NCWLIFE Evening News July 9, 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:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The superintendent of the Chelan School District has paid a $150 dollar fine for using district resources to support a bond measure last spring. And, South Lakeshore Road on Lake Chelan was expected to fully reopened today as county crews continue to clear mountains of debris from last week’s Slide Ridge landslide.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The driver of a small truck was critically injured this morning near Twisp following a collision with a deer. The accident happened around 5:20 on State Route 153, 5 miles southeast of Twisp when a deer jumped up and crashed through the windshield of the truck.

The Washington State Patrol says the doe leaped into the air, went straight through the cab compartment of the pick-up and ended in the back box of the truck. Two passengers received minor injuries in the freak accident and were transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, but the truck’s driver, 44-year old Jose Garcia Salguero of Centralia, was critically injured and airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. His condition at news time was unknown.

The superintendent of the Chelan School District has paid a $150 fine for using district resources to support a bond measure last spring. Barry(Duh-Polly)DePaoli admitted to the state Public Disclosure Commission that he sent, on his school district account, two emails April 13th to residents trying to get their support for the seventy-five-and-a-half million dollar bond proposal.

The measure ultimately was rejected by voters. In the emails to residents Jerry Isenhart and Robert Watson, he included information on the bond proposal and the message QUOTE, I remain committed to this project and I have not given up on your vote, UNQUOTE. He also urged them to change their positions and support the measure. The use of district resources to support the bond measure violates state law.

South Lakeshore Road on Lake Chelan was fully reopened today as county crews continue to clear mountains of debris from last week’s Slide Ridge landslide.

So far, 175 truckloads of material, or one-thousand-seven-hundred-and fifty cubic yards of rock, mud, wood and debris have been hauled away, according to the Chelan County Public Works Department. On Monday, Chelan County Commissioners declared an emergency in response to the damages caused by last week’s rainstorms. That allows the county to hire a contractor to finish cleanup on the road, with funding help from the flood control district. That declaration included Slide Ridge and Wenatchee’s Number 2 Canyon and South Wenatchee Avenue, where a sinkhole developed.

Coming up next, Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort officials say the planned replacement of chairlift Number 2 has been postponed until next summer. Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez returned to work Monday, his first day back on the job since being injured in a March shooting, and, U.S. Forest Service workers were out last week sprinkling weevils throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and we will tell you why. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort officials say the planned replacement of chairlift Number 2 has been postponed until next summer due to pending approval of the plans by the US Forest Service and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Earlier this spring, the resort announced the purchase and planned installation of a replacement chairlift for its current Chair number 2 nicknamed The Liberator.

The replacement chairlift includes upgraded chairs that have more comfortable seats and plexiglass “bubble” covers to enhance the ride experience. The new 4-seat lift will be similar to but smaller than this 8-seat Ramcharger Lift at Montana’s Big Sky Resort.

Mission Ridge spokesman, Tony Hickok says they expect to get final government approval by the end of this summer. In the meantime Hickok says they will proceed with initial site preparation including concrete work for the bases of the new lift towers and potential installation of some structural components.

Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez returned to work Monday, his first day back on the job since being injured in a March shooting.

Still recovering from a bullet wound to his leg, he will be assigned to office duty for now. Chavez told fellow officers he was only alive because of the bravery of Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson, who was killed in the shooting.

Both men were shot March 13th by 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro after an attempted traffic stop and chase. Del Toro was killed during the gun battle. The incident remains under investigation by the Ellensburg Police Department.

U.S. Forest Service workers were out last week sprinkling weevils throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

The weevils are a natural enemy of the invasive plant Dalmatian toadflax, which is causing numerous problems in the forests.

The insects were spread in many locations, including areas of the Entiat valley burned by the Cougar Creek fire, and near Lake Chelan between Prince Creek and Moore Point. It is one of several ways the Forest Service is battling invasive plants this year. Others include herbicides, manual removal and bio controls, like the weevils.

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Around 300 goats were brought into the Wenatchee Foothills today in an effort to help prevent fires in the area. Here with more on the goats is NCWLife’s Kyle Montgomery. . .   

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.

It seems impossible to believe that there’s not something going on with the Major League Baseball this season.  In last night’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Toronto rookie Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. hit 91 home runs!!!  That’s 30-more than the record set by Giancarlo Stanton in the 2016 contest.  AND, Guerrero Junior didn’t win!

