Evening News August 14, 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 Crescent Mountain Fire burning in Okanogan County near Winthrop and Twisp is now 23-percent contained, and, Another rabies-infected bat was found over the weekend bringing the total now to 9 diseased bats discovered in Chelan County this year.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Fire crews working the cougar Creek Fire near Ardenvoir are using favorable weather conditions today to prepare holding lines ahead of light winds predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.

Much of the smoke we’re dealing with in the Wenatchee Valley is from the suppression efforts on the 31-thousand acre forest fire. Light winds and an inversion moderated the fire behavior Monday. Crews were able to perform burn out operations to improve depth on the most vulnerable portions of the fire line. Fire managers provided a status report to residents of the Entiat community at a public meeting last night. Entiat Fire Chief Mike Asher said the Cougar Creek and Lost Lake Fires could have been a lot worse if not for the diligence of area property owners and the incident management team. . .

The fire remains at 5-percent contained. Crews today are working to strengthen containment lines, improve roads, and perform burnout operations. More favorable weather conditions are expected but the inversion will result in continuing hazardous air quality conditions in the Wenatchee area. Entiat Valley Road has been closed to all traffic except for local residents. Another community meeting is scheduled for 6 pm tonight at the Chelan Performing Arts Center.

Meanwhile, The Crescent Mountain Fire burning in Okanogan County near Winthrop and Twisp is now 23-percent contained. The fire has blackened about 17-thousand acres of forestland in the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley.

680 firefighters are currently deployed on the fire. The crews received some encouragement yesterday when Washington State Public Lands Commissioner, Hilary Franz visited base camp. . .

 

The actions planned for today are to complete Canyon Ridge line construction northeast of the fire uphill of the Twisp River and finish contigency lines on Thompson Ridge and Twisp Road. Continue holding and mop-up along War Creek fire line.

Continued structure assessment/prep in the outskirts of Twisp. No structures have been damaged. The Level 2 Evacuation area has been expanded. There are currently no Level 3 Evacuations in place. The fire is approximately 1.7 miles from the closest home.

Another rabies-infected bat was found over the weekend bringing the total now to 9 diseased bats discovered in Chelan County this year.

The most recent discovery was near Meadow Sweet Place in Cashmere on August 10th. It is unknown if anyone (or any pets) touched or were exposed to the rabid bat.  Chelan-Douglas Health District Adminstrator Barry Kling expresses concerns over the number of bats that have been tested this summer. . .

You should contact your local health jurisdiction if you or someone you know (or any pets), came in contact with the bat.  Anyone who touches or has contact with a rabid bat is at risk of getting rabies and should seek medical evaluation immediatey.

Coming up next, A Wenatchee man has been arrested and accused of making sexual overtures, soliciting images and sharing photos of himself to a 17-year old girl. A rare wolverine has been spotted in remote Chelan County, and, Seven schools in the Wenatchee School District will provide free meals to all students regardless of family or household income starting this fall.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A Wenatchee man has been arrested and accused of making sexual overtures, soliciting images and sharing photos of himself to a 17-year old girl. 39-year old Brian Lynn Wood was arrested in an undercover sting operation last week. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says the investigation has been ongoing since spring. . .

Reinfeld says one of the victims agreed to let law enforcement use her Instagram account, which enabled them to make an arrest. . .

Wood will make a court appearance on August 22nd and remains in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on 100-thousand dollars bail.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Chelan District Biologist, Dave Volsen recently received this image from the trail camera of a bear hunter who wanted to confirm they are wolverines. Volsen confirmed that they are indeed wolverines. He and other staff are working with the hunter to establish a hair-snagging station in the area to retrieve a DNA sample for further documentation of Washington’s rare wolverine population.

Seven schools in the Wenatchee School District will provide free meals to all students regardless of family or household income starting this fall.

Wenatchee Public Schools Communications Director Diana Haglund said in a news release on Monday that the school district is participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program called Community Eligibility Provision or (CEP).

