Evening News May 09

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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, Power has been restored to communities in the Lake Wenatchee area following an evening of Gusty winds and rain in that area. A Wenatchee man was injured yesterday when he crashed his pickup on I-90 about 8 miles West of Easton, and, The beer garden at Memorial Park has become one of the more popular fixtures of the Apple Blossom Festival.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Douglas County Fire District Two is planning to build a new fire station on property it just purchased North of East Wenatchee. The District serves the growing greater East Wenatchee area including Rock Island. Chief Dave Baker talked about it yesterday in an exclusive NCWLIFE interview. . .

Baker discussed the district’s expansion plans including upgrades to the Districts three existing stations and the addition of more firefighters. Log on to our website to see the entire interview.

Power has been restored to communities in the Lake Wenatchee area following an evening of blustery winds in that area. Chelan County PUD Crews worked overnight to make repairs and finally restore power to Plain, Coles Corner, Lake Wenatchee and Winton areas.

A Wenatchee man was injured yesterday when he crashed his pickup on I-90 about 8 miles West of Easton. A State Patrol report says 72 year old Richard E. Highland was transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle for treatment of unspecified injuries. The cause is under investigation.

The beer garden at Memorial Park has become one of the more popular fixtures of the Apple Blossom Festival. From a law enforcement standpoint Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says the beer garden is low maintenance, contrary to what some feel is inappropriate for a family-oriented event. .

On today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program, Festival Administrator, Darci Christopherson echoed Captain Reinfeld’s comments. . .

Both Police and Festival officials agree that this year’s event was well behaved with fewer law enforcement problems compared to past festivals.

Coming up next, As temperatures rise summer creatures will make their return to local trails in North Central Washington. In a statement released yesterday (Tue), Representatives Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced that nearly 2-million dollars in new funds will be allocated to the Columbia Basin Project, and, Cashmere-based sliced apple producer, Crunch Pak, receives the Washington State Food Processor of the Year Award at Seattle Business magazine’s Washington Manufacturing Awards.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

As temperatures rise summer creatures will make their return to local trails in North Central Washington. A couple of early rattlesnake sightings bring a word of caution for pet owners hitting the trail this season. . .

Davies says if you’re interested in learning more about the rattlesnake vaccine for your pet, contact your local veterinarian.

In a statement released yesterday (Tue), Representatives Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced that nearly 2-million dollars in new funds will be allocated to the Columbia Basin Project.

750-thousand dollars of the Bureau of Reclamation  money will go to oversight and design for a pumping plant and pipeline delivery system for the Odessa Ground Water Replacement Program.

Newhouse said quote, “This new investment is a positive step forward in ensuring that users who depend on the depleting Odessa Aquifer have sufficient water resources” while McMorris Rodgers said quote, “Agriculture is Washington’s number one industry, and this project will ensure Columbia Basin irrigation districts can provide the water needed to grow our crops and fuel our economy.”

Cashmere-based sliced apple producer, Crunch Pak, receives the Washington State Food Processor of the Year Award at Seattle Business magazine’s Washington Manufacturing Awards. The award is considered the Oscars for Washington state manufacturers. Companies were honored in seven categories with the winners announced at an awards dinner on May 3 in Seattle.

Crunch Pak board chairman and CEO, Mauro Felizia says the award is a testament to the company’s focus on continual improvement. A company must manufacture goods in the state of Washington to be eligible for the award. For more information about the company visit www.crunchpak.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.

A no-hitter for the Mariners.  A monsoon washes out Wenatchee.  A nail-biter for Eastmont Softball.  That and much more to come, but first…

The Eastmont Wildcats’ magical season continues as they came out and dominated Davis in a 5-nil win to clinch the Columbia Basin Big Nine District Championship last night.  In the process, they punched their ticket to the State 4A Tournament.  Johan Espinoza scored a hat trick on the night while brother Flavio scored the other two.  To the highlights we go with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play…

Not only did Coach Vidal Hurtado get wet, but the skies opened up and doused everyone as our crew headed to the field for the trophy presentation…

Congratulations Eastmont on the District Championship.  Their first game in the State Tournament will most likely be next Wednesday at the Apple Bowl…

Meanwhile, it was a rough night for the Wenatchee Panther soccer team.  Their game at Sunnyside was delayed by lightning for 45-minutes and when it did begin, torrential rains and winds to 30-miles per hour blew.  The Grizzlies scored first in the 6th minute, but Wenatchee countered 20-minutes later on a goal by Jacob Slife.  The game would remain knotted at 1 until Sunnyside scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute to end Wenatchee’s season.

In the CTW/CWB District Tournament, Brewster ended Cascade’s season 3-2 and Bridgeport got by Chelan 2-1.  The Bears and Mustangs will play for the District Title tomorrow at 6 in the Apple Bowl.

In playoff baseball Tuesday…

Duncan Favor’s 3-run home run in the 2nd inning helped put a jolt into Eastmont’s offense in a 10-4 win over Eisenhower in a Big 9 District Play-in Game at Dan White Field…

Eastmont advances into the District Tournament to face West Valley, after the Rams beat Davis in the other Play-in game 5-1.  The Wildcats will travel to West Valley Friday at 5 o’clock.  Wenatchee awaits the winner Saturday in the district semifinal at Larson Field in Moses Lake.

Speaking of Moses Lake…turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in softball…

In a defensive nail-biter, the Wildcats could not muster a run, falling to the first-place Chiefs 1-0 at the Sterling Sports Complex.  The win assured Moses Lake the regular season league title.  The two teams will wrap up the regular season Friday with a doubleheader in Moses Lake.

Finally, James Paxton became only the 5th pitcher in Seattle Mariner history to throw a no-hitter, by himself, last night in Toronto…

Paxton struck out 9 and got some great defensive plays behind him as he became a part of Mariner’s history.  There have been six no-hitters, 5 by individual pitchers, and one by six pitchers-combined.  Mike Zunino hit a two-run home run while Dee Gordon went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run to lead Seattle offensively.  The two teams play again today at 4:10 with Matt LeBlanc facing Jaime (HIGH-mee) Garcia.

 

Thanks Eric.

The Columbia River Treaty, signed in 1964 by the United States and Canada, provided downstream flood control and increased hydropower generation to economically benefit both countries.

As part of the Wenatchee Valley environmental film and lecture series at the Wenatchee Valley Museum last night (Tue night), about 60 people listened to various speakers who provided information and a vision for the Columbia River’s future. One of those speakers was Chelan PUD General Manager Steve Wright, who worked for the U.S. Government for 12 years specifically on modernizing the current treaty. Wright says the current agreement is now over fifty years old and needs revision. . .

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…

Douglas County Fire District Two is planning to build a new fire station on property it just purchased North of East Wenatchee. The District serves the growing greater East Wenatchee area including Rock Island. Chief Dave Baker talked about it yesterday in an exclusive NCWLIFE interview. . .

Baker discussed the district’s expansion plans including upgrades to the Districts three existing stations and the addition of more firefighters. Log on to our website to see the entire interview.

Power has been restored to communities in the Lake Wenatchee area following an evening of blustery winds in that area. Chelan County PUD Crews worked overnight to make repairs and finally restore power to Plain, Coles Corner, Lake Wenatchee and Winton areas.

A Wenatchee man was injured yesterday when he crashed his pickup on I-90 about 8 miles West of Easton. A State Patrol report says 72-year old Richard E. Highland was transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle for treatment of unspecified injuries. The cause is under investigation.

 

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