NCWLIFE Evening News May 20, 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 old toaster may have ruined the toast, but luckily it didn’t ruin a home in Chelan on Friday. Douglas County Commissioners are briefed by Port of Chelan and Douglas County officials on their plans for consolidation, and, Governor Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration this morning to cover nearly half of Washington state including the Wenatchee Watershed.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Police do not believe a Friday night shooting in Wenatchee was gang-related, according to Captan Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department. No one was injured in what Reinfeld said was a fight between two groups of young males at about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of South Franklin Street. Reinfeld says there were reports of two shots fired into the air. He said the investigation into the incident continues and QUOTE, this is truly solvable and somebody will be charged eventually, UNQUOTE.

An old toaster may have ruined the toast, but luckily it didn’t ruin a home in Chelan on Friday. Chelan Fire and Rescue received a call at 6:43 a.m. from a homeowner who reported that smoke was filling their home and everyone had evacuated. When firefighters arrived, they found a malfunctioning older-model toaster had caused the problem.

Firefighters reported that they quickly removed the toaster from the home, in the 100 block of Robinson St., cleared the smoke and turned the home back over to the residents. Firefighters also discovered there were outdated and non-working smoke detectors in the house. They replaced all those that were not working.

Douglas County Commissioners are briefed by Port of Chelan and Douglas County officials on their plans for consolidation. The two ports are considering merging under a so-called “functional consolidation” to cut operational costs.

Douglas County Port Manager, Lisa Parks, was joined by Chelan Port Commissioner, Donn Etherington and Douglas Port Commissioner Jim Huffman at Monday’s County Commissioner meeting in East Wenatchee. Commissioner Dan Sutton says likes what he heard. . .

Port officials say they will be meeting with other city and county elected leaders over the course of the next few months to discuss the consolidation plans. They said, if approved, a restructured port could be up and running by January of 2020.

Governor Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration this morning to cover nearly half of Washington state including the Wenatchee Watershed due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer.

The declaration includes the cities of Wenatchee, Chelan and Entiat. Snow pack conditions are currently less than 50 percent of average for this time of year. Washington State Department of Ecology experts expect the warmer, drier weather will cause the already-diminished snow pack to melt more quickly, reducing water availability this summer when it is needed most for farms, communities and fish. Despite this past week’s rain, rainfall totals for the state remain below normal. Already included in the Governor’s drought declaration are the Methow and Okanogan basins.

Coming up next, The August primary will feature several contested races in Chelan and Douglas Counties, we will have a preview. A volunteer firefighter with Chelan Fire and Rescue has been named the Washington State Volunteer Firefighter of the Year, and, The cleaning work that began Saturday on the George Sellar Bridge hit home Monday morning and throughout the afternoon as commuter traffic backed up in East Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The August primary will feature several contested races in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Incumbent Chelan Mayor, Mike Cooney is challenged by City Council member, Stan Morse and former Chelan Mayor, Bob Goedde. In Entiat current Mayor John Alt will face off against Sarah Tulla, Maria Stenberg and Michael A. Buckingham.

In Douglas County the race for mayor of Waterville has attracted four candidates to replace Royal Devaney. Lloyd Smith, JD Greening, Charles Driver and Jill Daling Thompson. All three positions on the Eastmont School Board are contested but only the at-large Director #5 position features three candidates. Meaghan Vibbert, Peter Smith and Lyle McClune are competing for the position vacated by Steve Piccirillo. And, Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz will run un-opposed in this fall’s election. The top two vote getters in the August 6th primary will advance to the November election.

Jonathon Mendoza, a volunteer firefighter with Chelan Fire and Rescue, has been named the Washington State Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

Mendoza has been a volunteer with Chelan Fire and Rescue since two thousand twelve and works regularly out of Station 71 in Chelan.

He is a qualified combat firefighter and is EMT certified, among other qualifications he has earned over the years. He also filled in as a full-time firefighter late last year.

In a recruitment video created by Chelan Fire and Rescue, Mendoza talked about why he volunteers. . .

The cleaning work that began Saturday on the George Sellar Bridge hit home Monday morning and throughout the afternoon as commuter traffic backed up in East Wenatchee. The state Department of Transportation had warned of lane closures and delays until the work is finished at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists are encouraged to use the Odabashian Bridge if possible.

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, the 10th annual Touch a Truck event took place at Wenatchee Valley College this past weekend. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson was there and has more. . .

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 Mariners salvaged the final game of a four-game series against Minnesota Sunday with a 7-4 victory…

Edwin Encarnacion’s 3-run home run in the 7th provided the much-needed cushion Seattle would need to snap a three-game losing streak.  Daniel Vogelbach and Mitch Haniger also went deep for the Mariners.

