NCWLIFE Evening News July 16th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Authorities continue to ask boaters in the Columbia River to make way for helicopters and planes dipping water for firefighting efforts./ A 27-year old Pasco man was killed early last night in a two-vehicle accident near Royal City, and, A Wenatchee woman was injured in an out-of-state vehicle crash earlier this week.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

The Red Apple Fire remained at an estimated 11,000 acres this morning, but evacuation levels for those in the area have shifted.

Currently, Warner Canyon and the unpaved upper portion of Burch Mountain Road remain under Level 3 notices, meaning those living in the area are urged to flee their homes. No homes have been lost, although a few outbuildings have been damaged.

The heaviest smoke has dissipated from the valley, and the relative humidity helped in the battle overnight, but high winds could still pose a challenge. Fire managers say the Red Apple is burning generally north toward Swakane Canyon, and they’re concentrating defenses there. A Type 1 management team from California is due to take up patrol on the fire line tonight.

Authorities continue to ask boaters in the Columbia River to make way for helicopters and planes dipping water for firefighting efforts. Boats in the river can interfere with water gathering and slow progress on containing incidents the Red Apple Fire. The Chelan County PUD says it plans to put up signs at the four boat launches it operates along the Columbia, notifying boaters of the requirement.

A 27-year old Pasco man was killed early last night in a two-vehicle accident near Royal City.

Juan Medina-Sanchez was traveling north on Road F SW around 6:30 when he failed to stop at the intersection with State Route 26 and was struck in the driver side of his Ford Expedition by a semi-truck being driven by 33-year old Diego Rivera of Connell.

Both vehicles left the roadway and came to rest on the westbound shoulder of Highway 26. Medina-Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene and the state patrol says he was not wearing a seatbelt.

A Wenatchee woman was injured in an out-of-state vehicle crash earlier this week. 26-year old Hannah Noelle Ames was hospitalized Wednesday after her Ford pickup rolled on Interstate 84 in southern Idaho.

State police said Ames was driving eastbound at midmorning near the town of Declo when her truck went off the left shoulder into the median. The vehicle came to rest in the westbound lanes, and the accident blocked traffic for about two hours. Ames was airlifted for hospital treatment in Pocatello.

Coming up next, I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Unprecedented heat in the last three weeks has caused roads to buckle in multiple Washington counties, including Grant and Douglas.

Governor Jay Inslee signed a declaration today declaring a transportation emergency in those counties plus 17 others.

That order frees up state agencies and resources to assist repair and recovery in those areas. The estimated cost for road repairs from the heat so far is more than $2.6 million.

Authorities continue to ask boaters in the Columbia River to make way for helicopters and planes dipping water for firefighting efforts. Boats in the river can interfere with water gathering and slow progress on containing incidents like the Red Apple Fire. The Chelan County PUD says it plans to put up signs at the four boat launches it operates along the Columbia, notifying boaters of the requirement

Governor Jay Inslee spent time Thursday at the city-run sleep center in Moses Lake, where people without shelter can seek temporary overnight housing.

Inslee toured the center, which has been up and running since December in response to the local homeless crisis, and met with some of its coordinators. . .

A Grant County judge is one step closer to joining the federal court in Seattle. Superior Court Judge David Estudillo saw his nomination by President Biden advance from the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. The committee vote was 15-7, with four Republicans joining the Democratic majority. A full Senate vote is still to come. . .

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Cashmere announces three new coaching hires, including bringing back Keith Boyd to take over the boys basketball program…

Boyd coached the Bulldogs from 2009 to 2013, taking them to three state tournament appearances including placing 6th and 4th

In addition, Cashmere athletic director Jeff Carlson says they’ve hired a new head volleyball and wrestling coach.  Kathryan Broadbent takes over varsity duties after being the JV volleyball coach. 

Rich Wheeler has been hired to coach the wrestling program after being a volunteer assistant the past 6-years.  He’s a former 2-time state champion at Vashon Island and a 2-time University National Freestyle All-American and NAIA All American at Oregon State and Central Washington.

Wenatchee opened the game with four runs in the first inning but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead and Bellingham came back to post an 11-5 win Thursday…

The Bells kept chipping away at the AppleSox early lead until back-to-back RBI-doubles in the 7th gave Bellingham the lead.  They add another three in the 8th to seal the deal.  Radio “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman has the story…

Enzo Apodaca had another good game at the plate for Wenatchee, going 3-for-4.  Dakota Duffalo had a run and two RBI’s.  Jasper Nelson was tagged with the loss, lasting two-thirds of an inning and allowing 3-run on 2-hits with a walk.

As Joel mentioned, Wenatchee returns home tonight for the first of three games against Cascade Collegiate at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  We’ll have the game LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning with the pregame at 6:30.

In other W-C-L action yesterday, John Peck’s 2-run home run tied it in the 6th and a sacrifice fly gave Ridgefield the lead for good in the 7th as the Raptors completed a three-game sweep of Port Angeles winning 4-to-2.  Wes Chambers would also go 2-for-4 for Ridgefield with a home run.

Leo Mosby’s 2-run single started a six-run 3rd inning for Portland as the Pickles topped Walla Walla 15-to-5.  Matt Jew was 3-for-4 for Portland with 3-runs while Jacob Jablonski and Ryan Guardino each hit home runs, Guardino’s a grand slam in the 5th.

Grant Taylor pitched 5-innings of 1-run ball with 9-strikeouts to lead Corvallis over Cowlitz in a non-league game 5-1. 

Brock Molenda and Austin Plante hit back-to-back home runs to cap Yakima Valley’s 13-to-3 win over Highline at Yakima County Stadium.  The Pippins improved to 13-and-oh in non-league games with the win.

Wenatchee has the only non-league game on the schedule tonight in the West Coast League when it hosts Cascade Collegiate at 6:35 tonight.  Other league games have Yakima Valley at Cowlitz.  Port Angeles hosts Walla Walla.  Portland visits Corvallis.  And Bellingham travels to Bend.

The Mariners begin the second half of the Major League season in Anaheim tonight against the Angels…

Chris Flexen will take to the mound against Andrew Heaney.  Seattle is 48-and-43 and in 3rd place in the American League West, a couple games in front of Los Angeles.  First pitch on Root Sports will be at 6:38pm.

The rest of the A-L West also gets back underway tonight with Texas facing Toronto in Buffalo.  The White Sox host the Astros.  And Cleveland starts a weekend series at Oakland.  Houston leads the division, 3-and-a-half games in front of the A’s.

It will be loud Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval with Thunder in the Valley featured this weekend…

Track manager at WVSO Jeremy Anders stopped by to tell us about the excitement coming to the Oval for the first time since 2019…

The weekend features the sprint cars, vintage racers, economy midgets, and the Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods competing with the Speedtour Mods.  Anders says fans can get a sneak peak tonight in East Wenatchee…

Again, the Thunder in the Valley Kickoff Party will be tonight from 7:30-to-9:30 at Gateway Park right off Sunset Highway in East Wenatchee. 

The gates open Saturday at 4:30 with racing at 6.  Go to WVSO dot com for more information.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.