NCWLIFE Evening News August 8, 2019

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The Forest Service says the popularity of the Stuart Lake and Eightmile Lake trailheads southwest of Leavenworth has gotten out of control, and, Chelan County Commissioners claim the State’s Cannabis Board is ignoring their concerns over the permitting of area recreational marijuana farms.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Washington state apple growers are expecting a big harvest this year. Projections from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association show they expect to harvest 137.3 million 40-pound boxes of apples.

That’s an 18 percent increase from 2018’s 116.7 million boxes but short of the record 142.3 million boxes harvested in 2017. The tree fruit association said favorable summer weather means growers are expecting a crop with excellent quality and finish.

Gala will be the most harvested apple in the state, followed by Red Delicious. Honeycrisp will account for 12 percent of this year’s crop. The new Cosmic Crisp apple will be in its first year of commercial release and growers expect it to grow in popularity in the years ahead.

The Forest Service says the popularity of the Stuart Lake and Eightmile Lake trailheads southwest of Leavenworth has gotten out of control.

As a result, they’ll be changing public parking rules on Eightmile Road beginning September 3rd.

No Parking signs will be installed along the entire length of the road, meaning parking will only be allowed in the trailhead parking areas and pullouts along the road. Officials said it is not uncommon for cars to be parked along both sides of the road, causing access problems for emergency vehicles and conflicts between people walking to the trailheads and motorists.

District Ranger Jeff Rivera said the safety of the public and Forest Service employees is the number one concern. The change will likely mean there will be no place to park for people going to trailheads on busy days, the Forest Service acknowledged. They are suggesting people have someone shuttle them to the trailheads or more carpooling.

Chelan County Commissioners claim the State’s Cannabis Board is ignoring their concerns over the permitting of area recreational marijuana farms. The County has filed a series of appeals with the State concerning the licensing of pot growing and processing operations that don’t comply with local land use rules. But, Commissioner Doug England says the appeals have fallen on deaf ears . . .

Chelan County enacted new zoning rules last year that established guidelines for where pot farms can be located. The regulations were drafted in response to nuisance complaints from neighboring property owners. 

Coming up next, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is beginning to develop a post-recovery plan for wolves. A newly-built picnic shelter was dedicated last night at Wenatchee’s Rotary Park, and, Kabob-Fest is coming up at Three Hierarchs Orthodox Church in Wenatchee, we will have all the delicious details.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is beginning to develop a post-recovery plan for wolves. The agency is currently reaching out to the public for comment. . .

WDFW Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Julia Smith says the plan will guide the State’s long-term conservation and management of gray wolves once the species is no longer designated as state or federally endangered. . .

Officials say the process will likely take two to three years to complete. WDFW has scheduled a series of open houses in September where you can share your ideas and learn about wolves in Washington and provide input on the scope of the plan. A meeting will be held in Chelan on September 11th. Public comment on the plan will end in November.

A newly-built picnic shelter was dedicated last night at Wenatchee’s Rotary Park.

Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz joined Rotarians at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open it to the public. Funding for the project was generated through private

It’s billed as a Kabob Fest. A fundraising event coming up next month will showcase Wenatchee’s only Orthodox Christian church. Father Michael Shanbour with the Three Hierarchs church explains. . .

The Kabob Fest is slated for September 7th at the church which is located on North Western Avenue at Maiden Lane. donations.

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Great pitching and record-setting home runs helped Wenatchee defeat Ridgefield 5-nothing last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, has the happy details…

Jake Saum was stellar on the mound, going 8-innings to improve to 4-and-1 on the season, allowing no-runs on 4-hits with 8-strikeouts and a walk.

The AppleSox hit back-to-back home runs to open up the 5th inning to give the AppleSox at 3-0 lead.  Joel Norman had the call on the AppleSox Radio Network, video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook page…

The win improved Wenatchee’s record to 29-and-21 overall, solidifying itself with at least the second-best record in the division, securing a playoff spot.  That means Wenatchee will host Victoria Tuesday night at 6:35 in the divisional playoff.

Also in the West Coast League last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Griffin Paxton hit two home runs and was 3-for-5 with 5-RBI’s to lead Victoria to an 11-to-2 win over Port Angeles.

Briley Knight was 2-for-4 with a home run and 2-RBI’s to lead Corvallis to a 5-4 win over Bellingham.  The loss eliminated the Bells from the playoffs.  The Knight’s win also gave Corvallis the second-half title in the south, putting Walla Walla into the playoffs.

Ty Hueckman and three other pitchers combined on a 3-hit shutout as Walla Walla beat Kelowna 4-nothing.

Brian Rice had a grand slam home run in a losing cause for Yakima Valley as the Pippins fell to Cowlitz 5-4.

Portland scored 15-runs on 21-hits at John Jensen went 5-for-6 with 4-runs and 3-RBI’s in a 15-9 win over Bend.

Taking a look at the North Standings with four-games to go…

Wenatchee could still win the second-half title as they’re still tied with Victoria atop the standings at 17-and-6.  Everyone else is out of the running.

And here you see that Bellingham is 5-and-a-half games back with 4 to play, so even if Wenatchee doesn’t win the second half, the next playoff scenario goes to overall record.

Corvallis solidified the second-half South Division title with last night’s win.  Even though Portland can catch them over the final four games, the Knights have the head-to-head advantage over the Pickles.

So it will be Walla Walla getting the other spot in the playoffs with its second-best overall record in the South Division.  The Sweets will host Corvallis Tuesday night at 6:35.

Mallex Smith scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 8th to break a 2-all tie and give the Mariners a 3-2 win over San Diego Wednesday…

Kyle Seager hit a 4th inning home run and drove in two as the Mariners split the two-game series with the Padres and snapped a 5-game losing streak.

Yusei Kikuchi gave up a home run to Fernando Tatis, Jr. to start the ballgame, but settled down to go 5-innings, with 1-run on 4-hits and 8-strikeouts…his best outing in two months.

Seattle has today off while the Seahawks take center-stage and will host Tampa Bay in the first of a three-game weekend series Friday at 7:10.

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from yesterday…

Jose Ramirez hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 7th and that was enough for Cleveland as the Indians won the opener of a doubleheader over Texas 2-nothing.

Ramirez also went deep in the nightcap as Cleveland won 5-to-1.

Yuli Gurriel had a two-run home run and drove in 8-RBI’s for Houston as the Astros beat Colorado 14-to-3.

Ian Happ hit a grand slam home run and the Cubs beat up on the A’s 10-to-1.  Jose Quintana and two relievers combined on allowing 2-run on 3-hits for Chicago.

Tonight’s the night for the Seahawks as they host the Denver Broncos in their first preseason game…

All the off-season workouts, the mini-camps, the OTA’s and two weeks of training camp have come down to FINALLY playing against someone else.

Coach Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson and a lot of the first-stringers had a big practice Wednesday to make up for not playing tonight…

So that means fans should expect NOT to see the likes of Russell Wilson or Bobby Wagner play tonight…

Seattle and Denver kickoff tonight at CenturyLink Field at 7 o’clock.  You can watch it on Q13 Fox or listen to it locally on 560AM KPQ.

Thanks Eric.

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.