NCWLIFE Evening News August 12, 2019


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, We have the story of a Waterville family who lost almost everything in Saturday’s thunderstorm. The weekend thunderstorms also sparked over a dozen new wildfires in Central Washington. A preliminary investigation suspects a possible arson as the cause of the fire that destroyed a South Wenatchee home last week, and, A 52-year-old Spokane woman spent three hours Sunday night in the waters of O’Sullivan Reservoir near Moses Lake.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A wild thunderstorm that rolled through the Wenatchee Valley Saturday afternoon dumped heavy rain that led to a mudslides and some evacuations in South Wenatchee.

The flash flooding and mudslides did severe damage to at least three homes on Boodry Street in Wenatchee. Chelan County Emergency Management Director, Kent Sisson says the extremely heavy rain caused mud and debris flows in the Squilchuck Canyon, Pitcher Canyon and Halverson Canyon areas.

A culvert which diverts water under the lower Squilchuck Road, began eroding the downslope hillside located above Boodry Street just south of the city limits. The force of the water began creating a deep channel forcing a massive amount of rock and mud down the hillside and into a development of single-wide mobile homes.

Deputies and Wenatchee Police officers responded and began evacuating the development. A river of mud, rock and other debris impacted the north side of three mobile homes nearly to the roof lines. Children were carried out of one home by deputies and Wenatchee police officers. Three of the mobile homes are now deemed uninhabitable. The damage on Boodry Street is not far from where a late June rainstorm created a sinkhole that has yet to be repaired on South Wenatchee Avenue.

Highway 2 east of Waterville was shut down for about a half hour after being completely blocked by mud and debris. The thunderstorm also delayed the start of the Avett Brothers concert Saturday at the Gorge Amphitheater for about an hour.

The weekend thunderstorms also sparked over a dozen new wildfires in Central Washington according to reports from the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center (CWICC) at Pangborn Airport. Assistant Manager, Jonathan Nash says crews were kept busy on several fronts. . .

Meanwhile, Debbie Kelly with the US Forest Service says cooler and wetter weather helped crews working the Devore Creek fire in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. It remains at about 450 acres.

Also, heavy rains served to dampen down the Williams Flats Fire which is now 45 percent contained with over 44-thousand acres burned.

A preliminary investigation suspects a possible arson as the cause of the fire that destroyed a South Wenatchee home last week. Chelan County Fire District One Chief, Brian Brett says the exact cause of the August 5th fire is yet to be determined but he says evidence suggests it was intentionally set. . .

The older two-story wood-frame home is located behind Grey’s Electric who owns the property. The structure was totally gutted. A neighboring garage also sustained some exterior damage from the heat. The public is asked to call the fire department with any information that could help the ongoing investigation.

A 52-year-old Spokane woman spent three hours Sunday night in the waters of O’Sullivan Reservoir wearing a lifejacket and clinging to a gas can before being rescued. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office used a drone with an infrared camera to locate the woman about 10:45 p.m.

She had been aboard a 16-foot vessel that sank about 8 p.m. on the reservoir about 15 miles south of Moses Lake. Her 40-year-old companion, wearing a lifejacket, was able to swim to shore along Highway 262 and summon help. Numerous agencies and private citizens searched for the woman in the dark before she was spotted on the drone camera. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was treated for hypothermia and for inhaling gas fumes.

Coming up next, A Wenatchee attorney who crashed his car into a condominium complex in April reached a plea deal that resulted in reduced charges. A new roundabout is slated to be built in East Wenatchee next year to reduce congestion near Costco, and, Travelers who regularly use U.S. 97A can help choose the best times for road closures during construction work planned next year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Wenatchee attorney who crashed his car into a condominium complex in April reached a plea deal that resulted in reduced charges and $800 in fines and court fees. Fifty-five-year-old Peter Fraley was fined for second-degree negligent driving after initially being charged with reckless driving and hit and run.

Late night April 26th, Fraley apparently missed a turn on McKittrick Street and Stella Avenue in Wenatchee and swerved onto a lawn, hitting a tree before crashing into the condo unit. Witnesses reported he drove away at a high speed. He contacted Wenatchee police the next day. John Brangwin, Fraley’s attorney, said they worked with both the building owner and tenant. . .

A new  roundabout is slated to be built in East Wenatchee next year to reduce congestion at the intersection of 3rd Street Southeast and Highline Drive.

That part of town is seeing a marked increase in traffic due to new residential and commercial development including Costco and several new car dealerships. The City and RH2 Engineering will host an August 28th open house to provide more information. The project will include new sidewalk and pedestrian crossing upgrades with construction expected to start next Spring.

Travelers who regularly use U.S. 97A can help choose the best times for road closures on construction work planned next year.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is holding open houses this week to seek public comment regarding the best time for those road closures. Specialized contractors will remove loose rock and debris from the slopes adjacent to U.S. 97A to reduce the risk of it falling onto the highway.

