Evening News April 16

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Good Monday 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, Stemilt Growers announced it is adding Yakima based Hansen Fruit Company as a grower/marketing partner, and, A Chelan County PUD contractor will rebuild the boat launch parking lot at Old Mill Park closing the launch for a time this Summer.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
An Ephrata man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle crashed on Highway 28 near Quincy. State Troopers say it happened on State Route 28 seven miles from Quincy when 65-year old Kurt Kinzel of Ephrata lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle at milepost 23. The bike slammed into the guardrail ejecting the rider who was declared dead at the scene. State Patrol says speed may have been the cause of the deadly crash which is still under investigation.
State Patrol also reports that on Friday night near Cle Elum, three were injured following a 5-vehicle crash on I-90. The accident involved three semi-trucks and two cars. The accident happened just before noon Friday when the two cars involved in the crash attempted to exit off the interstate.
A freight-liner semi-truck was also attempting to exit when he ran into the rear of one of the cars causing it to crash into the car ahead of it, which in turn caused the other two semi’s to crash into the rear of the offending truck in the chain reaction accident. Interstate 90 was partially blocked for almost 5 hours because of the accident. The driver that caused the accident was transported by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Healthcare and the other two people injured in the crash were treated at the scene. The driver of the Freight-liner was charged with following too close.
In a press release late last week, Stemilt Growers announced it is adding Yakima based Hansen Fruit Company as a grower/marketing partner. Stemilt will assist in marketing the balance of the 2017 apple crop. Starting in June, Hansen’s upcoming 2018 cherry and apple crops will be exclusively marketed by Stemilt. The press release said Hansen Fruit Company is a high quality grower-packer-shipper that aligns well with Stemilt’s commitment to people, customers and consumers. West Mathison, President of Stemilt, is excited about Hansen Fruit Company coming on board and believes the families are like-minded and well aligned. Stemilt will perform all of Hansen Fruit Company’s sales and marketing. The fruit will be packed under Stemilt’s marketing programs.

A Chelan County PUD contractor will rebuild the boat launch parking lot at Old Mill Park after more than 20 years of service. The PUD looked at options to keep the boat launch open. However, after analyzing safety concerns, for the public and workers, it was determined that closing the launch offered the safest, fastest and most cost-efficient approach to complete the job. The parking lot work includes new asphalt, storm drainage system inspection, all new concrete curbing and new striping. The project also included removing 18 maple trees in March and planting another variety better suited for conditions when paving is completed. Alternate boat launch locations include the Manson Bay Boat Launch, the City of Chelan Lakeshore Marina and the Chelan Riverwalk Boat Launch.

Coming up next, The United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties is positioned to enter the next phase of transition in finding a new Director, and, Doctor Ann Diamond, independent candidate for the State’s 12th legislative district will be holding a second town hall meeting with interested voters in a Town Hall gathering in Wenatchee tonight. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
After four months under the watchful eye of Interim Executive Director, Sara Urdahl, the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties is positioned to enter the next phase of transition. In a press release over the weekend, the United Way will now turn to Pacific Northwest United Way President Jim Cooper to tune up the organization and modernize policies and procedures, which the United Way says, will better meet the needs of the broader community. Cooper will also work with the Board and staff to shift from a seasonal fundraising campaign centered on workplace giving, to year-round, diversified resource development focused on taking “Community Impact” to a whole new level. Cooper and United Way staff will work closely with the board to hire a new President & CEO, expected to be in place sometime in late summer.
Doctor Ann Diamond, independent candidate for the State’s 12th legislative district will be holding a second town hall meeting with interested voters in a Town Hall gathering in Wenatchee tonight. The event will be held at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with the candidate and learn about her positions on the issues. For more information on the event go to: www.diamond4house.com or call (509) 593-3176.
Local residents will have the opportunity to visit with Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson this week. The informal visit is this Wednesday at 5:30 at the Lake Chelan Visitors Center. Along with the general public, members of the Chelan, Wenatchee and Leavenworth Chambers of Commerce are also invited to attend. The event is billed as an opportunity to meet the State Treasurer and learn more about the State Treasurer’s Office. RSVP Roy at info@lakechelan.com or call 509-682-3503 if you would like to attend.
You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Nearly 7,000 people turned out over the weekend at the Town Toyota Center to root on the Wenatchee Wild in the first two games of the Fred Page Memorial Cup against the Prince George Spruce Kings. And the home fans weren’t disappointed…

