NCWLIFE Evening News June 21, 2019

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Good evening, happy first day of summer 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, In an effort to improve and support school safety and security, the Wenatchee School District, in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies, will be holding training exercises next week. And, the Wenatchee Police Department is once again offering their Citizens Academy program in an effort to create a stronger partnership between the department and citizens.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It’s likely going to take a lot more time to secure daily commercial air service from the Wenatchee Valley to the San Francisco Bay area. That was the news shared at this morning’s Partners in Economic Development program hosted by the Chelan County Port District. Port manager, Jim Kuntz says the Port has been in talks with several airlines over the last several months but there have been no commitments yet. Meanwhile, Kuntz reported that the money raised to help lure an air carrier to the Wenatchee Valley remains secure and existing air service to Seattle continues to improve. . .

Friday’s program at the Convention Center featured airline industry expert, Jack Penning, who has been working as a consultant with the Port in its airline recruitment efforts. Penning’s firm, Volaire Aviation Consulting, has worked for several regional airports across the country that have established similar campaigns. He cited as an example the Tri-Cities airport’s efforts to provide service to Los Angeles . . .

But Penning also reported that the airline industry in general is experiencing some challenges going forward. He says pilot shortages are becoming an issue that could lead to future cutbacks in services.

In an effort to improve and support school safety and security, the Wenatchee School District, in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies, will be holding training exercises next week. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery tells us more. . .

The Wenatchee Police Department is once again offering their Citizens Academy program in an effort to create a stronger partnership between the department and citizens.

The free program will run from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday starting August 28 through November 20 and is open to the public and those interested in learning more about law enforcement.

The Academy will be taught by police officers, department support personnel and other criminal justice professionals.

Information on a wide range of topics such as patrol procedures, domestic violence, career development, and much more will be taught throughout the 12-week program. Application forms can be found on www.wenatcheewa.gov and must be filled out by August 1st.

Coming up next, Construction is underway on a new skate park in Wenatchee. There were 105 wood stoves turned in for more than 26 thousand dollars earlier this month in Okanogan County as part of a state and local effort to reduce winter smoke in the mountain valleys, and, Authorities in Grant County are on the lookout for a little girl, wanted for her gratitude and kindness.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Construction is underway on a new skate park in Wenatchee. The project is designed by local skaters and Grindline and should be completed and ready to skate by the end of July.

It is located near the pedestrian bridge and Hale Dog Park. Funding for the $279,000 project is coming from State Recreation Conservation Office Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and Federal Land and Water Conservation fund grants.

The final phase of park construction including restrooms, play equipment, picnic shelter, additional landscaping and security cameras will get underway next spring.

There were 105 wood stoves turned in for more than 26 thousand dollars earlier this month in Okanogan County as part of a state and local effort to reduce winter smoke in the mountain valleys.

The state Department of Ecology says people in Okanogan County are exposed to more smoke than

anywhere else in the state because of summer wildfires and winter wood burning.

The Air Quality Program in Central Washington teamed with local efforts to sponsor the buy-back event June Fifth and Sixth. People received $250 for each old wood stove they turned in, funded by Ecology’s Wood Smoke Reduction Grant Program. The stoves were collected at the Twisp Transfer Station and the county’s central landfill.

Authorities in Grant County are on the lookout for a little girl, wanted for her gratitude and kindness.

Officers with Grant County, Adams and Moses Lake K9 units were having dinner in a restaurant when the little girl approached and handed them a letter, thanking them for their service. Now, they’d like to thank her for the unsolicited praise, posting on Twitter QUOTE, “Lilyana Paisano thank you so much. You are a pretty amazing little girl. Ice cream for you and your family on us.” 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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Today marks the first day of summer which also means the return of noxious weeds in area yards and landscaping. In tonight’s feature story, Bonnie Orr of Green Thumbs and Dirty Knees joined Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning with tips on how to control those pesky goat heads and knapweed. . .

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.

As BJ Kuntz departs after 23-years of working at Wenatchee High, she has very definitive thoughts on ways to improve the school after she’s gone…

Kuntz has accepted the job as Assistant Director for the WIAA, which she sees as a very big step.  Before she takes that leap, she wants go say thanks…

Kuntz hopes to be in position in Renton by the time the WIAA hosts coach’s clinics in late July.  She will work under Mick Hoffman, who is replacing the retired Mike Colbrese as the WIAA’s Executive Director.

