Evening News August 24, 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 shooting in Quincy yesterday has left one man dead in the parking lot of a local auto parts store. The Grant County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a man wanted as a suspect in a recent murder in Ephrata, and, An injured climber was airlifted out of the Chelan County back country Thursday after he was injured in a fall from Mt Stuart.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Gusty winds pushed the Cougar Creek Fire in an Easterly direction overnight as a cold front passed through the area. The change in weather brings cooler temperatures and higher humidity but the windy conditions served to test containment lines on the East flank of the fire toward the Entiat Valley. Cougar Creek Fire Commander, Noel Henderson sounded encouraged in his morning briefing today. . .

As of this afternoon the fire was 40-percent contained. Due to burnout operations the size of the fire area has increased to over 40 thousand acres of forest land burned. Over a thousand firefighters are assigned to the fire.

Evacuation levels on both sides of the blaze, in the Entiat and Chumstick Valley areas, have not changed.

This is what Quincy police say is the suspect vehicle in a shooting that left one man dead in the parking lot of a local auto parts store. Yesterday morning (August 23), officers responded to a report of an unconscious adult male near QMS Auto Supply located off Central Ave. South.

Officers and medical personnel determined victim was deceased and is believed to have been shot numerous times. The shooting is an isolated incident and investigators believe the victim was targeted, there is no current threat to the community. The victim’s body is in the possession of the Grant County Coroner’s Office with an autopsy set for tomorrow. The name of the victim will be released by the coroner’s office.

The Grant County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a man wanted as a suspect in a recent murder in Ephrata. Alfredo Silva was taken into custody yesterday. Silva is accused of first degree robbery, first degree assault and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from an August 13 robbery. A one thousand dollar reward had been offered for his arrest. He was traced to a home on Junes Court in Ephrata and surrendered without incident.

An injured climber was airlifted out of the Chelan County back country after he was injured in a fall from Mt Stuart. Corp. Randy Lake with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office says a winch-capable US Army Blackhawk helicopter was called in to transport the injured climber off the mountain. Lake said the unnamed climber sustained multiple broken bones but there was no information readily available to explain how the injuries happened.

Coming up next, As North Central Washington begins to climb out of a blanket of smoke and haze, how are communities that depend on tourist dollars faring, we went to Chelan to find out. If you are a lover of good wine and good food, the Town Toyota Center is the place to be tomorrow night for the 8th annual Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival, and, we will let about other events happening around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

As North Central Washington begins to climb out of a blanket of smoke and haze, how are communities that depend on tourist dollars faring?  We took our cameras to Chelan this week to find out.  Mike Steele, the Executive Director of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, says it’s too early to gauge the economic impact of the smoky skies on local businesses. . .

Janice Cooney is the owner of The Vogue Coffee shop in downtown Chelan and she told us the influx of firefighters has kept her busy. . .

Steele agreed that businesses not tied to outdoor recreation seem to be fairing well. . .

We will have more on how the smoke is affecting businesses around Lake Chelan on Monday’s NCWLIFE Evening News.

If you are a lover of good wine and good food, the Town Toyota Center is the place to be tomorrow night for the 8th annual Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival. Festival coordinator Lyn Kelley gave us a preview on a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. . .

The festivities begin at 6:00 Saturday night and tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting wenatcheewineandfood.com.

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 beat the Tri-City Rage for the WWFA Championship last weekend in Renton.  Mickey White and Gary 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 sports plans for the weekend.  It looks like planned football jamborees are off and now, racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval has been cancelled as well.  The next scheduled race for the Oval will be Saturday, September 8th.

One thing that won’t be impacted by smoke is some indoor hockey…

The Wenatchee Wild host the Trail Smoke Eaters tomorrow and Sunday in the Community Rink in exhibition play.  General Admission tickets are ten-dollars.  The 4-period game-format gets underway at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday.

The Seahawks are on Minneapolis tonight to take on the Vikings.  Our own Eric Granstrom is there and has a preview…

Eric is there to produce the Seahawks Radio Network broadcast, which is heard over 55-stations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii.  He’ll have a recap for us Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

The Mariners are in Arizona for an interleague series with the Diamondbacks this weekend…

Seattle is desperately trying to snap out of a losing trend, having dropped six of their past nine games and a 9-and-12 record for the month of August.

The Mariners send Erasmo Ramirez to the mound to face the D-Back’s Zack Godley with the first pitch at 6:40.

There was only one game on the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West last night…

The Mariners got a little help from the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis last night as they bat Oakland 6-4 in the first of a four-game series.  With the loss, Oakland drops a game and a half behind Houston for the lead in the A-L West and now leads Seattle by 3-and-a-half games for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

In tonight’s feature story, former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro visits the Quinault Valley, also know as the Valley of the Giants, home to several of the world’s largest trees. Its one of his, Favorite Places. . .

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…

Gusty winds pushed the Cougar Creek Fire in an Easterly direction overnight as a cold front passed through the area. The change in weather brings cooler temperatures and higher humidity but the windy conditions served to test containment lines on the East flank of the fire toward the Entiat Valley. Cougar Creek Fire Commander, Noel Henderson sounded encouraged in his morning briefing today. . .

As of this afternoon the fire was 40-percent contained. Due to burnout operations the size of the fire area has increased to over 40 thousand acres of forest land burned. Over a thousand firefighters are assigned to the fire.

Evacuation levels on both sides of the blaze, in the Entiat and Chumstick Valley areas, have not changed.

This is what Quincy police say is the suspect vehicle in a shooting that left one man dead in the parking lot of a local auto parts store. Yesterday morning (August 23), officers responded to a report of an unconscious adult male near QMS Auto Supply located off Central Ave. South.

Officers and medical personnel determined victim was deceased and is believed to have been shot numerous times. The shooting is an isolated incident and investigators believe the victim was targeted, there is no current threat to the community. The victim’s body is in the possession of the Grant County Coroner’s Office with an autopsy set for tomorrow. The name of the victim will be released by the coroner’s office.

The Grant County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a man wanted as a suspect in a recent murder in Ephrata. Alfredo Silva was taken into custody yesterday. Silva is accused of first degree robbery, first degree assault and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from an August 13 robbery. A one thousand dollar reward had been offered for his arrest. He was traced to a home on Junes Court in Ephrata and surrendered without incident.

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.