Here are a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight-
East Wenatchee: Fish and Wildlife continues to monitor a cougar on the prowl
Entiat: A fatal crash leads to the arrest of an Entiat man
Chelan County PUD Helicopter was busy in the skies this week
Watterville: NCW District Fairgrounds receives a face-lift before the fair in August.
Cougar in East Wenatchee
A cougar has been roaming the East Wenatchee area this week creating unease in several eastside neighborhoods. State Fish and Wildlife Department officers have been monitoring the animal and tracking its movements since the first sightings were called in Tuesday afternoon. Agency spokesman, Sergeant Dan Klump says the cougar was spotted again last night. Klump advises residents of the area that cougars are prowling for food and often wander into the valley seeking food, water and shade. Klump says cougar sightings can be reported to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife through their Wenatchee office or through RiverCom Dispatch at 663-9911.
Entiat Man Arrested
An Entiat man was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a two-vehicle fatal crash on Entiat Valley Road. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says 29 year old Walter Williams faces vehicular homicide charges in the death of 48 year old Deborah Augustus, also of Entiat. Burnett says the collision occurred around 4 pm Tuesday about 4 miles West of Highway 97-A. Additional details are pending.
Chelan PUD Helicopter sightings
The helicopter you’ve probably seen flying over the Wenatchee and Chelan Valleys over the last few days is contracted by Chelan County PUD to survey PUD transmission lines. The pilot’s taking pictures and gathering high-tech survey information to help PUD engineers maintain reliable electric service in the county. Flights are scheduled to continue today through Saturday. The helicopter will fly twice along the transmission lines circling Wenatchee, those between Chelan Falls and Union Valley and from Knapps Hill Tunnel to the south shore.
Getting Ready For NCW District Fair
Preparations are underway in Waterville at the North Central Washington District Fairgrounds for August’s fair! Repair work has been started to make sure that the fairgrounds are kept in good shape. Commissioner Dan Sutton says the work will also include a new paint job on the livestock barn. The NCW District Fair runs August 24th-27th.
Difficulties With Washington State Budget
Governor Jay Inslee issued a statement yesterday regarding the delay in adopting the State’s capital budget. The 4-billion dollar construction spending bill is currently mired in a dispute between the Senate and House with the Governor blaming Senate Republicans for the hold-up. But GOP Senator Judy Warnick of Moses Lake maintains passage of the capital budget is contingent on passage of legislation she’s sponsored that relates to the State Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. Warnick stresses the bill’s importance for rural areas of the state who want wells for domestic use. Warnick’s bill has passed the senate four times, she said. While it has been introduced into the House, no votes have been taken on the measure. Warnick’s bill seeks to fix the problem created in the Washington Supreme Court’s decision which found that the state failed to properly consider the affects ground water pumped from wells would have on surface water and those who hold rights to surface water. The ruling effectively shuts down development in any area where pumping well water can affect the amount of water in rivers, streams, and lakes.
Ballots were mailed out yesterday in Douglas County for the August 1st primary election. There are contested races including water commissioner, Eastmont School District and East Wenatchee city council. Auditor Thad Duvall predicts an average voter turnout. Duvall says if you don’t receive your ballot within five days, contact the auditor’s office (745-8527). For a full list of candidates who have filed, visit the Douglas County website.
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is hoping a third time is a charm. Eyman launched a new initiative on Tuesday to get rid of vehicle weight fees, vehicle fees imposed by cities and remove all car-tab taxes imposed by Sound Transit. The initiative would instead bring back the $30-dollar flat fee each year. Two similar Eyman-led $30-dollar flat fee initiatives passed in 1999 and in 2002 but both faced legal challenges and were ultimately declared unconstitutional. Following the passage of the 25-year, $54-billion dollar Sound Transit package which was approved by voters last fall, Eyman says Washington drivers are feeling sticker shock when their car tabs doubled and in some cases tripled after the passage of the package. Transit supporters immediately criticized Eyman’s new initiative and say they need solutions to address congestion in the Seattle area and that transit is vitally important.
