NCWLIFE Evening News June 7, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News June 7, 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, Incidents involving tipped-over semis blocked traffic in two separate locations both yesterday and this morning. Officials have not yet determined the identity and cause of death of a body found Monday in a car trunk south of Tonasket, and, The 243 Command Fire in Grant County has now burned 20,380 acres, is 65% contained and should be completely contained by this evening.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Mattawa police and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect in a May 29th drive-by shooting in Desert Aire.

22-year-old Martinez Carranza is suspected of being involved in the gang-related shooting along Frontier Way. Nobody was injured and one suspect, a 17-year-old boy, arrested Thursday. Two days after that shooting, shots were fired from a Mazda 3 at an unoccupied black Chevrolet Silverado pickup in Mattawa.

An 18-year-old man was later arrested. Carranza, who is 5-foot-7 and 220 pounds, was last seen in Mattawa wearing a green shirt and gray sweatpants. Police warn he may be armed and anyone who sees him should contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Incidents involving tipped-over semis blocked traffic in two separate locations Thursday and Friday.

First, a semi completely blocked Highway 24 about 11 miles east of Desert Aire for more than three-and-a-half hours late Thursday morning.

Then this morning, a semi rolled on its side on an Interstate 90 on-ramp near Ellensburg, spilling big piles of lumber. The 116 on-ramp was blocked while crews cleaned up the debris and removed the semi. There were no injuries in either incident.

Officials have not yet determined the identity and cause of death for a body found Monday in a car trunk south of Tonasket.

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said he still is awaiting autopsy results. The body was found after fire officials responded to a report of a burning car on Frosty Creek Road.

Witnesses told deputies they had seen 37-year-old Lance Bowers walking away from the car and he was tracked down outside the Aeneas Valley General Store, about two miles away. After he displayed a gun, a sergeant and deputy fired at Bowers, injuring him, the sheriff’s office said. Bowers was treated at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee before being jailed.

The 243 Command Fire in Grant County has now burned 20,380 acres and is 65% contained. The fire, which started on Monday, is burning west of Royal City in the Crab Creek Wildlife Area near the small town of Beverly.

The fire grew slightly yesterday afternoon because of strong winds but fire officials say the fire lines held the blaze in check. There are approximately 350 people working the fire and as objectives are met today, the team will adjust and reduce the number of personnel and equipment.

Today’s objective will be a mop-up and rehab operation which means those working the fire will be allowed to leave at the end of the day today as the fire is expected to be fully contained by early this evening. 

Coming up next, Outgoing Wenatchee School District Superintendent Brian Flones reflects back on his career and how much has changed since he was first hired 32 years ago. May home sales in the Wenatchee market were down compared to last year and the supply remains low, and, Chelan County Port District has included a new feature to its website to help recruit new business to the area. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Brian Flones will attend his final Wenatchee High School graduation ceremony tonight. Flones is retiring after a 32-year tenure with the District and 19 of those as Superintendent. He reflects back on his career and how much has changed since he was first hired. . .

Flones helped to facilitate a community visioning process called Wenatchee Learns and to design the future of education in Wenatchee by personalizing learning.

Under his watch high school on-time graduation rates have improved to levels that exceed Statewide averages.

May home sales were down compared to last year and the supply remains low. That’s the latest from Pacific Appraisal Associates in their latest real estate snapshot of the Wenatchee Market which includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

98 homes were sold last month, which is down 8-percent compared to May of 2018 when 107 homes were sold. Active home listings in the Wenatchee market was at 135 last month, which is also down 7-percent compared to May of 2018 and new home listings are down 14-percent compared to last year.

The trend of monthly higher home prices also continued last month with the average sales price up 6-percent compared to last year at 363,108 dollars while the median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee market went up 8-percent to 338, 500 dollars compared to 315,000 dollars in May of last year.

Chelan County Port District has included a new feature to its website to help recruit new business to the area. The Port in concert with the County has added so-called Opportunity Zone pages to its recruitment website, ChooseChelanCounty-Dot-Com. Congress created Opportunity Zones in 2017 to help spur economic development in areas that are identified as underserved. County Commissioner Kevin Overbay explained how they work in an earlier interview on the NCWLIFE Channel. . .

The Opportunity Zone web pages provide an overview of Chelan County Zones, ongoing projects, local professionals that can assist with projects and funds as well as contact information for the Port and City of Wenatchee.   

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. . .

Chelan County PUD, Stemilt Growers and The Diamond Foundry make it official. They held a contract signing ceremony Thursday afternoon that will provide the company with up to 19 megawatts of electric power. The San Francisco-based gemstone maker is leasing space in a Stemilt warehouse that was damaged in the Sleepy Hollow Fire. Stemilt President, West Mathison joined PUD General Manager, Steve Wright and Diamond Foundry production president, Kyle Gazay at Thursday’s news conference . . .

