NCWLIFE Evening News July 15, 2019

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NCWLIFE Evening News July 15, 2019

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, A 60-year-old man has been arrested for drunken driving after crashing his pickup into the Mission Court Apartments in Wenatchee Sunday morning. The Washington State Patrol say a road rage incident involving two motorcycles and a black Chevrolet pickup caused delays near Lower Sunnyslope Road yesterday, and, REC Silicon is poised to shut down operations today (Mon) at its Moses Lake plant site and about 150 employees are without jobs.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Type 3 Incident Management Team has been deployed to the Powerline Fire buring near Mattawa. 

The fire started around 12:30 yesterday afternoon, is about 4,000 acres in size and is burning in grass and sagebrush. Level 1 and 2 evacuations are in place for some residents. The fire is currently threatening homes, crops, feedlots and infrastructure. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A 60-year-old man has been arrested for drunken driving after crashing his pickup into the Mission Court Apartments in Wenatchee Sunday morning.

Wenatchee police say James R. Park was driving his red Silverado northbound on Mission Street about 10:30 a.m. when he went onto the sidewalk at Mission and First streets, then hit a traffic light pole before crashing into the apartment building. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

The Washington State Patrol say a road rage incident involveing two motorcycles and a black Chevrolet pickup caused delays near Lower Sunnyslope Road eastbound on U.S. 2 early Sunday evening.

Witness descriptions say the vehicles were going back and forth before the pickup pulled up alongside the motorcycles and drifted into them, causing the bikes to hit each other knocking one of the drivers off their bike. The pickup truck then fled the scene. The drivers of the motorcycles were transported to Central Washington Hospital to treat minor injuries.

Despite witness reports, neither driver can remember seeing the truck come alongside their direction. Trooper John Anderson says the conflicting reports of the incident will make it hard for charges to be filed against the driver if they are located. . .

The pickup truck was described as a 1988-1998 black Chevy Silverado diesel driven by a male and two passengers with a blue or gray stripe in the back window with no license plate.

REC Silicon is poised to shut down operations today (Mon) at its Mose Lake plant site and about 150 employees are without jobs due to the ongoing US-China trade dispute. A company news release says WorkSource will hold an emergency response and dislocated worker orientation this Wednesday, July 17th, at the WorkSource Columbia Basin office in Moses Lake.

Laid-off workers can learn more about unemployment Benefits, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Retraining, Job Search Assistance and more. The closure comes after China imposed the tariffs on U.S. polysilicon in 2013 after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on Chinese solar panels. The tariffs effectively prevented REC from selling its product into the Chinese market, which at the time produced about 90 percent of the world’s solar panels.

Coming up next, Organizers estimate about 150 people rallied in Wenatchee on Friday to protest U.S. immigration policies. Washington State tree fruit producer CMI Orchards showcased the company’s American Dream Apples and Cherries at today’s Made in America event at the White House, and, Through a new international partnership agreement, Central Washington University welcomed representatives from a prestigious Turkish University to Ellensburg on Saturday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Organizers estimate about 150 people rallied in Wenatchee on Friday to protest U.S. immigration policies.

The Lights for Liberty rally at Memorial Park was one of hundreds nationwide ahead of announced roundups of people in the country illegally. In addition, the rallies sought to put the spotlight on conditions at border detention facilities where thousands of people entering the country illegally have been housed.

Washington State tree fruit producer CMI Orchards showcased the company’s American Dream Apples and Cherries at today’s Made in America event at the White House.

Businesses from each of the 50 states were invited to display their products made and produced in the United States. Wenatchee-based CMI Orchards has eight warehouses in Washington State and delivers fruit domestically and abroad to over 60 countries.

Company President, Bob Mast, seen here speaking to President Trump, explained that the American Dream label was created to honor US military veterans. Mast says CMI’s American Dream® program includes a component that gives back to military and veteran causes deemed most important to their retail accounts. He says they work with their customers to give a portion of proceeds to causes that matter to their region and customer base.

Through a new international partnership agreement, Central Washington University welcomed representatives from Hacettepe University of Ankara, Turkey to Ellensburg on Saturday.

The delegation will be at the University through this Wednesday. During their visit, the Turkish professors, will meet with CWU President James L. Gaudino and their CWU peers, along with touring the campus. The Hacettepe delegation is coming to Ellensburg through a grant from Erasmus-Plus, a European Union program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Hacettepe University, which enrolls nearly 43,000 students, was ranked as among the top 90 global universities in Asia by U.S. News & World Report.

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. . .

Happening now in the Lake Chelan Valley is a unique, ten-day musical event that kicked off last week. This week the 38th annual Lake Chelan Bach Fest will bring many styles of music to a variety of venues throughout Chelan from classical to jazz, even string quartets paired with wine. In tonight’s feature story, we caught up with co-president Kerry Travers at the Riverwalk Park Pavilion in Chelan, where the event culminates with a free public concert this Saturday. . .

