Evening News April 25

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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, we will have complete election results from Manson, Chelan, Brewster and Grant County.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Following last night’s preliminary election results, a new and improved Wenatchee High School won’t happen.

Even though over 55-percent of voters approved the bond, a super-majority vote of 60-percent was needed to pass the measure. The 120-million dollar construction bond would have renovated and upgraded an aging Wenatchee High School. Wenatchee School District Superintendent Brian Flones says the timing of both increased property assessments and voting to increase property taxes for the bond probably led to the school bond going down to defeat.

It appears voters in Manson are approving an M&O fund for Parks & Recreation. According to the Chelan County Auditor’s Office at 10:31pm, Yes votes = 70.1% while No votes = 29.99%.

Voters in Chelan County Fire Dist. 5 have also said NO to a proposition to lift the levy lid to fund fire and emergency services. As of 10:29pm, No votes = 60.49% while Yes votes = 39.51%.

In Grant County, voters in the Moses Lake School District are approving a Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy…Yes vote = 59.61% to No vote = 40.39%

Voters in the Wilson Creek School District are saying yes to a Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy… Yes vote = 69.47% to No vote = 30.53%

And in the City of Ephrata, voters are also narrowly saying yes to a Sales and Use Tax for Transportation Improvements with Yes votes = 60.53% to No votes = 39.47%

It appears voters in the Brewster School District have approved a Educational Replacement and Operations Levy. As of election night, the measure was passing narrowly with the Yes vote = 52.82% to the No vote = 47.18%.

A very important vote is coming up for the Wenatchee City Council. On July 12th, the council will decide whether to maintain its current at-large format or go to a district format which could change Wenatchee’s form of city governance. Wenatchee Executive Services Director Allison Williams says this is something the council has been considering for two years. . .

The recent passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act of 2018 allows cities to change to district voting in general elections. This summer, the city council will vote whether to create eight, seven or five voting districts.

Coming up next, Mental health care is a top of mind awareness issue in the United States and here at home, and, A Puyallup couple was arrested Monday night in Moses Lake after passing counterfeit 100-dollar bills across the state. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Mental health care is a top of mind awareness issue in the United States. Getting help to those with behavioral health or substance abuse problems has become the topic of national debate due to the fact that in many cases those in need of emergency care often end up in hospital emergency rooms or jail. NCWLife’s Steve Hair has more. . .

A Puyallup couple was arrested Monday night in Moses Lake after passing counterfeit 100-dollar bills across the state.

32-year old Artem Kirichenko and 30-year old Emily Coates, both of Puyallup, were arrested around 9:30 Monday night at Wal-Mart in Moses Lake trying to pass fake money.

Following the arrest, a search warrant was served on the vehicle, and officers located about four ounces of methamphetamine, an ounce of heroin, around $2-thousand dollars in fake bills, just under $10-thousand dollars in legitimate U.S. currency and an illegally possessed pistol.

In addition, there is computer equipment, a printer and a credit card embosser in the vehicle, as well as dozens of fake credit cards. Officers located receipts and other evidence that Kirichenko and Coates have crossed the state leaving counterfeit bills in their wake. Kirichenko is facing state charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of meth and heroin with intent to deliver, as well as counterfeit and theft charges. Coates is looking at counterfeit and theft charges, as well as drug charges.

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.

It was a battle for first place in the Big 9 baseball standings yesterday at Recreation Park as the Wenatchee Panthers hosted the Moses Lake Chiefs.  In the early going, it looked like the Chiefs would wrestle away the top spot as the visitors scored a run in the first while pitcher Vance Alvarado retired the first 8 batters he faced.  But that’s why they play 7-innings.  Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

So there you have it, quite a game as Wenatchee hangs on for the 3-1 win behind great relief pitching and timely hitting by Jared Rubash and Thomas Blakney.  The Panthers claim first place all alone in the Big 9 standings and will play two more at Moses Lake on Friday.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

Eastmont travelled to Sunnyside and picked up a 12-4 victory.  Chelan blanked Omak 14-0.  Okanogan had no trouble with Cascade and Waterville-Mansfield earned an 8-7 victory at home over Lake Roosevelt.

