Evening News July 11, 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 Marysville motorist was killed overnight in an accident on US 97 Blewett Pass. Fortunately no injuries reported in this accident that happened this morning in East Wenatchee, and, Bail has been set for the Wenatchee man charged with running his ex-girlfriend off the road and causing her death.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The winds that pushed a wildfire toward homes in the Crescent Bar area yesterday evening have subsided giving firefighters the break they needed to stop it.

State Troopers say the fire ignited from sparks from a blown tire. It was fanned by 30 MPH gusts and within minutes triggered Level 3 evacuation notices for residents in the Mansfield Road area.

Traffic was slowed along Highway 28 in the Trinidad area as crews from Chelan, Grant and Douglas County along with State DNR responded. At last report the fire had been put under control and evacuations lifted. No reports of structure damage or injuries.

A new fire to report tonight this time in the Upper Valley near Leavenworth.

Forest Service firefighters responded to a fire yesterday in the Beaver Creek area approximately 12 miles northeast of Leavenworth on the Wenatchee River Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. A member of the public reported the fire Tuesday morning. The fire is estimated at 2 acres in size and is burning heavy timber and dead and down fuels. That’s down from a reported 6-acres on Tuesday. About 50 firefighters are fighting the blaze, including an engine, 3 helicopters, and an air attack plane. One tanker load of retardant was also used on the fire. A helicopter base is being set up at Fish Lake airstrip. The public is advised to be cautious while driving in the area due to both increased fire and aircraft traffic. There are currently no road or trail closures in place, and no structures at risk, and no evacuation levels in place. This morning that fire was declared contained.

Managers report the Little Camas Fire is now 74 percent contained as crews begin the process of mopping up hot spots within the containment perimeter. They say heavy fuels within that perimeter will continue to burn but it appears the fire is in its death throes as calmer conditions allow crews to make headway. The level one evacuation notices for the Camas Meadows Bible Camp and neighboring homes have been lifted. Some hiking trails remain closed however. The fire is estimated at 394 acres

A Marysville motorist was killed overnight in an accident on US 97 Blewett Pass. State Troopers say it happened shortly before 2:00 a.m. about 24 miles South of Leavenworth. The 73 year old victim was Southbound when his Kia Sorrento left the roadway and rolled over. The cause is under investigation. The driver, who’s name was withheld, died at the scene.

Fortunately no injuries reported in this accident that happened this morning in East Wenatchee. Emergency crews responded to the accident around 8:20 at the intersection of 25th Street Northwest and Northwest Cascade Avenue. Apparently the SUV struck a guidewire at the intersection causing it to roll over. No word yet on the official cause of that accident or if the driver will be charged.

Bail has been set for the Wenatchee man charged with running his ex-girlfriend off the road and causing her death. On Monday, bail was set at 1-million dollars for 26-year old Carlos Carranza Ibarra.

Ibarra was charged with second degree murder after he struck a vehicle driven by 24-year old Jessica Cuali of Quincy Saturday morning on Highway 28 forcing her SUV to roll into an irrigation ditch where she died from her injuries. Carranza Ibarra then fled the scene, escaped capture by Quincy Police and was later apprehended at a residence in Wenatchee. Carranza Ibarra had three active warrants when he was taken into custody, including two in Chelan County for a no contact order violation in connection to an alleged 2016 domestic violence assault against his boyfriend. Arraignment has been set for July 23rd.

Coming up next, Nearly 200 area Republicans gathered yesterday (Tue) at Rocky Reach dam for the annual GOP barbecue. Due to a poor return of salmon, a popular fishery in the Upper Columbia River will be closing early, and, A new Cashmere City Council member was sworn into office this week. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Nearly 200 area Republicans gathered yesterday (Tue) at Rocky Reach dam for the annual GOP barbecue.

Those in attendance included Representative Mike Steele, 12th District candidate Keith Goehner and Chelan Superior Court Judge candidate Travis Brandt.

