NCWLIFE Channel New for June 29

Eric Granstrom has the latest from the NCWLIFE Channel Newsroom for Thursday, June 29, 2017

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A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight.  We have an update on the fires throughout North Central Washington, the state budget and where the legislature stands on their deadline, and the Mariachi Huenachi heads to Washington DC this Fall. Later on, we’ll have sports, our feature story on the grand opening of a new business in East Wenatchee and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

Strong, gusty winds have pushed the Wenatchee area fires to over 56,500 acres of blackened sage and grass lands in Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties. No Homes have been lost and no injuries reported as the command structure transitioned today into a higher priority Type 2 management team.  For an update on the fire, click our story.

Senator Brad Hawkins joined us briefly on the phone Thursday as budget negotiations continued in Olympia.  He told us the two sides (Democrats and Republicans) have worked out a compromise and he was waiting to vote on passing the budget.  Lawmakers had pushed the limit on a possible government shutdown with a June 30th deadline to provide funding for the next biennium.  We hope to have more Friday on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The search in Lake Chelan for missing University of Washington (UW) student Donghoon Lee continued today. Lee, a 23-year-old man, remains missing and presumed drowned after disappearing on Lake Chelan while boating with two friends Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Lee was from South Korea studying at the UW on a student visa.  Deputies from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office searched the shoreline between the Lookout development and Lakeside Park today. Lee was not wearing a life jacket at the time of his disappearance and was reportedly wearing a red button up shirt. Sergeant Rob Huddleston reported that a helicopter was on scene to continue aiding in the search for Lee.

The City of Wenatchee hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony this evening for its newest park. Saddle Rock Gateway Park will be formally dedicated at 6:30 PM. The new park serves as a trail head for the popular Saddle Rock trail and it features new picnic shelters and restrooms. The park was built using a mix of grant and local funding. The Saddle Rock Gateway is located at the end of Circle Street, near the same site as the previous Saddle Rock temporary parking area.

A tentative agreement on a budget is said to be working its way through Olympia. The question is whether it will get put into place before this weekend.  If they fail, 15 state parks in North Central Washington would close just in time for one of the busiest weekends of the summer. Just in this area, closures would impact:  Wenatchee Confluence, Lincoln Rock, Daroga, Lake Chelan, 25-Mile Creek, Lake Wenatchee, Alta Lake, Pearrygin Lake, Bridgeport, Conconully, Steamboat Rock, Sun Lakes-Dry Falls, Potholes and Curlew Lake.
In addition, a government shutdown in Washington would close non-tribal fishing seasons on lakes, rivers, and saltwater marine areas throughout the state.  The only exception would be the commercial and recreational Dungeness crab fisheries currently in progress off the Washington coast. All other fisheries would be closed, including those on the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and on rivers, streams, and lakes across the state. A state shutdown would delay the start of several fishing seasons that are scheduled to open in early July, including recreational crabbing in parts of Puget Sound and the popular sockeye salmon fishery at Baker Lake in Whatcom County. WDFW staff would not be available to process rule changes required to open other fisheries, including the potential sockeye fishery at Lake Wenatchee in Chelan County. And all WDFW boat launches and water access sites would be closed.

The Mariachi Huenachi will get a national audience this October when they travel to Washington, D.C. to play for congress. Ramon Rivera spoke about the opportunity to the Wenatchee School Board earlier this week.  He said he and his students are very excited for the opportunity of the national exposure playing in Washington, D.C. will bring.

East Wenatchee welcomed a new retailer to the Wenatchee Valley Mall this morning with the ribbon cutting for the new Grocery Outlet store. Owners, Kathy Laforce and her husband Carl also own the store on North Wenatchee Avenue. She says their business is locally driven.  During today’s ceremony the LaForces also presented a one thousand dollar check to Lighthouse Ministries and they’re offering discounts to shoppers who donate money or food items to the Lighthouse food bank today and Saturday.