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.

What a weekend for the Wenatchee AppleSox!  It began Friday with the first of three games against the Bellingham Bells.  Wenatchee led early but then gave away the lead in the top of the 8th.  In the bottom of the 9th, the game was tied 2-2 with Kodie Kolden at the plate…

Voice of the AppleSox Joel Norman with the call on the AppleSox Radio Network as Wenatchee pulls off the 3-2 victory.

Then on Saturday, our NCWLIFE crew was on hand for a back-and-forth battle between the Sox and Bells.  Bellingham led 8-7 in the bottom of the 7th when Wenatchee’s Dylan McPhillips came to the plate…

So Wenatchee had a chance for its second series sweep of the season Sunday after the 10-8 win Saturday night.  To find out what happened in the finale, we head back to the “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Gavin Gorrell combined with three relievers to hold Bellingham to 3-runs on 4-hits.  Montgomery ended up 3-for-4 with a home run and 4-RBI’s.

Wenatchee continues its stretch of 13-games in 13-days with a non-league contest tonight versus the US Military All-Stars.  You’re encouraged to come out and show your support for the military tonight AND root on the Applesox at 6:35.

Saturday’s game featured Marco Gonzales Bobblehead Night, sponsored by the I-B-E-W Local 1-91.  NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom spoke with Gonzales prior to the game and asked what he thought about having his own Bobblehead with his former team…

Marco will get his first start for the Mariners after the All-Star break tomorrow night in Oakland.

Let’s check the Les Schwab Scoreboard for other action in the West Coast League Sunday…

Tevita Gerber and four relievers combined on a 5-hit shutout of Kelowna as Corvallis picked up the 5-nothing win.  Briley Knight was 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and a solo home run for the Knights.

Michael Yourg’s 2-run triple highlighted a 5-run 6th inning as Ridgefield erased an early deficit and topped Cowlitz 9-to-5. 

Due to a rainout Saturday, Yakima Valley and Port Angeles had to play two, 7-inning games on Sunday.  In the opener, Yakima Valley scored 5-runs in the 4th inning and won 5-to-2.  Aiden Welch led the way for the Pippins, collecting 3-hits in 4-at bats.  In the nightcap, Dwayne Angebrandt held Yakima Valley to 1-run on 7-hits in 5-innings to help the Lefties to the 2-1 win. 

In Bend, Nick Adams and Jason Willow homered for Victoria in a 4-run 8th inning to beat the Elks 7-to-5. 

And in non-league play, Thomas Rudinski’s solo home run in the bottom of the 5th broke a 3-3 tie and Portland would go on for a 6-3 win over the San Francisco Seals.

Taking a look at the latest standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

Victoria’s a half-game in front of Wenatchee at 6-and-2 while the ‘Sox are 4-and-2.  Port Angeles is 3rd at 3-and-3.  Yakima Valley is 4th at 3-and-4, 2-games back.  Bellingham is now 1-and-4 after being swept by Wenatchee and Kelowna is winless in 5-league games in the second half.

Matt Thaiss’ (TICE) 1st career home run came at the right time for Los Angeles as the Angels completed the three-game weekend sweep of Seattle with Sunday’s 6-3 win…

Domingo Santana and Austin Nola each hit solo home runs in the early going to give Seattle a 3-1 lead.  But it wouldn’t hold as the Angels scored two in the 5th on a bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly to tie it.  Then Thaiss untied it in the 8th off Anthony Bass.

Seattle now heads to Oakland to begin a two game series with the A’s after a day off today.

Also in the American League West on Sunday…

Jose Altuve’s grand slam home run highlighted a 7-run 7th inning for Houston as the Astros topped Texas 12-to-4.

Jose Rondon’s throwing error in the bottom of the 9th allowed Chad Pinder to score the game-winner from 1st base as Oakland swept the White Sox with Sunday’s 3-2 win.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks inaugural season in the American West Football Conference ended Sunday in a playoff loss to Reno…

The visitors to the Town Toyota Center knocked off Wenatchee Valley 28-27.  The Express will travel to Napa, Idaho to battle the Horsemen for the conference championship next weekend.  The Skyhawks finished the season 6-and-7.

Thans Eric.

Finally tonight, the former federal agent behind The Lost Apple Project will be in Cashmere on Friday to talk about what he’s found and how the search continues.

David Ben-SCOTT-er, a former FBI agent and IRS criminal agent, will speak at the Cashmere Museum at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with Saturday’s Cider Fest. The mission of

The Lost Apple Project, through the Whitman Historical Society, is to search for apple varieties from before 1920 that were thought to have become extinct. Ben-SCOTT-er, known as the apple detective, already has found several such apple varieties in Washington and worked to bring them back into production.

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.