WENATCHEE, WA – Grant Olson has the latest NCWLIFE Evening News for Monday, August 21, 2017. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— Serve Wenatchee Valley helps get the community ready for back to school with Clothes in the Classroom, firefighters contain a small brush fire on Highway 2 near Leavenworth and County Commissioners will make their final decision on new regulations for marijuana growers tomorrow. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
Details are just coming in involving a motorcycle fatality collision on State Route 17 between Soap Lake and Coulee City this afternoon. The accident happened at milepost 89 near the Sun Lakes rest area. SR 17 was closed in both lanes and Washington State Patrol says to use alternate routes. We will have more on this story as details become available.
Work no doubt come to a halt this morning as our attention was diverted skyward by the total solar eclipse. The eclipse cast its first shadow of the day in Lincoln City, Oregon then traveled 1660 m.p.h. covering 2500 miles over 14 states ending at the coast of South Carolina. The partial eclipse began in Wenatchee at 9:13 this morning. Then, as the sky darkened and the temperature dropped, the peak eclipse of 92-percent happened at 10:23. The final partial eclipse was at 11:46. Area residents of all ages took part in watching at least part of the solar event. The conditions necessary to create a total solar eclipse are extremely rare. In order for it to happen, the sun, moon and the Earth need to line up exactly and since the moon is approximately 400-times smaller than the sun, and while the sun is 400 times further away from earth, its all a pretty astounding coincidence. Today’s event was the first total solar eclipse to completely traverse the continental U.S. in recorded history. The last total solar eclipse was in 1979 but was fully visible across only a section of the Pacific Northwest. The next total eclipse visible from anywhere in the Northwest won’t occur again until August of 2044, when one will sweep across Northern Montana.
The trial date has been reset for a Sultan man accused of a 1982 Cashmere cold-case murder. 61-year old Bernard Swaim is charged with first degree murder in the death of Stephen E. Smith of Cashmere. His trial was originally scheduled to start this week. But his former wife, Dawn Soles, a co-defendant in the case, has agreed to testify against Swaim as part of a yet to be approved plea agreement. This morning Chelan County Superior Court Judge Leslie Allen rescheduled Swaim’s trial to start August 28th with jury selection. Investigators say two days after her arrest, Soles, who had also been previously married to Smith, admitted that she and Swaim plotted to kill Smith as part of a child-custody dispute. Smith’s body was never found.
Hundreds of students and their parents gathered at Saddlerock Presbyterian Church Saturday morning for Serve Wenatchee Valley’s annual Clothes For The Classroom event. Kids were allowed to pick the clothes they wanted –brand new and at no charge – for the upcoming school year. We talked with Thom Nees, the Executive Director of Serve Wenatchee Valley. Most of the area school districts begin the new school year the middle of next week.
Tomorrow is decision day for Chelan County Commissioners. After two years of planning and numerous public hearings a final vote is expected on new regulations for growing and processing recreational marijuana. The rules will dictate how and where pot can be cultivated without disturbing neighboring property owners with skunky odors and bright lights. Growers strongly object to the new rules claiming they will put them out of business. At the August 8th public hearing, Vicki Malloy, a neighboring property owner said growers have not shown a willingness to address the odor issues. Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the matter starting at 10:15 Tuesday morning at their Wenatchee chambers. Growers have threatened to challenge the new rules in court if adopted.
East Wenatchee’s Valley View 7th Day Adventist Church served as the venue for Sunday’s God’s Closet children’s clothing distribution. God’s Closet is a ministry of Adventist Community Services that engages Seventh-day Adventist churches throughout North America in service to their communities. They collect new and gently used children’s clothes and shoes, then once a quarter they have a Free Shop-day Event and give the clothes out free. This weekend was the first event for our area, and over 700 large bags of clothing were given away in just 4 hours. The next distribution day will be Sunday, November 12. God’s Closet is always in need of donated clothing and for more information, go to God’s Closet on Facebook.
