WENATCHEE, WA – Now the latest news from NCWLIFE and Grant Olson. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – Wenatchee’s Steve King testifies before the US Senate Committee on wildfire technology…a wildland firefighter dies in Montana and an unusual accident occurs on Easy Street yesterday afternoon. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
It’s been over a week since Wenatchee Police Officer Albert Gonzalez shot and killed Matthew Folden during a confrontation outside the local Albertson’s grocery store. A special investigation unit headed up by the Chelan County Sheriff’s department continues its probe to determine if the lethal use of force was justified. SIU Spokesman, Captain Edgar Reinfeld, commented on the investigation with Steve Hair on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program. Watch the interview by clicking HERE. Reinfeld also put out a call for more witness information and he urges people to call the Chelan County Sheriff’s crime tip line 667-6845.
Wenatchee’s Director of Community Development was in Washington DC Thursday to testify before a US Senate Committee. Steve King was invited by ranking committee member, Senator Maria Cantwell, to participate in a hearing on the topic of wildfires and how the use of better technology can improve the way fires are fought and prevented. King explained how he’s created wildfire risk maps to change city codes for development in wildland urban interface areas. He said after developing a risk map for the areas around Wenatchee following the 2015 Sleepy Hollow Fire, local fire agencies are now working on a comprehensive risk map for Chelan County. King’s testimony was in support of an effort by Senator Cantwell to pass legislation to give firefighters access to new technology.
US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reports a firefighter was killed recently while fighting the Lolo Peak Fire in Western Montana. 29-year old Brent Witham, of the Vista Grande Interagency Hotshot Crew, on the San Bernardino National Forest, California, died on the fire line after being struck by a tree. Tidwell says the death comes at a time when the Forest Service experiences a significant outbreak of wildfires in the West, as a result of high temperatures and lightning. He says the agency expects these outbreaks to continue over the coming weeks. Many other crews and supporting personnel will be deployed to respond. Tidwell stresses safety must remain paramount as we confront this severe wildfire season.
Unusual accident Yesterday afternoon in the 100 block of Easy Street in front of Cascade Auto Center. The car, a 1953 Studebaker Coupe, landed on its roof as it came off the car hauler during unloading. The center lane was blocked for at least 30 minutes. There were no injuries involved in the accident.
Governor Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services. Strange has served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April, 2016. Prior to that Strange was the assistant director for the DSHS Mental Health Division, where she managed the state’s public mental health system, including the state’s three hospitals, and community outpatient mental health services. Strange replaces acting DSHS secretary Bill Moss.
The Wenatchee Youth Circus will take over Walla Walla Point Park this weekend with a breathtaking show for residents. NCWLIFE’s Jay Seabeck learned more about the show on the NCWLIFE Magazine. For more on the Youth Circus, stay tuned to the NCWLIFE Channel for the full NCWLIFE Magazine.
The AppleSox have garnered a reputation this season for late-inning comebacks and such was the case in game one against the Knights in Corvallis yesterday in the front end of a doubleheader. Wenatchee scored 6-runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to defeat Corvallis 10-7. The ‘Sox started the comeback with three walks to load the bases. An out later, Adrian Vela slapped a two-run single to right field to make it 7-6. Adrian Damla then singled to right to score Evan Johnson to tie the game at 7-7. Then Jake Taylor stepped up, and with a full count, cranked a three-run, walk-off home run to give Wenatchee the 10-7 victory. The game was moved to Corvallis because of the smoke in Central Washington and, per league rule, becomes a 7-inning game when there’s a doubleheader. And, since the games were supposed to be played in Wenatchee, the AppleSox were the home team even though it was at Corvallis. For the moment, the ‘Sox held first place all alone in the North Division. But then came the nightcap.
The Knights scored two in the first and three in the second before Wenatchee could even get their shoes on. Corvallis led 6-0 heading into the ‘Sox last at-bat in the 7th and Wenatchee tried the comeback again. Jacob Prater’s 2-run double with one out made it 6-2. Adrian Damla hit a ground-rule double an out later to make it 6-3. But unlike game 1, Jake Taylor struck out to end the ballgame with Corvallis on top. Wenatchee now heads to Bellingham for a three-game series with the Bells to wrap up the regular season.
So when it was all said and done, Wenatchee remained tied with Victoria for first in the second half North Division standings.
Wenatchee 13-10 (.565) …
Victoria 14-11 (.560) …
Bellingham 13-11 0.5
Kelowna 10-14 3.5
Walla Walla 8-16 5.5
Port Angeles 7-16 6.0
Also in the WCL last night…
Cowlitz 8, Yakima Valley 1
Preston Jones was 3-for-4 with 3-RBI for the Black Bears as Cowlitz remains a half-game back of Corvallis
Port Angeles at Gresham was postponed due to poor air quality
Racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval
Featuring the Pro Late Models, Vintage Modifieds, Pro-4 Trucks, Street Stocks and Thunder Cars. Gates open at 5, racing starts at 6.
Brandon Moss belted a pair of home runs and Lorenzo Cain logged the go-ahead RBI single in a pivotal 2-run 7th inning as Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak, downing the Mariners 6-4 Thursday. Seattle blew an opportunity to make up ground in the chase for the Wild Card. New York lost to Cleveland 5-to-1 and the Royals were in the second Wild Card spot heading into the game. With the loss, the Mariners remain 2-and-a-half games back. With the game tied at 3, Alcides Escobar led off the seventh with a single, and Alex Gordon delivered just his 7th career sacrifice bunt. After an error, Cain and Cabrera followed with opposite-field singles off Mariners rookie reliever Emilio Pagan to give the Royals a 5-3 lead. Seattle got solo home runs from Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia, but couldn’t add enough to hold off Kansas City. Seattle and Kansas City play the second of the 4-game series today at 5:15 with James Paxton going up against Jason Hammel. Emilio Pagan gave up 3-runs on 4-hits and took the loss.
Also in the American League West last night…
Tampa Bay 5, Houston 3
Texas 4, Minnesota 1
LA Angels 5, Philadelphia 4
San Francisco 11, Oakland 2
American League West Standings
Houston 69-39 …
Seattle 55-55 15.0 2.5
LA Angels 54-55 15.5 3.0
Texas 52-56 17.0 4.5
Oakland 48-61 21.5
The heat will continue with temperatures in the 90s to locally near 100 today. A weak cold front late today will bring locally breezy conditions into Saturday, but very warm temperatures will continue into early next week. Wildfire smoke will persist through the weekend and into the middle of next week as smoke from fires in British Columbia and Montana remain trapped under a very large area of high pressure and light winds. There is a slight potential for mountain thunderstorms by late Sunday and into early next week but once again, for the most part, here in the Wenatchee Valley conditions will remain hot, dry and smoky.