NCWLIFE Evening News May 29, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News May 29, 2019

Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. 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, County Crews were busily cleaning the flooded Stemilt Creek Road Tuesday.  Construction work near Confluence State Park will detour your use of the Loop Trail.  And the attack against goat heads is in full force.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Cashmere man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly shooting a gun into a crowded campground at Fish Lake. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said 31-year-old Gabriel Alexander Buff-e-you (Bouffiou) first fired shots near the Goose Creek Campground on Saturday night, which led to a fight with neighboring campers in which Buff-e-you was punched in the face. About 8:45 Sunday morning, Buff-e-you reportedly returned to the campground and fired another shot into a camp site that nearly hit a camper’s dog. He later was arrested by deputies in a traffic stop and jailed for drive-by shooting and DUI.

Here’s footage of crews working on upper Stemilt Creek Road Tuesday morning, cleaning up after the creek there left its channel and flowed over the roadway. Saturday and Sunday rains caused the creek to overflow. Crews were waiting for the water to recede before they could fix the ditch and road on the creek side. In the meantime, the edge of the pavement was coned off, signs put up and the roadway was restricted to one lane.

Users of the Apple Capital Loop Trail will need to detour around construction work just north of Confluence State Park for the next few days. Chelan County PUD crews will be repairing and replacing sections of pavement on the ramp to and from the Odabashian Bridge. The work started today and will continue through Friday. Signs will direct trail users around the work.

The city of Wenatchee is getting serious about getting rid of those pesky and destructive goatheads. Also known as puncture vines, goatheads are now included on the list of things the city can order property owners to deal with. In updating numerous city codes at its last meeting, the City Council approved the recommendation of inspection services manager Cliff Burdick to put goatheads in the city’s bullseye.

Since 2016, the nonprofit group Goathead Warrior has been attacking the puncture vine problem in the Wenatchee Valley by scouting and eliminating any plants before they can drop new seeds. In addition to being potentially painful for people and pets, goatheads also puncture bicycle tires.

Coming up next…Friends of Leavenworth are asking for a reconsideration of an Adventure Park.  Aviation Day is coming to Pangborn this weekend.  And the Chelan PUD wants your input.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A Leavenworth citizens group has asked the City’s hearing examiner to reconsider his decision supporting the development of an amusement park at the West end of town. Duane Goehner with The Friends of Leavenworth said today in a Facebook post that a request has been filed with the City following a review by three of the group’s attorneys.

Hearing Examiner, Andy Kottkamp ruled in favor of the developers’ request for a conditional use permit for the proposed Adventure Park. His decision followed a marathon public hearing where dozens of people voiced concerns over traffic, parking and noise. Goehner says the group’s actions this week are the first step in the appeal process which ultimately could be decided in Court.

World War Two history comes alive at this weekend’s Aviation Day celebration at Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Saturday’s event will feature a B-25D bomber owned by Seattle-based Historic Flight Foundation.  It was the first US Army plane to see action on every fighting front of WW II, the first to sink a submarine, and the first medium bomber to fly from a carrier deck. Yet it was designed in just 40 days, without wind-tunnel tests or prototypes. The plane will fly into Pangborn on Friday and will take center stage for a full day of aviation-related displays and exhibits between 9 AM and 3 PM.

Chelan County PUD customers are being asked to help shape the district’s direction over the next five years. Steve Hair reports . . .

The strategic planning process is underway and part of it involves a survey that was mailed out to customers last week. The survey includes a guide and questionnaire concerning key PUD issues. Those who participate and are willing to include their name and contact information will be entered to win a Fitbit.  A paper survey and return mailer is included with the guide. People also can take it online at Also online are several short videos with more information. The PUD has set a June 21st deadline for returning the survey forms.

We received news late today that the founder of the Town Auto Group, Tom Barros, has passed away…

According to reports, Barros had been suffering from poor health over the past several years, including heart troubles.

