Evening News April 27

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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, For the third time in three years the NCW Fair has hired a new manager, and, If you’re going to the Wenatchee Wild games this weekend, you won’t be able to park at the Town Toyota Center.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Today it became official. Earlier in the day, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bill H.R. 4, which keeps in place Grant County Airport’s Terminal Radar Approach Control or TRACON. In 2015, Grant County International Airport’s TRACON was listed among F-A-A facilities nationwide for review for consolidation. 4th District U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington says the bill protecting TRACON was a matter of national safety because military facilities would lose a vital training and reserve base location. . .

Grant County’s TRACON facility provides unique and tailored services for Fairchild Airforce Base, Joint Base Lewis McChord, the U.S. Forest Service, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the aerospace industry, and the local community.

For the third time in three years the NCW Fair has hired a new manager. Current Executive Director of Bonaventure Senior Living Carolyn Morely will take over the post vacated last summer by Loni Straum.

Douglas County Commissioners interviewed six candidates since the job was posted late last year. The Fair Manager is responsible for the putting on the annual fair as well as the maintenance of the fairgrounds. The Manager also is promotes the fairground facilities for other events. Morley will get first hand training at this year’s fair from former longtime fair manager Ed Daling.

If you’re going to the Wenatchee Wild games this weekend, you won’t be able to park at the Town Toyota Center! The carnival for Apple Blossom is taking up the parking lot. Town Toyota Center General Manager Mark Miller says they have some off-site parking with shuttle buses…

Again, besides Walla Walla Point Park, there are two off-site parking lots being used with four shuttle buses running back and forth from the Shopko parking lot and the Stemilt Parking lot just off North Miller across from Walla Walla Avenue.

Coming up next, we will give you a tour of the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center, and, This Tuesday, May 1st is Law Day, set aside to celebrate the rule of law in the United States.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

On Monday we brought you a story about the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center and their collaboration with local fire groups for training. Today, we take a deeper look at the Fire Center and their mission in the community. Maggie Bailey, a long-time board member explains…

The center is a popular spot for local schools and families with trails and picnic space. Bailey says the board encourages the community to get involved…

This Tuesday, May 1st is Law Day, set aside to celebrate the rule of law in the United States. The annual, national event highlights the freedoms Americans share and the importance of the rule of law, legal processes, and the courts have within our Democracy. In conjunction with Law Day, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 3, will hear five cases next Tuesday at Central Washington University. . .

That’s professor Paul Knepper, the chair of Central’s law and justice department, which is hosting the court session. It is set for 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the university’s Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre and it is open to the public. Involving cases from Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Chelan, and Okanogan counties, the proceedings will include appeals of criminal convictions, malpractice and the statute of limitations, and an award related to violating the Public Records Act.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story today. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

It’s been 8-days of rest and workouts for the Wenatchee Wild, and now the next phase in their incredible post-season journey continues.  After winning the Fred Page Cup 8-days ago, the Wild begin a quest to capture the Doyle Cup tonight at the Town Toyota Center against the Spruce Grove Saints out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League…

The Doyle Cup was last contested for in 2012 before the Western Canada Cup was formed. From 2013 to 2017, the Western Canada Cup (WCC) replaced the Doyle Cup. The WCC was a five-team event that featured the winners of the four Western CJHL leagues (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) plus the host team with the top two teams advancing to the RBC Cup.

The Spruce Grove Saints competed in the Doyle Cup in 2010 and 2011, losing in Game 7 both years to the eventual back to back RBC Cup Champion Vernon Vipers.

Arch Ecker and assistant coach Chris Clark were guests on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning.  Clarky was asked about his thoughts on Spruce Grove…

Coach Clark says the preparation for the Saints hasn’t differed from any other opponent all season…

The puck will drop tonight and tomorrow at 7:05 and if they split the first two games, Sunday at 7:05 as well.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Thursday…

Chelan blanked Okanogan 5-nil in soccer while Manson got by Tonasket 3-1.

We have one baseball score from yesterday…

Waterville-Mansfield finished up its rain-delayed game with Soap Lake, coming out on top 13-to-3.

In a couple softball doubleheaders…

Brewster swept a pair from Cashmere while Waterville-Mansfield edged Pateros in two, 14-8 and 13-12.

The Wenatchee Panther girls golf team came out on top in the 5th Big Nine POD yesterday at Three Lakes…

Wenatchee carded a 407, 4-shots in front of Davis.  The Eastmont girls finished 4th.

Let’s take a look at the prep schedule for the weekend, starting with baseball…

Eastmont hosts Sunnyside in a doubleheader at Dan White Field today at 4.  Wenatchee continues its battle with Moses Lake for first in the Big 9 at Larson Field today with a doubleheader at 4.  Chelan’s on the road at Brewster for a single game today at 4:30.

On Saturday, Cashmere hosts Cascade in a twin bill at 11.  Chelan’s at Connell for two while Pateros hosts Waterville-Mansfield in two, both at 11.  Manson will host Brewster in a single game Saturday at 11am.

In softball action today…

Eastmont travels to Sunnyside while Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake.  Both are doubleheaders and both start at 4 o’clock.  Cashmere hosts Cascade for a single game at 4:30.

Coming up tomorrow, Brewster plays at Manson in a doubleheader at 11 while Chelan hosts Granger for two beginning at 1 o’clock.

We’ll be featuring soccer tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

As Wenatchee hosts Davis in a crucial, late-season Big 9 contest at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have your play-by-play right here.  Meanwhile, Eastmont’s at West Valley tonight at 7.

