Evening News July 16, 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 849-acre fire that broke out Saturday night in Grant County is nearing full containment. A three vehicle accident Friday night near Royal city sent two people to a local hospital, one with serious injuries, and, The real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley in June shows both the median and average sales price of a home is up over 50-thousand dollars compared to June of 2017.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

As of noon today, the Rocky Reach Fire 5 miles northeast of Wenatchee is now 30% contained and is estimated at 3427 acres.

The fire started Friday night on the southwest flank of Burch Mountain. Chelan County Fire District #1, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Washington Department of Natural Resources forces responded and worked through the night. There are 241 fire personnel on scene, 15 engines, 3 dozers, helicopters and 2 water tenders for support. As of noon Monday, all Level 1 evacuation notifications for the Burch Mountain Road area (Sunnyslope) are canceled.

This includes all affected residents in the Burch Mountain area. The Burch Mountain Road will remain closed to the public at the end of the pavement until further notice so fire personnel can access the burn area and conduct mop-up operations. Swakane Canyon remains at a LEVEL 1 “fire advisory” status until further notice. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson caught up with Deputy Incident Commander Tim Cawley-Murphree earlier today at the Sunnyslope base camp with more on what conditions are like fighting this fire. . .

An 849-acre fire that broke out Saturday night in Grant County is nearing full containment. The Mile Marker 81 Fire ignited on Highway 17 near Lake Lenore and Soap Lake. About a 3-mile stretch of Highway 17 was closed Saturday night. The grassland blaze was reported about 5:30 p.m., and grew rapidly in wind and dry fuels. The quick moving wildfire forced level 3 evacuations Saturday night and into Sunday at the Smokium RV Resort while level 2 evacuations were in place for other areas near the fire. Those evacuation notices have now been canceled. Soap Lake itself was not at risk. One outbuilding was lost and some power lines were damaged in the fire. Grant County Fire Districts 13 and 7, along with the Ephrata Fire Department quickly responded to that fire. It’s now believed the fire was started by people illegally shooting guns near Sun Lakes State Park.

A three vehicle accident Friday night near Royal city sent two people to a local hospital, one with serious injuries.

The accident occurred when a vehicle driven by an Othello man ran a stop sign, broadsided another car which lost control and was then struck by a semi-truck pulling double trailers. Two female passengers in the vehicle that was broadsided and then hit by the semi were injured and taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake; one was hurt seriously enough to be airlifted to the hospital. Both women are from Gig Harbor. The driver of the vehicle that ran the stop sign has been charged with failure to yield at an intersection.

Pacific Appraisal and Associates recently released their real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley in June and once again both the median and average sales price of a home is up over 50-thousand dollars compared to June of 2017.

The median price last month was 323,900-dollars, that compared to 280,500-dollars a year ago. The average sales price of a home in the Wenatchee market in June was just over 351 thousand dollars compared to just under 300 thousand in June of 2017. The 2nd Quarter of 2018 ended with 515 sales year to date, an increase of 14-percent compared to 2017. The Wenatchee real estate market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

Coming up next, With temperatures near 100 degrees, we will give you a glimpse of what its like to work outside in this heat. Wenatchee Valley College is welcoming a new athletic director after Greg Franz is retiring after 20 years with the college, and, The Lighthouse Christian Ministries are hoping to move into new headquarters by Thanksgiving, but are still $100,000 short of their goal. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

With temperatures climbing into the triple digits this week for the first time this summer, we wondered how those who have to work out in the heat deal with it.  NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom hit the road to find out. . .

We also posed the question on our Facebook page.  How do you beat the heat?  We’ll report on the suggestions you have coming up tomorrow night on the NCWLife Evening News.Welcome back, and in other news…

Wenatchee Valley College is welcoming a new athletic director after Greg Franz is retiring after 20 years with the college. Kyle Vierck will replace Franz with more than 10 years of experience in college athletics, most recently as the student-athlete careers program director at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Originally from Pasco, Wash., Vierck served as athletic director, head men’s soccer coach and assistant director for student success and engagement at Columbia Basin College in Pasco from 2008-2016.

The Lighthouse Christian Ministries are hoping to move into new headquarters by Thanksgiving, but are still $100,000 short of their goal.  NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz tells us more. . .

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.

Jake Taylor’s 3-run home run in the top of the 11th inning gave Wenatchee a 6-3 win over Bellingham Sunday and snapped a four-game losing streak…

Trailing 1-nothing in the second, the AppleSox’ JT Schwarts smacked his first home run of the summer, a 2-run shot.  Wenatchee added another in the top of the 7th on Isaac Barrera’s RBI-single.

But the Bells would strike back in the bottom of the 7th with a lead-off solo home run by Connor Mack and RBI-single by Grant Holman to tie it at 3-3.

The game remained tied at 3 until the top of the 11th when, with Evan Williams and JT Schwartz aboard, Taylor stepped up in a pinch-hit role and, with a ball and a strike on him, delivered what proved to be the game-winning blow.

The win helped ease the pain of dropping four in a row to the Bells, including a 13-1 decision Friday and 2-0 loss Saturday at Joe Martin Field.

