Evening News May 18

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

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But first, we begin tonight. . .

The first major thunderstorm of the season pummeled parts of North Central Washington with lightning, downpours and flash flooding.

Here’s a shot of what it looked like up Number Two Canyon Road in Wenatchee. Although there were reports of some minor street flooding there were no reports of any damage in the local area.

but in the Columbia Basin Streets in the Moses Lake and Ephrata areas were under water as seen here in this video shared on Facebook.

The storm also prompted a flash flood watch in Okanogan County where emergency crews have been working feverishly this week to address record high flows on the Okanogan River.

A wind-fueled brush fire briefly threatened some structures in the Cashmere area yesterday afternoon before crews were able to douse it. The fire was first reported around 4:15 in the area of Pioneer Avenue and Tigner Road. The two-alarm blaze rallied over 25 firefighters from Chelan County Districts 6, 3 and 1. Officials say the cause in under investigation. Crews were able to limit the fire’s spread to about an acre of grass and shrubs. No structures damaged.

Wenatchee Police say a local skateboarder faces criminal charges after attacking a Chelan County PUD employee’s vehicle with his long-board. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says it happened shortly after 5 pm on Wenatchee Avenue at the PUD’s parking lot entrance. . . .

Reinfeld says its unknown what set the suspect off. He faces multiple charges including threats to kill and assault

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Longtime Douglas County Prosecutor, Steve Clem has announced he will not seek reelection to a 7th term in office. Clem steps down after serving for almost 24 years. He cites several accomplishments under his leadership such as the  Development of new personnel policies, Leading Douglas County through legislation creating its own Superior Court Judge, Successful implementation and defense of the community’s vision under the Growth Management Act.

Douglas County Deputy Prosecutor, Gordon Edgar says he’s ready to climb to the next level at the Waterville Courthouse. Edgar has formally filed as a candidate for County Prosecutor to replace the outgoing Steve Clem. Edgar has served under Clem for 23 years where he says he earned the respect of judges, attorneys, law enforcement and witnesses and victims of crime. He also served on the Waterville School Board and is a member of the Lions Club also a Cub Scout leader and a board member of the Wenatchee Arts Commission, NCW Allied Arts Council and the Mission Creek Players. Edgar received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

Douglas PUD Commissioner Ron Skagen has been appointed to serve on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Executive Board, pending a final vote from the APPA in June.

Skagen previously served on the APPA board of directors as one of only two representatives to Region 9, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Skagen will serve as one of nine executives at the head of this national public power organization with over 2,000 pubic power member utilities. Skagen took office as Commissioner for Douglas PUD in January, 2007, and is currently President of the Board. He was also president of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association in 2017-2018.

Wenatchee High School’s Future Farmers of America Agricultural Sales and Service team recently placed 1st in State at the 88th annual Washington State FFA convention held at the Washington State University Campus in Pullman May 10-12th.

Seniors Vanessa Figueroa, Marji Jordan-Sabo, Rosie Vejvoda, and Freshman Kody Richards were crowned State Champions after competing with a field of 36 teams. Individually Kody Richards placed second overall, Vanessa Figueroa fourth, and Rosie Vejvoda sixth out of about 140 students. The win qualifies the team to compete in national competition in Indianapolis, Indiana October 24th-27th, representing the State of Washington at the National Food Science contest.

Wenatchee High School’s Future Farmers of America Agricultural Sales and Service team recently placed 1st in State at the 88th annual Washington State FFA convention held at the Washington State University Campus in Pullman May 10-12th.

Seniors Vanessa Figueroa, Marji Jordan-Sabo, Rosie Vejvoda, and Freshman Kody Richards were crowned State Champions after competing with a field of 36 teams. Individually Kody Richards placed second overall, Vanessa Figueroa fourth, and Rosie Vejvoda sixth out of about 140 students. The win qualifies the team to compete in national competition in Indianapolis, Indiana October 24th-27th, representing the State of Washington at the National Food Science contest.

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.

Wenatchee would play add-on in the 2nd period as Cooper Zech, Galambos and Von Ungern scored goals.  Wenatchee got one more late in the 3rd with reserve Drake Usher getting into the scoring column.

To the highlights we go with Bonny Debartolo and Warren Andrews on the call, courtesy of HockeyTV…

And the Wild have chosen the 2pm game and will face Wellington.  As we look at the latest from the RBC Cup…

Chilliwack earned the #2 seed by downing Steinbach last night 4-1.  The Chiefs will face Ottawa, the #3 seed, in Saturday’s other semifinal at 7pm.  The winners of the two Saturday games will play for the RBC Cup Championship Sunday at 4pm.

Let’s take a look at the Prep Schedule for the weekend, first in baseball…

The State 2B Tournament is tomorrow in Yakima as Brewster faces St. George’s at 1 o’clock in a first round game.

The 1A State Tournament is at Moses Lake for Cashmere and Chelan.  The Bulldogs face Naches Valley at 10am in the first round game while Chelan takes on Connell at 1 o’clock.  The winners of the first two games will play in the quarterfinals at 4pm.

Wenatchee and Moses Lake travel to Spokane for their first round State 4A games tomorrow.  The Panthers take on Chiawana at 10am with the Chiefs playing Mead at 1pm.  The winners of the first two games face off in the quarterfinals at 4pm, all at University High School.

