NCWLIFE Evening News July 16, 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, Crews attacking the Powerline Fire near Mattawa made substantial progress overnight. RiverCom, the Wenatchee Valley’s 911 system, will be asking voters in August to renew a tenth-of-one-percent sales tax that’s set to expire, and, After more than 18 years with YWCA North Central Washington, CEO Jenny Pratt is retiring.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two federal agents suffered injuries during a drug raid early Tuesday morning in Moses Lake. The agents, with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were hit by shrapnel from gunfire and not seriously hurt.

The shooting took place at a home in the 2400 block of Road E 5-Northeast in the Mae Valley. An unidentified suspect shot himself and was being treated a Spokane hospital. The raids in several Central Washington cities targeted a methamphetamine and heroin drug trafficking organization.

More than 300 federal agents served 19 federal search warrants in Grant, Yakima and Adams counties. They were targeting a Washington-based street gang called Eastside Familia Norteno. There were 11 people arrested in Moses Lake, one in Ephrata, two in Yakima and one in Warden.

Agents said they seized pound quantities of meth, cocaine and heroin, in addition to 50 firearms and cash. Also participating in the raid were the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Border Patrol, in addition to local agencies.

Crews attacking the Powerline Fire near Mattawa made substantial progress overnight, bringing the fire to 65 percent containment. Nancy Jones, information officer with the Southeast Washington Incident Team said, as a result, they were able to send several crews home. . .

RiverCom, the Wenatchee Valley’s 911 system, will be asking voters in August to renew a tenth-of-one-percent sales tax that’s set to expire. RiverCom executive director Misty Viebrock and retired executive director Jim Fosse sat down with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz to talk about what voters are being asked to approve. . .

Ballots that include the RiverCom measure should start arriving in the mail next week.

After more than 18 years with YWCA North Central Washington, CEO Jenny Pratt is retiring. Pratt has led the YWCA through years of growth, including adding an emergency shelter, transitional housing and job training for women. Community members are invited to an event to celebrate Pratt’s service August 8th at 5:30 p.m. at the YWCA Women’s Empowerment Center on the lower level of 212 First Street in Wenatchee.

Coming up next, Chelan County PUD will acquire the property where the historic Horan House was recently demolished. The state has finished installing what it hopes are more eye-catching signs that warn of apple maggot quarantine areas, and, 8th District Congresswoman, Kim Shrier has returned from a weekend visit to the Texas border where she toured an immigrant detention center. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County PUD will acquire the property where the historic Horan House was recently demolished. At their Monday meeting Commissioners approved the purchase of just over 2 acres of property next to the site of the PUD’s new Service and Operations Center in Olds Station. The Nevio and Elizabeth Tontini Living Trust agreed to sell the land for $854,211. Commissioner Dennis Bolz says the high price tag concerned some ratepayers . . .

Shared Services Director Dan Frazier said potential uses for the property include access to the Wenatchee River and Apple Capital Loop Trail.

The state has finished installing what it hopes are more eye-catching signs that warn of apple maggot quarantine areas.

The signs warn people entering quarantine areas, including parts of Chelan and Okanogan counties, not to bring homegrown fruits into the area. The new signs are the culmination of a two-year project.

Apple maggots were first detected in Washington in 1980 in Western Washington and have spread east since. They are poor fliers and largely spread by human movement of the pests. None of the maggots has ever been detected in commercial apple crops.

8th District Congresswoman, Kim Shrier has returned from a weekend visit to the Texas border where she toured an immigrant detention center. Schrier says her trip was prompted by reports by Homeland Security and the media about the medical attention and treatment of children at the border.

As a Spanish-speaking pediatrician Schrier said she felt compelled to assess the situation. She says there’s no question that a humanitarian crisis exists there. We have work to do to alleviate overcrowded conditions and ensure that migrants being held in U.S. custody are held with respect, dignity, and receive appropriate medical care. Schrier says she came away with several concrete ways to make the process work better for children and families. Ultimately, she says, we have to fix our broken immigration system. The first bill to pass the House today was for a package of foreign assistance to address the root causes of migration from Central America.

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It was an early morning on the water for anglers in North Central Washington who FINALLY got a chance to fish for salmon on the Columbia River.  NCWLIFE Channel Sports Director Eric Granstrom was there and says opening day of fishing was hot. . .

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 won its 5th consecutive game Monday with a 13-8 decision over the US Military All-Stars…

Wenatchee brought 10-men to the plate in a four-run first inning.  The All-Stars were able to bounce back with a four-run top of the 3rd to tie it.  But the Sox regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning on bases-loaded walk to Jason Harayda.

The traveling US Military squad was able to tie it again in the top of the 5th only to have Wenatchee score 3 in the 6th highlighted by a 2-run home run by newcomer Justin Lutz.  The ‘Sox added more in the 7th on a 3-run shot by Dalton Harum.

Wenatchee continues its 13-games in 13-days stretch in Kelowna at Elks Stadium tonight against the Falcons.  Sam Wyatt will be on the mound for the AppleSox in the 6:35 game.  Kelowna had not announced its starter by the time we took the air.

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

Kelowna had a late game and a long bus ride last night after beating Cowlitz 3-1 in 10-innings.  The Falcons scored two in the 10th on a bases-loaded error and a ground-out.  Austen Butler led the way offensively for Kelowna, going 3-for-4 with two runs.

Chazz Martinez hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning and Ryan Johnston hit a 3-run triple in the 4th as Walla Walla beat Victoria 6-3.  Cesar Lopez also went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Sweets with a run.

Taking a look at the West Coast League North Division standings…

Wenatchee is now statistically tied for first with Victoria after the HarbourCat’s loss last night.  Port Angeles is a game back at 3-3.  Yakima Valley is a game and a half back at 3-4.  Bellingham is 2-and-a-half back at 1-and-4 and Kelowna is 3-games back of first place after earning its first win last night.

The Mariners are trying to snap a four-game losing streak in Oakland as they begin a quick, two-game series with the Athletics…

Seattle lost two of three to Oakland at home prior to the All-Star break and have lost three straight since the midsummer classic.  Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales will get the start tonight, who is 10-and-7 with a 4.24 ERA.  Mariner batters will face Daniel Mengden, who is 4-and-1 with a 4.73 ERA.

The Mariners are 39 and 58 while Oakland is battling with Houston for the top of the division at 53-and-41.  After these two games, Seattle has ten consecutive home games against Los Angeles, Texas and Detroit.

There was only one other game in the American League West last night…

Albert Pujols had three hits and three RBI’s in the Angels’ 9-6 win over Houston.  The ageless one was called upon to make up for a shaky outing by Los Angeles starter Griffin Canning and the missing Mike Trout, who was out of the lineup with a calf strain.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, East Wenatchee will be joining Wenatchee in November in what’s becoming an annual and growing effort to honor area veterans.

The Heroes Banners Project involves banners that hang downtown all month showing a photo, name, branch of service and years served by the veteran. If you have a veteran you’d like to honor you can contact the Wenatchee Downtown Association or the city of East Wenatchee.

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.