Evening News July 25, 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,  It appears that Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue will be bidding on property to be sold at auction by the Cascade School District. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports two men were injured Saturday night at the Phish concert at the Gorge Amphitheater near George when they were hit by rocks, and, An 18-year old Nespelem man was killed in a motorcycle accident early this morning near Coulee Dam.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Crews continue to attack a brush fire that swept up a hillside off U.S. Highway 2/97 in the Turtle Rock area last night. Firefighters from Douglas and Chelan Counties responded along with State Department of Natural Resources Crews and a heavy air assault. Jim Duck, Assistant Operations Manager with the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center or CWICC gives us an afternoon update and says crews are making progress. . .

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. It appears to have started near the highway and then raced up the steep slope burning mostly brush and grass. Crews have been staging at the DNR work center in the Baker Flat Industrial Park.

It appears that Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue will be bidding on property to be sold at auction by the Cascade School District. The five acre parcel, located next to Beaver Valley Elementary School, was formally declared as surplus by the School district following a Monday public hearing. Superintendent, Bill Motsenbocker says it was a unanimous decision to sell the land . . .

Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue wants to acquire the land as it looks to expand services to the growing Plain area. Chief Mic Lamar commented on that in an earlier interview with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair . . .

The school district hopes to complete the auction and sale of the property by the end of September.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports two men were injured Saturday night at the Phish concert at the Gorge Amphitheater near George. The 46 and 38-year old victims were injured after being struck by rocks thrown at the concert.

The two men were assaulted at about the same time Saturday night, one near the stage and the other near the top of the grass seating area. Neither victim could identify their assailant and the men did not know each other. Both victims were treated at area hospitals for head injuries. One of the men remains hospitalized in stable condition while the other man was treated and released. If you have any information regarding the assault, please contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160.

An 18-year old Nespelem man was killed in a motorcycle accident early this morning near Coulee Dam.

Patrick Morin was southbound on State Route 155 on the Colville Reservation around 4:20 this morning when he entered a curve too fast, lost control and struck a tree. Morin died at the scene. State Patrol says he did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement. It’s unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved in that deadly crash.

Coming up next, The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday a 12-billion dollar plan to assist farmers who have been hurt by trade disputes with China. Just twelve days after announcing an emergency closure of chinook salmon fishing in the Upper Columbia, fishery managers are reopening the season, and, The Wenatchee Valley has made it to the top of another National Best-of list.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday a 12-billion dollar plan to assist farmers who have been hurt by trade disputes with China and other trading partners.

The Agriculture Department said the proposal would include direct assistance for farmers, purchases of excess crops and trade promotion activities aimed at building new export markets. On the NCWLife program, the 12th District with Cary Condotta, Gebbers Farms Executive John Wyss explained how the 12-billion dollar assistance will be distributed. . .

Wyss also relayed breaking news regarding cherries as it relates to the agriculture assistance plan. . .

Officials said the plan would not require congressional approval and would come through the Commodity Credit Corporation, a wing of the department that addresses agricultural prices. Agriculture officials said the payments couldn’t be calculated until after harvests come in.

Just twelve days after announcing an emergency closure of chinook salmon fishing in the Upper Columbia, fishery managers are reopening the season.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced yesterday that stronger-than-expected returns of summer chinook salmon moving past Priest Rapids Dam have prompted fishery managers to reopen fishing in the select mainstream pools and tributaries. Starting today, anglers can again catch and keep hatchery adult chinook from Rocky Reach Dam to Wells Dam, and in the Chelan River. In addition, the chinook fishery will open August 1st from Wells Dam to Chief Joseph Dam (also known as the Brewster Pool), including the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers.

The news had a ripple effect in Brewster, where the annual salmon derby is now back on after it had been cancelled. The derby will run the weekend of August 3rd through the 5th.  Anglers can register on-line at brewstersalmonderby.com.

The Wenatchee Valley has made it to the top of another National Best-of list. This time the website, Moneywise has ranked Wenatchee as THE most frugal and friendly place to retire in the United States. NCWLife’s Steve Hair has the details. . .

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.

Andres Sosa tied it in the 6th with a 2-run home run and Austin Bell broke the tie in the 7th with a 2-run single as Cowlitz defeated Wenatchee 6-3 at Paul Thomas Field last night…

Wenatchee’s Connor McCord was 3-for-5 with his 3rd home run in his last four days, but it wasn’t enough.  Johnny Sage also had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and Jake Taylor hit his 4th homer of the season.

The AppleSox defense faltered behind starter Hunter Boyd, who went 6-innings and allowed 3-runs on 4-hits, but none earned runs as the defense committed 4-errors.