The BCHL Championship series began on Friday night and it would take nearly 30-minutes of hockey before anyone would score. Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

So Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky one for the Wild, claiming the 4-0 win in Game 1.
Saturday’s Game 2 would not be as easy for the home team, as the Spruce Kings would light the lamp first just 5-minutes into the game. Again, back to the highlights with Arch Ecker on the call…

Jasper Weatherby now has 15-goals in the post-season. Wenatchee leads the Fred Page Memorial Cup 2-games-to-none with Game 3 tonight at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena at 7 o’clock. Game 4 is tomorrow night in Prince George at 7.
On to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from the weekend and we’ll start with high school soccer on Friday…

The Wenatchee Panthers were shut out for the second time in a week, falling on the road to West Valley 1-nil. Wenatchee is now 4-and-4 in Big 9 play and will try to get back on the winning track tomorrow night against Eisenhower.
Meanwhile, the first place Eastmont Wildcats hosted the Moses Lake Chiefs LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel and continued its unbeaten string in Big 9 play. Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

So Eastmont improves to 7-0 in Big 9 play and will travel to take on 2nd place Davis tomorrow night. Also on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in soccer Saturday, Manson improved to 3-and-1 with a 3-1 win over Liberty Bell while Cashmere notched a non-league win over Tonasket 6-nil.
In high school baseball…

First on Friday, Waterville-Mansfield swept two from Oroville 10-0 and 9-1. Cashmere downed Nooksack Valley 8-3 and Wenatchee lost for the first time in Big 9 play to Eisenhower 2-1 in the first end of a doubleheader but won the nightcap 8-4 and still holds onto first place in the Big 9.
On Saturday, Omak forfeited two games to Cashmere. Nooksack Valley and Chelan split a doubleheader and Liberty Bell beat up on Manson 15-1 and 12-to-3.
On the Les Schwab Prep Softball Scoreboard…

Waterville-Mansfield swept two at Oroville Friday 13-7 and 11-8. Omak topped Cashmere in two games 15-5 and 10-0. Wenatchee shut down Eisenhower 20-15 and 11-8. On Saturday, it was Liberty Bell big over Manson 25-0 and 23-0 while Cascade swept Chelan 1-0 and 13-3.
The Wenatchee Valley Thunder hosted two games in High School Lacrosse over the weekend…

Downing Richland in a close affair 10-6 on Friday behind three goals from Jake Rhyner and four assists by Connor Tilly. The on Saturday, LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel, they defended the home field with a 9-1 win over Central Valley as Robey Jorgensen, Sage Kreiter and Conner Tilly each had 2-goals. Wenatchee improved to 5-0 in league play and are in 1st place in the Central Division.
There are a few makeup games on the schedule today…

Tonasket is at Waterville-Mansfield for doubleheaders in both baseball and softball at 3 o’clock. Tennis finds Eastmont hosting West Valley at 3 while Entiat is at Omak at 4. And, in boys golf, Eastmont and Wenatchee teams are playing at Moses Lake Country Club with a Noon tee time.
Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule for this week…

Tomorrow night, Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower at the Apple Bowl at 7pm with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the call. Hockey Night Thursday will feature Game 1 between Wenatchee and Prince George in the Fred Page Memorial Cup at 7 o’clock. Then on Friday, it’s the rematch between Wenatchee and Eastmont at Eastmont High School at 7pm. We’ll have boys lacrosse Saturday as Wenatchee hosts Mount Si at 2 and then Game 2 between Wenatchee and Prince George at 7pm.
The Mariners took two of three from Oakland over the weekend at Safeco Field but came up short Sunday…

Oakland starter Sean Manaea out-dueled Felix Hernandez in a 2-1 A’s win. Jed Lowrie gave Oakland the lead in the first with a two-run home run off Hernandez while Taylor Motter provided one of only two Seattle hits with a home run in the 5th. The Mariners welcome defending World Series champions Houston to Safeco Field tonight at 7:10. James Paxton starts against Dallas Keuchel.

