Evening News May 10

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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 swollen Okanogan River has inundated areas north of Tonasket, After 35-years in law enforcement, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers is calling it a career, and, This Friday, May 11th, Representative Dan Newhouse will host a free Opioid Summit in Moses Lake.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Emergency Management is hosting a public meeting Monday to address the current situation at Eightmile Lake Dam.

The dam is located in the Alpine Lake Wilderness and operated by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District.  It is nearly 100-years old and in a deteriorating condition.

Because the area was significantly burned in the Jack Creek wildfire in 2017, Eightmile Lake is more vulnerable to erosion and flash flooding, which could overwhelm the dam. A breach of the dam could cause a significant wave of water to flow down Eightmile Creek into Icicle Creek near Eightmile Campground and quickly raise the level of Icicle Creek. The situation is not imminent but there is an increasing level of concern about the dam and emergency officials ask residents within the affected area to be prepared to evacuate as conditions change.

Chelan County Emergency Management is working with the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District and the Department of Ecology Dam Safety Office to monitor conditions at the dam while developing a plan to reduce the risk of a dam failure. They are also working with the U.S. Forest Service, which owns the land at the dam site. Monday informational meeting is at the Fire District 3 headquarters.

Okanogan County Emergency Management officials report major flood conditions along the Okanogan River. The swollen river has inundated areas north of Tonasket.

Emergency Management officials have issued advisories for property owners in the area and sand bags are also being made available. This morning the County issued a flood warning for the Chewuch River. The Okanogan is projected to reach just under 20 feet on Saturday (12th) morning. This level has not been reach since the 1970’s. On the County’s north end the Similkameen River is projected to reach Moderate flood stage by tomorrow.

After 35-years in law enforcement, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers is calling it a career. In an e-mail this (Thu) morning, Rogers said choosing not to run for a 5th term was one of the toughest decisions he’s ever had to make but said it was time. Rogers also said he was a firm believer that change is good. Sheriff Rogers will be retiring at the end of his current term on December 31st, 2018.the 11th.

With a vote of 340-72, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3053 earlier today (Thu) which seeks to move forward a process toward building the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada that would store the nation’s radioactive nuclear waste. The Bill also ensures the federal government fulfills its legal obligations to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste at the Hanford Site. Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington’s 4th District responded to the passage in an interview this morning. . .

Yucca Mountain is also the designated repository for spent nuclear fuel at power reactors nationwide and at Columbia Generating Station.

This Friday, May 11th, Representative Dan Newhouse will host a free Opioid Summit in Moses Lake that is open to constituents in the 4th Congressional District.

The Summit will feature a panel of experts from the field and focus on efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The event is at the Moses Lake Civic Center from 10:00 a.m. to noon and is free and open to all constituents in the 4th Congressional District. Attendees will be able to share their stories and ask the expert panel questions about local and national efforts, as well as learn more about the prescription drug take back program and drop-off center locations.

Coming up next, 12th Legislative District House Candidate, Dr. Ann Diamond  sat down for an interview  with NCWLife News Director Steve Hair, John Alt is adjusting to his new role as Mayor for the City of Entiat, and, There’s a new manager at Wenatchee City Public Works. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

12th Legislative District House Candidate, Dr, Ann Diamond says she wants to be a voice of moderation in the Legislature. The Methow physician is running as an independent candidate. Diamond describes herself as politically moderate. Her hope is to form an alliance with other like-minded moderates in a similar way that existed with the so-called Road-Kill Caucus from 10 years ago . . .

Diamond outlined her campaign platform in a recent NCWLIFE interview. You can watch it in its entirety on our website. Diamond and Republican Linda Herald are the two candidates who announced their intentions to file for the seat being retired by Cary Condotta. Democrat, Christopher Goehner had announced he would run, but yesterday said he decided to pull out of the race. Goehner’s uncle, Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner told NCWLIFE News that he intends to file for the seat next week. Goehner, a Republican, announced earlier this year that he had decided not to run for reelection to the County governing board.

