Evening News June 20, 2018

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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 debate over a plan by the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife to place grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness. Five people were injured yesterday in a two-car pileup on Highway 97-A, and, A Wenatchee man escaped uninjured in a two vehicle accident early Tuesday near Quincy.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Yesterday we brought you the news that Alcoa will permanently shut down one of the four potlines at the Malaga plant site and instead pay 62-million dollars to the Chelan PUD. But, the PUD says they did everything they could to keep Alcoa operating. . .

The debate over a plan by the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife to place grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness. The plan has been the subject of a controversial environmental impact study which has been strongly criticized as flawed by local government officials in Chelan, Okanogan and Skagit Counties. Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England has been outspoken in his opposition to the plan and he adamantly disputes the science that supports the findings that the North Cascades was ever the bear’s natural habitat. . .

But in an earlier interview with NCWLFE News, Chase Gunnell with the group Conservation Northwest refuted England’s comments calling them baseless. . .

But the grizzly plans are now on hold following recent Congressional action. Last week the House Appropriations Committee adopted Rep. Dan Newhouse’s amendment to deny funding for the U.S. Department of Interior proposal.

Five people were injured yesterday in a two-car pileup on Highway 97-A.

State Troopers say it happened around 2:15 PM about five miles South of Entiat when a Southbound vehicle driven by 47-year old Viliame Lautiki of Chelan rear ended a car driven by 26-year old Jordan Howell of Kirkland that had slowed down for a big horn sheep in the roadway. Both drivers and three passengers were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee for treatment. Troopers say Lautiki was cited for following too close.

A Wenatchee man escaped uninjured in a two vehicle accident earlier Tuesday near Quincy. Around 8:50 (Tue) morning, 37-year old Jerry Anderson of Wenatchee was stopped eastbound on State Route 28 in a construction zone at a flagger post when another vehicle driven by a Bothell man failed to stop and struck Anderson’s car in the rear of the car.

The other vehicle, a ford F350 with trailer, then rolled and came to rest in the ditch. The Bothell man was transported to Columbia Basin Hospital with unknown injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Coming up next, According to the Grant County Health District, a mosquito sample collected last week from the Moses Lake area has tested positive for West Nile virus. During the past two weeks, several vehicle break-ins have occurred at trailheads accessed from Highway 20/the North Cascades Highway. In less than two weeks, Link Transit will offer extended hours of service throughout the Wenatchee Valley, and, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz will host three town hall meetings the final week of June, one of them is in Chelan. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

According to the Grant County Health District, a mosquito sample collected last week from the Moses Lake area has tested positive for West Nile virus. The virus is spread to people through a bite from an infected mosquito.

The risk of getting the virus is low, but anyone can become infected, according to the health district. There have not been any human or other animal cases reported yet this year but detection of the virus in the mosquito population means there is a potential for the virus to spread to humans. Grant County Mosquito Control District 1, which covers the greater Moses Lake area including the sand dunes and potholes, reported the positive test. Most people infected with the virus will not get sick. The positive test is the first detection of the virus in the state so far in 2018.

During the past two weeks, several vehicle break-ins have occurred at trailheads accessed from Highway 20/the North Cascades Highway. Break-ins have occurred at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest trailhead accessing Blue Lake Trail and the National Park Service East Bank Trail that accesses Ross Lake. U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Robin DeMario says there are tips to follow to keep your   valuables safe when visiting area trailheads. . .

DeMario also says if you have the opportunity, have a friend or relative take you to the trailhead and then pick you up when your done to avoid having a vehicle parked there.

In less than two weeks, Link Transit will offer extended hours of service throughout the Wenatchee Valley.

Beginning Monday, July 2nd, Link will expand service to Route 1 in South Wenatchee with four trips at 5:30 a.m., and expanded evening hours as late as 9:00 p.m. Also on July 2nd, the schedules for Route 20 (Wenatchee to Chelan via Orondo) and Route 26 (Wenatchee to Ardenvoir via Entiat) will be adjusted to accommodate changes in their routing. Link Marketing and Communications Coordinator Eric West says the additional service will not address all the needs out there, but it should go a long way in addressing the demand for a longer span of service each day. This service expansion represents about 7% of presently operated service hours, and will cost Link about $237-thousand dollars annually to operate. Complete schedules for all July 2nd changes can be found at: www.linktransit.com/routes.

In order to make sure communities are prepared and engaged in case of a wildfire, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz will host three town hall meetings the final week of June. The events are scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th in Yakima, Wednesday, June 27th in Chelan and Thursday June 28th in Spokane.

Fire season is already underway and the public is invited to attend and speak with Commissioner Franz, be briefed on wildland fire preparations, learn how they can prepare for wildfire season, and learn about forest health issues and opportunities that will reduce wildfire risk in the future. The Chelan Town Hall will be held at the Chelan Senior Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30. These three events follow previous town halls held earlier in Cle Elum, Wenatchee and Winthrop.

