Evening News June 06

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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 48-year old Quincy man was killed and a woman received serious injuries in a one vehicle collision Sunday night, and, a rabid bat collected in Chelan County by Animal Control last week was in fact found in Wenatchee.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The top brass from three Chelan County Agencies met yesterday at the Confluence Technology Center for a tri-commission meeting and the future of Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works idled smelter was on the agenda. Here’s more on that story. . .

Under the current power sales agreement with the PUD, if the Wenatchee Works plant remains closed through June, a $62-million dollar deferred power contract charge would become due. 400 employees were laid off when Alcoa’s production was curtailed in 2015.

A 48-year old Quincy man was killed and a woman received serious injuries in a one vehicle collision Sunday night. Jose Lozano was the passenger in a car driven by 48-year-old Angela Anaya of Quincy. Deputies say Anaya was driving at high speed north on Road P-Northwest when she failed to negotiate a curve. The Cadillac tripped and rolled four times, ejecting Lozano. Anaya was injured but able to walk to her Quincy home, and she was then driven by a friend to Quincy Valley Medical Center. Deputies spent over three hours searching for the collision. A deputy found Lozano dead at the scene around 3 a.m. Monday. Anaya was later transferred to a regional hospital where she was admitted in serious condition with a fractured skull. Alcohol and excessive speed contributed to the collision.

A week ago, a bat collected in Chelan County by Animal Control, tested positive for rabies. Veronica Farias, Public Information Officer for with the Chelan-Douglas Health District, says the bat was in fact found in Wenatchee but it is really not that unusual. She says about 2-3 rabid bats are found in the Wenatchee Valley each year. She also tells us what to do in case a bat is found. . .

To avoid possible exposure to rabies do not touch live or dead bats and make sure your home’s open windows have screens. Bats can also enter a home through the chimney, through vents, under loose shingles and under eaves.

Coming up next, A controlled agricultural burn is planned for Saturday at a pest-infected pear orchard on the western outskirts of Wenatchee. U.S. Apple growers are targeted with tariffs as Mexico retaliates against Trump administrations foreign trade dispute, and, Stemilt Growers is pitching a relatively new variety of Cherry called the Skylar Rae, we will tell you about it.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A controlled agricultural burn is planned for Saturday at a pest-infected pear orchard on the western outskirts of Wenatchee. Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb says the fire is necessary to stop the spread of the disease . . .

Plumb says if the control burn goes forward as planned this weekend. It will be clearly visible to neighbors and passing motorists . . .

Plumb says he’s still working out details of the planned burn with the orchard owner and the Chelan County Horticultural Pest Board. He says it will go forward only if weather conditions allow.

U.S. Apple growers are targeted with tariffs as Mexico retaliates against Trump administrations foreign trade dispute. Mexico announced Tuesday it will levy tariffs on imports of U.S. products. The order stipulates charges of 15 percent to 25 percent on U.S. farm goods including pork, cheese, apples and potatoes, bourbon whiskey and cranberries. The move follows a U.S. decision to impose tariffs on imports of Mexican steel and aluminum purchases, which took effect on Friday. Washington exports apples valued at $200 million to $250 million to Mexico every year, representing 10 percent of its total market. Washington Apple Commission President, Todd Fryhover, talked to NCWLIFE News earlier this year about the prospects of a possible trade war and how it could upset the apple cart . .

Stemilt Growers is pitching a relatively new variety of Cherry. They call the Skylar Rae one of the sweetest cherries you’ll ever eat and it has Wenatchee Valley origins . .

Thanks to Stemilt Growers for that excerpt from their Skylar Rae Cherry Promotional video.

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.

Despite scoring 5-runs in the 1st inning, the Wenatchee AppleSox couldn’t hold on and fell in its home opener last night to the River City Athletics 8-7…

Andrew Vargas’ RBI double in the top of the 9th broke a 7-7 tie and gave the visitors the victory.  Wenatchee was able to get two on in the bottom of the 9th, but the rally fell short when Mason Morenco lined out to right field.

Jordan Rathbone highlighted the night offensively for the AppleSox, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.  Cashmere grad Tyler Chipman got the start on the mound for Wenatchee, going 3-and-2/3rds, allowing 6-runs on 4-hits with 8-walks.  Karver Pate was tagged with the loss, going two innings and allowing the one run off the bat of Vargas in the 9th.

Wenatchee will be home again tonight with another non-league game as the Northwest Honkers come to town at 7:05.

Also in West Coast League play last night…

Bellingham shut out Walla Walla 1-0.  Port Angeles beat up on Bend 16-to-2.  Victoria doubled up on Yakima Valley 6-3.  And the Portland Pickles got a 4-3 win on the road at Cowlitz.  The schedule tonight has Yakima Valley at Victoria; Walla Walla at Bellingham; Portland at Cowlitz; Corvallis at Kelowna; and Bend hosting Port Angeles.  All five games start at 6:35.

The Washington Huskies bid for a national championship in softball fell short last night as Florida State knocked them off 8-to-3…

The UW got off to a great start, plating 3-runs in the first inning.  But the Dawgs could get no more offense going against FSU’s pitcher Meghan King.  Pitching for the 4th consecutive day, King allowed just 1 earned run on 5-hits and struck out 4.  The Seminoles belted 3-home runs in the game to win the school’s first-ever Women’s College Softball World Series title.  It was also the first time for an ACC program to win the championship.

Kyle Seager’s 3-run home run highlighted a 4-run first inning as the Mariners went into Houston and beat the Astros 7-1 last night…

Mike Zunino hit a two-run blast to left in the second to back up James Paxton on the mound.  “Big Maple” went 7-and-2/3rds, allowing 1-run on 9-hits and striking out 6.  Manager Scott Servais said it was great to put some early runs on the board, especially against the likes of Dallas Keuchel (KIKE-ihl)…

The win gives the Mariners a two-game lead in the American League West.  The two teams will play again today at 5:10 with Wade LeBlanc facing Lance McCullers, Jr.

Also in the American League West last night…

Texas beat Oakland 7-4 and the Angels shut out Kansas City 1-0.  Seattle’s record is now 38-and-22, two games in front of Houston and 5 in front of Los Angeles in the Division.

Thanks Eric.

With a coverage area spanning nearly 50 percent of Washington State, a local communications center serves a vital role in keeping our area safe during the fire seasons. NCWLIFE visited the center to learn more about its operations and the demands of the job. . .

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

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