Evening News May 23

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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 Community Foundation of NCW has stepped up to help the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties. This past weekend the 4th God’s Closet giveaway event was held at the Valley View Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Wenatchee, and, An FYI tonight from Okanogan County Emergency Management that stored hay dampened by recent flooding poses a serious risk for spontaneous combustion.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Brian Flones has announced that he will be stepping down as Superintendent of the Wenatchee School District. The announcement was made at last night’s school board meeting. The board reportedly granted Flones’ request for a change in his contract that expires in 2020. Flones was originally hired in 1987 as the District’s Athletic Director. He climbed the ladder to Dean of Students to Deputy Superintendent and then Superintendent. In a press release from the Wenatchee School District, Flones said, “I’ll be at the age where it’s time for me to write a new chapter in my life.” We will have more with Brian Flones tomorrow here on the NCWLife Channel.

The Community Foundation of NCW has stepped up to help the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties. The Foundation announced Tuesday that it has distributed over 53-thousand dollars to bridge the gap in funding for several United Way partner agencies that were anticipating support in 2018. The distribution was delayed due to financial issues.

Thirteen nonprofit organizations were selected to receive funding based on being a United Way partner agency in 2017 that were likely to be funded in 2018. Each will receive the first-quarter amount they received in last year’s distribution. Not all agencies that have applied for 2018 funding from United Way may be included in this distribution, as the United Way has not finalized those selections.

This past weekend the 4th God’s Closet giveaway event was held at the Valley View Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Wenatchee.

Over 265 families were served with over 1325 bags of children’s clothing given away along with assorted baby gear, including swings, bouncy seats, bathtubs and more.  In addition, hundreds of toys were also distributed. Those attending pay a $1 entrance fee that goes towards expenses of the event and all of the items are free. Over 50 volunteers helped to sort, set up and help run the event. The next God’s Closet event is scheduled for Sunday, September 9. You can follow God’s Closet on facebook to stay in touch about upcoming events.

An FYI tonight from Okanogan County Emergency Management, stored hay dampened by recent flooding poses a serious risk for spontaneous combustion. Wet hay stimulates microbial growth that produces heat that in turn dries out surrounding hay surfaces, stimulating more microbial growth. Various types of microbes live and die as the internal bale temperature climbs. Watch for steam rising from bale surfaces, condensing on the roof and eves of the barn. You may see molds starting to grow on those surfaces. There will also be an acrid, hot tobacco odor from the bales. Bales that are steaming or hot to touch should be removed from the stack and placed in an open area. This will ensure they dry out or if they do combust it does not happen in the barn.

Coming up next, How are you dealing with the rising cost of gasoline? The average price at the pump in the Wenatchee area is $3.27 cents a gallon, and, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell blames the Trump Administration for the rising cost of gasoline. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

How are you dealing with the rising cost of gasoline? The average price at the pump in the Wenatchee area is $3.27 cents a gallon according to the website, GasBuddy.com. One of the customers we spoke with today said the added expense is eating into his budget. . .

What’s causing the increase? Patrick Dehaan is a petroleum analyst for GasBuddy and he says it’s a case of supply and demand. . .

Dehaan says its possible that prices could rise even more later this summer and that, he says, is primarily because of global pressures on the cost of crude oil  . . .

Dehaan adds that gas prices normally go up at this time of year as suppliers switch to a pricier summer blend of petroleum.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell blames the Trump Administration for the rising cost of gasoline. Cantwell spoke to the issue at a Washington DC news conference this morning. . .

Cantwell joined Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Shumer and Senator’s Markey and Menendez at today’s news conference.

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 baseball team has been sold…

Jim Corcoran, the man who founded the wood-bat, summer-collegiate team, has sold the club to Jose Oglesby, a former Microsoft Manager.  According to a press release last night, Oglesby is a lifelong baseball fan who grew up in Colombia and the Panama Canal Zone, listening to broadcasts of Major League games he could find on the radio….

Ken Osborne will stay on with the team as its General Manager and Chief Operating Officer.  Osborne joined the club in 2006 as the Assistant Manager and became part-owner in 2008.  Corcoran says he’ll serve in an advisory capacity over the summer to help with the new ownership transition.  Oglesby says, “We will continue to provide a wonderful entertainment value for the community.  We will maintain our current community relationships and develop new ones.  We intend to maintain our tradition of excellence on and off the field.”  We’ll have more on this story tonight on the NCWLIFE Evening News with Sports Director Eric Granstrom.

