Evening News June 26, 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 windstorm that lashed across the region early Monday morning caused a lot damage but no reported injuries at Alta Lake State Park. The Washington Department of Ecology has finalized a shoreline Management plan for the state’s largest county, Okanogan. Chelan County Commissioners say they are getting closer to finalizing a plan for the future management of the Icicle Creek watershed, and, The Lake Chelan Trails Alliance is partnering up with Chelan County PUD to expand the hiking trails above the Chelan River.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It’s been three years since the Sleepy Hollow Fire ripped a devastating path through the Wenatchee Community destroying 30 foothill homes and several warehouse buildings.

Yesterday (Mon) in Chelan County Superior Court, the 39-year old defendant in the case, Jeremy Kendall, stated to the court that he intended to plead guilty after it was ruled that he was mentally competent to stand trial. The court set a status hearing for July 2nd so Kendall’s defense attorney can be present. Trial dates have also been set for Kendall, a readiness hearing on July 23rd and a trial date for August 7th.

**A resolution has also been reached in the case of Edward James Salvador, one of five suspects charged in an identity fraud conspiracy that allegedly stole mail around the Wenatchee Valley. Salvador allegedly opened fraudulent credit accounts at local stores, created and used false ID cards and defrauded merchants by returning stolen goods for cash. He has been charged with 17 counts of unlawful fictitious identification, 12 counts of identity theft in the second degree, 6 counts of possessing stolen property and five counts of forgery. Even though a resolution was reached in Salvador’s case, a plea wasn’t entered so a change of plea and sentencing hearing has been set for July 2nd.

The windstorm that lashed across the region early Monday morning caused a lot damage but no reported injuries at Alta Lake State Park. These images were shared on Alta Lake View HOA’s Facebook page. The winds downed several trees smashing into at least two vehicles. An RV was also damaged in the storm.

The Washington Department of Ecology has finalized a shoreline Management plan for the state’s largest county, Okanogan.

The long-awaited update on how shorelines will be regulated in Okanogan County was approved by the Department of Ecology yesterday. Shorelines in Okanogan County provide prime habitat for a multitude of species and support many land uses.

Okanogan County’s Shoreline Master Program will improve the use, management and restoration of shorelines along the Chewuch, Methow, Okanogan, Similkameen and Twisp rivers, and also for lakes Pateros, Osoyoos and Palmer. Ecology’s approval completes an 11-year process that involved hundreds of people, including property owners, a science advisory panel, non-profit organizations, tribal governments, and state and local government staff.

Chelan County Commissioners say they are getting closer to finalizing a plan for the future management of the Icicle Creek watershed. The County and the State Department of Ecology co-convened a working group in 2012 to find collaborative solutions for water management within the Icicle Creek Watershed.  The Icicle Working Group (IWC) is made up of a diverse set of stakeholders representing local, state and federal agencies, tribes, irrigation and agricultural interests and environmental organizations. Commissioner Keith Goehner says the group met in Seattle yesterday for a public hearing on the plan’s Environmental Impact Study . . .

Commissioners are set to hold their own public hearing on the Icicle management plan’s EIS. It’s scheduled to start at 4 pm Wednesday at the Leavenworth Festhalle.

The Lake Chelan Trails Alliance is partnering up with Chelan County PUD to expand the hiking trails above the Chelan River. Alliance members and volunteers will raise funds and provide volunteer labor to build and maintain the trail, which will extend southeast from the PUD’s existing Reach 1 Trail.

The City of Chelan has agreed to monitor trail maintenance and provide liability coverage for trail use. Trail Alliance volunteers will install signs and maintain the trail at the city’s direction. The conditional use permit will be similar to the recreation agreement with the City of Wenatchee for trails on PUD land in the western foothills, explained Jeff Smith, District Services managing director.

Coming up next, The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the Washington state Supreme Court to take a new look at the case of a florist from Richland. The Wenatchee Metropolitan Area recorded the lowest unemployment rate in May since 1990, the year records were implemented, and, Wenatchee School board members will start the process of searching for a new Superintendent when they meet Thursday afternoon.     I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the Washington state Supreme Court to take a new look at the case of a florist from Richland who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. The justices declined to hear the Arlene’s Flowers case themselves a few weeks after issuing a narrow ruling in a similar case involving a Colorado bakery. The High Court ordered the State court to throw out its previously ruling and revisit the case in light of the Colorado wedding cake ruling.

