NCWLIFE Channel News June 5

NCWLIFE Channel News Director Steve Hair has the latest

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A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – Search and Rescue Crews continue their search for the body of a missing Mercer Island Man, firefighters rally to the first major wildland fire of the season, an accident near Soap Lake takes the life of a Coulee City man, and work near Snoqualmie pass will bring traffic delays. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says the 19 year old victim disappeared into a snow hole while sliding with a friend down a snowfield in an area between Colchuck Peak and Dragon Tail Mountain. . The Sheriff says efforts to find the man were unsuccessful and the search was called off due to darkness. Glissading involves descending a steep slope in a controlled slide using an ice axe for a brake. The Sheriff described it as a high-risk activity due to the unforeseen dangers such as snow holes and crevasses in the snow path.  The search area is very close to the area where a Chinese student from University of Washington died in a similar accident last year. The Sheriff says it took two weeks after that incident before the body was recovered. The name of the most recent victim has been withheld pending his family’s notification.

The first major wildland fire of the season rallied firefighters to the Vantage area Sunday evening. Grant County officials say sparks from someone’s BBQ were fanned by gusty winds into surrounding sage and grass threatening a nearby campground and closing down Interstate 90 for a couple of hours.  Level Two evacuations were issued for the Old Vantage Hwy campground and some neighboring homes but no structures were damaged. The fire was contained around 8 pm and the Interstate has since reopened.

A Coulee City man was killed Friday when he crashed his SUV on State Route 17 just north of Soap Lake. State Troopers say 62 year old Michael Burns was Southbound when his vehicle left the roadway and plunged over an embankment. Burns was dead at the scene. The cause of the crash was still under investigation as of Monday.

You can expect delays with planned road construction now in full swing on I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg as your tax dollars (WSDOT) make repairs to several bridge decks, replace deteriorating sections of concrete pavement, build new lanes and bridges. The DOT says this week you will run into several construction zones that will detour you around the work and will cause you some delays.

Okanogan County Emergency Management officials say it only took minutes for a large amount of saturated earth to disappear in Twisp area last week. Agency Director, Maurice Goodall says it happened when the ground collapsed on private property along Chiliwist Road. He says the resident said he never heard or felt anything, but as he was looking out his kitchen window noticed what appeared to be a shadow over the ground. Looking closer, he found a section of his road missing, with water lines and power conduit hanging in the air. Goodall cautions that in some areas it might appear the ground is starting to dry on the surface; however, there are still areas throughout the County that are heavily saturated.

In Sports…

Vinny Capra’s walk-off single in the 12th inning helped Walla Walla sweep aside the Wenatchee AppleSox Sunday in the season-opening series for both clubs at Borleske Stadium. Capra’s heroics came after a walk and a hit batsman by ‘Sox reliever Steen Fredrickson. Sunday’s 6-5 final followed the Sweet’s 5-4 victory Saturday. The AppleSox dropped the opener of the series Friday 4-nothing. Wenatchee now travels to Victoria to begin a three game series with the HarborCats tonight at 6:35.

The first WCL Player of the Week honor (June 1-4) went to AppleSox outfielder, Evan Johnson, the league announced, Monday. Johnson went 5-for-12 (.417) in the AppleSox season-opening series against the Walla Walla Sweets, and clubbed two home runs to left field in Wenatchee’s 5-4, loss Saturday. All four of his RBI came by way of the home runs, and Johnson is currently riding a three-game hitting streak.

Nelson Cruz slugged a two-run homer in the first inning and Ariel Miranda dis the rest, as he allowed one run in a complete gave victory as the Mariners completed a sweep of Tampa Bay 7-to-1.

Miranda picked up his fifth consecutive win and improved to 5-and-oh in his last eight decisions. In addition to earning his first career complete game, the left-hander matched a career high with 9 strikeouts. Manager Scott Servais was all smiles after Miranda’s Sunday gem.

The Mariners have won seven of their last eight games to improve to 28-30 on the season. Seattle’s offense produced seven runs on 11 hits to cap off a prolific offensive series in which the Mariners scored 28 runs in three games. After knocking in a career-best seven runs Saturday, Mike Zunino kept up his good fortunes at the plate, driving in two more runs with a single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. He’s hitting .307 since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

Seattle has an off day today before hosting Minnesota in the first of three games as the 11-game home stand continues.

Also in the American League West Sunday…
Houston 7, Texas 2
Minnesota 3, LA Angels 2
Washington 11, Oakland 10

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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).