Evening News May 01

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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, the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District’s dam at 8-mile lake continues to show signs of deterioration prompting increasing concerns, and, coming up in tonight’s feature story, the 12th Legislative District race just got more interesting with a surprise announcement today.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County PUD has closed a portion of the Chelan Gorge as a safety precaution due to recent rockslides that have created unstable slopes. Commissioners were briefed on the situation at their Monday afternoon meeting in Wenatchee. It was reported that the slope along 1,200 feet of Reach 2 in the Gorge is being closely monitored.

One location is a known area of ground movement. The PUD has been watching this area for more than 25 years with little activity. It’s located about 750 feet from the Gorge Road.  A second site is a more recent movement area. It was discovered by PUD employees who were scouting the area with Chelan-area residents to identify potential locations for extending the Reach 1 trail. Bill Christman, PUD Chief Dam Safety Engineer, said PUD staff has determined this new location seems to be more active than Site A. . .

The PUD is contracting with a geotechnical firm to help with the assessment. PUD staff and the consulting engineers will look at what might occur if an earthen dam resulted from a large rockfall. Also to be studied is what impact an earthen dam would have on hydro operations, as well as conditions further downstream. Out of precaution, the area is being closed off to public access and signs will be set up to make the public aware of the potential hazard.

Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner says the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District’s dam at 8-mile lake continues to show signs of deterioration prompting increasing concerns. . .

Goehner says warnings have been posted downstream to advise property owners of the possible problems. . .

Emergency repairs are planned but Goehner says its not likely that plans to replace the dam will happen this year.

Coming up next, The emotional highlight of the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade comes early as thousands of spectators along the route pay tribute to those in the armed forces from our state who gave their lives for America. And, in a recent  announcement from Governor Jay Inslee’s office, Wenatchee, South Wenatchee and areas around Malaga and Alcoa have been chosen as an opportunity zone. . .we will tell you what that means for the area. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The emotional highlight of the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade comes early as thousands of spectators along the route pay tribute to those in the armed forces from our state who gave their lives for America.  Banners bearing the faces and the names of the fallen are carried by local volunteers in what is called Washington’s Fallen Heroes. On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, local volunteer Matt Wisen (WHY-son) spoke of the emotional impact on those who carry the banners:

Wisen put out the call for volunteers to carry the banners as normally there are more banners than people to carry them:

The Stemilt Growers Grand Parade begins at 11AM Saturday and will be televised live here on the NCW Life Channel.

In a recent  announcement from Governor Jay Inslee’s office, Wenatchee, South Wenatchee and areas around Malaga and Alcoa have been chosen as an opportunity zone.

This means that over 2,300 acres of land can be considered for new investment. Examples include the Wenatchee Valley College’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which has been working with a group of Latino leaders looking to take on a key project, a food truck plaza and incubator space. Catholic Family Services is developing a $15-million dollar housing project in South Wenatchee and is in need of an additional $1-million dollars in equity funding. Craft3 and the Community Foundation of North Central Washington will now have the ability to bring Opportunity Zone and private foundation funding to projects. The City of Wenatchee partnered with Chelan County and the Port of Chelan County to secure the Opportunity Zone designations.

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.

Happy May Day!!!

The Wenatchee Wild will have made their 800-mile sojourn to outskirts of Edmonton, Alberta by tonight at 6 o’clock (at least we hope so) for Game 3 of the Doyle Cup at Spruce Grove…

After two wins at home (3-2 in overtime Friday and 3-0 Saturday), Wenatchee leads the best-of-seven series 2-games-to-none.  But this is a very good team in the Saints who have only lost four games all season on home ice in the Grant Fuhr Arena.  So the Wild will have its hands full this week in Spruce Grove.  By the way, there are a few ways you can take in tonight’s game.  You can listen for Arch Ecker’s call on SunnyFM.  You can subscribe to HockeyTV.com or you can go down to Columbia Valley Brewing to watch it along with other Wild faithful.

We have a few scores to pass along on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Monday…

In baseball, Waterville-Mansfield split a doubleheader with Tonasket, falling in the first game 4-0 but coming back to win the nightcap 11-9.

