NCWLIFE Channel News for June 28

Eric Granstrom has the latest news for Wednesday, June 28, 2017 on NCWLIFE Channel TV


A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- an update on the Sutherland Canyon Fire, we visited the Red Cross Shelter, a global cyber-attack has many on the defense and a local café could close after financial struggles. Later on, we’ll have sports, our feature story of a new head for the local E-S-D and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

It was another hot, back-breaking day on the fire-lines for hand crews working to corral a series of large brush fires in Chelan, Douglas and now GRANT County. Moments ago we caught up with a spokesperson for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Service for an update.

Today at the Columbia grove covenant church the Red Cross set up a Relief center to help support level three evacuee’s from the recent surrounding wildfires. We caught up with Sarah Grimm to talk more about how the Red Cross assists the people whose homes are under evacuation.

The Alliance to Save Energy elected new board members at its annual meeting last week, bringing Rep. Dave Reichert and General Manager Steve Write of the Chelan PUD on board to advocate for energy efficiency across all sectors. Wright will provide counsel to the Alliance on key energy policies facing the U.S. in the coming years. For more on this story visit

The owners of the Take A Break Cafe say the resulting revenue loss has forced them to file for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy protection. The Café is a popular local gathering spot located along Highway 2 near the Blewett Pass Cutoff. The owners have produced a short video promoting its significance to the community.  A GoFundMe account has been set up to take community donations and it appears they are half way to their goal of raising 8-thousand dollars.

There’s a changing of the guard at the North Central Educational Service District as outgoing Superintendent, Rich McBride retires at the end of the week. McBride has been replaced by Dr Michelle Price who brings to the job a lot of leadership experience in our region’s schools. They appeared together as guests on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with Dan Kuntz.  The North Central ESD area includes 12,600 square miles or approximately 20% of the geographical area of the state. The NCESD serves 29 school districts in this region, which includes Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties. These districts serve over 40,000 students or 4% of the state’s kindergarten through grade 12 enrollment. They vary in size from Wenatchee and Moses Lake with over 7,000 students to Stehekin with 15 students.

In NCWLIFE Channel Sports…

Wenatchee 8, Port Angeles 3
Wenatchee erased an early deficit behind the bat of Evan Johnson and his 5-RBI to beat Port Angeles 8-to-3 in game one of a three-game series at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field last night.

The AppleSox fell behind 1-0 in the second inning, when an error extended the frame on starter Collin Maier (4-1). An RBI double gave the Lefties their only lead. Wenatchee recovered in the third for a four-run frame. Johnson erased the deficit with his first of two, 2-RBI doubles off of Brandon Reynolds (0-1). Jalen Garcia brought him home with a two-run home run, the opposite way to right field. Port Angeles trimmed the Wenatchee lead with solo home runs for Mike Ciancio and Ian Nowak in the fourth, but those were the last runs the Lefties could muster off of Maier and the rest of the AppleSox staff. Maier threw five, three-run innings for his team-leading fourth win, and was backed up by Hugh Smith for three solid innings (five strikeouts), and an eighth hitless inning of the summer by Connor Leedholm.

Wenatchee added its insurance in the fourth on a second 2-RBI double for Johnson, wjo also drove in a run with a single in the sixth and finished with a four-hit night. It was Johnson’s 10th multi-hit night of the year, and eighth multi-RBI game of the season. With 5 RBIs, he became the third player this summer to tie the team record for RBI in a single game. Johnson also has 31 RBI, which is first in the league, ahead of the next-best hitters (19 each).

Wenatchee and Port Angeles meet for game two of the three-game set tonight at 7:05pm.

Also in the West Coast League Last night…
Kelowna 8, Cowlitz 6
Victoria 5, Corvallis 0
Walla Walla 7, Gresham 0
Yakima Valley 8, Bend 5

North Division Standings
Bellingham      13-8 …
Kelowna          14-9 …
Walla Walla      11-8 1.0
Wenatchee       12-10 1.5
Victoria            11-13 3.5
Port Angeles       9-15 5.5

Wild Season Schedule Due Out Soon
There really is no off-season for hockey fans or for the front office of the Wenatchee Wild. Director of Media Relations and “Voice” of the Wenatchee Wild, Arch Ecker, was in recently with Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to announce the theme for this year’s campaign as the Wild celebrate a decade of play in Wenatchee.  Ecker says the team and its fans are anxiously awaiting the British Columbia Hockey League to announce the season schedule, which could come out any day.  The Wild are expecting to play about 30-home games at the Town Toyota Center beginning in September and running through February.

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 two run home run 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…
Texas 2, Cleveland 1
Oakland 6, Houston 4
LA Dodgers 4, LA Angels 0

American League West Standings
Houston      52-26 …
Texas          39-38 12.5
LA Angels    41-40 12.5
Seattle        39-41 14.0
Oakland      35-42 16.5

In NCWLIFE Channel Weather…

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of North Central Washington. This warning is in effect until 8pm. A Red Flag Warning is issued when a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Crews are keeping a very close watch on the winds, which are expected to increase in intensity tonight before tapering off early Thursday morning.

The wind direction is expected to shift from the west to the northwest tonight at 7 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Thursday the winds will decrease to 5 to 7 mph. Under sunny skies expect a high of 89.

A quick warm-up is expected for Friday before we gradually cool down to normal temperatures by Independence Day.

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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).