NCWLIFE Evening News June 24, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News June 24, 2019

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, With windy, dry weather conditions, Douglas County Firefighters scrambled to put out a small brush fire in East Wenatchee this morning. A Grant County canine assists in making another arrest, and, Washington State’s new voter-approved gun regulations go into effect July 1st and we will tell you what to expect.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A home in Lakeview was destroyed and two dogs inside killed in a fire Sunday morning. The fire started about 8:00 a.m. in a carport at the home in the 1900 block of Franklin Street Northwest and quickly spread to the rental home.

No people were injured and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The road was closed off for a short time while Grant County Fire District 7 crews fought the fire.

A quick response and an assist from a construction crew, helped Douglas County firefighters contain a brush fire in East Wenatchee to about half an acre this morning. Captain Mike Soltwisch of Douglas County Fire District 2 said the fire on Majestic Drive across the highway from Hydro Park was ignited by construction activity. That construction crew used a bulldozer to help contain the blaze until crews arrived. The fire burned mostly sage brush and yard debris that had been dumped in the area Soltwisch said.

A domestic violence suspect near Quincy tried to hide from deputies in shoulder-high sage brush Sunday but couldn’t escape K-9 Edo. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said 60-year-old Christopher A. Dreher needed to be treated at Quincy Valley Medical Center after his encounter with the dog.

Edo searched for about 20 minutes near the 13000 block of Road 12-point-7 Northwest before finding Dreher.

Ready or not here it comes. Washington State’s new voter-approved gun regulations go into effect July 1st. Initiative 1639 adds background checks for buyers of semi-automatic weapons and includes new training and safe storage requirements and waiting periods for buying firearms. Wenatchee Police Department spokesperson, Captain Edgar Reinfeld says enforcement of the new law will be a problem until all the details are fleshed out. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair with more. . .

Another provision of the new law requires law enforcement to do annual checks of gun owners to make sure they can legally possess the weapon. . .

There are several law enforcement officials in the State that have signaled they won’t enforcethe law until the courts rule on its constitutionality. 

Coming up next,  A 34-year Forest Service veteran has been named as the new supervisor for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveiled his latest climate change plan in Florida this morning ahead of this week’s debate, and, It was a whole lot of good fortune that came together for a tiny quail near Ellensburg last week, we will tell you about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A 34-year Forest Service veteran has been named as the new supervisor for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Kristin Bail will take over September 1st, leaving her job as an acting director for a program in Washington, D.C. Ball is a graduate of Washington State University and worked at several national forests throughout the country, including in the Northwest. She said she is excited for the opportunity to return to the region and work with local communities.

Ball replaces Mike Williams as forest supervisor. Williams, who retired in May, had held the post since 2015.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveiled his latest climate change plan in Florida this morning as he prepares for what could be his only chance on the Democratic presidential debate stage. Inslee’s so-called Freedom from Fossil Fuels proposal would end all federal subsidies to oil, gas and coal companies and stop new fossil fuel leases on public lands, while imposing a climate pollution fee.

Inslee will participate in the first debate Wednesday in Miami with nine other candidates, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, as well as Representative Beto O’Rourke.

On Thursday, frontrunner Joe Biden will appear with nine more Democratic candidates, including Senator Bernie Sanders. Inslee, whose campaign has focused exclusively on climate change will need a surge in the polls if he hopes to qualify for the next debate. Thus far, he has struggled to show 1 percent support. The debates this week will be broadcast on NBC.

It was a whole lot of good fortune that came together for a tiny quail near Ellensburg last week.

First, a motorist found the chick in the middle of a road and decided to take it to the Ellensburg Police Department offices. Police there described it as a QUOTE “Itty bitty fluff of cuteness” UNQUOTE. As fate would have it, there just happened to be a fish and wildlife officer at the office on an unrelated matter, who estimated it to be about four or five days old.

Baby quail are less than an ounce when they’re born and are about the size of a bumblebee. Ellensburg Police said the little chick was taken to a nature preserve where it is hoped it will be adopted by another quail family.

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The Wenatchee Kennel Club is planning to open its brand new facility sometime in early July. Here with more on the story is NCWLife’s Kyle Montgomery. . .

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.

Megan Rapinoe scored both US goals on penalty kicks and the women’s national team advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup today with a 2-1 win over Spain…

Rapinoe’s first P-K goal came in the 7th minute.  Spain quickly countered to tie it in the 9th minute on a goal by Jennifer Hermoso.  It was the first goal scored against the US in the entire tournament.

The game entered the second half tied at 1 until the 76th minute on a controversial call that put Rapinoe up again for a penalty kick.  She cashed in and the U-S will be head to the quarterfinals Friday against France.

