Evening News August 17, 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, a cold front is passing over North Central Washington this morning packing gusty winds and dry lightning resulting in at least two new fire starts, and, Grant County Fire District 13 has released an instructional video of the brush fire that damaged structures in the Soap Lake area earlier this week.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It’s transition day on the Cougar Creek Fire as management switches over this morning from a Type 5 Incident Team to a Type 3 team. The base camp is also moving from the Entiat High School to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

Increased winds on Thursday aided firefighters who conducted low intensity burnout operations along the southern perimeter from Sugarloaf Lookout to Gold Ridge. All of the established containment lines were held successfully yesterday even through significant winds. Fire crews will continue to build and maintain lines along the south and west flanks of the fire, working north during today’s shift. Fire information officer, Shannon Prather reported yesterday that the Eastern and Southern flanks of the fire are looking pretty good. . .

The Cougar Creek Fire is 35 percent contained. 34,482 thousand acres has burned but no homes have been lost or damaged in the fire. Evacuations have been lowered. Its now Level 1 to nothing for Oklahoma Gulch Rd, Navarre Coulee Rd (97-ALT to South Lakeshore Rd), Johnson Creek Rd and First Creek Rd residents. Also Entiat River Rd from 97A to Crum Canyon. Level 2 down to Level 1 = Entiat River Rd from Mad River Rd down to Crum Canyon Rd and both sides of Crum Canyon Rd. Level 3 down to Level 2 = Mad River Rd & Ardenvoir. Also Entiat River Rd from Mad River Rd to end of Entiat River Rd (approximately MP 25).

Most of us woke up this morning to a change in the weather. A weather system is passing over North Central Washington today morning packing gusty winds and dry lightning resulting in at least two new fire starts. The storm moved in a Northeasterly direction with lightning strikes in the Lake Chelan area and in Douglas County near Orondo. RiverCom Emergency Dispatch reports that crews from multiple agencies were toned out to lightning sparked fires in the Little Chelan Butte Ranch Road and in the Union Valley area near Idle Spurs Lane. Manson Volunteer Fire Department posted on their Facebook page that the Union Valley Fire has been put out. Also, another lightning strike set a tree on fire in the Orondo area off US Hwy 97 in Douglas County. That fire was reported to be about an acre in size behind the Cascade Foothills Orchards and is also now out. They were also reporting some light rain in the area.

Grant County Fire District 13 has released an instructional video of the brush fire that damaged structures in the Soap Lake area earlier this week. . .

The video demonstrates how fast a fire can move from wildland to a structure. A constant assessment of structure protection occurs as fire line grows. This video shows a small portion of the incident which firefighters are engaging with on many fronts. A very crucial part of ensuring other structures don’t become involved is what’s called an anchor point. This ensures additional fire doesn’t reignite behind firefighters and spread uncontrollably towards structures or jeopardize their safety. This video shows two brush truck crews anchoring a portion of the fire while protecting one structure and saving another. It’s important to note B1326 and B1327 were the third and fourth trucks on scene after they responded from Ephrata at the request of Fire District 7 of Lakeview/Soap Lake.

Coming up next, Central Washington University professor and State Rep. Matt Manweller, says he intends to file a lawsuit against the University. Today was Wenatchee Valley College’s inaugural graduation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, and, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson will be along to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Central Washington University professor and State Rep. Matt Manweller, says he intends to file a lawsuit against the University. The Republican lawmaker and Political Science teacher was terminated following the University’s latest investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior. Manweller issued a video taped statement blasting what he calls politically motivated. . .

On Tuesday Manweller texted that he intended to file a lawsuit against both the University and the investigator.

Today was Wenatchee Valley Colleges inaugural graduation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The event was held at the campus Music and Art Center. There was a poster presentation at 1 p.m. and a pinning ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The first-ever graduating class for the BSN program, one of two four-year degree programs at WVC, has 19 students. There have been 23 students admitted to the for the 2018-2019 school year. The Bachelor of Applied Science-Engineering Technology program is still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There are 25 student slots in the program for 2018-2019. Both the BSN and BAS-ET are fully accredited four-year programs.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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 Valley Rams will go in their 9th championship in 10-years tomorrow against the Tri-City Rage…

Wenatchee is undefeated on the season coming into the Western Washington Football Alliance Championship.  The closest game they had all season was against the Rage back in July in a game the Rams won on a last-second touchdown 42-36.  Kickoff for the game will be at 5 o’clock at Renton Memorial Stadium.

