NCWLIFE Evening News July 17

Grant Olson has the latest NCWLIFE Evening News for Monday, July 17, 2017

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Here are a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- an update on the Canyon Creek Fire in Okanogan County, a crash near Chelan sends two to the hospital, an Ephrata man is arrested in connection to an East Wenatchee Hit and Run and the PUD seeks customer input on Fiber service. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.

Fire crews are close to corralling a large brush fire that blackened almost 12-hundred acres of brush and timber in Okanogan County over the weekend. The wind-driven Canyon Creek fire crossed SR 153 and the Methow River near Ross Road, burnt north to just past Taylor Road near Mile Post 26 and to the east. One unoccupied cabin was destroyed. Fire information officer Tracy Baker says hand crews will continue to strengthen lines which will reduce the risk of fire escape.  Baker also says the Level 3 evacuations were reduced to Level 2 this morning and Highway 153 is planned to be fully reopened later today or this evening. For those interested, there will also be a Canyon Creek fire information meeting tonight at 7.00 at the Grange Hall in Twisp.

Two people were injured Saturday after their tractor-trailer rig crashed on Highway 97-A about 8 miles South of Chelan. A State Patrol report says the driver, 24 year old Zaren Sandum of Manson, crashed into four trees after failing to negotiate a curve. He and his one year old male passenger were transported to Lake Chelan Community Hospital for treatment.

An Ephrata man was arrested Friday after he allegedly fled the scene of an injury accident in the East Wenatchee area. Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 46 year old Jose J. Melendez and his unnamed passenger in an orchard near the crash scene.  A State Patrol report says Melendez was exiting Kirby Billingsley Park onto Highway 28 when his vehicle struck a Westbound vehicle driven by a Wenatchee woman. She and her three passengers were injured and transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. Melendez was not hurt.

Chelan County PUD wants to know how satisfied you are with its fiber optic services. The Utility is conducting a survey that asks customers for their input in efforts to improve high-speed internet service and identify any possible barriers to signing up for the services. The telephone survey is conducted by Robinson Research of Spokane and should not take more than ten minutes to complete. Call the PUD at 661-4151 for more information.

Wenatchee Valley Super Oval officials report a driver who was seriously injured in race Saturday was transferred to Harborview Hospital in Seattle for treatment. The driver, identified as Jim Miller on WVSO’s Facebook page, is reported to be in a medically-induced coma according to family members. Details of the accident were not immediately available.
**CHELAN COUNTY FIRE LEVY-Chelan County Fire District One officials are hopeful voters will agree to lift the district’s property tax levy lid to help cover increased costs for services. Chief Mike Burnett explained the levy proposal earlier this Spring with NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair.

It’s the end of an era as workers over the weekend removed the letters from the former Federal Building and Post Office. LocalTel Communications purchased the property at auction and its where the company intends to relocate its main office from East Wenatchee. The City of Wenatchee is also negotiating with LocalTel to purchase part of the building for city services.

The Port of Chelan County has hired a new Director of Finance and Administration. She is Monica Lough, who brings more than 19 years of experience in accounting and management of local government finances. Lough graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining the Port, Lough was with the Cordell, Neher Co. and specialized in government consulting. Her duties at the Port will include development of port business policies, operation and budget responsibility, finance and I.T. She will also ensure that the port complies with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing port operations and records. Lough is married with three children and is an accomplished hiker and mountain climber.

In Sports

The Wenatchee AppleSox walked off with a comeback win on the road at Kelowna Sunday to complete the season-sweep of the Falcons 7-to-4.  How do you walk off with a win when you’re not the home team? How about six consecutive walks in a 7-run 8th inning off five Kelowna relief pitchers and a wild pitch! Heading into the 8th, Kelowna starter Sam Menegat had dominated Wenatchee hitters all night, pitching 7 shutout innings with nine hits and eight strikeouts. He headed for the showers and watched his bullpen squander the lead as the AppleSox brought 12 men to the plate in the eighth, scoring all 7 of Wenatchee’s runs. Meanwhile, Wenatchee’s bullpen played lockdown from the 7th inning on…LITERALLY! Steen Fredrickson struck out the side in the 7th and 8th and Connor Leedholm helped close the door in the 9th.  The Wenatchee AppleSox, Journey Travel and Tours, and Sunny FM will celebrate Hawaiian Night tomorrow night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field, and a lucky fan will take home a dream Hawaiian vacation package, including airfare, hotel, rental car, and a snorkeling and Catamaran tour. First pitch of the non-league game versus the Highline Bears is at 7:05 p.m.

