Evening News July 5, 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, Fireworks was the cause of a house fire in Ephrata yesterday. Fire officials report making great progress over the past couple of days and last night on the 85-acre Stormy Creek Fire, located 18 miles northwest of Entiat, and, The Northwest tree fruit industry finds itself in the role of pawn in the growing U.S. trade war with China.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Firefighting crews are trying to control a 5-acre wildfire burning in the little Camas area. The fire started around noon today in the mountainous terrain between Cashmere and Highway 97-Blewett Pass. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resource crews are making an initial attack on the ground and from the air. Three helicopters and multiple ground resources were attacking the fire, with additional calls in for more aircraft. The fire is burning in timber and slash. The blaze looks to be burning near the Camas Meadows Bible Camp but at this time no word on the direction the fire is taking or the cause.

Wenatchee celebrated the Nations Birthday in grand fashion last night with a huge fireworks show at Walla Walla Point Park.

NCWLIFE’s cameras were there to catch all the Oohs and Ahhs. The patriotic scene was played out in other communities including Manson and Brewster. Luckily there were no reports of any fireworks related fires. RiverCom Emergency dispatchers say it was a quiet evening except for the sound of a sporadic blast of an illegal fireworks. A fire did stir activity for residents in the Entiat area, this video provided to us by Michael S Barboza Jr shows the blaze just past the Entiat Bridge. According to officials the fire was put out quickly with no losses.

Fireworks was the cause of a house fire in Ephrata yesterday. Grant County Fire District 13 responded to a structure fire at L Street NE Wednesday afternoon. When crews arrived, a portion of the home was already fully involved. Fire officials remind residents that fireworks can be very destructive and fire spreads very rapidly. No residents of the home were injured in the blaze but unfortunately a family pet did die in the fire.  

Fire officials report making great progress over the past couple of days and last night on the 85-acre Stormy Creek Fire, located 18 miles northwest of Entiat in an area of steep and rugged terrain. Incident command reports this morning that the fire is now 100-percent contained. Although the fire has been fully contained, the public will still be contending with smoke in the air. This smoke will probably linger in the area for a relatively long period of time with calm to light winds in the weather forecast. The smoke is coming from stumps that are smoldering and are unsafe to manage. Level 1 evacuations for around 50-60 homes has also been lifted. The Forest is open for all recreation. Motorists are encouraged to use caution on the Entiat Valley Road due to the presence of firefighting apparatus and personnel leaving the area of the fire.

The Northwest tree fruit industry finds itself in the role of pawn in the growing U.S. trade war with China. What have up until now been threats of trade sanctions, become a reality this weekend when Chinese tariffs on US Cherries goes into effect. Growers will be hit with a 25 percent tariff in addition to the 40 percent duty that was already being taxed. Senator Maria Cantwell proposed adding 6 million dollars to the US Farm Bill for export programs such as MAP to help open new overseas markets. She commented on that in a Senate floor speech last week . .

The Wenatchee World reports that Cantwell met recently with representatives of the tree fruit industry. In that meeting it was reported that Stemilt Growers export sales manager, Dave Martin said, “There’s only so many homes in the world where we can put this crop. We can only sell so much of it here in the U.S. There are airplanes for China planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.” The Tuesday meeting with growers followed a tour of the Columbia Fruit Packers packing house. It was back in March that 4th District Congressman, Dan Newhouse met with a group of growers in East Wenatchee to discuss trade issues along with other matters of concern to the ag industry in NCW. Trade sanctions are also looming for Mexico and Canada as negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) heat up.

Time now for our weekly pet of the week feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Molly the dog. . .

Coming up next, Following a 45-day closure to restore the pavement of the 22-year old Methow Valley State Airport runway, it has now re-opened. The Voice of the Moses Lake Chiefs for the past 50 years, Mel Olson, has died at the age of 89, and, Wenatchee attorney, Charles Steinburg says he is the most qualified candidate for Chelan County Superior Court Judge.  Steve Hair talked to him this morning.     I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Following a 45-day closure to restore the pavement of the 22-year old Methow Valley State Airport runway, the Washington State DOT has reopened it following phase 1 and 2 of infrastructure updates. The Methow airport is the largest of the 16 airports the DOT manages, serving airplanes weighing up to 30-thousand pounds. Phase 3 of the upgrades is underway on the west ramp for additional pavement work which is expected to be complete this August. Costs for the construction are split between the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program and WSDOT Aviation.

