Evening News August 21, 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, Residents in the Plain area have their eyes on the Cougar Creek Fire as winds continue to push the blaze through the region. While the smoke dissipates in some areas of the valley, tourism towns like Leavenworth and Chelan could see impacts from this wildfire season economically. As these wildfires progress in North Central Washington, county and state governments are looking to promote forest health management throughout the region, and, the 26,181-acre Crescent Mountain Fire in Okanogan County is at 34-percent containment.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Evacuation notices were increased yesterday afternoon for areas near the 38,023-acre Cougar Creek Fire. Level 2 evacuation notifications are in place now on Chiwawa Loop Road from Plain out to the intersection with Chiwawa River Road, both sides of the roadway.

This includes Chiwawa River Pine Community and Shugart Flats Community and all roads that intersect with the Chiwawa Loop Road in the affected area. Plain, Beaver Valley Road and all of Lake Wenatchee remain at a Level 1 evacuation notice. 949 fire personnel are working the blaze as the fire is now at 40-percent containment. Visibility improved today allowing for aerial support in the steep, difficult terrain.

Residents in the Plain area have their eyes on the Cougar Creek Fire as winds continue to push the blaze through the region. Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner attended a community meeting in Plain last night, saying residents may be nervous but agencies are working to give them as much notice as possible. . .

There will be another community meeting this Thursday, August 23rd regarding the Cougar Creek Fire. The meeting will be held at Chelan County Fire District #8 in Entiat at 6:00 p.m.

While the smoke dissipates in some areas of the valley, tourism towns like Leavenworth and Chelan could see impacts from this wildfire season economically. While it’s too early to crunch any numbers, Commissioner Doug England says he has noticed a difference on Lake Chelan over the last few weeks. . .

NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz and Megan McPherson will be visiting with various members of the Lake Chelan Community this week to learn more about how wildfires may have impacted the tourist season.

As these wildfires progress in North Central Washington, county and state governments are looking to promote forest health management throughout the region. Commissioner England cites positive feedback from responding fire agencies in areas of the forest that have been treated…

Meanwhile, the 26,181- acre Crescent Mountain Fire in Okanogan County is at 34-percent containment. The fire is burning at the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley 21 miles from Twisp with a total of 260 personnel on scene. Here’s an update from Operations Section Chief Steve Weaver. . .

Earlier this afternoon, a level 3 evacuation notice was put in place for people living west of the Little Bridge Creek intersection in the Twisp River Valley. All evacuation levels issued on August 17th are still in place. That includes a Level 3 for West Buttermilk Creek Road and Twisp River Road, west of the Buttermilk Creek intersection. A Level 2 evacuation notice remains in effect from the Buttermilk Creek Road east to Little Bridge Creek Road. There will be a Community Fire Meeting tonight at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp at 6:30.

Coming up next, The Chelan PUD is considering replacing or rerouting transmission lines at high risk from fire or storms in the Chelan-Manson area. Election results were certified today, and we will have the official numbers, and, The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center has narrowed its search for a new Executive Director to two candidates. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Chelan PUD is considering replacing or rerouting transmission lines at high risk from fire or storms in the Chelan-Manson area. At their regular meeting yesterday, the PUD reviewed possibilities for reducing risk of fire damage to high-voltage lines that bring power to the Chelan area. The two lines, which run side-by-side for 3-point-5 miles from Chelan Falls to Chelan, are in a high-risk fire zone. Steve Wickel, Transmission Engineering Manager, outlined the possible approaches for hardening the lines by replacing wood power poles with steel.

Chelan County Deputy Jennifer Tyler, a late entry into the race for Chelan County Sherriff, has qualified for the November 6th general election. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore made that official today during the meeting of the Canvassing board. . .

A jury in March awarded Tyler over $500,000 in damages from the department in a civil suit alleging she was retaliated against after she testified in a 2008 case that helped send an Oklahoma sheriff to prison on rape charges. Incumbent sheriff Brian Burnett received over 95% of the votes cast.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center has narrowed its search for a new Executive Director to two candidates: Matthew Cadman, currently at the Numerica PAC and Keni Sturgeon of the Pacific Science Center. This Thursday the museum is inviting the community for a candidate meet and greet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as the board of directors continues its final steps of the selection process.

The two candidates will tour the Wells House and the museum, followed by a meet and greet with staff and an interview with a panel of board and community leaders. For more information visit the Wenatchee Valley Museum

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.

Training Camp is underway for the Wenatchee Wild with their first exhibition games slated for this weekend.  Voice of the Wild Arch Ecker got a chance to visit with Head Coach and General Manager Bliss Littler as the boys were coming off the ice yesterday…

The Wild host Trail this weekend in the Community Rink in exhibition action.  Tickets are available for $10 through the Wenatchee Wild.

Robinson Cano’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning lifted the Mariners to a 7-4 win over the Houston Astros last night at Safeco Field…

Cano went 3-for-5 in the game with an additional two doubles.  Since returning to the lineup after serving an 80-game suspension, Cano is hitting .346 and just tied Ken Griffey, Jr. at #46 with 524 career doubles.

Manager Scott Servais, who was ejected for protecting Dee Gordon in the 8th for arguing with the home plate umpire, said his guys were due for a game like this…

Hernandez went 6-innings, allowing 4-runs on 6-hits with 6 strikeouts.  He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced and Servais talked at length with Felix about that after his night was over…

Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura, Ben Gamel (GAM-ul NOT guh-MEL) and Dee Gordon all had two-hit nights as the Mariners closed the game in the American League West to 3-and-a-half games.

Seattle and Houston play again tonight at 7:10 with Mike Leake facing the Astro’s Brad Peacock.

Let’s check the Les Schwab Scoreboard and see how the A’s did last night…

Ramon Laureano hit two of Oakland’s four home runs as the A’s beat Texas 9-nothing.  Oakland’s win, combined with Houston’s loss to Seattle, put the A’s and Astros into a tie for first place in the American League West.

The Washington Huskies are ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll.  That’s their highest preseason ranking since opening the 1997 season ranked No. 4…

The Huskies will open the season September 1st in Atlanta against No. 9 Auburn.  The last time a Washington team opened a season as a top-ten against a top ten was in 1962 when the No. 10 Huskies took on No. 7 Purdue.  The game ended in a 7-7 tie.

Thanks Eric.

We all know how this unhealthy and hazardous air quality can effect humans health, but what about pets and animals? In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson talked to a local Vet about the effects of smoke on animal’s health. . .

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…

Evacuation notices were increased yesterday afternoon for areas near the 38,023-acre Cougar Creek Fire. Level 2 evacuation notifications are in place now on Chiwawa Loop Road from Plain out to the intersection with Chiwawa River Road, both sides of the roadway.

This includes Chiwawa River Pine Community and Shugart Flats Community and all roads that intersect with the Chiwawa Loop Road in the affected area. Plain is remaining at a Level 1 evacuation notice. 949 fire personnel are working the blaze as the fire is now at 40-percent containment. Visibility improved today allowing for aerial support in the steep, difficult terrain.

Dick Woods, a longtime Wenatchee businessman and civil service leader, died last Friday in Raymond, Washington, where he has resided since 2010.   Woods served as the City of Wenatchee’s Public Works Commissioner from 1986 to 1989, was Director General of the 1976 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival and served as President of Allied Arts of North Central Washington. Woods was also actively involved in the Wenatchee Downtown Association and the Wenatchee Central Lions Club. We will have more on the life of Dick Woods on tomorrow’s NCWLIFE Evening News.

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.