Evening News May 02

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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 long-standing issue of parking, or the lack there-of, in the Bavarian tourist mecha of Leavenworth will be in the spotlight at a special meeting tonight, AND, Chelan County Commissioners report they should have a new set of rules to regulate vacation rental properties by the end of the year.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

No word yet on the cause of a two-car accident earlier this afternoon in East Wenatchee. The crash happened around 1:00 on Grant Road in front of the Walker’s Furniture store entrance. The accident left one of the cars on its top while the other vehicle came to rest on the opposite side of Grant Road.

It also appears there may have been injuries involved. Eastbound traffic was closed at Grant Road and Valley Mall Parkway for a short time but emergency crews responded quickly to the wreck, which resulted in only minor traffic delays.

NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair has been following our region’s bitcoin mining gold rush and how its affecting public power. . .

The long-standing issue of parking, or the lack of same, in the Bavarian tourist mecha of Leavenworth will be in the spotlight at a special meeting tonight. The city has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and the Chelan County Port District in commissioning a study, the first of which is now complete. It outlines how parking is currently working and tonight’s discussion will map out possible future strategies for improving the current parking crunch. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Leavenworth Festhalle.

Chelan County Commissioners report they should have a new set of rules to regulate vacation rental properties by the end of the year. Commissioner Doug England says there’s been an alarming increase in the numbers of rentals listed on websites such as VRBO and Airbnb. . .

The issues of traffic, noise and parking are the main drivers of the move toward stricter vacation rental regulations. The problems are countywide but most of the neighborhood complaints are coming from the Chelan and Leavenworth areas.

Coming up next, There’s another scam making the rounds in the Wenatchee Valley police want to make you aware of, A Foothills Robotics club coach received the Mentor of the Year award at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday, AND, Wenatchee High School’s student newspaper, The Apple Leaf, came home nationally-ranked after receiving a top-10 finish at a national competetion held in San Francisco last month. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

There’s another scam making the rounds in the Wenatchee Valley police want to make you aware of. Recently a City employee received a call that showed her own phone number on the Caller ID. When she answered, the caller claimed to be from her mobile phone service provider. They asked for her Social Security number in an obvious scam. If you receive such a call, and there’s a good chance you probably already have, just hang up. A quick search online showed that this scam also became common in the fall of 2017 in places all over the country.

Foothills Robotics club coach Brigitte Wiegand (Wee-gand), received the Mentor of the Year award at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday (Mon). The award noteworthy considering over 20,000 teams from 50 countries participated in VEX Robotics worldwide. Wiegand is now only the 6th VEX IQ Mentor to be inducted into the STEM Mentor Hall of Fame. Of the 400 middle school teams at the World Championship, Foothills brought four teams. One other middle school brought five.

Wenatchee High School’s student newspaper, The Apple Leaf, came home nationally-ranked after receiving a top-10 finish at the National Scholastic Press Association National Student Journalism Convention held in San Francisco last month.

Student editors chose the Feb. 7 issue of the newspaper, “Big Brother is Watching You”, to be submitted to the NSPA “Best of Show” competition, where it was judged and ranked based on style, writing and overall quality. It finished seventh out of a pool of publications from across the country in the newspaper tabloid division. The Apple Leaf improved its ranking from the 2017 Seattle Convention, where it received the 10th place award. More info available on-line at NCWLIFE.com.

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.

The Wenatchee Wild had to hang on for dear life last night to win Game 3 of the Doyle Cup against Spruce Grove.  Wenatchee held a 4-1 lead late, but the Saints came storming back with two goals in a flurry.  But the Wild came out on top 4-to-3.  To the highlights we go…unfortunately, they didn’t have the hook up with Arch Ecker on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network, so we get the Saint’s play-by-play with Brandon Ewanchyshyn, video courtesy of HockeyTV…

 

Wenatchee’s up 3-zero in the best-of-seven series and can clinch the Doyle Cup with a win tonight.  They’ll drop the puck at 6 o’clock.

It was a day of cross-river-rivalries Tuesday as Eastmont and Wenatchee met in softball and baseball.  We had the Wildcats and Panthers game from Dan White Field on the NCWLIFE Channel last night.  Wenatchee took the early lead with a run in the 3rd but couldn’t make it hold up as Eastmont plated two in the 5th and held on for the 2-1 win.  Eric Granstrom had the call as we go to the highlights…

 

So with the Eastmont win, both the Wildcats and Panthers are tied for third at 11-and-5 with two games to play at Rec. Park on Friday.  In other baseball action Tuesday, Cashmere nailed down the Caribou Trail League Championship with its 18-1 win over Omak, thanks to some help from Chelan as the Goats bat Okanogan 5-4.  Manson topped Pateros 9-8.

