Evening News August 06, 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 Seattle man is dead after a mountain climbing accident in Chelan County’s back country. An Okanogan woman died from injuries when she crashed her motorcycle Sunday afternoon about 4 miles North of Brewster. Vehicular homicide charges are pending in another fatal traffic accident that occurred over the weekend, this time in Grant County, and, The unemployment rate in the Wenatchee area for June was once again a record-setter.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

At a special cryptocurrency moratorium public hearing earlier today at the Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee, the public once again had the opportunity to express their support or their concerns regarding cryptocurrency mining, scrypt mining and block chain. Malachi Salcido, founder of Salcido Enterprises one of the leading cryptocurrency mining operations in the U.S., echoed many other small miners comments concerning the PUD’s possible implementation of variable power rates for cryptocurrency miners. . .

Others at today’s public hearing think bitcoin mining is a waste of precious resources. . .

The Chelan PUD put a moratorium on bitcoin mining back on March 19th and are expected to hold further discussion and a possible decision regarding cryptocurrency at their next meeting on August 20th.

A Seattle man is dead after a mountain climbing accident in Chelan County’s back country. Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the 44 year old man reportedly lost his footing while climbing Buck Mountain about 17 miles North of Lake Wenatchee.

The Sheriff says the man fell about 50 feet down a steep slope. His friends hiked down to him and rendered aid but he reportedly succumbed to his injuries. A US Navy helicopter equipped with a hoist was flown in to recover the body after failed attempts by the Chelan and King County Sheriff’s helicopters to access the area. The two remaining hikers were able to make their way out on their own.

Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris has identified the man as James E. Rothwell.  Harris said in a release, (quote) Death notification was made on Sunday to his mother and sister who live in New York.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine exact cause of death.  More information will follow tomorrow after the autopsy.(end quote)

An Okanogan woman died from injuries when she crashed her motorcycle Sunday afternoon about 4 miles North of Brewster. A State Patrol report says 44-year old Jennifer A. Morgan was Northbound on U.S. 97 when she failed to negotiate a curve, struck a guardrail and was ejected from the motorcycle. She was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster where she died.

Vehicular homicide charges are pending in another fatal traffic accident that occurred over the weekend, this time in Grant County. State Troopers say it happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 17.

Troopers say 37-year old Brent Reiner of Tacoma and his passenger, 37-year old Sara Sherman, also from Tacoma, were ejected from their vehicle after it crashed about 7 miles South of Coulee City. Sherman was dead at the scene. Troopers say alcohol was involved and criminal charges were pending. Highway 17 was closed for about an hour due to the investigation.

The unemployment rate in the Wenatchee area for June was once again a record-setter. The 3.9 percent unemployment rate for June is the lowest reading for the month since electronic rates were started in 1990 and is four-tenths of a percent lower than the same time last year. Washington State Regional Economist Don Meseck provided the report and said 1204 more people also joined the workforce in June compared to June of 2017. 184 fewer people were unemployed in June, which is a 6-point-3 percent drop. Construction jobs once again saw a big jump in June adding 300 jobs compared to last June, an increase of over 10-percent.

Coming up next, Crews working the Cougar Creek Fire are making progress in their containment efforts and the threat to homes in the Entiat Valley. The Crescent Mountain Fire has grown to over 76-hundred acres of forestland in Okanogan County. A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy who recently won a half million dollar judgement against her employer is now filing as a candidate to defeat Sheriff Brian Burnett, and, The Washington State Public Works Board announced on Friday that they have awarded over 5-million dollars in pre-construction loans to 10 cities, one of those is in Douglas County. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Crews working the Cougar Creek Fire are making progress in their containment efforts and the threat to homes in the Entiat Valley has decreased to the point that all Level 3 restrictions have been reduced to Level 2. Level 2 evacuations are in effect from Mad River Road north to mile post 24.5. But managers caution that there is enough of a fire presence in the area to maintain Level 2. North of the Level 2 evacuations (mile post 24.5) Forest Service campgrounds remain closed and the Forest closure order remains in effect.

