NCWLIFE Evening News June 5, 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, An 18–year-old woman suffered minor injuries last Saturday when her vehicle rolled and caught fire near Beverly…we have the dramatic video. Lighter winds and a beefed up firefighting force aided efforts overnight to slow the growth of what is now being called the Highway 243 Fire, and, The state is offering $2 million dollars in grant funds to help public agencies deal with drought conditions here in Washington.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Cashmere city councilman and licensed chiropractor was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stalking his estranged wife.

According to the Wenatchee World, 48-year old Derek W. Pratt was found outside an East Wenatchee home looking through windows. Pratt filed for divorce from his wife in March. The homeowner called police and when they arrived Pratt said he was trying to confirm his wife was inside the residence. Pratt was also carrying a 9mm pistol when contacted by police. After Pratt left the scene, the homeowner found a tracking device attached to his estranged wife’s car and later that night sent his wife and the homeowner vulgar text messages, and then texted threatening messages to the homeowner. Pratt was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stalking and then released from Chelan County Regional Justice Center after posting $100,000 dollar bond. He was also ordered to surrender all firearms in his possession. The Douglas County Prosecutor’s Office formally charged Pratt with felony stalking Tuesday afternoon. Pratt’s term on the city council expires at the end of the year and he filed for reelection in May and will run unopposed.

An 18–year-old woman suffered minor injuries last Saturday when her vehicle rolled and caught fire near Beverly. The Washington State Patrol says they aren’t sure what led to the crash but the driver, Leonela Gallegos, did not have a driver’s license. The crash happened on Highway 243 about 5:30 Saturday morning. The car fire was not related to this week’s Highway 243 fire.

Speaking of that fire near Beverly,lighter winds and a beefed up firefighting force aided efforts overnight to slow the growth of what is now being called the Highway 243 Fire.

The fire now has burned about 15,000 acres of grass and brush land in Grant County. The small town of Smyrna remains at Level 3 evacuation, meaning residents were told to get out. An evacuation shelter has been set up at Royal City Intermediate School and large animals are being housed at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake. Currently, there are 380 personnel working the fire and four aircraft.

The fire started Monday night near Wanapum Dam and spread quickly, thanks to strong winds Tuesday. In a briefing this morning, incident commander Tony Gilmer said fighting the fire is challenging because of the natural and commercial resources at risk.

That includes land important to migrating Monarch butterflies. Crews are doing their best to minimize further damage as they fight the fire, he said. Two firefighters have suffered minor injuries, he added.

The state is offering $2 million dollars in grant funds to help public agencies deal with drought conditions in Washington.

The Department of Ecology began accepting applications for up to $350,000 dollars to be used for projects such as emergency standby wells or to help hatcheries maintain cool, clean water for fish. Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency in April that included the Methow and Okanogan basins. In May he added 24 basins to the declaration, including Wenatchee, Entiat and Chelan.

Coming up next, For the first time in at least a quarter century, the Wenatchee area will not lead the Northwest in pear production. Repairs on a damaged roadside are continuing, but Highway 20 east of Loup Loup Pass has reopened, and, we followed a group of Eastmont seniors as they returned to their roots to say, thank you.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

For the first time in at least a quarter century, the Wenatchee area will not lead the Northwest in pear production.

A report in the ag publication Capital Press says this year the Mid Columbia district, which included orchards on the Oregon and Washington side of the Columbia River, will take over as the number one pear producer. Estimates show the Mid Columbia producing 7.5 million boxes of pears to the Wenatchee district’s 7 million. That would put Wenatchee down almost 1.4 million boxes from last year. Local pear growers say the decline is a combination of extreme heat in recent summers and a late frost this year.

Repairs on a damaged roadside are continuing, but Highway 20 east of Loup Loup Pass has reopened. Closed since May 28th, the highway is limited to one signal-controlled lane but the lengthy detours travelers had been using are no longer necessary.

A washout caused extensive damage to the roadside and a contractor spent the past several days excavating a soft fill material beneath the roadway.

For the third straight year, Eastmont High School’s graduating seniors, in full caps and gowns, took a stroll down memory lane, visiting the elementary, middle and junior high schools that helped get them to where they are. We caught up with a group of graduates re-visiting Eastmont Junior High earlier today. . .