The CEP allows schools located in low‐income areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Wenatchee schools included in the CEP program include:

Columbia Elementary, Lewis and Clark Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Mission View Elementary, Orchard Middle School, Pioneer Middle School and Westside High School. Haglund says access to free lunch will provide over 3300 students nutritious meals for the upcoming school year. The free meals will mean no household application required and less time at the cashier lines.

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.

Well, if you went to bed early last night and gave up on the Mariners, you missed an incredible finish…although Seattle still lost…

Trailing 7-to-1 in the 8th with two outs, the Mariners rallied for two runs on Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz RBI singles.  Then in the 9th, Ryon Healy scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch followed by Mitch Haniger’s two-run single to make it 7-6.  Finally, Nelson Cruz was at bat with two on and two out…and he struck out to end the game.

Manager Scott Servais you can’t ask for much more than having your best hitter up with a chance to win it in the 9th

Marco Gonzales had his second-consecutive outing with a loss, going five innings and allowing 4-runs on 8-hits with 4 strikeouts and 3-walks.  Servais was asked about Gonzales have two straight less-than-stellar starts…

Seattle and Oakland battle again tonight at 7:05 with James Paxton going up against the A’s Mike Fiers.

Also in the American League West last night as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 with a 3-run home run and 4-RBI’s to lead Texas past Arizona 5-3.

Justin Upton’s 2-run home run capped a 4-run 10th for Los Angeles as the Angels rallied to beat San Diego 6-3.

Houston was idle last night, so the Astro’s lead in the West has shrunk to 2-games while Seattle trails the A’s by 2-and-a-half for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

The first Seahawks preseason game was also the first time directing the offense for new Seattle Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.  He said once he found the stadium and where he was supposed to park, he liked what he saw from the first team offense…

Chris Carson and rookie Rashad Penney split time at tailback in Seattle’s first game.  Schottenheimer said both looked good when they were out there…

Seattle plays in Carson, California, just outside of Los Angeles, Saturday night against the Chargers with kickoff set for 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Unhealthy air continues to plague all of North Central Washington as smoke from wildfires from as far away as British Columbia settles into the area. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz has more. . .

The shroud of smoke that covers the Wenatchee Valley has impacted local business. Regardless, NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair braved the elements and spoke with some shoppers who weren’t going to waste a downtown sidewalk sale at Collins Fashions. . .

Store owner, Marci Collins says her business is doing well despite the smoke. The poor air quality is also causing health concerns for pet owners.

Allen Larsen, who owns Firehouse Pet Shop in downtown Wenatchee, says the smoke can cause health problems for your family pet and he’s offering a special discount to remedy that . . .

Downtown merchants can expect to see more smoke and haze into the foreseeable future.

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…

Fire crews working the cougar Creek Fire near Ardenvoir are using favorable weather conditions today to prepare holding lines ahead of light winds predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.

Much of the smoke we’re dealing with in the Wenatchee Valley is from the suppression efforts on the 31-thousand acre forest fire. Light winds and an inversion moderated the fire behavior Monday. Crews were able to perform burn out operations to improve depth on the most vulnerable portions of the fire line. Fire managers provided a status report to residents of the Entiat community at a public meeting last night. Entiat Fire Chief Mike Asher said the Cougar Creek and Lost Lake Fires could have been a lot worse if not for the diligence of area property owners and the incident management team. The fire remains at 5-percent contained. Crews today are working to strengthen containment lines, improve roads, and perform burnout operations. More favorable weather conditions are expected but the inversion will result in continuing hazardous air quality conditions in the Wenatchee area. Entiat Valley Road has been closed to all traffic except for local residents. Another community meeting is scheduled for 6 pm tonight at the Chelan Performing Arts Center.

Another rabies-infected bat was found over the weekend bringing the total now to 9 diseased bats discovered in Chelan County this year.

The most recent discovery was near Meadow Sweet Place in Cashmere on August 10th. It is unknown if anyone (or any pets) touched or were exposed to the rabid bat.  Chelan-Douglas Health District Adminstrator Barry Kling expresses concerns over the number of bats that have been tested this summer. You should contact your local health jurisdiction if you or someone you know (or any pets), came in contact with the bat.  Anyone who touches or has contact with a rabid bat is at risk of getting rabies and should seek medical evaluation immediatey.

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.