WENATCHEE, WA – It’s time for NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson for Thursday, August 24, 2017. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— Senator Hawkins schedules a local fall listening tour, we’ll have an update on the Jolly Mountain Fire that brought smoke into the area last night and Wenatchee Valley Hospital was selected by the Health Exchange to oversee in-person assistance during upcoming enrollment this November. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
One person has died as the result of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 90 at Ryegrass today. Washington State Patrol Trooper Bryan Moore reported the accident shortly after 11 o’clock this morning when smoke from a wind-whipped brush fire along I-90 apparently caused poor visibility, which may have led to the accident. Here you see the remains of a travel trailer that was demolished in the collision in the eastbound lanes. A passenger was airlifted from the scene but reportedly died en route. The driver is in serious condition. The accident involved one semi, a truck pulling a travel trailer, a truck and a car. Traffic is slowed in both directions as fire crews continue to work the fire lines. Eastbound is especially slow through the accident scene as the State Patrol investigate its cause.
A sizeable crowd showed up for Thursday’s opening day at the NCW Fair in Waterville. The four-day ag expo is Douglas County’s opportunity to show off its agricultural heritage. Douglas County Commissioner, Dan Sutton, talked to NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair about this year’s fair. [see video here] The NCW Fair began in 1889 as the Douglas County Industrial Exposition. It was also known as the Waterville Potato Carnival. This year’s event includes the Big Bend Roundup Rodeo, Indian Relay Race and culminates with Country music star Neal McCoy in concert. It was also livestock judging day at the NCW Fair as dozens of market steers, hogs and lambs are being prepared for Saturday’s 4-H and FFA auction. Chelan 4-H member, Wyatt Dietrich is hoping for a winning bid that will help him at least break even. We also talked to Haley Vargas who’s steer, Sparkey, was judged best in his group. Haley says her steer loves Oreos, which may have enhanced his winning the Blue Ribbon. The livestock auction is set to begin Saturday at 10 am. The livestock barns were a buzz of activity during the first day of the fair with horses, chickens, rabbits, ducks and pigs just to name a few. The NCW Fair runs through Sunday, August 27th.
12th District Senator Brad Hawkins will embark on what he calls, a “listening tour” this fall.
Hawkins announced yesterday that he will visit several 12th District communities from Thursday, October 5th through the morning of October 7th to hear directly from constituents. Senator Hawkins will meet by appointment at public locations in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties. There will also be two non-appointment meeting opportunities in the Wenatchee area, the first is a stop at Pybus Public Market on October 5th and the second is a community hike up Saddle Rock on October 7th. Besides Wenatchee, Hawkins will also visit East Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Quincy, Lake Chelan and Pateros. Hawkins says he wants to make this an annual event as a way to better connect with people to listen to their thoughts and concerns. Senator Hawkins will join NCWLife’s Steve Hair in studio next week to talk more about his upcoming “listening tour”.
Yesterday’s sunset in the Wenatchee Valley had that familiar red-colored tint associated with wildfire smoke. The hazy conditions were caused by the Jolly Mountain Fire burning on US Forest Service lands in the Cle Elum area of Kittitas County. The Jolly Mountain Fire started from a lightning strike on August 11th. Officials say its burning in mostly timber in the vicinity of the West fork of the Teanaway River. At last report the fire had burned over 12-hundred acres. Several forest service roads and trailheads are closed until further notice.
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange recently announced that Wenatchee Valley Hospital has been selected to oversee in-person assistance to residents of Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties for the upcoming open enrollment period for health care. The hospital will provide free support for people signing up for healthcare coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder and will be responsible for building and managing a network of navigators who are available to guide individuals and families through the enrollment process. Ben Spradling, Media Communications Associate for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, says Wenatchee Valley Hospital was chosen because it was equipped to accommodate the support needed for the upcoming open enrollment. In part 2 of our series on Health Care tomorrow on NCWLife News, we will talk to the lead navigator for Confluence Health on how to enroll in a plan and how to determine if a current health plan is working and what might be the best options.
