NCWLIFE Evening News July 10, 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, U.S. Border Patrol agents saved the life of a 70-year-old woman after her kayak flipped over in the Kettle River on Tuesday. Second quarter single family home sales in the Wenatchee market are down while active home listings compared to last month are way up, and, Election officials say they don’t foresee any problems with the State’s new voter registration law that could delay issuing ballots for the August 6th primary in Chelan and Douglas Counties.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Another wolf-related livestock death in North Eastern Washington will result in action by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Agency director, Kelly Susewind has announced some members of the so-called OPT-pack will be killed after a dead cow was discovered over the weekend in Ferry County.

The Federally-protected wolf pack is blamed for numerous livestock deaths in the Kettle River Range on leased US Forest Service grazing lands. Susewind tells the Associated Press that the same pack of wolves is responsible for 16 livestock deaths in less than two months. Officers killed two of the wolves last year and Susewind says they will kill one or two more animals and then reassess the situation to see if more should be put down. The OPT-pack is one of 27 confirmed in the State with 126 wolves counted.

U.S. Border Patrol agents saved the life of a 70-year-old woman after her kayak flipped over in the Kettle River on Tuesday.

KHQ television in Spokane reports the woman had become trapped by a log in the swift-moving river and was fighting to stay above water. The Ferry County Sheriff’s Office asked the Border Patrol for assistance and agents went into the water, freed her and pulled her to safety. The unidentified woman was taken to a local hospital and released today.

Second quarter single family home sales in the Wenatchee market are down while active home listings compared to last month are way up.

The latest report from Pacific Appraisal Associates finds 97 homes were sold last month, which is down 13 percent from June of 2018 when 111 homes were sold. New home listings in June was at 128, down 9-percent compared to last year and active home listings were also down compared to last year at 167. The median and average sales price of a new home in the Wenatchee market once again went up with the median sales price just under 343,000 dollars and the average sales price at just over 366,600 dollars. The Wenatchee market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

Election officials say they don’t foresee any problems with the State’s new voter registration law that could delay issuing ballots for the August 6th primary in Chelan and Douglas Counties. The new VoteWa law went into effect July first and required the State to shut down its voter database for the month while it transitioned to the new system.

The new program allows County election officials to see voter changes made across the state in real time. Some counties such as King and Snohomish are experiencing delays due to a slowdown in the system’s processing of new voter registrations and changes in address for thousands of voters. Douglas County Auditor, Thad Duvall says his elections department is working through the bugs but he doesn’t anticipate any problems with getting the ballots out on July 16th. .

Likewise in Chelan County, Auditor Skip Moore said he’s meeting all his targets and is set to mail out the primary ballots next week.  Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she understands the frustrations some counties share about the $9.5 million project. She says the whole idea is to refine the system as it gets put into use. Wyman said “The project is exactly where it’s supposed to be.”  She added “That’s how we’re finding out the things we need to fine-tune.”

Coming up next, First responders will be teaming up with Wenatchee Valley College and Confluence Health Friday for an emergency training exercise. It was 18 years ago today (Wed) four firefighters lost their lives in Okanogan County at the Thirty Mile Fire. Recent rains have delayed chip sealing work on Chiwawa Loop Road, and, Workers have been installing rebar this week as Wenatchee’s new skate park near the Columbia River begins to take shape. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

This is only a drill. First responders will be teaming up with Wenatchee Valley College and Confluence Health Friday for an emergency training exercise. The exercise will involve a variety of area emergency service and law enforcement agencies. Its purpose is to better prepare the college for an emergency and to practice response procedures of the college, hospital and first responders.

The event will occur on the WVC campus from 8 am to noon. There will be a lockdown drill on the rest of campus from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For the rest of the day, campus will operate normally, except for the following which will be closed: Wells Hall, the John A. Brown Library, the Music and Art Center (MAC), the MAC parking lot on Fifth Street, the visitor’s parking lot on Fifth Street, the armory parking lot, the Wells House and library parking lots off of Ninth Street will all be closed. During the exercise, those on or near campus should expect to see police, fire and emergency medical personnel and vehicles in the vicinity of the college. They may also see actors in makeup depicting realistic-looking injuries. Those who have signed up for RAVE emergency text alerts may receive a test alert during the drill.

It was 18 years ago today (Wed) four firefighters lost their lives in Okanogan County at the Thirty mile Fire.

Thomas Craven, Devin Weaver, Jessica Johnson and Karen Fitzpatrick were killed while battling the fire in a box canyon along the Chewuch River about 30 miles north of Winthrop. A U.S. Forest Service memorial now sits in the location where the incident occurred. A subsequent investigation found numerous safety rule violations and failures in leadership which led to the deaths.

Recent rains have delayed chip sealing work on Chiwawa Loop Road but Chelan County expects to have its crews out Thursday and Friday.

It will mean only one lane of traffic on a stretch of the road between Leavenworth and Plain, with a flagger controlling traffic. Work starts about 7 in the morning and wraps up about 4 p.m. each day. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible or expect minor traffic delays.

