Evening News April 24

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Two boats full of people participating in a fishing tournament on Lake Chelan were lucky to avoid serious injury when their boats collided early Saturday morning, and, The case of the Deputy versus the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is now over.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A home security camera captured a vandal in the act of breaking windows at an East Wenatchee area home overnight. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal is hopeful that the video helps identify the suspect. . .

If you can identify the suspect in the video, contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.

Two boats full of people participating in a fishing tournament on Lake Chelan were lucky to avoid serious injury when their boats collided early Saturday morning. Chelan County Sheriffs Marine Patrol Deputy Ryan Moody says the accident occurred as the fisherman were getting positioned to start the Something Catch Kokanee Tournament. . .

Moody says his investigation continues, but that it looks like there was fault by both operators. He says weather may have also played a factor with winds gusting to 25 miles per hour and a chop on the water. Moody says boaters should always try to be prepared. . .

One female occupant of one of the boats received facial cuts and lacerations but no one was seriously injured, according to Moody. As the weather warms and more people head out on the water, Moody reminds boaters the best way to avoid disaster. . .

The case of the Deputy versus the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is now over. In a motion filed in late March, the attorney representing Chelan County asked Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss to lower the damage award to Deputy Jennifer Tyler of $500,000 or call a new trial. Late last week, Judge Hotchkiss found no reason to overturn a jury verdict awarding her the money. Hotchkiss said he would not order a new trial nor lower the amount of damages awarded at the March 7th trial. Tyler was awarded the damages after a jury found that the Sheriff’s Department was guilty of wrongful employment retaliation.

It took six firefighters about 30 minutes to contain a brush fire yesterday (Mon) afternoon near Chelan.

Around 2:00 p.m. Monday, Chelan Fire and Rescue received the call of a controlled burn on Antoine Creek Road west of Wells Dam that had spread due to windy conditions. Fire personnel arrived on scene to a two-acre brush fire burning in light to medium fuels. Two fire trucks and a command vehicle all assisted in putting out that blaze.

On Thursday Wenatchee Police, Washington State Patrol, Chelan County Sheriff, Douglas County Sheriff, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and East Wenatchee Police will co-sponsor the annual Wenatchee Area Chief for a Day celebration.

Chief for a Day is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of chronically and/or terminally ill children from our area. The children will receive and wear tailored police uniforms from each local law enforcement agency. During a ceremony at Memorial Park they will be sworn in by a local Judge and receive a customized badge from their agency.

After a badge-pinning ceremony at Memorial Park these little “Chiefs’ will spend one or more hours interacting with the public and police, enjoying interactive police displays set up throughout the park. Part of the presentation will be gifts donated by area merchants and departmental personnel. The Chief for a Day event has made such an impact on the children that two of them requested, and were buried in their uniforms given to them by their sponsoring law enforcement department.
If you would like to donate to Chief for a Day, please make checks out to Apple Blossom Festival – Chief for a Day.

Coming up next, Today is election day and we will give you a preview of some very important issues on the ballot, and, The Wenatchee Exchange Club recently announced its Community Hero Award for 2018 and it’s a familiar name.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Have you voted yet? The deadline to return your mail-in Ballots is today. The special election will decide the fate of a new Wenatchee High School, A fire and parks district levy in Manson and an M and O levy in the Brewster School District. Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore says over 30 percent of the ballots that were sent out have been returned. . .

NCWLIFE will post the results of tonight’s vote count to our website soon after the polls close at 8 p.m.

In the past year, nearly 900 gallons of unused medication has been collected in the U.S. as part of the National Drug Take Back Day.

Once again, Confluence Health has partnered with Sharps Compliance to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse by providing solutions to safely dispose of opioid painkillers and other unused medications. The National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday April 28th. In the last year, this program has grown to seven locations in six cities, across the four counties of North Central Washington. Confluence Health drug collection and disposal receptacles are located at: Wenatchee Valley Hospital Central Washington Hospitals in Wenatchee, Laketown Pharmacy in Moses Lake, Doane’s Valley Pharmacy in Cashmere, Okanogan Pharmacy in Okanogan and at the Omak Pharmacy in Omak.

Permits go on sale May 1 for commercial harvesting of mushrooms from the Jolly Mountain fire area in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Permits will be sold at the Cle Elum and Naches ranger stations and the forest headquarters office in Wenatchee.

The growing season for morel mushrooms begins as soon as snow melts and continues through July depending upon elevation, slope aspect and precipitation. The exact start date for harvest will depend upon when mushrooms begin to appear in the fire area.

People must have a commercial permit if they plan to collect or possess more than five gallons of mushrooms per day or if they intend to sell mushrooms. No commercial use mushroom harvesting will be permitted in portions of the Uno Peak Fire near Manson, Diamond Creek fire near Mazama, Jack Creek fire in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and the Norse Peak and American fires in the William O. Douglas Wilderness northwest of Naches. For more information about commercial or personal use mushroom harvesting please contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office during business hours or go to the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/mushroom.

The Wenatchee Exchange Club recently announced its Community Hero Award for 2018 and it’s a familiar name. This year’s winner is Wenatchee High School Mariachi teacher Ramon Rivera. The award is presented for outstanding service and involvement to the youth of our community.

This award will only be presented as the Exchange Club finds individuals going above and beyond for the youth of the valley. Ramon Rivera was nominated by School Superintendent Brian Flones. Rivera received the award at a ceremony luncheon last Friday, April 20th at the Town Toyota Center.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and all the highlights from last night’s Wild victory. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

It was a perfect day for golf for the Big 9 boys as they participated in the 5th POD of the season at Three Lakes in Malaga yesterday…

And the Wenatchee boys held serve on their home course, compiling a 313 score to finish first place.  West Valley was second at 330 while Eastmont took third at 345.

