Evening News July 18, 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, Recovering from a devastating wildfire is the subject of a reunion and celebration taking place today through Sunday for communities affected by the massive Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 and the Okanogan wildfires of 2015, and, Crews are mopping up and patrolling fire lines today on the 3386 acre Rocky Reach Fire.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Corrections staff at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center maintain that working conditions at the jail are unsafe due to staffing shortages. The guards claim the situation is getting worse and they blame County Commissioners with failing to address the matter. Commissioners announced last week that they had accepted the resignation of Jail Director, Kurt Lutz. They explained that his departure was prompted by budgetary issues and changes in the way modern jails are operated . . .

Retired Washington State Patrol commander, Bill Larsen has been appointed as interim director. Jail employees have issued a news release through their Union Representative, Tom Cash. He said he remains optimistic that the change of leadership will help address some longstanding labor issues . . .

The Union maintains that the issues raised by staff and unaddressed by the County will “Ultimately result in someone being seriously injured or killed.” They report that three quarters of the daily inmate population is comprised of convicted felons and the mentally ill.

Recovering from a devastating wildfire is the subject of a reunion and celebration taking place today through Sunday for communities affected by the massive Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 and the Okanogan wildfires of 2015. The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group was formed following the fires and provides recovery services, rebuilds homes, and works to ensure that Okanogan County communities are adequately prepared to handle future disasters.

Activities for the 5-day event includes a smoke and mirrors fire maze display, which includes a mini-museum to take viewers on a tour of the damage caused by both fire events, a re-build tour of homes being built and a Ride From the Ashes dinner and concert. The event begins today at 5:30 with a barbecue at Chelan Riverwalk Park.

In July 2014, the over 250-thousand acre Carlton Complex fire started out as four separate fires that merged into the single largest fire in the state’s history. As it roared through Pateros it destroyed more than 350 homes. The Okanogan Complex and Chelan Complex fires of 2015 burned almost 400-thousand acres.

Crews are mopping up and patrolling fire lines today on the 3386 acre Rocky Reach Fire. The fire, burning 5 miles northeast of Wenatchee, remains at 70-percent containment but is burning primarily inside the containment lines.

The number of fire personnel working the blaze has been reduced to 120. There are 7 fire engines and 1 water tender still at the fire.

Earlier today, the command of the fire was transferred back to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the B.L.M. and Chelan County Fire District 1. The end of Burch Mountain Road is still closed and there are no evacuations at this time.

Coming up next, There’s a buzz of activity happening this summer within Wenatchee’s parks system with new projects on several fronts. A heads up for you folks living in the Malaga area, the Malaga Water District will be shutting off the water to install a new line tomorrow morning, and, Poverty, legal status and societal expectations are all part of a new documentary from TVW that takes a look at these issues, working closely with Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

There’s a buzz of activity happening this summer within Wenatchee’s parks system with new projects on several fronts. The City’s Parks and Recreation Director, Dave Ericksen recently joined Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Host Dan Kuntz to describe a few of them. Rotary Park is undergoing some changes to provide more parking and picnic space. . .

Ericksen also described the work being planned at Methow Park on the City’s Southside. He says it’s a project that is being steered by residents who live in the neighborhood. . .

Elsewhere, phase two construction at the City’s newest park, Hale Park, is being readied for work along the riverfront next the pedestrian pipeline bridge. You can learn more about parks in your neighborhood by logging on the City of Wenatchee’s website.

A heads up for you folks living in the Malaga area. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, the Malaga water District will be shutting off the water to install a new line. The shut-off is necessary to complete the job and should last around 6 hours.

The shut-off will impact most Malaga streets as well as the farm-worker camps along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway. For more information, contact the water district at 509-664-0142.

Poverty, legal status and societal expectations are all challenges immigrant families confront in their everyday lives. A new documentary from TVW takes a look at these issues, working closely with Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi. . .

The documentary focuses on students in the Wenatchee music group, shining a light on struggles and successes economically, in education and in their family lives. To watch the full feature visit Teach-with-TVW-dot-org.

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 Wenatchee Panther football team is getting a good chance to prepare for the upcoming season with this week’s Wenatchee Football Camp.  13 other teams from throughout the state are in town going through drills and providing the Panthers a good challenge at every step.  Wenatchee varsity coach Scott Devereaux says it’s been a good camp so far for his team, despite some injuries…

Looking ahead at the Big Nine schedule, Devereaux says the battle for league supremacy is up in the air…

The Panthers will have a few weeks off following this camp to prepare for their pre-season workouts August 15th.  Their first game will be August 31st at Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie.

The North beat the South 10-6 in the West Coast League All Star Game last night in Port Angeles.  And the Wenatchee AppleSox were well-represented, with Curtis Bafus getting the start on the mound and Cory Meyer behind home plate…

 

So Bafus goes an inning, allowing no runs and a hit.  Mason Morenco goes 1-for-3 with an RBI and Cory Meyer goes 1-for-2 with a walk.  Jeremy Yelland didn’t get into the game.  Cesar Lopez of the Walla Walla Sweets and Kyle Shimpf of the Port Angeles Lefties were selected as co-MVP’s.

Now that the All Star game is over, its back to play tonight across the West Coast League…

The Wenatchee AppleSox host the Portland Pickles for the first of three games tonight at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field.  First pitch is at 7:05.  The rest of the WCL has Corvallis at Victoria; Yakima Valley hosting Port Angeles; Bellingham at Walla Walla; and Kelowna hosting Bend.

Jean Segura wasn’t selected to the American League All-Star team when rosters were initially announced, but after a strong push from fans, teammates and the Mariners’ marketing department, the shortstop earned a spot via the Camping World Final Vote.

Segura showed the voters they made the right choice on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., when he hammered a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning to help the AL to an 8-6, 10-inning victory in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Segura’s night probably would have landed him the MVP award had it not been for a slip up by teammate Edwin Diaz in the 9th.  Leading 5-3, the American League/Seattle closer gave up a game-tying, 2-run home run to Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett.  Diaz ended up with the win, however, when Houston’s Alex Bregman untied it in the top of the 10th with a solo home run and was voted the game’s MVP.  There was a record 10 home runs hit in last night’s All Star Game.

The Mariners get back into the second half of the season at home Friday with the first of three games against the Chicago White Sox.

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidates forum this morning at Pybus Public Market. It was a chance for the five candidates running for the Chelan County Commission District 2 position to introduce themselves. . .

The Chamber will host seven candidates running for two positions in the State’s 12th Legislative District at Pybus tomorrow (Thursday) morning, starting at 7:30 a.m.

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…

Corrections staff at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center maintain that working conditions at the jail are unsafe due to staffing shortages. The guards claim the situation is getting worse and they blame County Commissioners with failing to address the matter. Commissioners announced last week that they had accepted the resignation of Jail Director, Kurt Lutz. They explained that his departure was prompted by budgetary issues and changes in the way modern jails are operated . . .

Retired Washington State Patrol commander, Bill Larsen has been appointed as interim director. Jail employees have issued a news release through their Union Representative, Tom Cash. He said he remains optimistic that the change of leadership will help address some longstanding labor issues . . .

The Union maintains that the issues raised by staff and unaddressed by the County will “Ultimately result in someone being seriously injured or killed.” They report that three quarters of the daily inmate population is comprised of convicted felons and the mentally ill.

A heads up for you folks living in the Malaga area. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, the Malaga water District will be shutting off the water to install a new line. The shut-off is necessary to complete the job and should last around 6 hours.

The shut-off will impact most Malaga streets as well as the farm-worker camps along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway. For more information, contact the water district at 509-664-0142.

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.