Evening News April 17

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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, We have an exclusive interview with new Port of Chelan County Deputy Director James Kuntz, and, a mud slide 4 feet thick blocked a road in Okanogan County yesterday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

12-hundred acres of habitat in the Stemilt Basin will be preserved thanks to a land purchase by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom has the story. . .

Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay testified in Olympia Monday in support of the recent Stemilt Basin wildlife purchase, saying the action will help preserve the land for generations to come. . .

Commissioner Keith Goehner says the purchase also protects the watershed…

We broke the story last week regarding the hiring of James Kuntz as the new Deputy Director at the Port of Chelan County. This morning, in an exclusive interview, Kuntz talked to NCWLife News about returning to his hometown, what made him leave Walla Walla to come back to Wenatchee and what issues the Port of Chelan County faces. . .

Kuntz previously served as the executive director of the Walla Walla Port District and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts. He will take over the Port of Chelan County Executive Director position from Pat Jones at the end of this year.

A mud slide up to four feet thick closed Salmon Creek Road about four miles south of Conconully in Okanogan County around 11:00 a.m. Monday.

Coming up next, The Chelan County shoreline management plan has been updated for the first time in over 40 years, and, Single-family home sales in the Wenatchee market are way up and active home listings are way down.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Chelan County shoreline management plan has been updated for the first time since 1975. Chelan County Commissioners say it’s a partnership between the Department of Ecology and the county. . .

 

During the past 40 years, there have been significant changes in state regulations and local land use policies within the county prompting a major update. The new Chelan County Shoreline Master Program reflects the local vision for appropriate shoreline development, public shoreline access, and environmental protection as required by the state Shoreline Management Act.

Single-family home sales in the Wenatchee market are way up and active home listings are way down.

First quarter single-family home sales are up 27-percent over the same time period in 2017 and active listings are down 33-percent compared to 2017. Active listings for March were at 97 compared to 144 in 2017.

The median sales price for a home is up 17-percent from 2017 at 315-thousand dollars and the average sales price is way up from a year ago at 350,565-dollars. The average sales price last year in March was just under 285-thousand dollars.

For the first time in five years, the State Public Works Board has approved loans for communities in need. Twelve cities and counties have been approved for loans for approximately 6-million dollars in pre-construction for 2018.

The city of East Wenatchee will receive one of the largest loan amounts at 750-thousand dollars for road and street improvements. Rock Island gets 80-thousand dollars for sanitary sewer improvements and Quincy will receive a 1-million dollar loan, also for sewer improvements. The Board selected 12 out of 15 projects from applications requesting over 7.5-million dollars. This is the first time in five years the board has had funding from the state Legislature to issue loans.

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.

How far is Prince George, B.C. from Wenatchee?  616-miles.  That’s over 12-hours by bus.  It would be closer if you went to Redding, California or even Calgary, Alberta!!!  But Prince George was the destination for the Wenatchee Wild last night for Game 3 of the Fred Page Memorial Cup.  Wenatchee was leading the series 2-games-to-none heading into the game last night at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.  The two teams combined for seven goals with the Wild striking first just 3-minutes into the game.  To the highlights we go, video courtesy Hockey TV and Arch Ecker on the call of the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

 

 

So Zack Galambos with the game-winner in double overtime as Wenatchee goes up 3-games-to-none and can wrap up the BCHL Championship in Game 4 tonight at 7 o’clock.

Turning to the prep sports schedule for today…

In boys soccer, Cascade travels to Okanogan, Cashmere’s at Omak and Manson hosts Brewster, all at 4:30.  Eastmont’s game at Davis kicks off at 5.  And, LIVE at 7 tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll bring you Wenatchee and Eisenhower from the Apple Bowl.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have your play-by-play as the Panthers try to snap a two game losing streak.

On the baseball diamonds today…

Cashmere plays at Chelan.  Manson hosts Soap Lake.  And Waterville-Mansfield is in Bridgeport all at 4:30.  Eastmont hosts Davis at Dan White Field at 5 o’clock today while Wenatchee is on the road at West Valley.

There are a couple doubleheaders in softball today…

Cashmere’s at Warden at 3 while Okanogan hosts Chelan at 3:30.  Then at 4, Eastmont plays at Davis while Wenatchee hosts West valley.  At 4:30 it’s Soap Lake at Manson and Waterville-Mansfield at Bridgeport.

The rest of the prep schedule looks like this…

The Big 9 girls are at Black Rock Golf Course today for a Noon tee time in their 4th POD of the season.  In Tennis, Wenatchee’s at Sunnyside at 3 while Cashmere travels to Chelan, Cascade hosts Omak at Lake Roosevelt’s at Entiat all at 4 o’clock.  On the track today, it all begins at 4 with Chelan and Entiat at Tonasket; Cascade hosts Cashmere; and Waterville-Mansfield and Manson travel to Omak.

James Paxton and three relievers 3-hit the Houston Astros last night in a 2-1 Mariner win…

“Big Maple” threw 6-innings, allowing 1-run on 2-hits and struck out 7 to improve to 1-and-1 on the season.  Nelson Cruz was back in the lineup and hit a solo home run in the 4th to tie it.  Then Dee Gordon smacked an RBI double in the 6th to win it.  Edwin Diaz earned his 7th save in the 9th.  Seattle and Houston play again tonight at Safeco Field at 7:10 with Ariel Miranda making his first start of the season against the Astro’s Lance McCullers, Jr.

Thanks Eric.

The Girls Night out Shopping event returns to downtown Wenatchee this Thursday. On today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Wenatchee Downtown Association Executive Director Linda Haglund gave us a preview. . .

And what’s a girls night out without wine? For an additional $10 participants can also taste wines from local vineyards. . .

What few tickets are left can be found by logging on to wendowntown.org.

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…

Flames were visible from a home near Cashmere this morning on Highway 2 just off Eels Road. Crews from Chelan County Fire District 6 and Ballard responded, along with a ladder truck from Chelan County Fire District 1. Details on the incident were not immediately available but an investigation is underway.

We broke the story last week regarding the hiring of James Kuntz as the new Deputy Director at the Port of Chelan County. This morning, in an exclusive interview, Kuntz talked to NCWLife News about returning to his hometown, what made him leave Walla Walla to come back to Wenatchee and what issues the Port of Chelan County faces. . .

Kuntz previously served as the executive director of the Walla Walla Port District and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts. He will take over the Port of Chelan County Executive Director position from Pat Jones at the end of this year.

A mud slide up to four feet thick closed Salmon Creek Road about four miles south of Conconully in Okanogan County around 11:00 a.m. Monday.

Today the Inland Northwest saw a mix of rain and snow showers in the East early, with breezy weather conditions for the rest of the forecast area. Winds today in the Wenatchee Valley were steady at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. On Wednesday, a weak weather system out in the Pacific will quickly move through the state bringing a 20% chance of showers to the Wenatchee valley with much lighter west winds.  A large area of high pressure will nudge up from the south on Thursday deflecting a huge area of low pressure to the north. With that high pressure in place, we will see a drying and warming trend develop for the end of the workweek and right through the upcoming weekend. Afternoon high temperatures Thursday through Monday will range in the low to mid 60’s with mostly sunny skies and light winds.

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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.