NCWLIFE Channel News for July 6

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WENATCHEE- Here’s the latest news for North Central Washington from the NCWLIFE Channel with Grant Olson.

Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- we’ll have an update on the Mitchell Canyon fire that triggered level 2 evacuations near Badger Mountain Road, the cause of a fire in East Wenatchee, an earthquake in Montana is felt throughout the Pacific Northwest and Officials recover the body of a student who drowned in Lake Chelan. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz and our feature story today: how are you coping with the heat? We hit the streets to find out.

Managers say the Mitchell Canyon Brush fire quieted down overnight but crews are in a race to get it contained before Friday when weather conditions are expected to worsen. Officials say today’s strategy is to contain the Northern Flank of the fire .

The fire spread to an estimated 650 acres of sage and grass on Badger Mountain and prompted Level 2 evacuations for area residents. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says 73 homes are effected. No Structures have been damaged but several firefighters were treated yesterday for heat stress. Krueger says crews will be fighting the elements again today with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees with low humidity.

Fireworks are now confirmed as the cause of two structure fires in the East Wenatchee area yesterday. Brian Brett with Douglas County Fire District 2 says that’s what started the pre-dawn fire that burned down a mobile home on Kentucky Avenue .

Brett says a second fire destroyed a shed at a mobile home park off 19th Street. That fire was also caused by children playing with fireworks.

A 5.8 earthquake in western Montana was widely felt today around the Pacific Northwest. It was epicentered just North of Lincoln. Montana. But was felt as far away as Okanogan and Chelan Counties. The location of the earthquake contains two prominent faults

Western Montana and northwestern Wyoming have experienced at least 16 other Magnitude 5 earthquakes within the last 100 years.  The largest was the August 1959 M 7.2 Hebgen Lake earthquake – the largest historic event in the intermountain region – which occurred about 280 km to the south-southeast of the July 6th event. The Hebgen Lake earthquake triggered a large landslide that resulted in significant damage and more than 28 fatalities

A tragic ending to a day of boating and swimming on Lake Chelan with the recovery of the body of a South Korean student from the University of Washington. The Chelan County Sheriff’s department released a statement Wednesday reporting a body believed to be that of 23-year-old Donghoon Lee of Seattle was recovered from Lake Chelan. A boater in the area observed the body and called 911. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and Chelan County Fire District #7 personnel responded to the area and recovered the body. The body has been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. The South Korean Consulate has notified Lee’s family.

Coming up- Medicaid for inmates will be suspended rather than terminated, per new State Healthcare Authority laws, Chelan PUD customers could win three free nights of camping at Beebe Bridge and The Pacific Northwest Bike Fest makes its way to Pybus Public Market. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News

Welcome back. Starting this week the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) will suspend—rather than terminate Medicaid coverage for jail or prison inmates to better support their re-entry into the community. Steve Hair reports .

Chelan PUD customers can fill out a quick survey and be entered to win three nights of free camping at Beebe Bridge Campground. The on-line survey is an effort to help Chelan PUD make decisions about future camping voucher programs.

The survey is available online at www.chelanpud.org/CampingSurvey and in print form at all PUD offices (Leavenworth, Chelan and Wenatchee). All Chelan County residents over the age of 18 are eligible to enter. Your completed survey is your entry. The survey deadline is July 31. The three days of camping are good between Aug. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018 and based on availability of selected days. Reservations should be made at least 60 days in advance with the PUD.

For the first time the Pacific Northwest Bike Fest is coming to wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market this weekend. The event includes a Baddest Bagger competition on Friday for bike builders to show off their hard work, along with live music and various events throughout the weekend. Co-organizer Jim Hempstead stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz to talk more about the new event

For more a schedule of the events, visit pnwbikefest.com/events

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, Dan Kuntz will have your sports update and our feature today: how are Wenatchee residents beating the heat? Coming up on NCWLIFE News

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We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of today’s stories and your weather forecast for North Central Washington

 

And now for a recap of our top stories.

Managers say the Mitchell Canyon Brush fire quieted down overnight but crews are in a race to get it contained before Friday when weather conditions are expected to worsen. Officials say today’s strategy is to contain the Northern Flank of the fire .

The fire spread to an estimated 650 acres of sage and grass on Badger Mountain and prompted Level 2 evacuations for area residents. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says 73 homes are effected. No Structures have been damaged but several firefighters were treated yesterday for heat stress. Krueger says crews will be fighting the elements again today with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees with low humidity.

Fireworks are now confirmed as the cause of two structure fires in the East Wenatchee area yesterday. Brian Brett with Douglas County Fire District 2 says that’s what started the pre-dawn fire that burned down a mobile home on Kentucky Avenue . .

Brett says a second fire destroyed a shed at a mobile home park off 19th Street. That fire was also caused by children playing with fireworks.

A 5.8 earthquake in western Montana was widely felt today around the Pacific Northwest. It was epicentered just North of Lincoln. Montana. But was felt as far away as Okanogan and Chelan Counties. The location of the earthquake contains two prominent faults

Western Montana and northwestern Wyoming have experienced at least 16 other Magnitude 5 earthquakes within the last 100 years.  The largest was the August 1959 M 7.2 Hebgen Lake earthquake – the largest historic event in the intermountain region – which occurred about 280 km to the south-southeast of the July 6th event. The Hebgen Lake earthquake triggered a large landslide that resulted in significant damage and more than 28 fatalities.

A tragic ending to a day of boating and swimming on Lake Chelan with the recovery of the body of a South Korean student from the University of Washington. The Chelan County Sheriff’s department released a statement Wednesday reporting a body believed to be that of 23-year-old Donghoon Lee of Seattle was recovered from Lake Chelan. A boater in the area observed the body and called 911. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and Chelan County Fire District #7 personnel responded to the area and recovered the body. The body has been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. The South Korean Consulate has notified Lee’s family.

And now to close out our newscast today, our video of the day spotlights the Wenatchee Youth Circus, recently featured on PBS.

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. Have a good night.