NCWLIFE Evening News August 6, 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, Wenatchee police say a suspected drunk driver was arrested last night after she admitted to striking several parked cars in a residential neighborhood. Three lightning-caused fires smoldering in the wilderness near Leavenworth could make for hazy, if not smoky conditions in the area in the days ahead, and, Scam calls allegedly from the Social Security Administration are sweeping the country, including the Wenatchee Valley.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A fire destroyed an unoccupied two-story house on Wenatchee’s south side last night. Crews were called out around 10:30 PM. The older wood-frame structure was located on Marr Street. Officials say the flames were intensified after two propane tanks started to vent gas.

The house and a detached shed were a total loss along with all contents of the building. A neighboring garage was also damaged. The cause is under investigation. Crews from Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County Fire District 2 responded. The fire was reported out shortly before 1:00 am this morning.

Wenatchee police say a suspected drunk driver was arrested last night after she admitted to striking several parked cars in a residential neighborhood. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says officers were called out around 10:30 PM to a report of a hit and run collision . . .

Three lightning-caused fires smoldering in the wilderness near Leavenworth could make for hazy, if not smoky, conditions in the area in the days ahead.

The U.S. Forest Service said visitors in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness may see smoke from the South Fork Creek and Index fires, about a mile apart and 12 to 14 miles west-northwest of Leavenworth. The South Fork Creek Fire has burned about 30 acres and the Index Fire less than a 10th of an acre since lightning strikes July 23rd. Neither fire has shown much activity and Wenatchee River Ranger District Fire Management Officer Cary Stock says they will be allowed to QUOTE, play their natural role in the environment and to preserve and enhance wilderness integrity, UNQUOTE.

A third fire, the Maple Creek Fire, is in the Chiwawa drainage about 29 miles northwest of Leavenworth. It also was started by a July 23rd lightning strike and the Forest Service is working to contain it within the footprint of the 2003 Maple Fire. Thus far, it has shown little activity since first being spotted as a single snag burning.

Scam calls allegedly from the Social Security Administration are sweeping the country, including the Wenatchee Valley. The federal government says Social Security scams have even surpassed thieves claiming to be from the IRS. Tens of millions of dollars have been scammed from Americans this year alone. Just this week, a Wenatchee resident received this call.

In this case, the call-back number had been disconnected by Tuesday afternoon. The Social Security Administration advises people to contact their local Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213 if they receive such a call.

I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Remember, primary election ballots are due by 8 tonight. They must be postmarked by today but the safer bet at this point is to turn your ballot in at the county elections office, or deliver them to one of your county’s drop boxes. This is the first election in which you can register to vote right up until 8 election night. That must be done at your county courthouse. Two key issues in Chelan and Douglas counties that will be decided tonight are a sales tax increase for Link Transit and the continuation of a sales tax for RiverCom.

Chelan County races with three candidates that will be narrowed down to two for the November general election include a city of Wenatchee council position and Entiat and Chelan mayor.

In Douglas County, there are more than two candidates for Waterville and Bridgeport mayor and for an Eastmont School District director position.

Chelan County Commissioners have created a new position to oversee the County’s future economic development.

Blake Baldwin has been hired to a three-year contract to act as a liaison between the County and other governmental agencies involved in growing more local business and jobs. Commissioner Kevin Overbay acknowledges that some have criticized the new position as unnecessary and competes with the work being done by the Chelan/Douglas Regional Port Authority. . .

Baldwin is a Wenatchee Valley Native who had been working for Governor Jay Inslee’s administration as regional outreach coordinator for Central and Eastern Washington. His annual salary is $84,548 dollars.

It was 40 years ago today when a railcar carrying volatile material exploded in a switching yard in South Wenatchee. More than 70 people were cut by flying glass as windows broke throughout the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee areas. Three people were killed in the blast which left a 30 foot hole in the ground. It would take weeks to sort out the damage, which included 100 destroyed railcars, houses knocked off their foundations, a semitrailer torn apart, and a roof damaged by railroad shrapnel that flew across the Columbia River. Chaos in Wenatchee 40 years ago today.

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, NCWLIFE Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt brings us a report from a Roundtable this morning where Senator Patty Murray visited with local leaders to discuss the digital divide in North Central Washington. . .

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.

Prior to Friday’s game against Yakima Valley, the Wenatchee AppleSox presented one of its players a very special award.  Johnny Sage, playing in his last game in an AppleSox uniform, was presented the 2019 Tommy Watanabe (wah-tuh-NOB-ee) Award. 

