WENATCHEE, WA – It’s time for NCWLIFE Evening News for Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Grant Olson has the latest. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— an Arizona police officer dies in a motorcycle accident near Twisp, Hale Park celebrates its grand opening and Winthrop keeps the North Cascades Smokejumper Base after a U.S. Forest Service review. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
A trial is set to begin next week in a Chelan County cold-case homicide after a judge rejects a defense plea to dismiss the charges. Bernard Swaim is accused, along with his ex-wife, Dawn Soles, of first degree murder in the 1982 death of Steven Smith of Cashmere. His attorney, Nick Yedinak asked the court to dismiss the charges arguing that the County’s decision to delay charges for 34 years, and the alleged mishandling of evidence over that time, caused prejudice to his client so that he can no longer receive a fair trial. He reacted to Judge Leslie Allen’s ruling following a hearing this morning in Chelan County Superior Court. [watch video here] The Trial is set to start Tuesday with jury selection. Swaim and Soles are alleged to have conspired to kill Smith who had also been previously married to Soles. Smith’s body was never found.
On Monday, A tragic traffic accident occurred in Okanogan County, just outside of Twisp. Mesa, Arizona Police Officer Kurt Carlson, was found dead after he apparently lost control of his motor cycle, went off the road and crashed into the Methow river. We spoke with Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers to get more information on the accident. [see story here] Carlson was a 17 year veteran of the police force and was in the area riding with fellow police officers.
The City of Wenatchee’s first off-leash dog park is now open. At a ribbon cutting ceremony last night, a good crowd was on hand, including the furry kind, to take a look at phase one of the park’s construction. Phase two of the park project will begin next year and will include restrooms, children’s play equipment, a small skate park, picnic shelter and some additional landscaping. The development of Hale Park is financed by both State and City funds along with private contributions from the group FIDO. Hale Park is located at the South end of Worthen Street near the foot of the Pedstrian/Pipeline Bridge.
In an effort to help customers understand solar energy and how to stay safe during this month’s solar eclipse, the Chelan County PUD will host an evening to explore the cosmic magic of the near-total eclipse tomorrow night at Walla Walla Point Park. The first 100 people will receive one pair of protective paper glasses, and the night will be full of hands-on activities and presentations on the solar eclipse. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:00 at Shelter #1 at Walla Walla Point Park. Stay tuned for more on the solar eclipse in our feature story today.
It appears that Winthrop will continue to serve as headquarters for the North Cascades Smokejumpers. Steve Hair reports. [see story here]
The Diamond Creek Fire in the Pasayten Wilderness has now grown to 27,210-acres. Matt Ellis, Fire Management Officer for the Methow Ranger District has an update on the fires current behavior. Officials warn that even though the Diamond Creek Fire behavior remains moderate, activity could increase over the next few days with hotter temperatures, low humidity and increased winds in the weather forecast. There are currently 6 fire crews, 2 helicopters, 15 fire engines and 7 water tender trucks tending to the blaze, which is burning about 12 miles North of Mazama and 6 miles South of the Canadian border.
Well, it was an interesting 9th inning, but the Seattle Mariners hung on to edge Baltimore 7-6 today in Seattle to take 2-of-3 in the series. The Orioles brought 10-men to the plate in the 9th, scoring two runs off reliever Edwin Diaz on three walks and two hit batsmen before Marc Rzepcynski got the final out on a strikeout to end the ballgame and give Seattle its second straight win. The Mariners grabbed an early lead in this one on Yonder Alonso’s 2-run homer in the 4th to break a 1-1 tie. Baltimore tied it in the 5th before Seattle took the lead back in the bottom of the 5th on RBI singles by Robinson Cano, Alonso and Danny Valencia. The M’s made it 7-4 in the 6th on Leonys Martin’s solo homer to right. Jean Segura finished the day 3-for-5 with a run while Alonso was 3-for-4 with 3-RBI’s and a run.
Also in the American League West today…
LA Angels 3, Washington 2
Kansas City 7, Oakland 6
Detroit at Texas
Arizona at Houston
American League West Standings
Houston 73-46 …
LA Angels 62-59 12.0
Seattle 61-61 13.5
Texas 58-60 14.5
Oakland 53-68 21.0
In the Wild Card Race…
NY Yankees at NY Mets
Tampa Bay at Toronto
Wild Card Standings
NY Yankees 63-55 +3.0
LA Angels 62-59 …
Kansas City 61-59 .5
Minnesota 59-58 1.0
Seattle 61-61 1.5
Tampa Bay 60-61 2.0
Baltimore 59-62 3.0
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll Tuesday said he supports his players being themselves, but prefers his team stand during the National Anthem. His comments come after defensive end Michael Bennett sat during the anthem of Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
Bennett was protesting the actions in Charlottesville over the weekend saying, “this is bigger than me, this is bigger than football.” Carroll said, “Michael (Bennett) has really dedicated the last few years of his life to try to understand what’s going on around the world. He has traveled everywhere to try and understand people’s issues and concerns. It has really captured his heart, and he has really turned his focus on doing good work, and helping people, and doing everything he can for things that he thinks where he can help. I support the heck out of his concerns and his issues and all that.” Carroll did, however, acknowledge that while “it’s easy for me to support him in his issues,” his preference is that “we should all be standing up when they play the National Anthem.” Seattle hosts Minnesota Friday at 7 at CenturyLink Field.
As we take a look at our satellite picture notice the area of high pressure spinning clockwise off the coast of Oregon and N. California, that high will dominate our weather through the week and into the weekend. The areas in orange are temperatures mainly in the 80’s while the pink and red indicate hot temps with 90’s to 100 degrees expected. So basically expect dry and seasonably warm temperatures for the rest of the week. Locally breezy conditions will be possible late today and tonight and then again late Friday with the passage of a pair of weak frontal systems and strong on-shore flow. More of the same for the weekend with unseasonably warm and dry conditions through Sunday and for the eclipse on Monday.