Evening News August 07, 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, The area’s largest wildfire continues to be the Crescent Mountain Fire currently at 7,671 acres. Today is primary election day across Washington State as voters make their choices on who moves along to the November general election, and, the Chelan County Fairgrounds has received grant money for infrastructure improvements.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Cougar Creek Fire, burning 20 miles northwest of Entiat slowly grew yesterday to 6,169 acres and with advantageous weather conditions firefighters intentionally burned vegetation near spot fires west of Tyee Lookout in order to add protection to the wildfire edge. A total of 700 personnel are working the fire including 15 crews, 4 aircraft, 36 engines and 9 bulldozers. Air operations dropped water as well. Crews worked on reopening Forest Road 5700 to allow better access and opportunities for more direct attack on the fire. A new fire, the Lost Fire, was reported Sunday afternoon about four miles northwest of Maverick Peak and nine miles north of Plain. The Lost Fire is less than 50 acres but growing rapidly and likely started from a lightning strike several days ago. Fire fighters conducted initial attack and air tankers dropped fire retardant around it. Here is Planning Operations Chief Shannon Prather with an update. . .

Earlier this afternoon the Cougar Creek fire crested the ridge and began moving down toward Entiat River Road prompting a level 3 evacuation for Potato Creek to the end of Entiat River Road on both sides of the road. There will also be a manned roadblock at the intersection of Potato Creek and Entiat River Road. Red Cross is on standby at the Warehouse Community Church. There is a community meeting coming up tomorrow night concerning both of these wildfires at the Plain Community Church at 7:00 p.m.

The area’s largest wildfire continues to be the Crescent Mountain Fire currently at 7,671 acres. The fire is burning 21 miles from Twisp in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The Arizona Type 3 Team is managing the fire. Here’s an update from Operations Sections Chief Mark Jamieson. . .

Today is primary election day across Washington State as voters make their choices on who moves along to the November general election. We visited Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore earlier today, who gave us his latest estimate on today’s turnout. . .

Voters using a drop box have until 8 o’clock tonight to deposit their ballots with results available on-line at about 8:30. . .

Links to election results are available on our website at

The State Department of Agriculture awarded the Chelan County Fairgrounds $80-thousand dollars to assist with facility improvements. Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the grounds will get a small face-lift with the new funds…

The Chelan County Fair runs from September 6th through the 9th. NCWLIFE.com.

Coming up next, The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast for the 2018 Washington state fresh apple crop earlier today. A preview tonight of an upcoming Life With Lisa Bradshaw show featuring Richmond Rodriguez, the Eastmont student seriously injured prior to graduation, and, The unemployment rate in the Wenatchee area for June was once again a record-setter. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast for the 2018 Washington state fresh apple crop earlier today. The 2018 forecast is for a fresh pack crop of 131-million standard forty-pound boxes of fresh apples. That’s down two-percent from 2017’s 134-million box crop. Jon DeVaney, President of the Fruit Association, says harvest has started for some early varieties, and growers anticipate a crop of excellent quality fruit. Gala is projected to be the most numerous variety in 2018 at 24% of production, with Red Delicious at a projected 21.5%. These varieties are followed by Fuji at 13.5% and Granny Smith at 13% of total production. This year Honeycrisp is forecast to come in at 10.8%. Apple harvest typically begins in August and continues into November, and as a result this forecast is still subject to several months of variable weather which can affect the final harvest total.

In a recent sit-down interview, Lisa Bradshaw, host of the NCWLIFE Channel show Life with Lisa Bradshaw, talked at length with former Eastmont student Richmond Rodriguez. He’s the teen who was seriously injured on June 6th when he was ejected from the bed of a pickup returning from a senior campout. Here’s a preview of what you will see coming up on Lisa’s show. . .

You can see the entire interview with Richmond and his family coming up tomorrow on Life with Lisa Bradshaw at both 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.

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 kept its playoff hopes alive with a 7-4 win over Kelowna, while Yakima Valley lost to Corvallis 9-5…

For Wenatchee, the runs came in bunches with a 3-run 3rd and 4 run 7th.  Kelowna climbed back into the game with a run in the 7tn and run in the 8th to make it 7-4 going into the ninth.  The Falcons brought the tying run to the plate with two on and one out in the final frame, but Tyler Chipman induced a 6-4-3 double play to end it.

