NCWLIFE Evening News June 14, 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 Forest Service earlier today elevated the fire danger in much of North Central Washington from moderate to high. The group, Friends of Leavenworth, voted Thursday to file a lawsuit to stop the development of the Leavenworth Adventure Park, and, If you’ve driven in north Wenatchee recently, you’ve likely seen all that road construction work going on at the intersection of Spokane and Mission streets, we will tell you what’s going on there.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two people have been arrested for setting a series of fires in the Soap Lake area. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said more arrests are expected. Both 21-year-old Alexeandra Gray of Ephrata and a 17-year-old man face multiple charges of second-degree arson and second degree burglary.

The Sheriff’s Office said the first fire was April 10th and the most recent May 28th. At least five unoccupied buildings were burned but that number could be as high as seven. They included old homes and farm structures in rural areas. The sheriff’s office is calling the arsons QUOTE, crimes of opportunity, UNQUOTE. Investigators are still searching for suspects in a number of unsolved hay and straw stack fires in the Soap Lake area.

The Forest Service earlier today elevated the fire danger in much of North Central Washington from moderate to high. That includes the Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Methow Valley areas. High danger indicates fires can start easily from most causes.

Campfires are still allowed in most campgrounds in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest but great caution is urged this weekend with dry and possible breezy weather conditions.

The group, Friends of Leavenworth, voted Thursday to file a lawsuit to stop the development of the Leavenworth Adventure Park. The suit will seek to overturn a hearing examiner’s decision last month that cleared the way for the park. The group estimates it will spend 15 to 25 thousand on the legal fight. Earlier this week, hearing examiner Andy Kottkamp rejected both an appeal of his decision by opponents and an effort by the developer to extend the adventure park’s hours from the approved 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The city of Leavenworth says it has spent more than $58,000 defending its findings on the environmental impact of the park. Opponents say the proposed park at the corner of Highway 2 and Icicle Road would create traffic, parking and noise problems.

If you’ve driven in north Wenatchee recently, you’ve likely seen all that road construction work going on at the intersection of Spokane and Mission streets. Wenatchee Public Works Director Rob Jammerman explains what they’re doing and why. . .

Coming up next, A former manager at the Microsoft data center in Quincy has been hired as the new executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. This weekend the town of Entiat celebrates its 75th Anniversary, we will tell you what’s going on to mark the occasion, and, Vintage and modern aircraft filled the skies above Moses Lake today as the first-ever 2019 Moses Lake Airshow got under way. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A former manager at the Microsoft data center in Quincy has been hired as the new executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee.

Robert Cox, a Wenatchee resident, also has a strong background in the arts, having served for a decade as artistic director for the award-winning 12 Miles West Theatre Company in New York. Cox replaces Matt Cadman, who retired in March.

This weekend the town of Entiat celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Entiat Mayor John Alt told NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz on a recent episode of Wake Up Wenatchee Valley the Entiat Chamber of Commerce spearheaded the celebration which all kicks off Saturday morning. . .

Vintage and modern aircraft filled the skies above Moses Lake today as the first-ever 2019 Moses Lake Airshow got under way.

The show features several aerial acts including the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. On the ground at the Grant County International Airport, there will be numerous planes and other vehicles to see. Tickets are still available for Saturday, the final day of the show. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Sophia the Cat. . .

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.

For the first time this season, the AppleSox won a series.  Wenatchee topped Port Angeles 8-to-3 Thursday to take two out of three in the series…

The ‘Sox scored first for the first time in the series on Blake Klassen’s RBI-double in the bottom of the first.  After the Lefties tied it in the top of the third, Wenatchee struck back in the bottom of the inning on Cole McKenzie’s RBI single and an RBI single by Dylan McPhillips.

Port Angeles managed to pull to within one in the 4th.  But the AppleSox came right back again to take a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a run-scoring single by Trent Sellers.

McKenzie led off the 7th with a home run, his 1st as an AppleSox.  Wenatchee would plate three more in the 8th before allowing a run in the 9th for the final score of 8-3.

“Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman provides the perspective from the ballpark…

Gavin Gorrell gets the start for Wenatchee tonight while Walla Walla will go with Travis Craven.  The Sweets are the only undefeated team remaining in the WCL at 6-and-oh.  They played two non-league games this week, beating Highline 8-4 Tuesday and 9-2 on Wednesday.

Just a reminder that we’ll have the second game of the series tomorrow LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It’s the first of four broadcasts we’re presenting with Eric Granstrom on the play-by-play.  Our pre-game starts at 6:15 tomorrow with the first pitch at 6:35.

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

A bases-loaded, run scoring double-play and a wild pitch in a 2-run 6th inning was the difference as Cowlitz salvaged the final game of the three-game set with Bellingham, winning 6-5.  David Schlomovits worked four innings of relief for the victory on the mound as the Black Bears improved to 3-and-6.

A four-run 8th inning highlighted by a two-run single by Parker Bramlett helped Victoria earn a 5-3 win over Yakima Valley.  Pippin pitching allowed 8-walks in the game as Yakima Valley fell for only the second time this season.

Kyle Manzardo’s leadoff home run sparked a 3-run 8th inning for Portland as the Pickles knocked off Ridgefield 6-5.  Michael Hicks did all he could do for the Raptors at the plate, including a 3-run home run in the 3rd and 4-RBI’s on the day.

And in a non-league game, Justin Parsons went 3-for-4 with 2-runs and an RBI as Bend beat the Haysville Hammers 9-1.

Here’s the current standings in the West Coast league’s North Division as we head into the second weekend of play…

Yakima Valley’s lead in the North Division remains at a game-and-a-half over Port Angeles and Bellingham.  Victoria is 2-games back.  The AppleSox are 3-and-a-half games out of first place while Kelowna is 4-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 Thursday 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.

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

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a 3-run home run, one of five Boston home runs, as the Red Sox downed Texas 7-6.

Shohei Ohtani became the first-ever, Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle in the Angel’s 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.  Ohtani homered in his first at-bat.  Then, the power went out in the ballpark for 36-minutes.  When it came on, he hit the triple.  Then came the double and finally the single.

The Seahawks wrapped up their 3-day mini-camp Thursday at the V-Mac in Renton.  Coach Pete 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.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks hope the fourth time is the charm against Idaho this weekend…

So far this season in three American West Football Conference games against the Horsemen, Wenatchee Valley is on-and-three.  The Skyhawks came up short, 33-22 in its opener in Nampa in March.  They fell 49-29 May 18th in the Town Toyota Center.  And the last time they played, it was a 47-45 decision, in favor over Idaho.

Wenatchee Valley will try one final time tomorrow at 5 o’clock in Idaho.  The Horsemen are 9-and-oh while the Skyhawks are on a two-game winning streak at 4-and-5.

Coming up this weekend on the Sports Calendar…

The Apple Valley Blues are hosting their annual U-17 Apple Valley Baseball Tournament at Rec. Park today through Sunday.

The Wenatchee Senor Softball Association is hosting a Father’s Day Tournament this weekend at Walla Walla Point Park.

And the Columbia Basin Xtreme is hosting the Crush and Crunch girls fast-pitch tournament at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park Saturday and Sunday.

Thanks Eric.

Time now to find out what’s happening around the Wenatchee Valley for you to enjoy this weekend.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great Father’s Day weekend.