NCWLIFE Evening News July 30, 2019

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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, The 150 acre Devore Creek Fire burning in the Lake Chelan area south of Stehekin saw minimal fire growth and activity today. Manson Firefighters made quick work of a brush fire Monday afternoon, and, Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials are responding to more reports of wolf-related livestock deaths in the North Eastern part of the State.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

This month marks the one year anniversary of the Chelan Hills Fire that blackened over 18-hundred acres and burned nine structures in Douglas County. The cause of the fire remains a mystery according to the findings of a year-long investigation by the State Department of Natural Resources. Investigators say the fire started on July 27th from an undetermined cause near the intersection of State Route 97 and Chelan Hills Acres Road.

The fire triggered the closure of Hwy 97 and resulted in level three evacuations for scores of homeowners. The final investigation ruled out lightning, debris burning or other possible sources of ignition. Lead investigator, Terry Liebrecht with DNR says in his final report that, pending any new leads or evidence, the case will remain open but inactive.

The 150 acre Devore Creek Fire burning in the Lake Chelan area south of Stehekin saw minimal fire growth and activity today.

However, there is still active fire in the area and over the coming days, ground crews will continue to improve the existing protection line as a preparedness measure. An incident management team will take over command of the fire on Wednesday. There are currently 55 fire personnel working the fire, which is burning entirely within the Glacier Peak Wilderness at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The U.S. Forest Service says some smoke may be visible in the Lake Chelan area over the next few days.

Manson Firefighters made quick work of a brush fire Monday afternoon. The fire was located off Templin Road and Chapman Road. Firefighters quickly contained the fire. Structures in the area were not immediately threatened and no evacuations were requested.

Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials are responding to more reports of wolf-related livestock deaths in the North Eastern part of the State. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports . . .

Coming up next, A Puyallup man’s jet ski took an 80-foot plunge over a juvenile fish bypass at Wanapum Dam earlier this month.The police chief of the small town of Republic who gained national fame for refusing to enforce Washington’s new gun laws, is now running for governor. Eighth District U.S. Representative Kim Schrier has joined all other Washington state Democratic representatives in supporting an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, and, A little-traveled Chelan County road near the summit of Stevens Pass is closed for culvert work.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A Puyallup man’s jet ski took an 80-foot plunge over a juvenile fish bypass at Wanapum Dam this month. Fortunately, he was no longer on it. The Grant County PUD said 51-year-old Bryan Shultz launched his Yamaha WaveRunner at Frenchman Coulee on the Columbia River on July 22nd but about four miles downstream encountered a fast-moving current and whitecaps whipped up by strong winds. He fell off after a hitting a particularly large whitecap, then struggled to make it to shore.

But the wave runner continued on past the dam’s safety barrier. Dam operators watched as it went flying through the bypass spillgate, which dumps an average of 20,000 cubic feet of water per second.

Dam workers recovered the craft as it was bobbing in moss-covered rocks along the shoreline. Finding his contact information in a bag, the workers called Shultz, who later arrived to find the WaveRunner relatively unscathed. He started it up and rode to the nearest boat launch.

The police chief of the small town of Republic who gained national fame for refusing to enforce Washington’s new gun laws, is now running for governor.

Loren Culp, an Army veteran and former drill instructor, announced his intentions over the weekend. Culp says the state’s lawmakers have violated their oath of office by passing laws that restrict individual rights. He was the state’s first law enforcement officer to say he would not enforce voter-approved Initiative 1639, which imposed several new gun regulations.

He appeared several times on Fox News and also wrote a book about his stance called “American Cop.”

Eighth District U.S. Representative Kim Schrier has joined all other Washington state Democratic representatives in supporting an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

Schrier who was elected to her first term last November, earlier this month voted against starting impeachment proceedings. Schrier said on a flight back to the state from Washington, D.C., last week she was able to finish listening to special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress. In a statement Schrier said QUOTE If I had done any one of the things that our president had done to obstruct justice or act against the interest of this country, I would be in jail UNQUOTE.