As the echoing cheers faded from the Town Toyota Center following last week’s championship win for the Wenatchee Wild, we pulled Arch Ecker aside and asked for his thoughts on this year’s incredible team…

Players, coaches and team personnel all had a chance to hoist the Fred Page Cup proclaiming Wenatchee as the champions of the BCHL, including Ecker…

Arch, Coach Chris Clark and the Cup will be guests on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz Friday morning at 7 o’clock so be sure to tune in.

Turning to a very busy sports schedule for today…

In baseball action today, Eastmont’s at Sunnyside at 4 o’clock.  Chelan travels to Omak; Cascade hosts Okanogan; and Lake Roosevelt is at Waterville-Mansfield, all at 4:30.  It’s a battle for first place at Recreation Park today when Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake.  The game starts at 5 and we’ll bring you the broadcast tonight at 7 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

In area softball today…

Wenatchee and Moses Lake are also battling for the top spot in the Big 9 softball standings with both teams undefeated in league play heading into today.  They’ll meet this afternoon at 4 o’clock.  Eastmont is also on the diamond today against Sunnyside at Sterling Sports Complex at 4.  Manson travels to Pateros at 4.  And at 4:30, it’s Waterville-Mansfield hosting Lake Roosevelt; Chelan’s at Omak; and Okanogan hosts Cascade.

On the soccer pitch today…

Cashmere hosts Chelan at 4:30.  Sunnyside is at Eastmont at 7 and Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake, also at 7.

Also on the schedule today…

In tennis, Eastmont hosts Davis while Wenatchee’s at Eisenhower at 3 o’clock.  Entiat hosts Tonasket, Cascade’s at Okanogan, and Omak travels to Chelan, all at 4 o’clock.

The Wenatchee and Eastmont girls golf teams are at Sun Willows in the Tri Cities for a 1:30 tee time in the Pasco Invite.  On the boy’s side, Cascade hosts Okanogan while Chelan is at Omak at 2:30.

Finally, in track and field today…

Waterville, Entiat, Bridgeport and Brewster are at Cashmere for a meet at 4.  Cascade travels with several other teams for a meet at Liberty Bell, also at 4.

So here’s what we have on tap for our broadcast schedule for the week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tonight with baseball as Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake at Rec. Park.  Eric Granstrom will have our play-by-play with the game broadcast tonight at 7 o’clock.  Wenatchee’s Game 4 of the Fred Page Cup with Prince George Thursday night at 7.  Then on Friday, it’s Wenatchee and Davis in soccer at 7 o’clock.  And don’t forget, Apple Blossom Festival gets underway this week and we’ll have the Keyes Fiber Youth Parade Saturday morning at 11 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Mike Leake served up some batting practice in Chicago last night, surrendering 5-runs on 7-hits in the first inning as the White Sox went on for the 10-4 win…

Jose Abreau did quite a bit of damage himself, going 4-for-5 with 2 home runs and 3-RBI’s.  Leake dropped to 2-and-2 on the season with the loss, allowing 8-runs on 12-hits.  Mike Zunino was a lone bright spot for Seattle, going 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run.  The Mariners will try to get back on the winning track today with Marco Gonzalez on the mound against Chris Volstad at 2:10.

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, for the ninth time since Make A Difference Day was launched nationally in 1992, the local Make A Difference Day organization has won a national award.

The Tegna media company presented a $10,000 check to the Wenatchee Make A Difference Day group, who in turn gave that check to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington on Thursday.  On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, event organizer Margie (mar-GEY) Kerr credits the general goodness of the valley’s residents for the success of Make A Difference Day. . .

Laurel Helton is Kerr’s co-organizer and she says doing lots of projects on one day is a bonding experience. . .

The $10,000 prize goes into a fund that people can use for seed money for this year’s Make A Difference day on October 27th.

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…

A home security camera captured a vandal in the act of breaking windows at an East Wenatchee area home overnight. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal is hopeful that the video helps identify the suspect. . .

If you can identify the suspect in the video, contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.

Have you voted yet? The deadline to return your mail-in Ballots is today. The special election will decide the fate of a new Wenatchee High School, A fire and parks district levy in Manson and an M and O levy in the Brewster School District. Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore says over 30 percent of the ballots that were sent out have been returned. . .

NCWLIFE will post the results of tonight’s vote count to our website soon after the polls close at 8 p.m.

We currently have high pressure aloft over northern Wyoming with a small thermally induced lower level weather system off the southeast Oregon Coast. The combination of the two will continue to bring us clear skies and warmer temperatures. High temperatures today reached into the mid 70’s, which is 10 degrees over our normal high of 64 for this time of year. The temperature climb isn’t stopping there, by Wednesday and Thursday we will see highs in the upper 70’s with lower 80’s expected on Friday.

Our weather will begin to change on Friday night as an area of low pressure replaces our strong high pressure in place ushering in mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will cool down drastically this weekend dropping down to the upper 60’s on Saturday and lower 60’s on Sunday. We will also see a 30% chance of rain on Saturday and a 50% chance on Sunday. The low will be very slow to move out of the area on Monday bringing a slight chance for showers as the weather system moves east.

As we leave you tonight, a Wenatchee woman is in jail suspected in a Monday morning robbery involving a Chelan County PUD work crew. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says it happened on the Southside of town. . .

Reinfeld says the motive is not known. He identified the suspect as 36-year old Michelle Ballew. No one was injured in the assault.

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