Evening News September 10, 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, A large brush fire was contained in the Wahluke Slope area of Grant County Friday night. A high-speed pursuit ended Saturday night in Rock Island with the arrest of a Quincy man who was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Grant County, and, The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that three calves found injured on Ferry County rangeland last week were attacked by wolves.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A new round of lightning-caused wildfires kept firefighters in several areas of Central Washington busy this weekend. The thunderstorm passed through Kittitas County Friday evening started two fires on U.S. Forest Service lands near Blewett Pass. The Iron East and Iron West fires continue to burn this morning on a remote section of the Cle Elum Ranger district on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with a mobilized Type 3 Incident Management Team that’s been set up at the Kittitas Valley Event Center. Both fires are located about 12 miles northeast east of Cle Elum. A Level 2 evacuation is in effect for approximately 12 homes in the vicinity of the Iron East Fire. Engines are actively patrolling these areas.

A large brush fire was contained in the Wahluke Slope area of Grant County Friday night. The Wahluke Slope Fire started by lightning near State Route 24 Mile Post 59.

The fire burned over 11,000 acres of mostly brush and grassland. The fire prompted a Level One evacuation advisory for a few scattered homes but that was cancelled by Sunday afternoon.

Unified Command between Grant County fire districts, Adams County Fire District 5, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed the fire.

The fire was located in an area that was very difficult to access and firefighting aircraft were used to help crews on the ground.

A high-speed pursuit ended Saturday night in Rock Island with the arrest of a Quincy man who was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Grant County.

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris reports in a news release that the man and his female companion were chased down by deputies after the two suspects fled the scene of a routine traffic stop at BJ’s Truck Stop in Rock Island. The driver was identified as 43-year old Santiago Vasquez. He had cocaine and methamphetamine in his pocket when he was arrested. Deputies also located a .38 Special Colt revolver near the location Santiago was located and arrested. Santiago also had an outstanding warrant out of Grant County for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and a warrant out of the department of corrections for escape community custody. The female was identified as Ashely N. Baker, a 23-year old female from Ephrata. She was arrested on three outstanding warrants out of Grant County for driving while license suspended in the third degree (two counts) and theft in the third degree.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that three calves found injured on Ferry County rangeland last week were attacked by wolves, likely members of the so-called Profanity Peak Pack of State-protected Grey Wolves.

The determination was made Friday after a Veterinarian examined the two calves in the presence of a WDFW officer. State Representative Joel Kretz reported the attacks in a Facebook post two days ago.

The injured calves were found on Tuesday by two range riders in the higher elevations of the Keller Range. Kretz claims that after first confirming the incident as a wolf attack, WDFW changed it to a quote, “probable” attack because of a “lack of hemorrhaging.” The confirmation of the attack followed an examination of the two calves and a third calf.

Kretz is a staunch critic of the State’s Grey Wolf Reintroduction program. He has been leading the effort to delist the animals as a State protected species. There are currently 10 confirmed wolf packs in Washington State with the majority of them located in the North East part of the State.

Coming up next, A US Navy helicopter was used Sunday to pluck three stranded climbers from Mt Stuart. The Woodin Avenue Bridge will be closed to cars starting today as crews continue work on the one-way reconfiguration. Senator Hawkins launches his 12th Legislative District listening tour tomorrow with stops in Leavenworth, Cashmere and Wenatchee, and, Douglas County voters will decide in November who will replace Judge Judith McCauley on the District Court bench, we talked to one of the candidates. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A U.S. Navy helicopter was used Sunday to pluck three stranded climbers from Mt Stuart.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s official says the group got stuck after rappelling down to an area from which they couldn’t proceed. Sgt. Kent Sisson reported the group started out from the Ingalls Creek area below Mt Stuart around 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Their climb stopped short of the summit and they started to rappel back down the Northwest side of the mountain when they became stuck at about the 88-hundred foot elevation. They called for help around 11:00 p.m. They had started out that morning from the Longs Pass, Ingalls Creek area at the base of Stuart and called for help about 11:00 p.m. A helicopter from U.S. Naval Base Whidbey Island was called in to hoist the climbers out. There were no injuries.

The Woodin Avenue Bridge will be closed to cars starting today as crews continue work on the one-way reconfiguration.

Pedestrian access will remain open during that time. This closure is necessary as the crew starts removing the asphalt from the surface of the bridge. This week’s work will also include mobilizing more equipment and materials, surveying, installing water main pipe supports under the bridge, and removing the existing lamp posts. According to the city similar work will continue Sept. 17 through Sept. 21. Construction began Sept. 4 when crews began mobilizing equipment and installing pipe hangers under the bridge. In addition to the bridge closure, the city permanently closed Third Street from Okanogan to Woodin Avenue. Drivers are only able to approach the bridge from the west side heading toward downtown. The city is setting up temporary directional devices until the permanent configuration is finished.

