NCWLIFE Evening News August 28, 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, A Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy was shot with a hunting arrow Tuesday afternoon while responding to a mental health call. The results of the August 6th primary race for Waterville Mayor are now official following a manual recount, and, The Wenatchee School Board approved a $1.5 million dollar increase in its property tax levy last night.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Flames burst through the roof of a home in the 400 block of Norman Avenue in Cashmere about 9:30 this morning. Chelan County Fire District 6 crews were able to knock back the fire fairly quickly and stayed on scene for several hours gaining access to the attic area of the home from the roof. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the extent of the damage to the home has not yet been reported.

A Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy was shot with a hunting arrow Tuesday afternoon while responding to a mental health call about three miles north of Ellensburg. Corporal James Woody was struck in the shoulder by the arrow and was treated and released from the hospital. 41-year-old Michael Chenoweth was taken into custody after a short standoff with law enforcement. Local mental health officials had called authorities about 3 p.m., saying Chenoweth was threatening people. The Sheriff’s Department said when Woody opened the door to Chenoweth’s residence he was immediately shot with the arrow.

The results of the August 6th primary race for Waterville Mayor are now official following a manual recount of ballots conducted earlier this morning. Jill Daling-Thompson was the top vote getter but only one vote separated Loyd Smith and Charles Driver for the second slot on the November ballot. Today’s recount didn’t change the original outcome. Smith proceeds to the general election with a 124 to 123 vote. Waterville voters are electing a new mayor for the first time in two decades after the retirement of Royal Devaney.

The Wenatchee School Board approved a $1.5 million increase in its property tax levy Tuesday evening. The district, which has had budget shortfalls since the state Legislature changed the state’s school funding formula, had been considering a 30-cents per thousand of assessed value increase. Instead, the board opted for a flat dollar figure. The $1.5 million will be collected over the next two years. That will mean anything from a 23 cent per thousand of valuation increase, up to 30 cents, depending on assessed values of property in the district. Even with the levy increase, the district is expecting a $514,000 deficit for the 2020-21 school year.

Coming up next, Stemilt Growers president West Mathison was named the 2019 Apple Man of the Year at an industry meeting in Chicago last week. They’re still cleaning up the debris left behind from a July 2nd rainstorm that briefly closed South Lakeshore Road on Lake Chelan. Get ready for traffic delays over U.S. 2 Stevens Pass this week as DOT contractor crews begin work clearing snow avalanche chutes West of the summit, and, A Chelan County Fire District Firefighter is busy this week helping fight a wildfire in Alaska. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Stemilt Growers president West Mathison was named the 2019 Apple Man of the Year at an industry meeting in Chicago last week. Mathison, president of the family business since 2005, was recognized for his innovative approach and commitment to the apple industry.

The award is given annually by The Packer, an industry trade publication. West Mathison’s late father, Tom Mathison, was Apple Man of the Year 23 years ago.

Mathison was praised for introducing new apples to the market such as Pinata, SweeTango and Rave. The company’s on-site health clinic for its workers also was recognized.

They’re still cleaning up the debris left behind from a July 2nd rainstorm that briefly closed South Lakeshore Road on Lake Chelan.

Chelan County Public Works announced Tuesday it has awarded a $130,000 bid to Batchelor Excavation of Manson to remove the remaining 8,500 cubic yards of

dirt, rock and debris that filled an upper and lower channel at the Slide Ridge site.

County crews have already removed about 3,400 cubic yards of material.  A 72-inch culvert under the roadway also will be cleaned and reopened.

Get ready for traffic delays over U.S. 2 Stevens Pass this week as DOT contractor crews begin work clearing snow avalanche chutes West of the summit. DOT officials say crews will be using explosives to build a berm to deflect snow slides away from the highway near Tunnel Creek.

The scheduled dates for this work are Thursday, Aug. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 3. Officials say the blasting work will occur during the daytime hours off the roadway and will require traffic to be stopped for up to one half hour just past milepost 59, east of the junction with Old Cascade Highway and westbound traffic will be stopped at the summit of Stevens Pass.

Chelan County Fire District 1 battalion chief Cary Neu is busy this week helping fight a wildfire in Alaska.

Neu is with a Type 3 Incident Command Team fighting the Deshka Landing Fire north of Wasilla. That fire, one of many large wildfires in Alaska this summer, has burned about 1,400 acres and burned within a half mile of numerous lake cabins. The fire is about 40 percent contained.

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 tonight’s feature story, Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt brings us a segment from this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine on the Alatheia Riding Center in Wenatchee where disabled people of all ages come to simply enjoy horseback riding. . .

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.

Our Fall Football Preview continues on the NCWLIFE Channel as we focus in on the Caribou Trail League this week.  Cashmere’s Bryan Bremer says one of his biggest challenges this season will be replacing players on defense…

Bremer says he’s very confident in the abilities of junior quarterback Sam Phillips…

We asked Cascade Coach Dom Coffin and Coach Bremer to stack the Caribou Trail League this season and what team they think is the favorite…

The High School football season begins a week from Friday…

We’ll have a complete preview including the entire interviews with Coffin, Bremer as well as Eastmont Coach Michael Don and Wenatchee Coach Scott Devereaux next Thursday at 7 o’clock here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Then, tune in Friday, September 6th for the Wenatchee Panthers and Mount Si Wildcats LIVE on your home for local sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Seahawks are busily preparing for their last preseason game Thursday prior to having to pare down the roster from 90 to 53 by the end of the weekend.  For Coach Pete Carroll, this game is very important for the younger players…

Seattle waived receiver Amara Darboh Tuesday and placed defensive tackle Naz (nawz) Jones and cornerback Kalan (kay-lun) Reed on injured reserve.  The team also brought in receivers Nyqwan Murray and Kahlil Lewis. Coach Carroll says this is a chance for players to either make Seattle’s roster, or get picked up by another team…

Seattle and Oakland kick off tomorrow night at CenturyLink Field at 7 o’clock.  The final roster cuts have to be made by August 31st.

Yusei Kikuchi gave up 5-runs in two swings of the bat for New York as Seattle fell to the Yankees 7-nothing last night at T-Mobile Park…

Aaron Judge hit a 2-run homer of Kikuchi in the 1st inning and Brett Gardner hit a 3-run shot in the 3rd.  Kikuchi last just 4-innings, allowing 5-runs on 8-hits with 1-strikeout and 3-walks.

Masahiro Tanaka, meanwhile, kept Mariner bats at bey, going 7-innings to get the victory, allowing no-run on 3-hits with 7-strikeouts and one walk.

We’ll have a wrap up of the three game series with today’s results tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Yordan Alvarez was 3-for-4 with 2-home runs and 4-RBI’s to lead Houston in a route of Tampa Bay 15-to-1.

Oakland’s Mike Fiers improved to 13-and-3, holding Kansas City to 1-run on 8-hits over 5-and-a-third innings as the A’s beat the Royals 2-to-1.

Kole Calhoun’s 2-run double highlighted a 4-run 7th for the Angels as Los Angeles topped Texas 5-2.  Mike Trout added an insurance run in the 8th with his 43rd home run of the season.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, it was a case of instant karma for a suspected burglar in Kennewick last weekend.

Kennewick police say the owner of the 1992 red pickup in the background was burglarizing a nearby business when a man on a bike rode by, saw the keys to the truck on the seat, threw his bicycle in the bed and raced off just as the suspected burglar was returning. The victim called police, who soon figured out what he’d been up to and also that he had an outstanding warrant. The truck thief is still being sought while the truck’s owner sits in a jail cell.

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.