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, A wildfire east of Waterville burned more than 1,000 acres of grass, sage brush and wheat Tuesday, leading to a Level 3 evacuation notice for one home and the closure of several roads. As of Tuesday, Washington’s bans on outdoor burning have gone from local to statewide, and, A Quincy man in his 70s has been confirmed as Grant County’s 10th COVID-19 death.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Anglin-Green Fires -Firefighters say they’re gaining control over two wildland blazes in northern Washington. The Anglin Fire east of Tonasket was declared 50 percent contained today, at just over 1,700 acres. Meanwhile, the Green Fire, burning in the Tunk Valley, had 90 percent containment after burning almost 1,500 acres. Evacuation orders in the area dropped from Level 3, leave immediately, to Level 2, be ready to depart. The Anglin Fire emergency was declared eligible for a FEMA emergency grant to help pay for the costs of fire suppression. At its peak yesterday, it threatened nearly 200 homes around Tonasket.
Waterville Fire -A wildfire east of Waterville burned more than 1,000 acres of grass, sage brush and wheat Tuesday, leading to a Level 3 evacuation notice for one home and the closure of several roads. The three-alarm fire off Highway 2 was first reported just after 9:30 a.m., and brought firefighters from several agencies who were able to contain the spread of the blaze by about 5 p.m. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said no structures were damaged by the fire but a wheat-harvesting combine was destroyed.
Burn Ban -As of Tuesday, Washington’s bans on outdoor burning have gone from local to statewide. Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz says hot, dry conditions and several wildfires that have already broken out make the statewide declaration necessary. She explains in this video. . .
Grant COVID Death -A Quincy man in his 70s has been confirmed as Grant County’s 10th COVID-19 death. The Grant County Health District said the man had underlying health issues and died at his home. The county reported 32 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 1,117. The health district also reported outbreaks at two long-term care facilities in Moses Lake. Columbia Crest Center has had 19 residents and 10 staff members test positive and Lake Ridge Center has had three staff members test positive and two residents. Nobody at the facilities has been hospitalized.
There currently are nine Grant County residents hospitalized with the virus.
Coming up next, Clogged with tourists amid the pandemic, the city of Chelan will now limit access to its public parks. An 18-year-old Maple Valley woman went missing Friday near the Stevens Pass summit, and investigators are calling the case suspicious. A Soap Lake police officer spent about two hours talking with and comforting a suicidal man who had jumped into Lake Lenore Monday, and, A long-running addiction recovery clinic in Chelan will close, thanks in part to the stresses of coronavirus. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Chelan Parks Closure -Clogged with tourists amid the pandemic, the city of Chelan will now limit access to its public parks. Starting August 8th, Don Morse Park and Lakeside Park will close to further visitors once their parking lots are full. It’s a compromise struck Tuesday night by the city council, after Mayor Bob Goedde recommended closing the parks completely on weekends. This comes a week after the state parks at Lake Chelan and Lake Wenatchee began limiting crowds to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The city plans to hire a security firm to enforce the restricted access.
Missing Teen -An 18-year-old Maple Valley woman went missing Friday near the Stevens Pass summit, and investigators are calling the case suspicious. Giovanna Fuda, known as Gia, left her home in a silver Toyota Corolla, which was found out of gas on Highway 2 between Skykomish and the summit. The King County Major Crimes division says Gia’s purse was in the car, but her phone is missing and deactivated. Search efforts have turned up no leads, and police are asking for tips from the public. If you have information about the disappearance of Gia Fuda, call 911.
Soap Lake Officer -A Soap Lake police officer spent about two hours talking with and comforting a suicidal man who had jumped into Lake Lenore Monday. It started when police responded to a domestic violence call in Soap Lake and were told the suicidal suspect had fled. Numerous agencies then launched a search for the man before Officer Jeff Gallaher spotted his vehicle near Lake Lenore. The man went from his vehicle into the lake. After an extensive conversation, Gallaher was able to convince the man to go to the hospital where he could meet with a mental health specialist. Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox said Gallaher was just 10 days out of the police academy.
Sanctuary Clinic -A long-running addiction recovery clinic in Chelan will close, thanks in part to the stresses of coronavirus. Lake Chelan Hospital’s board voted last week to shut down Sanctuary at the Lake, the 14-bed recovery center it operates with a staff of nine people. Hospital managers said the pandemic limits the number of clients who can stay there, and most clients arrive from out of state, which could help spread the virus. However, with rising costs and other addiction services available in the area, Sanctuary is not expected to reopen once the public health emergency passes.
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Curator’s Corner -In tonight’s feature story, we once again take you to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center where They’ve produced a series of six videos so far called Curators Corner, with collections coordinator Anna Spencer showing off treasures from Wenatchee’s past. Tonight she offers a look back at some old crowns from Wenatchee’s Apple Blossom past. . .
