NCWLIFE Channel News June 12

Steve Hair has the latest news for Monday, June 12, 2017

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A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – Firefighters battled gusty winds while putting out a house fire this morning. Police are searching for a Chelan man who is believed to have fled the area with his two young sons, a paraglider rescued from Grant County mountain cliff, and a loose dog causes a two-car injury accident near Monitor. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

Wenatchee Firefighters responded to a residential structure fire this morning in the Lambert Street neighborhood. Chelan County Fire District One Chief Mike Burnett says damage was restricted to the home’s interior.  Chief Burnett says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s office is attempting to locate a Chelan man who is believed to have fled the area with his two young sons following a May 29th altercation at Chelan Slidwaters Park. Chief Deputy, Rick Johnson reports in a news release that 28 year old Sergio Valdes has two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. He was last seen on May 29th with his two youngest children, 18 month old Casper and 6 month old Aviahna. Anyone with information about their possible whereabouts should contact the Sheriff’s office or call RiverCom Emergency Dispatch at 663-9911.

A paraglider was rescued Sunday evening after being stranded on a cliff on the north face of the Saddle Mountains in west-central Grant County. A Sheriff’s report says the woman, whose age and hometown were not specified, became stranded on the cliff possibly after crashing Sunday afternoon. She was hoisted into an Army rescue helicopter around 7:15 p.m. and flown to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

A dog ran out onto the highway causing a two-vehicle injury crash in the Monitor area Saturday afternoon. State Troopers say it happened on Highway 2 about a mile West of Monitor when 66 year old Darlene Adams of Wenatchee was Westbound behind another vehicle driven by 35 year old Gerald Muscat of Leavenworth.  Troopers say Muscat slowed down when the dog ran from a private property onto the roadway. Adams vehicle rear ended Muscat with both cars ending up blocking the westbound lane. Adams was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. Muscat was unhurt.

There’s a serious housing shortage in the Wenatchee area and that’s creating a seller’s market with higher property prices. The monthly real estate snapshop report issued by Pacific Appraisal Assoc. says the inventory of homes for sale in the Wenatchee Valley is down drastically from last year at this time. The report shows a 40 percent drop since May 2016. The area has seen a steady decline since 2010 when there were 570 homes for sale. Today that number has dropped to 130 units. The average price of a home over the past year has increased from 280 thousand 400 dollars to just over 295-thousand 200 dollars. The snapshot report covers real estate in Wenatchee, Malaga, East Wenatchee, Orondo and Rock Island.

In Sports…

Wenatchee 4, Yakima 3
The Wenatchee AppleSox began a new series Sunday at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field against Yakima after taking 2 of 3 from Victoria to start the weekend.  For a third-straight night, an AppleSox starting pitcher made it through seven innings on the mound. Collin Maier (2-0) gave up just two hits through his first six innings of work, but found himself in a tied ballgame, 1-1.

The AppleSox broke that tie in the bottom half of the sixth inning, on a bases-loaded 2-RBI single for Dugan Shirer to center field. Following a Parker Price single, Evan Johnson added the eventual game-winning run on a sacrifice fly to center.  Shirer is now hitting .429 on the season.

The Pippins tried to fight back with two runs in the seventh inning. They drove in one on an RBI groundout, and plated another on an error.  Connor Leedholm worked in relief for a second-straight game, and retired all six batters to face him. He now is a perfect 12-for-12 in batters faced and retired so far this season. Leedholm earned his first save of the season, in relief of Maier.  Maier waited until the third inning to surrender his first hit of the night. The Pippins were held scoreless until the sixth inning, until and RBI single tied the score at 1-1.

Wenatchee scored its first run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly for Joel Condreay, following a Jalen Garcia triple. Garcia’s three-bagger was the first triple of the season for Wenatchee.  Shirer and Johnson each extended their hitting streaks on the season. Shirer has a hit in each of his first nine games this year, and Johnson now has a hit in all 10 games.

Every player in the AppleSox order either reached base or helped produce a run, Sunday.

Game two of the series is Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Griffin Davis (0-1) will pitch for Wenatchee against Josh Tedeschi (1-1) for Yakima Valley. The AppleSox will be playing for their third-straight series win.

Monster Trucks and Motorcross Featured at WVSO
Monster Trucks, motorcross tricks and pyrotechnics were all part of a wild weekend at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval. Malicious Monster Truck Tour started things off, followed by the BMX Freestyle Motorcross and, finally, the Fire-breathing, Kamikaze Kid.  This Saturday…Haglund’s Trophies presents Pro Late Models, Vintage Modifieds, Street Stocks, Roadrunners and the Bandeleros.

Puyallup 19, Wenatchee Valley 0
The Wenatchee Valley Rams were down to 18 players in its game Saturday at Puyallup against the defending Western Washington Football Alliance champion Puyallup Nation Kings.
Wenatchee went down in defeat 19-nothing. The Rams return home Saturday to host Arlington.

Toronto 4, Seattle 0
Jay Happ pitched six innings of 6-hit, shutout ball as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 4-nothing Sunday at Safeco Field.  Toronto ended up taking 2 of 3 from Seattle over the weekend following a 4-2 win Saturday. The Mariners won the first game of the series Friday 4-2. Manager Scott Servais said Sunday’s game boiled down to something pretty simple, “they pitched better than we did.”  James Paxton lost for the first time this season as he allowed four earned runs on 8-hits in four innings, walking 3 and striking out 3. Servais said it just wasn’t “Big Maple’s” day.  Josh Donaldson had the big hit, a 2-run homer in the 1st to put Toronto out front for good. Seattle begins a three-game series in Minnesota today with Yovani Gallardo going up against Adalberto Mejia.

And in Weather…

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for all of North Central Washington. The advisory began at 3 this afternoon and continues until 11 tonight. A wind advisory means that sustained winds of at least 35mph are expected, so high profile vehicles are in danger of being buffered by the high winds especially on 1-90 between Ritzville and Cle Elum and Highway 2 along the Waterville plateau.

Areas of blowing dust will reduce visibility at times.

Between now and midnight a sustained northwest wind will blow around 30mph with gusts near 45mph. Skies will be clear with an overnight low around 56.

The winds will gradually decrease in the overnight hours but it will still be quite breezy on Tuesday with a northwest wind at 15 to 18mph with gusts as high as 30mph. With sunny skies Tuesday’s high will be slightly below normal at 73.

Tuesday night looks clear and windy with a low around 51 before the wind finally dies down Wednesday; Wednesday’s afternoon high of 74 remains below normal.

A weak system comes and goes on Thursday, bringing with it cloudy skies and a high of only 71 but the weekend looks very pleasant with lots of sunshine Friday, Saturday and Sunday with high tempatures at or slightly above normal for mid-June.

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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).