NCWLIFE Evening News August 23, 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, The Chelan County Sheriff’s office is issuing a warning about a new telephone scam making the rounds in the Wenatchee area. The Washington State Patrol will conduct a statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrols starting today and continuing through Sunday, and, The Icicle Fund has recently dispersed over $134,000 dollars in grants to 13 area nonprofits.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Blewett Pass was closed in both directions for more than two hours today after a late-morning motorhome fire. According to Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol, fire crews were able to get the fire out before it spread to nearby trees. The motorhome burst into flames about six miles north of the summit on Highway 97. There were no reports of injuries. The highway was reopened about 1:00 this afternoon, with flaggers controlling traffic.

While assisting with a domestic violence call Thursday, Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox saw a familiar vehicle drive by. The green Cadillac belonged to former Soap Lake City Councilwoman Judith Tramayne, who honked every time she passed the chief. However, she passed away last year and shortly after her death her home had been burglarized and her Cadillac stolen.

Arrested on several charges and warrants were the driver, 58-year-old Ross Willard Andrews and 21-year-old Geovannni Lopez. Cox said he called Tramayne’s daughter, who lives in California, and she just happened to be arriving in Soap Lake. The car has been returned to her.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s office is issuing a warning about a new telephone scam making the rounds in the Wenatchee area. Officials say people are receiving automated calls from different numbers saying that they are being investigated and their social security number is going to be suspended. A recorded voice tells the person that their social security number has been compromised and they need to “press 1” to speak to a real person.

In one case the scammer said the FBI was listening to the call because a stolen vehicle was found in Texas with several pounds of drugs and that the victim’s name and information was found in the vehicle, and in order to clear their name and avoid being charged they needed to send money, otherwise warrants would be issued for their arrest. The victim hung up and a call then came through showing “FBI” on the victim’s caller ID.

Please remember to never give out your financial information or your social security number to anyone over the phone.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) will conduct a statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrols starting today and continuing through Sunday. The purpose is to help troopers, roadway workers, emergency responders, and citizens stay safe and bring awareness to the “Move Over Law”. . .

The Icicle Fund, an effort to support projects and initiatives that resonate with the environmental, art and history mission of Icicle Fund, has recently dispersed $134,696 dollars in grants to 13 nonprofits.

Some of the grant award recipients include Cascade School District, the Merc Playhouse Society and Upper Valley Historical Society. Some of the highest grant amounts awarded were to Stage Kids for $30,000 dollars and Classroom in Bloom for $30,833 dollars.

The grants came through the Initiative Grants and Strategic Project Grants Program. The Icicle Fund has been quietly doling out up to $40 million to nonprofit organizations scattered in North Central Washington for twenty years.

Coming up next, You can expect to see more smoke this fall as the U.S. Forest Service begins its prescribed burning season. Wenatchee Valley Fire Fighters are teaming up to show their continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign, and, Sunday is a free day, where a discovery pass is not required to visit a Washington State Park.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

It’s been a relatively smoke-free summer due to fewer wildfires in North Central Washington. You can expect to see more smoke this fall as the U.S. Forest Service begins its prescribed burning season. Officials say over 11,000 acres are planned this year, but fewer acres may be completed if conditions are not favorable.

The scheduled prescribed burning will be conducted in Chelan, Okanogan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties. Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell some smoke each day during burning operations. Forest Fire Management officer, Rob Allen says “Every acre we burn now is one less acre burning under high-intensity, unsafe, dense smoke conditions in future summers.” Maps are available on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest Website.

Wenatchee Valley Fire Fighters L453, including members from Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County Fire District 2, are teaming up to show their continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign.

The event’s goal is to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases. Continuing a 65-year tradition, dedicated fire fighters will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorist, customers and other passersby to make a donation.

They will be at the intersection of 9th St. and Valley Mall Parkway from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. tomorrow, August 24th. Since 1954, firefighters nationwide have raised more than 650-million dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

This Sunday August 25th is the 103th birthday of the National Parks Service. To commemorate the occasion, Sunday is a free day where a discovery pass is not required to visit a Washington State Park. If you can’t make the Sunday free day, you’ve still got 3 more this year: National Public Lands day on September 28th, Veteran’s Day November 11th and the day after Thanksgiving November 29th.

