Evening News September 13, 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, Arson now the official cause of a house fire in South Wenatchee early yesterday afternoon. According to the latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee area, active listings for homes is up compared to last year at this time but total home sales are down. Wenatchee High School’s class of 2018 was a record breaker, we’ll tell you why, and, we will let you know about all there is to do around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Firefighters were called out last night to a report of a commercial structure fire in the Malaga area.

It turned out not to be a structure but instead two apple bins containing marijuana clippings that caught fire next to a commercial grower’s green house in the 39-hundred block of Malaga/Alcoa Highway. An official with Chelan County Fire District One says crews were able to put the fire out before it threatened any neighboring structures. The cause is under investigation but officials suspect it could have been spontaneously combusted. Douglas County District 2 crews also assisted.

Arson now the official cause of a house fire in South Wenatchee early yesterday afternoon.

Around 1:45 fire crews form Wenatchee responded to a report of a brush fire at the intersection of Judkins and Simmons Street in Wenatchee. When crews arrived, a motorhome parked in the yard was fully involved which also caught the dry grass and shrubs on fire. A 41-year old man was arrested at the scene after acting erratically. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release today that after the male was interviewed by detectives, he was arrested and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for 1st degree arson. The motorhome was a complete loss in the fire but the adjacent house didn’t appear to have been seriously damaged. The motorhome was occupied by three people and fortunately were able to escape without injury.

According to the latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee area, active listings for homes is up compared to last year at this time but total home sales are down.

The report, provided by Pacific Appraisal and Associates of Wenatchee, also shows the median sales price rose 12-percent over the year-to-date price in 2017. Median sales price for a home in Wenatchee is at 325,910-dollars.

House prices ranging from 251,000 to 350,000-dollars account for 42-percent of all single family home sales. Building permits are way ahead of 2017 with 116 more apartment unit permits compared to August of 2017.

Wenatchee High School’s class of 2018 was a record breaker. The high school reports the class graduation rate was 91.5 percent. That’s an increase of 5.8 percent from 2017. According to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction this is the highest graduation rate at WHS since 2001, when the state started tracking this data. The next highest percentage on record was in 2011 at 90.6 percent. Graduation rates also went up at WestSide High School from 42.5 percent in 2017 to 52.7 percent in 2018. Wenatchee High School Principal Eric Anderson credited the school’s teaching and support staff for the improved graduation rate.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

Coming up next, We have video footage of a mountain goat release yesterday morning in the Darrington District of the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. If you’re wondering why your power or computer is a bit jumpy lately, blame the squirrels, and, we have our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Earlier this week we told you about the translocation of mountain goats back into the Northern Cascades. Here’s some video footage from a mountain goat release yesterday morning in the Darrington District of the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The goats are being translocated from the Olympic National Park to their historic habitat in the North Cascades. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife is heading up the project. Fish and Wildlife plans to release the mountain goats at five selected sites in the Cascades this month including Tower Peak, in the Methow area of the Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest. You can learn more about the program on our website at ncwlife.com.

If you’re wondering why your power or computer is a bit jumpy lately, blame the squirrels.

Chelan County PUD officials say you can count on some areas in our community getting harassed by varmints like squirrels and rats and chewing into power lines during this time of the year. Since early this year, the PUD has received numerous calls around the area about flickering lights and erratic internet service.

The culprit is vermin. They say this year it seems like it’s in the central residential area of Wenatchee that is served by the Saddle Rock substation. The PUD recommends residents keep their property maintained and free of old trash or wood piles where rodents hide or keep food. If your power does go out, you can call the PUD’s 24-hour outage line at 1-877-783-8123.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Marco the dog. . .

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.

Add another professional sports championship for the City of Seattle…

The Seattle Storm are the 2018 WNBA Champions for the third time in franchise history after sweeping the Washington Mystics with last night’s 98-92 win in Game 3.  Breanna Stewart, the regular season MVP, was named the Finals MVP after scoring 30-points to lead her team to victory.

Here’s a video put out by the Storm on their Twitter feed last night…

Congratulations to the Seattle Storm.  There will be a parade in Seattle at Key Arena Sunday at 1 o’clock.

Alright, to the local sports scene…coming up on the Prep Sports Schedule for today, first in soccer…

Chelan hosts Pateros at 5:15.  Wenatchee is on the road at Davis with an early 5 o’clock start.  And tonight, here on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll feature Eastmont and Eisenhower from Wildcat Stadium at 7, with our pre-game at 6:50.  Eric Granstrom will join Matt Wisen in the booth for all the play-by-play.

