Wenatchee, WA…Here’s the latest news for North Central Washington from the NCWLIFE Channel and Eric Granstrom.
A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- an update on the state budget and where the Legislature stands before their deadline, Saddle Rock reopens after a facelift, we’ll have an update on the fires throughout North Central Washington and an update on marijuana zoning regulations as commissioners continue public hearings. Later on, we’ll have sports, our feature story on the oldest cherry tree in Chelan County and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.
It appears a partial government shutdown may be averted as lawmakers are poised to vote on a new two-year state budget. Today is the deadline but there remains disagreement on some of the fine points. House Representative’s Cary Condotta and Mike Steele provided an update in an exclusive Skype interview with NCWLIFE News Director, Steve Hair.
A large crowd gathered for the grand opening of Wenatchee’s newest park. The Saddle Rock Gateway Park is completed and now open for picnics and most importantly a new trailhead into the popular Saddle Rock and foothills trails. Several civic and community leaders spoke including Mayor Frank Kuntz and officials with the Chelan Douglas Land Trust.
Fire activity was a lot calmer on Thursday allowing firefighters to corral the rash of brush fires in Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties. The weather conditions also came as a relief for property owners in the areas that were previously threatened by the Spartan and Sutherland Canyon Fires. The good new today is the lowering of evacuation levels and road reopenings including Palasades Road in Douglas County. 360 firefighters are currently deployed with multiple air attack resources. The Spartan fire is 60 percent contained, The Sutherland Fire is 20 percent contained. The total acreage scorched over the past five days totals over 56,500 acres. No structure loss and no injuries.
Chelan County Commissioners are nearing completion on a set of new zoning regulations for the County’s marijuana industry and it may not be good news if you’re a grower. Two years into a ban on new farms and processing facilities, it appears a final draft will be ready for public review following Commissioners July 11th meeting. County Planner, Mike Wojtowicz says changes are being drafted to mitigate the impacts of odors and bright lights on neighboring property owners. The Commissioners will make their final recommendations on July 11th with a tentative public hearing date set for August 1st.
In NCWLIFE Channel Sports
Wenatchee 8, Port Angeles 7
The stars were shining at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field last night as the Wenatchee AppleSox defeated the Port Angeles Lefties 8-7 to complete a three-game sweep. It was Chelan County PUD night at the ballpark and they welcomed former Seattle Mariner second baseman Julio Cruz as a special guest.
Crus also came early and helped out with the AppleSox Summer Skills Camp for kids. Cruz also joined Trevor Williams in the press box for some color commentary. Cruz and Williams had a great game to call as Wenatchee erased a 7-4 deficit by scoring two runs in the 7th and two more in the 8th to go on for the victory.
Dugan Shirer’s sacrifice fly scored Jordan Prendiz to tie the game in the 8th and Evan Johnson followed with an RBI double to score Jacob Prater for the game winner. Connor Leedholm worked a perfect 8th and 9th with no runs, not hits and striking out 3 to earn the victory. Now four games over .500, the AppleSox celebrate Independence Day early Saturday night with their annual Fireworks Night. It’s a non-league game for Wenatchee as they host the River City Athletics out of the Tri Cities for the 7:05 game time.
Also in West Coast League play last night…
Victoria 12, Cowlitz 11 (HarbourCats score 6-runs in bottom of the 9th to win, teams combine for 36 hits)
Walla Walla 9, Gresham 6 (Cameron Deere’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th was the difference)
Yakima Valley 10, Bend 5 (Pippen’s Bradlee Beesley 3-for-5, Double & 3-RBI’s)
North Division Standings
Kelowna 15-9 …
Bellingham 13-8 .5
Wenatchee 14-10 1.0
Walla Walla 12-9 1.5
Victoria 13-13 3.0
Port Angeles 9-17 7.0
Sloan Takes Over Helm of West Coast League
West Coast League Interim President Tony Bonacci announced the hiring of longtime baseball executive Brian Sloan as the league’s new President yesterday. Sloan assumes his President’s duties effective immediately. Sloan is a baseball marketing specialist who has established and cultivated many high profile community and advertising partnerships. As an executive with the Everett AquaSox, Sloan was honored in 2010 as the Northwest League’s Executive of the Year. Prior to his time with the AquaSox, Sloan served as General Manager and Assistant General Manager for Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates in Welland, Ontario and Erie, Pennsylvania.
Here’s what’s on tap for the weekend…
NCW Alliance FC vs. South Sound
Northwest Premier League Women’s Soccer takes center stage at the Apple Bowl Saturday night when the NCW Alliance FC host South Sound at 6 o’clock. The Alliance is 2-5-1 coming into this weekend’s contest overall, 0-4-1 in NWPL play.
Firecracker 250 at WVSO
Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval has a busy night of racing scheduled for Saturday up at Fancher Heights. The Pro Late Models have their Firecracker 250. There’s also racing for the C-R-L Legends; Street Stocks; Thunder Cars; and the F-S-C-R-A Pro-4 Alliance Challenge. And when it’s all said and done, there’ll be a “GIANT Fireworks Show!” Gates open at 5, racing starts at 6.
River Run on the Fourth
Looking ahead to Tuesday, the 7th Annual River Run on the Fourth will be held in conjunction with the Wenatchee Independence Day Celebration. The 5K and 10K will start and finish at Pybus Public Market.
Mariners Travel To Anaheim
The Seattle Mariners will try to bounce back from being swept at home in two games by Philadelphia tonight when they begin a weekend series at Anaheim against the Angels. After winning six straight, the Mariners have now lost four in a row. Ariel Miranda takes to the mound against Parker Bridwell. Miranda is 6-and-4 on the season with a 4.11 ERA. Bridwell is 2-and-oh with a 2.95 earned run average.
In the American League West last night…
Cleveland 5, Texas 1
Houston 6, Oakland 1
LA Dodgers 6, LA Angels 2
American League West Standings
Houston 54-26 …
LA Angels 42-41 13.5
Texas 39-40 14.5
Seattle 39-41 15.0
Oakland 35-44 18.5
In NCWLIFE Channel Weather…
We are still in the early stages of what looks to be an extended period of dry and warm weather as we welcome July tomorrow. A strong ridge of high pressure continues to build over the region and that ridge will deflect any approaching systems away from the area. A weak cold front will skirt just to the north of the valley on Saturday afternoon and evening witch will increase the wind speed on Saturday night before calm winds return on Sunday.
Tonight it’ll be mostly clear and a low of 65 is expected.
Saturday will be bathed in sunshine, the high tomorrow of 90 will be slightly cooler than what we had today.
Highs will gradually climb from the lower 90’s to near 100 by Friday of next week.