Area softball teams are just getting to their district tournaments…

Wenatchee hosts West Valley today at 5 o’clock at Walla Walla Point Park.  Eastmont awaits today’s winner tomorrow in Moses Lake for the Big 9 District’s final day at 1 o’clock.  The winner of THAT game will face Moses Lake for the District Title at 3pm.

Chelan is on the road at Chewelah tomorrow at 1 o’clock for the CTL/NEA Crossover game.  The winner goes on to state while the loser’s season is over.

And the District 5/6 2B Tournament is at Moses Lake.  Brewster, Liberty Bell and Lake Roosevelt are all participating in that as the Bears face Tri-Cities Prep at 10am.

Eastmont’s in the quarterfinals of the State 4A Soccer Tournament tomorrow…

They’ll face Mt. Vernon at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  We’ve received a few calls asking if we’re broadcasting the game, and the answer is no, simply because we don’t have enough personnel on short notice to do it.

It’s the home stretch for other district tournaments this weekend as well…

The District 6 4A Track Meet resumes tomorrow morning at West Valley High School.  And the 1A District Tennis Tournament for the Caribou Trail League is tomorrow morning at 10 at Omak.

There are a couple big games for local club teams tomorrow…

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder will face Tahoma at Maple Valley Middle School tomorrow night at 7 o’clock in the State 4A quarterfinals.

Also, earlier in the day in Tacoma, Schoolhouse Rugby Club will face Yakima for the State Championship at 11:30am.

That’s not all that’s going on this weekend…

The Raider Rumble Men’s Softball Tournament is tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park.

There’s a Youth Bike Rodeo tomorrow morning starting at 9am at the Eastmont Aquatic Center.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is hosting the Late Model Twin 50’s tomorrow night at WVSO.  The night will features Wesco Sprint Cars, Thunder Hobby Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Roadrunners.  Gates will open at 5 o’clock.

There are a couple runs tomorrow that both begin at 9am.  First, it’s the Girls on the Run of Columbia Valley at Pybus Market.  Then it’s Miles for Mia at Walla Walla Point Park.  Both are 5K’s.

Julio Iglesias’ 2-run single in the 8th gave Detroit a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Mariners last night at Safeco Field…

Nick Vincent blew the save opportunity, allowing the 2-runs on 3-hits in the 8th.  Guillermo Heredia was the hitting star for the Mariners with a 3-for-4 night and an RBI.  Seattle batters struck out 14 times in last night’s ballgame.  The two teams will play again tonight at 7:10 with Michael Fulmer facing Felix Hernandez.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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…

The first major thunderstorm of the season pummeled parts of North Central Washington with lightning, downpours and flash flooding.

Here’s a shot of what it looked like up Number Two Canyon Road in Wenatchee. Although there were reports of some minor street flooding there were no reports of any damage in the local area.

but in the Columbia Basin Streets in the Moses Lake and Ephrata areas were under water as seen here in this video shared on Facebook.

The storm also prompted a flash flood watch in Okanogan County where emergency crews have been working feverishly this week to address record high flows on the Okanogan River.

A wind-fueled brush fire briefly threatened some structures in the Cashmere area yesterday afternoon before crews were able to douse it. The fire was first reported around 4:15 in the area of Pioneer Avenue and Tigner Road. The two-alarm blaze rallied over 25 firefighters from Chelan County Districts 6, 3 and 1. Officials say the cause in under investigation. Crews were able to limit the fire’s spread to about an acre of grass and shrubs. No structures damaged.

Wenatchee Police say a local skateboarder faces criminal charges after attacking a Chelan County PUD employee’s vehicle with his long-board. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says it happened shortly after 5 pm on Wenatchee Avenue at the PUD’s parking lot entrance. . . .

Reinfeld says its unknown what set the suspect off. He faces multiple charges including threats to kill and assault

**WX** – It was a wet day throughout North Central Washington with lot of rain.  Before we look at the forecast for the weekend, let’s take a look out our weather window…

With the thunderstorms and heavy rains, it was much-cooler throughout the area today with highs in the 60’s.  Looks like it will be settling down as the weekend progresses…

We had a flood advisory for much of the day from the National Weather Service for Southeastern Chelan County and Southwestern Okanogan County.  Rain gauge reports indicated a half to three quarters of an inch of rain with a few reports of over one inch of rain have fallen over the area over the last 24 hours.  An area of low pressure remains embedded between split flow over the Western US. This pattern will continue to promote cooler and showery conditions as various smaller scale disturbances rotate in and around it through Saturday.  Sunday will be the driest and warmest day of the weekend as we transition between the upper low exiting to the northeast and the new trough moving onshore from the Pacific.  A warming trend will develop next week but with more showers and thunderstorms possible.

Our Wenatchee Forecast for the weekend and beyond:

Tonight 50% chance of rain, light wind, low 54

Saturday – 40% chance of showers, mainly in morning, partly sunny afternoon with a high of 73

Sunday – Slight chance of morning showers, partly sunny in the afternoon with a high near 79

Monday – Partly sunny – 81

Tuesday – Mostly sunny – 88

Wednesday – Mostly sunny – 90

Thursday – Mostly sunny – 87.

It’s time for our Video of the Day.  We had lots to celebrate last night at El Porton in East Wenatchee as the NCWLIFE Channel crew gathered to cheer our Facebook followers.  It was also a chance to wish our boss, Brenda Mandelis, a happy birthday…

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.