A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- Insurance rates throughout the state will climb 22.3 percent next year, Senator Patty Murray gets into a heated exchange over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and an Ammonia Leak causes a scare in Cashmere. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.
Our top story tonight, Healthcare costs are on the rise. On June 8th, eleven health insurer companies filed 71 plans for 2018 in Washington State – that’s less than half the number of plans that are available this year. US Senator Patty Murray got into a heated exchange last week over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. It happened during a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee over drug pricing. Senator Murray asked Committee Chairman, Lamar Alexander if he planned to schedule a hearing on the health care reform bill that was passed out of the House and is now being worked by GOP lawmakers behind closed doors. A similar scene played out in another Senate committee hearing with the same outcome. The spirit of bipartisanship has been notably strained on the issue.
Residents in the Cashmere area were placed under a shelter in place order Sunday afternoon after an ammonia leak was reported at the Tree Top processing plant. The plant is located off US Two near Cottage Avenue. The Highway was closed down in both directions while hazmat crews worked to find the source of the leak. The leak was repaired and the roadway was reopened after about an hour and the all clear signal was issued by Chelan County Emergency Management around 4:15 PM. No details have been release about the source or cause of the leak.
A Wenatchee man who was wanted in connection with an alleged assault was arrested Friday afternoon following a short standoff with police at home on South Chelan Ave. It was reportedly a tense scene when officers first arrived. Robert Guillion was allegedly holding his 3-year-old daughter when he asked police to shoot him. The street was closed off briefly while officers negotiated with the suspect to release the girl to Child Protective Services. The incident ended peacefully with the unarmed man’s arrest.
The Washington State Patrol would like to remind everyone to save their camping for the wilderness and not the left lane. In response to the requests, the W-S-P will be conducting a statewide focus of effort to address the left lane violators. The focus of effort will take place June 20-22. State law requires all vehicles to keep right except when passing on multiple lane roadways. Left lane “campers” are drivers who remain in the passing lane for long periods of time without passing. If you’re caught camping in the left lane it could result in a $136 ticket. The WSP reported 16,453 left lane violators last year.
Crews were able to quickly knock down a small brush fire near Chelan Falls on Saturday that started around 4 p.m. The fire burned about 5 acres under a set of power lines. Because of recent rains and minimal fire fuels in the area, firefighters from Chelan County Fire District 7 and the Orondo Fire Department were able to contain the fire by 6 O’Clock. The cause is still under investigation.
Wenatchee 8, Gresham 7
Evan Johnson launched a 2-run homer in the 3rd following Adrian Damla’s solo shot in the 2nd as Wenatchee built and early 7-2 lead and held on for an 8-7 win over Gresham Sunday at Paul Thomas Sr, Field. Johnson finished with two homers on the night and leads the league with 6 home runs and RBI’s with 28. Jake Taylor also had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Connor McCord worked 5-innings of four run, 9-hit ball to earn the victory. The sophomore from Western Oregon University struck out 6 in his AppleSox debut. Yesterday’s win followed a 7-4 victory for the good guys Saturday. The AppleSox will go for the sweep tonight at 7:05.
Also in the West Coast League Sunday…
Bellingham 8, Bend 3
Cowlitz 6, Corvallis 5
Kelowna 2, Yakima Valley 1
WCL North Division Standings
Bellingham 9-5 …
Kelowna 8-6 1.0
Walla Walla 7-6 1.5
Wenatchee 9-8 1.5
Victoria 7-8 2.5
Port Angeles 7-9 3.0
Arlington 40, Wenatchee Valley 15
Wenatchee Valley gave up an 82-yard touchdown pass and 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and saw a 12-12 game at the start of the fourth quarter end up in a 40-to-15 home loss Saturday. The Rams dropped to 1-and-4 with the loss and will host Tri City Saturday at the Apple Bowl.
Seattle 7, Texas 3
The Mariners salvaged the final game of a three-game series with Texas Sunday by downing the Rangers 7-3. Kyle Seager led the way with 3 doubles, 3-RBI’s and 2-runs. On the mound, Christian Bergman improved to 4-4 on the season with the victory, going 5 and 2/3rds, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits. Manager Scott Servais says he was pleased with his starter’s performance, especially considering the hot temperatures and humidity. The win was a bounce-back for Seattle after falling Friday and Saturday by the same score of 10-to-4. The Mariners return home to begin a series with Detroit tonight at Safeco Field as Sam Gaviglio goes up against Anibal Sanchez. First pitch is 7:10.
Also in the American League West on Sunday…
Boston 6, Houston 5
Kansas City 7, LA Angels 3
Oakland 4, NY Yankees 3
American League West Standings
Houston 46-24 …
Texas 34-34 11.0
LA Angels 36-37 11.5
Seattle 34-37 12.5
Oakland 31-38 14.5
And in NCW Weather…
The very northern edge of a high pressure system that is bringing record heat to the Arizona and Nevada area is over our area but it won’t be for long. A dry cold front sweeps through the area Tuesday and Wednesday, escorting with it gusty winds and cooler temperatures than what we had today.
For tonight expect partly cloudy skies and an overnight low of 63.
Sunny conditions are expected for the remaining of the week with the afternoon high temperatures about normal for mid to late June, but the winds will be blowing. A northwest wind 15 to 20 mph kicks up Tuesday and is expected to blow throughout Tuesday night and all day Wednesday before tapering off Wednesday night. Gusts above 30 mph are also forecast.
Calm winds and temperatures slightly above normal return for Thursday and the upcoming weekend looks sunny and warm with temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s.