Evening News August 20, 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 Cougar Creek Fire crew member was injured Saturday morning after a water tender he was driving crashed and rolled over on Forest Service road. Several vehicles were destroyed in a fire in the Ephrata area Saturday, and, law enforcement officers were involved in a shooting, which injured an adult male this morning at in the town of Lakeview near Soap Lake.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Level One evacuations are now in place for residents in the Chumstick Valley as crews battling the Cougar Creek Fire prepare for a changing weather pattern. The forecast for today calls for winds to shift out of the north and northeast pushing the fire in a Westerly direction toward the Plain area. The fire is 35-percent contained and has grown to just over 38-thousand acres of forest land. A community meeting is scheduled for tonight in Plain at 6:00 p.m. Here’s an update from Public Information Commander Mike Reichling on the plan of attack today. . .

A Cougar Creek Fire crew member was injured Saturday morning after a water tender he was driving crashed and rolled over on Forest Service road 6101 in the Lower Chiwawa Creek area. Emergency responders extracted the driver from the crash site and transported the patient to Central Washington Hospital. He was reported to be awake, in good spirits and is currently in satisfactory condition.

Several vehicles were destroyed in a fire in the Ephrata area Saturday. Grant County Fire District 13 officials report that a malfunctioning RV caught fire and spread to other vehicles on private property located off Road A, NW.

Arriving units found 2 boats, 2 motorhomes and a camp trailer on fire. The fire was threatening other vehicles and a residence all of which were tightly packed together.

In addition the fire spread to about one acre of wildland. Quick teamwork contained all fires thanks to assistance by Ephrata City firefighters and and Grant County District 5.

Officers were involved in a shooting, which injured an adult male this morning at the 100 block of Adrian Avenue in Lakeview. None of the officers were injured. A sheriff’s deputy and officers from Ephrata police and Soap Lake police were investigating a report of a possible sighting of a wanted person when the shooting happened around 10:45 a.m.

The man who was shot suffered a wound to his lower leg and was transported to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake. He has since been released and is lodged in the Grant County Jail for investigation of first degree assault. The man who was shot was not the wanted person that officers were looking for. The involved law enforcement officers have been temporarily re-assigned to administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure after a critical use-of-force incident.

Coming up next, A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy escaped unhurt when his patrol car was struck by a Motorhome near George. Arriving flights at Seatac Airport were delayed more that two hours Sunday by thick wildfire smoke, and, The thick shroud of suffocating smoke is making for difficult breathing in the Wenatchee Valley and if you haven’t replaced your air filter, you could be faced with a hefty repair bill. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy escaped unhurt when his patrol car was struck by a Motorhome near George. State Troopers say it happenjed on I-90 near MP 160. Rivera was westbound when a 26 foot RV driven by an Auburn man attempted an illegal U-turn and cross the centerline. The RV driver was not injured but was was cited for making an illegal U-turn.

Arriving flights at Seatac Airport were delayed more that two hours Sunday by thick wildfire smoke that settled in to Western Washington. Shortly after 9:00 p.m. last night the FAA Reported that the ground delays were over and incoming flights could resume landing as scheduled. It’s always a good idea to check with the airline before making an airport run. Smoke at SeaTac is also affecting flights to and from Pangborn Airport.

The thick shroud of suffocating smoke is making for difficult breathing in the Wenatchee Valley. But, if you’re having a hard time with the foul air, think about your home’s heating and air conditioning system.

If you haven’t replaced your air filter, you could be faced with a hefty repair bill. Patriot Plumbing and Heating co-owner, Matt Laverne offers some advice on how you can avoid that. . .

Laverne recommends that a one-inch filter be changed once a month during normal weather conditions. Under extremely smokey conditions it should be checked more frequently. Laverne says there’s a new product on the market that is designed specifically to filter out smoke. . .

Its also advised that portable high efficiency HEPA air cleaners can supplement the work of the HVAC system by removing fine particulates. HEPA filters. These filters are more expensive and need more frequent replacement. Experts also caution against using non-filtered free-standing fans because they only spread dust and smoke particulates around the room.

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 are the Champions!