The Wenatchee AppleSox…

The AppleSox scored seven times in the third inning to sweep the Port Angeles Lefties with a 12-2 win on Thursday night at Civic Field. The Sox won five of the six meetings with the Lefties this season.

Quinn Ayers hit a grand slam to plate the final four runs of that third inning and drove in five runs in the victory.

James Kulak struck out seven in four scoreless innings and Sam Wyatt punched out eight in the final five. Sox pitchers combined to strike out 38 batters over the three games in Port Angeles, their most in a three-game series this season.

For the first time in the series the AppleSox failed to score in the first inning, but they did strike twice an inning later. Hunter Montgomery walked and was doubled in by Dylan McPhillips. Two batters and a wild pitch later and McPhillips scored on a ground out by Ayers.

The Sox sent 10 men to the plate and hung a seven spot on the Lefties in the third inning. Kodie Kolden and Tyler Detloff led off with singles and then, two batters later, Cole McKenzie singled to left and an error by Lefties leftfielder Ron Rust scored Kolden. Detloff scored on a wild pitch shortly after. Montgomery drew his second of three walks on the night and McPhillips drew a free pass of his own before Kody Darcy singled in McKenzie. Ayers followed with a bases-clearing bomb over the center-field fence for his second home run of the season.

Two innings later, Darcy hit a solo homer to make it 10-0, Sox. Darcy’s second dinger of the season and in as many days was his sixth RBI in the last two days.

The Lefties plated their two runs via a two-run homer in the ninth.

The AppleSox, winners of six of their last eight, have Friday off before hosting the Highline Bears for two games on Saturday and Sunday.

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

And here’s the latest West Coast League North Division Standings…

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks hope to get back on the winning track Saturday night in the Tri-Cites…

After falling to Idaho last weekend, Wenatchee Valley is 4-and-6 as it travels to take on the oh-and-8 Fire tomorrow night at 7 at the Toyota Center.  After this weekend, the Skyhawks have just one game remaining against Tri-Cities next Friday at 7 o’clock.

It will be another loud night up on Fancher Heights with racing Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

The night features the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Twin 50’s for the Pro Late Models.  Racing will also include the Bump 2 Pass cars, Roadrunners and Street Stocks.  It’s also First Responder’s Night with all First Responders getting in for free.  The gates open at 4:30 with racing getting underway at 6.

Here’s what else we have coming up this weekend…

The Apple Valley Blues host the U-16 Apple Valley Baseball Tournament beginning today and running through Sunday at Recreation Park.

Eastmont Youth Baseball is hosting the Eastmont Classic Baseball Tournament today through Sunday at the Eastmont Community Fourplex.

The U-S beat Sweden in the final game of pool play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France Thursday…

Lyndsey Horan score the United States’ first goal in the 3rd minute.  That would hold until an own-goal in the second half by Jonna Andersson.  The U-S will face Spain in the round of 16 Monday morning at 9 o’clock.

The Seattle Mariners…

Domingo Santana hit his third home run in two days, and Wade LeBlanc gave the Mariners a big boost on the mound after another rough outing by an opener as the Mariners beat the Orioles last night 5-2.

Santana’s homers helped the Mariners win back-to-back games for the first time since May 13-14 against Oakland and continued the Orioles’ spiral. Baltimore has lost nine straight, and have just three wins in June.

Santana tied it at 2 with his 16th homer to right-center field off Orioles starter Dylan Bundy in the sixth inning. Kyle Seager and Mac Williamson followed with RBI singles. The home run came a day after Santana hit two homers to fuel a sweep-averting Seattle victory over Kansas City.

LeBlanc wiped out another difficult start by a Mariners opener with a steady outing over 6 1/3 innings in which he struck out seven. Seattle turned to reliever Tayler Scott to start with few other options in the bullpen. Scott walked three of the Orioles’ first five batters and was pulled after throwing 13 balls on 23 pitches.

LeBlanc gave up a two-run single to Rio Ruiz before recording the third out of the inning, but then sat down Orioles over the next six innings to keep the Mariners in the game.

The seven Mariners openers now have a combined ERA of 19.50. Scott and LeBlanc combined in this one to give up just two runs and four hits in seven innings. Austin Adams struck out the side in the eighth, and Roenis Elias pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Taking a look at the American League West Scoreboard from Thursday…\

Thanks Dan.

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

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 weekend.