The Wenatchee AppleSox won their sixth in a row Sunday with a 14-6 win over the Highline Bears…

Ryan Altenberger was a triple shy of the cycle for the AppleSox as Wenatchee scored in double-figures for the third-straight game.  Altenberger and Cole McKenzie each had home runs for the ‘Sox in their 17-hit attack.

Joel Norman had the call on the Wenatchee AppleSox Radio Network with the video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook stream…

Jake Saum pitched an inning in relief for the win, walking one and striking out two as Wenatchee improved its non-league record to 3-and-oh.

Wenatchee will have a day off today as they travel to Victoria to take on the HarbourCats in the first of three games tomorrow.  Following the series in Victoria, the AppleSox stay west of the Cascades for three games at Cowlitz.  

Also in the West Coast League Sunday…

Troy Viola hit a three-run home run and Jack Machtolf was 3-for-5 with 4-RBI’s to lead Bellingham past Bend 12-to-4.

Chase Wehsener’s 2-run double highlighted a 3-run 9th inning as Victoria came from behind to beat Portland 7-5.  Jason Willow also went 3-for-5 with 2-RBI’s for the HarbourCats, as they prepare to host Wenatchee.

Briley Knight was 2-for-3 with 4-RBI’s; Jake Holcroft was 4-for-5 with 2-runs as Corvallis beat Yakima Valley 10-7.  Matthew Gretler was also 3-for-5 with a couple RBI’s as the Knights improved to 8-and-6.  The Pippins fell to 8-and-9.

Matthew Christian was 3-for-5 with a 2-run home run to lead Port Angeles to a 10-5 win at Walla Walla. 

Luke Price and Braden DeBenedictis each had 3-hits as Cowlitz topped Kelowna 8-6.  The Black Bears scored 2-insurance runs in the 8th to improve to 5-and-13 on the season.

Here’s the latest standings in the West Coast League North Division while the rest of the league played and the AppleSox played two, non-league games…

Bellingham remains in first at 12-and-6 with Victoria a game back at 11-and-7.  Yakima Valley sits in 3rd at 8-and-9 while the AppleSox are technically tied for third, 3-and-a-half games back at 7-and-8.  Port Angeles is 7-and-11 in 5th while Kelowna remains on the bottom of the North Division standings at 5-and-10.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks jumped out to a 38-12 halftime lead and cruised to a 52-20 win over Tri-Cities Saturday on the road…

Wenatchee Valley improved to 5-and-6 with the win with one game remaining, against the Fire.  Tri-Cities dropped to 0-10 as the two teams will wrap up the regular season Friday night at 7 in the Town Toyota Center. 

It was another busy night of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday night on a breezy, cool evening…

Tacoma’s Mike Charles took the checkered flag in the Johnson Electric Bump 2 Pass A-Main.  In the first Main event for the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models, Wenatchee’s Jan Evans finished first.  Quincy’s Glenn Knutson took the second main for the Pro Late Models.  The Plump Perfect Roadrunners Main event winner was East Wenatchee’s RT Greiner.  And East Wenatchee’s Seth Frazier took the checkered flag in the street stocks Main event.

The next race at WVSO will be July 6th with the Pro Late Models, Thunder Cars, Roadrunners and Pro 4 Trucks all scheduled to race.

J.P. Crawford went 4-for-4 with a home run and 4-RBI’s as Seattle stopped Baltimore 13-3…

Mac Williamson also hit a 2-run home run as the Mariners took three of four from the Orioles in the 4-game, weekend series.

Yusei Kikuchi lasted 6-innings to earn his first victory since May 19th, allowing 3-runs on 5-hits with 5 walks and 3-strikeouts.

Seattle has a travel day today and begin interleague play in Milwaukee tomorrow at 5:10.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

Houston snapped a 7-game losing streak with a grand slam home run by Tyler White, one of four Astro home runs to beat the Yankees 9-4.

Delino DeShields went 3-for-3 with 2-RBI’s to lead Texas past the Chicago White Sox 7-to-4.  Adrian Sampson was also stellar on the mound for the Rangers, allowing 1-run on 7-hits in 7-innings with 4-strikeouts to improve his record to 6-and-4.

Travis d’Arnaud was 2-for-5 with a 2-run home run and 3-RBI’s to lead Tampa Bay past Oakland 8-2.  The Rays scored 5-runs in the 4th inning to open up a lead it would never surrender.

After a wild 9th inning where the Angels scored 4-runs in the top of the inning, only to allow 4-runs in the bottom of the 9th, Los Angeles held on to beat St. Louis 6-4.  David Fletcher led the way, going 2-for-4 with 2-runs and 2-RBI’s.

Thanks Eric.

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.