Evening News August 30, 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 Orondo couple was arrested late last week with a half a pound of methamphetamine, guns, vehicles and cash at their home on Charlotte Lane, and, due to gusty winds from the west and northwest, fire behavior on the Cougar Creek Fire near Entiat increased overnight.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An injured climber was rescued Tuesday morning after suffering a fall on Liberty Bell Mountain. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says 67-year old Benjamin Antonio of Yakima was injured when a hand hold broke loose as he was climbing the Becky’s Notch route along the northeast slope of the mountain. According to a witness, Antonio’s rope system held, but he dropped about 10-15 feet before slamming into the side of the mountain.

He suffered hip and back injuries. Because of the terrain, a Blackhawk helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island had to be called in to extract Antonio from the mountain. After spending around 8 hours on the mountain, he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is listed in stable conditions.

An Orondo couple was arrested late last week with a half a pound of methamphetamine, guns, vehicles and cash at their home on Charlotte Lane. Arrested were 34-year old Sarah E. Mitchell and 31-year old Marco Palacios-Mora. Sergeant Rob Huddleston with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department says law enforcement used hours of surveillance, controlled buys and an undercover informant to make the arrest. . .

Mitchell and Mora face multiple counts of drug and gun-related offenses.

Due to gusty winds from the west and northwest, fire behavior on the Cougar Creek Fire near Entiat increased overnight.

Columns of smoke were visible from Plain and the Entiat River Valley. Within the northwest portion of the fire, a flare-up caused the fire to make a run back onto itself. At the north end, the fire moved toward the north. A red flag warning for gusty winds was in effect yesterday and has now expired. Wednesday night, an infrared flight indicated that the fire did not move toward any communities or infrastructure. Today, firefighters will continue to scout for effective containment lines at the northern portion of the fire as crews continue mopping up and working through the ash to locate and extinguish hot spots. If conditions allow, burn-out operations may occur again today at the western part of the fire with smoke visible from Plain and the Entiat River Valley. The fire has burned 41,589 acres and remains at 45-percent containment.

Also, in an announcement earlier today, recreationists longing to visit their favorite campsite in the Entiat River Valley during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend will be able to do so starting tomorrow.

The successful construction of fire containment lines and decreasing fire activity have allowed a partial re-opening of the Entiat River Valley. While some areas will remain closed for public safety, Fox Creek, Lake Creek, Silver Falls, and Cottonwood campgrounds will reopen Friday.

Coming up next, Wenatchee area unemployment in July was the lowest it’s been in three years for any month. Chelan’s Woodin Avenue Bridge restoration project is scheduled to start next Wednesday, September 5th, and, we will fill you in on all that’s happening around the valley this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Wenatchee area unemployment in July was the lowest it’s been in three years for any month. According to the latest economic report from the Employment Security Department, the Wenatchee Metropolitan Area unemployment was at 3.3-percent, down from 3.5 percent in July of 2017. This rate is the lowest reading for the month of July since 1990. In fact, monthly rates declined for 17 straight months (from October 2016 through February 2018), stagnated in March 2018, and then rose a tick in April 2018 before declining again for the past three months (May through July 2018).

Total non-farm employment in the Wenatchee area also rose 3.6-percent in July of 2018 compared to last July and added 1700 new jobs. July saw over 48000 non-farm workers, the highest number of non-farm employees since 2015.

Chelan’s Woodin Avenue Bridge restoration project is scheduled to start next Wednesday, September 5th. Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney says the amount of both foot and vehicle traffic on the bridge warranted the bridge reconstruction. . .

The 3.1-million dollar contract went to Selland Construction of Wenatchee.

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.

We’re counting down to opening night across the state for the start of the 2018 high school football season.  The Wenatchee Panthers will start the campaign on the road at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

Scott Devereaux is in his 15th year as head coach at Wenatchee High.  He says while he only has 45 players on the varsity squad, it’s not about the numbers but about the heart and hard work…

Darius Carlson is back for his senior season at tight end and strong safety.  He’s not afraid to admit his team has a chip on its shoulder heading into their first game Friday night…

Carlson and the Panthers play at Mt. Si tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.

