Evening News June 12

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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, police are looking for your help in a home burglary in Ephrata; road work on bridge decks is beginning on Snoqualmie Pass; and a large music festival is coming to Cashmere this weekend.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Calmer weather conditions this morning are helping firefighters in Grant County battling The Soap Lake Fire.

Firefighters battled gusty winds and active fire behavior into the night. State Mobilization was initiated last night and resources from around the state are arriving to assist. It’s now estimated at 2,000 acres. Dist. 13 units worked hard overnight with other Grant County units and the fire is now estimated at 50 percent contained. All Dist. 13 units have been released. Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones reported that areas that were placed under level 2 and 3 evacuations remained that way this morning.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office releases a video featuring suspects in June seventh burglary at a home in Ephrata. The suspects can be seen here rummaging through personal belongings inside the home locate on Road 6-NW. Authorities say they believe the same suspects burglarized the same home back in April. If you recognize them, call in your anonymous tip at 509-762-1160.

A big heads up for people who use I-90 Snoqualmie Pass:

Starting today – Tuesday – the westbound lanes between milepost 52 (the summit of Snoqualmie Pass) and milepost 47 (Denny Creek) will be reduced to two lanes 24/7 until mid-August as DOT crews continue major work to repair bridge decks. During this work, one westbound lane will shift to the eastbound lanes while another westbound lane will continue westbound. Please be alert and prepared for delays.

The 16th annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival returns this weekend to the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere.  On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, event organizer Chuck Egner told host Dan Kuntz that convincing national bluegrass acts to come to Cashmere isn’t a problem:

Headlining the bill both Friday and Saturday night is Flatt Lonesome from Tennessee.

The festival runs Friday through Sunday and includes workshops, jam sessions, potlucks, food, drink and various vendors.  Camping is available on a first come first serve basis. For more information log on to Cashmere Coffee House dot com.

Coming up next, the final two pieces of a land-swap puzzle have come together in Chelan County; the City of Cashmere has a new interim mayor; and East Wenatchee’s City Council has a full agenda tonight, including selecting a new member.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The last two remaining sections of land in the Stemilt Basin that are part of a major land swap have now been transferred to the State. The talks began in 2007 by the Stemilt Partnership, a group comprised of orchardists, outdoors enthusiasts, irrigation districts and conservationists, to set aside four large sections of land. Two of the parcels were transferred back in April. Chelan County Commissioner, Kevin Overbay tells NCWLIFE News that the remaining two DNR-owned lands were transferred to the Department of Fish and Wildlife last week . . .

The lands contained in the swap will be protected as Mule Deer and Elk habitat. The next round of talks will focus on possible motorized or non-motorized recreation including hiking and biking trails.

The City of Cashmere has a new interim Mayor following the departure of Jeff Gomes. The City Council has appointed Council member, Jim Fletcher to serve out the remainder of Gomes’ term which expires next year. The Wenatchee World reports that Gomes has indicated he intends to file for the position in next year’s election. Fletcher currently serves as Mayor Pro temp. Fletcher works for the  Chelan County Port District as the manager of the Port’s small business development center.

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.

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

 

Maybe it would have been better to get another rain-out in Portland yesterday for the AppleSox.  Wenatchee lost both ends of a makeup doubleheader to the Pickles.  In the opener…

Portland centerfielder Joey Cooper had a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd and the Pickles went on for a 3-0 win over Wenatchee.  Connor Pellerin took advantage of the shortened, 7-inning game to earn the win on the mound, going 4-innings of scoreless ball, striking out 8 and allowing just 2-hits.  Grady Miller took the loss for the AppleSox, allowing 3-runs on 4-hits in 4-and-2/3rds with 6-strikeouts.

The only highlight of the day for Wenatchee, and maybe the play of the SEASON, was the catch in DEEP left field by Sam Waterman on a ball hit by the Pickle’s Daniel Lopez…

Certainly should be a SportsCenter Top10.  Voice of the AppleSox Joel Norman with the play-by-play and video courtesy the Portland Pickles.

In the nightcap, however, the highlights belonged to Portland…

Brad McVay and two other Pickles Pitchers combined on a 1-hit shutout as Portland beat Wenatchee 9-0.  Carson Breshears helped the Pickles play add-on in the 4th.  Jamie Flynn has the play-by-play…

Wenatchee dropped to 2-and-3 with the sweep and now heads to Corvallis for the first of three games tonight.  Curtis Bafus will get the start for the AppleSox against the Knight’s Aaron Shoup.  First pitch is at 6:35.

