Evening News June 29, 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, State and local governments across Washington will receive the largest amount of money ever allocated in the 40-year history of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. Two injury accidents in our area to report tonight one on Highway 97A and the other on Highway 97, and, After a run of 17 years, The Sasquatch Festival is going away.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It’s described as a crucial next-step in the effort to conserve a forested mountainside above Lake Wenatchee and Nason Creek. Steve Hair reports. . .

State and local governments across Washington will receive the largest amount of money ever allocated in the 40-year history of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced earlier today (Thu) that Washington state and local governments are receiving a total of $29-million dollars under the 2018 Payments in Lieu of Taxes or (PILT) program. Representative Dan Newhouse said PILT is a vital source of funding for services in rural communities in Central Washington with nontaxable federal lands. The PILT program funds support for public safety, education, firefighting, social services and transportation. The payments were issued to the state on Tuesday.

Two injury accidents in our area to report tonight. The first occurred in the Lake Chelan area.

Chelan Fire & Rescue along with other emergency crews  responded to a head on collision on Cooper Gulch Road, 1 mile north of Boyd Loop Road.  A Honda Civic had collided head on with a dump truck causing significant front end damage to the Honda along with air bag deployment. The driver of the Honda was treated and released at the scene with a minor hand injury, the driver of the dump truck was uninjured.  Cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

The second crash involved a drowsy driver who reportedly drifted over the center line into oncoming traffic, colliding with a minivan. It happened on US 97-A near Wells Dam. Washington State Trooper Brian Moore said the driver of the mini van was lucky to be alive. All victims were treated and released at the scene without any injuries.

After a run of 17 years, The Sasquatch Festival is going away. The Willamette Week reports the founder of the Festival is closing down the event at the Gorge at George and is not planning for any more concerts. In an email to the publication the event’s founder, Adam Zacks quoted Dr Suess saying, Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Zacks did not explain the reasons for closing down the annual Memorial Day weekend music festival.

Coming up next, The first tenant for the Port of Chelan County’s business incubator space at Pybus Public Market, Subsplash, hosted a hiring event Thursday. A thirty year member of the Chelan PUD’s Senior Management team, Jeff Smith is retiring, and, The Wenatchee School District has announced that Diana Haglund will be its new Director of Communications.       I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The first tenant for the Port of Chelan County’s business incubator space at Pybus Public Market, Subsplash, hosted a hiring event Thursday at Pybus. Subsplash is a leader in mobile technology for churches. Phil Goodman, Subsplash Director of People Operations says the mobile technology company has been looking for the right opportunity to plant roots in the Wenatchee Valley. . .

Tim Turner founded Subsplash in 2009 and has been building the company together with his wife and co-owner Kristy Turner, who grew up in East Wenatchee. Subsplash plans to hire 15-20 new employees to work at the Pybus incubator and are looking for talented individuals with a variety of skills to join their team.

A thirty year member of the Chelan PUD’s Senior Management team, Jeff Smith is retiring. Smith is the PUD Managing Director of District Services.

Smith was a broadcaster at a local radio station in the 1970’s before he was hired to work in the PUD’s Communications Department. Smith has been a longtime community volunteer and has served on many boards ranging from the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival to the Wenatchee School Board. He retires as effective July 1st.  A search to find his replacement is underway but there is no timetable to name a successor.

The Wenatchee School District has announced that Diana Haglund will be its new Director of Communications. Haglund will replace retiring WSD public information officer Teri Fink.

Haglund assumes the role after serving as the District’s Wenatchee Learns Coordinator for the last six years. As director of communications, Haglund will lead the district’s print and digital communications and media relations. In addition, she will continue to supervise the efforts of the Wenatchee Learns Connect partnership center. Haglund previously was the director of Central Washington University’s Wenatchee center and also served as the assistant director of Alumni Advancement at Eastern Washington University before relocating to the Wenatchee area with her family.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom with highlights of last night’s Applesox game and the current West Coast standings, also, a look at the upcoming weekend sports schedule, results of the Mariners game and the how Seattle sits in the American league West standings. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Bend broke open a close game with 4-unearned runs in the 8th inning, capitalizing on 3 Wenatchee errors, to down the AppleSox 5-0 Thursday…

Wenatchee has now committed 30 gaffs defensively so far this summer, 5th most in the West Coast League.  The game was scoreless until the top of the 7th when Bend broke through on Alex Pallios’ RBI-single.  Then in the 8th, Collin Runge (RUN-JEE) plated two runs with a two-out triple…

Joel Norman with the call on the Wenatchee AppleSox Radio Network and the video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook stream.

