Evening News June 27, 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, Washington State Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is hosting a townhall meeting in Chelan this evening to discuss wildfire preparation. The City of Pateros has a new sign to welcome visitors to the small hamlet on the Columbia River in Okanogan County, and, The Washington Department of Ecology is proposing air quality fee changes for facilities in central and eastern Washington.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Now that the land swap is done, its time to decide what kinds of recreational activity should be allowed in the Stemilt Basin. The last two remaining sections of land in the Stemilt Basin were officially transferred from the State DNR to Washington Fish and Wildlife. Chelan County Commissioner, Kevin Overbay explains the scope of the project. . .

The lands contained in the swap will be protected as Mule Deer and Elk habitat. Overbay says the next round of talks will focus on recreation . . .

The Stemilt Partnership working group is comprised of orchardists, outdoors enthusiasts, irrigation districts and conservationists. The land deal will set aside four large sections of land. Two of the parcels were transferred back in April.

Washington State Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is hosting a townhall meeting in Chelan this evening to discuss wildfire preparation. The meeting is one of a series of informational gatherings around the State designed to promote fire safe planning and wildfire response.

Commissioner Franz leads the Department of Natural Resources – the state’s largest wildfire fighting force and the agency responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 Pm at the Chelan Senior Center. Attending with Franz will be her new Wildfire Deputy and Washington State Forester George Geissler, who joined the Department of Natural Resources earlier this month.

The City of Pateros has a new sign to welcome visitors to the small hamlet on the Columbia River in Okanogan County. It was completed about a week ago.

The new sign replaces the old iconic feature previously located on a hillside above Highway 97-A that was destroyed in the Carlton Complex Fire in 2014. The Pateros Chamber of Commerce raised the money to erect the new sign.

The Washington Department of Ecology is proposing air quality fee changes for facilities in central and eastern Washington. The Department of Ecology is proposing changes to its fees for the air quality registration program.

The air quality registration program tracks emissions and the effectiveness of pollution controls at 530 facilities in central and eastern Washington. It covers businesses such as landfills, data centers, cattle feedlots, cement plants, wastewater treatment plants, rock crushers and food processing facilities.

Currently, fees account for about 50 percent of the costs to run the program, which by state law is intended to be fully fee supported. In 2017, the cost of running the program was $518,000, while fees brought in only $285,000. Under the proposed changes to the fee structure and schedule, Ecology would recover about 95 percent of the total cost of the registration program by 2021.

Coming up next, A pilot escaped uninjured from an incident around 10:45 this morning at the Lake Chelan Municipal Airport. Fortunately, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports nobody was hurt in a structure fire earlier today (Wed) in Moses Lake. Effective on Midnight, Friday, June 29th, a county-wide burn ban will be in effect for Kittitas County. The Wenatchee man who allegedly threatened and cyberstalked a doctor at the V-A Hospital back in May pleaded guilty in court on Monday, and, A dump truck clipped some overhead telephone lines yesterday on Wenatchee’s Southside. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A pilot escaped uninjured from an incident around 10:45 this morning at the Lake Chelan Municipal Airport. Chelan Fire and Rescue crews responded to a report of a plane crash on the runway. When crews arrived they learned an aircraft at the north end had gone off the runway, jumped the road and landed in the adjacent field.

There was significant damage to the landing gear and wings as you can see in these photos provided to us by Chelan Fire and Rescue. The pilot was uninjured and able to exit the aircraft on his own. The Federal Aviation Administration as well as the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the incident.

Fortunately, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports nobody was hurt in a structure fire earlier today (Wed) in Moses Lake.

The fire burned several outbuildings on the property located in the 4200 block of Airway Drive Northeast. The property is a local landmark known as the Castle House.

There was no power going to the home and a generator was being used for electricity. It appears the fire started on the northeast side of the structure. Firefighters were able to protect nearby properties and no other homes were damaged. Grant County Fire District 5 and the Moses Lake Fire Department responded to the blaze that ignited around 7:15 a.m. No word yet on the official cause of that fire.

Effective on Midnight, Friday, June 29th, a county-wide burn ban will be in effect for Kittitas County. No Open Burning or Recreational fires will be allowed. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has already moved to a “Moderate” fire danger level on all DNR protected lands and is in effect until roughly September 30th, 2018.

All fire districts within Kittitas County have been notified of the burn ban. The Department of Natural Resources may allow recreational fires in designated campgrounds with approved fire pits on DNR protected lands located outside of a fire district.

The Wenatchee man who allegedly threatened and cyberstalked a doctor at the V-A Hospital back in May pleaded guilty in court on Monday. On May 10th, 28-year old Paul Taylor sent the doctor threatening texts in response to what he says was poor treatment at the V-A clinic. He did not threaten the doctor specifically but did say he would bring war to the V-A if needed. Taylor also provided details about names and addresses for extended family members and friends of the doctor and described the view from her home and how he could see it. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says they don’t see cyberstalking cases on a regular basis. . .

In court, Taylor denied committing the crimes but acknowledged that a jury would likely find him guilty. Taylor was originally booked on one count of felony Cyberstalking at Chelan County Regional Justice Center and was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail with time served.

Here’s a look at what happened yesterday afternoon on Wenatchee’s Southside when a dump truck clipped some overhead telephone lines. It happened on South Wenatchee Avenue near the Humane Society shelter. There were no reports of injuries but traffic was reportedly detoured around the area from Crawford to Terminal Streets until the utilities were repaired.

