Evening News July 10, 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, Fire crews battling the Little Camas Fire in Chelan County made more progress Monday, and, in an NCWLife News exlusive, the Chelan County Regional Justice Center, Director resigns amid reports of financial and staffing problems.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department reports the wind-whipped Ryegrass Wildfire near Vantage is now 1000-acres in size and 0-percent contained.

The fire has burned a 4-point-5 mile stretch of land both north and south of I-90. On I-90, more than 400 guardrail posts have burned due to the fire. I-90 re-opened at noon after being completely shut down overnight. Vantage Highway has also been reopened in both directions. A Level 3 evacuation advisory that was in effect for residents of Vantage has been lowered to a level 2, which will allow residents to return to their homes. Wanapum State Park is also in a Level 2 advisory.  Fire command reports only one small structure has been lost. A type 3 incident management team is enroute to Vantage to take over fire command. A strike team from NCW is also on scene of the Ryegrass fire near Vantage. Fire Departments from Wenatchee, Monitor, Leavenworth, Entiat and Twisp all arrived at the fire line this morning.

Fire crews battling the Little Camas Fire in Chelan County made more progress Monday. Managers say the fire is now 52-percent contained and that the lines were holding despite the windier weather. The fire is now estimated at 317 acres. Today crews are mopping up and securing the perimeter of fire and constructing contingency lines to the east along the property boundary.

The fire is still burning in steep rugged terrain making the attack by ground crews difficult.

442 firefighters, based out of the Cashmere Fairgrounds are currently working the blaze. Crews and equipment will be moving throughout the area and the public is asked to use extra caution when traveling around the Cashmere area and US 97 Blewett Pass. The Camas Meadows Bible Camp along with a few homes remain under a level one evacuation advisory. The US Forest Service has also closed hiking trails in the area.

The Chelan County Regional Justice Center, Director resigns amid reports of financial and staffing problems. County Commissioner Keith Overbay says the board accepted Kurt Lutz’s resignation on Monday. He says it was a mutual agreement  . . .

Overbay says the Commissioners were aware of some problems involving communications between Jail management and corrections staff that played a role in Lutz departure. Commissioner Keith Goehner  . .

Commissioners also point to the jail’s finances as a cause for concern that led to Lutz resignation. Commissioners have hired Bill Larsen to replace Lutz as interim jail director. Larsen is a former commander with the Washington State Patrol and he also was employed by Chelan County PUD as the District’s Security Chief.

Coming up next, An early morning crash in downtown Wenatchee closed one lane of traffic on Wenatchee Avenue. Chelan PUD commissioners Monday moved a step closer to creating a new, nonprofit research institute, and, With the summer heat on the rise this week the city of Wenatchee wants to make sure your child has a safe place to cool off.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

An early morning crash in downtown Wenatchee closed one lane of traffic on Wenatchee Avenue. The accident happened at around 6:20 this morning in front of Centennial Park when a car rear-ended a pickup causing extensive damage to the car. The driver of the pickup was injured while the driver of the small car looked dazed but didn’t require medical treatment.

Chelan PUD commissioners Monday moved a step closer to creating a new, nonprofit research institute with the goal of helping dam operators around the world improve operations and supporting a hydropower technology hub in the Wenatchee Valley. The PUD’s Director of Generation and Transmission, Kirk Hudson, says the inspiration for the institute came from the community during strategic planning.

Commissioners unanimously authorized the approval of a “Bridging” Agreement” that sets in motion forming the organization and its governing board. Commissioners have approved $1.05 million in Public Power Benefit funding for hydropower research. Earlier this year they allocated an initial $500,000 funds to launch the new Institute. We have more on this story on our website.

With the summer heat on the rise this week the city of Wenatchee wants to make sure your child has a safe place to cool off as the city’s three wading pools open for the season. City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Sascha Smith stopped by Street Talk and Other Stuff with Mike Magnotti to talk about the summer opportunities…

For more information on the wading pools or other activities hosted by the city visit WenatcheeWA-dot-gov.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom with Major League Baseball Allstar and Mariner news as well as results from last night’s Applesox game. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

The Seattle Mariners and their fans are doing all they can to get Jean Segura added to the American League All Star Roster…

As the Mariners boarded their flight to Anaheim Monday, the entire team and staff donned these SendSegura shirts in an effort to add the Seattle shortstop as a last-minute, fan-voted addition to the midsummer classic.

It’s the first time in the 18-years Major League Baseball has offered a Final Vote candidate that the Mariners have had a finalist named.  Segura is second in the American League in hist, third in batting average at .330 and has been a huge contributor in helping the Mariners to the 4th best record in all of baseball. Fans have until 1 o’clock our time tomorrow to cast their votes on mlb.com/all-star/final-vote.

