NCWLIFE Evening News July 8, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News July 8, 2019

Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. 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, a car went into Lake Chelan over the holiday weekend causing delays, but no injuries; McNeil Canyon was the site of a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning that was heard before it was seen; and some nervous moments for residents in the path of a brush fire near Manson Saturday afternoon.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man drowned Sunday in a rafting accident on the Wenatchee River. According to the Chelan County Sheriff’s office, 45 year old Ronald Ripper of Monitor was floating down the river with his son and a pet pig in separate floatation tubes when the pig fell out about midway between Monitor and the Sleepy Hollow Bridge.

Ripper jumped into the river in an attempt to rescue the pig, but was seen struggling to stay afloat. His adult son yelled to other people on the river and the shoreline that his father had disappeared under water. Witnesses were able to locate the pig and take it to shore.

Ripper was eventually located by deputies downstream near the Sleepy Hollow Bridge. Deputies entered the river and pulled him to the shore. The victim was declared dead after 20 minutes of life saving efforts by emergency crews with Ballard Ambulance. Chelan County Coroner said the accidental death was caused by asphyxia due to fresh water drowning.

A vehicle drove into Lake Chelan Friday morning off State Route 150, causing some traffic delays. All of the occupants of the vehicle were able to get out, according to the Manson Volunteer Fire Department. The accident was on the Chelan side of Rocky Point. The SUV was fully submerged in the lake until a tow truck was able to pull it to shore as passing motorists and boaters watched.

A driver was injured Saturday when the truck he was driving overturned on McNeil Canyon Road North of Orondo.

These pictures were shared by Orondo Firefighters Association on their Facebook page. Firefighters say it happened around 8:40 Saturday morning at base of McNeil Canyon.

It was reported by someone from the other side of the Columbia River who heard the accident and saw a large cloud of dust. Crews arrived to find a box truck on its side with heavy damage.

Officials report the truck had been descending McNeil Canyon with a load of appliances when the driver lost control causing the vehicle to overturn onto its side sliding down the roadway and into the ditch. The driver was treated at the scene and transported to Lake Chelan Community Hospital.

A brush fire near Manson led to Level 1 evacuation notices Saturday afternoon. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery reports.

Coming up next… an Okanogan County Sheriff’s sergeant and deputy have been cleared in a June 3rd shooting; Douglas County’s probation system is having a hard time keeping up; and the effort to undo taxes passed in the last legislative session fell short Friday.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office sergeant and deputy who were involved in the June 3 shooting of a suspect have been cleared and are back at work. The shooting was deemed justified after an investigation by the North Central Washington Special Investigations Unit. The suspect, Lance R. Bowers, 37, was treated at the hospital for a gunshot injury, then taken to jail. It began with a call about a car on fire on Frosty Creek Road south of Tonasket. The body of a woman in the trunk of the vehicle. A witness told deputies Bowers had been seen leaving the area. They later located Bowers near the Aeneas General Store, about two miles away. When Sgt. Tait Everett and Deputy Isaiah Holloway confronted Bowers, they said he displayed a gun. Both Everett and Holloway fired at Bowers, with one bullet striking him in the torso. The woman found in the trunk of the car has not yet been identified.

Douglas County District Court Judge, Eric Biggar says the Court’s probation department is seriously understaffed. The County currently has one probation officer who’s responsible for inmates who are placed in court-ordered supervision after they have served their jail sentences. But Biggar says the current caseload is more than the officer can handle by himself.

Biggar is asking County Commissioners to consider hiring an additional staff person to do the clerical work that is currently being handled by the probation officer.

An effort to undo all the taxes passed by the state Legislature this year failed to garner enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Supporters of Initiative 1648 needed almost 260,000 valid signatures but fell short of 200,000 by the Friday deadline. Former state Representative Cary Condotta, host of NCWLIFE’s “The 12th District” show, and Mike McKee, owner of Mike’s Meats in Wenatchee and Quincy, helped lead the signature-gathering effort. Initiative 1648 would have nullified $27 billion from 11 new taxes passed by the 2019 Legislature, In addition, it would put a 12-month sunset on any new taxes.

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Voters in the areas served by Link Transit will be asked next month to approve an increase to the local sales tax of two tenths of one percent to fund an expansion to their services.  On a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Link General Manager Richard DeRock explained some of the improvements planned if Proposition 1 passes:

Dominick Bonny of the group Yes on Prop 1 explained that anyone who travels in North Central Washington should vote yes, whether they ride Link or not.  More than 30 projects over the next 6 –years will be funded if Proposition 1 passes…

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The United States Women’s National Team is once again a World Cup Champion…

The US topped the Netherlands 2-nil to capture its 4th FIFA World Cup Title Sunday and second in a row.