Also in the WCL Sunday…

Bellingham 11, Yakima Valley 5 – Bells score 9 in first 3-innings w/homers by Chase Illig & Kody Mathews

Port Angeles 7, Corvallis 6 – Marten Powells singles home Kevin Kendall for the walk-off win in the 9th

Walla Walla 13, Bend 7 – The Sweets with a 6-run 8th to erase any chance for the Elks to come back

Cowlitz 6, Gresham 2 – Kona Quiggle with a bases-loaded single highlighted a 4-run 4th for the Bears

North Division
Wenatchee 6-3 …
Victoria 6-4 .5
Bellingham 4-5 2.0
Port Angeles 5-8 3.0
Walla Walla 3-8 4.0
Kelowna 2-10 5.5

Nelson Cruz’s solo home run in the 10th gave the Mariners a 7-6, come from behind victory over Chicago Sunday and completed a Seattle three-game sweep.  It didn’t look good early for Seattle Sunday as Chicago used two long-balls to score five runs in the first three innings and chase Mariners starter Andrew Moore. But relievers Emilio Pagan, James Pazos, Steve Cishek, Nick Vincent and Edwin Diaz held serve from there, allowing just one run on three hits with six strikeouts to give Seattle’s offense a chance to come back. Kyle Seager put a charge in the offense with a solo home run in the 4th. Then in the 5th, Danny Valencia capped a 4-run inning with a 3-run homer to tie the game at 5.  Seattle now heads to Houston to begin a three-game series with the Astros. Ariel Miranda goes up against Lance McCullers with the first pitch at 5:10.

Also in the American League West Sunday…
Houston 5, Minnesota 3
Kansas City 4, Texas 3
LA Angels 4, Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 7, Cleveland 3

AL West Standings
Houston 62-30 …
Seattle 46-47 16.5
Texas 45-46 16.5
LA Angels 46-49 17.5
Oakland 42-50 20.0

Over 50 anglers took part in the 6th Annual Wenatchee Salmon Derby Friday and Saturday between Rock Island and Wells Dams on the Columbia River. The event is sponsored by the CCA and was named in honor of former organizer Peter Flohr as a Memorial Salmon Derby. Flohr passed away last year in a traffic accident off I-5 in Oregon. Prize money was given away for the biggest fish and heaviest boat weight. Johnny Stevanjord caught the big fish of the derby weighing in at 25.21 pounds.

Next up is the 12th Annual Brewster Salmon Derby August 4th, 5th and 6th. Last year’s big fish weighted in at 26-point-06 pounds. Word has it with the first real return this year of salmon to the new hatchery in Bridgeport, there are plenty more hatchery fish available to catch so good luck. You can go to Brewster Salmon Derby dot com for more information.

In Weather

A weak ridge over Eastern Washington and North Idaho will allow for a warming trend to begin with a general dry forecast and decreased winds. The ridge continues amplifies as an area of low pressure off the coast digs in allowing a minor disturbance to rotate around the outer edges of this low. Otherwise expect slightly warmer weather.

On Wednesday another day of dry and warm weather is expected. But it looks like Thursday will be our most active weather day this week. There will be a good chance that gusty winds and low humidity will raise concerns for wildfires and there may also be a few thunderstorms along and ahead of a cold front on Thursday. The good news is our incoming
trough will not tap into monsoonal moisture which is a good thing, we don`t need lightning.

This weekend: Thursday`s low pressure system is expected to move quickly eastward. The weather for Friday into the weekend looks dry with relatively light winds.