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 fires in the region and restrictions in the National Forests…a man was killed near Wilson Creek after he lost control of his vehicle Sunday and six are injured in a two-car accident on SR-17. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
Residents in the Mansfield area woke up this morning to good news on the wildland firefighting front. The Hayes Road Fire is now fully contained and crews are starting to demobilize. The brush fire started Friday afternoon and spread to over 23-hundred acres, fueled by extremely dry and windy conditions. As of this morning all Level 1 evacuation advisories have been lifted.The Type 3 management team that took over control of the fire when it went to State mobilization Saturday is now turning it back over to local fire districts. They will continue to monitor for hot spots within the fire perimeter. No homes were damaged and no injuries were reported. The fire’s cause is under investigation.
Campfires are now banned across almost all of the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests. The campfire ban went into effect Friday and prohibits maintaining, attending or using a campfire and using charcoal briquette barbecues or other devices that use solid fuels. Robin DeMario, Public Affairs Specialist with the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest Service, says these restrictions are an extension of many campfire bans already in place. A temporary ban also began Sunday in parts of the national forest on cutting firewood with a power saw for commercial or personal use. Most state parks in our area are also allowing only gas or propane camping stoves. No charcoal or wood fires are allowed.
Grant County Sheriff’s department reports the death of a Wilson Creek man in a one-car accident Sunday afternoon. 47-year old Thomas Veenstra was dead at the scene after he crashed his Dodge Challenger sometime late Saturday afternoon on Road Q NW. Sheriff Tom Jones reports Veenstra was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle before it struck an embankment.
Six people were injured yesterday in a two-car accident in Soap Lake. The crash closed State Route 17 for several hours. State Troopers report it happened when two vehicles collided at the intersection of State Routes 17 and 28 shortly before 6 PM Saturday. Six people, all from the Puget Sound area, were transported to Columbia Basin Hospital for treatment. Troopers say charges are pending.
The rules are changing for where and how recreational marijuana can be grown and processed in Chelan County. Commissioners will find out how the industry reacts to the recommended zoning regulations at a Tuesday public hearing in Wenatchee. The recommendations are the result of a year-long planning process and numerous hearings by the Board of Commissioners and the County Planning Commission. The County imposed a ban on issuing new permits until rules are established to mitigate the strong odors and bright lights that cause a nuisance for neighboring property owners. Commissioner Doug England commented on the issues involved. Marijuana growers meanwhile object to the new rules and have threatened to challenge them in court. Caitlein Ryan, with the group Central Washington Growers Association, outlined their concerns on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz. Tuesday morning’s public hearing is set to start a 10:15 at the Commissioner’s Wenatchee chambers.
Almost all of us in Washington state woke up again this morning to some level of smoke-filled air. Air Quality Alerts put in place last week are once again in affect and will last at least through Wednesday. Air Quality around the region varies from day-to-day. Carol McCormick, Personal Health Administrator with Chelan/Douglas Health in Wenatchee, says the air quality monitor for the Wenatchee Valley is centrally located to get the most accurate reading. The National Weather Service in Spokane says the air quality in our area will fluctuate this week between unhealthy and very unhealthy. Health officials also continue to advise those with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes or lung disease to limit outdoor activities and wear a breathing mask if necessary.
A public memorial is scheduled for August 13 in Leavenworth for Matthew Folden, the man who was fatally shot two weeks ago by a Wenatchee Police Officer. The Wenatchee World has published an obituary announcing the service which will be held at the Leavenworth Fest Halle Sunday at 10 am. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share. Also an account has been established at Banner Bank to help offset family expenses. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shooting is continuing. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit says more details should be forthcoming in a news release on Tuesday.
A groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon in Wenatchee officially sets in motion construction on a new 176-room Hilton Garden Inn along the city’s Riverside Drive. Project Architect Art Wolf explains what the new hotel will offer. Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz says it was a long process for the city to finally get to this point.
Sunday’s final day of the West Coast League’s regular-season schedule had a playoff feel to it, as so many teams were in contention for the league’s final two playoff spots. Both key games in the North Division ended in wild walk-offs, as the Bellingham Bells kept their playoff hopes alive with a two-run 9th-inning, and a walk-off win over Wenatchee 5-4. Port Angeles stunned Victoria with a two-run bottom of the 11th, also a walk-off victory, a 17-16 thriller at Civic Field.
