Evening News September 05, 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 Crescent Mountain Fire burning near Twisp has burned over 48,000 acres and is only 37-percent contained, we will give you an update. We have updated information tonight on yesterday’s crash in McNeil Canyon involving a fully loaded tractor-trailer rig that plunged down a 100-foot embankment trapping the driver inside, and, A 30-year-old Moses Lake woman is the first to be arrested in connection with an August 28th shooting in the Larson/North Moses Lake community.

Containment is now at 71- percent as things start to wind down on the Cougar Creek Fire. Commanders have revised the acreage burned in the fire to 42-thousand acres. They reported Tuesday that crews were working to address active fire areas along the unsecured north flank of the fire, particularly near Mad River and Signal Peak.

Fire lines have been completed along the western perimeter except for a small area near Sugarloaf Peak where the historic U.S. Forest Service Fire Lookout station has been protected with foil wrap.

Managers say the wildfire continues to burn in the 1994 Tyee Fire scar. Fuel types across the fire area include lodgepole Pine and Mixed Conifer stands. Various age classes, and dense fields of lodgepole regeneration in the older fire scar which contain numerous snags and heavy dead/down trees.

The southern and eastern areas of the fire area secure, and firefighters are conducting mop up, backhaul, and repair work. There are no evacuation levels posted at this time.

Meanwhile, the Crescent Mountain Fire burning near Twisp has burned 48,866 acres and is only 37-percent contained. 964 Fire personnel are battling the wildfire burning in the headwaters of the Twisp River Valley. Here’s today’s fire update from Operations Section Chief Scott Schuster. . .

Okanogan County including Twisp and Winthrop have had some of the poorest air quality in the state for the past several days.

We have updated information tonight on yesterday’s crash in McNeil Canyon involving a fully loaded tractor-trailer rig that plunged down a 100-foot embankment trapping the driver inside. It took several hours for emergency crews to extricate the man from the tangled wreckage at the bottom of the ravine.

The severely injured driver, identified as a 43-year old Kennewick man, was transported by a team of firefighters and EMS from the bottom of the canyon to ambulance, transported one-quarter mile to a waiting Life-Flight helicopter who transported the patient to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. At last report the driver was reported to be in critical condition.

Fire arrived on scene in just over five minutes after the initial call with units from Orondo Fire, Chelan Fire Rescue, Mansfield Fire, Lake Chelan Community Hospital EMS responding as well as a Life Flight helicopter. The Douglas County Sheriff, WSP and Douglas County Transportation and Land Services were on scene conducting investigation and traffic control.

A 30-year-old Moses Lake woman is the first to be arrested in connection with an August 28th shooting in the Larson/North Moses Lake community. Crystal Cruz Mabry was arrested by Grant County detectives on September 2nd on charges of first degree robbery, first degree assault, reckless endangerment and fourth degree assault. She is lodged in the Grant County Jail.

The shooting victim, 23-year old Taylor W. Hermismeier-Rogers of Ritzville and a 17-year-old female told detectives that they gave Mabry a ride to the corner of Lowry and Arlington after Mabry had been left at Hermismeier-Rogers’ Ritzville home earlier in the day. Hermismeier-Rogers said he was in the process of buying the car from Mabry and had given Mabry a ride believing they were going to retrieve the car’s title. Once at the location, Mabry, along with 3 males and one other female came outside, assaulted the 17-year old passenger and eventually shot Hermismeier-Rogers in the scuffle. Hermismeier-Rogers underwent surgery at Samaritan Hospital and the investigation into this case continues.

Coming up next, The Chelan County PUD is considering a new long-term, 15-year fisheries contract with the Yakama Nation. The United Way of Chelan and Douglas County is now the United Way of Northcentral Washington, and, A long-dormant feature of Wenatchee’s Federal Building is being brought back to life. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Chelan County PUD is considering a new long-term, 15-year fisheries contract with the Yakama Nation. PUD Commissioners took it up at yesterday’s board meeting. The PUD and the Tribe have had an agreement for the past ten years to conduct a pilot program for the reintroduction of coho salmon into the Rock Island and Rocky Reach reservoirs.

Under the agreement, the Yakama Nation will continue its work to reestablish naturally spawning coho populations in the mid-Columbia tributaries to biologically sustainable levels and to provide significant harvest in most years. The 15-year cost of the program is $9.7 million. The proposed contract provides for the PUD to join the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), along with Grant and Douglas PUDs to provide for the reintroduction of coho.

The United Way of Chelan and Douglas County is now the United Way of Northcentral Washington. In a recent announcement, the United Way says it’s broadening its reach and has now officially included Okanogan County. The United Way board will grow to include Okanogan County leaders and ensure those voices are included in United Way community conversations. Also, the Board of the United Way of North Central Washington recently named Charity Bergman as its President & CEO. Bergman has been with the organization throughout the entire transition process. The United Way Board is also going through a transition. Long-time board members Lezlie Coates and Jeremy Bonner are stepping away from their positions while Marjie Brown will fill the role as board chair and Kevin Overbay takes over as vice chair.

A long-dormant feature of Wenatchee’s Federal Building is being brought back to life. The building’s new owner, LocalTel is in the process of repairing the decorative fountain located at the Northeast corner outside the building’s lower level off South Chelan Avenue.

