Evening News June 01

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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, hundreds of thousands of computer routers that connect U.S. homes and businesses to the internet may have been infected by malware placed by hackers. A bat recently collected in Chelan County by Animal Control has tested positive for rabies, and, The unemployment rate for April in the Wenatchee Statistical Area was up slightly compared to the same time last year.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan Fire and Rescue was called out shortly before midnight to a house on fire. It was located in the area of Emerson and Trow streets. Chief Tim Lemon says it was a newly constructed home that was undergoing some final interior trim work. He says crews arrived to find an exterior wall of the home on fire. . .

Chief Lemon says they had the fire under control within 17 minutes from arrival. The home was unoccupied and no other structures were threatened.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, hundreds of thousands of computer routers that connect U.S. homes and businesses to the internet may have been infected by malware placed by hackers. The FBI warns that foreign cyber terrorists have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide. Patti Johnson, LocalTel Communications Tech. Support and Repair Manager says the fix to this possible cyber infection is simple. . .

On Wednesday, a bat collected in Chelan County by Animal Control, tested positive for rabies. This is the first rabid bat in our area this year, but not the first in the state of Washington.

To avoid possible exposure to rabies do not touch live or dead bats, make sure your home’s open windows have screens and make sure all pets are vaccinated as required by state law. Bats can also enter a home through the chimney, through vents, under loose shingles and under eaves. Chelan-Douglas Health District says anyone who encounters a bat should be evaluated by a medical professional for risk of rabies immediately.

The unemployment rate for April in the Wenatchee Statistical Area was up slightly compared to the same time last year, that according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Although the local monthly unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.1-percent in April 2017 to 5.3-percent in April 2018. Unemployment rates in the five-percent vicinity are still relatively low for the Wenatchee area during the month of April. In fact, the last time an April unemployment rate for the two-county, Chelan and Douglas, area was in this range was in April 2008 (ten years ago) when the rate registered 5.9-percent.

Coming up next, Even though there is a huge shortfall of funds, plans are moving forward with a major bridge replacement project in Chelan County. We chat with Chelan County Commission candidate Robert Moelder, and, Wenatchee Attorney, Travis Brandt hopes his second time running as a candidate for the Chelan County Superior Court bench will be the charm. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Plans are moving forward with a major bridge replacement project in Chelan County. But its still about 5 million short of what’s needed to pay for it. NCWLife’s Steve Hair gives us an update. . .

Robert Moelder is a relative newcomer to Chelan County, but he says his experience as a Federal law enforcement officer working for the US Forest Service and National Park Service makes him a viable County Commissioner Candidate. Originally from South Dakota, Moelder now makes his home in Cashmere. He’s running against 4 other candidates for the 2nd District seat. He talked about his background in a recent interview with NCWLIFE News. .

Moelder ended his career with the US Forest Service as a Patrol captain in Central Washington. . .

Moelder is running as a Republican. We will be posting the entire interview to our website at NCWLife.com.

Wenatchee Attorney, Travis Brandt hopes his second time running as a candidate for the Chelan County Superior Court bench will be the charm. Brandt is running against Judge Robert McSeveney who was appointed to the position held previously by TW Chip Small. In a recent NCWLIFE interview, Brandt outlined his campaign and legal experience. . .

Brandt is Wenatchee-born and raised having attended Wenatchee High School. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University.

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

June is here, which means another season of AppleSox baseball is here.  The ‘Sox open its 19th season on the road tonight for the first of three games in Victoria against last year’s West Coast League runner-ups, the HarbourCats…

Second-year Manager Kyle Krustangle is trying to improve on last year’s mark of 29-and-25, good enough for a three-way tie for second in the WCL’s North Division but just shy of the playoffs.  He’ll be doing it with an older group this summer and General Manager Ken Osborne has high hopes for the AppleSox on the field…

Krustangle is also working for a new owner, Jose Oglesby, who was just announced as the person who bought the team from AppleSox Founder Jim Corcoran.  Oglesby has a simple message for his team…

After playing three in Victoria, Wenatchee returns for its home opener Tuesday in a non-league game against the River City Athletics at 7:05.

Speaking of collegiate baseball, the Washington Huskies are 1-and-oh in pool play after downing UConn today 7-1 in the regionals of the college world series…

Levi Jordan went 3-for-5 with 2-runs and an RBI to back up Joe DeMers on the mound, who went 8-innings, allowing 1-run on 6-hits with 6 strikeouts for the victory.  The Huskies will play the winner of Coastal Carolina and LIU Brooklyn in the winner’s bracket.

Meanwhile, the Washington Women have reached the elite eight of the Softball College World Series after yesterday’s 2-0 win over Oklahoma.  The Huskies play Oregon today in the double-elimination bracket play.  Washington is 6-0 in the tournament so far.

A motorsport of a different flavor invades the Wenatchee Valley this weekend…

As the Monster Trucks arrive at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  This two-night event features Rockstar, Willy Crash, Pound Hound, Beastmode and Identity Theft along with Doegee Ride Truck and the new Major Payne Tank.  The Monsters will be dueling at WVSO tonight and tomorrow night with the gates opening at 5:30.

Taking a look at the weekend calendar of sports going on…

Over 900 athletes are in town for the biggest swim meet of the year.  The Apple Capital Swim Meet starts today at the Wenatchee City Pool and features teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.  Many of the teams stay in tents at Pioneer Park during this three-day event.

As we mentioned this week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, the 31st Annual Apple Century Bike Ride gets underway tomorrow morning at 8am at Pybus Market.  There’s a 100, 50 and 25-mile option for riders in the non-race event, hosted by the Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Club.

This weekend also features the Bring Down the Hammer men’s softball tournament at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday.

The 21st Annual Bavarian Bike and Brew Festival features 400 riders in Leavenworth tackling an eight-mile, off-road course at Gibbs Farm.  This event is put on by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

Run Wenatchee is sponsoring the 8th Annual Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs.  A 10K, 25K and 50K are offered in the Wenatchee National Forest near Cashmere.  It all gets underway tomorrow morning at 8.

And for those looking for something a little less-taxing, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School are hosting the 1st Annual Wenatchee Valley Cornhole Tournament and Family Fun Day tomorrow from 11am-to-4pm.

Welcome back Dee Gordon!  Fresh off the disabled list, the Mariner’s second-baseman tripled in his first at-bat last night and scored on a head-first slide to give Seattle a lead it would never relinquish in a 6-1 win over Texas at Safeco Field…

Jean Segura went 2-for-2 with a double and scored 3-runs while Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a home run and 3-RBI’s.  Manager Scott Servais it was great to have Gordon back in the lineup for the energy he brings…

LeBlanc went 5-innings to pick up his first win, allowing 1-run on 4-hits with 4 strikeouts.  Seattle welcomes Tampa Bay into town tonight for the first of three games as Mike Leaks goes up against Sergio Romo.  First pitch is at 7:10.

Thanks Eric.

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

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

Tomorrow, June 2nd is National Trails Day which means the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will waive day use fees.

The fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. The U.S. Forest Service says on National Trails Day, people are encouraged to hike, bike, paddle and maybe pitch in on some trail maintenance.

P.E. specialists Mr. Prazer and Mr. Gwinn help Eastmont students get active every day, but there’s a neat backstory to how they met. Mr. Gwinn was Mr. Prazer’s P.E. teacher in elementary school. Mr. Prazer went on to become an Eastmont High School wrestling star and a state champ. Now they get to teach together at Grant Elementary School, at least for a few more weeks because Mr. Gwinn is retiring soon. We leave you tonight with a look at the two men working together for a common goal. . .

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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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.