WENATCHEE,WA – And now, NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – an update on the fires in British Columbia that have our valley filled with smoke. . .the grand opening for Hale Park approaches. . .the Community Foundation awards a record amount of scholarships and we’ll have a report on the Lake Wenatchee timber harvest meeting from over the weekend. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
The Wenatchee Police Department issued a press release earlier today regarding the July 27th fatal shooting of 31-year old Matthew Folden outside the Wenatchee Albertson’s grocery store and the Officer involved in the shooting has now been identified. He is Albert Gonzalez, a two-year veteran of the WPD with four total years of experience in Washington law enforcement. Wenatchee Police Department Captain Edgar Reinfeld says Officer Gonzalez remains on administrative leave until the investigation is completed. Reinfeld says around 10-20 witnesses have been interviewed so far and new information surrounding the shooting is being gained daily. He says playing the waiting game regarding the exact events of July 27th is frustrating for not only the general public but law enforcement as well. He also adds that the investigation is time-consuming because the Special Investigations Unit wants the exact truth to come out. Captain Edgar Reinfeld will join Host Dan Kuntz and News Dirtector Steve Hair tomorrow morning at 7:00 on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to further discuss the Police investigation.
We saw another day of poor air quality in North Central Washington. Indeed the entire State of Washington is affected by epic wildfires that continue to plague British Columbia.
While we have to deal with the thick smoke, north of the border is a scene of devastation. There are currently 138 active wildfires in the province and they have combined to blacken 939,000 acres since being ignited by lightning storms on July 7. As of Wednesday, 6,000 people were still unable to return to their residences due to fire threat. The largest blaze measures over 333,500 acres. Hundreds of homes have also been torched.
The smoke-filled air around our area is affecting just about all of us in one way or another. Wildfire smoke can irritate eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Inhaling smoke can be especially harmful to those suffering from asthma, lung disease or heart disease. Carol McCormick, Personal Health Associate Administrator with Chelan/Douglas Health, says children and the elderly have to be especially careful as well. Health officials say those that have to be outdoors should wear a special mask called a particulate respirator to protect lungs from wildfire smoke. Here is a list of locations around our area that are supplying particulate respirator masks and they include five Chelan County Fire District stations and city halls in Entiat and Cashmere. Officials also recommend using masks with two straps instead of a one-strap paper mask or surgical mask to better protect lungs from smoke.
The first city owned off-leash dog park is set to open later this month. We talked to Wenatchee Parks’ Dave Erickson to get an update on the work being done at Hale Park.
Erickson added that if possible, residents should carpool to the grand opening because there is limited parking on site.
At a meeting this past Saturday at the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club, area residents had the opportunity to ask questions and listen to presentations regarding planned timber harvests and future forest service projects in the area. Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner attended the meeting and says residents were generally receptive to the plan but naturally had concerns. Forest Service projects and the upcoming Lake Wenatchee Pilot Project are planned in the Lake Wenatchee, Big Meadow, Beaver and Lower Chiwawa areas.
Groundbreaking for a new luxury, 176-room hotel is set for Friday in Wenatchee. The Hilton Garden Inn is set to begin construction immediately on the 3-acre vacant property along Wenatchee’s Riverside Drive on the North side of Pybus Market. Wenatchee City Public Works previously owned the land. City of Wenatchee Community Development Manager Steve King says the new Hilton Hotel was both a want and a need. The groundbreaking ceremony is tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. on the property North of Pybus Market at 25 North Worthen Street.
The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded over $542,800 in scholarships to 152 students across North Central Washington. This is the largest scholarship award total disbursed from the foundation to date. The Foundation manages 97 scholarship funds to help students ease the financial burden of pursuing a college degree. A total of 1,472 applications were received and reviewed by selection committees, comprised of over 237 community volunteers.
At first, the series with Corvallis and Wenatchee was postponed due to smoke. Then it was moved to Yakima due to smoke. Now, it’s been moved to Corvallis, Oregon due to smoke.
So, the two teams will play a doubleheader in Corvallis today beginning at 6 o’clock. The third game will be made up, if necessary, next Monday at Paul Thomas. After today’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 play last night…
Bellingham 6, Victoria 2
Max Flower’s 2-run double, Chase Illig’s RBI single and Colin Ridley’s sac-fly RBI gave the Bells a 4-run 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie to down the HarbourCats.
Port Angeles 9, Gresham 8
Jordan Ackerman’s solo homer in the top of the 11th was the difference as the two teams combined for five homers on the night.
Kelowna 6, Walla Walla 5
The Falcons walked off for the second-consecutive night with Kade Hall’s rbi-single in the 13th inning
Yakima Valley 10, Cowlitz 1
Mitch Ellis was 3-for-4 with a Run and RBI as the Pippins pulled into a virtual tie for 1st with Corvallis in the South Division
North Division Standings
Wenatchee 12-9 …
Victoria 14-11 …
Bellingham 13-11 0.5
Kelowna 10-14 3.5
Walla Walla 8-16 5.5
Port Angeles 7-16 6.0
Seems things got a little hot at Seahawks Training Camp today in Renton, and we’re not just talking about the weather. Jeff Chambers shared a video on Twitter today of a fight between defensive end Frank Clark and offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. When the dust had cleared, Clark was tossed out of practice and Ifedi was escorted to the locker room with blood coming from his mouth. The fight reportedly started when defensive tackle Rodney Coe and offensive lineman Will Pericak got in a scuffle during a pass-rushing drill. Things escalated from there and Clark punched Ifedi during the scrum that followed. Pete Carroll said after practice that there’s no room for fighting in football, especially with your own team.
Ariel Miranda surrendered three home runs and the Texas Rangers salvaged the final game of the three game series with Seattle Wednesday, winning 5-to-1. Robinson Cano’s RBI single in the first scored Jean Segura to give Seattle a short-lived lead. Texas came right back in the bottom of the 1st to tie it on Delino DeShields solo homer. The Rangers took the lead in the 4th on Adrian Beltre’s sacrifice fly. Joey Gallo homered in the 5th to make it 3-1 Texas. Elvin Andrus’ two run shot in the 6th would cap the scoring and give the Rangers the win. Manager Scott Servais said Miranda needs to work on his placement.
Seattle moves on to Kansas City today to play the first of four games against the Royals. Servais says the Mariners need to get a little payback. Seattle sends Yovani Gallardo to the mound to face the Royal’s Trevor Cahill. First pitch is 5:15.
Also in the American League West Wednesday…
Tampa Bay 3, Houston 0
LA Angels 7, Philadelphia 0
Oakland 6, San Francisco 1
American League West Standings
Houston 69-38 …
Seattle 55-54 15.0 1.5
LA Angels 53-55 16.5 3.0
Texas 51-56 18.0 4.5
Oakland 48-60 21.5
The bottom line, the heat will continue. Temperatures will peak well into the 90s and triple digits into Friday and through the weekend and continue into early next week. Wildfire smoke will persist the rest of the week and through the weekend as well as smoke from fires in British Columbia and Montana become trapped under a huge dome of high pressure and light winds. There is a slight potential for mountain thunderstorms by late Sunday and into early next week but for the Wenatchee Valley, hot and dry.