NCWLIFE Evening News July 26

Grant Olson has NCWLIFE Evening News for Wednesday, July 26, 2017


And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – a Waterville woman is injured in an accident near Pine Canyon, a community meeting is scheduled to address timber harvest projects in the Lake Wenatchee area and three candidates compete for a seat at the Wenatchee City Council. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.

A Waterville woman is recovering at Central Washington Hospital following a single vehicle car crash yesterday afternoon near Orondo.  35-year old Shana Goodson of Waterville was traveling west on Highway 2 four miles East of Orondo Tuesday afternoon when her 1999 Chevy Tahoe left the roadway causing her to over-correct and roll. The vehicle then came to rest on its side in the westbound lane. No drugs or alcohol was involved in the accident and Goodson was wearing her seat belt. State Patrol reports the cause of the accident was most likely distracted driving.

Lake Wenatchee area residents can get more information about planned timber harvest projects at a Saturday community meeting. Chelan County Natural Resources Department Director, Mike Kaputa says projects to be discussed include the Weyerhaeuser proposal on the South Shore.  Kaputa says the Forest Service projects are planned in the Lake Wenatchee , Big Meadow, Beaver and Lower Chiwawa areas. Saturday’s meeting starts at 10 am at the Lake Wenatchee Rec Club.

Three candidates are running for Wenatchee City Council Position 4 in the next election. They are 56-year old incumbent Keith Huffaker, 33-year old Adam MacDonald and 36-year old K.C. Mulhall.  Huffaker was appointed to the city council in 2012 after Councilman Doug Miller resigned. He is currently the project manager for Aweta Americas and was formerly a board member for the Chelan-Douglas Health District and Chelan Solid Waste. Huffaker was also a member of the Public Safety Committee.  MacDonald was born and raised in Wenatchee and is currently a history teacher at Wenatchee High School. He has also served as Treasurer for the Wenatchee Education Association. Mulhall has also lived in Wenatchee his entire life and works as a carpenter and contractor for Mulhall and Sons Construction. He is also a cannabis consultant at Greenlife Cannabis and teaches yoga classes. All three candidates agree that the main issues facing Wenatchee is the lack of and the price of housing and rentals.

Congressman Dan Newhouse testified recently on a bill he’s sponsored that would change the way endangered species are listed by the Federal government. Newhouse claims Federal agencies are currently not required to share the underlying data used in listing decisions with the states or local entities that would be impacted by such listing decisions. He claims the plan to reintroduce Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades Wilderness is a case in point.  H.R. 1274 would amend the Endangered Species Act of to require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the “best available scientific and commercial data” used by the federal government include information provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments.

An Entiat man was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a two-vehicle fatal crash on Entiat Valley Road. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says 29-year old Walter Wilson faces vehicular homicide and felony hit and run charges in the death of 48-year old Deborah Augustus also of Entiat. Burnett says the collision occurred around 4 pm Tuesday about 4 miles West of Highway 97-A. Wilson appeared in court this morning where he filed an affidavit of prejudice against Judge Small and Judge Nakata forcing a continuance until Monday, July 31st for arraignment and trial setting before Judge Lesley Allen.

The second annual “Serving Those Who Served” veterans conference began today at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The two-day event is hosted by the State Department of Veterans Affairs and features topics such as VA healthcare, veterans homelessness, housing programs and PTSD. Peter Schmidt, Director of Behavioral Health for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, says the conference also features more than a dozen breakout sessions, which include veteran education benefits and helping vets succeed in the workplace.  The conference will conclude tomorrow and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

An annual Stand Up Paddleboard race had locals not only competing for bragging rights but also helping raise money for the Chelan Fire District 7 volunteer firefighters. The event saw over 100 participants on July 1.

In Sports

Wenatchee took advantage of three errors on one play by Port Angeles to start a rally in the top of the 8th, eventually scoring three runs to top the Lefties 6-3 Tuesday night.  Jack Reisinger started the inning off in a 3-3 tie ballgame with a single. He scored on the next play as Jordan Prendiz got aboard on a bunt, the catcher’s throw sailed down the right field line, then the throw home got past the catcher, who’s throw back to the plate went wide. Jack Zamora followed with an RBI single to score Prendiz. Four batters later, Adrian Vela’s single to left scored Jalen Garcia and the ‘Sox owned a three-run lead. Connor Leadholm pitched three innings of shutout relief for the win as Wenatchee improved to 23-and-20 on the season and back to .500 at 8-and-8 in the second half. Game two of the series is tonight at 6:35 at Civic Field in Port Angeles.

Also in the WCL last night…

Yakima Valley 8, Bend 5
Pippins score 3-runs on 2-hits and 4-errors in the top of the 9th to steal a win at Vince Genna Stadium

Kelowna 6, Victoria 5 (11-innings)
Logan Steinberg’s RBI single in the 11th scored Trent Tinglestad as Falcons overcame a 4-0 deficit in the final four innings, including scoring three in the 9th to send it to extra’s

Walla Walla 12, Gresham 4 (12-innings)
Sweets brought 11 men to the plate in an 8-run, 7-hit 12th inning, Nick Nyquist 3-for-6, 4-RBI, HR

Bellingham 14, Cowlitz 5
Bells have won 3-straight as Austin Shelton goes 3-for-4 with 3-runs and 2-RBI’s at Joe Martin Field

North Division Standings
Victoria 10-7 …
Bellingham 8-8 1.5
Wenatchee 8-8 1.5
Walla Walla 7-11 3.5
Port Angeles 6-11 4.0
Kelowna 4-12 5.5

A big three-on-three basketball tournament comes to town this weekend at the Pybus Market and Worthen Street in Wenatchee. Elite Hoop Effects is hosting the 4th Annual Sunburn Classic 3-on-3 tournament. Tournament Director JD Taylor was a recent guest with Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.  Signups are still under way for multiple divisions of four-player, 3-on-3 action. The Sunburn Classic runs Friday through Sunday at Pybus and you can find out more on-line at

Chris Sale showed the Mariners why he was the starting pitcher for the American League in this year’s All Star Game. The left hander was dominate, shutting Seattle out over 7-innings in a 4-nothing day-game win at Safeco Field today.  Sale allowed just 3-hits in 7 frames, striking out 11 and walking 1 to improve to 13-and-4 on the season. Andrew Moore took the loss for Seattle allowing 4-runs on 6-hits (two of which home runs). Ben Gamel had two of Seattle’s five hits and extended his hitting streak to 13-games. The Mariners have won eight of 14 games since the All Star break but missed another chance to push past .500, as they dropped to 51-54, three games back in the Wild Card race behind Kansas City. Seattle has the day off tomorrow before beginning a three-game interleague series this weekend against the New York Mets. Ariel Miranda goes up against Rafael Montero. After this weekend, Seattle plays 20-of-27 games on the road.

Also in the American League West last night…
Houston 5, Philadelphia 0
Toronto 4, Oakland 1
Cleveland 11, LA Angels 7 (11-innings) Edwin Encarnacion walk-off, grand slam homer for Tribe
Texas 10, Miami4

American League West Standings
Houston 66-33 …
Seattle 51-52 17.5 3.0
Texas 49-51 18.0 3.5
LA Angels 49-52 18.5 4.0
Oakland 44-56 23.0

In Weather

Expect warm and dry weather for the next several days. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms across southeast Washington late today into Thursday afternoon. Breezy winds will also develop across the Columbia Basin tomorrow afternoon. Hot weather will
return for the weekend and into early next week. Any chance of moisture will most likely stay well south and east of our area through the forecast period.