NCWLIFE Evening News September 3, 2019

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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, An East Wenatchee home sustained damage in a Sunday afternoon fire. A wildfire in the Manson area was contained late yesterday afternoon after burning several vehicles in the area. A firefighter who was badly burned while battling a wildfire in Okanogan County Sunday remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and, Smoke from a prescribed burn was highly visible from Highway 20 near Winthrop.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police are seeking information in connection with an armed robbery at a South Miller Street grocery store on Friday night.

Police say two gunmen reportedly robbed Ernie’s Grocery shortly before 10 PM. Authorities say they are aware of at least one witness who saw the suspects immediately before the robbery. They are now trying to contact the witness who made the phone call immediately before the robbery.

If you have information in this case, please call Rivercom at (509) 663-9911, reference case number 19W012563, Officer Koch. Police did not release any information regarding the suspect’s physical description. Captain Edgar Reinfeld reported no new developments in the case as of Tuesday morning. No suspect descriptions have been released.

An East Wenatchee home sustained damage in a Sunday afternoon fire. Crews from Douglas and Chelan County were called out around 2:30 pm to the home located in the area of 11th and Grover streets. These images were shared by a neighboring property owner on Facebook.

Officials with Douglas County Fire District 2 say the blaze started in some shrubbery and spread to the roof and attack. The home was reportedly in the process of being sold. An account has been set up on gofundme to help the owners.

A wildfire in the Manson area was contained late yesterday afternoon after burning several vehicles in the area. The fire broke out around 2 pm in the Washington Creek Road area. The cause is not known.

It spread to about 10 acres of grass and brush. Manson fire officials say it destroyed one structure, three RVs and a tractor. No injuries. Local and State fire crews responded. The fire was contained around 5:30 pm.  Thanks to Lake Chelan Now for sharing these images from the fire.

A firefighter who was badly burned while battling a wildfire in Okanogan County Sunday remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Okanogan County Emergency Management reports Assistant Chief Christian Johnson with Okanogan County Fire District #3 Okanogan, was injured while engaged on the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan. As of Monday evening he was reported to be in a medically-induced coma. He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 50-60% of his body and his airway has been scored at 2 out of 4 for damage (4 being the worst). They are attempting to stabilize him so they can perform surgery for skin grafts. The Spring Coulee Fire started around 4:00 pm just off B & O Road North between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road. The fire quickly spread to the north. It was all hands on deck with Fire District #3 Omak, Okanogan and Malott, along with Fire District #7 Riverside, and Fire District #9 Conconully Rural responding with help from DNR ground and air resources. The fire was contained in about an hour and a half after blackening nearly 142 acres. The fire’s cause was under investigation. An account is being set up at a local Okanogan County bank to assist the injured firefighter’s family with whatever may be needed during their crisis.

If you noticed smoke in Okanogan County today it’s because the U.S. Forest Service also burned about 105 acres in the Methow Valley area 8 miles northwest of Winthrop. Smoke dispersed to the east throughout the day and was highly visible from Highway 20 in the area.

The prescribed fire was one of several planned in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest this fall. The burns help reduce the threat of future catastrophic wildfires by eliminating accumulated timber slash and other fuels.

Coming up next, Chelan County PUD received some good news recently regarding the future of Rock Island Dam. Funding for Wenatchee Valley College’s migrant education program has been renewed for another five years, and, Former Eighth District Representative Dave Reichert is considering running for governor next year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

County PUD received some good news recently regarding the future of Rock Island Dam. Federal regulators have indicated that the District’s investments in powerhouse upgrades and dam spillway safety qualify for “early action credit” toward its next operating license. The positive ruling is expected to help Chelan PUD take actions earlier and ensures the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will consider the actions towards a maximum, 50-year term for Rock Island’s new license starting in 2029.

Chelan PUD requested early action credit for investments at Rock Island Dam that will total $710 million by 2029. PUD General Manager, Steve Wright credited support from Northwest lawmakers for the success in getting the early action credit added to the Federal Power Act. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell were recognized by Wright as instrumental in getting the change approved in Congress. The Aug. 9th FERC ruling is the first on early action credit under the new law.

Funding for Wenatchee Valley College’s migrant education program has been renewed for another five years.