Wenatchee enters the All Star break with a 2-and-4 second-half record, 13-and-19 overall.  Four AppleSox will represent Wenatchee in tomorrow’s West Coast League All Star game at Port Angeles…Cory Meyer, Mason Morenco, Curtis Bafus (BAY-fus) and Jeremy Yelland.  North Skipper Darren Westergard of Port Angeles has named Bafus the starter for tomorrow night’s game.  WCL South Coach Brooke Knight of Corvallis is going with his own Landen Bourassa for the start.  Game time is at 6:35pm.

Wenatchee will host Portland in the first of three games starting Wednesday.

Also in the West Coast League Sunday, as we go to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Zak Taylor was 3-for-4 for a double and 2-runs to lead Corvallis to a 7-1 win over Port Angeles.  On the mound, Brenden Beck improved to 1-and-1, going 5-and-a third innings, allowing 1-run on 5-hits with 5 strikeouts to earn the victory.

Austin Bell’s walk-off, RBI-double in the bottom of the 13th gave Cowlitz a 6-5 win over Victoria at Story Field.  Dutton Elske’s 3-run home run in the 8th tied the game to eventually send it into extra innings.

Michael Frias and three other Portland pitchers held Kelowna to 3-hits in an 8-2 win at Walker Stadium.  Gio Diaz continued swinging a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a home run and 3-RBI’s for the Pickles.

Yakima Valley’s game at Bend was shortened to 8-innings Sunday because of lightning.  The Pippins came out on top 12-3 and swept the weekend series.

The West Coast League now takes a few days off for its All Star game in Port Angeles…

A home run derby will be held today at 4 o’clock at Hollywood Beach.  Players will try to hit balls into the water near the Port Angeles Pier.  The actual All Star game is tomorrow night at Civic Field at 6:35.

Trevor Story’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th gave Colorado a 4-3 win Sunday over the Mariners and concluded a three-game, weekend sweep…

Seattle got off to an early lead with 2-runs in the first inning on Mitch Haniger’s RBI single and Denard Span’s RBI double.  But the Rockies tied it in the drizzling rain in the 3rd on an RBI single by Nolen Arenado that Haniger couldn’t handle in right field, which allowed another run to score.

Manager Scott Servais says that even through Seattle limps into the All Star break having lost 8 of its past 11 and being swept by Colorado, he’s still very positive about a 58-and-39 record…

The Mariners send Nelson Cruz, Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura and Edwin Diaz to tomorrow’s Major League All Star game in Washington, D.C.  Seattle returns home Friday to host the Chicago White Sox to begin the second half of the season.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard as we look at the rest of the American League West on Sunday…

Manny Machado homered and Baltimore took two of three from Texas with Sunday’s 6-5 victory.

Detroit hit four home runs off Justin Verlander and beat Houston 6-3 at Minute Maid Field.  Verlander has lost his last three straight starts.

Oakland put together a four-run fourth inning that fueled a 6-2 victory over San Francisco behind Sean Manaea, taking two of three from their Bay rivals at AT&T Park.

And Clayton Kershaw fanned eight as the Dodgers beat the Angels 5-3 Sunday in the battle of L-A-area teams.

Seattle heads into the All Star break 5-games back of Houston and only 3 in front of Oakland in the A-L West.  New York is 5-better than the Mariners for the 1st Wild Card spot with the A’s nipping at Seattle’s heals for that 2nd Wild Card playoff position.

Thanks Eric.

The Innovator Awards Luncheon celebrates the spirit, passion and drive of innovators in North Central Washington. In tonight’s feature story, local non-profit GWATA hosts the luncheon, and is fundraising for education award scholarships, with a goal of $10-thousand dollars by September 26th. . .

As Jenny mentioned, visit GWATA-dot-org for more information on this fundraiser and how to get involved.

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…

As of noon today, the Rocky Reach Fire 5 miles northeast of Wenatchee is now 30% contained and is estimated at 3427 acres.

The fire started Friday night on the southwest flank of Burch Mountain. Chelan County Fire District #1, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Washington Department of Natural Resources forces responded and worked through the night. There are 241 fire personnel on scene, 15 engines, 3 dozers, helicopters and 2 water tenders for support. As of noon Monday, all Level 1 evacuation notifications for the Burch Mountain Road area (Sunnyslope) are canceled.

This includes all affected residents in the Burch Mountain area. The Burch Mountain Road will remain closed to the public at the end of the pavement until further notice so fire personnel can access the burn area and conduct mop-up operations. Swakane Canyon remains at a LEVEL 1 “fire advisory” status until further notice.

An 849-acre fire that broke out Saturday night in Grant County is nearing full containment. The Mile Marker 81 Fire ignited on Highway 17 near Lake Lenore and Soap Lake. About a 3-mile stretch of Highway 17 was closed Saturday night. The grassland blaze was reported about 5:30 p.m., and grew rapidly in wind and dry fuels. The quick moving wildfire forced level 3 evacuations Saturday night and into Sunday at the Smokium RV Resort while level 2 evacuations were in place for other areas near the fire. Those evacuation notices have now been canceled. Soap Lake itself was not at risk. One outbuilding was lost and some power lines were damaged in the fire. Grant County Fire Districts 13 and 7, along with the Ephrata Fire Department quickly responded to that fire. It’s now believed the fire was started by people illegally shooting guns near Sun Lakes State Park.

Finally tonight, as you may have seen earlier in the newscast, we sent Eric Granstrom and Uriah Darby out to do a report on folks working out in these hot temperatures. Eric had a great idea of bringing a thermometer. What they didn’t think of was proper placement. . .

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.