WENATCHEE, WA – It’s tine for NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson for Monday, September 11, 2017. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight — a sex offender is sentenced to five years after failing to register, an accident on I-90 blocks eastbound lanes for two hours on Sunday and we’ll have the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony in Cashmere. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
An update now on fires burning around North Central Washington. The Jolly Mountain Fire, located 11 miles Northwest of Cle Elum, continues to burn in the Cle Elum Ranger District of the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest near land managed by the Department of Natural Resources. Rick Isaacson with Chelan County Fire District 1 says structure protection and back-burning is the plan of attack today. Isaacson says evacuation levels in the Teanaway area will be reduced on Tuesday from level 3 down to level 2 and evacuation levels near Salmon La Sac will also be downgraded from level 3 to level 2 on Wednesday. The perimeter of the fire is 15-percent contained.
The Jack Creek Fire is burning 15 miles Southwest of Leavenworth in the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest located entirely within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Even though low humidity’s and warm temperatures have increased Jack Creek fire activity, Ric Isaacson says it continues to be classified as a monitored fire.
Meanwhile one of the state’s largest fires is the Norse Peak Fire burning in the Naches Ranger District between State Route 410 and Bumping Lake. The blaze has consumed just under 50-thousand acres and is burning in steep, rocky terrain, which is making access difficult. Isaacson says fire activity increased over the weekend and structure protection remains a high priority. The Norse Peak Fire has crossed the Pacific Crest Trail into Pierce County and residents in the area are currently at a level 3 evacuation.
After failing to register as a sex offender, a Wenatchee man was sentenced to five years in prison after an assault conviction in Douglas County. According to the Wenatchee World, Daniel Herrera Gonzales pleaded guilty to third degree assault with sexual motivation and failing to register. This was his third conviction for sexually assaulting children. Gonzales was already serving a three year community custody probation on his Douglas County assault conviction when he evaded Department of Corrections supervisors in May of 2016. He was located by US Marshals and arrested in Willpinit last November.
A one-vehicle accident near Ellensburg yesterday closed down the eastbound lane of I-90 for nearly two hours. Washington State Patrol says 68-year old Laurence Evoy of Olympia was traveling east on I-90 when apparently a tire on his 1997 Ford Econoline van separated and the vehicle lost control. The van then left the roadway, the driver over-corrected and the van rolled, coming to rest on its top. State Patrol also says Evoy was wearing his seat belt but did sustain some minor injuries. No charges have been filed and the official cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The Port of Chelan County board of commissioners will host three public meetings this week to present the Port’s Draft Strategic Plan, inviting the public to help with the review process. On Wednesday the commissioners will host the meeting at Noon at the Chelan City Hall, and at 5 p.m. at Pybus Market in Wenatchee. A meeting will also be held at Leavenworth City Hall on Thursday at Noon.
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Two local growing tech companies have purchased the 20-thousand square foot vacant Jones and Jones Funeral Home in Wenatchee. Denton Meier, Korey Korfiatis and Jeff Weber, owners of sister tech companies Firefly and Legwork, bought the 111-year old building for 435-thousand dollars. The building has been vacant for eight years and offers four levels of space, which will be used to house offices for executives and designers, workrooms for technicians, computer rooms and storage space. The giant structure was originally built in 1906 by fruit magnet Conrad Rose and was purchased in 1924 by Jones and Jones. The building is currently listed on the Wenatchee Register of Historical Places and the new owners say they will spend upward of 1-point-6-million dollars on remodel work. Owners are hoping to occupy the building by December of 2018.
On the Les Schwab Scoreboard for high school football over the weekend…
Richland scored 27-first quarter points en route to a 56-8 pasting of Wenatchee at Fran Rish Stadium. Now oh and two, the Panthers will try to get its first win against Kelowna, B.C. this Friday at the Apple Bowl. We’ll have the game LIVE right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.
Eastmont improved to 1-and-1 with an impressive 34-nothing shutout of Walla Walla Saturday at Wildcat Stadium. Devon Schneider rushed for 80-yards on four attempts and scored on his first carry from scrimmage. Starting Q-B Caelen Massey scored twice on the ground while running back Jack Knighten added another. Eastmont has a short week as it prepares to play on the road at Mt. Spokane Thursday night at 7.
