A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- The State legislature goes into its third special session – triggering a partial shutdown, the Drug Task Force makes a major drug bust near Rock Island, a tuck spills cargo on Highway 2 and Loup Loup Pass could open in the next few weeks. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.
Leading off tonight, Layoff notices are going out today to about 32-thousand Washington State Employees in advance of a partial government shutdown starting July 1st. Governor Jay Inslee ordered a third special session of the legislature after lawmakers failed to agree on a budget before yesterday’s deadline. The Governor says he will not sign off on a plan put forward by Senate Republicans for a 30-day continuing resolution that would keep government services and programs open until the final budget is adopted.
Drug task force agents busted an illegal drug lab in Douglas County yesterday. Law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions raided the home which was located at the 4600 block of Hurst Landing Road in Rock Island. The lab was producing hallucinogens and cannabis oils being sold illegally on the internet. On site there are also thousands of bottles, containers and labels, commercial sealers, and packaging and shipping supplies. The residence contained many pounds of finished product commonly sold a gram at a time. Agents also seized many gallons of laboratory liquid reagents. The home was sealed off due to the explosive and poison danger, and many pressurized gas cylinders which were not stored safely.
Highway 2 in the Monitor area was temporarily closed this morning when a truck spilled its cargo onto the roadway. Trooper John Bryant with the Washington State Patrol says the truck was carrying a load of plastic containers with sharp objects. No one was hurt. Trooper Bryant says the cause is under investigation and that charges are possible for the truck driver for carrying an unsecured load.
In NCWLIFE Channel Sports…
AppleSox 8, Gresham 1
Wenatchee scored 2 in the first, 2 in the second and 4 in the 6th to beat Gresham last night 8-to-1 in the first of three on the road in Oregon. Evan Johnson slapped a 2-run double in the 2nd and drove in 3 runs on the night to give him a league-leading 24 RBI’s on the season. Wenatchee grad Jacob Prater lead off going 2-for-4 with 2-runs while #2 batter Parker Price went 2-for-5 and score 3-runs. Meanwhile on the mound Collin Maier pushed his record to 3-and-1, going six innings of scoreless pitching, allowing only 3-hits while striking out three. Connor McCord worked two innings of relief allowing the Wolve’s only run, while Steen Fredrickson worked the 9th to preserve the win. The two teams meet again tonight in Gresham at 6:35.
Also in the West Coast League last night…
Corvallis 12, Victoria 4
Bend 3, Port Angeles 1
Kelowna 6, Bellingham 5 (Falcons have won 6 straight to take over 1st place in the North)
Yakima Valley 6, Walla Walla 5
North Division Standings
Kelowna 11-6 …
Bellingham 10-7 1.0
Walla Walla 8-7 2.0
Wenatchee 10-9 2.0
Victoria 9-9 2.5
Port Angeles 8-11 4.0
Caribou Trail League Football Schedules
Teams are already prepping for the 2017 Fall Football season in North Central Washington. We looked at our local Big-9 teams yesterday. Today, let’s dive into the Caribou Trail League.
After a 5-5 campaign in 2016, the Cashmere Bulldogs hope to send longtime coach Phil Zukowski out on a high note this year as he plans to retire. Cashmere starts the season at home against Ephrata on Sept. 1st. They travel to Sultan September 8th and then host Lynden Christian on the 15th. Graham High out of Chilliwack comes to Cashmere Saturday, September 23rd for an afternoon game before the Bulldogs battle Okanogan to finish out the month September 29th. Cashmere travels to Omak October 6th and will be in Peshastin for the Pear Bowl with Cascade October 13th. The Battle for the Bronze Shoe is at Cashmere October 20th. The Bulldogs wrap up the season with a non-league road game at La Salle Thursday, October 26th.
The Cascade Kodiaks finished the regular season in a three-way tie with Cashmere and Okanogan atop the Caribou Trail League standings last year. This year, they begin the season with four non-conference games beginning at East Valley (Yakima) September 1st. They’ll host Stanfield, Oregon September 8th before making a long bus ride to Heppner, Oregon September 15th. The Kodiaks remain on the road the following week with a game at Sultan September 22nd. Then it’s home for three in a row September 29th vs. Omak, October 6th against Cle Elum, then as we mentioned October 13th for the Pear Bowl with Cashmere. Cascade finishes on the road October 20th at Okanogan and then at Chelan Thursday, October 26th.
Chelan is looking to bounce back from its winless league record a year ago and finishing 3-and-7 overall. The Goats face off against the Central Washington Athletic Conference in its first two games at Quincy September 1st and hosting Ephrata September 8th. The Goats travel to play Bellevue Christian Saturday, September 16th and come home to face Granger September 22nd. Chelan is at Zillah September 29th and also on the road to meet Okanogan October 6th. They return home against Omak October 13th; battle Cashmere on the road for the Bronze Shoe and finally host Cascade Thursday, October 26th.
Seattle 7, Detroit 5
Justin Verlander was perfect through five innings last night with 11 strikeouts. But then came the 6th and back came the Mariners in a 7-5 win at Safeco Field. Jerrod Dyson broke up the no-hitter for Verlander to lead off the 6th with a bunt single. Ben Gamel followed two batters later with an RBI single to cut Detroit’s lead to 4-1. Nelson Cruz followed with a two-run double down the left field line to make it 4-3.
Mitch Haniger led off the 7th with a solo home run to tie it 4-4. Robinson Cano then smacked a 2-run double to give Seattle its first lead at 6-4. Nelson Cruz added an insurance run next with an RBI single to make it 7-4. Edwin Diaz allowed a solo home run from Ian Kinsler before closing the Tigers out in the 9th for his 12th save. Manager Scott Servais had to tip his cap to both Verlander AND his own offense for not giving up. Tony Zych worked the 6th and 7th of scoreless ball in relief of Seattle starter James Paxton. “Big Maple” wasn’t as effective allowing four runs on 9-hits including a home run in the 3rd. Despite his troubles, Servais was pleased with his progress since coming off the disabled list.
Nick Vincent worked the 8th to hold the lead before Diaz took over in the 9th. Seattle goes for the sweep and its 5th win in a row tonight against Detroit as Andrew Moore makes his Major League debut for the Mariners against Detroit’s Daniel Norris. First pitch is 7:10.
Also in the American League West last night…
NY Yankees 8, LA Angels 4
Toronto 7, Texas 5
Houston 5, Oakland 1
American League West Standings
Houston 48-25 …
Seattle 37-37 11.5
LA Angels 37-38 12.0
Texas 35-36 12.0
Oakland 31-41 16.5
In NCWLIFE Channel Weather…
Get ready for warm weather – followed by hot weather – followed by warm weather.
Afternoon highs on Saturday will likely reach the lower 90’s and highs in the mid 90’s will arrive Sunday and Monday before a return to cooler, more average temperatures by the middle of next week.
For tonight, clear skies with lows in the mid 50’s.
Sunshine – and lots of it – is expected through at least Thursday of next week with breezy conditions possible Tuesday and Wednesday.