Also, a surprise visit from U.S. Senate candidate Susan Hutchinson who will face off with incumbent Washington Senator Maria Cantwell. Dino Rossi, running for the U.S. House seat held by a retiring Dave Reichert, told the faithful that the 8th District race will be decided by Eastern Washington voters. . .

So far, Rossi is the lone Republican to declare his candidacy for the Congressional seat along with 11 Independent and Democratic candidates.

Due to a poor return of salmon, a popular fishery in the Upper Columbia River will be closing early. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom sat down with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dave Graybill to find out what happened. .

We’re still waiting on official word from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, but Graybill tells us the fishery will close Sunday at midnight. The good news for local anglers is that the sockeye returns are larger than forecast. We’ll have more on that side of the story coming up tomorrow here on the NCWLife Evening News.

A new Cashmere City Council member was sworn into office this week. Chris Carlson was selected to fill the seat vacated by Jim Fletcher after he was appointed to replace Jeff Gomes as Interim Mayor. Carlson is an architect employed by the State as a construction project manager. His council seat is up for election next year.

On Thursday at their regular meeting, the Wenatchee City Council will once again be presented with proposed voting district changes by City Attorney Steve Smith at a public hearing.

The council will then decide whether to maintain its current at-large format or go to a district format, which could change Wenatchee’s form of city governance.

The city council will eventually vote whether to create seven or five voting districts. Wenatchee Executive Services Director Allison Williams says this is something the council has been considering for two years. . .

The recent passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act of 2018 allows cities to change to district voting in general elections. Tomorrow’s city council meeting begins at 5:15 at Wenatchee City Hall. Tune in to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley tomorrow morning when Dan’s guests will be city council members Ruth Esparza and Jim Bailey to talk about the possible voting district changes.

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.

Youngsters from throughout the Pacific Northwest are at the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club this week for a big tennis tournament.  Our own Megan McPherson has the story…

 

Wenatchee native Jacob Prater powered the AppleSox past the Bellingham Bells 6-to-2 last night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field…

Prater, a Wenatchee High School and Everett Community College alum and current junior at Seattle University, got things going for the AppleSox in the bottom of the first inning…

Joel Norman with the call on the AppleSox Radio Network and the video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook page.  Prater finished the night 2-for-4 with 3-runs and 4-RBI’s.  Hunter Boyd improved to 3-and-1 on the season, earning the victory on the mound by going six innings and allowing 2-runs on 5-hits with 7 strikeouts.  Alec Gomez worked three innings of relief for his first save while striking out 5.

The two teams meet again tonight at 7:05 Wenatchee’s Grady Miller facing the Bells’ Wesley Moore.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the rest of the West Coast League last night…

Austin Feist was a home run shy of the cycle for the Corvallis Knights as the right fielder went 4-for-5 with 2-Runs in a 5-4, 11-inning victory on the road at Yakima Valley.

Taylor Wright’s RBI single scored Cody Crowder in the bottom of the 10th and the Kelowna Falcons got by Cowlitz 4-3 at Elks Stadium.

Jeddidiah Fagg’s 2-run single in the bottom of the 10th helped erase a 1-run deficit and give Victoria a 5-4 win over Bend.  Fagg also hit a home run in the game and drove in 3 RBI.

Mike Perez’s 3-run home run broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the 8th and propelled Portland to a 10-7 victory over Walla Walla.  The Pickles pounded four home runs in the game with Zander Clarke hitting his league-leading 8th in the 5th.

And in a non-league game Tuesday, Port Angeles brought 10-men to the plate in a 5-run 4th inning to beat Highline 7-to-1.

On the West Coast League Schedule for today…

Cowlitz is at Kelowna; Victoria hosts Bend; Walla Walla continues at Portland; Yakima Valley hosts Corvallis; and in a non-league game, Highline is at Port Angeles.