The five-year federal grant will provide $425,000 a year to continue the College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP. Last year was the 10th year of the program at WVC. It is designed to provide support services as well as financial support to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families during their first year of college. The program serves about 55 students per year, with 85 percent of the enrollees returning for a second year at Wenatchee Valley College.

Former Eighth District Representative Dave Reichert is considering running for governor next year, according to a Republican Party official. Reichert, the former sheriff of King County, served seven terms in Congress before deciding last year not to seek re-election.

He would be the first high-profile Republican to step forward as a possible challenger to Democrat Jay Inslee, who is seeking his third term. State Republican Party Chairman Caleb Heimlich floated the idea of Reichert running over the weekend, saying he is considering it. Washington hasn’t had a Republican governor since John Spellman in the mid-1980s.

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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Senator Brad Hawkins kicked off his 3rd annual listening tour today in Cashmere and Leavenworth. Hawkins will cover much of the 12th District including Quincy, Mansfield, Pateros, Twisp and Mazama during the week-long tour to listen to ideas and thoughts of his constituents. In tonight’s feature story, Senator Hawkins recently joined host Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. He says the listening tour allows him to hear ideas and concerns that can be turned into successful legislative action. . .

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.

Kyle Schwarber had a three-run triple to highlight a five-run seventh, and the Cubs snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak in a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 2 and drove in a run for Chicago, which remained 3 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cubs have a 2 1/2-game lead for the second wild card in the NL.

The Cubs were coming off back-to-back shutout losses to the Milwaukee Brewers. Before Sunday, they hadn’t been shut out in back-to-back games at Wrigley Field since August 2013 vs. the Dodgers.

Jason Heyward led off the seventh with a walk against reliever Matt Wisler and stole second. One out later, Kris Bryant walked. Left-hander Taylor Guil-beau then came on to face Rizzo, who stroked a sharp single to center to score Heyward.

On the play, Bryant and Rizzo advanced on a throwing error by center fielder Jake Fraley, and then pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. was intentionally walked to load the bases. Schwarber followed with a grounder down the line that hit off first base and rolled down the line in foul territory as all three runners scored for a 4-1 Chicago lead.

Hendricks allowed one run on three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out seven. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter despite only throwing 81 pitches.

Seattle rookie Justus Sheffield left with the lead after tossing five scoreless innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out a career-high seven.

Cubs LHP Jon Lester (11-9, 4.36 ERA) faces Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (1-4, 6.02) in the finale of the two-game series Tuesday night in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners.

The Huskies and the Cougars debuted new quarterbacks on Saturday and neither disappointed.  Jacob Eason threw for 349 yards in leading the Dawgs to an 47-14 beat-down of Eastern Washington while Anthony Gordon threw for 5 touchdowns in a 58-7 blowout of New Mexico State.  The Huskies play their 1st. league game of the year against Cal on Saturday night while the cougs have an afternoon tilt at Martin Stadium as they welcome Northern Colorado.

For the preps, it’s time to buckle the chin straps as high school football gets underway on Friday night.  The Wenatchee Panthers host Mount Si at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. We will have that game live here on the NCW Life Channel.  The Eastmont Wildcats start their season at historic Stadium High in Tacoma as they face Wilson High.  Both games kick off @ 7PM.

The smaller schools in North Central Washington also get going on Friday night with the games you see there.  All of these contests kickoff @ 7PM.

The talk of the NFL over the weekend was the Seahawks acquiring All-Pro defensive end Jadeveon (jah-VAY-dee-on) Clowney from the Texans for two 2020 draft picks.  Clowney talked about playing for the “12’s” at Century Link instead of against the 12’s . .

Hawks fans can see for themselves this Sunday as Seattle opens their new season at home against the Bengals.

T hanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

Wenatchee police are seeking information in connection with an armed robbery at a South Miller Street grocery store on Friday night.

Police say two gunmen reportedly robbed Ernie’s Grocery shortly before 10 PM. Authorities say they are aware of at least one witness who saw the suspects immediately before the robbery. They are now trying to contact the witness who made the phone call immediately before the robbery.

If you have information in this case, please call Rivercom at (509) 663-9911, reference case number 19W012563, Officer Koch. Police did not release any information regarding the suspect’s physical description. Captain Edgar Reinfeld reported no new developments in the case as of Tuesday morning. No suspect descriptions have been released.

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). 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.