, including several receiving surplus funds, are planned for upcoming advertisement.

Safety funding buckets ($12 stimulus)

Rumble
Strips

Cable
median
barrier

Total

Notes

Completed

10

0

10

10 projects completed
this week

Awarded

17

6

23

 State stimulus funds only

Advertised 

27

7

34

 State stimulus funds only

Transit projects

Large
urban

Small
urban

Nonurban/
rural

State total

Percent of total $179 awarded

97%

97%

100%

98%

Number of Transit projects obligated

33 of 35

18 of 19

20 of 20

52 of 55
FTA counts all rural projects as one project

August
employment

State

Local

Total

Notes

Payroll

$5

$4.3

$9.3

Average wage is $37/hour

Hours

130,386

121,739

252,125

Up from 144,308 total hours in July

FTEs

754

704

1,458

FTE = 173 hours per month

Employees

2,220

3,213

5,433

Note: Not a count of unique employees

*$4M in state enhancement funds provided to locals. While WSDOT controls $340M, the total for obligation authority is $344M, which is the basis of the percentages in this table, and basis for USDOT review on 3/01/2010.

 

Key issues: State

WSDOT to seek high speed rail funds – WSDOT is applying this week in the second round of applications for a portion of the $8 billion in Recovery Act funds dedicated for High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR). WSDOT is submitting its application for Track 2 funding which closes on October 2. The primary focus of the Track 2 projects is to develop new high speed and intercity passenger rail services, including substantial upgrades to existing services. WSDOT has a total of 25 capital rail projects that qualify for Track 2 consideration. WSDOT applied in August for nearly $435 million in the first round of applications for Track 1 ready-to-go projects. Including both rounds of applications, WSDOT will be applying for a total of nearly $1.3 billion in HSIPR Recovery Act funds.

Five more Recovery Act highway projects completed – WSDOT and local governments across Washington finished five more Recovery Act highway projects, bringing the number of completed projects to 38. The WSDOT project placed eight new low-light traffic cameras on Snoqualmie Pass. Four local governments completed preservation projects.

WSDOT applied for National Fish Passage Program Grant – The WSDOT Stream Restoration Program applied on September 24 for a Recovery Act grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Fish Passage Program. WSDOT would direct any award from this grant towards the correction of a fish passage barrier on Anderson Creek on SR 16 in Kitsap County. WSDOT plans to remove two consecutive fish-blocking culverts and replace them with a single 20-foot wide fish passage culvert. The project would open approximately 9,300 meters (5.8 miles) of habitat for chum and coho salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout.

  • Applications are due on September 30.
  • The award ceiling is $500,000 per project out of $2.8 million available nationwide.

Workers earned over $18 million to date on highway projects – Employees have worked nearly 500,000 hours on state and local Recovery Act highway projects since March, earning over $18.6 million. Employment has increased each month to date as more highway projects advance to construction.

  • Employees worked over 250,000 hours and earned more than $9.3 million on state and local Recovery Act highway projects in August. Workers earned an average hourly wage of $37.
  • WSDOT reports state and local employment data on Recovery Act projects each month. See the measured employment page for more information.

Three more highway projects awarded
Local projects

Key issues: National

Intense nationwide competition for $1.5 billion TIGER Grants – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it has received 1,400 applications for the discretionary surface transportation grant funds included in the Recovery Act. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories submitted applications totaling $57 billion, about 38 times the $1.5 billion available.

  • USDOT will utilize a cost-benefit analysis for all applications requesting more than $100 million.
  • WSDOT submitted three applications for high priority projects on September 15. See the TIGER Grant web page for more information.

Reporting begins October 1 for first OMB report – The White House Office of Management and Budget is collecting submissions for its first nationwide stimulus performance report on October 10. Agencies that received stimulus funds have 10 days to submit a thorough report on project spending and job creation. The report will be available to the public later in October on http:// www.recovery.gov.

House T & I Committee Holds Hearing October 1 – The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing October 1 on Recovery Act project performance and employment to date.

  • Washington submitted a status report to the committee on September 17. WSDOT’s latest reports are posted on the stimulus reporting webpage.
  • The next report is expected to be submitted in November.

USDOT announced $20 million for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) – The DBE Bonding Assistance program will help DBEs compete for work on Recovery Act transportation projects. The program allows DBEs to apply for reimbursement of bonding premiums and fees incurred when competing for or performing on Recovery Act projects. See the WSDOT Equal Opportunity webpage for more information.

Almost 4,000 Recovery Act highway projects under construction nationwide – The FHWA website reported that 3,966 stimulus projects costing $11 billion are under construction in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and on federal lands. Almost $2 billion has been expended on projects. The FHWA has obligated $19.2 billion of $26.8 billion (72%) to 7,965 projects.

Stimulus project of the week

Stimulus provides long overdue bridge painting project in Wenatchee

Work is underway to repaint the 100 year-old Columbia River Bridge and stimulate the Wenatchee area economy at the same time.
The 1,000-foot long bridge between Wenatchee and East Wenatchee supports a huge irrigation pipe and a pedestrian and bicycle path, which is part of the ten-mile Apple Capital Loop Trail. The City of Wenatchee maintains and operates the bridge and along with local agency partners, recently completed more than a $100,000 in structural repairs to the century-old bridge so it could continue to be used as a critical link in this unique, nationally recognized trail.
Photo of the Columbia River Bridge
The city also determined that the future of the bridge was dependent on significant preservation measures; chief among them, a paint job. The price tag for the first repainting since the bridge was built in 1908 was well beyond the resources of the City and its partners. A solution came in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The project received $1,506,749 to clean, paint, illuminate, and add safety and security features.
Gary Owen, Wenatchee City Engineer, said the project is not as easy as it might sound, “The project entails cleaning the entire structure with high pressure water, rust removal with hand tools, priming of bare metal, and painting of the entire structure with two coats of paint. All water and debris must be pumped off the bridge and placed in containers, tested, and disposed of in a sewer treatment plant for the filtered water and a landfill for the paint chips and other debris.”

