Evening News April 06

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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, a school funding measure will help area roads, a local mental health facility has chosen its leadership, and new election rules could make it tougher for those who run local elections.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The April 24th election ballots are being mailed out today for voters in North Central Washington. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says he anticipates a good turnout given the issues to be decided. . .

In Douglas County the only measure on the ballot is an M and O levy in the Brewster School District. Grant County voters will decide Levies in the Moses Lake and Wilson Creek School Districts and a proposed sales tax increase to pay for transportation improvements in the City of Ephrata.

There’s more money added to Chelan County’s road maintenance budget thanks to passage of the Federal Omnibus Spending bill. It contains over 700-thousand dollars in so-called Secure Rural Schools Act funding after Congress reauthorized the source of revenue. Commissioners say it came as welcome news and they credit our Northwest Congressional delegation for making it happen . . .

The SRS program provides assistance to rural counties and school districts affected by the decline in revenue from timber harvests on federal lands.

Construction work is nearing completion on a new Mental Health Residential Treatment and Crisis Stabilization Center in Wenatchee. Steve Hair reports . . .

Coming up next, unfunded mandates could make it more difficult for local elections staff to do their jobs. I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says new election rules could place a greater burden on his staff. Moore appeared as a guest on the TVW program, Inside Olympia, Thursday evening. The program focused on unfunded government mandates and the financial stress they place on local government. Moore cited the new same-day voter registration law as a case in point . .

The unfunded mandates program on TVW will be rebroadcast on NCWLIFE News at a yet to be determined date and time. Stay tuned for more.

A settlement is reached in a lawsuit brought by the family of an Orondo woman who was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 97 in 2015. The lawsuit was filed by the family of Carmela Cuellar Alvarez who was killed when her car was struck by a box truck owned by Diamond Freight Systems of Yakima. The crash also involved a school bus injuring several students and the Orondo School District bus driver. The truck driver eventually pled guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. The civil case was dismissed last month by Douglas County Superior Court Judge, John Hotchkiss after attorney’s on both sides agreed to a settlement. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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 will look to wrap up its Interior Division Final series against Trail tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

Wenatchee leads the best-of-seven series 3-games-to-1 after falling at Trail Wednesday night 5-2.  The loss snapped the Wild’s 7-game, post-season winning streak.  The puck will drop tonight at 7:05 and after the huge crowds that came out to Cominco Arena in Trail this week, the Wild are looking for a big turnout tonight to help cheer them on.  If Trail wins tonight, the series would move back to BC for Game 6 tomorrow at 7.  A Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Wenatchee Monday at 7:05.  Arch Ecker stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning with Dan Kuntz and talked about the series and how tough a team Trail is for the Wild to get past into the BCHL Finals…

Area baseball teams wrap up Spring Break on the diamonds today and tomorrow as we look at the weekend prep schedule…

Cascade hosts Blaine and Meridian in a doubleheader today in Peshastin beginning at Noon.  Blaine then travels to Chelan for single afternoon game with the Goats at 4:30.  Eastmont hosts Moses Lake in a Big 9 doubleheader today at Dan White Field beginning at 3pm.  NCWLIFE Channel will broadcast the second game, beginning around 5 with Eric Granstrom on the play-by-play.  Saturday, Chelan plays two at Connell while Waterville-Mansfield hosts Tonasket for a twin bill, beginning at 11am.

In girls, fastpitch softball today…

Cascade hosts Mt. Baker in a doubleheader at 1pm.  Saturday, Chelan travels to Connell for two while Cashmere hosts two with Cle Elum, beginning at 11am

There will be a couple games on the pitch today…

Chelan hosts Warden this morning at 11 while Eastmont travels to Eisenhower for a night game with the Cadets kicking off at 7pm.

There will not be a hotel room available from here to Leavenworth and even Chelan this weekend…

It is the Triple Crown Wenatchee Season Opener in youth baseball.  137-teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest will be spread throughout 12 baseball fields and complexes in the Wenatchee Valley tomorrow and Sunday.  Hopefully the weather cooperates, especially tomorrow.  That’s about 16-hundred kids hoping to play baseball here this weekend in 9U through 14U action.

