NCWLIFE Evening News May 13, 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 64 year-old resident of Prince George, British Columbia was killed late Saturday morning in Okanogan County when the motorcycle he was driving struck a pickup that was towing a trailer. Crews responded Sunday to an early morning blaze at an apartment complex in the Soap Lake area, and, Polysilicon producer REC Silicon announces it will be forced to shutdown  production at its Moses Lake facility on Wednesday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A De Moines, Washington, woman was killed Saturday when the Jet Ski she was riding with her 8-year-old daughter on Moses Lake was hit by another Jet Ski. According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Twenty-seven-year-old Andra-Ann Rice was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake where she died.

Her daughter was not seriously hurt. The 17-year-old operator of the other Jet Ski was a relative of Rice’s and was not seriously hurt. The accident took place near Blue Heron Park and bystanders at the park immediately entered the water to give first aid. The accident remains

A 64 year-old resident of Prince George, British Columbia was killed late Saturday morning in Okanogan County when the motorcycle he was driving struck a pickup that was towing a trailer.  The accident occurred on Highway 20 about 17 miles east of Tonasket. The Washington State Patrol reports that Donald Leonard was westbound on Highway 20 when he failed to negotiate a turn and crossed the centerline. Leonard’s 2002 Harley Davidson struck both the pickup and the trailer, both Leonard the motorcycle came to rest on the highway. The occupants of the truck, 64 year-old Robert Swift and 62 year-old Michele Berning – both from Olympia – were not injured.  Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the accident.

Crews responded Sunday to an early morning blaze at an apartment complex in the Soap Lake area. Firefighters from Grant County Fire Districts 13 and 7 joined forces at the apartment complex in the 300 block of Daisy Street in Soap Lake.

The multi-agency response brought the blaze under control and saved personal property. The American Red Cross was working with finding emergency shelter for those who were displaced by the fire. There were no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation.

Polysilicon producer REC Silicon announces it will be forced to shutdown  production at its Moses Lake facility on Wednesday due to the ongoing US-China trade dispute. The Columbia Basin Herald reports REC’s president and chief executive, Tore Torvund announced the plant closure during the company’s first-quarter earnings presentation last week. He said they had already started the shutdown process.

He says the job status for the plant’s remaining 150 employees is uncertain. He says they will keep them on the payroll for another six weeks, “until we see what is the outcome of the trade war. He said the employees would be laid off if the two countries cannot reach agreement that ends China’s 57 percent tariff on US-made Polysilicon. REC reported a loss of about 4.7 million dollars on revenues of 45 million

Coming up next, Today begins filing week for those seeking public office in Washington State. You may have seen some smoke this afternoon in the Blewett Pass area from a U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn, and, Chipotle Mexican Grill will be opening a restaurant in Wenatchee this fall. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Today begins filing week for those seeking public office in Washington State. Dozens of local races are to be decided in NCW including school board, city council, fire and port districts as well as other special taxing districts. Among those filing candidacy papers in the Wenatchee area this week is Wenatchee School Board member Karina Vega-Villa. She’s filing for Position 2.

Dr. Vega-Villa filled the remainder of the term for Dr. Walter Newman as an appointee beginning in January of this year. The school board has three seats to be decided in this election. Candidates wishing to file for elected office have until Friday afternoon to submit their papers with the auditor’s office.

You may have seen some smoke this afternoon in the Blewett Pass area from a U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn. The fire was conducted in the Liberty area about 15 miles North East of Cle Elum in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. Kamiko Nail with the U.S. Forest Service says prescribed burns not only protect people and property, they also promote healthy forests. . .

Chipotle Mexican Grill will be opening a restaurant in Wenatchee this fall, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday. It will be the 40th location for the restaurant chain in Washington and just the third east of the Cascades, joining restaurants in Kennewick and Spokane.

Spokesperson Regina Wu said further details on the restaurant, including where it will be located, will be announced later. There are about twenty five hundred Chipotle Mexican Grills worldwide.

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People working to form a 51st state brought their cause to Wenatchee this past weekend. Republican state Representative Matt Shea of Spokane Valley was the featured speaker at the North Central Liberty Rally which also featured a short presentation by former 12th District Representative Cary Condotta who sat down with me earlier today to talk about the movement to form a 51st state. . .

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.

Hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day yesterday!  Russell Wilson surprised his Mom with something very special…

Yep, Russell Wilson, now the highest paid player in the NFL, bought his Mom a house for Mother’s Day.  Sorry Mom, I got you a beer!

