NCWLIFE Evening News August 1, 2019

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Aswe reported last night, a high-speed police pursuit ended Wednesday when the suspect crashed his car at an East Wenatchee restaurant, we have more details. The August 6th primary hasn’t generated a lot of interest in Chelan and Douglas Counties judging from the number of ballots returned thus far, and, For the seventh straight month, unemployment in the Wenatchee metro area has gone up.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Fire crews moved quickly Wednesday on a fast-moving fire that broke out about five miles north of Winthrop.

The Rendevous Fire was first reported about 3:00 in the afternoon and local, state and federal firefighters were able to get it under control by 9:00 last night.

By that time, it had burned about 140 acres of mostly brushy hillside. Level One evacuation notices were issued for homes in the Cub Creek area and both Rendezvous Road and West Chewuck Road were closed. No homes or structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A high-speed police pursuit ended Wednesday when the suspect crashed his car at an East Wenatchee restaurant. The chase started in Wenatchee when police responded to a report of a reckless driver in the vicinity of Okanogan and Ferry Streets. Captain Edgar Reinfeld takes over the narrative from there. . .

The name of the suspect has been withheld until charges are filed.

If you haven’t voted yet, you’re not alone. The August 6th primary hasn’t generated a lot of interest in Chelan and Douglas Counties judging from the number of ballots returned thus far.

The election features two sales tax measures proposed by RiverCom and Link Transit as well as contested mayor, city council and school board positions. But Douglas County Auditor, Thad Duval says less than a quarter of the mail-in ballots have been returned as of Wednesday afternoon. . .

Duvall has predicted a 40 percent voter turnout when all the returns are in. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore predicts a 50 percent turnout. He reports 21 percent of the over 46,400 ballots that were mailed out have been returned as of Thursday morning. Make sure to mail-in your ballot before the August 6th deadline or put it in a ballot drop-box located in front of the courthouse or city hall then make ncwlife.com your go to site for election night results starting at 8 pm next Tuesday.

For the seventh straight month, unemployment in the Wenatchee metro area has gone up. That’s the latest report from the State Employment Security Department. The Wenatchee area unemployment rate in June rose 6-tenths of a percent from 3-point-8-percent in June of 2018 to 4-point-4-percent this past June.

However, year-over-year, the Wenatchee market labor force has been expanding for 24 months in a row. Between the Junes of 2018 and 2019, the Wenatchee civilian labor force has increased 3-point-4 percent, meaning there were 2,397 more residents in the labor force this year compared to 2018.

Coming up next, As the Gorge Amphitheater prepares to host one of its biggest events of the year, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has some friendly advice for concert-goers. Yesterday, in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday the North Central Regional Library hosted an event at the LocalTel Event Center at Pybus Public Market, and, The town off Entiat is celebrating its 100 birthday this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

As the Gorge Amphitheater prepares to host one of its biggest events of the year, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has some friendly advice for concert-goers.

Most of it involves making common-sense choices as tens of thousands of people descend on the site for Watershed, a three-day country musical festival that starts Friday. With temperatures expected to be in the 90s, staying hydrated is vital, the department warned. In addition, people are advised to avoid taking drinks or drugs from strangers and to let security know if you see any sketchy behavior.

The sheriff’s office also has a Gorge Alert app this year that deputies can use to advise concertgoers if there are any safety issues.

Yesterday in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday the North Central Regional Library hosted an event at the LocalTel Event Center at Pybus Public Market where hundreds of fans of all ages gathered to celebrate. . .

The town of Entiat will hold a gathering this Saturday to celebrate 100 years of graduating classes and small-town tradition. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery has more on one of Entiat’s most famous landmarks. . .

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Iris the husky. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Brett Garcia and three relievers combined on a 5-hit shutout of Cascade Collegiate in a 13-nothing win for Wenatchee last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, has more…

Brett Garcia was phenomenal on the mound last night, allowing no runs on 1-hit with 12-strikeouts and 2-walks.  Peter Sanchez relieved for 2-innings, allowing just a hit and striking out two.  Finally, normal position players finished things up on the mound with Ryan Altenberger and Kodie Kolden pitching the last two innings.

At the plate, Brett Gillis was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI.  Dalton Harum also had a two-hit night with 2-runs.

Wenatchee’s off until Friday when it hosts Yakima Valley in the first of a three-game series at 6:35.

Chase Meidroth’s RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th gave Victoria a walk-off, 5-4 win over Cowlitz.  The win propelled the HarbourCats a half-game in front of Wenatchee in the West Coast League’s North Division race.