Here’s what else is going on this weekend a little closer to home…

The 43rd annual O’Terry’s Lads and Lasses coed softball tournament will be at Walla Walla Point Park Saturday and Sunday.

If you’d like to help build and maintain mountain bike trails up Number 2 canyon Saturday, you’re invited to the Blood, Sweat and Beers event.  Arlberg Sports, Wenatchee Valley Velo, Ridge Cyclesport and Wenatchee Valley Brewing have teamed up with the Central Washington Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to do trail work tomorrow from 1-to-5pm.  Then there will be a bike ride down the mountain to Wenatchee Valley Brewing for an after party at 7.

And, weather/smoke permitting, it’s the annual Doggie Paddle Swim at the Wenatchee City Pool Saturday beginning at 5 o’clock…

Cost is 5-dollars if you’re a Wenatchee resident or five fifty for non-residents, per dog…

Dog handlers must be at least 16-years old…

And you must have proof of current rabies vaccination…

Again, that’s the annual Doggie Paddle Swim at the Wenatchee City Pool…

Saturday from 5-to-7 o’clock.  See more at the Wenatchee Parks and Recreation website.

Congratulations to the Corvallis Knights…

They are the first team in West Coast League history to win back-to-back-to-back championships after downing the Kelowna Falcons 5-to-1 last night.  Corvallis took the best of three series 2-games to none.

The Mariners begin a three-game, weekend series with the Dodgers at Safeco Field tonight…

Seattle comes into the contest in a three-team battle for the American League Wild Card spots between themselves, Oakland and the Yankees.  The Mariners are currently third in the A-L West, 4-and-a-half games behind first-place Houston.

Seattle sends 7-and-2 Wade LeBlanc to the mound to face LA’s Walker Buehler, who is 5-and-4.  First pitch is at 7:10.

There was only one game involving American League West teams last night…

Texas used a 4-run 8th inning to erase a 6-4 deficit and beat the Angels 8-6 last night.

Coming up this weekend, Seattle fans will have a close eye on Oakland and Houston, who play one another in the first of three games tonight in the Bay Area.

And the Seattle Seahawks are looking for their first win of the pre-season when they travel to Los Angeles tomorrow…

We’ll see the starters play a little longer tomorrow night when the Seahawks take on the Chargers in Carson, California.  Kickoff on your local FOX affiliate (Q-13 in Seattle or KAYU Fox 28 in Spokane) will be at 7pm.

Thanks Eric.

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 is tomorrow at the Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Wenatchee. 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.

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…

It’s transition day on the Cougar Creek Fire as management switches over this morning from a Type 5 Incident Team to a Type 3 team. The base camp is also moving from the Entiat High School to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

Increased winds on Thursday aided firefighters who conducted low intensity burnout operations along the soutrhern perimeter from Sugarloaf Lookout to Gold Ridge. All of the established containment lines were held successfully yesterday even through significant winds. Fire crews will continue to build and maintain lines along the south and west flanks of the fire, working north during today’s shift. Fire information officer, Shannon Prather reported yesterday that the Eastern and Southern flanks of the fire are looking pretty good.

The Cougar Creek Fire is 35 percent contained. 34,482 thousand acres has burned but no homes have been lost or damaged in the fire. Evacuations have been lowered. Its now Level 1 to nothing for Oklahoma Gulch Rd, Navarre Coulee Rd (97-ALT to South Lakeshore Rd), Johnson Creek Rd and First Creek Rd residents. Also Entiat River Rd from 97A to Crum Canyon. Level 2 down to Level 1 = Entiat River Rd from Mad River Rd down to Crum Canyon Rd and both sides of Crum Canyon Rd. Level 3 down to Level 2 = Mad River Rd & Ardenvoir. Also Entiat River Rd from Mad River Rd to end of Entiat River Rd (approximately MP 25).

Central Washington University professor and State Rep. Matt Manweller, says he intends to file a lawsuit against the University. The Republican lawmaker and Political Science teacher was terminated following the University’s latest investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior. Manweller issued a video taped statement blasting what he calls politically motivated. . .

On Tuesday Manweller texted that he intended to file a lawsuit against both the University and the investigator.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.