WENATCHEE, WA – Now, time for NCWLIFE Evening News for Tuesday, August 15, 2017 with Grant Olson. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—Should marijuana be officially declared an agricultural product/July home listings in the Wenatchee Valley take a big drop and Energy Secretary Rick Perry visits the Tri-Cities. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
Chelan County Marijuana growers contend their industry should be treated the same as any other farm product. That was the argument several state-licensed growers made during last week’s County Commissioners public hearing. At issue are proposed land-use rules that mitigate the odors generated by large outdoor farms. Cashmere area grower, Ray Schmitten, argued against the rules. But Commissioner Keith Goehner says its not the County that designated recreational marijuana as a non-agricultural product. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the new regulations next week. Thursday is the deadline for written comments to be submitted on the proposed rules.
Pacific Appraisal Associates have released their monthly real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley and the trend once again is higher median home prices. What wasn’t expected is the huge drop in home listings in July compared to a year ago where the number of homes for sale dropped 18-percent. Jerry Paine, broker at Windermere Wenatchee, says even though it is a seller’s market, for many sellers the current market is also a double-edged sword. The median home price this past July was $287,250-dollars, up 9-percent year-to-date from 2016’s July average price of $264,200-dollars.
Chelan County Commissioners say marijuana growers could have done a better job preparing their neighbors for the odors their crops generate. Commissioner Doug England says it all comes down to being good neighbors. Commissioners say they were misled by some growers who they claim assured them that odor would not be an issue when they first began the outdoor grow operations.
U.S. Energy Department Secretary, Rick Perry was in the Tri-Cities area this morning to tour the McNary Dam. Perry was there at the invitation of Representative Dan Newhouse who represents the State’s 4th Congressional District. Perry said during a news conference that hydroelectric power is an integral part of the Nation’s energy strategy. Secretary Perry was also scheduled to visit the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and receive an update on the facility’s ongoing clean-up project.
The Wenatchee Education Association has endorsed a slate of three candidates who are seeking election to the Wenatchee School Board. Once again here is Steve Hair with the story [watch story here]
Last night on NCWLIFE News we highlighted the prevalence of PTSD and various forms of mental illness in military vets returning home from service. Tonight, we continue our series, this time highlighting the large number of vets that experience hearing loss. Alan Sias, Doctor of Audiology with the Department of Veterans Affairs, says hearing loss is the number one health claim by vets. Sias encourages any vet that thinks he or she is experiencing hearing loss to visit the V.A. hospital audiology department at 2530 Chester-Kimm Road in Wenatchee to file a claim as soon as possible.
The Mariner’s losing streak reached 5-games last night with an 11-3 blowout loss to Baltimore. And this one was over early. Manny Machado’s grand slam home run highlighted a 6-run second inning for the O’s off Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo as the Mariners went quietly into the night. Machado’s homer was one of four Baltimore home runs on the night as Tim Beckham led off the game with a long ball; Seth Smith hit a two-run shot in the 5th off reliever Cacey Lawrence; and Trey Mancini slugged a solo bomb in the 7th. Manager Scott Servais said he understands fans dismay about what happened to the team that was challenging for a playoff spot just a week ago. Servais was asked if the current slump is like the one back in May when Seattle lost 7-out-of-9 including a couple shutouts in Boston when he put the hammer down on his club. Seattle scored its runs in the 1st on an RBI double by Yonder Alonso; a solo home run by Mike Zunino in the 5th and a solo shot by Nelson Cruz in the 9th. The Mariners and Orioles play the middle game of the three-game set tonight at 7:10. Seattle sends Andrew Albers to the mound to make his Major League debut after acquiring him from the Atlanta Braves last week after going 12-3 with a 2.61 ERA in Triple-A Gwinnett. Baltimore goes with Wade Miley, who’s 6-and-9 on the season.
Also in the American League West Monday…
Texas 6, Detroit 2
Arizona 2, Houston 0
Kansas City 6, Oakland 2
American League West Standings
Houston 72-46 …
LA Angels 61-58 11.5
Seattle 59-61 14.0
Texas 57-60 14.5
Oakland 52-67 20.5
In the Wild Card Race…
NY Yankees 4, NY Mets 2
Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 1
Wild Card Standings
NY Yankees 62-55 +2.0
LA Angels 51-58 …
Minnesota 59-57 .5
Kansas City 60-58 .5
Baltimore 59-60 2.0
Seattle 59-61 2.5
Tampa Bay 59-61 2.5
The weather pattern for this week into the weekend is expected to be dry with temperatures pretty close to where they should be for this time of year. Canadian wildfire smoke will have the potential to move into portions of north central and northeast Washington today through Thursday. Locally breezy conditions will be possible as well Wednesday afternoon and again on late Friday with the passage of a pair of weak frontal systems. Dry conditions will continue with little in the way of precipitation today through the weekend with just some fair-weather cumulus clouds over the North Central Washington.