Evening News August 09, 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 Wenatchee Valley continues to struggle with poor air quality caused by a multitude of wildfires burning around the Pacific Northwest and California. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will present a surplus wildfire engine to Okanogan Fire District 7, which covers the town of Riverside. A Sedro Wooley woman was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident near Mazama, and, The National Park Service has identified the climber who fell 100 feet to his death Saturday in the Forbidden Peak area of the North Cascades Natioanl Park.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Cougar Creek Fire managers provided a briefing last night for residents of Plain. The lightning-sparked wildfire has grown now to 10,834 acres. There are now just under 900 fire personnel working the fire.

Its located on timber land about 20 miles Northwest of Entiat and about 7 and a half miles Northeast of Plain. The next few days are critical as a red flag warning calls for record heat followed by a cold-front and windy conditions. A fire behavior analyst explained at last night’s public meeting that crews plan to use the weather conditions to their advantage. . .

The fire has resulted in a level one advisory now for Mad River Road to include the town of Ardenvoir. Level Three evacuation warnings for the Upper Entiat Valley Road from Potato Creek to Milepost 25. Meanwhile it was also reported that resources on the Lost Fire were able to mount an aggressive ground attack supported by aerial resources and were able to slow it’s progress. The Lost Fire is currently estimated at 107 acres.

419 firefighters are currently deployed in Okanogan County on The Crescent Mountain Fire. Officials say the Crescent Mountain Fire consumed the Gilbert Fire overnight, and will now report on the fires as one. The blaze has burned over 14-thousand acres of forest land located in the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley. Wednesday afternoon saw moderate fire behavior with some tree torching and running. Crews concentrated their efforts to establish contingency lines to protect homes and structures along Buttermilk Road area which remains under a Level Two evacuation advisory. The advisory was expanded to the entire area of Twisp River Road up canyon from Little Bridge Creek Road. Fire officials predict with the expected weather, crews anticipate the fire moving eastward and could result in an elevation to a Level 3 evacuation notice for upper Twisp River residents.

The Wenatchee Valley continues to struggle with poor air quality caused by a multitude of wildfires burning around the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Here was the gauge at the State Department of Ecology’s air quality monitoring site in Wenatchee. The prevailing winds are pushing the smoke to the South and East which causes even worse air quality conditions in the Entiat and Lake Chelan areas. An air quality alert is in effect until 10:00 a.m. on Monday.

As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ongoing efforts to strengthen rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will present a surplus wildfire engine to Okanogan Fire District 7, which covers the town of Riverside.

Commissioner Franz will ride the fire engine through the Omak Stampede Grand Parade with District 7 Fire Chief Arnold Stevens before officially transferring ownership to the fire district. The 2017 Washington State Legislature authorized DNR to transfer ownership of its surplus engines to rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas at no cost. Along with the District 7 engine, DNR is also granting surplus engines this year to Okanogan County fire districts 12, which serves the area east of Mount Hull area, and 16, which serves the Aeneas Valley. Last year, DNR provided surplus engines to Okanogan County fire districts 3, in Omak, 9, in Okanogan, 11, in Molson and Chesaw, and the Conconully Volunteer Fire Department.

A Sedro Wooley woman was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident near Mazama.

21-year old Tatiana Hoare was traveling west on State Route 20 about 16 miles west of Mazama on a motorcycle when she failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the centerline and struck a pickup driven by 44-year old Joseph Dietz of Winthrop. Hoare was injured in the crash and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Dietz was uninjured in the accident. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash and Hoare was charged with speeding.

The National Park Service has identified the climber who fell 100 feet to his death Saturday in the Forbidden Peak area of the North Cascades Natioanl Park.

60 year old Eric Lindblom was with a group of three climbers when he reportedly slipped and fell after he lost his footing on wet rock slabs. A park Service helicopter crew flew in from Marblemount to recover the body according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s office.

Coming up next, Washington State Apple growers are expected to harvest a smaller crop this season compared to last year. Chelan County Commissioners provided a status report this week on the 8-Mile Lake Dam repair project, and, A Leavenworth area man accused of assaulting motorists on US 97-Blewett Pass last week was in court yesterday.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Washington State Apple growers are expected to harvest a smaller crop this season compared to last year. Steve Hair reports . .

