Evening News July 31, 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, The Microsoft Corporation is proposing to add 72 emergency backup generators at its data center in Quincy, and, A rabid bat was found last week on a pathway at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, that makes five rabid bats found already this summer in the Wenatchee Valley. We talked to the Chelan-Douglas Health District.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Update on area wildfires. . .The Chelan Hills Fire south of Beebe Bridge has been held to 1842 acres and is now 97-percent contained. 244 fire personnel from the DNR, BLM and Douglas County Fire Districts 1, 4 and 5 are working the perimeter of the fire. Two primary residences, one seasonal home and several outbuildings have been confirmed as damaged. Some corn and about 80 acres of wheat fields were also damaged. There are no road closures or evacuation notices in effect at this time.

The Cougar Creek Fire has grown in size and is burning in the m ountains about 20 miles Northwest of Entiat. A Type Two incident management team took command of the blaze earlier today and crews fighting the Chelan Hills Fire have also arrived to assist. Robin DeMario, Public Affairs Specialist with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest provides an update. . .

The lightning-caused Cougar Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber, snags and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. The Upper Mad River trail system and the Tommy Creek Trail have been closed until further notice.

A very active 125-acre wildfire is burning in heavy timber in an inaccessible area of the Methow Valley Ranger District about 13 miles west of Mazama in Okanogan County. Once again, Forest Service Public Information Officer Robin DeMario. . .

DeMario says some campground and trail restrictions have been modified but the Lone Fir Campground and Washington Pass Overlook remain closed. Lightning from thunderstorms this past weekend started 22 wildfires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest, most of which are less than a half acre.

The Microsoft Corporation is proposing to add 72 emergency backup generators at its data center in Quincy. In order for that to happen, the additional generators require an updated air quality permit from the Washington Department of Ecology to ensure that people and the environment are protected. The diesel engines and cooling towers release fine particles into the air. Exhaust from the engines release other pollution like carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, and volatile organic compounds.

Air pollution can cause health problems for people who are exposed frequently and at high enough levels. The expansion puts the facility into a new air permitting category and the company will be also required to submit an Air Operating Permit application within one year after receiving approval to install the new equipment. A public hearing on the air quality permit application will be held at 5:00 p.m., Aug. 27th, at 115 F St. S.W. in Quincy.

A rabid bat was found last week on a pathway at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, that makes five rabid bats found already this summer in the Wenatchee Valley. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson met with Barry Kling from the Chelan-Douglas Health District to discuss how rabies affects bats and people, and what to do if you encounter a bat. . .

Coming up next, After residents in the Chelan Valley voted no on a levy lid lift in April, a push to

put it on the November ballot has begun. An injury accident happened yesterday afternoon when a motorcycle rear-ended a vehicle that had slowed down to avoid hitting a deer, and, The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery boat launch is closed for the summer starting today. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

After residents in the Chelan Valley voted no on a levy lid lift in April, a push to put it on the November ballot has begun. Without a levy lid lift, the fire district will lose six union firefighters who are currently funded by a federal grant. To set an example of why the district is asking for community support on a lid lift, Firefighter Shawn Sherman shared this video from the fire lines of the South Shore fire last week. . .

Fire Commissioner Russ Jones says if a lid lift is brought to the ballot this Fall, they would make a few changes. . .

Jones explains the district is seeking the public’s input during a meeting on August 6th. . .

An injury accident happened yesterday afternoon when a motorcycle rear-ended a vehicle that had slowed down to avoid hitting a deer. State Troopers say it happened around 4:30 p.m. on U.S. 97A about 10 miles North of Wenatchee. The motorcyclist, 20-year old Wyatt Heinz of East Wenatchee, was transported to Confluence Health for treatment. The driver of the 2005 Buick Century, identified as 61-year old Mark McDonald of Entiat was also injured. Troopers cited Heinz with following too close to McDonald’s vehicle.

The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery boat launch is closed for the summer starting today. According to the agency, while hot weather sends people to find refuge in the river, low flows mean recreation can have a great impact on the wildlife. The hatchery says it worries that those who float the river could disturb wild spawning Chinook salmon in Icicle Creek, and asks the public to choose a river with higher flow for August floats.

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 AppleSox begin the final six game home stand of the season tonight at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field when Port Angeles comes to town…

The Lefties are 20-and-28 on the season, 8-and-13 in the second half, occupying the bottom of the W-C-L’s North Division.  Wenatchee’s at 20-and-25 overall and trying to get to .500 with a win tonight (currently 9-and-10 in the second half).  First pitch tonight is at 7:05.

