Evening News July 20, 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, Manson firefighters were on the scene of a rollover accident around 10 a.m. this morning on Ivan Morse Road, and, A stranded pair of hikers from the Seattle area were rescued near Leavenworth early Thursday morning.
But first, we begin tonight with an update on area fires. . .
The eastbound lane on Interstate 90 remains closed this afternoon because of the wind-fanned Boylston wildfire in Kittitas County. The fire has burned an estimated 70-80-thousand acres mainly on the Yakima Training Center. Multiple agencies have responded to the fire located just east of Kittitas. I-90 is closed Eastbound 7 miles east of Kittitas at the Vantage Bridge. Crews on the ground are receiving air support from three fixed-wing aircraft and two DNR helicopters. Traffic is being detoured onto Vantage Road. The Washington State DOT also announced State Route 243 has reopened after it was closed in both directions last night. A Level 3 Evacuation Notice is in place for Auvil Fruit Company and Getty’s Cove. Level 2 Notice for Wanapum State Park. An evacuation shelter has been set up at Wahluke Junior High to support evacuees. Deputies have contacted people in those areas to advise them of fire activity. The Boylston Fire is now a State Mobilization effort involving crews from all over the State including Chelan and Douglas County crews. A Southeast Washington Incident Management Team is overseeing the suppression efforts.
State fire assistance has been mobilized in support of local firefighters working to contain the Buckshot Fire located in Grant County, near the town of Desert Aire, two miles southwest of Mattawa. The fire started Thursday afternoon and is burning in grass and brush. The Buckshot Fire is estimated at around 10,000-acres and growing. It is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure and is currently 20-perecent contained. Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is under investigation. Another blaze called L-Road Fire further south near Vernita is at 29,000-acres and 40% contained, burning northeasterly toward Saddle Mountain. WSDOT has closed State Route 24 in both directions at the junction of State Route 243 near the Vernita Bridge to approximately 10 miles west of Othello.
Crews in Chelan County are continuing to battle the now 70-acre Fields Point Fire burning near Fields Point Landing at Lake Chelan. The fire was were first reported in the 4 o’clock hour this morning. Due to the fire being in a three-year old burn scar, the fire will be burning mostly in grass and small brush with some dead and downed timber intermixed. Fire officials ask that you please avoid the area while fire crews work the fire. A Level 2 evacuation was implemented for residences near the fire area. Crews from Chelan County Fire Districts 5, 7 and 8 have responded as well as the Manson Fire Department.
Manson firefighters were on the scene of a rollover accident around 10 a.m. this morning on Ivan Morse Road. A semi-truck was transporting freshly harvested cherries down the hill when it left the roadway near a vineyard. There were no injuries in the accident.
A stranded pair of hikers from the Seattle area were rescued near Leavenworth early Thursday morning. The Wenatchee World reports the hikers, a 34-year old woman from Seattle and a 37-year old Issaquah woman became stranded on a ledge on Cannon Mountain 8 miles Southest of Leavenworth around midnight Wednesday. The inexperienced hikers found themselves on a 3-foot ledge preventing them to go up or down. To hoist them from the mountain, a winch-capable helicopter was called in from Naval Air Base Whidbey Island. The hikers were rescued safely and dropped off uninjured at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.
Coming up next, A prominent Brewster area grower claims in testimony before a Congressional Committee that a trade war with China will hurt the State’s tree fruit industry. A report by Washington State University says an examination of the carcass of the cougar believed to be involved in the death of a bicyclist this spring near North Bend revealed no abnormalities, and, Another dead bat was recently found in Chelan County. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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A prominent Brewster area grower claims in testimony before a Congressional Committee that a trade war with China will hurt the State’s tree fruit industry. Cass Gebbers with Gebbers Farms was part of a panel discussion at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dave Reichert. . China has increased tariff rates to 50 percent for cherries, apples, and pears grown in the U.S. Gebbers says it would he hard to find alternative markets to make up for the loss of revenue . . .