A little-traveled Chelan County road near the summit of Stevens Pass is closed as a contractor replaces two damages culverts with a single-span bridge.

In-water work on the Yodelin Creek project started Monday on Stevens Road, with work expected to last into October. Damaged or outdated culverts throughout the state are being repaired or replaced with bridges to allow safer fish passage.

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In tonight’s feature story, we continue our look into this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt profiling two local artists. Jan Cook Mack is a well-known Wenatchee artist with work all over North Central Washington from vast local landscapes to portraiture and even mural work:

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.

Wenatchee won a thriller last night over Portland at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium, by a score of 7-to-6.  With the details, here’s the “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Ryan Altenberger also homered for Wenatchee in the victory while Johnny Sage went 3-for-3 to up his batting average to .322.  Landon Schirer gave up the 2-run home run in the top of the 9th, but got the win to improve to 1-and-1 on the mound.

After taking today off, the AppleSox will host the Cascade Collegiate League Showcase team tomorrow night at 6:35.

With every victory, Wenatchee’s playoff hopes become brighter and brighter.  And they got some help last night from Port Angeles as we check the Les Schwab West

The Lefties brought 10-men to the plate in a 5-run 3rd inning and hung on to beat Bellingham 6-to-4.  The Bells scored three in the 9th and had the winning run at the plate, but Port Angeles prevailed.

Brock Ephan drove in 5-runs and Cesar Lopez had 3-RBI’s as Walla Walla doubled-up Cowlitz 12-to-6. 

Brooks Lee’s 3-run home run highlighted a 4-run 8th inning as Corvallis beat Bend 7-5. 

Six of Ridgefield’s 12-runs were unearned as Yakima Valley committed four errors in the Raptor’s 12-6 victory.  The Pippins have committed 80-errors on the season.  Only Wenatchee is worse with a league-high 81-errors.

So here’s the latest standings in the North Division of the West Coast League…

Wenatchee and Victoria are still technically tied for first place.  Port Angeles is 2-and-a-half games back while Yakima Valley and Kelowna are 4-and-a-half games back.  Wenatchee could just win the second half division title to get into the playoffs.  Or, it will depend on the overall record if Victoria prevails…

And here’s how the overall records in the North Division stack up in that scenario.  If Victoria wins the second half, it comes down to the overall records of the remaining teams for the final playoff spot from the division.  Wenatchee is now 2-games in front of Bellingham in that case at 24-and-21.  The Bells are 20-and-21.

Wenatchee has 9-league games remaining.  The Bells still have 12 league games left, and could have 13 if it’s necessary to make up a rainout with Port Angeles from back on June 9th.  So a lot is still to be determined over the final two weeks of the West Coast League season.

The heat index will be 103 in Arlington, Texas this afternoon when the Mariners meet the Rangers for the first of two games…

Seattle is riding a 5-game winning streak, they’re longest since April, as they head into the Lone Star State.  Texas has lost two straight after a testy series with Houston and sit at the .500 mark at 53-and-53. 

Mike Leake will get the start for the Mariners on the mound.  He’s 9-and-8 with a 4.25-ERA.  Seattle batters will face Ariel Jurado, who is 6-and-6 with a 4.83 ERA.  First pitch is at 5:05.

There was only one game in the American League West last night…

Detroit ended a six-game losing streak with a 7-2 win against the Angels.  Miguel Cabrera led the way for the Tigers, going 2-for-4 with 3-RBI’s and a solo home run.

As the sun shines brightly in Western Washington, they’re turning up the heat at Seahawks Training Camp.  Today was the first day in full pads and offensive tackle Duane Brown says it felt good to finally hit someone…

Brown says he expects the Seahawks’ offensive line to be the best it’s been in a long time now that they’ve had time to work together…

The countdown is on until Seattle’s first pre-season game, a week from Thursday against Denver at CenturyLink Field.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top stories. . .

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.