Sunnyside was up to the challenge in Saturday’s District Soccer Championship against Eastmont…

The host Grizzlies tallied 5-goals en route to a 5-1 victory.  The Wildcats season comes to an end with no repeat run to the State Tournament.  Sunnyside will face Pasco in the first round of the State Tournament this week.

Meanwhile, in the District 6/7 crossover games Saturday, Lakeside 9-Mile Falls ended Chelan’s season 6-nil.  Bridgeport advanced to the State Tournament with a 5-1 win over Medical Lake. 

The first round of the State 1-A Tournament gets underway this week with Bridgeport facing Vashon Island; Cashmere takes on Connell; and Cascade battles Wahluke.

Wenatchee’s run at another State Baseball Tournament came up short Saturday…

After the Panthers dispatched Davis Friday 16-to-2 in the District Semifinals, Wenatchee would face Moses Lake for the Championship Saturday.  The Chiefs advanced by ending Eastmont’s season Friday 4-to-2.  Moses Lake, as it had all season, showed it’s Big-9 dominance with an 11-1 victory over Wenatchee is Saturday’s title game to earn the conference’s only seed to the State Tournament.  Moses Lake will travel to Richland Saturday for a first round State 4A game against Hanford.  The winner will play the winner of Richland and Curtis.

Chelan advanced to the State 1-A Tournament Saturday with a 5-0 win over Deer Park.  The Goats will face Hoquiam Saturday at 10am at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma.  If they win they’ll play the winner of Overlake and Bellevue Christian.

Wenatchee and Eastmont finished the regular softball season Friday with victories…

The Panthers swept Davis 12-2 and 20-to-4 at Walla Walla Point Park.  Eastmont travelled to Sunnyside and swept the Grizzlies 18-0 and 17-1.  Both teams will host District Play-In games tomorrow with Eastmont taking on Sunnyside and Wenatchee hosting Eisenhower.

Okanogan stunned Cascade in the District 6 1-A title game Saturday in Peshastin with a 6-4 victory.  Chelan ended Cashmere’s season 12-7 to it was Chelan and Cascade for a last-chance to move on.  The Kodiaks claimed the narrow victory 11-to-10.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder season came to an end Saturday, falling to Tahoma in the State Lacrosse playoffs 13-to-3…

Jake Rhyner, Triston Ploch and John Walker were the only Thunder able to find the back of the net.  Tahoma is the same team to knock Wenatchee from the playoffs a season ago.

Mercifully, the Mariners road trip ended with an 11-2 loss to Boston Sunday…

It concluded a Red Sox sweep of a hapless Seattle team that went 2-and-8 on the 10-game road trip.  In the process, the Mariners have slipped to 3rd in the American League West behind Houston and Los Angeles at 20-and-23.

Marco Gonzales took the loss yesterday, lasting just 4-innings while surrendering 2-runs on 4-hits with three strikeouts and 1-home run.  J.D. Martinez hit two home runs on the day for Boston and had 3-RBI’s.

Seattle has no time to lick its wounds as it hosts Oakland tonight and red-hot Mike Fiers, who is coming off his second-career no-hitter in his last outing.  The Mariners will counter with Yusei Kikuchi at T-Mobile Park.  First pitch is at 7:10.

By the way, if you are disappointed in Seattle’s road trip and wonder what happened to that team that was on fire to start the season, it’s all about hitting.  In the Mariner’s first, 7-game road trip of the season, they averaged 9-runs and 12-hits per game in going 6-and-1.  In Seattle’s just-completed 10-game trip, the team averaged just 4-runs and 7-hits per game in losing 8 out of 10.

The Mariners have placed Felix Hernandez on the 10-day injure list with a strained throwing shoulder.  Hernandez lasted just 2-and-a-third innings Saturday, allowing 7-earned runs on 6-hits in a loss to Boston.  To bolster the bullpen, Seattle recalled Dan Altavilla from Class AA Arkansas and picked up the contract of Parker Markel from Class AAA Tacoma while optioning Braden Bishop to Tacoma.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

A De Moines, Washington, woman was killed Saturday when the Jet Ski she was riding with her 8-year-old daughter on Moses Lake was hit by another Jet Ski. According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Twenty-seven-year-old Andra-Ann Rice was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake where she died.

Her daughter was not seriously hurt. The 17-year-old operator of the other Jet Ski was a relative of Rice’s and was not seriously hurt. The accident took place near Blue Heron Park and bystanders at the park immediately entered the water to give first aid. The accident remains under investigation.

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.