Evening News November 19, 2018

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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, Damage to a roadside memorial marking the spot where a Moses Lake teenager was killed in a traffic crash is being investigated by Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies. The City of Wenatchee’s finances appear to be in relatively good health headed into 2019, and, A piece of Wenatchee history that most recently has been part of parades and car shows throughout the state will soon be finding a new owner.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It was a come-from-behind victory for Fire District 4’s levy increase after the latest voting results were released Friday by Douglas County. The levy passed by a mere six votes, 287-281. It had been trailing by 10 votes prior to Friday’s count. The election will be certified Nov. 27.

On a $200,000-dollar home, the district’s levy rate would rise from $117-dollars annually to $194. It will pay to relocate Station No. 3 into a new building, as well as pay for trucks and other firefighting equipment. The district is based in Orondo and serves much of the surrounding area.

Damage to a roadside memorial marking the spot where a Moses Lake teenager was killed in a traffic crash is being investigated by Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies. Officials say a witness reported seeing a bucket loader uproot the steel memorial cross from its display near Roads 5 and L Northeast. The driver was eventually contacted by police but not arrested. The memorial, which has been vandalized in the past, is located at the spot where 18 year old Clayton Clark crashed his vehicle into an irrigation canal in 2016.

The City of Wenatchee’s finances appear to be in relatively good health headed into 2019. The City Council last week adopted a budget that Mayor Frank Kuntz says will require digging into savings to pay for needed infrastructure projects such as road maintenance and waste water expansion. The Mayor said the City has a health budget reserve and he said the goal is to maintain that reserve at about 25 percent.

A piece of Wenatchee history that most recently has been part of parades and car shows throughout the state will soon be finding a new owner and, presumably, a new purpose in life.

A 1968 Crown snorkel fire truck that once was an integral part of firefighting efforts in Wenatchee will go on the auction block Saturday at Amundson’s Auctions in Stanwood. It’s had two owners since being surplused by the city. In recent years it has been the property of The Great Northern Fire and Rescue Museum of Camano Island, which is disbanding. Curtis Johnson, the museum’s colorful director, explained what he’s been doing with the truck. . .

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A man and woman from Vancouver were injured when their vehicle left Highway 2 and crashed into a sign and utility box near Smallwoods Harvest outside Peshastin early Monday afternoon. John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said an unidentified 27-year-old woman was the driver of the Subaru. Both she and her passenger, a 31-year-old man, were taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Bryant said it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol were involved. The highway was blocked for a short period.

It was a day of appreciation at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center as staff honored its volunteers for their hard work, while also welcoming a new face to the team. . .

The volunteer luncheon featured an early thanksgiving meal and entertainment from local schools and ongoing shows including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the 2019 Apple Blossom Musical, Newsies.

The Columbia Basin Project Ephrata Office will receive 7-point-1 million dollars in federal funding. The announcement was made yesterday by the Bureau of Reclamation, which also includes allocating up to 2-million dollars for design and oversight to the Odessa Ground Water Replacement Program. Both Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers praised the announcement saying the funding is critical investment on behalf of farmers, ranchers and water users and will continue to meet water infrastructure needs in the area.

The annual Night in a Box fundraiser wrapped up over the weekend and according to organizers was a big success. The event raised $12,300-dollars and will be used to feed and provide shelter for the homeless in our community. Participants gathered around fires, shared stories and experiences, and braved the cold Wenatchee night by sleeping in tents and cardboard boxes, all in the name of charity. The event was held in the parking lot at 410 South Columbia Street in Wenatchee. Donations can still be made at anightinabox.com. The event is sponsored by the Lighthouse Christian Ministries.

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Students from Wenatchee, Cashmere and Entiat worked with New York filmmaker Mike Feurstein this fall to create anti-bullying videos as part of the DON’T WAIT to Unmake a Bully Project. That effort was in partnership with NCWLIFE’s own Lisa Bradshaw and her DON’T WAIT project. We’ll be showing you those videos at various times on the Evening News. Tonight a film by the students of Abraham Lincoln Elementary in Wenatchee. . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Wenatchee Wild were in Canada for the weekend in BCHL action, playing at Trail Friday and Salmon Arm Saturday…

In the first game, Wenatchee saw its 3-game winning streak come to an end in a 3-2 loss to the Smoke Eaters.  Lucas Sowder and PJ Fletcher did what they could to help the cause, but Trail was up to the challenge.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy HockeyTV…

Saturday night’s game was close, with the Wild leading 2-1 heading into the 3rd period.  But AJ Hodges’ second goal of the night 48-seconds into the frame opened the flood gates and Wenatchee poured in another four goals to win 7-1.  Again to the highlights with Arch Ecker on the call and video courtesy HockeyTV…

 

So the Wild took two out of three games on the road and now return home to host West Kelowna Friday and Saturday at the Town Toyota Center with both games starting at 7:05.

Our Central Cascade Pop Warner teams were in Cheney over the weekend playing at Roos Field on the Red Carpet…

The Wenatchee Valley Rams Black won the Mighty Mite League Championship with a 39-18 win over the Spokane Knights.  By the sounds of it, a punt return touchdown opened up a close game in the second half.  Congratulations to the Rams Black…

The Rams Green were playing for the Junior PeeWee Regional Title against Pacifico out of California.  The Rams suffered through injuries and a very cold game and fell 18-nothing to place second in the region.

A note from the Central Cascade Pop Warner league wanted to thank the parents for their sportsmanship and support and to the kids for working so hard.  Besides the football on the field, the cheer squads did a great job picking up everyone’s spirits.

The Wenatchee FC boys U16 team took second place over the weekend in the State Cup, Gold Bracket…

Wenatchee FC won four games on its way to the finals, where it fell to Issaquah 1-nil.  Congratulations to the boys…this is the second-consecutive year that they fell just one goal shy of the title after winning the silver division three years ago.

Looking at the Les Schwab Scoreboard in college football over the weekend…

We’ll start where the weekend began, on Friday in Portland where the Eastern Eagles demolished Portland State 74-23.  Eastern’s quarterback Eric Barriere threw for five touchdowns and ran for another.  The Eagles share the Big Sky championship with UC Davis and Weber State, who all finished at 7-and-1.

On Saturday, Gardner Minshew threw for 7 touchdown passes and 473-yards as Washington State torched Arizona 69-28.  The game was pretty much over at halftime as the Cougars led going into the break 55-14.  The 7 touchdowns in a game was also a Washington State record.

In Seattle, Washington’s Jake Browning threw for 242-yards and three touchdowns while Miles Gaskin rushed for 135-yards and a score as the Huskies beat Oregon State 42-23.

That sets up an Apple Cup in Pullman Friday with the Pac-12 North Title on the line.  #8 Washington State is 7-and-1 in conference play, 10-and-1 overall while #18 Washington is 6-and-2 in the conference and 8-3 overall.  Kickoff for Friday’s Apple Cup is at 5:30 on FOX TV.  WSU has opened as a 3-point favorite…which in gambling terms is a “pick ‘em”.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the winners of its annual wildlife video contest. There were hundreds of entries from all over the State in all categories from hunting to fishing. Among those nominated is this from Central Washington. . .

You can see all of the submitted videos on the State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website.

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.