NCWLIFE Evening News July 27th, 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, Public health officials said on Friday that a Douglas County man in his 50’s became the 11th Wenatchee Valley resident to die from COVID-19. The body of a Lynwood woman was found along the shore of the Columbia River near Crescent Bar Friday morning, and, Three people were injured Sunday morning when a car went off Highway 97, struck a metal gate and rolled onto its top north of Ellensburg.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Colockum Fire -Though some evacuation notices remain in place for several areas, firefighters have been able to significantly slow the growth of the Colockum Fire near Malaga. As of this morning, there had been no confirmed structures losses and no injuries. According to Southeast Washington Inter-agency Incident Commander Leonard Johnson, the fire is now 80% contained after burning approximately 3,337 acres. At the peak of the fire on Saturday afternoon, more than 250 fire fighting personnel were working on suppression efforts. That number has now been reduced to 67. All the personnel working the fire from the air have been sent home. Kingsbury, Colockum and Jump Off Roads remain closed this morning. Those three areas also remain at Level 2 evacuations while Tarpiscan Road is at Level 1. Today’s firefighting plan is to improved the already established containment lines around the fire while crews work inside the lines eliminating hot spots and shoring up lines on the west end of the fire to protect structures and timber in that area. The fire started about 2:14 Friday and quickly grew as strong winds pushed the fire in dry grass and brush. Here is a map of the fire area. Colockum comes the right and splits into Kingsbury right about where it says DP10. Jump Off Road is on the upper left left in the Laurel Hill area. Our Sky-Fi camera that captured the videos over the weekend is circled in red.

COVID Death -Public health officials said on Friday that a Douglas County man in his 50’s became the 11th Wenatchee Valley resident to die from the novel coronavirus. The patient’s passing marked the second local death from COVID-19 reported in the last week. The Chelan-Douglas Health district disclosed the death of the 10th patient, a woman from Douglas County, July 17th. As of Friday, Confluence Health listed 23 patients hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19, seven of them under care in the Central Washington Hospital ICU. All but one are residents of Chelan, Douglas, Grant or Okanogan counties. All told 1,433 people from Chelan and Douglas counties have tested positive for COVID-19 since the virus arrived in Washington at the start of the year. The health district recorded 30 new diagnoses Thursday, and 336 in the last week.

Crescent Bar Body -The body of a Lynwood woman was found along the shore of the Columbia River near Crescent Bar Friday morning. 43-year-old Christa Gerard had been reported missing by family after she went floating on the river Thursday evening and never returned. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said search efforts continued through the night and early morning. She had been staying with family in the Crescent Bar area. The sheriff’s office said there are no signs of foul play and Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison will be conducting an autopsy.

Kittitas Rollover -Three people were injured Sunday morning when a car went off Highway 97, struck a metal gate and rolled onto its top north of Ellensburg. The Washington State Patrol says a passenger in the 1995 Pontiac, 24-year-old Jordan Hanson of Kittitas, had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with his injuries. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Camara Rice of Roslyn and another passenger, Jeremy Sybertz of Cle Elum, were transported to Kittitas Valley Healthcare with less serious injuries. Rice and Sybertz were wearing seat belts but Hanson was not. The State Patrol says the cause of the rollover, which happened as the car was traveling southbound just after 9 a.m. remains under investigation.
Coming up next, The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance identifying a burglary suspect. Every summer, the Upper Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers grow crowded with rafts and innertubes. Now Chelan County wants your input on how those river sections get used for recreation, and, In addition to dealing with wind-fanned flames, firefighters on the Colockum Fire over the weekend had to watch out for wildlife, both protected and dangerous. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Burglary Suspect -The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance identifying a burglary suspect. A surveillance photo taken at a recent burglary at Tin Lilly in downtown Chelan shows the man inside the restaurant shows the suspect has a distinct tattoo on his right shoulder. The burglary was reported about 5:45 p.m. last Wednesday. Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

River Rec Survey -Every summer, the Upper Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers grow crowded with rafts and innertubes. Now Chelan County wants your input on how those river sections get used for recreation. An online survey asks resident how they use their rivers, and what uses cause them concern. Chelan County Natural Resources director Mike Kaputa it’s one tool of many to help understand human activity and safety along the Leavenworth bend.

