Evening News June 13

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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, The East Wenatchee City Council began its Tuesday night meeting in Executive Session, to discuss its new member. Chelan City Council will meet in special session tonight to discuss the final construction contract for the Woodin Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project, and, Douglas County Commissioners yesterday approved a one year moratorium on the outdoor use of large shipping containers for bitcoin mining.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Gateway Park Project at the foot of 9th Street in East Wenatchee is on hold until the City Council can decide on moving forward with higher-than-expected costs. Discussion on a motion to approve an increase of nearly 130-thousand dollars in project costs drew comments both for and against at last night’s City Council meeting. . .

Finally, Mayor Steve Lacy put the motion to a vote…

Since the motion did not pass, Major Lacy tabled the two other motions related to the Gateway Park Project until a future meeting.

The East Wenatchee City Council began its Tuesday night meeting in Executive Session, to discuss its new member. NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom was there and has the story. . .

Chelan City Council will meet in special session tonight to discuss the final construction contract for the Woodin Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project with final action on the project contract expected tonight as well. The special session is for Councilmembers discussion and public input will only be taken on Council’s approval. The meeting starts at 6 pm at Chelan City Hall.

Douglas County Commissioners yesterday approved a one year moratorium on the outdoor use of large shipping containers for bitcoin mining. Commissioner Dan Sutton says the ban only applies to stand-alone shipping containers. . .

The Commissioners took action following a public hearing in Waterville Tuesday morning. Interim controls on the use of shipping containers was adopted in April. It was determined that the unregulated placement of cargo containers for cryptocurrency mining had created unanticipated and undesired visual impacts within the County’s industrial zoned areas.

Coming up next, A motorcyclist was killed yesterday in a crash along State Route 20 along the North Cascades Highway. A driver involved in a one-vehicle crash in the Orondo area last night was seriously injured when he was ejected onto the roadway, and, All evacuations have been lifted in the Soap Lake Fire area.       I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A motorcyclist was killed yesterday in a crash along State Route 20 along the North Cascades Highway.

State Troopers say 60 year old Shon Greer of Everett was eastbound when he crashed into a tree after losing control of his bike about 31 miles East of Diablo Lake. Greer was reported missing by his family earlier this week after he left work Friday afternoon.

A driver involved in a one-vehicle crash in the Orondo area last night was seriously injured when he was ejected onto the roadway. Orondo Fire, Chelan Fire Rescue, Ballard Ambulance and Douglas County Sheriff responded to the crash on Brays Loop road above Sun Cove just after 6:30 PM Tuesday night.

The Orondo Firefighters’ Association reports on their Facebook page that emergency crews found the vehicle overturned in the eastbound ditch. The driver had been ejected during the crash and was found some distance from the vehicle. He was treated at the scene for life threatening injuries and then transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

All evacuations have been lifted in the Soap Lake Fire area. That’s the latest news off the fire lines today as Crews continued to work to strengthen containment lines. The fire that burned approximately 2000 acres of grass, sage and brush is 50% contained. There was one small outbuilding that was lost overnight and no injuries were reported. Fire crews patrolled the fire line overnight to watch for hot spots. The Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 has assumed command of the fire and has established a command post and fire camp in Soap Lake.

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox turned the tables on a trend over the past two games with a shutout win over Corvallis last night in the Beaver State…

Wenatchee was shut out by Portland and only managed 3-hits in two games Monday, so it was nice to see some offense and great pitching Tuesday in the 4-nothing victory.  It was also the 600th win in franchise history.

Curtis Bafas and Troy Stainbrook did the job on the mound for the ‘Sox, combining on an 8-hit shutout with 13-strikesouts between the two.  Bafas earned his first victory, going 7-innings with no-runs on six hits and 9-K’s.  Stainbrook got his first save, pitching the final 2-frames with 0-runs, 2-hits and 4 strikeouts.

Offensively, Cory Meyer paced Wenatchee, going 3-for-4 with a double, run and RBI.

Wenatchee continues its 3-game series at Corvallis tonight with a 6:35 game.  Steen Frederickson will be on the mound for the AppleSox against the Knight’s Connor Knutson.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard, let’s see what else happened in the West Coast League Tuesday…

Cowlitz scored 2 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to tie it and Austin Bell’s RBI fielder’s choice in the 11th won it for the bears in a 6-5 win over the Port Angeles Lefties.

