Evening News August 29, 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 Ritzville man remains hospitalized tonight after he was shot during in an attempted robbery last night in Moses Lake near the Larson Housing Project, and, Last week, teachers and the Wenatchee School District reached agreement on a new teacher’s contract. But, that new contract didn’t include ALL Wenatchee School District teachers and they made their voices heard yesterday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect today across the Cougar Creek Fire area due to a combination of increasing temperatures and wind. This marks a change in the weather pattern for firefighters following several days of cool and moist conditions. Firefighting crews continued with mop up, working through the ash to locate and extinguish hot spots.

Smoldering branches and logs were also moved into the interior of the fire. If conditions allow today, crews along the southwestern corner of the fire will continue burnout operations. This work is crucial to securing the line in that area. If and when crews are able to begin these burnout operations, additional smoke is to be expected and will be visible around the Plain area. The Cougar Creek Fire has burned 41,430 acres is remains at 45-percent containment.

Meanwhile, to our north, the Crescent Mountain Fire burning near Twisp is at 43,484 acres and is 35-percent contained. Today, crews will continue to hold and establish dozer lines and hand lines from Buttermilk Creek to Poplar Flat.

Mop-up and holding efforts will also continue today with the use of aircraft, hand crews and engine crews. A level 3 evacuation is still in place for people living west of the Little Bridge Creek intersection in the Twisp River Valley.

A Ritzville man remains hospitalized tonight after he was shot during in an attempted robbery last night in Moses Lake near the Larson Housing Project.

The man and a 17-year-old female were in a car parked at the curb near Arlington Drive and Lowry Street when several persons approached the car and tried to rob them. The driver tried to drive away and was shot in the abdomen by one of the persons outside the car. The assailants then ran. The injured man was taken to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake. His name is being withheld for the time being since he is the victim of a violent crime which is under investigation. Deputies and Moses Lake police searched the area but were unable to find any suspects. Investigators today are following up tips and leads. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160.

Last week, teachers and the Wenatchee School District reached agreement on a new teacher’s contract. But, that new contract didn’t include ALL Wenatchee School District teachers. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz tells us more. . .

Coming up next, we will tell you more about the new 10 gig dark fiber internet system for the Wenatchee School District. The 2018 pear harvest projections are in and looks like another bumper crop, and, This is the final weekend to enjoy the fun at Slidewater’s water park in Chelan and on Labor Day your summer fun may directly impact your winter fun as well.     I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Last night on the NCWLIFE Evening News, we told you about the new 10 gig fiber internet system that was installed at the Wenatchee School District back in June. The school district partnered with LocalTel Communications and the Chelan County PUD to complete the dark fiber project which took about a year to complete. Dave Yancey, Director of Operational Technology at the school district says the new fiber system gives the school district entire   control over the internet system with much more efficiency . . .

Yancey says the new dark fiber system will also give the school district large bandwidth capabilities which will eliminate internet delays and re-routing. . .

Yancey also added he is proud of the local partnership involved in this project. . .

The new fiber system will give the Wenatchee School District one of the fastest internet systems in the state.

The 2018 pear harvest projections are in and looks like another bumper crop.

According to the National Pear Bureau, this year’s harvest is expected to be up 26-percent over 2017 or 20 million boxes of pears. The expected harvest numbers for every variety of pears except the Concorde are expected to see an increase this year. The Anjou is once again expected to be the most popular variety with an expected harvest of 10-million boxes, which accounts for half of this year’s overall production. Green Bartlett pears will account for just over 5-million boxes while the Bosc variety will produce just over 3-million boxes. Washington is the leading pear producing state in the country with a crop value of 225-million dollars.

This is the final weekend to enjoy the fun at Slidewater’s water park in Chelan. On Labor Day Monday, September 3rd, your summer fun may directly impact your winter fun as well with the Slidewaters/Echo Valley fundraiser.

Purchase an advance ticket and spend your Labor Day slipping and sliding at the Pacific Northwest’s premier waterpark. Tickets have been reduced to just 10-dollars and are available at Chelan Shell Station, the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Kelly’s Hardware, or Lake Chelan Building Supply in Manson.

You can also purchase tickets online or contact echovalleyinfo@gmail.com for more information. For over 60 years, Echo Valley has been the Lake Chelan Valley’s community ski hill, where generations of kids and adults have learned to ski and snowboard.