John Alt is adjusting to his new role as Mayor for the City of Entiat. Alt replaces Keith Vradenburg who retired recently due to health reasons. Vradenburg leaves the City after spearheading the development of the new Entiat Riverfront Park. Alt tells NCWLIFE News he’s committed to following up where the previous mayor left off . . .

We caught up with Alt at today’s Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council meeting where he was introduced to the governing board. Alt is a former pilot and executive with Jet Blue.

There’s a new manager at Wenatchee City Public Works. Former director, Matt Leonard recently left the City to accept a new position in Minnesota. Mayor Frank Kuntz introduced the City’s newly hired director, Rob Jammerman at today’s Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council meeting.

It was also announced this morning that changes in management are also happening at the Wenatchee regional office of the Washington Department of Transportation. Regional Manager, Dan Searles will be retiring next month. The Agency is now in the process of searching for a new manager.

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 head out tomorrow morning for Chilliwack to start play in the RBC Cup Saturday.  The two teams met twice this season, with the home team winning for both sides.  The first meeting was October 6th as the Wild began a three-game road swing through Canada, dropping a heartbreaker to the Chiefs 4-3 and allowing the game-winning goal with 17-seconds left in regulation.  The second meeting was the day after Thanksgiving at the Town Toyota Center.  Wenatchee came away with a 4-2 victory.

Chilliwack, who finished the season .500 and were bounced out of the playoffs in a seven game series with Prince George, haven’t played a game since March and, according to Arch Ecker on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning, have had some upheaval on their staff:

Wenatchee players Austin Park and AJ Vanderbeck and Wild Coach Bliss Littler all know the Chiefs will be ready to play…

 

Saturday’s game in the round-robin RBC Cup Tournament starts at 7 o’clock at Prospera Centre.  Here you also see the rest of Wenatchee’s schedule for next week in Chilliwack.  Arch Ecker will join us later this morning to chat about Spruce Grove as well as preview the RBC Cup, so be sure to hang around for that.

Speaking of the Wild, it’s Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

We’ll feature Game 4 of the Doyle Cup with Wenatchee at Spruce Grove.  It all starts tonight at 7 o’clock.  And, by the way, we’ll feature Wenatchee’s Doyle-Cup-Clinching Game 5 tomorrow at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel as well.

On the prep schedule for today…

The Caribou Trail League Tennis Championships get underway at Harmony Me Tennis Courts in Chelan today at 2 o’clock.

Eastmont and Wenatchee boys and girls track squads are at Zaepfel Stadium today for a meet, hosted by Eisenhower.  It starts at 4 o’clock.

The Caribou Trail League District Baseball Tournament gets underway today with Cascade traveling to Okanogan at 4:30.

And, Brewster and Bridgeport play for the CTL/CWB District Championship today in the Apple Bowl tonight at 6pm.

One night after James Paxton’s no-hitter, the Mariners blew one in Toronto, falling to the Blue Jays 5-2…

Heading into the bottom of the eighth leading 2-1, Juan Nicasio entered the game on the mound as the third reliever, trying to hold the lead.  Nicasio could only get one batter out, and by the time he exited, Toronto had plated four runs on five hits.  Jean Segura had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI-double.  Seattle will try to bounce back today with another 4:07 start as Mike Leake takes the mound against J.A. Happ.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for our weekly pet of the week feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Dante (Don-Tay) the cat. . .

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…

Apple Blossom is over but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do around the valley. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

Okanogan County Emergency Management officials report major flood conditions along the Okanogan River. The swollen river has inundated areas north of Tonasket.

Emergency Management officials have issued advisories for property owners in the area and sand bags are also being made available. This morning the County issued a flood warning for the Chewuch River. The Okanogan is projected to reach just under 20 feet on Saturday (12th) morning. This level has not been reach since the 1970’s. On the County’s north end the Similkameen River is projected to reach Moderate flood stage by tomorrow.

After 35-years in law enforcement, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers is calling it a career. In an e-mail this (Thu) morning, Rogers said choosing not to run for a 5th term was one of the toughest decisions he’s ever had to make but said it was time. Rogers also said he was a firm believer that change is good. Sheriff Rogers will be retiring at the end of his current term on December 31st, 2018.the 11th.

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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.