NCWLIFE Evening News July 24, 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, Seven people were injured in a two-car collision Monday about 15 miles south of Ephrata. For the second time in less than a week, a traffic warning sign was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 90 near Moses Lake, and, The executive director at The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Wenatchee, will speak on putting the health epidemic and opioid crisis into perspective.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Firefighters in Chelan and Douglas Counties responded to at least a dozen new lightning-sparked wildfires over last the two days. Brant Stanger with the Central Washington Interagency Command Center at Pangborn Airport says most of the fires were quickly contained. . .

Today we saw cooler temperatures but with gusty winds and low humidity prompting concerns about possible new fire starts from the recent storms. 30 small wildfires are also burning on national forest lands. Officials report crews are currently staffing wildfires from the Methow Valley all the way to Naches with all wildfires currently being under a half acre in size.

The exception is the Left Hand Fire located 32 miles northwest of Yakima which is currently 10 acres in size. Aerial reconnaissance will also be utilized over the coming days to detect wildfires in remote back-country and Wilderness areas.

Seven people were injured in a two-car collision Monday about 15 miles south of Ephrata.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Carmelinda Trejo Munoz of Pasco failed to stop at a stop sign at South Frontage Road West and Dodson Road South. Her 2014 Honda Civic collided with a 2001 Honda Accord being driven by Maria Campos Nunuez of Moses Lake. Trejo Munoz was taken by Life Flight to Central Washington Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition Wednesday.

Four passengers in her car also were injured, the most severely being Esmeralda Magana Barragan of Pasco, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was transferred out of intensive care this morning and is listed in satisfactory condition. The remaining five passengers in the two vehicles, ranging in age from 15 to 20, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at local hospitals.

For the second time in less than a week, a traffic warning sign was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 90 near Moses Lake. The Washington State Department of Transportation says a rental truck hit the truck-mounted directional sign Tuesday on the same stretch of freeway as last Thursday’s accident.

In that incident, a semi swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit a portable message sign. There were no injuries in either incident. The DOT said QUOTE, We are grateful no one was hurt but concerned about what is becoming a more frequent, yet preventable occurrence. END QUOTE.

Loretta Stover will address the opioid crisis in North Central Washington at Wenatchee Rotary at noon tomorrow (Thu) at the Red Lion Hotel. Stover, the executive director at The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Wenatchee, will speak on putting the health epidemic and opioid crisis into perspective.

Opioid deaths have increased 77 percent in Washington State through the last several years, with heroin and other narcotics contributing to recent deaths in both Chelan and Douglas counties. The program will be open to healthcare workers, police and safety officers, members of the public, and the media.

Coming up next, Mission Ridge skiers are now offered access to several ski hills in four countries with one season pass ticket. Congresswoman, Kim Schrier will hold her first tele-town hall meeting tonight, and, Reported crimes in Chelan County were up 1 percent in 2018, according to a report by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, we will have more on that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Mission Ridge skiers are now offered access to several ski hills in four countries with one season pass ticket. Mission Ridge has joined the Powder Alliance for the 2019/20 winter season. Officials say the Powder Alliance is one of the world’s most powerful reciprocal season pass programs offering top-tier passholders three days each at 19 premier winter destinations.

Marketing director, Tony Hickok says the program offers passholders up to 54 free days at some of the best ski resorts across the country including Schweitzer in Idaho, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl in Oregon, White Pass, Bridger Bowl in Montana and many others. The pass is also good at ski areas in Chile and Japan. Mission Ridge Season Passholders will receive three (3) days at all participating Powder Alliance resorts during non-holiday periods.

Congresswoman, Kim Schrier will hold her first tele-town hall meeting tonight. The 8th District House Representative says the event will be live-streamed on her Facebook page starting at 6:00 PM.

Schrier invites constituents to tune in for an update on what’s happening in Congress and talk with her staff about any casework issues you might have. Participants were required to sign up on Schrier’s website one hour prior to the 6:00 p.m. start.

