WENATCHEE, WA – It’s time for NCWLIFE Evening News for Thursday, August 10, 2017. Grant Olson has the latest. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—how is this smoke impacting tourism? We’ll take a look, also Forbes names Wenatchee one of the best retirement cities, and Vets Serving Vets will host a stand down tomorrow. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
The Wenatchee City Council is scheduled to take possible action tonight that could lead to the City’s purchasing a portion of the old Federal building from its new owner, LocalTel Communications. Mayor Frank Kuntz says its on the agenda for discussion. Specifically, the Council will consider authorizing the Mayor to sign a pre-purchase agreement with LocalTel. Tonight’s Council meeting starts at 5:15 at Wenatchee City Hall.
It appears that, so far, the hazy smoke that’s been lingering over North Central Washington over the last week and a half hasn’t seriously impacted the region’s tourism industry. At least that’s the word from Leavenworth’s Chamber of Commerce manager, Nancy Smith. She says hotels and restaurants appear to be doing well. Smith says sales and hotel tax receipts are actually higher than last summer through the month of June.
Forbes magazine has ranked the top 25 places in the US to retire in 2017 and Wenatchee is included on the list along with Boise, Idaho, Colorado Springs and Savannah, Georgia. The magazine describes Wenatchee as a, “scenic, sunny Columbia River city of 33,000, 150 miles east of Seattle on the very dry side of the Cascade Mountain Range.” The magazine says Wenatchee has relatively low real estate prices, lots of good doctors per capita, minimal rain and a high ranking on a national list of the best cities for successful aging.
**Veteran Stand Down** -The National Guard Armory in Wenatchee will be a buzz of activity for Friday’s Veterans Stand Down. The event helps former military veterans with information about programs and services provided through the US Veterans Administration. The VA works with Vets Serving Vets of North Central Washington in organizing the event. Organizer, Bob Ashford explained on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with host, Dan Kuntz. The Stand Down begins at 10 am and is open to all veterans who received an honorable or general discharge from the armed service. We will have more on the event coming up later on in our feature segment.
Moses Lake police report one person was wounded last night in an accidental shooting at a home on Lakeside Drive and B Street. Officials report it happened shortly before 8 pm at the home of a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy. The wounded person was being treated at Samaritan Hospital and as of last night was listed in stable condition. Detectives were processing the scene last night but no additional information was released regarding their investigation.
The program is called “Small Miracles” and its providing low income and homeless kids with nourishment during summer vacation. NCWLIFE News’ Brenda Mandelis caught up with one of the organizers. [watch video here]
Tomorrow morning, Wenatchee’s Vets serving Vets is hosting the Wenatchee Stand Down. The objective of the stand down is to provide outreach to at risk and homeless veterans and provide them with the opportunity to connect with other veterans who have gone through or are going through PTSD, and other post service related issues. Doors will be open to all veterans. Steve Hair sat down with Ron Bruno to speak about the event and its importance to veterans and the community. [watch video here]
The stand down event begins tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory at 1230 fifth street.
Practice begins next week for high school football teams around the region with a short window to prepare for their first games September 1st. Local football officials have already started their preparations. Annually in early August, the Chelan County Football Officials Association begins meetings and training for the upcoming season. Spokesman Jerry Anderson says once again, they’re short of having enough to go around. And that’s just on the varsity level and doesn’t include a severe shortage for junior varsity, “C” team or middle school games. Anderson says part of the problem of recruiting new officials is the unrealistic expectations of parents in the younger-aged games. If you’re interested in officiating football, call Jerry Anderson at 509-670-2800. Meetings are Tuesday nights at 6 o’clock at Wenatchee High School. A starter package of hat, whistle, flag, shirt and pants is $135 and can be deducted from an official’s end-of-year check. An official earns anywhere from $30 to $60 per game based on the level of play. Even though meetings have already begun, new officials are always welcome to call, again that number is 670-2800.
Nelson Cruz had two monster home runs and the Seattle Mariners concluded a quick, 2-game sweep of Oakland Wednesday 6-to-3. Kyle Seager got things going for Seattle offensively in the bottom of the first with two outs, cranking a three-run homer to center field. Oakland’s Matt Joyce homered off Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo to make it 3-1 before Cruz launched a 450-foot, two-run home run to left in the 3rd to make it 5-1. Emilio Pagan worked 2 and 2-3rds of relief to earn the win while Edwin Diaz finished off the A’s in the 9th for his 25th save. With the win, the Mariners, temporarily at least, moved into the second Wild Card playoff spot by themselves, a half-game ahead of Kansas City and Tampa Bay. Seattle finished the road trip 6-and-3 and is currently the hottest team in the American League since the All Star Break. Manager Scott Servais says the club is really stepping up. Seattle returns home for the only stand at Safeco Field this month with four against the Angels and three versus Baltimore. James Paxton will go for the Mariners tonight against Tyler Skaggs. First pitch is 7:10.
Also in the American League West Wednesday…
LA Angels 5, Baltimore 1
Texas 5, NY Mets 1
Chicago 7, Houston 1
Also in the Wild Card race
St. Louis 8, Kansas City 5
Boston 8, Tampa Bay 2
Eventually, the LA Rams and Chargers will share a stadium. Right now, it seems they can’t even share a practice field. A video was posted all over social media yesterday of a scrimmage between the Rams and Chargers that got a lot out of control as tempers flared. The Rams’ Trumaine Johnson takes issue with the Charger’s Dontrelle Inman. The Ram’s Robey-Coleman (23) comes in for a cheap shot on Inman. Then the Charger’s Keenan Allen takes DOWN Coleman on a wicked tackle. The Seahawks are hoping the Chargers have nothing left by the time Seattle plays them in LA Sunday at 5 o’clock.
Wildfire smoke from fires in British Columbia, Montana and Northern Washington remained trapped under an area of high pressure that will persist through at least Saturday. A continuation of above normal temperatures with highs mainly in the 90s…and dry conditions are expected for our area. There is a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms through the weekend and into early next week but most of the precipitation now looks like it will stay to our North. We will see a gradual cool down as an area of low pressure moves through the region. Winds will also pick up this weekend which will scour out the smoke we’ve seen for the past 8 or 9 days.