Cashmere shut out Sultan 51-nothing
Cascade stopped Stanfield, Oregon, 27-8
Ephrata clobbered Chelan 35-13
Entiat dropped a rough road loss at Sherman County, Oregon 52-nothing
And Waterville fell at home Saturday to Soap Lake 46-zip
On the rest of the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the preps over the weekend
Wenatchee topped Archbishop Murphy 3-nil
Cascade blanked Ephrata, also 3-nothing
Cascade picked up 3-zero wins against Charles Wright and Annie Wright
Chelan also swept Charles Wright and Annie White 3-nothing
Cashmere fell to Granger 3-zero
On the prep calendar for today…
Lake Roosevelt at Manson, 7pm (makeup from a smoke-out Friday night)
Liberty Bell at Cashmere, 6:30pm
Manson at Pateros, 5:30pm
The Wenatchee Wild opened the BCHL hockey season on the road in Merritt over the weekend against the Centennials. AJ Vanderbeck scored two goals while Lucas Sowder scored a goal and had two assists as the Wild won 5-3. Seth Eisele made 25-saves in goal for Wenatchee, who will play Friday in Trail before coming back for its home opener Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.
Taking a look at the Les Schwab college football scoreboard from the weekend…
Central Washington edged Western Oregon 30-23
North Dakota State surprised Eastern Washington on the Red Carpet 40-13
Jake Browning passed for 259-yards and 2 TD’s, cruising past Montana 63-to-7
The Cougars rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Boise State 47-43 in triple OT
The Seahawks offense struggled, they didn’t get ANY help from the officials, and the defense faded in the second half as Green Bay downed Seattle 17-9 Sunday at Lambeau Field. Russell Wilson was 14-of-27 for 158-yards and sacked three times. The offensive line struggled keeping an aggressive Packer line out of the Hawk’s backfield…something that surprised coach Pete Carroll. Seattle’s Nazir Jones intercepted an Aaron Rodger’s pass and returned it for an apparent touchdown, but the play was called back on a clipping penalty and even more costly, an unnecessary roughness penalty and EJECTION of cornerback Jeremy Lane. The officials said he threw a punch but television replays could find NO punch…something Carroll addressed in the post-game press conference. Seattle returns for its home opener Sunday at CenturyLink Field against the San Francisco 49ers at 1:25.
On the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the NFC West Sunday…
Detroit got out to a quick start and cruised past Arizona 35-23
The Rams surprised the NFL world with a dominating 46-9 polishing of the Colts
There you see the final with the Packers downing the Seahawks 17-9
And Carolina took care of the 49ers 23-3
The Mariners were able to win two-out-of-three from the Angels over the weekend at Safeco Field, but fell Sunday 5-to-3. Justin Upton’s 2-run double keyed a three-run 8th inning as Los Angeles salvaged the final game of the series. Erasmo Ramirez went 6-and-2/3rds, allowing 2 earned runs, but the final that knocked him out of the game was a game-tying solo shot by Luis Valbuena. Manager Scott Servais said Ramirez continues to deliver. Jean Segura hit a solo home run and Nelson Cruz was 2-for-4 at the plate as Seattle collected eight hits. Servais said he was happy, overall, with the offense over the series with some much-needed wins. Seattle now heads to Texas for the first of four games with the Rangers as Ariel Miranda faces Cole Hamels at 5:10.
On the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the American League Wild Card Race…
Kansas City 11, Minnesota 3
New York 16, Texas 7
Cleveland 3, Baltimore 2
The Angels remain a game back of Minnesota while the Royals and Rangers are 2-and-a-half games back. Seattle and Baltimore are still alive at 3-games out.
Our satellite loop is showing us a weak ridge over the area that is flattening out because of a Gulf of Alaska trough that’s beginning to move inland into the Alaska Panhandle and down the BC coast. Over the next 24-36 hours a deep moisture feed you can see on satellite will plow into Vancouver tonight and into the Washington coast during the day Tuesday. This will bring clouds over the Cascades during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday before the storm system moves our way on Thursday with the first good chance of widespread rain in months. Models take the upper low to the northern plains by early in the weekend as high pressure briefly builds back over the Pacific N.W. The upper ridge amplifying is in response to both the departing low as well as a second much more powerful low dropping out of the Gulf of Alaska. This next system is what the Climate Prediction Center is keying in on bringing us a great chance of cooler and wetter weather by early next week.