NCWLIFE Evening News May 31, 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 81-year-old boater missing on the Columbia River near Chief Joseph Dam left behind letters indicating he would not be returning.  Grant County deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting which happened Wednesday in Desert Aire, and, Chelan and Douglas County Port Commissioners are slated to vote in two weeks on an agreement to blend operations under one management umbrella.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Rescuers say a woman who claimed she jumped from the George Sellar Bridge in Wenatchee was pulled from the shoreline after she became stranded in some rocks about a quarter mile downstream. Chelan County District One fire battalion chief Cary New says crews responded to an area just south of the Burlington Northern Railway Apple Yard where they located the woman clinging to a rock at the bottom of a steep embankment. . .

New says the woman was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. He added that the Wenatchee Police Department is currently investigating the woman’s claim that she had jumped from the bridge. Her name was not immediately available.

An 81-year-old boater missing on the Columbia River near Chief Joseph Dam left behind letters indicating he would not be returning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

81-year-old Charles Baker of Coulee City disappeared Monday and his boat was found Wednesday drifting about five miles above the dam. Anyone who saw Baker launching his boat or on the water is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.

Grant County deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting which happened around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday in Desert Aire.

Sheriff Deputies say an occupant in a black Chevrolet four door pickup fired one shot at another vehicle, which was parked at the Hotspot Grocery. Nobody was injured. Deputies discovered a bullet hole in one of the car’s doors. Evidence including footage from video cameras was collected and will be analyzed. The driver of the car which was struck is not cooperating with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160.

Chelan and Douglas County Port Commissioners are slated to vote in two weeks on an agreement to blend operations under one management umbrella. Chelan County Port executive director, Jim Kuntz says the two agencies recently met in a joint session where they fielded public comments on the proposed functional consolidation. . .

Kuntz says the two boards of commissioners will take formal action on a proposed interlocal agreement on June 11th. If all goes according to plan the two ports would operate as one starting January first.  Under the plan the two ports would remain intact but would operate under one budget and one executive director to oversee a shared staff. Its estimated that the consolidation would result in an annual savings of over half a million dollars.

Coming up next, This Saturday, Cashmere will have its first historic home tour, giving people a chance to see inside six of the town’s most iconic and architecturally significant homes. That famous rock outcropping above Wenatchee that you’ve always known as Saddle Rock will soon officially be called just that, and, That haze and occasional smoke smell that has descended on the Wenatchee Valley this week is coming from Canada. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

This Saturday, Cashmere will have its first historic home tour, giving people a chance to see inside six of the town’s most iconic and architecturally significant homes.

At a cost of $20 per person, people can participate in the self-guided tours, visiting homes like the Burnett home and the Fike home, which built in 1915. The event, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is being held in honor of the Cashmere Museum’s 60th anniversary, with tickets available at the museum.

That famous rock outcropping above Wenatchee that you’ve always known as Saddle Rock will soon officially be called just that. The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved changing the name of the popular hiking area from its current Squaw Saddle to Saddle Gap, while bestowing the name Saddle Rock on the rock formation.

The Saddle Rock name has been in common use since the early nine-teen-hundreds. Native Americans consider the word Squaw derogatory and it is being removed from dozens of officially named places. The name-change remains open for more public comment before it becomes official. Wenatchee historian William Layman submitted the proposed name change to the state last September.

That haze and occasional smoke smell that has descended on the Wenatchee Valley this week is coming from Canada.

Numerous wildfires are burning out of control in northern Alberta, mostly in remote areas, though about 10,000 people in several small towns are under evacuation orders.

Depending on wind conditions, the smoke has been thickest in the United States over parts of Montana, with some making its way as far as Seattle. Wenatchee’s air quality thus far has not been any worse than moderate.

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. . .

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on what’s happening around the valley this weekend. . .

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 miserable May continued yesterday with a 9-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels…

After starting the first two months of the season 18-and-13, Seattle has gone 6-and-21 in May and has lost 9 of its past ten.

