Evening News September 14, 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, An 18-year-old Quincy man was killed after walking into the path of a semi-truck Thursday afternoon on Highway 281 near Quincy. We will have an update on the status of area wildfires, and, Gray Wolves would be removed from the Federal Endangered Species list if legislation co-sponsored by 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse passes.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Continuing friction among Wenatchee School Board members is apparently causing problems in the search for a new Superintendent. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

An 18-year-old Quincy man was killed after walking into the path of a semi-truck Thursday afternoon on Highway 281 near Quincy.

Traffic on the highway was temporarily closed and the man, Edward Garcia, was initially taken to Quincy Valley Hospital, Quincy police report he then died while in flight to a hospital in Spokane. Both Garcia and the semi were traveling southbound on 281 when Garcia suddenly walked into the path of the vehicle and was struck. The driver was not injured or cited in the accident. Quincy Police Capt. Ryan Green said Garcia suffered from mental health issues.

An update now on area wildfires.

The Cougar Creek Fire burning near Entiat and Plain is 79-percent contained and has burned 42,712 acres. Work today concentrated on the contingency lines south of the fire along Mosquito Ridge and north on the Shady Pass Road near Crescent Hill. Additional light rain showers fell across the fire on Wednesday. This moisture combined with continuing cool temperatures and high relative humidity has had a dampening effect on fire behavior. The light fuels, needles, and small twigs that are major elements of fire movement are also damp and the good news is more rain is on the way.

Meanwhile, the Iron East Fire on Blewett Pass stands at 150 acres and is 50 percent contained. 300 fire personnel are working the fire burning 12 miles northeast of Cle Elum. Crews today are mopping up and patrolling fire lines with an emphasis on the northeast corner of the fire near structures.

Gray Wolves would be removed from the Federal Endangered Species list if legislation co-sponsored by 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse passes. Newhouse and Wisconsin Congressman, Sean Duffy introduced legislation with bipartisan support that would return management of gray wolves to state control.

Management of these gray wolves were transferred from the state to the federal level in 2014. Newhouse says the designations leave farmers and ranchers without a legal avenue to protect their livestock from wolves. There are currently 10 confirmed wolf packs in Washington State with most of the animals located in the Northeast part of the State.

Coming up next, The Woodin Avenue Bridge in Chelan is already reopened to vehicle traffic, two weeks ahead of schedule. The Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop has received a 1.1 million dollar federal grant that ensures it will continue to serve as the North Cascade Smokejumper Base. RiverCom Emergency Dispatch center is searching for a new director following this week’s announcement by Jim Fosse that he intends to retire next year, and, One of the biggest loads ever to be transported on our state highways will be on the move through the Gorge starting Monday night.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Woodin Avenue Bridge in Chelan is already reopened to vehicle traffic. The bridge project, which began on September 4th, was supposed to close the bridge to vehicle traffic for two weeks. The bridge will operate as a one-way road next week so Selland Construction crews can continue construction on the opposite of the bridge. The next phase of construction on the project involves the installation of pipe hangers and water main pipes under the bridge. Construction will take a break in November and resume again next May.

The Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop has received a 1.1 million dollar federal grant that ensures it will continue to serve as the North Cascade Smokejumper Base, U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse announced. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will fund the final phase of apron expansion, completing a project Newhouse said is vital to keeping the Smokejumper Base in Winthrop. In May, the airport was closed for a 5 million dollar runway repaving project. In 2017, the U.S. Forest Service considered moving the smokejumper base to Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee but an analysis determined keeping it in Winthrop was the best option. The analysis was dependent, however, on funding for airport improvements.

RiverCom Emergency Dispatch center is searching for a new director following this week’s announcement by Jim Fosse that he intends to retire next year.

The 65-year old was hired six years ago after he left the Seattle Fire Department. He told the Wenatchee World that it seemed like a good time to step away. He said he plans to stay in the Wenatchee area and intends to spend more time with his family. The RiverCom governing board will advertise the job opening and has reportedly decided to conduct a search of potential candidates without paying for a consulting firm. The position is posted on the website, careerarc.com. The salary is listed between $104,000 and $115,000.

One of the biggest loads ever to be transported on our state highways will be on the move through the Gorge starting Monday night, Sept. 17th.

Omega Morgan of Portland will be moving a windmill transformer from the city of Roosevelt to the Goldendale Windfarms Rockcreek Substation, with the entire load weighing just over a million pounds and measuring 360 feet long and 21 feet tall! It will involve overnight closures on State Route 14 and U.S. 97 over a two-night span.

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 Eastmont Wildcats hosted the Eisenhower Cadets in Big 9 soccer last night in East Wenatchee…

And Eastmont defended the home pitch with a 2-0 win on goals by Kieahna Carson and Carissa Miller.  Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

So the Wildcats moved to 2-and-oh in Big 9 play with the victory.  Wenatchee also improved to 2-and-oh with a 3-nil win at Davis.  Madysen Smith, Jaden Griggs and Amanda Schneider, for the second consecutive game, provided the scoring for the Panthers.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in volleyball last night…

Ellensburg shut out Eastmont 3-games to none.  Chelan took care of Zillah 3-nil.  And Waterville-Mansfield found the travel to Lake Roosevelt tough, falling to the Raiders 3 games to none.

Our featured game of the week in prep football tonight is Eastmont and Ellensburg…

The Wildcats are 2-and-oh so far this season while the Bulldogs are oh-and-1 and had their game last Friday cancelled due to lightning.

