Evening News September 24, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom in for Grant Olson on this Monday, September 24th, 2018. 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:  fire threatens a shop in Grant County; a military vehicle crashed along I-90 injuring four soldiers; and the summer fire season has pushed Chelan County Sheriff’s overtime budget into the red; …..

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan County Sheriff’s office reports a hiker who was injured while climbing Mt Stuart last week was plucked off the mountain with the help of a US Navy helicopter crew. The accident was first reported Thursday evening, the 20th.

The initial report said a 21 year old man was rappelling the west side of the mountain when he suffered equipment failure causing him to fall about 30 yards. The victim was hoisted up and ferried to Pangborn Airport where he was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital.

 

A busy summer fire season along with extra search and rescue efforts have pushed the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office overtime budget into the red.

Sheriff Brian Burnett told Commissioners this morning his office assisted in nine search and rescue missions alone last week, which is the kind of unplanned activity that causes an over-extension in overtime…

In addition, a change in the federal government’s plan on reimbursing for fire coverage has left Chelan County holding the bag…

Burnett says they need the extra funds from the County to cover expected extra expenses in October for Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest as well as holiday buy back of employee’s hours in November.

 This was the scene of a traffic accident Saturday on Interstate-90 about 10 miles East of Kittitas involving a military Stryker vehicle that plunged down a cliff injuring four soldiers. State Trooper Brian Moore reported the US Army was conducting military exercises near the highway when the vehicle rolled the down the 25 foot embankment.

Grant County Fire officials warn residents that the seasons have changed but the threat of wildfire continues following a close call yesterday in the Ephrata area. Crews from Grant County Fire3 District 13 responded to a report of a wildfire started by welding and grinding near a machine shop in the 13-thousand block of Road A 5 NorthWest. Ephrata City Firefighters also responded helping to put the fire out after it spread to about 5 acres. There were no reports of structure damage.

Coming up next:  the Wenatchee School Board moves forward on a search for a new superintendent; state auditors are asking Douglas County to change how they do paperwork on road projects; and protesters gathered in front of a local newspaper because of a weekend editorial. That and more straight ahead…I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee School Board members have tentatively selected an out-of-the-area firm to help the district find a new Superintendent. The board voted 3-2 to begin contract negotiations with Illinois-based Hazard, Young and Attea (uh-TEE-uh) and Associates. The company is one of four competing for the contract. Board member, Sunny Hemphill said she preferred to work with a company that was not from this area . .

The board interviewed the four firms last week. But Laura Jaecks and Walter Newman favored the proposal from Northwest Leadership Associates from Liberty Lake. Jaecks said she was impressed with their knowledge of the school district and their record of success . . .

Monday’s action is not the final decision. The District will now begin contract negotiations with the selected firm with a final selection to be made a future board meeting.

The state Auditor’s office says Douglas County failed to ensure highway contractors complied with federal wage laws. Contractors are required under federal law to file weekly payroll reports showing their pay and that of subcontractors comply with the Davis-Bacon Act. When more than two thousand dollars in federal funds is used to pay for projects, the act requires workers on those projects be paid prevailing wages, usually at levels paid to union workers. The county received more than one million dollars from the federal government for the highway work. Auditors said the county could be liable for making up any wage differences. The county responded that in the future it will not pay contractors until certified payrolls are received. The audit also found other areas of “material weakness” in the county’s accounting processes. Auditors will later review to make sure the county has corrected the problems.

The controversy involving the US Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh is causing a fair amount of discord in the Wenatchee Valley following an editorial written by Wenatchee World publisher, Jeff Ackerman. In Sunday’s paper, Ackerman takes issue with the confirmation process and what he calls, “One of the ugliest displays of partisanship I have ever seen” Ackerman also questions the allegations of the woman who claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her 36 years ago. Suellen Harris with the group, Indivisible Wenatchee helped organize the protest . . .

