NCWLIFE Evening News August 7, 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, We will have complete, up-to-date results of the primary election yesterday, and, Chelan County could be in-line to recover an additional share of the State’s sales tax to fund affordable housing projects.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

In races throughout Chelan County, Linda Herald is headed to the November general election in the race for an at-large Wenatchee City Council seat.

Her opponent has yet to be decided but Jorge Chacon held a slim lead over Lyle Markhart on Tuesday evening after the first round of ballots were counted. Herald received 2,243 votes, or about 48 percent, to Chacon’s 1,315, or about 27 percent and Markhart’s 1,145 votes, or about 24 percent.

Incumbent Mike Cooney and former Mayor Bob Goedde will face off in the race for Chelan mayor. Goedde received 568 votes, or 48 percent, to Cooney’s 496 votes, or almost 42 percent. Stan Morse was eliminated from the race with 102 votes. Meanwhile, Entiat voters picked mayor candidates Michael Buckingham and John Alt to face off in November. Buckingham received 137 votes to Alt’s 121. Sarah Tulla Marie Stenberg finished a distant third with 20 votes.

Meanwhile, in Douglas County, Meaghan Vibbert and Lyle McClune will face off in the November election to fill a vacant seat on the Eastmont School Board. Vibbert and McClune were the top vote getters in last night’s primary election returns. Peter Smith came in third.

The race for Mayor of Waterville has been whittled down to Jill Daling Thompson and Lloyd Smith with third place going to Charles Driver. JD Greening was a distant third but he had dropped out of the race prior to the election.

Bridgeport voters favored Zeke Martinez and Matthew Schuh for Mayor.

In Mansfield voters overwhelmingly approve a levy for fire and emergency services for Douglas County Fire District 5 with 76 percent saying yes.

Link Transit’s effort to increase its sales tax two-tenths of 1 percent was approved by voters in Tuesday’s primary election. Though the measure was narrowly rejected by Douglas County voters, the support it received in Chelan County put it over the top. The Link tax increase will be used to pay for expanded service, routes and new buses. There are still outstanding votes to be counted, but approval of the Link Transit tax increase seems certain. Chelan County voters are approving the tax increase by about 58 to 42 percent. Douglas County was a different story, with the tax increase failing by 19 votes, 1,884 no votes to 1,865 yes votes. Also in a two-county vote, RiverCom’s effort to continue its sales tax received big support from both Chelan and Douglas county voters. The Wenatchee Valley’s 911 system will see a continuation of a 0.1-percent sales tax that has been in place since 2009. In Chelan County, voters were approving the tax with a whopping 85 percent support while in Douglas County voters gave it 83 percent support. That 2009 tax for equipment upgrades was due to expire this year.

Chelan County could be in-line to recover an additional share of the State’s sales tax to fund affordable housing projects. The funding is made available through a new program authorized by the Legislature in the last session. Commissioner Doug England says a shortage of adequate low income housing affects all areas of the county.

The program is currently in the rule making process but Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the County and its small cities could be eligible to recover up to one and a half cents a year of additional State sales tax proceeds. . 

Commissioners emphasize that this is not a new or additional local sales tax but a remittance from the State’s share. The current state sales tax rate is 6.5 percent; local sales and use tax rates vary from 0.5 percent to 3.9 percent, depending on the location.

Coming up next, The Williams Flats Fire burning near Lake Roosevelt has spread to over 18-thousand acres. An explosion of some sort in a shed in downtown Twisp started a fire that destroyed both the shed and a house late Tuesday afternoon. A hydraulic pump was the cause of a fire yesterday afternoon at the Wenatchee Waste Management facility, and, Scam calls allegedly from the Social Security Administration are sweeping the country, including the Wenatchee Valley. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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as hot dry weather coupled with extremely difficult terrain hamper containment efforts.

The fire, which is now 25 percent contained, started on August 2 along the Eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation in the designated game reserve.

It was reported yesterday that aerial suppression efforts were temporarily shut down after two personal drone aircraft were spotted flying over the fire .

Drones and other private aircraft are restricted from flying within a ten mile radius of the fire area.

Roads have been closed to the area plus other roads which could access the fire area. The entire area is now under a Level 3, “Leave Now” evacuation.

Officials say homes are not immediately in danger but that the only road out may be cut off by the fire. Colville Tribal Natural Resource Law Enforcement Officers are asking boaters to stay clear of the firefighting efforts at Lake Roosevelt Recreational Area.

An explosion of some sort in a shed in downtown Twisp started a fire that destroyed both the shed and a house late Tuesday afternoon.

Crews from Okanogan County Fire District 6 fought the fire late into the evening as it continued to burn in the ceiling area of the home.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The cause remains under investigation.

A hydraulic pump was the cause of a fire yesterday afternoon at the Wenatchee Waste Management facility. Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett says the fire damage was restricted to an interior corner of the building which did sustain some heat and smoke damage. The fire was reported around 5:15 on Tuesday. The Waste Management facility is closed indefinitely until repairs are made which could take a few days.

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.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Members of the Wenatchee Valley and local law enforcement gathered last night in celebration of National Night Out. Here with more on the night’s festivities is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery.