Eastmont Coach Michael Don says he’s been very pleased with his defense so far, having allowed just 7-points in two games…

Coach Don will be facing his former mentor in Ellensburg Coach Randy Affholter (AFF-holter).  Michael says there’s no comparison between then and now when looking at the Bulldogs…

Junior Captain Wesley McIlwaine (MAC-ill-wane) says the winning has felt good, especially the way the defense has been playing…

We’ll have more of Eric’s conversation with Wesley and Coach Don during our pre-game show tonight at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Grant Olson will join Eric in the booth for all the play-by-play as Eastmont hosts Ellensburg.

Let’s take a look at what else is happening around the area under the lights on Friday night…

Wenatchee is also home tonight, looking for its first win of the season against Mt. Boucherie out of Kelowna, B.C.  Cashmere’s on the road at Wapato.  Cascade is on the west side at Mt. Baker.  Chelan plays host to South Whidbey.  Manson’s at Liberty Christian and Waterville-Mansfield travels to Odessa.  All the games kick off tonight at 7 o’clock.  There is a lone game Saturday with Entiat playing at Almira-Coulee-Hartline at 5 o’clock.

Coming up this weekend in prep soccer…

Chelan plays at Brewster tomorrow morning at 11.  Cashmere’s in Moses Lake.  Cascade hosts Overlake.  And Eastmont is at Lewis and Clark, all at 1 o’clock.

There’s a huge volleyball tournament taking place tomorrow in Yakima…

Cascade, Chelan, Eastmont and Entiat will all be playing in the Sundome Volleyball Festival.  It gets underway tomorrow morning at 8am.

Several Invitational Cross Country Meets have teams scrambling throughout the state tomorrow…

Cascade is at the South Whidbey Invite at 10am.  Cashmere and Eastmont are at Highline High for the Apple Ridge Invite at 11am.  Wenatchee’s at Steilacoom for their invite, also at 11.  And Manson hosts Tonasket and Omak tomorrow at 11am.

The Wenatchee Valley Rams are in Utah tomorrow for the National Semifinals of semi-pro football.  They’ll take on the 10-and-2 Wasatch Revolution of the South West Football League.  Wenatchee is the Champions of the Western Washington Football Alliance and comes in with an 11-and-oh record.  Kickoff at the Spence Eccles Sports Complex in Ogden, Utah is set for 4pm

The Wenatchee Wild continue the beginning of their BCHL schedule on the road this weekend…

After starting off with a couple wins last weekend, the Wild will play at Merritt against the Centennials tonight at 7.  Then tomorrow, Wenatchee travels to West Kelowna to take on the Warriors at 7pm.

On the college gridiron this weekend…

Central Washington plays host to Humboldt State tomorrow in Ellensburg with a 4 o’clock kickoff.  Washington State hosts Eastern Washington at 5.  Then at 7, the Washington Huskies travel to Utah to take on the Utes on ESPN.

Seahawks fans will have to wait until Monday to see their team play…

The oh-and-1 Seahawks will be in Chicago to take on the oh-and-1 Bears on Monday Night Football.  Kickoff on ESPN is at 5:15.

The Mariners found some offense last night in an 8-2 win over the Angels in Anaheim…

Nelson Cruz hit a 3-run home run and Mitch Haniger went 2-for-4 and scored twice as Seattle had 12-hits in the game.  Mike Leake had a good outing, going 7-innings and allowing just 1-run on 7-hits with 5 strikeouts.  The two teams play again tonight at 7:07.

Seattle’s win actually helped them gain ground on the A’s last night as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the American League West…

Baltimore salvaged the final game of that series over Oakland 5-3.  The Mariners now trail the A’s by 8-and-a-half games for the final American League Wild Card spot with 16-games to play.

Thanks Eric.

The sixth annual Color Rush fun run is this Sunday morning along Wenatchee’s riverfront. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz has a preview. . .

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…

An 18-year-old Quincy man was killed after walking into the path of a semi-truck Thursday afternoon on Highway 281 near Quincy.

Traffic on the highway was temporarily closed and the man, Edward Garcia, was initially taken to Quincy Valley Hospital, Quincy police report he then died while in flight to a hospital in Spokane. Both Garcia and the semi were traveling southbound on 281 when Garcia suddenly walked into the path of the vehicle and was struck. The driver was not injured or cited in the accident. Quincy Police Capt. Ryan Green said Garcia suffered from mental health issues.

An update now on area wildfires.

The Cougar Creek Fire burning near Entiat and Plain is 79-percent contained and has burned 42,712 acres. Work today concentrated on the contingency lines south of the fire along Mosquito Ridge and north on the Shady Pass Road near Crescent Hill. Additional light rain showers fell across the fire on Wednesday. This moisture combined with continuing cool temperatures and high relative humidity has had a dampening effect on fire behavior. The light fuels, needles, and small twigs that are major elements of fire movement are also damp and the good news is more rain is on the way.

Meanwhile, the Iron East Fire on Blewett Pass stands at 150 acres and is 50 percent contained. 300 fire personnel are working the fire burning 12 miles northeast of Cle Elum. Crews today are mopping up and patrolling fire lines with an emphasis on the northeast corner of the fire near structures.

The Woodin Avenue Bridge in Chelan is already reopened to vehicle traffic. The bridge project, which began on September 4th, was supposed to close the bridge to vehicle traffic for two weeks. The bridge will operate as a one-way road next week so Selland Construction crews can continue construction on the opposite of the bridge. The next phase of construction on the project involves the installation of pipe hangers and water main pipes under the bridge. Construction will take a break in November and resume again next May.

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.