NCWLIFE Evening News August 19th, 2020

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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, Chelan Fire and Rescue crews were able to get quick control over a fire Wednesday morning along Highway 97A north of Knapps Hill Tunnel. The Eastmont Parks Department says teens have been destroying playground equipment at Eastmont Community Park and if it continues to be a problem the playground will be shut down, and, It’s official: With all ballots certified from the August 4th primary election, Jay Inslee won more votes in Chelan County than any other candidate for governor.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Level 3 evacuation orders were issued Tuesday night in the Wannacut Lake area of Okanogan County as strong, unpredictable winds pushed a new wildfire in several directions.

The Palmer Fire was first reported south of Oroville just before 3 Tuesday afternoon and an hour later, Level 2 evacuation orders were delivered door-to-door by Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies, Fish and Wildlife officers and Border Patrol agents. By 8:50 p.m., the notices were raised to Level 3 – get out now – for the area west of Wannacut Lake, including Wannacut Lake Road from Ellis Barnes Road in the north to Richards Road to the south. The state Department of Natural Resources has mobilized numerous air and ground crews to battle the fire.

The number of acres burned thus far has not yet been estimated. But smoke from that fire and one burning near Penticton, British Columbia is visible in much of the Okanogan Valley.

Also yesterday, Chelan Fire and Rescue crews were able to get quick control over a fire Wednesday morning along Highway 97A north of Knapps Hill Tunnel. The fire was first reported just before 7:30 a.m. and crews were mopping up by 10 a.m. The fire is estimated to have burned three to four acres of brush near Downey Canyon Road. A call for air support on the fire was cancelled as ground crews limited the spread.

The Eastmont Parks Department says teens have been destroying playground equipment at Eastmont Community Park and if it continues to be a problem the playground will be shut down.

The department says it can’t afford to keep replacing the vandalized equipment. According to the parks department, the vandalism is not gang-related but teen kids being destructive. The department also says video footage shows parents moving cones and putting their kids on broken equipment.

It’s official: With all ballots certified from the August 4th primary election, Jay Inslee won more votes in Chelan County than any other candidate for governor. Local election offices certified their totals yesterday.

The Democratic incumbent won more than 9,600 votes, compared to 8,880 for his nearest Republican challenger, Loren Culp. It’s a surprise outcome in a county that’s historically leaned Republican, but keep in mind, this year’s primary ballot was split among Inslee, Culp, and 34 other candidates for governor.

Culp easily won majorities in neighboring Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties. But statewide, Inslee won just over 50 percent of the 2.5 million votes cast, to Culp’s 17 percent.

Coming up next, Applications are open for about $1.2 million-dollars in COVID-19 assistance to keep Chelan and Douglas County renters in their homes. A local Facebook Live program put together by two community advocates offers COVID-19 advice in Spanish three times a week. Conflicting orders from the U.S. Postal Service and a lawsuit by the state of Washington have Wenatchee’s postal center staying status quo for now, and, Washington lost one of its political giants today as Slade Gorton died this morning in Seattle. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Applications are open for about $1.2 million-dollars in COVID-19 assistance to keep Chelan and Douglas County renters in their homes.

The Community Action Council is administrating the grant, which uses funds from the federal CARES Act to pay up to three months of rent for eligible applicants. If you are facing an eviction which could leave you without a home, contact Chelan-Douglas Community Action at 662-6156, or visit cdcac.org. The rental assistance fund must be entirely spent by December 31st.

If you have a Spanish-speaking friend who needs resources on COVID-19, you could point them to a local Facebook Live program called “Un Buen Consejo,” [oon bwen con-SAY-ho] or “A Word of Wisdom.” The program goes live about 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, hosted by community advocates Jorge and Alma Chacon. Each night the couple interview a different local expert on how the coronavirus spreads, and how it’s affecting the Wenatchee Valley. You can find their past and upcoming videos group on the Facebook group, UnBuenConsejoNW.

Conflicting orders from the U.S. Postal Service and a lawsuit by the state of Washington have Wenatchee’s postal center staying status quo for now.

Mail sorting machinery at the Wenatchee office was scheduled to shut down as part of sweeping changes in the nation’s postal delivery, and local Wenatchee mail would be sorted in Spokane. On Tuesday, Postmaster Louis DeJoy said he’d suspend those changes, and three

Washington postal centers, including Wenatchee, were ordered to reconnect their sorting machines.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson launched a multi-state lawsuit against the postal changes Monday. He called the decision a positive result.

Washington lost one of its political giants today. Slade Gorton died this morning in Seattle. He was the last Republican to serve as the state’s U.S. senator, until his loss to Maria Cantwell in 2000.

