Evening News May 16

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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, Okanogan County Emergency Management officials have announced the emergency closure of the Okanogan River to recreational activities. Officials in Moses Lake yesterday broke ground on the new 70-thousand square foot Workforce Education Center at Big Bend College, and, Wenatchee defense attorney, Kyle Mott is seeking election to Position Two Judge on the Chelan County District Court.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

As most of us have probably noticed, the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers are running very high. Authorities urge residents to be careful and pay special attention to children, pets, and inexperienced swimmers. Chelan PUD contacted NCWLife News this morning to get the message out about the dangers of high water in the Columbia. PUD officials say there are many inherent dangers to the river right now. . .

It only takes a moment for the current to take someone out of reach of the shore. There are drownings every year in Chelan and Douglas County including fatalities.

Okanogan County Emergency Management officials have announced the emergency closure of the Okanogan River to recreational activities. Sheriff Frank Rogers announced the closure late yesterday. In a news release the Sheriff said the river poses extreme danger due to high flows, cold temperatures and debris such as logs and brush being carried downstream. Residents are advised to maintain a safe distance from the rising river which is predicted to rise even further under the warming temperatures.

The high water on the Okanogan River and the Kettle River near Curlew in Ferry County has caused damage to some structures and others are threatened. No injuries have been reported.

Officials in Moses Lake yesterday broke ground on the new 70-thousand square foot Workforce Education Center at Big Bend College. The program had been housed in buildings that date back decades to when the college campus was located at Larson Air Force Base.

Construction is expected to last about 18 months for the main building. A separate facility will house the aviation maintenance program.

Wenatchee defense attorney, Kyle Mott is seeking election to Position Two Judge on the Chelan County District Court. The Eastmont High School and Gonzaga University graduate is hoping to succeed Nancy Harmon who is retiring. Mott says he’s also hoping to buck a recent trend of electing former prosecutors to the bench . .

Mott earned his law degree from Chapman University School of Law. Mott’s legal experience is varied having worked as a court clerk and a legal extern for the US District Court in California. His community service includes a term as an East Wenatchee City Planning Commissioner and as a board member of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. Mott’s interview is available for viewing on demand on ncwlife.com.

Coming up next, A former Chelan County employee hopes voters pick him to replace District Two Commissioner Keith Goehner, and, Wenatchee’s Sunrise Lions Club hosted its annual Police Officers Appreciation Luncheon today at the Wenatchee Convention Center, Steve Hair was there. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A former Chelan County employee hopes voters pick him to replace District Two Commissioner Keith Goehner. Lee Duncan worked in the County’s Natural Resources Department where he worked primarily on issues relating to water. . .

Duncan describes himself as a fiscal conservative but is running as a non-partisan candidate. He’s a marijuana grower by profession and was among those who opposed the current board’s actions in regulating that industry. Duncan discusses his campaign in a recent interview which is available on demand on our website NCWLIFE.com.

Wenatchee’s Sunrise Lions Club hosted its annual Police Officers Appreciation Luncheon today at the Wenatchee Convention Center. NCWLife News Director Steve Hair was there and filed this report. . .

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 and Ottawa Junior Senators went to overtime tied at 2, and then to a shootout to settle it.  And it was Matt Dorsey and Cooper Zech who scored on two of Wenatchee’s five shots while Austin Park stopped 4-of-5 he faced to give the Wild a 3-2 victory.

Ottawa got the early lead on a power play goal midway through the first period by Michael Thomas.  It marked the third time in three games Wenatchee had fallen behind first.  The Wild tied the game at the 14:55 mark on a power play goal by Matt Dorsey.  Wenatchee took its first lead just before the end of the 1st frame on a goal by Jasper Weatherby with just 30-seconds remaining in the period.  Ottawa tied the game 8:24 into the second period on a goal by Ethan Manderville.

The game would end tied at 2 in regulation.  Then, through a 10-minute, 4-on-4 overtime it was still tied at 2-2.  So, on the game would go to the shootout.  Thanks to HockeyTV for the highlights…

So the Wild remain undefeated through three games of the RBC Cup Tournament…

And with yesterday’s win, Wenatchee ensures itself a spot in Saturday’s semifinals and most likely the number 1 seed!

