Evening News March 23

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Good 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, There appears to light at the end of the tunnel in terms of a solution for rebuilding the Upper Stehekin Valley Road, and, Congress has passed the omnibus spending bill averting a government shutdown.

But first, we begin tonight:

In a press release Thursday, The Port of Chelan County announced that Alaska Airlines will add additional daily flights to Seattle. Here’s more on that story. . .

Starting May 20th, 2018, seven more daily round trips per week have been added to the schedule. Trent Moyers, Pangborn Airport Director, says the demand was there. . .The additional flights are responding to market demand that led to an 83 % load factor for existing service in 2017. Because usage has been so strong, people who wanted to make the convenient 25-minute flight could not secure a seat at times and had to make other travel arrangements. Moyers says now that the extra flights are a reality, they need to be used. . . Beginning on May 20th, the new schedule will feature departures at 6:00 am, 11:15 am, 3:20 pm, and 6:44 pm six days per week, with three flights daily on Saturday’s. For more information go to AlaskaAir.com to see the complete schedule.

Chelan County Commissioner Doug England says there appears to light at the end of the tunnel in terms of a solution for rebuilding the Upper Stehekin Valley Road. The road was washed out in a catastrophic flood in 2003 forcing the National Park Service to close a portion of it. The closure restricts motorized access to popular recreation areas such as the Cottonwood Camp and the Cascade Pass. Commissioner England says he received some encouraging news when he visited with Federal officials in Washington DC last week . . .

Commissioner England added that he’s optimistic that under the new administration there will be a greater emphasis on improving access into National Parks for everyone including those who are disabled or otherwise unable to enjoy the experience.

Congress has passed the omnibus spending bill averting a government shutdown Senator Maria Cantwell announced this week that the budget contains a funding boost for U.S. Forest Service firefighting.

Cantwell said in a news release that Pacific Northwest lawmakers worked together to force Congress to finally address the persistent shortfalls wildland firefighting budgets. She added that this puts an end to fire-borrowing and is a start to giving the Forest Service the predictable resources they need to reduce hazardous fuels. Cantwell says the funding boost will allow the Forest Service to prioritize work in areas closest to communities, in order to save lives and reduce the risk of property damage, while still protecting essential public lands and existing environmental laws. The spending package also includes 100-million dollars for fire prevention projects and recreation programs and halts the continual migration of funding from non-fire programs to pay for the rising costs of firefighting.

Coming up next, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says a Rock Island man has been arrested in connection with a report of child abuse, and, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says 8 people were arrested in Omak earlier this week on heroin charges. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says a Rock Island man has been arrested in connection with a report of child abuse.

Douglas County Deputies received the report on March 16th from the Mother of two children who were staying with their Father at a separate residence. According to the report, the Mother received a call from one of the children stating that their Father was hitting them and that she needed to pick them up. Once at the Father’s residence, she noticed bruises on the faces and backs of her 8 and 6-year old sons.

Deputies located and arrested the Father on Wednesday. He’s 37-year old John W. Strickland of Rock Island. Strickland was booked into the Chelan County Jail on two counts of 3rd Degree Assault of a Child. A search warrant for the suspect’s trailer was obtained and evidence was seized.

In a news release yesterday, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says along with help from the Northcentral Washington Narcotics Task Force, the Omak Police Department, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Brewster Police Department,

8 people were arrested on various drug charges in the Omak area on Tuesday. Search warrants were issued following a month-long investigation into the distribution of heroin. After the searches were completed investigators found useable amounts of heroin and methamphetamine, cash and a handgun. Seven of the eight people arrested face either possession or delivery of heroin charges, with four of the suspects charged with delivering the drug in a school zone.

Anti-gun violence supporters are taking to the streets of Wenatchee Saturday. Several groups are sponsoring the March For Our Lives event which is being held as a follow-up to the Student walkout held last week. Saturday’s event includes a march starting at 1 pm in the parking lot of the Old Hastings Book Store on North Mission Street. The March will culminate with a program and speakers at Memorial Park.

Wenatchee Valley’s newest brewpub has more than beer to tap into. If you like to mix beer and golf, Tap and Putt, located at 246 North Wenatchee Avenue, also offers an indoor 9-hole mini-golf putting course.

The owners say they set out to bring the best beers from around the Northwest to Wenatchee Valley. Their website says they offer a variety of brews from Hoppy IPAs and Dark Stouts, to Crisp Blondes and Craft Lite Beers. Tap and Putt is also available for group events.

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.

Gonzaga’s run of 16-straight wins to get to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament is over…

Florida State ended the Zag’s run with a decisive 75-60 win last night in the West Region semifinals.  G-U just couldn’t get its outside shots to fall and the Bulldog’s run is over.

#11 seed Loyola Chicago’s Cinderella story continues as they advance to the Elite Eight with a 69-68 win over Nevada.  Michigan and Kansas State also punched their tickets to the Elite Eight last night.

There are four more games in the Sweet 16 today…

Clemson and Kansas start things off at 4:07 on CBS.  That’s followed by West Virginia and Villanova at 4:27 on TBS.  Then it’s Syracuse and Duke at 6:37 on CBS and finally Texas Tech and Purdue on TBS at 6:57pm.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Vernon tonight for Game 5 of their BCHL Playoff Series with the Vipers…

Wenatchee tied the best-of-7 series with two wins at home this week.  In fact, the home team has won on all accounts in the series so far.  Tonight’s game starts at 7.  Game 6 will be tomorrow back in Wenatchee at the Town Toyota Center starting at 7:05.  Game 7, if necessary, will be back in Vernon Monday.  We’ll be Skyping in with Arch Ecker a little later on here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Let’s get to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from yesterday…

First of all, the heavy rains wreaked havoc on the prep schedule yesterday with several postponements, including Cascade and Cashmere’s soccer games.  Brewster topped Manson 2-1.