We’ll be airing the Eastmont/Wilson game LIVE tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Senior quarterback Caelen Massey has been working hard on and off the field in the off-season.  As a leader in the classroom and on the gridiron, Massey says he and his piers have had to work hard following the tragic death of an Eastmont student and near death of another at the end of last school year…

Our pre-game show with Grant Olson and Mickey White begins tomorrow night at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Other games around the area tomorrow include…

Wilson at Eastmont, 7pm
Wenatchee at Mt. Si, 7pm
Cashmere at Ephrata, 7pm
Cascade at Naches Valley, 7pm
Brewster at Chelan, 7pm
Entiat at Tekoa-Rosalia, 7pm
Waterville-Mansfield at Republic, 7pm

The college football season kicks off this weekend as well…

One with national implications has #6 Washington at #9 Auburn Saturday at 12:30.  That’s the same kickoff time for Washington State at Wyoming.  An interesting clash will take place on the red carpet in Cheney where Eastern Washington will host Central Washington at 1:05.

The Wenatchee Wild hold one more exhibition game Friday before beginning the regular season following the Labor Day Weekend…

Wenatchee hosts Penticton Friday night at 7 o’clock in the Community Rink.  General Admission tickets are $10.  The Wild will be on the road for the season-opener September 7th at Vernon against the Vipers.

Erasmo Ramirez got roughed up for 7-runs in the first three innings and the Mariners fell to the Padres in San Diego yesterday 8-3…

Hunter Renfroe led the way offensively for San Diego with a 3-run home run and 4-RBI’s.  Jean Segura finished 2-for-3 and is now batting .317 on the season.

Seattle has no time to wallow in pity because they travel to Oakland tonight to take on the A’s…the team they’re chasing for the final Wild Card playoff spot.  Wade LeBlanc is on the mound for Seattle against the A’s Frankie Montas.  First pitch is at 7:05.

The A’s are coming in after dropping the final of a three-game series yesterday to Houston as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Tyler White crushed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th for the Astros in their 5-4 win over Oakland.  The win pushed Houston 2-and-a-half games in front of the Athletics for first in the American League West.  Seattle remains 5-and-a-half games back of Oakland in the Wild Card race.

Also yesterday is was the Los Angeles Dodgers downing Texas 3-1.

The Seahawks take on the Oakland Raiders tonight at CenturyLink Field in the final pre-season exhibition game for both teams…

Seattle is oh-and-3 so far in the exhibition season while the Raiders are 2-and-1 under new/old coach John Gruden.

Some good news out of training camp Wednesday as the team announced it had reached a 3-year, 38-1-million dollar contract extension with wide receiver Tyler Lockett.  Lockett was deeply moved by the show of support by his team…

Kickoff for tonight’s game is at 7 o’clock on FOX, Q-13 in Seattle and KAYU-28 in Spokane.

Thanks Eric.

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

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 injured climber was rescued Tuesday morning after suffering a fall on Liberty Bell Mountain. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says 67-year old Benjamin Antonio of Yakima was injured when a hand hold broke loose as he was climbing the Becky’s Notch route along the northeast slope of the mountain. According to a witness, Antonio’s rope system held, but he dropped about 10-15 feet before slamming into the side of the mountain.

He suffered hip and back injuries. Because of the terrain, a Blackhawk helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island had to be called in to extract Antonio from the mountain. After spending around 8 hours on the mountain, he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is listed in stable conditions.

Wenatchee area unemployment in July was the lowest it’s been in three years for any month. According to the latest economic report from the Employment Security Department, the Wenatchee Metropolitan Area unemployment was at 3.3-percent, down from 3.5 percent in July of 2017. This rate is the lowest reading for the month of July since 1990. In fact, monthly rates declined for 17 straight months (from October 2016 through February 2018), stagnated in March 2018, and then rose a tick in April 2018 before declining again for the past three months (May through July 2018).

Total non-farm employment in the Wenatchee area also rose 3.6-percent in July of 2018 compared to last July and added 1700 new jobs. July saw over 48000 non-farm workers, the highest number of non-farm employees since 2015.

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 once again tomorrow for Steve Hair with the news. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.