Evening News June 04

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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, Fire crews in Okanogan County corralled a fast-moving brush fire that closed down Highway 155 in the Omak area Sunday afternoon. And, it was all hands on deck Friday afternoon in the basin as fire crews from multiple Grant County Fire departments rallied to stop a fast moving brush fire.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee Police say a local man was driving under the influence when he crashed his van into the side of the People’s Bank Building Friday afternoon. Captain Edgar Reinfeld explains the incident actually involved two traffic collisions. . .

Emergency crews responded Friday afternoon to an accident involving a Van that crashed into the People’s Bank Building on the Corner of Mission and Ninth Streets. The driver was reportedly extricated and transported to Confluence Hospital for treatment. No other details were immediately available.

Fire crews in Okanogan County corralled a fast-moving brush fire that closed down Highway 155 in the Omak area Sunday afternoon. Emergency Management officials say the fire was contained shortly after 4 PM. It started around 2:30.

Neighboring property owners, such as Bill Moomaw, were out creating fire breaks to protect their land from the fire which can be seen burning in the distance. No structures were damaged. There is no immediate word on what caused the fire.

It was all hands on deck Friday afternoon in the basin as fire crews from multiple Grant County Fire departments rallied to stop a fast moving b,5 brush fire before it reached several homes in the Ephrata area.

The wind-driven blaze in the 18-thousand block of Road B.5 Northeast was contained after scorching about 11-hundred acres. Crews from Grant County Fire Districts 3,5,13 and Ephrata City Fire responded. For those still wondering if our vegetation is drying out and ready to burn… wonder no more!

Multiple Grant County fire districts answered a call Sunday evening for a large wildfire on the west side of State Route 243 in the Town of Schawana.

The fire burned one home and three other buildings. Several other homes and buildings were threatened. Level 3 evacuations were ordered through the night. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from jumping SR243. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Grant County Fire Marshal. A countywide burn ban is in effect from June 1 through September 30 annually.

Coming up next, Republican 12th District House of Representative candidate, J.D. Greening dropped by the NCWLIFE Studios last week to discuss his campaign. The East Wenatchee City Council meets in special session Tuesday night where they are scheduled to interview the nine candidates who have filed for the council seat. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Republican 12th District House of Representative candidate, J.D. Greening dropped by the NCWLIFE Studios last week to discuss his campaign. The Waterville High School and Eastern Washington University graduate says his main interest is engaging the electorate in the decision making process. .

Greening identified firewise planning as one of the State’s top priorities. He contends that the State needs to do more to make forest lands less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires. Greening is running against three other candidates for the Position One seat vacated by Representative Cary Condotta.

The East Wenatchee City Council meets in special session Tuesday night. They are scheduled to interview the nine candidates who have filed for a council seat that was vacated with the retirement of Sandra McCourt. The nine candidates to be questioned are: Jerry Anderson, Ken Del Duca, Christopher Goehner, Mark Harle, Tom Irvin, Christine Johnson, Shayne Magdoff, Leon McKinney and Kelli Vancha. The meeting is billed as an informal question and answer session. It starts at 6:30 at East Wenatchee City Hall. The Council’s final selection will be announced at their regular meeting on the 12th.

The Upper Valley Mend organization needs your help. Last year the Community Harvest gleaning program made a significant difference in the lives of many people in the Wenatchee Valley facing hunger.

Volunteers worked more than 400 hours to rescue over 86-thousand dollar’s worth of fruits and vegetables. This year the community harvest-gleaning program needs to raise 10-thousand dollars to make sure that food from fields, orchards and backyards does not go to waste.

Last year, community support allowed over 39-thousand pounds of leafy greens, ground crops, root vegetables, tree fruit and berries to be gleaned and allowed 10,500 people to receive fresh, local produce each month. Upper Valley Mend is asking for a donation of 25-dollars or more to help ensure that families and seniors on a fixed income can continue to receive nutritious food.

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.

Cory Meyer’s two-run single capped a 5-run 2nd inning and the Wenatchee AppleSox went on for a big 14-2 win over the Victoria HarbourCats Sunday…

The AppleSox pounded out 13-hits in the game, led by Alix Garcia.  The 1st baseman from Central Arizona College went 2-for-6 with 4-RBI’s.  Meanwhile, on the mound, Moses Lake graduate and now junior at College of Idaho Hunter Boyd flirted with a no-hitter into the 6th inning.  He went 7-innings, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits and struck out 8 for the victory.

Wenatchee took two of three from Victoria over the weekend.  The AppleSox won the opener Friday 2-1 before dropping a 7-1 decision Saturday.  The ‘Sox return for a non-league home-opener tomorrow night against the River City Athletics.  Fans can wet their whistles tonight with a Fan Fest from 5-to-7.  Fans can attend a live practice, pick up ticket packages and buy concessions and merchandise. The event is free to attend.

