Evening News July 17, 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, Crews were mopping up an early morning brush fire on the south shore of Lake Chelan today. A small family pet is credited with preventing a burglary early this morning, and, NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom will be along with part 2 of his, ways to beat the heat.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Hot, dry conditions and very steep terrain presented challenges for firefighters battling the Rocky Reach Fire yesterday but, they made great progress with now 70-percent containment on the fire 5 miles northeast of Wenatchee.

The fire has scorched 3386 acres in the area above Rocky Reach Dam in the Birch Mountain and Swakane Canyon areas. 241 firefighting personnel representing seven crews remain at the fire along with 21 fire engines, 3 dozers and 2 water tenders. A level one evacuation notice for the Swakane Canyon has been lifted while a reduced speed of 35 mph on Highway 97-A expired at noon today.

The priority today was to complete as much of the remaining work as possible, primarily consisting of mop up. As that is accomplished, many of the fire’s resources will be released or reassigned to other fires within Washington and Oregon.

Crews were mopping up an early morning brush fire on the south shore of Lake Chelan today approximately one mile north of Field’s Point Landing. In the 17-thousand block of South Lakeshore Drive, a fire was reported around 5:30 this morning burning uphill in timber and brush. Multiple crews responded to the scene, gaining an upper hand on the blaze quickly within 40 minutes of the initial call.

A small family pet is credited with preventing a burglary early this morning. Around 3:15 a residential burglary was interrupted by “Bean” a 3-pound Chihuahua. Bean began growling and barking loudly waking up his owner. The owner went into the living room and found a male intruder standing in their kitchen going through their refrigerator. The male left the residence but was caught a short distance away by police. The family was very proud of Bean for his excellent guard dog skills, which according to his owner was entirely unexpected. After his busy morning and a quick photo shoot Bean was content to go back to sleep.

Last night on the NCWLife Evening News we found out how those that have to work outside beat this oppressive heat. We then asked how you, the viewer, stay cool. NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom has the story in part two of, ‘Beat the Heat’. . .

Coming up next, Local non-profit, GWATA, hosts an upcoming luncheon, and is fundraising for education award scholarships, with a goal of $10,000 by September 26th, and, The Northcentral Regional Library has a new Executive Director. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Innovator Awards Luncheon celebrates the spirit, passion and drive of innovators in North Central Washington. Local non-profit GWATA hosts the luncheon, and is fundraising for education award scholarships, with a goal of $10,000 by September 26th…

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

The Northcentral Regional Library has a new Executive Director. She’s Wenatchee native Barbara Walters who took over the reins on Friday. Walters has been acting director since June of 2017 and has been part of the district’s administrative team since 2007. The board launched a nationwide search earlier this year to choose a replacement for former director Dan Howard, who resigned last year.

Walters started working for North Central Regional Library in 1989 as a library assistant, and worked her way up during her nearly 30 years with the district to management and then administrative positions, including information technology manager, director of library services and deputy director. North Central Regional Library operates 30 libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties.

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.

The West Coast League Home Run Derby certainly had a different flare to it in Port Angeles last night.  The 11 participants, one from each team in the North and South Division selected to the All Star Game, were shuttled by boat to a barge anchored off of Hollywood Beach on the Port Angeles waterfront.  The goal was to hit baseballs over the “fence”, which was a cork-line stretched in the water.  They called it the Saltwater Splash Down.

The AppleSox representative was Jeremy Yelland.  The video is courtesy of the Lefties Facebook stream and the call is by Port Angeles play-by-play announcer Brandon Erickson…

The contest would come down to a tiebreaker between the Lefties’ Ron Brown and Cody Hawken of the Corvallis Knights.  And it would be the home town representative that would win it…

 

The West Coast League All Star Game is tonight with the first pitch at 6:35.  Wenatchee’s Cory Bafus will be the starting pitcher for the North.  Also representing the AppleSox are Cory Meyer and Mason Morenco.  You can watch the game streamed live on the Port Angeles Facebook page.

Over 700 football players from 14 high school teams throughout the state are in Wenatchee this week for the Wenatchee Football Camp.  Panther Head Coach Scott Devereaux says it’s a good chance for football and conditioning in some pretty hot weather…

Devereaux says there’s a mix of light contact drills called 7-on-7 and then full contact scrimmages each day…

Campers are staying at Wenatchee High School, Pioneer and Orchard Middle School and Orting’s football team is staying at the Beehive Grange.  We’ll have some sights and sounds from the camp coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Evening News with Eric Granstrom.

The Major League All Star Home Run Derby was last night in the Nation’s capital.  Fittingly, the home town Washington National’s Bryce Harper won the event with a final round, final blow to edge Chicago’s Kyle Schwarber.

The midsummer classic is underway.  Seattle has four representatives including Nelson Cruz, Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura and Edwin Diaz.  The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., is being televised nationally by FOX Sports.

Thanks Eric.

Over 200 firefighters are battling the almost 3400 acre Rocky Reach Fire. Many of those fighting the fire are at a temporary fire camp on the grounds of Sunnyslope Elementary in Wenatchee. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson tells us more and gives us a tour of the Rocky Reach Fire camp. . .

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…

Hot, dry conditions and very steep terrain presented challenges for firefighters battling the Rocky Reach Fire yesterday but, they made great progress with now 70-percent containment on the fire 5 miles northeast of Wenatchee.

The fire has scorched 3386 acres in the area above Rocky Reach Dam in the Birch Mountain and Swakane Canyon areas. 241 firefighting personnel representing seven crews remain at the fire along with 21 fire engines, 3 dozers and 2 water tenders. A level one evacuation notice for the Swakane Canyon has been lifted while a reduced speed of 35 mph on Highway 97-A expired at noon today.

The priority today was to complete as much of the remaining work as possible, primarily consisting of mop up. As that is accomplished, many of the fire’s resources will be released or reassigned to other fires within Washington and Oregon.

Crews were mopping up an early morning brush fire on the south shore of Lake Chelan today approximately one mile north of Field’s Point Landing. In the 17-thousand block of South Lakeshore Drive, a fire was reported around 5:30 this morning burning uphill in timber and brush. Multiple crews responded to the scene, gaining an upper hand on the blaze quickly within 40 minutes of the initial call.

A small family pet is credited with preventing a burglary early this morning. Around 3:15, a residential burglary was interrupted by “Bean” a 3-pound Chihuahua. Bean began growling and barking loudly waking up his owner. The owner went into the living room and found a male intruder standing in their kitchen going through their refrigerator. The male left the residence but was caught a short distance away by police. The family was very proud of Bean for his excellent guard dog skills, which according to his owner was entirely unexpected. After his busy morning and a quick photo shoot Bean was content to go back to sleep.

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.