NCWLIFE Evening News September 28

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight –the man credited for helping drive the development of the Apple Capital Loop Trail died at his home on Tuesday, expect extra law enforcement patrols for Oktoberfest and a drunk driver is injured in an auto accident. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

No updated information yet today on a shooting incident yesterday in Dryden. Law Enforcement officials closed a portion of Highway 2 as Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies searched for two men suspected in that shooting. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says the victim was shot and may also have been beaten with a baseball bat. The incident occurred at a house on Josephine Avenue in Dryden and Sheriff Burnett says a search warrant has been obtained for that residence. State Patrol troopers closed both lanes of Highway 2 from the Big Y to Dryden. County Deputies cordoned off a perimeter around the shooting scene and initially used a dog to search for the suspects, who authorities now believe may have fled in a car. The victim was transported to Central Washington Hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.

A two-vehicle accident early Wednesday night near Entiat sent a Chelan man to the hospital and facing charges of driving under the influence, hit and run and driving with a suspended license.

 

The collision occurred around 7:30 last night on highway 97-A just north of Entiat when a 2003 Buick Rendezvous, driven by 50-year old Benjamin Jones of Chelan, suffered a tire blowout causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The Buick then crossed the centerline of the road and collided with a 2002 Ford F-150, driven by 24-year old Brian Chamberlain of Wenatchee. The Buick came to rest in the northbound lane while the Ford truck ended up in the southbound ditch. Jones was injured in the crash and was taken to Central Washington Hospital. He was also charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and driving with a suspended license.

The Washington State Patrol would like to remind residents attending Oktoberfest over the next three weekends that they will have extra patrols out during the event.

 

State Patrol will also be using a Mobile Impaired Driving Unit or (MIDU), which is a self-contained, 37-foot motorhome that travels across the state to help support all Law Enforcement during Driving under the Influence emphasis events. The MIDU is equipped with three breath test instruments and two holding cells to more effectively process impaired drivers. State Patrol urges Oktoberfest attendees to either arrange for a designated driver or use a bus or taxi service to get home safely if alcohol is involved.

 

Over the next several weeks, communities along the east slopes of the Cascades may see a different type of smoke column rising above the tree tops; a column that heralds the return of prescribed fire to the land. Over 8-thousand acres of US Forest Service managed lands will be targeted this fall.

 

Prescribed burning is used to limit the size and intensity of future forest fires. Residents Coming up, the man credited for helping drive the development of the Apple Capital Loop Trail died at his home on Tuesday and the Apple Blossom Festival at Memorial Park is expanding, I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is advising consumers not to drink Pride and Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk because it may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious illness.

 

The public health notice was sent out earlier today after random sampling by the WSDA found salmonella in bottled organic raw milk collected from the Pride and Joy Dairy in Toppenish. Locally, the Pride and Joy Dairy distributes their products to: Bear Foods in Chelan, Settler’s County Market in Ephrata and Moses Lake, Sage Mountain Natural Foods in Leavenworth and both the Rhubarb Market and Wenatchee Natural Foods in Wenatchee. The milk product in question has a best-by date of October 4th. The WSDA continues to investigate the source of the problem and so far, there has been no reported cases of human illness associated with this product.

NCWLIFE notes the passing of prominent Wenatchee area attorney, Bob Parlette.

 

The man who is credited for helping drive the development of the Apple Capital Loop Trail died Tuesday at his home. Parlette was married to former State Senator, Linda Evans-Parlette. He practiced law and also served as Chief Legal Council for the Chelan County PUD but it was his advocacy for the area’s natural resources and longtime commitment to creating more public access to the Columbia River waterfront that endeared him to many in the outdoor recreation community. Most recently, Parlette was involved in a successful effort to establish a public trail along the Wenatchee River in Peshastin. He commented on that project recently on NCWLIFE News . . .

