Evening News April 04

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. 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, work continues on Eight Mile Lake Dam, a GoFundMe account has been set up for a Moses Lake family, and according to a recent survey, if you’re a Chelan County PUD customer, you’re happy with your utility.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

From the NCWLIFE Pardon our smoke file: Spring prescribed burning has started on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. Forest Spokeswoman, Robin Demario says residents can expect to see some drift smoke from the controlled fires . . .

Demario also reminds rural property owners to make sure their homes are fire safe as they begin spring cleaning chores . . .

Demario says the prescribed burning will be dictated by the weather conditions. You can get more info on the Forest website.

Work continues at 8-Mile Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness as crews with the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District make emergency repairs to the threatened dam. The reservoir is a critical source of water for growers in the Upper Wenatchee Valley. Last summer’s Jack Creek Wildfire caused extensive damage to the lake’s surrounding landscape and there are increased concerns about possible flooding.

Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner tells NCWLIFE News that the repair work is slowed due to restrictions in the designated wilderness area where the lake is located . .

Chelan County Emergency Management has issued warnings to property owners at risk of flooding if the dam should fail.

A GOFUNDME account has been set up for a Moses Lake Family that was victimized in a tragic car crash in which a pregnant mother was killed. 27 year old Alyssa Helterstein died over the weekend when the family’s car crashed on Interstate 90 near North Bend. Her husband and two children survived the accident. His brother set up the GOFUNDME account to help pay medical bills and funeral costs.

Coming up next, the interviews are done, now it’s time to make a choice for the Port of Chelan County. I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The job interviews are over and now the Chelan County Port Commissioners will have to decide which of the four final candidates to hire as the District’s new Deputy Director. Steve Hair covered yesterday’s session and filed a report . . .

Chelan County PUD customers are highly satisfied with their hometown utility with 97 percent of those responding to a recent survey scoring the District a “4” or “5” on a 5-point scale. Three out of four customers rated their satisfaction at the top of the scale, saying they were “highly satisfied” with Chelan PUD. . .

Bill Robinson of Robinson Research reviewed the positive survey results for PUD commissioners Monday, cautioning them not to expect scores to improve in future surveys. The overall satisfaction in this year’s customer satisfaction survey is 3 percent higher than the last survey in 2016 and 5 percent higher than in 2014. Full results of the survey are on the PUD website.

Robinson’s firm contacted 402 Chelan PUD customers by phone landline and mobile in February and March.

Much like the ABC TV show ‘Shark Tank,’ six companies from across Washington State will compete for 100 thousand dollars at the 2018 Flywheel Investment Conference on April 19 in Wenatchee.

Six finalists were selected this week from a variety of industries who are using technology to problem solve in areas like healthcare, sports and travel from Rock Island and Cashmere to Port Townsend and the Seattle Metro area. Here’s Adam Greenberg CEO and founder of Iunu (ee-new)– He presented his start-up at last year’s Flywheel Conference and has been able to raise over six million dollars since the event…

Directed by GWATA, the Flywheel conference is an opportunity for start-up companies to find potential investors in North Central Washington to jump start their growth. For the full schedule of the conference and more information on the six finalists, visit NCWLIFE.com.

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.

 

The Wenatchee Wild won for the 7th straight time in the playoffs with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of its series against Trail last night, as we go to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

It would be the Smoke Eaters who got on the board first.  But AJ Vanderbeck and Jasper Weatherby would have an answer as their goals helped push Wenatchee to within a game of reaching the BCHL Finals.  Austin Park was a brick wall in net, stopping 27 of 28 shots, including a flurry down the stretch by Trail.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee can wrap up the series in Game 4 tonight at Cominco Arena at 7 o’clock.

In boys soccer last night, Cashmere came away with a shutout and Wenatchee won in overtime, but first, we go to Eastmont as the Wildcats hosted West Valley in a Big 9 tilt.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As we head to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

There you see Eastmont over West Valley 5-1.  Wenatchee’s Johnathan Tronberg scored a golden goal in the first overtime to help the Panthers win at Davis 2-1.  And Cashmere shut out Colville 1-nil.

In high school baseball Tuesday…

Cashmere travelled to Avista Stadium for a doubleheader against teams from the Lilac-City Area.  The Bulldogs won the opener over Freeman 9-2 and then came back for the nightcap win, downing Cheney 11-10.  Eastmont travelled to Moses Lake and fell to the Chiefs 5-1.