Here’s where we are through four days of the RBC Cup…

There you see Wenatchee, the only team undefeated in the tournament after yesterday’s thrilling victory.  And last night, in only the second game NOT to go into overtime, Chilliwack blanked Wellington 2-nil.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

The Wenatchee Panther girls softball team lives to fight another day after beating up Davis last night 18-to-6.  Wenatchee will host West Valley Friday at 5 after the Rams bounced Eisenhower from the district tournament yesterday 8-5.

In Playoff Baseball yesterday…

Cashmere had a great road trip to Chewelah, knocking off the Cougars 12-to-4.  Okanogan beat Colville 6-2 in the other CTL/NEA Crossover game.  That sets up round one of the State 1A tournament Saturday in Moses Lake with Cashmere facing Naches Valley at 10am.  CTL District Champ Chelan faces Connell at Moses Lake at 1pm.

The Les Schwab State 1A Soccer Scoreboard from yesterday…

Had the smaller schools falling to the bigger schools as Wahluke blanked Bridgeport 2-0 and Brewster got beat on the road by Royal 1-nil.

And how about our local golf teams!!!

The Wenatchee boys are the District Champs in golf with a 2-day, combined team score of 633 at Apple Tree Golf Course.  West Valley was second, 9-shots back and Eastmont 3rd at 663.  And on the girl’s side, Eastmont edged Wenatchee by 2-strokes to win its first District Golf Title since 2007.  Congratulations to all!

On the Prep Schedule for today…

It’s the first round of the State 4A Soccer tournament for the Eastmont Wildcats as they take on Walla Walla at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  They kick it off at 6 o’clock tonight.

 

That takes us right to our Broadcast Schedule here on the NCWLIFE Channel as we’ll bring you tonight’s playoff soccer match LIVE at 6 with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.  Tomorrow night is Hockey Night as we’ll air the Wenatchee-Steinbach game from the RBC Cup Tournament in Chilliwack at 7 o’clock.  Then on Friday, it’s more hockey with the Wild’s game versus Ottawa at 7pm.  We’ll re-air last weekend’s thrilling Wenatchee Valley Thunder playoff win over Issaquah Saturday at 2, followed by more of the RBC Cup with Wenatchee and Wellington at 7pm.

Guillermo Heredia’s walk-off, RBI single in the 11th inning gave the Mariners a 9-8 win over Texas last night at Safeco Field…

Seattle won the seesaw battle despite blowing a three run lead in the 6th and a chance to win it in the 9th.  Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with 3-runs and an RBI.  Mitch Haniger, hitting 3rd in the lineup for Robinson Cano, also went 3-for-5 with 2-RBI’s.  Seattle and Texas wrap up the quick, two game series with a day game today at 12:40.  The ageless Bartolo Colon gets the start for the Rangers while Seattle gives a spot-start to Christian Bergman.

The Mariners received some shocking news prior to the ballgame last night that second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80-games for failing a drug test.  According to General Manager Jerry Dipoto, Cano admitted to taking a diet suppressant and apologized to his team and fans.  Cano left Sunday’s game in Detroit with a broken bone in his right hand and was expected to miss quite a bit of action.  This latest news came as a shock to everyone in baseball.

 

Thanks Eric.

A rare opportunity to walk though some of the most historic buildings and residences in the valley happens again this Sunday. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz has more. . .

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…

As most of us have probably noticed, the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers are running very high. Authorities urge residents to be careful and pay special attention to children, pets, and inexperienced swimmers. Chelan PUD contacted NCWLife News this morning to get the message out about the dangers of high water in the Columbia. PUD officials say there are many inherent dangers to the river right now. . .

It only takes a moment for the current to take someone out of reach of the shore. There are drownings every year in Chelan and Douglas County including fatalities.

Okanogan County Emergency Management officials have announced the emergency closure of the Okanogan River to recreational activities. Sheriff Frank Rogers announced the closure late yesterday. In a news release the Sheriff said the river poses extreme danger due to high flows, cold temperatures and debris such as logs and brush being carried downstream. Residents are advised to maintain a safe distance from the rising river which is predicted to rise even further under the warming temperatures.

The high water on the Okanogan River and the Kettle River near Curlew in Ferry County has caused damage to some structures and others are threatened. No injuries have been reported.

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.