NCWLIFE Evening News September 01

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top 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 do not disturb sign cancels yesterday’s court proceedings in the Bernard Swaim trial, an overview of the fires burning around the Northwest and the Mayors of East Wenatchee and Wenatchee talk about their trip to Masawa, Japan. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

 

A fast moving brush fire that broke out Thursday afternoon along Highway 97-A North of Wenatchee near Stayman Flats is 80 percent contained. The blaze was first reported burning along the roadway at 2:53 PM . Officials say it quickly moved upslope from the highway fueled by erratic winds and tinder dry vegetation.

 

Traffic was detoured off 97-A to Hwy 971 Navarre Coulee Road. Crews from Chelan County Fire District 7 (Chelan Fire and Rescue) and Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat) responded along with aerial support from Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with two scooper planes and a helicopter. The fire burned about 20 acres of grass and shrubs. The cause is under investigation.

So far this fire season, more than 2,600 wildfires have been reported in Oregon and Washington, according to the latest numbers from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Of those reported wildfires, about 1,600 were human-caused, with the others attributed to lightning strikes. Other Oregon-Washington stats from the new report, issued yesterday:

Largest Oregon fire = Chetco Bar (125,271 acres)

Largest Washington fire = Diamond Creek (58,794 acres)

Estimated total firefighting costs = $274,144,624

Peak number of people working fires = 9,200

 

This video, captured earlier this month, is from above the Diamond Creek Fire in the Pasayten Wilderness just a few miles south of the Canadian border. That human-caused fire, as we mentioned, is now nearly 59,000-acres in size, with 60 percent of the perimeter contained.

Forest lands managed by the State of Washington should become less vulnerable to large wildfires under legislation authored by 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins. Hawkins tells NCWLIFE News the bill was inspired by the widely acclaimed documentary, The Era of Mega Wildfires. . .

 

Senator Hawkins says the legislation was drafted through a collaborative process involving a variety of forest stakeholder groups working toward a common goal of maintaining healthy forests.

Coming up, July jobless numbers are out and extra law enforcement will be out patrolling our roadways this holiday weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

A Judge has ordered the trial for accused murderer Bernard Swaim to go forward after ruling against a defense request for a mistrial. Steve Hair reports . . .

 

Good news on the labor front in North Central Washington. The month of July saw a significant drop in the jobless rate in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

 

The State Employment Security Department reports the two-county area had a 3.5 percent jobless rate which was the lowest recorded in 27-years. State Regional Economist, Don Meseck says the labor market grew by 19-hundred jobs since July 2016. The sectors that saw the greatest increase were construction, health care and fruit warehousing.

As always, the Labor Day Weekend means high traffic volumes and longer than average travel times to your destination. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says by preparing now, drivers can arrive safely to their destination and minimize delays. . .

 

Trooper Moore says that the State Patrol will be out in full force focusing on distracted drivers and enforcing the new distracted driver law. . .

 

Moore also adds that if your vehicle becomes disabled, pull safely to the shoulder of the road and remain in the vehicle, turn on the hazard lights and call for assistance.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

Time for your ncwlife sports update I’m Jay Seabeck filling in for Eric Granstrom

We’re back with the start of another season of high school football tonight:

         

Coming up on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight LIVE, it’s Wenatchee Panthers and Southridge and Suns from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Our pre-game begins at 6:50 with Ian Dunn and Mark Miller with your play-by-play.  Also tonight…

                Kamiakin at Eastmont, 7pm – (taped delayed for next Saturday on the NCWLIFE Channel)
Ephrata at Cashmere, 7pm
Cascade at East Valley (Yakima), 7pm
Chelan at Quincy, 7pm

On the Prep Calendar for Saturday…

          

Football
Northport at Entiat, 6pm
Girls Soccer
Kings at Cascade, 1pm
Central Valley at Wenatchee, 3pm (LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga)
Pasco at Eastmont, 3pm
Volleyball
Chelan, Eastmont, Moses Lake at Wenatchee Jamboree, 9am
Cross Country
2-Mile Time Trial at Walla Walla Point Park, 10am

 

The Wenatchee Wild finish up the pre-season this weekend at “The Rink”:

            

Wenatchee hosts the Langley Rivermen in the final two games of the pre-season.  Both games tonight and tomorrow night start at 7pm.  Cost is $10 per person.

 

The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up the pre-season at Oakland last night against the Raiders.  Eric Granstrom was there and files this report:

             

The Legion of Boom suffered a big blow in the win last night though as Back up cornerback Deandre Elliot suffered a dislocated and broken ankle during scrimmage, he was carted off of the field in an air cast and all of the Seahawks sideline was clearly devastated by the loss of Elliot.

