Evening News May 29

1987

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, An intentionally set fire at Mission View Elementary School Monday afternoon has completely destroyed the playground equipment. Grant County Fire District 13 responded with Ephrata Fire Department crews to a brush fire yesterday about 6PM near the airport, and, The body of a 17-year-old Lynnwood, Wash. boy was recovered Saturday evening from the waters of Banks Lake after he went missing late Friday night.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Memorial Day weekend was no holiday for area firefighters who battled a series of wind-fueled brush fires in Chelan and Douglas Counties.
It started Friday afternoon in the Palisades area where a The so-called Petrified Canyon Fire was first reported at around 2:20 in the afternoon had consumed over 150 acres of mostly grass, brush and sageland. It was contained and put into monitor status. Douglas County Fire District Two firefighters were joined by crews with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Two DNR helicopters were also assisting with water bucket drops.
Chelan Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a large, fast moving grass and brush fire on SR 150 and Boyd Road. Structures were threatened in the Chelan Hills Development area residents of the area were being notified of possible evacuation before crews put under control.
The scene shifted to the Malaga area Monday when afternoon winds fanned a brush fire close to some homes in the 34 hundred block of West Malaga Road. Crews from Chelan County District One with DNR help contained the fire after it burned about 7 acres of brush and grass.
The Holiday weekend ended where it began as crews were dispatched late yesterday to the Palisades area where it was reported that the fire from Friday evening had reflared up. Jonathan Nash with DNR reported the fire had spread to another 25 to 30- acres.

An intentionally set fire at Mission View Elementary School Monday afternoon has completely destroyed the playground equipment. Chelan County Fire Marshall Bob Plum says following video surveillance at the scene, arrests have been made. . .

Wenatchee Police and Chelan County District One crews responded and put out that blaze. Thanks to Angel Avina-Ramirez for sharing cell phone video of the fire burning playground equipment on the campus.

Grant County Fire District 13 responded with Ephrata Fire Department crews to a brush fire yesterday about 6PM near the airport.
Officials say it was ignited after a man tried to burn an American flag blanket which then spread to wildland. Four units from GCFD 13 assisted EFD in containing the fire and no structures were damaged. No matter your political views, we think it’s safe to say we can all agree starting a wildfire is no good! Ephrata Police are investigating.

The body of a 17-year-old Lynnwood, Wash. boy was recovered Saturday evening from the waters of Banks Lake after he went missing late Friday evening near Steamboat Rock State Park.
Friends reported David V. Fesko missing around 8:30 p.m. Friday after watching him try swimming to shore after falling off a personal flotation device. Fesko went under water and didn’t resurface. Deputies, state park rangers and boaters searched the waters and shoreline until nightfall suspended the search. Spokane County Sheriff’s Office dive team arrived Saturday morning and the search continued. Divers found Fesko’s body around 6 p.m.

Coming up next, Outgoing Chelan County Commissioner, Keith Goehner outlined his campaign for the State Legislature. Grant County PUD is set to celebrate the completion of the on-island Riverbend Park boat launch and parking area, and, Construction has begun on facilities at the old Cashmere Mill Site. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
Outgoing Chelan County Commissioner, Keith Goehner outlined his campaign for the State Legislature on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program. The Dryden area pear farmer says he wants to bring to Olympia a greater awareness of how unfunded mandates by the Legislature impact local government . . .

Goehner cites his experience after serving four terms as a County Commissioner make him more qualified to serve in the State House . . .

Goehner is running as a Republican. He is among four candidates hoping to succeed Cary Condotta. Goehner’s interview on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley is available on our website, NCWLIFE.com.

Grant County PUD is set to celebrate the completion of the on-island Riverbend Park boat launch and parking area.
To mark the completion of construction at the site, Grant PUD is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and family friendly party for all to enjoy. The free event will take place on Saturday, June 2nd beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Crescent Bar. The final touches of the on-island Riverbend Park boat launch and parking area wrapped up the end of last week. Planning for the overhaul began in 2010 and work started in 2014. Finishing this project marked the end of the major construction overhaul at the recreation site. The PUD will be offering Crescent Bar tours, free food samples and a presentation from renowned geologist, Nick Zenter of Central Washington University. Two final projects, the renovation of the on-island water system and wastewater-treatment plant, will conclude throughout the year. Completion of these projects will put the final stamp on the $35 million renovation of this popular recreation area.

Construction has begun on facilities at the old Cashmere Mill Site.
The Port of Chelan County bought the property in 2008 and began a 6-point-6-million dollar project to prepare the area for redevelopment. Craig Larsen, Business Development Director for the Port says either one or two 16-thousand square foot buildings should be completed by the end of this year. Larsen says the Port’s ultimate goal is to construct up to four buildings on the 5-point-3 acres at the property. Larsen added that the buildings will be general-purpose facilities open to various types of businesses including production, food processing or specialty beverage production. The Cashmere Mill site has access to electricity, water, sewer, and phone and Internet service. It is located off of Sunset Highway, a half-mile from Highway 2/97.

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.