Last year Washington State justices ruled unanimously that the floral shop owner, Barronelle Stutzman, illegally discriminated when she declined for religious reasons to provide flower arrangements for the wedding of two local men. The reconsideration of the Arlene’s Flowers case by the state Supreme Court is likely to revolve around the issue of whether Washington’s government showed bias against religious beliefs as it enforced its anti-discrimination law that protects LGBT people.

The Wenatchee Metropolitan Area recorded the lowest unemployment rate in May since 1990, the year records were implemented. That from the Washington State Employment Security Department in its report released today (Mon). In May of 2018, the unemployment rate for the Wenatchee area was 4.9-percent, compared to 5.3-percent in the same time last year. There were 426 more residents in the Wenatchee labor force this May than in May 2017 while the number of unemployed dropped by 195 (down 5.9 percent).

Nonfarm Industry employment is also soaring in the Valley with the number of nonfarm payroll jobs up 4.2-percent at just under 47,000. The Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area is comprised of Chelan and Douglas Counties.

Wenatchee School board members will start the process of searching for a new Superintendent when they meet Thursday afternoon. The board will be attending a Workshop facilitated by former NCWESD Superintendent Dr. Gene Sharratt about the WSD Superintendent search starting at 2pm at the District Office on Sunset Ave.

Brian Flones announced recently his plans to step down from the position he’s held for 19 years. His contract will expire at the end of August of next year.

I-90 was shut down for almost three hours yesterday following a three-vehicle crash about 10 miles West of Ellensburg. It happened when a truck blew a tire and then crashed into a guardrail and then dragging a large section of it into the roadway.

A passenger car and a second large truck that were following behind then struck the broken guardrail. The driver of the first truck was the only person injured. The cause is under investigation.

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.

 

Our good friend Arch Ecker, voice of the Wenatchee Wild, tells us that two Wild players have been selected in the NHL draft.  According to Ecker, second year defenseman Slava Demin was picked in the 4th round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft last weekend by the Vegas Golden Knights.  And the San Jose Sharks moved up to select forward Jasper Weatherby, also in the 4th round.  Demin and Weatherby become the 5th and 6th players in Wenatchee Wild history to be drafted by an NHL team.

Demin and Weatherby are alongside Wild alums Troy Loggins and Blake Christensen as well as former teammates Murphy Stratton, Cooper Zech and Matt Baker at various NHL Development Camps.

Speaking of the Wild…the 2018-19 version of the team is expected to report for the upcoming season in just 65-days.

The Wenatchee AppleSox welcome the Bend Elks to town for the first of three games tonight at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field…

Wenatchee comes in with a 7-and-10 record while the Elks are 5-and-16.  Probable starters for tonight’s game are RJ Robles for Bend and Steen Fredrickson for the AppleSox.  Robles is 0-and-3 so far this summer while Frederickson is 0-and-2 with a 4.65 ERA.  Both teams are occupying the cellar of their respective divisions in West Coast League play.  But never fear Wenatchee fans, that’s why they break the summer up into the 1st half and the second.

There was only one game last night in West Coast League play as we open the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Jack Smith’s sacrifice fly, RBI in the top of the 11th inning scored Michael Malinchak (MAL-in-CHAK) and the Victoria HarbourCats edged the Walla Walla Sweets 7-6 at Borleske Stadium.

Victoria’s win edged them a half-game closer to 1st place Bellingham in the West Coast League’s North Division.  Kelowna remains 4.5 games back at 9-9.  Port Angeles is in 4th place, followed by Yakima Valley and Wenatchee.

Also on the schedule tonight besides Wenatchee and Bend; it’s Portland at Corvallis; Yakima Valley hosting Cowlitz; Victoria at Walla Walla; and Kelowna hosting Port Angeles.  Bellingham has a non-league game tonight at Joe Martin Field against the Seattle Wallbangers.

The Seattle Mariners took advantage of some poor pitching by Baltimore and good pitching by Felix Hernandez to down the Orioles Monday 5-to-3…

Baltimore pitchers issued 10-walks, a wild pitch and a balk in Monday’s game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  Meanwhile, Hernandez went 6-innings, allowing 3-runs on 4-hits with 4 strikeouts.  James Pazos held the lead in the 7th and Alex Colome (COLE-oh-MAY) also held in the 8th to turn it over to Edwin Diaz to close it out in the 9th for his league-leading 28th save.

