NCWLIFE Evening News June 13, 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,  A bear that confronted a jogger in Leavenworth’s Enchantment Park last week was euthanized Wednesday by state wildlife officials, and, The cherry harvest is now in full swing in Washington State.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

If you hate roundabouts, you’ll love this story. East Wenatchee Mayor, Steve Lacy says the City and the State have scrapped plans to build two roundabouts at the intersections of Ninth Street and Valley Mall Parkway and State Route 28 and Ninth Street. The plans were put on hold earlier this year after the estimated costs exceeded engineers initial estimates. Lacy says an updated DOT study shows signaled intersections make more sense from a cost benefit standpoint . . .

Lacy says the Ninth and Valley Mall Parkway signal project is estimated at 1.2 million dollars. He says Federal funds have already been secured. He says the signals at both intersections will be coordinated for smoother traffic flow. 

A bear that confronted a jogger in Leavenworth’s Enchantment Park last week was euthanized Wednesday by state wildlife officials.

Captain Mike Jewell of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police said the bear had a pattern of being aggressive toward humans and eating human-made food and likely would have returned to the area even if she had been relocated. On June sixth the jogger jumped into the river as the bear approached.

The bear was tranquilized in a tree near the park early Wednesday morning, then killed. Her two offspring, estimated at 16 to 18 months old were captured and relocated to an undisclosed area. Jewell said it was unfortunate they had to kill the mother but public safety was the first priority.

The cherry harvest is now in full swing in Washington State. Growers expect to pick 24.3 million boxes of fruit this season according to estimates from the Northwest Cherry Growers Association. Chelan County Commissioner, Doug England says the State-run migrant camp at Monitor is now in full operation. . .

Nortrhwest Cherry Growers report that over 9 million boxes are expected to be shipped in June with about 13.8 million in July and another 1.5 million in August. The Wenatchee World spoke with area fruit shipper, McDougall and Sons who reported they are receiving orders from Australia, China, Japan and Korea.

Coming up next, Steve Robinson, who has been executive director of Pybus Public Market since its inception seven years ago, is stepping down. The third annual Wenatchee Pride festival is this Saturday at a new location, Lincoln Park in Wenatchee, and, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife public access at Pearrygin Lake near Winthrop will be closed for a portion of next for maintenance work.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Steve Robinson, who has been executive director of Pybus Public Market since its inception seven years ago, is stepping down. Leslie LePore-Freytag, founder of the business consulting firm Freytag Group, will serve as transitional director of Pybus. Robinson was integral in the development and growth of Pybus from a former steel warehouse to a thriving marketplace. Robinson was praised by Pybus founder Mike Walker for his QUOTE, passion helping to bring our dream to reality, UNQUOTE. LePore, who has an extensive business background, will begin work July 1 and Robinson’s last day will be August 15th.

The third annual Wenatchee Pride festival is this Saturday at a new location, Lincoln Park in Wenatchee. On Wednesday morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Wenatchee Pride board member Eddie Chaidez told host Dan Kuntz the event has outgrown its previous venue, the Pybus Public Market. . .

Chaidez added the event is open to anyone who wants to feel and be accepted. . .

The festival is free and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife public access (boat launch and parking area) at Pearrygin Lake near Winthrop will be closed next Monday through Wednesday (June 17th-19th) for maintenance work.

Crews will be removing hazardous trees from around the parking area and restrooms. Signs will be posted to notify the public of the closure. If the work is completed early, the access will reopen early. Those wishing to use Pearrygin Lake for boating and other recreation activities can use facilities at the adjacent Pearrygin Lake State Park.

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In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE Magazine producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt takes us behind the scenes of Icicle Brewing Company’s new brewing facility just off the Chumstick highway to learn more about their growth and a breakthrough with CO2 recapture technology. . .

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 14-7 win over Port Angeles last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium…

Although it didn’t look good early, as the 4th pitch of the game was smacked over the left-field wall by the Lefties’ Charlie Nasuti…

The visitors would plate 2-runs in the first frame, but Wenatchee would have an answer in the bottom half of the inning on a 2-run double by Blake Klassen…

Port Angeles grabbed the lead back in the 2nd and hold the 3-2 lead until the flood gates opened for Wenatchee in the 5th.  The AppleSox would score 7-runs in the inning, highlighted by the bat of right fielder Tyler Detloff…

The Lefties scored 4 in the 6th but Wenatchee answered with one in the 7th and 4 in the 8th to win 14-to-7.  The victory was also the AppleSox 400th West Coast League in team history.

Detloff ended up 3-for-5 on the night with three runs and three RBI’s.  Owen Leonard worked two innings of relief to earn the victory, allowing 4-runs on 3-hits with 2-walks and 2-strikeouts.

Wenatchee could earn the series win in the finale tonight at 6:35 when they send James Kulak to the mound to face Port Angeles’ Kade Mechals.

Also on the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the West Coast League last night…

Derek Marshall, Jr. had a 2-run home run and Bellingham beat the Cowlitz Black Bears 10-to-1 at Joe Martin Field.  The Bells will go for the sweep tonight.

Mark Woinarowicz (ONE-er-AH-vitch) pitched 5-scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief to help Yakima Valley to a 4-2 over Victoria.  Tanner Parker also drove in 2-runs as the Pippins improved to 6-and-1.

Michael Hicks and Dominic Enbody each had three hits as Ridgefield continued its inaugural season dominance in an 8-1 win over Portland.  The Raptors improved to 6-and-2 with the victory.

Updating the standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

Yakima Valley has a game-and-a-half lead on Port Angeles and Bellingham.  Victoria is 3-games back in 4th while Wenatchee and Kelowna are 4-and-a-half games back.

For the third game in a row, Seattle’s bullpen couldn’t back up a good outing by a starter as the Mariners fell to Minnesota today 10-5…

Yusei Kikuchi went five strong innings allowing 1-run on 6-hits with 4-strikeouts.  His only run allowed was a solo home run to former Mariner Nelson Cruz, who went 3-for-4 on the day with 3-RBI’s.

Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and Kyle Seager contributed a double among his two hits.

Going back to last night, Seattle’s bullpen squandered a 6-1, 8th inning lead but then Minnesota’s defense gave it right back, committing 3-errors in the 10th as the Mariners topped the Twins 9-6 at Target Field…

Shed Long hit his first career home run, a 3-run shot in Seattle’s 5-run 8th inning.  Daniel Vogelbach also went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, his 17th of the season.

The Mariners used an opening pitcher again with Gerson Bautists lasting an inning-and-a-third with no runs.  Former AppleSox Tommy Milone then came on, going 6-innings, allowing 3-runs on 4-hits with 6-strikeouts.

Seattle now heads for Oakland to being a three-game, weekend series with the A’s tomorrow as Marco Gonzales will face Chris Bassitt at 6:37.

Also in the American League West last night…

Ramon Laureano’s grand slam home run in the top of the 8th was the difference as Oakland topped Tampa Bay 6-to-2.

Mooke Bettes earned a bases-loaded, walk-off, walk in the bottom of the 9th as Boston beat Texas 4-3.

Mike Moustakas’ 2-run home run highlighted a 3-run 14th as Milwaukee topped Houston 6-3 at Minute Maid Park.

The Seahawks wrapped up their 3-day mini-camp today at the V-Mac in Renton.  Coach Pete Carroll says one of the highlights of this camp and off-season is his kicker…

Carroll says all things point to a good vibe from the off-season workouts that this team has bought in to be better in 2019…

Seattle will get together again for training camp in late-July with the first pre-season game against Denver August 8th.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Sophia the Cat. . .

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.