Yusei Kikuchi earned his 3rd win of the season on the mound, going 6-innings and allowing 1-earned run on 5-hits with 6 strikeouts.

Seattle had lost the first three games of the series by a total of 34-to-11.  The M’s will take their 23-and-26 record to Texas today to face the Rangers at 5:05.  Mike Leake will start for Seattle against Texas’ Mike Minor.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

Boston edged Houston to salvage the final game of that three-game series 4-3.  Texas came back twice Sunday to beat St. Louis in 10-innings 5-4.  Kansas City dumped Los Angeles 5-1.  And Oakland’s lead in Detroit will have to hold on until September.  The game was suspended in the top of the 7th with the A’s leading 5-3 because of rain.  Major League Baseball decided the game will be finished when the two teams meet again in September.

The weather Gods held off just long enough for a decent night for fans Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

And the racing was good too.  In the first 55-lap Pro Late Model Main, it was Terry Halverson winning.  Josh Ingram won the second 55-lap Pro Late Model Main.  In the Thunder Car finale, Cody Graham grabbed the checkered flag.  And Derek Raptcheff was the winner of the “A” Main for the Roadrunners.

Turnovers cost Wenatchee Valley an early lead and eventually the game against Idaho Saturday night at the Town Toyota Center…

The Skyhawks fell in its indoor football game to the undefeated Horsemen 49-29.  The two teams will play again here in Wenatchee this Saturday at 7 o’clock.

The University of Washington softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional Sunday…

The Huskies got a complete-game, no-hitter from Gabby Plain in downing Mississippi State 8-nothing in the Regional Championship.  It was Plain’s 3rd no-hitter of the season.  Washington will host Kentucky in the Super Regional later this week.

The Wenatchee Valley College softball team was two-and-out in the NWAACC (en-WACK) Tournament over the weekend in Spokane…

The Lady Knights fell to Douglas in the opener 8-7 and then had nothing left in the tank in a loser-out game to Mt. Hood, falling 6-0.  Douglas is still alive for the Championship as the tournament concludes today.

Cascade’s run in the State 1-A Soccer Tournament came to an end Saturday…

The Kodiaks fell to visiting Lakeside (9-Mile Falls) 3-to-2.  Lakeside advances to face Vashon Island in the Final Four.  Vashon made it to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Connell.

The Chelan baseball team is in the Final Four of the State 1-A Baseball Tournament…

The Goats beat Hoquiam Saturday morning 5-2 in the first round.  Then Chelan overtook Overlake 9-2 in the quarterfinals.  Chelan will face University Prep at Yakima County Stadium Friday at 10am in the semifinals.  The other semifinal pits Seattle Christian against Colville.

Brewster is back again in the State 2-B Baseball Final Four…

The Bears beat Northwest Christian in the first round Saturday at Ferris High School 7-nothing.  Brewster than topped Colfax 11-to-1 in the quarterfinals after the Bulldogs beat Tonasket 2-1.  Brewster will face Asotin in Friday’s semifinal at Wheeler Field in Centralia at 7 o’clock.  The other semifinal before that will put Rainier against Kalama.

Wenatchee and Eastmont were bounced out of the District 6 4-A softball tournament Friday…

The Wildcats fell to West Valley 6-1 while the Panthers lost to Moses Lake 11-1 in the district semifinals Friday.  Then Moses Lake shut out West Valley for the District Championship Saturday to earn the Big-9’s only seed to State.  The Chiefs play Redmond in the first round of State Friday at Noon.

Waterville-Mansfield’s stay at the District 5/6 2-B Tournament in Moses Lake lasted two games Saturday…

The Shockers lost to Kittitas in its first game 10-1 and then had their season ended by Liberty Christian 15-to-7.  Kittitas went on to win the tournament by downing Dayton-Waitsburg 14-12.  Brewster took four, falling to Lake Roosevelt 8-to-4.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top news stories. . .

Police do not believe a Friday night shooting in Wenatchee was gang-related, according to Captan Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department. No one was injured in what Reinfeld said was a fight between two groups of young males at about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of South Franklin Street. Reinfeld says there were reports of two shots fired into the air. He said the investigation into the incident continues and QUOTE, this is truly solvable and somebody will be charged eventually, UNQUOTE.

Governor Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration this morning to cover nearly half of Washington state including the Wenatchee Watershed due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer. The declaration includes the cities of Wenatchee, Chelan and Entiat. Snow pack conditions are currently less than 50 percent of average for this time of year. Washington State Department of Ecology experts expect the warmer, drier weather will cause the already-diminished snow pack to melt more quickly, reducing water availability this summer when it is needed most for farms, communities and fish. Despite this past week’s rain, rainfall totals for the state remain below normal. Already included in the Governor’s drought declaration are the Methow and Okanogan basins.

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.