NCWLIFE Evening News July 12, 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, North Central Washington’s summer wildfire season is fortunately getting off to a slow start with cooler and wetter than normal conditions, we will talk about that. Improving traffic flows on US Highway 2 between Coles Corner and Cashmere is the purpose of a study currently being undertaken by the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council, and, Despite a summer-long closure of the entire Columbia River to salmon fishing, there will be an opening in the Upper Columbia next week.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two earthquakes hit western Washington early this morning as a 4.6, 13 and a half-mile deep quake hit Three Lakes at 2:51 a-m followed by a 3.5 aftershock hitting near Monroe two minutes later.

No significant injuries or damages were reported from either of the earthquakes, however a handful of Wenatchee residents say they could feel the quake right here in the valley. The Washington State DOT reports there was no damage to any bridges or infrastructure during the morning quakes. A third earthquake hit Royal City at 3:46 this morning, although it was only a 2.5 magnitude quake that also caused no damage.

North Central Washington’s summer wildfire season is getting off to a slow start with cooler and wetter than normal conditions. It looks like those conditions will continue at least over the next couple of weeks according to Meteorologist, Jeremy Wolf with the National Weather Service. . .

Wolf reports in his Inland Northwest Weather blog that temperatures are expected to remain cooler than normal for the next 8 to 14 days reducing the threat of forest fires. He cautions that we’re not out of the woods yet in terms of wildfire risk. He says drought conditions at the lower elevations remain an issue going forward. . .

Wolf says Southeastern Alaska has seen significant wildfire activity associated with several dry lightning storms over the last month.

Improving traffic flows on US Highway 2 between Coles Corner and Cashmere is the purpose of a study currently being undertaken by the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council.

The regional planning organization is working with the City of Leavenworth, Chelan County, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Link Transit to study options to improve mobility and safety for all modes of travel along the U.S. 2 corridor. The team has put together some ideas and now they want to get your input. At the end of the study, the project team will identify a set of near and long-term improvements for all modes of travel, including transit, freight, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. An on-line interactive map is available with public comments being accepted until July 31st.

Despite a summer-long closure of the entire Columbia River to salmon fishing, there will be an opening in the Upper Columbia next week.  NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom has more. . .

Coming up next, First responders teamed up with Wenatchee Valley College and Confluence Health this morning for an emergency training exercise. Your chance for an outing at the visitor center at Rocky Reach Dam is winding down as the fish-viewing areas and museum will soon close for major renovations, and, we will let you know about some of the events for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Emergency training exercises were held this morning at Wenatchee Valley College to help the college better prepare for possible emergencies. NCWLife’s Kyle Montgomery was there and has more. . .

Your chance for an outing at the visitor center at Rocky Reach Dam is winding down as the fish-viewing areas and museum will soon close for major renovations.

The first closure will be October first, when work will begin on installing new and larger fish-viewing windows. Then on October 31st, the Museum of the Columbia will permanently close, with most of its displays moving to the expanded and remodeled Discovery Center.

The new-and-improved Discovery Center won’t reopen until the spring of 2021. The Chelan County PUD is spending more than five-million-dollars on the improvements to the visitor center, which opened in 1962.

Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend, here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .

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, after three years, the sister of a missing Wenatchee woman has started a YouTube channel to outline the disappearance of Wenatchee’s Jessie Grace Moore, take a look. . .

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.

Despite a summer-long closure of the entire Columbia River to salmon fishing, there will be an opening in the Upper Columbia next week… 

The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced late Thursday that a portion of the Columbia and two tributaries will open to Chinook fishing starting next Tuesday and run until October. 

According to the release, forecasts of hatchery summer Chinook to Entiat and Chelan Falls hatchery programs indicate broodstock needs will be met and surplus hatchery Chinook are available for harvest. Removal of summer Chinook in the Entiat River will also help achieve conservation objectives for spring Chinook on the spawning grounds.

That means an opening for fishing starting Tuesday morning on the Columbia River from Rocky Reach Dam to Wells Dam; on the Entiat River from the mouth to just below the fish hatchery; and on the Chelan River from the mouth to Chelan PUD Safety Barrier.

The daily limit is six Chinook with only two being adult fish.  Anglers are asked to release any wild Chinook, Sockeye or Coho.

The Wenatchee AppleSox reversed a trend Thursday night finding plenty of offense in a 16-to-2 win over the Bend Elks…

In the first two games of the series, both Wenatchee losses, the AppleSox managed just 3-runs on 9-hits.  But last night, the home team squared up 11-hits and scored 16 runs.  It was also a near-record night for Wenatchee’s shortstop.

For more on last night’s game, we turn to the radio “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Kody Darcy finished 3-for-4 with 7-RBI’s and 2-runs, including his grand slam home run in the bottom of the 6th.  Jake Saum improved his record to 3-and-oh on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.70 with the win.

Wenatchee now hosts the Bellingham Bells tonight in the first of three-games at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  Neither team has announced a starter for the 6:35 game time tonight.

And again a reminder that we’ll be out at the ballpark tomorrow night for our second broadcast of AppleSox baseball here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Our pre-game for the Bells and ‘Sox will begin at 6:15 with the first pitch at 6:35.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard across the West Coast League last night…

Calvin Turchin held Ridgefield to 2-runs on 5-hits in 6-innings as Victoria beat the Raptors 8-to-2.  Frankie Niemann went 2-for-5 at the plate with a run for the HarbourCats, who took 2-of-3 in the series.

Sam Ireland’s walk-off, RBI single in the bottom of the 9th capped a 2-run rally for Cowlitz as the Black Bears topped Kelowna 7-6.  Ireland finished with 3-hits along with teammate Josh Marchese, who also hit a solo home run.

In non-league play, Michael Currialle had 4 of Corvallis’ 18 hits as the Knights beat the Haysville Hammers 12-to-4.

Aiden Welch’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave Yakima Valley a walk-off, 11-10 win over the Northwest Honkers.

A 4-run 7th inning broke open a close game and Walla Walla went on for a 9-3 win over the US Military All-Stars.  Jordan Stubbings went 2-for-2 at the plate with 3-RBI’s.

Everett brought 9 men to the plate in a 3-run first inning and went on for the 7-4 win over Port Angeles. 

Kyle Manzardo went 5-for-5 at the plate with 3-Runs and 3-RBI’s to lead Portland past Perth 15-to-2.

As Wenatchee prepares to host Bellingham, here are the latest second-half standings in the WCL North Division…

Port Angeles, Bellingham and Victoria are all .500 with Yakima Valley and Wenatchee a half-game back.  Kelowna is off to an oh-and-2 start on the second half.

The Mariners start the second-half of the Major League Baseball season tonight 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.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks face the Reno Express in the AWFC Playoffs this Sunday…

Wenatchee and Reno were officially 2-and-2 against one another this season, although only played 3 games on the field with one being a forfeit by the Skyhawks on a scheduling snafu.  Each team finished the inaugural season of the American West Football Conference at 6-and-6.  Kickoff Sunday in the Town Toyota Center is at 5 o’clock.  The winner will face Idaho for the Championship.

Here’s what else we have on the sports schedule for the weekend…

The local Men’s Senior Softball League is having its year-end tournament at Walla Walla Point Park Saturday and Sunday.

The 2019 Run with the Cops is Saturday at Fred Meyer in East Wenatchee.  This is a fundraiser for Special Olympics and starts at 7pm.

And if you want to see some good barrel racing, head up to Appleatchee Arena Saturday or Sunday.

Thanks Eric.

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.