NCWLIFE Evening News August 30

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight an update on air quality in the region, the Jolly Mountain fire swells to more than 5 thousand acres and a vehicle fire closed down I-82 yesterday. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

 

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a kayaking incident on the Wenatchee River near Plain claimed the life of a 61-year old man Tuesday afternoon. The initial 911 call to RIVERCOM dispatch was made at 1:23pm from a witness on the east bank of the river who had noticed an empty kayak floating in the middle of the river with a male subject in the water behind it. The subject in the water was described as wearing shorts with no personal floatation vest. Personnel from Chelan County Fire District #9, Cascade EMS, and the Sheriff’s Office responded. Later a member of the swift water rescue response team, using a float board, observed the missing male under about 5 feet of water. The subject was removed from the river but was declared dead after failed attempts to revive him with CPR. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time as the Sheriff’s Office and Chelan County Coroner attempt to locate next of kin out of state.

 

An interesting image from space from Tuesday afternoon of the Inland Northwest. Wildfire Smoke & Thunderstorm clouds! The top 2 smoke plumes you see originating in the east Cascades in Washington are Diamond Creek (northernmost) & Norse Peak. The other large plume at the bottom is originating from fires in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. The smoke and haze is expected to dissipate later today and we will talk more about that later on in your weather forecast.

Helicopters dropped nearly 55,000 gallons of water on the Jolly Mountain Fire and the scooper planes dropped an additional 30,000 gallons of water on the blaze. The fire has scorched over 5-thousand acres of forest land about 11 miles NW of Cle Elum. Currently, firefighters are evaluating opportunities to contain the fire at Sasse Ridge.

 

Much of the growth on the fire yesterday occurred on the western edge and on the spot fires in the southeast corner. All Forest Service lands in the upper Cle Elum Valley are closed, including all roads, trails and campgrounds north of the Last Resort Restaurant located on State Route 903. Washington Department of Natural Resources has closed lands north of the West Fork and west of North Fork of the Teanaway River.

 

A single vehicle pick-up fire on I-82 yesterday ended up torching four vehicles he was hauling and closing down the highway for an hour. Washington State Patrol reports a 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up was traveling west on I-82 seventeen miles East of Ellensburg a little after noon Tuesday when the truck started on fire.

 

The driver, 34-year old Paul Winkfield of Deer Park, then pulled over to the shoulder of the road when four vehicles he was carrying also caught on fire. The vehicle fires closed one lane of I-82 for 3 hours before the burned vehicles were removed. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident and the State Patrol says the cause of the fire was defective equipment.

Coming up, controversy continues to swirl around the name, Robert E Lee Elementary and the Wenatchee School District teams up with a community partner on a grant to help homeless students. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

Chelan County Commissioners say they are prepared for the likelihood of a legal challenge to newly adopted zoning regulations for marijuana farms and processors. The ordinance becomes law 60 days after the August 28th board action. But, Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the industry is still operating under a ban until the law takes effect . . .

 

Commissioners say they are confident the County will prevail in any litigation brought by the growers group and that court costs should not be an issue in terms of the budget.

Two separate petitions are circulating around the Wenatchee Valley regarding a name change to Robert E. Lee Elementary in East Wenatchee.

 

The name controversy is also swirling around the two candidates running for the Eastmont School Board, John Brangwin and Dave Piepel. Brangwin has already stated he supports changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary and Piepel recently released a statement saying the school’s name is not as important as what happens inside the school. As for the petition, Monday afternoon numbers show 2400 signatures against changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary to 945 for changing the school’s name.

 

Wenatchee School District is among several districts receiving more than $1.5 million in grants awarded for Homeless Student programs across the state. The grants supplement school districts’ ability to provide in-school support, prioritizing unaccompanied youth and unsheltered students and families.

 

The grants also will be used to fund caseworkers, or “homeless housing navigators,” in schools, as well as to provide essential needs, such as transportation to get students to school after they move, or assistance to avoid utilities being shut off in family homes. Wenatchee Schools, in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, will receive 72-thousand dollars. In Washington state about one public school student in 25 is homeless.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

 

