Evening News May 17

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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, It looked like the real thing last night when a Orondo area home erupted into flames but, it wasn’t, and, Chelan County Commissioners remain steadfast in their opposition to plans by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to bring grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

More than 200 emergency responders from around the state are continuing efforts to solidify protection throughout Okanogan County against flooding that began last week. These efforts will intensify as river levels are expected to rise through the weekend. These efforts are being organized by the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management and the Northeast Washington Inter-agency Incident Management Team.

Flooding began last week when warm temperatures melted a record Canadian snow pack into the Okanogan, Similkameen and Methow rivers and their tributaries. Incident Commanders are working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor water levels, which are expected to rise again today and crest near record levels Sunday afternoon. There are no current evacuation orders in place at this time. The Okanogan River remains closed. Red Cross is available to assist affected residents as needed. To make matters worse, this afternoon the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for areas along the Okanogan River due to possible severe thunderstorms that are predicted for late today and tonight.

It looked like the real thing last night when a Orondo area home erupted into flames. But it was only a training exercise for crews with Chelan County Fire District 4 Orondo. It was located off Highway 97.

The older single story wood-frame home was located off Highway 97. The flames from the fire were visible from the highway. The exercise was labeled a success. Thanks to the Orondo Firefighter’s Association for sharing the photo.

Chelan County Commissioners remain steadfast in their opposition to plans by the US Department of Fish and Wildlife to bring grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness. Commissioner Doug England who represents the North County area disputes claims that the area has a history of grizzly bear habitation . . .

Commissioners have submitted comments opposing the Grizzly plans in an environmental impact study (EIS) conducted by Fish and Wildlife. The study was suspended but in a recent development, US Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke voiced his support of the bear’s reintroduction and ordered the EIS to continue the study.

The Cascadia Conservation District will be holding free yard waste disposal events this weekend and next weekend. The drop-off location is at the Chelan County Transfer Station on Highway 97-A. Trees and limbs up to 12-inches in diameter and less than 8-feet long will be accepted as will leaves, pine needles and shrubs. The Conservation District will not accept rocks, plastic bags, grass clippings, sod, root wads and weeds. The drop-off event will take place this Friday and Saturday May 11th and 12th and next weekend the 18th and 19th. Last year, over 110 Chelan County residents disposed of 460 yards of debris to create a defensible space around their homes in case of wildfire.

Coming up next, The average sales price of a home in April in the Wenatchee real estate market is up almost 20% compared to a year ago. Representative Dan Newhouse announced yesterday that his amendment to improve the nation’s H-2A legal agriculture labor program will be included in the 2019 House Agriculture Appropriations Bill, and, Chelan County Commissioner District Two candidate, Zachary Miller joined us this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to discuss his campaign. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The average sales price of a home in April in the Wenatchee real estate market is up almost 20% compared to a year ago. Last month, the average price of a home in the Wenatchee area was over 55-thousand dollars higher than a home in April of 2017. The median sales price for a house also continues to rise. A month ago, the median sales price was just under 314-thousand dollars, almost 40-thousand dollars higher than this time last year. The median sales price has been on a steady increase for the past five years.

Meanwhile, with a total of 244 active and pending listings and an average of 78 units sold per month, the Wenatchee real estate area is in a seller’s market with a 3 month supply of homes. The monthly real estate snapshot is provided by Pacific Appraisal Associates of Wenatchee.

Representative Dan Newhouse announced yesterday that his amendment to improve the nation’s H-2A legal agriculture labor program will be included in the 2019 House Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

The legislation also funds important agricultural and food programs and services, including food and medical product safety, animal and plant health programs, rural development and farm services, agricultural trade, financial marketplace oversight, and nutrition programs.

The House committee also included language in the bill that recognizes the U.S. hops industry, competitive research involving the potato industry and language supporting research efforts to combat crop-threatening pests and disease.

Chelan County Commissioner District Two candidate, Zachary Miller joined us this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to discuss his campaign. The Leavenworth native is running as an independent candidate. He says he’s a consensus builder with no preconceived agenda . . .

Miller is among four candidates seeking election to the District Two Commissioner position being vacated by Keith Goehner. You can watch his entire interview on demand at ncwlife.com.

Time now for our weekly look at what’s happening around the Wenatchee Valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLife’s Megan McPherson.

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 remained undefeated in round robin play with a 7-1 win over Wellington today at the RBC Cup in Chilliwack.  It didn’t take the Wild long to score, as Zack Galambos scored 24-seconds into the contest.  August Von Ungern put Wenatchee up 2-0 with an unassisted goal 8-minutes later.  Andrew Rinaldi drew the Dukes within one at the 13:59 mark of the 1st.  Sam Hesler scored a power-play goal with just 3-seconds remaining in the 1st to put Wenatchee up 3-1 at the break.

To the highlights we go, courtesy of HockeyTV…

 

Seth Eisele got the start in goal today and was stellar.  The victory puts Wenatchee into the semifinal Saturday as the #1 seed and they’ll have their choice of playing at 2 or 7 o’clock against either Steinbach or Wellington.

The Eastmont Wildcats advanced to the next round of the State 4A Boys Soccer Tournament with a narrow 2-1 win over Walla Walla last night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  The Blue Devils scored first early in the first half.  Flahvio Espinoza would tie it on a penalty kick late in the half and it would remain tied at 1-1 at the break.  Johan Espinoza would score the game-winner in a rough and tumble second half in the 67th minute.

To the highlights we go with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen as seen here last night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

So Eastmont advances to face Mt. Vernon Saturday at 1 o’clock in the Apple Bowl in the State Quarterfinals.

Turning to the Prep Schedule for today…

Track takes center stage with district meets for the 4A’s at Eastmont High School and for the 1A’s at Cashmere High School.  Both meets get underway at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

The Mariners were on Facebook yesterday!  Bartolo Colon was too much for the Mariner bats, however, keeping Seattle scoreless into the 8th inning…

So, maybe Seattle would rather NOT be on Facebook as Texas scores 4 in the 9th to take a 5-1 win.  Kyle Seager smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the 9th.  But how about the spot start for Christian Bergman!  He goes 7 allowing no runs on 2-hits!  Detroit comes to town to start a 4-game weekend series tonight.

Finally, here’s what we have on tap for our broadcast schedule on NCWLIFE Channel…

It’s Thursday so that means it’s Hockey Night tonight as the Wenatchee Wild take on Steinbach at the RBC Cup Tournament in Chilliwack.  Watch for that at 7 tonight.  We’ll have Wenatchee’s incredible nail-biter with Ottawa tomorrow night at 7 and then feature today’s game between the Wild and Wellington Saturday at 7.  And, I’m trying to get a crew together to see if we can do Saturday’s Eastmont vs. Mt. Vernon game here on NCWLIFE…stay tuned.

 

Thanks Eric.

The NCW Tech and STEM Showcase will take over the Pybus Public Market this Saturday as GWATA, the Apple STEM Network and School districts from around the region show how they are integrating technology into classrooms. GWATA’s Ron Brown stopped by NCWLIFE studios this week to talk more about the students featured at the community event. . .

The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pybus Market.

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…

Time now for our weekly pet of the week feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Louie the dog. . .

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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 guest host Eric Granstrom and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.