Today’s protest attracted over a hundred sign-waving demonstrators to the sidewalk on Mission Street in front of the Newspaper.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

 

The Seahawks used two of their staples from the past, a strong defense and good running game, to defeat the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at CenturyLink Field 24-13…

Earl Thomas had two interceptions.  Justin Coleman recovered a force fumble by Bradley McDougal.  And Jarran Reed had two of the Seahawk’s five sacks of Dak Prescott.

Offensively, Seattle finally got its running game going as Chris Carson became the first Seahawk to rush for over 100-yards in a game since Thomas Rawls in the 2016 season.  Carson had 32-carries for 102-yards and a touchdown.

Russell Wilson had a so-so day, completing 16-of-26 passes for 192-yards and two touchdowns, to Tyler Lockett and Jaron Brown.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said THIS is what they’ve been trying to achieve…it just took three weeks to get there…

Seattle takes its 1-and-3 record on the road next week to play the 0-and-3 Arizona Cardinals.

The Mariners were eliminated from any chance of making the playoffs over the weekend, losing two of three in Texas to the Rangers, including Sunday’s 6-1 defeat…

Wade LeBlanc was cruising until the 6th inning with Seattle leading 1-nothing.  But then he and the bullpen ran into trouble, allowing a 4-spot in the frame and Texas went on for the 6-1 win.  Seattle hosts Oakland for the first of three games tonight at Safeco Field as James Paxton faces Daniel Mengden at 7:10.  The A’s can lock up a Wild Card playoff spot with a win or Tampa Bay loss.  Oakland could still catch New York for the 1st Wild Card position as they enter tonight a game-and-a-half back with 7-games left.  The Yankees are guaranteed one of two Wildcard spots, no matter what happens.

Speaking of the rest of the American League West…as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Kyle Gibson allowed one-run in 7-and-two-thirds as Minnesota kept Oakland from locking up a Wild Card spot with a 5-1 victory.

Framber Valdez struck out nine over six innings as the Astro’s magic number to clinch the A-L West is down to 3-games as Houston swept L-A 6-2.

The Wenatchee Wild went 1-and-1 over the weekend at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack…

Wenatchee beat Alberni Valley Friday 5-1 behind 2-goals from Matt Gosiewski and a goal each from Murphy Stratton, Christophe Fillion and Christophe Tellier.

Then on Saturday, the Wild were blanked by Chilliwack 2-zero.  Wenatchee takes its 4-and-2 record into West Kelowna Wednesday to play the Warriors at 7 o’clock.  Then they’ll be in Vernon Friday and Trail Saturday.

Looking at the Les Schwab Scoreboard in college football from over the weekend…

The Cougars lost a track meet Friday night to USC 39-36 as a game-tying field goal was blocked with just under 2-minutes to play.  Gardner Minshew threw for 344-yards and 3-touchdowns in the loss for Washington State.

Jake Browning threw for 202-yards and three touchdowns as Washington held off Arizona State 27-20.

Antoine Custer, Jr. rush for 133-yards and two touchdowns as Eastern Washington score six times on the ground in the game as the Eagles blew out Cal Poly 70-to-17.

Christian Cummings rushed for 3-touchdowns as Central Washington racked up 315-yards on the ground in its 63-10 win at Simon Fraser.

Turning back to Friday in high school football…

Eastmont had its 8-game winning streak dating back to last season come to an end with a 14-10 road loss at West Valley of Spokane.

Wenatchee won its second-straight, travelling to Eisenhower and shutting out the Cadets 14-nothing.

Cashmere dropped a heartbreaker to Cheney 31-26.  Cascade improved to 3-and-1 with a 40-10 win over Kings.  Chelan had no trouble with Granger, winning on the road 49-7.

In Central Washington B Football, Entiat walloped Wellpinit 60-12; Bridgeport shut out Waterville-Mansfield 32-nothing; and Wilbur-Creston beat Manson 32-6.

One soccer score to report from over the weekend…

Klahowya defeated Cascade by a score of 4-to-1.