New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso topped Guerrero in the final 23-to-22.  Alonso took home $1 million for winning the Derby, and he had pledged that he would donate 5% of his winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project and another 5% to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation if he emerged victorious.

Everyone will be talking around the water cooler today about the second round between Guerrero, Jr. and the Dodger’s Joc Pederson.  Both hit 29 long balls to force a one-minute swing-off.  Each hitter belted eight homers during the extra session, forcing a three-swing tiebreaker.  That ended in a tie, too, but Guerrero hit two homers during the second three-swing playoff, finally outlasting Pederson, 40-39.

All told, the eight contestants in last night’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby hit 312 home runs.  The previous record was 221 set last year.  Now, enter the comments of American League starting pitcher in tonight’s All-Star Game Justin Verlander…

In an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Verlander accused Major League Baseball of purposefully changing the ball to produce more home runs.  He said, quote, It’s a (bleeping) joke. Major League Baseball’s turning this game into a joke. They own Rawlings, and you’ve got (MLB Commissioner) Manfred up here saying it might be the way they center the pill. They own the (bleeping) company. If any other $40 billion company bought out a $400 million company and the product changed dramatically, it’s not a guess as to what happened. We all know what happened. Manfred the first time he came in, what’d he say? He said we want more offense. All of a sudden he comes in, the balls are juiced? It’s not coincidence. We’re not idiots.  End quote.

Researchers have said the 2019 Major League ball has fewer seams and a more-centered pill, which has reduced drag on the ball.  Less drag means more velocity, which means more home runs.  By the numbers, Major League hitters have belted 3,691 homers so far this season.  That’s a pace to hit 6,668, which would obliterate the record of 6,105 set in 2017.

Whether more home runs and more offense is better for baseball will be told in the coming years.  But for a game steeped in history with its heroes measured by numbers, there’s no doubt 2019 will be remembered as the year of the home run.

The mid-summer classic is tonight on FOX this afternoon at 4:30.

The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Rob Neyer, are Cal Poly San Luis Obispo infielder Brooks Lee of the Corvallis Knights and Incarnate Word pitcher Aaron Celestino of the Victoria HarbourCats…

Lee was on fire at the plate this last week for the Knights. In six games he went 12-for-23 with 11 RBIs. He was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 37 overall prospect going into this year’s MLB Draft. Despite being selected by the San Francisco Giants, the incoming freshman will head to college and play for his dad at Cal Poly. His dad, Larry Lee, is going into his 18th season as the head coach of the Mustangs…

Celestino was masterful over two outings for the HarbourCats this past week. The junior-to-be tossed ten scoreless innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out 14 batters. It is the third straight week that a Victoria standout has been named either the Moss Adams Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week.

The Wenatchee AppleSox start the second half of the West Coast League season tonight at home against the Bend Elks…

This three-game series completes a home-and-home run following three games in Bend last weekend.  After falling in the opener Friday 11-to-1, Wenatchee bounced back to take the next two 8-4 and 4-2.

 “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, was a guest with Dan this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and talked about a few players who’ve impressed him so far this season…

Norman says he’s also been able to enjoy the pitching of a couple guys on the mound in a Wenatchee uniform…

Tonight is the AppleSox’ first-ever bobblehead giveaway, with the first 400 fans receiving a Coyote Bobblehead.  First pitch tonight is at 6:35.

There were a few games across the West Coast League last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Jonny Weaver’s 3-run home run in the 7th inning was the difference as Ridgefield came from behind to beat Victoria 4-to-3 at Royal Athletic Park.  Michael Yourg was also 3-for-4 at the plate to pace the Raptors.

Matthew Henckel and two relievers combined on a 4-hitter as Bellingham stopped Walla Walla 4-to-1.  Christian Dicochea led the Bells offensively, going 2-for-4 and driving in 3-runs.

Trace Tammaro’s 2-run double highlighted a 4-run first inning as Corvallis won its 16th-straight, downing Port Angeles 7-to-4.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, if you happened to look toward the northeast sky yesterday afternoon you probably noticed the huge cumulonimbus thundercloud overhead. Here is what that large thunderstorm produced as Candy Jones captured video out her front room window in Waterville as the storm came through. . .

Heavy rain and up to golf ball size hail pummeled the city around 2:00 p.m. Sunday. We heard of some damage to nearby wheat fields because of the hail, but according to a spokesperson with Highline Grain Growers, it was limited in scope to a few small areas.

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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 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.