AppleSox Owner Jose Oglesby joined Eric Granstrom prior to our broadcast Saturday to explain the award and why Johnny Sage was a worthy recipient…

Watanabe was a pitcher for the AppleSox in 2017 who went home to California early and suddenly died.  The impact was devastating to the team, AppleSox staff and its fans.  Oglesby created the award in his honor last season with its first recipient being Wenatchee native Jacob Prater.

The AppleSox are back on the field tonight for the first of three games against the Ridgefield Raptors…

Ridgefield is the newest team in the West Coast League, just about 10-miles up Interstate-5 from Vancouver, Washington.  The Raptors are 10-and-11 in the second half of the season, 23-and-25 overall.

Wenatchee’s battling for first place in the North Division’s second-half race, tied with Victoria at 15-and-6.  The AppleSox are 27-and-21 overall.

Trent Sellers will start for Wenatchee in tonight’s first game of the three-game series.  He’s 3-and-oh with a 7.29 earned run average.  Ridgefield has not announced its starter for the 6:35 game.

There was some other action in West Coast League play Monday, so let’s check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Monday was NOT a day for defense or pitching as the three games on the schedule produced a total of 70-runs on 63-hits and 15-errors.

Ridgefield comes to Wenatchee after a shellacking of Walla Walla last night 17-to-3.  Johnny Weaver and Michael Hicks each had 4-hits for the Raptors and combined for 5-RBI’s.

Andy Atwood and Michael Dixon each hit home runs in Corvallis’ 11-3 victory at Port Angeles.  Tevita Gerber had 14-strikeouts in his 5-and-2/3rds for the Knights.

Jack Johnson was 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Bend past Kelowna 14-to-12.  Brett Tressen had a grand slam home run in a losing cause for the Falcons.

With Wenatchee and Victoria both idle last night, the standings haven’t changed in the North Division…

The AppleSox and HarbourCats are tied for first at 15-and-6.  Port Angeles is 3-and-a-half back at 12-and-10.

Ridgefield is currently 3rd in the second-half standings of the South Division…

Corvallis is running away with the second-half at 15-and-6.  Portland is second at 11-and-10.  Ridgefield and Cowlitz are both 10-and-11, 5-games back of first.

So with the first-half winners of the West Coast League’s North and South Divisions, Victoria and Corvallis, leading the second-half standings, it comes down to overall records…

Wenatchee’s in good shape at 27-and-21, 3-and-a-half games in front of Bellingham and 5 in front of Port Angeles.  Again, the AppleSox’ magic number is 3.

It’s also basically a two-horse race in the South behind Corvallis with Walla Walla at 27-and-21 overall.  Ridgefield is 4-games back at 23-and-25 having lost two of three from the Sweets in their just-completed series.

The Mariners are home tonight, hosting San Diego at T-Mobile Park…

It’s a battle of last place teams as the Padres are last in the National League West at 51-and-60.  The Mariners are last in the American League West at 47-and-67.  San Diego is starting Dinelson Lumet (dee-NEL-son luh-MET), who is oh-and-2 with a 5.09 ERA coming off Tommy John surgery.  Seattle has not announced its starter for the 7:10 game.

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from Monday…

Nick Senzel’s 2-run single highlighted a 5-run first inning for the Reds as Cincinnati beat the LA Angels 7-to-4.

Nomar Mazara’s RBI sacrifice fly in the 4th was the only run of the day as Texas beat Cleveland 1-nothing.  Mike Minor fanned seven over 7-innings to earn his 10th win.

Ian Happ and Javier Baez homered in a 4-run 7th and Chicago held on to beat Oakland 6-5.  The two teams combined for 7-home runs at Wrigley on the night.

The Seahawks had a mock game over the weekend and are quickly preparing to host Denver Thursday at CenturyLink Field.  Coach Pete Carroll says this is an important week, especially for the new guys…

Offensive guard D.J. Fluker is beginning his second season as a Seahawk.  He’s quite literally and figuratively a BIG part of Seattle’s offensive line at 6-5 and 345-pounds.  Coach Carroll says he loves his size, but more so his spirit…

Fluker says he approaches the game as if he were still a child…

Fluker and the Seahawks host Denver Thursday night at 7 o’clock at CenturyLink Field.

Thanks Eric.

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