Evening News July 13, 2018

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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, A research student was rescued yesterday after she was forced up a tree by several wolves. At last night’s Wenatchee City Council meeting, a public hearing was held in order for the public to comment on proposed voting districts in Wenatchee, and, As a result of increasing fire danger in the national forest, beginning today campfire restrictions go into effect in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Wenatchee woman faces Manslaughter charges in the 2017 death of her two year old son. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says 34 year old Elaine A Hurd was arrested Wednesday following an extensive investigation into Hurd’s son’s death.

The Sheriff shared that the investigation revealed Hurd failed to obtain necessary medical treatment for her son for a broken arm and blunt force trauma to his head, which resulted in the boy’s death. The boy was treated for a head injury after having a seizure at Hurd’s former boyfriends house in June of last year in the East Wenatchee area. He died at Harborview Hospital. Hurd was booked into Chelan County Regional Jail without incident.

A research student was rescued yesterday after she was forced up a tree by several wolves that surrounded her near Tiffany Spring Campground in Okanogan County. Sheriff Frank Rogers issued a news release reporting his office was notified at around 12:30 that a research student was near the campground at 20-mile Meadows, surveying the area when she came across wolves.

He says she reported that she was 30-feet up a tree with a pack of wolves surrounding it. Deputies and Search and Rescue crews responded with orders to shoot the wolves if they were still threatening the female student. A DNR Helicopter crew was dispatched and the pilot reported observing wolves on the ground. The helicopter landed and the student was rescued apparently unharmed. Sheriff Rogers says the matter is under investigation.

At last night’s Wenatchee City Council meeting, a public hearing was held in order for the public to comment on proposed voting districts in Wenatchee to replace the current at-large election of city council members. NCWLife’s Grant Olson has more. . .

The Washington Voter rights act of 2018 states that all voters be represented. The council will decide on 7 voting districts in the city, 5 voting districts with 2 at-large candidates or keep the current system of 7 at-large city council members.

As a result of increasing fire danger in the national forest, beginning today (Fri) campfire restrictions go into effect in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Campfires will only be allowed in developed campgrounds, which usually have amenities such as metal fire rings, picnic tables and outhouses.

In all other areas, building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire or stove fire will be prohibited. That also includes a fire made from briquettes. Visit or call the appropriate ranger station to obtain information on specific campground restrictions.

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As the summer construction season ramps up Chelan County Commissioners express concerns about higher than expected costs. Commissioner Keith Goehner says its an expensive bidding climate. . .

Commissioners report several projects are currently under construction. The Eagle Creek Road improvements have been completed in the Leavenworth area and crews continue to do chip sealing work around the county. The Mission Ridge Road improvements are also underway.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy confirms the arrest of two men earlier this morning after they were suspected of illegally shooting salmon with crossbows in the Chelan River. The two men had reportedly fled from a State Fish and Wildlife officer who had observed them in the Chelan Falls area. The Deputy says the Sheriff’s helicopter happened to be in the air at the time conducting a training flight and it was used to help track down the two suspects.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

If you’re in the Chelan area this weekend, keep your eyes to the skies as the U.S. and Canadian Open Paragliding Competition runs until Saturday on the Chelan Butte. 131 pilots from around the world launch into the Chelan air to complete flying tasks over the duration of the competition. Tuesday’s events were called off due to high winds, and paragliders were expected to take to the sky today with warmer temperatures and a calmer breeze. The competition is a pre-World Cup Event as paragliders compete in categories such as distance and time. Participants will land in the Chelan Falls Soccer Field throughout the competition.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

It seemed like LAST night was Friday the 13th for both the AppleSox and Mariners as both lost badly in their baseball games.  Wenatchee committed four errors and allowed 6 unearned runs in a 10-4 loss to the Bellingham Bells…

The only good news on this sour night was that Wenatchee’s Matt Morenco, Connor McCord and Evan Williams each had two-hit nights and Isaac Barrera drove in two runs.

Michael Spellacy (SPELL-uh-see) took the loss on the mound, going five innings and allowing 3-runs (no earned runs) on 6-hits with 6 strikeouts.  Carson Olson was the winner for the Bells, relieving in the 5th and allowing a run on a hit with three walks.

The AppleSox hope for better luck in Bellingham now as the home-and-home series shifts to Joe Martin Field.  First pitch tonight is at 6:35.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the West Coast League last night…

Victor Cerny’s RBI-double in the bottom of the 9th gave Yakima Valley a 7-6 win over Corvallis at Yakima County Stadium.  The Pippins took two of three from the Knights in the series.

