NCWLIFE Evening News June 9th, 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, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Two bears were hit and killed by vehicles on highways in North Central Washington highways during a 24-hour period this week./ A Grant County judge faced his first confirmation hearing today after President Biden appointed him to the U.S. District Court, and, There was only one officer on the Soap Lake Police force who hadn’t gone through the experience of being tased as part of the department’s training. . .well, not anymore, we’ll show you.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Officials say a fifth wheeler fire Tuesday night in the Rimrock community west of Palisades was started by a child playing with fire. Grant County Fire District 13 responded but was unable to save the fifth wheeler from being a total loss.

The fire district said Assistant Chief Todd Hufman spent some time talking with the child about the dangers of fire.

Two bears were hit and killed by vehicles on highways in North Central Washington highways during a 24-hour period this week.

The latest collision was about 9 Tuesday morning on Highway 20 west of Okanogan when a Lincoln Navigator struck a bear. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the bear eventually got up, ran down a hill but was later found and had to be euthanized. Nobody in the vehicle was injured.

About 4 p.m. Monday, a Lexus sedan hit a bear on Highway 2 west of Leavenworth. Bryant said in that case the bear was badly injured and Washington Fish and Wildlife officers had to euthanize it. Nobody in the vehicle was injured. In both incidents the vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Bryant said vehicle-bear collisions are very rare.

A Grant County judge faced his first confirmation hearing today after President Biden appointed him to the U.S. District Court. Judge David Estudillo, the son of Mexican immigrants, sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. He faces a confirmation vote, along with three other nominees, to sit on the Western District Court of Washington. . .

There was only one officer on the Soap Lake Police force who hadn’t gone through the experience of being tased as part of the department’s training.

That changed Tuesday when Officer Peek stepped up for her turn. The department said Officer Peek took the entire 5-second exposure QUOTE, like a champ, UNQUOTE. Here’s a look. . .

Coming up next, A collection agency sued by the state of Washington must return almost half a million dollars to residents in the state./ Leavenworth residents have more chances this week to give input on how to use the former Osborn School property./ The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center’s newly renovated community space was celebrated Tuesday with a ribbon cutting, and, Women veterans will be honored at the Althea Riding Center in Wenatchee this Saturday as part of Women Veterans Day. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A collection agency sued by the state of Washington must return almost half a million dollars to residents in the state.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the repayment from the Denver-based company amounts to about $475,000 for 5,000 Washington consumers. Ferguson’s office sued last year over violations of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act. The company, Machol & Johannes, assessed illegal fees on collections, and failed to notify consumers of ways they could protect themselves from garnishment, as required by law.

Leavenworth residents have more chances this week to give input on how to use the former Osborn School property.

The elementary school and was decommissioned last year and turned over to the city, after students moved to the new Alpine Lakes Elementary School.

Options being considered for the grounds include a community center, a playground, and duplex housing. The city allows online feedback, or three outdoor public workshops Thursday, Friday and Saturday at locations around Leavenworth.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center’s newly renovated community space was celebrated Tuesday with a ribbon cutting.

Among those in attendance were 12th District legislators Senator Brad Hawkins and Representative Keith Goehner, who last year helped secure $283,000 in state funding for the project. The space will be used for meetings, gatherings and celebrations.

Women veterans will be honored at the Althea Riding Center in Wenatchee this Saturday as part of Women Veterans Day.

Dee Ann De Angelo, who heads up the Wenatchee Lady Veterans Group, said beginning at 2 p.m. there will be a small presentation, snacks, door prizes and time working with horses. She said so far eight women veterans have indicated they are coming and they are hoping for more.

Women Veterans Day was first celebrated in 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which was signed into law by President Harry Truman and allowed women to become regular members of the U.S. armed forces.

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox opened a 9-game home stand on a winning note last night, downing Walla Walla 5-nothing…

It was a combination of great starting pitching from Colorado State’s Hunter Salinas and timely hitting from South Carolina State’s Adam Grob (grobe) that made the difference.

Joel Norman had the call on Sunny FM…

Grob finished the night 2-for-4 at the plate while St. Martin’s Mark Steward was 1-for-4 with an RBI-double.

Tonight’s game between the Sweets and AppleSox gets underway at 6:35.  Be sure to get there early because it’s AppleSox Lunch Box giveaway night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.

