NCWLIFE Evening News September 9th, 2020

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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, In the wake of the Cold Springs Fire, a Maple Valley family is believed to be missing from their rural Okanogan County property. Improved weather conditions allowed firefighters to make progress Tuesday on containment lines on the Pearl Hill fire burning in Douglas County, and, Two men were killed Saturday when a quad collided with a motorcycle on Sand Dunes Road south of Moses Lake.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A fire at a former lumber mill site near Omak sent huge plumes of black smoke into the air Tuesday. The fire was believed to have been ignited by embers from the Cold Springs Fire, which stared late Sunday near Omak and quickly was driven by heavy winds into Douglas County. The mill on the eastern edge of Omak closed in 2016.

The Cold Springs Fire has burned 163,000 acres in Okanogan County with multiple structures lost. Level 2 and 3 evacuation notices and numerous road and highway closures remain in place.

The fire is under the command of a Type 3 Interagency Management Team with 200 firefighting personnel assigned to the fire. Air resources were used on the fire for the first time Tuesday and will continue today. The fire knocked out wireless telephone service to most of Okanogan County Tuesday and 911 calls had to be rerouted to RiverCom in Wenatchee.

In the wake of the Cold Springs Fire, a Maple Valley family is believed to be missing from their rural Okanogan County property. Jake Hyland, his wife Jamie Hyland and their 1-year-old son Uri are the subject of a search today, organized by the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

Family members say the three were visiting a 20-acre parcel they own east of Brewster on Sunday, and were planning to stay the night. The fire broke out at 9:45 p.m. Sunday evening, and their relatives say they’ve been unable to contact them ever since. An organized search of their Paxton Canyon property and the surrounding area was scheduled to begin this morning. The fire has scorched about 163,000 acres in Okanogan County.

Improved weather conditions allowed firefighters to make progress Tuesday on containment lines on the Pearl Hill fire burning in Douglas County. The fire started Monday morning after embers from the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County jumped the Columbia River.

More than 174,000 acres have burned in Douglas County and numerous structures have been destroyed by the fire, with significant losses in the city of Bridgeport. Homes inside the perimeter of the fire remain on Level 3 evacuation notices and numerous roads and highways remain closed. In addition, some bridges have been burned and will need to be examined to ensure they are safe for travel. Power was restored to Mansfield Tuesday afternoon and to Bridgeport by Tuesday evening after the fire damaged transmission lines.

Two men were killed Saturday when a quad collided with a motorcycle on Sand Dunes Road south of Moses Lake.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Alexander Benefiel of Lake Stevens and 54-year-old Rick Peak of Snohomish both died at the scene after colliding head-on at a high rate of speed at a slight bend in the road. The sheriff’s office said the accident is under investigation and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Benefiel was riding a 2008 Yamaha quad and Peak was riding a 1975 Honda motorcycle when they collided in the middle of the road on the north edge of the Moses Lake Sand Dunes. Both men were wearing helmets.

Coming up next, Soap Lake Police raided a home Monday after receiving multiple tips that a resident there was building an improvised explosive device in an attempt to harm someone. /Three East Wenatchee residents are charged with assault and robbery after allegedly driving a woman to a secluded spot near Spanish Castle, beating her and leaving her by the roadside. /The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is closing all recreational use of its lands east of the Cascades due to high fire danger, and, /Chelan County Superior Court says it will resume jury trials that have been on hold since April due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Soap Lake Police raided a home Monday after receiving multiple tips that a resident there was building an improvised explosive device in an attempt to harm someone.

Soap Lake Police and members of the Interagency Response Team served a search warrant at 11 Fir Street North where they reportedly found the bomb-making materials. The evidence has been removed from the house and police say there was never a threat to the public. The police department says the investigation is ongoing and the name of the suspect and whether they were arrested have not yet been released.

Three East Wenatchee residents are charged with assault and robbery after allegedly driving a woman to a secluded spot near Spanish Castle, beating her and leaving her by the roadside.

The 22-year-old victim was found and treated for bruises and cuts Saturday morning. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say Yvette Ramos, Madeleine Ramos and Eduardo Gonzalez Jr. offered to give the woman a ride from Quincy to Wenatchee, then attacked her and stole her belongings, for allegedly giving evidence in a criminal case. During the incident, the victim said she was punched, choked and struck with a beer bottle before being abandoned.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is closing all recreational use of its lands east of the Cascades due to high fire danger. Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz announced the closure in a press conference Tuesday with Governor Jay Inslee. . .

