WENATCHEE, WA – Grant Olson has the latest NCWLIFE Evening News for Thursday, August 17, 2017. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— an update on the officer-involved shooting investigation, Congressman Dave Reichert makes a visit to the Wenatchee Valley and Serve Wenatchee Valley will host Clothes for the Classroom this weekend. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
One home is confirmed lost in a wind-blown brush fire in the Monument Hill area west of Quincy. According to fire managers, the fire erupted last night and quickly grew to over 500 acres of mostly sage, grass and crops. The winds were gusting at over 25 miles an hour last night but they have since calmed down. Officials with Grant County Sheriff’s Department tweeted this morning that the firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand. Douglas County PUD reported that about 350 customers in the Palisades were without power because of the fire. Crews were working last night to restore electricity. As of this morning all evacuations had been lowered to Level One status. Earlier last night Grant County Sheriffs and WSP Troopers went door to door advising about 85 residents to evacuate under a level three warning. A Red Cross shelter was set up at Quincy High School. Meanwhile, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources overnight at the request of Fire Chief Don Fortier of Grant County Fire District 3. The cause of the fire is under investigation..
An update today on the officer-involved shooting at the Albertson’s Grocery store in Wenatchee back in July that took the life of Matthew Folden. Investigation spokesman, Captain Edgar Reinfeld, says the investigation is completed. Reinfeld says the officer involved in the shooting, Albert Gonzalez, remains on administrative leave until further notice. The memorial service for Matthew Folden was held Sunday in Leavenworth.
A number of U.S. Forest Service trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that are accessed from the Teanaway Community Forest are temporarily closed due to wildfire danger associated with the Jolly Mountain Fire. Access to the Middle Teanaway Road, Way Creek, West Fork, Middle Fork and Yellow Hill trails are closed. Jungle Creek, accessed from the Jungle Creek Road is also closed. The remainder of the Teanaway Community Forest remains open at this time. The lightning-caused Jolly Mountain Fire is burning 11 miles northwest of Cle Elum and so far has consumed around 400 acres.
Earlier today, U.S. Representative Dave Reichert visited Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market to meet with local farmers at the Farmer’s Market. As Congress takes up budget and tax-reform, included in that is an agreement to cut mandatory spending programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. SNAP recipients can currently use food stamps on farmer’s market goods and according to Reichert’s office, the visit will allow the Congressman to discuss the program with local farm-vendors. Reichert will also make an appearance at the Snowy Owl Theater at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth at a fundraiser for Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi music ensemble. Reichert’s Leavenworth visit is scheduled for 6:30. Steve Hair will more on Congressman Reichert’s visit tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.
It’s called, Clothes for the Classroom and this Saturday, August 19th, Serve Wenatchee Valley will once again host a gathering at the Saddlerock Presbyterian Church to provide new school clothes for students throughout the valley as the new school year quickly approaches. Retired Serve Wenatchee Valley Director Bob Shepard stopped by a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley show with Dan Kuntz to talk more about the annual event. The Clothes for the Classroom event starts at 8 a.m. and runs until noon this Saturday at the Saddlerock Presbyterian Church located at 1400 Miller Street in Wenatchee.
It should be a safer walk for children returning to Mission View and Sunnyslope elementary schools this fall. Street improvements are wrapping up on several fronts, Jill FitzSimmons with Chelan County Public Works explains. Fitzsimmons says all of the work is scheduled to be completed before the start of school on August 30th.
A five-day road closure on a portion of Joe Miller Road in the Malaga area begins next Tuesday, Aug. 22. Crews will be working to rebuild the roadway, restoring it to two lanes, between mileposts 2.20 and 2.24. That portion of the roadway was damaged in March of 2016 during a landslide. A temporary fix to the roadway has allowed it to remain open at one lane at the slide area. Motorists should look for alternative routes via Stemilt Hill Road or West Malaga Road and Hamlin Road. Motorists are asked to avoid the area from Aug. 22 to Aug. 26 next week. The project will also impact Cathedral Rock Road, which is a private road below Joe Miller Road. Cathedral Rock Road will be down to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the five days of construction. Drivers in that area should expect minor delays.
