NCWLIFE Evening News July 21st, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The Cedar Creek fire west of Mazama is now 14 days old and continues to burn heavy timber on rocky, steep terrain./ The 12,000-acre Red Apple Fire is officially in mop-up mode, and, Grant County has confirmed its first detection this year of a mosquito infected with the West Nile virus.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

COVID-19 infections rates in the Wenatchee Valley are back in triple digits, after months below 100. The Chelan-Douglas Health District says in the past two weeks, 136 new cases have been detected in the two counties, meaning the rate of new infections is 110 for every 100,000 people in the population.

Ninety people in the two counties have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including one new death determined to be COVID-related in July. This week, the health district says nine people are hospitalized with the virus. Administrator Luke Davies told the local board of health this week the district is working toward the state and national goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the eligible population, but that goal is still thousands of shots away. . .

The Cedar Creek fire west of Mazama is now 14 days old and continues to burn heavy timber on rocky, steep terrain. The heavy smoke yesterday prevented the use of air drops until late in the afternoon.

By last night, the fire moved south along Sandy Butte Ridge and most of the firefighting efforts were concentrated on protecting homes and structures in that area. Level 3 evacuation notices continue on the south side of Highway 20 and Level 2 evacuations remain in place on the north side of Highway 20, including the town of Mazama. 

As of this morning, the fire has consumed 8,443 acres and is 11% contained. The nearby Delancy fire, now at 180 acres, continues to smolder and is not being actively fought due to the terrain and lack of firefighting resources.

The 12,000-acre Red Apple Fire is officially in mop-up mode. The California-based Type 1 team that’s been managing the fire since Friday rotated out last night, leaving it in the hands of local fire agencies. The fire scorched much of Burch Mountain north of Wenatchee after it began July 13th, and at one time a thousand homes were under evacuation notices. The Type 1 team gave this final update last night. . .

Grant County has confirmed its first detection this year of a mosquito infected with the West Nile virus. The Grant County Health District said today the mosquito sample that tested positive was collected last week. It is the seventh detection of the virus statewide. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of a mosquito, though the risks are considered low.

Last year, two Washington residents tested positive for the virus, one in Benton County and the other in Yakima County. Only about 1 in 5 people infected with West Nile virus have mild symptoms such as a fever, headaches and body aches. About 1 in 150 infected people experience more severe symptoms.

Coming up next, After the state Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday it was closing access to all its recreational lands in Eastern Washington because of extreme fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service said its lands will remain open./ Traffic is likely to be delayed on Highway 243 through Thursday as the Grant County PUD moves 12 bulkheads from Wanapum Dam to Priest Rapid Dam, and, A new restaurant called The Huck @ Pybus will take over the space formerly occupied by Pybus Bistro at the Wenatchee market. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

After the state Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday it was closing access to all its recreational lands in Eastern Washington because of extreme fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service said its lands will remain open.

But the Forest Service warned that the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remains in Stage 2 fire restrictions, meaning all wood, wood stove, charcoal briquette and open flame fires are prohibited, including in campgrounds.

Also Tuesday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it was closing overnight access to its wildlife areas in Eastern Washington, including water access.

As of Friday, those areas will be day use only. Access to some Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife areas has already been closed off because of active fires in the area.

Traffic is likely to be delayed on Highway 243 through Thursday as the Grant County PUD moves 12 bulkheads from Wanapum Dam to Priest Rapid Dam.

The Washington State Patrol began escorting the semis on their 18-mile journey Tuesday. The bulkheads are used to help de-water a dam’s turbine generating unit for maintenance or upgrades and are dropped into place by cranes. The PUD said it is unable to do the work at night, so the large, slow-moving loads are likely to tie up traffic on the highway.

A new restaurant called The Huck @ Pybus will take over the space formerly occupied by Pybus Bistro at the Wenatchee market.

The Huck will be operated by Eric and Angie Decker, owners of The Wild Huckleberry restaurant in Wenatchee, and will serve food described as modern rustic American. The restaurant is scheduled to open September 1st. The Huck @ Pybus will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails and locally produced wines and beers.

In other news, Pybus announced Monday that Farm to Face & Body – Anderson Family Farm, would be closing its retail store at the market. That business has been at Pybus since 2018.

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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For years, the Chelan County jail has dealt with illicit drugs smuggled in to its inmate population. But in the last year, new tools have helped to reduce the amount of contraband coming into the Regional Justice Center. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins met one of those tools … a very focused border collie named Kait. . .

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.