The purpose of the annual event is threefold, said high school Assistant Principal Stacia Hardy. First, it is a celebration of the seniors. Second, it honors the teachers who educated and inspired them, and third, it helps motivate the kids in younger grades to aspire to someday graduate, as well. NCWLIFE will broadcast Eastmont’s graduation live Friday at 6:00 p.m., followed by Wenatchee High School’s graduation ceremonies at 8:00.

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…

In tonight’s feature story, Edwin T. Pratt was a civil rights leader in Seattle who was gunned down on his front porch in 1969. Former Washington secretary of state Ralph Munro takes on a tour of the park named in his honor, its one of his favorite places.. .

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox shook off a few defensive gaffs and came back twice to beat the Victoria HarbourCats 7-4 last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium…

Trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, Wenatchee’s Tyler Detloff tied it on an RBI-double and Brett Gillis gave the AppleSox the lead on a run-scoring single.

After Victoria grabbed the lead back in the top of the 7th with two runs, the AppleSox game right back in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run single by Ryan Altenberger…

Wenatchee added two more runs for safe measure in the bottom of the 8th.  Coach Kyle Krustangel said he’s happy to see the offense clicking early on in the season…

Pomona-Pitzer sophomore Ryan Long worked 6-innings on the mound, allowing 1-earned run on 2-hits with 6-strikeouts.  He said it felt good…

A focus on assembling this year’s team for Coach Kyle was getting veteran leadership.  He says that even just two games in, he can see that taking shape…

Wenatchee and Victoria play the second of the two-game series tonight at 6:35. 

Here’s the Les Schwab West Coast League Scoreboard from last night…

Daniel Cipriano’s RBI-double broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the 8th and Yakima Valley spoiled the opener for the expansion Ridgefield Raptors, winning 4-3.

Bend came from behind, scoring a run in the 6th and another in the 8th to edge Cowlitz at Vince Genna Stadium 2-1.

Kelowna score twice in the top of the 10th to beat Bellingham at Joe Martin Field 4-2.  Tyler Grissom started the season off hot, going 3-for-4 with a run.

Brad McVay and two relievers held Port Angeles scoreless on a three-hitter as Portland shut out the Lefties 3-0.

Brandon Wagstaff went 2-for-3 with 2-RBI’s to lead Walla Walla to an 8-2 win over Corvallis at Borleske Stadium.  Justin Folz also hit a solo home run for the Sweets in their season-opener.

It’s only one-game into the West Coast League season, but here’s a look at the North Division standings…

It’s just good to see the AppleSox on top.  Wenatchee’s tied for first with Kelowna and Yakima Valley.  Victoria, Bellingham and Portland are each winless, but there’s a long summer ahead.

The Mariner losing streak has hit 4-games after Seattle lost to Houston 11-4 last night at T-Mobile Park…

Daniel Vogelbach gave the Mariners the lead in the 6th on a pinch-hit, 3-run double.  But Brandon Brennan gave the lead right back in the 7th, allowing 3-runs on 2-hits with 2-walks.

Andrew Moore started the game for Seattle, going 4-and-two-thirds and allowing 4-runs on 6-hits.  Manager Scott Servais was happy with his starter…

The Mariners and Astros go at it again tonight at 7:10 as Brad Peacock faces Mike Leake.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Texas almost came all the way back, scoring 6-runs in the bottom of the 9th, but fell to Baltimore 12-11.

Ramon Laureano’s 2-run home run in the 6th was the difference as Oakland topped the Angels 4-2.

Houston’s lead in the West is now 10-games over Texas; 11 in front of Oakland; and 12-and-a-half in front of Los Angeles.  The Mariner’s slide continues as Seattle is now 25-and-39, 14-games under .500 and 18-games out of first place.

By the way…Seattle traded away Jay Bruce on Monday to Philadelphia.  Last night against the Padres, Bruce hit two home runs, including a grand slam in Philadelphia’s 9-6 road win.  L

Thanks Eric. . .and speaking of Eric, last night was a very special night for our NCWLIFE Sports Director and friend. To commemorate the 20th year of Applesox baseball, Eric, the very first voice of Applesox baseball on the radio for the first 7 years, was asked to throw out the first pitch. . .take a look.

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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.