NCWLIFE Evening News August 19, 2019

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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, State troopers report a Quincy man was driving impaired when his SUV collided with a semi-truck in Grant County Saturday. A Grant County firefighter responding to a wildland fire in the Royal City area was injured after a brush truck she was driving overturned, and, The state’s largest wildfire, the Williams Flats Fire near Lake Roosevelt, is now 85-percent contained.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A two-vehicle crash near Ephrata injured five people Sunday morning.

Troopers say 58- year old Kathy McFall of Castlerock failed to yield to another vehicle when she entered Highway 28 at Alder Road. Her Ford Taurus struck a car driving Eastbound on Hwy 28 by 55-year old Roger Christensen of Ephrata. Both drivers and their passengers were treated at Samaritan and Columbia Basin Hospitals. Traffic was slowed during the investigation.

State troopers report a Quincy man was driving impaired when his SUV collided with a semi-truck in Grant County Saturday.

It happened on Hwy 243 near Schawanna. 33-year old Victor Villagra was injured and airlifted to Central Washington Hospital after his Southbound Ford Yukon drifted over the centerline striking an oncoming Freightliner truck driven by 39-year old Kenneth Redlin of Wenatchee. Redlin and a passenger in Villagra’s vehicle were not hurt. Troopers say Villagra will be charged with first degree negligent driving. The State Patrol report also noted that drugs or alcohol was involved.

A Grant County firefighter responding to a wildland fire in the Royal City area was injured after a brush truck she was driving overturned.

Grant County Sheriff’s office reports 30-year old Samantha Wright from Grant County Fire District 10 became trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by fellow firefighters. The driver was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake and his injuries were reported to be minor.

The state’s largest wildfire, the Williams Flats Fire near Lake Roosevelt, is now 85-percent contained.  Today’s activities on the 44,515-acre fire will continue to focus on line construction in the far northeast section of the fire. The western section of the fire is in patrol status while the southern section is in mop-up.

There are still several areas of unburned fuel within the interior of the fire. They are not a threat, but as the weather warms, they will continue to burn and more prominent smoke will be visible. There are currently 500 fire personnel working the fire including 19 engines, 8 dozers and 8 water tenders.

Coming up next, We have dramatic video from Douglas County Fire District 2 of a car fire Friday in East Wenatchee. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says the four remaining members of the OPT wolf pack in Washington has been lethally removed, and, First responders throughout the state are paying tribute today to the three firefighters who died four years ago in the Twisp River Fire and another who was seriously injured.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Check out this dramatic video from Douglas County Fire District 2 of a car fire Friday in East Wenatchee. Firefighters were dispatched yesterday to a structure fire at Cashmere Valley Bank. Firefighters arrived to a vehicle on fire in the ATM drive thru. The fire was isolated to the vehicle and contained quickly. Fortunately, nobody was injured and no structures became involved.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced over the weekend that the four remaining members of the OPT wolf pack has been lethally removed.  A news release issued by the agency says a series of WDFW investigations had shown the pack responsible for 29 attacks on cattle in Federal grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County.

WDFW Director Kelly Susewind says the OPT pack has been involved in 14 livestock depredations in the last 10 months, with nine in the last 30 days, and a total of 29 since September of last year. Susewind says the cattle rancher who owns the affected livestock took several proactive, nonlethal measures to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock, and WDFW will continue to monitor for wolf activity in the area and work closely with producers. Elimination of the OPT pack leaves the State with 26 confirmed gray wolf packs.

First responders throughout the state are paying tribute today to the three firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire and another who was seriously injured. Rick Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski were killed August 19th, 2015 when the vehicle they were in was overcome with fire.

Daniel Lyon survived but was severely injured and spent three months in the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He now is doing well after almost 100 surgeries. Earlier this year, he met with Hillary Franz, state Commissioner of Public Lands.

The Twisp River Fire, which started when power lines ignited a tree, was one of five fires that comprised the Okanogan Complex Fire. Those fires combined to burn more than 300,000 acres in 2015.

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The Women’s Service League of NCW is hosting its annual summer membership social this week. Women of all ages are invited to become members and be involved in such signature events as My Girlfriend’s Closet and Touch a Truck. In tonight’s feature story, Service League President Callie Klein and Marketing Chairperson Cori Bautista joined Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with more on this year’s Summer Social. . .

