NCWLIFE Evening News June 25, 2019

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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, A decision on whether to prosecute the owner of a dog found shot three times near Beehive Reservoir will likely be made by a prosecutor from outside the area, and, A bridge project on Blewett Pass near Swauk Creek campground means flagger-controlled delays of up to 20 minutes this week for motorists.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A final report has been issued in connection with an outside review of the East Wenatchee Police Department and the findings are eye-opening. NCWLIFE Senior Correspondent Steve Hair reports. . .

A decision on whether to prosecute the owner of a dog found shot three times near Beehive Reservoir will likely be made by a prosecutor from outside the area, according to Chelan County Prosecutor Doug Shae. The person who shot the dog is an unidentified employee of Chelan County.

The dog, a pit bull-terrier mix named Louie, survived his injuries and has undergone surgeries to remove bullets from his head and shoulder. Wenatchee police completed their investigation Friday and turned over their report to Shae’s office said Wenatchee Capt. Edgar Reinfeld.

Shae said he received that report Monday and is now looking for another prosecutor’s office to make a determination on charges. Louie was found June 5 off Mission Ridge Road. The owner came forward the next day, saying the dog had become vicious in recent months and attacked multiple family members.

A bridge project on Blewett Pass near Swauk Creek campground means flagger-controlled delays of up to 20 minutes this week for motorists. The Washington State Department of Transportation had hoped to have a bypass lane opened by today but that won’t happen until tomorrow, when speed limits will be reduced to 50 miles per hour as vehicles move into the bypass lane.

WASH-DOT is replacing an old culvert with a bridge as part of the four-point-five-million-dollar project. The state says the culvert, which was overrun by record runoff in 2011, has been a barrier to salmon and trout.   

Eastmont High School graduate Stephanie Grisham has been named as the new press secretary and communications director for President Trump.

Grisham, then Stephanie Allen, graduated from Eastmont in 1994. She has been involved in Republican politics for more than a decade, starting in Arizona.

She joined Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015 and was deputy press secretary for Sean Spicer before moving to the first lady’s office, where she has been communications director for Melania Trump the past two years. She replaces Sarah Sanders as the president’s press secretary and Bill Shine as communications director.

Coming up next, The city of Wenatchee will be updating its sign code and is holding an open house tonight to see what residents would like to see. In an effort to help Grant County residents prepare for wildfires and other natural disasters, Molina Healthcare of Washington is partnering with local organizations to host two wildfire preparedness events to kick off the summer, and, Facing a moderate to severe tussock moth outbreak this summer, Forest staff worked with a local aviation company to treat just over 5,000 acres in high-use recreation areas. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The city of Wenatchee will be updating its sign code and is holding an open house tonight to see what residents would like to see. Or not see.

The city says the new code will strive to be more user friendly, respectful of the historic downtown area and generally improve the appearance of neighborhoods.

The open house, on the second floor of city hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will include a survey on where new pole signs should be allowed and how new types of digital and video signs should be addressed.

In an effort to help Grant County residents prepare for wildfires and other natural disasters, Molina Healthcare of Washington is partnering with local organizations to host two wildfire preparedness events to kick off the summer.

The first event, in partnership with Moses Lake Community Health Center and the Moses Lake Public Library, takes place tomorrow at the library from 4:00 -7:00 p.m.

The second event, in partnership with Quincy Community Health Center, takes place at the health center on Thursday also from 4:00 to 7:00. The organizations will provide educational materials on fire safety, reusable bags, hand sanitizers, bandage dispensers and N95-certified facemasks for the whole family.

Facing a moderate to severe tussock moth outbreak this summer, Forest staff worked with a local aviation company to treat just over 5,000 acres in high-use recreation areas in the Methow Valley, Lake Wenatchee, and Blewett Pass areas with a natural bio control to minimize public safety issues and sustain public access.

All aerial treatments are complete for 2019 and Forest entomologists will continue to monitor these treated areas as well as non-treated, backcountry areas as the outbreak develops. Long-term, Forest managers will continue to utilize restoration tool such as thinning and prescribed fire to increase forest health and resilience to disease and insect outbreaks such as tussock moth. The last severe outbreak in Washington occurred from 1999 to 2002, with more than 45,000 acres defoliated.

