WENATCHEE, WA – Grant Olson has the latest NCWLIFE Evening News for Wednesday, August 23, 2017. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—crews quickly contain a fire on Badger Mountain yesterday afternoon, Grant County Sheriff’s K9 Unit arrests two home burglary suspects near Moses Lake and the U.S. State Department issues a travel warning. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
Washington State’s largest active wildfire appears to now be under control. Crews have made considerable progress in containing the Diamond Creek Fire in the Pasayten Wilderness in Okanogan County. The human-caused fire has blackened over 30-thousand acres of timber but managers say its now over 50 percent contained. The fire is located about 12 miles North of Mazama. The blaze claimed two abandoned mining structures but no homes were damaged or are currently threatened. Godfrey says managers have targeted October 15th as the expected date for full containment although he says the process of demobilization has already started.
Fire Crews and local farmers made quick work of a small fire late yesterday afternoon on Badger Mountain near Road T-NW. A vehicle apparently caught on fire which in-turn quickly ignited a nearby wheat field. No buildings were lost in the blaze and it burned only a small amount of acreage before it was extinguished.
Two Grant County women are in jail after the Sheriff’s K-9, Edo and partner Deputy Tyson Voss helped catch them after an early morning burglary south of Moses Lake. A homeowner called 9-1-1 about 4:45 this morning reporting someone was trying to break into their home. The homeowner then reported a vehicle fleeing the scene toward Moses Lake. Deputies stopped the suspect car and identified the two occupants as 30–year-old Nadine Nicole Gerda Channell Kile and 36-year-old Delia A. Vasquez. They were released because deputies at the home thought there may be a suspect still inside. Deputies checked the home and found no suspects but they did find tire prints that matched Kile’s vehicle. The two women abandoned the vehicle into a potato field where the deputy and K-9 caught up with them and placed them into custody a short time later.
The US State Department has issued a warning for tourists traveling to Mexican resort towns such as Cabo San Lucas and Cancun. The warning comes during a spike in drug cartel-fueled violence where some of the country’s most popular regions are located. Scott Thompson with Wenatchee’s Total Travel Agency says it’s a world-wide issue that is not isolated to Mexico. He says travelers are adjusting to what appears to be the new normal.
Thompson says its prompted more interest in domestic destinations and advises travelers to foreign countries to always be aware of their surroundings and to, when possible, travel in groups when sightseeing.
Its that time of the year again for back-to-school shopping with fall classes starting up as early as next week in some districts. The fall term starts August 30th for students in the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts while classes begin August 29th in the Cascade, Cashmere, Entiat, and Chelan School Districts.
The question that has lit up social media and local opinion for over a month now, should the name Robert E. Lee Elementary School stay as it is as a reminder of our history or should it be changed because it represents suppression and intimidation. Following many public comments on the issue at Monday’s Eastmont School Board meeting, the board voted 4-to-1 to add the controversial issue as a future agenda item for the Board to consider. Garn Christensen, Eastmont School District Superintendent and spokesman for the school board, says unlike two years ago when this issue was raised, the school’s name this time has sparked much more public opinion, especially after the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. Christensen also says the school board over the next couple of meetings will make a determination when and where to put the issue on the board’s upcoming agenda.
United Soccer Coaches announced last week the 15 men and 15 women selected from over 300 applicants as the 2017-18 cohorts of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program. Launched in 2013, the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. One of those coaches was Neil Oyston, Director Of Coaching at Wenatchee FC Youth (WA State). Neil is the only coach from WA State and 1 of three from the West coast to receive the accolade.
It’s been quite a summer for returning Wenatchee Wild defenseman Slava Demin who skated on the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia, last August and now has been selected as one of 42 players who will compete in the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game set for Sept. 21 at KeyBank Center, home of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. Demin, who last season was the youngest player on the Wild roster, returns for his second season in Wenatchee with his Division I college commitment to Denver University in hand. Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler says, “Slava is a natural talent who works very hard to improve his overall game. We’re excited to see him earn these opportunities.” Demin is eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held in June at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.
Reliever David Phelps was reinstated off the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday by the Mariners, who pulled a bit of a surprise by designating outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment to open a spot on the roster. Phelps, one of Seattle’s primary non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisitions, has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a right elbow impingement.
The Mariners committed two more errors, making it six in two games in Atlanta, and the bats were silenced in a 4-nothing loss to the Braves last night. Rookie Lucas Sims worked six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits to earn his second win. Nick Markakis homered in the fourth and added a fifth-inning RBI single to support Sims on the mound. In dropping to two games back in the American League’s second Wild Card spot, the Mariners committed a pair of errors that led to their bullpen allowing a pair of unearned runs. Starting pitcher Marco Gonzalez left a runner stranded in scoring position during each of the first three innings, but then allowed a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. Seattle had a chance to get out of the 6th without allowing a run, but a double rundown went awry and Manager Scott Servais wasn’t pleased about it. Seattle and Atlanta wrap up the three game series with the rubber match today at 4:35 as Erasmo Ramirez goes up against R.A. Dickey.
In the American League Wild Card race…
NY Yankees 13, Detroit 4
Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 1
Kansas City 3, Colorado 2
NY Yankees 67-57 +2.5
Minnesota 65-60 …
LA Angels 65-61 .5
Kansas City 63-61 1.5
Seattle 64-63 2.0
In the American League West Tuesday…
Oakland 6, Baltimore 4
Washington 4, Houston 3
LA Angels 10, Texas 1
American League West Standings
Houston 76-49 …
LA Angels 65-61 11.5
Seattle 64-63 13.0
Texas 62-63 14.0
Oakland 55-71 21.5
Washington State senior guard Cody O’Connell and Washington senior linebacker Azeem Victor have been named to the Associated Press’ preseason All-America first team. O’Connell, a 6-foot-8, 354-pound senior from Wenatchee, in 2016 became the second unanimous All-American in WSU history. Victor, a 6-3, 231-pound senior from Compton, California, was a first-team all Pac-12 selection in 2016. The Huskies are preparing for its season-opener in New Jersey September 1st against Rutgers while the Cougars will host Montana State in Pullman September 2nd.
And finally, today would have been the 49th birthday of former Seattle Seahawk hall of fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. ‘Tez played 11-seasons with the Seahawks, was selected to 8 pro bowls and was selected to the 90’s All Decade team.
After reaching a high temperature yesterday of 92, another hot one expected today with temperatures in the lower 90’s. Our conditions will stay dry and we could see some locally breezy conditions especially by tonight. As we take a look at our satellite loop, notice the line of clouds along the northwestern Washington coast, that will bring strong gusty winds to North Central Washington and much cooler temperatures tomorrow. At the same time, a band of showers is moving up into Southeastern Washington and that’s where most of the shower activity will stay on Thursday. After cooler weather on Thursday and Friday, the heat will return for the weekend and especially into next week with temperatures climbing into the mid and upper 90’s.