In Sports…

Wenatchee 9, Port Angeles 3
The Wenatchee AppleSox had to erase an early deficit for the second consecutive night but were able to do so en route to a 9-3 win over Port Angeles at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field last night.

Cole McKenzie started the comeback in the bottom of the third with the Lefties on top 2-nothing. The Gonzaga sophomore out of Billings, Montana sent a 1-1 pitch over the wall for his first home run of the summer and Wenatchee went on to score 4-runs in the inning and chase Port Angeles starting pitcher Trayon Cubo from the ballgame.

That proved to be plenty of offense for ‘Sox starter Connor McCord, who went six innings allowing 2-runs on 6-hits and striking out 4 to improve his season record to 3-and-oh. Adrian Vela sparked Wenatchee’s offense on the night, going 2-for-5 with a double and 3-RBI’s. Wenatchee goes for the sweep tonight when the AppleSox send Hunter Boyd to the mound against the Lefties’ Andrew Zmuda. First pitch is 7:05.

Also in the West Coast League last night…
Victoria 4, Corvallis 0 (Three HabourCats pitchers 3-hit the Knights)
Gresham 6, Walla Walla 4 (Wolves used a 4-run 8th to break a 2-2 tie for the 6-4 win)
Yakima Valley 7, Bend 3 (Pippen’s Dillon Plew 4-for-5 with a HR, Double and 4-RBI’s)
Kelowna 6, Cowlitz 5 (Josh Glenn with a walk-off, RBI-double in the bottom of the 14th!)

North Division Standings
Kelowna       15-9 …
Bellingham   13-8 .5
Wenatchee   13-10 1.5
Walla Walla  11-9 2.0
Victoria        12-13 3.5
Port Angeles 9-16 6.5

Wild Season Schedule Is Out
The Wenatchee Wild’s 2017-18 hockey schedule is out.  The Wild have 28-home games on the schedule beginning September 16th against Vernon and wrapping up February 17th against Trail. It appears the Wild will play sparingly at home in the first part of the season and get busier with home games in December, January and February including a stretch of 8 out of 9 games at home in late January and early February. Voice of the Wild Arch Ecker was a recent guest on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to describe how the scheduling works. Ecker says the league comes together each year near Vancouver to hash out the details of who gets what dates at home.  And it looks like they avoided the Bridge of Sportsmanship game again this year with the football tilt between Eastmont and Wenatchee on Friday, October 27th. The Wild will host Alberni Valley the next night, October 28th. Go to www.wenatcheewildhockey.com to see this year’s schedule.

Philadelphia 5, Seattle 4
At some point, the Mariners are going to have to pull the plug on closer Edwin Diaz. The closer for Seattle got shelled again in the 9th inning today, blowing a Mariners 4-3 lead allowing a Tommy Joseph home run, a balk and an RBI single to Andrew Knapp as Seattle fell to Philadelphia 5-4.  This follows the game last night’s 9th inning performance when Edwin Diaz imploded, allowing four runs on 3-hits, including a 2-run home run to Aaron Altherr. Seattle got solo home runs today from Kyle Seager, Danny Valencia and Robinson Cano. Seattle’s now two games below .500 as they travel to LA to begin a weekend series with the Angels on Friday.

Also in the American League West last night…
Cleveland 5, Texas 3
Houston 11, Oakland 8
LA Angels 3, LA Dodgers 2

American League West Standings
Houston      53-26 …
LA Angels    42-40 12.5
Texas          39-39 13.5
Seattle        39-42 14.5
Oakland      35-43 17.5

In NCW Weather…

High pressure will continue to build over North Central Washington over the next couple of days, bringing with it lots of sunshine and warm temperatures for the foreseeable future.  The winds that were fueling the area wildfires have subsided, outside of slightly breezy conditions Saturday.

Expect clear and mild conditions for tonight and an overnight low of 63

Highs in the lower 90’s are expected for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and highs in the upper 80’s to lower 90’s will be the norm thru at least Wednesday of next week.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).