Segura is currently leading the vote to get in.  If the fans are successful in getting him in, he’d join teammates Nelson Cruz, Mitch Haniger and Edwin Diaz as representatives for the American League at the All Star Game next Monday in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, Seattle takes its 57-and-34 record into Anaheim to face the L-A Angels in the first of three games tonight…

The Halos sit a game over .500 and have slipped to fourth in the A-L West behind Houston, Seattle and red-hot Oakland.  The A’s have won 8 of their past 10 games and 17 of their past 21 after a 2-0 win over the Astros last night.

Seattle will send Mike Leake to the mound to face Garrett Richards.  Leak is 8-and-5 with a 4.11 ERA while Richards is 5-and-4 with a 3.42 earned run average.  After playing three against the Angels, the Mariners will have three in Colorado before next week’s All Star break.

While the Mariners were idle Monday for a travel day, three other American League West teams were in action…

JD Martinez hit a 3-run home run, his league-leading 28th of the season, to power Boston past Texas 5-nothing.

Stephen Piscotty hit his third home run in three days as Oakland shut out Houston 2-nothing.

The Wenatchee AppleSox officially begin the second-half of the summer collegiate season tonight with the first of three against Bellingham…

The red-hot Bells were the 1st half North Division winners, jumping out to an 18-and-8 record to secure a post-season berth in the West Coast League.  Expansion franchise Portland won the South Division 1st half with a 17-and-9 record.

Hunter Boyd will get the start on the mound tonight for the 7:05 game at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field.  Taylor Davis will go for the Bells.  After three games here in Wenatchee, the teams will move to Joe Martin Field in Bellingham for another three games over the weekend.

Kelowna and Corvallis picked up wins in a slim schedule last night…

Briley Knight led a 10-hit attack for the Knights in a 10-2 win over Victoria, going 2-for-5 with a run and 3-RBI’s.

Cowlitz and Kelowna combined for 31-hits and 22-runs in an offensive showcase at Elks Stadium in B.C. last night as the Falcons won 14-to-8.  Trent Tinglestad led 5-players with at least three hits in the game, going 4-for-6 with a double and two runs.

Coming up tonight in the West Coast League, Cowlitz is at Kelowna; Bend travels to Victoria; Portland takes on Walla Walla; and Yakima Valley hosts Corvallis.  In a non-league game, the Port Angeles Lefties are hosting the Highline Bears.

AppleSox starting pitcher Curtis Bafus was selected West Coast League Pitcher of the Week for his performance July 2-8…

Bafus tossed 13 innings over two starts this week, and only allowed one earned run while posting a 1-1 mark and striking out 11. This summer, Bafus has made 6 appearances, 5 starts and logged 36.2 innings for the Sox. He is 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA while striking out 34 and walking only 9.  As a junior with Virginia Commonwealth University, Bafus went 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA and one save over 16 appearances, 2 starts and 28.1 innings pitched.

The Wenatchee Rams are 7-and-oh after a 42-7 win over the South Sounds Nighthawks over the weekend…

With just two games remaining in the regular season, Wenatchee has a commanding lead for the regular season title in the Western Washington Football Alliance.  Wenatchee travels to Arlington to play the Grizzlies this weekend before hosting the Tri City Rage in the regular season finale July 21st at the Apple Bowl.

Thanks Eric.

Last week many pets went missing due to fear from the loud Independence Day fireworks. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has an update from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society on the statistics of missing pets. . .

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 Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department reports the wind-whipped Ryegrass Wildfire near Vantage is now 1000-acres in size and 0-percent contained.

The fire has burned a 4-point-5 mile stretch of land both north and south of I-90. On I-90, more than 400 guardrail posts have burned due to the fire. I-90 re-opened at noon after being completely shut down overnight. Vantage Highway has also been reopened in both directions. A Level 3 evacuation advisory that was in effect for residents of Vantage has been lowered to a level 2, which will allow residents to return to their homes. Wanapum State Park is also in a Level 2 advisory.  Fire command reports only one small structure has been lost. A type 3 incident management team is enroute to Vantage to take over fire command. A strike team from NCW is also on scene of the Ryegrass fire near Vantage. Fire Departments from Wenatchee, Monitor, Leavenworth, Entiat and Twisp all arrived at the fire line this morning.

Fire crews battling the Little Camas Fire in Chelan County made more progress Monday. Managers say the fire is now 52-percent contained and that the lines were holding despite the windier weather. The fire is now estimated at 317 acres. Today crews are mopping up and securing the perimeter of fire and constructing contingency lines to the east along the property boundary.

The fire is still burning in steep rugged terrain making the attack by ground crews difficult.

442 firefighters, based out of the Cashmere Fairgrounds are currently working the blaze. Crews and equipment will be moving throughout the area and the public is asked to use extra caution when traveling around the Cashmere area and US 97 Blewett Pass. The Camas Meadows Bible Camp along with a few homes remain under a level one evacuation advisory. The US Forest Service has also closed hiking trails in the area.

The Chelan County Regional Justice Center, Director resigns amid reports of financial and staffing problems. County Commissioner Keith Overbay says the board accepted Kurt Lutz’s resignation on Monday. Overbay says the Commissioners were aware of some problems involving communications between Jail management and corrections staff that played a role in Lutz departure.

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.