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.

The Seahawks were on the road in Minneapolis last night for week two of the preseason and fell to the Vikings 25-19…

The first-string offense looked good and Russell Wilson was in mid-season form, connecting on 6-of-9 passes for 82-yards, including several nice balls to Jaron Brown and Tyler Lockett.  It was also the first time Seahawks fans were able to see Chris Carson run the ball, who carried 5-times for 25-yards.

Coach Pete Carroll says there was plenty to be happy about, but also much that needs to be improved upon…

Jason Meyers connected on four field goals, the longest 52-yards and DeShawn Shead scored Seattle’s lone touchdown on an 88-yard interception return.  Shead also collected a sack in the end zone last week for a safety and coach Carroll was happy to see the veteran come through…

Coach Carroll’s post-game press conference also included the news that rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf will have to undergo minor knee surgery this week, but will hopefully be ready when the season starts.

With its preseason record now 1-and-1, Seattle returns home to continue training camp and prepare for another road game this week in Carson, California against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday.

The Mariners wrapped up an impressive weekend in Toronto with a 7-0, complete-game shutout by Yusei Kikuchi Sunday…

Kikuchi had his best game as a Major Leaguer, earning the 2-hit shutout with 8-strikeouts and 1-walk.  He improved his record to 5-and-8 with the win.

The Mariners did the damage at the plate with home runs, four to be exact, with one each by Kyle Seager, Austin Nola, Tom Murphy and Keon (KEY-ON) Broxton.

Seattle took two of three from the Blue Jays in the weekend series and are in Tampa Bay today to begin a three-game set with the Rays at 4:10. Marco Gonzales will get the start against Brendan McKay.

Also in the American League West on Sunday as we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Jorge Polanco’s bases-clearing triple in the 8th was the difference as Minnesota topped Texas 6-to-3.

Matt Thaiss hit a 3-run home run while going 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Angels over the White Sox 9-to-2.

Zach Greinke earned his 200th career win by going 7-innings and allowing 1-run on 4-hits with 6-strikeouts to lead Houston past Oakland 4-to-1.  Alex Bregman helped the cause at the plate for the Astros, going 4-for-4 with 3-RBI’s and hitting his 30th home run.

The Corvallis Knights are once again the champions of the West Coast League…

The Knights beat the Victoria HarbourCats 11-1 on Sunday evening at Goss Stadium to clinch the team’s fourth consecutive title.  Corvallis is the first team in WCL history to achieve a four-peat. The title is the seventh overall for the Knights.

Tevita Gerber limited the HarbourCats to one run on 4-hits over 6-innings to earn the victory.  At the plate, Corvallis was led by Brooks Lee, who was 3-for-5 with 2-runs and an RBI.

The Knight’s record-setting season ends with a 54-and-14 record.  This is the second-straight West Coast League Championship Series between Victoria and Corvallis to go three games with the Knights winning 2-games-to-1.

The weather cooperated, albeit windy, for some great racing action at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday night…

RT Greiner of East Wenatchee won the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners main event.  Portland’s Kenny Burns took the checkered flag in the WMRA Midget main event.  There was also plenty of carnage in the Johnson Electric Bump 2 Pass main with 21 cars in the race.  And the fan-favorite of the night was the boat race.

WVSO will having racing again September 7TH with the Jerry Berschauer Memorial 100 presented by Jerry’s Auto Supply.

High school football season begins this week with local teams hitting the fields Wednesday for their first official day of practice.  Wenatchee Panther Coach Scott Devereaux is hoping the off-season work by his improving team can wipe the memory of the way 2018 ended with losses to Sunnyside and Eastmont…

Wenatchee graduated quite a few guys off a defense that was 2nd-best in the Big-9 last year and Devereaux says that provides the challenge coming into the 2019 season…

We’ll continue to preview Wenatchee and Eastmont all week as preparations get underway for opening night on September 6th.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with a picture from Wenatchee resident John Barta, who often can be seen with his camera in Walla Walla Point Park. He captured this image last week of an osprey carrying a sucker fish it had caught in the Columbia River.

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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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.