Thanks Eric.
The hockey world was rocked by the tragic death of 16-members of the Humboldt junior hockey team in a bus crash April 6th. In tonight’s feature story, an emotional ceremony was held in their honor prior to Wenatchee’s first game of its playoff series with Prince George Friday at the Town Toyota Center. . .

A GoFundMe account for the Humboldt Bronco Family has raised nearly 12-million dollars in 9-days.

We’ll be back 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. . .
An Ephrata man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle crashed on Highway 28 near Quincy. State Troopers say it happened on State Route 28 seven miles from Quincy when 65-year old Kurt Kinzel of Ephrata lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle at milepost 23. The bike slammed into the guardrail ejecting the rider who was declared dead at the scene. State Patrol says speed may have been the cause of the deadly crash which is still under investigation.
State Patrol also reports that on Friday night near Cle Elum, three were injured following a 5-vehicle crash on I-90. The accident involved three semi-trucks and two cars. The accident happened just before noon Friday when the two cars involved in the crash attempted to exit off the interstate. A freightliner semi-truck was also attempting to exit when he ran into the rear of one of the cars causing it to crash into the car ahead of it, which in turn caused the other two semi’s to crash into the rear of the offending truck in the chain reaction accident. Interstate 90 was partially blocked for almost 5 hours because of the accident. The driver that caused the accident was transported by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Healthcare and the other two people injured in the crash were treated at the scene. The driver of the Freightliner was charged with following too close.
In a press release late last week, Stemilt Growers announced it is adding Yakima based Hansen Fruit Company as a grower/marketing partner. Stemilt will assist in marketing the balance of the 2017 apple crop. Starting in June, Hansen’s upcoming 2018 cherry and apple crops will be exclusively marketed by Stemilt. The press release said Hansen Fruit Company is a high quality grower-packer-shipper that aligns well with Stemilt’s commitment to people, customers and consumers. West Mathison, President of Stemilt, is excited about Hansen Fruit Company coming on board and believes the families are like-minded and well aligned. Stemilt will perform all of Hansen Fruit Company’s sales and marketing. The fruit will be packed under Stemilt’s marketing programs.

A cold upper level low pressure weather system will moved through the region this afternoon bringing some left-over scattered showers. Winds also become gusty with frontal passage across the basin and into the Spokane Area and Palouse. Wind gusts of up around 35 mph have been reported. We saw some breezy conditions in Northcentral Washington today of 10-15 mph. Rivers and small streams will be on the rise after our wet night but no flooding is not anticipated at this time. Pressure gradients remain tight for Tuesday over most of Washington State with another windy day in store. Winds on Tuesday in the Wenatchee Valley will blow 15-15 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph. By Wednesday a small, weak weather system will arrive bringing us a 30% chance of scattered showers . On Thursday and right through the upcoming weekend, high pressure will move into the Western U.S. drying us out and warming us up into the lower to middle 60’s for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In our video of the day, we bring you closer to the family of one of our own, Eric Granstrom. Eric’s Mother Judy has dementia and he has been working for months to get her into better living arrangements along with Eric’s Dad, Dave. With the help of many friends and family, they were able to finally finish the move and open the door to their new home Sunday. Judy’s reaction is priceless. . .

The Granstrom’s recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary and the home they moved into keeps them on the country homestead in Western Washington that’s been in the family since 1906.
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