NCWLIFE Evening News July 30th, 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, Fire officials are crediting a good alarm system and a fast-acting maintenance worker with saving St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from extensive fire damage Wednesday night. The 1,500-acre Anglin Fire east of Tonasket was close to being contained Thursday, and, Moses Lake police say if you bought tools recently on Moses Lake Buy, Sell and Trade you may be in possession of some stolen property.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Mountain Rescues -First responders, rescue climbers and helicopter crews had to deal with not one, but two serious injuries Wednesday that stranded patients in Chelan County’s mountain back country. A helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey tried twice and failed to reach injured climber Lucile Townley, after she was injured by falling rocks and fell 30 feet on the north face of Mount Stuart late Tuesday. She was stuck about 9,000 feet up, and the altitude and the heat made a helicopter approach too unsafe. It wasn’t until after dark Wednesday night that Chelan County Mountain Rescue was able to lower the 23-year-old Carnation woman about 1,000 feet so the helicopter could reach her. Townley suffered a broken arm, broken leg, and a head injury. Also Wednesday, a King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support helicopter was able to hoist injured hiker Corey Sorenson off Lichtenberg Mountain near Lake Valhalla. Sorenson, who’s 35, fell about 40 feet and injured his hip. The sheriff’s office shared this dramatic video from the rescue. Take a look. . .

Church Fire -Fire officials are crediting a good alarm system and a fast-acting maintenance worker with saving St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from extensive fire damage Wednesday night. About 6:41 a light fixture in the Wenatchee church’s kitchen caught on fire, triggering the alarm system. Maintenance worker Frank Dofelmier, who was on second floor wrapping up work for the day, arrived in the kitchen to find the ceiling on fire and flames dropping on the floor. Chelan Fire District 1 spokeswoman Kay McKellar said Dofelmier used a chemical fire extinguisher to stop the spread of the fire, then evacuated the building on Palouse Street. District 1 Fire Chief Brian Brett said Dofelmier’s quick actions slowed the fire and minimized damage to the building. Firefighters ventilated the building and made sure everything was out before leaving about 8:50.

Okanogan Fires Update -The 1,500-acre Anglin Fire east of Tonasket was close to being contained Thursday as firefighters concentrated on hot spots inside their fire lines and the interagency incident management team begins demobilizing. The fire started Monday evening off Highway 20 and Cayuse Mountain Road and quickly burned more than 1,000 acres, damaged a home and destroyed two outbuildings. All evacuation notices have been lifted on the fire about 8 miles outside Tonasket. About 40 miles away outside Riverside, the Green Fire, which also started Monday, is in mop up stage after burning almost 1,500 acres.

Stolen Tools Sold -Moses Lake police say if you bought tools recently on Moses Lake Buy, Sell and Trade you may be in possession of some stolen property. But if you turn them in you won’t be charged. The mostly Ryobi battery-powered tools were stolen recently in the Lower Basin Homes area and were reportedly sold on the online site. The department says they’re most interested in getting the tools back to the victim, who needs them for work, and arresting the person who stole them.
Coming up next, The Wenatchee School District last night approved a so-called Smart Restart plan that launches the 2020-21 school year without classrooms. We will have the latest on the COVID-19 situation at Confluence Health, and, The United States Department of Agriculture is asking the public to turn in seeds they received that may have been shipped into the United States illegally from China. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
WSD School Start -The Wenatchee School District last night approved a so-called Smart Restart plan that launches the 2020-21 school year without classrooms. After hearing from district staff and medical experts, the board decided the COVID-19 pandemic makes in-person classes too risky this fall. Students will start classes online August 26th, and as the area progresses in phased reopening, more students might be admitted to school buildings. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Mark Johnson from Confluence Health gave input to the board.
The district plans to explore the ins and outs of the new plan in a virtual townhall for parents and the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday, before the board votes to send its finalized plan to the state. The Eastmont School District and others, including Cascade School District in Leavenworth, are formulating similar plans for online-only classes in the fall.

Confluence COVID Update -Last night’s meeting of the Wenatchee School Board doubled as a community update from Confluence Health, on where the region now stands in the COVID-19 pandemic. An average of 49 people per day in Chelan and Douglas County are testing positive for the virus, and hospitalizations in Wenatchee are up. Dr. Mark Johnson and Confluence CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford had this to say. . .

Chinese Seeds -The Washington State Department of Agriculture and United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are asking the public to turn in seeds they received that may have been shipped into the United States illegally from China. Residents throughout the country have reported receiving packages containing unidentified seeds labeled as something else, usually jewelry. Some people reported ordering the seeds but they did not know the seeds would be coming from another country. Others had not ordered the seeds at all. The USDA says seeds and plants that are smuggled into the country could do serious harm to farms, gardens, and the environment. USDA is asking residents to place these seeds and their packaging in a plastic bag. Place the bag in a mailing envelope and send to USDA for further investigation.
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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RiverCom Signoff -It was an emotional farewell for RiverCom dispatcher Lisa Lewis on Tuesday. In tonight’s feature story, first responders thanked Lewis for 21 years of being the calming voice at the other end of their emergency calls. . .
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

The Mariners won a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair against the Angels last night in Anaheim by a score of 10-to-7…
Kyle Seager had a very productive day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 3-RBI’s. Dylan Moore provided the big hit in a 5-run 6th inning with a 3-run home run. Kyle Lewis also continued to deliver at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
Manager Scott Servais was happy to see his club bounce back from being down early in the game…
Justin Dunn made the start and was strong through three innings before running into trouble in the 4th. 3rd baseman Kyle Seager is off to a good start this season, batting .333 with 6-RBI’s including three last night…
Seattle and Los Angeles play the rubber game of the three-game set tonight at 6:40 with Marco Gonzales facing Dylan Bundy.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…
German Marquez had 8-strikeouts over six innings to lead Colorado over Oakland 5-to-1. The Rockies pitching staff combined for 11-strikeouts on the day.
Joey Gallo’s 2-run home run sparked a 5-run rally in the bottom of the 8th in Texas’ 7-4 win over Arizona.
Edwin Rios hit a go-ahead 2-run home run in the top of the 13th and the Dodgers took down the Houston Astros 4-2. The game could have ended in the 11th on Mookie Bett’s RBI double in the top half of the inning. But Carlos Correa’s RBI single tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th.
With Houston and Oakland both losing and the Mariners beating the Angels, things tighten up in the American League West standings. The Astros and A’s are 3-and-3. Texas is a half-game back at 2-and-3. Seattle and L-A are a game back at 2-and-4.

Masked up and socially distanced, the Seahawks showed up for Day 1 of training camp Wednesday. So, what did it look like? Well, it looked like no other start to training camp in the history of the NFL, that’s for sure…
Thanks to Seahawks dot com for the video. We expect the rest of training camp to look much different as the days and weeks unfold in Renton.
Bobby Wagner will be the first to tell you things are way different with the start of training camp during a pandemic…
The Seahawks and the NFL are taking extreme measures to ensure COVID doesn’t shut things down before they could get started. Wagner says as a team captain, he is taking the responsibility to warn younger players about how their actions could impact more than just themselves…

A reminder of what’s coming up tonight and this weekend here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
It’s Hockey Night tonight as the Wenatchee Wild take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks from last October at the Town Toyota Center.

Thanks Eric.
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.