NCWLIFE Evening News June 16th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here are a few of the stories were following for tonight, A tire came off a vehicle and hit a Link Transit bus in the windshield Monday morning on Highway 150 outside Chelan./ Wenatchee police say a suspected car prowler apparently lacked situational awareness Tuesday when he stole a $200 skateboard from a vehicle as an officer looked on, and, Despite increasing pressure as more states like California fully reopen, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday this state will stick to his previously announced reopening date of June 30th.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Douglas County Commissioner Kyle Steinburg entered a plea of not guilty to drunken driving charges Tuesday in East Wenatchee Municipal Court.

Steinburg was arrested early Tuesday morning after police were alerted to an allegedly impaired driver in the McDonald’s drive-thru in East Wenatchee. East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson said Steinburg submitted to two breath tests, both of which registered almost double the legal limit for driving.

A notice of appearance was filed Tuesday by East Wenatchee attorney John Brangwin and, in addition to the no-guilty plea, asks for a speedy jury trial and asks law enforcement to turn over all evidence against Steinburg.

A tire came off a vehicle and hit a Link Transit bus in the windshield Monday morning on Highway 150 outside Chelan. Link said the bus driver was treated at the scene for minor hand injuries.

None of four passengers were injured. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place about 9 a.m. after a tire came off a Ford Explorer, hit a Dodge pickup, then the bus. Chelan Fire and Rescue credited the calm reaction of the bus driver in pulling the bus safely to the side of the road and safety glass in the bus’s windshield with preventing a more serious incident.

Wenatchee police say a suspected car prowler apparently lacked situational awareness Tuesday when he stole a $200 skateboard from a vehicle as an officer looked on.

The Police say the suspect then made it to his home where he refused to come out. Police obtained a search warrant and arrested 23-year-old Skyler Duane Oakes of Wenatchee on three driving-related warrants and new charges of vehicle prowl and theft.

Despite increasing pressure as more states like California fully reopen, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday this state will stick to his previously announced reopening date of June 30th.

When Inslee set the date to lift most of the COVID-19 restrictions he also said it could come earlier if 70 percent of Washingtonians were fully vaccinated. As of Tuesday, the state’s fully vaccinated number was at 67.2 percent of people ages 16 and older. The federal government reports its vaccination percentages based on ages 18 and older.

If Washington did the same, the state would be at 71.7 percent fully vaccinated and eligible to fully open. But Inslee said nothing will be changed. He said QUOTE, we are on the two-yard-line. We are not going to change the game plan now, UNQUOTE.

Coming up next, the recent thunderstorms in North Central Washington damaged some roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest so badly they had to be closed./ Entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have confirmed the first report of an Asian giant hornet for 2021, and, The state says the Interstate 90 wildlife crossing on Snoqualmie Pass was unusually busy in May, with more than 900 animals crossing the interstate, well show you video. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The recent thunderstorms in North Central Washington damaged some roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest so badly they had to be closed.

The Forest Service said storm runoff and a plugged culvert caused a steep roadway to collapse and led to the gating off of Liberty Beehive Road in the Cle Elum Ranger District. There is no estimate on when the road will be reopened.

In the same district, the road on Table Mountain near Lion Rock sustained heavy damage from vehicles trying to get around a wide muddy area. The Forest Service said the ruts got deeper and caused wider damage as more drivers attempted to get through.

In the Methow Valley Ranger District, storm flows eroded the fill around a culvert on the Falls Creek Road, leading to its closure. The Forest Service said it could take weeks to stabilize the road.

Entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have confirmed the first report of an Asian giant hornet for 2021.

This is the first confirmed report from Snohomish County and appears to be unrelated to the 2019/2020 Asian giant hornet introductions in Canada and Whatcom County. When state officials collected the specimen, they determined it was a male and according to the Deputy Administrator for the USDA, the find was perplexing because he says it’s too early for a male to emerge. Officials will now be setting hornet traps in both Snohomish and King counties.

