Evening News August 10, 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,
But first, we begin tonight. . .
The Cougar Creek Fire burning near Entiat is now at 12,542 acres and is 5-percent contained. Fire managers are preparing residents living in the Entiat and Chumstick Valleys for a lot of activity this weekend. Fire Informaton Officer Shannon Prather says the focus will be on structure protection and creating more contingency lines. . .

Chelan County Emergency Management has raised the evacuation levels in the Entiat Valley in connection with the Cougar Creek Fire. Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of Entiat River Road (approximately Milepost 25) is now at a Level 3. Mad River Road, including Ardenvoir, is now at a Level 2. Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon to Mad River Road intersection, on both sides of the road, are now at a Level 1. Both sides of Crum Canyon Road are now at a Level 1. Meanwhile, A Red Flag warning has been extended through Saturday triggering increased concerns over wildfires in the area. Steve Bodnar is the fire weather forecaster on the Cougar Creek Fire. . .

The estimated containment date for the Cougar Creek Fire is September 15th.
An iconic Stevens Pass eatery is making a much anticipated comeback. After a fire destroyed the popular 59’er Diner along Hwy 2 at Coles Corner 2 years ago, owner Joe Cannata vowed to rebuild the diner and the project has been completed. Cannata says the new 59’er Diner was constructed in Atlanta, GA by the Frey-Moss Company and is currently in transit. The new diner will arrive via 5 tractor trailers now traveling cross country.

The 59’er Diner food truck currently operating in Coles Corner will continue to serve burgers and shakes during the assembly of the new diner. Cranes will start putting the diner sections in place starting Thursday, August 16th. Opening day is expected to be in the fall of 2018.
The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance or GWATA announced yesterday the finalists for the 2018 Innovator Awards. The finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year are: Beth Dews of Threads, David Kaylor of Harvest Valley Pest Control and Kevin and Kyle Cox from the business, Coaxsher. The finalists for Innovative Tech Business of the Year are: iSpyFire, Accor Technology and PetHub. Finalists were also announced for Problem Solving Innovator of the Year, Future Tech Leader of the Year and STEM Educator of the Year. GWATA invites the community to attend the Innovator Awards Luncheon on September 26th at the Wenatchee Convention Center to help recognize all 33 nominees and finalists, and hear the announcement of the recipient of each award.
Coming up next, A decision was made last night by the Wenatchee City Council whether or not to change the way city council members are elected. A slowdown reported last month in the Wenatchee area real estate market, and, Repair work this weekend will force the closure of southbound traffic on the Wenatchee River Bridge, which could cause some traffic delays. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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A decision was made last night by the Wenatchee City Council whether or not to change the way city council members are elected. NCWLIFE’s Grant Olson tells us what the council decided. . .
A slowdown reported last month in the Wenatchee area real estate market. During the month of July, the Wenatchee Area had a 28% decrease of single family home sales when compared to July 2017. Pacific Appraisal and Associates reports in their monthly industry snapshot report that, comparing year to date, there have been 5% more sales than last year. New listings has reached a total of 811, that’s 6% above last year’s count of 766. Meanwhile, the median sale price of a home in the Wenatchee market has climbed 13 -percent to 325-thousand dollars while the average sales price is up 15-percent to nearly 355-thousand dollars.
Repair work this weekend will force the closure of southbound traffic on the Wenatchee River Bridge, which could cause some traffic delays. Southbound traffic into Wenatchee will be redirected onto the northbound lane of the bridge, which will function as a two-way road. The on-ramp coming from Penny Road will also be closed, and on-ramp traffic will be detoured north to the Highway 2/97 and Easy Street intersection. Crews will be removing the asphalt surface, repairing the concrete deck and repaving the deck with asphalt. Work will begin at 9:00 tonight (Fri) and should wrap up by 6:00 a.m. on Monday.
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.

