NCWLIFE Evening News June 20, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News June 20, 2019

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, Grant County Deputies are asking the public for help identifying two home burglary suspects, we have the video. Be warned, the Washington State Patrol will be cracking down on distracted driving again this weekend, and, we will show you video of Mission Ridge you don’t normally see this time of year.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 100-foot tree toppled in the wind Wednesday in Leavenworth and just missed doing major damage to a home. Chelan County Fire District 3 reported the uprooted ponderosa pine in the 300 block of Cascade Street struck the roof of the home’s porch, causing only minor damage.

The homeowner was inside when the tree fell. The tree was designated a Leavenworth Heritage Tree in 2012 and was estimated to be 200 to 300 years old.

Grant County Deputies are asking the public for help identifying two home burglary suspects. They entered a rural Cascade Valley home overnight and were scared off by the homeowner. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Notice the unstable walk of the unarmed suspect. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects your asked to call 509-762-1160 or email

Be warned, the Washington State Patrol will be cracking down on distracted driving again this weekend. The statewide effort will focus mostly on hand-held devices, which include phones, laptops, tablets and gaming devices. If you’re caught using one while driving, it will cost you $136 dollars for the first offense, with the fine rising to $234 if you’re ticketed again within five years. Trooper John Bryant, regional spokesman for the WSP, said any sort of distraction can have serious consequences. . .

This was the scene this morning at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort after a small dusting of snow was reported. The Wenatchee Valley also received some isolated sprinkles from the passing weather system last night.

Temperatures in some outlying areas dipped into the 40’s last night. Friday is the first day of summer and temperatures are expected to climb back into the low 80’s for the remainder of the week and into the weekend.

Coming up next, Chelan County Port District officials will provide updates on plans to form a regional port authority and the ongoing efforts to establish commercial air service from Pangborn Airport to the San Francisco Bay area at a Friday breakfast. Beginning Monday, July 1st, residents and visitors in Chelan and Leavenworth will have a new travel options on Link Transit, and, For the 14th year, the Deputy Saul Gallegos Run in Manson this weekend will pay tribute to the Chelan County Sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Port District officials in Chelan County are working to build a new air service traveling from Wenatchee to San Francisco. Here with more on the story is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery.

Beginning Monday, July 1st, residents and visitors in Chelan and Leavenworth will have a new travel options on Link Transit.

When traveling between Lakeside Park and downtown Chelan a shuttle will begin operating Monday through Saturday from 8:40 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Trips will operate every 30 minutes. The service will be fare free, and will operate into September depending on ridership. The primary focus of this shuttle is to help alleviate parking problems at Lakeside Park, and Don Morse Park. Overflow parking will be available at Chelan High School. Residents and visitors in Leavenworth will also have a new option when travelling through town. With the opening of the new Wilkommen Park and Ride on the east end of town, Link will begin operating a shuttle (Route D) from there to Icicle Road, traveling on SR 2 in both directions, with a short jaunt down Front Street on the way back to the Park and Ride, which is located behind Safeway. This shuttle will operate year-round from 2:15-9:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:45-7:35 p.m. on Saturday, and will be fare-free.

For the 14th year, the Deputy Saul Gallegos Run in Manson will pay tribute to the Chelan County Sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty.

The event, which features a 3 and 5 K fun walk and a 5 and 10 K run begins at Singleton Park in Manson at 8:30 Saturday morning.

35-year-old Saul Gallegos was shot and killed during a traffic stop July 26, 2003 in Manson. He left behind a wife and four young boys.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

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

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.

BJ Kuntz is leaving the Wenatchee Valley to take on the position of Assistant Director of the WIAA.  She says one of her goals is to work on communication between the Association and its member schools…

Kuntz says she supports the WIAA’s recent decision to allow school districts to opt up or down classifications in various sports…

Tomorrow we’ll have our final word from Kuntz on her departure from Wenatchee High School to the WIAA.

Kody Darcy’s 2-run home run highlighted a 6-run first inning, all with two outs, as Wenatchee beat Port Angeles 9-to-5 at Civic Field last night…

Darcy collected another RBI in the 5th on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to put the AppleSox up at that point 7-to-4.  The junior-to-be at Xavier capped his night with an RBI double in a 2-run 7th as Wenatchee won its third-straight game.

Ryan Altenberger also had a big night at the plate, singling in all five plate appearances and scoring two runs to help the AppleSox improve to 6-and-8 on the season.

Jake Saum pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory on the mound, striking out four.  The AppleSox pitching staff, including starter Henrick Reinertsen and relievers Alec Gomez and Cameron Sommer, struck out 16 Lefties on the night.

Wenatchee goes for the sweep tonight at 6:35 with James Kulak on the mound against Port Angeles’ Jonathan Fortner.

Also in the West Coast League last night…

Frankie Niemann was 3-for-5 with 4-RBI’s and one of Victoria’s 5-home runs on the night as the HarbourCats beat Bend 17-to-5.

Adres Sosa’s bases-loaded, RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th helped Cowlitz walk-off against Ridgefield 10-9.  It capped a 7-run rally over the final three innings to help the Black Bears win.

Jordan Vujovich’s 2-run triple highlighted a 4-run first inning for Bellingham as the Bells topped Corvallis 5-1.  The Knights were held to one run on 9-hits with 14 strikeouts by 4 Bellingham pitchers.

Colton Cassinelli’s 3-run single in a 6-run first inning led Portland to an 8-7 win over Walla Walla.  Andrew Shanks also chipped in a couple hits for the Pickles, including a solo home run.

Tanner Parker’s 3-run double highlighted a 5-run 6th inning for Yakima Valley in the Pippin’s 9-4 win over Kelowna.  Parker also delivered a 2-run home run in the 8th to end with 5-RBI’s on the night.

Here’s the latest standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

The Bells and HarbourCats remain tied for first at 9-and-5.  Yakima Valley is in 3rd at 8-and-6.  Wenatchee’s now tied with Port Angeles in 4th at 6-and-8 while Kelowna brings up the bottom at 3-and-9.

Domingo Santana hit two home runs and collected five RBI’s as the Mariners beat Kansas City 8-to-2 Wednesday…

Santana hit a 3-run home run followed by Daniel Vogelbach’s solo shot in a 4-run 1st inning for the Mariners. 

The offense helped Marco Gonzales earn his 8th win of the season as the former AppleSox went 6-and-two-thirds, allowing 2-runs on 6-hits with 5-strikeouts.

Seattle welcomes Baltimore into town tonight for the first of a four-game series.  Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles while the Mariners will use an opener before handing the ball off to Wade LeBlanc.  First pitch is at 7:10.

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Jesse Winker’s RBI-single capped a 2-run bottom of the 9th for Cincinnati in their walk-off, 3-2 win over Houston.  The Reds became the first team to sweep a series from the Astros this season.

Oakland banged out a four-run 7th inning and beat Baltimore 8-to-3 Wednesday.  Catcher Josh Phegley led the Athletics with a 3-run home run in the 5th.

Mike Trout hit two home runs including a grand slam, collecting 7-RBI’s in Los Angeles’ 11-6 win at Toronto.  Angels’ centerfielder now has 22 round-trippers on the season.

Jason Kipnis was 2-for-2 with 2-home runs and 4-RBI’s to lead Cleveland past Texas 10-to-4.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, lets find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .

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.