A multiple-agency response put a stop to a potentially dangerous wildfire along US Highway 2 West of Leavenworth Saturday afternoon. Firefighters with Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue received help from US Forest Service and Washington State Department of Natural Resource in battling the fire. It started between 1 and 2 o’clock from an unknown source at Mile Post 89 on US Two West of Leavenworth. It was fueled by gusty winds and hot dry weather conditions. Chelan County Fire District Nine Chief Mick Lamar reported Crews stopped it from reaching heavy timber. The cause of the fire had not been confirmed. The fire was declared fully contained in about 3 and a half hours. No structures were damaged and there were no injuries.
Nearly 500 smiling faces gathered at Pybus Public Market Sunday morning for the annual Color Rush. The 5th edition featured 5 different blast zones spread out along Worthen Street between Thurston and Fifth Street. By the time they finished the 3K route runners – joggers – and just plain walkers were covered in a rainbow of colors including purple – pink – blue – yellow and red. Alan Walker, the Executive Director of the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties, estimated over 11 thousand dollars was raised for their Youth United Program. Complete coverage of Color Rush 2017 later this week on NCW Magazine with Jay Seabeck.
The Seahawks continued to add help at tackle Monday following George Fant’s season-ending knee injury, acquiring tackle Matt Tobin and Philadelphia’s 2018 seventh-round selection in a trade with the Eagles. The Eagles will receive Seattle’s 2018 fifth-round selection. Tobin, 27, has played both guard and tackle for the Eagles, and started 13 games in 2015. Tobin, who began his career as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa, has appeared in 42 games over the past four seasons, starting 21. Tobin is the second offensive line addition for Seattle after the signing of free agent Tyrus Thompson. Tight end Marcus Lucas was waived/injured to make room on the 90-man roster. Lucas, who sustained an ankle injury in Friday’s preseason game, will be placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers.
The Tampa Bay Rays held Seattle to 3-hits in a 3-nothing shutout to salvage the final game of the three-game weekend series Sunday. Brian Snell held Seattle bats quiet, going 7-innings of shutout ball with just 2-hits and 8-strike outs. Manager Scott Servais said to give credit where credit is due. The loss snapped Seattle’s 4-game winning streak. Yovanni Gallardo gave up two home runs to the Rays in 6-and-a-third innings but other than that held them to 5-hits and struck out six. Servais said he had really good control. Seattle now heads to Atlanta for the first of three games today at 4:35 as newly acquired Andrew Albers makes his second start as a Mariner, going up against the Brave’s Mike Foltynewicz.
In the American League Wild Card race…
Boston 5, NY Yankees 1
LA Angels 5, Baltimore 4
Kansas City 7, Cleveland 4
Chicago Cubs 6, Toronto 5 (10-innings)
Wild Card Standings…
NY Yankees 66-57 +2.5
Minnesota 63-59 …
LA Angels 64-60 …
Kansas City 62-61 1.5
Seattle 63-62 1.5
Texas 61-62 2.5
In the American League West Sunday…
LA Angels 5, Baltimore 4
Oakland 3, Houston 2
Chicago White Sox 3, Texas 2
American League West Standings
Houston 76-48 …
LA Angels 64-60 12.0
Seattle 63-62 13.5
Texas 61-62 14.5
Oakland 54-70 22.0
The Washington Huskies are ranked No. 8 in the season’s first Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday morning, a four-spot drop from where the reigning Pac-12 champions finished the 2016 season. The No. 8 ranking is the Huskies’ highest in 20 years. UW came into the 1997 season ranked No. 4 in the AP poll. The Huskies, who advanced to the College Football Playoff for the first time, finished 2016 with a 12-2 record, matching the 1991 national-championship team for most victories in a season. They were ranked No. 4 in the final AP poll after losing to Alabama in the national semifinals. It’s the third time in Chris Petersen’s four seasons on Montlake that UW has been ranked in the preseason poll. The Huskies were ranked No. 25 in 2014 and No. 14 last season. Three other Pac-12 teams are ranked in the AP poll: No. 4 USC, No. 14 Stanford and No. 24 Washington State.