Workers have been installing rebar this week as Wenatchee’s new skate park near the Columbia River takes shape. The two-hundred-and eighty-thousand-dollar skate park is being built by Seattle-based Grindline at Hale Park near the pedestrian bridge. Work began in May and is scheduled to be completed sometime in March. Funding for the park came through state and federal grants.

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It’s not often you see flying goats. These mountain goats landed at a staging area in Olympic National Park on Monday, as part of an ongoing effort to capture the animals and relocate them across Puget Sound to the North Cascades mountain range. This translocation removes non-native goats- introduced in the 1920s from the Olympics and re-establishes and increases depleted populations of mountain goats in the Cascades. The three goats in this video were given a health exam and fitted with GPS collars before being transported for release. Translocation efforts will continue over the next few weeks.

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.

It was the first-ever Bobblehead Night last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium as the first 400 fans into the park received a free Bobblehead resembling Wenatchee’s mascot “Coyote”.

The game proved to be a tight affair, with the visiting Bend Elks taking a lead in the third…

Nico Burgarello lead off with a single on a sharply-struck ball to centerfield.  Jake Jarvis followed with a ground ball that got through AppleSox second baseman Kody Kolden and into left field.  That’s where Johnny Sage threw wildly to first to allow Burarello to get to third base.  One batter later, Chase Fernlund lifted a single to left-center to score Burgarello.

Wenatchee tried a two-out rally in the 4th on a LONG triple off the bat of Hunter Montgomery that almost took out our cameraman, Eric Granstrom…

The game would remain 1-0 under a light drizzle until the 5th inning, when Bend’s Brad Morgan stepped up with a runner aboard against Wenatchee starter Sam Wyatt…

Wenatchee finally got on the board with a bases-loaded hit batsman in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1.  The teams would trade runs in the 7th to make it 4-2, which is where it would end up…

Johnny Sage went 2-for-2 with a run for the AppleSox, who had its two-game winning streak snapped with the loss.  Sam Wyatt took the loss, going 5-innings and allowing 3-runs on 4-hits with 3-strikeouts and 1-walk.

The two teams will meet again at 6:35 tonight with Bend’s Gil Luna (1-1) facing Wenatchee’s Ryan Long (0-2).

Also in the West Coast League last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Jason Willow’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th broke a 2-2 tie and Victoria went on to beat Ridgefield 3-to-2.  Kyle Harper went 2-for-3 with a home run and double with 2-RBI’s for the HarbourCats.

Port Angeles scored three-runs in the bottom of the 8th, helped by a huge error committed by Corvallis, and the Lefties ended the Knights’ 16-game winning streak 6-to-3.

Walla Walla came from behind to score 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat Bellingham 11-7.  Chazz Martinez led the way for the Sweets, going 2-for-2 with three walks, 3-Runs and 3-RBI’s.

In non-league play Tuesday, James Arakawa broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the 8th with a 2-run single as Cowlitz beat the Northwest Honkers 9-7.

Tanner Parker was 3-for-5 with 2-runs and 3-RBI’s to lead Yakima Valley past Cascade Collegiate 11-9.

And Portland’s game was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the 2nd against Perth, Australia with the game tied 1-1.

After a record-setting Home Run Derby Monday, the Major League All-Star game last night in Cleveland was highlighted by pitching as the American League edged the National League 4-3…

Hometown hero, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber, struck out the side in his inning of work in the 5th and was selected the game’s MVP.  American League pitchers held the National League lineup to 3-runs on 5-hits with a record 16-strikeouts. 

The A-L got on the board first on an RBI double by Houston’s Michael Brantley in the 2nd.  The American League went up 2-nothing in the 5th on an infield groundout by Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco.

The National League finally got on the board in the 6th on a solo home run by Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon.  But the Junior Circuit got a run back in the 7th and another in the 8th on a solo shot by Texas’ Joey Gallo.

Pete Alonso followed up his heroics in the Home Run Derby with a 2-run single in the 8th, but that’s as close as the Senior Circuit could get.

Seattle’s Daniel Vogelbach pinch hit in the 6th inning, flying out to left field off Braves right-hander Mike Soroka for the final out.  “Vogie” said afterward, quote, My main goal was to have fun.  It’s something I will never forget.  Just getting in the game and getting an at-bat, it was really cool and something I’ll never forget, end quote.

Seattle gets back to action Friday in L-A against the Angels.  Mike Leake is scheduled to get the start.  Los Angeles has yet to announce its starter for the 7:07 game.

Thanks Eric.

Waterville will hold its free annual “Waterville Days” festival this upcoming weekend. The festival put on by the Waterville Main Street Association will begin Friday night at 5:00 with a handful of festivities downtown and continue through the whole day Saturday. Executive Director of the Waterville Main Street Association Lisa Davies explains how the event has progressed in recent years.

The festival will feature a spaghetti feed, live entertainment, an antique car show, a parade through downtown Waterville and much more during the weekend event. 

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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.