NCWLIFE Evening News July 19, 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, Westbound I-90 was a mess yesterday afternoon after a large tractor trailer rig crashed west of Cle Elum. A semi destroyed a portable message sign Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90 near Moses Lake, and, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center will be holding a special event this weekend.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 61-year-old North Bend man had to be airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle after crashing his motorcycle on Highway 20 about four miles west of Mazama.

According to the Washington State Patrol, John R. Still was riding his Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle eastbound about 4 Thursday afternoon when he failed to negotiate a curve and collided with a guardrail. Still was thrown from the motorcycle on the right hand side of the highway. The motorcycle continued on and crossed the highway and collided with a tree on the left-hand side. Still’s condition at Harborview is not known.

Westbound I-90 was a mess yesterday afternoon after a large tractor trailer rig crashed about 13b miles west of Cle Elum. Thanks to Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant for sharing these pictures of the accident scene.

It happened around 3:30 pm and resulted in a partial closure of the interstate near Easton Road. The roadway was cleared around 5:40 pm according to the State Transportation Department. Trooper Bryant said the truck driver walked away with minor injuries. The cause was under investigation.

A semi destroyed a portable message sign Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90 near Moses Lake. According to the State Patrol, the trucker was coming up on a construction zone and attempted to merge into the left lane but then swerved back to avoid an oncoming vehicle and crashed into the sign.

The Washington State Department of Transportation sign was completely destroyed and the truck suffered serious damage but there were no injuries.

Visitors to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center will be taking a step back in time tomorrow (Sat) with a special program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include hands-on STEM activities, space crafts, NASA Apollo mission videos and more.

Refreshments will also be available. Tickets are 5 dollars for the entire family and are available at the door.

Coming up next, You’ll still be able to get from point A to point B in Quincy, but starting Saturday you’ll have to do it in a roundabout way. . .literally. A dramatic change being implemented in Washington will soon make a lot more workers eligible for overtime pay, and, In what could be a make-or-break moment for his presidential aspirations, Washington Governor Jay Inslee will take the stage July 21st for his second Democratic debate. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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You’ll still be able to get from point A to point B in Quincy, but starting Saturday you’ll have to do it in a roundabout way. . .literally.

The town unveils its new traffic roundabout tomorrow morning. It replaces the old four-way stop at Highway 28 and 13th Avenue. The 1.7 Million dollar project was completed after several weeks of work by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

State and City officials claim the roundabout will streamline traffic flows better than a traffic signal. They say research shows that they drastically reduce the chances of collisions.

A dramatic change being implemented in Washington will soon make a lot more workers eligible for overtime pay.

The state Department of Labor and Industries began a series of public hearings on the changes this week. What the new rules do is change the conditions under which employers can designate someone as an exempt, or salaried, employee. Requiring them to be paid by the hour will affect hundreds of thousands of workers in the state.

The change drew mostly support at a hearing Tuesday in Seattle. It was the second of four hearings in Western Washington, with Eastern Washington meetings scheduled August fifth through seventh in Ellensburg, Kennewick and Spokane.

Under current law, employees making more than $23,660 dollars a year can be classified as exempt and not hourly. In July 2020, that would change to $35,100, rising each year until 2026, when no employees making less than $80,000 dollars could be declared exempt.

The Obama administration attempted to raise the federal hourly threshold to $47,476 dollars but a judge in 2016 blocked that change.

In what could be a make-or-break moment for his presidential aspirations, Washington Governor Jay Inslee will take the stage July 21st for his second Democratic debate.

Inslee will appear on the second night of debates, sharing the stage with nine other candidates, including two frontrunners, former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris. It could be the last time on the debate stage for Inslee.

To qualify for the fall debates he will need to receive at least 2 percent support in four national polls and 130,000 unique donors to his campaign. Inslee has struggled to reach 1 percent support in most polls. The other 10 qualifiers for the July debates will take the stage July 20th.

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.

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Chelan and Douglas County voters may be asked in the next couple of years to approve a sales tax to pay for future improvements at Pangborn Memorial Airport. In tonight’s feature story, the recently created Chelan/Douglas Regional Port Authority is considering a one tenth of one percent sales tax that would generate about 3 million dollars a year in revenue for future capital projects. NCWLIFE Channel Senior Correspondent Steve Hair has more on this story. . .

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.

Before the season began, the Wenatchee AppleSox came out with a slogan saying, hashtag Sox are hot.  They even printed it on souvenir t-shirts.  But when Wenatchee came out of the box losing seven of its first ten games, the Sox were definitely NOT hot.

