Evening News August 23, 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 one-vehicle rollover accident caused traffic delays yesterday on Squilchuck Road. Four people were rescued Tuesday afternoon when the raft they were riding in capsized below Tumwater Dam north of Leavenworth, and, A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a recent murder in Ephrata.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Cougar Creek Fire crews are hoping to hold the line against a looming windstorm over the next 24 hours. Its expected to be a critical period of low relative humidity, an unstable air mass and increasing winds as a cold front approaches the fire area and moves through overnight. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from now until 8:00 p.m.

Hand crews have been working over the course of the week conducting burnout operations along the west flank of the fire. There are currently 868 firefighters assigned to the Cougar Creek, Lost Lake and Bannock Lake Fires.

Improved visibility has allowed aerial resources to be utilized in support of burnout operations to reinforce containment lines on the western edge of the fire. Aerial ignition is being used in conjunction with crews hand firing on the ground to continue burning out vegetation between containment lines and the fire.

There’s been no change in evacuation levels. The fire remains at 40 percent containment. It’s burned about 39-thousand acres of forest land between the Entiat and Chumstick Valley’s. Fire managers will hold a public information meeting tonight in Entiat at the fire hall starting at 6 pm.

A one-vehicle rollover accident caused traffic delays yesterday on Squilchuck Road. The accident happened around 4:30 at 2243 Squilchuck Road. The overturned Toyota attempted to pass a large truck who was turning left, the truck hit the rear of the Toyota forcing it to roll. The road was re-opened about 45-minutes later and the driver of the Toyota received only a minor cut to his elbow.

Four people were rescued Tuesday afternoon when the raft they were riding in capsized below Tumwater Dam north of Leavenworth. Chelan County Fire District #3 along with Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and personnel from the Swift Water Rescue Team all assisted in the rescue. Their raft was then removed from a rapid below the dam and luckily, there were no injuries.

A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a recent murder in Ephrata.  The Grant County Sheriff’s Office seeks information on the whereabouts of Alfredo Silva. Silva is wanted for first degree robbery, first degree assault and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from an August 13 robbery in the city of Ephrata. He’s considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on where Alfredo Silva is should call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160 or 9-1-1, or email crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Coming up next, A teachers union official sounds encouraged with the new labor contract her rank and file members recently ratified. Bucking bulls, a professional Indian relay race, fair rides, livestock and great food…that’s just some of what you can expect to see at the NCW Fair in Waterville which began today, and, A new 2-story parking garage is in the plans for Wenatchee’s fast growing waterfront. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A teachers union official sounds encouraged with the new labor contract her rank and file members recently ratified. Kris Cameron with the Wenatchee Education Association says the negotiations with the District went a lot smoother than three years ago. Cameron sat down with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair to discuss the new labor pact. . .

The Wenatchee School Board is expected to ratify the new contract when they vote on it at their next regular meeting on September 12th.

Bucking bulls, a professional Indian relay race, fair rides, livestock and great food…that’s just some of what you can expect to see at the NCW Fair in Waterville. The fair began today and runs through Sunday, August 26th. Today is Senior day at the fair featuring a Christian Concert tonight at 6:30 with the Andrew Thompson Project.

Friday in Waterville country music stars Blackhawk takes the grandstand main stage at 7:30 p.m. The country group has sold 7-million albums over their 20-year career.

Saturday is kids day at the fair and kicks off the first day of the Big Bend Round-Up Rodeo and horse racing at 4:00 p.m. which culminates with the ever-popular Indian Relay Race.

More horse racing and rodeo on Sunday as the fair concludes, start time is at 1:30. Fair officials told NCWLIFE News this morning that air quality will NOT affect the Jr. livestock competition and breathing masks will be available to anyone that requests one.

A new 2-story parking garage is in the plans for Wenatchee’s fast growing waterfront. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

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 beat the Tri-City Rage for the WWFA Championship last weekend in Renton.  Mickey White and Grant Shaw said it wasn’t easy considering the weapon Tri-Cities has…

The win qualified the Rams for the National Semifinals and are scheduled to play in Salt Lake, City Utah September 14th against the Wasatch Revolution.  The immediate challenge is for the guys to raise the money to GET there…

So the Ram players and families will be doing some fundraising to help defray the costs of getting to Utah in 3-weeks…

Just search Wenatchee Valley Rams on Facebook and you’ll find more information on how you can help.

