NCWLIFE Evening News July 25, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News July 25, 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, Grant County Fire District 13 assisted the Ephrata City firefighters at a major commercial structure fire Tuesday night. Northwest Cherry growers will receive a federal subsidy to help them recover losses associated with the ongoing US/China trade dispute, and, The state will spend about $2.2 million in Okanogan County and almost $1 million in Chelan County on removal of fish passage barriers.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Desert Canyon Fire burning north of Orondo is at 1000 acres.

State Mobilization has been enacted with a Type 3 Incident Management Team overseeing the effort. A base camp and command post has been set up at Orondo School. Around 100 firefighters from the DNR, BLM, USFS and Douglas County have been battling the blaze, which began Tuesday night. Level 3 Evacuations are in effect for 2 homes on Browns Canyon Road and Level 1 Evacuations were given to approximately 12 homes behind Auvil Fruit. Some local farmers also assisted in the operation by plowing under several rows of standing wheat to create a fire break at the plateau. In addition, local irrigation ponds close to the fire were made available to crews to make water bucket dips to fight the fire. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says were now in the teeth of the summer wildfire season and asks all area residents to obey posted signs and think safety. . .

Grant County Fire District 13 assisted the Ephrata City firefighters at a major commercial structure fire Tuesday night. The fire destroyed a large warehouse at the Barry Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. Officials say in a facebook post that crews arrived during the overnight hours to find the large storage building at the northeast corner of the property fully involved.

Firefighters spent about 3 hours working on the fire and returned Wednesday morning to work on a hot spot. City fire officials are reportedly working with the national weather service to determine if lightning may have been the cause and the fire is under investigation.

Northwest Cherry growers will receive a federal subsidy to help them recover losses associated with the ongoing US/China trade dispute. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agriculture producers affected by retaliatory tariffs by China. House representative Dan Newhouse and Senator Maria Cantwell secured the funding through the Market Facilitation Program, which provides direct payments and financial relief to producers.

Payments will be provided to sweet cherry producers at a rate of 17 cents per pound. For producers who applied in 2018, the payment limit will be $125,000. For those who applied in 2019, the payment limit will be $250,000. Senator Cantwell called the payments a big win for Washington state cherry growers. She added “While the priority remains an end to trade disputes, it’s critical that our growers get access to this assistance while harmful tariffs remain in place.”

The state will spend about $2.2 million in Okanogan County and almost $1 million in Chelan County on removal of fish passage barriers. The money is part of $25 million in grants from the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board.

The grants will fund 50 projects in 20 counties to remove stream barriers that block salmon and steelhead from swimming upstream to their spawning areas.

Those barriers include culverts, many of which are too high, too steep or too small for fish as they carry streams under roads. In Chelan County, there are two culverts being targeted on Chumstick Creek and two more on Mill and Peshastin creeks.

Coming up next,    Grant County voters will be asked in November to approve a sales tax increase to among other things, pay for a new jail, and, An effort to force a public vote on affirmative action in Washington state appears to have been successful. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Residents of Chelan County gathered at the Confluence Technology Center last night for a public hearing regarding short-term vacation rentals in the county. Here with more details from that meeting is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery. . .

Grant County voters will be asked in November to approve a sales tax increase to pay for a new jail and help increase city and county law enforcement resources.

Sheriff Tom Jones told Moses Lake City Council members earlier this week that he was seeking a point-3 percent increase in the sales tax. The money would be used to build a new jail at an estimated cost of up to 60 million dollars. Jones says 40 percent of the funds generated would be distributed among the 14 cities within Grant County for their law and justice needs. If passed, the new tax would generate about $5.5 million to $6 million dollars per year. 

An effort to force a public vote on affirmative action in Washington state appears to have been successful.

Referendum 88 would overturn Initiative 1000 approved by the Legislature this year that would have reinstated affirmative action policies in state hiring.

