NCWLIFE Evening News July 13th, 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, We will have an update on the large fire burning near Mansfield. An East Wenatchee woman is dead after a Saturday night highway crash near the town of Monroe. Two homes in South Wenatchee were briefly evacuated Sunday evening during a grass and debris fire, and, a Leavenworth man injured in a hiking accident in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area was forced to spend the night before being rescued over the weekend.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A brush fire this afternoon threatened homes as it burned across the western base of Sunnyslope in Wenatchee.

After first being reported just after noon, the fire had already burned 150 hillside acres by 2:30 p.m. Level 2 evacuation notices were ordered for the west side of Easy Street from American Fruit Road to the 2100 block of East Street, and all of Sunset Drive. Level 2 indicates there is a high probability of a need to evacuate. Level 1 notices have been issued for most of the rest of the area. Because of the fire, Easy Street was closed from Iroquois Lane near Monitor to American Fruit Road. Multiple firefighting agencies have responded and aerial crews, both fixed wing and helicopter, are assisting in the firefighting.

As of this afternoon, the Road 11 Fire is 25-percentpercent contained, after menacing the town of Mansfield throughout the weekend. Things around the fire perimeter are starting to return to normal.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies reopened McNeil Canyon Road and Highway 172, which were closed throughout the weekend to make room for fire vehicles. The Type 3 incident team in charge of the fire response spent the day hardening their fire lines. A number of outbuildings were lost and a home was damaged by the 10,000-acre blaze which is expected to be fully contained by Wednesday. We’ll have full coverage and interviews with those on the scene, ahead in our broadcast.

An East Wenatchee woman is dead after a Saturday night highway crash near the town of Monroe. The Washington State Patrol says 35 year old Katherine Zacharia was killed after her 2013 Subaru Impreza crossed the centerline about 10:15 p.m. on Highway 522 near the junction with Highway 2.

She was traveling westbound and struck an eastbound Mazda CX5. Zacharia was pronounced dead at the scene; she was the sole occupant of her vehicle. All three occupants of the Mazda, including a four-year-old child, were treated for injuries at Providence Medical in Everett. Trooper Anthony Reese with the State Patrol says the cause of the crash, including whether drugs or alcohol were involved, remains under investigation.

Two homes in South Wenatchee were briefly evacuated Sunday evening during a grass and debris fire.

Chelan County Fire District 1 public information officer Kay McKellar said the fire at Chapman Road and Beuzer Street was reported by numerous people at 10:23 p.m. Law enforcement went door-to-door in the neighborhood advising residents of the fire. The fire scorched about a half-acre before it ran into an area that was already burned in another fire about a month ago, McKellar said.The fire was under control at 11 p.m. but fire crews remained on the scene until about 2 a.m.

A Leavenworth man injured in a hiking accident in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area was forced to spend the night before being rescued over the weekend.

22-year-old Tristan Parrish was hiking with his father, his brother and a friend along a steep slope east of the Crystal Creek drainage around noon on Saturday when he slipped and fell about 50 feet. He suffered injuries to his head, knee and ankles in the fall. The lack of cell service in the area prompted two of the hikers down to the Ingalls Creek trailhead to call for help while Parrish’s father stayed with Parrish.

A search and rescue helicopter was deployed but was unable to locate Parrish while the Chelan County Mountain Rescue Team began hiking up the drainage before halting for the night due to darkness. The team eventually reached Parrish and his father at 8:30 on Sunday morning and contacted a Navy helicopter who airlifted the stranded party to Pangborn Memorial Airport shortly before noon. Parrish was then transported to Central Washington Hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

Coming up next, Four members of the Washington National Guard jumped into action Saturday when they came on a motorcycle accident on Interstate 90 near Vantage. An alternate route to relieve North Wenatchee traffic has failed for a third time to attract the federal funding it needs. The Chelan County PUD began work today on a paving project in Walla Walla Point Park that will mean a different route out of the park and some short detours on the Apple Capital Loop Trail, and, The state says too many people are killing beneficial bees in recent weeks thinking they’re murder hornets. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Four members of the Washington National Guard jumped into action Saturday when they came on a motorcycle accident on Interstate 90 near Vantage.