Reported crimes in Chelan County were up 1 percent in 2018, according to a report by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

There were 1,194 reported crimes in 2018, compared to 1,182 in 2017. The increase came mostly in simple assault cases, which went from 221 in 2017 to 263 last year. Areas with fewer reported crimes included larceny, theft and burglary.

In Wenatchee, crime was up 6.4 percent, with aggravated assaults up from 38 in 2017 to 66 in 2018. Larceny, thefts and fraud also increased. There were 2,179 crimes reported in Wenatchee for the year. Of those 1,040 were cleared, the best clearance rate for cities of similar size in Eastern Washington.

Crime was up 5.4 percent in Douglas County, with burglary and stolen property crimes both increasing. Simple assault cases fell 12 percent in Douglas County.

Crime fell by 1.2 percent in East Wenatchee, with drops in burglaries and frauds. There were 844 total crimes reported in East Wenatchee in 2018.

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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In tonight’s feature story, producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt takes a trip up to Lake Chelan to a hidden gem for car fanatics. Miller’s Lake Chelan Auto Museum is on its second season of operation with more than 70 vehicles. For locals Leo and Polly Miller, the museum is a way to share memories and bring families together. . .

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 North brought 14-men to the plate in a 9-run second inning and coasted to a 14-to-1 win over the South in the West Coast League All-Star game last night…

Ryan Altenberger was 2-for-4 at the plate with a 3-run home run in the 6th.  He drove in four runs and scored twice.  Sam Wyatt was efficient in his one inning on the mound, allowing no-runs on one-hit with one strikeout.  Jake Saum’s inning included a run on one hit with no strikeouts or walks.

Wenatchee’s back at it in the second half of the season with the first of three games at Walla Walla tonight at 6:35.  Ryan Long will get the start for Wenatchee

Also in league play tonight, it’s Yakima Valley at Kelowna at 6:35.  Portland will host Corvallis at 7:05pm.  And in a non-league game, Port Angeles hosts the Redmond Dudes at 6:35.

Let’s remind you about where the AppleSox sit in the second half standings of the North Division of the West Coast League…

The first-half winner Victoria is in 1st at 9-and-4.  Wenatchee is second at 8-and-4, a half-game back.  Yakima Valley is sitting 2-games back and Port Angeles 2-and-a-half back.  So from here on out, every game is a playoff game for the AppleSox, needing to finish at one or two in the second half to reach the playoffs.

Speaking of the AppleSox, we’ll feature the home squad this Saturday on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee hosts the Portland Pickles, which we’ll bring you LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel Saturday with the pregame at 6:15, and the first pitch at 6:35.  We’ll also be back at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium the following Saturday as Wenatchee winds down the schedule with Yakima Valley in town.

Rougned Odor hit two of Texas’ four home runs as the Rangers beat Seattle 7-2 last night at T-Mobile Park…

Odor hit one of three Texas home runs off Seattle starter Tommy Milone.  Milone lasted 6-innings, allowing 6-runs on 9-hits with 5-striketous.  His record dropped to 1-and-5. 

Now today, Seattle won the rubber match of the three-game series by downing the Rangers 5-to-2…

Daniel Vogelbach led the way with two solo home runs off left-handed starter Mike Minor.  He’d only hit 2 of his 25 home runs off lefties so far this season and then cranked two today.

On the mound, Mike Leake was impressive again, getting the victory to improve to 9-and-8.  He went 7-innings, allowing 3-runs on 9-hits with 7-strikeouts.  Roenis Elias worked the 9th for his 13th save of the season, getting two groundouts and a fly out against three batters.

The Mariners now welcome Detroit into town for the first of a four game series tomorrow night at 7:10 with Drew VerHagen going for the Tigers.  The Mariners have not yet announced who will start.

Also in the American League West last night…

Ramon Laureano’s ground-rule double scored Mark Canha in the top of the 11th inning and Oakland edged Houston 4-3. 

Mike Trout homered and Cole Calhoun drove in two runs as the Angels topped the Dodgers in the battle of Los Angeles 5-4.

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.