A few of the stories we’ve got for you tonight – one of the first wildfires of the season burned closed to the Chelan Airport last night, Senator Murray questions federal budget cuts for education, and a former East Wenatchee priest is accused of sex abuse. Later on, we’ll have Eric Granstrom with sports and Dan Kuntz has your weather forecast for North Central Washington.
One of the first major wildfires of the season was a wind-whipped blaze near the Chelan Airport last night. Earlier in the day crews in Wenatchee quickly doused another wind-caused grass fire along Highway 97-A near a recycling salvage yard.
Governor Jay Inslee says he plans to kick-start stalled budget negotiations as the State Legislature nears the end of a second special session. The Governor met with House and Senate negotiators Monday. Afterwards he shared his options if a budget can’t be finalized soon. In the meantime, the Governor says he’s preparing for the worst-case scenario. Last week, 12th District Representative Cary Condotta was a little more upbeat about the prospects of getting a new budget finalized. Condotta remains steadfast in his support for the Republican Senate budget that uses existing revenue and no new taxes to fund education whereas the Governor favors the budget proposed by House Democrats.
Senator Patty Murray had some stern words for Education Secretary – Betsy DeVos – last week during the Senate Appropriations committee meeting. The committee is reviewing the proposed education budget for next year, which calls for massive cuts to education.
Anglers will now be able to catch and keep white sturgeon for the first time in a new Lake Roosevelt fishery after the WDFW declared the fish healthy to eat. The department monitors mercury and PCB contamination for variety of fish species. Rainbow trout from Lake Roosevelt can also be eaten with no problems by most people and up to twice a week for women who may become pregnant, nursing moms and children, according to the Health Department. Kokanee are the safest fish in Lake Roosevelt to eat while northern pike have been found to be the most toxic.
Former AppleSox Drafted in MLB 1st Round
Keston Hiura (2015) was selected No. 9 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday. At No. 9, Hiura is now the highest-drafted former WCL player and the league’s 10th player to be selected in the First Round of an MLB Draft. The AppleSox now lead the WCL in former players selected in the First Round of MLB Drafts, with four. That mark leads the WCL, ahead of Bellingham (3), Corvallis (2), and Kelowna (1). In Wenatchee, during the 2015 summer, he earned first-team All-WCL honors. He hit .356 for the Sox with 21 doubles, 6 homers and 42 RBIs; and a league-leading 6 triples.
Wenatchee 25, Yakima 8
It didn’t look good for the home team early last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field as the Yakima Pippins got out to a 6-nothing lead in the first inning. But that all changed in the 4th as Wenatchee brought 16 men to the plate, scoring 12-runs on 11-hits, benefitting from 3-errors and the AppleSox went on for the 25-8 win. Wenatchee scored the 25-runs on 26-hits with only ONE extra base hit, a double by Jalen Garcia. Eight of Wenatchee’s 10 offensive players had at least two hits with Garcia and Jake Taylor leading the way with 4 hits apiece. Alex Gonzalez drove in 5 RBI’s as the AppleSox improved to 6-and-5 on the season. Hunter Boyd worked four innings of relief to earn the victory, allowing 2-runs on 6-hits with four strikeouts. The ‘Sox wrap up the opening home stand with another game against Yakima tonight at 7:05 before hitting the road to Bend Wednesday.
Also in the West Coast League Monday…
Corvallis 4, Bend 3
Victoria 4, Port Angeles 1
WCL North Division Standings
Kelowna 5-4 …
Wenatchee 6-5 …
Victoria 6-5 …
Bellingham 5-5 .5
Port Angeles 5-6 1
Walla Walla 4-5 1
Cashmere Player Stands Out at Baseball All State Series
Cashmere’s Tanner Van Lith had a great day at the All-State Series in Yakima Sunday. Tanner was named the MVP of game one after leading his team to a 2-1 victory. Tanner belted a 2-run homer, and pitched the final inning to earn the save on the mound.
Seattle 14, Minnesota 3
Seattle jumped out with 2-runs in the first and four more in the second en route to a 14-3 win over Minnesota at Target Field Monday. It was great to see Mitch Haniger back in the lineup as he and Ben Gamel provided a nice, one-two punch at the top of the lineup for Seattle as they went a combined 6-for-10 with 7-runs scored. Danny Valencia was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the 8th and 3-RBI. Mike Zunino continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer, also in the 8th. Manager Scott Servais said it was nice to get the bats going after a quiet weekend at home against Toronto. Yovani Gallardo (GUY-ARD-oh) started out rough, allowing 2-runs in the first, but settled down to pitch 6-innings of three-run, 7-hit ball to earn the victory. Servais said it was nice to see him settle into a groove. The M’s and Twins play game 2 of the 4-game series today at 5:10 with Christian Bergman going for Seattle while Minnesota counters with Kyle Gibson.
And in Weather…
The wind advisory that was issued by the National Weather Service has expired, but the breezy conditions have yet to run their course. We are still under the influence of a trough of low pressure over southern Oregon that is feeding the wind into our area until early Wednesday morning. Another low pressure system currently over the Pacific slides into North Central Washington on Thursday, bringing cloudy skies and a slight chance of showers before high pressure delivers sunshine and mild conditions just in time for Father’s Day weekend.
Tonight expect clear skies with an overnight low of 50, the winds will be out of the northwest 19 to 25 mph with gusts near 37 mph.
Wednesday and Wednesday night looks cloudy and cool, tomorrow’s high of 69 is about 10 degrees below normal but the wind will have dissipated.
Our best chance of rain comes on Thursday, under mostly cloudy skies the high will be around 70.
The transition to mostly sunny weather happens on Friday with a mixture of sun and clouds and a high of 74.
Father’s Day weekend is setting up as close to perfect for bar-b-queing, golf, fishing or whatever you have planned with lots of sunshine and temperatures climbing into the 80’s for Father’s Day Sunday.