NCWLIFE Channel News June 9

NCWLIFE Channel's Kody Johnson has the latest for Friday, June 9, 2017


A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – we’ll have a report from Wenatchee City Council concerning the Federal Building, Eastmont School District investigates racist snapchat posts, another health insurance company drops out of coverage in North Central Washington and a new roundabout opens today. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

The City of Wenatchee will move forward with creating a partnership with LocalTel Communications to purchase part of the Federal Building. We caught up with Mayor Frank Kuntz last night after the city council meeting.

Two or more Eastmont High School students are suspected of posting racially offensive images on the social media site, Snapchat. The postings were reported in a news release issued Thursday by School District Superintendent, Garn Christiansen. Christiansen says Snapchat worked with the District to identify the students who created the account and that they face possible disciplinary action including expulsion. He stresses that Eastmont School District takes pride in the diversity of its student population and has a no tolerance policy on racism, discrimination and bullying. He says local law enforcement is also working with the District in its investigation and criminal charges could also be brought.

Big questions remain on the future of the affordable healthcare act. For now, insurance companies are continuing to pull out of Washington State and local residents could start to feel the effects soon.

A big item on the agenda of last night’s Wenatchee city council meeting was zoning changes to the newly annexed old station area. Mayor Frank Kuntz says the city will continue to work with the port, who owns the land, to come to a long term agreement. For now, the area will remain unchanged.

One of the most iconic airplanes from World War II, B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade,” will make a stop in Wenatchee at the Pangborn Memorial Airport as part of its Flying Legends of Victory Tour across. The tour, made possible by the volunteers of the non-profit Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, includes three restored WWII combat aircraft. These warbirds and their crew will visit approximately 50 cities from June through October to fulfill their mission of educating all generations about the role of aviation in combat. The tour starts Monday June 12. For more information on hours and how to reserve a ride, you can visit our website at

Washington State Fish and Wildlife announced free fishing this weekend. That means no license required to fish or gather shellfish in any water open to fishing around the State. You won’t need a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement. Nor will you be required to have a Two Pole Endorsement to fish with two poles in selected waters where it’s allowed. Also, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. A Discover Pass is required in state parks on Sunday, June 11 and on DNR lands throughout the weekend however.

In Sports…

Wenatchee 5, Victoria 4
The Wenatchee AppleSox (3-4) walked off the Victoria HarbourCats (4-4), 5-4 on an RBI single to left field. It was Parker Price’s fourth hit of the night, Thursday at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.  Price smacked an 0-1 pitch from Victoria reliever Greg Casper, in fair down the left field line, to give the AppleSox their first home win of 2017, in as many tries.

The opportunity was set up by two innings of scoreless relief from Connor Leedholm (1-0) in his AppleSox debut. Leedholm retired the HarbourCats in order in each of the eighth and ninth innings, and registered his first strikeout.  Colby Nealy also made his debut for the AppleSox, Thursday. The starter tossed four innings and allowed all three of the runs against him in the second inning. He also struck out two batters.

Hunter Boyd relieved the middle portion of the game for the AppleSox, tossing three innings of one-run baseball, which came unearned on an error in left field.

The AppleSox scored early, with Dugan Shirer leading off the AppleSox first offensive half inning with a hit for a third-straight game. Evan Johnson drove him in on a double down the right field line. It was Johnson’s WCL-leading 11th RBI of the season.

Wenatchee added three runs in the third inning off of Isaac Mullins. The runs were unearned, following an error at third base, and Wenatchee held a 4-3 lead until the seventh inning. That’s when the AppleSox surrendered the advantage on a single to left field, that included an error on a bobbled ball.  Wenatchee recovered for the walk-off win.

Game two of the series is Friday night. Jarrod Molnaa (0-0) will make his first start after throwing 7 1/3 relief innings at Walla Walla last weekend. He faces off against Victoria’s Ethan Skuija (0-0), in his second start of the summer. First pitch is at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium at 7:05 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m.

Also in the West Coast League last night…

Port Angeles Lefties 4, Walla Walla Sweets 2
Cowlitz Black Bears 7, Bend Elks 3
Gresham Grey Wolves at Kelowna Falcons postponed due to rain
Corvallis Knights at Belling Bells postponed due to rain

There are a ton of things going on this weekend, so no excuse to stay inside…

Apple Capital Baseball Tournament
Eastmont Youth Baseball is hosting its annual Apple Capital Baseball Tournament for 11U and 12U teams from throughout the state at the Eastmont Community 4-Plex tomorrow and Sunday.

Chelan-Douglas Relay For Life
A fundraiser and memorial walk for cancer victims and survivors at Eastmont’s Wildcat Stadium begins tonight at 6pm and goes through tomorrow morning at 9am.

Grip It & Rip It Tournament
Men’s Softball at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday. There’s also a home run derby to kick it off tonight.

Riverball Tournament
Women’s Softball at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park tomorrow and Sunday.

Cusick Cup Tennis Tournament
This tennis tournament is at the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club tomorrow from 8am to 5pm

Sole 2 Soul 5K
A run/walk that’s a fundraiser for the Lighthouse Christian Ministries at begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 at Walla Walla Point Park.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval
The Monster Trucks are in town along with the Freestyle MotorCross both tonight and tomorrow night at WVSO. Gates open at 5 o’clock with the action starting at 6:30.

WV Rams host Arlington
The Wenatchee Valley Rams host the Arlington Grizzlies in Western Washington Football Alliance play at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl tomorrow night. Kickoff is set for 6 o’clock.

Minnesota 2, Seattle 1
Seattle’s 5-game winning streak came to an end last night at Safeco Field.  Minnesota came out on top 2-to-1. The difference came in the top of the 5th when Robinson Cano booted a routine ground ball and then compounded the mistake by a throwing error on the same play that allowed the Twins 2nd, and game-winning run to score. Manager Scott Servais said those are the bounces sometimes.  Christian Bergman went five innings and allowed 2-runs (only one earned) on 4-hits to take the loss. Kyle Seager and Guillermo Heredia each had two hits to pace the offense. Seattle welcomes Toronto into town for the first of a three-game series tonight at 7:10. Sam Gaviglio will go for the Mariners against the Blue Jays Joe Biagini.

Also in the American League West last night…

LA Angels 11, Detroit 4
Houston 6, Kansas City 1

NCW Sports Awards Broadcast Tonight
If you missed Tuesday’s NCW Sports Awards banquet at the Town Toyota Center, we’re broadcasting it tonight at 7 on the NCWLIFE Channel. See who wins the six awards on the prep side and one collegiate award as well as watch the entire keynote address by Chelan graduate and current Brooklyn Net Joe Harris, Jr. That’s all tonight at 7 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

North Central Washington Weather

A trough of low pressure that is sitting and spinning over Vancouver Island will allow a series of small systems to visit the region over the next 48 hours. The showers and the clouds that go with it will come and go and small spurts.

For tonight, mostly cloudy skies are forecast with the occasional raindrop and a low of 47, there is also a slight chance of a passing thunderstorm.

Saturday morning looks to be fairly sunny before the clouds roll in Saturday afternoon. Whatever rain we get Saturday will probably be in the late afternoon. Saturday’s high of 68 degrees is about 10 degrees below normal.

The last of the mini-systems rolls through Saturday night with an overnight low of 49.
Sunday begins a period of sunny and dry weather with daytime highs slightly below normal, it will be windy at times thru the next work week.

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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).