Evening News August 22, 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 weather change should help the 342 fire personnel working the 31,091 acre Crescent Mountain Fire burning near Twisp. When all the votes were counted it turns out that the tightest race is still not over in Chelan County, and, just in time for the new school year, the Wenatchee School District and it’s teachers approved yesterday a new two-year contract.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

More smoke is expected in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas today as firefighters will begin low intensity burnout operations along the western edge of the fire. A total of 868 personnel are working the fire which is now at 39,208 acres and remains at 40-percent containment. Cougar Creek Fire Incident Commander Noel Livingston gives us an update on the plan of attack today and says a change in wind direction will be a big help. . .

Level 2 evacuations are still in place for the Chiwawa Loop Road from Plain out to the intersection of Chiwawa River Road. Plain and the Lake Wenatchee areas are under a level 1 evacuation. There will be another community meeting tomorrow regarding the Cougar Creek Fire. The meeting will be held at Chelan County Fire District #8 in Entiat at 6:00 p.m.

A weather change should also help the 342 fire personnel working the 31,091 acre Crescent Mountain Fire burning near Twisp. Derrick Moore, Operations Section Chief, tells what the plan of attack is today. . .

A level 3 evacuation notice was put in place yesterday afternoon 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.

When all the votes were counted it turns out that the tightest race is still not over in Chelan County. You wouldn’t think that an open position for a Democratic Party Precinct Committee Officer would generate that much interest, But that was not the case in Chelan County Precinct 540 where three candidates ended up in a flat-footed tie. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says that will result in an automatic recount on August 30th. . .

The three candidates who filed for the position are Dale Schenk, Allen Franzen and Hector Avila.

Teachers in the Wenatchee School District have agreed to a new labor contract. Rank and file members of the Wenatchee Education Association or (WEA) ratified the new contract at a meeting Tuesday night and now its up to the School Board to follow suit later this month. Kris Cameron with the WEA tells NCWLIFE News that it’s a win, win for everyone. . .

The WEA represents over 500 non-administrative certificated educators in the Wenatchee School District. The School District reports in a prepared news release that the new two year contract provides for a salary increase for the upcoming school year and cost of living adjustment for next year.  The new agreement also provides for some reductions in caseloads for non-teaching staff such as therapists and psychologists, and adds new limits to daily class load for teachers.

Coming up next, The third time was the charm yesterday when a piece of aviation history took flight from the waters of Moses Lake. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair was there and you won’t want to miss his report.      I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The third time was the charm yesterday when a piece of aviation history took flight from the waters of Moses Lake. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair was there and filed this report. . .

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.

Despite turning a franchise record 6 double plays, the Mariners fell to Houston in a bullpen battle last night by a score of 3-to-2…

Nick Vincent made his first-ever start for Seattle when scheduled starter Mike Leake couldn’t go because of the flu.  He went two innings of scoreless, one-hit ball before coming out of the game after being hit by a line drive on his ankle.  That left Manager Scott Servais with no choice but to put in Ross Detwiler.

The rangy, 32-year old southpaw is a grizzled vagabond who learned 3-hours before the game he was being called up out of Triple-A Tacoma.  He jumped in an Uber for the 35-minute drive to Safeco Field.  Detwiler started the season playing independent ball for the York Revolution, his 12th team in either the independent or minor leagues.

He arrived in the clubhouse, put on a uniform, had little time to warm up and was in the game.  Detwiler wound up going 6-innings, throwing 76-pitches, allowing 3-runs on 8-hits with 2 strikeouts and inducing 5 double-play balls.  What did he say of his experience?  (quote) It was fun! (end quote)

Manager Scott Servais said to give credit where it’s due…

 

Ben Gamel delivered an RBI single for Seattle while Jean Segura and Ryon Healy had multi-hit games.  The 6 double-plays tied an American League record.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the rest of the American League West…

Brett Anderson threw seven, scoreless innings of one-hit ball to league Oakland past Texas 6-nothing.  That kept the Athletics tied with Houston atop the American League West, while Seattle slides to 4-and-a-half games back.

Jon Jay scored from second base on a throwing error in the bottom of the 9th and Arizona “walked off” against the Angels 5-4.  A.J. Pollock laid down a bunt that Cam Bedrosian tried to get Jay on a force at third but threw wildly, allowing Jay to score the winning run.

The Seahawks continue training camp in Renton as they prepare for their third pre-season game Friday at Minnesota.  In Pete Carroll’s meeting with the press Tuesday after practice, he wanted to take time to thank punter Jon Ryan, whom the team released Monday after 10-years with Seattle…

Rookie running back Rashaad Penny has been limited the last two weeks with a broken finger.  Coach Carroll was asked about what he’s been able to learn about the Seahawk’s top draft pick so far…

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

Thanks Eric.

If you were impacted by flight delays into Seatac Airport recently, the problems were reportedly not just wildfire smoke related. In tonight’s feature story, the Port of Seattle has produced a video that explains what’s happening at SeaTac. . .

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…

More smoke is expected in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas today as firefighters will begin low intensity burnout operations along the western edge of the fire. A total of 868 personnel are working the fire which is now at 39,208 acres and remains at 40-percent containment. Cougar Creek Fire Incident Commander Noel Livingston says a change in wind direction today out of the west will be a big help.

Teachers in the Wenatchee School District have agreed to a new labor contract. Rank and file members of the Wenatchee Education Association or (WEA) ratified the new contract at a meeting Tuesday night and now its up to the School Board to follow suit later this month. Kris Cameron with the WEA tells NCWLIFE News that it’s a win, win for everyone. The WEA represents over 500 non-administrative certificated educators in the Wenatchee School District.

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.