NCWLIFE Evening News July 2, 2019

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NCWLIFE Evening News July 2, 2019

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, U.S. Highway 2 the scene of a brush fire early this (Tue) afternoon near Orondo. Firefighters in Grant County had to deal with two separate fires Monday night but managed to get both under control fairly quickly, and, a reported missing man has been found near Holden Village near Lake Chelan.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man was killed when his vehicle went off State Route 20 and about 300 feet down a steep embankment. A passerby spotted the vehicle Tuesday but it’s unclear how long it had been down the hill. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the location, about 32 miles west of Winthrop, is actually in a small portion of Chelan County that juts north. He said they believe they have identified the victim of the accident but have yet to notify his next of kin. Crews were still trying to retrieve the body and vehicle Tuesday afternoon.
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U.S. Highway 2 the scene of a brush fire early this (Tue) afternoon near Orondo. Passing motorists reported seeing a lightning strike in the area around 1:30, the time the fire started near milepost 136. Both Douglas County and Orondo fire crews responded to the fire, whipped up by 20 mph northwest wind. The fire was under control by 2:30 as crews continued to mop up the area throughout the afternoon. No homes were threatened.

Firefighters in Grant County had to deal with two separate fires Monday night but managed to get both under control fairly quickly. First, at about 6:50, there was the Cliff Fire about two miles south of Highway 243 between Beverly and Mattawa. Then, about an hour later, the Wildhorse Fire flared up about two miles east of the Vantage Bridge near Wildhorse Monument. Local fire agencies, working with federal crews, had both fires under control by 9 p.m. No evacuations were ordered and no homes were threatened by either fire. In the Cliff Fire, about 200 acres of sage brush burned, while the Wildhorse Fire burned also about 200 acres of mostly sage brush.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s office put out a missing person report for a California man who reportedly disappeared last week in the Holden Village area of Lake Chelan. Chief Jason Reinfeld confirmed this morning that the man, Scott Spencer, had been found. Friends says the Oakland, California man had been working as a cook at Holden Village and was last seen June 22nd as he was boarding a bus to go back to Lucerne. A personal friend says Spencer reportedly told co-workers that he had some personal matters he needed to take care of before he disappeared. Chief Reinfeld says the man’s family said he’s been known to “go off the grid”.
 

Coming up next, A section of South Wenatchee Avenue has been shut down after a large sinkhole developed Monday afternoon. Chelan County PUD reports record-breaking demand for electrical service, and, For the sixth month in a row, the Wenatchee Metropolitan Area unemployment rate has edged upward. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

A man was killed when his vehicle went off State Route 20 and about 300 feet down a steep embankment. A passerby spotted the vehicle Tuesday but it’s unclear how long it had been down the hill. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the location, about 32 miles west of Winthrop, is actually in a small portion of Chelan County that juts north. He said they believe they have identified the victim of the accident but have yet to notify his next of kin. Crews were still trying to retrieve the body and vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Highway 2 the scene of a brush fire early this (Tue) afternoon near Orondo. Passing motorists reported seeing a lightning strike in the area around 1:30, the time the fire started near milepost 136. Both Douglas County and Orondo fire crews responded to the fire, whipped up by 20 mph northwest wind. The fire was under control by 2:30 as crews continued to mop up the area throughout the afternoon. No homes were threatened.

Firefighters in Grant County had to deal with two separate fires Monday night but managed to get both under control fairly quickly. First, at about 6:50, there was the Cliff Fire about two miles south of Highway 243 between Beverly and Mattawa. Then, about an hour later, the Wildhorse Fire flared up about two miles east of the Vantage Bridge near Wildhorse Monument. Local fire agencies, working with federal crews, had both fires under control by 9 p.m. No evacuations were ordered and no homes were threatened by either fire. In the Cliff Fire, about 200 acres of sage brush burned, while the Wildhorse Fire burned also about 200 acres of mostly sage brush.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s office put out a missing person report for a California man who reportedly disappeared last week in the Holden Village area of Lake Chelan. Chief Jason Reinfeld confirmed this morning that the man, Scott Spencer, had been found. Friends says the Oakland, California man had been working as a cook at Holden Village and was last seen June 22nd as he was boarding a bus to go back to Lucerne. A personal friend says Spencer reportedly told co-workers that he had some personal matters he needed to take care of before he disappeared. Chief Reinfeld says the man’s family said he’s been known to “go off the grid”.

Coming up next, A section of South Wenatchee Avenue has been shut down after a large sinkhole developed Monday afternoon. Chelan County PUD reports record-breaking demand for electrical service, and, For the sixth month in a row, the Wenatchee Metropolitan Area unemployment rate has edged upward. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
 A section of South Wenatchee Avenue has been shut down after a large sinkhole developed Monday afternoon. It is believed to have been caused by rains from last week’s thunderstorm that created a washout and caused the sinkhole. The sinkhole, near Boodry Street, is about 10 feet in diameter, according to the Chelan County Public Works Department. South Wenatchee Avenue is closed after Boodry Street and before the South Wenatchee Avenue bridge. A detour route has been marked. The county said it is unclear when that portion of the roadway will reopen.

Chelan County PUD reports record-breaking demand for electrical service. Managers reported at Monday’s Commission meeting that the number of new hookups has exploded over the last decade. . .

PUD Distribution Asset Director, Chad Rissman gave an overview of the demands placed on the grid by new residential and commercial development including a new Diamond Foundary. PUD GM Steve Wright says new substations are planned to meet the demands . . .
At Monday’s meeting board members also affirmed updates to the PUD’s mission and vision. The new Mission Statement puts “enhance the quality of life in Chelan County” front and center.

For the sixth month in a row, the Wenatchee Metropolitan Area unemployment rate has edged upward. That according to the latest economic report from the State Employment Security Department for May 2019. The unemployment rate for the time period May 2018 to May 2019 rose three-tenths of a percentage point from 4-point-6 percent to 4-point-9 percent. The positive news is that year-over-year civilian labor force rates have been more robust than statewide numbers show and between the Mays of 2018 and 2019 the number of non-farm jobs in Chelan and Douglas counties rose by 800, a 1-point-7 percent upturn. The Wenatchee area labor force has expanded for the past 23 months.

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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The Wenatchee Valley TREAD, which stands for Trails Recreation Education Advocacy and Development, have been hard at work addressing the biggest priorities regarding our beautiful outdoor spaces. In tonight’s feature story, TREAD board members put this video together describing how TREAD’s mission aims to involve our community in protecting and shaping the future of trail use and development for all. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Finally tonight, according to the Chelan PUD, there’s been a big jump in the number of passenger vehicles parking in boat trailer stalls at PUD boat launches, especially at Wenatchee Riverfront Park launch behind Pybus Public Market. PUD Parks Manager Ryan Baker says the boat trailer stalls are clearly marked and there are signs posted, but the problem is growing. Baker reminds loop trail users and park visitors there is parking for passenger vehicles nearby. Passenger vehicles using boat trailer parking will get a ticket from Wenatchee Police. More than 20 vehicles were ticketed in just a few hours last Saturday. The fine is $30 dollars which goes up to $50 dollars if the fine is not paid in two weeks.

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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.