NCWLIFE Evening News June 23rd, 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, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A 34-year-old California hiker who suffered a knee injury had to be rescued early Tuesday morning in the Enchantments./ A gravel spill on Highway 2 at Cashmere blocked both westbound lanes for about an hour Tuesday afternoon, and, Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee will receive a $1.37-million-dollar Airport Rescue Grant through the federal government.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

In what was initially reported as a structure fire at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center Wednesday morning turned out to paper smoldering inside a heat press in the basement of the building.

Fire District Public Information Officer Kay McKellar said the heat press is used for making posters and similar items. Documents burning inside the press filled a room with smoke just after 8 a.m. McKellar said firefighters removed the 50-pound heat press from the building on Mission Street and spent about 30 minutes ventilating the room before turning it back over to museum staff.

A 34-year-old California hiker who suffered a knee injury had to be rescued early Tuesday morning in the Enchantments.

Jeremy Freeman of Eureka was about a half mile below Colchuck Lake when he signaled for help Monday just after 7 p.m.

A Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue crew responded on foot and used a litter to carry Freeman about 3-and-a-half miles down to the trailhead, which they reached about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Freeman was transported to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth.

A gravel spill on Highway 2 at Cashmere blocked both westbound lanes for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said about 20 yards of gravel were spilled onto the highway just after 1 p.m.

Westbound traffic was directed onto the shoulder of the highway during the cleanup. Chelan County Public Works says the gravel spill at milepost 110 was not connected to the nearby Goodwin Bridge replacement project.

Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee will receive a $1.37-million-dollar Airport Rescue Grant through the federal government.

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell on Tuesday announced $217-million-dollars in grants being awarded to Washington airports as part of the government’s COVID-19 recovery funding. Throughout the country more than $7-billion dollars is being provided to airports that were especially hard-hit when the pandemic shut down or limited most air travel. The Cashmere/Dryden air facility will receive $22,000; Ephrata Municipal Airport $32,000; and Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake $32,000. SeaTac, the state’s busiest airport, will receive $175-million.

Coming up next, The State Department of Health says it will be concentrating its vaccination efforts more on areas of the state where vax rates remain low./ The Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) will offer a COVID-19 vaccine clinic coming up on Saturday, June 26th, and, Saying she has ties to ecoterrorism, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse called on President Biden to rescind the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Washington moves toward a full reopening at the end of the month, state Secretary of Health Umair Shah said this morning his department will be concentrating its efforts more on areas of the state where vaccination rates remain low rather than a percentage goal for the entire state. 

The state as a whole is at 68 percent of the population vaccinated but Chelan County is at about 55 percent and Douglas County still below 50 percent. . .

Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) will offer a COVID-19 vaccine clinic coming up on Saturday, June 26th.

The CDHD will administer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone 18 years of age and older at the Health District Office at 200 Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee. Pre-registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome. For more information visit www.cdhd.wa.gov. A similar clinic was held earlier today in Wenatchee at the Chamber of Commerce Job Fair.

Saying she has ties to ecoterrorism, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse called on President Biden to rescind the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

Since being nominated by Biden several news sources have reported on a profanity-laced letter Stone-Manning sent to federal officials in 1989 warning that spikes had been inserted into trees in an Idaho forest in an effort to stop a logging project. The spiking of trees involves inserting rods into trunks, making them extremely dangerous to cut.

Newhouse said her nomination sends a QUOTE distressing signal to rural communities UNQUOTE. Former BLM Director Bob Abbey, who served under President Obama, said Stone-Manning’s involvement with the tree-spiking incident should disqualify her from the post.

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Plenty of jobs are available in the Wenatchee Valley, as witnessed today at a job fair at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The job fair was sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Wenatchee Association and drew employers from a wide variety of fields. We talked with some of the participants about what they’re looking for. . .

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.

