NCWLIFE Evening News August 26, 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, We have more details on that Friday motorhome fire that blocked both lanes of travel for almost three hours on Blewett Pass. After reports of explosions on property south of Twisp early this morning, firefighters responded to find an older tractor on fire, and, Emergency crews were kept busy Saturday at the NCW Fair in Waterville with several separate incidents. . .  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

State troopers say the driver of this SUV was impaired when this vehicle plunged into Lake Chelan Friday evening. Trooper John Bryant says it happened on Highway 150 at Mile post 4 when the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to crash into the water about 60 feet from shore. The vehicle’s oil pan was sheared off when it was pulled from lake and about 7 quarts of motor oil and 5 gallons of gas was spilled. Washington DOE crews responded with a floating boom to contain the oily residue. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol unit also responded.

We have more details on that Friday motorhome fire that blocked both lanes of travel for almost three hours on Blewett Pass. The 40-foot motorhome pulling a trailer with a quad was being driven by 64-year-old Kim Michael Goodwin of Chelan when it broke down.

He pulled to the side of the Highway 97 about six miles north of the summit as it burst into flames. Goodwin was able to escape uninjured but ammunition inside the motorhome started exploding, leading to the highway closure, according to Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol.

The fire happened about 10:20 in the morning and one lane of flagged traffic was reopened about 1 in the afternoon. It wasn’t until 4:20 that both lanes were fully reopened.

After reports of explosions on property south of Twisp early this morning, firefighters responded to find an older tractor on fire. Okanogan County Fire District 6 Chief Cody Acord said the cause of the fire is unknown but crews were able to contain it to the tractor. The fire was on Beaver Pond Road shortly after 5 a.m. about three miles from Twisp.

Emergency crews were kept busy Saturday at the NCW Fair in Waterville. In one incident, a woman found that her pregnancy and a carnival ride were a bad combination.

Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance said the woman started having contractions during the ride but did manage to make it to the hospital without giving birth on the way. Also on Saturday, a horse racer was kicked in the head but insisted on getting back to racing after having his bleeding head bandaged. Also at the rodeo, a man assisting with the chutes suffered a fractured pelvis after an encounter with a bull. The fair wrapped up its four-day run yesterday.

Coming up next, It will be six or seven more weeks until the Waste Management transfer station in South Wenatchee reopens. A major new apartment complex in downtown Wenatchee receives the green light to proceed, and, Fish and Wildlife officials are warning of the invasive fish Northern Pike and what to do if you catch one.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

It will be six or seven more weeks until the Waste Management transfer station in South Wenatchee reopens. The transfer station has been closed since an Aug. 6 fire. A part needed for operating the sliding arms at the station needs to be custom-made, causing the delay, said Waste Management’s Gary Chittim. The fire was in an area housing hydraulics that operate the sliding arms, caused smoke to pour from the facility about 5:20 p.m. The cause remains under investigation. Residents can use the regional landfill in East Wenatchee or residential waste can be taken to the Dryden Transfer Station.

A major new apartment complex in downtown Wenatchee receives the green light to proceed. City Council members approved an agreement with Weidner Apartment Homes to build a five-story 225-unit housing complex including underground parking.

The property is currently a public parking lot at the corner of Kittitas and Mission Streets. The project is being developed by Weidner Apartments which also built the two apartment complexes along Riverside Drive. Weidner representative, David Avenell testified at Thursday’s public hearing. . .

The project is supported by the Wenatchee Downtown Association. Executive Director, Linda Haglund says it’s located within the Central Business zoning district and situated within a block of Link’s Columbia Station and Centennial Park. The project is getting some push back from neighboring business owners, such as Steve Stroud, over parking. . .

The Council ended the public hearing with a unanimous vote to proceed with the development agreement which requires the developer to construct adequate parking for the housing development and to provide public parking for 100 stalls through a parking lease with the City. The project is slated for construction in 2022.

