NCWLIFE Evening News May 22, 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 Chelan-based distillery has signed on to become the second tenant at the Cashmere Mill District Business Park. Cashmere-based Crunch Pak adds pears to its list of pre-sliced fresh fruit product line.  North Central Regional Library board of directors received the first installment of money raised to remodel the 60-year-old library, and, Chelan County Port District’s role in the development of Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market is receiving Statewide recognition.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A planned burn in an orchard apparently got out of control and ignited a fire on a hillside outside Chelan earlier today.

The fire burned about three acres before being brought under control. Chelan County Fire District 7 Chief Tim Lemon said several agencies, including the state Department of Natural Resources and BLM, were able to assist local firefighters in quickly containing the blaze. Lemon said the fire was off Stayman Flats Road and mostly burned between two orchards.

A Chelan-based distillery has signed on to become the second tenant at the Cashmere Mill District Business Park.

The Port of Chelan County announced Blue Spirits Distillery will lease 6,800 square feet and invest $500,000 dollars into its space. The business will create eight new jobs.

The port is currently building two 16,000-square-foot buildings at the former sawmill site. In March, California-based Hurst International announced it will be leasing about 6,500 square feet of space for its fruit label printer and label equipment manufacturing business.

Cashmere-based Crunch Pak adds pears to its list of pre-sliced fresh fruit product line. The value-added pears, available in 7-ounce and 32-ounce packages for foodservice customers initially, are made from Anjou and Bartlett varieties. 

Company executive vice president, Tony Freytag says slicing pears was an original goal of Crunch Pak when the company started in 2000. He says the technology didn’t exist to get the consistency consumers wanted so the company kept working to make sure it got it right. United Fresh announced Crunch Pak’s value-added pears are a finalist for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2019 Innovation Awards in the best fruit category.

Crunch-Pak was founded in 2000. The company produces more than a billion apple slices a year at its Cashmere plant.

The Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library presented a check for $657,000 dollars to the North Central Regional Library board of directors on Thursday, the first installment of money raised to remodel the 60-year-old library. The Friends group, leading the fundraising effort, has collected nearly $1.5 million dollars in donations and pledges from public and private donors.

The remodel will add updated technology, improved lighting and shelving, additional community meeting space and more. The city of Wenatchee, which jointly owns the library building with NCRL, is contributing $100,000 toward the remodel, and NCRL is kicking in just under $600,000. In addition, the two agencies are splitting some of the costs of upgrading the heating and air conditioning and removing the asbestos. Bids will be solicited next week for the first phase of the year-long remodel, which will begin with asbestos abatement.

Chelan County Port District’s role in the development of Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market is receiving Statewide recognition. Earlier this month the Port was presented with the Washington Public Port Association’s (WPPA) 2019 Creative Partnership Award for its work on the popular waterfront project.

The award recognizes the success of the Pybus Public Market and was made possible due to Port partnerships with the City of Wenatchee, the federal government, State of Washington, private investors, and non-profits. The Port of Chelan County purchased the 28,000 square-foot warehouse in 2010 to stimulate private investment on the Wenatchee waterfront, create a year round public market, and provide a permanent home for the seasonal Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market. The Market opened in May of 2013 and in early 2017, the Port sold the Market to the Pybus Charitable Foundation.

Coming up next, If your Memorial Day holiday plans involve camping in the national forest, you’d best get an early start. Or, If you’re crossing the mountains this Memorial Day Weekend, you can expect big traffic backups during certain hours, and, local firefighters took part in fire training Tuesday night in Fancher Heights.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

If your Memorial Day holiday plans involve camping in the national forest, you’d best get an early start. Robin DeMario with the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest says the more popular developed campgrounds will be filling up fast. . .

DeMario advises visitors to contact the ranger district where you plan to camp to make sure the campground is open. Some of the higher-elevation sites are closed and still snowed in. As far as campfires are concerned . . .

The weather forecast calls for a chance of rain and possible thunderstorms Saturday with sunny and warmer weather predicted for Sunday and Memorial Day Monday. Additional information is available on the forest service website.

If you’re crossing the mountains this Memorial Day Weekend, you won’t be alone. In fact, the state is saying you can expect big traffic backups during certain hours.

The worst of it is expected to start Friday morning heading east from North Bend to Cle Elum on Interstate 90. Big backups are expected from 9 in the morning all the way until 7 in the evening, says the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Going toward Seattle on Friday won’t be nearly as bad but still crowded, with moderate to heavy traffic expected from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on I-90.