Shed Long, Jr. has back-to-back, game-winning home runs for Seattle after the Mariners beat the Rockies 2-1 last night at T-Mobile Park…

Shed’s long ball came in the 8th inning.  We’ll get to that in a minute.  First, Seattle broke through against Colorado starter Kyle Freeman in the 5th inning break a scoreless tie…

Meanwhile, Chris Flexen continued his impressive season on the mound for Seattle, lasting into the 7th before allowing a solo home run to CJ Cron…

The game was tied at 1-1 until Long’s one-out home run in the bottom of the 8th

Kendall Graveman came on in the 9th for his 6th save of the season to give Seattle it’s 5th-straight win.  Manager Scott Servais says the night started with Flexen and ended with Shed Long, Jr…

Seattle and Colorado will turn around and play a day game today at 1:10 with Justus Sheffield facing Germán Márquez.

Taking a look around the American League West.  Zack Greinke pitched 7-and-a-third innings of 1-run ball for Houston in its 3-1 win at Baltimore.  Myles Straw was 2-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s to lead the Astros.

Mark Canha, Ramon Laureano and Elvis Andrus each had 3 hits and combined to drive in 6 of Oakland’s runs in a 13-6 romp in Texas.

San Francisco starter Anthony DeSclafani fanned nine over 7-innings in the Giant’s 5-nothing win against the Angels in Anaheim. 

In West Coast League play, Wenatchee took advantage of 16-walks and three errors to beat Cowlitz 8-to-5…

The sixteen free passes by an opposing pitching staff has got to be a record.  The big inning for Wenatchee came in the third when they brought 9-men to the plate and scored two of its three runs in the frame on bases-loaded walks.

Andrew Grob (grobe) led the way for Wenatchee at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2-runs and an RBI.  John Newman, Jr. also collected two hits, a run and an RBI.  Jared Ingman worked an inning of relief on the mound to earn the victory while striking out three.

The two teams go at again tonight at Story Field in Longview at 6:35.  Trey Miller will make his first start of the season for the AppleSox.  The South Carolina Upstate sophomore has pitched two innings so far this summer, allowing no runs on 5-hits with a strikeout.

In other West Coast League play, Taylor Holder and Noah Williams each went deep in Yakima Valley’s 10-1 win at Ridgefield.  Owen Wild pitched 4-and-a-third scoreless innings in relief to get the victory, striking out 8 along the way.

Julian Kodama was 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Bend over Bellingham at Joe Martin Field 6-to-2.  R.J. Gordon pitched 7-innings of 2-run, 3-hit ball for the Elks, striking out 6 and walking 2.

Taison Corio broke at 4-4 tie in the top of the 9th with an RBI single and Tanner Smith added an insurance RBI as Corvallis topped Portland 6-to-4. 

In non-league play, Port Angeles won its 3rd-straight against non-league opponents with its 11-5 win over the Highline Bears. 

Justin Folz capped a comeback by Walla Walla at Borleske Stadium with a walk-off, RBI single in the bottom of the 9th as the Sweets topped Cascade Collegiate 5-4.

Coming up on the West Coast League Schedule tonight, there you see Wenatchee and Cowlitz at 6:35.  Also at 6:35 it’s Yakima Valley at Ridgefield; Bellingham hosting Bend; Cascade Collegiate at Walla Walla; Highline at Port Angeles.  And tonight at 7:05 it’s Corvallis at Portland.

We mentioned the other day that high schools in our region were able to fit three seasons into 15-weeks.  They were only able to do so because of the availability of officials.  Across the state and the nation, however, official shortages are becoming a real problem which could result in future game cancellations.

Cody Preugschat is an assignor with the Washington Officials Association.  He was at a job fair in Wenatchee today recruiting for the future.  He says they barely got through the COVID-shortened season…

Besides the potential money to be made, Preugschat says there are other benefits as well…

If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming an official, call 509-860-8713 or go online to w-o-a dash officials dot com.                   

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.