It doesn’t take much to get political these days and one major outdoor retailer did just that in its first ever TV ad, which aired Sunday and cost the company $700,000. Patagonia’s ad is a call to action for customers and environmentalists to defend America’s public lands during a time that US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reviews the fate of about 27 federal public land monuments. Zinke announced that he would recommend no changes for six of the monuments on the list according to the Spokesman Review. He was expected to make an announcement on the remaining monuments late today.
We’re back to another Thursday Night Hockey evening here on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight. We’re featuring the Wenatchee Wild and Chilliwack from December 30th tonight at 7 o’clock. Tomorrow at 7 it’s Eastmont football vs. Mt. Spokane. Saturday at 2 you can watch Wenatchee and Chelan volleyball followed at 7 by Wenatchee and Mt. Boucherie football. Then it’s wall-to-wall soccer on Sunday with Wenatchee and West Valley at Noon; Wenatchee and Cashmere at 2; Eastmont and Cashmere at 5 and Wenatchee and Eastmont at 7pm.
Now, if you want to see some hockey in person, this weekend is your chance! The Wenatchee Wild and new division rival Trail Smoke Eaters will place twice at the Community Rink this weekend. In fact, fans will get a little more bang for their 10-bucks! The games each night will feature four full periods of hockey, instead of the standard three periods. The British Columbia Hockey League mandates that teams may begin their organized preseason activities no sooner than Aug. 21, 2017. As a result, most, if not all teams have a good number of players battling for the 23 allotted roster spots. By splitting the games into four periods, each side will be able to include more players by refreshing the rosters after two periods. The four-period format will be utilized on both nights, tomorrow and Saturday nights, with the games starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door only for $10 General Admission.
You’ll get an early taste for high school football tomorrow night at the Apple Bowl. Wenatchee High is hosting its annual jamboree for all levels with the Freshman and JV’s starting at 4. The varsity teams will follow at 7. The half-field scrimmages will involve Wenatchee, Eastmont, Cashmere, Ephrata and Entiat’s JV. Varsity action will include Wenatchee facing Ephrata on the scoreboard end at 7 while Eastmont plays Cashmere on the Rec Park End. Then Cashmere and Ephrata will exchange ends and face the Panthers and Wildcats. No score will be kept, there will be no punts or kickoffs and the coaches will be on the field with the teams.
Taylor Motter’s 2-run single and Kyle Seager’s three-run homer gave Seattle a 5-run 8th and come from behind 9-6 win over Atlanta last night. After being shut out two nights ago, the Mariners offense showed up last night with 15-hits, including two singles and an RBI by starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez! The win could be a costly one, however, as Robinson Cano left the game after a double in the third with a pulled hamstring and Guillermo Heredia was hit in the right forearm during an at-bat in the 7th and left the game. Manager Scott Servais said his starter struggled on the mound but helped his own cause at the plate. After New York took three of four from Seattle a couple weeks ago at Safeco Field, Servais said he’d love to return the favor at Yankee Stadium this weekend. Seattle has a day off today and begins the weekend set in the Bronx tomorrow with Ariel Miranda facing CC Sabathia at 4:05pm.
In the American League Wild Card race…
NY Yankees 10, Detroit 2
Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 6
Chicago White Sox 4, Minnesota 3
Kansas City 6, Colorado 4
NY Yankees 68-57 +3.5
Minnesota 65-61 …
LA Angels 65-62 .5
Kansas City 64-61 .5
Seattle 65-63 1.0
In the American League West Tuesday…
Baltimore 8, Oakland 7 (12-innings)
Houston 6, Washington 1
Texas 7, LA Angels 5 (10-innings)
American League West Standings
Houston 77-49 …
LA Angels 65-62 12.5
Seattle 65-63 13.0
Texas 63-63 14.0
Oakland 55-72 22.5
A cold front we talked about earlier will exit north Idaho this evening with any shower activity associated with it coming to an end. We definitely experienced the wind behind the frontal boundary today as it moved through our area last night. We also saw cooler afternoon high temperatures today behind the system and that will continue into Friday. A strong area of high pressure will once again bring a heat-wave to North Central Washington over the weekend and into next week with high temperatures warming into the mid 90’s on Sunday and then mid to upper 90’s by the first part of next week. I don’t think, at least right now, that we will see 100 degree temperatures next week but Yakima and the Tri-Cities could reach the century mark.