NCWLIFE Evening News September 19

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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 fatal crash closes I-90 for several hours yesterday, a garbage truck veers onto the sidewalk in East Wenatchee and a transportation open house aims to improve local traffic. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

Douglas County Commissioners are set to meet this week with residents of the Palisades area to discuss ways to improve response times to wildfires in areas located outside rural fire district boundaries. There’s a movement underway to create so-called Rangeland Wildfire Associations in area’s, such as Palisades Canyon and parts of Northern Douglas County not contained within rural fire districts.

 

The wind-fueled Sutherland Fire started from a lightning strike in the Palisades Canyon earlier this summer. It threatened farmlands and several homes in the area. Some property owners complained afterwards that the blaze could have been contained sooner if not for a faster response.

The Palisades area is a mix of private properties surrounded by State and Federal managed lands. Lee Hemmer owns a Grand Coulee area wheat and cattle ranch that was damaged by wildfire in 2012. He’s asked County Commissioners to consider establishing Rangeland Fire Associations as a means of accessing government grants to pay for local resources not otherwise available . . .

 

Hemmer is a member of the Washington State Wildfire Advisory Committee. Thursday’s meeting starts at 7 pm at the Palisades Grange Hall.

One person is dead and 3 others injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 yesterday West of Cle Elum. According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident shut down traffic for several hours. The three vehicles involved in the crash were travelling eastbound on I-90 in the right lane when a freightliner semi with a trailer, driven by a 48-year-old man from Federal Way, attempted to move right to avoid slowing traffic and struck a Toyota Corolla driven by 18-year-old Martin Ramirez-Cuali of Quincy. The impact caused the Corolla to spin around in the roadway and then the freightliner hit a Mini Cooper driven by Betzaida Mendoza of California, forcing the vehicle into the DOT fence.

 

A passenger in the Corolla, 54-year old Marta M Cuali, died in the accident. State Patrol says the cause of the accident was inattention and charges are pending.

Negligent driving was the cause of a two-vehicle accident Sunday night 4 miles east of George on I-90. Washington State Patrol reports that 56-year old Justin Harris of Baden, Texas fell asleep at the wheel of his 2008 Jeep Commander when he collided with a 2004 Ford F-350 driven by 47-year old Bryan Johnson of Moses Lake. The rear collision caused the Ford truck to leave the roadway and roll, coming to a rest on its wheels. Johnson was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash and both men were wearing seatbelts.

Coming up, a transportation open house aims to improve local traffic, Confluence Health received recognition for clinical research and an After School program will beautify Pennsylvania Park later this month. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

If you live or commute to work in Chelan or Douglas Counties there’s an opportunity this Friday to offer your input on improving local traffic. The Chelan/Douglas Regional Transportation Council is holding an open house to identify what projects should be prioritized for Federal and State funding. Executive Director, Jeff Wilkins, tells NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair how the process works . . .

 

Friday’s open house is from 4 to 6 pm at the Transportation Council’s office located at 11 Spokane Street, Suite 301. More information is available on the group’s website.

Wenatchee Valley Hospital and clinics recently received recognition for the work its clinical research department is doing in conducting pharmaceutical studies and good clinical practice. Confluence Health was awarded a 2017 Certificate of Achievement, which is given in recognition of commitment to the highest standards of clinical research. The award is presented by Quintiles-MS, which is a premiere network of high-performing, high-quality research sites. Wenatchee Valley Hospital and Clinics, in partnership with Quintiles, also promotes collaboration in awareness of, and access to, clinical trials for patients.

Later this month, the public will have a chance to check out a unique After School Art Program at Pennsylvania Park in Wenatchee.

 

Under the guidance of Orchard Middle School art teacher, Adele Caemmerer, students created a variety of dots in various sizes and colors built with materials that will withstand several years of being outdoors. The dots were created over the winter and spring during the After School Program and will be installed using zip ties on a chain link fence in Pennsylvania Park. Students will be responsible for the layout of the dots using a connect-the-dots theme and then will be installed on the fence in various designs and patterns. The art installation is September 29th from 3-5 at Pennsylvania Park in Wenatchee.    

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.