Let’s head to the links for the Les Schwab Scoreboard on Day 1 of the WIAA State Golf Championships…

At the boy’s 4A tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wenatchee’s Jerrod Bishop and Eastmont’s Connor Doyle matched stroke-for-stroke, each tying for 25th with opening round 76’s.  Today, Doyle may have put himself in the top 10 with a 73.  Bishop shot a second-round 84. The rest of the local contingent played pretty well but didn’t make the cut (78).  Wenatchee’s Hunter Swartz shot an 81.  Eastmont’s Zach Hammond 85.  Wenatchee’s Trey Stegeman 87.  And the Wildcat’s Jacob Bindley 88.

At the 4A Girl’s Tournament at Sun Willows in Pasco…

Wenatchee’s Taylor Takasugi is tied for 16th after an opening-round 75 Tuesday.  She was the only local golfer to head into Day 2 of play…and shot a second round 80 today.  Not making the cut were Eastmont’s Emilee Wentworth (91) and Karmen Lange (93) as well as Wenatchee’s Ashley Turner (95) and Julie Neff (101).

The 1A Boys Tournament is playing in Spokane at Liberty Lake…

Chelan’s Miles Grossberg and Cascade’s Tim Wells tied with 1st round 85’s yesterday to make the cut into today’s second round.  Today, Grossberg shot another 85 today while wells shot an 86. Not quite making the cut were Chelan’s Seth Hannu (91) and Corbin Morley (95) and Cascade’s Isaac Cortez (98).

Finally, there are so few girls playing golf in the smaller schools, they combined them into the State 1B/2B/1A…

This tournament is at Hangman Valley in Spokane and is a tough course.  Battling the course yesterday but not making into day two were Chelan’s Kaylin Boykin (108) and Emily Christenson (116) and Cascade’s Emma Nielson (124).  Congratulations ladies on even MAKING it to State…that’s quite an accomplishment!

One we didn’t have time for yesterday is the 19th anniversary of a record-breaking performance in college baseball.  On May 9, 1999, Flordia State’s Marshall McDougall hit 6-home runs and had 16-rbi’s in ONE GAME…

He was drafted by the Oakland A’s and was limited by injuries and never developed into a star.  He’s now a high school coach in Florida.

The Mariners have now won 4-straight and back-to-back extra-inning games after a 3-2, 10-inning affair last night in Oakland…

Guillermo Heredia’s RBI-double in the 10th scored Jean Segura to provide Seattle the win.  Mike Zunino tied it with a 2-run home run in the 7th.  Nick Vincent worked an inning and a third for the win while Edwin Diaz picked up his 16th save.  Seattle and Oakland play again tonight at 7:05 with Marco Gonzalez going up against Daniel Gossett.

More injury news for the Mariners as they announced before last night’s ballgame that center-fielder changed to second-baseman Dee Gordon’s been put on the 10-day disabled list with a broken toe.  Gordon apparently injured the right big toe on May 9th on a foul ball and had been trying to play through it.  Daniel Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take up Gordon’s roster spot.  With the 80-game suspension to Robinson Cano, Seattle moved Gordon, a former second baseman before joining the Mariners, to second.  Now they’ll call on Gordon Beckham and utility infielder Andrew Romine.

Mitch Haniger is also day-to-day after leaving last night’s game in the 5th after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch.

 

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, now that the apple trees have blossomed and the cherries are growing, homeowners with a tree or two in their yard are reminded they need to control pests just like commercial orchardists. On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, WSU Master Gardner Bonnie Orr told host Dan Kuntz there is a good reason why. . .

Orr also recommends that this is the time of the year to lay down mulch to control weeds and pull any noxious or nuisance weeds before they spread.

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…

Brian Flones has announced that he will be stepping down as Superintendent of the Wenatchee School District. The announcement was made at last night’s school board meeting. The board reportedly granted Flones’ request for a change in his contract that expires in 2020. Flones was originally hired in 1987 as the District’s Athletic Director. He climbed the ladder to Dean of Students to Deputy Superintendent and then Superintendent.

This past weekend the 4th God’s Closet giveaway event was held at the Valley View Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Wenatchee.

Over 265 families were served with over 1325 bags of children’s clothing given away along with assorted baby gear, including swings, bouncy seats, bathtubs and more.  In addition, hundreds of toys were also distributed. Those attending pay a $1 entrance fee that goes towards expenses of the event and all of the items are free. Over 50 volunteers helped to sort, set up and help run the event. The next God’s Closet event is scheduled for Sunday, September 9. You can follow God’s Closet on facebook to stay in touch about upcoming events.

As we leave you tonight, An Ontario, Canada couple were travelling a logging road and came across an incredible sight as two, male, lynx were squaring off. Watch and especially LISTEN to our Video of the Day. .

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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.