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.

Ty Holmstrom did all the damage himself for the Bend Elks last night, hitting two, two-run home runs in a 4-2 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox at Paul Thomas, Sr. Frield…

Trailing 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th, Wenatchee made a comeback bid as JT Swartz got aboard with a leadoff walk.  One out later, Jake Taylor battled through a 10-pitch at-bat to make things interesting.  Let’s got to the 9th as Joel Norman has the call on the AppleSox Broadcast Network…

 

A valiant effort in the 9th goes for not as Wenatchee falls 4-2.  Steen Frederickson takes the loss, allowing both of Holmstrom’s home runs in 4-innings.  John Sage had a good night at the plate for the AppleSox, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Bend starter RJ Robles gets the win, going 5-innings allowing 1-run on 3-hits with 9 strikeouts.

The two teams meet again tonight at 7:05 with Wenatchee’s Dawson Day facing the Elks’ Drew Zmuda.

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

Portland unleashed 21-hits, including 8-extra base hits and 3-home runs, in its 17-to-2 thrashing of Corvallis.

Nick DiCarlo was 3-for-4 with 3-runs, a double and an RBI to lead Yakima Valley past Cowlitz 11-to-3.

Drew Williams had an RBI single in a 4-run 5th inning as Kelowna beat Port Angeles 6-to-2.  Williams ended the night 3-for-5 with a run.  In three games this week, the freshman from Hollister, California is 9-for-14 with 5-runs driven in and a .643 batting average!

Jordan Hovey’s 3-run home run erased a 1-run deficit and powered Walla Walla past Victoria 6-to-1.

And in the only non-league game last night, Bellingham pounded out 19-hits including a home run by Zack Needham in a 13-2 win over the Seattle Wallbangers.

On tap tonight it’s Portland at Corvallis; Yakima Valley hosting Cowlitz; Victoria at Walla Walla; Kelowna hosting Port Angeles; and in a non-leaguer, the Highline Bears are at Bellingham.

Kyle Seager drove in all three Seattle runs with a home run and a two-run single as the Mariners beat Baltimore 3-2 last night…

The Orioles grabbed the early lead when former Mariner Danny Valencia homered off Seattle starter James Paxton in the 2nd.  Seager tied it in the 4th on his 14th home run of the season.  Then in the 8th with the bases loaded, Seager singled to center field to score Dee Gordon and Jean Segura to take the lead.  Edwin Diaz came on in the 9th and earned his 29th save after a 1-out single by Valencia.

James Paxton earned his 7th win of the season, going 7-innings, allowing 2-runs on 6-hits with 10-strikeouts.  Manager Scott Servais, with Florida George Line playing in the background, says he continues to be impressed by Paxton’s grit and determination…

Seattle will send Wade LeBlanc to the mound today to face Baltimore’s Alex Cobb at 4:05 this afternoon.

Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard we go to see what else happened in the American League West last night…

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Christian Vazquez and J.D. Martinez all hit home runs in Boston’s 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Jed Lowrie’s fourth hit of the night gave Oakland the lead in the 9th in a game where they came back from being six runs down to beat Detroit 9-7.

San Diego scored 3-runs in the 8th to come from behind and beat Texas 3-2 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

And Charlie Morton struck out 13 to get to 10-wins on the season as the Astros beat the Blue Jays in Houston 7-nothing.

 

Thanks Eric.

Central Washington is experiencing an upturn in the economy as it relates to job growth and wages. 4th District Congressman commented on it today from the floor of the US House of Representatives. . .

The rising job market appears to be across the board in all non-farm sectors. Central Washington Regional Economist, Don Meseck highlighted that point in a recent interview on NCWLIFE Channel. . .

Meseck’s status report on the Central Washington job market will be aired in its entirety on Thursday’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with Host, Dan Kuntz starting at 7 am.

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…

A pilot escaped uninjured from an incident around 10:45 this morning at the Lake Chelan Municipal Airport. Chelan Fire and Rescue crews responded to a report of a plane crash on the runway. When crews arrived they learned an aircraft at the north end had gone off the runway, jumped the road and landed in the adjacent field.

There was significant damage to the landing gear and wings as you can see in these photos provided to us by Chelan Fire and Rescue. The pilot was uninjured and able to exit the aircraft on his own. The Federal Aviation Administration as well as the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the incident.

Fortunately, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports nobody was hurt in a structure fire earlier today (Wed) in Moses Lake.

The fire burned several outbuildings on the property located in the 4200 block of Airway Drive Northeast. The property is a local landmark known as the Castle House.

There was no power going to the home and a generator was being used for electricity. It appears the fire started on the northeast side of the structure. Firefighters were able to protect nearby properties and no other homes were damaged. Grant County Fire District 5 and the Moses Lake Fire Department responded to the blaze that ignited around 7:15 a.m. No word yet on the official cause of that fire.

Effective on Midnight, Friday, June 29th, a county-wide burn ban will be in effect for Kittitas County. No Open Burning or Recreational fires will be allowed. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has already moved to a “Moderate” fire danger level on all DNR protected lands and is in effect until roughly September 30th, 2018.

All fire districts within Kittitas County have been notified of the burn ban. The Department of Natural Resources may allow recreational fires in designated campgrounds with approved fire pits on DNR protected lands located outside of a fire district.

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.