WENATCHEE, WA – It’s time for NCWLIFE Evening News for Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Grant Olson has the latest from the NCWLIFE News Center. A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – work begins on a roundabout on the Eastside that comes with traffic impacts, we’ll have an update on the Diamond Creek Fire near Mazama and Senator Cantwell will host a town hall this weekend. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
At a joint public hearing involving both the East Wenatchee City Council and Douglas County Commissioners last night the issue to allow higher densities and smaller lot sizes in residential zoning districts was discussed and voted on. The controversial proposal to change East Wenatchee Municipal Codes regarding higher densities was also discussed at a council meeting in May of 2016 and, like that meeting, area residents had strong opinions.
The new ordinance amending the East Wenatchee Municipal Code and adding a new section to establish minimum density standards was rejected by the joint session of Commissioners and Council members. The special joint public hearing also took up ordinances regarding lot dimensions and sizes, setbacks, livestock and poultry provisions, accessory dwelling units and off-street parking.
Work began this week on the construction of a new roundabout on the Eastside of the Senator George Sellar Bridge in East Wenatchee. Jeff Adamson with the DOT says during construction, traffic will be detoured around the project to reduce congestion. The Fifth Street roundabout is the first of three to be built in East Wenatchee. Its scheduled for completion by the end of the month. Two more will be created at the intersections of Sunset Highway and 9th Street and Valley Mall Parkway at 9th Street. Those two projects are scheduled for construction in 2019.
The Diamond Creek Fire in the Pasayten Wilderness in Northeast Washington continues to burn along steep slopes in the Diamond Creek Drainage and Billy Goat Trailhead. Traci Weaver, Communications Specialist with the US Forest Service, says fire crews have built fire lines completely around the 12,000-acre blaze and have even had a little help from the wildfires burning in British Columbia. No homes or structures have been lost in The Diamond Creek Fire and it’s burning about 20 to 30 miles north of Mazama.
Wenatchee High School auditorium is the venue for Saturday’s town hall event hosted by US Senator, Maria Cantwell. The doors open at 9 am and the meeting starts at 10 am. It’s open to the general public but you have to preregister for a ticket to get in. The Senator will also field questions but attendees will have to enter a raffle and then be chosen by drawing. Cantwell’s Wenatchee visit follows similar town hall events in the Seattle area. She also plans another event in Spokane next week.
Stemilt Growers announced recipients of its 2016 Grower Awards. Recipients were selected based on the high quality of fruit they produced during the 2016 crop year. For the full list of award winners, visit our website at NCWLIFE.com.
The failure of the Washington State Legislature to pass a capital budget leaves many area projects in limbo including renovations at Cashmere High School. But, that’s not the case with the addition of classrooms and cafeterias at Eastmont High School. District Superintendent Garn Christensen says even though Eastmont secured funding for its project prior to the Legislatures failure to pass a capital budget, many schools will suffer. Funding for the Eastmont construction project will come from the 10-million dollar K-3 class size reduction grant and the capital levy passed by voters last fall.
Conditions are ripe for wildfires in North Central Washington. Chelan County Commissioners have ramped up restrictions including an outright ban on all outdoor burning. The County’s Fire Marshal, Bob Plumb, says it won’t take much to spark a fire under the current conditions. Plumb also advises motorists that seasonal road restrictions are in place which prohibits any off-road travel.
Are you hoping to catch the Solar Eclipse on August 21? Many people are gearing up for the phenomenon with the demand for safe viewing glasses skyrocketing on online markets like Amazon. In order to directly view the eclipse you must wear glasses that are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Without glasses, the eclipse could cause permanent damage to your eyes. With such a high demand, the American Astronomical Society has put out a warning citing an alarming number of reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers flooding the market. For those who want to buy glasses, the society recommends 12 manufacturers whose products have been checked for safety, with a list of vendors who are selling the glasses at: www.eclipse.aas.org. navigate to the resources tab and click on Solar filters and viewers. This will be the first total eclipse since 1979, and is expected to last two hours and 38 minutes. Check out our website for more resources.
We’re just a few weeks away from another school year starting, which means another season of high school sports on the NCWLIFE Channel. We are putting together quite an aggressive schedule of a mix of live and taped play-by-play of Wenatchee and Eastmont sports including football, girls soccer and girls volleyball. We’ll also keep you covered on other local schools such as Cashmere, Cascade, Chelan, Entiat, Waterville and Manson. In addition, we’re excited to announce the extension of our relationship with the Wenatchee Wild and the return of Thursday Night Hockey featuring game broadcasts and the Call of the Wild with Arch Ecker! As an example, here’s a look at our first two weeks of the fall lineup on the NCWLIFE Channel:
Friday, Sept. 1 Southridge at Wenatchee Football 7pm LIVE
Friday, Sept. 1 Kamiakin at Eastmont Football 7pm (Taped, played back Sept. 9)
Sat. Sept. 2 Central Valley at Wenatchee Soccer 3pm LIVE
Thurs. Sept. 7 Cascade at Eastmont Girls Soccer 7pm LIVE
Fri. Sept. 8 Walla Walla at Eastmont Football 7pm LIVE
Sat. Sept. 9 Archbishop Murphy at Wenatchee Soc. 7pm LIVE
Tue. Sept 12 West Valley at Wenatchee Volleyball 7pm LIVE
Thur. Sept 14 Davis at Eastmont Soccer 7pm LIVE
Fri. Sept 15 Kelowna, B.C. at Wenatchee Football 7pm LIVE
Sat. Sept 16 Vernon at Wenatchee Wild Hockey 7pm (Taped, played back Sept. 21)
Announcing games this year for the NCWLIFE Channel will be Sebastian Moraga, Matt Wisen, Jay Seabeck, Leanne Branam, Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom.
For a complete rundown of our NCWLIFE Fall Sports Broadcast Schedule, click here.
Nelson Cruz had two monster home runs and the Seattle Mariners concluded a quick, 2-game sweep of Oakland today 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.
Servais says he likes the combination he’s seeing with great relief pitching and the offense hitting the long ball. 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 tomorrow against Tyler Skaggs. First pitch is 7:10.
Also in the American League West today…
LA Angels 5, Baltimore 1
Texas 5, NY Mets 1
Houston at Chicago tonight
The Seahawks made a pair of roster moves Tuesday, freeing up two roster spots. Fullback Kyle Coleman was waived, and offensive lineman Robert Myers was waived/injured, leaving the roster at 88 players. Myers, a fifth round pick out of Tennessee State in 2015, spent much of last season on Seattle’s practice squad, then signed a future contract in January. Myers will be placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers. Coleman first signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2016 and was later waived before the start of the season. He re-signed this offseason after taking part in Seattle’s rookie minicamp as a tryout player. Seattle continues to prepare for its first preseason game Sunday in L-A against the Chargers.
Wildfire smoke from fires in British Columbia, Montana and Northern Washington trapped under an area of high pressure will persist through at least Saturday. A continuation of above normal temperatures with highs mainly in the 90s…and dry conditions are also expected for most locations. There will the possibility for mainly afternoon mountain thunderstorms through the workweek. By late this weekend, we will see the beginning of a cooling trend. Increasing southwest winds will also begin to clear out the smoke that has been across the region for what seems like forever. The cold front is expected to move through our area on Monday with the cool and unstable upper level low slowly moving through behind it on Tuesday or Wednesday. This will result in a period of widespread showers and thunderstorms, much cooler temperatures and breezy/gusty winds. Just about all locations in the state will have a chance to see measurable rain.