 

Parlette graduated from the US Air Force Academy and was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He then attended the University of Washington where he received his law degree in 1972. Parlette was 76 years old. He’s survived by his wife, Linda, five children and three granddaughters.

Good news on the labor front in Chelan and Douglas County with the latest jobless numbers for August. Regional Labor Economist, Don Meseck reports for the Washington State Employment Security Department that the two-county unemployment rate dropped to 4.1-percent. That’s a big drop from the 5.4 rate registered during the same month last year and Messick notes it’s the lowest rate for August in 27 years. Meseck says there’s also been a significant increase in the construction industry during August . . .

 

Meseck says the Leisure and Hospitality sector of the economy saw a drop in employment. He attributed that to a drop in tourism-related business due to wildfire smoke in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Meanwhile, Grant County had a jobless rate of 4.9 percent in August.

Even though the 2018 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is 7 months away, preparations have already been made at Memorial Park for a small expansion.

 

One of the biggest moneymakers for the Festival is the beer garden, which has grown from being open only a few days of the festival to now all 11 days of the event. A line of old rose bushes has been removed at the rear of the beer garden area to make room for a larger venue. Apple Blossom Festival Director Darci Christoferson says the extra space was badly needed. . .

 

Another major revenue generator is the 22nd annual Apple Blossom Auction, which is coming up on Saturday, October 21st. The 2018 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival begins on April 26th and runs through May 6th.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

On the Prep Calendar for today, in Soccer…

 

Bridgeport at Manson, 4:30pm
Kiona Benton at Cascade, 4:30pm
Cashmere at Chelan, 4:30pm
Eastmont at Wenatchee, 7pm

In volleyball tonight…

 

Cashmere at Chelan, 6:30pm
Wenatchee at Eastmont, 7pm LIVE with Eric Granstrom & LeAnne Branam on the NCWLIFE Channel

Swimming & Diving
West Valley at Wenatchee, 4pm

Slow Pitch Softball
The West Valley at Wenatchee doubleheader will be played at Foothills Middle School.  Walla Walla Point Park has been converted to soccer for the season.  After today’s game, the Panthers will play their home games at Wenatchee Valley College Softball Field.  Today’s twin-bill begins at 3pm.

Also, a quick note about Wenatchee Football…Athletic Director Jim Beeson says Saturday’s scheduled freshman game at Post Falls has been cancelled due to a lack of available players for the home team.

 

The Wenatchee Wild are preparing to host Cowichan Valley tomorrow night at the Town Toyota Center.  Last weekend, Wenatchee went 1-0-1 at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.  Arch Ecker sat down with Coach Bliss Littler to talk about last weekend’s games, starting with a 3-3 draw with Nanaimo:

 

On Sunday morning, Wenatchee shut out a very physical Langley team to take three out of a possible four points from the weekend:

 

Littler says he and the team are taking this week to not only learn about their opponent Friday, but to continue developing their own “Wild-Style” of play:

 

The puck drops tomorrow night at 7:05 at the Town Toyota Center.  We’ll feature the game a week from tonight as our “Thursday Night Hockey” with the Wild resumes on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Arch will join us to talk more about the team later this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Mark Canha’s (CAN-uh) one-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th gave Oakland a 6-5 win over Seattle yesterday afternoon…

 

The ending ruined a good game offensively for Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz.  Each delivered two-run home runs with Cano’s being a game-tying shot in the 8th.  The homer for Cruz was his 38th of the season and brought his RBI total to an American League-leading 117.  Seattle has the day off today before wrapping up the season with a three-game series against the Angels Friday in Anaheim.  Marco Gonzalez will go up against Tyler Skaggs at 7:07pm.

 

The Chicago Cubs clinched their second straight National League Central Division title on Wednesday, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 to advance to the postseason for a third straight year.