The fire has spread to over 41-hundred acres with 677 firefighters deployed on the firelines. The California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 assumed command of the Cougar Creek Fire Sunday. Managers briefed the  community at an informational meeting last night in Entiat. They sound cautiously optimistic but they also warn that a forcast for hotter weather this week could change things . .

The lightning-caused fire is burning 20 miles northwest of Entiat in heavy timber, dead and down timber, and in old fire burns. Much of the fire is in steep and inaccessible terrain but firefighters are making progress in putting out spot fires, building hand and dozer line, reducing fuel loads north of Plain, and providing structural protection along Entiat River road.

The Crescent Mountain Fire has grown to over 76-hundred acres of forestland in Okanogan County. The blaze that started from a lightning strike on July 28th is located about 21 miles West of Twisp in the headwaters of the Twisp River. Level 2 evacuations are issued for residents above the road closure at the intersection of Buttermilk Road and Twisp River Road.

Managers say the fire is slowly creeping down the Anderson Creek drainage. A total of 221 firefighters are currently deployed on the Crescent Mountain and the neighboring 38 acre Gilbert Fire.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy who recently won a half million dollar judgement against her employer is now filing as a candidate to defeat Sheriff Brian Burnett. Jennifer Tyler has filed to run as a write-in candidate on the November general election ballot. Tyler was awarded over 500-thousand dollars in her wrongful termination lawsuit against then Sheriff, Mike Harum. She was reinstated but says she is still being retaliated against by the Sheriff’s office. . .

She says she was encouraged to run by a Cashmere business owner who said he had written her name in on his ballot.

In order to qualify for the general election the 43 year old deputy would have to receive at least one percent of the total vote in Tuesday’s primary. Sheriff Burnett reacted to Tyler’s candidacy saying that she had the right to run but denied her allegations of retaliation.

The Washington State Public Works Board announced on Friday that they have awarded over 5-million dollars in pre-construction loans to 10 cities, counties and water districts throughout the state. One local community is part of that grant money; Rock Island will receive 231-thousand dollars to improve the city’s water system. This is just the second time in five years the Board has had funding available to issue these low-interest loans for vital public infrastructure improvements to roads, water, sanitary sewer and street systems.

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 completed its first series sweep of the season Sunday with an 11-4 win over the Victoria HarbourCats…

Connor McCord allowed one earned run over seven innings to pick up the victory.  He also batted cleanup and helped his own cause in the cleanup roll, driving in three.

Leading 6-4 in the 8th, Wenatchee decided to score some insurance runs and put the game away…

Video Courtesy the AppleSox Facebook LIVE feed.  Wenatchee improved to 14-and-11 with the win and remain a game-and-a-half back of Yakima Valley for the final playoff spot.  The Pippins finish the schedule with a three-game series at Corvallis while the AppleSox now head to Kelowna to wrap up the season with the Falcons.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the West Coast League…

Nick DiCarlo, Cameron Campbell, Tyler Lasch and Chris Arpan all homered to lead Yakima Valley to a 9-3 win at Walla Walla.  The Pippins lost 2-of-3 to the Sweets and are 15-and-9 and lead the second-half standings.

Brody Barnum’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice scored Sam Novitske in the top of the 11th and Portland popped Port Angeles 5-4.  The Pickles will meet Corvallis in the W-C-L South playoffs.

Matt McClain was 2-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s to lead Bellingham to a 4-2 win over Kelowna Sunday.  Thanks to the Bell’s first place finish in the first half of the season, they’re already in the North Division playoffs.  Bellingham waits to see if they’ll face Wenatchee or Yakima Valley in the post-season.

Kolby Somers and two relievers allowed 1-run on 4-hits in Corvallis’ 4-1 win over Cowlitz.  Chandler Anderson led the way offensively for the Knights, going 3-for-5 and scoring a run.

Ian Nowack was 3-for-5 including a 3-run home run to lead Bend to an 11-6 non-league win over Gresham to wrap up the regular season.

On the West Coast League Schedule today…

Yakima Valley play at Corvallis at 6pm.  Cowlitz hosts Walla Walla; Wenatchee’s at Kelowna and Victoria hosts Portland, all at 6:35.