Here’s what we have coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule for the rest of the week…

We’re back on the pitch tonight, this time at the Apple Bowl for a non-league tilt between Wenatchee and Pasco.  Kickoff is at 6 o’clock with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the call.  We’ll feature Game 1 of the Wenatchee Wild and Trail Smoke Eater series tomorrow night during Hockey Night at 7 o’clock.  Then on Friday, we’ll pick up the second game of a doubleheader between Eastmont and Moses Lake in baseball at Dan White Field at around 5:30.  Saturday’s schedule has changed as the Eastmont-Quincy soccer match won’t happen.  So, Wenatchee-Trail Game 2 will air at 2pm, followed by Game 3 at 7pm.

The Seattle Mariners built a big lead early and held on to down San Francisco in the bay area Tuesday 6-4.  Back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard we go…

The top of the order was stellar for Seattle as D Gordon and Jean Segura went a combined 6-for-9 with 3-runs and a double.  The M’s posted a 4-run, first-inning lead for former Wenatchee AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzalez, who got the win, allowing 3-runs on 6-hits in 6-and-a-third innings.  Seattle and the Giants wrap up the quick, two-game series today with a 4:15 game time at AT&T Park.  Felix Hernandez will go up against Johnny Cueto.

The Wenatchee Police Department is offering free training to local businesses on how to respond to an event where an active shooter may be present. Officer Cory Bernaiche gave a presentation yesterday at the Wenatchee Convention Center on how to be prepared.

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, to recap our top stories tonight…

From the NCWLIFE Pardon our smoke file: Spring prescribed burning has started on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. Forest Spokeswoman, Robin Demario says residents can expect to see some drift smoke from the controlled fires.  She also reminds rural property owners to make sure their homes are fire safe as they begin spring cleaning chores.  Demario says the prescribed burning will be dictated by the weather conditions. You can get more info on the Forest website.

Work continues at 8-Mile Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness as crews with the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District make emergency repairs to the threatened dam. The reservoir is a critical source of water for growers in the Upper Wenatchee Valley. Last summer’s Jack Creek Wildfire caused extensive damage to the lake’s surrounding landscape and there are increased concerns about possible flooding.  Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner tells NCWLIFE News that the repair work is slowed due to restrictions in the designated wilderness area where the lake is located.  Chelan County Emergency Management has issued warnings to property owners at risk of flooding if the dam should fail.

A GOFUNDME account has been set up for a Moses Lake Family that was victimized in a tragic car crash in which a pregnant mother was killed. 27 year old Alyssa Helterstein died over the weekend when the family’s car crashed on Interstate 90 near North Bend. Her husband and two children survived the accident. His brother set up the GOFUNDME account to help pay medical bills and funeral costs.

The rains held off for the most part over North Central Washington during the day today, but are expected to move in this evening.  Let’s take a look out our weather window provided to us by Sky-Fi…

Not a bad day across the area with dry conditions and temperatures around 50, low 50’s for the Wenatchee Valley.  A warm, wet storm system is slowly moving into the northwest…

Here you see light and variable winds across most of Washington and the low sitting off the coast, which is actually sucking winds off-shore in a counter-clockwise rotation.  Precipitation was light and fell in the form of light rain in the mountains and some light snow in the higher elevations.  The cloud cover was high and light over Eastern Washington with a thickening front moving in over Western Washington.  The radar for the Northwest shows the wet, storm front moving slowly over the coast and into the interior as the day progressed.

So what does that mean?  Wet weather will continue through the weekend over the entire region with perhaps a small, brief break during part of the day on Friday.  By the weekend, minor flooding issues may develop.

Tonight – 30-percent chance of rain with clouds and a low of 41

Tomorrow – Rain likely with a high of 54.

Tomorrow Night – Showers tapering off with a low of 41.

Friday – Cloudy with a slight chance of showers, a high of 56.

Saturday – Rain mainly before Noon, heavy at times, high of 58.

Sunday – Slight chance of rain, early, then mostly cloudy, high of 59.

In our Video of the Day, the dream continues of individual flight.  For your consumption, the Scorpion 3 Hoverbike…

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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.