Evening News May 08

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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. Streams and rivers in Okanogan County are nearing flood stage levels as the mountain snowmelt ramps up, NCWLife’s Steve Hair gives us an update. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center will host a presentation on the Columbia River Treaty and issues that impact the river, AND, Despite challenges with spring snow and avalanche conditions, State Route 20/North Cascade Highway is on track to reopen Friday morning at 10.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A backflow incident in the city of Wenatchee water system earlier today forced the city to announce that your water may be contaminated.

The affected areas of the city include Danawood Drive, Dana Street, 2nd Street and Michael Place. In a public service announcement sent out around noon, the city of Wenatchee said water from a non-potable irrigation system entered the water system through an illegal connection between the irrigation system and the potable water system. Due to the cross-connection in the system there may be elevated levels of chlorine in the water.

If you live in the affected area, the city says to flush the water in your home to ensure that there is chlorinated water from the city water system. Do not drink the water until you have received notice from the city. If you must use water, you must boil it first. The Public Works Department is testing the water for bacteria and will know within 24 hours if the water is safe to drink.

The calendar says May but it looked more like August yesterday afternoon when fire crews responded to an early season brush fire in the Wenatchee foothills. It was located near a residence in the 33-hundred block of Number One Canyon Road. Officials with Chelan County Fire District One say it started when an on old debris pile burn that reignited. Crews from Chelan and Douglas Counties with help from the DNR quickly responded and were able to contain the fire to about an acre. Homes were threatened for a period of time but no structures were damaged and no injuries reported.

Streams and rivers in Okanogan County are nearing flood stage levels as the mountain snowmelt ramps up. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center will host a presentation on the Columbia River Treaty.

The event will also offer a discussion regarding current issues impacting the Columbia River. Chelan PUD General Manager Steve Wright is one of the featured speakers tonight and will talk about the Columbia River Treaty’s structure and original purpose as it relates to the hydro system in the United States. Wright will also provide a perspective on how to get to a balanced solution providing broad benefits to the Pacific Northwest. The doors open at the Museum tonight at 6:30 with the event running from 7:00-9:00. Admission is by donation. We will have complete coverage of tonight’s presentation tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Despite challenges with spring snow and avalanche conditions, State Route 20/North Cascade Highway is on track to reopen Friday morning at 10. Over the last several weeks, DOT crews have worked on opposite ends of the 37-mile closed section of road and finally met near Rainy Pass yesterday.

It normally takes about 4-6 weeks. This year it will take seven due to the soft snow and risky avalanche conditions. Although clearing took longer than usual, the gates are still opening in time for this weekend’s ‘49er Days in Winthrop.

Coming up next, Wenatchee City Council member Linda Herald has announced her candidacy for State Representative in the 12th legislative district to replace Cary Condotta, AND, The Historic Downtown Chelan Association and the Lake Chelan Historical Society received the Community Partnership Award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards held recently in Port Townsend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Wenatchee City Council member Linda Herald announced her candidacy for State Representative in the 12th legislative district to replace Cary Condotta.

Herald made the announcement in a prepared news release Monday evening. In the news release Herald says she has a long history of community service and is currently serving as Council Member for the City of Wenatchee. She says her top priorities are protecting constitutional rights; to work with and continue to improve the healthcare, agricultural, and tourism industries; ensure quality education for our children, support healthy business communities and help reduce homelessness throughout our district.

Linda is a current Council Member for the City of Wenatchee, and she serves on the Finance Committee, represents the city on the Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City board, and Chelan/Douglas Homeless Steering Committee. Her commitment to service and passion to the communities for North Central are the reasons she has been motivated to run for this office, “We are blessed to live in North Central and it is our responsibility to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren. If elected, I would be honored and proud to serve as the next State Representative for the 12th legislative district.”

A correction to a story we broadcast Monday afternoon announcing the candidacy of Zachary Miller for Chelan County Commission District Two. We incorrectly identified Christopher Goehner as a candidate for that position. Goehner is running for the State Legislature.

Miller Joins Bob Bugert and Lee Duncan in the race to replace retiring incumbent, Keith Goehner. Miller is a Leavenworth native. He owns and operates Miller Stoneware. He also has experience working for various non-profit groups such as Tall Timber and the Plain Community Church. Miller is running as an independent candidate. Next week is candidate filing week in Washington State in advance of the August primary.

