Evening News August 15, 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,  Evacuations were lifted this morning on the Grass Valley Fire as crews get closer to surrounding the large brush fire in the Coulee Dam area of Douglas County. The Crescent Mountain Fire near Twisp is now 37-percent contained as crews take advantage of more favorable weather conditions, and, Central Washington University has announced the firing of political science professor Matt Manweller.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

1225 total firefighters continue to the battle to contain the Cougar Creek Fire.

The fire has scorched over 48-square miles of forestland in the Upper Entiat Valley. Light winds and an inversion moderated the fire behavior Tuesday. Crews were able to perform burn out operations to improve depth on the most vulnerable portions of the fire line. Fire Behavior Analyst Jeff Shelton says there’s a lot of unburned fuels within the fire’s perimeter that will generate more smoke but ultimately result in a more fire resistant forest in the future . . .

Firefighters are using favorable weather conditions to prepare holding lines ahead of winds predicted for Thursday andThursday night. The Cougar Creek Fire is currently at 31,062 acres and is at 28-percent containment. The Lost Fire has not grown. The Entiat River Road remains closed to all traffic except for local residents.

Evacuations were lifted this morning on the Grass Valley Fire as crews get closer to surrounding the large brush fire in the Coulee Dam area of Douglas County.

The blaze that started Saturday afternoon during a windstorm scorched over 75-thousand acres of brush and sage lands. The fire is now 90-percent contained and could be entirely contained by tonight. Despite the lifting of evacuations, officials say the fire is still active with some remaining hotspots within the perimeter. They caution residents that things could change and to remain vigilant.

The Crescent Mountain Fire is now 37-percent contained as crews take advantage of more favorable weather conditions. Officials say lower humidity and light southwest winds combined with higher temperatures resulted in low fire behavior.

The fire burning in the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley measures over 17-thousand acres. Officials add that The McCleod Fire burning just North of the Crescent Mountain Fire has also calmed down giving firefighters an opportunity to establish more containment. . .

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.

Central Washington University has announced the firing of political science professor Matt Manweller. The University issued a news release Tuesday explaining that a notice of termination has been posted following the completion of an independent investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct. Manweller, who also currently serves as a House representative in the State’s 13th Legislative District, has worked at Central since 2004. Manweller has been on paid leave from the school since December. That same month he was removed by House Republican leadership from his ranking member position on a House committee, and resigned his position as assistant floor leader. University officials said that the investigative report won’t be made available publicly until later this month. Manweller has denied wrongdoing and issued a video earlier this month accusing the university of manufacturing allegations. He says the investigation is politically motivated.

Coming up next, Earlier today, all five pieces of the newly constructed 59’er Diner made its way through Leavenworth on tractor-trailers and then on to its final destination at Coles Corner. Today is Senior Day during day number two of the Grant County Fair in Moses Lake. The fair runs through this Saturday, August 18th, and, Two former Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royal Court members have reunited on television in Arizona, we will tell you about it.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

As we reported to you on Monday, the iconic Stevens Pass eatery, 59’er Diner is making a much anticipated comeback.

After a fire destroyed the popular 59’er Diner along Highway 2 at Coles Corner 2 years ago, owner Joe Cannata vowed to rebuild the diner and the project has been completed. Finally earlier today, all five pieces of the newly constructed diner made its way through Leavenworth on tractor-trailers and then on to its final destination at Coles Corner. The new 59’er Diner was constructed in Atlanta, Georgia by the Frey-Moss Company. 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. Opening day is expected to be in the fall of 2018. Welcome back, and in other news…

Today is Senior Day during day number two of the Grant County Fair in Moses Lake. The fair runs through this Saturday, August 18th.

Events coming up on Thursday, which is first responder’s day include an antique tractor display, an old west gunfight and stunt show and one of the featured events, the Moses Lake Roundup Rodeo at 7:30. The rodeo also continues on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30.

Friday night also features rising country music star Jackson Michelson on the main music stage from 8:30 to 10:00.

More musical entertainment to wrap up the fair on Saturday night with gold record Mexican musical artist Diana Reyes from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 also on the main stage. The fair carnival also runs daily on Thursday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to midnight and from noon to midnight on Saturday.

Two former Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royal Court members have reunited on television.

The Apple Blossom Festival’s Facebook page announced yesterday that 1992 Princess Kaley O’Kelley is back at ABC channel 15 in Arizona and is working for 1980 Princess Anita Helt! Very Cool. . .

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.

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We’re still a few weeks away from another school year starting, but today is the first day of practice for area fall sports teams across North Central Washington.  Pending the smoke, you may see area football teams begin practice for their first games in just 16-days as the grid iron season kicks off August 31st.