Supporters of Referendum 88 turned in about 177,000 signatures Wednesday and say they have about 20,000 more to turn in before Saturday’s deadline. They need just under 130,000 valid signatures to force the issue onto the ballot. Affirmative action has been illegal in the state since 1998 when voters approved Initiative 200.

Governor Jay Inslee said Wednesday that state agencies have already begun preparation to implement Initiative 1000 but will wait until the signature count is verified before taking any additional action.

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Rader the cat. . .

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.

Today was the first day of training camp for the Seahawks at the V-Mac in Renton.  Following practice, Coach Pete Carroll spoke with reporters and the first question centered on the NFL suspension of Jerron Reed…

Reed is at training camp but will miss the first six games of the season after a domestic incident in April of 2017.  The Seahawks have two weeks before their first preseason game against Denver August 8th at CenturyLink Field.

The Wenatchee AppleSox got off to a rocky start post the All-Star break in Walla Walla last night.  Voice of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, has more…

Wenatchee took the lead in that 4-run 4th inning, highlighted by an RBI double by Hunter Montgomery; RBI single by Kody Darcy; sacrifice fly for an RBI by Connor Kiffer; and a bases loaded walk to Johnny Sage.  But the bullpen couldn’t hold on as Cameron Sommer gave up 2-runs in the 7th, followed by Landon Schirer surrendering two more runs in the 7th and eventually taking the loss.

Johnny Sage, Blake Klassen and Connor Kiffer each had two hits for the AppleSox.  Wenatchee had 10-hits in the game but stranded 12 men on base.

Seth Kuykendall will go for Wenatchee tonight.  Walla Walla has not announced its starter for the 6:35 game.

Also in the West Coast League on Wednesday…

Richi Sede’s RBI, walk-off single scored Brad Nortan and Kelowna topped Yakima Valley 9-8 in 10-innings.  Matt Voelzke went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Falcons, driving in two runs.

Corvallis scored two runs in the top of the 12th on an error by Portland’s shortstop and the Knights got the 2-0 win.  It was a night for pitchers and the combined 10 hurlers for both teams struck out a total of 24 batters.  Brooks Lee was 3-for-5 at the plate for Corvallis.

Also in non-league play, the Northwest Star Academy scored two in the top of the 8th to beat Ridgefield 3-2.  The Raptors were held to 2-runs on 7-hits by the Academy’s three pitchers.

Alex Garcia led off the 8th with a solo home run and Port Angeles added two more insurance runs to beat the Redmond Dudes 5-2.  Ethan Groff was also 3-for-3 with 2-runs and an RBI for the Lefties.

Victoria was idle last night, so Wenatchee’s loss dropped the AppleSox a full-game back of the HarbourCats in the North Division standings…

Wenatchee got help from Kelowna last night as the Pippins remain a game-and-a-half back of the AppleSox.  Port Angeles is also at the .500 mark.

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 tonight 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…

George Springer and Jose Altuve each hit homers in Houston’s 4-2 win over Oakland.  Justin Verlander improved to 13-and-4 with the win on the mound, going 6-and-a-third innings, allowing 1-run on 2-hits with 11 strikeouts.

Cole Calhoun was a one-man wrecking crew again for the Angels, going 3-for-4 with a home run and double and 2-RBI’s as his team beat the Dodgers 3-to-2.

Good news for anglers and great news for the town of Brewster…the Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided to open salmon fishing in the Brewster Pool just in time for the Brewster Salmon Derby…

Fish and Wildlife yesterday afternoon announced that fishing for Summer Chinook Salmon would open next Thursday, August 1st, from the Highway 173 bridge at Brewster upstream to the Highway 17 bridge near Bridgeport. 

The Brewster Salmon Derby had been on the books to run next weekend, August 2nd through the 4th.  Up to 20-thousand dollars in prize money is available for participants.  You can go to Brewster Salmon Derby dot com for more information.

Anglers are asked to release any sockeye caught and only hatchery Chinook may be retained.  The limit is 6 per day, with two being adult Summer Chinook Salmon.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, 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 guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.