Four AppleSox players were named to the West Coast League All Star North Division Roster Tuesday…

Curtis Bafus (BAY-fuss), Mason Marenco, Cory Meyer and Jeremy Yelland were selected by commissioner Rob Neyer to represent the Wenatchee AppleSox in the mid-summer event.

Bafus is 3-3 with a 2.94 ERA in six appearances, five starts, this summer. He is second in the West Coast League in innings-pitched, 36.2, and is third in strikeouts, 34.

Marenco is batting .284 and leads the AppleSox with 10 extra-base hits and a .481 slugging percentage.

Meyer, a recent transfer to Boise State, is hitting .299 and leads the AppleSox with three home runs and 16 RBI.

Yelland has no record and has not allowed any earned runs in seven appearances (one start) for the AppleSox. He is the only player in the West Coast League to have made at least seven appearances and not allow an earned run.

The West Coast League All Star game will be played next Tuesday in Port Angeles.

Speaking of All Stars, Major League Baseball is coming out with the final roster for next week’s midsummer classic tonight.  As of this morning, Seattle shortstop Jean Segura was still leading as the Final Vote candidate for the American League.  Milwaukee’s Jesus Aguilar was leading in the Final Vote contest on the National League side.

Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun homered to help erase an early 3-run deficit and power the Angels past the Mariners in Anaheim 9-3 last night…

Mitch Haniger gave Seattle an early lead with a 3-run shot in the top of the 1st, but it was all Los Angeles from there.  The Angels teed off on Mariners starter Mike Leake, who went just 4-innings, allowing 7-runs on 11-hits.

Manager Scott Servais says this makes a few outings in a row where Leake hasn’t had his usual stuff…

Seattle and Los Angeles go at it again tonight at 7:07 with Marco Gonzalez going up against Jaime Barria.

With Seattle’s loss, we go to the Les Schwab Scoreboard to see how that impacted the American League West…

Boston won its 8th straight by downing Texas 8-4 at Fenway last night.

Meanwhile, it was a wild one in Houston.  Oakland rallied to tie the game with 4-runs in the 9th inning.  The in the 11th, Stephen Piscotty gave the A’s the lead with a home run.  But in the bottom of the 11th, Houston’s Alex Bregman hit a ball 5-feet in front of home plate the spun from foul territory to fair with Oakland’s catcher mishandling the ball, then throwing errantly up the right field line, allowing the winning run to score.

So the Astros lead the in the West grew by a game to 4 in front of Seattle.

Thanks Eric.

The Wenatchee Green Bag Program is gearing up for donations this weekend. The door-to-door community collection program helps support local food banks. Kaylee Peterson of the program stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz to talk about how you could get involved:

 

The Community Action Council is looking for volunteers to both fill green bags, and also drivers to help pick them up. To sign up, visit c-d-c-a-c.org.

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 winds that pushed a wildfire toward homes in the Crescent Bar area yesterday evening have subsided giving firefighters the break they needed to stop it.

State Troopers say the fire ignited from sparks from a blown tire. It was fanned by 30 MPH gusts and within minutes triggered Level 3 evacuation notices for residents in the Mansfield Road area.

Traffic was slowed along Highway 28 in the Trinidad area as crews from Chelan, Grant and Douglas County along with State DNR responded. At last report the fire had been put under control and evacuations lifted. No reports of structure damage or injuries.

If you’re in the Chelan area this weekend, keep your eyes to the skies as the U.S. and Canadian Open Paragliding Competition runs until Saturday on the Chelan Butte. 131 pilots from around the world launch into the Chelan air to complete flying tasks over the duration of the competition. Tuesday’s events were called off due to high winds, and paragliders were expected to take to the sky today with warmer temperatures and a calmer breeze. The competition is a pre-World Cup Event as paragliders compete in categories such as distance and time. Participants will land in the Chelan Falls Soccer Field throughout the competition.

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.