Cole Hinkelman had two, two-run home runs to lead Bellingham past Ridgefield 8-to-1.  CJ Varela and two relievers combined to keep the Raptors to 1-run on 5-hits with 10-strikeouts. 

Port Angeles was also a winner, downing Kelowna 4-1 behind 7-innings of 1-run ball thrown by Joe Kinsky.  Baxter Halligan did the damage at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s.

Briley Knight went 3-for-4 with 3-runs and 3-RBI’s to lead Corvallis over Bend 8-to-1.  The Knights are now 33-and-10 on the season.

Chase Luttrell was 3-for-4 with 2-RBI’s in a losing effort as his Portland Pickles fell to Walla Walla 5-3.

And in another non-league game, Luke Schwartz RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th gave Yakima Valley a walk-off, 8-7 win over Highline.  The win snapped the Pippin’s 3-game losing streak as they next head for Wenatchee on Friday.

And we’ll have Saturday’s middle game of the three game series between the AppleSox and Pippins LIVE right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Our pre-game with Eric Granstrom begins at 6:15 with the first pitch at 6:35.

Taking a look at the updated standings in the WCL’s North Division…

With the HarbourCats winning last night, Victoria now leads Wenatchee in the second-half standings by a half-game.  Port Angeles is lurking behind the AppleSox, two games back at 10-and-7.  Yakima Valley is 5-games out while Bellingham is 5-and-a-half games back.

Again, if Victoria repeats as division winners in the second half like they did in the first, the second playoff spot goes to the team with the next-best overall record.  Right now that’s Wenatchee at 24-and-21.  But Bellingham is just a game back now at 22-and-21.  The Lefties are also not out of it, trailing Wenatchee by 3-games at 20-and-23.

If you’d like to get an autograph from an AppleSox player on the official team poster, you can do so this Sunday…

The entire team will be at Pybus Public Market Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30, signing this year’s team poster.  There’s also a chance to win prizes with a raffle for AppleSox tickets and an autographed Marco Gonzales hat.  It’s free to the public and sponsored by Parsons Photography, Sunny FM and Pybus Market.

The Mariners made quite a few moves prior to the trade deadline yesterday, including trading away pitcher Mike Leake in the final seconds.  Leake went to Arizona for Minor League infielder Jose Caballero (CAB-uh-YAIR-oh).  Seattle also dealt reliever Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland to the Washington Nationals for three Minor League pitchers.

Mariner General Manager Jerry Dipoto says it turned out well for Seattle…

The biggest buyer at the trade deadline Wednesday was the Houston Astros.  They traded away their farm to get six-time All Star Zack Greinke as well as right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini and catcher Martin Madonado.

On the field Wednesday, the Mariners lost a see-saw battle with Texas 9-7 to see their 6-game winning streak come to an end…

Despite home runs from Austin Nola and Keon (KEY-on) Broxton, Seattle couldn’t hold an early lead.  Wade LeBlanc had a rough outing on the mound, lasting just 4-and-a-third and allowing 6-runs on 10-hits including home runs to Shin-Soo Choo and Willie Calhoun.

The Mariners will remain in the Lone Star State today and prepare to take on the Astros in Houston tomorrow at 5:10.  Yusei Kikuchi will go for Seattle while Wade Miley takes the hill for Houston.

Also in the American League West Wednesday…

Mike Trout’s 35th home run of the season was the Angel’s only run in a 6-1 loss to the Tigers.  Detroit left the yard three times, including a 3-run bomb by Gordon Beckham in the 8th.

Roberto Perez hit two home runs as Cleveland clobbered Houston 10-to-4.

The Brewers bounced back from a walk-off the night before to edge the Athletics in Oakland 4-2.

The news out of Day 6 of Seahawks Training Camp is not necessarily good.  First, there was a fight today between offensive guard Ethan Pocic and defensive tackle Jarran Reed.  Coach Pete Carroll had to kick both out of practice and said it was a good example of how that can hurt a team…

The Blue Angels were practicing for their performance during Seafair this weekend, which Carroll said was a good chance to practice with noise.

Carroll also had the unfortunate news on defensive end L.J. Collier on an injury that’s going to keep him out for a while…

Seattle hosts the Denver Broncos a week from today in their first preseason game at CenturyLink Field.  The season begins tonight with the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio between Atlanta and Denver. 

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with video shot by Washington State Patrol Trooper Clint Thompson captured on his dash-cam Thursday of a plane making an emergency landing on a busy street in Parkland. The plane’s fuel system malfunctioned while flying from Yelm to Boeing Field in Seattle but stopped perfectly at the light on Pacific Avenue. After the plane landed perfectly at the stop light by the way, Thompson and the pilot pushed the plane into a nearby parking lot.

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.