NCWLIFE Evening News June 27, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News June 27, 2019

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:

Our very own Eric Granstrom braved the elements to show just how heavy the rain fell in parts of Wenatchee. . .

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Wednesday’s lightning storm sparked a few wildfires here in the Wenatchee Valley. The person killed in a three-car crash Wednesday morning near the summit of Belwett Pass has been identified, and, Candidates for Waterville mayor will appear at a forum tomorrow at Pioneer Park.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

This was the scene at Lake Wenatchee during Wednesday’s thunderstorm. Greg Palmer shared this video of a lightning strike on a ridgetop overlooking the YMCA Camp. At least one large evergreen was knocked down forcing the temporary closure of one road.

Meanwhile, in Grant County, fire crews responded to 23 calls for service ranging from wildfires to electrical hazards according to the Sheriff’s office. They say most of the activity centered around Moses Lake.

These images were from an escaped debris burn which got out of control. The storm also knocked out electrical service to dozens of homes in the Moses Lake, Soap Lake and Ephrata areas.

Wednesday’s lightning storm also sparked a few wildfires here in the Wenatchee Valley. An official with the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center at Pangborn Airport says the storm packed quite a punch  . . .

CWICC assistant manager, Jonathan Nash says they received reports of possible lightning-sparked fires. Crews were only able to locate one of them in the Spromberg Canyon area. Fire crews in Douglas County were also investigating a reported lightning strike on Badger Mountain but thus far no confirmed reports of active fire in that area. More storm activity is forecast to hit the area this evening.

The person killed in a three-car crash Wednesday morning near the summit of Belwett Pass has been identified as 75-year-old Barbara M. Lott of Fife. The Washington State Patrol says she was driving south when her 2016 Volkswagen Beetle drifted into the northbound lane and struck a 2018 Nissan Murano being driven by 61-year-old Robert P. Dernay of White Lake, Missouri. Dernay was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The State Patrol said Dernay attempted to avoid Lott’s car and collided with a construction semi, also going north, before being hit by Lott’s vehicle. The driver of the semi was not injured. The accident led to the closure of the highway for more than four-and-a-half hours.

Candidates for Waterville mayor will appear at a forum tomorrow at Pioneer Park.

The forum, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will feature candidates Chuck Driver, JD Greening, Loyd Smith and Jill Thompson. Both Driver and Thompson are current members of the city council. They are competing to replace Mayor Royal DeVaney, who has led the city for the past 27 years. The top-two finishers in the August Sixth primary will advance to the November general election.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee Valley was the place to be for outdoor recreation late last month raking in almost a million dollars. You can expect slow going over U.S. 97 Blewett Pass in the Swauk Creek Campground over the next several day, and, U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier will be in Wenatchee Friday night to talk about fire preparedness and the latest technology being used to fight wildfires.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

TheWenatchee Valley is widely becoming known as an outdoor recreational mecca, and as NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery tells us, the amount of tourism dollars taken in already this year proves it. . .

You can expect slow going over U.S. 97 Blewett Pass in the Swauk Creek Campground area over the next several days.

That’s where they’re removing a drainage culvert about 5 miles south of the summit. The current culvert has a four foot drop from the outlet down to the creek bed making it too high for spawning fish to jump.

It’s being replaced with a concrete bridge which improves habitat for steelhead, Cutthroat and rainbow trout. The bridge is also expected to help provide safe passage under the highway for other animals including elk.

WSDOT is working with the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group on additional stream restoration work. Work began in April and should be completed by November. Drivers can expect no more than 20 minute delays with flagger-controlled traffic and slower posted speeds. Some work might require limited overnight flagging, as well.

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier will be in Wenatchee Friday night to talk about fire preparedness and the latest technology being used to fight wildfires. The forum will be at the Wenatchee City Hall council chambers from 5 to 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30.

Appearing with Schrier will be John Sokich, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist who will talk about the GOES Satellites that will be used in our area this year to assist with wildfire management. Also speaking will be Leavenworth Fire and Rescue Chief Mick Lamar.

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. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Amber the cat. . . 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.

Now that we know that Chinook salmon exist in Lake Chelan, thanks to reports like these, and that the population has increased, is there a concern of everyone going out and decimating the fish?  Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Travis Maitland says the rules that are in place will ensure that doesn’t happen…

So they’re in there, but how do you catch them?  Maitland says to get busy talking with other fishermen and go to the experts…

Of course, a great source of information is Rick Graybill at Hooked On Toys.  Rick guided on Lake Chelan for years and can give you the insight on where, how deep, and what to use if you’d like to try for Chinook Salmon.

Wenatchee gave up the lead in the bottom of the 9th and lost the game in the 10th as Victoria came back to win 5-4 Wednesday…

In reality, the game was handed to the HarbourCats on a silver platter.  Parker Bramlett scored the game-tying run in the 9th in a 2-error play by Wenatchee.  Then in the 10th, right fielder John Graham misplayed a double by Matt Turner that allowed Tyler Pettit to score from first base with the game-winner.

Brent Gillis was 2-for-4 in the bottom of the lineup with a run and an RBI.  Landon Shirer pitched 3-innings of relief before giving up the tying run in the 9th.  Sam Wyatt was tagged with the loss in the 10th.

The two teams wrap up the three-game series tonight at 6:35 with Wenatchee’s Trent Sellers facing Victoria’s DJ Peters.

Also in the West Coast League Wednesday…

Matthew Christian was 2-for-3 with a home run and 3-RBI’s to lead Port Angeles to a 4-1 win over Yakima Valley in a rain-out make-up game from Tuesday.  In the nightcap, Ethan Groff helped the Lefties walk-off in the 7th with an RBI-single to give Port Angeles the 5-4 win.

Corvallis blew open a close game with a 9-run 8th inning in its 13-1 win over Ridgefield.  Trace Tammaro led the Knight’s 13-hit attack with a home run and 3-RBI’s.

Tyler Grissom was 3-for-5 with a home run and 2-RBI’s to lead Kelowna past Portland 9-4.  Tyler Wincig worked three innings of scoreless relief for his first victory of the summer.

Zack Needham’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th helped Bend knock off Walla Walla 2-1. 

And in a non-league laugher, Bellingham torched the Spokane Expos 15-nothing as Nick Sockol hit two doubles and drove in 4-runs.

Taking a look at the North Division Standings…

Bellingham and Victoria are in a virtual tie for first.  The Lefties sweep of Yakima Valley propelled Port Angeles into 3rd.  Wenatchee is 4th at 7-and-10.  Yakima Valley is 5th and Kelowna last, 5-and-a-half games out.

The Mariners were sunk by a 4-run 4th inning, highlighted by Orlando Arcia’s 3-run home run as Milwaukee beat Seattle 4-2…

Mike Leake took the loss, going 6-innings and allowing 4-runs on 8-hits with 5-strikeouts.  Daniel Vogelbach and Tim Beckham had RBI-doubles in the 6th.

After taking 2-of-3 from the Brewers in the series, Seattle now travels to Houston to take on the Astros.  First pitch tomorrow is at 5:10.  Tommy Milone will pitch after an opener against Wade Miley.

Also in the American League West today…

Ariel Jurado and two relievers held Detroit to one run on 9-hits as Texas continued it’s hot streak with a 3-1 win in Detroit.  The Rangers now trail Houston by just 4-and-a-half game in the American League West.

Speaking of the Astros, they are limping to the All-Star break after falling to Pittsburg today 10-nothing.  The Pirates smacked 5-home runs today, three off Houston starter Brad Peacock.

Oakland and the Angels start later tonight.

Thanks Eric.

Time now to check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to see what’s going on around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, 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.