NCWLIFE Evening News July 11, 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 Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has purchased 40 more acres of property on the White River for conservation. People using the Apple Capital Loop Trail in Walla Walla Point Park this week are likely to encounter some detours, and, It’s the start of a new era at the Wenatchee School District under new leadership.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Leavenworth and Plain communities are mourning the death of Cascade High School teacher Erin Hagedorn. The 42-year-old special services teacher died this week in an accident in Idaho, where she was vacationing with her husband and two sons. The family lives in Plain. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family, with almost $35,000 raised in one day. Details of the accident that claimed her life were not available.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has purchased 40 more acres of property on the White River for conservation.

The $160,000 purchase is part of a conservation plan that has secured most of the lower portion of the river before it empties into Lake Wenatchee.

The river, which begins in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, is a rearing and spawning ground for Chinook, sockeye salmon and bull trout. In addition, it provides 24 percent of the water flowing through the Wenatchee River.

People using the Apple Capital Loop Trail in Walla Walla Point Park this week are likely to encounter some detours. The Chelan County PUD is repaving portions of the trail and the parking lot for the sports fields, meaning there will be loose gravel, equipment and workers on the site. There are signs directing people around the work.

It’s the start of a new era at the Wenatchee School District under new leadership. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair tells us more about Dr. Paul Gordon. . .

Coming up next, Eastmont Parks and Recreation is planning to acquire an East Wenatchee church for development of a new community center. New special features have been added to the Spirit of America 9-11 Memorial in Cashmere, and, Keep your eyes to the skies today and tomorrow as the U.S. Open of Paragliding in Chelan continues this week. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Eastmont Parks and Recreation is planning to acquire an East Wenatchee church for development of a new community center.

The former Living Room Church building is located on North Georgia Avenue across the street from Eastmont Regional Park’s softball fields. Park’s Director, Sally Brawley says its close proximity to the park makes it an ideal location for community gatherings. . .

Brawley says financing is through the USDA’s Rural Development loan program, which the Eastmont Metropolitan Parks District is eligible to apply. The Park’s District board of directors has scheduled a July 15th public forum to receive more community input.

Keep your eyes to the skies today and tomorrow as the U.S. Open of Paragliding in Chelan continues this week, NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt tells us more. . .

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Amber the cat. . .

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.

Gil Luna and two relievers combined to hold Wenatchee to one run on four hits in Bend’s 9-1 win over the AppleSox last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium…

The 5-11 lefthander from Casa Grande, Arizona pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out 12 Wenatchee batters. 

For more on last night’s game, we get the wrap up from the “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

The Elks scored two in the first off losing pitcher Ryan Long on a two-run single by Chase Fernlund.  Reliever James Kulak struggled with his control in the 5th, walking two and hitting one as Bend plated four more runs before the inning was over.

Justin Parsons was 2-for-3 with a home run and 2-runs while Nick Burgarello continued to feast on Wenatchee pitching, collecting three hits in five plate appearances with an RBI.

The final game of the series starts tonight at 6:35. Michael Hansell (0-2) will get the start for the Elks tonight against the ‘Sox Jake Saum (2-0).  The AppleSox welcome the Bellingham Bells into Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium for the first of three games tomorrow night. 

Speaking of the Bells, we’ll have Saturday’s game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning with our pre-game at 6:15.  Eric Granstrom will chat with AppleSox Coach Kyle Krustangel to see how the team is holding up under the pressure of a long, summer collegiate season.  That’s all Saturday night here on NCWLIFE.

Opening up the Les Schwab West Coast League Scoreboard…

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Kyle Smith worked the four middle innings and helped keep Kelowna to 2-runs on 4-hits as Cowlitz won 4-to-2.  Zack Smith led the way offensively for the Black Bears, going 3-for-4 with 2-runs.

Jonny Weaver’s sacrifice fly broke a 5-all tie in the top of the 14th and Ridgefield would add two more in the frame to win a marathon in Victoria 8-5.  This happened after a wild 9th inning, where the Raptors scored 3-runs in the top of the inning to take a 5-4 lead.  Then the HarbourCats were down to their final strike when Griffin Paxton smacked an RBI triple to centerfield to tie it and send it to extra innings.  Noah Taylor was 3-for-4 for Ridgefield with 3-RBI’s.

Rained caused the cancellations of a couple West Coast League games last night in Bellingham and Port Angeles.  No word yet on any makeup plans for the Bells and Walla Walla Sweets or the Lefties and Corvallis Knights.

In non-league play last night, Yakima Valley scored 5-runs in the 6th inning and held on to beat the Northwest Honkers 8-6 at Yakima County Stadium.  The Pippins were led at the bottom of the lineup by centerfielder Luke Schwartz, who went 3-for-3 with 2-RBI’s.

And in another non-league game, Alex Lambeau went 2-for-4 with a couple RBI’s to lead Portland past Perth 4-1.  The Pickles will again face Perth tonight in the final of a 3-game series with the World Baseball Showcase team from Western Australia.

Taking a quick look at the second-half standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

Port Angeles and Bellingham are each 1-and-1.  Victoria and Yakima Valley are 1-and-2.  Kelowna is oh-and-1 while Wenatchee is oh-and-2.  Victoria and Corvallis have already punched their tickets to the post-season by winning their divisions in the first half of the season.

It’s been a great year of racing so far at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  Big crowds and solid fields of cars have kept new General Manager Jeremy Anders hopping.  He joined us on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley yesterday, discussing some of the changes he thinks are helping with attendance and the general interest at WVSO…

The next big race is in a couple weekends and is being marketed as Thunder in the Valley…

You can go to WVSO dot com to find out more about the upcoming race schedule and much more about Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

The Mariners start the second-half of the Major League Baseball season tomorrow in Anaheim against the Angels…

Seattle finished the first half 39-and-55, last in the American League West and 6th worst record in all of baseball.  Los Angeles is 45-and-46, 12-and-a-half games behind Houston in the A-L West, but only 6-and-a-half out of the Wild Card spot.

Mike Leake gets the start for Seattle with a 7-and-7 record and 4.32 ERA.  There’s speculation that Leake could be shipped out of Seattle before the trade deadline the end of this month as the Mariner reboot continues.  The Halos will start Taylor Cole in the first frame before giving way to the featured pitcher Felix Pena.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight,time to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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.