There was only one game on the schedule last night as we open the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

And it was a non-league game between Team Cuba and the Victoria HarbourCats.  Randy Camaraza led the way for Team Cuba, going 2-for-3 with a home run and 2-RBi’s as the visitors from the Caribbean won 8-4.  Ryan Ober led the way for the home team, going 3-for-3 with a 3-run home run and 4-RBI’s.

Coming up tonight on the West Coast League schedule…

Bend travels to Corvallis; Yakima Valley hosts Victoria; Kelowna’s at Walla Walla; and Bellingham sees Cowlitz in town, all at 6:35.  And in a non-league game, Gresham hosts Portland.

In his first game off the disabled list, James Paxton out-dueled Houston’s Gerrit Cole in a 2-nothing Mariner win at Safeco Field…

Cole carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning when, with two outs, Seattle’s Jean Segura and Denard Span singled back-to-back, followed by Nelson Cruz’s 2-run double down the left field line.

Paxton earned his 9th victory, going 7-innings and allowing no-runs on 3-hits and 8-strikeouts.  Alex Colome held the lead in the 8th and turned it over to Edwin Diaz in the 9th, who worked a 1-2-3 inning for his 40th save of the season.

Manager Scott Servais said the 19-days of rest obviously did Paxton well, but he never thought he’d pitch that well…

Speaking of pitching, the Mariners added two relievers in a trade earlier in the day Monday, getting Zach Duke from the Twins and Adam Warren from the Yankees.  Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto sent Minor League prosepcts Chase De Jong and Ryan Costello to the Twins for Duke and 1.25-million in international slot money to the Yankees for Warren.

In the American League West last night…

Edwin Jackson allowed three hits and struck out five in 5-and-2/3rds innings of shutout ball to earn his 100th career win and lead Oakland to a 10-1 win over Toronto.  Mark Canha and David Piscotty each hit solo home runs as the A’s snapped a three-game losing streak.

Shin-Soo Choo hit two home runs and drove in four of Texas’ 9-runs in the Ranger’s 9-5 win over Arizona.

The Seattle Seahawks continue training camp at the V-Mac in Renton, sponsored by Safeway…

And there are some themes jumping out at those in attendance…the youngsters are doing well!

In practice Monday, rookie linebacker Shaquem (shaw-KEEM) Griffin intercepted Russell Wilson.  This a day after forcing a fumble on Sunday.  Tyrone Swoopes is making an impression at tight end.  And Jaron Brown and Keenan Reynolds shined at wide receiver Monday, catching a couple deep touchdown passes from Wilson.

The Seattle Seahawks are in Day 5 of training camp, brought to you by Safeway.  Coach Pete Carroll talks about the absence of Doug Baldwin and the signing of left tackle Duane Brown to a 4-year, 46-million dollar contract extension…

Seattle hosts Indianapolis in the first pre-season game in just 9 days at CenturyLink Field.

Thanks Eric.

Opening night is Thursday at the Wenatchee Performing Arts Theater for, The Full Monty.

The popular movie musical has been adapted for the stage featuring a cast of local actors under the direction of Jamie Dunegon. In tonight’s feature story, Dunegon previewed the show on a recent episode of NCWLIFE’s Street Talk and Other Stuff with Host, Mike Magnotti. . .

The show debuts Thursday night at the Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are available at the box office or online at NumericaPAC.org. or by phone at 509-663-ARTS.

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…

An early morning power outage in East Wenatchee knocked out electrical service to 940 Douglas County PUD customers.

The outage area was between Grant Road and 4th Street SE and South Nile and Huston. The outage was reported at 5:45 a.m. Crews found a damaged connection where overhead lines go underground near the substation. The repairs were completed and power restored by 7:00 a.m.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $17,910-dollars in grants through the Helping Hands and NCW Foundation for Youth grant programs. The Helping Hands grant program provides up to $2,500-dollars to support unexpected needs or a special opportunity where a small investment could make a big difference for a nonprofit organization serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. The NCW Foundation for Youth grant program, previously its own nonprofit organization, has completed its first grant cycle under the foundation’s management. The grant provides up to $1,000-dollars to support programs that directly benefit Pre-K through 12th grade youth in Chelan and Douglas counties.

We close out the newscast tonight with the latest police lip sync video. Credit goes out to the Hillsboro, Oregon Police Department for their rendition of a popular love song. . .

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