NCWLIFE Evening News August 30, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson and Sports Update with Eric Granstrom.

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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 Army Times reports U.S. Army Ranger from Leavenworth who died in battle last year in Afghanistan was killed by friendly fire. Because of a recent sewage leak, Moses Lake residents are being asked to not go in the lake or use the water for irrigation for the next 6 days, and, Hotter and drier conditions combined with low humidity have given new life to remote wildfires in North Central Washington.
But first, we begin tonight. . .


Rock Slide -Highway 97A near Knapps Tunnel was closed for about an hour this morning after a rock slide. The slide, shortly after 7 this morning, backed up traffic at one of the busiest times of the day in both directions before Washington Department of Transportation crews could get the rocks cleared. The slide was about eight miles north of Entiat.


Leavenworth Soldier Death -The U.S. Army Ranger from Leavenworth who died in battle last year in Afghanistan was killed by friendly fire, the Army Times has reported. Sergeant Leandro Jasso was shot during a special operation in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan last November at age 25. An Army investigation determined he was shot accidently by a soldier with an Afghan combat unit. About an hour earlier Jasso breached a small building and exchanged fire with five heavily barricaded al-Qaida fighters in close combat, Army Times reported. Two of the enemy fighters were killed inside and the three others were gunned down outside as they tried to escape. Jasso was breaching another building when he was shot by the Afghan soldier. The Cascade High School graduate enlisted in the Army in 2012 and was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.


Moses Lake Sewage -A seven-day no-contact advisory has been issued for areas of Moses Lake where sewage spilled into the lake Wednesday night. The Grant County Health District advisory means the public should not swim, fish or have contact with the water in the affected area. The spill is in the Knolls Vista area. A leaking sewage pipe was first reported at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday by a resident in the 300 block of Northshore Drive. City employees reported finding a baseball-sized hole in the side of the older pipe and had it capped by 11:30 p.m. It is the second time in the past two years that pipe has been repaired. No estimate has been given of how much sewage spilled into the lake but the no-contact area extends all the way to Blue Heron Park. But, organizers say a boat parade scheduled for the lake Saturday will still go on as planned.


Remote Wildfires -Hotter and drier conditions combined with low humidity have given new life remote wildfires in North Central Washington. The South Fork Creek Fire about 14 miles northwest of Leavenworth in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness grew about 40 acres Wednesday after mostly smoldering since first being spotted July 23rd. The Forest Service says that fire has burned about 180 acres in total and is QUOTE, being managed to play its natural role in the environment UNQUOTE. Also kicking up this week was the Devore Creek Fire about three miles southwest of Stehekin. But it has moved up a drainage, away from Stehekin, this week and remains within boundaries established by firefighters. Overall that fire has burned about 550 acres. A reconnaissance flight is planned today to assess both fires.


TComing up next, A bat-killing disease has made its way east of the Cascades for the very first time. The Community Foundation of NCW recently announced its awarded 307 scholarships to 200 students across our area, and, Douglas County PUD Commissioners this week signed off on the completion of the new Conklin Landing RV Park in Bridgeport. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Bat Disease -A bat-killing disease has made its way east of the Cascades for the first time according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. A property owner near Cle Elum turned in four dead bats to WDFW this spring that were sent to Wisconsin for testing. All four tested positive for white-nose syndrome. White-nose syndrome is often fatal to hibernating bats but does not affect humans, livestock or other wildlife. Thirty-four bats have tested positive for the disease in Washington since 2016 when it was first detected in King County near North Bend.


Foundation Scholarships -The Community Foundation of NCW recently announced its awarded 307 scholarships to 200 students across the region. They say the over 600-thousand dollars ($666,040) awarded is an all-time record disbursement for the foundation. The Wenatchee non-profit manages over 100 local privately sponsored scholarships. Officials say each is unique, as the criteria is set by the donor. This year, over 3,000 applications were received. Since 2003, over $5 million in scholarships from the foundation have been awarded, and annual disbursements continue to grow each year according to Foundation Executive Director, Beth Stipe. Stipe says the foundation is able to continue disbursing the scholarships forever and the awards grow over time.


Conklin Landing RV Park Opens -Douglas County PUD Commissioners this week signed off on the completion of the new Conklin Landing RV Park in Bridgeport. The new riverside facility is now open for business and reservations can be made on the City of Bridgeport website. The park’s development was a joint project between Douglas PUD and the City of Bridgeport. It includes 17 full hook up RV sites, full service bathhouse and restroom adjacent to the recently added double lane boat launch into the Columbia River.
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. . .
Wolf Meetings Cancelled -The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is canceling a series of grey wolf public planning meetings due to threats of violence. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports the open houses are being rescheduled as online interactive webinars this September and October. . .
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.


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Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .


Moses Lake Sewage -A seven-day no-contact advisory has been issued for areas of Moses Lake where sewage spilled into the lake Wednesday night. The Grant County Health District advisory means the public should not swim, fish or have contact with the water in the affected area. The spill is in the Knolls Vista area. A leaking sewage pipe was first reported at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday by a resident in the 300 block of Northshore Drive. City employees reported finding a baseball-sized hole in the side of the older pipe and had it capped by 11:30 p.m. It is the second time in the past two years that pipe has been repaired. No estimate has been given of how much sewage spilled into the lake but the no-contact area extends all the way to Blue Heron Park. But, organizers say a boat parade scheduled for the lake Saturday will still go on as planned.


Crunch Pak-Sponge Bob -Finally tonight, just in time for back-to-school lunches and snacks, Crunch Pak®, the sliced fruit specialist, is partnering with Nickelodeon to create packages featuring SpongeBob SquarePants characters. The four-ounce snack packs, bundled eight to a package, will feature SpongeBob, Gary, Patrick, Sandy and Squidward and will be initially sold at Costco stores in the Northeast United States before rolling out nationwide.

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