A huge contingent of swimmers converged on the Wenatchee City Pool over the weekend for the Apple Capital Swim Meet.  We met poolside with Pat Norland of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce to get a sense of what events like Apple Capital mean to our local economy…

The next big swim meet hosted by Velocity will be the Starlight Invitational July 6th through the 8th.

Blake Snell graduated from Shoreline High School in 2011.  His favorite pitcher growing up?  Felix Hernandez.  Fast-forward 7-years to yesterday at Safeco Field.  Blake Snell is one of the best pitchers in the American League and starting on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays against, none other than his hero, Felix Hernandez…

Snell was up to the challenge, tying an American League record by striking out the first 7-batters he faced.  But King Felix was able to reach back to his old form at times, striking out seven of his own over 8-innings as the Mariners came from behind to earn a 2-1 win and weekend sweep.  Snell ended up going six innings, allowing no runs on 2-hits with 12-strikeouts.  Manager Scott Servais said he was thrilled to get Snell off the mound and get to their bullpen…

Hernandez allowed 1-run on 5-hits in his 8-innings.  Servais said he was happy to see the veteran rise to the occasion…

Trailing 1-nothing in the bottom of the 8th, Seattle’s Ryon Healy walked.  Guillermo Heredia’s sacrifice bunt was thrown to first but missed by Brad Miller for an error, putting Mariners on the corners with nobody out.  Denard Span’s RBI single next tied the game at 1-1.  One out later, Dee Gordon drove in Heredia with a bloop single to left.  Edwin Diaz came on in the 9th, working a 1-2-3 inning for his league-leading 21st save.

Seattle finished the ten-game home stand 8-and-2 and has taken over first place in the American League West…

While the Mariners were winning 2-1, Boston was pounding Houston 9-3 to drop the Astros a game behind Seattle in the West.  Also on Sunday, the Angels beat Texas 3-1 and Matt Olson’s 3-run homer in Oakland’s 4-run 8th helped the A’s down the Royals 5-1.  Seattle has the day off today before beginning at 6-game road trip with the first of two at Houston tomorrow.

The University of Washington softball team is in the Women’s College World Series final after defeating defending-champ Oklahoma Sunday 3-0…

Taran Alvelo pitched a complete-game shutout, racking up seven strikeouts, while Julia DePonte paced the offense with a pair of RBI’s.  Washington won all three of their games in Oklahoma City over the weekend to advance to the best-of-three final against Florida State.  The Seminoles reached the final by coming back through the elimination bracket, winning four straight including two over UCLA Sunday.  Game one is today at 4 on ESPN.

The Washington baseball team advanced to the Super-Regionals of the College World Series with a 9-6 win over U-Conn Sunday…

AJ Graffinno’s 3-run double broke a 6-all tie in the bottom of the 8th as the Huskies rolled through the Regional 3-and-oh.  Washington will face Cal State Fullerton in a best-of-3 Super Regional for a shot at the College World Series semifinals with the first game on Friday.

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro discusses the Teapot Dome service station in Zillah. This service station in the shape of a teapot has been a tourist attraction since 1922. It’s one of Ralph Munro’s, favorite places. . .

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…

Fire crews in Okanogan County corralled a fast-moving brush fire that closed down Highway 155 in the Omak area Sunday afternoon. Emergency Management officials say the fire was contained shortly after 4 PM. It started around 2:30.

Neighboring property owners, such as Bill Moomaw, were out creating fire breaks to protect their land from the fire which can be seen burning in the distance. No structures were damaged. There is no immediate word on what caused the fire.

It was all hands on deck Friday afternoon in the basin as fire crews from multiple Grant County Fire departments rallied to stop a fast moving b,5 brush fire before it reached several homes in the Ephrata area.

The wind-driven blaze in the 18-thousand block of Road B.5 Northeast was contained after scorching about 11-hundred acres. Crews from Grant County Fire Districts 3,5,13 and Ephrata City Fire responded. For those still wondering if our vegetation is drying out and ready to burn… wonder no more!

Multiple Grant County fire districts answered a call Sunday evening for a large wildfire on the west side of State Route 243 in the Town of Schawana.

The fire burned one home and three other buildings. Several other homes and buildings were threatened. Level 3 evacuations were ordered through the night. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from jumping SR243. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Grant County Fire Marshal. A countywide burn ban is in effect from June 1 through September 30 annually.

The East Wenatchee City Council meets in special session Tuesday night. They are scheduled to interview the nine candidates who have filed for a council seat that was vacated with the retirement of Sandra McCourt. The nine candidates to be questioned are: Jerry Anderson, Ken Del Duca, Christopher Goehner, Mark Harle, Tom Irvin, Christine Johnson, Shayne Magdoff, Leon McKinney and Kelli Vancha. The meeting is billed as an informal question and answer session. It starts at 6:30 at East Wenatchee City Hall. The Council’s final selection will be announced at their regular meeting on the 12th.

We leave you tonight with. . .Wow, that was close. Hats off to Canadian Mark White for keeping this situation under control. 14-year old Davin sure kept his cool and will probably be telling this story for the rest of his life. Check it out. . .

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