In soccer, Cashmere blanked Omak 1-nil.  Wenatchee was 2nd and Eastmont 3rd in the Big 9 Boys POD number six at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima Monday.  West Valley took first place.  And in the girls Big 9 Pod number six, Wenatchee took first, Davis second and Eastmont third at Moses Lake Country Club.

On the prep schedule for today…

Cashmere hosts Omak in baseball today at 4:30.  Chelan plays at Okanogan, Waterville-Mansfield travels to Lake Roosevelt, and Manson hosts Pateros, all at 4:30.  Wenatchee plays Eastmont at Dan White Field today at 5.  Eric Granstrom will be there with cameras on hand to shoot it and we’ll air it tonight at 7 on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Taking a look at the softball schedule today…

Eastmont plays at Wenatchee today at 4.  Grant Olson and I will be at Walla Walla Point Park recording the action and we’ll air that tomorrow night at 8 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Also today, Chelan hosts Okanogan while Omak’s at Cashmere and Waterville-Mansfield travels to Lake Roosevelt, all at 4:30.

Here’s the boys prep soccer schedule today…

Okanogan hosts Cashmere at 4.  Cascade plays at Chelan at 4:30.  And Eastmont hosts Eisenhower tonight at 7.

There’s a very busy tennis schedule today…

Eastmont hosts Sunnyside while Wenatchee’s at Moses Lake at 3 o’clock.  Chelan travels to Okanogan and Cashmere’s at Omak at 4.

On the track today, Bridgeport hosts Entiat, Manson, Chelan and Cascade at 3:30.

And in golf, Chelan has a 9am tee time at Suncadia against Cle Elum while Cascade hosts Warden this afternoon at Leavenworth Golf Club at 2:30.

 

Let’s open up the NCWLIFE Broadcast Schedule for the week…

It starts tonight at 7 o’clock as we bring you the Wenatchee-Eastmont baseball game from a little earlier in the day.  Then tomorrow at 8pm it’s Eastmont and Wenatchee softball.  Hockey Night Thursday features Game 1 of the Doyle Cup between Wenatchee and Spruce Grove at 7 o’clock.  Then on Friday, we’re skipping sports and getting right to the Les Schwab Classy Chassis Parade at 6:30 with Grant Olson and Brent Crowder as your hosts.

The Mariners begin a three-game series with Oakland tonight at Safeco Field…

Felix Hernandez will get the start for Seattle against the A’s Andrew Triggs.  Following a successful road trip, the M’s are 16-and-11 on the season, good enough for second behind Houston in the American League West.  Just a half-game behind Seattle is LA, followed by Oakland and Texas.  Tonight’s first pitch is at 7:10.

 

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, the 12th Legislative District race just got more interesting with a surprise announcement today by incumbent House Representative Cary Condotta. He made the announcement in an exclusive interview with NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair. . .

Thus far no Republican candidates have been identified as possible candidates. Dr. Ann Diamond is running as an Independent and Chris Goehner a Democrat, has also expressed interest in filing for the seat.

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…

Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner says the Icicle/Peshastin Irrigation District’s dam at 8-mile lake continues to show signs of deterioration prompting increasing concerns. . .

Goehner says warnings have been posted downstream to advise property owners of the possible problems. . .

Emergency repairs are planned but Goehner says its not likely that plans to replace the dam will happen this year.

A quiet weather period will develop across Northcentral Washington as an upper level ridge will provide sunshine and starlight through Thursday at least…with some increasing high clouds on Friday filtering the sun as the next offshore weather system approaches from the Pacific coast. This will also be a warming period with high temperatures rising into the 70s over most populated areas and even a few 80s readings in the lowest portions of the Columbia Basin Thursday and Friday. By late Friday, a weak trough of low pressure will skirt the southern part of Washington bringing a moderate chance of hit-and-miss showers this weekend concentrated mainly over the mountains surrounding the basin but with a minor threat over the eastern basin as well. With no well-defined weather fronts, temperatures will be minimally impacted and the expectation is high temperatures will moderate only slightly this weekend and remain above normal into the new workweek.

Another day at the Apple Blossom Festival means another day of our food critique from the food court at Memorial park. Tonight, apparently NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz has a sweet tooth. . .

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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.