After stumbling out of the gate at the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series on Friday, Wenatchee bounced back over the weekend…

Representing the Pacific Northwest, the Wenatchee 12U team lost its opener to the host team, Phenix City, Alabama 10-1 and then the Virginia State Champs 17-5 Friday.  Then Saturday, Wenatchee shut out China 12-0 and won 4-1 over Middle Atlantic Sunday.  The tournament finishes pool play today to determine seeding for bracket play tomorrow.

The Wenatchee Rams continued its winning ways Saturday in the first round of the Western Washington Football Alliance playoffs…

The Rams had no trouble weathering the Kitsap Storm, winning 50-to-12.  Next up is a second-round playoff game this Saturday at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 6 o’clock.

Congratulations to Cashmere grad Paiton Wagner…

Paiton and her playing partner Chloe Goiette won the doubles title in Seattle at the Washington State Open, played at the Seattle Tennis Club.  For their efforts, Paiton and Chloe split a check for $2,000.  Wagner is readying for his second year at the University of Oregon.  Go Ducks!

The Mariners finally awakened the bats in the series finale with Toronto Sunday, blasting three home runs in a 6-3 victory that snapped a 5-game losing streak…

Kyle Seager homered twice and Nelson Cruz hit his 29th home run of the season while driving in 4-runs to lead the Mariners.  Toronto ended up taking three out of the four games in Seattle as the Mariners continued to see their post-season hopes fade.

Speaking of, let’s check the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the American League West…

Trevor Cahill and three relievers combined on a 5-hit shutout of Detroit as Oakland won AGAIN, downing the Tigers 6-nothing.  The A’s have won 6-straight after the weekend sweep of Detroit and now lead Seattle by 2-and-a-half games for the American League’s final Wild Card playoff spot.  And, after the Red Sox swept the Yankees, Oakland trails New York by just 2.5 games for the first Wild Card playoff spot.

Jose Ramirez smacked his MLB-lead-tying 33rd home run to lead Cleveland to a 4-3 win over the Angels.

Mark Trumbo belted a pair of 2-run home runs to lead Baltimore to a 9-6 win over Texas.

Brian Dozier had a two-run double in the first inning and Cody Bellinger’s RBI double in the 3rd was the difference as the Dodgers salvaged the series finale Sunday against Houston 3-2.

The Seahawks held a mock game Saturday during training camp with the first-team offense scoring on all four drives, all on passes by Russell Wilson.  Afterwards, Wilson was asked about working with Brandon Marshall, who caught a touchdown pass in the game…

The Seahawks are preparing to host the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night at CenturyLink Field in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Thanks Eric.

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…

A Seattle man is dead after a mountain climbing accident in Chelan County’s back country. Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the 44 year old man reportedly lost his footing while climbing Buck Mountain about 17 miles North of Lake Wenatchee.

The Sheriff says the man fell about 50 feet down a steep slope. His friends hiked down to him and rendered aid but he reportedly succumbed to his injuries. A US Navy helicopter equipped with a hoist was flown in to recover the body after failed attempts by the Chelan and King County Sheriff’s helicopters to access the area. The two remaining hikers were able to make their way out on their own. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris has identified the man as James E. Rothwell.  Harris said in a release, (quote) Death notification was made on Sunday to his mother and sister who live in New York.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine exact cause of death.  More information will follow tomorrow after the autopsy.(end quote)

An Okanogan woman died from injuries when she crashed her motorcycle Sunday afternoon about 4 miles North of Brewster. A State Patrol report says 44-year old Jennifer A. Morgan was Northbound on U.S. 97 when she failed to negotiate a curve, struck a guardrail and was ejected from the motorcycle. She was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster where she died.

Vehicular homicide charges are pending in another fatal traffic accident that occurred over the weekend, this time in Grant County. State Troopers say it happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 17.

Troopers say 37-year old Brent Reiner of Tacoma and his passenger, 37-year old Sara Sherman, also from Tacoma, were ejected from their vehicle after it crashed about 7 miles South of Coulee City. Sherman was dead at the scene. Troopers say alcohol was involved and criminal charges were pending. Highway 17 was closed for about an hour due to the investigation.

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 tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.