The Rams beat the Tri-City Rage Saturday at Renton’s Memorial Stadium 30-to-24 to claim the Western Washington Football Alliance Championship…

Mickey White and his team remain undefeated after Saturday’s win and will next play in a National Semifinal…

September 15th in Salt Lake City, Utah against the Wasatch Revolution.  We’ll have more details to come here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Seahawks have released veteran punter Jon Ryan.  Ryan actually broke the news before the team did today via his Twitter account…

Ryan’s release ends a memorable 10-seasons for a player who became a franchise record-holder and beloved fan favorite.  In his Tweet, Ryan said…

(quote) It’s been an absolute honor and privilege to play in this great city of Seattle for the past 10 years.  I never watned this day to come, but knew it would someday.  Even though I’m leaving, I will always be a Seahawk. (end quote)

Ryan went on to talk about his appearance in the Seahawks Superbowl victory as well as throwing a touchdown pass in the NFC Championship.  He leaves Seattle as the franchise leader in punts, average, net average and punts downed inside the 20.

He summed it up by saying…

(quote) I want to thank the 12’s.  You embraced a pale-skinned, red headed Canadian with a speech impediment and made him feel like a super star.  I will forever be grateful for each and every one of you.  Thank you Seattle. (end quote)

Ryan’s departure leaves rookie Michael Dickson as the only punter on Seattle’s roster.

The team, meanwhile, is oh-and-2 in the preseason after falling on the road to the Chargers Saturday night 24-to-14…

Russell Wilson was 13-of-21 for 193-yds while receiving Jeron Brown and David Moore each caught two balls for 74 and 71 yards respectively.  Coach Pete Carroll says there are parts he liked and parts he didn’t and the learning curve continues…

Seattle travels to Minneapolis to take on the Viking Friday night at 7 o’clock.

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers beat up on the Mariners Sunday at Safeco Field, winning it 12-to-1…

Kershaw struck out 7 while allowing just 1-run on 4-hits in seven innings of work.  Meanwhile, the Dodger bats gave him an early lead, scoring 5-runs in the first inning off Seattle starter Roenis Elias (roe-EH-nis eh-LEE-is).  Justin Turner led the day offensively for Los Angeles, going 4-for-5 with a 3-run home run and 5-RBI’s.

Manager Scott Servais said it’s certainly not the way you like to start a game against a good opponent…

Seattle dropped two of three to the Dodgers in the weekend series and now trail Oakland by 3-and-a-half games for the final Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Mariners will try to right the ship tonight when they host Houston in the first of a three-game series as Felix Hernandez will be given the start against the Astro’s Gerrit Cole.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the American League West on Sunday…

After winning the first two games of the series, Oakland had a chance Sunday to take over first place alone in the A-L West, but veteran Justin Verlander had something else to say about that.  Verlander picked up his 200th career win as Houston beat the A’s 9-4.

Rougned Odor’s 3-run home run in the 7th inning during a rain-soaked Sunday in Texas helped the Rangers down the Angels 4-2.

Thanks Eric.

Late Saturday and Sunday, the Wenatchee Valley had the worst air quality of any reporting station in the country. On the air quality index chart, 301-500 is hazardous air. Late Sunday afternoon, Wenatchee had an air quality reading of 457 and today our air quality has been hovering around 385-390. In tonight’s feature story, Doug Reinertson, Director of Respiratory Therapy at Confluence Health says surprisingly, they haven’t seen a large upswing in respiratory patients but adds if you’re feeling discomfort, or are a chronic illness patient, seek medical treatment. . .

Reinertson says when the smoke is this thick, we see a combination of large and small particulates. He also adds that while breathing masks do help protect the lungs from particulates, in some cases, a mask could do more harm than good. . .

Reinertson also reminds folks to stay hydrated. He says staying hydrated helps your body and especially your lungs move harmful particulates out.

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…

Level One evacuations are now in place for residents in the Chumstick Valley as crews battling the Cougar Creek Fire prepare for a changing weather pattern. The forecast for today calls for winds to shift out of the north and northeast pushing the fire in a Westerly direction toward the Plain area. The fire is 35-percent contained and has grown to just over 38-thousand acres of forest land. A community meeting is scheduled for tonight in Plain at 6:00 p.m. Here’s an update from Public Information Commander Mike Reichling on the plan of attack today. . .

Several vehicles were destroyed in a fire in the Ephrata area Saturday. Grant County Fire District 13 officials report that a malfunctioning RV caught fire and spread to other vehicles on private property located off Road A, NW.

Arriving units found 2 boats, 2 motorhomes and a camp trailer on fire. The fire was threatening other vehicles and a residence all of which were tightly packed together.

In addition the fire spread to about one acre of wildland. Quick teamwork contained all fires thanks to assistance by Ephrata City firefighters and and Grant County District 5.

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.