NCWLIFE Evening News July 3, 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:
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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Highway 28 outside Quincy will be closed for almost two weeks starting Monday for road and roundabout construction. East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy voices his disappointment with the results of an outside review of the police department, and, The man who was killed when his vehicle went off an embankment on Highway 20 has been identified.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Flash flooding throughout the region swamped at least three highways Tuesday afternoon. That included Highway 97A near Entiat, where up to 2 feet of mud forced the closure of the highway just before the evening commute. State crews continued to work to clear the highway this afternoon and it was reopened around 2:00. Even worse was Highway 971, South Lakeshore Drive along Lake Chelan where mud was up to 8 feet deep in places. The slide was near Slide Ridge, a historically unstable area, where Chelan County has been working to secure. County Public Works reports the road will continue to be closed to traffic about 2.5 miles up from the state park. Only local traffic is able to use the bypass road. Officials say the area needs time to dry out, so that road closure is expected through the weekend and into next week. The public is asked to stay away from the slide area. Crews were also working to clear storm debris from roads in the Manson area. In addition, State Route 2 east of Waterville was closed Tuesday after a flash flood covered that highway with mud. That road was fully blocked, but was reopened at about 4:10 p.m.

Highway 28 outside Quincy will be closed for almost two weeks starting Monday for road and roundabout construction. The closure is at the intersection of the highway and F Street Southwest and 13th Avenue Southwest. Motorists will need to use White Trail Road as a detour during the closure.

East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy voices his disappointment with the results of an outside review of the police department but the Mayor said at last night’s city council meeting that he would not comment publicly on the report’s findings or recommendations. The Mayor used his time on last night’s agenda to respond to questions he’s received following the release of the report last week by the Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. The review requested by the Mayor found serious flaws in the police administration including lack of top down communication, antiquated record keeping and inadequate training. The report also appeared to back up complaints by the police officer’s union that led to a vote of no confidence against Chief Randy Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble. The Mayor said last night he intends to move forward with the Union and the chief to address the report’s conclusions but he said he wants to do that behind closed doors . . .
The Union representing the police officers issued a formal statement that supports the findings of the LEMAP report and members continue to call for a change of leadership.

The man who was killed when his vehicle went off an embankment on Highway 20 has been identified as 24-year-old Michael Nah-gow-ski of Maple Falls. His 1999 Jeep Cherokee was spotted by a passer-by Tuesday morning about 300 feet down an embankment 33 miles west of Winthrop in a section of Chelan County. The Washington State Patrol has not determined when or why Nah-gow-ski’s vehicle went off the road.

Coming up next, We will talk to two supporters of I-1648, a movement aimed at putting a cap on new taxes. The Chelan County Regional Justice Center, built in 1984, has been beset with problems in recent years but jail officials say progress is being made on turning thing around, and, With Independence Day coming up, keep in mind that the loud noises of fireworks can cause a lot of anxiety for pets. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
 During the last session, the Washington legislature passed 11 new taxes totaling over 27-billion dollars. That didn’t sit well with some. I was joined earlier today by two supporters of Initiative 1648, a political movement aimed at putting an end to what they and thousands of Washington residents say is ridiculous taxation. . .

The Chelan County Regional Justice Center, built in 1984, has been beset with problems in recent years but jail officials say progress is being made on turning thing around. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery met with jail directors and toured the facility this week and filed this report. . .

With Independence Day coming up, keep in mind that the loud noises of fireworks can cause a lot of anxiety for pets. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson dropped by the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society for some advice on how to keep your pets safe during this time of year. . .

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The Wenatchee AppleSox’ bats fell silent in a 5-3 loss to the Kelowna Falcons on Tuesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

The Sox led from the third inning on until the sixth, but then never again after that en route to their second consecutive loss. Wenatchee collected three hits, committed three errors and stranded three men on the basepaths. With the wrap from last night. Here’s the voice of the AppleSox, Joel Norman:[

The Sox opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning. Tyler Detloff led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI groundout by Blake Klassen. With two outs, Cole McKenzie and Hunter Montgomery singled to put runners at the corners. McKenzie scored on a double steal attempt after Montgomery took off first, drew a throw and was then tagged out, but only after McKenzie scored.

Kelowna struck once against Wyatt in the fifth and then three times in the sixth thanks to three hits, a sacrifice fly and an error to take the lead.

Kelowna regained its two-run lead with a run in the top of the ninth and picked up the series-opening win. The two teams will face each other again on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.

Tim Beckham’s pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning made the difference last night as the Seattle Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Beckham crushed a fastball for his third career pinch-hit homer and 13th of the season off Giovanny Gallegos . The hit broke a 4-all tie and sent the Cardinals to their sixth loss in seven games, dropping one game below .500. Beckham began the season really hot as the Mariners started 13-2, but cooled off and was eventually demoted to a platoon player.

Omar Narvaez also homered for the Mariners to help build a 4-2 lead through six innings. But Yairo Munoz, in the lineup for the injured Matt Carpenter, tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh with a two-out, two-run homer.

Mariners reliever Austin Adams (1-0) entered and used a nasty slider to help strike out the four batters he faced to set up Beckham.

Jose Martinez had two solo home runs, off opener Matt Carasiti in the first inning and reliever Wade LeBlanc in the sixth, for the Cardinals.

Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger was sent home early from the team’s recent road trip and was scheduled to see the doctor Tuesday. The former All-Star is recovering from testicle surgery and pushed it too hard as he began to ramp up his rehabilitation, manager Scott Servais said.

The Mariners and Cardinals play game two of their series tonight.  Adam Wainwright gets the start for St. Louis while the Mariners will counter with Mike Leake – the only Seattle starter above .500.[

The US National Team beat England Tuesday 2-1 in the semi-finals of the FIFA women’s World Cup. The US scored in the 10th. minute on a goal by Christen Press. England scored the equalizer in the 19th. minute on Ellen White’s 6th goal of the tournament before Alex Morgan scored the eventual game-winner in the 31st. minute.  The Americans play the winner of today’s other semi-final, Sweden and The Netherlands, for the championship on Sunday morning. 

Finally on this Wednesday, Chelan native Joe Harris and his free summer basketball camp was the topic of a mini-documentary produced by his NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets. Take a look:[

Thanks 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). 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.