Yesterday’s game also was another case of the Mariner’s starting pitcher not even making 5-innings.  Yusei Kikuchi gave up 6-runs on 10-hits in 3-and-a-third, including two home runs.  It’s the 3rd time in the last six games a Seattle pitcher didn’t last 5-innings.

Seattle Manager Scott Servais said when you don’t have your “A-game”, you have to find something else…

After falling behind 6-nothing in the first four innings, the Mariners just couldn’t muster any offense, coming up with only four hits in the game.  Servais said it’s an unfortunate theme going on…

Seattle and Los Angeles play the second of the four-game series tonight at 7:10 with Tyler Skaggs facing Mike Leake.

Looking at the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from yesterday…

Jorge Soler hit a 3-run home run to put Kansas City up for good in beating Texas 4-to-2.

The Seahawks continue OTA’s are their facility in Renton.  A glaring absence in camp is that of number 89, Doug Baldwin, who was cut from the roster after undergoing numerous off-season surgeries.  Russell Wilson says he will definitely be missed…

The Seahawks will kick off the preseason August 8th against Denver at CenturyLink Field.

The Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks will try to snap a four-game losing streak Sunday at Tri-Cities…

The Skyhawks saw their record drop to 2-and-5 with last weekend’s 47-45 defeat to Idaho.  Tri-Cities is winless in six games so far this season.  Kickoff Sunday at The Toyota Center is 6 o’clock.

The Washington Huskies women’s softball team has its backs against the wall tomorrow in the World Series…

After falling in extra innings yesterday to Arizona, the Huskies will face an elimination game against Minnesota tomorrow morning at 9am. 

A win would put Washington into a 3 o’clock game against the loser of today’s Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game.

Don’t forget, the Wenatchee AppleSox are hosting their annual Fan Fest tomorrow night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field…

It all gets underway at 5 o’clock with free admission to a live, team practice.  That will be followed by an autograph session and a chance for fans to pick up their season tickets or a souvenir. 

Wenatchee opens the 2019 season Monday against the Cascade Collegiate Showcase team at 6:35.  It’s the first of four games to open the season at home as Victoria will follow for three games, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  By the way, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Tuesday’s game will be our very own Eric Granstrom.  He will also join Joel Norman, the Voice of the AppleSox, on their radio broadcast during the middle innings to talk about his team as the team’s play-by-play announcer.

Here’s what we have on tap on the Sports Calendar for the weekend…

The Apple Capital Swim Meet will see hundreds of boys and girls of all ages compete at the Wenatchee City Pool.  It’s hosted by our local Velocity Swim Program.

The Red Devil Challenge Trail Run series starts tomorrow morning at 6:30 for a 50k run.  A 25k starts at 7:30 and a 10k run starts at 8.  This is on the Red Devil trail south of Cashmere in the National Forest.

Leavenworth will be the site for the 22nd Annual Evergreen Bavarian Bike and Brews festival.  It’s scheduled to run tomorrow from 9am to 4pm.

Speaking of cycling, the 32nd Annual Apple Century Bike Ride is tomorrow, starting at 7:30am at Pybus Public Market.  There’s a 100-mile, 50 and 25-mile ride, so watch for bikes between Wenatchee and Lake Wenatchee.

And the Wenatchee Racquet and Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Cusic Cup Tennis Tournament tomorrow and Saturday.

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

Rescuers say a woman who claimed she jumped from the George Sellar Bridge in Wenatchee was pulled from the shoreline after she became stranded in some rocks about a quarter mile downstream. Chelan County District One fire battalion chief Cary New says crews responded to an area just south of the Burlington Northern Railway Apple Yard where they located the woman clinging to a rock at the bottom of a steep embankment. . .

New says the woman was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. He added that the Wenatchee Police Department is currently investigating the woman’s claim that she had jumped from the bridge. Her name was not immediately available.

That haze and occasional smoke smell that has descended on the Wenatchee Valley this week is coming from Canada.

Numerous wildfires are burning out of control in northern Alberta, mostly in remote areas, though about 10,000 people in several small towns are under evacuation orders.

Depending on wind conditions, the smoke has been thickest in the United States over parts of Montana, with some making its way as far as Seattle. Wenatchee’s air quality thus far has not been any worse than moderate.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.