 

On the prep schedule for today…

 

Soccer
Tonasket at Chelan, 4:30pm
Manson at Lake Roosevelt, 4:30pm
Davis at Wenatchee, 7pm LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen
Cascade at Eastmont that WAS scheduled for today has been moved to this Saturday

 

Volleyball
Riverside Christian at Entiat, 5:30pm
Zillah at Cashmere, 6:30pm
Soap Lake at Manson, 6:30pm
Brewster at Waterville-Mansfield, 6:30pm
Cascade at Selah, 7pm
Wenatchee at Davis, 7pm
Eastmont at Chelan, 7pm

 

Girls Swim & Dive
Eastmont at Wenatchee, 4pm

Cross Country
Caribou Trail League and NCW B at Okanogan Invite, 4pm

Slow Pitch Softball
Wenatchee at Davis (DH), 4pm

Pete Carroll calls yesterday “Honesty Monday’s” after getting a chance to look at Sunday’s game film and break down his team’s play.  After meeting with the players, he met with reporters and began with his assessment of Sunday’s 12-9 win over the 49ers:

 

Carroll said he continues to be impressed with rookie running back Chris Carson and expects bigger things from him in the future:

 

He was referring to Thomas Rawls coming off injury.  Carroll said the offensive line continues to make improvements and that they’ll continue to “tweak” things to make it better.  Seattle continues preparations today for a trip to Nashville Sunday to play the Tennessee Titans.

After a day off Monday the Mariners are back at it tonight at Safeco Field against Texas:

 

Jake Leake makes his fourth start for Seattle since being acquired in a trade from St. Louis.  He’s won all three starts so far and improved his season record to 10-and-12.  He’ll go up against the Ranger’s Martin Perez, who is 12-and-11 on the season and had his seven game winning streak snapped by the Mariners last Wednesday.  Game time is 7:10.

There were only a couple games affecting the Wild Card race last night:

 

Boston beat Baltimore 10-8 in 11-innings to remain 3-up in the American League East standings over New York while the Yankees edged Minnesota 2-1 to go up 5-games in front of the Twins in the Wild Card race.  Minnesota’s loss means everyone else in the chase who were idle moves a half-game closer as the Angels trail by a game and a half and Seattle comes into tonight’s series opener with Texas four games out.

 

Thanks Eric…

If your home is letting warm air out in the winter and cool air out in the summer, Chelan County PUD may have an answer. . .

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 our top story…

One person is dead and 3 others injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 yesterday West of Cle Elum. According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident shut down traffic for several hours. The three vehicles involved in the crash were travelling eastbound on I-90 in the right lane when a freightliner semi with a trailer, driven by a 48-year-old man from Federal Way, attempted to move right to avoid slowing traffic and struck a Toyota Corolla driven by 18-year-old Martin Ramirez-Cuali of Quincy. The impact caused the Corolla to spin around in the roadway and then the freightliner hit a Mini Cooper driven by Betzaida Mendoza of California, forcing the vehicle into the DOT fence.

Negligent driving was the cause of a two-vehicle accident Sunday night 4 miles east of George on I-90. Washington State Patrol reports that 56-year old Justin Harris of Baden, Texas fell asleep at the wheel of his 2008 Jeep Commander when he collided with a 2004 Ford F-350 driven by 47-year old Bryan Johnson of Moses Lake. The rear collision caused the Ford truck to leave the roadway and roll, coming to a rest on its wheels. Johnson was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash and both men were wearing seatbelts.

If you live or commute to work in Chelan or Douglas Counties there’s an opportunity this Friday to offer your input on improving local traffic. The Chelan/Douglas Regional Transportation Council is holding an open house to identify what projects should be prioritized for Federal and State funding. Executive Director, Jeff Wilkins tells NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair how the process works . . .

 

Friday’s open house is from 4 to 6 pm at the Transportation Council’s office at 11 Spokane Street, Suite 301. More information is available on the group’s website.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

 

Today through tomorrow, we will continue to see a huge trough of low pressure digging in over the Pacific Northwest as well as an associated cold front. Scattered showers will decrease over our area tonight but we will keep scattered showers in our forecast through Thursday. There also looks to be just enough clearing that fog could be a potential issue overnight tonight for the mountain valleys of northeast WA. Temperatures will remain below normal and continue to trend cooler into Wednesday. Hit and miss showers are expected Thursday and Friday before a drier and warmer pattern returns for the weekend. On Saturday, high pressure builds into the region from the west. This will put the forecast area in a warmer and drier flow especially on Sunday and into next week as we warm up to our normal high temperature of 75 degrees.

 

Considering that Monday was observed as National Cheese burger Day, we thought it would be appropriate to share this video that TVW posted on its Facebook page featuring former Washington State Secretary of State, Ralph Munro. . .

 

NCWLIFE asked our facebook friends to name their favorite burger joints in the Wenatchee Valley. Judging from the dozens of comments we received it looks like Dizzy’s and EZ Burgers Deluxe are local favorites.

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.