Evening News April 11

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening 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, We will update you tonight regarding a leaking spillway at Priest Rapids Dam, and, Anglers in North Central Washington will have a sturgeon fishery in the Upper Columbia by the end of the month.

Congressman Dan Newhouse and Cath McMorris Rodgers are applauding a house committee today after the passage of legislation that protects the Columbia and Snake River dams. The bipartisan bill asks the Beureau of Reclamation, the Bonneville Power Administratino and the US Army Corps of Engineers to operate the Federal Columbia River Power System in line with the 2014 Biological Opinion until 2022.

This removes unnecessary federal barriers to water and power resources according to House Natural Resources Committee members, while also protecting the environment to ensure dams and fish can coexist. Newhouse, who has been vocal about protecting the dams in the Columbia and Snake Rivers, says the passage of the legislation helps preserve the benefits of dams for Central Washington communities and hopes work continues to safeguard resources while investing in fish recovery efforts. With a commitment from the Speaker of the House, the legislation will now head to the floor of the House of Representatives for a full vote in the coming weeks.

An update tonight on a story we brought you in late March regarding a leaking spillway at Priest Rapids Dam near Desert Aire. Grant County PUD Public Affairs Officer Ryan Holterhoff says this is a non-failure emergency and crews continue to inspect the dam’s spillway. . .

Holterhoff also says the PUD has reduced the reservoir level behind the dam by approximately 3 feet, which is still within the normal operating range while the inspection work continues.

Anglers in North Central Washington will have a sturgeon fishery in the Upper Columbia by the end of the month.  The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the opening April 29th in the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. This is the third opening of the fishery in the Upper Columbia River, according to Chad Jackson, regional fish manager for Fish and Wildlife.  Between April 29th and September 1st, anglers will be allowed to retain two hatchery sturgeon daily that are between 38 and 72 inches long. The opening is in the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. Anglers are advised to be sure to check the regulations pamphlet about specifics to the fishery and closures around Wanapum, Rock Island and Priest Rapids Dam.

Fisherman looking to reel in big King or Silver Salmon this spring and summer may be out of luck.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Widlife says it has worked with tribal co-managers and the Pacific Fishery Management Council on setting seasons for Chinook and Coho salmon. Because of expected low returns along coastal waters, Puget Sound as well as the Columbia River and its tributaries, state and tribal fishery managers will limit opportunities. The “Fishing Magician” Dave Graybill, who is also a Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner in Washington, says this goes back to an extreme low, and a warm water year in 2015 that coincided with a “BLOB” off the coast. . .

As a result, only 25-percent of the expected Coho run returned in 2015. Salmon and steelhead numbers have suffered since and managers anticipate low numbers of returning Coho and Chinook again in 2018. Graybill says those in the business of catching fish here in the Upper Columbia are greatly affected. . .

Specifics on the salmon fisheries in Washington will be coming out in the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet in late June. Those wanting more information now can go on-line to w-d-f-w dot-wa-dot-gov.

Coming up next, After proposing expanded service a few weeks ago, Link Transit has now decided to keep the existing schedules primarily intact, and, A new law firm has opened in Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Because of extensive public comment about proposed changes made in March to some bus routes, Link Transit has now decided to keep the existing schedules primarily intact. Link Transit Communications Coordinator Eric West says even though the expanded service proposal has been revised, there are still proposed changes to consider. . .

West adds that the later service will improve access to transit for those who work non-traditional work shifts, or who wish to use transit for other purposes. The Link Board Of Directors will make the final decision on these changes at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m.

The City of Wenatchee Community Development Department is seeking artists, or art teams, interested in designing and installing a circular mosaic piece in a beautification project for the gateway at the east end of Stevens Street where it meets Mission Street.

The public art project is designed to provide a neighborhood identity and multi-cultural representation. The project is fast tracked and would need to be completed by October 2018. Project budget of $1,500 covers labor and materials. Foundation and mosaic location will be in place at the site by September 2018. The Stevens/Mission Mosaic Project is a component of the larger Stevens/Mission Gateway that will be constructed in spring/summer 2018. Contact City Hall for more information.

A new law firm has opened in Wenatchee.

Ruth Esparza is a litigation attorney with over 12-years experience in practicing law in the Wenatchee area will be opening her own law practice. Ruth is also a City of Wenatchee Councilmember. Esparza attended Wenatchee Valley College and graduated from Gonzaga University with a Political Science Degree in 2002. At Gonzaga University School of Law, Ruth earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005. Ruth is also a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of Washington. Esparza Law, PLLC will be focusing on general civil litigation including family law, landlord/tenant, wills/estates, contracts, personal injury, and immigration.

The annual Walk M.S. event returns to Walla Walla Point Park this Saturday afternoon. On a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley organizer Pat Quinn-Williams gave us all the details. . .