Barros began the Town Auto Group in 2002 with the purchase of the Toyota dealership from Max May and the Nissan dealership from Don Reichert.  Since then, they’ve added Lincoln Mercury, Ford, Chrysler Jeep, Ram & Dodge.

The Town Toyota Facebook page included a quote from Barros saying, (quote) It is with sadness we share the news of the passing of Mr. Tom Barros, owner and found of Town Auto Group.  Tom loved his family, respected his colleagues and wanted the most for his customers.  He attributed his success to the people who worked with and for him. (end quote)

Tom Barros, gone at the age of 78.

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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett dismisses claims that legalizing recreational marijuana has slow down pot sales on the black market…

The Sheriff’s office has released its 2018 annual report in which Burnett reports a very active year for the Columbia River Drug Task Force. The report is available in print form and on line at the Chelan County website.

Steve Hair sat down with Burnett to discuss his concerns about the new law and how his office is dealing with it.  This is the first of two parts of that interview…

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Despite 2-run home runs by Tim Beckham and Mitch Haniger Seattle gave up a 2-run lead to Texas over the last two innings and fell 8-7 today…

Texas scored two runs off Roenis Elias in the 8th and another off Anthony Bass in the 9th to earn the victory. 

Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc shook off a shaky first inning to go 5-innings, with all three runs coming in the opening frame.  He also struck out 5.

Nomar Mazara proved once again to be a Mariner killer, going 3-for-5 with 3-runs.

Seattle next hosts the Angels tomorrow at 7:10.

Ronald Guzman’s 3-run homer highlighted a 7-run 5th inning as the Texas Rangers topped the Seattle Mariners 11-to-4 last night…

Marco Gonzales lost his 5th-straight decision, lasting 4-innings and allowing 8-runs on 8-hits with four strikeouts.  The former AppleSox pitcher hasn’t won since April 25th.  At that point he was 5-and-oh and the Mariners were in first place in the division.  Since then, he’s dropped to .500 while Seattle has gone 7-and-22.

Manager Scott Servais said it may be something mechanically with Gonzales as far as last night…

To literally add injury to insult, Mariners shortstop JP Crawford left the game late with an ankle injury in a rundown at 3rd base.  Manager Scott Servais said he hopes it’s just a sprain…

Crawford had gone 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the game before his injury.  Malix Smith performed well in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 with 2-RBI’s.

The Mariners and Rangers go at it again today at 12:40 with Wade LeBlanc facing Jose Laclerc.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West Tuesday…

Alex Bregman hit two home runs to give him an Amercan League-leading 19 on the season as Houston beat Chicago 9-6.

Shohei Ohtani lined a tie-breaking, two-run single in the top of the 9th to give the Angels a 6-4 win over Oakland.

So the standings in the American League West are pretty much the same with Houston on top at 37-and-19.  Oakland slipped with the loss to 7-and-a-half back at 29-and-26.  The Ranger’s win over Seattle helped Texas back to the .500 mark, 9 games out.  The Angels are 3-games under .500 and 11-games back.  Seattle is now 13-and-a-half games back at 24-and-33, last in the A-L West.

We’re just 5-days away from the start of the Wenatchee AppleSox’ 20th season…

And you can get a sneak peak of this summer’s team this Saturday during the AppleSox Fan Fest.  Fans can watch a live practice for free from 5-to-6:30 Saturday night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field. 

Manager Kyle Krustangle finalized his 40-man roster with the signing of Washington State sophomore infielder Kodie Kolden.  Krustangle said he wanted to go with an older, more experienced lineup this season…

Eighteen of the 40 players on the roster are upper classman.

Again, Fan Fest is Saturday at 5 at the ballpark.  Admission is free and there will be ballpark food available for purchase.  We’ll have Voice of the AppleSox Joel Norman joining us Friday for a preview right here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

In our Kicker video of the day, we bring you the highs and even highers of paragliding off Chelan Butte today…

It’s kind of like surfers looking for the perfect wave when they say “surf’s up!”  Paragliders are looking for these warm thermals to jump off a mountain and somehow go up!

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