NCWLIFE Evening News August 15, 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, The Williams Flats Fire near Lake Roosevelt became active yesterday afternoon sending visible smoke columns into the air. Washington State House Representative Joel Kretz has produced a video in which he talks about ongoing conflicts between wolves and livestock, and, This weekend, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will team up with King 5 television in Seattle to host the 5th annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption event.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Okanogan man, missing since yesterday afternoon, has been found. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley issued a silver alert for 76-year old Gail Smith who left his house yesterday (Wed.) at about 3:00 p.m. and failed to return home. Smith has early onset dementia.

He was last seen driving a 1999 Silver Chevrolet Tahoe on North Star road traveling towards Brewster. Smith recently moved from Iowa and is not very familiar with the area.

The Williams Flats Fire became active yesterday afternoon sending visible smoke columns into the air. Helicopters responded to the area and dropped water to cool the sites. The Fire has scorched over 45,300 acres of mostly brush and some timber on Colville Tribal land near Lake Roosevelt. No structures damaged.

The fire is 80% contained with 679 firefighters working to secure established containment lines. Fire managers say the public will continue to see visible smoke rising from the fire area.

Washington State House Representative Joel Kretz has produced a video in which he talks about ongoing conflicts between wolves and livestock. The Wauconda lawmaker and horse ranch owner describes the hardships that other ranchers in the Northeast part of the state endure as the gray wolf population grows. . .

Officials with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Wednesday that officers killed three members of a pack of wolves believed responsible for repeated cattle deaths in the Kettle River Range.

This weekend, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will team up with King 5 television in Seattle to host the 5th annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption event.

The event is hosted by NBC Universal owned t.v. stations around the country offering low cost pet adoption fees to help local families adopt a new pet. Since 2015, NBC Universal Owned Television Stations’ nationwide Clear the Shelters campaign has resulted in more than 250,000 pet adoptions. The adoption event is this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at the Humane Society located at 1474 South Wenatchee Avenue.

Coming up next, The politics of the Wenatchee School Board could shift dramatically after November’s election. Serve Wenatchee Valley is gearing up for Saturday’s free back-to-school clothing distribution, and, we will fill you in on various activities around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The politics of the Wenatchee School Board could shift dramatically after November’s election. The three-candidate group that swept into office and took control of the five-member board in November 2017 now faces a challenge of its own. Board chair Sunny Hemphill, one of those three, faces retired business executive Martin Barron.

In his latest report to the state Public Disclosure Commission, Barron had raised $7,261, the most money of all the candidates. Hemphill chose the “mini-reporting” option with the PDC, meaning she does not have to file campaign finance reports but can’t raise or spend more than $5,000. She acknowledged Wednesday it was a calculated risk choosing to limit her spending but said she already has signs and election materials left over from her 2017 race. That year, she raised $4,200 for her successful election.

Laura Jaecks, who has often clashed with the three-member majority, has reported raising $6,150 thus far. She faces Meliesa Tigard, who also selected the mini-reporting option.

Karina Vega-Villa, who was appointed to the board last year, does not face an opponent after Tim Larson withdrew after moving out of the district.

Serve Wenatchee Valley is gearing up for Saturday’s free back-to-school clothing distribution.

The Clothes for the Classroom project is in its 17th year of providing needy kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade with new apparel courtesy of area church donations. Serve Wenatchee Valley Director, Tom Niece promoted the event on a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with Host Dan Kuntz. He says there have been hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact for families provided by individuals, churches, and businesses in our community. . . 

The clothing give-away is Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. at Wenatchee’s Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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.

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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 Beatrice the cat. . .

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox recipe that worked in Game 1 of its playoff series with Victoria didn’t make it out of the kitchen last night, as the ‘Sox fell 7-to-2…

Wenatchee squandered opportunities early on as the HarbourCat’s starter walked five batters in the first two frames.  The AppleSox could only score two in the first three innings and didn’t get a base hit until the 6th on a single by Cody Simmons.  It was one of just two base hits on the night for Wenatchee.

Meanwhile, Victoria took advantage of four Wenatchee errors, scoring 3 of it’s 7 runs unearned off AppleSox starter Seth Kuykendall.  The ‘Cats also got home runs from Gus Wilson and Harrison Spohn.

Highlites – courtesy of the Victoria Harbourcats Facebook Page:

Tonight’s Game 3 determines who will represent the North in the West Coast League Championship.

The South title seemed to be headed back to Corvallis last night at Goss Stadium, with the Knights leading 4-3 in the top of the 9th and Walla Walla down to its last at-bat…

But that’s when the Sweets came back, scoring 6-runs on four hits, including a grand slam home run by Justin Folz, in a dramatic 9-4 victory.  Corvallis will host Walla Walla in a Game 3 tonight at 6:35.

The Mariners took the rubber-match of its three-game series with Detroit today 7-to-2…

Dylan Moore hit a home run and Kyle Seager drove in three runs in the victory.  Austin Nola also contributed 3-hits on the day to back Tommy Milone.  The former AppleSox improved to 2-and-7 with the win, going 4-innings of relief with 2-run on 6-hits and 3-strikeouts.

Yesterday, the Mariners got home runs from J.P. Crawford and Daniel Vogelbach, but it wasn’t enough as Seattle fell to Detroit 3-to-2…

Marco Gonzales took the loss, going 6-innings and allowing 3-runs on 11-hits with 6-strikeouts and one walk.  The former AppleSox is now 12-and-10 on the season.

Harold Castro had a good night at the plate for Detroit, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

The two teams will wrap up the three-game series this morning at 10:10 with Matt Wisler facing Spencer Turnbull.

Also in the American League West yesterday as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Elvis Andruss went 4-for-5 with 2-RBI’s to lead Texas past Toronto 7-to-3.

James McCann hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 8th to break a 9-all tie and send the White Sox to a 13-9 win over Houston.

Matt Chapman homered twice in Oakland’s 9-5 win over San Francisco.

Albert Pujols became the all-time hit leader for a foreign-born player with 3,167 in the 4th inning yesterday to help the Angels past Pittsburgh 7-to-4.

As the Seahawks continue Training Camp at the VMAC in Renton, one thing is clear…there’s competition happening all over the field.  This is particularly apparent on the defensive side with guys battling at safety, linebacker and along the defensive line.  Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton, Junior loves to see these battles going on…

One of the many bright spots in training camp so far has been rookie linebacker Cody Barton…

The Seahawks travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in their second preseason game Sunday at 5 o’clock on Fox.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, while out on patrol, Officer Scott Ent of the Moses Lake Police Department couldn’t help but stop and get a picture with his little counterpart. The police department described the girl’s vehicle as an almost exact replica of his vehicle, right down to the push bumper. The department said they love support like this from kids and their parents.

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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.