Here are a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- a cougar is on the prowl in East Wenatchee, Wildlife managers monitor a group of endangered pygmy rabbits, and the Tumwater Inn in Leavenworth closes its doors and a remarkable man who competes in a 2,745-mile cross country bike race. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
A photo making the rounds on Facebook this morning of a cougar sighting in the East Wenatchee area. The animal was observed wandering through neighborhoods on the North side of town in the NW Cascade Avenue area. Sergeant Dan Klumpf with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife trapping the cougar is a challenge given the densely populated area. Klumpf says the hot dry weather brings the cougars into the valley from the surrounding hillsides seeking water, food and cool shade. He says there have been no immediate reports of conflicts with humans or pets but he advises residents to be aware and to take precautions.
Wildlife managers are monitoring 32 endangered pygmy rabbits evacuated from a state-managed breeding facility scorched by last week’s wildfire near Quincy. They estimate that about 70 other rabbits died the night of June 28 when the Sutherland Canyon wildfire overran the 10-acre Beezley Hills breeding compound operated by WDFW on property purchased by a private landowner to support the species’ recovery. State biologists and reserve firefighters from the Wenatchee field office of the Bureau of Land Management worked side-by-side to save as many rabbits as they could the day after the wind-fanned wildfire burned through the area. Three researchers from the University of Idaho also participated in the rescue effort.
It’s the end of an era for one of Leavenworth’s longtime businesses. The Tumwater Inn Restaurant and Lounge closed its doors Tuesday after 30 years in business. Co-Owner Sandy Owens-Carmody and her Husband, Charlie have no plans to reopen.
The Northwest Cherry industry leader says this year’s record crop is selling fast with good grower returns overall. BJ Thurlby with NorthWest Cherries says over 600-thousand boxes a day are being shipped. The harvest is estimated at a little over 25-million boxes of cherries, an all-time record for growers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
The AppleSox had its nine-game home winning streak snapped by the Cowlitz Black Bears last night in a 7-2 decision at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field. In his second start against Wenatchee this season, Cowlitz starter Trevor Conn held the ‘Sox scoreless into the 7th when he finally surrendered a two-run homer to Jalen Garcia. The Bears jacked three home runs on the night…a solo shot in the first by Nyles Nygaard; a two run homer in the 7th by Delvin Granberg; and a solo homer in the eighth by Marco Valenzuela. Jake Taylor paced Wenatchee’s offense with a three-hit night. The win for Cowlitz was the third out of four this season against Wenatchee and eight out of the last ten games all-time.
Tonight is Cougar Night at the ballpark with game two between Wenatchee and Cowlitz. The WSU Cougar Cruiser will be at the 7:05pm game and those wearing WSU gear will get a discount on admission.
Also in the WCL last night…
Bend 10, Bellingham 0
Grant Larson pitched 6-innings scoreless with 5 strikeouts for Elks win
Gresham 5, Walla Walla 4
Jordan Barchus 3-for-3 with double & 2-rbi’s to lead Wolves with win
Corvallis 8, Kelowna 4
Jordan Qsar with a 2-run double as Knights come from behind for the win
Yakima Valley 12, Victoria 6
Pippens erased 6-1 lead after 1st, Nick Plaia 3-for-5 with 3-runs
North Division Standings
Wenatchee 3-1 …
Victoria 5-3 …
Bellingham 2-3 1.5
Port Angeles 3-5 2.0
Walla Walla 1-5 3.0
Kelowna 1-7 4.0
Hundreds of youth tennis players from throughout the Pacific Northwest are playing in the LocalTel Junior Tennis Tournament at the WRAC today and tomorrow. Charl Grobler, head tennis coach at the WRAC, had a welcome to those participating posted on the WRAC’s Facebook Page.
Seattle Mariner second baseman Robinson Cano hit a home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the American League a 2-1 win over the National League in last night’s Major League Baseball’s All Star game last night in Miami. The bomb helped Cano win the game’s MVP Award, which landed him a very cool glass bat as well as his choice of a Chevy Colorado Z-R-2 or Chevy Corvette…he chose the ‘Vette. As you see, Cano went to his Twitter page to thank his fans and supporters. The Mariners also had a memorable performance from its other representative in last night’s game. But it came BEHIND home plate before his only plate appearance. Nelson Cruz brought a cell phone to home plate and asked National League catcher Yadier Molina to take a photo of he and home plate umpire Joe West. The win for the American League tied the all-time series at 43-43-2. The Mariners and the rest of baseball get back at it this weekend when Seattle travels to Chicago to begin a three-game series with the White Sox.
Central Washington University’s football game against Azusa Pacific this fall will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN3. The Ellensburg School made the announcement today that their October 28th game will be part of 18 game featured this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase. Central Athletic Director Dennis Francois says, “It is not routine for programs at our level to garner a national audience, so we are thankful and honored that the NCAA and ESPN chose to broadcast a NCAA Division II Football Showcase game from our campus.” This will be Central’s second time on the showcase. The first was in 2015 when the Wildcats played at Colorado State University Pueblo.
Today through Thursday night: We can expect dry, warm weather to
dominate our weather pattern. The Inland NW will be in a west to southwest
flow, with a ridge over the Four Corners region of the Western U.S.
An eastern Pacific trough will send a couple dry cold front across the region.
But aside from some middle to high cumulus clouds around the
mountains, our region will remain dry. Also, smoke or haze courtesy of
wildfires over BC may linger around some northern Washington valleys.
Friday through Tuesday: A dry southwest flow will prevail with light winds
and little cloud cover, temperatures will continue to warm up. Then late
Friday night into Saturday, some mid-level moisture in the flow aloft over
Oregon moves northeast with a minor wave and weak cold front.
Friday does look to be the warmest day of the week with Central Washington
basically cloud-free. As the weak cold front passes, the upper ridge will
flatten and surface pressure gradients tighten across the Cascades by
Saturday evening producing breezy westerly winds in some locations.
Temperatures will gradually cool Sunday and continue into early
next week and look for a return to more seasonal levels toward the middle
of next week.