While we were enjoying the Memorial Day holiday yesterday, we didn’t get you the latest on what happened in the final weekend of high school sports for the year…so let’s do that…

The Wenatchee Panther boys baseball team took 4th at the State Tournament, falling to Federal Way Saturday 13-5. Richland is your State Champion.
At the 1A Tournament in Yakima…

Cashmere bounced back from its semifinal loss and beat Cedar Park Christian for 3rd in the State 1A Tournament 6-3. Freeman is the State Champs.
Brewster made it to the State 2B Championship Saturday in Centralia…

But the Bears succumbed to Tri-Cities Prep 14-7 and took 2nd.
We do have a State 1B Champion in North Central Washington…

Almira-Coulee-Hartline beat Colton 8-4 to win the title. Congratulations to the Warriors!
As we turn to State Softball…

It was a quick exit for both Eastmont and Moses Lake at the State 4A Tournament in Spokane as they lost their two games and were out on Friday.
Cascade also had a tough go of it at the 1A Tournament in Richland…

The Kodiaks fell to Elma and then Bellevue Christian to drop out of the tournament.
Brewster got to Day 2 of the 2B Tournament in Yakima…

Before they bowed out to Pe Ell/Willapa Valley 13-to-1. Liberty Bell was dropped from the tournament after losing two on Day 1.
How about the weekend for the folks from Almira-Coulee-Hartline?!

The girls softball team also hoisted the State 1B Championship Trophy Saturday in Yakima after downing Quilcene 11-0.
The Eastmont Boys soccer team finished 4th in State this year…

After falling to eventual State Champion Pasco Friday, the Wildcats dropped the 3rd/4th place game Saturday to Sumner 6-to-1.
Wenatchee’s girls doubles team of Kaylynn Noyd and Yasmine Qazi took 4th at the State 4A Tennis Championships in Richland…

Meanwhile, the Kert family dominated the State 1A Tournament in Yakima as Tyler took the boys championship and Aleah captured the girls title.
Now on to the State Track & Field Championships. First, to the 4A meet at Tahoma…

Wenatchee’s Jared Barnes won the state title in the 3200 meter run. The Panther’s Jackson Leeds was 2nd in long jump. Eastmont’s David Baldovinos placed 2nd in the shot put. Wenatchee’s Jaden Christoferson won the state javelin title. Wenatchee’s Elizabeth Ferrell took 2nd in the long jump and 4th in the triple jump. The Panther’s Rae Ann Dressel was 1st in shot put while teammate Ashley Gold was 2nd in discus.
At the 1B/2B/1A Championships in Cheney…

Cascade’s Ashley Parton won the 300-meter hurdle state title. Cashmere’s 4×400 girls relay team was 2nd. The Bulldog’s Hunter Duke won the state javelin championship. Waterville’s August Koulouris (kuh-LORE-is) placed 2nd in triple jump. Manson’s Fernando Flores won the state shot put title. Waterville’s Evan Simmons was the champion in discus. Entiat’s Allison Haynes won the state shot put title while finishing 2nd in discus. Mika Sanford of Entiat took 3rd in discus and 3rd in high jump.
The Mariners have won 4-in a row and 9 of their last 10 after a 2-1 win over Texas yesterday at Safeco Field…

Macro Gonzalez was stellar again, allowing no earned runs over 6 and 2/3rds with just 4-hits and he picked up his 5th win on the season. Offensively, Seattle just seems to do just enough as Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager delivered RBI-singles in a 2-run 6th. Eight of the Mariner’s last 10-games have been one-run-contests. The Rangers are in town for another game tonight as Felix Hernandez goes up against Texas’ Austin Bibens-Dirkx. First pitch is at 7:10.

Thanks Eric.

Keith Goehner hopes to parlay his 16 years of experience as a Chelan County Commissioner into a successful campaign for the State Legislature. Goehner is running for the State House seat being retired by Cary Condotta. The Dryden area pear grower and former elementary school teacher discussed his campaign on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with Steve Hair . . .

Log onto NCWLIFE.Com for the entire interview as seen this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

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…

The Memorial Day weekend was no holiday for area firefighters who battled a series of wind-fueled brush fires in Chelan and Douglas Counties.
It started Friday afternoon in the Palisades area where a The so-called Petrified Canyon Fire was first reported at around 2:20 in the afternoon had consumed over 150 acres of mostly grass, brush and sageland. It was contained and put into monitor status. Douglas County Fire District Two firefighters were joined by crews with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Two DNR helicopters were also assisting with water bucket drops.
Chelan Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a large, fast moving grass and brush fire on SR 150 and Boyd Road. Structures were threatened in the Chelan Hills Development area residents of the area were being notified of possible evacuation before crews put under control.
The scene shifted to the Malaga area Monday when afternoon winds fanned a brush fire close to some homes in the 34 hundred block of West Malaga Road. Crews from Chelan County District One with DNR help contained the fire after it burned about 7 acres of brush and grass.
The Holiday weekend ended where it began as crews were dispatched late yesterday to the Palisades area where it was reported that the fire from Friday evening had reflared up. Jonathan Nash with DNR reported the fire had spread to another 25 to 30- acres.

Grant County Fire District 13 responded with Ephrata Fire Department crews to a brush fire yesterday about 6PM near the airport.
Officials say it was ignited after a man tried to burn an American flag blanket which then spread to wildland. Four units from GCFD 13 assisted EFD in containing the fire and no structures were damaged. No matter your political views, we think it’s safe to say we can all agree starting a wildfire is no good! Ephrata Police are investigating.

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.