Ride for Alzheimers
Yesterday Afternoon Don Reddington and his daughter Donni made the final stop of their ten-day Ride for Alzheimers. The Reddington Duo set out from Twisp following the conclusion of the fourth of July parade, and have been making stops all across Washington riding on motorcycle and side car with fellow riders and supporters of raising Alzheimers awareness. Making their final stop here in Wenatchee at the Pybus market they were greeted with cheers and smiles, Donni Reddington shared her experiences and appreciation for the support shown by the Washington community during the ride.
After winning 9-straight at home, the Wenatchee AppleSox have now lost two straight at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field after a 12-4 loss to the Cowlitz Black Bears. Things looked good early for the ‘Sox, as Josh Zamora hit a long ball in the second. Connor McCord tried to help a comeback in the 9th with another homer. Cowlitz used a 4-run fourth inning to erase a 2-0 Wenatchee lead and never looked back, collecting another three home runs on the night. Andy Armstrong hit a two-run shot in the 6th. Cory Voss followed with a 2-run homer in the 7th. Delvin Granberg stroked a solo homer in the 8th to give the Black Bears six home runs in the two games to open the series. Wenatchee will try to avoid being swept tonight when the AppleSox send Connor McCord (3-1) to the mound against the Bear’s Austin Merrill (1-0). First pitch is 7:05pm
Also in the WCL last night…
Bend 14, Bellingham 4
Matt Kroon led an 18-hit night for the Elks, going 3-for-5 with a home run and 4 runs batted in
Victoria 13, Yakima Valley 10
Andrew Shapps had a homer and three hits while Shane McGuire added three hits for the HarbourCats
Kelowna 14, Corvallis 7
Taylor Wright had a big night, helping the Falcons get back on the winning track, going 5-for-6 with 3-RBI
Walla Walla 6, Port Angeles 5
The Sweets gave up the lead, allowing 4-runs in the 8th, then got it back with 2-runs in the 8th to win.
North Division Standings
Victoria 6-3 …
Wenatchee 3-2 1.5
Bellingham 2-4 2.5
Port Angeles 3-6 3.0
Walla Walla 2-5 3.0
Kelowna 2-7 4.0
Kyle Krustangel is loving his new job as head coach of the Wenatchee AppleSox. The Yakima Valley Community College coach was hired last September as Wenatchee’s fourth coach in franchise history. Being a former West Coast League player himself, he was thrilled to get the call. Krustangel’s AppleSox are battling for first place in the Northern Division of the WCL with a game tonight against Cowlitz. It was in Longview last week against Cowlitz that the lights went out in the 8th inning and the teams decided to have a dance off. Krustangel says he hopes to enjoy a long career with the AppleSox.
Wenatchee’s Cody O’Connell is busy with his Washington State teammates getting ready for another season of Pac-12 football in the Palouse. He doesn’t pay much attention to other things going on when it comes time to play football. So forgive him if he has no comment about being listed on the watch list for the Outland Trophy today. O’Connell, affectionately termed “The Continent” by Cougar head coach Mike Leach, stands six feet, eight inches tall and weighs 370 pounds. He was a finalist for the award recognizing the nation’s most outstanding lineman last year. The All-American is ready to begin his senior season at left guard for Wazzu. Also on the watch list is O’Connell’s former teammate at Wenatchee High School, Tre Adams, who will start at left offensive tackle for the Washington Huskies this fall.
North Central Washington Weather
Expect a warming trend with mostly clear skies through Friday. Friday night into Saturday there will be a slight chance for thunderstorms over parts of Eastern Washington and North Idaho. With lightning a possibility in these storms, fire danger will also be a possibility Saturday night into Sunday morning so we will keep an eye on that for you this weekend. This will be followed by slightly cooler, dry and breezy weather for Sunday and into early next week as a weak cold front moves through the area. But for the most part our weather will remain hot and dry with temperatures at or slightly above our normal high for this time
of year of 87.