It was also a battle for first place in the Big 9 softball standings with Wenatchee at Moses Lake yesterday…

And the home standing Chiefs stood their ground, knocking off the Panthers 12-2.  Eastmont won a high-scoring affair over Sunnyside at the Sterling Sports Complex 18-10.  Pateros pounded Manson 16-1.  Chelan got by Omak 13-5 and Cascade edged Okanogan 2-1.

In boys soccer on Tuesday…

Chelan edged Cashmere 2-1.  It took overtime, but Nate Balauro scored the golden goal in the extra period for Eastmont as the Wildcats defeated Sunnyside 2-to-1.  Wenatchee had no trouble dispatching Moses Lake by a final of 5-nil as Farrace Nasser scored two goals.

It was a busy day on the tennis courts Tuesday…

Davis swept Eastmont while Wenatchee swept Eisenhower.  Cascade doubled up on Okanogan while Chelan swept Omak on the boy’s and girl’s side.

Former Wenatchee AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzalez was stellar for the Seattle Mariners last night, helping to shut out the White Sox in Chicago 1-0…

Gonzalez went 6-innings, allowing no runs on 5-hits while striking out 8.  Four relievers helped preserve the shutout while Edwin Diaz earned his 9th save by pitching a perfect 9th.  Mitch Hanniger provided the only run Seattle would need in the 4th inning on an RBI single.  Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a double.

Then today, Seattle came from behind to edge Chicago 4-3…

Felix Hernandez surrendered a lead-off home run and a double and two runs in the first, but then settled down to allow just one more run in six innings to earn the victory.  The Seattle offense got going in the 3rd as Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz hit RBI singles to tie the game at 2.  Cruz delivered another RBI single in the 5th to re-tie the game at 3 and then Mike Zunino provided the game winning solo home run in the 6th.  James Pazos and Juan Nicasio held the lead for Edwin Diaz, who struck out two of the three batters he faced in the 9th for his 10th save.  Seattle now heads to Cleveland tomorrow for the first of four games with the Tribe as James Paxton faces Mike Cleavinger at 3:10.

 

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, its called the Big Surprise/Life-Changing Gift and its one of the opening acts to kick off the first weekend of the Apple Blossom Festival. Grace City Church hosts the event at Memorial Park. Last year’s event culminated with a big emotional surprise for one Wenatchee area couple. . .

We’ll be back with more news and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Planned construction work on Thursday will have several trucks traveling on both sides of the Columbia River along the Malaga and Sunset Highways. Chelan County PUD reports that heavy truck traffic will start at 3 a.m.

 

tomorrow from Wenatchee Sand & Gravel in South Wenatchee out the Malaga Highway to Rock Island Dam, and from Central Washington Concrete in Bakers Flats down the Sunset Highway and across the George Sellar Bridge and out the Malaga Highway.

Work is underway to lay the foundation for a new storage building being constructed at Rock Island Dam as part of Chelan PUD’s facilities modernization and upgrades. The truck traffic will last until mid-afternoon. Motorists may experience some slow traffic as trucks enter and leave the highways and travel to the dam. Truck travel will impact traffic in both directions to and from the dam.

Following last night’s election results, a new and improved Wenatchee High School won’t happen.

Even though over 55-percent of voters approved the bond, a majority vote of 60-percent was needed to pass the measure. The 120-million dollar construction bond would have renovated and upgraded an aging Wenatchee High School. Wenatchee School District Superintendent Brian Flones says the timing of both increased property assessments and voting to increase property taxes for the bond probably led to the school bond going down to defeat.

Our dry and unseasonably warm weather continued today and will for the rest of the workweek with a strong ridge of high pressure over the state. We reached an official high temperature of 70 degrees yesterday and we should warm up into the mid 70’s today. On Thursday and into Friday, our temperatures will continue to warm with highs both days around 80 degrees. By Friday, the ridge of high pressure begins to shift east as low pressure in the Pacific pivots inland across Oregon. A band of high- level moisture will sweep across Southern Washington Friday night as the low-level pressure trough marches eastward. By late Friday night and early Saturday, the entire region will be under the influence of the active weather system. This will lead to widespread rain showers with cloud cover dropping the temperatures Saturday around 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Friday. We have a 30% chance of showers late Friday night, a 60% chance of widespread showers on Saturday and a 40% chance of rain on Sunday. Our unsettled weather will continue into early next week as well with a chance of scattered showers on Monday before we clear out and warm up again next Tuesday.

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