Manager Scott Servais said he would have liked to see a few more runs pushed across, but was happy to see how the bullpen reacted after it’s been a rough road trip so far…

Denard Span helped the cause offensively, going 2-for-5 with a two out home run in the 6th to tie the game at 3.  Servais cannot say enough how much a difference he’s made since joining the Mariners in a trade from Tampa Bay…

Seattle and Baltimore play again today at 4:05 with James Paxton on the mound facing the O’s Kevin Gausman.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West last night…

Jed Lowrie’s homer in the top of the 9th completed a 5-run spurt in the final three innings to lift Oakland past Detroit 5-4.

Kansas City rookie Brad Keller and three relievers pitched a 3-hit shutout of the Angels in a 2-nothing win.

The Rangers rallied with a 5-run 6th to top San Diego 7-4.

Curtis Granderson hit two home runs off Justin Verlander and the Toronto Blue Jays helped the Mariner’s cause by knocking off Houston 6-3.

The Astro’s loss, coupled with the Mariner’s win, closes the gap in the American League West to 3-and-a-half games.  Oakland has tied Los Angeles for 3rd, 10-and-a-half games back.  Texas is 17 games back but are 8-and-2 in their last 10-games.

Thanks Eric.

Nearly 200 children in Chelan and Douglas counties find themselves in need of a CASA volunteer due to circumstances beyond their control.  CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers who represent the interests of minors in court proceedings, minors who may be abused or neglected at home. In tonight’s feature story, on a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Kenzie English, a CASA volunteer coordinator, told host Dan Kuntz how the process works for prospective volunteers –

CASA is hosting an informational open house this Thursday night at their offices on Douglas Street in Wenatchee with the next training session set to begin on July 16th. You can find more information by visiting cdcasa.org.

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

It’s been three years since the Sleepy Hollow Fire ripped a devastating path through the Wenatchee Community destroying 30 foothill homes and several warehouse buildings.

Yesterday (Mon) in Chelan County Superior Court, the 39-year old defendant in the case, Jeremy Kendall, stated to the court that he intended to plead guilty after it was ruled that he was mentally competent to stand trial. The court set a status hearing for July 2nd so Kendall’s defense attorney can be present. Trial dates have also been set for Kendall, a readiness hearing on July 23rd and a trial date for August 7th.

A resolution has also been reached in the case of Edward James Salvador, one of five suspects charged in an identity fraud conspiracy that allegedly stole mail around the Wenatchee Valley. Salvador allegedly opened fraudulent credit accounts at local stores, created and used false ID cards and defrauded merchants by returning stolen goods for cash. He has been charged with 17 counts of unlawful fictitious identification, 12 counts of identity theft in the second degree, 6 counts of possessing stolen property and five counts of forgery. Even though a resolution was reached in Salvador’s case, a plea wasn’t entered so a change of plea and sentencing hearing has been set for July 2nd.

The windstorm that lashed across the region early Monday morning caused a lot damage but no reported injuries at Alta Lake State Park. These images were shared on Alta Lake View HOA’s Facebook page. The winds downed several trees smashing into at least two vehicles. An RV was also damaged in the storm.

The Washington Department of Ecology has finalized a shoreline Management plan for the state’s largest county, Okanogan.

The long-awaited update on how shorelines will be regulated in Okanogan County was approved by the Department of Ecology yesterday. Shorelines in Okanogan County provide prime habitat for a multitude of species and support many land uses.

Okanogan County’s Shoreline Master Program will improve the use, management and restoration of shorelines along the Chewuch, Methow, Okanogan, Similkameen and Twisp rivers, and also for lakes Pateros, Osoyoos and Palmer. Ecology’s approval completes an 11-year process that involved hundreds of people, including property owners, a science advisory panel, non-profit organizations, tribal governments, and state and local government staff.

We leave you tonight with something you don’t see everyday around the Wenatchee Valley, it’s called Extreme Midget Wrestling and it took place last (Mon) night at the Eagles Club in Wenatchee. . .

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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.