The other cross-river-rivalry game took place at Walla Walla Point Park as Wenatchee hosted Eastmont.  Both teams ALSO looking for positioning in the upper tier of the Big 9 as the season winds down.  And it would be two big innings for the home team that made the difference.  Grant Olson and Steve Sandman had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

So a two-run single by Paige Cvilichek meant the difference as Wenatchee holds on for the 6-4 victory.  That puts Wenatchee in second place in the Big 9, a game in front of Eastmont with two more to play at the Sterling Sports Complex on Friday.  By the way, we’ll have the Wenatchee-Eastmont softball game on the air tonight at 8 on the NCWLIFE Channel. Also yesterday, it was Omak downing Cashmere 9-6 and Lake Roosevelt 10-runned Waterville-Mansfield 11-1.

Eastmont celebrated senior night at Wildcat Stadium last night as the home team wrapped up the regular season against Eisenhower…

Flahvio Espinoza scored a hat trick as Eastmont dispatched Eisenhower 7-0.  Congratulations to the Wildcats on a Columbia Basin Big Nine District Title.  One other score from the pitch had Chelan edging Cascade 3-2.

On the tennis courts Tuesday…

Eastmont split with Sunnyside with the Wildcat boys coming on top 6-2 but the girls falling 5-2.  Wenatchee swept Moses Lake 6-1 for the boys and 7-0 for the girls.  The Chelan boys and girls teams were also able to sweep Okanogan 4-1 and 5-0.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder remained undefeated on the season in boys lacrosse last night with a 17-2 win over Selah…

Gray Kolde (COLD-EE) scored 5-goals while Connor Tilly chipped in 4 and Jake Rhyner 3 goals as Wenatchee improved to 8-0 in league and 14-0 overall.  They’ll play at Richland for the top seed heading into the playoffs Thursday night.

The Mariners continued winning last night, posting their third straight with a 6-3 win over Oakland at Safeco Field…

Nelson Cruz hit a three run home run to break a tie in the 5th and Dee Gordon went 5-for-5 for Seattle in the victory.  Felix Hernandez pitched six innings for the win to improve to 4-and-2.  The two teams will go at it again tonight at Safeco Field at 7:10 with James Paxton facing Brett Anderson.

In our feature today…

**All Service Club Luncheon** – Over 400 people filled the Grand Ballroom at the Wenatchee Convention Center Wednesday for the All Service Club Luncheon.  It was a chance to recognize honorees, such as the Apple Citizen of the Year Todd Fryhover…

Clyde and Ruth Ballard were also honored as Grand Marshalls for this year’s Stemilt Growers Grand Parade…

Of course, getting a chance to hear from keynote speaker, former KOMO News Anchor Dan Lewis, was a big draw to the Apple Blossom Tradition…

Lewis will play in the Apple Blossom Golf Tournament Thursday and says not to be too surprised if we see him on KOMO again in the not-too-distant-future.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

The long-standing issue of parking, or the lack of same, in the Bavarian tourist mecha of Leavenworth will be in the spotlight at a special meeting tonight. The city has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and the Chelan County Port District in commissioning a study, the first of which is now complete. It outlines how parking is currently working and tonight’s discussion will map out possible future strategies for improving the current parking crunch. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Leavenworth Festhalle.

There’s another scam making the rounds in the Wenatchee Valley police want to make you aware of. Recently a City employee received a call that showed her own phone number on the Caller ID. When she answered, the caller claimed to be from her mobile phone service provider. They asked for her Social Security number in an obvious scam. If you receive such a call, and there’s a good chance you probably already have, just hang up. A quick search online showed that this scam also became common in the fall of 2017 in places all over the country.

Our unseasonably warm weather continued today as the jet stream shifted north of the Canadian border putting Central and Eastern Washington on the warm side of the jet. This resulted in warmer temperatures today with highs in the upper 60s to the upper 70s around our area. Skies were sunny and almost calm wind conditions. Thursday through Friday will also be a quiet weather period under an upper level ridge. Thursday in particular will be a pleasant and mild day with plenty of sunshine and high temperatures around 80 degrees. Friday will be a repeat performance but with sunshine filtered through increasing high clouds as the next offshore trough approaches the region. Saturday will be slightly cooler as the upper ridge passes off to the east but we can still expect partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70’s. Sunday and Sunday night, we will see the arrival of a weak upper level weather trough, which will bring increased cloudiness and a 20% chance of scattered showers. Another strong ridge of high pressure takes over our weather once again by Monday and through much of next week with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 80’s.

Dan Kuntz knows a good sandwich when he sees one and he found one this week at the Apple Blossom Festival Food Fair at Memorial Park. . .

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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.