Megan Rapinoe scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick in the 61st minute.  Rose Lavelle scored the back-breaker 5-minutes later as the United States proved once again to be the best women’s soccer team in the world.

From Lyon, France to Bend, Oregon…Blake Klassen’s RBI single in the top of the 8th broke a 2-2 tie and the Wenatchee AppleSox would add one more run in the inning to beat the Elks 4-2 Sunday…

Landon Schirer earned his 4th save of the season, working perfectly over the final two innings in relief with three strikeouts.

For more on last night’s game, we turn to the “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Thanks Joel.  Wenatchee finished the first half of the season with a 12 and 15 record, good enough for third place in the North Division standings.  As Joel mentioned, Bend will be in town for the first of three games tomorrow night, which is the first-ever Bobblehead Night for the AppleSox with the first 400 fans getting a Coyote Bobblehead.

Of course, we’re preparing for our second broadcast of AppleSox baseball this Saturday when the ‘Sox host the Bellingham Bells at Paul Thomas, Senior Stadium.  Our pre-game begins at 6:15 with the first pitch at 6:35.  Eric Granstrom will have the play-by-play.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab West Coast League Scoreboard from Sunday…

Bellingham’s Troy Viola broke up a no-hit bid in the 6th inning with his two-out single but that would be the only hit against Victoria’s Jack Neely and Aaron Celestino as the HarbourCats won 8-to-1.  Harrison Spohn hit a two-run home run for Victoria as the ‘Cats won the first half title in the North Division with an 18-and-9 record.

Austin Bell’s 2-run triple highlighted a 4-run 7th inning as Cowlitz beat Port Angeles 6-to-3.

Fifteen was the magic number for Corvallis Sunday as the Knights won their 15th straight game by downing Ridgefield 15-to-5.  Briley Knight had 3 of Corvallis’ 20-hits, including a 3-run home run as the Knights claimed the first-half title in the south with a 21-and-6 record.

Chase Luttrell and Everett Lau each hit home runs as Portland popped Yakima Valley 11-to-4.  The Pickles took two of three from the Pippins in the 3-game series.

Michael Petrie was 3-for-4 with 2-RBI’s to lead Walla Walla to a 6-3 win over Kelowna.

So here’s the first-half standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

Victoria punched its ticket to the post-season by winning the first-half of the North Division with an 18-and-9 record.  Bellingham was 2nd at 16-and-11.  Wenatchee finished 3rd at 12-and-15 with Yakima Valley also at 12-and-15.  Kelowna and Port Angeles tied for last at 10-and-16.

Oakland scored 5-runs in the first inning and held on to beat Seattle 7-4 Sunday at T-Mobile Park…

The loss for the Mariners came despite a career-day for catcher Omar Narvaez, who went 4-for-4 with two, solo home runs and 4-RBI’s.

Seattle finishes the first-half of the season at 39-and-55 as Major League Baseball takes time out for the All-Star break this week.  The Mariner’s next game will be Friday in L-A against the Angels. 

Daniel Vogelbach will be Seattle’s lone representative in mid-summer classic tomorrow in Cleveland.  The home run derby is tonight.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

George Springer’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th gave Houston an 11-10 win over the Angels Sunday at Minute Maid Park. 

Rougned Odor’s 3-run home run in the top of the 11th gave Texas a 4-1 win over Minnesota.

The Astros are 7-and-a-half games in front of Oakland in the American League West at 57-and-33.  Texas is 9-games back in 3rd while the Mariners bring up the bottom of the stack, 20-games out.

Finally, it was a long night of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday night with not one, not two, but THREE double main events…

Quincy’s Michael Knutson grabbed the checkered flag in both mains for the Jerry’s Auto Supply Late Models.  His brother Glenn finished just behind him in both events.  Wenatchee’s Mike Sims drove to first in both main events for the Dick’s Heating & Air Conditioning Thunder Cars.  Josh Mauch was first in the 1st main for the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners.  Arlington’s Jonah Vick placed 1st in the second main for the Roadrunners.  And it was Tacoma’s Pete Brady finished first in the main event for the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks.

The next race at the Super Oval will be July 20th with Thunder in the Valley Open Wheel Show, featuring Economy Midgets; Granite Evergreen Super Sprints; OTRA; Northwest Mini Stock Tour; and West Coast Vintage Racers.

And in our kicker video tonight, I’ll take you via the cell phone camera of my classmate Curtis Williams and his wife, Wendy, who were in Michigan at a short track raceway for some racing of a different sort…

Maybe something they could look at doing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

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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 host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.