At the upcoming in-person and the online open houses, the public can comment on whether all day or short half-hour closures of make more sense for the area.  Longer closures mean more work can be accomplished but with more affect to travel times, and vice versa for shorter duration choices. The open houses will be held Tuesday at Chelan City Hall and Wednesday in Entiat at the Grange Hall. Both events are from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind recently visited the Stemilit Basin about 20 miles southwest of Wenatchee to see first-hand the efforts being made to protect the forest from wildfires. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Cole Wilkinson and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout of the AppleSox Sunday as Corvallis came out on top 3-nothing in the regular season finale for both teams.  “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman has more…

Wenatchee heads into the post-season on a 4-game losing streak after being swept by the Knights in the weekend series and losing the finale at home last Thursday to Ridgefield.  Although, Coach Kyle Krustangel was also getting new players enough innings to make them eligible for the post-season roster.

Victoria won the 1st and 2nd half of the North Division and finished the season with a 39-and-15 record.  Wenatchee placed 3rd in the 1st half and 2nd in the second-half and were 29-and-25 during the regular season.  The HarbourCats won 5-out-6 meeting with the AppleSox this season by an average score of 10-to-6.

The last time Wenatchee was in the playoffs was 2013, where the AppleSox swept Walla Walla in two games but then were swept in the championship series by Corvallis.  2012 was the last time the ‘Sox won the title, needing 3-games to beat Bellingham in the divisional round as well as 3-games to top Corvallis in the final.

The divisional playoffs begin tomorrow night with the AppleSox hosting the Victoria HarbourCats at 6:35 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium. 

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard at the rest of the West Coast League on the final day of the season…

Zach Swanson and three relievers combined on a 4-hit shutout of Port Angeles as Victoria won 6-nothing.  Harrison Spohn hit a 2-run home run for the HarbourCats.

Eddy Pelc’s 3-run home run gave Yakima Valley a walk-off in a 15-inning marathon with Walla Walla Sunday 6-to-3.  12 pitchers combined to strike out 28 batters and walk 20 in a game that ended just before midnight at Yakima County Stadium.

Ridgefield built a 4-run lead early behind home runs from Dusty Garcia and Grayson Sterling and hung on to beat Bend 4-3.

Thomas Rudinsky was 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Portland past Cowlitz 6-to-1.  Gabe Skoro also drove in three runs for the Pickles.

Bellingham and Kelowna were rained out at Elks Stadium.

So the final standings in the second-half of the North Division look like this…

Victoria won it at 21-and-6.  Wenatchee finished second, 4-games back at 17-and-10.  Port Angeles was third, and so on.

The HarbourCats had the second-best overall record in the West Coast League this summer and 39-and-15.  Wenatchee had the third-best record to place second in the North overall standings at 29-and-25.  Bellingham was 3rd and Port Angeles 4th.

Corvallis won the 1st and second half of the South Division, finishing 21-and-6 in the latter half.  Portland finished second and Ridgefield third.

Due to Walla Walla’s overall record being second best in the south, the Sweets get into the playoff with their 30-and-23 record.  In its inaugural season, Ridgefield finished 3rd at 27-and-27.  By the way, Corvallis’ 42-and-12 record is the best-ever in the 10-year history of the West Coast League.

Eric Sogard’s solo home run in the 5th inning was enough for Tampa Bay Sunday as they swept the Mariners with a 1-nothing win…

Ryan Yarbrough was brilliant on the mound for the Rays, going 8-and-two-thirds, allowing no runs on just 3-hits and strikeout out 8.

Wade LeBlanc took the loss for Seattle, going 6-innings and allowing the one run on five hits with 3-strikeouts.

The M’s have a travel day today before beginning a series in Detroit tomorrow at 4:10 with Yusei Kikuchi facing Matthew Boyd.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Rio Ruiz’s 2-run home run gave Baltimore a walk-off 8-7 win over Houston Sunday.  The Orioles gave up 3-runs to the Astros in the top of the 9th to set up the comeback.

Anthony Bemboom’s RBI-single in the top of the 10th gave the Angels a 5-4 win at Boston.

Chris Bassitt and three relievers combined on a 5-hit shutout for Oakland in the A’s 2-nothing win in Chicago against the White Sox.  Matt Olson provided the offense with a 2-run home run.

Mike Minor went 8-innings of 4-hit, shutout ball to help Texas blank Milwaukee 1-nothing. 

Racing at WVSO was rained out Saturday.  They’re gearing up for another race this Saturday with Bump2Pass, Roadrunners, WMRA Midgets, and Bump2Pass Boat Destruction.

The Seahawks resumed training camp over the weekend after a 22-14 win over Denver in its first pre-season game.  Coach Pete Carroll says they have a lot of things to clean up before they travel to Minnesota this weekend…

Seattle had over 130-yards in penalties.  Carroll also said the ankle injury to George Fant is significant and will take a while to heal up from.  Backup quarterback Geno Smith also had a procedure to remove a cist in his knee but was back out on the practice field yesterday.

The Seahawks next pre-season game is this Sunday at Minnesota, a game that will be nationally televised on Fox at 5 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Firefighters in Chelan paid tribute to former longtime fire commissioner John Gordon on Saturday. Gordon, a lifelong Chelan resident, died July 25th at age 68, with memorial services held Saturday.

He owned and operated John Gordon Welding and repair since 1980. In addition, he was a volunteer firefighter and member of the police reserves.

Also, a memorial service was held last week for long-time Chelan County Fire Commissioner Mike Compton, who died unexpectedly from a sudden illness. Compton was also a life-long farmer and rancher.

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