Evening News November 14

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

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— A bumper apple crop is projected for Washington state this year—Wenatchee Police report a new scam making the rounds and the PUD tells us about imposter scams. But first, we begin tonight:

Link Transit is going ahead with a vote next spring on a proposed sales tax increase to pay for expanded bus service for Chelan and Douglas Counties. Link’s governing board approved a plan to put a measure on the February ballot asking for a two-tenths of one percent increase. Link Board members and Chelan County Commissioners Kevin Overbay and Doug England commented on the proposal with NCWLIFE News. . .

 

If approved the increase would be the first since Link was created in 1990. The Board is slated to make its final decision on a possible February 13th vote at its November 21st meeting

A win-win scenario recently for the state’s apple industry.

 

Along with the potential for improved access to Indonesian markets and a bumper apple crop this year, the apple industry will see larger profits in 2017 than it has in the past five years. A ruling last week by the World Trade Organization upheld a decision that Indonesia’s import tariffs are inconsistent with WTO rules, which will allow more apples to Indonesia, Washington state’s largest southeast Asia market. Mark Powers with the Washington State Horticulture Association says this WTO ruling has been a long time coming. . .

 

An increase in Asian imports coincides perfectly with an increase in supply, which is up 8-percent over last year’s production. The 2017 apple crop is projected to be the third largest in history with reports of 143-million bushels on hand and 194-million bushels in storage. Washington accounts for around 64-percent of all U.S. apples and 90-percent of U.S. apple exports.

Wenatchee Police report a scam making the rounds that sounds like a call from “Microsoft” technical services telling you your computer and IP address are infected with ransomware and pornography. The scammer says if you don’t act by calling their 800 number, your internet connection will be permanently disabled. The scammers are trying to gain access to your Windows configuration files where they can wreak havoc by having you install malicious software on your own computer. Don’t fall for it. . . Police advise that if you are having computer issues, call a reputable repair shop or call the customer service number that can usually be found on the service tag on the back or bottom of your computer. Install anti-virus software approved by your internet service provider and keep it updated.

Speaking of scams, the Chelan County PUD recently produced an informational video regarding “imposter scams”. . .

Coming up, a homeless man dies from injuries in a November 7th fire in Wenatchee—Moses Lake Police rescue a suicidal man–ice on the roadway caused an accident this morning on Blewett Pass and an accident near Grand Coulee sends one man to the hospital. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

A Homeless man has died from burns he suffered in a November 7th fire in an alley off South Wenatchee Avenue.

 

Wenatchee Police say 56-year old Michael Alejandro Ruiz was pronounced dead Friday at Harborview Hospital in Seattle where he was being treated for burns to his hands and face. Police say Ruiz had been camping in the alley in a shelter made of old couches and mattresses when it caught fire. Ruiz fled the scene before firefighters arrived but he was found later in the evening about three blocks away by a service station employee.

A scary scene yesterday morning in Moses Lake. Just before 7:30, Moses Lake Police officers were dispatched to the Stratford Road overpass above State Route 17 for a suicidal subject on the bridge. When the first officer arrived on scene, he found a 45-year old distraught man straddling the guardrail. As the officer tried to establish a dialogue, the man began to shift his weight and move around. Believing the man was getting ready to jump, the officer responded. The Moses Lake Police officer was wearing a body-camera and caught the dramatic encounter on video. . .

 

With the assistance of a Washington State Patrol trooper, the man was detained and transported to Grant County Mental Health for an evaluation. Thankfully, neither the officers nor the man on the bridge were injured.

Icy roads was the cause of an accident earlier today on Blewett Pass. A semi-truck slid off the roadway near the summit around 8:30 this morning causing a lane closure and minor traffic delays. Washington State Patrol reminds drivers to use extra caution this time of year when traveling over mountain passes.

A one-vehicle accident yesterday morning near Grand Coulee sent a Spokane man to the hospital. 21-year old James Hernandez of Spokane was traveling east on State Route 174 four miles west of Grand Coulee when he swerved to the right, over-corrected and veered across the roadway. His 2018 Mercedes then struck an embankment and came to rest injuring Hernandez who was then transported to Coulee Medical Center. Hernandez was charged with driving with no insurance.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

 

There must be something in the water in Leavenworth.  Just last weekend, the Cascade volleyball team placed second at the State 1A tournament with the team’s only loss of the season coming in the championship game with King’s.  The Kodiak soccer team is in the State 1A Final Four this weekend with a semi-final game against LaSalle Friday night at Shoreline Stadium at 6 o’clock. 

All this comes AFTER a 4th place in for the soccer team last year and 2nd place finish in 2015.  Not to mention the Volleyball team’s 8-year run with state placings, including 2 sixths; 3 thirds; a fifth; a second; and a State Title in 2013.

We asked coach Glen Stefanko what the secret might be…is there something in the water in the Bavarian Village???

 

Stefanko will lead his ladies to Western Washington with their sights set on a State Soccer Title this weekend.  But, if they don’t get the top prize, he says that’s OK too…

 

Best of luck to Cascade in the semi-finals Friday night against LaSalle.