They were able to get some golf in yesterday in Chelan…

The Wenatchee boys and girls squads defeated Chelan with the boys coming out on top 193 to 229 while the girls were victorious 242 to 255.  All the tennis matches scheduled for yesterday were rained out.

Such was also the case in girls softball yesterday…

As Cascade and Cashmere will have to make up their games later in the season.

Turning to a very busy prep schedule for the weekend…

In baseball, Wenatchee plays a doubleheader at Davis today at 3.  Eastmont hosts Eisenhower in a twin bill with the first game at 3.  Cashmere hosts Orting in a single game today at 4:30.

Coming up tomorrow, Cashmere hosts Chelan in a doubleheader at 11am.  Cascade travels to Omak for two tomorrow beginning at 11.  It’s also 11am starts for Waterville-Mansfield at home against Tonasket and Oroville at Manson…both games doubleheaders.

In softball today…

Eastmont plays two games at Ike beginning at 4 while Wenatchee hosts Davis in a doubleheader at Walla Walla Point Park.

Tomorrow, Oroville is at Manson, Tonasket travels to Waterville-Mansfield and Granger is at Chelan.  All games are doubleheaders with 11 o’clock starts in Manson and Waterville, 1pm in Chelan.

In boys soccer this weekend…

Today, Cascade travels to Prosser at 4pm.  Wenatchee is at Ike at 7 and Eastmont hosts Davis at 7.  Tomorrow, Cashmere hosts Royal at 11am.  Granger’s at Chelan at 1.  And Manson hosts Bridgeport starting at 4:30.

There are a couple big track meets this weekend…

Chelan at 23 other teams will be at the Ray Cross Invitational in Ephrata beginning at 10am.

Wenatchee will host Eastmont, Cascade, Cashmere, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Kentridge and Hazen for the Ray Cockrum Relays starting at 11am.

Also in prep sports this weekend…

In tennis, Chelan is in Selah for the Viking Invite tomorrow morning at 9.  Entiat plays at Omak and Cashmere hosts Tonasket at 11am.  And in golf, 18 teams will play in the Jack Barnes Memorial Invite at Three Lakes tomorrow with a 10am tee time.

Here’s what we have on tap for sports on NCWLIFE this weekend…

It begins today with Eastmont at Wenatchee baseball from last May.  Then tomorrow at 1, we’ll be at the Apple Bowl for Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse as the Thunder take on Hermiston LIVE at 1 o’clock.  Also, we’ll have Wenatchee’s playoff games against Vernon on TV this weekend with Game 2 tomorrow at 7 and Game 3 Sunday at 7pm.

Also on the weekend calendar…

The 4th Annual Arlberg Sports Squirrel Cup Ski Race is tomorrow starting at 8am at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.

There will also be quite a few lacrosse players in town for the Icebreaker Lacrosse Tournament at Walla Walla Point Park Saturday and Sunday.  This tournament for 1st through 8th graders is hosted by Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse.

The Mariners had some more late-inning heroics last night against Texas…

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NEW-en-HOUSE) homered in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie it 4-4 and then Mike Ford delivered a walk-off, RBI double to win it as Seattle beat the Rangers 5-4.  The M’s are in Glendale today to face the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 with Casey Lawrence getting the start.

 

Thanks Eric,

The skies above Entiat will be filled with kites tomorrow for the annual Entiat Kite Festival. On a recent appearance on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Kite Festival Chairman Tom Martin said the festival draws kite enthusiasts from all over the northwest. . .

The festival starts at 10 tomorrow morning at Kiwanis Park, admission is free, kites for kids are also free, and the weather forecast for Saturday afternoon for Entiat calls for a west wind from 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon and according to Martin, that is perfect kite flying conditions.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

And now a recap of some our top stories. . .

The Junior Service League of Wenatchee is trying to make sure that any girl who wants to go to their high school prom has a beautiful dress to wear. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson tells us more. . .

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says a Rock Island man has been arrested in connection with a report of child abuse.

Douglas County Deputies received the report on March 16th from the Mother of two children who were staying with their Father at a separate residence. According to the report, the Mother received a call from one of the children stating that their Father was hitting them and that she needed to pick them up. Once at the Father’s residence, she noticed bruises on the faces and backs of her 8 and 6-year old sons.

Deputies located and arrested the Father on Wednesday. He’s 37-year old John W. Strickland of Rock Island. Strickland was booked into the Chelan County Jail on two counts of 3rd Degree Assault of a Child. A search warrant for the suspect’s trailer was obtained and evidence was seized.

A low pressure system that brought rain showers yesterday and this morning will be moving south along the coast today bringing in a cooler weather pattern. The moisture stream that brought decent rain amounts to Northcentral Washington on Thursday will diminish. Mostly cloudy skies tonight with some clearing on Saturday as our cooler than normal weather continues. To end our weekend on Sunday, a flat upper-level ridge moves in which will be the beginning of a gradual warming trend. High temperatures Sunday will also be cool with highs in the lower 50’s. By late Monday and into Tuesday, an even larger area of high pressure slides over the Pacific Northwest ushering in normal highs on Tuesday and above normal high temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.