According to the Guard, the accident had just happened about 3:30 p.m. when the guardsmen saw the injured motorcyclist laying in the left-hand westbound lane of the freeway and the motorcycle in the roadway. Private August Johnson and Private First Class Zierryeme Tagbas and an off-duty first responder gave first aid to the motorcyclist while Sergeant Grant Angle and Private First Class Chase Flanigan directed traffic.

The four removed the motorcyclist from the freeway and cleared up most of the debris before the Washington State Patrol arrived. The motorcyclist was taken to the

hospital with a possible wrist fracture. The State Patrol said he was approaching the Vantage Bridge when he lost control on a curve.

An alternate route to relieve North Wenatchee traffic has failed for a third time to attract the federal funding it needs.

The city of Wenatchee applied this year for more than $122 million toward the Confluence Parkway project, but was turned down this month. The plan includes a north-south bypass route running parallel to North Wenatchee Avenue, as well as a second bridge across the Wenatchee River.

The project remains a big part of Wenatchee’s 20-year transportation plan, and officials say they’ll try to for different source of funding in the next grant cycle.

The Chelan County PUD began work today on a paving project in Walla Walla Point Park that will mean a different route out of the park and some short detours on the Apple Capital Loop Trail.

While the exit route from the park is repaved the entrance roadway will become a two-way drive. That work is expected to continue through Thursday. Repaving on the trail itself was expected to wrap up today. Signs have been posted alerting drivers and trail users to the work.

The state says too many people are killing beneficial bees in recent weeks thinking they’re murder hornets. The state Department of Agriculture said today they’re received hundreds of reports of Asian Giant Hornets from throughout the state but of all the samples they’ve received only two were the so-called murder hornets. And those came from the Bellingham area.

Instead, people are most often killing bumble bees, which are important pollinators. Bumblebees have dense hair while Asian giant hornets have no hair.

In addition, yellowjackets are being mistaken for the murder hornets. Yellowjackets are beneficial for pest control and, of course, have yellow markings. Murder hornets have orange markings.

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. . .

The Road 11 Fire threatening Mansfield went from 2,000 acres to 10,000 acres on Saturday afternoon alone. It’s now the focus of a state mobilization, with fire resources from outside the area attacking the fast-moving blaze. In tonight’s feature story, our cameras visited Mansfield on Sunday to talk to the fire managers. Here’s what they had to tell us. . .

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.

Saturday proved to be another windy night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval for racers and our crews broadcasting our second-ever race.  Even though no fans could attend the race, there was plenty to cheer about with six classes of racing packed into one night. 

Greg Rentz joined Grant Olson for the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Let’s go over the results once again, in case you missed it…

In the Dwarf Car Main Event, Lake Stevens’ Jeff Mueller finished first with Tylor Howard second and Greg Scott 3rd.

Auburn’s Ken Kaltschmidt was able to hold off teammate Vince Conwell of Renton for the checkered flag in the Northwest Vintage Modifieds Main Event.  George Chambers took third.

In the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners Main Event, Wenatchee’s Brandon Knouf was the winner, followed by Jay Evens and Cameron Doyle.

Seth Frazier posted back-to-back wins at WVSO in the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Car Main Event.  Terry Osborn took second with Mike Sims 3rd to make it an all-East Wenatchee finish line.

14-year old Haley Constance grabbed the checkered flag in the first-ever running of the Mountain Dew Junior Late Models at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  The Snohomish driver was able to hold off Okanogan’s Evan Goetz and Kennewick’s Kaidyn Moran at the finish line.

And in the grand finale, it was Quincy’s Glen Kuntson continuing his winning ways in the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models by winning his 6th consecutive racing dating back to July of last year.  Spokane’s Haeden Plybon took second and Michael Knutson of Quincy was 3rd.

This does not conclude our coverage of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  OH NO!  We have one more race to go coming up this Saturday with Legends Thunder and more.

Racing will feature the Economy Midgets – Northwest Focus Midget Series; the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods; the Bandoleros; and the Tri-State Legends.  The Action will get underway at 6 Saturday night LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, contests to win a free truck are pretty common around NCW, but usually the trucks have engines in them. This one, on property owned by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, is an exception. The truck lies abandoned on trust property near the White River, and managers say it’s free to whoever might have a use for it, the land trust just wants it out of the way. Email David Morgan at david@cdlandtrust.org, or call 516-580-3537 to make arrangements. The land trust says it’s a great opportunity for anyone who likes to restore old vehicles, or can use the parts for some other creative project.

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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.