A funny thing happened at the park to Mariner’s starting pitcher James Paxton in Minneapolis yesterday.  As the Twins celebrated its 2018 home opener, a bald eagle was turned loose to fly around Target Field during the National Anthem.  Now to the game itself, where things got off to a good start as the Mariners scored 2-runs in the first inning….

But Seattle could not make it hold up as Minnesota came back for the 4-2 win.  Paxton looked good, going 5-innings, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits with 7 strikeouts.  The M’s have a day off today before resuming its series with the Twins Saturday at 11:15am.  Mike Leake starts against Jose Berrios.

Today is day 2 of the Masters.  Jordan Spieth shot a 6-under 66 for a two shot lead in yesterday’s first round.  Tiger Woods says he’s bouncing back from a first-round 73.  Sergio Garcia goes “Tin Cup” putting 5 balls in the water on the 15th to tie the worst score on a hole in Masters history with a 13.  Today, the leaders came back to the pack as Spieth had a rough opening 9, dropping two strokes back to 2-under.  Go to Masters.com for the latest on today’s second round.

Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend and there are lots of activities around the Valley for you take in. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has the details. . .

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…

The April 24th election ballots are being mailed out today for voters in North Central Washington. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says he anticipates a good turnout given the issues to be decided. . .

In Douglas County the only measure on the ballot is an M and O levy in the Brewster School District. Grant County voters will decide Levies in the Moses Lake and Wilson Creek School Districts and a proposed sales tax increase to pay for transportation improvements in the City of Ephrata.

There’s more money added to Chelan County’s road maintenance budget thanks to passage of the Federal Omnibus Spending bill. It contains over 700-thousand dollars in so-called Secure Rural Schools Act funding after Congress reauthorized the source of revenue. Commissioners say it came as welcome news and they credit our Northwest Congressional delegation for making it happen . . .

The SRS program provides assistance to rural counties and school districts affected by the decline in revenue from timber harvests on federal lands.

Construction work is nearing completion on a new Mental Health Residential Treatment and Crisis Stabilization Center in Wenatchee. Steve Hair reports . . .

A settlement is reached in a lawsuit brought by the family of an Orondo woman who was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 97 in 2015. The lawsuit was filed by the family of Carmela Cuellar Alvarez who was killed when her car was struck by a box truck owned by Diamond Freight Systems of Yakima. The crash also involved a school bus injuring several students and the Orondo School District bus driver. The truck driver eventually pled guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. The civil case was dismissed last month by Douglas County Superior Court Judge, John Hotchkiss after attorney’s on both sides agreed to a settlement. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Despite our forecast of rain, it’s been a pretty dry day across much of North Central Washington.  Let’s take a look out our weather window brought to you by Sky-Fi…

Considerable low and upper level clouds persisted throughout the region, and the state, for that matter today with temperatures across North Central Washington in the 50’s.

The low pressure system that’s been spinning off the coast is making its way on-shore.  As we look at it, it’s really dragging a ton of moisture into Northern California today.  Another round of rain will arrive Saturday morning followed by gusty winds Saturday afternoon into Sunday.  A break in our wet and breezy weather pattern is expected Monday.  Another series of moist fronts will begin Tuesday, bringing periods of rain and gusty winds into the end of next week.

So here’s our forecast…

Tonight – Increasing rains overnight with a tenth to a quarter inch of rain possible late, the nighttime low of 45.

Tomorrow – Heavy rains early in the day with another tenth to a quarter inch of rain possible, drying in the afternoon with winds from the west 10-to-15 miles per hour, gusting to 24 at times.  Saturday’s high will be 58.

Tomorrow Night – A 30-percent chance of rain and gusty winds continuing, a low of 42.

Sunday – Partly sunny and very windy with winds westerly increasing through the day to 20-plus miles per hour, gusting to over 30mph in the afternoon.  Sunday’s high should be 62.

Next week – Partly sunny and dry Monday with a high of 64.  Rain returns Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the upper 50’s to around 60.  Nighttime lows in the 40’s.

It’s time for our video of the day…

 

A moderate earthquake registering 5.3 was felt in Southern California. It was centered just outside of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California in Ventura County. National Park officials reported no damage or injuries. No tsunami threat but it ruffled a few feathers.

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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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.