Evening News August 27, 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, An East Wenatchee man was injured Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a car on I-90 about 10 miles West of George. At their regular meeting late last week, the Wenatchee City Council approved a plan to assign council members to certain districts around the city. Wenatchee Police report there’s a social media rumor going around about a violent serial rapist in the Wenatchee area, and, A gun control measure is back on the November ballot after the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously overturned an earlier decision.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Containment lines held in check over the weekend as crews made progress on the Cougar Creek Fire. Firefighters were helped by cooler and wetter weather as they continued to strengthen lines along the fires Western ridge that overlooks the Chumstick Valley. In his morning briefing video Fire Commander, Noel Henderson reported some minor spot fires over the weekend when burning debris rolled downhill along the fire’s Western flank . . .

The fire is now 45 percent contained with over 41-thousand acres of forest land burned. Chelan County Emergency Management has lowered evacuations in both the Plain area and in the Entiat Valley.

As of this morning the Level 2 vacuation status for all of the Chiwawa Loop Road area (including Shugart Flats and Chiwawa River Pines communities) will be lowered to a Level 1. Areas in Plain and Lake Wenatchee which have been at a Level 1 status, will no longer be under any evacuation notification and that includes the upper Chumstick, little Chumstick and Merry Canyon.    Residents are asked to continue to monitor fire information daily, should conditions change.

An East Wenatchee man was injured Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a car on I-90 about 10 miles West of George. The State Patrol report says 53 year old Derek Love was Eastbound when his Harley struck a car driven by a University Place woman. She was not hurt but Love was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. Traffic was stopped for about 45 minutes.

At their regular meeting late last week, the Wenatchee City Council approved a plan to assign council members districts. This comes on the heels of a decision on August 9th to adopt a system of district voting rather than the old at large system to elect city council members.

At that early August meeting, the council approved a 5 district, 2 at large voting system. The council voted to put Linda Herald in District 1, Jim Bailey in District 2, Ruth Esparza will represent District 3, Mike Poirier District 4 and Mark kulaas will represent District 5. Councilmembers Lyle Markhart and Keith Huffacker will represent the two at large positions. Herald, Kulaas, Markhart and Poirier are up for election in November 2019 while Bailey, Esparza and Huffaker are up for election in November 2021.

Wenatchee Police report there’s a social media rumor going around about a violent serial rapist in the Wenatchee area. Police say the rumor is just that and the post is a hoax. Police are not currently investigating any case as described in the rumor post and have no outstanding, similar cases.

A gun control measure is back on the November ballot after the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously overturned an earlier decision that removed I-1639.

The original decision was prompted by a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation. The National Rifle Association filed a second lawsuit in Thurston County on the same day. The lawsuits argued that signature gatherers broke state initiative rules and that should invalidate the entire effort. The initiative aims to establish new firearm regulations in Washington State, including a safe storage rule similar to Seattle’s recently passed law. It also raises the age to purchase semi-automatic assault weapons to 21 (from the current age of 18). And it will create enhanced background checks for those weapons.

Coming up next, A Chelan County PUD customer who was recently victimized by a scam phone call is sharing his experience in hopes that others will learn from his loss. Central Washington State’s Congressional delegation are calling on the Agriculture Department to provide sweet cherries equal access to the relief measures being developed for US commodities. Construction on Red Apple Road that began back in April is now completed, and, Its out with the old and in with the new for those attending Cascade High School in Leavenworth tomorrow (Tue) for the first day of school.    I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A Chelan County PUD customer who was recently victimized by a scam phone call is sharing his experience in hopes that others will learn from his loss. The PUD has posted a video of his story on Facebook due to the large number of community members who are affected by these SCAM calls.

We want to help you protect yourself from SCAM calls by knowing the signs. These calls can target anyone. Learning the signs of a SCAM call at www.chelanpud.org/scams.

Central Washington State’s Congressional delegation are calling on the Agriculture Department to provide sweet cherries equal access to the relief measures being developed for US commodities that have been negatively impacted by retaliatory tariffs.

On Friday U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell along with Representatives Dave Reichert and Dan Newhouse drafted a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting help. Last month Perdue announced that the department would provide assistance to agricultural producers harmed by increased tariffs and prices, but he has not yet released how and what agricultural commodities will receive this assistance. Sweet cherry growers are estimating up to $86 million in damages from the trade wars, with increased costs coming directly out-of-pocket.

Construction on Red Apple Road that began back in April is now completed. The City of Wenatchee constructed new curbs, sidewalks, a water main, lighting and pavement improvements on Red Apple Road between Miller St. and Okanogan Avenue.