That has certainly changed and the hashtag statement is definitely ringing true now as the AppleSox won their 7th consecutive league game last night in Kelowna and 8th overall…

Wenatchee scored 2 in the first, 4 in the second, 3 in the third and 2 in the 4th and held on for an 11-8 victory.  “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman has more on last night’s game…

Also in last night’s game, Kodie Kolden went 3-for-6 with 3-runs in the leadoff spot.  Henrick Reinertsen improved his record to 3-and-2 on the season with the victory on the mound, going 6-innings and allowing 2-runs on 7-hits.

Brett Garcia had another rough outing out of the bullpen, giving up 5-runs on 1-hit and 4-walks and only managing to get one out.

Seth Kuykendall will get the start tonight in Bellingham for the 6:35 game time.  The Bells have not announced its starter.  Bellingham comes in having lost 7-in a row and 8 of its last 10 games.

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

Nick Diponzio hit a grand slam home run in the second inning and Port Angeles went on to beat Cowlitz 9-7.  Baxter Halligan was also 3-for-5 with 2-RBI’s for the Lefties.

Brady Hormel’s 2-run triple to right-center field, and Tanner Parker’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th gave Yakima Valley a come-from-behind 9-7 win over Bend.  The Pippins completed the three-game sweep of the Elks.

Kyle Manzardo’s 2-run double highlighted a 5-run 8th as Portland came back to beat Bellingham 14-12 at Walker Stadium.  Marzardo finished with 4-RBI’s on the night as the two teams combined for 30 base hits.

Matthew Gretler and Elliott Willy each had two-runs singles in a 6-run 5th inning for Corvallis as the Knights won its non-leaguer against Chaffey Baseball 13-to-8.  Nick Yovetich also had a triple and a double with 4-RBI’s for the Knights.

Victoria was idle last night, so Wenatchee picked up a half game in the standings…

The AppleSox now sit alone in first place in the West Coast League’s North Division in the second half of the season.  Victoria is a half-game back and will face Yakima Valley over the weekend.  The Pippins are 6-and-4, a game-and-a-half back of Wenatchee.  Port Angeles is 5-and-4, 2-and-a-half back.  Bellingham and Kelowna are still sitting at one victory apiece in the second half of the season standings.

As the trade deadline approaches in Major League Baseball, speculation continues on clubs that are “buyers” or “sellers”…

The Mariners, cellar with a “C” dwellers in the American League West, are considered sellers with an “S”.  The leading candidate to be shipped elsewhere is pitcher Mike Leake. 

According to M-L-B reporter Chris Haft, the Mariners could also trade second baseman Dee Gordon and relief pitcher Roenis Elias.

Speaking of Mike Leake, he’s scheduled to get the start tonight as the Mariners limp home on a 7-game losing streak…

Leak is 7-and-8 with a 4.60 ERA.  He’ll face the Angels’ Jaimie Barria, who’s being called up for his first start since July 3rd.  Barria is 3-and-2 with a 5.22 ERA.

The Mariners come in with a record of 39-and-60 while Los Angeles is 50-and-48.  Tonight’s 7:10 game is the first of 10-straight home games for Seattle at T-Mobile Park that will also see Texas and Detroit in town.

Seahawks training camp doesn’t officially begin until next Thursday.  But rookies reported to the VMAC in Renton two days ago…

The coaching staff wanted to give draft picks and undrafted free-agent signees a chance to get work in without the pressure of the veterans around.

As Seattle prepares to begin its 10th season under the helm of Coach Pete Carroll, some nagging injuries have forced the team to put several players on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Four rookies, all draft picks, were placed on the PUP list:  linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven (sports hernia); safety Marquise Blair (hamstring); defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas; and guard Phil Haynes.  Additionally, undrafted free-agent rookie offensive lineman Demetrius Knox was placed on the non-football injury list.

Veterans will report for the official first day of training camp July 25th.  The Seahawks’ first pre-season game is August 8th against Denver.

Thunder in the Valley is coming this weekend to Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  WVSO General Manager Jeremy Anders joined us recently on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to preview this race…

They’ll be up practicing today and then the gates open tomorrow at 4 with qualifying at 4:15 and the racing starts at 5:30 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

Also coming up on the Sports Schedule this weekend…

The Hot Dams women’s softball tournament is at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park tomorrow and Sunday.

The Chelan Man Triathlon is Saturday and Sunday at Lakeside Park in Chelan.  It features a Sprint, Olympic, Half-Triathlons, 10K and Half-Marathons.

And if you’re into horsing around, there is a 4-H Games Show and Low Number Roping happening at Appleatchee tomorrow and Sunday.

Thanks Eric.

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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.