Evening News July 19, 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, The public is invited to submit their comments on a draft plan from the Forest Service to relocate mountain goats from the Olympic Mountains to the North Cascades. Site preparation work continues on the site of the future Downtown Wenatchee fire station for Chelan County Fire District One, and, A popular East Wenatchee eatery and watering hole has closed its doors for good.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Funding has been denied for a proposal to transport grizzly bears to the North Cascades following the approval of HR 6147. Representative Dan Newhouse drafted an amendment that denies the funding for the US Department of Interior, putting a halt to the long-scrutinized plan to relocate grizzly bears into the region.

Newhouse said he was pleased the House approved the bill for rural areas of Central Washington saying quote “Transporting grizzly bears to the North Cascades would have a harmful impact on rural residents. Federal agencies must take sound science into account as well as the input of the local community, and local residents’ voices must be heard.” The legislation also included funding for wildfire prevention, language to remove Gray Wolves from the federal endangered species list and provisions for the critical North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop.

The public is invited to submit their comments on a draft plan from the Forest Service to relocate mountain goats from the Olympic Mountains to the North Cascades. The Olympic, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests are opting for Alternative D from an Environmental Impact Study to reduce the mountain goat population in the Olympic National Park, as they are not native to that area. The plan also includes the lethal removal of the remaining mountain goats in the park.

According to officials, numbers in the Cascades are low and moving the goats will increase diversity and provide them with a more preferred habitat. The Forest Service released the Record of Decision in June, and will make a final decision following the objection period. The National Parks Service will begin the coordinating process for capture and translocation operations this summer. Any objections to the plan can be submitted via mail or electronically. Visit NCWLIFE.com for the online links to submit those comments.

Site preparation work continues on the site of the future Downtown Wenatchee fire station for Chelan County Fire District One. The property that was formally occupied by Prospector Pies restaurant along Wenatchee Avenue is currently fenced off as the District prepares to contract out the demolition of the old building. Deputy Fire Chief Mike Burnett . . .

The District is also nearing completion on its new Station 13 facility located at the bottom of Squilchuck Road. . .

Burnett will be retiring in February and is currently helping new fire chief Brian Brett with his transition.

A popular East Wenatchee eatery and watering hole has closed its doors for good. The sign outside the Clearwater Saloon, Casino and Steakhouse reads, “permanently closed”. The business takes up almost the entire block along Valley Mall Parkway. There was no explanation immediately available from ownership as to why they closed.

Coming up next, A Wenatchee woman has been charged in the death of her infant son as 34-year old Elaine A. Hurd appeared in Douglas County Superior Court on Monday. A tentative agreement between the Chelan PUD and the Port of Chelan County could lead the way for a new facility for the PUD. A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in Congress has introduced legislation to replace the H2-A foreign agricultural guest worker program, and, In our weekly Kennel Kameos feature, we meet Rocky the dog.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A Wenatchee woman has been charged in the death of her infant son. 34-year old Elaine A. Hurd appeared in Douglas County Superior Court on Monday and was charged with second- degree manslaughter and possibly fourth-degree criminal mistreatment. Prosecutors charge that Hurd failed to obtain necessary medical treatment for her 2-year old 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 Medical Center in Seattle in August. The mother’s boyfriend was a suspect initially but was later released. If convicted, Hurd could face up to 10 years in jail and a 20-thousand dollar fine.

A tentative agreement between the Chelan PUD and the Port of Chelan County could lead the way for a new facility for the PUD. NCWLIFE Dan Kuntz has more:

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in Congress have introduced legislation to replace the H2-A foreign agricultural guest worker program. Co-sponsor, 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse, says the AG and Legal Workforce Act replaces what he described as the outdated and broken program with a new H-2C program. The new program would be made available to both seasonal and year-round agricultural employers. Newhouse claims the bill ensures farmers and ranchers will have access to a reliable workforce. . .

Proponents claim the bill’s provisions are supported by over 200 agricultural groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Rocky the dog. . .

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.

Hunter Boyd scattered 5-hits and a solo home run in the top of the 9th while tossing a complete game for the AppleSox in Wenatchee’s 10-1 win over Portland last night…

Boyd, a senior at the College of Idaho and graduate of Moses Lake High School, struck out 8 in a masterful performance and became one of very few AppleSox pitchers to go the distance in a 9-inning game…

 

Joel Norman with the call on the AppleSox Radio Network and video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook LIVE feed.  Connor McCord finished 2-for-4 with a run and 3-RBI’s while Jordon Rathbone was 3-for-5 with 3-runs.

The AppleSox and Pickles play again tonight at 7:05.

Earlier in the day yesterday, AppleSox fans got a chance to get this year’s team photos autographed by the team at Pybus Public Market.  Our own Grant Olson caught up with head coach Kyle Krustangel and asked what kind of spark his team needs to make a playoff run in the second half of the West Coast League season…

Krustangel is also the head coach at Yakima Valley Community College.  He says there’s quite a difference between the CC and Summer Collegiate baseball…

Wenatchee finished the first half of the season 11-and-14 and is off to a 3-and-4 start to the second half.

Also in the West Coast League last night, as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Tyler Lasch was 3-for-4 with a run and extended his hitting streak to seven straight games to lead Yakima Valley past Port Angeles 4-to-3.

Kelowna was leading Bend 8-to-3 in the top of the 8th inning at Elks Stadium in beautiful British Columbia when the sprinklers came on and no one could get them to shut off.  So, the game will resume today at 5pm at that point prior to their scheduled 6:35 game tonight.

Jordan Hovey was 2-for-2 with a run and 2-RBI’s to lead Walla Walla to a 5-4 over Bellingham at Borleske Stadium.

Zak Taylor drove in a run with a double and scored on a wild pitch, all in the top of the 9th to lead Corvallis to a 3-2 road win at Victoria.

On the West Coast League Schedule for today…

Again, Bend and Kelowna will finish last night’s sprinkler-delayed game at 5 and then play their regularly scheduled game at 6:35.  Corvallis is at Victoria; Port Angeles at Yakima Valley; Walla Walla hosts Bellingham; and Portland plays the AppleSox at 7:05 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field.

Thanks Eric.

The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a second candidate’s forum in consecutive days this morning at Pybus Public Market.  Today’s guests were candidates running for two positions in the 12th Legislative District.  Position 1 being vacated by Cary Condotta.  Position 2 being two candidates challenging the incumbent, Mike Steele. . .

Only one candidate was not present, Democratic candidate C Keiki Stacy Weigle (Cee KayKee StayCee Why-Gull), who is on her son’s graduation trip to Hawaii.  Ballots for the August 7th Primary Election are being mailed out Friday.

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…

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

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 and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.