Evening News July 03, 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, The Stormy Creek Fire near Entiat remained at 80 acres overnight and is 10-percent contained. A big boom, then the power went out. Those were the Facebook posts this morning as Wenatchee area residents described an electrical outage, and, What’s left of the old Cascade High School in Leavenworth is currently in the process of demolition as the school district makes way for a new high school this fall.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The man who confessed to setting the Sleepy Hollow Fire three years ago was sentenced today in Chelan County Superior Court. 30-year old Jeremy Kendall has been ordered by Judge Robert McSeveney to serve 27 months in prison with 18 months of supervision after he’s released. NCWLife’s Steve Hair has more. . .

The Stormy Creek Fire near Entiat remained at 80 acres overnight and is 10-percent contained. The fire started around 3:30 pm Sunday on the West side of the Entiat River about 17 miles up from US 97-A on Entiat River Road near Stormy Creek. The fire is under the management of a joint command comprised of the Chelan, Entiat, Manson and Orondo fire districts as well as State Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service firefighters. There are approximately 140 personnel on scene including three 20-person hand crews. Two additional hand crews have been ordered. Wind continues to be a major concern, along with an expected warming trend over the next few days.

The fire is moving upslope away from the Entiat River toward Tyee Ridge. Air assets, helicopters and fixed winged airplanes have been used and remain a valuable part of the fire suppression efforts. At this time, there are no fire closures, campgrounds, trails and forest roads are accessible to the public. However, Level 1 evacuation notices are still in place for about 50 to 60 homes on both sides of Entiat River Road from Milepost 20 (Tyee Ranch) to Potato Creek Rd.

A big boom, then the power went out. Those were the Facebook posts this morning as Wenatchee area residents described an electrical outage that knocked about 27-hundred Chelan County PUD Customers off the grid overnight.

It started shortly after 2 am. Power was out from Spokane Street on the South to about 5th Street on the North and from the River to about Okanogan Street on the west. Traffic signals in the area were knocked out triggering an emergency alert from RiverCom Emergency Dispatch.The PUD says power was restored in about an hour. No information on what caused the outage.

What’s left of the old Cascade High School in Leavenworth is currently in the process of demolition as the school district makes way for a new high school this fall. The old administration offices and rest of building will be torn down over the next few days and then the final phase is the construction of the athletic wing that connects the academic wing with the existing gyms. The new high school will also feature a new theater which will provide retractable comfortable seating for an audience of 500. The academic wing, administrative offices, library and rest of the newly constructed area will be ready for students on Aug 28th, 2018. Phase 2 will be completed in January 2019.

Coming up next, Monday was newly hired Ohme Gardens Director, Nena Howell’s first day on the job, we talked to her. Coming up this weekend, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is offering low cost rabies vaccine for area pets, and, Pyrotechnics experts continue preparations for the Lets Have a Blast fireworks display tomorrow night at Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Operating one of Washington State’s most iconic botanical garden is no walk in the park. Mike Short has been doing it for 24 years and is now officially retired. Monday was newly hired Ohme Gardens Director, Nena Howell’s first day on the job. She and Short spoke to NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair about the transition and the future of Ohme Gardens. . .

Howell says she plans to meet with a variety of groups over the course of the next several months to start a long-term strategic plan for Ohme Gardens. That could also lead to possible future park development and new features.

Coming up this weekend, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is offering low cost rabies vaccine for area pets. The vaccine clinic is this Saturday, July 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Space is limited and vaccinations are available on a first come, first served basis. Pet owners must be income qualified to be considered. Cost is just $10 per rabies vaccination for the first pet, and $5.00 for each one after. Adults 18 years and old, must accompany their pet to this clinic. Dogs must be on a leash and cats need to be transported in a carrier.

Pyrotechnics experts continue preparations for the Lets Have a Blast fireworks display tomorrow night at Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee. Chelan PUD began work last week to rebuild the spit used as a staging area for the fireworks which was washed out earlier this year because of spring flooding. Activities, entertainment and a beer and wine garden begin at 3:00 p.m. at the park. The 25-thousand dollar fireworks display lasts roughly 20 minutes and begins at 9:50 p.m. at Walla Walla Point Park. A free shuttle will be provided beginning at 8:00 p.m. at Shopko and runs until 9:00 p.m. Shuttles will then be standing by when the fireworks end to return to Shopko. All traffic on Walla Walla Street will also be closed at 9:00 and around 15-thousand people are expected to attend. If you can’t make it to the park, NCWLife Channel will have live coverage of the fireworks beginning at 9:30 tomorrow night.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom with a look at the upcoming Mariners series against the Angels and the results of last night’s Applesox game against the Yakima Valley Pippins. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

 

It’s that time of the year where people are lighting off fireworks, and that can cause a great deal of distress for pets. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson got some advice from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society on how to keep your pets comfortable during this time, as well as what to do if they go missing.

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…

The man who confessed to setting the Sleepy Hollow Fire three years ago was sentenced today in Chelan County Superior Court. 30-year old Jeremy Kendall has been ordered by Judge Robert McSeveney to serve 27 months in prison with 18 months of supervision after he’s released.

The Stormy Creek Fire near Entiat remained at 80 acres overnight and is 10-percent contained. The fire started around 3:30 pm Sunday on the West side of the Entiat River about 17 miles up from US 97-A on Entiat River Road near Stormy Creek. The fire is under the management of a joint command comprised of the Chelan, Entiat, Manson and Orondo fire districts as well as State Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service firefighters. There are approximately 140 personnel on scene including three 20-person hand crews. Two additional hand crews have been ordered. Wind continues to be a major concern, along with an expected warming trend over the next few days.

The fire is moving upslope away from the Entiat River toward Tyee Ridge. Air assets, helicopters and fixed winged airplanes have been used and remain a valuable part of the fire suppression efforts. At this time, there are no fire closures, campgrounds, trails and forest roads are accessible to the public. However, Level 1 evacuation notices are still in place for about 50 to 60 homes on both sides of Entiat River Road from Milepost 20 (Tyee Ranch) to Potato Creek Rd.

A big boom, then the power went out. Those were the Facebook posts this morning as Wenatchee area residents described an electrical outage that knocked about 27-hundred Chelan County PUD Customers off the grid overnight.

It started shortly after 2 am. Power was out from Spokane Street on the South to about 5th Street on the North and from the River to about Okanogan Street on the west. Traffic signals in the area were knocked out triggering an emergency alert from RiverCom Emergency Dispatch.The PUD says power was restored in about an hour. No information on what caused the outage.

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, have a safe Independence Day and have a great night.