The two teams meet again tonight at 7:05.

Also in the West Coast League last night…

Austin Feist was 2-for-3 with a run and 2-RBI’s as Corvallis scored 7-runs in the first two innings and held on to beat Kelowna 8-5.

Davis Baillie and three other pitchers held Port Angeles to one run on 5-hits and struck out 13 batters in Bellingham’s 6-1 over the Lefties.  Matt McLain led the way at the plate for the Bells, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam home run in the 6th inning.

Carson Breshears drove in 5-runs for Portland in the Pickle’s 14-1 thrashing of Bend.  Three of the runs crossed the plate on Breshears’ 3-run triple in the 8th inning.

Jaxxon Fagg’s 2-run home run highlighted a 5-run 3rd inning for Victoria in the HarbourCat’s 10-3 win over Walla Walla.

On the West Coast League schedule today…

Kelowna at Corvallis at 6:30.  Bellingham hosts Port Angeles at 6:35.  That’s also the start time for Portland at Bend and Victoria hosting Walla Walla.  Wenatchee and Cowlitz start at 7:05 tonight and in a non-league game, Gresham travels to Yakima Valley.

Jean Segura’s RBI-single in the bottom of the 8th broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Mariners beat San Francisco 3-2 today at Safeco Field…

Segura helped give the Mariners the lead in the 1st on a sacrifice fly to score Dee Gordon.  Seattle added to its lead in the 2nd on a solo home run by Ryon Healy (as trade talks continue to swirl around the Mariner first baseman).

The Giants got things going in the 7th on some defensive gaffs by Seattle.  Brandon Belt got aboard on a single and moved to second in Dee Gordon’s throwing error.  Belt hurt his knee on the play and was replaced by Chase D’Arnaud.  An out later, Brandon Crawford came to the plate…

The game was only available on Facebook Watch Live today.  But the Mariners came back on Segura’s RBI single in the 8th to set up a save opportunity for Edwin Diaz in the 9th

It was Diaz’s 38th save of the season.  Seattle next heads to Anaheim on Friday to face the Angels in the first of a three game series.

James Paxton was a scratch with a sore back and the Mariner bullpen couldn’t hang on as Seattle fell to San Francisco 4-3 at Safeco Field last night…

With the game tied at 3 in the top of the 9th, Pablo Sandoval’s RBI single off Seattle closer Edwin Diaz meant the difference.  Guillermo Heredia delivered a home run for the Marines while Kyle Seager was 2-for-4.

The two teams play a day game today at Safeco Field at 1:10 with the Giants sending Derek Holland on the mound to face Seattle’s Mike Leake.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the American League West last night…

Stephen Piscotty tied the game in the 9th and Chris Davis delivered the game-winning, 3-run homer in the 10th as Oakland came back from 8-down to score 11-unanswered runs to beat Texas 13-10.

Houston scored 6-runs in the 10th inning to shock Colorado 8-2 at Coors Field, highlighted by George Springer’s 2-run home run.

White Sox starter Carlos Rodon carried a no-hitter in to the sixth inning of Chicago’s 4-2 win over the Angels and struck out 8 to earn the victory.

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, according to a 2016 American Express business report, women own more than 200,000 companies in Washington State. In an effort to share successes, challenges and tips for young entrepreneurs, GWATA hosted a panel titled Women Rule the World, highlighting the stories of four local female business owners. The event opened a question and answer, where panelists were asked if their gender had any impact on their journey as entrepreneurs…

Stay tuned to the NCW Magazine for the full Women Rule the World panel. GWATA hosts a multitude of events throughout the year for entrepreneurs and the tech industry including the Summer Social as well as Tech Talks each month. For more visit gwata.org.

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…

Crews continue to attack a brush fire that swept up a hillside off U.S. Highway 2/97 in the Turtle Rock area last night. Firefighters from Douglas and Chelan Counties responded along with State Department of Natural Resources Crews and a heavy air assault. Jim Duck, Assistant Operations Manager with the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center or CWICC gives us an afternoon update and says crews are making progress. . .

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. It appears to have started near the highway and then raced up the steep slope burning mostly brush and grass. Crews have been staging at the DNR work center in the Baker Flat Industrial Park.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports two men were injured Saturday night at the Phish concert at the Gorge Amphitheater near George. The 46 and 38-year old victims were injured after being struck by rocks thrown at the concert.

The two men were assaulted at about the same time Saturday night, one near the stage and the other near the top of the grass seating area. Neither victim could identify their assailant and the men did not know each other. Both victims were treated at area hospitals for head injuries. One of the men remains hospitalized in stable condition while the other man was treated and released. If you have any information regarding the assault, please contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160.

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.