NCWLIFE Evening News July 26th, 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, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation of a Honduras-linked drug trafficking organization has resulted in a successful disruption of a poly-drug trafficking organization./ Although the Cedar Creek fire near Mazama remains at 11% containment, the fire saw minimal growth over the weekend, and, A fire destroyed a four-car garage, two other outbuildings, numerous vehicles and damaged a home early Monday morning in the Lower Sunnyslope area off of Highway 2/97.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A bus stolen from a rafting company in Leavenworth on Saturday was eventually found abandoned in Moses Lake and the suspected thief arrested Sunday in Chewelah.

Chief Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said the unidentified 37-year-old Chewelah man faces charges of theft of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude police. The bus was stolen Saturday about 7:40 p.m. from Osprey Rafting by a man wearing a yellow sun dress.

Reinfeld said a Chelan County deputy attempted to pull the bus over on Highway 2/97 but it continued on well below the speed limit, He said the pursuit was called off after the driver ran a red light. The bus went through Wenatchee, into Douglas County and south on Highway 28. Douglas County deputies stopped following the bus in the Trinidad area.

Reinfeld said Chelan investigators were contacted Sunday evening by Chewelah police who said they had arrested the same suspect for stealing a front-end loader and demolished a portion of his own home. The bus was later located by Moses Lake police.

A Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation of a Honduras-linked drug trafficking organization has resulted in a successful disruption of a poly-drug trafficking organization.

The INET investigation began in February of this year when a local distributor in the Drug Trafficking Organization was identified, which led detectives to conduct multiple controlled buys, each within 1,000 feet of a school, and executed at least 20 search warrants.

Then last month, INET seized about 22 pounds of methamphetamine, around one ounce of heroin, over $16,000 in U.S. currency, and two firearms, one of which was stolen. Arrested in the case was 43-year-old Veronica Arredondo of South Canterbury Lane in Moses Lake. Charges related to this drug bust are pending.

Although the Cedar Creek fire near Mazama remains at 11% containment, the fire saw minimal growth over the weekend.  As of this morning, it’s estimated at 24,647 acres – that’s about 2,000 acres larger than Friday afternoon.

Firefighters have solidified the eastern portion of the line between Looney Creek and Badger Creek and continued to mop-up and patrol. Between Boulder Creek and Falls Creek, the fire continued to back downslope where resources conducted holding operations along containment lines.

The fire is burning actively between Falls Creek and Wolf Creek reaching containment lines along the Road 5005 where firefighters currently are holding the line. The North Cascades Highway remains closed as it has been since the lightning-caused fire started on July 8th.

A fire destroyed a four-car garage, two other outbuildings, numerous vehicles and damaged a home early Monday morning in the Lower Sunnyslope area off of Highway 2/97.

Kay McKellar of Chelan County Fire District 1 said the fire started just after 1 a.m. in a four-car garage on Inks Road near the Moonlight Motor Lodge and spread to brush and arborvitae, which then ignited other outbuildings and the home.

The fire also damaged a neighbor’s out building. McKellar said five chicken on the property were killed. The family was evacuated and the damage to the home was primarily limited to the attic. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Firefighters had the fire contained by 2:22 a.m.

Coming up next, As of yesterday, all evacuation notices for the Northrup Fire near Steamboat Rock State Park had been lifted and Highway 155 reopened./ Completion of the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project has been delayed until next spring./ Icicle Broadcasting Company announced earlier today the sale of three of its radio stations, and, Law enforcement officers from throughout the region received training this month to become certified drone pilots. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

By yesterday, all evacuation notices for the Northrup Fire near Steamboat Rock State Park had been lifted and Highway 155 reopened. The fire along the highway south of Electric City was first reported early Thursday evening and burned through grass and sagebrush and threatened wheat fields.

The Southeast Washington Inter-Agency team said this morning the fire has burned 247 acres and was 95 percent contained.

On Sunday, a helicopter was used to transport firefighters to fire lines that were inaccessible by vehicles because of steep, rocky terrain. A state incident management team assigned to the fire turned the firefighting effort over to local agencies this morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

of the West Cashmere Bridge replacement project has been delayed until next spring. Chelan County Public Works said work was scheduled to wrap up in November but permitting for demolition of the last part of the old bridge has taken longer than expected.

That portion is on Burlington Northern right of way and needed the sign-off of the railroad. The contractor on the project can’t install the 18 girders for the new bridge until that last part of the old bridge is removed. The county said the project remains on budget.

Icicle Broadcasting Company announced earlier today the sale of three of its radio stations, including KOZI AM and FM and KZAL “Z-Country,” to the Chelan Valley Media Group.

KOZI has been on the air for 60 years and was owned by Harriet Bullitt, Principal Owner of Icicle Broadcasting Company. Icicle Broadcasting will continue to own and operate KOHO 101.1 for the Wenatchee Valley from Leavenworth to Wenatchee.

Chelan Valley Media Group is a partnership made up of Allan Mayer, Karen Heric and Matt Peters of Manson, and Melissa Durfee-Davis of Seattle. All are former Seattle-area media and marketing professionals with ties to the Chelan Valley.

The new ownership seeks to increase community involvement, promotional opportunities and serve the retail businesses in the Chelan, Manson, Pateros, and Brewster areas. The sale is expected to close upon FCC approval this fall.

