Evening News June 19

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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, In a press release yesterday, The Chelan Douglas Health District says two additional bats have tested positive for rabies in the Wenatchee Valley, this time in Cashmere. An update tonight on the fatal hit and run crash in Manson early Sunday morning, and, A one-vehicle rollover just after midnight this (Tue) morning near Ellensburg has claimed the life of a 34-year old Yakima man.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

More uncertainty today regarding the future of aluminum production at the Wenatchee Works Smelter after Alcoa announced yesterday it will permanently shut down one of the four potlines at the Malaga plant site.

Alcoa issued a news release Monday afternoon reporting the Company’s decision not to restart production and instead make a 62.4 million dollar payment to Chelan County PUD as a deferred payment on the Company’s power contract. An Alcoa spokesman says the closed portions of the Wenatchee site will be evaluated for potential redevelopment but that will not affect the status of the three remaining potlines.

The official tells NCWLIFE News that that could involve a third party but he did not specify who. Alcoa curtailed production at the Wenatchee Works in 2015. It resulted in the layoff of 400 employees. The Alcoa official says the company will continue to assess the situation and is still under contract to the PUD until 2028.

In a press release yesterday (Mon), The Chelan Douglas Health District says two additional bats have tested positive for rabies in the Wenatchee Valley, this time in Cashmere. That makes three bats in our area that have tested positive for rabies. The last case was at the end of May when a bat was found in Wenatchee. Additionally, one individual is currently being treated with post-exposure propylaxis. But, Veronica Farias, Public Information Officer with the Chelan-Douglas Health District says about 2-3 rabid bats are found in the Wenatchee Valley each year. She also tells us what to do in case a bat is found. . .

To avoid possible exposure to rabies do not touch live or dead bats and make sure your home’s open windows have screens.

An update tonight on the fatal hit and run crash in Manson early Sunday morning. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reported that on June 17th, around 2:49 in the morning an injured man was reported laying in the roadway in the 500 block of Manson Blvd.

The suspect has been identified as 21-year old Giovanni Reyes of Manson. Reyes had initially returned to the scene prior to law enforcement arrival to check on the victim, identified now as 29-year old Andrew Murphy of Seattle. Reyes told Deputies on scene he had been driving through the area when he found Murphy on the roadway so he stopped to help. Reyes’ vehicle did not have visible damage on the front end. It did however sustain damage underneath the vehicle during the collision. Parts were located on the roadway from the undercarriage of the suspect vehicle. Reyes did not tell responders that he was the driver who struck Murphy and was allowed to leave the scene after speaking with Deputies. Reyes was then located the next day, was interviewed and placed under arrest. He was later booked into CCRJC for Hit and Run Resulting in Death.  Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still investigating this incident.

A one-vehicle rollover just after midnight this (Tue) morning near Ellensburg has claimed the life of a 34-year old Yakima man.

Washington State Patrol says the man was northbound on highway 82, three miles south of Ellensburg, when his vehicle drifted off the roadway, overcorrected and slid across both lanes of the highway. The 2004 Trailblazer then left the road, rolled over and slid down an embankment coming to rest on its wheels in an irrigation canal. A passenger in the vehicle was seriously injured and was transported to Harborview Medical Center. The official cause of that fatal accident is still under investigation.

Coming up next, Douglas County is moving forward with the construction of a new Law and Justice Facility. Chelan County received some welcome news last week concerning the pending West Cashmere Bridge Replacement Project. A weekend thunderstorm serves notice that the summer wildfire season is here, we will talk to Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Chief Mick Lamar, and, In order to make sure communities are prepared and engaged in case of a wildfire, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz will host three town hall meetings the final week of June, one of those meetings is in Chelan. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Douglas County is moving forward with the construction of a new Law and Justice Facility to house the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, District Court, Juvenile Probation, I-T infrastructure, and future Coroner. NCWLife’s Steve Hair has more on this developing story. . .

Chelan County received some welcome news last week concerning the pending West Cashmere Bridge Replacement Project. The Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council voted at their meeting last Thursday to kick in some money. Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner said its getting closer to becoming a fully funded project . .

Last week the County received word from the State Office of Freight Mobility that about 3-million dollars in grant funds had been awarded to the project. The old bridge has been designated by DOT as structurally failing.

A weekend thunderstorm serves notice that the summer wildfire season is here. Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Chief Mick Lamar says his crews are ready to respond if needed. . .

Officials with the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center (CWICC) report several small lightning-sparked fires from Saturday’s storm activity. One of them was located on a ridgetop in Sundberg Canyon in the Chumstick area. A crew of U.S. Forest Service firefighters got it contained. We could see more fire activity if holdover lightning strikes get reignited when the weather heats up.

In order to make sure communities are prepared and engaged in case of a wildfire, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz will host three town hall meetings the final week of June. The events are scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th in Yakima, Wednesday, June 27th in Chelan and Thursday June 28th in Spokane.

Fire season is already underway and the public is invited to attend and speak with Commissioner Franz, be briefed on wildland fire preparations, learn how they can prepare for wildfire season, and learn about forest health issues and opportunities that will reduce wildfire risk in the future. The Chelan Town Hall will be held at the Chelan Senior Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30. These three events follow previous town halls held earlier in Cle Elum, Wenatchee and Winthrop.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom tonight and our feature story. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

 

Newly appointed Chelan County Superior Court Judge, Kristin Ferrera says she’s adjusting to her new career on the bench. The former attorney who is hoping to be retained in the upcoming election discussed her campaign in a recent interview with NCWLife News Director, Steve Hair. . .

You can watch the full interview with Judge Ferrera on our website at ncwlife.com.

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…

More uncertainty today regarding the future of aluminum production at the Wenatchee Works Smelter after Alcoa announced yesterday it will permanently shut down one of the four potlines at the Malaga plant site.

Alcoa issued a news release Monday afternoon reporting the Company’s decision not to restart production and instead make a 62.4 million dollar payment to Chelan County PUD as a deferred payment on the Company’s power contract. An Alcoa spokesman says the closed portions of the Wenatchee site will be evaluated for potential redevelopment but that will not affect the status of the three remaining potlines.

The official tells NCWLIFE News that that could involve a third party but he did not specify who. Alcoa curtailed production at the Wenatchee Works in 2015. It resulted in the layoff of 400 employees. The Alcoa official says the company will continue to assess the situation and is still under contract to the PUD until 2028.

In a press release yesterday (Mon), The Chelan Douglas Health District says two additional bats have tested positive for rabies in the Wenatchee Valley, this time in Cashmere. That makes three bats in our area that have tested positive for rabies. The last case was at the end of May when a bat was found in Wenatchee. Additionally, one individual is currently being treated with post-exposure propylaxis. But, Veronica Farias, Public Information Officer with the Chelan-Douglas Health District says about 2-3 rabid bats are found in the Wenatchee Valley each year. She also tells us what to do in case a bat is found. . .

To avoid possible exposure to rabies do not touch live or dead bats and make sure your home’s open windows have screens.

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.