The smoke in North Central Washington has had a negative impact on area prep football teams as they prepare for season openers next week.  We’ve heard from Scott Devereaux at Wenatchee that if things don’t improve, the scheduled jamboree for Saturday may be scrubbed.

He told us that Eastmont has already pulled out so it will just be the Panthers and Ellensburg playing.  Cashmere was slated to go to Ephrata for a jamboree Friday, but we’re checking on that.  Chelan is also scheduled to host a jamboree Saturday afternoon, but we shall see.

We’re just 8-days away from the season-openers for all football teams throughout the region…weather permitting.

The smoke has also cancelled racing that was planned for Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval this weekend.  The next race up on Fancher will September 8th.

Marco Gonzales had a rough outing, Seattle got down early, and Houston went on to win 10-7 in a day game at Safeco Field Wednesday…

Gonzales lasted only 3-innings, allowing 8-runs on 11-hits as the Astros saw and seemingly hit everything Marco threw.  Trailing 8-nothing in the bottom of the 4th, Seattle tried to come back with a run in the 4th, a run in the 5th and a 5-run sixth, including a two-run home run by Mitch Haniger.  But it wasn’t enough as Houston took two of three from Seattle in the series.

Seattle is off until Friday when it travels to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks.

On the American League West, Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Mike Minor faced the minimum over six innings and Shin-Soo Choo ended Texas’ 19-inning scoreless streak by homering on the first pitch to set the tone as the Rangers beat Oakland 4-2.  The A’s drop out of a tie for first with Houston with the loss and are a game back while Seattle trails Oakland by 4-and-a-half games for the final Wild Card spot.

Clay Buchholz tossed another gem as the D-Backs won for the sixth time in seven games, completing a two-game sweep of the Angels with a 5-1 win Wednesday night at Chase Field.

As the Seahawks prepare for their third pre-season game Friday at Minnesota, the defense is still trying to find its identity.  With the departure of names like Michael Bennett, Cam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and the hold-out by Earl Thomas, it’s left veterans like Bobby Wagner with the task of creating that chemistry.  Wagner says he hopes they take another step in that direction Friday night…

Now in his 7th season, Wagner says the biggest challenge is learning to communicate with the new players around him…

Earl Thomas has been a no-show to camp, holding out for a contract extension or trade.  Wagner says while he wishes Earl was with the team, he understands Thomas’ decision…

Wagner and the Seahawks will kickoff against the Vikings Friday night at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Giddy the cat. . .

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…

Cougar Creek Fire crews are hoping to hold the line against a looming windstorm over the next 24 hours. Its expected to be a critical period of low relative humidity, an unstable air mass and increasing winds as a cold front approaches the fire area and moves through overnight. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from now until 8:00 p.m.

Hand crews have been working over the course of the week conducting burnout operations along the west flank of the fire. There are currently 868 firefighters assigned to the Cougar Creek, Lost Lake and Bannock Lake Fires.

Four people were rescued Tuesday afternoon when the raft they were riding in capsized below Tumwater Dam north of Leavenworth. Chelan County Fire District #3 along with Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and personnel from the Swift Water Rescue Team all assisted in the rescue. Their raft was then removed from a rapid below the dam and luckily, there were no injuries.

Bucking bulls, a professional Indian relay race, fair rides, livestock and great food…that’s just some of what you can expect to see at the NCW Fair in Waterville. The fair began today and runs through Sunday, August 26th. Today is Senior day at the fair featuring a Christian Concert tonight at 6:30 with the Andrew Thompson Project.

Friday in Waterville country music stars Blackhawk takes the grandstand main stage at 7:30 p.m. The country group has sold 7-million albums over their 20-year career.

Saturday is kids day at the fair and kicks off the first day of the Big Bend Round-Up Rodeo and horse racing at 4:00 p.m. which culminates with the ever-popular Indian Relay Race.

More horse racing and rodeo on Sunday as the fair concludes, start time is at 1:30. Fair officials told NCWLIFE News this morning that air quality will NOT affect the Jr. livestock competition and breathing masks will be available to anyone that requests one.

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.