The Voice of the Moses Lake Chiefs for the past 50 years, Mel Olson, has died at the age of 89. Olson was riding his bicycle inside the Harvest Manor Estates on Airway Drive in  Moses Lake when he was struck by a pick up truck. According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Olson approached an intersection as a 2015 Cherolet Silverado driven by Mario Fernandez Hinojos entered the same roadway. The two did no see each other, and the Chevrolet struck the bicycle, throwing Olson off the bike. Olson was transported to with a serious head injury to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake where he died late Tuesday Afternoon. Deputies say alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the collision, and that Olson was wearing a helmet. He was inducted into the Washington Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame in 2013. The accident is under investigation, and there are no charges at this time.

Wenatchee attorney, Charles Steinburg says he is the most qualified candidate for Chelan County Superior Court Judge. The longtime Wenatchee area lawyer is running against Judge Kristin Ferrera who was appointed by Governor, Jay Inslee to fill the unexpired term of Judge Alisha Nakata. Steinburg commented on his campaign in an interview this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley . .

You can watch the entire interview with Charles Steinburg on NCWLIFE.com

For the 37th year the annual Lake Chelan Bach Fest starts today, extending through Saturday July 14th with a number of classical, jazz and pop concerts throughout the Lake Chelan Valley. The ten-day festival includes 21 concerts in total, from wineries to courtyards and churches. More than 100 musicians travel to the Chelan Valley each July to participate in the Festival Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Daniel Baldwin and Julie Cross. Bach Fest is a family-friendly event, and you can find the full schedule at bachfest-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.

Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer, Garrett  Richards pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Mariners 7-4 on Wednesday to snap Seattle’s eight-game winning streak.

Batting in the leadoff spot for only the fourth time this season, Calhoun had three hits and drove in three runs.

Calhoun’s towering homer in the sixth gave the Angels a 6-2 lead. He also had a single in the fourth inning for his first RBI.

The Mariners had their chances, including a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the seventh inning when trailing 6-3. After Dee Gordon and Denard Span struck out, Jean Segura hit a broken-bat flare that looked like it might drop behind second base and score two runs, but Angels second baseman David Fletcher made a leaping catch to end the inning.

The Mariners struck out 15 times and left eight men on base.

The loss puts the Mariners a game and a half  behind the Houston Astros who won yesterday. The Mariners conclude their series with the Angels tonight at 7 pm

The AppleSox (10-13) wrapped up their seven-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Yakima Valley Pippins on Wednesday night at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.

The Sox took two of three from the Pippins and won four of seven in the homestand thanks to a strong effort on the mound. Hunter Boyd (2-1) allowed two runs over six innings to pick up the victory and Dawson Day shut out the Pippins with six strikeouts over the final three frames to pick up his first save of the season.

The Sox scored in the first inning for the second time in this series to begin the scoring. Joey Magro singled to center, Jacob Prater was hit by a pitch and then Johnny Sage plated Magro with a single. Connor McCord fouled out on the third base side, but with no one covering home, Prater used some heads-up baserunning to dart home and score on the sacrifice fly.

The Pippins got singular runs in the second and third innings to tie up the score. However, that was all that they would get in the game.

In the fifth, the Sox used a double-steal attempt to take the lead. With Magro at third and Sage at first with two outs, Sage took off from first during McCord’s at-bat. As he halfway down the line, Magro took off from third and scored. Sage was able to get back to first safely and Sox took a 3-2 lead.

The AppleSox got some insurance in the eighth with two more runs. After Sage reached on a fielder’s choice and McCord doubled, Taylor put down a bunt. The throw came home, but Sage slid in safely before it for a run.

During Kody Darcy’s at-bat, McCord was caught in a rundown between third base and home plate, but would score after the Pippins catcher air-mailed the throw into left field.

After getting Thursday off, the AppleSox go on the road for the first time in two weeks. They’ll face the Walla Walla Sweets for the first of three games on Friday starting at 6:35 p.m.

Thanks Ceann.

People of all ages made a stop at Pybus Public Market on Wednesday to participate in the fifth annual cherry pit spit contest. Contestants were given three cherries each at the concourse with a section of the floor roped off for the competition. With professional tobacco spitters ineligible, a wide array of methods were used to get the pit down the course. First timer Keith Kirkpatrick says he brought his previous experience spitting watermelon seeds to the competition. . .

Curious about the top notch competition? We’ve compiled a video of a number of the participants. . .

We’ll be back with a look at what’s happening around the Valley this weekend and your complete weekend weather forecast right after this.

 

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews are trying to control a more than 10 acre wildfire burning in the little Camas area. The fire started around noon today in the mountainous area between Cashmere and Highway 97-Blewett Pass. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resource crews are making an initial attack on the ground and from the air. The fire is burning in timber and slash. The blaze looks to be burning near the Camas Meadows Bible Camp but at this time no word on the direction the fire is taking or the cause.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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.