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.

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The NCW Fair celebrates its 130th year all weekend at the fairgrounds in Waterville with all the traditional elements that make up a fair. . .a carnival, a rodeo, livestock, food, crafts and music. The fair runs until 9:30 tonight, 9 to 9 on Saturday, which is Kids Day, and 9 to 6 on Sunday. If you plan on visiting this weekend, Douglas County Commissioner Kyle Steinburg has a preview in tonight’s feature story. . .

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

Eastmont won the Big-9 Title a season ago by finishing 6-and-oh in league play and 9-and-3 overall.  Sunnyside was second at 5-and-1 while Wenatchee was 3rd at 4-and-2.  Wildcat Coach Michael Don say she expects those three teams to be battling again for the title this season…

Wenatchee Coach Scott Devereaux says it’s pretty cool to have two teams right across the river from each other being favored to win the Big-9.  But, with Eastmont being the defending champions, you have to put them at preseason Number 1…

We shall see how they stack up in two Friday’s from now as Wenatchee will hosts Mt. Si on the NCWLIFE Channel while Eastmont travels to Wilson in Tacoma.  We’ll follow both the Panthers and Wildcats all season here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Wenatchee Wild begins its preseason schedule tonight in Hope, B.C. against the Chilliwack Chiefs.  They’ll continue north of the border tomorrow in Langley against the Rivermen.  The’ll wrap up the weekend Sunday in Coquitlam against the Express.

The season begins for real in two weeks at Merritt and the first home game for the Wild will be September 13th against Vernon.

After a stint in the Minors, Seattle’s No. 9 prospect Justus Sheffield will be back on the mound tonight when the Mariners open a weekend series against the Blue Jays…

Sheffield was 7-and-9 in Double-A and Triple-A with a 4.13 ERA since being sent down.  He’ll face Toronto’s Trent Thornton, who is 4-and-8 with a 5.30 ERA.

Coming up Saturday, Felix Hernandez gets his long-awaited return from a shoulder problem that put him on the injured list since May 11th.

Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales will take the ball for skipper Scott Servais to wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard last night…

Alex Bregman hit a 2-run home run and Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over 7-innings to lift Houston over Detroit 6-to-3.

Yoan Moncada and James McCan hit back-to-back home runs in a 4-run third inning to lead the White Sox over the Rangers 6-to-1.  Ross Detwiler and two relievers combined to hold Texas to three hits.

Oakland scored 5 early and held on to beat the Yankees 5-3.  The A’s swept the three game series from New York to begin a rouged 9-game home stand.

The Seahawks continue training camp at the VMAC in Renton as they prepare for Game 3 of the preseason Saturday against the Chargers.  Coach Pete Carroll says rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and things are looking good…

Russell Wilson and the starting offense are expected to see quite a bit of playing time Saturday night.  Carroll says will also see Geno Smith as backup quarterback, not Paxton Lynch…

Our own Eric Granstrom is down in Los Angeles to produce the game broadcast in the Seahawks Radio Network.  Eric and Steve Raible will have a special guest in the booth tomorrow…

Actor and comedian Joel McHale will join the gang to do color commentary throughout Saturday night’s broadcast.  McHale grew up in the Seattle area, graduating from Mercer Island High School and the University of Washington.  He actually walked on as a tight end for the Huskies.  He’s gone on to host Talk Soup, starred on “Community” and was most-recently features on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.”

He took to his Twitter page to announce the news…

The Seahawks Radio Network spans 67 stations in six states and one province.

Thanks Dan.

Finally tonight, Charter College East Wenatchee recently held its graduation ceremony at the Red Lion Hotel in Wenatchee.

Wenatchee Campus President, David Barshes, welcomed the graduates and their families. He was joined on stage by Mary DeWolf, Lead Medical Assistant Instructor; Cynthia Bazan, Medical Assistant Instructor; and Marcus Bingham, Student Success Instructor.

The keynote speaker was local Dr. Glenn Hoey, a Naturopathic Doctor who provides holistic health and wellness options to the residents of the Wenatchee Valley and the surrounding areas. The student speaker was MaLinda Selby, Medical Assistant graduate and President’s Award recipient. 

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.