In a recent interview with KIRO Radio in Seattle, Congressman Reichert said this was avoidable, but, instead “what we’ve done is we’ve made the U.S. the bad guy, and there is a global effort now to address the bad acts of the United States versus an effort to address the bad acts of China.” He added, “We have created an opportunity for the rest of the world.”
A report by Washington State University says an examination of the carcass of the cougar believed to be involved in the death of a bicyclist this spring near North Bend revealed no abnormalities that might have contributed to the animal’s unusual behavior. The report by the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at WSU in Pullman was released this week according to an official with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. . .
Fish and Wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Kristin Mansfield said the examination produced no significant findings to indicate why the cougar attacked the bicyclist and a companion on May 19. She said wildlife managers are “highly confident” that the cougar was involved in the incident, because it was found so close to the attack site and because of the relatively low density of cougars in Washington. However, the agency is awaiting the results of DNA analysis to confirm that conclusion. Those results are expected within the next month, she said.
Another dead bat was recently found in Chelan County. The bat was found on the sidewalk at 21 South Wenatchee Avenue on Wednesday. Animal Control delivered the dead bat to Chelan-Douglas Health District. However, due to the condition of the bat, it could not be tested for rabies. It is unknown if anyone, or any pet, came in contact with the bat. Touching a rabid bat, without gloves, may expose a person, or pet to rabies. Chelan-Douglas Health District asks that you contact your local health jurisdiction if you or someone you know, or any of their pets, touched this bat. Anyone who encounters a bat should be evaluated by a medical professional for risk of rabies. If bitten, the medical provider should immediately report the bat bite to Chelan-Douglas Health District or your local health jurisdiction.
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.
Sam Novitske’s 2-run single in the top of the 6th snapped a 3-3 tie and propelled Portland to a 5-3 win over Wenatchee in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday…
The game twin bill was played because of a rainout in Portland back in June. The Pickles grabbed the early lead, thanks to a bases-loaded throwing error by Wenatchee 3rd baseman Jake Taylor. It allowed 3-runs to score in the 3rd. But the AppleSox came back with a run in the bottom of the 3rd and scored 2 more to tie it in the 4th…
Joel Norman with the call on the AppleSox Radio Network and the video courtesy the AppleSox Facebook page.
So, it’s on to game 2 of the doubleheader. And, just like in game 1, Portland got on the board first in a 3-2 victory. Joel Norman calls the highlights…
Noah Cardenas’ 2-run home run in the 2nd gave the Pickles the early lead. The AppleSox came back in the 3rd with a solo home run by Kody Darcy. Wenatchee tied it in the 5th on the RBI-single by Joey Magro. But then Portland’s Mike Perez untied it in the top of the 7th with his 4th home run of the season.
Wenatchee and Portland will wrap up the series tonight at 7:05 before travelling to Yakima for the first of three games tomorrow.
Opening up the Les Schwab Scoreboard, we’ll take a look at the rest of the West Coast League last night…
Trent Tinglestad hit his league-leading 8th home run to lead Kelowna past Bend 9-3 in the sprinkler-delayed game at Elks Stadium yesterday. The game was suspended two nights ago in the top of the 8th because the sprinklers came on.
In the nightcap of what turned into a doubleheader, Cody Crowder’s bases-loaded, RBI-single in the 8th scored Matt Land to break a 4-4 tie and give the Falcons a 5-4 victory.
Elijah Greene was 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot and scored 3-times to help Yakima Valley to a 9-2 win over Port Angeles.
Bellingham broke a 2-2 tie with two runs on the top of the 8th in Walla Walla to beat the Sweets 4-2.
Victoria’s Ryan Ober had a prolific day at the plate in the HarbourCat’s 11-5 win over Corvallis. He was 4-for-5 with 4-runs and 4-RBI’s. It was only his 8th game played and in one game, he raised his batting average .100 points to .300.