DNR says it’s also halted timber harvests on its lands. Eastern Washington was the site of 58 new wildfires breaking out Monday alone, and DNR contributed crews and air support to fighting all of them. The majority of those fires are presumed to be human-caused.

Chelan County Superior Court says it will resume jury trials that have been on hold since April due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Getting large pools of potential jurors together was judged too much of a disease risk, but the court system now believes it can minimize the issue by staggering small groups of jury candidates, and requiring masks and distancing. Instead of a small jury room, jurors would deliberate in one of the larger courtrooms. Chelan County judges say restarting trials is critical, since the right to a speedy trial is one of the guarantees in the U.S. Constitution. 

 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. . .

Since August 17th, when local COVID-19 infection rates were the highest in Washington, the pandemic response in Chelan and Douglas counties has been led by a state Incident Management Team. About a half-dozen personnel from the Washington Department of Corrections are coordinating resources in the valley, to carry out public testing and education. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins caught up with the key leaders in the response effort to find out how their team works, and what kind of results they’re seeing. . .

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.

The Seahawks are in their final days of preparation for the NFL season-opener in Atlanta Sunday.  Coach Pete Carroll says, all things considered, they came through training camp in pretty good shape…

Former Seattle defensive end Jadaveon Clowney signed with Tennessee for 13-million dollars Tuesday.  That’s less than the 20-million he wanted and appears to be less than the Seahawks offered him early on.  Coach Carroll says they tried to re-sign him, but it wasn’t in the cards…

Without Clowney, Carroll hopes the additions and changes up front will result in more pressure and quarterback sacks this season…

Seattle kicks off the season in Atlanta Sunday morning at 10 o’clock.  The NFL season kicks off tomorrow night in Kansas City where the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs host the Houston Texans at 5:20.

The Mariners six-game win streak came to an end in San Francisco last night, falling to the Giants 6-5…

Kyle Seager got the Mariners on the board in the 1st on a ground-out RBI.  The Giants tied it in the bottom of the frame only to have J.P. Crawford untie it with a bases-loaded double to score 3 in the second.

A tag-team approach on the mound couldn’t hold the lead, however, as Darin Ruff broke a 5-5 tie in the 7th with a solo home run off Seattle loser Anthony Misiewicz (mih-SHEV-itz).

Mariner starter LJ Newsome had to come out of the game in the second inning after being hit by a line drive.  Seattle manager Scott Servais said the game got difficult from there on…

Evan White was 2-for-4 with a run while Kyle Lewis picked up another couple base hits.  Seattle and San Francisco play again tonight at 6:45 with Nick Margevicius (mar-GAV-itch) getting the start for the Mariners against the Giant’s Tyler Anderson.

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from last night…

Khris Davis had a home run and double and drove in two runs to help Oakland win the first of a doubleheader against Houston 4-2.  In the nightcap, Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th scored George Springer with the game-winner as the Astros claimed a 5-4 win.

Lance Lynn threw 114-pitches over seven innings to help the Rangers snap a six-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Angels.

The A’s lead in the west is 4-and-a-half-games over Houston while Seattle sits in 3rd place at 19-and-23.  Don’t look now, but the Mariners are 2-games back in the Wild Card race.

The racing this weekend at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval will be epic…

Over 40-drivers have signed up to take part in the Jerry Berschauer Memorial 100.  In addition, over 24-cars will take part in the Shepherds Oil Wenatchee Legends Cup.  Of course, add in the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners, Mountain Drew Jr. Late Models and Bandoleros and it’s going to be a great night of racing.

We’ll begin our coverage with Grant Olson and Greg Rentz LIVE on Facebook at 5:30. You can tune in here on TV beginning at 6 o’clock.

In fact, here’s a look at our schedule this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins with Hockey Night tomorrow night as we air a Wenatchee Wild game against Merritt from last September at 7 o’clock.

Friday night is football night as Wenatchee takes on the Eisenhower Cadets at 6:30. Then on Saturday, we’ll wet your whistle with some girls soccer at 2 as Eastmont entertains Wenatchee.  That will be followed by LIVE coverage of racing at WVSO at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Eric. . .

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 night.