Tomorrow, Cashmere travels to Bridgeport while Manson is also on the road at Oroville at 11am.  Chelan hosts Granger at 1pm.

Also on the prep schedule this weekend…

Entiat tennis is at Peteros today at 4.  The Chelan, Cashmere and Wenatchee tennis teams are in the Spokane area at Mead High School today and tomorrow for the Inland Empire Tournament.

In Track today, Entiat and Cashmere are at Cascade at 4.  Tomorrow, Wenatchee hosts Eastmont, Moses Lake and Cascade at 10am.

In boys golf today, the Wenatchee Panthers are on the road at Lake City, Idaho.

So, again, a reminder of our broadcast schedule for the weekend…

It begins tonight with soccer at 7.  The Keyes Fibre Youth Parade is tomorrow morning at 11 LIVE.  We’ll replay West Valley at Eastmont soccer from April 3rd tomorrow following the parade at 2pm.  Then, be sure to tune in for that magical Game 5 of the Fred Page Cup with Wenatchee and Prince George tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.  Also of note on Sunday, that crazy soccer match between Eastmont and Wenatchee from March is at 5pm and the replay of the Youth Parade will be on at 7…that’s on Sunday.

We have a ton more going on with our weekend sports schedule…

The Apple Blossom Bash Softball Tournament will consume the diamonds at Walla Walla Point Park Saturday and Sunday.

The Horse Lake Trail Runs of a half-marathon, 7-mile and 5-mile varieties begins tomorrow morning at 8am.

The Apple Blossom Pickleball Tournament is tomorrow and Sunday over in East Wenatchee at the Eastmont Community Park.

And racing resumes at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval with the Leonard Evans 150 featuring Super Late Models, CR Legends and Street Stocks.  That all gets underway Saturday afternoon at 4.

Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 and delivered what proved to be the game-winning, RBI double in the 8th as the Mariners beat Cleveland 5-4 last night…

James Paxton didn’t get the decision, but looked good in six innings. Allowing 2-runs on 4-hits while striking out 10.  Edwin Diaz continued his brilliance in relief, striking out two to earn his 11th save.  Seattle is at Cleveland again today at 4:10 with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound against Corey Kluber.

Finally, the first round of the NFL Draft went pretty much as expected last night…

Baker Mayfield went #1 overall to Cleveland while Saquon Barkley went #2 to the New York Giants.  Sam Darnold was taken #3 overall by the Jets.  The big surprise was the Seahawks, taking a relative unknown with the 27th pick overall in choosing San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny.  Unless there’s a trade, Seattle has to wait around until the 4th round for its next selection.  We’ll also be crossing our fingers for Wenatchee’s Cody O’Connell throughout the rest of the draft.

 

Thanks Eric.

Over 4,500 kids from all over the northwest will march through the streets of Wenatchee tomorrow for the annual Keyes Fiber Youth Parade. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz has a preview. . .

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…

Today it became official. Earlier in the day, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bill H.R. 4, which keeps in place Grant County Airport’s Terminal Radar Approach Control or TRACON. In 2015, Grant County International Airport’s TRACON was listed among F-A-A facilities nationwide for review for consolidation. 4th District U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington says the bill protecting TRACON was a matter of national safety because military facilities would lose a vital training and reserve base location. . .

Grant County’s TRACON facility provides unique and tailored services for Fairchild Airforce Base, Joint Base Lewis McChord, the U.S. Forest Service, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the aerospace industry, and the local community.

For the third time in three years the NCW Fair has hired a new manager. Current Executive Director of Bonaventure Senior Living Carolyn Morely will take over the post vacated last summer by Loni Straum.

Douglas County Commissioners interviewed six candidates since the job was posted late last year. The Fair Manager is responsible for the putting on the annual fair as well as the maintenance of the fairgrounds. The Manager also is promotes the fairground facilities for other events. Morley will get first hand training at this year’s fair from former longtime fair manager Ed Daling.

If you’re going to the Wenatchee Wild games this weekend, you won’t be able to park at the Town Toyota Center! The carnival for Apple Blossom is taking up the parking lot. Town Toyota Center General Manager Mark Miller says they have some off-site parking with shuttle buses…

Again, besides Walla Walla Point Park, there are two off-site parking lots being used with four shuttle buses running back and forth from the Shopko parking lot and the Stemilt Parking lot just off North Miller across from Walla Walla Avenue.

With high pressure aloft, we enjoyed another unseasonably warm weather for one more day with afternoon readings about 2 to 5 degrees warmer than yesterday, with many spots reaching or exceeding 80. Our official high temperature yesterday was 78 degrees, 13 degrees above our normal high of 65. Big changes arrive overnight though as a cutoff low in the Pacific pivots inland with a steady stream of moisture. The thermally induced weather trough, currently over western Oregon, shifts east and tracks across eastern Washington overnight as a cold front. The main swath of precipitation pushes across central Washington late tonight and will shift northward on Saturday with precipitation amounts of around 0.2″ to 0.4″ of an inch of moisture. The upper low and associated cold front look to hang over the region Saturday night into Sunday with daytime highs struggling to reach the mid-50s to mid-60s this weekend. We have a 70% chance of rain late tonight and early Saturday morning and a 50% chance of mainly scattered showers before noon on Saturday. We will stay on the cool side both Sunday and Monday before the cold front exits and allows high pressure to build back in warming us back up into the lower and mid 70’s.

It is day number two at the Apple Blossom Festival and that means day tweo of NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck’s food court review. Tonight, he tries the ever-popular, Gyro. . .

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