John Arndorfer’s walk-off, RBI-double in the bottom of the 10th scored Jake Holton and the Bend Elks knocked off the Bellingham Bells 7-6.

Victoria brought 12-men to the plate in the top of the 10th inning and scored 6-runs on 4-hits, downing Kelowna 13-to-7.

Michael Newstrom pitched 4-innings of perfect relief with 10 strikeouts as Portland overcame Yakima Valley 7-4.

And in a non-league game at Borleske Stadium, Walla Walla shut out the Highline Bears 4-0.

Besides the ‘Sox and Knights tonight, the West Coast League Schedule has Cowlitz at Port Angeles; Bend hosting Bellingham; Victoria at Kelowna; Portland hosting Yakima Valley; and Highline at Walla Walla.

Mitch Haniger and Ryon Healy each hit home runs in Seattle’s 6-3 win over the Angels last night at Safeco Field…

Haniger’s first came in the bottom of the first…a 2-out solo shot that gave the Mariners an early lead.  His two-run blast in the 5th put Seattle up 3-nothing.  Healy helped add-on with his solo homers in the 6th and 8th.

Healy’s long-balls helped offset another two home run night by Los Angeles’ Mike Trout.  Trout, by the way, became the first player in history to have back-to-back, multi-homer games at Safeco Field.

Seattle’s 14-hit barrage, including 3-for-4 nights for both Dee Gordon and Ben Gamel, helped support starting pitcher Mike Leake.  The right-hander went 6-innings, allowing 1-run on 4-hits with 4 strikeouts to earn his 7th victory of the season.  Edwin Diaz came on in the 9th and struck out Trout to end the ballgame with his 25th save.

Seattle Manager Scott Servais said it was a complete, team win…

The Mariners wrap up the three-game set with a day-game today as Marco Gonzalez goes up against Garrett Richards with the first pitch at 1:10pm.

Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West last night…

Evan Gattis was 2-for-4 with 5-RBI’s as Houston downed Oakland 6-3.  And Yasiel Puig was 2-for-4 with a home run and 3-RBI’s to help the Dodgers beat the Rangers 12-5.

The Mariner’s lead in the West is still only a half-game over Houston.

And, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas kept his promise and stayed away from Seattle’s first day of a mandatory mini-camp Tuesday.  Thomas has gone to social media to demand a new contract before he’ll show up for any practices or games this season.  Head Coach Pete Carrol says he wasn’t surprised not to see Thomas at camp.  He says he would like to see him there, but will focus on those who are there to work.

Thanks Eric.

The Cherry harvest is poised to get underway soon but growers concerns about a possible labor shortage could spell trouble for the industry again this season. In tonight’s feature story, Chelan County Commissioner Doug England, who also manages the Manson Fruit Growers co-op says the shortage will mostly impact smaller farms that don’t employ migrant pickers with Federal H2A work visas. . .

Meanwhile, the County’s State-run Cherry Worker Tent Camp at Monitor is starting to fill up as the Cherry harvest is expected to start next week in the Wenatchee area.

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…

The Gateway Park Project at the foot of 9th Street in East Wenatchee is on hold until the City Council can decide on moving forward with higher-than-expected costs. Discussion on a motion to approve an increase of nearly 130-thousand dollars in project costs drew comments both for and against at last night’s City Council meeting. . .

Finally, Mayor Steve Lacy put the motion to a vote…

Since the motion did not pass, Major Lacy tabled the two other motions related to the Gateway Park Project until a future meeting.

A driver involved in a one-vehicle crash in the Orondo area last night was seriously injured when he was ejected onto the roadway. Orondo Fire, Chelan Fire Rescue, Ballard Ambulance and Douglas County Sheriff responded to the crash on Brays Loop road above Sun Cove just after 6:30 PM Tuesday night.

The Orondo Firefighters’ Association reports on their Facebook page that emergency crews found the vehicle overturned in the eastbound ditch. The driver had been ejected during the crash and was found some distance from the vehicle. He was treated at the scene for life threatening injuries and then transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

As we leave you tonight, Yesterday, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Governor Jay Inslee put their skills to the test as they attempted to deploy a wildfire shelter in under 30 seconds. . .

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