WENATCHEE, WA – And now, NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – we’ll have a report on air quality throughout the Valley…the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance will host its summer social tomorrow and kids and cops celebrate National Night Out. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
Primary election night returns show voters overwhelming support for fire district levies in Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Fire Districts 3 and 1 are both passing with over 70 percent yes votes. In other Chelan County races Keith Huffaker holds a lead in his bid for reelection to the Wenatchee City Council. Huffaker and Adam MacDonald appear to be on their way to facing off in the November election. In Chelan Mary Signorelli and Jeremy Jaech are the leading vote getters in the race for position one on the Lake Chelan Hospital District board. Phyllis Gleasman and Jerry Isenhart are leading in the position 5 commission seat. It appears that Tim Hollingsworth and Cameron Skip Morehouse will face off in November as the top two candidates for the Chelan City Council. In the Entiat City Council contest Robert Anderson is the top vote getter. He will face Norman Stenburg in November.
In Douglas County Elections, it appears voters in the East Wenatchee Water District want new leadership judging from last night primary election returns. Longtime Commissioner Mike McCourt is going down to defeat as Nick Warner and John Sterk advance to the general election. In the Eastmont School Board position 4 race Dave Peipel received over 50 percent of the vote and will face John Brangwin in November. All of the results are unofficial until the elections are certified.
Wenatchee and Leavenworth area fire officials were all smiles this morning following the results of Tuesday’s primary election. Chelan County Fire District One Chief Mike Burnett says he was extremely grateful for the voter’s support. Chelan County Fire District 3 Chief Kelly Obrien expressed his appreciation. Election day was marred by poor air quality caused by smoke drifting in from Canada’s wildfires. Could that have influenced the vote? The levies are both passing with over 70 percent approval.
Late yesterday afternoon the National Weather Service in Spokane issued an air quality alert for several areas of Washington state including the Wenatchee Valley. The air quality alert calls for increased smoke from area wildfires, particularly wildfires in Canada and the Diamond Creek Fire burning near Mazama in the Pasayten Wilderness. Air quality will fluctuate between good and unhealthy through the week with little or no wind expected.
The seven counties affected are Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Spokane, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille. Authorities advise those with asthma, respiratory infection diabetes of lung disease to limit outdoor activities and wear a breathing mask if necessary. The air quality alert is in effect until noon on Saturday.
The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) hosts its annual summer social today with music, food, wine and entertainment. Organizers say this year’s event is being held at The Highlander Golf Course . GWATA Executive Director, Stacy Luckensmeyer and Marketing and Events Coordinator, Becca Freimuth joined Dan Kuntz on a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Program. The Summer Social starts at 5:30 Thursday. Contact GWATA for ticket information.
Law Enforcement Agencies from all over the country celebrated National Night Out Tuesday night. The Wenatchee Valley event was held at Centennial Park in downtown Wenatchee. Considering last week’s shooting at the Albertsons Store in Wenatchee, we asked Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett about the process involved in the current investigation and how the general public is responding to local law enforcement.
Police say a suspected drunk driver was arrested last night after he struck a parked car with his pickup truck and then drove off with part of the car’s bumper attached to his vehicle. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the accident occurred in the 11 o’clock hour on Crawford Street when witnesses reported seeing the suspect vehicle driving away from the scene. Reinfeld says officers located the pickup by following a trail of radiator fluid from the accident scene to the driveway of the suspect’s residence. Reinfeld says there were no injuries involved.
The smoke in the Wenatchee Valley is so bad, the AppleSox have decided to move its games with Corvallis to Yakima. Yesterday’s game was postponed to today when they’d hoped to play a doubleheader, but that also was scrubbed. So, the two teams will play a doubleheader at Yakima’s Parker Field beginning tomorrow at 11:00 am. The third game will be made up, if necessary, next Monday at Paul Thomas. Wenatchee came into today a half-game out of first place with 6-games remaining on the schedule. After tomorrow’s doubleheader, the AppleSox have three games at Bellingham. A decision will be made Sunday night if they’ll need to make up the game with Corvallis based on playoff standings.
In the West Coast League Tuesday in Smokeless Communities…
Yakima Valley 1, Cowlitz 0
Taylor Dollard pitched 8-innings of 2-hit shutout ball for the Pippins while Brad Beesley’s homer in the 8th was the game’s only run
Victoria 10, Bellingham 4
Kevin Kollard was 3-for-3 w/ a HR, 3-RBI’s and 3-Runs to lead the HarbourCats back into the win column
Kelowna 8, Walla Walla 7
The Falcons scored 5-runs in the bottom the 9th capped by Taylor Wright’s walk-off, 2-run single
North Division Standings
Victoria 14-10 …
Wenatchee 12-9 0.5
Bellingham 12-11 1.5
Kelowna 9-14 4.5
Walla Walla 8-15 5.5
Port Angeles 6-16 7.0
The spring sports season for high school teams in Washington is long over, but post-season awards are still coming out, including the All-State Awards. Here are the selections for players in North Central Washington.
Class 4A – Wenatchee’s Luis Navarrete & Matt Springer, 1st Team
Class 1A – Chelan’s Rafa Barajas, 1st Team
Brewster’s Felix Nava, 2nd Team, Edgar Najera & Rodrigo Gomez Honorable Mention
Cascade’s Arturo Avila and Brian Sanchez, Jr. 2nd Team, Alexis Tovar & Jose Mendoza
Jr. Honorable Mention
Class 4A – Wenatchee’s Keegan Romig and Mikey Thomas
Eastmont’s Mitchell Tomlinson
Class 1A – Cashmere’s Tyler Chipman, Kross Knoll and Tanner Van Lith
The Mariners jumped out to a 5-run lead early and then had to hang on to win its fourth in a row, downing Texas 8-7 Tuesday. Nelson Cruz’s solo homer sparked the early Mariners onslaught, but Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo homered in a three-run fourth inning to cut the deficit. After the Mariners tacked on three more runs in the sixth, Gallo homered again in the bottom of the frame, this time a three-run shot. After scoring a run in the 7th, Texas had the tying run at first base an inning later, but pinch-runner Delino DeShields was thrown out by center fielder Jarrod Dyson while trying to advance to third on a single. Manager Scott Servais says that play was huge. Seattle used 7 pitchers in the game to get the victory, something Servais said he kinda figured going in. Seattle will go for their 5th straight win tonight at 5:05 in the final game of the series with Ariel Miranda going up against Andrew Cashner.
The Seahawks are continuing training camp in Renton preparing for their first pre-season game next weekend in LA against the Chargers. Off the field, Seattle announced Tuesday it has signed Kam Chancellor to a contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth 36-million dollars. Chancellor has been a member of the Seahawks since 2010 when the team drafted him in the fifth round. In his 7-year career, Chancellor has 557 tackles and 12-interceptions.
August is beginning with much warmer than average temperatures. Our normal high temperature for this time of year is 89 degrees. Readings will climb well into the
90’s and triple digits today, Thursday, Friday and into early next week. Wildfire smoke will remain and may even become more prominent this week as smoke from fires in British Columbia and Montana become trapped under an increasingly strong ridge of high pressure. This will continue to bring haze/smoke and affect air quality. Heat Advisories for the lower elevations of the forecast area have been issued over the next few days,
featuring temperatures peaking for the week with triple digit highs likely for the Columbia River valleys and spurring up into the Okanogan River valley as well.