NCWLIFE Channel News June 26

Eric Granstrom and Steve Hair has the latest NCWLIFE Channel News for Monday, June 26, 2017


A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- an update on the brush fire at Number Two Canyon, a missing Mount Vernon man was found dead at the Chelan Butte on Friday, the body of a missing Mercer Island man who was glissading on Aasgard Pass was recovered yesterday and a five car pile up stopped traffic on US 2 near Leavenworth. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

The Number Two Canyon Fire was in mop-up stage this morning after burning about less than three acres of mostly brush and grass. CCFD #1 Chief Mike Burnett says it was fully contained as of this morning. He says the fire was ignited by gunfire.  Burnett says the hot weather and windy conditions are contributing to very volatile conditions. Meanwhile, a hand crew and “helitack” operations were expected to continue today. Mop Up should be completed by this evening.

The body of a missing Mount Vernon man was found Friday at the bottom of Chelan Butte. Rich Magnussen with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office says the victim, identified as 31 year old Johnathan M. Taylor, was reported overdue the previous day from a camping trip in the Chelan area. A ground and air search failed to locate him and the search was resumed Friday. His body was located at the bottom of a steep embankment. The cause of Taylor’s death is not known. His body was turned over the Coroner.

The body of a missing Mercer Island man who was killed glissading near Aasgard Pass was recovered Saturday.  A team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue members and a Chelan County Search And Rescue Deputy recovered the body of 19 year old Benjamin Gore.  Gore disappeared into a crevasse on June 4th while sliding down the glacier. Initial attempts to locate Gore were unsuccessful due to the snow depth and fast running water. The body was turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and the family has been notified.

Traffic was snarled yesterday for over an hour after a five-car pileup along US 2 in the Leavenworth area. The roadway was blocked after five Eastbound vehicles collided about a mile East of Leavenworth. It happened at 3:51 PM. The State Patrol blames driver inattention and speeding for the crash when one driver slowed and was struck by a second vehicle setting off a chain-reaction involving three more vehicles. Only minor injuries were reported. The injured were transported to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth.

Legislation designed to make the electric grid more wildfire resistant has pass a vote in the US House of Representatives. The bill provides for closer collaboration between power utilities and the US Forest Service in maintaining cleaner transmission line corridors. Kimberlee Craig says the bill also streamlines the Federal permitting process.  The measure passed easily out of the house and is expected to receive bipartisan support in the Senate.

Wenatchee School District Transportation Director will undergo leadership training as a response to a recently concluded investigation.  The District says in a prepared news release that an outside investigator was hired in May after receiving complaints from the Union representing transportation department staff regarding the manner in which Director, Bob Sanford manages the department.The external investigation was concluded on June 9th resulting in recommended improvements to address issues raised by the Union that will result in Sanford’s attending special training in team building , communication and administration management.

The Leavenworth Tiny House Village opened at the Leavenworth RV Campground to a crowd of more than 500 people Saturday afternoon.  Five custom-designed Bavarian-style cabins, also called Petite Retreats, were on display and open for reservations. Tiny houses have become a popular vacation alternative. If you are looking for hiking on the nearly seven miles of trails in the summer or ready to ski the slopes in the winter, make your vacation tiny.

In Sports…

Rams Win Final Home Game EVER
The Wenatchee Valley Rams found a way to beat the Tri City Rage Saturday at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl 22-20.  But according to social media posts from players and coaches, Saturday’s game was the last home game in franchise history. Andy Jones, who has played for the Rams on defense the last 6 seasons, said on Facebook Saturday:

“I’ve been blessed to play with the Rams. I’ve traveled all over the state of Washington, to Montana, to Oregon and even to Colorado to play a game I love with men I consider brothers. I’m somewhat in disbelief that tonight is the last time the Rams will take the field in Wenatchee. I can’t believe it’s over.” Rams coach and owner Mickey White also posted a thank you to everyone involved over the years in making the Wenatchee Valley Ram family successful.  We’ve reached out to coach White in hopes of getting a statement. Wenatchee was to host another home game July 8th but it is still listed as “To Be Determined” on the Western Washington Football Alliance website. The schedule has the Rams ending the season on the road against the Snohomish County Vikings July 15th.

Wenatchee 7, Everett 5
When the Wenatchee AppleSox began play 18-years ago, they were part of the Pacific International League. One of their old rivals was in town Sunday for a non-league game, the Everett Merchants. Everett still plays in the P-I-L and are currently in second place in their 6-team league behind the Seattle Cheney Studs. On Sunday, the AppleSox took down the Merchants 7-to-5.  True freshman Joey Zamora tied the game in the 7th on a solo home run and provided the go-ahead RBI in the 8th on a single. Wenatchee has the night off tonight before getting back into West Coast League play tomorrow with Port Angeles coming to town. Game time with the “Lefties” is 7:05.

Also in the West Coast League last night…
Walla Walla 7, Victoria 6
Yakima Valley 10, Gresham 8
Bend 11, Kelowna 5
Cowlitz 16, Port Angeles 12
Corvallis 8, Bellingham 7

North Division Standings
Bellingham      13-8 …
Kelowna          12-9 1.0
Walla Walla     10-8 1.5
Wenatchee      11-10 2.0
Victoria           10-12 3.5
Port Angeles      9-14 5.0

Houston 8, Seattle 2
Robinson Cano’s 2-run double in the 2nd inning was all the offense Seattle could muster Sunday, falling to Houston 8-to-2.  Ariel Miranda ran into trouble in a 4-run fourth inning, allowing a home run to George Springer; an RBI double by Carlos Correa; and a 2-run homer from Yuli Gurriel. Seattle thought it had a 3-nothing lead on Cano’s double in the second after a challenge on a play at the plate, but confusion reigned after the home plate umpire gave the “safe” signal after getting off the headsets from the replay officials in New York.  Houston took two of three from the Mariners over the weekend. Seattle has today off before hosting Philadelphia in the first of two games tomorrow at Safeco Field as James Paxton will face Aaron Nola.

Also in the American League West Sunday…
LA Angels 4, Boston 2
Texas 7, NY Yankees 6
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 3

American League West Standings
Houston      52-25 …
Texas          38-37 13.0
LA Angels    40-39 13.0
Seattle        39-39 13.5
Oakland       31-42 17.5

And in NCWLIFE Channel Weather…

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for North Central Washington and the Columbia Basin. The warning began at 2:00 this afternoon and runs until 8 this evening. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions exist due to gusty winds, high temperatures and low relative humidity.

The high pressure ridge that brought us sunshine and warm temperatures is beginning to slide to the east. That will usher in some unstable air tonight and tomorrow. A pop-up thunderstorm or two is possible before sunrise on Tuesday.

Tonight, look for mostly clear skies with a low around 63. It will be breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 20 mph with gusts above 30 mph at times.

The afternoon high temperature on Tuesday will be about 10 degrees cooler than the last couple of days; with some residual winds look for a high tomorrow of 87.

Wednesday is yet another sunny day with light breezes and a high of 85.

Warmer conditions return by Thursday with the arrival of another high pressure system and high temps climbing back up into the mid 90’s by Friday and Saturday.

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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).