Chelan County Commissioners provided a status report this week on the 8-Mile Lake Dam repair project. The century-old dam is owned by the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District. Last year’s Jack Creek Fire ravaged the surrounding mountain sides leaving the lake vulnerable to severe runoff and possible dam failure. The first phase of repairs has been completed but more work is planned according to Commissioner Keith Goehner . .

Goehner says the irrigation district hopes to eventually replace the antiquated dam with a newer more stable structure . .

The project is currently undergoing an environmental impact study and is available for review and public comment through the Washington State Department of Ecology.

A Leavenworth area man accused of assaulting motorists on US 97-Blewett Pass last week was in court Wednesday. Stuart Anthony Campbell is charged with Felony Assault, Harassment and Malicious Mischief in connection with the July 26th incident. Campbell entered a not guilty plea at this arraignment in Chelan County Superior Court.

Officials say Campbell was arrested after stacking sticks and logs across the roadway and then throwing the logs at passing motorists causing damage to at least one car’s windshield.Campbell also allegedly threatened to kill the Prius driver as well as a passer-by who tried to help her. Chelan County Deputies arrived and were forced to taze Campbell in order to restrain him. His trial date is set for September 25th. His next scheduled court appearance is August 29th for an omnibus hearing.

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.

Brian Mogg separated himself from the field a bit Wednesday during the second round of the Washington State Golf Association Men’s Amateur Championship at Gamble Sands in Brewster.  The Issaquah golfer has a two-stroke lead heading into today’s final round after shooting 5-under 65 yesterday.

There’s a four-way tie for second at 9-under between Michael Almonte, Ryan Maine, Michael Butler and RJ Manke.  We asked the WSGA’s Nate Schroeder what they’re playing for…

By the way, 14-year old Daniel Kim shot a 4-under 66 yesterday so he not only made the cut, but he’s tied for 27th!

The Wenatchee AppleSox season came to an end last night with an 11-3 loss at Kelowna…

The Falcons earned the number 2 seed in the WCL’s North Division playoffs after Victoria fell in its final game 10-3 to Portland.

For Wenatchee, the game was pretty much over early as Kelowna erased a 2-1 deficit with an 8-run 3rd inning.  Evan Williams went out strong for the AppleSox, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a double.  TJ Schwartz was also 2-for-4 with a home run.

Wenatchee’s Hunter Boyd got roughed up on the mound, surrendering 10-runs on 14-hits in 4-innings with 4-walks.

The AppleSox finished the second half of the West Coast League season 15-and-13, a nice turnaround from an 11-and-15 first half.  However, finishing 2-games under .500 in coach Kyle Krustangel’s second season compared to last year’s 29-and-25 mark probably won’t sit well with the skipper.

Also in the West Coast League last night…

Gabe Skoro was 4-for-5 with a home run to lead Portland to an 11-3 win over Victoria in the regular season finale.  The expansion Pickles will now travel to Corvallis in the WCL South Division, best-of-three playoffs.

Cole Jones’ 2-run single highlighted a 3-run 8th inning as Yakima Valley ended the season on a high note, downing Corvallis 5-3.  The Pippins finish the season 27-and-27.

Thanks Eric.

The Short Shakespeareans are celebrating their 40th anniversary this week with a production of the classic play “A Midsummers Night Dream”. In tonight’s feature story, during a recent appearance on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, cast member Wiley Case spoke about what he learned from the experience. . .

Courtney Case and Peyton Smith gave us a preview of what audiences can expect. . .

The show runs thru August 11th at the Riverside Playhouse with a 7 p.m. curtain time and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday the 11th. Tickets are on sale at the Numerica PAC box office and at the door.

We’ll be back with our weekely Kennel Kameos feature and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Good news! Yesterday our weekly Kennel Kameo, Holly the cat, was adopted. So check out a rerun of NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introducing us to Ruby the dog, who still needs a home. . .

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.