Evening News May 22

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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, A representative from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust updated Chelan County Commissioners Monday on the recent purchase by the Land Trust that will create a new trailhead and protect the land near Hay and Nahahum Canyon, and, With levees built to withstand expected river flows and sandbags stockpiled throughout Okanogan County, emergency crews have completed flood protection efforts along the Okanogan River.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan County Commissioner’s comments opposing plans to bring grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness are being criticized as inaccurate by an official with the group, Conservation Northwest. NCWLife News DirectorSteve Hair reports. . .

A representative from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust updated Chelan County Commissioners Monday on the recent purchase by the Land Trust that will create a new trailhead and protect the land near Hay and Nahahum Canyon. NCWLife’s Grant Olson has more. . .

In an unrelated development it was also announced yesterday that another land-deal in the Lake Wenatchee area is proceeding.

The Land Trust and the group, Western Rivers Conservancy have partnered up to purchase over 37-hundred acres of land along Nason Ridge from Weyerhaeuser. The purchase is conditioned upon the two groups and the Lake Wenatchee community to generate the one million dollar pricetag. An online fundraising campaign has also been launched on the Land Trust’s website. The two groups goal is to preserve the former timber harvest area for trails and open space.

With levees built to withstand expected river flows and sandbags stockpiled throughout Okanogan County, emergency crews have completed flood protection efforts along the Okanogan River. The river remains at flood levels but conditions have quieted down according to Emergency Management spokeswoman, Rachel Doniger. . .

Doniger says river monitoring efforts will now be managed by the county’s Department of Emergency Management and cities along the river valley. Emergency crews have been working around the clock to protect threatened properties from. . .

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will remain in Okanogan County to ensure the stability of levees. Veterans relief organization, Team Rubicon, will also be in Okanogan County to help residents in need of assistance during the flood and after waters recede.

Coming up next, Chelan County District Court will have a new judge sitting on the bench after this fall’s election. We will introduce you to one of the candidates seeking the position, prosecutor Alan Blackmon. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Chelan County District Court will have a new judge sitting on the bench after this fall’s election. One of the candidates seeking the position is Alan Blackmon who has worked as a County prosecutor since 1996. He says his experience as a prosecutor makes him the most qualified candidate to succeed Judge Nancy Harmon. . .

Blackmon is a Wenatchee native having graduated from Wenatchee High School. He also attended the University or Washington and Syracuse University.

The Chelan County Public Works Department will be busy this week cleaning up and rebuilding the shoulder between mileposts 10 and 12 on the Malaga-Alcoa Highway.

Flash floods late Thursday night came down at least four draws and canyons along that stretch of roadway, leaving behind rock and debris. Crews will be hauling large rock to the site to rebuild the shoulders. Smaller, screened material then will be placed over it.

Motorists should avoid the area this week if they can. There will be heavy truck traffic. The work area will be one lane, with flaggers controlling traffic. Expect minor delays. Crews also will be brooming along Number 1 Canyon, Number 2 Canyon and Halverson roads, where the rain event also left some smaller debris.

Prescribed burning continues on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. Crews on the Methow Valley Ranger District this week completed a 450 acre burn in the Eight-mile drainage. The smoke that settled into the valley Monday evening was taking some time to lift. The unit will continue to produce some smoke as larger fuels burnout.

Officials say, with the fuel conditions changing and the extended weather forecasted for warmer and drier conditions, the district does not anticipate doing additional prescribed burning until this Fall.

Central Washington Hospital was the only hospital in all of Washington to recently be named America’s Best Hospitals for orthopedic surgery and spine surgery.

The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. Confluence Health was formally recognized for America’s 100 best orthopedic and spine surgery,

CWH also received the joint replacement excellence award and was recognized for outstanding patient experience. These awards identify Central Washington Hospital among the top 10-percent of hospitals nationwide for the 6th consecutive year.

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

Several hundred Wenatchee Wild fans turned out for an end-of-season rally at the Town Toyota Center last night.  It was a chance for fans to give one more cheer for the team that had delivered the Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup Championships.  But also a chance for the team, coaches and staff to thank the “Wild Nation” for its support.  Wenatchee went 24-and-6 in the playoffs, only to fall in the semifinals of the Canadian Junior Hockey National Championship.  Coach and General Manager Bliss Littler says it was a rough morning the day after his team lost to Wellington…

Voice of the Wild, Arch Ecker, summed up the incredible run for Wenatchee nicely…

Captain AJ Vanderbeck and League MVP Jasper Weatherby were quick to thank Wenatchee Wild fans for their support…

As an organization, the Wild turn around and hold their final tryout camp this weekend and players report for another season in just 90-days.  Arch Ecker will join us Thursday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley for more thoughts and reflections on a record-breaking season for the Wenatchee Wild.

The Mariners begin a three-game road swing through Oakland today in American League West play…

Seattle begins today in second play in the A-L West, two games behind first-place Houston.  The Mariners are coming off a weekend series in which they won three of four from Detroit to improve to 27-and-19 on the season.  Oakland is four in the American League West at 25-and-22.  Mike Leake will start on the mound for Seattle tonight against the A’s Trevor Cahill.  First pitch is at 7:05.

 

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, it’s the return of former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro and his continuing series My Favorite Places. Tonight, Ralph Munro discusses the Classic Wooden Coaster at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup built in the 1930’s. . .

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…

With levees built to withstand expected river flows and sandbags stockpiled throughout Okanogan County, emergency crews have completed flood protection efforts along the Okanogan River. The river remains at flood levels but conditions have quieted down according to Emergency Management spokeswoman, Rachel Doniger. . .

Doniger says river monitoring efforts will now be managed by the county’s Department of Emergency Management and cities along the river valley. Emergency crews have been working around the clock to protect threatened properties from. . .

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will remain in Okanogan County to ensure the stability of levees. Veterans relief organization, Team Rubicon, will also be in Okanogan County to help residents in need of assistance during the flood and after waters recede.

As we leave you tonight, you probably noticed that the U.S. Air Force came to town Sunday. Here’s a video shared on Pangborn Airport’s Facebook page showing a C-17 military transport jet doing a touch and go on the new extended runway. The aircraft was quite a sight as it glided slowly overhead with the loud noise generated by its four Pratt and Whitney engines also echoed over the valley. The airport will be hosting Aviation Day on the weekend of June 15th.

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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.