Northern Pike is considered an invasive species that threaten endangered salmon. Grant County PUD reports the they have yet to be found in the Columbia River below Grand Coulee Dam, but the Utility has posted warning signs, like this one at Crescent Bar, at all its Columbia River recreation areas as a precaution.

Anglers who catch a Northern Pike, like this bruiser from Lake Roosevelt, should remove it from the river and report it to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Colville Confederated Tribes or the relevant PUD, depending on the reservoir.

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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Dr. Paul Gordon, the new superintendent of the Wenatchee School District, appeared today on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz. In tonight’s feature story, he said during his first few weeks on the job he’s enjoying Wenatchee and finding the district a good fit. . .

Gordon also talked about his proposed levy increase of 30 cents per thousand of assessed value as the district continues to deal with budget shortfalls. . .

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.

Russell Wilson finished 6-of-9 for 73-yards passing and rushed 3 times for 31-yards.  Wilson was happy with how the game went for his first team offense…

The starting offense built a 13-3 lead in the first half and rushed for nearly 200-yards in the game.  Those are lines that Coach Pete Carroll wanted to see…

Seattle will wrap up the preseason Thursday night at CenturyLink Field against the 3-and-oh Oakland Raiders.

About 30-minutes prior to Saturday’s kickoff between the Seahawks and Chargers, word came out about Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck retiring.  Coach Carroll and Russell Wilson were asked to comment following Seattle’s preseason victory…

And then came the official announcement by Luck on Sunday in Indianapolis…

Drafted number one overall in 2012, Luck took a Colts team that finished 2-and-14 in 2011 and led them to an 11-and-5 record his rookie season.  He finishes his career with 23,671 passing yard, 2,000 completions and 171 touchdowns.

The Wenatchee Wild went 1-and-2 over the weekend in BCHL Exhibition play…

Wenatchee got goals from Brian Adams, Trevor Grabriel and Hunter Hastings Friday in a 3-1 win at Chilliwack.

Langley goalie Braedon Fleming turned away all of the Wild’s shots Saturday night as the Rivermen posted a 5-0 shutout.

Then, in a high-scoring affair Sunday, Coquitlam shot past the Wild 8-5.  Scoring goals for Wenatchee were Tyler Young, Matt Dorsey, Dallas Farrell, Jack Bayless and Nicholas Chmelevski.

The Wild will wrap up the preseason this Friday at Surrey at 7 o’clock.  The regular season begins a week from Friday in Merritt against the Centennials.

We continue our fall football preview on the NCWLIFE Channel now with the Cascade Kodiaks and Coach Dom Coffin.  I met Coach at their field in Peshastin today and asked how he hopes to bounce back from a .500 season in 2018…

The Kodiaks have their quarterback returning and three All-Caribou Trail League first teamers.  We’ll hear more from Coach Coffin on his expectations tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Former Wenatchee AppleSox Marco Gonzales was stellar on the mound for the Mariners yesterday in Seattle as he and the M’s beat the Blue Jays 3-1…

Gonzales went 7-strong innings, allowing 1-run on 3-hits with 5-striketouts and 2-walks to earn his 14th win over the season.

Dylan Moore hit a solo home run and Kyle Seager drove in a run with a double.

After taking two of three from Toronto, Seattle welcomes the Bronx Bombers into town tonight for the first of three games at 7:10.

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Houston scored 7-runs in the 8th inning to run away from the Angels 11-to-2.  Josh Reddick led the way for the Astros, going 2-for-3 with 3-RBI’s.

Reynaldo Lopez and four relievers 1-hit Texas as the White Sox won 2-nothing.

Donovan Solano was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead San Francisco past Oakland in the battle of the bay 5-4.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, thanks to Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue crews for sharing this video on their Facebook page from this past weekend’s training exercise. Canine, Roland and his handler, Bob Inn, went to helicopter hoist training hosted by King County Sheriff’s Office and King County ESAR.

They report that Roland handled his first helicopter hoist experience well. This proceedure allows insertion and extraction from very remote areas.

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