Evening News April 05

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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, the DOT honors those killed in work zones, voters should have received ballots of a 120-million dollar Wenatchee High School Bond, and Wenatchee Valley College is hosting an open house this weekend.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Grant County Sheriff’s office has issued a news release detailing new information in what appears to be a widening investigation into the 2016 murder of Jill Sundberg near George. Detectives say the arrest of two women this week in connection with another murder near Royal City could be related. Steve Hair has been following the story.

Stemilt will pay 95-thousand dollars to a female farmworker to settle a lawsuit involving sexual harassment and retaliation. A news release issued by the Northwest Justice Project says the Wenatchee-based tree fruit company will also be required to implement a complaint procedure that protects victims’ privacy and provide anti-discrimination training to all supervisors and employees. The suit was brought by Heidi Corona Arizaga who worked for Stemilt as an orchard tractor driver. Her claim alleged that her supervisor made unwanted sexual advances and, when she asked to speak to someone higher up at the company, her request was denied. Corona ended up being reassigned to a packing warehouse where she was paid less than what she earned as a tractor driver.

The Washington State Department of Transportation on Wednesday honored the 60 DOT workers killed in work zone-related incidents since 1950 at the annual Worker Memorial.

Cones, roses and hard hats represent the 60 WSDOT workers killed in work zone-related incidents since 1950 at the headquarters building in Olympia.

Members of the Washington State Patrol lead friends and families of workers killed in work zone-related incidents to the Worker Memorial in Olympia. Members of the DOT’s Honor Guard line the path.

Coming up next, it’s April and that means elections for the Wenatchee School District and Chelan County Fire District 7. I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Ballots will be arriving over the next few days to voters in the Wenatchee School District who are being asked to approve a $120 million dollar construction bond to upgrade and renovate Wenatchee High School. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz has more:

Ballots are being mailed out Friday for the April 24th Special Election in Chelan County. Voters in Chelan will decide the fate of a maintenance and operations levy proposed by Chelan County Fire District 7. Supporters say the funding is essential to maintaining an adequate number of firefighters as well as faster response times and replacing or repairing outdated equipment.

Proposition One would establish a new tax rate of $1.32 or an increase of 40 cents per thousand dollar valuation.

Wenatchee Valley College is hosting their Open House this Saturday from 11 – 3. There will be mini lectures, alumni events, tours, workshops, and more. Megan McPherson has the story.

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.

 

There will be a Game 5 and it will be in Wenatchee Friday night after Trail defeated the Wenatchee Wild 5-2 last night in Game 4 of their Interior Division Final Series…

It seemed last night that the Smoke Eaters made up for all the near-misses the night before, as Trail jumped out to a 3-zero first period lead.  Wenatchee cut the lead to one in the second, but Trail answered and avoided being swept in the best-of-seven series.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy HockeyTV…

Game 5 will be tomorrow night at the Town Toyota Center with the puck dropping at 7:05.

It was a rematch of last year’s State Soccer Playoffs at the Apple Bowl last night as the Wenatchee Panthers hosted the #1-ranked Pasco Bulldogs.  The game lived up to the expectations as the two sides would play 80-minutes tied.  Two overtimes tied.  And the match would be decided by a shootout.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

And there you have it on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard, Wenatchee knocking off Pasco 3-2 in a shootout victory.  The Panthers improved to 7-2-1 with the win.

Here’s what we have on tap for the NCWLIFE Broadcast Schedule…

Tonight during “Hockey Night”, we’ll feature Game 1 of the Wenatchee Wild’s series with Trail.  It all starts at 7 o’clock.  We’ll have baseball on tomorrow as Eastmont hosts Moses Lake at Dan White Field at about 5:30.  Then on Saturday, tune in for Games 2 and 3 of the Wenatchee/Trail series at 2pm and 7pm.

Felix Hernandez had a hard time finding the strike zone on San Francisco yesterday, and when he did, Giant hitters put it over the fence as the Mariners lost 10-1 yesterday…

Hernandez allowed 8-runs on 6-hits, three home runs and walked five as the M’s and Giants split the two game series.  Daniel Vogelbach (VOGEL-bahk) drove in Seattle’s lone run.