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.
NCWLIFE Channel Sports
This just in and confirmed by a Fish and Wildlife Commissioner, Lake Wenatchee will open for sockeye fishing starting Monday…
Fish counts over Tum water Dam have provided enough for an escapement to the lake so Fish and Wildlife will open the season for the first time in at least four years. Anglers will be able to catch 4-sockeye per day with a minimum of 12-inches. No bait is allowed and all bull trout, or Dolly Varden must be released.
In addition, the daily limit on the Upper Columbia River above Priest Rapids dam will increase to four salmon a day, four of which can be sockeye. Go on-line to WDFW dot WA dot GOV for more information.
After having it soak for a week and getting a chance to receive feedback, the WIAA Executive Board made a few tweaks to the upcoming high school sports calendar Tuesday…
Girls swimming and diving will move to Season 3 of the 2020-2021 schedule, starting in March and ending in May. Football practices will be moved up to begin February 17th to allow enough time to prepare athletes for the season beginning March 1st.
The Board also voted to begin Season 2 December 28th, a week earlier than first suggested a week ago. In addition, there will be an out-of-season period from September 28 through November 30th where no coaching will be allowed for sports NOT in Season 1.
Since the seasons have been shortened by more than a quarter, the Executive Board also voted to allow schools to reduce their schedules by 70-percent per sport. Finally, competitive cheer will be moved to Season 3.
You can find links to the new season calendar and a break down of season dates by sport on our website at NCWLIFE dot com.
Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval has come out for the scheduled classes that will race August 8th…
The night will be sponsored by Les Schwab and will include the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models; Mountain Dew Jr. Late Models; Dick’s Heating & Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and the Bandoleros.
Because of the governor’s indefinite freeze on county’s Safe-Start phasing, no fans will be allowed to attend. You can watch all the action here on NCWLIFE Channel as well as our website and Facebook streams. We’ll start our coverage a week from Saturday at 6 o’clock.
The Mariners are finding in the early going of the COVID-shortened season that opposing hitters are ahead of their pitching staff. So far in five games, Seattle’s pitchers have allowed an average of 7.8-runs on 9.4-hits with 1.6-home runs per game.
Last night was another case-in-point as the Angels pounded out 10-runs on 10-hits in a 10-2 victory. Tim Lopes provided some punch at the plate for Seattle, going 2-for-4 with a home run. Kyle Lewis and Dylan Moore also each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Justus Sheffield threw 39-pitches in a 2-run 3rd inning, taking the loss, as he allowed 4-runs on 4-hits with 2-strikeouts and 4-walks. Mariner manager Scott Servais says the pitching staff cannot afford to make mistakes against lineups like the Angels and Astros…
The highlight of the game for Seattle came in the bottom of the first inning with Mike Trout at the plate and a runner at first base. Watch this web gem by Evan White…
Seattle will send Justin Dunn to the mound for his first start in 2020 tonight against the Angel’s Andrew Heaney. First pitch in Anaheim is at 7:10.
Taking a look at the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from last night…
The Dodgers scored 5-runs in the 5th inning and beat the Astros 5-2 in Houston. Things got testy in the bottom of the 6th when a few pitches from Joe Kelly sailed over the head of two Houston batters. Of course, the Dodgers fell to the Astros in the 2017 World Series, which has been tied to Houston’s cheating scandal.
Sam Hilliard hit a 2-run home run as the Rockies plated 8-runs on 13-hits to beat Oakland 8-to-3.
David Peralta’s 2-run single highlighted a 3-run first inning as Arizona topped Texas 4-to-1.
Houston and Oakland remain atop the A-L West at 3-and-2. The Angels are a game back at 2-and-3. Texas is a game-and-a-half back at 1-and-3. Seattle is 2-games out of first at 1-and-4.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is the eternal optimist. He’s having his positivity stretched to the maximum during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carroll was a guest of Seth Myer on Late Night Tuesday saying he has no choice but to be positive…
Carroll always has the mentality of competing. And that’s no different whether the team is meeting in person or virtually from around the country…
Seattle and the rest of the NFL are preparing and hoping for a complete regular season to begin in September. Rookies were to report to training camp yesterday.
Cops v Firefighters -When cops compete with firefighters, the whole community wins. The East Wenatchee Police Department and Douglas County Fire District 2 put their champions to the test last weekend in a fundraiser at East Wenatchee Grocery Outlet, in a two-minute shopping spree that raised $994 to help feed needy families. As we leave you tonight, here’s what it looked like. . .
In the end the East Wenatchee Police came out on top, beating the fire district shopping spree by $44.
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 email@example.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.