Despite trailing 5-nothing in the 9th, Wenatchee attempted a rally and loaded the bases for the Wednesday night hero, Cory Meyer…

Wenatchee fell to 8-and-12 with the loss as the Elks took two of three in the series to improve to 7-and-17.  The AppleSox are off until tomorrow night when they’ll host the Northwest Academy in a game at 7:05.

Also in the West Coast League Thursday as we head to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Jake Moberg was 2-for-2 with 3-RBI’s in Yakima Valley’s 6-3 win over Cowlitz.

Drew Williams’ RBI single in the bottom of the 8th proved to be the game-winner as Kelowna edged Port Angeles 7-6.  The Falcons completed the 3-game sweep and handed the Lefties their 4th loss in a row.

Zander Clarke was 4-for-6 with a run and 2-RBI’s to help power Portland past Corvallis 13-5.

On tap tonight in the W-C-L it’s Walla Walla at Corvallis; Cowlitz hosting Port Angeles; Kelowna at Victoria; Yakima Valley hosts Bellingham; and Bend travels to Portland.

There’s plenty going on this weekend on the Sports Schedule…

It began yesterday and runs through Sunday…it’s the State All Star 11U and 12U Baseball Tournament being hosted by Eastmont Youth Baseball at the Eastmont Community Fourplex.

Mission Ridge is the start and finish point for the Mission Granduro Race.  The long course is 46.1-miles while the short course is 29.7-miles.  The Mission Granduro is all tomorrow at Mission Ridge.

The Wenatchee Rams look to remain undefeated in Western Washington Alliance Football play Saturday when its hosts the South Sound Nighthawks.  Kickoff at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl is 6 o’clock.

Appleatchee is a busy place once again this weekend for horse riders with the Games Show and July 4th Roping competition.  It runs through Sunday.

And not to be forgotten, Salmon fishing opens on the Upper Columbia Sunday for Chinook and Sockeye Salmon.  The dam counts looks good at least for the opener for angles to catch plenty of hatchery Chinook and sockeye this weekend.  Indications are there may even be enough sockeye in the system to have an opener later on Lake Wenatchee!!

Dee Gordon led off the 10th with a single and scored on Jean Segura’s single to center that was mishandled by Baltimore’s center fielder, and the Mariners went on for a 4-2 win today…

Nelson Cruz got the Mariners on the board first today in the 4th with a two run homer, his 21st of the season.  The Orioles tied it in the bottom of the 4th on solo home runs by Manny Machado and Chris Davis.  Mike Leake got a no-decision today, going 7-innings, allowing 2-runs on 5-hits with 6 strikeouts.

Seattle is now 8-and-oh in extra-inning games as they also went 11 last night in an 8-7 win.

The Mariners return home to face Kansas City tonight at 7:10 at Safeco Field with Marco Gonzalez going up against Ian Kennedy.

In other American League West Action…

Oakland finished off an 8-and-2 road trip with a sweep of Detroit after Thursday’s 4-2 win.

Lance McCullers, Jr. threw 7-shutout innings as Houston beat Tampa Bay 1-nil.

Hector Velazquez improved to 6-and-oh with Boston’s 4-2 win over the Angels.

Thanks Eric.

Wenatchee is gearing up for their annual Independence Day fireworks show at Walla Walla Point Park. Today, NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz headed down to check out how the show is put together. . .

We’ll be back with a look at your weekend weather forecast and a look at weather for the Fourth of July right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Two injury accidents in our area to report tonight. The first occurred in the Lake Chelan area.

Chelan Fire & Rescue along with other emergency crews  responded to a head on collision on Cooper Gulch Road, 1 mile north of Boyd Loop Road.  A Honda Civic had collided head on with a dump truck causing significant front end damage to the Honda along with air bag deployment. The driver of the Honda was treated and released at the scene with a minor hand injury, the driver of the dump truck was uninjured.  Cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

The second crash involved a drowsy driver who reportedly drifted over the center line into oncoming traffic, colliding with a minivan. It happened on US 97-A near Wells Dam. Washington State Trooper Brian Moore said the driver of the mini van was lucky to be alive. All victims were treated and released at the scene without any injuries.

A thirty year member of the Chelan PUD’s Senior Management team, Jeff Smith is retiring. Smith is the PUD Managing Director of District Services.

Smith was a broadcaster at a local radio station in the 1970’s before he was hired to work in the PUD’s Communications Department. Smith has been a longtime community volunteer and has served on many boards ranging from the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival to the Wenatchee School Board. He retires as effective July 1st.  A search to find his replacement is underway but there is no timetable to name a successor.

 

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