And, in a non-league game, Marty Maves and 5 other Cowlitz pitchers combined on a 6-hit shutout of the Northwest Honkers in a 2-nothing win. Maves and his crew struck out 11 batters in the contest.
Looking at the West Coast League Schedule for today…
Kelowna hosts Bend; Corvallis is at Victoria; Walla Walla hosts Bellingham; Port Angeles continues at Yakima Valley; and Wenatchee finishes its series with Portland at 7:05. In a non-league game tonight, Cowlitz takes on the Northwest Honkers again.
Here’s what’s coming up on the sports calendar for the weekend…
The Renton Firefighters host their annual Last Alarm softball tournament. This will run tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park. It’s a great chance for you to go out and thank firefighters for all they do.
The big game to determine the regular season champion of the Western Washington Football Alliance is Saturday night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. It’s the 9-and-oh Tri City Rage against the 7-and-oh Wenatchee Rams. Kickoff is set for 6 o’clock. You DON’T want to miss this one!
Chelan Man is back this weekend at Lake Chelan. Saturday’s events feature a long course triathlon, half marathon and Olympic triathlon. Then on Sunday, it’s a sprint, Try-A-Tri, Youth Triathlon and Splash n Dash.
And the Mariners start the second half of the season tonight with the first of three against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field…
Seattle will try to erase the sputtering finish of the 1st half of the season where the team lost 8 of its last 11 games. James Shields will be on the mound for the White Sox tonight against the Mariner’s Wade LeBlanc. First pitch is at 7:10.Thanks Eric.
The primary election season is upon us as ballots begin arriving in mailboxes across the region. In tonight’s feature story, Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore gave Wake Up Wenatchee Valley host Dan Kuntz his prediction on voter turnout. . .
Eligible voters who are not registered for the primary election can still do so by visiting their local auditor’s office by the last day of this month. Ballots must be dropped off or postmarked by election day- August 7th.
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…
Crews in Chelan County are continuing to battle the now 70-acre Fields Point Fire burning near Fields Point Landing at Lake Chelan. The fire was were first reported in the 4 o’clock hour this morning. Due to the fire being in a three-year old burn scar, the fire will be burning mostly in grass and small brush with some dead and downed timber intermixed. Fire officials ask that you please avoid the area while fire crews work the fire. A Level 2 evacuation was implemented for residences near the fire area. Crews from Chelan County Fire Districts 5, 7 and 8 have responded as well as the Manson Fire Department.
The eastbound lane on Interstate 90 remains closed this afternoon because of the wind-fanned Boylston wildfire in Kittitas County. The fire has burned an estimated 70-80-thousand acres mainly on the Yakima Training Center. Multiple agencies have responded to the fire located just east of Kittitas. I-90 is closed Eastbound 7 miles east of Kittitas at the Vantage Bridge. Crews on the ground are receiving air support from three fixed-wing aircraft and two DNR helicopters. Traffic is being detoured onto Vantage Road. The Washington State DOT also announced State Route 243 has reopened after it was closed in both directions last night. A Level 3 Evacuation Notice is in place for Auvil Fruit Company and Getty’s Cove. Level 2 Notice for Wanapum State Park. An evacuation shelter has been set up at Wahluke Junior High to support evacuees. Deputies have contacted people in those areas to advise them of fire activity. The Boylston Fire is now a State Mobilization effort involving crews from all over the State including Chelan and Douglas County crews. A Southeast Washington Incident Management Team is overseeing the suppression efforts.
Closing out our newscast tonight, Solomon Dormaier made his singing debut during the Wenatchee Swingin’ Big Band performance at the RLS Productions’ Concert in the Gardens at Ohme Gardens last night, here’s a quick clip of his debut. . .
Next week the series will host The Peter Rivera Band. Visit Ohme-Gardens dot com for ticket information.
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