Coming up this week on the NCWLIFE Channel Sports Schedule…

We’ll begin our week tomorrow night at Eastmont High School where the Wildcats will host Wenatchee in volleyball.  Eric Granstrom will have your play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.  Then on Thursday, we’ll re-air Eastmont’s soccer match with Eisenhower at 7.  Finally on Friday, it’s our first Wenatchee Panther football game broadcast of the season as the Panthers go for a third win in a row against the always-tough Moses Lake Chiefs.  Pre-game Friday with Eric and Grant Olson begins at 6:45.

Chelan County Public Works wants to sell you an old bridge. The West Cashmere Bridge is poised to be replaced soon and the old bridge is being placed up for sale. A video produced by the agency describes the span and its history…

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 Chelan County Sheriff’s office reports a hiker who was injured while climbing Mt Stuart last week was plucked off the mountain with the help of a US Navy helicopter crew. The accident was first reported Thursday evening, the 20th.

The initial report said a 21 year old man was rappelling the west side of the mountain when he suffered equipment failure causing him to fall about 30 yards. The victim was hoisted up and ferried to Pangborn Airport where he was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital.

 

A busy summer fire season along with extra search and rescue efforts have pushed the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office overtime budget into the red.

Sheriff Brian Burnett told Commissioners this morning his office assisted in nine search and rescue missions alone last week, which is the kind of unplanned activity that causes an over-extension in overtime…

In addition, a change in the federal government’s plan on reimbursing for fire coverage has left Chelan County holding the bag…

Burnett says they need the extra funds from the County to cover expected extra expenses in October for Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest as well as holiday buy back of employee’s hours in November.

 This was the scene of a traffic accident Saturday on Interstate-90 about 10 miles East of Kittitas involving a military Stryker vehicle that plunged down a cliff injuring four soldiers. State Trooper Brian Moore reported the US Army was conducting military exercises near the highway when the vehicle rolled the down the 25 foot embankment.

Wenatchee School Board members have tentatively selected an out-of-the-area firm to help the district find a new Superintendent. The board voted 3-2 to begin contract negotiations with Illinois-based Hazard, Young and Attea (uh-TEE-uh) and Associates. The company is one of four competing for the contract. Board member, Sunny Hemphill said she preferred to work with a company that was not from this area . .

The board interviewed the four firms last week. But Laura Jaecks and Walter Newman favored the proposal from Northwest Leadership Associates from Liberty Lake. Jaecks said she was impressed with their knowledge of the school district and their record of success . . .

Monday’s action is not the final decision. The District will now begin contract negotiations with the selected firm with a final selection to be made a future board meeting.

 Before we get to our forecast, let’s again check out our weather window…

Warm daytime highs and fairly cool overnight lows are expected through Thursday, with mostly clear skies. A cold front moving on the region Thursday night into Friday will bring cooler, windy and unsettled weather to the region for the weekend and into early next week.

We have a high pressure system sitting off the coast of Washington and over northeast Wyoming right now.  We’re right in the middle of it so that will mean sunny, dry days and chilly nights for the most part this week.  A cold front in Canada will begin to sag down between the pressure systems on Thursday night to give us a cool and possibly wet weekend.

The cloud cover will be held mostly in Western Washington until Thursday when we’ll see more considerable cloudiness.  Really no moisture is expected on the valley floor until maybe Sunday.  However, there could be some showers in the mountains of the Cascades and northeast Washington with snow in the higher elevations, especially by the weekend.

So here’s our forecast.

Tonight, expect clear skies and cool temperatures with lows in the 40’s.

Tomorrow, sunny and 76.

Clear with a little warmer low on Tuesday night with 51.

Then warmer on Wednesday and Thursday with daytime temperatures nudging back near 80.

Enjoy it while it lasts because the cold front moves in Thursday night with 76 on Friday, 70 Saturday and a high of only 66 by Sunday.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Eric Granstrom, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.