Saturday morning will be the day that finalizes the seahawks roster, as the team will make the cuts from the 90 man roster to the 53 man roster. And one thing I know that will be difficult when it comes to making roster cuts in the Seahawks position is that its really hard to cut guys after all of them played so well during the pre-season going 4-0, but it’s likely we could see those guys who get cut around the league at other teams.

The Mariners are back home tonight to take on the baseball version of a team from Oakland as the A’s are in town:

            

Seattle’s licking its wounds after finishing a 12-game road trip on a 5-game losing streak.  The M’s send newly-acquired Mike Leak to the mound after getting him from the Cardinals in a trade Thursday.  Leake comes to the Mariners this year with a 4.21 ERA and 7 wins and 12 losses. Oakland will counter with Sean Manaea, who has a 4.55 ERA with 9 wins on the season. Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon commented on the Leake trade to the mariners, saying that Leake has always been tough on his cubs and that selfishly he likes him not being in Saint Louis.  First pitch tonight at Safeco Field is 7:10.

 

While the Mariners had a travel day Thursday, here’s a look at the Wild Card race…

             

Yankees and Twins hold the first two spots to kick off September. The Angels are close behind in third, Baltimore in Fourth, Tampa Bay in 5th and then the Rangers and Seattle in sixth. Tonight Texas will take on the Angels in Anaheim and Oakland comes to Seattle, so this could be a big weekend for the Mariners to get hot and make up some ground if the Rangers and Anaheim split their series.

Minnesota 5, Chicago White Sox 4
Houston 5, Texas 1
NY Yankees 6, Boston 2
Toronto 11, Baltimore 8

Wild Card Standings
NY Yankees        71-62     +1.0
Minnesota          70-63     …
LA Angels            69-65     1.5
Baltimore            68-66     2.5
Tampa Bay          67-68     4.0
Texas                    66-67     4.0
Seattle                  66-68     4.5

American League West Standings
Houston               80-53     …
LA Angels            69-65     11.5
Texas                    66-67     14.0
Seattle                  66-68     14.5
Oakland               58-75     22.0

And that’s your NCWLIFE Sports Update, I’m Jay Seabeck, filling in for Eric Granstrom he’ll be back on Tuesday following the Labor Day Weekend.

 

Thanks Jay…

Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz and East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacey recently returned from a trip to our sister city Masawa, Japan. They joined Dan Kuntz on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk about their journey. . .

 

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

And now a recap of some of our top stories…

 

A fast moving brush fire that broke out Thursday afternoon along Highway 97-A North of Wenatchee near Stayman Flats is 80 percent contained. The blaze was first reported burning along the roadway at 2:53 PM . Officials say it quickly moved upslope from the highway fueled by erratic winds and tinder dry vegetation.

 

Traffic was detoured off 97-A to Hwy 971 Navarre Coulee Road. Crews from Chelan County Fire District 7 (Chelan Fire and Rescue) and Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat) responded along with aerial support from Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with two scooper planes and a helicopter. The fire burned about 20 acres of grass and shrubs. The cause is under investigation.

A Judge has ordered the trial for accused murderer Bernard Swaim to go forward after ruling against a defense request for a mistrial. Steve Hair reports . . .

 

Good news on the labor front in North Central Washington. The month of July saw a significant drop in the jobless rate in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

 

The State Employment Security Department reports the two-county area had a 3.5 percent jobless rate which was the lowest recorded in 27 years. State Regional Economist, Don Meseck says the labor market grew by 19-hundred jobs since July 2016. The sectors that saw the greatest increase were construction, health care and fruit warehousing.

 

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

 

As we take a look at our satellite loop, notice the huge area of high pressure deflecting any clouds and moisture up and over us into Canada. Basically the entire Western U.S. is experiencing clear skies and above normal temperatures. That high-pressure area will build over North Central Washington for the Labor Day holiday weekend with hot, possibly record-setting temperatures and dry weather expected right into the middle part of next week. An Air Quality Alert has been issued for all of Central and Eastern Washington. The alert began at 3 PM this afternoon and runs through noon next Wednesday as increased fire activity is expected to bring increasing smoke and haze into the region for the Labor Day Weekend…and likely through at least the middle of next week as well.  The reason, regional fires will be active at times the next few days with plumes of mid and high level smoke possibly affecting our area. Periods of greater fire activity are expected especially during the afternoon hours over the holiday weekend.

 

As we leave you tonight, there is nothing like watching a video of a cute baby. Well, we’ve got you covered, enjoy this video of the first two days of life for a baby alpaca. . .  

 

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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 weekend.