It took a loss from the Angels to make it official, but the Minnesota Twins made history on Wednesday night, becoming the first team in Major League history to make the postseason one season after losing 100 or more games.  The Twins, who lost a Major League-high 103 games in 2016, are baseball’s Cinderella story in 2017, having clinched a spot as the second American League Wild Card team hours after their 4-2 loss to the Indians.  The clinch came when the White Sox went extra innings with the Angels:

 

The team posted this video on the Twin’s Twitter Account as Chicago’s Nick Delmonico crushed a walk-off home run to give the Sox a 6-4 win over Los Angeles, propelling Minnesota into the playoffs.

 

Thanks Eric…

And now for our Feature story tonight…the local non-profit youth program, Young Life, hosted their annual Taste Wenatchee Fundraiser last night. The Fundraiser provided the needed financial support to keep the program going throughout the year and give a quality place for area youth to come and join in fellowship. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has the story. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

And now a recap of our top stories…

A two-vehicle accident early Wednesday night near Entiat sent a Chelan man to the hospital and facing charges of driving under the influence, hit and run and driving with a suspended license.

 

The collision occurred around 7:30 last night on highway 97-A just north of Entiat when a 2003 Buick Rendezvous, driven by 50-year old Benjamin Jones of Chelan, suffered a tire blowout causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The Buick then crossed the centerline of the road and collided with a 2002 Ford F-150, driven by 24-year old Brian Chamberlain of Wenatchee. The Buick came to rest in the northbound lane while the Ford truck ended up in the southbound ditch. Jones was injured in the crash and was taken to Central Washington Hospital. He was also charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and driving with a suspended license.

No updated information yet today on a shooting incident yesterday in Dryden.  Law Enforcement officials closed a portion of Highway 2 as Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies searched for two men suspected in that shooting. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says the victim was shot and may also have been beaten with a baseball bat. The incident occurred at a house on Josephine Avenue in Dryden and Sheriff Burnett says a search warrant has been obtained for that residence. State Patrol troopers closed both lanes of Highway 2 from the Big Y to Dryden. County Deputies cordoned off a perimeter around the shooting scene and initially used a dog to search for the suspects, who authorities now believe may have fled in a car. The victim was transported to Central Washington Hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is advising consumers not to drink Pride and Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk because it may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious illness.

 

The public health notice was sent out earlier today after random sampling by the WSDA found salmonella in bottled organic raw milk collected from the Pride and Joy Dairy in Toppenish. Locally, the Pride and Joy Dairy distributes their products to: Bear Foods in Chelan, Settler’s County Market in Ephrata and Moses Lake, Sage Mountain Natural Foods in Leavenworth and both the Rhubarb Market and Wenatchee Natural Foods in Wenatchee. The milk product in question has a best-by date of October 4th. The WSDA continues to investigate the source of the problem and so far, there has been no reported cases of human illness associated with this product.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

One more day of sunny skies and Wenatchee Valley temperatures in the upper-70s to mid-80s, or about 10 degrees above average. The upper level ridge was over eastern Washington this morning and moved east throughout the day today. Our light north or northeast winds will switch to a more southerly direction tonight as the ridge continues east and the upper level trough nears the west coast. Friday clouds will increase from west to east through the day as the storm system moves into the area. We will see a chance of showers during the afternoon tomorrow along the Cascades with the possibility of some very light rain in Wenatchee. This weekend the cold front quickly pushes into western Montana during the day on Saturday for decreasing chances of showers and clearing skies. On Sunday, a large trough develops over the western United States bringing with it cooler temperatures and instability showers from Sunday afternoon through most of next week with about a 20-30% chance of rain throughout the period over most of Northcentral Washington. The overall moisture in this air mass is pretty low, so any showers that do form won’t have much rain in them. In addition, snow levels will be lowering during this cool period to around 4000 to 5000 feet. 

The Washington State University Outing Club released this promo video earlier in the week. The club is run by WSU students and is designed to give them the highest quality experience when it comes to outdoor recreation options. . .

 

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 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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.