Participants can register as individuals or teams by visiting (walkms.org). The walk begins at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

We featured a doubleheader of sports LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel yesterday, beginning with baseball and ending with soccer.  First, to Recreation Park we go…

Where the Wenatchee Panthers hosted Eisenhower and all the scoring came in the first inning.  The Cadets scored a run in the top of the first and the Panthers answered in the bottom half of the inning and made it hold up in a 3-1 victory.  I had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard yesterday…

Chelan 10-runned Warden 12-to-2 and Cashmere blasted Cascade 20-to-4.

Turning to softball on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

No, that’s not a football score…the Wenatchee Panthers topped Eisenhower on the road yesterday 20-to-15.  Cascade 10-runned Cashmere in 6-innings 11-to-1 and Soap Lake had no trouble with Manson, winning 20-to-1.

The Wenatchee Panthers were looking to exact some revenge for an earlier road loss at Sunnyside last night in the Apple Bowl, hosting the Grizzlies in a Big 9 soccer match.  The physical contest went scoreless the first 40-minutes and for much of the second half before the visitors found the back of the net.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

So Sunnyside would get the hard-fought, 1-nil road win and take over third place in the Big 9 standings, moving Wenatchee back to fourth.

As we go to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard once again…

Manson doubled up on Tonasket 4-2, Chelan edged Okanogan 2-1 and Cascade came up with a 5-nil shutout of Omak.

Congratulations to Kross Knoll of Cashmere High School.  He was selected as a WIAA Athlete of the week, leading the Bulldogs baseball team to three non-league victories last week.  Knoll was a combined 8-for-11 with five doubles, 7-RBI’s, including a game-winning, walk-off, 2-run single in Cashmere’s come-from-behind win against Cheney at Avista Stadium.

Kyle Seager’s 2-out, 2-run home run broke a 2-2 tie and the Mariners held on to beat Kansas City today 4-2 at Kauffman Field…

Seager drove in three of Seattle’s four runs on the afternoon and got a quality start from big lefty James Paxton.  Big Maple went six innings, allowing 2-runs on 6-hits and striking out 10.  Juan Nicasio worked the 8th for his first win and Edwin Diaz shut down the Royals in the ninth for his 4th save.  Seattle finishes the road trip 4-and-3 and, after a day off tomorrow, hosts Oakland in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field Friday at 7:10.

Thanks Eric…

The 99th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival begins two weeks from Thursday. On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz festival administrator Darci Christoferson encouraged all festival goers to download the festival app on their smart phones to help them navigate through all the events. . .

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

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News, recapping our top stories tonight. . .

Because of extensive public comment about proposed changes made in March to some bus routes, Link Transit has now decided to keep the existing schedules primarily intact. Link Transit Communications Coordinator Eric West says even though the expanded service proposal has been revised, there are still proposed changes to consider. . .

West adds that the later service will improve access to transit for those who work non-traditional work shifts, or who wish to use transit for other purposes. The Link Board Of Directors will make the final decision on these changes at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m.

An update tonight on a story we brought you in late March regarding a leaking spillway at Priest Rapids Dam near Desert Aire. Grant County PUD Public Affairs Officer Ryan Holterhoff says this is a non-failure emergency and crews continue to inspect the dam’s spillway. . .

Holterhoff also says the PUD has reduced the reservoir level behind the dam by approximately 3 feet, which is still within the normal operating range while the inspection work continues.

Anglers in North Central Washington will have a sturgeon fishery in the Upper Columbia by the end of the month.  The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the opening April 29th in the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. This is the third opening of the fishery in the Upper Columbia River, according to Chad Jackson, regional fish manager for Fish and Wildlife.  Between April 29th and September 1st, anglers will be allowed to retain two hatchery sturgeon daily that are between 38 and 72 inches long. The opening is in the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. Anglers are advised to be sure to check the regulations pamphlet about specifics to the fishery and closures around Wanapum, Rock Island and Priest Rapids Dam.

A low-pressure weather system moved in late this afternoon and brought some windy conditions with it. Rain has also developed across parts of Northcentral Washington. This is a very dynamic frontal system, which could bring light to moderate snowfall with heavy accumulations expected in the mountains of up to 8 inches. Travel on mountain passes over the next 24 hours could be hazardous. We have a 40% chance of showers developing late today and a 40% chance tonight. A weak area of high pressure moves over the inland northwest on Thursday ushering in sunny skies and dry conditions, at least for one day. Periods of showers return Friday and into Saturday with another wet weather front bringing valley rain and mountain snow also possible on Sunday. There’s a 40% chance of rain Saturday night and a 50% chance on Sunday. Temperatures will remain generally cooler than normal through the next week and into the weekend before a stronger area of high-pressure moves our way by the first part of next week.

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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 and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.