The fountain had been included in the original building design when it was constructed in 1973 but it was shut down and had fallen into disrepair. Crews were out this morning resurfacing the pools surface. The plans are to have it up and running again before the City of Wenatchee relocates its City Hall operations into the repurposed building by 2021.

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 girls soccer team started the home part of its season schedule with a win over Cascade 6-1 yesterday in the Apple Bowl…

Leading the way with two, first-half goals was Katie Springer.  Also with two tallies was Amanda Schneider.  Finding the back of the net in the second half with a goal each were Jaden Griggs and Yareli Sanchez-Blanco.  The lone goal for the Kodiaks came in the first half by Truh Merriman.

In other soccer action Tuesday, Cashmere blanked Ellensburg 7-nil.

Heading indoors for some volleyball results from last night…

Cascade topped Naches Valley 4-1 while Ephrata edged Cashmere 3-2.  Manson shut out Entiat 3-games to none.

Our first broadcast of high school soccer this fall will take place tomorrow night…

As the Eastmont Wildcats will host the Cashmere Bulldogs in a non-league game at Wildcat Field.  Eric Granstrom will be joined in the booth by Matt Wiseman for all the play-by-play.  Our pre-game will begin at 6:50 with kickoff set for 7 o’clock right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

After splitting with the A’s over the weekend in Oakland, Seattle was desperately needing a sweep of the lowly Baltimore Orioles to have any chance of making the playoffs.  That hope seems to be dwindling as players apparently got into a clubhouse scuffle before last night’s game with Baltimore.  On the field, the Mariners bullpen squandered a 1-nothing lead by allowing four runs in the top of the 4th and the O’s went on for the 5-3 win…

Adam Warren gave up three runs on three hits, including a solo home run in the 7th to blow the safe and take the loss.  It spoiled a great outing for Wade LeBlanc, who went 6 innings of scoreless ball on 6-hits with 4 strikeouts.

While manager Scott Servais would not talk about the pre-game scuffle in the clubhouse, he thought his team would show some fire on the field…

Baltimore’s Alex Cobb allowed just the home run to Robinson Cano in six innings to earn his 5th win against 15 losses.  Servais said he was disappointed in the 7th inning and the continuing problem with his team is not generating enough offense…

The two teams play the rubber match of the three game set tonight at 7:10 as Seattle’s Mike Leake will face Baltimore’s Andrew Cashner.

Seattle’s loss last night really stings considering Oakland fell at the hands of the Yankees as we head to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Luke Voit homered for the third-consecutive game, hitting a solo shot off the A’s Fernando Rodney as New York rallied for a 5-1 win.  The Yankee’s lead in the Wild Card race is 4-and-a-half-games over Oakland while the A’s lead over Seattle for the final Wild Card spot is still 5-and-a-half games.

Houston’s lead in the American League West is now 3-and-a-half games after the Astros downed Minnesota 5-to-2.  Justin Verlander earned his 14th win, striking out 8 over 7-innings.

Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre homered to back Mike Minor on the mound as Texas beat the Angels 4-2.

All Pro free safety Early Thomas reportedly ended his holdout today and reported to the Seahawks training facility in Renton…

In a Tweet to his followers, Thomas said (quote) I worked my whole life for this…I’ve never let me teammates, city or fans down as long as I’ve lived and don’t plan on starting this weekend.”

According to coach Pete Carroll, Thomas went through a morning walk through and practiced this afternoon.  His playing status for Sunday’s season-opener at Denver is in question as the team will need to gauge his conditioning and readiness prior to making that decision.

Thomas held out of off-season workouts and training camp, demanding a new contract extension.  The team refused and reportedly entertained trade offers without finding an attractive suitor.  To this point, the Seahawks had planned on starting Tedric Thompson at free safety.

 

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, it’s that time of year when many football fans will make the pilgrimage back home to Pullman. It’s a time to connect with old friends and make new ones. But most importantly, it is the time of the year where they will cheer for the crimson and gray. . .

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…

We have updated information tonight on yesterday’s crash in McNeil Canyon involving a fully loaded tractor-trailer rig that plunged down a 100-foot embankment trapping the driver inside. It took several hours for emergency crews to extricate the man from the tangled wreckage at the bottom of the ravine.

The severely injured driver, identified as a 43-year old Kennewick man, was transported by a team of firefighters and EMS from the bottom of the canyon to ambulance, transported one-quarter mile to a waiting Life-Flight helicopter who transported the patient to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. At last report the driver was reported to be in critical condition.

Fire arrived on scene in just over five minutes after the initial call with units from Orondo Fire, Chelan Fire Rescue, Mansfield Fire, Lake Chelan Community Hospital EMS responding as well as a Life Flight helicopter. The Douglas County Sheriff, WSP and Douglas County Transportation and Land Services were on scene conducting investigation and traffic control.

The Chelan County PUD is considering a new long-term, 15-year fisheries contract with the Yakama Nation. PUD Commissioners took it up at yesterday’s board meeting. The PUD and the Tribe have had an agreement for the past ten years to conduct a pilot program for the reintroduction of coho salmon into the Rock Island and Rocky Reach reservoirs.

Under the agreement, the Yakama Nation will continue its work to reestablish naturally spawning coho populations in the mid-Columbia tributaries to biologically sustainable levels and to provide significant harvest in most years. The 15-year cost of the program is $9.7 million dollars.

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.