 

The Columbia Basin Big Nine is out with their all conference football selections and several Eastmont and Wenatchee kids made the list…

 

For Eastmont, selected 1st team all-league were Devon Schneider at running back, Clayton Harris on offensive line and Christian Tonga on defensive line.  Wenatchee’s Oscar Benjume was a 1st teamer at linebacker while Riley Kuntz was a unanimous selection at tight end.  2nd team selections for Eastmont include Cameron Scaramozzino at running back, Carson Paine and David Valdovinos on the offensive line, Devon Schneider at defensive back and Brett Womack at linebacker.  Jacob Slife was a second team selection at kicker for the Panthers.  Honorable Mention selections for Eastmont were Manny Lopez at running back and Brennen Cornehl and Dalton Harper on offensive line, Wesley McIlwaine and Jordan Jessup at defensive back.  For Wenatchee on the honorable mention list…Austin Blakney at quarterback, Darius Carlson at tight end and Colton Dyal on defensive line.  We’ll run through the rest of the fall all-league selections in the Big-9 and Caribou Trail League as the week progresses.

 

Our week of sports on the NCWLIFE Channel begins tonight…

 

We’ll feature a wild, down to the final seconds-finish high school football game between Eastmont and West Valley from October 17th starting at 7 o’clock tonight.  Hockey Night is back on Thursday with the Wild taking on West Kelowna from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  Hockey Night starts at 7 with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner.  Then on Friday, it’s a replay of Wenatchee’s football game versus Moses Lake from October 20th at 7pm.

 

We’re also finalizing details on our Winter Sports Broadcast Schedule…

 

We’ll get back into LIVE sports broadcasting on Friday, December 8th when Wenatchee visits Eastmont in a basketball doubleheader.  We’ll start with the girls at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7.  Then on Tuesday, December 12th we’ll have our first-ever LIVE wrestling match on NCWLIFE as Wenatchee hosts Davis.  Then on Friday, December 15th it’s back to basketball as Wenatchee hosts West Valley in a girl-boy doubleheader beginning at 5:30.  Be sure to check out our website for more information on sports broadcasts at NCWLIFE.com.

 

The Seahawks have been given a few days off to rest and recover from their hard-fought win over Arizona last Thursday in the desert.  Quarterback Russell Wilson is one of those recovering from a pretty wicked hit to the jaw.  While he admits it hurt pretty badly at the time, he quickly passed the concussion protocol to get back into the game.  But, now four days later, Wilson is still suffering from the effects of the hit and is undergoing some therapy….as we find out in a video he posted on his own Facebook Page…

 

Seattle is off until next Monday when it hosts the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.

 

Thanks Eric…

Democrats are getting a head start on the 2018 election season. They’re especially fired up about retaking the 8th District Congressional seat being retired by Republican House Representative Dave Reichert. Last night they hosted a forum in Cashmere for 6 candidates who will be competing in next year’s primary. The candidates addressed  a range of issues including healthcare, climate change, education, gun rights, immigration, agriculture and the shrinking of the middle class.

Last night’s forum was co-hosted by NCW United and Wenatchee Indivisible. Stay tuned to the NCWLIFE Magazine for an in depth look at these 6 candidates, and for the full program in a special presentation on our channel in the coming weeks.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Wenatchee Police report a scam making the rounds that sounds like a call from “Microsoft” technical services telling you your computer and IP address are infected with ransomware and pornography. The scammer says if you don’t act by calling their 800 number, your internet connection will be permanently disabled. The scammers are trying to gain access to your Windows configuration files where they can wreak havoc by having you install malicious software on your own computer. Don’t fall for it. . . Police advise that if you are having computer issues, call a reputable repair shop or call the customer service number that can usually be found on the service tag on the back or bottom of your computer. Install anti-virus software approved by your internet service provider and keep it updated.

Link Transit is going ahead with a vote next spring on a proposed sales tax increase to pay for expanded bus service for Chelan and Douglas Counties. Link’s governing board approved a plan to put a measure on the February ballot asking for a two-tenths of one percent increase. Link Board members and Chelan County Commissioners Kevin Overbay and Doug England commented on the proposal with NCWLIFE News. . .

 

If approved the increase would be the first since Link was created in 1990. The Board is slated to make its final decision on a possible February 13th vote at its November 21st meeting

A win-win scenario recently for the state’s apple industry.

 

Along with the potential for improved access to Indonesian markets and a bumper apple crop this year, the apple industry will see larger profits in 2017 than it has in the past five years. A ruling last week by the World Trade Organization upheld a decision that Indonesia’s import tariffs are inconsistent with WTO rules, which will allow more apples to Indonesia, Washington state’s largest southeast Asia market.  Mark Powers with the Washington State Horticulture Association says this WTO ruling has been a long time coming. . .

 

An increase in Asian demand coincides perfectly with an increase in supply, which is up 8-percent over last year’s production. The 2017 apple crop is projected to be the third largest in history with reports of 143-million bushels on hand and 194-million bushels in storage. Washington accounts for around 64-percent of all U.S. apples and 90-percent of U.S. apple exports.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

As we take a look at our satellite loop, the potent shortwave low that moved through the region Monday is already in Saskatchewan. The next strong shortwave is out over the Pacific waters but is strengthening and moving quickly around the base of the trough. That storm system will bring the Inland Northwest the next round of valley rain and mountain snow late today, tonight and into Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect at 4:00 p.m. today to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday for areas above 3000 feet in Chelan and Okanogan counties. That means passes including Snoqualmie, Stevens, Loup Loup, and Blewett could see around 8-12 inches of snow. A break in the active weather pattern is expected Friday and Saturday before precipitation chances increase again Saturday night and especially on Sunday.

Closing out our newscast tonight, a video submitted by a local viewer and Seahawks fan, Leon McKinney. Watch out Atlanta, the Seahawks might have a new secret weapon named Sadie…

 

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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, tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.