Law enforcement officers from throughout the region received training this month to become certified drone pilots. The training came through the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake and drew officers from Moses Lake, Quincy, Soap Lake, Othello, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and Central Washington University Police. The training was at the college’s enclosed flight facility at McKay Field and will allow law enforcement to operate a drone commercially in the United States. The college says drones have become important law enforcement tools to photograph crash scenes and track suspects, among other uses.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

The Wenatchee Downtown Possibilities Tour returns Wednesday after a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In tonight’s feature story, Wenatchee Downtown Association executive director Linda Haglund talked this morning with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about the tour. . .

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.

There’s a certain vibe happening around the Mariners right now that hasn’t been prevalent in years.  Seattle is in a playoff hunt and the players and fans are pretty pumped up about it.

All of the above was felt throughout Sunday’s series finale between the Mariners and A’s at T-Mobile Park, a game in which Seattle won 4-to-3…

Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales got the start and wasn’t as sharp as he wanted to be, allowing 2-runs through three.  But that’s when the offense got going to back him up…

Then in the 9th, clinging to a 4-3 lead, Jake Bauers came through with a defensive gem that helped seal the victory…

Seattle took three of four from Oakland in the series and is now just a game-and-a-half back in the Wild Card race.  Manager Scott Servais says everyone deserves credit for an exciting weekend of baseball…

Seattle has won six-of-nine since the All-Star break and now welcome first-place Houston to town for three games.  Rookie Darren McCaughan (muh-GAK-en) will make his first Major League Start against the Astro’s Luis Garcia.  First pitch tonight is at 7:10 and available on Root Sports.

Houston comes to Seattle after completing a sweep of Texas Sunday 3-to-1.  Abraham Toro hit a 2-run home run to help Zach Greinke earn his 10th win on the mound.

Max Stassi was 3-for-4 with a home run and Shohei Ohtani hit his 35th homer of the season to lead Los Angeles over Minnesota 6-to-2.

Houston’s lead in the West is now 5-and-a-half games over Oakland while Seattle remains 7-games back.

The Wenatchee AppleSox had an intriguing weekend of West Coast League baseball against the visiting Yakima Valley Pippins at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  It began ugly, got pretty, and then settled for sleepy on Sunday as we hear from the “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Here you see the box score from Sunday as Kuykendall was on top of his game for the Pippins in the 5-1 Yakima Valley victory.  Tino Bethancourt came through with a double and RBI for the ‘Sox in the loss.

It was a much-different story Saturday, as Wenatchee put up 15-runs on 16-hits in a 15-7 victory.  Zach Toglia (TOY-yuh) led the way going 3-for-4 with 4-runs and 3-RBI’s while A.J. Guerrero also had 2-runs and a couple RBI’s.  Skylar Hales struck out ten in relief to get the win on the mound.

The weekend began with the Pippins torching Wenatchee for 15-runs in a 15-5 victory.  Spencer Marenco did a lot of the damage hitting two home runs in the game. 

Jackson Van De Brake and the AppleSox gave the fans a little something to cheer about in the bottom of the 6th as Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee’s off until tomorrow when they’ll begin a series at Bend.

In other West Coast League play Sunday, Bellingham scored 4-runs in the 8th inning to come from behind and complete a weekend sweep of Ridgefield 8-to-6.  Bennett Lee led the way at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s.

Dawson Martin’s 3-run double highlighted a 4-run 3rd inning for Cowlitz as the Black Bears bettered Port Angeles 9-to-4.  Torreahno (TORE-ee-AWN-oh) Sweet also had two doubles and drove in 3-runs for Cowlitz.

A 5-run 3rd inning would be enough for Bend, who beat Walla Walla 5-to-4.  Aiden Welch led the way for the Elks with a run and 2-RBI’s.

Nick Vogt’s grand slam home run highlighted a 6-run 5th inning for Corvallis in the Knight’s 11-7 non-league win over Willamette.

And in Portland, where the Pickles always do things a little different, with the game tied against the Portland Rosebuds after 9-innings 6-6, they decided it with a home run derby.  The Rosebuds ended up with the win.

Checking the standings after the weekend, Yakima Valley’s lead in the North Division is a game-and-a-half over Bellingham after the Bells swept Ridgefield.  Wenatchee is 3-and-a-half back.

The Raptor’s 4-straight losses moved Ridgefield to 3rd in the South trailing Corvallis and Cowlitz.

The entire league has the day off today.  Tomorrow, besides Wenatchee at Bend, it’s Walla Walla at Corvallis.  Yakima Valley hosts Cowlitz.  Highline plays at Ridgefield.  Bellingham hosts Cascade Collegiate.  And Port Angeles visits Portland.

The Seattle Kraken have been getting all the headlines lately, but the Wenatchee Wild begin training camp today…

Players are checking in this morning for the first of three days of camp at the Town Toyota Center.  Fans are welcome to attend as they’ll have four scrimmages today and another four tomorrow before final cut-downs are announced Wednesday. 

After losing a season to COVID last year, the Wild will play its first BCHL hockey game at home October 9th against the Penticton Vees.\

Thanks Eric

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow 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 night.