NCWLIFE Evening News August 22, 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 primary election in Douglas County was certified on Tuesday but one race remains too close to call. Beginning Monday a DOT contractor will begin work to repair and upgrade wiring to the flashing beacons at intersections of U.S. 2/97 between Monitor and Dryden, and, Chelan County Commissioners reaffirm their opposition to a U.S. Park Service plan to reintroduce Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades Wilderness.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has ended his run for president after four months and little nationwide support. Inslee made the announcement Wednesday evening and announced today that he will run for a third term as governor.

Earlier this week, Inslee topped 130,000 individual donors to his campaign, one of two benchmarks needed to participate in the fall Democratic presidential debates. However, the second requirement, at least 2 percent support in four national polls by next Thursday seemed unreachable. Inslee has struggled to reach 1 percent support. Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who was expected to run for governor if Inslee did not, said today he will seek another term as attorney general.

His campaign focused almost exclusively on climate change and in announcing his withdrawal from the race, Inslee said he has successfully made it part of the national discussion.

The primary election in Douglas County was certified on Tuesday but one race remains too close to call. In Waterville the two candidates seeking the second position on the November ballot remain in a virtual tie. Auditor Thad Duvall has scheduled a recount next Wednesday to decide who will run against top vote-getter Jill Daling Thompson. Loyd Smith’s one vote lead over Charles Driver requires an automatic recount under State law.

A heads-up tonight from the Washington State Department of Transportation that beginning Monday a DOT contractor will begin work to repair and upgrade wiring to the flashing beacons at intersections of U.S. 2/97 between Monitor and Dryden.

During the work, the “Prepare to Stop When Flashing” signs will be covered. Unlighted signs will be used during the work which will mean that drivers will not have the flashing beacons to indicate that an intersection signal is changing from green to red. Five intersections between Monitor and Dryden will have the beacons shut off for repairs in the following weeks.

Chelan County Commissioners reaffirm their opposition to a U.S . Park Service plan to reintroduce Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades Wilderness. Last month the Park Service announced the reopening of the public comment period. Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had closed off the comment period without explanation last year. County Commissioner Doug England objected to the original plan when it was first proposed and his and the Board’s position has not changed. . .

Commissioner England has plans to make the county’s case against the grizzly bear plans when he travels to Washington DC next month. Commissioners are also planning to set a date next month a public forum on the matter. The public has until October 24th to submit comments.    

Coming up next, Okanogan County Fire District Number 6 has been awarded a 1.8-million-dollar grant to create a Firefighter Vocational Training Program. Fish and Wildlife Police are looking for the person responsible for shooting a deer with an arrow near Leavenworth, and we will let you know about some of the events happening 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. . .

Okanogan County Fire District Number 6 has been awarded a 1.8-million-dollar grant to create a Firefighter Vocational Training Program. The grant is from the Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation of Lacey.

It will be administered through the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and will pay for the latest training materials, equipment and facilities.

However, the grant is dependent on the passage of a bond or levy to build a new district fire station to house the program. Once begun, the training will be open to firefighters in Okanogan, Chelan, Grant and Douglas counties.

Fish and Wildlife Police are looking for the person responsible for shooting a deer with an arrow near Leavenworth.

The buck seen wandering around Leavenworth Wednesday with the arrow protruding from its neck. The department received 15 calls about the deer. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police found it laying in some brush near the fire station and were able to immobilize it before removing the arrow. The buck later got up and instantly started feeding again, Fish and Wildlife reported. The arrow had a field/target point on it.

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

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The Eastmont Wildcats made a switch at quarterback in 2018, moving Caelen Massey out to a wing back and putting junior Carson Everhart behind center. The move worked as Massey lead the Big-9 in scoring and Everhart solidified himself as a dependable signal caller in Eastmont’s wing T offense.

Coach Michael Don says Everhart is back at quarterback, albeit being recruited by colleges to play a different position…

Massey not only led the Big-9 in scoring with 112-points, he was also the 5th leading receiver and 8th leading rusher.  Coach Don says he just has to find other guys who can fill that role…

Eastmont will open the season against Wilson in Tacoma September 6th and then host Pasco on Friday the 13th.  We’ll have more with Coach Don in our preview of Eastmont coming up tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Wenatchee AppleSox 20th season was one for the record books.  They made it back to the post-season for the first time since 2013 and nearly qualified for the West Coast League Championship.  The “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, joined us on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to reflect on a banner summer…

Victoria ended Wenatchee’s season in Game 3 of the West Coast League Divisional series on a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th.  Norman says the reaction of the players said a lot to Coach Kyle Krustangel…

The AppleSox front office is already making plans for Wenatchee’s 2020 season.

Speaking of a new season, the Wenatchee Wild have kicked off training camp this week at the Town Toyota Center.  It begins the 12th season of Wild hockey in Wenatchee and there’s high hopes for this team’s run in the BCHL.  We’ll have Arch Ecker on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley tomorrow morning to preview this team and the coming season, so be sure and join us.

The Mariner’s four-game winning streak came to an end yesterday, as Tampa Bay walked off on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th to win 7-6…

It spoiled a great comeback in the top of the 9th, as Daniel Vogelbach homered and Mallex Smith had a 2-run triple to take a 6-5 lead.

Kevin Kiermaier homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th to tie it at 6-6.  Mariner reliever Matt Magill was then allowed to load the bases before firing a wild pitch to Tommy Pham that allowed Willy Adames to score easily from 3rd base with the winning run.

J.P. Crawford went 3-for-5 at the plate and scored a run for Seattle who finishes the road trip 6-and-3.  The Mariners return home Friday to host Toronto in the first of a 3-game weekend series.

Also in the American League West Wednesday as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Hunter Pence’s RBI single helped Texas walk-off in an 8-7 win over Los Angeles.  The hit scored Elvis Andrus with the winner that was the culmination of a three-inning comeback as the Rangers trailed 7-4 in the 7th.

Detroit only managed two hits off Houston’s Justin Verlander.  But both were home runs and the last came by John Hicks in the top of the 9th as the Tigers beat the Astros 2-to-1. 

Khris Davis and Marcus Simien each hit two-run home runs and Stephen Piscotti contributed another solo home run as Oakland powered past New York 6-to-4.

The Seahawks continue training camp at the VMAC in Renton as they prepare for Game 3 of the preseason Saturday against the Chargers.  Coach Pete Carroll says rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and things are looking good…

Russell Wilson and the starting offense are expected to see quite a bit of playing time Saturday night.  Carroll says will also see Geno Smith as backup quarterback, not Paxton Lynch…

The Seahawks will kick off against the Chargers in Carson, California at 7 o’clock Saturday night.  You can watch it on Fox and hear it on radio locally on KPQ.

Thanks Eric.

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.