The Mariners are in Minneapolis to face the Twins in their home opener.  Things got a little interesting for Seattle starter James Paxton in the pre-game ceremony…

We’ll get you the score tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

 

It’s going on two years since the disappearance of Jesse Rubio of Wenatchee and police say they are no closer to finding her now than they were when she went missing. The 23 year old woman was last sighted in the area of South Wenatchee Avenue and Ferry Street on June 23rd 2016. Captain Edgar Reinfeld commented on that case and he also provides an update on an older missing person case that also remains unsolved . .

 

A fundraiser is slated for April 22 at the Wenatchee Eagles to help increase the reward for information on Jessie’s whereabouts. Various local businesses have donated items for a silent auction along with a chili dog feed. The Police Department welcomes any new tips or leads on either of the two cases. Contact RiverCom if you have any information about their whereabouts.

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…

Stemilt will pay 95-thousand dollars to a female farmworker to settle a lawsuit involving sexual harassment and retaliation. A news release issued by the Northwest Justice Project says the Wenatchee-based tree fruit company will also be required to implement a complaint procedure that protects victims’ privacy and provide anti-discrimination training to all supervisors and employees. The suit was brought by Heidi Corona Arizaga who worked for Stemilt as an orchard tractor driver. Her claim alleged that her supervisor made unwanted sexual advances and, when she asked to speak to someone higher up at the company, her request was denied. Corona ended up being reassigned to a packing warehouse where she was paid less than what she earned as a tractor driver.

The Washington State Department of Transportation on Wednesday honored the 60 DOT workers killed in work zone-related incidents since 1950 at the annual Worker Memorial.

Cones, roses and hard hats represent the 60 WSDOT workers killed in work zone-related incidents since 1950 at the headquarters building in Olympia.

Members of the Washington State Patrol lead friends and families of workers killed in work zone-related incidents to the Worker Memorial in Olympia. Members of the DOT’s Honor Guard line the path.

Ballots will be arriving over the next few days to voters in the Wenatchee School District who are being asked to approve a $120 million dollar construction bond to upgrade and renovate Wenatchee High School.

Ballots are being mailed out Friday for the April 24th Special Election in Chelan County. Voters in Chelan will decide the fate of a maintenance and operations levy proposed by Chelan County Fire District 7. Supporters say the funding is essential to maintaining an adequate number of firefighters as well as faster response times and replacing or repairing outdated equipment.

Proposition One would establish a new tax rate of $1.32 or an increase of 40 cents per thousand dollar valuation.

Wenatchee Valley College is hosting their Open House this Saturday from 11 – 3. There will be mini lectures, alumni events, tours, workshops, and more.

 A damp day was the norm for all of North Central Washington today.  Not a lot of moisture fell, just light drizzle with occasional showers.  Let’s take a look out our weather window provided by Sky-Fi…

As you can see, cloudy and rainy conditions were prevalent throughout the region with mild temperatures, mostly in the upper 40’s to low 50’s.  I was looking out our climate data and would LOVE to know who remembers the Wenatchee Valley in 1977?  That must have been a spring break for the ages with tons of people flocking to Lake Chelan because we had temperatures in the upper 70’s all week long 41-years ago!

Now, let’s talk about what’s happening tonight and into your weekend…

Thanks to our friends at Windy dot com, here you get a good look at the low pressure system that’s been slowly spinning off the coast of British Columbia.  As we get through tomorrow and into Saturday, it’s going to break down and spin some very wet and windy weather our way.  This will create some flooding situations, especially in Western Washington, and increasing the avalanche hazards in the mountains through the weekend.

So here’s our forecast for our area…

Tonight – Rain likely mainly before midnight with a low of 43.

Tomorrow – 30-percent chance of rain with a high of 56.

Tomorrow Night – Heavy rains beginning late with a low of 42.

Saturday – Heavy rains, maybe a quarter to half-inch possible, through midday with a high of 58, then winds picking up in the afternoon with gusts to 24-miles per hour possible.

Saturday Night into Sunday – The rains will begin to taper off Saturday night and leave us with partly sunny and breezy conditions Sunday.  Lows around 43 Saturday night and a high Sunday of 60.

The mountain forecast is not pretty with heavy snows falling above 6,000 feet and tons of rain on the pass levels, possibly an inch tonight and 6-inches of rain Saturday and Saturday night.  They’ve issued flood advisories for the coast and southwest Washington and expect high winds throughout Western Washington Saturday with steady winds 20-to-30mph with gusts possible 45-to-50mph.

In our Video of the Day, we’re featuring the Pet of the Week from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson…

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening 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). 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.