We have one score from last night in volleyball action…

Entiat shut out the Cascade Christian Academy, winning 3-games to none.  On the schedule tonight, Manson’s at Omak; Waterville-Mansfield is on the road at Lake Roosevelt; Chelan hosts Zillah; and Eastmont travels to Ellensburg.  All those matches start at 6:30.

The Eastmont and Wenatchee cross country boys and girls are on the road today…

The Wildcats and Panthers will be in Davis for a Big-9 meet, beginning at 3:30.

In the pool today…

Eastmont has a double-dual at Lions Pool in Yakima against Davis and Eisenhower at 4 o’clock.  Meanwhile, the Wenatchee girls host an always-interesting meet against Moses Lake, also at 4 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Panthers play host to the Mt. Boucherie Bears out of Kelowna, B.C. Friday night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl…

The Bears are 1-and-oh and play Triple-A ball in the British Columbia Secondary School Football Association.

Wenatchee is off to an oh-and-2 mark, coming in after a 24-10 road loss at Lewiston a week ago.  And even though Panther Coach Scott Devereaux hasn’t even seen tape on their opponent this week, he’s confident his team will continue to improve in their home opener…

Devereaux says there’s nothing like running out onto their home field on a Friday night…

For senior Dalton Thomas, he says he and his teammates continue to work hard on improving week-to-week…

Mt. Boucherie and Wenatchee kick off Friday night at 7 o’clock in the Apple Bowl.  We’ll feature more of the games under the lights Friday night, including Eastmont and Ellensburg, coming up tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Mariners kicked the ball around behind Wade LeBlanc, committing three errors, en route to a 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres yesterday at Safeco field…

LeBlanc allowed only four hits in five innings, two of which were home runs following errors, so only 2-runs were earned.

The loss meant a season-sweep to the Padres, the second-worst team in the entire National League.  The loss also means Seattle has been passed by Tampa Bay in the chase of Oakland for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

Manager Scott Servais said the miscues are a lack of focus and with the playoffs really not in view anymore, he’s challenging the pride of each player to step up…

Seattle is in Los Angeles tonight for the first of four games at 7:07 with Mike Leake facing Odrisamer Despaigne (oh-DREES-uh-may  deh-SPAWN-yay).

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West last night…

Oakland bombed Baltimore 10-nothing.  Houston dialed in Detroit 5-4.  And the Angels beat Texas 8-1.  Seattle trails Oakland by 9-and-a-half games with 17 left to play.  L

Thanks Eric.

Scenic Lake Chelan is a vacation paradise that was created during the Ice Age. But how can geologists prove that an ice sheet from Canada did the digging? In tonight’s feature story, Nick Zentner, Coordinator for the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University, explains the geology behind the scenery at Lake Chelan. . .

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…

Firefighters were called out last night to a report of a commercial structure fire in the Malaga area.

It turned out not to be a structure but instead two apple bins containing marijuana clippings that caught fire next to a commercial grower’s green house in the 39-hundred block of Malaga/Alcoa Highway. An official with Chelan County Fire District One says crews were able to put the fire out before it threatened any neighboring structures. The cause is under investigation but officials suspect it could have been spontaneously combusted. Douglas County District 2 crews also assisted.

Arson now the official cause of a house fire in South Wenatchee early yesterday afternoon.

Around 1:45 fire crews form Wenatchee responded to a report of a brush fire at the intersection of Judkins and Simmons Street in Wenatchee. When crews arrived, a motorhome parked in the yard was fully involved which also caught the dry grass and shrubs on fire. A 41-year old man was arrested at the scene after acting erratically. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release today that after the male was interviewed by detectives, he was arrested and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for 1st degree arson. The motorhome was a complete loss in the fire but the adjacent house didn’t appear to have been seriously damaged. The motorhome was occupied by three people and fortunately were able to escape without injury.

According to the latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee area, active listings for homes is up compared to last year at this time but total home sales are down.

The report, provided by Pacific Appraisal and Associates of Wenatchee, also shows the median sales price rose 12-percent over the year-to-date price in 2017. Median sales price for a home in Wenatchee is at 325,910-dollars.

House prices ranging from 251,000 to 350,000-dollars account for 42-percent of all single family home sales. Building permits are way ahead of 2017 with 116 more apartment unit permits compared to August of 2017.

 

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