NCWLIFE Evening News August 13, 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, A thief in Moses Lake took a wallet from a business Saturday that was filled with counterfeit cash. Gas prices are going down in the Wenatchee Valley but not as drastic as those listed today on the website gasbuddy.com, and, A state income tax could be in the future for Washington State.      

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Families enjoying a day at the Aquatic Park in Moses Lake got a free lunchtime show yesterday when a drug suspect running from officers was caught and arrested just outside the pool area.

The suspect, 23-year old Michael Cera Barajas, was stopped by police as part of an ongoing drug investigation. When confronted by officers, Cera Barajas fled on foot leaving the three-year-old to fend for himself. Officers secured the child, and then gave chase to Ceja Barajas.

As officers were chasing him, he ran through the pool area of the Aquatic Center before jumping the fence out of the park. Following a short chase, police officers caught Barajas and took him into custody. Cera Barajas was found to be in possession of several bindles of cocaine that were packaged for sale as well as over $1,800 dollars cash in small bills. 

A subsequent warrant was executed on the car that Cera Barajas fled from, and additional cocaine was located. A total of approximately ½ oz. of cocaine packaged for sale was recovered. Cera Barajas was booked on outstanding warrants as well as the drug charges, with further charges pending. The three-year old was turned over to Child Protective Services.

A thief in Moses Lake took a wallet from a business Saturday that was filled with counterfeit cash.

The Moses Lake police say the suspect is already wanted for a felony and if he tries to pass the cash will be committing another felony. The counterfeit money was used by the business for training employees on how to spot bad cash. A citizen saw the man take the wallet from an open window at the business, then chased him down and recovered the wallet but the cash was already removed.

Gas prices are going down in the Wenatchee Valley but not as drastic as those listed today on the website gasbuddy.com.

Those who logged onto the site this morning were probably shocked to see the average price of a gallon of gas dropping to 2 dollars and 19 cents, a 94 cent decrease from Monday. That’s not accurate according to Gasbuddy petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan. . .

DeHaan says the actual average is around 3.19 a gallon in the Wenatchee area. He says Washington State as a whole is seeing lower prices at the pump and he attributes that in part to the continuing US/China trade dispute. . .

DeHaan says he expects gas prices to moderate over the course of the summer with declines expected in the fall when the country switches to cheaper blends and consumer demand goes down. 

An income tax could be in the future for Washington State. The newly elected speaker of the House doesn’t rule out the possibility that it could be on the agenda for discussion in next year’s legislative session. . .

Democratic Representative Laurie Jinkins talked about tax reform in a recent TVW interview. She says the state’s current tax structure is ranked among the most regressive in the Nation. The State Supreme Court has ruled an income tax as unconstitutional, But Jason Mercier with the Washington Policy Center says legislative efforts to change the State’s constitution to allow for an income tax has been turned down by voters .

Democrats control the House and the Senate heading into the 2020 legislative session. Rep Jinkins says an income tax should be included as one of many options currently being studied.

Coming up next, The city of Entiat says construction of its first-ever city park is about 60 percent completed. Things are hopping at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in Grant County and wildlife researchers are thrilled, and, Federal atmospheric scientists last week got a rare look at thunderheads rising above columns of wildfire smoke from the Williams Flats Fire near Lake Roosevelt. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The city of Entiat says construction of its first-ever city park is about 60 percent completed.

When completed, Fire Station Park will include a baseball field, soccer field, pedestrian trail, restrooms and a paved parking lot.

The 2-and-a-half acre park on Olin Street will cost about $635,000 dollars, with most of that money coming from grants. The only other park in Entiat is owned by the Chelan County PUD across Highway 97A along the Columbia River.

Things are hopping at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in Grant County and wildlife researchers are thrilled. After months of raising them from eggs at the Oregon Zoo, researchers in recent weeks have released hundreds of endangered Northern Leopard frogs into the wetlands at the refuge. Northern Leopard frogs were once abundant in North America but since making the endangered list in Washington in 1999 there is only one known population left in the state. The frog-restoration effort was a collaboration between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo and Washington State University. The frogs serve as an important indicators of water quality, researchers say. The likely causes of their near-extinction is habitat loss, degradation, disease, non-native species and climate change, according to state Fish and Wildlife officials.

Federal atmospheric scientists last week got a rare look at thunderheads rising above columns of wildfire smoke from the Williams Flats Fire near Lake Roosevelt.

The fire clouds, or pyrocumulonimbus clouds, are formed when fires loft enough heat and moisture into the atmosphere to produce thunderstorms.

NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory passed directly through a large fire cloud last Thursday as part of a study of the composition and chemistry of smoke and its impact on air quality and climate.

NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration scientists said the view was QUOTE, absolutely stunning UNQUOTE, and was the most detailed sampling of a pyrocumulonimbus in history. The Williams Flats Fire has burned about 45,000 acres and is 50 percent contained.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind recently visited the Stemilit Basin about 20 miles southwest of Wenatchee to see first-hand the efforts being made to protect the forest from wildfires. . .

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.

Tonight’s the night the Wenatchee AppleSox have been working towards all summer, the first game of the playoffs.  Wenatchee hosts Victoria in game one of the Divisional series at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium at 6:35 tonight. 

Victoria took 5-of-6 from the AppleSox during the regular season, but both teams have a much different look now according to Wenatchee Coach Kyle Krustangel…

With only eight of the 19-man roster having significant time in a Wenatchee uniform, Krustangel says his approach for the post-season is much different than a regular season game…

Krustangel does have some guys fans should watch who are relative newcomers to the roster…

Starting for Wenatchee tonight will be UCLA freshman Jake Saum, who was 4-and-1 this summer with a 2.80 ERA.  The HarbourCats will start Lower Columbia College freshman Dakota Hawkins, who was 1-and-1 with a 3.12 ERA.

You’ll see and hear more from Coach Krustangel and the “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman a little later here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.  Again, first pitch tonight in the best-of-three series is at 6:35.

The Divisional playoff series in the south features Corvallis at Walla Walla tonight for game 1 of that best-of-three series at 6:35.  Both series will shift to Corvallis and Victoria on Wednesday.

The Mariners are in Detroit for the first of three games against the Tigers at Comerica Park…

It will be interesting to see how many fans show up to watch the team with the worst record in Major League Baseball (Detroit) take on the team with the 5th worst record in baseball (Seattle).

It’s Matthew Boyd against Yusei Kikuchi and that game is underway.

Opening up the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West Monday…

Texas had a forgettable day in Toronto, falling to the Blue Jays 19-to-4.  Former Mariner Justin Smoak hit one of four Toronto home runs in a 3-for-5 day at the plate with 4-RBI’s.

The Pirates roughed up Angel’s starter Jose Suarez for 6-runs in three innings as Pittsburgh went on for the 10-2 win.  The visitors hit four home runs out of Angels Stadium.

Houston was rained out in Chicago so the Astros and White Sox will make it up today in a doubleheader.

Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson is entering his third year in a Seattle uniform.  He says he feels much more confident in his abilities and knowledge of the game, thanks in large part to the veterans who helped him along the way…

Coach Pete Carroll says he’s very happy with the maturation of Thompson in just three seasons…

Seattle continues to prepare for its next preseason game at Minnesota this Sunday, a game that will be nationally televised on Fox beginning at 5 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

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