A mini-roundabout was also constructed at the intersection of Red Apple Road and Miller Street. This project will also upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities along a route that serves Central Washington Hospital, Lincoln Elementary and Wenatchee High School.

Its out with the old and in with the new for those attending Cascade High School in Leavenworth tomorrow (Tue) for the first day of school. A new high school awaits, which will feature a new athletic wing that will connect the academic wing with existing gyms, a new theater which will provide retractable seating for an audience of 500, new administrative offices and library. Phase two of the project will be completed in January 2019.

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 Wild hosted Trail in a series of mini-games this weekend at the Community Rink…

Trail won the opener of the two, two-period games Saturday night 3-nil…

But the Wild came back in the nightcap, winning 3-0 behind goals from Mat Gosiewski, Murphy Stratton and Lucas Sowder.

The two teams met again Sunday with very similar results…

Trail came out and shut the Wild out in game 1 2-nothing.  Then in the late game…

Wenatchee came from behind with goals by Hunter Hastings and Josh Arnold to come away with a 2-1 victory.  Austin Park went oh-for-two in the games he played over the weekend while the Wild’s other net-minder, Cal Sandquist, went two and oh.  By the way, photos courtesy of the Wenatchee Wild and Jesi Richardson.

The Wild will host Penticton Friday night at 7 in the Community Rink in one more, regular-style, 3-period exhibition game before beginning the regular season at Vernon September 7th.

The High School Football Season kicks off Friday night and the NCWLIFE Channel will be there…

Eastmont opens up the 2018 campaign with a home game against Wilson High out of Tacoma Friday night at 7.  Grant Olson will have your play-by-play and be joined in the booth by former Wildcat and longtime coach of the Wenatchee Valley Rams, Mickey White with the pre-game at 6:45.

The Seahawks were in Minnesota for their third pre-season game last Friday, falling to the Vikings on a last-second touchdown and two point conversion, 21-20…

Russell Wilson finished 11-of-21 for 118 yards.  Chris Carson scored a 1st half touchdown as Seattle went into the break with a 10-6 lead.  Sebastian Janikowski connected on field goals of 35 and 55 yards while punter Michael Dickson showed his thunder foot and incredible accuracy, punting 5 times with a 53.6 yard average.

Even though Seattle came up short on the scoreboard, Coach Pete Carroll was very pleased about the progression of his team…

The Seahawks wrap up the pre-season Thursday night at CenturyLink Field against the Oakland Raiders at 7 o’clock.

The Mariners were in a position Sunday to go for a three-game, weekend sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks after winning Friday 6-3 and again Saturday in 10-innings 4-3.  But it wasn’t to be…

Paul Goldschmidt’s 3-run home run capped a 5-run third inning and the D-Backs went on for the 5-2 victory.  Trailing 5-1 in the 9th, Seattle got the bases loaded with nobody out but could only manage to push across one run.

Mitch Haniger led the way offensively, going 2-for-5 with a run.  Mike Leake took the loss, going 6-innings and allowing 5-runs on 7-hits with 6 strikeouts.

The Mariners have the day off today before beginning a quick, two game series at San Diego tomorrow at 7:10 with Felix Hernandez facing the Padre’s Jacob Nix.

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

Matt Chapman led Oakland with two home runs as the A’s took two of three from Minnesota by a score of 6-2 Sunday.  Oakland remains 5-games in front of Seattle for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

Houston has now won five straight after the Astros polished off a three-game sweep of the Angels Sunday with a 3-1 win.  Framber Valdez and three relievers combined on a 4-hitter.  The Astros lead Oakland by a game-and-a-half in the A-L West.

Steven Duggar’s 2-run triple broke a 1-1 tie and San Francisco topped the Rangers 3-1.

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro visit’s Olympia’s Bigelow House. It is the oldest residence in Olympia and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest. It’s 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…

An East Wenatchee man was injured Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a car on I-90 about 10 miles West of George. The State Patrol report says 53 year old Derek Love was Eastbound when his Harley struck a car driven by a University Place woman. She was not hurt but Love was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. Traffic was stopped for about 45 minutes.

Construction on Red Apple Road that began back in April is now completed. The City of Wenatchee constructed new curbs, sidewalks, a water main, lighting and pavement improvements on Red Apple Road between Miller St. and Okanogan Avenue.

A mini-roundabout was also constructed at the intersection of Red Apple Road and Miller Street. This project will also upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities along a route that serves Central Washington Hospital, Lincoln Elementary and Wenatchee High School.

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.