NCWLIFE Evening News August 4th, 2020

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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 quick response by firefighters prevented a fire along railroad tracks near Coles Corner from spreading yesterday afternoon. Authorities believe a Malaga man intentionally set the 3,000-acre Colockum Fire to avoid arrest for a dispute over real estate, and, A falling boulder damaged the headworks of the Icicle irrigation canal on Sunday, reducing waterflow to more than 3,000 customers in the Upper Wenatchee Valley.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 55-year-old Kennewick man was killed late Monday morning when he slid his Harley Davidson motorcycle into the trailer of a potato truck then was hit by a semi north of Warden in Grant County.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said James Boles was riding his 1999 Harley southbound on Road U Southeast about 11:20 a.m. when he came upon the slow-moving potato truck and trailer. He laid down his motorcycle and struck the left rear wheel of the trailer, ejecting him from the motorcycle and into the path of a 2007 Freightliner.

The driver of the potato truck, 38-year-old Oscar Cisneros of Mexico was unaware of the accident and continued on but returned to the scene when notified. The sheriff’s office said excessive speed contributed to the accident, which happened about a mile and a half from Interstate 90.

A quick response by firefighters prevented a fire along railroad tracks near Coles Corner from spreading yesterday afternoon.

Shortly after noon, Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, the state Department of Natural Resources and Forest Service crews responded to the fire. Lake Wenatchee firefighters said by getting on it early, they were able to prevent it from spreading up hill in the heavily forested area.

Authorities believe a Malaga man intentionally set the 3,000-acre Colockum Fire to avoid arrest for a dispute over real estate. 29-year-old Wade Ryan Hawkins is jailed and faces a possible charge of arson in the blaze, which broke out July 24th.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say on that day they were called to the area of Colockum Road on a report that Hawkins was trespassing on property there which he’d sold to another man, but refused to vacate. But while police were on their way, the Colockum Fire erupted near the intersection with Kingsbury Road.

Deputies say eyewitnesses put Hawkins in the area at the time, and say he may have set the fire as a distraction while he fled to Wenatchee. Hawkins’ girlfriend, Kristen Bree Horner, was allegedly traveling with him at the time, and also faces charges in the matter.

A falling boulder damaged the headworks of the Icicle irrigation canal on Sunday, reducing waterflow to more than 3,000 customers in the Upper Wenatchee Valley. Managers with the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District said the rock cracked the concrete ditch and forced a temporary shutdown, until the boulder could be dynamited and the walls of the canal fixed with new cement. The district draws water from the high alpine lakes to supply orchardists in the Leavenworth, Peshastin and Dryden areas. The canal network should begin to flow at full pressure beginning tomorrow.

Coming up next, There’s a moratorium on evictions in the state of Washington at least through October 15th, but about 17 percent of Washingtonians missed their rent payments last month. A section of Icicle Road near Leavenworth will be reduced to one lane on weekdays near the Snow Lakes Trailhead beginning Wednesday and lasting until September 9th, and, About 70 small businesses in Northcentral Washington have received Working Washington grants, financial aid flowing from the national CARES Act to help preserve jobs amid the pandemic. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

There’ a moratorium on evictions in the state of Washington at least through October 15th, but about 17 percent of Washingtonians missed their rent payments last month. Some CARES Act rent assistance money is on the way to help renters in a crisis. Oliver Crane, housing programs coordinator for the city of Wenatchee, said Chelan and Douglas counties have applied for and expect to receive approximately $1.2 million dollars. The program aims to prevent evictions by paying up to three months of past due, current and future rent for eligible participants. Rent assistance is limited to three months, and the program will end on December 31st.

A section of Icicle Road near Leavenworth will be reduced to one lane on weekdays near the Snow Lakes Trailhead beginning Wednesday and lasting until Sept. 9th.

The City of Leavenworth, Icicle Peshastin Irrigation District and Trout Unlimited are installing a new water mainline, a fish screen at the city’s water supply diversion and making fish passage improvements along Icicle Creek. Traffic between mile 4.7 and 4.9 will be limited to one lane on weekdays with flaggers controlling traffic. The projects are designed to improve city water supply and enhance fish recovery.

About 70 small businesses in Northcentral Washington have received Working Washington grants, financial aid flowing from the national CARES Act to help preserve jobs amid the pandemic. In the latest round of grants awarded through the state Commerce Department, businesses with up to 10 employees in 13 counties received a total of more than $286,000 dollars, to cover costs including rent, utility bills, supplies, inventory and other operating expenses. Another round of funding is expected soon. Commerce expects to eventually disburse more than $9.7 million dollars to 1,500 small employers statewide.

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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Thirteen people have died from COVID-19 in the Wenatchee Valley. That’s 13 families left to mourn their loved ones.

Dawn Nichols of East Wenatchee was the 10th person claimed by the virus in Chelan and Douglas Counties when she died July 15th, at the age of 59. She was a home care nursing assistant who worked with disabled clients around the valley. Her children recently spoke with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins about her life, and the experience of losing someone to the pandemic. 

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.

The Mariners losing streak has reached 3-games after being shelled by Oakland last night 11-to-1…

Seattle got the early lead thanks to the hot-hitting Kyle Seager.  With a man at second 2-outs in the bottom of the third, Seager took an oh-one pitch down the right field line…

Seattle starting pitcher Justus Sheffield was in command through four innings, but then came the 5th.  The A’s plated 8-runs in the frame, chasing Sheffield from the game and taking three out of four at T-Mobile Park.

Manager Scott Servais said this is a game you flush and get ready for the next one…

Kyle Seager was the lone bright spot for Seattle, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.  Kyle Lewis’ 10-game hitting streak to start the season came to a halt as he went oh-for-4.

The Mariners continue their 20-game stretch to start the season with the Angels in town tonight at 7:10. Justin

Oakland at Seattle was the only game in the American League West last night.  The A’s are a half-game in front of Houston while the Mariners are now 2-and-a-half games back.

“Training camp” for the Seahawks, and we’ll put that in air-quotes, continues at the V-Mac in Renton.  After a week of quarantine, Seattle begins the second week of camp at a slow pace.  It’s something coach Pete Carroll says has to happen to keep everyone safe…

The Seahawks are one of few teams who came out of quarantine COVID-free.  Carroll says that’s a testament to the leadership on the club…

Carroll says the ramp-up of camp won’t see any actual football drills on the field until next Friday.  With the NFL cancelling all preseason games, Carroll says they’ll have a couple game-like days at CenturyLink Field to help evaluate young players.

We’ll have more with Coach Carroll throughout the week as training camp continues for the Seahawks.

We’re back to racing Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

Drivers and teams are busily signing up for five classifications on the high-banked, quarter-mile asphalt track in East Wenatchee.  NCWLIFE will be there again with cameras rolling to capture the action of the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models; Mountain Dew Jr. Late Models; Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and Bandoleros.

Eric Granstrom will be joined by Greg Rentz for all the cation beginning Saturday night at 6 right here on your LOCAL TV station, NCWLIFE Channel.

By the way, there will be a practice night Friday night at WVSO.  Again, because of COVID restrictions and Douglas County’s hold at 1.5 on the Safe Start phasing, no fans will be allowed this weekend.

Thanks Eric.

A reminder before we leave you tonight, today is primary election day and if you haven’t already mailed your ballot your options for voting are dwindling.

But, you still can take your ballot to one of several drop boxes in your county, or take it directly to the county elections office. However, you must do so before 8 tonight to get it counted. We’ll have results posted tonight on the NCWLIFE website and coverage tomorrow on Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley and the right here on the evening news.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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.