Here are a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- County Commissioners set a final public hearing on proposed regulations for marijuana producers, a boil water advisory is lifted for the Olds Station area and a small brush fire in the Chumstick area is contained. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
Chelan County Commissioners have set an August 8th date for a final public hearing on proposed regulations for recreational marijuana producers. The board appears to have settled on a set of new rules that would mitigate the odors and lights that are considered a nuisance for neighboring property owners. County Planner, Mike Wotowicz. Area marijuana growers object to the new rules and contend they will put many of them out of business.
The County’s marijuana industry is in a state of flux due to an ongoing ban on new businesses until the regulations are adopted.
Residents and businesses in the Olds Station area can now return to using the Chelan County PUD tap water. A boil water advisory was put in place early Monday morning after the automated controls that operate the PUD’s water system malfunctioned and a portion of the Chelan PUD water system lost pressure. Repairs were made immediately and water service was restored. When the water system loses pressure, there is a potential for contamination to enter the water. It is normal PUD procedure to send water samples out for testing to make sure the water is safe to drink and the lab results came back negative for any coliforms or other microbes. The boil water advisory affected 250 customers in the Olds Station area.
Level 1 evacuation notices were lifted last night for some residents in the Chumstick after a two-acre brush fire was contained. Chelan County Fire District 3 crews were called out around 5:30 in the afternoon to the fire which was located on the east side of Chumstick Hwy across from Sunitsch Canyon. Officials say it started from a blown electrical transformer. Crews from from Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, CCFD6, DNR and USFS responded to assist. The fire was declared contained at about 7:30 last night. Level 1 evacuation advisory was issued for Chumstick Highway between MP 3-MP 6. No structures were damaged.
Methow Valley folks are messaging, emailing, texting and Facebooking this morning with concerns about the smoke in the air. The answer to where’s the fire? is to the North in British Columbia where numerous wildfires are burning. The smoky haze is affecting air quality in Okanogan, Ferry and Stevens Counties. According to the Methow Valley Clean Air Project, the air in Mazama this morning measured in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range this morning.
High home demand and a continuing drop in listings has once again pushed the median price of a house in Wenatchee to record-setting territory. In its monthly real estate report for June, Pacific Appraisal Associates of Wenatchee said a single-family home hit an average of $280,500-dollars, surpassing the previous record of $279,000-dollars set in May of this year. Area real estate agents say a growing population of retirees and new employees in the health care and agriculture industries have all contributed to families looking for more space. Compared with June of last year, active listings in the Wenatchee market fell 28-percent from 202 to 146. The Wenatchee rental market also remained stagnant with zero-percent area vacancies for condos, 0.5-percent vacancies for single-family homes and 0.5-percent vacancies for duplexes. The Wenatchee housing market includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island. In Leavenworth the median home price for June was $385,000-dollars and in Cashmere home prices rose to 304,500-dollars.
Victoria’s Secret is coming to the Wenatchee Valley Mall. Mall officials confirm the lady’s intimate apparel store has started construction inside the mall. The store is scheduled to open later this fall. Officials also report a new Bath and Body Works store is also preparing to locate inside the mall and will be opening by the end of the year.
Chelan County PUD commissioners received good financial news at their Monday meeting. The Utility’s debt load was reduced by another $52 million this year as planned. Treasurer Debbie Litchfield reported the principal payments made July 1 put the District’s ratio of debt to equity at 38 percent and keeps the PUD on track to achieve the target of less than 35 percent by 2019 – and perhaps a year earlier if plans continue as forecast. In addition, the District continued to pay for capital improvements with cash while keeping the District in a strong financial position. Reducing District debt was identified by PUD ratepayers and confirmed by commissioners as a strategic priority. By the end of this year, debt is forecast to be about $537 million, a significant reduction from several years ago when it topped $1 billion.
Construction is ready to begin on a new luxury hotel on 3 acres of vacant property along Wenatchee’s Riverside Drive. Hilton hotels is developing the property on the North side of the Pybus Market which was previously occupied by Wenatchee City Public Works.
The Wenatchee AppleSox opened up the second half of the 2017 season with a three-game sweep of Kelowna, the first half winner of the North Division. Now the ‘Sox begin a three-game series against the Cowlitz Black Bears. Cowlitz comes to Paul Thomas, Sr. Field on a two-game winning streak, taking two of three from the Yakima Valley Pippens. The ‘Sox used back-to-back, walk-off wins Saturday and Sunday and have won nine-in-a-row at home heading into tonight’s 7:05 game. McKabe Cottrell is expected to start for the home nine tonight while Trevor Conn will go for the Bears.
In WCL play last night…
Cowlitz 6, Yakima Valley 2 – The Bear’s Austin Ingraham was aboard 4-times and scored 3-runs
Gresham 7, Walla Walla 2 – Michael Peabody goes 5-for-5 with 3-runs for the Wolves
Bend 13, Bellingham 3 – Cal Waterman was 2-for-4 with 2-rbi and 2-runs to lead the Elks’ 13-hit night
Kelowna 4, Corvallis 1 – Zak Taylor’s solo home run in the 4th was the Knights only hit on the Falcons
North Division Standings
Wenatchee 3-0 …
Victoria 5-2 …
Bellingham 2-2 1.5
Port Angeles 3-5 2.5
Walla Walla 1-4 2.5
Kelowna 1-6 4.0
The All Star festivities began last night in Miami with the Home Run Derby. The combatants featured the Marlin’s Giancarlo Stanton vs. the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez. Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas taking on Minnesota’s Miguel Sano. Aaron Judge of the Yankees facing Miami’s Juston Bour. And the Dodger’s rookie fenom Cody Bellinger going up against the bearded blunder, Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon. But it was Judge who took the night, winning the home run derby in his rookie season. The Yankees slugger overcame 22 first-round blasts from Bour and a dozen long balls from Bellinger in the second round. Judge slammed 11 homers in the finals to defeat Sano and still had a minute-53 on the clock!
The All Star game pitting the American League against the National League is tonight at 5 o’clock. Seattle’s Robinson Cano is a reserve at 2nd base while Nelson Cruz is a reserve designated hitter.