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 took a giant step closer to the playoffs last night with a 16-to-2 win over the Ridgefield Raptors at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, has more…

Wenatchee scored 2 in the first and 4 in the second innings of last night’s game and added another 6-runs in the 6th to put it away. 

Torin Montgomery had two doubles and drove in 4-runs in his 3rd game as an AppleSox.  Also making his Wenatchee debut was Jermaine Ducham (doo-SHAM), who went 2-for-4 with 3-runs and an RBI.

Gavin Gorrell improved to 4-and-2 on the mound, going 5-innings and allowing 2-runs on 6-hits with 7-strikeouts and 3-walks.

Wenatchee and Ridgefield battle again tonight at 6:35 with Jake Saum on the mound for the AppleSox.  He’s 3-and-1 with a 3.40 ERA.  The Raptors haven’t announced whom they’ll start tonight.

Let’s check the Les Schwab Scoreboard and see what else happened in the West Coast League last night…

Nick Adams hit a home run, was 2-for-3 at the plate, scored FIVE times and drove in 3-runs to lead Victoria to a 15-3 win at Port Angeles.  Harrison Spohn was also 4-for-5 and Gus Wilson contributed 3-hits and 3-RBI’s for the HarbourCats.

Andy Atwood scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 9th to complete the Corvallis comeback as the Knights knocked off the Bellingham Bells 5-4. 

James Sashin and three other Cowlitz pitchers combined on a 5-hit shutout of Yakima Valley as the Black Bears prevailed 2-nothing.

Walla Walla brought 12-men to the plate in a 7-run 5th inning and ran away from Kelowna 10-to-2.  Emmanuel Dean was 2-for-3 with 3-RBI’s and Justin Folz was 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Sweets.

John Jensen was 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Portland past Bend 7-to-5.

So what does it all mean?

Wenatchee and Victoria remain tied atop the North Division second-half standings at 16-and-6.  The Port Angeles loss drops the Lefties to 4-and-a-half games back.  Everyone else is eliminated from the second-half standings.

Bellingham’s loss drops the Bells to 4-and-a-half games behind Wenatchee in the chase for the final playoff spot in the North if Victoria wins the second half.  The Lefties are still technically alive, 6-games back.

The magic number for Wenatchee is now 1.  A victory over Ridgefield tonight would put the AppleSox in the playoffs for the first time since 2013.  That would lock Wenatchee in for the second-best overall record in the North.  AND, the ‘Sox could still earn the second-half championship.

The South also became a little clearer last night…

Portland maintained its distance with Corvallis in the second-half race by winning last night.  Cowlitz stayed alive as well.  Everyone else is eliminated from a chance at the second-half crown at this point.

If Corvallis wins the second half, Walla Walla clinched the second playoff spot and Ridgefield was eliminated.  However, the Sweets have to wait another game or two to see if the Knights clinch the second-half title.

A 5-run 5th inning was too much to overcome last night for the Mariners in a 9-4 loss to San Diego at T-Mobile Park…

The lone bright spot on the night for Seattle was rookie Tim Lopes hitting his first Major League home run, a two-run shot in the 8th.  The Padres hit four homers last night, one of which off loser Wade LeBlanc.  He dropped to 6-and-5 going 5-innings and allowing 5-runs on 5-hits with 5-strikeouts and a walk.

The two teams wrap up the quick, two-game series this afternoon at 3:40 with Joey Lucchesi facing Yusei Kikuchi.

Prior to last night’s ballgame, the Mariners learned Tim Beckham was being suspended by Major League Baseball for 80-games.  Beckham tested positive for a steroid and will miss the rest of this season and the first 32 games of the 2020 season without pay.

Also in the American League West last night…

Tucker Barnhart hit two of Cincinnati’s five home runs in the Red’s 8-4 win over the Angels.

Dustin Garneau’s 3-run homer highlighted an 8-run second inning as Oakland beat the Cubs in Chicago 11-to-4. 

Yuli Gurriel hit two home runs and drove in three to lead Houston past Colorado 11-to-6.  In his first start since being traded to the Astros, Zack Greinke went 6-innings, allowing 5-runs on 7-hits to earn his 11th win of the season.

The Rangers and Indians were weathered-out yesterday and will make it up today with a doubleheader at Progressive Field.

The Seahawks are ready to hit someone other than a teammate tomorrow night when they host Denver in the first preseason game of Training Camp.  Coach Pete Carroll says this will be a chance for the youngsters to make an impression…

So that means fans should expect NOT to see the likes of Russell Wilson or Bobby Wagner play a down tomorrow night…

So we’ll see a lot of Geno Smith and Paxton Lynch.  Coach Carroll says we’ll also see quite a different set of guys playing together on offense and defense that usually don’t play side-by-side.  Seattle and Denver kickoff tomorrow night at CenturyLink Field at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Now that were finally seeing hot summertime temperatures here in Northcentral Washington, it’s time to find a good way to cool down.  As we leave you tonight, we get some help from a K-9 who’s got exactly the right idea for these dog days of summer. . .

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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.