A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – we’ll have an update on the landslide threat along Squilchuck Road, extensive washout damage keeps Loup Loup Pass closed, Representative Cary Condotta talks more about how the Hirst Decision out of Whatcom County affects Eastern Washington. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.
It appears that the threat of landslide has eased in the foothills along Squilchuck Road Southwest of Wenatchee. County Commissioners say they continue to monitor ground movement in the Whispering Ridge and Cranmer Road areas. Commissioner Kevin Overbay says crews have completed work to reduce the threat downslope along Squilchuck Road. Cranmer Road remains closed to the general public with local traffic only on Whispering Ridge Road.
Repair work continues on Highway 20 Loup Loup Pass after several washouts closed the roadway earlier this Spring. DOT Spokesman, Jeff Adamson says it could be a long wait to get the road reopened due to the extent of damage. Spring runoff has caused a variety of problems for Okanogan and Ferry Counties where scars from the last three years of record wildfires has resulted in washouts and landslides.
“Water’s for fighting for”. . . Mark Twain’s quote best describes the Legislature’s debate over a response to the State Supreme Courts so-called Hirst Ruling. In its 6-3 ruling, the state Supreme Court said Whatcom County had failed to protect water resources by allowing new wells to reduce flow in streams for fish and other uses. The court said counties must ensure that water is physically and legally available before issuing building permits in certain areas. The Legislature is in special session after failing to adopt a budget before the April 23rd regular session.
The Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council met this morning to approve their budget for 2018. Among the other topics of discussion was future road maintenance costs for local cities.
The City of Wenatchee and LocalTel Communications are expected to enter into a public/private partnership that could have the City sharing space at the Federal Building. LocalTel recently purchased the building at auction and had offered a portion of the building to the City for its space needs. LocalTel President, Dimitri Mandelis confirmed that with NCWLIFE News soon after the the Company’s 3.9 million dollar bid was approved by the General Services Administration. The two entities are reportedly targeting a July 31st date to formally agree terms of a possible sale to the City . The estimated cost to the City would be about 2.5 million dollars. Thursday’s meeting starts at 5:15.
Emergency responders participated in a hi-tech mock disaster drill yesterday in Grant County. The exercises conducted today were part of a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division. Sheriff spokesman Kyle Foreman says the exercises tested new wireless technology which enhances situational awareness and physiological monitoring. Over 100 personnel participated in several different scenarios which included functional exercises simulating the search and rescue of a missing person, a brush fire at the Gorge started by a boat on the Columbia River, locating and accounting for emergency responders operating at an incident, and other simulation.
Wenatchee 9, Victoria 0
The Wenatchee AppleSox scored early and kept adding on in a 9-nothing win at Victoria Wednesday night in West Coast League play. Evan Johnson continued his early-season power hitting with a three run homer in the 6th, his 3rd of the season. On the mound, Mason Shaw pitched 6 and 2/3rds innings of 6-hit, shutout ball to earn his first victory of the season. After taking 2 of 3 from the HarbourCats in B.C., Victoria now comes to Wenatchee for the first of three games tonight at 7:05 in the AppleSox’ home opener.
Seattle 6, Minnesota 5
Mike Zunino’s second home run of the night was a two-run, walk-off shot to right field with two outs in the bottom of the 9th as Seattle knocked off Minnesota 6-5 at Safeco Field. All but one of Seattle’s run were via the longball as Kyle Seager and Carlos Ruiz also hit solo shots. Manager Scott Servais again praised Zunino for his approach and game-winning at-bat. Nelson Cruz was a late scratch with tightness in his calf so Servais turned to back-up catcher Carlos Ruiz, also known as “Chooch” to be the Mariner’s designated hitter. The Mariners are back to the .500 mark at 30-and-30 and gained ground in the American League West with all the other teams in the division losing last night. Seattle goes for the sweep and their 6th win in a row tonight against the Twins as Christian Bergman faces Kyle Gibson. First pitch is 7:10.
Segura Signed To Contract Extension
Even though Jean Segura’s on the disabled list, the Mariners thought enough of his ABILITIES to sign him to a 5-year contract extension Wednesday. The signing is reportedly worth $70-million and the team has an option on the 6th year with a no-trade clause. Segura said he’s really happy to be in Seattle with a great staff and support system. Segura leads the American League in hitting with a .341 average, is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a high ankle sprain. Segura was a National League All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013 and led the National League in hits last year in his lone season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.