The Historic Downtown Chelan Association and the Lake Chelan Historical Society received the Community Partnership Award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony on April 24 in Port Townsend. The ceremony was held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference.

Excellence on Main, organized by the Washington State Main Street Program, celebrates communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation. The Community Partnership Award is designed to recognize a Main Street organization and partner(s) who have demonstrated the highest and best degree of cooperation to benefit downtown revitalization efforts.

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.

Now that the Wenatchee Wild has won the Fred Page Cup and the Doyle Cup, there’s just one more cup to get…the RBC Cup.  It’s the National Championship for all of Junior A hockey in Canada.  Prior to the RBC Cup, it was the Centennial Cup.  In the combined 47-year history, an American team has NEVER won this Canadian Championship.  Wenatchee coach Bliss Littler says where you’re from doesn’t matter…

The Wild became the first-ever American team to win the Doyle Cup.  AJ Vanderbeck and Austin Park both realize the significance of the opportunity before them…

So here’s Wenatchee’s schedule for the round-robin RBC Cup beginning Saturday…

It begins Saturday when the Wild take on the host team, Chilliwack at 7pm.  They’ll face the Steinbach Pistons Sunday at 2.  Then the Ottawa Junior Senators Tuesday at 2.  Then the Wellington Dukes Thursday at 2.  The four teams with the best round-robin records will play at either 2 or 7 on Saturday, May 19th in the semifinals.  Then the RBC Cup Championship game will be played at 4pm on Sunday, May 20th.

Here’s what’s on the prep sports calendar for today…

Eastmont hosts Eisenhower in a Big 9 District Play-in game today at 5 o’clock at Dan White Field.  The winner will play the winner of today’s Davis-West Valley game Friday at the higher seed.

The Eastmont softball team starts the home stretch today…

With the first of its three games this week against first-place Moses Lake.  A Wildcat sweep would give Eastmont the regular season Big 9 League Title.  Today’s game starts at 4 o’clock at the Sterling Sports Complex.

The playoffs continue in boys soccer…

Brewster hosts Cascade while Bridgeport’s at Chelan in the District CTL/CWB Tournament.  Both loser-out games kick off at 4:30.  Eastmont will host Davis tonight at 7 o’clock for the Big 9 District Championship.  We’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.  Wenatchee hopes to keep its season alive with a playoff game at Sunnyside, also at 7 o’clock.

Other prep sports on the schedule today…

…includes Eastmont tennis hosting Eisenhower at 3.  And, Eastmont and Wenatchee boys golfers are at the Yakima Elks Golf Club for a 1 o’clock tee off in the Big 9 POD #7.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder boys lacrosse team is in the Sweet 16 of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association State 4A Tournament Saturday…

The Thunder will host Issaquah Saturday in the Apple Bowl at 7 o’clock.  Issaquah finished the season only 2-and-6 in their league, but 11-and-8 overall, including handing Wenatchee one of only two losses all season.  Be sure to watch all the action with yours truly and Rod Higley here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Mariners begin the first of a 7-game road trip today in Toronto…

James Paxton will get the start against Marcus Stroman at 4:07.  Seattle’s currently in 3rd place in the American League West behind LA and Houston with a 19-and-14 record, just a game-and-a-half back.  The Blue Jays are 3rd in the American League East behind Boston and New York.

 

Thanks Eric.

This week is Public Service Recognition Week. Today we feature Faith Webb, a special education instructor at Rock Island Elementary. She loves her job and recently shared with us her interesting journey into special education with the Eastmont School District. . .

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

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

This was the scene yesterday on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass. A semi crash forced the closure of the westbound lanes resulting in a 14-mile back-up in traffic. Crews detected a fuel leak from the semi prompting clean-up and recovery efforts. Removing the semi from the ditch required three heavy-duty tow trucks and one truck malfunctioned. The roadway was re-opened but then closed again last night to allow crews to remove the truck wreckage.

The calendar says May but it looked more like August yesterday afternoon when fire crews responded to an early season brush fire in the Wenatchee foothills. It was located near a residence in the 33-hundred block of Number One Canyon Road. Officials with Chelan County Fire District One say it started when an on old debris pile burn that reignited. Crews from Chelan and Douglas Counties with help from the DNR quickly responded and were able to contain the fire to about an acre. Homes were threatened for a period of time but no structures were damaged and no injuries reported.

We leave you tonight with a small family dog named Tasha who loves playing hide and seek when her name is called. . .

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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.