Lakewood’s RJ Manke fired a final-round, 6-under 64 to win the WSGA Men’s Amateur Championship by 2-strokes at Gamble Sands yesterday…

Manke was in a four-way tie for 2nd heading into Thursday’s final round and was paired with the leader through the first two rounds, Brian Mogg. Manke said his approach was to keep his mind quiet…

Second place goes to Fircrest’s Michael Almonte at 13-under par. 3rd was Hayden Lake’s Reid Hatley at 11-under. And there was a 4-way tie for 4th at 10-under between Alex Lee, Holden Backes, Kyle Cornett and Ryan Maine.
By the way, 14-yar old Daniel Kim shot a final round, even par 70 and tied for 28th. Watch for that name in the future!

Here’s what we have on tap in the world of sports this weekend…

The USSSA Eastern Washington Men’s Regional softball tournament will be tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park.
There’s racing tomorrow night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval. Haglunds Trophies presents the Pro Late Models with Twin 50’s. Also racing will be the Vintage Modifieds, Pro-4 Trucks, Street Stocks, Thunder Cars and Bandeleros. Gates open at 5 and racing starts at 6.
Also tomorrow, if you want to watch some great football, the Wenatchee Valley Rams are in the semifinals of the Western Washington Football Alliance playoffs. They’ll host the Spokane Wolfpack at 6 o’clock at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

Speaking of football, the Seahawks lost is pre-season opener to the Colts last night at CenturyLink Field 19-17…

But there was some positives to take away from the game. The starting offense, led by Russell Wilson, looked pretty good as they moved it right down the field and scored. Wilson was 4-for-5 for 43-yards and a touchdown to Nick Vannette. The offensive line blocked well and Chris Carson looked good, coming off his broken ankle a year ago with 4-carries for 26-yards.
The Colts fumbled the ball 7 times on the night with Seattle only recovering one, which was for a 28-yard loss and touchdown as a defender finally flopped on the ball in the end zone.
Coach Pete Carroll was happy to get a good look at a lot of people and sees plenty they can improve…

The Seahawks will return to Training Camp at the V-Mac in preparation for their next pre-season game, a week from Saturday in Carson, California against the Chargers.

The Mariners gave Justin Verlander a rude awakening, lighting him up for 6-runs in two innings on three homes runs as the Mariners beat the Astros 8-6…

Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger and Denard Span all went deep off Verlander, who was tossed out of the game after two innings for arguing with the home plate umpire over the strike zone.
Meanwhile, James Paxton pitched well enough on the mound to earn his 10th victory, going 5-and-2-3rds innings, allowing 4-runs on 7-hits with 5-strikeouts.
The two teams play again tonight at Minute Maid Park with Mike Leake going up against Gerrit Cole.

Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the American League West last night…

The A’s were idle, so Seattle trails Oakland by 2-and-a-half games for the final American League Wild card playoff spot.
The only other team in action was the Rangers, who fell to the Yankees 7-3. Giancarlo Stanton set a Statcast mark with the highest exit velocity measured on his 28th home run. According to Statcast, his home run in the 5th inning left his bat at 121.7 miles per hour.

Thanks Eric.
In our feature story tonight, the Junior Service League of Wenatchee has a new name and is looking for new members. On a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, league members Cori Bautista and Callie Klein explained why the Junior Service League of Wenatchee is now the Women’s Service League of North Central Washington. . .

The Women’s Service League begins their new year with a special event next week. . .

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 near Entiat is now at 12,542 acres and is 5-percent contained. Fire managers are preparing residents living in the Entiat and Chumstick Valleys for a lot of activity this weekend. Fire Informaton Officer Shannon Prather says the focus will be on structure protection and creating more contingency lines. . .

Chelan County Emergency Management has raised the evacuation levels in the Entiat Valley in connection with the Cougar Creek Fire. Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of Entiat River Road (approximately Milepost 25) is now at a Level 3. Mad River Road, including Ardenvoir, is now at a Level 2. Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon to Mad River Road intersection, on both sides of the road, are now at a Level 1. Both sides of Crum Canyon Road are now at a Level 1. Meanwhile, A Red Flag warning has been extended through Saturday triggering increased concerns over wildfires in the area. Steve Bodnar is the fire weather forecaster on the Cougar Creek Fire. . .

The estimated containment date for the Cougar Creek Fire is September 15th.

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.