That also means we’re THAT much closer to our first broadcast of the fall sports season as we’ll feature Eastmont in its home opener against Wilson High School right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Well, even though the AppleSox season is done, the West Coast League playoffs continue.  Trace Tamaro’s 3-run home run highlighted an 8-run first inning as Corvallis took game one of the West Coast League Championship series from Kelowna 17-to-6 at Elks Stadium…

The Knights brought 13 men to the plate in the first inning and chased Kelowna starter Isaac Olson after just a third of an inning, allowing 7-runs on 5-hits.

Beau Philip was 4-for-5 with 2-runs and 2-RBI’s while Chad Stevens was 4-for-6 with 3-runs and an RBI to lead Corvallis offensively as the Knights had 21-hits in the game.

The best-of-three series now shifts to Corvallis for Game 2 tomorrow night at 6:35pm.

Joel Norman, voice of the AppleSox, stopped by earlier today to talk about his highlights of the summer of baseball for Wenatchee, starting with an unbelievable catch by a short-time AppleSox player at Portland…

Norman will stay on through the fall and winter to help the AppleSox in sales and promotions.  We’ll feature more of our discussion with Joel next week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Seattle’s chase of Oakland in the Wild Card race literally took a hit last night as James Paxton had to leave the game after being struck by a line drive in his pitching arm…

Thankfully, the X-rays came back showing no broken bones, but Paxton will miss at least one start.  Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez was called on from the bullpen for the first time in his career and went 5-and-two-thirds innings, allowing a two-run home run as Seattle lost 3-to-2.

The Mariners scored first in the top of the first when Nelson Cruz drove home Mitch Haniger with an RBI single.  Marcus Simien tied it in the bottom of the 1st with a lead-off home run off Paxton.  The A’s took the lead with a two-run shot by Jed Lowrie in the 3rd.

Robins Cano made his return to Seattle’s lineup last night, hitting second in the lineup and playing first base.  It was Cano’s first action since mid-May after serving an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy.  Cano went 1-for-4 at the plate with a 3rd inning single.

The loss dropped Seattle 3-and-a-half games behind Oakland for the final Wild Card spot in the American League.

Let’s see what else happened in the American League West as the race gets tighter and

Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead, 2-run home run against Just Verlander to power the Rockies to a 5-1 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park.  It was Houston’s 9th consecutive loss at home.  That, coupled with Oakland’s win over Seattle, and the A’s now trail the Stros for first in the West by just a game!

Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila homered to lead Arizona to a 6-4 win at Texas.

Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 3-for-5 with a 2-run home run and three RBI’s to lead Los Angeles to a 7-3 win over the Padres in San Diego.

It’s a rite of passage about this time every year, kids and parents gearing up for another school year. That means new school supplies and of course new clothes. The 16th Annual Clothes for the Classroom event happens this Saturday at the Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Wenatchee. In tonight’s feature story, Thom Nees of Serve Wenatchee Valley told host Dan Kuntz what parents and kids can expect on a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. . .

Clothes for the Classroom runs from 8:00 a.m. to noon this Saturday and kids who want new clothes need to attend along with a parent or guardian with proper identification.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…

1225 total firefighters continue to the battle to contain the Cougar Creek Fire.

The fire has scorched over 48-square miles of forestland in the Upper Entiat Valley. Light winds and an inversion moderated the fire behavior Tuesday. Crews were able to perform burn out operations to improve depth on the most vulnerable portions of the fire line. Fire Behavior Analyst Jeff Shelton says there’s a lot of unburned fuels within the fire’s perimeter that will generate more smoke but ultimately result in a more fire resistant forest in the future. Firefighters are using favorable weather conditions to prepare holding lines ahead of winds predicted for Thursday andThursday night. The Cougar Creek Fire is currently at 31,062 acres and is at 28-percent containment. The Lost Fire has not grown. The Entiat River Road remains closed to all traffic except for local residents.

Evacuations were lifted this morning on the Grass Valley Fire as crews get closer to surrounding the large brush fire in the Coulee Dam area of Douglas County.

The blaze that started Saturday afternoon during a windstorm scorched over 75-thousand acres of brush and sage lands. The fire is now 90-percent contained and could be entirely contained by tonight. Despite the lifting of evacuations, officials say the fire is still active with some remaining hotspots within the perimeter. They caution residents that things could change and to remain vigilant.

The Crescent Mountain Fire is now 37-percent contained as crews take advantage of more favorable weather conditions. Officials say lower humidity and light southwest winds combined with higher temperatures resulted in low fire behavior.

The fire burning in the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley measures over 17-thousand acres. Officials add that The McCleod Fire burning just North of the Crescent Mountain Fire has also calmed down giving firefighters an opportunity to establish more containment. . .

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.

 

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