A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into the early morning break-in at a local bistro, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington awards Helping Hands grants to local nonprofits, the city of East Wenatchee finalizes plans on the Gateway Project and the Eastmont School District prepares budget adjustments as the state budget remains undecided. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.
Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says its too early to determine if an early morning break-in at Lisa Bee’s Bistro Wednesday is tied to other area burglaries. The popular eatery at Baker Flat was robbed by three suspects who were captured on the restaurant’s surveillance camera. So far, no suspects have been identified. The Sheriff says a neighbor who lived west of the business said he had seen a suspicious vehicle in the area. It was a dark or flat black wagon with a very loud exhaust. He says the burglary is one of five that have occurred in the East Wenatchee area over the past couple of weeks. Lisa Bee’s owner, Lisa Stanton shared a Facebook live video yesterday afternoon to thank her customers. A 500 dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
The Community Foundation of NCW awarded a total of $43,500 in Helping Hands grants to nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties in its last fiscal year, since July 2016. Director of community philanthropy Denise Sorom said Helping Hands provides a resource to many nonprofits so they can continue their work and support smaller requests through the Foundation. For a list of nonprofits who received grant awards, visit NCWLIFE.com.
It appears the City of East Wenatchee is ready to move forward with the development of a new park and visitors center on the site of an old gas station. The City Council was presented with the final conceptual plan for the so-called Gateway Project at Tuesday’s meeting. The 528-thousand dollar project will create a community plaza on the Southwest corner of Ninth Street and Valley Mall Parkway. The project’s close proximity to the Apple Capital Loop Trail and the Pedestrian/Pipeline Bridge is also viewed as a more functional use of the property as well as providing a more attractive welcome to the City’s old downtown. The City is targeting 2018 for construction.
With the state budget still undecided, school districts are having to plan carefully. Cindy Ulrich – the executive director of financial services for the Eastmont School District – says they’ll make adjustments if they need to but they must go forward with a budget for next year.
The 15th annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival takes center stage at the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere this weekend, with a number of big names headlining the event. Organizer Chuck Egner stopped by Wake Up Wentachee Valley with Dan Kuntz to talk more about the jam-packed festival. You can find more on this event at www.CashmereCoffeeHouse.com
This year’s cherry harvest will include a relatively new variety that is locally grown here in the Wenatchee Valley. Marcus Griggs and Bart Clennon own G and C Farms in Orondo and they came across a tree in their Rainier orchard that was producing a different fruit. Clennon describes it in a youtube video. The Orondo Ruby Cherry is marketed by Chelan Fresh and sold in most major grocery stores including Kroger, Safeway and QFC.
A Democrat has thrown her hat into the ring to challenge 4th District Congressman, Dan Newhouse this fall. Former TV reporter, Christine Brown formally announced her candidacy at events in the Tri-Cities Wednesday. Brown says her experience reporting on issues such as agriculture, Hanford, Water, Fires, droughts and local government has led her to have an up close and personal view of the challenges and opportunities members of the 4th Congressional District face.
Pikeminnow Derby This Weekend
The 25th Annual Pikeminnow fishing derby is this weekend, organized by the East Wenatchee Rotary Club. Pikeminnows are a voracious fish that predate on young salmon smolt, which makes them enemy number one. Dan Feil, a Rotarian and sponsor of the derby through Bob Feil Boats and Motors, joined Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to explain why the pikeminnow are so prolific. The derby begins Friday at 6pm and goes through Sunday at Noon and has developed quite a tradition for families. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes are available to anglers who participate. Entry fee is $20 and can be entered at Bob Feil Boats and Motors, Bi-Mart and Hooked On Toys. Weigh in and prize drawings will be at Orondo River Park Sunday at Noon.
Wenatchee 8, Bend 7 (11-innings)
Jack Reisinger’s RBI-single in the top of the 11th to score Evan Johnson gave Wenatchee the victory in an error-filled ballgame over Bend 8-to-7 at Vince Genna Stadium last night. The two teams combined for 8 gaffs in the contest as each gave up 3 unearned runs apiece. Johnson continues to scorch the ball for the AppleSox as he went 3-for-6 in the contest with his 4th home run of the year, driving in 3 runs and scoring 4, including the game-winner. Jalen Garcia worked two innings of late relief to earn the victory as four Wenatchee pitchers combined to strike out 14 on the night. Wenatchee and Bend play game two of the 3-game series tonight at 6:35pm.
Also in WCL Play last night…
Cowlitz 2, Kelowna 0
Walla Walla 2, Victoria 1
Yakima Valley 5, Gresham 3
Corvallis 4, Port Angeles 3 (11-innings)
North Division Standings
Bellingham 7-5 …
Wenatchee 7-6 .5
Victoria 7-6 .5
Walla Walla 5-5 1
Kelowna 5-6 1.5
Port Angeles 5-8 2.5
Seattle 6, Minnesota 4
Jose Berrios went 8-innings and the Twins slugged two homers off Ariel Miranda to beat Seattle 6-2 in Minnesota today. All the damage was done in a 5-run first inning as Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer and Chris Gimenez followed with a 3-run homer. Manager Scott Servais says it wasn’t Miranda’s day. Seattle now travels to Texas to take on the Rangers in the first of a three-game weekend series tomorrow at 5:05. James Paxton will face Tyson Ross.
Also in the American League West Wednesday…
Miami 11, Oakland 6
Houston 13, Texas 2
LA Angels 7, NY Yankees 5
American League West Standings
Houston 45-22 …
LA Angels 35-34 11
Seattle 33-34 12
Texas 32-33 12
Oakland 27-38 17
And in Weather…
A weak cold front continues to pass thru the area tonight and most of Friday, bringing with it cool temperatures, cloudy skies, and some light rain. The front will slowly move to the east tomorrow with some lingering clouds and slightly breezy conditions before a ridge of high pressure begins to build over the weekend.
For tonight, the rain should taper off by around midnight. With cloudy skies expect an overnight low of 56.
A few sprinkles are possible Friday morning along with mostly cloudy skies and a high of 71 and west winds 8 to 13mph.
The skies will clear overnight Friday into Saturday but the breezy conditions will continue and the low is expected to drop to 53.
The sunshine returns on Saturday and is poised for an extended stay. Beginning Saturday and lasting through at least Wednesday of next week each day will bring more sunshine and warming temperatures as spring becomes summer at 9:24 Tuesday evening.