The Bells and Lefties wins eliminated Wenatchee, and set-up a make-up game between Corvallis and Wenatchee at Paul Thomas Sr. Field today to wrap the league’s regular season. If Corvallis beats Wenatchee, Victoria and Bellingham would tie for first place in the second half; and Victoria would advance to play Kelowna in the WCL Divisional Series based on owning a second half, in-division winning percentage tie-breaker with Bellingham. The Bells would advance if the AppleSox beat the Knights, as the Bells own the North’s three-way tie-breaker if Bellingham, Victoria and Wenatchee finish the season deadlocked at 15-12.
So one more game tonight at 7:05 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field. It’s host family appreciation night and Chiefs jersey replica auction night. Also, a player who was with Wenatchee early in the season but went home to Sacramento early because of injury mysteriously died last Friday night. Tommy Watanabe apparently passed away in his sleep at home. The 6’3” 225-pounder out of Bella Vista High School was to be a sophomore at College of San Mateo this year. The AppleSox will have a special moment in his honor tonight prior to the ballgame with his jersey number 26 and flowers.
So here you have the final day of the West Coast League…
Port Angeles 17, Victoria 16 (11-innings)
Nick Bellafronto’s sacrifice fly, RBI scored the game-winner…teams combined for 38-hits
Corvallis 7, Yakima Valley 3
Chad Stevens was 2-for-4 with 2-RBI and a Run to lead the Knights
Cowlitz 13, Bend 10
Marco Valenzuela’s 2-run single in the top of the 9th broke a 10-all tie, giving the bears the win
Walla Walla 15, Kelowna 1
J.J. Hancock was a double shy of the cycle as the Sweets pounded out 23-hits in the victory
North Division Standings
Bellingham 15-12 …
Victoria 15-12 …
Wenatchee 14-12 .5
Kelowna 11-16 4
Walla Walla 10-17 5
Port Angeles 9-17 5.5
South Division Standings
Corvallis 16-10 …
Cowlitz 16-11 .5
Yakima Valley 15-12 1.5
Bend 14-13 2.5
Gresham 10-16 6
The Brewster Salmon Derby went off without a hitch, other than the smoke last weekend. The winning big fish was turned in by Joel Grafe of Lake Stevens. The king weighed in at 28.76 pounds and was 41.3 inches long. For his luck, Joel takes home the King of the Pool and Largest Fish in the Adult category, which could be worth over $3,000. 2nd place went to James Jester and his 24.85 pound king. Third was Corey Maynard and his king weighing in at 24.78 pounds. Interestingly, the top three places in the youth category (9-14) were girls. First place went to Amanda Davis for her 22.76-pound fish. 2nd to Callie Christoph for her 20.79-pound king. And 3rd to Laney Howe and her 16.92 pound Chinook. In the child division (8 and under), the top fish was caught by Alan Shelton. That weighed in at 13.18 pounds. Liam Linklater was second with a king weighing 11.12 pounds. Landon Manuel was 3rd with a Chinook weighing 7.56-pounds. A total of 110 Kings were weighed in.
The Mariners played two in Kansas City Sunday after a rain-out Saturday. In game 1: Nelson Cruz homered twice, Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager also homered as Seattle downed KC 8-7. Cruz went 3-for-5 in the game with 4-RBI’s while Valencia also collected three hits in 5 plate appearances. The Mariners used 8-pitchers in the win, so they wouldn’t have much left for the nightcap. Melky Cabrera hit his first home run since being traded to the Royals while Whit Merrifield and Eric Hosmer also went yard as the Royals blasted the M’s 9-1. Erasimo Ramirez gave up all three home runs in taking the loss, going 5-innings with 8-hits and 5-runs. Seattle has the day off today and begin a three-game series at Oakland tomorrow.
Also in the American League West Sunday…
Minnesota 6, Texas 5
Houston 7, Toronto 6
Oakland 11, LA Angels 10
American League West Standings
Houston 71-40 …
Seattle 57-56 15.0 1.5
LA Angels 55-57 16.5 3.0
Texas 53-58 18.0 4.5
Oakland 50-62 21.5
Wildfire smoke from fires in British Columbia, Montana and Northern Washington trapped under an area of high pressure will persist over our area through Friday. A continuation of above normal temperatures with highs mainly in the 90s along with dry conditions are expected this week for most for most locations. Varying degrees of smoke will continue to be a daily feature throughout the week as stagnant high summer pattern continues. The current Air Quality Advisory will continue at least through mid-week as well. Friday through the weekend…weather models are beginning to come into agreement with the concept of a pattern shift beginning Friday. A deep area of low pressure will approach the west coast and bump the hot upper ridge eastward into Montana. Thunderstorm activity may result as the moist flow of air mixes with hot air already in place. Most of the moisture will stay near the higher elevations. We will see a change in air flow patterns this weekend which will clear most of the smoke out of our region.