The heavy traffic heading east is expected to continue into Saturday. But after that, it will flip as people head back toward Seattle, especially on Monday.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is predicted from 9 Monday morning all the way until 8 in the evening. Eastbound traffic will be busiest from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire as evidenced here in a video shared on Facebook last night by Douglas County District Two firefighters. They along with Chelan County #1 conducted a live fire drill above the Gun Club on Fancher Heights early Tuesday evening. The training prepares crews for the upcoming fire season as well as reduce the fire danger in this area.

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In tonight’s feature story, we continue our look at this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine on the Street Art Illustration class at Wenatchee Valley College responsible for the large scale art decorating the walls of Wells Hall on Fifth Street. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt with 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 sent former AppleSox pitchers to the hill in back-to-back starts against Texas, both with similar results…

Marco Gonzales pitched 7-innings today with little run support in a 2-1 loss.  Marco gave up 1 earned run on 7-hits with 3 strikeouts.  Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 for the Rangers with a solo home run in the 7th.

Seattle had two runners aboard in both the 8th and 9th innings but could not get the tying run across the plate.

Last night, it was former AppleSox pitcher Tommy Milone making his first start in a Mariner uniform after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma…

Milone went 5-innings, allowing 2-runs on 3-hits with 5-strikeouts.  But Rangers starter Lance Lynn was dominant, striking out 11-Seattle hitters in his 7-innings to earn his 6th win of the season.

Seattle is off until Friday when it will try to snap its 3-game losing streak against Oakland.  Wade LeBlanc will start against the A’s Daniel Mengden at 7:07.

In some off-the-field Mariner news, Seattle put second baseman Dee Gordon and 3rd baseman Ryon Healy on the 10-day injured list.  Gordon is sidelined with a wrist contusion since being hit by a pitch May 9th.  Healy is out with lower back inflammation.

Rookie second baseman Shed Long was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and got his first Major League hit last night.  Utilityman Dylan Moore was also activated off the I-L to help in the infield.

In other games around the American League West…

Mark Canha hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run and Jurickson Profar hit a solo shot to lead Oakland past Cleveland 5-to-3.

Justin Verlander threw an 8-inning, 1-hitter with 12-strikeouts as Houston beat the White Sox 5-1.  Verlander is now 8-and-1 on the season.

Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a 2-run home run and 3-RBI’s to lead Minnesota past the Angels 8-to-3.

With one series left in its baseball season, the Washington State Cougars have fired coach Marty Lees…

Athletic Director Pat Chun made the announcement yesterday.  The Cougars are 11-39-and-1 this season and will miss the post-season for the 9th consecutive year.  Chun said it was time for new direction.

Let’s open up the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard and see how our area golfers did in today’s final rounds WIAA State Golf Championships…

At the 4-A Boys Championships at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane, only Wenatchee’s Trey Stegeman made the cut with a first-round 81.  He shot 84 today to finish tied for 45th.

Meanwhile at the 4-A Girls Championships at Hangman Valley Golf Course…

Eastmont’s Emilee Wentworth had a nice first round 86.  She shot a second-round 92 today to finish at 178, tied for 34th.

To the west side we go for the State 1-A Championships at Olympia Country Golf and Country Club…

Again, just one-area golfer was able to advance to the second round.  Chelan’s Miles Grossberg shot a first round 84 yesterday to tie for 18th.  He followed that up with a second-round 79 today for a 163, tied for 18th.

Finally, on to Tumwater Valley Golf Course for the State 1B/2B/1A Championships…

Chelan’s Kaylin Boykin made the cut after a first-round 96 yesterday.  She followed that up with another 96 today to finish 192, tied for 38th.

Lastly, there was a great public event held on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College today…

Successful anglers were able to get their fish cleaned and put on ice to take home, or they could donate it.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, this year the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival created the first ever “Spirit of Ernst and Susan Wagner” Award to honor an individual who embodies the love and spirit that the founder of the Festival, Susan G. Wagner had when she started it in 1919. This year the first ever recipient of this award is the 100th Festival Director General Deanna Greedy Bollinger. Deanna has been volunteering countless hours every year to the Apple Blossom Festival for 25+ years. Congratulations Deanna on being the first recipient of the Spirit of Ernst and Susan G. Wagner award!

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.