State Senator Brad Hawkins says he looks forward to working with whomever the voters select to replace House Representative Cary Condotta. The East Wenatchee lawmaker was asked in a recent NCWLIFE interview if he would endorse fellow Republican Keith Goehner over Winthrop Independent, Dr Ann Diamond . . .

Senator Hawkins launches his 12th Legislative District listening tour tomorrow (Tuesday) with stops in Leavenworth, Cashmere and Wenatchee. The week-long tour will take him to Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties.

Douglas County voters will decide in November who will replace Judge Judith McCauley on the District Court bench. Former Douglas County prosecutor, Eric Biggar currently sits as the interim judge until after the election. He’s being challenged by East Wenatchee attorney Robert Hunter. Hunter spoke with NCWLIFE News about his candidacy and claims that his wide-ranging legal experience makes him more qualified compared to his opponent. . .

Hunter says when he’s not practicing law, he’s involved with volunteer activities through his church. He’s originally from Detroit, Michigan. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He’s practiced law in East Wenatchee since 2003.

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.

Von Miller  sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the Broncos held off the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 on Sunday to win for the 18th time in their past 19 home openers.

Russell Wilson threw for 298 yards and three TDs, but was picked off twice and sacked six times and ran just twice for 5 yards.

After Demaryius Thomas atoned for several early hiccups by scoring the go-ahead TD with 11:11 left, the Seahawks gained just 3 yards in their final three possessions, the last one ending with Adam Jones‘ interception at midfield with no time left.

“It’s frustrating,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “Third downs we were lousy (2 for 12) and we didn’t run the ball as well as we wanted (64 yards) and we got sacked a bunch of times. It was not a very clean game for us.”

Wilson put the Seahawks ahead 24-20 when he found Tyler Lockett all alone for a 51-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.

Shaquill Griffin‘s twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, started the game with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. It’s another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin , who had his left hand amputated as a child.

The Griffins had back-to-back tackles on Seattle’s second defensive series.

INJURIES: The only injury of note from either team was Seattle WR Doug Baldwin (right MCL sprain).

Seahawks: Visit Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Mitch Haniger dashed home to score the go-ahead run on a grounder in the eighth inning, then made a diving catch for the final out that gave the Mariners a 3-2 win over the Yankees.

Haniger started the eighth with a walk before stealing second by reaching in with his right hand at the last second.

Haniger reached third on Jean Segura‘s sacrifice bunt. With the infield in, Robinson Cano hit a broken-bat roller up the middle. Haniger was running on contact and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made a quick throw home, but Haniger just got his right hand on the plate before the tag from catcher Austin Romine.

Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his 54th save and 27th one-run save, both the most in baseball.

Haniger, an All-Star for the first time this year, has 24 homers and 85 RBIs this season.

The loss kept the Yankees from sweeping the three-game series and leaves New York only 2 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for the league’s top wild-card spot.

The Mariners are now 79-64, 7 ½ games back of the Athletics for the second wild-card spot.

After a day off Monday, Seattle ends the homestand with a two-game series against the Padres that starts Tuesday. LHP Marco Gonzales (12-9, 4.32 ERA) is expected to come off the 10-day DL (neck strain) and make his 26th start to the season Tuesday.

Tuesday – Sunnyside @ Wenatchee, girls soccer, 7PM

Thursday – Eisenhower @ Eastmont girls soccer, 7PM

Friday – Ellensburg @ Eastmont Football, 7PM. H-O-F

With classes in full swing throughout the Valley, school bus drivers want you to know how to safely navigate those morning and afternoon hours without endangering local children. Laura Fox, bus driver with the Wenatchee School District, says it’s alarming the number of drivers who can ignore a bright yellow, flashing vehicle. . .

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…

A new round of lightning-caused wildfires kept firefighters in several areas of Central Washington busy this weekend. The thunderstorm passed through Kittitas County Friday evening started two fires on U.S. Forest Service lands near Blewett Pass. The Iron East and Iron West fires continue to burn this morning on a remote section of the Cle Elum Ranger district on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with a mobilized Type 3 Incident Management Team that’s been set up at the Kittitas Valley Event Center. Both fires are located about 12 miles northeast east of Cle Elum. A Level 2 evacuation is in effect for approximately 12 homes in the vicinity of the Iron East Fire. Engines are actively patrolling these areas.

A high-speed pursuit ended Saturday night in Rock Island with the arrest of a Quincy man who was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Grant County.

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris reports in a news release that the man and his female companion were chased down by deputies after the two suspects fled the scene of a routine traffic stop at BJ’s Truck Stop in Rock Island. The driver was identified as 43-year old Santiago Vasquez. He had cocaine and methamphetamine in his pocket when he was arrested. Deputies also located a .38 Special Colt revolver near the location Santiago was located and arrested. Santiago also had an outstanding warrant out of Grant County for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and a warrant out of the department of corrections for escape community custody. The female was identified as Ashely N. Baker, a 23-year old female from Ephrata. She was arrested on three outstanding warrants out of Grant County for driving while license suspended in the third degree (two counts) and theft in the third degree.

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.