NCWLIFE Channel News for June 27

NCWLIFE Channel's Eric Granstrom has the latest new for Tuesday, June 27, 2017


A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- the Spartan Fire swells to over 4,000 acres, a fire at the Wenatchee Goodwill had a quick response from crews today and a Wenatchee woman was injured in a crash in Grant County. Later on, we’ll have sports, our feature story out of Chelan and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

Calmer weather today has helped firefighters suppress a series of lightning-sparked brush fires. Both the Spartan Fire in Chelan County and the Sutherland Canyon Fire in Douglas County started during Monday afternoon’s thunderstorm. We spoke with Public Information Officer Holly Krake on fire activity overnight.

Fire: Spartan Fire
Containment: 10%
Acres: 4,500
Total Personnel: 160
Spartan Fire Summary: Overnight handcrews and dozers successfully held the fire to the north of Colockum Road and west of Alcoa Highway. The most active fire spread was reported to the southwest. Today, with the return of dry, windy conditions, firefighters and multiple air resources will continue to build fireline and engage the fire when it is safe to do so. Firefighters will use existing roads, dozer lines, water drops and natural features wherever possible to limit future fire spread in this area.

Fire: Sutherland Canyon Fire
Containment: 10%
Acres: 3,000
Total Personnel: 75
Sutherland Canyon Fire Summary: Crews actively worked to construct fire containment lines overnight on five separate smaller fires collectively called the Sutherland Canyon Fire. Today firefighters will continue to assess opportunities to safely engage with the fires as they move through steep, rugged terrain.

Evacuations: Level 2 evacuation levels remain in place for the Spartan Fire along Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road, and Tarpiscan Road. Level 2 means to be ready to leave in an instant. There are approximately 80 structures threatened in this area. Level 1 evacuations are in place for the Sutherland Canyon Fire from the Columbia River to milepost 10 along the Palisade Road corridor. There are approximately 24 structures threatened. There have been no reported loss or damages to structures on either fire.

Closures: Traffic is limited to local traffic only beyond milepost 8 along the Alcoa/Malaga Highway. There are no other closures in place at this time for either the Spartan or Sutherland Canyon Fires.

Wenatchee fire crews were quick to douse a fire this morning behind the Goodwill Industries building on South Mission Street. The fire was located in an outdoor trash dumpster located behind the building in a storage area. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There was no structural damage reported and no injuries.

A Wenatchee woman was injured in a crash in Grant County Monday afternoon. State Troopers say it happened when 40 year old Amora Schley was driving Southbound on State Route 243 about 10 miles South of Desert Aire. She lost control of her pickup truck causing it to roll over off the highway. She was transported to Kadlec Medical Center for treatment.

Chelan PUD commissioners Monday affirmed support for Power Benefit project funding for the rest of 2017 and for 2018. Board members allocated $4 million for 2018 that includes $2.5 million for fiber network expansion and continuing the day use parking pass for PUD parks managed by the state. Analyst for the Chelan County PUD Micah Lenderman gave the commissioners a breakdown of the budget during the meeting.

Chelan County Port District is now a financial partner in the campaign to add a non-stop flight from Pangborn Airport to the San Francisco Bay area. At their meeting last week, Port Commissioners approved a 50-thousand dollar Port contribution to the Air Service Investment Program. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair spoke with The Port’s Business Development Director, Craig Larsen, who says that brings them even closer to their 400-thousand dollar goal.  The Investment Program shares the financial risk with the airline and shows the region will use the new service. An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period.The community funds will be used as match for a Federal Grant worth $750,000 to share the risk with the airline. The grant deadline has been extended, so the fundraising continues. For more information on Destination San Francisco Bay Area, contact Craig Larsen at 509-663-5159.

A new retail tenant opens its doors at the Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee this week. Thursday and Saturday The Grocery Outlet will be holding a grand opening of its new Bargain Market in the building formerly occupied by Food Pavilion. The new discount food store opens with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony and a free lunch courtesy of Dilly Deli. Thursday’s ceremony starts at 10 am.

Say goodbye to Washington Federal’s Downtown Wenatchee branch office. Bank officials have announced they will be consolidating its operations with a new building to be developed on North Wenatchee Avenue. The new central bank will be located on the site of its now closed branch at the corner of North Wenatchee Avenue and Ninth Street and demolition was set to begin in August. The new bank is targeted for opening the summer of 2018. The 100 year old institution began business in Wenatchee, replacing Bank of America at the two locations in 2013.

In Sports…

Port Angeles at Wenatchee
The Lefties are coming! The Lefties are coming! Yes, the Port Angeles Lefties are coming to town to being a three-game series at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field tonight. Game time is 7:05 as the AppleSox head into the series with an 11-and-10 record and currently sit fourth in the West Coast League’s Norther Division. The Lefties are in last place in the division with a 9-and-14 mark so far.

Also in the West Coast League Monday…
Yakima Valley 10, Gresham 6
Kelowna 8, Cowlitz 2
Corvallis 9, Victoria 1

North Division Standings
Bellingham      13-8 …
Kelowna          13-9 .5
Walla Walla      10-8 1.5
Wenatchee       11-10 2.0
Victoria            10-13 4.0
Port Angeles       9-14 5.0

Busy Off-Season for Wenatchee Wild
The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) conducted their June Camp in the Community Rink at Town Toyota Center from June 18-20. Approximately 80 players divided into four teams competed both in small area games and full-scale games as coaches and staff watched to evaluate players, as the process of constructing the roster for the 2017-18 season continues. Players will report to Wenatchee on August 21 as mandated by the BCHL. The regular season schedule is expected to be released by the league this week, and preseason games will be announced in the near future as well. The Wild have been moved into the Interior Division for the 2017-18 season, and will face each of their six new division rivals six times. It’s also a busy time of year off the ice for the Wild’s front office. Arch Ecker was a recent guest on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz and talked about the things we really don’t think about.  Soon as we get the schedule, we’ll share it here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Seattle Hosts Philadelphia
After a much-needed day off yesterday, the Mariners are back at it with the first of two games against Philadelphia tonight at Safeco Field. The 7:10 game features James Paxton against the Phillies’ Aaron Nola. Paxton is 5-and-2 on the season with a 3.39 ERA. Nola is 4-and-5 with an earned run average of 4.32.

In the American League West Monday…
Cleveland 15, Texas 9
LA Angels 4, LA Dodgers 0

American League West Standings
Houston      52-25 …
LA Angels    41-39 12.5
Seattle        39-39 13.5
Texas          38-38 13.5
Oakland      34-42 17.5

And in Weather…

A relatively quiet early summer weather pattern is expected for the remaining of the week and into the weekend. Afternoon temperatures will be slightly above normal until a quick, one day warm-up occurs on Friday. A week cold front late Saturday afternoon into Sunday will drive temperatures back down to seasonal norms for the beginning of next week, including Independence Day.

Tonight look for mostly clear skies, a low of 59, and a west wind 7 to 11 mph with gusts near 20.

Wednesday looks very sunny and mild with a high of 85 and a northwest wind around 14 mph.

The winds will pick up again Wednesday night out of the northwest 11 to 17 mph and a low of 60.

Beginning Thursday and lasting through at least Monday look for lots of sunshine with afternoon high temps going from the mid-90’s to the mid-80’s with no precipitation in the forecast.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).