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

Walla Walla scored 3 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th to down the Wenatchee AppleSox last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium 7-to-3…

Nick Nyquist continued his hot-hitting for the Sweets, going 3-for-5 with a run to improve his batting average to .423 on the summer so far. Curtis Bafus took the loss on the mound for the ‘Sox, going 6-innigns and allowing 5-runs, 3 of which earned, on 7-hits with 3-walks and 4 strikeouts. Wenatchee’s lone highlight came in the top of the third on a leadoff, solo home run by Jake Taylor, his first of the season.
The loss marked the third in a row for Wenatchee and 5th out of their last 6 games. They’ll try to get back on the winning track tonight with Walla Walla in town for a 7:05 game as Sam Wong will go up against Bryce Moyle.

Also in the West Coast League last night…

It was Corvallis edging Port Angeles 9-8; Victoria scoring 4-runs in the top of the 5th and having that be enough on a 4-3 win at Bend; Bellingham won on the road at Cowlitz 6-4; and Dan Pruit went 3-for-5 with his second homer of the season to lead Kelowna past Yakima Valley 9-2. So yes, all the road teams were victorious last night across the West Coast League. In a non-league game last night, Portland got by Gresham 9-4.

On tap tonight in the WCL, it’s Port Angeles hosting Corvallis; Bellingham at Cowlitz; Yakima hosting Kelowna; Victoria at Bend; and Walla Walla here in Wenatchee. In the only non-league game tonight, Gresham plays at Portland.

Marco Gonzalez and the Seattle Mariners got a lesson on the long ball and good pitching last night in the Bronx as New York blasted Seattle 9-to-2…

Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres all homered for the Yankees as New York improved to 48-and-22 with the win. Gonzalez ended up going six and a third innings, allowing 6-runs on 8-hits with 5 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Seattle managed only two hits in the game, one a home run by Nelson Cruz in the top of the 7th, his 18th of the season. Domingo Germaan got the win, going 7-innings, allowing 2-runs on 2-hits with 9 strikeouts.
The Mariners are trying to snap a two game losing streak today with Felix Hernandez on the mound, going up against the Yankees Jonathan Loaisiga (loh-AYE-see-gah).

Also in the American League West last night…

Tampa Bay stopped Houston 2-to-1, and in the process, ended the Astro’s 12-game winning streak. Texas won its second straight, downing Kansas City 4-1. Los Angeles, with talking heads saying the Angels aren’t doing enough for all-world Mike Trout, beat Arizona in interleague play 6-4. And Oakland topped San Diego in 10-innings on Jed Lowrie’s 2-run home run in the top of the 10th.

Finally, you will have the chance to dunk me tomorrow…

It’s all in support of Alzheimer’s Association during The Longest Day. I’ll be at Blossom Valley’s event tomorrow, which runs from 11am to 6pm. You can come dunk me for a donation to help support the effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. For those who don’t know, my Mom has Dementia and my Grandfather died from Alzheimer’s disease.

Mom’s dementia has progressed very rapidly over the past year and a half and she will soon require full-time care. She and Dad have been married 52-years and her birthday happens to be this weekend. So this cause is very near and dear to me, so if you could come out and dunk me tomorrow at Blossom Valley Assisted Living on Orchard Avenue, it would be greatly appreciated. I will be in the dunk tank starting at 1:30, so I hope to see you there. And yes, we will have the cameras there to capture the event.

Thanks Eric.

Summer is here and with the warm temperatures kids of all ages are flocking to the water to cool off and have fun. In tonight’s feature story, tomorrow morning the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club is hosting the annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz has more. . .

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 debate over a plan by the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife to place grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness. The plan has been the subject of a controversial environmental impact study which has been strongly criticized as flawed by local government officials in Chelan, Okanogan and Skagit Counties. Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England has been outspoken in his opposition to the plan and he adamantly disputes the science that supports the findings that the North Cascades was ever the bear’s natural habitat. . .

But in an earlier interview with NCWLFE News, Chase Gunnell with the group Conservation Northwest refuted England’s comments calling them baseless. . .

But the grizzly plans are now on hold following recent Congressional action. Last week the House Appropriations Committee adopted Rep. Dan Newhouse’s amendment to deny funding for the U.S. Department of Interior proposal.

Five people were injured yesterday in a two-car pileup on Highway 97-A.

State Troopers say it happened around 2:15 PM about five miles South of Entiat when a Southbound vehicle driven by 47-year old Viliame Lautiki of Chelan rear ended a car driven by 26-year old Jordan Howell of Kirkland that had slowed down for a big horn sheep in the roadway. Both drivers and three passengers were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee for treatment. Troopers say Lautiki was cited for following too close.

According to the Grant County Health District, a mosquito sample collected last week from the Moses Lake area has tested positive for West Nile virus. The virus is spread to people through a bite from an infected mosquito.

The risk of getting the virus is low, but anyone can become infected, according to the health district. There have not been any human or other animal cases reported yet this year but detection of the virus in the mosquito population means there is a potential for the virus to spread to humans. Grant County Mosquito Control District 1, which covers the greater Moses Lake area including the sand dunes and potholes, reported the positive test. Most people infected with the virus will not get sick. The positive test is the first detection of the virus in the state so far in 2018.

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.