Fire Snakes -In addition to dealing with wind-fanned flames, firefighters on the Colockum Fire over the weekend had to watch out for wildlife, both protected and dangerous. The federal Bureau of Land Management had a resource adviser on hand to identify protected animals and plant life in the fire’s path and recommend mitigation practices. Among the protected species on the hillsides is the Washington ground squirrel. Not on a protected list was a den of rattlesnakes a dozer crew ran across while doing line work. The incident team on the fire said finding a whole den of rattlesnakes was highly unusual for firefighters. The Southeast Washington Incident team said firefighters didn’t want to stick around and count just how many rattlesnakes were in the den and the resource manager had no interest in checking out the snakes.
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. . .
Wheat Fire -A fire burned about 15 acres of wheat northwest of Ephrata Saturday and threatened structures before crews from three agencies were able to extinguish it. In tonight’s feature story, Grant County Fire District 13 takes us along as one of its tenders in Ephrata responds to the fire near Road J Northwest and Baird Springs Road. . .
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.

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The Mariners snapped a 15-game losing streak to Houston Sunday, including 12-in a row at Minute Maid Park, as Seattle came from behind to beat the Astros 7-6…
Tim Lopes was 3-for-4 at the plate with 2-runs while Shed Long, Jr. was 2-for-5 with 2-RBI’s. The hero of the day, and so far this season, was rookie Kyle Lewis. The Seattle centerfielder came through with the big hit Sunday to power the Mariners to the victory…
Dan Altavilla worked an inning of relief for the victory. Manager Scott Servais said it was great to see the youngsters finally come through with a victory…
Tim Lopes says it was a complete team-effort up and down the lineup to get Sunday’s victory…
The Mariners and Astros wrap up the 4-game series today at 4:10 with Kendall Graveman facing Josh Adams.

Going back to Opening Day Friday, Marco Gonzales got roughed up for 4-runs on 5-hits as Seattle dropped the opener to Houston 8-to-2…
Michael Brantley had the hot stick for Houston, going 2-for-3 with a 3-run home run. Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager accounted for Seattle’s only runs with a solo home run apiece.

Saturday was a similar story as Tijuan Walker gave up 5-runs on 7-hits in 3-and-a-third as the Astros came out on top 7-to-2…
As we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard, Yuri Gurriel and George Springer each homered for the home team. J.P. Crawford led Seattle at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run while Kyle Lewis homered for the second-straight game.

It’s early, but let’s check the Les Schwab American League Scoreboard and standings…
Trevor Story hit a 2-run home run in a 3-run 4th inning and added another solo shot in the 6th to power Colorado past Texas 5-to-2.
Oakland scored 5-runs in the 1st inning and held on to beat the Angels 6-4. Sean Murphy homered for the A’s while Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season for Los Angeles.
Houston and Oakland lead the standings, each at 2-and-1. Seattle, Los Angeles and Texas are all 1-and-2.

The Seahawks pulled off a blockbuster trade Friday afternoon to bring one of the NFL’s best defensive backs to Seattle…
Seattle acquired All-Pro and Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams from the Jets in exchange for two, first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald.
After the trade, Adams went to Twitter saying, quote, You have a man on a mission, a man all in on winning a Super Bowl, being the best leader and teammate he can be, and a man who will give everything he has to the city of Seattle and to the 12’s all across the world. Thank you for believing in me! End quote.
Adams was the No. 6 overall pick out of LSU in the 2017 draft and started all 46 games he has played in his three-year career in New York. In 2019, Adams recorded 75-tackles, 6-and-a-half sacks. Two forced fumbles and one interception, which he returned 61-yards for a touchdown.

The Seahawks were also busy handing out pink slips to players on Sunday…
7 players were waived and two terminated, including backup center Joey Hunt. Hunt appeared in 34-games for Seattle since being selected in the 6th round of the 2016 draft. He started 11 of those games, including eight at center in place of Justin Britt last season.
The Seahawks also terminated defensive end Branden Jackson. Those waived included running back Patrick Carr; wide receiver Seth Dawkins; guard Kahlil McKenzie; defensive back Josh Norwood; guard Jordan Roos; linebacker Sutton Smith; and tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson.
Yesterday’s moves trims Seattle’s roster to 81. Training camp is set to begin tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the NFL has officially canceled the preseason…
The Seahawks and the 31 other NFL teams are reporting to training camp this week following an offseason that was anything but business as usual.
Teams didn’t have the benefit of offseason workouts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to account for the longer time players will need to get ready for game action, the NFL announced Monday it is canceling the 2020 preseason.
Seahawks season ticket holders will be refunded or receive a credit towards their 2021 season ticket renewal for the two scheduled home games against the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. Seattle had also been scheduled to play at Minnesota and at Houston during the preseason. Instead the Seahawks will spend the next six weeks preparing for their regular-season opener at Atlanta.

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this week…
It begins Thursday with Hockey Night as the Wenatchee Wild take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7.
Baseball is featured Friday as the Wenatchee AppleSox host the Bellingham Bells at 6:30.
The on Saturday, it begins with Cashmere and Cascade girls soccer at 2 followed by North Valley Mechanical Night from back on July 11th at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval. The racing starts at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.
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.