Kaiser Weiss’s two-run double highlighted a 4-run 7th as the Bend Elks won at Kelowna 8-to-6.

Michael Newstrom and three relievers held Walla Walla to a three-hit shutout as Portland Pounded the Sweets 12-nothing.  Gio Diaz also shined at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a 2-run home run.

And Port Angeles used a 7-run 5th inning to beat Highline in non-league action 9-to-6.

On the West Coast League Schedule tonight…

Port Angeles gets back into league play with the first of three at Corvallis.  Cowlitz hosts Victoria.  There you see Wenatchee at Bellingham.  Bend takes on Yakima Valley.  Kelowna travels to Portland.  And in a non-league game, Walla Walla hosts the River City Athletics.

Tonight starts a busy weekend of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

It’s the Jerry’s Auto Supply Thunder in the Valley tonight and tomorrow up at Fancher featuring the WESCO Winged Sprint Cars; the WILROC/ISRL Non-winged Sprint Cars; Northwest Focus Midgets; Can-Am Early Stock Old Timer Challenge; West Coast Vintage; and the WMRA.  The heat races start at 4:30 tonight and tomorrow night.

Also coming up this weekend on the sports calendar…

The Wenatchee Senior Softball league his hosting its year-end tournament at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday.

The “Hot Dams” women’s softball tournament will be Saturday and Sunday at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park.

And for boating enthusiasts, the Lake Chelan Poker Run is this weekend, hosted by the Lake Chelan Boating Club.  There’s a show and shine to see many of the 62 registered boats in downtown Manson tonight.  Then tomorrow, the teams will race the entire length of Lake Chelan, picking up poker tickets at various stops for a chance at winning cash and prizes.  This is also a note to boaters on Lake Chelan to be on the lookout for fast-running, cigar-type boats tomorrow on the water.

James Paxton lasted just 2/3rds of an inning, allowing two home runs in the process, as the Mariners fell to the Angels 11-2 last night…

Team trainers walked Paxton off the mound and concern immediately went to whether “Big Maple” was injured.  Manager Scott Servais said it was just a back issue…

Meanwhile, Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey, Jr. in career home runs at 630 with two round-trippers last night.  Los Angeles finished with 15-hits in the game, four of which home runs.

The game got so out of whack that utility man Andrew Romine pitched the 8th inning.  Dee Gordon and Denard Span each had two hits as the Mariners lost for the 5th time in their past 8 games.

Seattle limps towards the All Star break with the first of three interleague games with Colorado tonight as Christian Bergman starts against Antonio Senzatela at 5:40.

Also in the American League West last night as we open the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Oakland scored 6-unanswered runs to come from behind to beat Houston 6-to-4 at Minute Maid Field.  The A’s took three of four from the Astros to improve to 53-and-41 on the season, creeping to within 8 of Houston and 5 of Seattle in the A-L West.

Thanks Eric.

If you’re a U.S. military veteran in need of help, mark August 4th on your calendar. That’s the date set for the next Stand-Down event in Wenatchee. The event is hosted by Vets Serving Vets of North Central Washington. In tonight’s feature story, group co-founder, Ron Bruno says something new has been added for this year’s Stand-Down. . .

The Stand-Down will also serve as a food bank for needy vets. . .

The Stand-Down is slated for August 4th at the Wenatchee Armory on Fifth Street starting at 9 am.

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

A Wenatchee woman faces Manslaughter charges in the 2017 death of her two year old son. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says 34 year old Elaine A Hurd was arrested Wednesday following an extensive investigation into Hurd’s son’s death.

The Sheriff shared that the investigation revealed Hurd failed to obtain necessary medical treatment for her son for a broken arm and blunt force trauma to his head, which resulted in the boy’s death. The boy was treated for a head injury after having a seizure at Hurd’s former boyfriends house in June of last year in the East Wenatchee area. He died at Harborview Hospital. Hurd was booked into Chelan County Regional Jail without incident.

The Chelan County PUD has produced a short Public Service Announcement video that focuses on the dangers posed by unregulated bitcoin mining. . .with the hit Netflix show, “Stranger Things” as its theme. . .

PUD Commissioners continue to deal with the cryptocurrency mining issue and are preparing to act on proposed new rate classes for such activities.

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