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Chelan and Douglas Counties could take advantage of a new state law that enables local government to use sales tax dollars for homeless housing projects. Commissioners met in joint session Monday to discuss House Bill 1406 and how it could be used to address affordable housing issues in this area. Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay explains. . .

Overbay says the program can also help with low income rental assistance. . .

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.

While fishing for Chinook salmon won’t happen on the Columbia this summer, it seems anglers have found another source in Lake Chelan…

Watching social media, it appeared Lake Chelan has become a hot bed for finding King Salmon.  That’s not the case, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Travis Maitland.  But he does say the number of fish have improved…

Maitland says the fish we’re seeing today are the result of a robust brood stock program decades ago rather than anything more recent…

We’ll have more on the Chinook fishing in Chelan tomorrow with Travis Maitland here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Wenatchee AppleSox look to extend their 6-game winning streak with the first of three games in Victoria tonight…

Wenatchee is 7-and-8 in West Coast League play, 10-and-8 overall.  The HarbourCats are second in the North Division standings at 11-and-7, one game behind first-place Bellingham.

These two teams played the opening series of the WCL season in Wenatchee in early June, with Victoria taking two of three from the AppleSox.

While Wenatchee has won six-straight, Victoria dropped two of three games in Portland last weekend.  First pitch at Royal Athletic Park tonight is at 6:35.

There was only one other game in the West Coast League on Monday…

Chase Watkins and three relievers combined on a 1-hit shutout of Yakima Valley as Corvallis posted an 11-0 victory.  Watkins, a 6-4 205-pound left hander out of Cal Poly San Luis Opisbo, threw six innings, allowing no runs on one hit with 7-strikeouts.

The offensive damage was done by Knights leadoff man Jake Holcroft.  He went 4-for-5 with 3-runs and an RBI.

Taking a look at the latest standings heading into today…

Bellingham remains in first at 12-and-6.  Victoria is second, a game back at 11-and-7.  Wenatchee is 3-and-a-half games back at 7-and-8.  Yakima Valley slipped to 4th with last night’s loss to 8-and-10.  Port Angeles is 5th at 7-and-11 while Kelowna remains in last at 5-and-10.

In the South Standings…

Walla Walla has the best record in the West Coast League and leads the south at 12-and-3.  The expansion Ridgefield Raptors continue to impress at 10-and-5, 2-games back.  Corvallis is 3rd at 9-and-6.  Bend is 6-games back at 6-and-9.  Portland trails by 6-and-a-half games at 7-and-11.  And Cowlitz brings up the bottom of the South at 5-and-13.

Here’s what is on tap tonight across the West Coast League…

Besides Wenatchee at Victoria, we have Kelowna hosting Portland at 6:35.  Yakima Valley is in Port Angeles and Bellingham hosts a non-league game against Highline, both at 6:35.

The Mariners are half-way through the 2019 season and don’t have a lot to show for it.  General Manager Jerry Dipoto’s rebuild is in full-swing and, as a result, Seattle fans don’t have a lot to root for.  As other team’s fans are getting on line to vote for their all-star, the only Mariner all-star worthy of a vote now plays for the Yankees, Edwin Encarnacion.

In 82 games, the Mariners are a Major League worst with 83 errors.  That’s 20 more than Baltimore.  Seattle is 19th in all of baseball in hitting with a team .246 average.  And strangely, the Mariners are second in the Majors with 144 team home runs, three back of Minnesota.  It’s looking like Mariner fans will have to wait until 2021 or 2022 to have a real contender to root for.

Meanwhile, Seattle begins a three-game, interleague series with Milwaukee today at 5:10…

While the Mariners trail Houston by 15-and-a-half games in the American League West, the Brewers are just a game back of the Cubs in the National League Central.

Marco Gonzales will get the start for Seattle, who is 8-and-6 with a 4.38-ERA.  Zach Davies will take the hill for the Brew Crew with a 7-and-1 record and 3.06 ERA.  Again, first pitch at Miller Park is 5:10.

There was no other games played by American League West teams on Monday.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with a little fire engine karaoke. On Monday, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz hopped in an engine with Austin, an engine boss with the Washington State Department of Natural Rresources, to talk about why we need more full-time firefighters, and, to sing a few songs. . .

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 tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.