Seattle wrapped up its 12-game road trip with an afternoon game today and needed a win to finish the long road trip .500 at 6-and-6.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the Mariners this afternoon at Camden Yards in Baltimore falling to the Orioles 8-7. The M’s found themselves down 2-0 early in the ballgame but in the third inning a Nelson Cruz single scored two, a Mitch Haniger double scored two more and after a Mike Zanino single Robinson Cano and Mitch Haniger scored to make it 6-2 Seattle. The Orioles answered in the fourth with two runs and another in the fifth and one more in the sixth inning to take the lead 7-6. The Mariners fought back in the eighth as Haniger homered to center to tie the game at 7-7. But, in the bottom of the eighth Oriole second baseman Jonathan Schoop hit a one out home run to give Baltimore and 8-7 lead and that’s how it ended. For the Mariners, Mitch Haniger went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s, while both Nelson Cruz and Mike Zanino went 1-4 with 2 RBI’s each. Meanwhile what a day for Orioles catcher Wellington Castillo who went 4-4 with a home run and 3 RBI’s.

 

Today’s loss drops the Mariners into 4th in the American League West and Seattle is now 3 1/2 games back of Minnesota for the 2nd Wild Card spot after the Twins beat Chicago 6-to-4 last night.

Meanwhile, Kansas City kept in the hunt by beating Tampa Bay 6-2 and the Angels kept pace by topping Oakland 8-2. In the American League West last night…

 

Texas 12, Houston 2 (played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida due to Hurricane Harvey) LA 8, Oakland 2

American League West Standings… Houston 79-52     … LA Angels      68-65     12.0 Texas            65-66     14.0

 

Thanks Eric…

The first day of school always presents challenges for both students and teachers – especially those starting school for the first time.  Two kindergarten teachers – Angie Velazquez of Kenroy Elementary and Lisa Snyder of Lee Elementary – dropped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz. . .

 

Both teachers had a message for parents of students entering kindergarten. . .

 

For kindergarten students who began their formal schooling this week, we here at the NCWLIFE channel congratulate the class of 2030.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

And now a recap of some of our top stories…

 

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a kayaking incident on the Wenatchee River near Plain claimed the life of a 61-year old man Tuesday afternoon. The initial 911 call to RIVERCOM dispatch was made at 1:23pm from a witness on the east bank of the river who had noticed an empty kayak floating in the middle of the river with a male subject in the water behind it. The subject in the water was described as wearing shorts with no personal floatation vest. Personnel from Chelan County Fire District #9, Cascade EMS, and the Sheriff’s Office responded. Later a member of the swift water rescue response team, using a float board, observed the missing male under about 5 feet of water. The subject was removed from the river but was declared dead after failed attempts to revive him with CPR. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time as the Sheriff’s Office and Chelan County Coroner attempt to locate next of kin out of state.

Chelan County Commissioners say they are prepared for the likelihood of a legal challenge to newly adopted zoning regulations for marijuana farms and processors. The ordinance becomes law 60 days after the August 28th board action. But, Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the industry is still operating under a ban until the law takes effect . . .

 

Commissioners say they are confident the County will prevail in any litigation brought by the growers group and that court costs should not be an issue in terms of the budget.

 

A single vehicle pick-up fire on I-82 yesterday ended up torching four vehicles he was hauling and closing down the highway for an hour. Washington State Patrol reports a 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up was traveling west on I-82 seventeen miles East of Ellensburg a little after noon Tuesday when the truck started on fire.

 

The driver, 34-year old Paul Winkfield of Deer Park, then pulled over to the shoulder of the road when four vehicles he was carrying also caught on fire. The vehicle fires closed one lane of I-82 for 3 hours before the burned vehicles were removed. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident and the State Patrol says the cause of the fire was defective equipment.

 

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

 

A trof of low pressure and associated cold front is passing through our area as we speak. That’s the line of clouds you see moving through the state on our satellite loop. It will remain breezy through the evening and overnight hours as the front presses through. The switch to westerly winds should bring some improvement to smoke as we cutoff contribution from Oregon fires however active burning in the Cascades will not eliminate smoke in the region completely. Afternoon highs today will be cooler than Tuesday but remain well above normal with 90s common. Winds speeds of 10-15 mph are expected tonight with gusts 15-20 mph. Stronger winds will channel down the Wenatchee RiverValley and onto the Waterville Plateau. Friday marks the beginning of another warming trend with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s and lower 90s as high pressure once again builds into the region. High pressure persists over our area into Sunday with the warmest temperatures well into the 90s and near 100 near the Washington/Oregon Border. Much above average temperatures are expected for the Labor Day weekend and into early next week.

 

Some call this challenge the toughest 2 minutes in sports but it looks like young Lucas has it handled. Check out this FireFit event out of Oshawa, Ontario last week…

 

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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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.