The bridge must be closed to bikes and pedestrians while the work is underway. The nearby SR 285 Senator George Sellar Bridge, just a few hundred yards downstream had been closed to pedestrian traffic since May due to a construction project adding another eastbound lane. That project removes the sidewalks from the bridge, replacing them with a new structure being added to the south side of the bridge, but that facility won’t be finished until late next year.

The pipeline bridge closes to traffic by October 1 and the Sellar Bridge sidewalk and trail connection will open by then. It is likely, that due to weather, the pipeline bridge painting project will have to shut down for winter and finish next spring. The contractor for the project is F.D. Thomas, Inc. of Central Point, Oregon.

Important dates

September 30: National Fish Passage Program habitat restoration grant applications are due
October 2: Applications for Track 2 FRA High-Speed Passenger Rail grants are due
October 10: WSDOT submits first new federal OMB quarterly performance report
November 20: Next congressional status report due

Websites of interest

WSDOT ARRA website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/funding/stimulus
Washington recovery website: http://www.recovery.wa.gov/
Federal recovery website: http://www.recovery.gov/
FHWA recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm
Federal Transit Administration recovery website: www.fta.dot.gov/recovery
Federal Rail Administration recovery website: www.fra.dot.gov/us/content/2153
Federal Aviation Administration recovery website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery
OMB recovery website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/recovery_default/

As summer vacation ends, long-term lane closures on I-90 begin

The following restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day on I-90 from Sept. 8 to early November, between Easton (milepost 69) and Bullfrog Road (milepost 79):
 
  • Eastbound traffic will be restricted to one lane starting Sept. 8.
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane starting Sept. 13.
  • Westbound traffic will be rerouted to the eastbound side of the road, as early as Sept. 16.
  • On weekends, three lanes will be open: Two lanes eastbound Friday through Sunday morning; and two lanes westbound Sunday morning through early Monday morning.
 
“Our crews are working with very tight timelines to deliver this critical preservation project,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. “We purposely waited to do these closures after the Labor Day weekend when there are fewer travelers on the pass. Now it’s a race against the weather and winter storms.”
 
Drivers are advised to plan ahead, pack their patience, and plan for an extra hour to travel over Snoqualmie Pass through November. Drivers can sign up to receive e-mail updates (www.wsdot.wa.gov/emailupdates) as conditions change on I-90 between Snoqualmie Summit and Ellensburg.
 
For more information about the I-90 Lake Easton to Bullfrog Project or other Recovery Act- funded projects, please visit our project Web page:

Spent Labor Day weekend home? You weren’t the only one

Labor Day Weekend Travel Recap 2009

I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass
187,000 vehicles traveled both directions of Snoqualmie Pass between Friday and Monday 2009, a decrease of 18,000 vehicles (9 percent) compared with 2008.

Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 53,700 traveled Friday, with 2,200 (4 percent) fewer vehicle. Much of the decrease came in the westbound direction.
  • 42,200 traveled Saturday, with 5,000 (or 11 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 42,000 traveled Sunday, with 5,800 (or 12 percent) fewer vehicle.
  • 48,800 traveled Monday, with 5,300 (or 10 percent) fewer vehicles. The data also noted a large drop after 7 p.m., when compared with 2008.

I-5, Bellingham to U.S./Canadian border
129,700 vehicles traveled both directions of I-5 near Bellingham between Friday and Monday 2009, an increase of 3,400 vehicles (3 percent) compared with 2008. Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 36,300 traveled Friday, with 580 (2 percent) more vehicles,
  • 32,600 traveled Saturday, with 440 (1 percent) more vehicles.
  • 31,400 traveled Sunday, with 1,000 (3 percent) more vehicles.
  • 29,300 traveled Monday, with 1,300 (4 percent) more vehicles.

I-5, Olympia to Chehalis (Thurston/Lewis county line)
258,000 vehicles traveled both directions of I-5 near the Thurston/Lewis county line between Friday and Monday, a decrease of 14,000 vehicles (6 percent) compared with 2008. Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 76,700 vehicle traveled Friday, with 880 (or 1 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 63,300 vehicle traveled Saturday, with 5,600 (or 9 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 56,100 vehicle traveled Sunday, with 5,400 (or 10 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 61,900 vehicle traveled Monday, with 2,400 (or 4 percent) fewer vehicles.

US 2, Stevens Pass
29,900 vehicles traveled over US 2 Stevens Pass between Friday and Monday, a decrease of 6,500 vehicles (or 22 percent) compared with 2008. Other comparisons with 2008 include:

  • 8,100 vehicle traveled Friday, with 800 (or 10 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 7,000 vehicle traveled Saturday, with 1,700 (or 25 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 6,900 vehicle traveled Sunday, with 2,000 (or 28 percent) fewer vehicles.
  • 7,900 vehicle traveled Monday, with 2,000 (or 25 percent) fewer vehicles.

You can find many other ways to know before you go 24-hours-a-day, seven-days a week on the WSDOT Web site www.wsdot.wa.gov and WSDOT’s traveler information line, 5-1-1.