The state says the Interstate 90 wildlife crossing on Snoqualmie Pass was unusually busy in May, with more than 900 animals crossing the interstate. That compares with 782 May crossings a year ago. The Forest Service said in recent days the crossing has been especially crowded with deer fawn and elk calves. The Forest Service said the young animals have been witnessed QUOTE, running around like goofballs, UNQUOTE.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center has put together a series of videos highlighting the history of the Wenatchee Valley called Curator’s Corner. In tonight’s feature story, the 2021 Apple Blossom Royalty show us various memorabilia from past festivals and crowns worn by past royalty. . .

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.

Despite the pandemic messing with the schedule and high school basketball still being played AFTER graduation, Wenatchee and Eastmont saved the best for last last night as the Panthers edged the Wildcats in overtime…

57-56 was the final score as Wenatchee senior Garrett long went off for 37-points and a career-high 12-rebounds.  Free throws down the stretch would prove to be the difference in the ballgame.

Grant Olson had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eamon (ay-mon) Monahan led Eastmont with 22-points on the night but it was Wenatchee getting the win in overtime 57-56.

In other boys basketball action last night, Chelan dispatched Cascade 80-to-62.  Okanogan stopped Brewster 66-44.  Liberty Bell topped Tonasket 53-30.  Waterville-Mansfield got its first victory of the season, downing Cascade Christian 49-41.  And Pateros ended its season with a 72-40 win over Entiat.

There are two games coming up tonight at 7:30 as Quincy hosts Ephrata in a battle of the basin and Manson visits Bridgeport.

Eastmont celebrated its five seniors last night in girls basketball with a win over Wenatchee…

The Wildcats defended its home court with a 57-36 win over Wenatchee to complete the season-sweep of its cross-river rivals.

Also last night, it was Chelan clobbering Cascade 53-19.  Okanogan beat Brewster 66-26.  Liberty Bell edged Tonasket 48-45.  Waterville-Mansfield downed Cascade Christian 37-19.  And Pateros popped Entiat 56-25.

Coming up tonight at 6 o’clock, Ephrata travels to Quincy while Bridgeport hosts Manson.

The Mariners got offense early and often and Chris Flexin was dominant on the mound in Seattle’s 10-nothing win over the Twins at T-Mobile Park last night…

Flexin struck out a career-high 8-batters while going 8-innings, the longest by a Mariner pitcher this season…

Meanwhile, the offense going early with J.P. Crawford hitting the first pitch of the game out of the ballpark…

It was the first time Seattle has put double-digits on the scoreboard this season. 

Seattle and Minnesota wrap up the three-game series tonight at 7:10 with Justus Sheffield facing Bailey Ober.

Also in the American League West last night, Carlos Correa hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th to tie it and Jose Altuve gave the Astros a walk-off win with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 10th as Houston beat Texas 6-3.

Elvis Andrus’ 2-run double highlighted a 3-run 6th inning for the A’s as Oakland topped the Angels 6-to-4.

Here’s a rundown of the slate of games in the West Coast League last night…

Travis Bazzana was 3-for-5 and drove in 4-runs for Corvallis in the Knight’s 9-2 win at Walla Walla.

Dominic Enbody’s 2-run single in the top of the 9th completed Ridgefield’s come-from-behind victory over Bend 9-to-8.  The Raptors scored 6-runs over the final two frames to erase an 8-3 deficit to earn the win.

Eric Chavarria and three relievers combined in a 6-hit shutout as Bellingham blanked Port Angeles 4-nothing.  Daniel Gernon did the damage offensively for the Bells with a 2-run home run in the 3rd.

Kyle Sandstrom and two other pitchers combined to hold Highline to 1-run on 3-hits with 10-strikeouts in Cowlitz 3-1 win in the battle of the Bears.

Yakima Valley brought 12-men to the plate in a 6-run 8th inning to blow out the Northwest Star Academy 12-to-3.

The Pickles and Gherkins were rained out in Portland, so they had a home run derby instead.  Search the Pickles on Facebook if you want to see the highlights.

We are preparing for our first AppleSox broadcast coming up Friday here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Wenatchee will take on the Bend Elks at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  We’ll start our abbreviated pregame with Eric Granstrom at 6:30 with the first pitch at 6:35.

Thanks Eric

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, 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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.