Also in West Coast League Play last night as we turn to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Cowlitz held on to beat Port Angeles 4-3 and in a non-league game, Yakima Valley beat the Northwest Honkers by three field goals, 13-7.  The sweep by Portland dropped the AppleSox to 2-games out of first place behind Yakima Valley.  The Lefties are a half-game back.  Bellingham is 5-and-4 at a game back while Victoria is a game-and-a-half back.

Besides Wenatchee at Corvallis today, it’s Cowlitz at Port Angeles; Bellingham at Bend; Kelowna hosts Victoria; and Yakima Valley is at Portland.

Nelson Cruz hit two home runs and the Seattle Mariners came from behind to beat the L-A Angels 5-3 at Safeco Field Monday night…

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols homered back-to-back in the top of the first to spot the Angels a 2-0 lead.  But Cruz helped Seattle come back in the bottom of the first with a 2-run home run to tie it at 2.  Cruz and Ryon Healy homered in the 4th to put Seattle up 5-2.  Trout homered again in the 8th to make the final score 5-3.

Manager Scott Servais says he was really happy his club bounced back…

Cruz has homered in 4 of his last 6-games and Servais he certainly looks like he’s feeling good…

Seattle and L-A play again tonight at 7:10 with Mike Leake facing Jaime (HIGH-me) Barria (BAH-REE-uh).

Houston was idle last night so the M’s gained a half-game in the American League West…

With Seattle’s 9th win in its last 11-games, the Mariners are now 42-and-24 while the Astros are 42-25.  The Angels dropped to 37-and-30, 5-and-a-half games back.  Oakland is 34 and 32, 8-games back and Texas is on the bottom, looking up at 27-and-41.

A proposed strategy for the future management of Icicle Creek is now available for public review. A draft environmental impact study has been released by the Washington State Department of Ecology in collaboration with Chelan County. Commissioner Keith Goehner says the document is the product of years of planning . . .

The Icicle Creek EIS is available for review on the Chelan County website. The comment period ends on July 30th.

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…

Calmer weather conditions this morning are helping firefighters in Grant County battling The Soap Lake Fire.

Firefighters battled gusty winds and active fire behavior into the night. State Mobilization was initiated last night and resources from around the state are arriving to assist. It’s now estimated at 2,000 acres. Dist. 13 units worked hard overnight with other Grant County units and the fire is now estimated at 50 percent contained. All Dist. 13 units have been released. Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones reported that areas that were placed under level 2 and 3 evacuations remained that way this morning.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office releases a video featuring suspects in June seventh burglary at a home in Ephrata. The suspects can be seen here rummaging through personal belongings inside the home locate on Road 6-NW. Authorities say they believe the same suspects burglarized the same home back in April. If you recognize them, call in your anonymous tip at 509-762-1160.

A big heads up for people who use I-90 Snoqualmie Pass:

Starting today – Tuesday – the westbound lanes between milepost 52 (the summit of Snoqualmie Pass) and milepost 47 (Denny Creek) will be reduced to two lanes 24/7 until mid-August as DOT crews continue major work to repair bridge decks. During this work, one westbound lane will shift to the eastbound lanes while another westbound lane will continue westbound. Please be alert and prepared for delays.

It was another day of cooler than normal temperatures across most of North Central Washington with a high cloud cover.  Let’s take a look out our weather window…

We didn’t quite make our expected high of 77 in the Wenatchee Valley today because of brisk winds this morning and a thicker cloud cover keeping conditions cooler.  The only moisture in the Northwest is off the southeast tip of Vancouver Island.  A colder front will move through the northwest by Friday and Saturday and may bring us some rain.  The front-half and back-half will be pretty nice with sunshine Thursday and on Sunday with temperatures by the end of the weekend expected to be back up in the middle 80’s.  The normal high for this time of year is about 77 with nighttime lows in the mid-50’s.  So we’re expecting things to be NORMAL for the next few days…

Tonight – Overcast with a low of 58, winds dying down.

Wednesday – Cloudy in the morning turning to mostly sunny in the afternoon and breezy with a high of 74.

Wednesday Night – Mostly clear with a low of 52.

Thursday – Expect a sunny day with a high of 74.

Friday – Clouds and showers in the afternoon, still fairly warm with a high of 78.

Saturday – Showers in the morning turning to sunshine in the afternoon with a high near 80.

Sunday – Mostly sunny and a high of 83.

Here’s a shot captured in the Manson area Monday morning of a black bear seen running through a neighborhood near Morgan Owings school. The video was shared on the website, LakeChelanNow.com. There’s no immediate word from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the bear’s whereabouts.

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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 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.