In other West Coast League play last night, Braden Boisvert’s 3-run home run led the way for Corvallis in a 7-3 win at Port Angeles.

Caden Connor had a triple and a double to lead Ridgefield in a 6-3 win over Portland.  The Raptors won despite its pitching staff issuing 10-walks to the Pickles.

Bellingham’s Kyle Green hit a home run and three Bells pitchers held Yakima Valley to 1-run on 5-hits with 10-strikeouts as Bellingham topped the Pippins 3-1.

Cowlitz and Bend were rained out and will make it up as part of a day-night doubleheader at Vince Genna Stadium today.  Also on the schedule tonight are Yakima Valley and Bellingham; Corvallis at Port Angeles; Portland at Ridgefield; and Walla Walla and Wenatchee.

Marco Gonzales struggled in his second start coming back from injury, allowing 3-runs in the first inning and Detroit went on for the 5-3 win over the Mariners…

Eric Haase homered in the inning and helped send Marco’s record to 1-and-3 on the season.  Gonzales lasted 4-innings, allowing 4-runs on 5-hits with 2-strikeouts and one walk.  Manager Scott Servais says Marco is still finding his path back from injury…

J.P. Crawford continued to swing it well at the plate, going 3-for-4 to improve his batting average to .273.  Servais says it’s great to see Crawford having success…

Seattle and Detroit go at it again today at 4:10 with Chris Flexin facing Casey Mize.

Also in the American League West Tuesday, Martin Maldonado’s 2-run double highlighted a 5-run second inning for Houston in the Astro’s 7-1 win in Boston.

In Texas, the Ranger’s bullpen blew a 4-2 lead, giving up a grand slam home run in the 8th to Mike Tauchman and three-run homer to Brandon Crawford in the 9th to lose to San Francisco 9-to-4.

Shohei Ohtani hit the first of 5-home runs for Los Angeles in the 1st inning, the longest of his career at 470-feet, in the Angel’s 8-1 win over Kansas City.

Oakland brought 11 men to the plate in a 5-run 4th inning, scoring two runs on bases-loaded walks, to beat Arizona 5-2.  The A’s lead in the West remains a game over Houston with Seattle slipping to 6-games back in third.

Ethan Easley led four players in double-figures as Eastmont won in overtime on the road at Sunnyside last night in high school basketball…

Easley finished with 18-points while Dillon Esparza had 17 in the Wildcat’s 83-80 overtime win.  Wenatchee picked up its 5th-straight win, downing Moses Lake 61-47.  Cashmere beat Cascade in Leavenworth 73-45.  Ephrata downed Cascade Christian Academy 71-44.  Omak and Brewster were cancelled last night.  Manson edged Liberty Bell 50-47.  Oroville took care of Tonasket 72-44.  And Moses Lake Christian downed Pateros 69-47.

Coming up tonight, Ephrata hosts Royal at 7:30 while Entiat travels to Bridgeport.

On the prep girls basketball scoreboard from last night, despite 11-points from Annelise Bauman, Eastmont fell to Sunnyside 74-32.  Moses Lake beat Wenatchee 58-32.  Cashmere got 21-points from Riley Johnson in a 61-10 mauling of Cascade.  It was Tonasket over Oroville 77-32.  Pateros traveled to Moses Lake Christian and came away with a narrow 53-52 win.  And Waterville-Mansfield edged Entiat 63-52.

In girls play tonight, Royal plays at Ephrata while Bridgeport hosts Entiat at 6 o’clock.

Everybody in the pool today at Noon…

The Eastmont boys travel to Moses Lake for an 11-dive meet with the Chiefs at Lions Pool today at lunch.

And in prep wrestling today…

Lake Roosevelt will host Cascade, Ephrata, Manson and Oroville tonight at 5.  Chelan, Pateros, Quincy, Royal and Tonasket wrestling in Wahluke today at 5.  And Eastmont and Wenatchee are down at Sunnyside at 6 o’clock.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

COVID-19 may be on the wane, but it remains a workplace concern in Washington. Businesses still must monitor employees’ vaccination status, and handle them appropriately. In tonight’s feature story, Brian Haight with the Department of Labor and Industries explains the restrictions. . .

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.

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.