Gazay says, at full operation, the foundry will produce a million carats annually. The company will generate between 35 and 50 jobs.

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.

Cashmere’s Hailey Van Lith was selected the tournament MVP as she led her USA squad to a gold medal for the second-consecutive year at the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup…

Van Lith scored a total of 36-points in 7-games, including some key buckets in the championship to help USA beat New Zealand 19-13…

The USA pulled off something it’s never done as the Men’s U18 team also won the gold medal.

The Wenatchee AppleSox had defensive problems again last night in dropping the final game of the three game series to Victoria 8-5…

In four games this season, Wenatchee has committed at least three errors in each game, as the AppleSox dropped to .500 on the 2019 campaign last night. 

The HarbourCats scored 5-unearned runs in the 2nd inning to build a lead it would never relinquish.  “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman, has the details on last night’s game…

Thanks Joel.  Yes, Wenatchee’s on the road in Yakima this weekend and will return Tuesday to face Port Angeles in the first of a 6-game home stand.

Also in the West Coast League last night…

David James Le Bioda went 2-for-3 and scored 3 times to help Walla Walla sweep Corvallis 5-to-3. 

Cameron Repetti’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th gave Ridgefield its first franchise win, downing Yakima Valley 3-2.

Bellingham would make 3, 1st-inning runs hold up in a 3-1 victory over Kelowna.  The Bells used 5-pitchers to hold the Falcons to 1-run on 6-hits with 8-strikeouts to take 2-of-3 in the series.

Zack Smith’s RBI-single in the top of the 9th capped a 2-run comeback for Cowlitz as the Bears edged Bend 4-3.  Braden DeBenedictis also helped out the cause at the plate for Cowlitz, going 3-for-5 with a run.

Damiano Palmegiani went 2-for-5 with a home run and 3-RBI’s.  Ethan Groff was 3-for-5 and Ronnie Rust 3-for-4 with 2-RBI’s as Port Angeles blasted Portland 10-to-1.  The Lefties roughed up Pickle pitching with 18-hits in the game, taking 2-of-3 at Walker Stadium.

Here’s a look at the WCL North Division Standings…

Bellingham, Port Angeles, Victoria and Yakima Valley are all 2-and-1, tied for first.  Wenatchee and Kelowna are 1-and-2.  The Sweets lead the South Division with a 3-and-oh start.

Myles Straw led off the 14th inning with a triple and scored the game-winner for Houston on a sacrifice fly as the Astros outlasted Seattle 8-7 in a marathon at T-Mobile Park…

The Mariners had to come back multiple times in this one.  Edwin Encarnacion sent it into extra innings with an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th.  Then in the 10th after Houston took the lead, Omar Narvaez homered to tie it again.

Seattle had the bases loaded in the 11th and 14th but could not muster the game-winning hit.  Manager Scott Servais was pleased with his club’s comeback attitude…

The two teams used a combined 15-pitchers in the 5-hour marathon.  Seattle now heads to L-A to take on the Angels tonight at 7:07 with Marco Gonzales facing Andrew Heaney.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Ariel Jurado and three relievers combined to strike out 11 Baltimore hitters as Texas beat Baltimore 4-3.

Stephen Piscotty was 2-for-4 with a home run, 2-runs and 2-RBI’s to lead Oakland past the L-A Angels 7-to-4.

Houston’s lead in the West remains 9-games over Texas and 11 in front of Oakland.  Seattle slipped further in the cellar with Thursday’s loss and is now 18-games out of first place at 26-and-40.

It’s Big Rig Racing Night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval tomorrow night…

Sponsored by the IBEW and NECA, the Big Rigs return for the first time in 5-years to WVSO.  In addition, racing will include the Washington Midget Racing Association, Thunder Cars and Roadrunners.  Gates open at 4 with racing at 5:30 and a fan fest at 6:30.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks will try for a second-consecutive win tomorrow night in the Town Toyota Center…

The Skyhawks will battle the Tri-Cities Fire for the second-straight game in American West Conference play.  Kickoff Saturday night is at 7 o’clock.

There’s also quite a bit of other sports happening in the valley this weekend…

Eastmont Youth Baseball is hosting its annual Apple Capital Baseball Tournament today through Sunday at the Eastmont Fourplex.

Across the river at Morris Park, Wenatchee Youth Baseball is hosting its annual 9U/10U Baseball Tournament tomorrow and Sunday.

There’s men’s softball at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday with the Grip It and Rip It Tournament.

And the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club is hosting its annual Cusick Cup Tennis Tournament.  That will run tomorrow and Sunday.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with video of the Wenatchee High School graduates of 2019 as they made there way around Wenatchee High School for one final lap earlier today. . .

Don’t forget, we will have complete graduation coverage here on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning with Eastmont’s graduation from the Town Toyota Center at 6:00 followed immediately with the Wenatchee High School graduation at 8:00 from the Apple Bowl.

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