Evening News August 03, 2018

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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 Wenatchee Valley Firefighting official says crews are responding to wildland fires a lot quicker and with more resources this season. Two family pets were lost when a fire swept through house in Manson Thursday afternoon, and, The Chelan/Douglas Health District reports another rabid bat has been discovered in Chelan County.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Winds gusting to 40 miles an hour pushed the Cougar Creek Fire last night to over 36 hundred acres. Fire managers report there was extreme crowning and wind-driven runs and spotting. The Entiat River Road is now closed due to level 3 evacuations from Potato Creek to mile post 24 due to rapid fire growth.

The Cougar Creek Fire area is a heavily used recreation area and the smoke is highly visible from Lake Chelan, Wenatchee and other tourist destinations. A type 1 Incident Management Team takes command of the fire Saturday.

A Wenatchee Valley Firefighting official says crews are responding to wildland fires a lot quicker and with more resources this season. Douglas County Fire District Two Chief, Dave Baker reflects on three major brush fires that could have caused significant damage if not for the swift response by local, State and Federal agencies . . .

Washington State Public Lands Commissioner, Hillary Franz says the goal is to keep the fires as small as possible. The state Department of Natural Resources changed its approach to firefighting in 2017: attack from the air early, preposition resources and have agencies train together before the season.

Two family pets were lost when a fire swept through house in Manson Thursday afternoon. It was reported around 4 p.m. Manson Fire Chief, Arnold Baker says it was human-caused. . .

Baker says the house, located at 50 Cone Drive, was a total loss. The family escaped uninjured and was being attended to by the American Red Cross.

The Chelan/Douglas Health District  reports another rabid bat has been discovered in Chelan County. This is the sixth such case of rabies found in a bat this year in the area. The latest discovery was on July 31st at about 6 pm when a bat was found on the ground at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The animal tested positive for rabies. It is unknown whether anyone (or any pets) touched or were otherwise exposed to the rabid bat. If you or any person or pet had contact with the bat, Chelan-Douglas Health District asks that you contact your local public health department or your health care provider.

Coming up next, Congressional candidate DinoRossi was in Wenatchee again on Thursday and sat down with NCWLife for an interview. Central Washington University professor and Washington State House Representative, Matt Manweller is lashing out at the institution’s ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct, and, Washington State’s primary election ballots are due next Tuesday, so far returns have been slow. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

8th District Congressional candidate Dino Rossi has been making his rounds throughout the Wenatchee Valley since announcing last year that he would seek the position being vacated by U.S. Representative Dave Reichert. Rossi was in Wenatchee again on Thursday and sat down with NCWLife’s Grant Olson to talk, among other things, tariff’s, immigration and building a wall. . .

Central Washington University professor and Washington State House Representative, Matt Manweller is lashing out at the institution’s ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct. Manweller condemns the probe in a 4-minute prepared video statement . .

Manweller, a political Science professor, remains on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation has been completed. An independent outside investigation has been completed but the findings have not been released.

Washington State’s primary election ballots are due next Tuesday. So,far less than half of the ballots that were mailed out to voters in Chelan and Douglas Counties have been returned. Douglas County Auditor, Thad Duvall says he’s holding on to his earlier prediction of a 50 percent voter turnout. . .

In Chelan County, Auditor, Skip Moore reports 26.7 percent of the 30,256 ballots mailed out county-wide have been returned.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

The Wenatchee AppleSox had their 4-game winning streak snapped last night by the Port Angeles Lefties by a score of 5-3 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field…

Wenatchee held a 3-2 lead until the 8th when Port Angeles put together a rally, scoring 3-runs in the frame off AppleSox reliever Nick Seamons. The good news for Wenatchee fans hoping for a playoff push for the local team is that Yakima Valley lost to Victoria last night 6-5, so the ‘Sox are still 3-and-a-half games out of first place.

It was Hawaiian night last night at the ballpark, presented by Sunny FM and Journey Travel and Tours….

Congratulations to Lori Estey, she won the coconut bowl-off and earned the trip for two to Maui.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard from the West Coast League last night…

Corvallis scored 4 in the 1st inning and held on to beat Bend 8-5 to sweep the three game series.
Michael Peterson allowed just one hit in seven innings to lead Walla Walla to a 2-0 win over visiting Kelowna.
Michael McLain was 2-for-4 with 3-RBI’s to lead Bellingham to an 11-1 win over Cowlitz to complete the three-game series sweep of the Bears.
Victoria came from behind to knock off Yakima Valley 6-5 at Yakima County Stadium.
And in a non-league game, Augie Sylk and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout of Gresham as the Portland Pickles swept 12-nothing.

On the West Coast League schedule for tonight…

Kelowna’s at Bellingham; Walla Walla hosts Yakima Valley; Corvallis is at Cowlitz; Portland gets back into league play at Port Angeles while Bend hosts Gresham in a non-league game…all at 6:35. Wenatchee hosts Victoria at 7:05.

The Wenatchee 12-U Cal Ripken Major 60 team had a rough start to the World Series in Phenix City, Alabama this morning, falling to the host team 10-to-1.
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Next up for Wenatchee is the Virginia State Champs this evening and then China tomorrow.

The Wenatchee Rams host a playoff game tomorrow night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl…

Kickoff for the Western Washington Football Alliance playoff game is at 6 o’clock.

Kendrys Morales and Aledmys Diaz homered for Toronto as the Blue Jays bettered the Mariners 7-3 at Safeco Field…

Felix Hernandez got the start and didn’t look too bad in 5-innings, allowing 2-runs on 2-hits with 2-strikeouts. It was the bullpen that faltered, as Juan Nicasio gave up a 2-run home run to Morales in the 7th inning. The loss dropped Seattle a half-game behind idle Oakland in the American League Wild Card race.
Seattle and Toronto play again tonight at 7:10 with Marco Gonzalez facing the Blue Jay’s Ryan Borucki.

Also in the American League West last night…

Texas blasted Baltimore 17-8. Everyone else was idle.

While the Blue Angels are practicing for Seafair this weekend, the Seahawks are continuing preparations for next week’s pre-season opener against the Colts…

Training Camp enters Day 7 today at the practice facility in Renton. Yesterday, new Seahawks receiver Brandon Marshall met with the press. He was asked about the chemistry between he and Russell Wilson…

Marshall and the rest of the Seahawks continue training camp at the V-Mac in Renton, sponsored by Safeway.

Thanks Eric.

The Washington State History Museum has a model train exhibit of 1950’s Pierce County on permanent display. In tonight’s feature story, we go behind the glass and take a look into this miniature world. Its one of former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro’s Favorite Places. . .

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Winds gusting to 40 miles an hour pushed the Cougar Creek Fire last night to over 36 hundred acres. Fire managers report there was extreme crowning and wind-driven runs and spotting. The Entiat River Road is now closed due to level 3 evacuations from Potato Creek to mile post 24 due to rapid fire growth.

The Cougar Creek Fire area is a heavily used recreation area and the smoke is highly visible from Lake Chelan, Wenatchee and other tourist destinations. A type 1 Incident Management Team takes command of the fire Saturday.

The Chelan/Douglas Health District  reports another rabid bat has been discovered in Chelan County. This is the sixth such case of rabies found in a bat this year in the area. The latest discovery was on July 31st at about 6 pm when a bat was found on the ground at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The animal tested positive for rabies. It is unknown whether anyone (or any pets) touched or were otherwise exposed to the rabid bat. If you or any person or pet had contact with the bat, Chelan-Douglas Health District asks that you contact your local public health department or your health care provider.

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 and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.