We’re wetting your whistle with hockey tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel as part of our weekly sports lineup. It begins at 7 o’clock tonight as we get in the groove of Thursday Night Hockey on the NCWLIFE Channel as we air the Wild/Salmon Arm game from last October 1st. Tomorrow night we feature the Bridge of Sportsmanship game between Eastmont and Wenatchee from last October 28th. There’s more hockey on Saturday at 2 with the Wild and Merritt from October 28th followed by Eastmont and Wenatchee girl’s soccer from November 11th. It’s Hockey Mania Sunday as we’ll air four Wenatchee Wild games from last season with Penticton at Noon, Chilliwack at 2, West Kelowna at 5 and Powell River at 7.
Well, it was an interesting 9th inning, but the Seattle Mariners hung on to edge Baltimore 7-6 today in Seattle to take 2-of-3 in the series. The Orioles brought 10-men to the plate in the 9th, scoring two runs off reliever Edwin Diaz on three walks and two hit batsmen before Marc Rzepcynski got the final out on a strikeout to end the ballgame and give Seattle its second straight win. Manager Scott Servais said the problem with Diaz is something he’s battled before this season. The hit batter or strikeout question Servais referred to was when Trey Mancini was ruled by the home plate umpire to have been hit by the pitch while he was swinging. An argument that led to Servais being ejected from the game. The Mariners grabbed an early lead in this one on Yonder Alonso’s 2-run homer in the 4th to break a 1-1 tie. Baltimore tied it in the 5th before Seattle took the lead back in the bottom of the 5th on RBI singles by Robinson Cano, Alonso and Danny Valencia. The M’s made it 7-4 in the 6th on Leonys Martin’s solo homer to right. Jean Segura finished the day 3-for-5 with a run while Alonso was 3-for-4 with 3-RBI’s and a run. Servais praised his club’s offensive output. Seattle has a travel day today as it prepares to take on Tampa Bay in the first of three games tomorrow as Erasmo Ramirez faces Austin Pruitt at 4:10.
Also in the American League West today…
LA Angels 3, Washington 2
Kansas City 7, Oakland 6
Texas 12, Detroit 6
Houston 9, Arizona 5
American League West Standings
Houston 74-46 …
LA Angels 62-59 12.5
Seattle 61-61 14.0
Texas 59-60 14.5
Oakland 53-68 21.5
In the Wild Card Race…
NY Yankees 5, NY Mets 3
Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2
Minnesota at Cleveland PPD
Wild Card Standings
NY Yankees 64-55 +3.0
LA Angels 62-59 …
Kansas City 61-59 .5
Minnesota 59-58 1.0
Seattle 61-61 1.5
Texas 59-60 2.0
Tampa Bay 60-62 2.5
Baltimore 59-62 3.0
Seahawks offensive tackle-turned-guard-turned center Justin Britt was signed to an extension today by the team to keep him in Seattle until 2020. The three-year contract extension is worth a reported $27-million. Taking a break from practicing for the Seahawks’ game with Minnesota Friday at the team’s practice facility in Renton to sign the extension, Britt was all smiles. “Thanks to the Seahawks, Paul Allen, John Schneider, Matt Thomas and Coach Carroll along with all my teammates and the 12’s for the support and making it all possible. Now let’s go win a ring!!!” was his message on his Twitter page.
Our hot and dry weather pattern is expected to persist through at least the weekend and into the early part of next week. Breezy, dry winds on Friday will also raise concerns for new and existing wildfires. Our weather on Monday should be very favorable for good views of the eclipse with mainly clear skies but it looks as though changes are on the way as we jump forward to Wednesday on our weather loop. Notice the large area of low pressure situated just off the coast of British Columbia, that will allow cooler temperatures to move in and at the same time will also allow some monsoonal moisture from the South to move up which, combined with hot air already in place, could trigger some thunderstorm activity by late Wednesday and into Thursday. But, for now, enjoy this beautiful Summer weather.