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 Eastmont Wildcats begin a new football season Friday night at home against the Wilson Rams out of Tacoma.  Michael Don is in his 4th year as head coach and says he hopes to build off his team’s 5 consecutive wins to end last season…

The Wildcats will turn to senior Caelen Massey to lead the way at quarterback.  Massey says he thinks the way last year ended has helped players buy in to working hard to prepare for this season…

We’ll have the game LIVE beginning with the pre-game at 6:45 Friday here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The magic number is 150.  That’s not a good number, by the way.  According to Russ Waterman, athletic director for the Eastmont School District, anything above 150 is the state-wide agreed-to number on air quality that affects outdoor activity.  Waterman tells NCWLIFE Channel that if the smoke from fires throughout the region and Canada worsens our air quality above the 150 mark for Friday night, they’ll move the Eastmont-Wilson football game to either Moses Lake or Tacoma.  Waterman says the decision will be made by Thursday afternoon so both schools can make arrangements, if necessary.  We, of course, will also monitor this closely and let you know if there are any changes.

Felix Hernandez gave up a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game last night but shut the Padres down after that.  Seattle’s offense, however, let him down as the Mariners fell at San Diego 2-to-1…

Hernandez allowed just 2-runs on 4-hits in 7-innings while striking out 9.  San Diego rookie right hander Jacob Nix was equally impressive, getting into the 9th before allowing a 1-out, solo home run to Nelson Cruz.  Kirby Yates came on to get the final two outs to end the ballgame.

Dee Gordon and Mike Zunino were both 2-for-3 while Jean Segura finished the night 2-for-4, but San Diego’s defense kept making one stellar play after another to keep Seattle off the scoreboard.

Manager Scott Servais said it was an off-night for his offense…

Nix threw 79-pitches in 8-and-a-third to earn his second win of the season.  Servais felt his club had a good night in its approach offensively, it was just not their night…

Seattle wraps up the two game series in San Diego with a 12:40 game today as Erasmo Ramirez gets the start in place of Marco Gonzales against Joey Lucchesi.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

In the American League West race, Nick Martini drove in a decisive run in the top of the 9th on a ground-rule double as Oakland topped Houston 4-3.  The win moved the A’s within a game and a half of the Astros for first in the A-L West.  Seattle is 7-games back of Houston and 5-and-a-half back of the A’s for the Wild Card spot.

Manny Machado drove in four runs while Brian Dozier homered as the Dodgers hammered Texas 8-4.

Meanwhile, the Rockies got a great start from Kyle Freeland in a 3-2 interleague victory over the Angels.  Colorado’s win coupled with Arizona’s 1-0 loss to San Francisco puts the Rockies and D-Backs in a tie for first in the National League West with the Dodgers just a game back.

Veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin is back at practice with the Seahawks this week after recovering from a knee injury.  He said being out since last spring has been very difficult for him…

Baldwin’s absence has allowed more reps for some of the younger receivers in the off-season workouts as well as this pre-season.  Baldwin says that can do nothing but good things for both the team and the players…

Balwin will not play in Thursday’s pre-season finale against the Raiders and is still a question mark for Seattle’s regular-season opener at Denver September 9th.

Thanks Eric.

With school now in full swing all across Northcentral Washington, do you know when to stop for a school bus? Yes? No? Maybe? In tonight’s feature story, the Washington State Patrol produced a quick video as a reminder. . .

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…

A Ritzville man remains hospitalized tonight after he was shot during in an attempted robbery last night in Moses Lake near the Larson Housing Project.

The man and a 17-year-old female were in a car parked at the curb near Arlington Drive and Lowry Street when several persons approached the car and tried to rob them. The driver tried to drive away and was shot in the abdomen by one of the persons outside the car. The assailants then ran. The injured man was taken to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake. His name is being withheld for the time being since he is the victim of a violent crime which is under investigation. Deputies and Moses Lake police searched the area but were unable to find any suspects. Investigators today are following up tips and leads. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160.

The 2018 pear harvest projections are in and looks like another bumper crop.

According to the National Pear Bureau, this year’s harvest is expected to be up 26-percent over 2017 or 20 million boxes of pears. The expected harvest numbers for every variety of pears except the Concorde are expected to see an increase this year. The Anjou is once again expected to be the most popular variety with an expected harvest of 10-million boxes, which accounts for half of this year’s overall production. Green Bartlett pears will account for just over 5-million boxes while the Bosc variety will produce just over 3-million boxes. Washington is the leading pear producing state in the country with a crop value of 225-million dollars.

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 I will be in for Steve Hair with the news. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.