The win pushes Wenatchee closer to clinching a post-season berth.  They’ll need to win the last two at Kelowna and have Yakima Valley lose one of its final two at Corvallis.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard to check the rest of the West Coast League last night…

Corvallis’ Zak Taylor and Trace Tammaro hit RBI doubles in a 3-run 6th inning to beat Yakima Valley 9-5.  Taylor also hit his 3rd home run of the season.

Zack Heaton and two relievers combined on a 5-hit shutout of Cowlitz as Walla Walla won 13-nothing.  Six of the nine men in the lineup for the Sweets had at least two hits on the night.

Rowdy Jordan was 2-for-3 with 2-RBI’s to lead Victoria to a 4-2 win over Portland.

All eyes will be in Kelowna and Corvallis tonight on the West Coast League schedule…

The Knights host the Pippins beginning at 6 o’clock.  The AppleSox and Falcons will start at 6:35.  That’s also the same start time for Walla Walla at Cowlitz while Portland’s at Victoria.

The Wenatchee 12U baseball team begins pool play tonight at the Cal Ripken World Series in Phenix City, Alabama…

Wenatchee, representing the Pacific Northwest, takes on Pacific Southwest today at 5pm our time.  The winner will advance to face the Virginia State Champs tomorrow at 5 o’clock in the semifinals.  The loser drops down to the Iron Bracket and will play against the winner of Ohio Valley and Middle Atlantic tomorrow at 5:30.

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 squandered a 3-0 lead but came back to win in 12 innings at Texas Monday by a score of 4-to-3…

Mike Zunino’s solo home run gave Seattle a 1-nothing lead in the 4th.  The M’s added two more in the 6th off an RBI single by Cameron Maybin and then Maybin scored on Dee Gordon’s double play ball.  Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc was relieved with one out in the 7th, but the bullpen faltered, allowing three runs to tie it.

It was finally Ryon Healy’s RBI single in the 12th that scored Mitch Hanniger with the go-ahead run.  Edwin Diaz allowed two aboard in the bottom of the 12th but got the final outs to save his 42nd game.

Seattle and Texas play a Geritol game today in Arlington as 32-year old Felix Hernandez takes on 45-year old Bartolo Colon.  First pitch is at 5:05.

Also in the American League West Monday…

Andrelton Simmons and Eric Young, Jr. each homered to lead Los Angeles to a 6-2 over Detroit.

Marwin Gonzalez crushed a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th to lead Houston in a come-from-behind 3-1 win over San Francisco.

The red-hot Oakland A’s were idle.

Thanks Eric.
Tonight marks the 35th anniversary of the National Night Out event, a chance to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. In tonight’s feature story, Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department explains how National Night Out got its start. . .

Reinfeld says there will be street closures to accommodate the event. . .

Tonight’s event will include entertainment, free food, kids games and more. National Night Out runs from 6:00 to 7:30 at Centennial Park.

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…

The Cougar Creek Fire, burning 20 miles northwest of Entiat slowly grew yesterday to 6,169 acres and with advantageous weather conditions firefighters intentionally burned vegetation near spot fires west of Tyee Lookout in order to add protection to the wildfire edge. A total of 700 personnel are working the fire including 15 crews, 4 aircraft, 36 engines and 9 bulldozers. Air operations dropped water as well. Crews worked on reopening Forest Road 5700 to allow better access and opportunities for more direct attack on the fire.

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast for the 2018 Washington state fresh apple crop earlier today. The 2018 forecast is for a fresh pack crop of 131-million standard forty-pound boxes of fresh apples. That’s down two-percent from 2017’s 134-million box crop. Jon DeVaney, President of the Fruit Association, says harvest has started for some early varieties, and growers anticipate a crop of excellent quality fruit. Gala is projected to be the most numerous variety in 2018 at 24% of production, with Red Delicious at a projected 21.5%. These varieties are followed by Fuji at 13.5% and Granny Smith at 13% of total production. This year Honeycrisp is forecast to come in at 10.8%. Apple harvest typically begins in August and continues into November, and as a result this forecast is still subject to several months of variable weather which can affect the final harvest total.

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.