First came the NHL’s announcement that Seattle would get an expansion franchise.  Then came the team name followed by a coach and GM.  By day’s end, the Kraken will have players to don the uniforms this season…

Today is the NHL expansion draft when the Kraken can sign one player away from 30 other teams in the league.  Seattle must take at least 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and three goalies and at least 20 who are under contract for next season.

Some of the top players left unprotected and available to Seattle are Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, and Nashville Predators forwards Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene.

About 4,000 fans are expected at Gasworks Park along Lake Union for today’s announcement.  The Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck is on ESPN-2.

Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales had a much-better outing in Denver last night where the Mariners topped the Rockies 6-to-4…

Gonzales pitched 5-solid innings to earn his first victory since April 15th.  He allowed 2-runs on 6-hits with three strikeouts and three walks.  The two runs came in the bottom of the 5th on Connor Joe’s first Major League home run.

Seattle countered in the top of the 6th with Cal Raleigh at the plate, looking for his first Major League RBI after getting his first career-base hit earlier in the game…

Dylan Moore followed suit with a 2-run shot to give the Mariners its first lead…

Ty France provided some much-needed run support in the Mile-High City in the top of the 7th

C.J. Cron hit a 2-run home run in the 8th but Kendall Graveman was able to get the Rockies out in the 9th for the save.  Manager Scott Servais talked about Marco’s day on the mound and Cal getting his first hits…

Seattle was wrapping up the quick, 2-game series today at Colorado with the Rockies rudely greeting Kenyan Middleton with 5-runs in the first inning.  We’ll have the wrap up of today’s game on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley tomorrow morning here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Seattle’s win helped them keep pace with the rest of the American League West as the A’s beat the Angels 6-nothing.  Matt Olson was 2-for-3 with a home run while James Kaprielian and three relievers kept Los Angeles’ offense quiet.

Tarik Skubal and three relievers held Texas to 1-run on 4-hits as Detroit topped the Rangers 4-1.

Jose Altuve homered twice and Kyle Tucker had a 2-run shot in a 5-run 5th inning for Houston as the Astros beat Cleveland 9-to-3.

Solid pitching and timely hitting helped Wenatchee to a 7-1 win at Walla Walla last night…

Cole Hatton pitched 5-innings to earn his first victory of the season, allowing 1-run on 5-hits with 5-strikeouts and 3-walks.  Michael DeFelippi held the Sweets in check in his 1-inning of relief and Skylar Hales worked the final three innings to earn the save.

Wenatchee opened the scoring in the top of the first on Adam Grob’s RBI-triple.  The ‘Sox added two more in the 4th on an error by the catcher and sacrifice fly by Garrett Cutting.

Walla Walla had cut the lead to 3-1 in the 5th before Wenatchee played add-on in the 9th, scoring 4-runs on 2-run singles by John Newman and Dakota Duffalo.

The two teams play again tonight at 6:35 and you can hear all the action with Joel Norman on Sunny FM.

In other West Coast League play last night, Leo Mosby’s 2-run home run capped a 4-run 3rd inning for Portland as the Pickles beat Cowlitz 8-to-2.

In Yakima, Noah Williamson was 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and triple to lead the Pippins over Bend 4-to-2.

Tanner Jacues’ solo home run led to a 4-run 5th inning for Ridgefield as the Raptors beat Port Angeles 6-to-2.  Carson Walters worked 5-and-two-thirds innings of relief with 8-strikeouts for the win.

Joey Dixon pitched six shutout innings while striking out 9 to lead Bellingham over the Northwest Star Academy 6-nothing.  Malakhi Knight’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the 2nd would be all the offense the Bells would need on the night.

Wenatchee’s win over Walla Walla brought the AppleSox to within a game of the Sweets in the chase for the second-half playoff spot.  Yakima Valley is already in the post-season with its 1st half title, so it’s a battle between the AppleSox, Sweets, Bells and Lefties for the final playoff spot in the North Division.

Ridgefield’s win last night was its 5th-straight in West Coast League play.

Wenatchee and Walla Walla play again at Borleske Stadium tonight at 6:35.  Also, it’s Bend at Yakima Valley; Ridgefield at Port Angeles; Portland at Cowlitz; and Bellingham hosting the Northwest Star Academy.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, a baby bird that was just learning to fly apparently needed a resting place and decided Ellensburg Police Corporal Josh Ingraham would work just fine. The department says Ingraham was walking to his patrol car outside the station last weekend when the baby bird landed on his vest. After a short rest and a photo op, the bird gave flying another try and successfully flew off.

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.