NCWLIFE Evening News August 8

Grant Olson has the latest from the NCWLIFE Newsroom for Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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WENATCHEE, WA – It’s time for NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – Chelan County Search and Rescue rescues an injured climber from Mount Stuart/ a Douglas County Sheriff Deputy was injured responding to a call in Orondo and the Chelan County PUD gains $40 million dollars with the addition of two new power contracts. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.

Chelan County marijuana growers opposed to new zoning rules turned out in mass for today’s public hearing. Over a hundred people turned out for the Commissioners’ public hearing but only two spoke in support for the proposed regulations. Steve Hair was there and filed a report.  See story here.

Two men were airlifted off Mount Stuart yesterday after one was seriously injured in a fall.
Chelan County Sheriff Sergeant, Kent Sisson reports 64- year old Tim Pate of Camas fell nearly 50 feet after a large rock he was leaning on dislodged and he careened over the ledge. His climbing partner, 59-year old Jim Shiller of Happy Valley, Oregon called 911 after he traversed down the slope to find Pate laying unconscious on the ground. A US Navy helicopter was deployed to the scene and airlifted Pate to Harborview Hospital with what were described as extremely serious injuries. Shiller remained on the mountain top but was unable to climb down on his own due to exhaustion. The Navy chopper was then requested a second time to hoist him off the mountain to safety. Pate reportedly remains in critical condition with head, back, neck and abdominal injuries.

Chelan County PUD’s bottom line will increase by 40-million dollars with the addition of two new power contracts.  Energy Resources managing director, Gregg Carrington told Commissioners yesterday the sales are for five years to Avangrid Renewables LLC of Portland, Ore., starting in 2019 and for 10 years to Avista Corp., based in Spokane, starting in 2021.  Each sale is for a 5-percent “slice” of power generated at Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams. The report came as staff updated board members on second-quarter results. So far for 2017 net wholesale revenue and other energy-related revenue is forecast to end the year 2.3 million dollars ahead of budget.

At a meeting in July, the Eastmont School Board approved new class configurations for its nine schools.  The new plan will have Cascade, Grant, Kenroy, Lee, Rock Island and Clovis going to kindergarten through 6th grade, Sterling Middle School will house K through 9th grade, Eastmont Junior High would go to 7,8, and 9th grade with the High School carrying 10th through 12th grade classes. Eastmont District Superintendent Garn Christensen says it really came down to a matter of space.  Christensen also says that even though the school district added classrooms just three years ago, the recent renovations still won’t be able to accommodate future enrollment projections.  The re-configuration will require the construction of 20 additional classrooms and cafeterias at four elementary schools. The plan will be put into action over the next five years.

Two weeks since the distracted driving law went into effect, how are we doing? The Washington State Patrol ran stats to see how the first week of the law differed from the week before it went into effect. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatalities in the state caused by distracted driving increased 32 percent from 2014 to 2015.
From July 16 to July 22, the week before the law went into effect trooper stopped 273 cell phone violators, gave 118 citations and 155 verbal warnings.  From Sunday July 23 to Saturday July 29, the week after the law took effect, troopers contacted 337 motorists for violating the distracted driving law with 27 citations, 4 written warnings and 306 verbal warnings. The state patrol said they are currently running a six-month ‘grace’ period, meaning they look to educate violators on the new law, not ticket them.

Did you feel the earthquake last night? A small earthquake measuring about 2.8 on the seismometer epi-centered near Waterville around 1 AM this morning. Earthquakes have been a topic of conversation in the Pacific Northwest as some anticipate a devastating earthquake in our future.

In Sports

It was much more than a baseball game played last night in Wenatchee. NCWLIFE Channel Sports Director Eric Granstrom has more… [see story here].  The Corvallis victory means an all-BC West Coast League Divisional Series featuring Kelowna and Victoria. Corvallis now heads to Yakima Valley to take on the Pippins in its Divisional Series.  Wenatchee finished the season 29-and-25 in league play, the second-best record in the WCL’s North Division behind Bellingham. Overall, the AppleSox finished the summer with a 32-and-26 record, 9-wins better than a season ago under first-year coach Kyle Krustangel. Wenatchee went from the second-worst record in 2016 to the third-best record this summer. So even though they didn’t make the playoffs, the ‘Sox can feel good about the improvements made in the Summer of 17.

As the Mariners head to Oakland for two games with the A’s, they’ll pick up a new first baseman along the way. And manager Scott Servais says the addition of Yonder Alonso, acquired from the A’s on Sunday, is another sign the Mariners have a playoff berth directly in their sights. Servais said, “Anytime you’ve got a chance to get better, you’ve got to go for it…We’ve got a chance to get in this Wild Card.” General Manager Jerry Dipoto acquired Alonso for Minor League outfielder Boog Powell. Servais said Alonso will be used in a platoon with Danny Valencia at first base.

Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez is expected to miss three to four weeks with bursitis in his right shoulder, the Mariners announced today, after the veteran right hander underwent an MRI test on Monday.

On the field, Seattle heads into the game with Oakland today a game behind Tampa Bay and Kansas City for the final Wild Card spot. The Royals (57-54) and Rays (58-55) are virtually tied behind New York (59-51) for the two Wild Card positions while Seattle is 57-56. The M’s will start Ariel Miranda tonight against Kendall Graveman with the first pitch at 7:05pm.

Only one game in the American League West last night…

Baltimore 6, LA Angels 2
Manny Machado hit a grand slam while Mike Trout tallied his 1,000th hit with a double in the 4th

American League West Standings
Houston 71-40 …
Seattle 57-56 15.0 1.0
LA Angels 55-58 17.0 3.0
Texas 53-58 18.0 4.0
Oakland 50-62 21.5

The pre-season opener for the Seattle Seahawks is Sunday in L-A against the Chargers. To get ready, the team held a modified scrimmage during Monday’s practice, giving 2,547 fans in attendance a close-up look at something at least resembling game action. The mock game consisted of the starting offense taking on the backup defense and the starting defense playing against the backup offense. The Russell Wilson-led No. 1 offense put up 17-points on six drives, including touchdown passes to Jermaine Kearse and J.D. McKissic, while the starting defense gave up just a lone field goal on six possessions. The Seahawks game against the Chargers Sunday kicks off from StubHub Center at 5pm and can be seen on Q13-FOX.

In Weather

Wildfire smoke from fires in British Columbia, Montana and Northern Washington trapped under an area of high pressure and will persist through at least Saturday. We will also continue with above normal temperatures with highs mainly in the mid to upper 90s…dry conditions are also expected for most of North Central Washington. For the first time in a long time, there will be some threat for mainly afternoon and evening mountain thunderstorms during the rest of this work week as series of small frontal systems move through the state. The threat of thunder and lightning also exists across the Cascades north of the Methow Valley and across into the Okanogan Highlands…Chances for showers and thunderstorms will increase by early next week along with a gradual cool down in temperatures as a significant weather system moves into the region from the Gulf of Alaska.