Before that, he served as state attorney general, and majority leader in the state House of Representatives. He was a key supporter of the Seattle Mariners, and two lawsuits he filed as Attorney General helped keep the major-league team from being moved out of Seattle. Slade Gorton was 92.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In the battle against COVID-19, local health officials say facial masks remain the most effective tool we have. In tonight’s feature story, Dr. Malcolm Butler, health officer for the Chelan-Douglas Health District, says public compliance with local mask regulations in stores and businesses has overall been good. But on the weekends, it’s a different story. Butler explained to the local Board of Health this week. . .

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 biggest battle in Seahawks training camp is on the offensive line.  Duane Brown is a lock at left tackle and Mike Iupati is the clubhouse leader at left guard, but everything else is wide open.

Behind Brown at tackle, you have Jamarco Jones, Brandon Shell and Cedrick Ogbuehi (oh-BWAY-he).  Then there’s Jordan Simmons, Damien Lewis and Phil Haynes at guard.  And coach Pete Carroll says the battle at center will be good between Ethan Pocic, B.J. Finney and Kyle Fuller…

Shaquill Griffin is coming up on his 4th season with the Seahawks at cornerback.  He says he has really worked on a particular element of his game to improve upon this season…

Griffin is in the final year of his rookie contract.  He says he’s not worrying about what may or may not happen, but wants everyone to know he loves being in Seattle…

Seattle added some depth by signing two players yesterday…

Seattle claimed quarterback Danny Etling off of waivers from Atlanta.  Etling was a 7th round draft pick by the Patriots in 2018, spending his rookie season on New England’s practice squad.  The Seahawks also signed free-agent defensive tackle P.J. Johnson.  After being drafted in the 7th round by the Lions a year ago, Detroit cut him.  Johnson most-recently was on the Charger’s practice squad.

Despite a career-best 9-strikeout performance by Marco Gonzales, the Mariners fell to the Dodgers 2-to-1 last night…

Marco lasted 7-innings, allowing 1-run on 6-hits while striking out nine and not allowing a walk.  Manager Scott Servais said he couldn’t ask for more from his number 1 pitcher…

Seattle returns home to host the Dodgers tonight at 6:40 as Taijuan Walker faces Julio Urias at T-Mobile Park.

Also in the American League West last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

It took 11-innings, but Myles Straw’s RBI single gave Houston a walk-off 2-1 win over Colorado.

Wil Myers hit a grand slam in the first inning for San Diego and the Padres went on to beat Texas 6-to-4. 

Pablo Sandoval was 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in 3 to lead San Francisco past the Angels 8-to-2.

Luke Weaver and two relievers combined to strike out 13 as Arizona held Oakland in check 10-to-1.  Nick Ahmed was the hitting hero for the D-Backs, going 3-for-4 with a home run and 5-RBI’s.

With everybody in the A-L West losing besides Houston, the Astros were the only team to gain ground on the A’s and now trail by just 2-and-a-half games.

The largest field of Thunder Cars, or Hobby Stocks, is expected this year at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval this weekend…

So far, 19 drivers and crews have signed up to race in the Hobby Stock Challenge Saturday, presented by Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning. 

WVSO track manager Jeremy Anders is expecting more to sign up daily as we get closer to the weekend.  Anders says there will be a practice Friday afternoon at the quarter-mile track on Fancher Heights.  The oval will be hot from 5-to-8pm.

Saturday’s action gets underway with practice at 2:30. Qualifying gets underway at 5 and the order for the night will be Pro4 Trucks first 25-laps; Roadrunners; Northwest Focus Midgets; B-Mods; Pro4 Trucks second 25-laps; and then a 50-lap Thunder Car main event.

We’ll begin our LIVE coverage at 6 o’clock Saturday on NCWLIFE Channel with the Thunder Car single qualifying runs.  The heat races will follow, each of which 8-laps, and then the main events.

You can watch here on NCWLIFE on LocalTel channel 12, Charter channel 19, Northland channel 97, on-line at NCWLIFE dot com or on our Facebook page.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, today marks five years since one of the worst firefighting tragedies in North Central Washington. On August 19th, 2015, three Forest Service firefighters died and another was severely injured after being trapped in their initial attack on the Twisp River Fire.

Killed were Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski. Daniel Lyon Junior suffered severe burns and was the only surviving member of the four-person crew. Two Department of Natural Resources firefighters also were trapped in the fire and escaped with minor injuries. Numerous other firefighters also were briefly entrapped but escaped without injury.

Daniel Lyon later sued two electric utilities for not properly maintaining trees that were set ablaze by its powerlines and ignited the fire. His lawsuit was settled last January for 5-million-dollars.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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