Evening News August 31, 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 DUI suspect was recaptured early Wednesday by Troopers and Sheriff’s Deputies after jumping into the Wenatchee River, and, Construction of two 16,750-square-foot industrial buildings at the old Cashmere Mill site will kick off with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Despite steady winds on the Cougar Creek Fire both yesterday and today, fire activity was minimal with a few areas of heat on the north flank. Jacob Welsh, Public Information Officer, tells us the plan of attack going forward. . .

The Cougar Creek Fire has burned 41,704 acres and is now 50-percent contained. It’s burning 10 miles northwest of Entiat and 5 miles east of Plain. Just a reminder: all campgrounds along Entiat River Road are open today including the popular Silver Falls and Cottonwood Campgrounds.

A DUI suspect was recaptured early Wednesday by Troopers and Sheriff’s Deputies after jumping into the Wenatchee River. Trooper Brian Moore said 24-year old Brandon Allen of Ferndale appeared to suffer a panic attack while a State Trooper was transporting him to the Chelan County jail shortly after midnight.

Moore says the Trooper stopped near Dryden to check on Allen and call for an ambulance. Allen then jumped down a 25-foot embankment into the Wenatchee River while handcuffed. Allen was found about 40 minutes later, hiding behind a rock in waist deep water but refused to exit the river. A State Trooper and Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy waded into the river and took Allen into custody without incident.  Moore says Allen was booked into the Chelan County Jail on numerous charges including DUI, driving with a suspended license, third degree escape and an outstanding warrant.

Construction of two 16,750-square-foot industrial buildings at the old Cashmere Mill site will kick off with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. It will take place at 3:00 p.m. off Sunset Highway.

The buildings are expected to be completed in the spring. Port officials say the $6.6 million redevelopment project will allow local businesses to expand and help the port recruit new businesses. The Chelan County Commission agreed to allocate $500,000 to the project, and the port is putting up the rest of the money. Chelan County Port Commissioner J.C. Baldwin said through a lot of hard work, a largely underutilized and previously contaminated industrial property will be put back into full use. The industrial buildings will be high-ceiling, multi-tenant spaces. Possible uses are production, warehousing, laboratory or office space. Louws Truss Co. purchased just over 3.5 acres in September for a new manufacturing facility. Construction is ongoing, but production at the facility has already started.

Coming up next, The opioid and heroin crisis is devastating cities and towns all across the county including here in the Wenatchee Valley. Strong customer demand and the addition of a fourth daily flight led to an all‐time monthly record of commercial passengers traveling though Pangborn in July, and, The roadways of Washington State will see a significant increase in the volume of traffic they normally accommodate beginning today, especially on I-90.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The opioid and heroin crisis is devastating cities and towns all across the county including here in the Wenatchee Valley. On a recent episode off Street Talk and Other Stuff with Mike Magnotti, Sergeant Chris Foreman talked about the how the progression began here in the valley and how opioid use has led to heroin abuse. . .

Foreman says law enforcement doesn’t receive a single state dollar for opioid enforcement. But, he says there are many treatment centers around North Central Washington for those that need help.

Strong customer demand and the addition of a fourth daily flight led to an all‐time monthly record of 12,597 commercial passengers traveling though Pangborn in July, 2018. This represents an increase in passengers of 22.7% over July of 2017. The total number of passengers traveling through Pangborn is up nearly 7% for the first seven months of 2018 versus the same time period last year.

Port of Chelan County Commissioner Rory Turner reacted to the good news saying, “Continued strong passenger growth lays a great foundation for Pangborn to attract new air service to additional destinations.” Other statistics from this summer’s activity at Pangborn show an increase in revenues from car rentals, parking and fuel. Car rentals in July 2018 saw a 42.2 percent increase over July 2017 while June’s numbers showed a 128-percent hike.

Labor Day weekend annually marks an official end to many people’s summer travel itineraries, and once again millions of folks nationwide are preparing to get out of town for one final time before the start of fall.

The roadways of Washington State will see a significant increase in the volume of traffic they normally accommodate beginning today, especially on I-90. If you’re heading out the door tomorrow peak traffic flow from Cle Elum to North Bend will be from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Those hitting the road will be happy to find that the Department of Transportation has suspended all major construction work throughout the state over the three-day holiday, but they are still cautioning drivers to allow for plenty of extra travel time, especially during peak hours of volume on the state’s busiest thoroughfares.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

In tonight’s feature story, the Chelan County Fair begins it’s 4-day run this Thursday at the fairgrounds in Cashmere. Earlier this week Dan Kuntz talked with Fair Manager Karen Welch who told us the fair has always stuck to it’s agricultural roots. . .

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…

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 Tuesday 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 Labor Day Weekend.